If you just can't contain yourself over the soon-to-be premiere of Sex and the City 2, then HBO has some products designed to (temporarily) slake your thirst. In the run-up to the movie, it's releasing both these Steeplechase Cosmetic Bags ($30) and a new Eye Mask ($20, available next month). It's amazing how much merchandise the movie is driving, and these products are just examples of how far-reaching the franchise has become. (And if you'll recall there was also lots of beauty merchandise available from the first flick.) If you're a SATC fan, would you consider buying something like this? And how do you feel about girlie movie merchandise aimed at women?
If you're a fan of Glee like I am, then you'll know that guidance counselor (and germaphobe redhead) Emma Pillsbury is always one to put together the most amazing vintage-looking outfits — complete with kitschy accessories. Most recently, I adored the oversize old-school rotary telephone pin she sported in last week's episode, but the similarly quirky owl sweater clips she proudly wore earlier this season are the inspiration behind this post. Here are a few owl-themed beauty goods — some even vintage — that would make excellent additions to any Emma-style ensemble.
As we kick off wedding traditions week here at Sugar HQ, I couldn't help but think of the old adage of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." Each item from this Old English rhyme is meant to bring good luck to the bride, with "something old" meant to represent continuity with the past. If you're a bride-to-be, or if you're a friend or relative looking to make the bride's day a bit more special, here are five ways you can do "something old" the beauty way. Look for the rest of the traditions throughout the week, and be sure to check out all of our wonderful wedding content, too.
The roll-up pouch containing my makeup brushes has been getting a little overcrowded as of late, so I started storing my seldom-used brushes in an old pencil container. (The cup kind, not the kiddie pencil sort.) This got me to thinking about other storage options for my collection of these trusty cosmetic tools. Whether it's a well-stocked train case for hard-core makeup users, or a cute compartmentalized pouch, where do you keep your makeup brushes?
"Color plays center stage in my collections," says Michelle Smith, and now, the designer of Milly has something playful, chic, and bright to offer up for her second collaboration with Clinique.
The Milly For Clinique 8-Piece Gift is full of skin and makeup favorites, all packaged up in Milly's floral foldover clutch bag, which to me has somewhat of a retro, Miami-glamour kind of vibe. Free with any Clinique purchase of $25 or more, the vividly-hued bag of goodies is available at Bloomingdales exclusively from Feb. 7-21. So while it may be a while before we see real flowers outside, consider this clutch a harbinger of blooms to come.
Alicia Silverstone has long been an environmental activist, working to support PETA, and a vegan lifestyle. (Her new book, The Kind Diet, which focuses on veganism, hits stores in a couple of months.) Now, the actress is slated to launch an eco-friendly line of makeup brushes and bags for EcoTools this December. The collection features designs of lavender, thyme, rose, and chrysanthemum — all favorites of Alicia's. The bags are made with natural hemp and recycled linings. "I only wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before. This is a conscious product line that is good for the planet," she told WWD. "Unless you need it, it’s just stuff," she added. Along with a five-piece brush set and bag ($16), Alicia's beauty tools, which will be sold in drugstores, will also feature a cosmetic bag ($9); a cosmetics brush bag ($13); a train case ($15); and an overnight bag ($20).
Ruben Toledo is an illustrator and painter whose work appears in style magazines and art museums alike. He's also one of the fashion world's most celebrated artists (and not just because his wife, Isabel Toledo, is one of Michelle Obama's favorite designers), counting Nordstrom as one of his clients. Last year, he created murals for a set used in the store's advertising; this year, he's bringing his work one step closer to shoppers with this makeup bag.
The bag is a gift with purchase when you spend $100 in Nordstrom's beauty department, while supplies last. Inside are 13 samples from brands ranging from Kate Somerville to Bare Escentuals. I'm normally lukewarm on the whole GWP thing, but as a fan of Toledo's work, I can't help but think this is kinda cool.
I have a soft spot for Members Only. Back in the day, I rocked the Midwest in my khaki Members Only jacket. In recent times, my nostalgic nature got the best of me, and I strolled on over to eBay to purchase a larger version of the jacket to fit my adult body. I still love it, and wear it often. And now, the iconic brand, who recently launched a denim collection is now coming out with a line of brightly colored accessories, including some fun beauty bags ($28). The bags, just out now, include Turquoise, Fuchsia, Black Mock Crocodile, Metallic Snake, and Leopard Patent. There's no denying the '80s throwback style. Just add Journey and you're all set.
Winter is a lot of fun — at first. But after a month or two, the gray skies and slush tend to bring a girl down. One easy pick-me-up? Surround yourself with cheery colors that will provide a burst of sunshine even if it's cloudy outside. Since the color of 2009 fits the bill, it's a great place to start. I rounded up a few bright and happy makeup bags to help you kick off the new year. And as a bonus, they'll pop in the cavernous depths of your handbag — no more rummaging around to find what you're looking for.