Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Honoré des Prés is the first line of french organic scents designed by the legendary Olivia Giacobetti, nose and fragrance composer for such prestigious houses as L'Artisan Parfumeur, Diptyque, Guerlain, Frédéric Malle and Agnès B. Honoré des Prés fragrances are completely natural and certified organic by ECOCERT. They include no petrochemical products or synthetic perfumes, and are free of coloring agents and phthalates.
The descriptions of these fragrances, as well as their inner, essential quality, is reminiscent of something characteristically divine. I've long been an admirer of Olivia Giacobetti scents. These, I cannot wait to experience. A little taste for you ...
Bonte's Bloom - summery, sunny and feminine - is inspired by a dreamlike summer voyage; dressed in white muslin and wearing a vintage hat, you walk alongside sunflower fields in a warm sun-kissed afternoon and marvel at dragonflies and butterflies. Sunflowers, South Indian flowers, wild Moroccan blue chamomile, fresh citrus fruit leaves from Paraguay, sage leaves – those that the wild honeybees prefer – and a drop of white iris butter to add a touch of “vintage chic”.
Chaman’s Party - deep, woodsy and complex - is an explosive unisex fragrance with aphrodisiac properties. Inspired by a tree-house experience and total immersion in the heart of the virgin Amazon forest. Intended for those who know, be they women or men, how to breathe in the earth’s strength. Vetiver root from Haiti, sacred basil from Egypt, Wood of Life from Venezuela, dried clove flowers from Madagascar.
Honoré's Trip - a citrus explosion - saturated with citrus fruit, saturated with color, saturated with Mediterranean fruit, saturated with freshness… An explosive cocktail of pure tangerine extracts, Mediterranean oranges, all yellow and green lemons, together with spicy pepper taken from trees in the Philippine Islands.
Nu Green - light, minty and dewey - is inspired by a spring morning’s refreshing swim in a natural rock pool in the heart of nature. You sense how this beneficial water purifies and sheds the superficial. A ruffle of crumpled green mint leaves, enveloping dewy grass with Indian botanical musk, clumps of monastic medicinal tarragon and cedar wood.
Sexy Angelic - soft, gentle and sweet - this girls’ perfume reveals a girl’s secret love elixir… Inspired by a deliciously sweet experience of French marzipan candies. The pure secret of seduction used by French women to meet their Prince Charming! Described as "A fresh almond fruit caress rubbed onto weeping maidens’ cleansed skin." with a snip of hemlock flower, a touch of Angelica flower seed and a hint of freshly baked “Calisson” marzipan candy from Aix en Provence. A baby powder soft, subtly sweet, feminine scent.
All Honoré des Prés perfumes come wrapped in an amazing kraft brown accordion folded box you just have to see in person. The bottles are lovely. Each edt scent is bottled in 3.3 fl oz size. They retail for $145 a bottle are are available now at Spirit Beauty Lounge.
Monday, March 30, 2009
- Origins Modern Friction™ Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion (0.17 oz.)
- L'Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate (0.28 oz.)
- Clarins High Definition Body Lift (0.35 oz.)
- Laura Mercier Mini Foundation Primer - Oil-Free (0.5 oz.)
- Smashbox 'Sheer Focus' Tinted Moisturizer in Luminous (0.17 oz.)
- Chloé Natural Spray Eau de Parfum (0.04 oz.)
- Bare Escentuals® RareMinerals™ Purely Nourishing Facial Moisturizer (0.06 oz.)
- Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Refining Essence (0.14 oz.)
- Kate Somerville™ ExfoliKate™ Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (0.16 oz.)
- Anastasia Brow Gel - Clear (0.02 oz.)
- philosophy 'the present' clear makeup skin perfector (0.5 oz.)
- Leaf & Rusher Rapid Resurface (0.10 oz.)
- Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum Natural Spray (0.05 oz.)
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Achieve a flawless high definition complextion with Smashbox's High Def line of complexion products. Beauty insiders and addicts alike have gone ga-ga over Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation (already a Best of Sephora nominee). Their revolutionary new High Definition Liquid Concealer is sure to be a hit as well.
The weightless concealer instantly smoothes skin and makes dark circles and imperfections virtually disappear. The good-for-your-skin formula includes cell-energizing ribose, soy, angelica extract and caffeine to reduce redness, dark circles and under eye puffiness. Soft focus pearls reflect light to minimize the appearance of fine lines and blemishes. The soft touch precision applicator provides the smoothest application for the most delicate skin areas. Provides buildable coverage with a natural finish. High Definition Liquid Concealer comes is five shades and retails for $18 a tube.
Pair the concealer with High Definition Healthy FX Foundation for a perfect complexion. Healthy FX is an oil-free, weightless formula packed with anti-aging, revitalizing, and firming ingredients that work overtime to provide cellular nutrition for skin. UVA/UVB SPF 15 offers sun protection, vitamin C fights free radicals, and new cell-energizing Ribose renews the appearance of skin. Our unique, patented bio-delivery system gives you time-released moisturization and firming benefits that last all day. Skin is refreshed and revitalized for a flawless future. Best of Sephora Award Nominee for Best Foundation. It is available in 13 fabulous shades and retails for $38.
Shop now and enjoy a Free Smashbox Travel Set, which includes Travel Photo Op Under Eye Brightener, Travel Bionic Mascara in Jet Black and a Mini Lip Enhancing Lip Gloss in the shade of Go. Click the image above to shop Smashbox and receive additional jumbo deluxe samples free with your order.
With your $65 order at Smashbox online, enter code: TRAVEL at checkout for the free gift set and free shipping as well. The offer ends 4/12/09.
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Friday, March 27, 2009
Yes! Since the advent of DuWop’s all-natural Lip Venom more brands have followed suit, utilizing essential oils that increase blood flow to the lips and cause slight swelling as a result. While DuWop's plumping agents include cinnamon, wintergreen, and ginger, the new Smashbox O-Plump employs ginkgo biloba leaf extract, goji berry extract, and gingermint. Yet another popular pucker-upper, Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Moisture Plump Lip Balm, is infused with licorice and soybean extracts.
Batman has the Batmobile, and Wonder Woman's got her lasso and cuffs—but our heroes' secret weapons are a lot more fun. Chris McMillan swears by Shu Uemura hairstyling and treatment products to tame strands. Dermatologist Patricia Wexler relies on her anti-aging line to turn back the clock. Makeup artist Pat McGrath recommends shades to make eyes look bigger, cheeks rosier, and lips fuller. And Garren loves the way Rsession Tools' Naluwaver, a dual-barrel curling iron, creates natural-looking waves. All of these goodies can be yours with the contest running through the month of March.
THE UNBARE LIP
Perfect the lip with a neutral lip pencil, such as Oak or Subculture, if necessary. Use Slimshine in Bare to create a soft, nude emollient lip. Finish by using 242 Shader Brush to apply Clear Lipglass over Bare for a super, high-shine effect.
Use a firm brush, such as 252 Shader Brush, to blend Antiqued Gold Cream Colour Base over the eyelid, through the crease, up to the browbone. Follow up by blending All That Glitters Eye Shadow over Antiqued Gold to create a luminescent finish over eyes. Groom brows with Clear Brow Set for a polished effect.
BARE & GLOSSY
Groom brows with brow set in Girl Boy to add a warmth and subtle shine. Use a lash curler to open up eyes first before applying a generous coat of Coal Black Pro Lash Mascara. Finish by using 252 Shader Brush to apply a thin layer of Gloss over the eyelid for a sophisticated, but high powered shine.
GLOSS ON GLOSS
Hydrate skin with Strobe Cream for a soft luminescent sheen on skin. Use clean fingers with a neutral Blushcreme, such as Ladyblush or Uncommon, to apply a soft contour on cheeks. Apply a generous coat of Plush Glass in Ample Pink to moisturize and plump the lips, while boosting the natural rosy color as well.
For more info on MAC Hydraluminous looks and products used to create them, please visit MAC online.
The Live! With Regis and Kelly co-host looked chic and sophisticated in a vibrant blue dress from Victoria Beckham Collection on the set of her latest commercial in New York City.
Ripa kept the look clean with simple accessories, including chic black pumps and dainty gold jewelry. I love the sleek, tailored look of this for spring sophistication and the slightness of the jewelry ... impeccable.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Lancôme introduces Génifique, the first product inspired by your genes. This breakthrough formula is the result of 10 years of research and development in the area of genomics and proteomics and has received seven international patents. Génifique is an entirely new category of product and is geared toward restoring a youthful complexion.
L’Oréal Advanced Research and Lancôme Laboratories forged relationships with Saint Louis Paris University Teaching Hospital and Laval University Teaching Hospital Québec – two renowned institutions making strides in the fields of genomics and proteomics (the study of protein synthesis). They embarked on a decade of discovery, which included the study of 4,400 genes and 1,300 proteins with the most relevance to skin. This unveiled two significant findings:
Young skin is brimming with healthy proteins, but the genes that help activate them slow down with age. Lancôme was able to prove that much like a vintage Mercedes that simply can’t run as fast as it used to, older skin doesn’t produce these genes, which in turn means fewer proteins of youth.
Just like a fingerprint identifies individuals, young skin is identified by a barcode of youth proteins. Lancôme arrived at this amazing discovery after studying the superficial layers of the skin of young women (median age 35) as well as that of older women (median age 65). Lancôme ultimately identified two proteins – CLSP and Desmogleine 1 – that are present in youthful skin. These youth proteins are associated with young skin.
A Cutting Edge Cocktail
Fueled by these discoveries, Lancôme set out to create a product that would challenge the limits of science and innovation.
Génifique contains a complex that has been shown in vitro to stimulate the expression of genes. This complex consists of a cutting-edge cocktail of ingredients: Bio-lysat, a “good” bacteria, and Phytosphingosine-SLC, a building block in skin lipids produced from yeast. This is the first time we have used these two ingredients in combination. The formula also contains HEPES, an exfoliator that helps the skin shed more uniformly, resulting in a smoother surface.
A Lancome First
Génifique is a new category of product designed to be the foundation of a modern skincare routine. It can be used by women of every age, day and night. This high-tech elixir should be used after cleansing and before applying serum or moisturizer. The cushiony texture absorbs rapidly, leaving no residue behind.
The sleek dropper bottle is the perfect delivery system. Simply pump the top to fill the dropper with the exact amount of product needed. Pump the contents of the dropper onto the palm of your hand, warm the product, then apply to your face. Suggested retail price for Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate is $78 for 1 fluid ounce.
I've found a new staple product to add to my must-have skincare products! As hinted on For the Love of Beauty here and here, Génifique has given me the boost in youthful results I've been looking for. This is a lightweight concentrate quickly absorbed by the skin. It leaves a silky, soft, smooth texture and enhances radiance immediately. I've been using Génifique in combination with products from Olay's new ProX line (as my moisturizers for day and night) and I must say the youth enhancing, line reducing, pore minimizing, texture smoothing results have been fantastic! I've even seen fading of sun spots on my hands - I've never been able to find something that does that effectively and noticeably. Génifique is an odorless fluid that truly stands up to the hype and knocks its socks off. The dropper style bottle makes it sanitary and easy to dispense.
I was shopping at a beauty counter just yesterday testing fragrances and creams. I had my teenage daughter and her 15 year old friend with me. She heard me inquiring to the rep about the new DNA anti-aging skincare products out recently and asked me why I was asking the rep about it. When I answered that I'm always on the lookout for the next, best product to get rid of my forehead wrinkles and the "11" lines between my eyes, she replied, "What lines? You don't have a wrinkle on your face." She raised her eyebrows in the mirror on the counter to produce lines on her own forehead and said, "See, that's what forehead lines look like, and you don't have 'em".
Bottom line: Génifique gives me the results I'm looking for. I couldn't be happier with what it's done for the appearance of my skin in just these two short weeks. My face is smooth, toned, and radiant looking. I love it! Visit Lancôme online or at your nearest Lancôme beauty counter to learn more about it. It's available now.
Must note that I'm marking this "press sample" as I did initially receive a small sample to try when it first came out; however I purchased this product before writing the review and continue to purchase since the writing.
Enter for a chance to win these seven luxurious new products, featured in W magazine's April beauty story, "Smooth Sailing".
Prescriptives Director of Artistry Jillian Vernan shares her tips for achieving perfect, flawless skin.
Tip 1 - Prime Your Skin
Using a primer is like wearing a slip under your dress. It smoothes everything out and hides your imperfections.
Jillian's Primer Suggestion: Px Flawless Face Primer gives your skin a silky texture so that foundation glides on easily and stays on longer, while diminishing the look of large pores, lines and wrinkles.
Tip 2 - Know Your Skin Type before Selecting a Formula
Foundations come in all forms and should be selected based on your skin type. Drier skin types should wear a moisture-based formula. Oily or acne-prone should wear an oil-controlling formula.
Jillian's Foundation Formula Suggestions: Px Flawless Skin Total Protection Makeup for drier skin types, Px Virtual Matte Oil-Controlling Makeup for oily or acne-prone skin types and any skin type will benefit from a natural, mineral-rich foundation such as Px All Skin Mineral Makeup.
Tip 3 - Choose the Right Tools
Applying foundation is really a personal preference and each method creates a different finish. For liquid foundations, using your fingers creates a sheerer look while the Foundation Brush produces a smooth, seamless finish. For powder makeup use a round buff brush for even, all-over coverage.
Jillian's Makeup Brush Suggestions: the Foundation Brush for liquid foundations, the Round Buff Brush for powder foundation.
Tip 4 - Apply Concealer OVER Foundation
Allowing concealer over foundation allows for better coverage and prevents the concealer from getting swept away. Using a full-coverage formula will instantly conceal dark circles, lines and wrinkles, while reducing puffiness and redness.
Jillian's Concealer Suggestions: Px Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer SPF25.
Tip 5 - Set Your Look with Powder
Powder is a great way to complete your look. Keep it very light - use a fluffy powder brush to dust a lightweight formula powder across skin.
Jillian's Powder Suggestions: Px Powder Brush for application, Px Flawless Skin Total Protection Powder for a lightweight formula. You may also wish to consider their iconic Px Magic Liquid Powder to add a candlelit radiance to skin.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Wendy James and Jane Hunter created Organica Deluxe on the simple principle that they wanted a beautiful place to buy eco-friendly and organic for themselves and their friends. Recognizing that even organic companies miss the "green" when creating packages as well as the "gorgeous" (read: luxury), they wanted to share their knowledge, love and passion for gift-giving with real choices for giving organic.
"We love chocolates and wines and wanted others to know organic choices are amazing ... it is wonderful to bite into a cookie knowing it is delicious and made with the finest organic ingredients....we were tired of smelling flowers that were super-charged with pesticides...we wanted our babies to be clothed in pure organic cottons...we like companies who care about customers and put that caring into each gift package...we want to support eco-friendly artisans and farmers... we like to spoil ourselves and our friends with the extraordinary."
Oh my gosh, there is so much goodness in this place. A wide range of eco-friendly gift-giving offerings are available; from flowers, baby items, home decor, and leather journals to organic chocolate, ginger cookies and regional wines, you'll find a lovely gift for for every gift-giving occasion for yourself or someone dear in all price ranges. And every Organica Deluxe gift supports organic farmers, manufacturers and artisans around the world.
Organica Deluxe is a must-see site! For more goodness, please visit them online at OrganicaDeluxe.com ~ enjoy.
The Infusions are La Mer's high-powered treatments that deliver transformative benefits. Each has its own area of expertise.
The Hydrating Infusion saturates the skin with hydration, smoothness and conditioning on demand. Dry complexions are replenished, feel soft and smooth to touch, awakening a healthy, resilient appearance. You can use it alone or in tandem with Creme de la Mer to boost its transformational benefits. $95
The Radiant Infusion delivers extreme radiance, clarity, pore-minimizing and tone on demand. Skin looks bright and refreshed. Pores that may have lost their integrity look tightened and refined. Use it alone or in synergy with The Lifting Face Serum to boost its remarkable brightening benefits. $95
Click the image above for more to take advantage of their offer and to learn more about La Mer's Transformational Infusion products. Or, visit them online at cremedelamer.com. The La Mer exclusive offer is available through 3/29/09.
Monday, March 23, 2009
- Keeps you safe against pore-clogging residue
- Protects clothes from underarm discoloration and leave underarms smooth, fresh and clean
- Keeps your razor "gunk-free"
A lavender-lovely Fergie asks us to enter a new kind of dreamscape, to feel the "Yes, we can!" of tomorrow, and to push forward on behalf of every man, woman and child affected by HIV/AIDS. VIVA GLAM VI Lipstick, Lipglass, and Special Edition Lipstick and Lipglass lead the way.
Every cent of the selling price of VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass is donated to the M·A·C AIDS Fund to support men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDS.
Shown above are Viva Glam VI Lipglass Special Edition, Viva Glam VI Lipglass, Viva Glam VI Lipstick Special Edition and Viva Glam VI Lipstick. They retail for $14. All in the decided shade of the season!
These are selling like hotcakes (in fact, the VGVI Special Edition in the lipglass is currently sold out), so act while you can if you want to get your hands on them and them on your lips. Visit M·A·C online for more information and to purchase.
- Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Midnight Purple - this best selling budge-proof gel liner is now available in a deep violet hue that's perfect for spring; concentrate color along the lashline and be sure to coat the inner rim for extra definition. $22
- Eye Shadow in Spellbound - wash this shimmering soft lilac shadow all over lids from the lashline to just above the crease, then sweep along lower lashline. $16
- Bionic Mascara in Black Violet - apply multiple coats of this cult-favorite volumizing mascara for lush, violet-tinted lashes. $19