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Spring Collection: Nars

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Collection: Nars Spring 2012

Products Used:
Gaiety Blush
Douce France Eyeshadow Trio
Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in St. Mark’s Place $23.00 (from Holiday 2011 Collection)
Bilbao Lipstick

How To: I started by applying the Gaiety Blush – a poppy pink – to my cheeks to create  a light, bright pop of color. This same shade was seen all over the Spring runway (Thakoon had the pink cheek). I love a good trio for the eyes – it takes the guessing out of application. The lightest shade – in this case, a fleshy pink – goes from lash line to brow bone. The middle – or medium shade – in this case, a pale pink – goes over the entire lid. The crease shade is always the darkest shadow. In this trio, it’s a deep pink/ berry hue. I applied to the crease and brushed it down over the outer part of my eyelid for a cleaner eye (not as smoky or dramatic). I used the Eyeliner in a vibrant purple shade on the outer corners of my eyes – top lash line and lower lash line, from the outer corner to about 1/3 of the way in – to create a a colorful juxtaposition. The purple really pops against the pinkish/ berry shadows. On lips, I used Bilbao lipstick, a flesh-hued matte with subtle shimmer. The color was too  pale so I gently (very gently) brushed the eye liner back and forth on my lips for a hint of purple. To see how Mandy Koon Spring FW used the shadow trio and lipstick, click here.

Did You Know: To make the eyeliner softer and easier to apply, rub the tip between your hands. This will heat it up so that the pencil glides on lash line effortlessly. For extra drama, apply the darkest shade from the trio under your lower lash line. This will define the eyes and give a more smoky feel. If your lips feel too matte, use something like Aquaphor (my fav!) over the lipstick (not under as the color slides off too quickly if you use a moisture humectant before the lipstick).

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6; RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. Mascara is Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

Lorac Hot Off The Red Carpet Collection

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My inspiration for this post is all of the gilded goddesses from Monday night’s Met Ball (Michelle Williams and Lily Aldridge, specifically come to mind – click here for a recap on the trends from the big soiree).

Spring and gold go brilliantly together and Lorac has combined a fabulous collection of gold and bronze hues for your face, eyes and lips. The Hot Off The Red Carpet Collection is… well, just that: A look that is suitable for an A-list celeb to saunter down a red carpet.

There’s no denying that metallics are major right now. While that just-stepped-off-a-beach glow is sure to get you noticed, the gilded look is also scoring massive points if applied on eyes AND lips (as seen on Michelle Williams at the Met Ball). It’s a little bit Old Hollywood glamour girl and a little bit contemporary rock goddess. That’s the thing about makeup – trendy is simply an extension of something classic.

Here’s what you get in the box of goodies:

2 exclusive color-coordinated, mineral-infused, shimmering Baked Eye Shadow Duos
An excluisve, cult-classic TANtalizer Baked Bronzer
A Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss in 3D
A Gold Blingy Bag that can double as your evening clutch

Owner and creator of Lorac, Carol Shaw, has worked with many A-list celebs including Nicole Kidman, Allison Hannigan and Rachel Bilson… she’s quite the authority when it comes to red carpet beauty.

PRICE TAG: $36.00 ($140.00 value!) It’s a steal!!! LIMITED EDITION

Trend Alert: Spring Cut + Color

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It’s always great to get a pro’s advice on what’s hot each season. And there’s no one quite like Joico Celeb Stylist George Papanikolas, and my personal favorite colorist when I am on the West Coast. He works with celebs like Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus and is the go-to for young Hollywood.

George dishes on some trends we are bound to see this season. From hair color to cut, here’s what to expect — and if you have yet to make up your mind on a new look, here’s some inspiration.

“It’s going to be all about effortless cool this spring.  Hair with tons of texture but not perfect spiral curls.  It will be a more exaggerated wave and will be  more reminiscent of a surfer girl. 

Last season Ombre was the hot look, but for this season that look is too contrived.  Instead, the color will also be effortless and cool, with beach inspired highlights.  Everyone will be asking for balayage highlights that are hand-painted.  There will still be a rooty look, but not as exaggerated as it was in the past.  Instead roots will be mixed with gold, honey strands gradually getting lighter to baby blonde at the ends.  For brunettes it will be a similar effect with caramels and cinnamon tones.

For haircuts, the most asked for haircut is a long bob with bangs.  The cut is very 70s inspired, but takes a modern approach with the shorter length.  The texture stays with the effortless cool with exaggerated waves and roughed up texture.

We’ve also seen a resurgence of the pixie.  The look is huge on the red carpet, and should be paired with a bold hue to make it for this season.  White blonde, or a fiery red make this look pop.”

Spring CLEANing

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Hello, Beauty Banterers – I’ve missed you! Seems just yesterday I was talking about gifts for the holidays and now it’s Spring. Really? (Well, it’s Spring here on the West Coast – those in the East may beg to differ.)

With the changing of the seasons, I find my skincare, hair care, and makeup all change in different ways. As does my perfume.

Although I have one go-to scent I wear year-round, I like to mix it up a bit from time to time. Come warmer months, the spicier, headier fragrances that work when it’s chilly make me feel claustrophobic. I want something lighter, crisper, and that will tolerate triple digit weather when it arrives (and it will soon enough, ugh).

When the fabulous people at CLEAN told me about the the new additions to their collection, I was thrilled to try them out. The company began almost a decade ago with the quest to create a scent that was simple and, well, clean – I think of it as the simplicity of something like Dove soap only in perfume form.

At the time, I remember being at a party and two different people had just discovered this new, go-with-everything scent. But instead of being a trend that faded, it’s become something of a classic and the CLEAN line has expanded to dry shampoos, lotions, men’s fragrances, and even hand sanitizer.

I am loving the new CLEAN Summer Escape Eau de Parfum ($49). This limited edition scent blends notes of citrus and bergamot with lily, cotton blossoms and coconut water. It’s subtle, which I find nice. I like to wear perfume, not have it wearing me. Especially in warmer months. And the mix of flowers, citrus, and bit of spice work well together.

They also shared the new CLEAN Cotton T-Shirt ($38/$69), an Eau de Parfum that mixes musk, amber, freesia and cotton flower to create a scent that’s fresh and crisp and, again, subtle. The musky tones are there to give you “the feel of stealing and wearing your boyfriend’s tee” but it’s still very light and femme. Personally, I’d love to see them release a linen spray in this one.

You can find the entire CLEAN collection at Sephora (online and in stores), Ulta, and .  xo a.

Spring Trends With Tina Turnbow

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They say that Spring is right around the corner, though I am remiss to believe them. It’s still freezing cold according to my inner thermostat.

None-the-less, one of my favorite celebrity makeup artists, Tina Turnbow (clients include Claire Danes, Mary Louise Parker, Ivanka Trump, Amanda Peet, and Rachel Weisz), is forecasting on Spring color trends… and we’re digging the predictions!

Bold Cheeks: Concentrate pinks on the apples for a fever-flushed look. Example: Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in Blushed and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Amused
Romantic Neutrals: Add amorous shades of pink, nude, and beige. Example: Tarte Neutral Eyes Palette and Josie Maran Blush Stick in Rosey

Orange Lips: Find the shade that suits you- from pale coral to burnt red. Example: Cover Girl Lip Perfection in Hot Flame and Nars Lipsick in Heat Wave

Elegant Pastels: Create an ethereal look with luminous, dreamy shades. Example: For lips, Cover Girl Naturluxe Gloss Balm in Coral, Cargo Plant Love Green Glamour Kit and Korres soft liner pencil in Light Blue

Vivid Brights: Give lips, lids, cheeks, and nails a kick of traffic-stopping color. Example: Cargo Blush in Amalfi and Laguna and Tarte Aquagel Eyeliner in Teal

Luminous Golds: Add radiance, shimmer, and sheen for a subtly sexy allure. Example: Josie Maran Argan Illuminator, Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips, Organic Wear in bronzer/ginger duo, Cargo Safari Kit.

China Glaze: Spring 2011

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Our first 2011 Spring Collection is debuting… and it’s the new China Glaze collection is, ALL HANDS ON DECK, 12 New Glitters And Crèmes For Spring 2011.

Sail away this spring in 12 nautically-inspired colors from China Glaze. These bold and confident brights are reminiscent of a carefree natural getaway, with soft ethereal hues that inspire leisurely thoughts of sand and sea. 

Colors in this collection include:

·        Life Preserver: Highly pigmented and luxurious poppy crème. 
·        Hey Sailor: Vibrant crème red. 
·        Ahoy!: Delightfully intense pink that flashes with reflective glass speck.
·        First Mate: Sophisticated and rich navy crème.
·        Starboard: Hip and playful green crème. 
·        Lighthouse: Multi-dimensional, bright yellow glass speck.
·        White Cap: Whimsical and sparkling multi-dimensional white.
·        Pelican Gray: High shine, cool toned grey crème. 
·        Sea Spray: Calming pale blue crème. 
·        Below Deck: A flirty mix of taupe and violet.
·        Sunset Sail: Delightful peachy pink high shine crème. 
·        Knotty: Micro-particle beige shimmer

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

What’s the nail trend for Spring 2011? 
I’m thinking bright and bold…


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MAC is back with their first collection for 2011 — A Mickey Contractor Collaboration (no relation to Mickey Mouse, sadly).

“Who is Mickey Contractor, and why can’t about a billion people live without him? The answer involves breaking out into song and dance, because long before Glee, Mickey made the dashing heroes and exotic enchantresses of Bollywood Cinema into the famous faces throngs of fans want to look like. As M·A·C’s Director of Makeup Artistry for India, he’s more than an icon to a glamorous Eastern audience – he has mentored in-the-know Artists around the world for over three decades. These exclusive collections of Mickey’s musts are all about natural skin tonality and total performance, in addition to colour with a touch of exotic cine-magic. Foundation, Concealer, Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, goddess-gorgeous Eye shades, Lipstick, Lipglass and Blush, with his favourite brushes to star in your own big Bollywood hit.”

The hues are named after inspirational Hindu words (found this online…)
Yash – Success
Gulabi – Pink
Athma – Soul
Jaan – Life
Vivah – Marriage
Rani – Queen
Siahi – Ink
Gana – Song
Sur – Melody

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S.)
Yash Deep neutral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Mehr Dirty blue pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Gulabi Bright fuchsia (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
Mocha Peachy yellow-brown (Satin) (Permanent)

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. )
Flesh Dirty nude brown (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Lust Soft muted pink (Frost) (Permanent)

Athma Eyeshadow Quad($36.00 U.S.)
Folie Reddish-plum brown (Satin) (Permanent)
Carbon Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
Jaan Light neutral with soft gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Vivah Brown with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S.)
Saffron Deep coral caramel (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Rani Bright fuchsia with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Marvel Deep purple with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Oomph Forest green with soft gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

Fluidline ($15.00 U.S.)
Ivy Bright green (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Siahi Deep turquoise blue (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Blush ($18.50 U.S.)
Gana Bright white gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Sur Dirty rose brown (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation ($26.00 U.S.)
NC41, NC43.5, NC44.5 (Limited Edition)

Moisturecover Concealer ($16.50 U.S.)
NC23, NC43, NC44, NC45.5 (Limited Edition)

Moisturecover Double-End Concealer ($21.00 U.S)
Coral Corrector/Yellow Corrector (Limited Edition)

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($22.00 U.S.)

Available Jan 6 at maccosmetics.com.

 Which product(s) are you DYING to try?!


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Rimmel is one of my favorite drugstore cosmetics lines. I’ve been obsessed even before they sold in the states, when Kate Moss was the spokesmodel and you could only buy the goods in Europe.
While the products are now available stateside, the brand doesn’t get the recognition I believe that it deserves. Their run-of-the-mill eye pencil is one of my must-haves.

Well, ladies, here’s a sneak peak at Rimmel’s Spring 2010 collection…

THINK: Vibrant, saturated color for eyes, lips and cheeks.

WHAT IT IS : A burst of color to brighten up spring. This spring, the London look is all about color. From glamorously glimmering eyes to radiant cheeks and luminous lips, every feature is lit up with lush color this season. Highlight your best asset with a pop of color, or go bold with a strong eye and brilliant pout. Rimmel London has the high-impact shades you crave this season for eyes, lips and cheeks. 

This soft, silky formula delivers bold, brilliant and glamorous eyes with even, smooth, crease-proof application and high color impact.  Lavishly pigmented for longwearing, stay true color, the pressed powders are embossed with Rimmel London’s signature crown and housed in a glamorous black compact.
Available Shades: Glam Ice, Spicy Bronze, Posh Peacock, Night Jewel, Royal Violet, Celestial Sapphire

 ROYAL GLOSS ($4.99)
This deliciously wet-looking sheer gloss is enriched with Vitamins A, C and E as well as Royal Jelly. In 10 irresistible juicy, pearly shades, the great-tasting, non-sticky gloss is enhanced with the sweet scents of bubble gum, chocolate and peach. A glide-on applicator makes this great-tasting gloss extra easy to apply.
Available Shades: Berry Crush, Bubble Blush, Candy Rush, Cookie, Delicious, Gourmet, Peach Crush, Pink Taffy, Sweet Lust, Twinkle Pink

This soft-textured pressed powder blush delivers long-lasting, blendable, smudge-resistant color. With a natural hair contouring brush, the blush offers smooth, even, sheer coverage for a healthy natural glow.
Available Shades: Berry, Pink Rose, Pink Sorbet, Santa Rose

This glistening wet-look pencil can be used as a shadow or a liner, glossing lids with vibrant yet transparent color that instantly illuminates eyes.
Available Shades: Flaunt, Girls Only, Stand Out, Straight Laced, Talk To Me

I can’t wait to get my hands on the eyeful eye glistener (although I’m not too keen on the lime green hue… but I assume they have a golden shade that will fit right into my summer goddess  look).

Any products that you are dying to try?


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NARS has launched their new Multiple Tints just in time for summer. With bright, vibrant hues, these tints give cheeks, lips and even eyes a bright yet translucent pop of color. These limited-edition shades can be worn alone for a flush of color or layered with your favorite face and lip products for a bolder bling.

The NARS Multiple Tint comes in 3 shades:
Beverly Hills (bright red)
Turks & Caicos (bright orange)
Cadaqués (bright fuchsia).

Available for a limited time at NarsCosmetics.com

PRICE TAG: $38.00  

Inspired By: Dangerous Beauty

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One of my favorite movies — amazing cast and costumes — and great inspiration for spring/ summer beauty: Dangerous Beauty, the film about Venetian Courtesans.

The lead actress, Catherine McCormick plays Courtesan and Poetess, Vanessa Franco. She exhibits grace, style and a flair for perfectly pastel makeup.

Collections to check out:

La Prairie Spring

Dior Lace (the Dior Addict Lip Glosses are a lust-have!)

Nars So Famous Set (Sephora Exclusive) – peachy delight

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