Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost painting on your toes. Yep, the holiday season is here. And with it come some of the year's most fun and fabulous polishes in shades and textures that you'll wish you had a good excuse to wear all year round. Ready to get festive?
Butter London fans, get excited. The 5-year-old nail polish brand, which previously could only be found in limited distribution through apothecaries and boutiques, just got a whole lot easier to purchase. Earlier this month, seven Nordstrom stores began carrying the line with plans to expand to more stores next year. (But there's always online.) And that's not all; Ulta's also in on the action, stocking approximately 60 percent of the line in 30 of its stores, with plans to branch out to more locations come Spring. Also coming our way next year will be a Victoria Beckham-inspired polish, a bubblegum-pink color named VB. Are you pumped that Butter London's going to be easier to find? I know I am.
Maybe she isn't wearing any makeup, but her poreless complexion definitely doesn't look the way bare human skin usually does. There's no word on whether the photo was retouched — as most are — so perhaps Photoshop is responsible for the perfection. To me, it looks like her undereye area was smoothed so that her lower sockets aren't visible, and there are no lines on her neck from turning her head. In these other photos, the same model has more "flaws" despite wearing makeup.
Which begs the question: does it matter if someone is makeup-free if she may have been Photoshopped? Where do you stand on this one?
Update: It all makes more sense now! The photo included in the WWD story is the "after" shot, but the accompanying story says the model is "without a stitch of makeup." This ad, not the "before" that's on Ulta's site, is what's shown. Sorry for the confusion!
Source: Flickr User Eli Hodapp
When it comes to the adult version of kids in a candy store, do you get your fix from the beauty juggernauts of Ulta or Sephora? And when it comes down to making the choice between these two powerhouses, which one do you typically choose? According to NPD research, 29 percent of 25 to 34 year olds go for Ulta, while 30 percent shop at Sephora. It's a close call. Sephora has always been known for its prestigious, upscale approach to beauty. But is the well-rounded Ulta giving Sephora a run for its money?
With 331 stores, Ulta is lauded for its one-stop shopping and easy-to-get-to locations, which are often found in strip malls. Many shoppers prefer the convenience of being able to buy both lower- and higher-end items, along with the accessibility of an in-store salon. While Ulta has had a discount vibe in the past, stores have become more polished over the past few years. On the flip side, if it's a hot item, Sephora almost always has it first. With 230 stores nationwide (along with 140 retail areas in JC Penney), the beauty giant is pretty much the originator of the concept of bringing together prestige brands under the same roof. Which experience do you prefer?
Turn Up the Volume
- July 11: 10 p.m.–12 p.m.
- July 12: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
- July 18: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Tame Your Mane
- July 19: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
- July 25: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
- July 26: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
- August 1: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Friends and family discounts usually happen before the holidays, but Ulta is changing things up by shaving 20 percent off until Jan. 19. The offer isn't good on Chanel, Estee Lauder, Lancome fragrance, or clearance — but there's still plenty to choose from, such as this Confessions of a Shopaholic Makeup Palette (regularly $29.50) from Too Faced. To get the discount, print out the in-store coupon or enter 82548 at checkout.
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The quarterlife crisis has become a topic of much cultural ridicule as Gen-Y struggles to define itself in increasingly difficult times and this weekend your editor will confront that milestone herself. Your editor will be celebrating her twenty fifth this weekend (we plan to let Diesel take care of our party as our special day coincides with their XXX birthday) and we admit that we are finally starting to be concerned with aging. We still feeling our wunderkind years and frankly we would like to keep it that way. Thus we have decided on a strict regime of beauty's most tried and true wrinkle creams. RoC is the gold standard and we are sticking with it. After all if we are going to weather this crisis its best to stick with the best.