Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mother's Day Gifts by Clarins; Deep Discounts by Gilt

French women are known for their flawless skin, and Clarins is a big part of that. Founded in Paris in 1954, this eco-friendly company was one of the first to utilize pure plant extracts and non-animal-based ingredients. Nowadays it’s stayed ahead of the game in innovation by formulating top-notch anti-wrinkle creams, cellulite firming lotions, gentle sunscreens and more. Clarins also makes gorgeous makeup, so don’t gloss over these lipcolor trios.

Perhaps you didn’t know, but Clarins has been taking care of your skin since 1954. This historic skincare company began with a philosophy of love and respect for women’s beauty, and women around the world have returned the favor by making Clarins one of the world’s top sellers of skincare products. And while the earth’s women love Clarins, Clarins loves the earth right back – the company was one of the first to make use of pure plant extracts, non-animal-based ingredients and eco-friendly production methods. Its simple, effective products and pioneering dedication to the environment are what set this company apart from the pack. That’s beauty from the inside out.

Sale begins Thurs., 4/29/10 at 11 a.m. CDT

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source: Gilt Group; sale starts 4/29/10 @ 11 am CT

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Fragrance Foundation Announces FiFi Awards 2010 Finalists

Last Friday, The Fragrance Foundation revealed the top five finalists in each category of the 2010 FiFi Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the fragrance world. Superstar brands Calvin Klein, D & G, Diesel, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Shiseido, and YSL are among the Luxe finalists, while Nouveau Niche brands Bond No 9, Brooks Brothers, Issey Miyake, Jo Malone, and Narciso Rodriguez made the cut in their category. Winners will be announced on June 10th.

Fragrance fans nationwide can weigh in by voting for their favorites. Voting opens on Wednesday, April 28th and continues through Wednesday, May 19th. You may vote for your favorites at:

2010 Top Five FiFi Finalists


Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Luxe
  • bebe Eau de Parfum – Inter Parfums USA
  • Crescent Row Collection – Benefit
  • Flora by Gucci – P&G Prestige Products, Inc.
  • Lola Marc Jacobs –Coty Prestige
  • Very Hollywood Michael Kors Eau de Parfum—The Estee Lauder Companies
  • YSL Parisienne – YSL Beaute/L’Oreal
Fragrance of the Year: Men’s Luxe (6 in this category due to a tie)
  • ckfree Calvin Klein – Coty Prestige
  • D&G Fragrance Anthology - P&G Prestige Products, Inc.
  • Givenchy PLAY - Parfums Givenchy
  • Only the Brave - Diesel Fragrances, L'Oréal
  • Shiseido Zen for Men – Shiseido Cosmetics America
  • Tom Ford Grey Vetiver - The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. 
Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Popular Appeal (6 in this category due to a tie)
  • Avril Lavigne Black Star – P&G Prestige Products, Inc.
  • Faith Hill Parfums – Coty
  • Flirt! Flowerific Perfume Spray – The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
  • Halle by Halle Berry – Coty
  • Mariah Carey Ultra Pink – Elizabeth Arden
  • Super Samba Woman – The Perfumer’s Workshop Int’l., Ltd.  
Fragrance of the Year: Men’s Popular Appeal (only 3 in this category)
  • Playboy – Coty
  • Seduction in Black, Antonio Banderas – Puig USA, Inc.
  • Super Samba Man – The Perfumer’s Workshop Int’l, Ltd.

Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Nouveau Niche
  • Bond No. 9 Astor Place - Bond No. 9 New York
  • Eau Mega by Viktor & Rolf - L'Oréal USA
  • essence narciso rodriguez eau de parfum - Beauté Prestige International
  • Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise - The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
  • L'Eau Ambrée by Prada - Puig USA, Inc.

Fragrance of the Year Men’s Nouveau Niche (only 4 in this category)
  • Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers Eau De Toilette – Inter Parfums USA
  • Bond No. 9 Brooklyn – Bond No. 9 New York
  • Bond No. 9 Perfume – Bond No. 9 New York
  • Collage by 3.1 Phillip Lim & Natalie Gracia-Cetto, Ende/Anfang by Damir Doma & Yann Vasnier, Solar Donkey Power by Henrik Vibskov & Louise Turner, Smell by Henry Holland & Stephen Nilsen, Nicoll 17 by Richard Nicoll & Rodrigo Flores Roux, Whiskey Caramélisé by Toga & Alexandra Kosinski - Six Scents Parfums Inc.

Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Private Label/Direct Sell (only 4 in this category)
  • Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Twilight Woods EDT - Bath & Body Works
  • In Bloom by Reese Witherspoon - Avon Products, Inc.
  • Love Rocks - Victoria's Secret
  • Naturelle - Yves Rocher North America Inc.

Fragrance of the Year: Men’s Private Label/Direct Sell (only 3 in this category)
  • comme une Evidence - Yves Rocher North America Inc.
  • Patrick Dempsey 2 - Avon Products, Inc.
  • Vertical - Victoria's Secret 

Fragrance of the Year: Unique Boutique (6 in this category due to a tie)
  • Baroque Pearl for Gump’s (women’s) - Through Smoke Creative
  • Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire (women’s) - Guerlain
  • Halston Man Eau de Toilette (men’s) - Elizabeth Arden
  • L'Oeuvre Noire Back to Black Aphrodisiac (unisex) - by Kilian
  • Tom Ford Private Blend White Suede (unisex/women’s) - The Estée Lauder Companies
  • Tuberose Trilogy (unisex) - Histoires de Parfums

Fragrance Hall of Fame Nominees (honors a fragrance that has been on the market for 15 or more years)
  • CK one – Calvin Klein Cosmetics/Coty Prestige
  • Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier- Beaute Prestige International
  • Cristalle EDT - Chanel
  • Donna Karan Cashmere Mist EDT – Donna Karan Cosmetics/Estee Lauder Companies
  • Fahrenheit – Christian Dior Parfums
  • Gap Dream – Inter Parfums, Inc.
  • Pour un Homme – Caron Paris
  • Rapture – Victoria’s Secret Beauty
  • Red Door – Elizabeth Arden
source: beautypress

GILT's Got More: Scented Escapes from Kai, Linnea's Light and Red Flower All on Sale

Experience the calming power of scent with aromatherapy products from this trio of top companies. Kai’s light, exotic floral notes have earned the fragrance devoted fans like Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts; try it as an oil, a creamy body butter or a sudsy wash. Unwind after a long day with a natural soy candle from Linnea’s Light, available in subtle hydrangea and lively gardenia. Or recreate the spa at home with Red Flower’s candle, soap and dish sets, made of pure flower extracts, honey and natural vegetable oils.  Great Mother's Day gift ideas, all on sale, all beautiful, all with the power of creating a pleasurable, multi-sensory experience never to be forgotten.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tribeca Film Festival: Vidal Sassoon ~ The Movie

One man changed the world with a pair of scissors, Vidal Sassoon.

Sassoon is dubbed a pioneer by many for not only coming up with so-called wash and wear looks, liberating many women from weekly salon trips to have their hair done, but also creating a multimillion dollar line of hair care products.

This first-time, deeply intimate look into the life of Vidal Sassoon, from his early days in an orphanage, to his time as a soldier, his beginnings on Bond Street, and ultimately, the revolution he caused, which continues to this day. Vidal Sassoon: The Movie was filmed over the course of three years and features unprecedented access to Vidal, candid interviews with former staff, family members, reporters and historians. Together they explore the life and legacy of the most influential hairdresser in the world, whose influence far outreaches the industry he changed forever.

Millions revere the legend, yet so few know the man.

The idea for the film started off as a personal tribute to him as he was approaching his 80th birthday, and then it grew into a major initiative to capture this man's life both in a film and a book. My intention was to leave a lasting memory of him that would inspire young people and re-inspire the older generation of hairdressers, as well as the millions of people in the world to whom the name Vidal Sassoon is either familiar or personal or evocative. Due to the fact that hairdressing's impact on society has not been very well documented or recorded, much less respected because of the lack of any serious written material, I am hoping that this is something that every hairdresser in the world will want to share with everyone they know.
 ~ Michael Gordon, Producer
Hairstylist, Creator - Bumble & Bumble Haircare

Craig Teper (Director), Elan Sassoon (Vidal Sassoon's son); John Frieda (Hairstylist Extraordinaire), Tabatha Coffey (Hairstylist) and Mary Rector-Gable (behindthechair)

On Friday, April 23rd, TV personality Tabatha Coffey (Shear Genius, Tabatha's Salon Takeover) and celebrity hairstylist John Frieda joined fans in celebrating the inspirational and world-famous Israeli hairdresser, Vidal Sassoon, at the private after-party for Tribeca Film Festival's premiere of "Vidal Sassoon: The Movie" at The Standard Hotel in New York City.

Guests showed up in true Sassoon-style, donning the hair master's signature bob haircut and others eagerly seeking personal styling tips from hair gurus Tabatha and John themselves. Tabatha, who began her career studying at the Vidal Sassoon Academy, was thrilled to celebrate the legend.

The film's production team mingled with Vidal Sassoon's family, friends and fans, sipping on their choice of Heineken, Avenue, Stoli and SmartWater, as they celebrated the man who revolutionized the art of hairdressing.

source: Reuters, Vidal Sassoon: The Movie, Getty Images

New! Strange Invisible Perfumes: Essence of IX and Peloponnesian


An exclusively natural, botanical perfume house, Strange Invisible Perfumes is sincerely committed to environmental consciousness, green business practices, and product purity.

• 100% certified organic grape alcohol is used as the base for all Strange Invisible Perfumes.
• Organic, wildcrafted, biodynamic and sustainable raw materials are sourced for all fragrances (local ingredients whenever available).
• Essences are usually wildcrafted or organic. Essences cultivated by small pioneering farmers who cannot afford organic certification are also embraced.
• All eau de parfum cartons are printed on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified paper, manufactured using biofuel with pulp from sustainably managed forests.

Strange Invisible Perfumes’ latest launches include

Essence of IX – A limited edition pure perfume .25 fl oz $320
     - Brambly. Floral. Stirring.
     - Inspired by Colgin Cellars in Napa Valley and the famed IX Estate
     - Notes of white sage, rose, black currant, California lavender, French oak and wild honey

Peloponnesian - Strange Invisible Perfumes’ first eau de parfum designed expressly for men 1.7 fl oz $160
     - Crisp. Exhilirating. Exotic.
     - A refreshing fragrance built with the ancient perfumes of the Greek peninsula
     - Notes of hydro-distilled orange and lime, cypress, orange flower, mountain sage, honey, and botanical musk

This lucid composition is built with the ancient perfumes of the Greek peninsula. Salted Aegean winds glide through the branches of cypress, lime, and orange trees, lifting their epic aromas into the Peloponnesian mountains. A reception of mountain sage honey collects each gallant perfume as it rises from the vineyard-patterned earth of the Peloponnesos.

I've been in love with Strange Invisible Perfumes since first trying them several years ago.  This is an exquisite fragrance house committed to providing those who inhale its perfumes and fragrances with something akin top a spiritual experience. Yes, it's that wonderful!  These unique blends are carefully created with a foundation of true love for the art of fragrance making by perfumer and SIP Founder Alexandra Balahoutis

The Strange Invisible Perfumes collection is carried at their flagship perfumery in Venice and online at  You may also find a selection of their fragrances available at

Monday, April 26, 2010

HAUTELOOK: LORAC Sales Event - Tuesday, 4/27/10 - Not to Be Missed!

The "Red Carpet Authority" lines of cosmetitcs by Carol Shaw - LORAC (her name backwards, ah ha) - will showcase a fab little diddy for all of us tomorrow on HauteLook with some products priced at $4!

During her twenty years as a makeup artist, Carol Shaw has had the opportunity to work with some of the most prestigious photographers: Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel, among others.Her work has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Allure, Elle, Jane, and many other magazines. She's also worked with top models such as Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and numerous others. Currently, she works with the most famous faces walking down the Red Carpet such as Nicole Kidman, Debra Messing, Rachel Bilson, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

After doing makeup for many years, she found that many of her clients had the same complaints about makeup; too many of the products irritated the skin, felt and looked artificial and just didn't last. So, Shaw created LORAC. LORAC has enjoyed and still enjoys a huge following of celebrities, beauty editors, beauty bloggers and many more, for one reason - quality products that never disappoint. Simple.

This isn't the first HauteLook - LORAC sales event, and hopefully it won't be the last. Don't miss it tomorrow beginning at 8:00 am PT.

GILT: Prada Parfums Sale Event - Starts Wednesday, 4/28!

Prada makes perfect. It's all here mid-week at Gilt Groupe!
Look for creative ways to bring Italian couture into the everyday: scented sheets to sweeten drawers, closets and suitcases, linen water to mist while ironing, and even a set of moisturized tissues for true Prada fanatics who have the sniffles. The classic eau de parfum is here, too, in delicious Amber Tendre for women, as are colognes, soaps and shaving creams in Infusion D’Homme for men.

The Prada name is an icon of elegance and innovation in the world of fashion and beauty. This luxury powerhouse, which started in 1913 as a small leather-goods shop, has since expanded its megabrand status by designing a fragrance collection that blends the brand’s familiar, signature sexiness with a forward-looking attitude that plays with the boundaries of modern femininity.

Maybelline New York, CVS Pharmacy Be Sensational and Win Contest

Hot off the press! The "Cell Block Six" finalists of the Maybelline New York, CVS Pharmacy Be Sensational and Win contest have been announced. The finalists are from NY, FL, CA, NJ, MI and TN.

After an exciting, nationwide search Maybelline New York and CVS/pharmacy have announced the “Cell Block Six” finalists in the Be Sensational And Win Contest. The contest, created by Maybelline New York in partnership with CVS/pharmacy will land the grand prize winner in a performance of Broadway’s Chicago the musical.

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor
The Six finalists’ audition videos can be viewed by visiting Fans are asked to vote for their favorite contestant before May 7th. Each voter will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win their own trip for them and a guest to New York City, including air, hotel, and tickets to Chicago, the musical.

Ultimately it’s the voters who decide the Grand Prize winner. The votes for each performer will be tallied and the contestant receiving the most votes will be Broadway bound. I've viewed all six audition videos (they are very brief) and I've got a favorite!  These ladies are all very talented; very fun to watch. Tell me who you vote for and I'll tell you who won my vote.

To cast your vote, visit and help decide who will razzle dazzle the audience in an upcoming performance of Broadway’s Chicago the musical.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

HAUTELOOK: Mario Badescu Skincare Sale Event Monday! OMG ...OMG ...OMG!!!

Mario Badescu rocks HauteLook for an unbelievable sales event tomorrow, April 26th and I'm predicting the servers will be running on overload for this one!  Everyone knows Mario Badescu is a favorite skincare brand of mine and, well, probably most others in the world too.

Fair warning: I'll be clicking the keys on my computer as fast as they'll let me trying to beat all of you to pick up as much as I can. = )

For over 40 years, Mario Badescu Skin Care has been known for personalized skin care treatments and products. They continue to offer spa and skin care services not just to celebrities, but to individuals across the world who appreciate the importance of quality skin care. Their proven line of products helps thousands each day fight acne, treat rosacea, cure teen acne, and help with aging skin. From cleansers, astringents, and moisturizers to exfoliants and eye creams, Mario Badescu Skin Care offers a comprehensive array of products for all of your needs. Their personalized prescriptive customer service is second to none.

Are You Ready for the Criminally Cute? TokiDoki Launches at Sephora!

Sephora, the visionary retailer, has always been at the forefront of beauty, showcasing groundbreaking brands, trends and the latest product innovations. Taking this tradition to the next level, Sephora presents tokidoki, a line inspired by the work of celebrated Italian artist Simone Legno. tokidoki invites you into a world of criminally cute beauty, where one glance is never enough. A provocative and playful mix of colors, textures and must-have accessories define this exciting new beauty brand available exclusively at Sephora in May 2010.

The line combines the imaginative playfulness of the tokidoki universe with the highest quality, color-rich formulations. Pop pigment shades for eyes, lips and face come together alongside professional tools and accessories, all inspired by Simone’s cast of characters, like the milk stealing Moofia and the sweet and prickly SANDy. Don’t let the cuteness of these characters fool you; this color collection impresses the most experienced makeup aficionados. With immaculate attention to detail such as artist approved chisel tip applicators, indigenous Japanese and Italian ingredients and professionally milled powder formulations, every aspect of the line brings together art, color and performance for an unforgettable experience.

“The creation of these tokidoki cosmetics has given me a completely new way to express my characters and their universe,” says creator Simone Legno. “And doing it as a Sephora exclusive made perfect sense – they understand the relationship between fun, creativity, self-expression and color unlike any other retailer.”

Simone Legno’s passion for Japanese culture and his eclectic background are the driving forces behind the whimsical universe of tokidoki. Growing up in 1980’s Italy, Simone first discovered the art and subculture of Japan’s youth in the Japanimation cartoons and comics that bombarded the pop culture scene. With the concurrent punk scene he juxtaposed these diverse influences, to design a world where innovative characters, subversive designs and outrageous storytelling co-exist.

“At Sephora, we are relentless in our search for innovative product offerings to redefine the beauty landscape,” says Margarita Arriagada, SVP of Sephora Merchandising. tokidoki stands at the forefront of cool, defying the rules of what works in pop and counter culture trends. The unique appeal of these characters and their stories is undeniable. It’s because of this extraordinary vision that we are pleased to present the first complete beauty collection from tokidoki, exclusively at Sephora. “

Escape into a world of criminally cute beauty


Cromatico Eyeshadow Singles ($15) – The innovative, highly pigmented Italian - and Japanese - derived formulation provides a luxurious texture that glides on and layers beautifully for a velvety finish. Available in 16 shades and multiple textures.

Cromatico Eyeshadow Palette ($25) – Create stunning color looks with four complementary shadows housed in character-themed palettes, each with its own collectible charm. Available in three color collections: Adios (smoky gray), Bastardino (smoky brown/nude), and Diamante (purple/plum).

Perfetto Eyeliner ($16) – This artist-inspired, chisel tip liquid pen liner provides ultimate control and precision definition. The high pigment, waterproof formula can be used for artistic expression anywhere on the body. Channel your inner artist with this quick-drying liner pen. Use it to draw liner on the eyes or create a temporary tattoo on the skin. Available in 8 shades.

Brillante Glitter Eyeliner ($14) – Eyes pop with sophisticated shimmer from these colorful pencil liners formulated with tiny, light reflecting glitter particles. Available in 14 shades.

Punk Lash Mascara ($18) – Electrify your lashes with bold, long-wearing color while Kudzu extract and vitamin B condition and protect for full, healthy lashes. Available in 4 shades- black, purple, green and blue.


Prisma Gloss ($15) – Add sexy shine to lips with this non-sticky moisturizing formula featuring Japanese indigenous kudzu extract. Available in 16 shades.

Fantastico Lip Stain ($15) – This long-lasting lip stain is formulated with hydrating panthenol and a fruity mango flavor for all-day wear. Available in 5 shades.


Inferno Bronzer ($22) – Rice lipids give this bronzer a healthy, hydrating, warm glow finish. Available in 2 shades, Diavolina (medium tan) and Royal Pride (light medium).

Kabuki Luminosa Powder ($22) – Achieve a luminescent radiant glow with this highlighting powder.

Kabuki Brush ($28) – A uniquely designed brush with synthetic fibers to use with Inferno Bronzer or Luminosa Powder for a professional finish.


Galleria Nail Files ($10) – Sculpt nails with files inspired by skateboard decks featuring iconic tokidoki characters. Available in 6 styles, 3 files to a deck.

SANDy Nail File & Cactus Pup Buffers ($5-8) – SANDy will shape your nails, the Pups will buff, all so cute with such a pretty payoff. Easily attached to any keychain for instant access.

Skull Burger, Devil Girl & Melodia ($16) – Tokidoki iconic character charm key chains.

Mints ($5) – Refresh breath with these sugar-free mints available in Moofia (above) and Cactus Friends collectible tins.

Bellissima Makeup Bags ($20-42) – Pencil case, hanging travel bag and rectangle clutch styles featuring an exclusive tokidoki illustration are the chic way to carry your makeup.

tokidoki tank top ($29.50) – Women’s fitted tank top style featuring a design created exclusively for Sephora. Available in S/M, M/L.

photos from tokidoki x Sephora launch event (Highsnobette)

tokidoki, exclusively at Sephora, will be available in May 2010 (you can see them online now) on and all Sephora stores, as well as by calling 1-877-SEPHORA.

photos: Sephora, tokidoki and Highsnobette
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