Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

The women of Juarez need your help...

The more I think about it, the more it upsets me. I am not sure how MAC let this happen. It actually makes me so sad to think that I company and brand that I support so much would allow for something like this. I appreciate their efforts in trying to rectify this situation, but let us face it $100, 000 is not enough.

Fellow blogger, Rebecca from Le Salon de Beaute has started a petition that I fully support. Let us push this and hope for a long-term commitment to help the women in Juarez. You can visit and sign the petition here.

Thank you so much for your help...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fishtail Braid How - to

During the week, I usually do not bother blow drying or straightening my hair. I end up putting it in a bun or doing a side braid. Tonight for the very first time, I decided to try a fishtail braid. I love the way it looks and it's actually not as difficult as it seems. Here is the tutorial I used...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

MAC Cosmetics: Rodarte Collection Controversy

For those of you who are unaware, MAC's highly anticpiated Rodarte collection has created a great deal of controversy. Inspired by a Jaurez, Mexico - an impoverished factory town in the country that not only has the highest murder rate in the world, but is home to women who regularly disappear, only to be found raped and/or murdered and their bodies dumped on the streets. Some of these ‘women’, by the way, are as young as 12, and the police are doing little or nothing to investigate such crimes – the new Mac Rodarte collection boasts names like ‘Juraez’, ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘Factory’, alongside a campaign that appears to depict dripping blood.

Here is MAC's offical...

We understand that product names in the M•A•C Rodarte collection have offended our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We continue to listen carefully to the comments we have received and have the following plans to address concerns:

We are committed to donating $100,000 to a non-profit organization that has a proven, successful track-record helping women in need and that can directly improve the lives of women in Juarez in a meaningful way.
We are changing the product names in the M•A•C Rodarte collection.

As we have done in the past, please be assured that we will communicate details regarding our progress in this matter.

We recognize that the violence against women taking place in Juarez needs to be met with proactive action. We never intended to make light of this serious issue and we are truly sorry.
Helping to improve the conditions for women in Juarez is a priority for us and we are thankful for all the comments calling attention to the urgency of addressing this situation.

I love MAC, but honestly this is extremely upsetting. I will not be purchasing anything from this collection, even with the name changes and I truly hope that something like this never happens again. I do, however, feel that they are taking the best steps to fix the situation.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Lancome French Coquettes Collection

Ombre Magnetique / Spectacular Sparkle ($25.00)
Black Macadam
Uban Silver
Cherry Cherie

Color Design Eye Shadow Quad ($42.00) (Limited Edition)
French Touch

L’Absolu Rouge ($29.00)
Rose Divine
Parisian Attraction
Cherry Kiki

Le Vernis Trio ($25.00)
Kissed by Paris

La Rose Deco ($40.00)
Rosy Glow

via: Temptalia

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bobbi Brown Denim and Rose Collection

Denim and Rose Collection:

Denim & Rose Face Palette - $60
Highlighter Pen (Opal, Rose, Bronze) - $32
Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (Denim Ink) - $21
Sparkle Eye Shadow (Denim) - $24
Shimmer Lip Gloss (Raspberry) - $20
Extreme Party Mascara (Denim) - $22
Denim & Rose Mini Brush Set - $55

This collection bores the life out of me...thoughts?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

YSL Rock & Baroque Fall 2010 Collection

Ombres Duolumieres ($41.00)
• Purple Amethyst/Tawny Brown (29)
• Midnight Blue/Solar Gold (31)
Ombres Solo ($30.00)
• Aquamarine (13)
• Satin Silver (14)
Rouge Volupte Perle ($34.00)
• Beige Caresse (101)
• Coral Sun (102)
• Sparkling Pink (103)
• Stellar Pink (104)
• Insolent Beige (105)
• Mesmerizing Purple (106)
Golden Gloss ($30.00)
• Golden Satin (30)
• Golden Toffee (31)
Blush Variation ($45.00)
• Venetian Rose (19)
Touche Eclat ($40.00)
• Radiant Silk (8)
Singulier Mascara ($30.00)
• Indigo (5)
Manucure Duo
• Beautiful Day (01)
• Rive Gauche (02)
• Belle de Nuit (03)
• Peche (01)

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Beauty of the World Cup

I am so happy that Spain won! I spotted this article, shortly after Spain's victory, on, and I thought I would share it with my fellow beauty addicts!

The Netherlands: Orange County
Why the orange uniforms if the Dutch flag is red, white, and blue? Orange is actually the color of the Dutch royal family and is the shade synonymous with national pride. - NARS Cosmetics' semi-matte hit Heatwave.

Spain: Finger Wave
What better way to stick it to rival Dutch fans on Sunday than to give them the hand—a well-manicured hand, that is, featuring a fresh polish job courtesy of OPI's España collection. Go with Manicurist of Seville.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Chanel Haute Couture 2010/2011 Makeup

Get the look! I have been obsessing over this red lipstick since I saw pics from the runway show. Isn't it gorg?!

Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks at the 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture runway show in Paris:

PRO LUMIÈRE Professional Finish Makeup
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder
ÉCLAT LUMIÈRE Highlighter Face Pen

LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow in Enigma

LE CRAYON LÈVRES Precision Lip Definer in Carmin
ROUGE COCO Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Rivoli

LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Rouge Fatal (launching in October 2010)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Smashbox Masquerade Fall 2010 Collection

A fantasy of illusion. Intrigue. Mystery. Desire. Who’s behind the mask? To reveal or disguise is up to you. Smashbox Cosmetics invites you to intoxicate and seduce the senses with the Masquerade Collection, a labyrinth of provocative hues with entrancing allure for eyes, cheeks, and lips. Just remember—things aren’t always as they seem. . .
Masquerade Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00)
From subtle to ultra dramatic, the shades in this enticing palette disguise your eyes with a veil of magnetic color. Organized in complementary trios, the shades create coordinated looks for maximum intrigue.
• Includes matte soft peach, shimmering black plum, matte taupe, metallic khaki, shimmering gold, bronze, metallic cabernet, shimmering navy, matte bone)
Illusion Baked Fusion Soft Lights Palette ($32.00)
Create the illusion of a lit-from-within glow with this palette of shimmering shades, designed to illuminate cheeks, nose, forehead and décolleté.
• Includes champagne, soft gold, rosegold
Intrigue Creamy Cheek Color & Brush ($29.00)
Formulated with antioxidant Vitamin E, this luxurious creamy cheek color will give cheeks a “just blushed” look—the perfect innocent disguise. Glide the creamy formula over the apples of cheeks, then blend with the brush for a flawless pop of color.
• Shade: Warm pink
Liquid Liner & Lash Overlay ($19.00)
Cloak eyes in an air of mystery with this innovative two-in-one formula for lash line and lashes. Just line the eyes and then sweep the specially designed rod over a coat of mascara to “tip” the ends of lashes for a subtle yet intriguing look. Available in Teal and Bronze.
Lip Enhancing Gloss ($19.00)
• Reveal Golden nude
• Disguise Golden pink
Noir O-Gloss ($22.00) (Sephora Exclusive)
This disguise transforms before your very eyes—the sultry lip formula glides on black, then evolves into a custom bold berry hue tailored to your specific skin tone. Formulated with Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract and Goji Berry Extract to boost microcirculation as well as moisturizing Avocado Oil antioxidant Vitamin C and Pomegranate Seed Oil, O-Gloss Noir interacts with your personal skin chemistry to create a shade that’s unique to you.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Burberry Cosmetics Collection Launch

Sheer Eye Shadow ($29.00)
Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow comes in twenty beautiful shades from iconic trench to smokey metal. The shadows can be blended to create an infinity of eye enhancing colours. The innovative formula uses silicones for smooth and flawless application and contains micronised satin smooth pigments to ensure long-lasting colour fidelity. The cooler shades catch the light enhancing the natural radiance of the eyes and the dark shades hollow, to give depth.

Available in: White, Porcelain, Golden Ochre, Chestnut, Almond, Taupe Brown, Khaki, Rosewood, Antique Rose, Tea Rose, Rose, Lavender Blue, Lavender, Slate Blue, Pearl Blue, Grey, Black, Plum, Midnight Blue
Effortless Mascara ($28.00)
This versatile mascara provides effortless volume and beautiful coverage for all looks from the most natural to the most sophisticated. Burberry Volumising Lash Enhancer contains marine plant glycogen that accelerates fibre growth and strengthens the lashes, whilst providing effortless definition. A protective film forms on the surface of the lash and shields against humidity, rain and heat.

Eye Definer ($27.00)
Burberry have created five Eye Shaping Pencils that work with your natural eye colour to enhance and intensify. Formulated using natural conditioning waxes and emollient oils, Burberry Eye Definer glides on effortlessly to highlight the eye colour and shape. Water resistant and long-wearing.

Available in: Black, Brown, Ash Brown, Midnight Blue, Plum
See lip, cheek, and face products! Lip Cover ($30.00)
Burberry Soft Satin Lipsticks add a touch of luminosity and radiance. The lightweight combination of nourishing oils and gel dispersed pigment ensures intense moisture and long lasting colour fidelity. Burberry Soft Satin Lipstick contains anti-aging ceramides for fuller lip definition. For a understated but striking look apply like a normal lipstick. For a more effortless natural beauty, apply to the finger and press into the lips.

Available in: Nude Beige, Cameo, Cameo Pink, Rosewood, Heather Pink, Nutmeg, Tea Rose, Blush, Rose, Antique Rose, Sepia, Heather, Purple, Plum, Claret, Union Red, Ruby Red, Brick Red, Hibiscus, Burgundy
Lip Glow ($27.00)
This light reflecting Natural Lip Gloss adds a hint of colour for a fresh and moisturised glow that enhances the lips natural radiance. The formula uses nourishing oils and ceramides that leave the lips hydrated, supple and naturally plumped. Apply with the applicator directly to the lips, or on top of a Burberry Soft Satin Lipstick.

Available in: Rosewood, Heather, Sepia, Blush, Tea Rose, Cameo Pink, Cameo, Nude Beige, Nutmeg, Rose, Mocha
Lip Definer ($27.00)
Burberry soft and smooth Lip Shaping Pencil adds natural definition to the lips, enhancing the shape and colour. Formulated using natural nourishing oils and amino acid derivatives, the pencil adds firmness to the lip contour and smoothes fine lines. Natural colours compliment the Soft Satin Lipstick range for an even, immaculate finish. Outline the lips before lipstick application to for a precise lip line. Part of the Burberry Lips collection.

Available in: Nude Beige, Rose, Sepia, Bright Plum, Brick Red, Nutmeg
Light Glow ($42.00)
An airy lightweight blush that gives the skin a bright fresh glow. Burberry Natural Blush contains silicones for effortless and even application and wild rose extract for moisturising benefits. The complexion glows with natural looking radiance. Apply to the hollow of the cheeks to slim the face or apply to the cheek bone to highlight. Trademark Burberry Check case. Part of the Burberry Glow collection.

Available in: Blossom, Cameo, Peony, Rose, Russet
Warm Glow ($48.00)
Burberry Natural Bronzer warms the complexion to give a glowing sun-touched look. The lightweight formula leaves the skin feeling supple and smooth and looking naturally bronzed. Micronised pigments reproduce the skin’s natural colour producing a flawless and perfectly blended finish. Apply with the Burberry Beauty Brush in a circular motion from the check to the hairline. Lightly dust across the rest of the face for a sun kissed look.

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Beauty Brush ($52.00)
A Beauty Brush made from natural hair for extreme softness and precise application. This brush gives flawless coverage and can be used with all Burberry Glow products.

Sheer Foundation ($52.00)
Burberry Luminous Fluid Foundation gives the skin a natural fresh looking radiance. The lightweight formula allows optimum light diffiusion achieving a look of natural luminosity. The fluid foundation hydrates the skin whilst providing long lasting coverage.

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Sheer Foundation ($55.00)
Burberry Luminous Compact Foundation gives the skin a flawless, natural glow. The lightweight formula blends effortlessly and contains orange derivatives to refine the grain of the skin, leaving it looking fresh and feeling smooth and supple. The innovative formula helps to minimise shine resulting in a pure matte complexion. For a sheer, natural look apply with the sponge and for maximum coverage and a velvet finish, apply with a damp sponge.

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Sheer Powder ($45.00)
Porcelain 01
Porcelain 02

For more product pictures, please click here.

Christian Louboutin A/W '10

via: Monica Rose

Monday, July 5, 2010

NARS Cosmetics Fall 2010 Preview

The eye shadow shade named for Guinness is a rich, royal purple. “When I started thinking about colors that meant Daphne to me, purple felt right — and when I tried it on her at the shoot, I immediately knew it needed to be named for her,” said Nars. Guinness wears it in the campaign along with Mangrove, a new eye shadow in an yellow-green hue; Douceur blush, a soft pink-brown, and Rouge Basque Lipstick, a “quintessential red” inspired by the French Basque region. The eye shadows will each retail for $23, the lipstick for $24 and the blush for $26. “Daphne’s like a painting in this image,” said Nars, who used a set of mirrors to reflect Guinness’ image from every angle. “Since Daphne was the inspiration for the campaign, I thought, ‘Why not have more of her?’” — WWD

OPI Swiss Collection

Above, from left to right: Diva Of Geneva is a vivid grape shimmer; Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous is a silver shimmer; Glitzerland is a gold shimmer; Yodel Me On My Cell is an ocean blue shimmer; The Color To Watch is a violet shimmer; and, Cuckoo For This Color is a Kelly green shimmer.

Above, from left to right: I’m Suzi & I’m A Chocoholic is a chocolate creme; From A To Z-urich is a cherry red creme; Color So Hot It Berns is an orange-red creme; Just A Little Rösti At This is a cinnamon-red creme; William Tell Me About OPI is a dark aubergine creme; and, Ski Teal We Drop is a teal creme.

I am soooooo excited!!!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

MAC Cosmetics: Haute & Naughty Lash

Leading the kind of double life that doesn’t land you in the tabloids is easy with Haute & Naughty Lash – so smart with its two-in-one dual wiper system, you choose if you want defined lashes for day, or instantly combed volume for evening. Use the small orifice for a natural end look; the large orifice for major drama, all-in-one! First at M∙A∙C, this innovative, unique, double-duty development is the clever new way to customize lashes…select and shimmy brush from root to tip for desired effect. State-of-the-art conditioning and hydrating formula prevents parching, flake-outs. A one-for-all winner!

M·A·C Haute & Naughty Lash Available July 2010 only at
September 2010 at all locations in the permanent collection

Thursday, July 1, 2010

MAC Cosmetics: Fabulous Felines Collection

Palace Pedigreed

Superior- Sheer lavender with pink pearlized pigments (dazzle)
Of Royalty- Light creamy blue pink (cremesheen)
Aristo-Cat- Mid-tone purple mauve (frost)
Cunning- Dark berry (frost

Docile- Mid-tone lavender with pearlized pigments (frost)
Best of Breed- Light mid-tone blue pearlized pigments (frost)
Lap of Luxury- Dark eggplant with pearlized pigments (frost)

Cremestick Liner
Beurre- mid-tone plum

Superslick Liquid Eye Liner
Nocturnal- Bright silver with pearlized pigments
Smoky Heir- Dark blue violet with soft pearlized pigments
Signature Blue- Dark navy with soft pearlized pigments

Eye Shadow x4 Palace Pedigreed
Courtly- frosted muted light pink beige (satin)
Palice Pedigreed (deep berry with dark and soft pink pearlized pigments
Quite Spoiled- mid-tone neutral mauve (satin)
Russian Blue- deep neutral grey (matte)

Mauvent- cool taupe with gold pearlized pigments (frost)
Bloodline- Dark mid-tone brown purple( frost)

Mineralize Blush
Pet Me- light yellow pink with soft pearlized pigments (frost)

168SH Brush- Large angled contour brush with a short handle

Leopard Luxe

Out-Minxed- Light yellow gold (glaze)
Drive Me Wild- Mid tone warm coral with gold pearlized pigments
Powerful- Mid tone bronze with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments
The Prowl- Creamy dark chocolate- lustre)

A Quiet Roar- Pale white gold (frost)
Schemer- Mid tone yellow camel with red and gold pearlized pigments
Wildly Refined- Mid tone coral with gold pearlized pigments (frost)

Lip Liner
Creamola- Soft Tan

Eyeshadow X4 Leopard Luxe
Wild by Nature- Mid-tone camel (matte)
Style Predator- Frosted mid tone yellow orange (veluxe pearl)
Notoriety- Mid-tone brown with gold pearlized pigments (velvet)
Furiously Fabulous- Frosted warm black (veluxe pearl)

Superslick Liquid Eye liner
Pure Show- bright yellow gold with pearlized pigments
Marked for Glamour- mid-tone grey with soft pearlized pigments
On the Hunt- true black

Lithe- warm nude with gold pearlized pigments (frost)
Old Gold- high frosted tarnished gold (frost)

Utterly Game- warm peach with soft pearlized pigments (frost)

2 SH brushes
1- large fluff brush with a short handle
1- powder/blush brush with a short handle

Burmese Beauty

Pet Me Please- light mid-tone mauve (frost)
To Pamper- Creamy mid-tone taupe( lustre)
Liquid Lurex- Light yellow green with multi-dimensional pearl (dazzle)
Kittenish- deep red berry (cremesheen)

Spree- pink champaigned taupe (frost)
Jealous- Light mid-tone green with pearlized pigment (frost)
Fancy Cat- Mid-tone coral with gold pearlized pigment (frost)

Cremestick Liner
Velvetella- blackened plum

Eyeshadow x4 Burmese Beauty
Prized- pale yellow beige (satin)
Skintone 2- mid-tone gold (frost)
Burmese Beauty- Frosted brown green (lustre)
Showstopper- deep blackened brown (matte)

Superslick Liquid eye liner
Desires & Devices- Sparkling dark green
Defiantly Feline- chocolate brown with soft pearlized pigments
Treat Me Nice- emerald green with soft pearlized pigments

Gold Stroke- high frosted tarnished gold (frost)
Antique Green- turquoise green with green pearlized pigment

Plush Lash
Plushblack- Black

Mineralize Blush
The Soft Meow- midtone golden bronze with soft pearlized pigments

188SH Brush - small duo fibre face brush with a short handle

Burmese Beauty Bag - a gusseted cosmetic bag in an exotic (something) with a faux leather trim in a corresponding color

This collection is going to be mega! Release date is August 26th!


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