Posts for January 18th 2008
Just like MAC and Clinique, Armani is going with a naturally nude face for spring. (Are you picking up on a trend yet?) The new collection features Sasha Pivarova as the campaign face. Even though this picture has benefited from a little retouching, the flawlessness of her skin is pretty enviable.
It might be due to the new Luminous Silk Powder ($44), a fine pressed powder available in eight shades. Or you could chalk it up to Fluid Sheer Radiance ($35), a sheer fluid brightener available in apricot or pink washes. It can be used as a light blush or to sculpt—yep, sculpting has returned from the '80s, although the look is much softer and less obvious now.
What I like most about this collection is the accompanying tutorial that shows you, step-by-step, how to get this look. Will we all wind up looking like Sasha? Nah. But considering the radiance of this look, I'm willing to give it a whirl.
- Beauty and the Blog points out a cool Stella McCartney beauty deal.
- Need to look great on a budget? Check out this new steals and deals blog for crazy sales.
- Beauty Snob loves the YSL Opium powder, and now I want it too.
- Fashionista jokes about Kate Moss's beauty inspiration.
- The Moment says that Versace EDP should be taken with a pinch of irony.
- Ever want to find out what makes Nair work? Wired found out. It ain't pretty.
- Now Smell This releases its top 10 winter scents.
- Jezebel talks about fake ta-tas and the women who love—or hate—them.
- Spoiled Pretty finds a well-priced makeup brush set for budget-conscious ladies.
- While I'm working on the how-to for Sarah Michelle Gellar's plaited hairstyle, check out her makeup how-to at We Love Beauty.
- Shake Your Beauty is gaga for grapefruit, at two separate price points.
- So cute: Check out our tiniest beauty product junkie.
Looking for a new fragrance to get you all geared up for the red carpet or a big night on the town? If so, the latest launch from Flirt! has your name all over it. Glamourazzi comes packaged in a gold sequined box that looks like a disco ball! Now of course, you aren't going to be sold on the packaging alone, but fortunately, what's inside is also something to get revved up about.
The bottle houses an electrifying blend of fruits and florals, which will definitely grab your attention. Think of biting into a pineapple so juicy that it runs down your chin. Mix it with flowers, vanilla, and ginger and you're there. This is a fragrance you'll want to wear to get noticed. It's perfect for a night out dancing, since your scent will linger as you move. It's very strong (so don't go overboard) and very sweet, but it's also sensual.
I know that I have to let The Fashionista Diaries go already, but remember the episode when Bridget and Andrew had to find the perfect gold dress for the ad, and Janjay and Tina helped with the photo shoot? Can you believe it's taken this long to turn around in real life? Glamourazzi is due in stores just before Valentine's Day in a 1.7 oz. bottle for $35.
Courtney Love may have been a little scissor happy before the Tracey Ross Hysteric Party last night in Los Angeles. She really did chop off those bangs into a Bettie-Page-meets-Jean-Seberg length, and knowing Courtney's DIY roots, it wouldn't surprise me if she was her own stylist this time around. What do you think of this look on her? Does it fit her rocker-girl image, or is it too out there, even for her?
Some of you might remember a brand from the '80s called Salon Selectives. It was one of the first mass-market haircare lines to promise salon style and results at an affordable price. However, after a buyout and brand redesign in 2001, the line suffered and had to be pulled from shelves.
But lucky for us, the line has been revived and is about to hit the shelves at a Rite Aid near you. This means we can expect the same fun, bright packaging with the original salon-quality formulations, expanded to include products that moisturize, curl, add volume, and all the rest of that good stuff we've come to expect. The product I'm most excited to try is "Fresh Hair," which promises to be a "Febreeze for the hair." It's supposed to add a fresh scent without weighing down the hair. With prices for the line ranging from just $3 to $4, I plan on picking it up and giving it a whirl. What about you?
For a real trip down memory lane, check out a vintage Salon Selectives commercial when you read more
I got a little sample of this amazing Energizing Skin Scrub ($46) from Elemis about two weeks ago and I've been squeezing the life out of the poor tube trying to get out every last bit. It's not so much the smell of this scrub that's so enticing, it's the results that are so addictive.
The texture is pretty much all grain. It comes out of the tube as a liquid but it feels like wet, slippery, coarse sand. This is actually a product for men, and while I realize that it's not the most gentle face scrub, the resulting smooth skin speaks for itself.
This exfoliator is made with Vitamin E, marine phytoplankton, hops, meadow-sweet, shea butter and beeswax and was created to help prevent ingrown hairs and blemishes. It is recommended for use twice weekly, but I'm willing to bet that once you get your hands on it, you'll want to use just a little bit every day.
As you are well aware by now, spring 2008 collections are out in full force creating all kinds of beauty buzz. This new line from Therapy Systems happens to be launching way far away in April, but I've been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the goods.
While some might call it small, I call it succinct. The six piece collection contains two lipsticks, two gel blushes, a powder blush and an eye shadow. All of the colors were inspired from looks seen on spring runways, and the names come from chic Greek and Italian hot spots. So I'm not pulling your leg, this April Fool's Collection is very real!
For a description of each of the colors and the prices, read more
Just like we saw on the runways, nude makeup is huge for spring. Clinique's new collection, out next month, is completely on-trend. The Nude Blush line uses matte and shimmer elements to play off each other, but there's enough color to keep you from looking bland or washed out.
The collection includes a few new products. First up is Blended Face Powder in Invisible Blend ($18.50), a new shade of loose powder that should work on most skin tones. Additionally, four Colour Surge eye shadow duos ($17.50) bring matte colors to your eyes. (And since they're shimmer-free, they're ideal for "mature" eyes.) Finally, there's a new mascara, Lash Power ($14), which I just tried out and will review for you shortly.
There are also some gorgeous, simple limited-edition Colour Surge Butter Shine lipsticks ($14), Blushing Blush compacts ($18.50), and Cream Shaper eye pencils ($13.50). All in all, it's pretty and natural-looking—just the kind of thing that's in style these days.