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alex’s eco-chic summer picks

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I’m melting. At least that’s how it’s felt the last few days. And so, with summer in full swing, I’ve switched up some of my daily hair, skin, and makeup choices to work with the intense heat.
With wavy hair, combination skin, and an inability to leave my house without mascara, it’s all about finding the best products to make me feel put together when I’d rather be in the pool cooling off. And, as always, trying to do it all without parabens, petrochemicals, or synthetics.
Everyone knows by now that my love of green beauty knows no end, but I must say that when it comes to SPF, I don’t care if you go eco or not, just be sure to slather on a sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. (Lecture over.) Personally, I opt for Burt’s Bees SPF 30 and, if I’m staying in the sun, a hat to offer extra protection.
While I like the idea of facial moisturizers with an SPF in them, I swear by Dr. Hauschka’s Normalizing Day Oil ($42.95), which is SPF-less. So post-Dr. H, I use California Baby’s SPF 30 Stick ($14.99). For a bit of color, I’ll add a few drops of Dr. H’s Translucent Bronze Concentrate ($39.95)as I blend the sunscreen to cheeks, nose, and chin. (You can pick all of this up at Whole Foods, too.)
My tan is of the faux sort, and one of the best ways to extend its life is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Year-round I adore Korres body butters, but I now add Shea Moisture’s Organic Raw Shea Chamomile ArganOil Baby Lotion ($9.99). The lotion, which has the consistency of Vaseline minus the petro chems, melts into the skin.
Most of my makeup favorites are by tarte – their waterproof and longwearing products stand up to 95 degree weather, like multiplEYE mascara ($24), park ave princess bronzer ($29), and Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in tipsy ($25) – which I’ll sometimes mix with dollface cheek stain ($30). I want to try their new clay concealer, but for now I still think ($8.95) does the trick. For lips, I love KORRES lip butters ($12) and highly recommend picking up this great set which gives you three for $19.
In this heat, I tend to keep my hair up (OK, I always seem to have my hair up), and so Goody Spin Pins ($6.29)are my go to. I’ll often throw on an elastic headband or pin back my shorter layers with barrettes by France Luxe ($9) – you can pick these up at J. Crew, too – or petite bobby pins from Goody ($2.99). For ponytails, I love the snag-free elastics from Sephora ($3.50), and the matchbook-like case that keeps them organized. If I wear it down, I spray on California Baby detangler ($11.49), and put it in a bun until it’s dry.
I switch purses often, but this summer, I’m never without a set of Spin Pins, ($6.99), a travel-sized tube of Korres Rice Bran mascara ($18), Revlon Superlustrous gloss in Firecracker with SPF 15 ($6.99),* and the limited edition tarte True Blood lip tint ($24).Both the gloss and lip tint can go from everyday to evening depending on how much you apply. The True Blood lip tint is my new favorite for a pop of bright color – and it also works well as a quick bit of cheek color, too. From day to evening, I’m covered!
For now, I’m off to sit outside and work by the pool – I suppose summer isn’t all bad. xo a.
*I know the Revlon isn’t an eco-pick but I am trying to find good SPF lip glosses. The search goes on.

ENDLESS SUMMER: tarte Beauty in a Box for Sephora

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Although we can’t bottle up the summer sun for a rainy day, tarte has figured out a way to at least box up a bit of sun kissed beauty with their Sephora-exclusive Beauty in a Box: Bronze Smoky Eye ($45).
When I heard about the collection I thought it sounded like a great way to hang on to that summer glow just a bit longer. But when it arrived from our friends at tarte, I was thrilled to see it was also filled with some favorites suitable for any season.
All tarte products are free of parabens, phtalates, sulfates, petrochemicals and synthetics, and this set of six eco-chic products are all waterproof, water resistant or long-lasting formulas. The collection includes a deluxe-size lights, camera, splashes! – the waterproof version of their INCREDIBLE lights, camera, lashes! mascara. Also in a smaller, throw-in-your-luggage/purse size is park avenue princess bronzing powder that works well with all skin tones.
The other four items are FULL SIZE (this adds up to $112 worth of product for under fifty bucks). For a bit of fun, tarte has created a summer-inspired take on the traditional charcoal smoky eye by giving it a bronze twist. Following their step-by-step instructions, you can create the look using lock & roll 12-hour shadow in burnt bronze, and EmphasEYES waterproof shadow/liner in plum. I’m a bit of a klutz when it comes to the whole smoky eye look, but the ease of control with this shadow and liner makes it’s virtually goof proof. And it’s a fun take on the sultry classic.
The clean slate natural face primer, and rise and shine lip gloss and stain in nude are perfect day or night. The stain is essentially like their brilliant cheek stains only in a tube. Wear the stain alone for a hint of color, or add a layer of gloss for a bit more shine. And the primer is incredible and long-lasting without harsh chemicals.
The set is available for a limited time at Sephora stores and online at sephora.com
xo alex.

Chanel Summer 2010: Les Pop-Up de Chanel Collection

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Chanel Summer is hot, hot, hot! Les Pop-Up de Chanel combines golden goddess with brilliant pinks.  While the colors are bold and vibrant, the look is very “private yacht in St. Tropez” or beach club in Palm Beach, meaning it has summer sun and fun written all over it. I’m loving the glosses and that pink nail lacquer.

“Bold and audacious, Gabrielle Chanel pushed the boundaries of style. Now Peter Philips continues the tradition by creating a free-spirited makeup collection inspired by an idyllic seaside vista: LES POP-UP DE CHANEL, fresh new cult-worthy hues for lips and nails. Vibrant pops of color, including neon pink, sunny coral and brilliant turquoise are beautifully complemented by bronzed, glowing skin…and sure to be the standout shades of summer.”

Soleil Tan de CHANEL – $50.00
Moisturizing Bronzing Powder
Terre Do’r
Terre Halee

Rouge Allure – $32.00
Luminous Satin Lip Colour
Super – Rose
Genial – Coral

Aqualumiere – $29.00
Sheer Colour Lipshine
Bondi – Light Copper

Aqualumiere Gloss – $27.00
High Shine Sheer Concentrate
Bondi Beach – Rise Gold

Gloss Fluo de CHANEL – $27.00
Brilliant Lip Shine
Laser – Pink
Pop – Coral

Levres Scintillantes – $27.00
Bikini – Soft Pink

Le Vernis – $23.00
Nail Colour
Mistral – Soft Pink
Riveria – Intense Pink
Nouvelle Vague – Turquoise

Available NOW at chanel.com.

Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2010

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Introducing the Midnight Bloom Collection for Summer 2010: profound glamour, languid sophistication and cunning romance. A celebration of Dolce & Gabbana’s singular sensibility inspired as always by their cherished Sicily: its glorious past and the dramatic duality of its intriguing present. With Midnight Bloom, Dolce & Gabbana honor their vibrant heritage with signature brilliance and sultry sensuality. The collection is expressly created for the Dolce & Gabbana woman who flaunts her femininity; who trusts in serendipity; who relishes a luxury that’s effortless; who emboldens reality with a touch of fantasy… and celebrates who she is, inside and out.

The Make Up defies the conventional and celebrates the power of today’s femininity… the look is bold and unexpected, yet softly sensual and seductive.

In collaboration with superstar makeup artist, Pat McGrath, here are the details for the Midnight Bloom Collection (available now at saks.com).

 “Summer is when you need to focus on a very natural, seriously sensual beauty. With this collection, we also wanted to add some frisson, capture the dark side, so to speak; create a mood, a look that captures a late summer night’s magic,” says Pat McGrath. “It had to be all about the eyes; with these vivid blues and greens, the eyes are so deep-the ultimate sexy, extremely erotic-especially against the almost imperceptible yet radiant wild rose tones of the lips and the skin.”

Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00)
Fabulous (155) (New) includes a spring green, pink lilac, bluish-gray, eggplant

Eyeshadow Duo ($36.00)
Laguna (150) (New) includes an aqua-green, deep green

Crayon Intense (Eyeliner) ($29.00)
Blue (8) (New) Rich blue

Shine Lipstick ($30.00)
Delicate (53) (New) Pink-nude
Emotion (56) (New) Pink

Classic Cream Lipstick ($30.00)
Nude (50)
Lipgloss ($29.00)
Delicious (73) (New) Candy pink

Precision Lipliner ($29.00)
Nude (1)

Luminous Cheek Colour
Tan (22) (New) is a satin brown

Intense Nail Lacquer ($20.00)
Shocking (122) (New) Fuchsia
Nude (210) Nude

Midnight Bloom evokes the Sicilian heritage of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, highlighting the exquisite floral prints that embody the erotic eloquence of Sicily’s traditional wild roses and their delicate nuances. A renewed emphasis on the seductive flavor of the Mediterranean as Hollywood’s siren screen glamour momentarily steps aside. “Summer has such an intense duality. The intimacy and rapture of the night, and the joy of each new day. More specifically, we wanted to recreate the dramatic duality of the wild roses’ delicate shades against the Sicilian night’s daring shades of romance and mystery,” says Domenico Dolce, “There’s such an explosion of colour,” adds Stefano Gabbana, “with the wild roses carpeting the landscape against the drama of the seascape.”

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

Nars Summer 2010

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Summer is almost here (yay!) and the good folks over at NARS have just released the summer collection images and campaign. Shot by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars and staring Amber Valletta, the campaign — and collection — is an homage to François’ vision of Catherine Deneuve’s character Sèverine in the movie Belle de Jour.

“Her character is beautiful and elegant. Her look is effortless—she has an incredible inner sophistication,” says François.

Here is the collection, available April 15!

Enchanted Cream Blush, $26
A soft-peach cream blush that delivers a hint of shimmer and smooth, silky color

Burn It Blue Duo Cream Eyeshadow, $32
This iridescent ocean-blue paired with turquoise creates a lively duo cream eyeshadow

Cayenne Cream Eyeshadow, $22
A spicy, deep brown cream eyeshadow that is intensely rich yet carries a weightless texture

Love Devotion Lipstick, $24
A nourishing, long-lasting sheer guava lipstick

Coup de Coeur Lip Gloss, $24
Just like the French phrase it’s named after, this shiny, sheer apple-brandy tinted lip gloss is sure to yield love at first sight

Lamu Multiple, $38
A fresh, glazed-apricot shade with gold sparkles to create shimmering accents

Versailles Nail Polish, $16
Regal and opalescent, this champagne-gold nail hue shimmers, creating a light-catching tint and gilded sophistication

I’m hearting the Lamu Multiple Stick.
What product(s) are you dying to try?


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Most of the year I stay out of the sun and don’t mind my pale complexion one bit. If Anne Hathaway can do it, why can’t I? And if I should feel paler than pale I use self tanner to give myself a bit of color. A few years ago, I was faced with a dilemma when I had a red carpet event to attend in rainy February and while I didn’t want to self tan, my legs needed something. Megan, my genius of a sister, handed me what looked like deodorant and said, “just try it.” Like I said, she’s a genius.

Michael Kors Leg Shine is really a clever concept. It isn’t a bronzer but instead a subtly tinted moisturizing bar that glides over legs, knees and ankles with ease (that deodorant shape makes application a breeze). My legs looked healthier, with a bit of shine that made them look longer and more toned. Thanks, Mae! The Leg Shine comes in three shades: Classic, Shimmer and Bronze, but none are actually bronzers. For that, I’d probably go with tarte’s Glam Gams or LORAC’s Tantalizer, which Sarah raved about here.

I’ve also found that in a pinch, it helps even out color if tanner streaks in a spot if you’re out the door. Personally, I’ve found that giving it a good 20 minutes to dry means no worry about stains on light colored fabrics or the car seat. It has great staying power but it washes off pretty easily. Overall, I am impressed.

The only potential downside is the scent. It is infused with Michael Kors signature fragrance MICHAEL, a heady note of tuberose blended with some spicier and muskier fragrances. Some love tuberose but it isn’t for everyone. Because I only wear it on my legs (some make it an arm and upper body shine, too), I find the scent dissipates pretty quickly. In a perfect world they’d have a fragrance free version. But for now the fact it’s it’s paraben free and not tested on animals makes me happy.

If you’re curious but not ready to commit, try the Sephora exclusive Michael Kors Leg Shine to Go, a small version of the Classic formula for $10. I keep one in my toiletry bag as it’s perfect for travel. xo a.

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.

Jouer Summer + Expert Tips

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Jouer is one of my favorite color lines (and vastly underrated). Their summer collection is incredible – coral and browns for the eyes, shimmering nudes and golds for the lips. I’m not a big lipstick wearer – I actually prefer gloss on the daily – but I am obsessed with Kiki (pictured), a shimmering goldish pink lippy that actually moisturizes while adding a sparkling splash of color.

I asked Julie Morgan, Makeup Artist for Giada De Laurentiis and Ricki Lake, how to create the perfect summer Jouer face.

Pay attention, ladies, Julie is spilling her expert secrets and product must-haves exclusively for Beauty Banter:

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint is lightweight, SPF 20. Hypoallergenic, Oil-free, Water resistent (nicer way of saying sweat-proof!) perfect for summer! It offers a beautiful luminous finish to the complexion. I also double up the Luminizing Moisture Tint as an under eye brightener.

Jouer Matte Touch is a great product to use if you get a little too much sun. It serves as an alternative to blotting paper, this mattifier can help balance the skin.

Jouer Blush in Blossom offers a natural glow and looks absolutely beautiful with a little tan. To get that “pop” of color, try Jouer Blush in Peony. It looks bright, but is very sheer when applied to apples of the cheeks. All of the Jouer Powder Blushes are oil-free and loaded with antioxidants to help protect the skin. So they are great for the summer months.

Jouer’s new Suntan Bronzer is matte and warms up the skin, giving a natural bronzed effect. Dust all over face or use on forehead, cheeks and decollote, where sun would naturally hit.

I love the summer shades of soft pinks and peaches, which makes me think of the delicious sorbets of the season. Try Jouer’s powder eyeshadows in Peach, Soufflé or Pink Champagne. Apply soft shade all over lid. For a little deeper color, add an accent of Amaretto Powder Eyeshadow, a shimmering deep plum shade, which reminds me of a Hamptons’ vineyard. The beautiful bronze of Amaretto catches light and
brightens any eye.

Noisette Lip Definer paired with Julie Lipstick. For that extra pop during the summer, layer on Mimosa Lip gloss on top. The combination is beautiful!

Jouer Lip Enhancer, loaded with vitamins and botanicals which keep lips moisturized, supple and soft, is a true summer essential!

MAC ATTACK: Style Warrior Collection

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Holy Zebra and Leopard! Look at these casings. Animal skin (faux, obvs) is in. The shades seem to be pretty fab too. Looks like the gilded eye is the hot summer trend…

Here are the deets for MAC’s newest summer line, Style Warrior Collection:

From MAC: “Never before have we seen the “Wild Things” of the world come together in quite so many bold new combinations. Introducing a dramatically different and deliberately diverse colour story, an eclectic and expressive way to exalt and admire the strength and solidarity of beauty with no barriers. A selection of all-over summer bronzing shades for Lips, Cheeks, Eyes, Nails, featuring the innovation of Impassioned, Bronzescape and Scatterrays Solar Bits – sunbursts to unleash the animal in every woman. “

Sunsational – Sheer frosted beige gold
Brave New Bronze – Creamy mid-tone pink nude
Purple Rite – Mid-tone frosty orchid
Tribalist – Creamy blackened berry

Liberated – Sheer yellow gold with pearl
Gold Rebel – Sheer copper bronze with pearl
Fierce & Fabulous – Bright magenta purple with pearl
Style Warrior – Blackened bronze brown with pearl

Soft Force – Frosty pale white gold
Bright Future – Frosty bright yellow gold
Tempting – Sinfully rich coco
Vibrant Grape – Bright magenta purple
Night Manoeuvres – Deep charcoal brown with pearl

Eye Kohl
Smolder Intense black

Pro Lash Mascara
Coal Black – Honest-to-goodness black

Beauty Powder Blush
Eversun – Neutral peach bronze with gold pearl
On A Mission – Pearly mid-tone plum

Solar Bits
Scatterrays – Soft metallic peach with gold pearl
Bronzescape – Clean yellow brown with gold pearl
Impassioned – Frosty cool taupe

Nail Lacquer
Peaceable – Pearly pale golden beige
Violet Fire – Bright creamy magenta purple
Mercenary – Frosted blackened bronze

242 Firm Fibre Brush

Launches today!

Any products you can’t wait to get your hands on?

*I definitely need something with that animal print, if for no other reason than to show off the hautness!

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