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GIVEAWAY: Day 6 ~ Smashbox Click You’re It

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From their coveted Photo Finish Primer to the extensive range of wearable colors, Smashbox Cosmetics is a makeup artist favorite. Their holiday palette makes eye makeup application a breeze with gorgeous, vibrant shades, cream liners and how-to cards to create a multitude of eye looks. And we can all use some easy in life!

Smashbox Click You’re It Holiday Eye Palette includes everything you need for a smoky eye to a bold lid. Contains 15 eye shadows, 5 creamy eye liners, a mini Photo Finish Lid Primer and the Get-The-Look, instructional cards.

Value: $250.00!

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A few of my favorite things… Travel Edition

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I receive countless emails asking about my travel regimen so I thought I’d share some of my absolute favorite travel products with you today, on the heels of my venture west to warmer weather. Sadly, the sun has yet to make an appearance but here’s to wishful thinking (and warmer temps, thank God).

So, considering that it is travel season, these items should come in handy like, today.

Here are a few of my favorite travel items:

– I use it for my lips, cuticles, eyes AND sinus’. It works wonders to keep the entire lot hydrated. It’s also most effective for all climates. Coming from a blizzard (NYC) to a dessert (LA), climate was bound to give my skin something to get all chapped up about.

Smashbox O-Gloss – Flying leaves me ghostly pale and drained of all color — skin, eyelids and lips. O-Gloss comes in handy when I want a hint of pink — like a stain — with a surge of moisture. I also use it on my cheeks to give them a natural flush.

– Yes, I still care about the state of my hair 30,000 feet above ground. The beach spray is the perfect formula to take travel hair and make it beach-chic. Messy tresses that look — and smell — salon styled.

Klorane Dry Shampoo – The travel size is perfect to spray pre-landing for a quick touch-up-and-go. Gets rid of dirt and grease buildup from the flight and gives hair an added bounce of volume.

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream – It’s imperative to hydrate hands and nails while in flight. My current cream of choice comes thanks to french skincare line, Caudelie. Full of anti-oxidants and grape seed, the cream smells amazing and moisturizes equally as impressively. I apply at least every 30 minutes.

– You can use this balm anywhere, I like to pat it on my face, especially during a flight. With all of that reprocessed air, my skin is begging for some TLC. Skin Foods offers my face moisture, soothing properties of lavender and calendula and an all-around healthy glow. Can also be used on hands, feet, around the eye area, neck and elbows. Apply sparingly.

Smashbox Summer: 2009

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UNTAMED for Summer 2009 From Smashbox Cosmetics. Yes, the fall line has just dropped but there’s still time to rock the summer and this collection is ferosh! The nude gloss is a year-round go-to hue and the berry-stained cream cheek color is fabulous with a tan or an Anne Hathaway porcelain mug. For fall, try this irrisistable berry on your pout and finish with a touch of clear gloss… see – you can wear these colors well into the cold!

THINK: Ferociously bold beauty.

WHAT IT IS: Looking for adventure? Unleash your wild side with this lush, tropical safari-inspired collection from Smashbox Cosmetics. Untamed is designed to make your summer smolder! Brave these dangerous hues to get sizzling hot for your next adventure, but beware—it’s a jungle out there.

Pounce on these ferocious lip glosses before they escape. Available in two fierce shades for double the trouble.
Available Shades: FLESH *BB Fave* (pale nude), RAW (deep berry)
Application Tips: Glide over lips for instant color and shine. Layer over lip pencil or lipstick to enhance color.

DOUBLE-ENDED EYE BRIGHTENER ($22) *BB Fave* Like our coveted Anastasia highlighting pencil but with more of a champagne color.
This double-ended brightener highlights and brightens in one quick step for eyes that roar for attention.
Available Shades: Warm Gold/Champagne
Application Tips: Apply either shade to inner corners of eyes, brow bone, and above brows, then blend.

Take a walk on the wild side with this luxurious creamy blush in a gorgeous sun-kissed shade and a mirrored compact.
Available Shades: UNTAMED (warm brown)
Application Tips: Apply to apples of cheeks and sweep back toward ears using FOUNDATION BRUSH #13 or fingertips. CREAMY CHEEK COLOR also doubles as a gorgeous nude lip color—just smooth over your pout with fingertips for sheer, neutral color.

Create beautifully bold eyes with these daring trios in mirrored compacts. Completely waterproof and crease-proof for fearless, all-day wear.
Available Shades: EXOTIC (deep purple, lilac, champagne), SAVAGE (vibrant green, deep brown, soft gold)
Application Tips: Use each shade to enhance eyes. The darkest shade can also be used as a liner to define. Use DEFINER BRUSH #15 for shadow, or ARCED LINER BRUSH #21 as a liner.

CHEEK HIGHLIGHTER ($24; Sephora Exclusive)
Create beautiful cheeks that glow with this gorgeous highlighter to compliment any skin tone.
Available Shades: AGLOW
Application Tips: Apply to the tops of cheekbones using fingertips.


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I think face primers are absolutely genius. Most days I wear little more than a tinted moisturizer with SPF but adding a primer means the color goes on smoothly, reduces appearance of pores and lasts all day. I’ve found several brands that make a great product but most contained less than eco-friendly ingredients. So, when KORRES created a face primer, I was intrigued. I love, love, love the KORRES brand but could a silicone-free primer still do the job?

Absolutely. It was lighter than anything I’d ever used, closer to the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer than Smashbox Photo Finish. With a light, citrusy scent (probably the grapefruit peel oil), I applied the same amount I would with a heavier primer. I added Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, some mascara and check tint and faced the heat of LA summer. My skin looked great all day. I am hooked.

What amazes me is how much it does while leaving out so much. No parabens, silicone, synthetic fragrance, sulfates, phalates, GMOs, mineral oils, synthetic dyes or phalates. All things our bodies and the environment do not need. While it isn’t oil free, my combination skin has had no problems. Personally, I’ve often found that what causes skin breakouts and irritations are the synthetics and petrolatum based ingredients in products.

Ninety-nine percent natural with 11.19 % organically farmed ingredients, and dermatologically tested, KORRES Face Primer carries the coveted seal of ECOCERT. While it prides itself on “skin soothing botanicals and Vitamin E that refine skin texture, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce pore size,” you can be assured it also passed the highest international standards for ecology around. That’s beauty inside and out.

Smashbox Spring 2009

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The Smashbox Spring 2009 collection is a pastel rainbow for eyes, cheeks and lips. The eye palette is particularly amazing – with 10 incredible colors to choose from ranging from brown to pale blue to moss green. And the lippies are fabulous! The casing is like a squeeze tube but it actually opens and reveals a sponge applicator (although we heart bristled applicators more). And the consistancy is both glossy and creamy, leaving the pout adorned with a hint of color.

But I think what I love most about the Spring Collection is the packaging – a little Jackson Pollack, a little paint n swirl. It’s nice to see Smashbox following in the footsteps of MAC and changing up their look from collection to collection.

Here are the deets:

Bionic Mascara in Black Violet ($19)
Lip Paints in Artiste (creamy berry), Virtuoso (creamy pink) and Luminary (creamy nude)($21)
Blush Rush in Masterpiece ($24.00) **Beauty Banter Fave**
Hybrid 2-in-1 Luminizing Primer in Bare Canvas (luminous champagne) ($34)
Cream Eye Liner Artist Pencils Set of 4 in Lapis (deep ocean blue), Imperial (deep violet), Slate (dark charcoal), Antique Gold (deep gold) ($36)
Artist Eye Palette in Muse ($48)

Available NOW at smashbox.com

Smashbox Holiday 2008

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Tis the Season to be glam without spending major cash! Smashbox’s Holiday Collection, Rapture, is a statement to all things feminine (even the casings and brushes are a pale, pearlish pink hue). The collection is soft, shimmery, romantic and, dare I say, sexy!

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Like most Holiday lines, Rapture comes pre-packed in ultimate beauty lover kits – whatever your vice, Smashbox has a fix (kit) for it! Some products are new, some are limited edition, some are even miniature, but all are sure to make for awesome additions to your beauty bag.

Here are the deets:

Obviously, a Smashbox staple and a must-have for every beauty whore!

LIP GLOSS COLLECTION $29 (value $90)
Set includes 3 best-selling shades and 3 holiday exclusives.
RAVISHING (shimmery rosy nude)
LOVELY (shimmery soft pink)
STUNNING (shimmery bright pink)
ILLUME (pale nude with iridescence)
RADIANT (shimmery pink plum)
CANDID (pink with golden shimmer)

BEST OF SMASHBOX KIT $19 (value $43)
Travel-size Smashbox bestsellers.
MINI FUSION SOFT LIGHTS in DUSK (shimmering nude, deep bronze, terracotta, soft pink and golden tan)
MINI LIP ENHANCING GLOSS in AURA (shimmery nude pink)

TRAVEL BRUSH COLLECTION $49 (value $134)**Beauty Banter Fave**
5 professional travel size brushes – they are AMAZING!!!

EYE SHADOW & BRUSH COLLECTION $59 (value $246) *Beauty Banter Fave*
8 duos, sixteen shades, 2 brushes – an eyeshadow lover’s crack!

GIFT OF GLOW COLLECTION $49 (value $127) Sephora Exclusive
Collection for eyes, lips and cheeks. Includes 2 brushes and a quilted travel pouch.
WATERPROOF SHADOW LINER in HOLLYWOOD (bronze with golden shimmer)
LIP GLOSS in GILDED (shimmery pale gold)

ULTIMATE BEAUTY PALETTE $59 Exclusively at Ulta
Almost 100 shades of Smashbox favorite eye and cheek colors. This palette contains every color (and then some) that you’ll ever need. Reminds us of the Make Up For Ever Limited Edition palette – but 1/4 of the price!

How amazing are these prices! It’s good to know that Smashbox had the crashing economy in mind when they prepared their Holiday kits — these are some serious steals!

Happy Shopping!

Smashbox Fall 2008: Wicked Lovely

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Smashbox’s Fall 2008 collection is seriously fierce! From its pink, grey and black outer packaging, to its lacey-looking inscription, to its warm color spectrum, it all reminds me of a Boudoir in Paris.

You can go either way with Wicked Lovely: Play the part of WICKED with vampy, smoky eyes and nude lips or play LOVELY with light, angelic eyes and bold lips. Whichever you choose, the products will adjust.

The Look:
“Embrace the sensual duality within every woman with Wicked Lovely. Each of the products in the collection speak to this duality through wickedly lovely shade choices, sinfully rich textures, and an all over beauty look that is either charmingly sweet, devilishly sexy or a little bit of both. “

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The Products:

3 cream liners (metallic taupe, metallic bronze, metallic charcoal) and a sparkling loose shimmer (sparkling pewter) in one mirrored pot.

BLUSH RUSH in CHARM **Beauty Banter Fave**
Get a gorgeous rush of color with this ultra-luxurious, long-wearing blush. Packaged in an innovative swivel mirror compact.

SEXY/DEMURE (muted brown, shimmering peach) **Beauty Banter Fave**
SINFUL/PURE (dirty teal, shimmering ivory)
The velvety cashmere texture glides on and blends smoothly for gorgeous looks that last. These shimmering duos can be worn day or night to play up eyes.

A double-ended lip pencil and creamy lip color in one, this vitamin-packed formula has caffeine and nourishing wheat glycerides to moisturize and protect your pout while defining lips and imparting beautiful luminous color.
The perfect peachy pink for a nude Parisian pout!

Best-selling BIONIC MASCARA is now available in a blue hue. BIONIC is the first ionic mascara that delivers longer, stronger and more voluminous super-power lashes.

COY (sheer nude) **Beauty Banter Fave**
SWEET (sheer pink)
SULTRY (black cherry – only at Sephora)
A sheer, sexy gloss for a sweet pout that delivers the perfect shine and hint of tint. I’m obsessed with the sultry casing, complete with a hanging tassel. And the wand is bristled (YAY) – easier to apply in creases of lips and mouth. The nudes are incredibly wearable and shiny. This is by far my favorite product in the collection!

LIP PENCIL in TEMPT (only at Sephora)
A dark, creamy lip pencil guaranteed to entice. Blend for a bolder color or wear with Sultry for a perfect match!

For a closer look at the entire collection, click HERE. Available NOW!

What products are you dying for???

We’re BLUSHING Over Smashbox’s Latest BLUSHES

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Blush is a necessity for EVERY woman…. seriously! It revives a dull and tired face and brightens a complexion.
We had the opportunity to try out Smashbox Cosmetics newest line of ALL BLUSHES, Blush Rush, and we heart them!!!!

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The concept behind the Blush Rush line is this: The colors are meant to work with every skin tone. Each shade is streak-proof and lasts all day. They are paraben and fragrance-free, infused with Vitamins A and E (good for skin) AND the compact comes with a swivel mirror hidden along the bottom (for easy on-the-go application)! How genius!!!!

While some of the colors are too light for our personal liking (and don’t really make a dent on our olive complexion) and others are a bit too bronzey (our skin is already naturally bronzed), Blush Rush definitely delivers close to purrrfection with every blush.

Here are the 8 shades in the line:
BARE cool dusty rose
ECSTASY warm shimmery nude
CHIFFON shimmery warm golden pink
PARADISE warm golden apricot
FLUSH shimmery cool pink
HEARTBREAK warm shimmery plum
GINGERSNAP warm rosy bronze
CRUSH cool raspberry

Our faves are Crush (dramatic for day), Paradise (apricot – color of the moment), Heartbreak (my new nighttime staple – it really makes a “blushing” statement), and Chiffon (great everyday burst of pink).

*** Professional Tip *** “Apply BLUSH RUSH to apples of cheeks and sweep back toward ears using BLUSH BRUSH #16 or FAN BRUSH #22.

PRICE TAG: $24.00 (for each blush). AVAILABLE AUGUST 1 at smashbox.com.


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We, at Beauty Banter, are here to help. We love receiving your beauty questions and those sometimes frightening beauty emergencies. After all, that’s why I started blogging in the first place!

So, when one of our lovely readers, JOG, wrote in with the following question – “I see a lot of pics of celebs with what appears to be white eyeshadow. how do they pull this off without looking creepy/cakey/gross? Is there a method or a specific e/s you can recommend?” – we knew we not only wanted to answer it for her, but for all of our other readers as well.

This is a great Summer beauty question… how do you do a white eye right?

(Shimmery White Eye with Liner and Lashes:
J. Lo. from the Costume Institute Gala; May, 2008)

We enlisted the help of two amazing professional makeup artists for the answer.

Celebrity Makeup Artist and Photographer, Troy Jensen (he’s painted the faces of Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, Halle Berry, and Paris Hilton – just to name a very, very few… you must check out his website – his client list is RIDICULOUS!), gave us these brilliant products and tips to help us on our quest:

Jouer Cosmetics has a brilliant cream white highlighter that works great in the eyes, Just dab it on your eye-lids with your finger tips, curl your lashes and add black Diorshow Mascara. I love to pair this eye with a deep pink stain lip and sheer gloss. I love Three Custom Color’s “Light Bright Lip Collection” in Palladium, Danceteria, and Limelight. They give a sheer wash of vibrant color. Perfect with a shimmery white eye, That’s fresh for Summer.”

Smashbox’s resident makeup artist, Lori Taylor, also had some tips and products in mind. Here’s her professional advice:

“The best way to achieve this look is by not choosing a white that is chalky. Using a cream based shadow or a shimmering white is best (try the white from the Smashbox trio, Twilight). You can be a little playful by adding an eyeliner that has a bit of pop to it. Like metallic gray, bronze or pewter (Try Smashbox’s Lava-Pewter, Putty-Taupe, Thunder-Gray or Water-Proof Jet-Set Bronze). Even purple, green or blue (a deep and subtle shade, not electric) shades can enhance the subtle color you tend to have by being in the sun. Experiment with false lashes. Summer is the time to push the make up envelope and shed those old winter habits and drab winter colors.

It’s always important to keep in mind that during the summer months (and really all year round) one should not mask the skin with foundation, try using a tinted moisturizer like Smashbox’s Sheer Focus. Skin is the basis for any good make up!

Thanks to Troy and Lori for their **exclusive** expertise!

And remember, if you’re in a beauty bind, email us! We’re here to help (and so are our fabulous, famous makeup artist friends)!


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For all those in search of their Spring bronzer, look no further… Smashbox’s Fusion Body Lights Bronzing Powder in The Strip is the must-have, convenient bronzer and highlighter for a faux tanned complexion. It’s meant as an all over body bronzer but I use it on my face as well.

At this year’s L.A. Fashion Week, the kind people over at Smashbox decided to give the guests a bronzer and applicator in the gift bag! How amazing?!

I love the color that this product gives… it’s the perfect tan…. not a fake and bake hue, but not pale either. It’s a trio of colors that comes in a massive circular compact. One brush of your applicator over the three colors and you’re good to go.

The one thing that I don’t like, but many others do, is the scent. I get it… it’s supposed to be “tropical.” But it’s SO perfumed I find it overwhelming. And since I have very sensitive skin, I do try to stay away from products that contain fragrance. But so far, the bronzer hasn’t irritated my skin. And the color is SO hot… I’m willing to sacrifice the fragrant scent for a little healthy color!

So, stock up on your new must-have bronzer… Sun free, streak free tan! Amen!

$54.00 (comes with nub brush!)

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