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Deborah Lippmann Unveils New 2014 Spring Reveries Collection

  • posted February 7th, 2014
  • Beauty

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Photo Credit: Citizens of Fashion

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge fan of Deborah Lippmann nail polishes — yes, even at $18+ a pop — so it goes without saying that I couldn’t wait to see what she’d come up with for her next Spring collection. While her 2013 line featured a series of speckled Staccato glitter shades, this year the celebrity manicurist has gone decidedly simpler with a back-to-basics approach to spring pastels, courtesy of her Spring Reveries collection. Now, if you’re going to go the “expected” route when it comes to spring beauty trends, you better do it really well, and Deborah Lippmann’s Easter egg hues are the perfect glossy, opaque formula that you’ll want to wear the whole year through. Of course, aside from its array of traditional pastel hues — from minty green to creamsicle peach — it manages to keep things interesting with the shimmery La Vie en Rose shade, which is more on the sheer side with pink and gold shimmer.

What’s your favorite Spring Reveries shade? Sound off in the comments below!

Get the Look: Keira Knightley’s Navy Smoky Eye

  • posted January 23rd, 2014
  • Beauty

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Photo Credit: Style.com

I’m always looking for new ways to upgrade the classic smoky eye. After all, the look is a faithful go-to for gals who like to play up their eyes, but like many tried-and-true beauty looks, it’s always fun to switch things up just a bit. Take Keira Knightley’s recent beauty look at the red carpet premiere of her new flick, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The sultry dark eye – a red carpet staple – got an expected twist in the form of matte navy shadow that looked gorgeous against her full, groomed brows and flawless complexion. Sure, we’ve seen midnight takes on the smoky eye before, but Keira’s look was especially fierce and fresh, skipping the glitz and glitter we’ve seen time and time again in favor of straight-forward, smoked-out navy.

Check out some shadow picks in the links below!

Pictured above: Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Navy Blue 60, Giorgio Armani Maestro Eye Shadow Quad in Ocean, and Ellis Faas Creamy Eyed Liquid Eyeshadow in Navy Blue.

Stocking Stuffer for Your BFF: Stila’s Portrait of a Perfect Eye Palette Showcases Nude Hues at Their Best!

  • posted December 3rd, 2013
  • Beauty

Okay, I’ll be honest. This palette isn’t my #1 choice for nude eye shadow palettes this holiday season, but if you’re like me and missed out on the frenzy of the initial release of Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette, this cute Stila kit is a pretty sweet alternative. The brand’s Holiday 2013 Collection pays tribute to the artist in all of us with a series of makeup goodies all dressed up in packaging inspired by art supplies – think eyeliners in colored pencil tins, lip creams arranged like watercolors, and eyeshadows arranged like artist’s paint palettes. The Portrait of the Perfect Eye Palette is my personal favorite, with its six rose-gold tinted neutral hues that have just a slight shimmery finish. Wear them alone, or pair with more dramatic shadow hues that are already in your existing shadow collection for an on-trend cut-crease look or dramatic, contrasting smoky eye. Plus, its thin, compact shape makes for a perfect stocking stuffer! Browse the full Holiday 2013 collection on TheFind!

- Alexandra Gambardella

Winter Beauty Must Have: Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Palette Gives a Healthy Glow

  • posted November 18th, 2013
  • Beauty

I don’t know about you but my skin is already lacking in luster and I’m not happy about it when it comes to the dark days of winter. That’s where Laura Mercier and her latest palette comes to my rescue. The Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palatte creates a radiant look in a variety of ways. Want to know more?

The whole palette includes a bronzer in a larger size, two shades of glowing blush and two highlighters for the face. That’s not all. Tucked inside the case are four cards with how-to charts to assist you in creating that healthy glowing look we all crave. Even better is that 100% of the profits from the palette will go towards the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. Each year Mercier creates a product to benefit this fund and 2013 might be the best idea yet! Ultra-sheer and highly blendable the palette is universal for everyone. The soft pinks and beiges look gorgeous on every skin tone. It gives each user a soft, sun-kissed face that doesn’t look all made up. Who doesn’t love that?

The Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Palette is available online at lauramericer.com and wherever Laura Mercier makeup is sold.

 

-Victoria Mason

Estee Lauder Looks to the Stars for Holiday Beauty Inspiration

  • posted November 17th, 2013
  • Beauty

I admittedly flip through to the final pages of a magazine to check out my monthly horoscope (hey, why not?), though I don’t exactly seek the planets’ advice when it comes to making major life decisions. That said, astrology’s influence on the latest fashion and beauty trends is undeniable – from Charlotte Olympia’s whimsical smoking flats to Valentino’s Spring 2014 accessories, and beyond. Beauty brand Estee Lauder isn’t one to let a major trend pass it by, so just in time for the Holiday 2013 gifting season, they’ve unveiled a new limited edition version of their Zodiac Powder Compacts. Redone in matte gold with rhinestone detailing, these sleek, astrology-inspired compacts house the brand’s Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder and are refillable, so you’ll be sure to get plenty of use out of it! Each collectible compact will set you back $50 apiece, which is a small price to pay for something that makes mid-day touch-ups infinitely more glamorous.

- Alexandra Gambardella

All I Want For Christmas is Mariah Carey’s New Holiday Collection for OPI!

  • posted November 5th, 2013
  • Beauty

Sorry, I couldn’t resist the post title. But It’s been almost two decades since the release of Mariah Carey’s first Christmas album, and few holiday albums since then have managed to evoke the same amount of seasonal cheer. You can’t deny it – Mariah definitely has the whole Christmas spirit thing under her Mrs. Claus belt, so it seems only fitting that she’d put her recent partnership with OPI to good use with another aptly-timed nail polish collection! The 18-shade Holiday 2013 collection is heavy on the red shades (though that’s hardly surprising), with some frosty, snow-inspired tones and of course, plenty of glitter. Mariah’s first collaboration line of polishes featured the debut of OPI’s Liquid Sand shades – gritty yet shimmery, ultra-fine glitter formulas – and this time, Mariah is unveiling six more limited-edition Liquid Sands, just in time for stocking-stuffing season! Not glitzy enough for you? Don’t fret – the holiday capsule collection also includes a top coat made out of genuine 18k white gold leaf, which is bound to put you right in cocktail party mood!

- Alexandra Gambardella

Peep Rihanna’s Final Collaboration Collection with MAC for Holiday 2013

  • posted November 1st, 2013
  • Beauty

You know what they say – all good things must come to an end – and this holiday season, MAC’s successful partnership with Rihanna officially comes to a close. But before saying goodbye for good, the makeup giant is releasing the final installment of its “RiRi Hearts MAC” collection. The rose gold-themed capsule line, which is being released oh-so-conveniently in time for the 2013 Holiday shopping season, features the return of the famed RiRi Woo lipstick. It also boasts two new lipstick shades, as well as felt-tipped liquid liners, gorgeously shimmery eyeshadow compacts, bronzing powder, a two-sided eyeshadow brush, and even a RiRi Woo nail lacquer. It’s hard not to fall in love (we dare you to resist!), but before you set yourself up for disappointment, don’t forget – like the other RiRi-approved installments before it, this Holiday collection is sure to sell out in record time! Look out for its debut this December!

- Alexandra Gambardella

 

Stila’s High-Shine Vinyl Lip Gloss Dares to Defy Fall’s Matte Craze

  • posted October 30th, 2013
  • Beauty

As any avid trend-hunter knows, Fall is a very exciting time for both the fashion and beauty worlds. And while many of this season’s hottest makeup trends seem to be converting gloss enthusiasts everywhere to matte lipstick, Stila’s latest lip color offers up a warm welcome home to the most faithful of gloss girls. After all, aside from smooth, shine-free shades, vinyl is also having a major moment, and Stila is taking full advantage with their Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss series. Released as part of their Fall 2013 collection, this 8-shade line of lip lacquers delivers high shine and maximum color pay-off without budging, feathering, or drying out lips. Thanks to nourishing ingredients like green coffee oil and seaweed extract, the formula glides on smoothly and stays put while moisturizing throughout the day. Even if you’re one of the many beauty mavens who are mad about matte this Fall, there’s still something to be said about a sexy, glossy pout that keeps its shine for hours!

- Alexandra Gambardella

Drugstore Buy of the Week – CoverGirl The Capitol Collection

 

CoverGirl has a genius new collection!  They’ve teamed up with the soon-to-be released second installment of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, to release a limited edition makeup and nail line.  

Even if you’re not a Hunger Games fan (or super fan!) there’s a little something for everyone in this collection.

The overall color palette focuses on shimmery, metallic versions of purple, green, gold, orange and red.  The collection has nine nail polish shades, six Smoochies lip glosses and a special Flamed Up Mega Curl Mascara.  And that’s not all!  There’s also CoverGirl’s very first nail stickers in different designs, like the flames (shown above).

Let’s start with the polishes:  These are their mini-versions of the full sized Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss bottles, called Glosstinis.  The polishes still feature a full sized brush  with flexible bristles, however, for easy application.

From our friends at Palacinka Beauty Blog

Unlike most of the shades in their permanent Nail Gloss range, these are much more sheer, with a thinner, yet still smooth texture.  They are buildable, but overall, these will provide much more of a shiny, shimmery effect that deep pigmented color, no matter which shade you choose.

Some of my favorite nail shades were, Black Heat (a very cool deep forest green with a black base and gold/green metallic shimmer).  Inferno is a very nice shade for Fall, combining a maroon with gold and bronze metallic shimmer.  If you’re looking for a cool Red, Rouge Red is a Orange-Red with lots of golden metallic shimmer.  Another shade that was nice for a soft, shimmery look is Scalding Emerald.  This is a very sheer green, filled with green, blue, gold and bronze metallic shimmer – so pretty!  Keep in mind Scalding Emerald is one of the sheerest shades in the collection however (even with several coats).

The nail stickers are fun and have a clear background which were perfect to layer over any of the Glosstini shades.

The collection also features the six, equally sheer, shimmery Smoochies Sizzle Glosses, and the Flamed Up Mega Curl mascara for those of you who really want to amp up naturally straight lashes. – RLB

From our friends at Palacinka Beauty Blog

Spider Lashes That Actually Look Chic? Thakoon Proves its Possible!

  • posted October 5th, 2013
  • Beauty

Spider lashes. They’re a beauty faux pas, typically caused by clumpy mascara (or just one coat too many), that makeup lovers everywhere have trained long and hard to avoid at all costs. But what if they could actually be… chic?! The models representing Thakoon’s Spring 2014 runway presentation proved that thick, spidery fringe isn’t all that bad after all – in fact, it makes eyes pop in a fresh new way that eliminates the need for heavy shadow and liner. Makeup artist Diane Kendal layered models’ lashes in at least three coats of NARS’ Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara backstage at the show. That’s certainly a doable option, but you can also get a similar look without drowning your own fringe by using tweezers to pinch together small groups of neighboring lashes to form exaggerated, doll-inspired points. If you’re not afraid of falsies, Make Up For Ever has a pair of fake fringe that will help you achieve a similar look as well – hit up your local Sephora and look for the pair named 130 Jennifer. What say you, beauty mavens – are you a fan of Thakoon’s spidery, seventies-inspired fringe? Sound off in the comments below! Photo Credit: Style.com

 

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