Monday, December 3, 2012

NARS: 15 Days of Warhol


To celebrate the NARS Andy Warhol Holiday Collection, the beauty brand is excited to announce a Facebook experience to help fans achieve their very own “15 minutes” of fame.  Each day for 15 days, NARS Facebook followers will have the chance to win a set of limited edition prizes from the collection.

This is delicious indeed for all of us who adore NARS ...

For 15 days in December (beginning December 4 2012), NARS will post a question inspired by Andy Warhol on its Facebook wall at 12pm EST. Followers will have exactly 15 minutes to post their most creative answer in the comments. One winner will be selected each day. Winners will receive the Beautiful Darling, Edie and Silver Factory gift sets (total retail value: $324).

Contest runs December 4-18, 2012 on
One entry per Facebook follower per day.
For more details, visit the NARS Exclusives tab.
For official rules, click here.

Good luck! xo

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Foods from The Beauty Detox Solution's Kimberly Snyder

Kimberly Snyder

My favorite time of year ... Fall!

Fall is finally here and it’s time to indulge in the season. The colors of the leaves and the cool brisk air are the not the only things changing, some great seasonal fruits and veggies are in season and are loaded with a variety of beautifying nutrients! Celebrity nutritionist and author ofThe Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder breaks down three of the best and most colorful fall foods for the season.

SWEET POTATOES: Sweet potatoes contain the skin-brightening combination of vitamin A and vitamin C. Together, these nutrients help replace a dull complexion with a fresh face, while working to neutralize cell tissue-damaging free radicals.
Sweet potatoes’ brilliant orange color is attributed to their high levels of carotenoids and beta-carotene, which convert into vitamin A. Vitamin A is necessary for a shiny, well-moisturized head of hair as well as promoting a healthy scalp, which is essential for healthy hair growth.
Sweet potatoes are also rich in biotin, and vitamins B2, B6 and E. They supply a healthy source of iron, potassium, which help keep the right fluid balance throughout the body’s cells, along with copper, manganese and folate, which is especially important for pregnant women.
Choose sweet potatoes that have the deepest orange colors, which indicate the higher carotene content. Be sure to eat them with the skin on, which contains a high amount of fiber and nutrients.

SQUASH:Fall and winter squash varieties have less water content than summer squash, and therefore provide more nutritional and beauty benefits. These varieties include pumpkin, acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash. With its brilliant colors, squash provides an excellent source of carotenes, and a good source of vitamins B1, B6 and C, folic acid, pantothenic acid, fiber, and potassium.
The B vitamins it contains are helpful in reversing the damaging effects of stress on the body, which may contribute to aging faster, and its vitamin C has a collagen-repairing affect on the skin. Squash also contains coumarins, which works with other nutrients to create a blood-thinning effect in the body, which is great to increase circulation, which is beneficial for glowing skin.

APPLES: Pectin is the type of fiber found in apples, which makes up 75% of the apple’s fiber. While other fruits contain pectin, it is found in the highest concentration of all fruits in apple. Pectin comes in both a soluble and insoluble fiber form. Apple pectin is a helpful detoxifier, as it has been reported to bind to and eliminating toxic metals from the body, and keeps your system clean, which contributed to higher natural beauty. It may help prevent DNA damage by free radicals by acting as an antioxidant.

Happy eating! xo

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Brad Pitt for Chanel No. 5

No one tells a story like Chanel ...

Their iconic short films are as creatively genius as the products and fashions themselves.  Each has its own tale, its own style, its own star!  As big as the celebrity may be who graces the film, the STAR is always Chanel.

A legendary bottle, its very own signature. An abstract fragrance with visionary composition that breaks with the times.  One name, one number. And for the first time, the perspective of a man – Brad Pitt – on the most feminine fragrance of all time: CHANEL N°5

For many, CHANEL N°5 is an icon. For others, the best-selling fragrance evokes the eternal woman. For Joe Wright, the director of the new advertising campaign for N°5, the scent is "a phenomenon that continues to invent and reinvent itself." Case in point: the unexpected decision to sign Brad Pitt as the face of N°5. The actor follows in the footsteps of Coco Chanel, Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve, Lauren Hutton, Nicole Kidman and Audrey Tautou, and represents a first in the world of women's fragrance, just as N°5 marked a first in 1921 with its radical and intoxicating mix of 80 ingredients.

“What’s important to remember about CHANEL N°5 is how revolutionary this fragrance is; when it was introduced, it broke all the rules,” says Pitt. “N°5 has always been the most iconic women’s fragrance. That’s what I see being the appeal of this campaign; it goes beyond the abstract of emotion or beauty to evoke what is timeless: a woman’s spirit.” Blessed with legendary talent, fame and looks, no actor compares to Brad Pitt.

For the first time ~ Inside Chanel N°5 -- must see!

Of course, the same could be said of N°5. Created by Ernest Beaux, the perfumer of the last Russian Czar and CHANEL’s first Master Perfumer, the fragrance is beloved around the world. The campaign views the fragrance through the eyes of a man and fits in with the “revolutionary” reputation of N°5, which broke down barriers, as well as Coco Chanel, a woman who dared to be different. For the shoot, CHANEL hired Film Director Joe Wright, who is known for his movies Pride and Prejudice, Atonement and the upcoming Anna Karenina, plus his two Coco Mademoiselle commercials starring Keira Knightley. Wright was commissioned to direct several commercial films for N°5, which capture the memories, thoughts and dreams of a man being seduced by a fragrance. “Each resembles a short poem,” the 40-year-old director says.

click to enlarge; photos by: Sam Taylor-Wood

The film is an ode to the scent. Filmed in black and white on a stark back­ground, Pitt speaks every line directly into the camera.  “I don't see why perfume commercials shouldn't be moving,” offers Wright. The emotion comes from Pitt’s voice, which Wright describes as being “beautiful” and “a great American voice.”  Adds Wright: “There are lots of handsome men around but it's his soul that comes out in his voice. It gets under your skin.” The intimate approach – the antithesis of today's dense, complicated commercial narratives – was inspired by the classic N°5 advertisements from the late sixties, featuring Catherine Deneuve. “I really admired the simplicity of the Deneuve ads,” reveals Wright. “When you have Deneuve or Pitt, why would you need to decorate that? It would be like gilding the lily. I wanted to create something incredibly simple and strong that really focused on the performance.”

In order to prepare Pitt, Wright encouraged the actor to think about N°5 in a personal way. “We never discussed it in intellectual terms,” Wright says. “We discussed what N°5 meant to us. I wanted to ground it in a real, emotional context.” For the campaign, Wright's main goal was to capture the global element of N°5 and illuminate how it stands as a pervasive force throughout the world. “I found it touching that women in every country have had a relationship with N°5, and I wanted to do something about that,” he says.

Chanel is available at fine retailers and directly through Chanel. Click image above for Chanel website.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Meet Francois Nars

NARS Cosmetics’ Founder and Creative Director, François Nars, will be making a personal appearance in New York City this week.
Want to meet the legend?  Here are the deets:
Location:  Sephora Union Square
Date:         Thursday, October 4th 
Time:       5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST
Event:       Come celebrate the new NARS Andy Warhol collection. Stop by to discover your own inner icon with Pop Art-inspired looks designed by Mr. Nars exclusively for Sephora. In addition, NARS artists will be on-hand for consultation.
Space is limited, so please call 212.995.8833 to make an appointment.
For more details, please click here.
Enjoy! xo

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I.C.O.N. to Support Breast Cancer Awareness + A Giveaway

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which means it’s time to gear up and get training for our 5/10K walk/run. Each year, I.C.O.N. partners with STOP CANCER Research Awardees from UCLA Jonsson, USC Norris and City of Hope's Comprehensive Cancer Centers. "A cure has become my cause," says Co-Founder Chiara. Walk or run alongside beauty professionals, family and friends in an effort to eradicate breast cancer. Register today and meet bright and early at Woodley Park in Van Nuys on Sunday, October 7th.

“I dream sometimes of a different world, one where cancer is an illness from the past; where breast cancer no longer exists. It’s important to me that we find a cure. My sister has breast cancer, my mother died of breast cancer. I have a daughter. A cure has become my cause.”

--Chiara Scudieri

If you've followed my blog postings, you know I have respect for this brand. While most of the high-end lines are owned by bigger companies, I.C.O.N. is fiercely independent, which lets it maintain a focus on strong culture, skincare-quality ingredients and educating the hairstylists who use it. The brand is highly focused on the feeling experienced while using their products as much as the quality and purity of the products themselves. 

I.C.O.N.'s Energy line works to detoxify and help clarify.  Shift is a detoxifying pre-shampoo treatment to shift the overall state of the hair from scalp to ends to soothe and stimulate healthy hair growth and refresh the senses. The Energy Shampoo gives hair energy by invigorating and balancing for a re-life; it stimulate and purifies the scalp to promote healthier hair. The Energize Conditioner continues to energize hair into a more strengthened resiliently bright, youthful appearance; it cools the scalp while promoting healthier, silkier hair. 

Here's your opportunity to win a fabulous set of I.C.O.N.'s Energy products:

Click image to enter via I.C.O.N.'s facebook page

Energy Shampoo
Energize Conditioner
Shift Treatment

Rejuvenate and invigorate with our Detox Regimedy set. This product trio infuses hair with energy, cools the scalp with a blend of peppermint and stimulates healthy hair growth. Detoxify and prepare your hair for this season’s newest styling trends!

Prize Eligibility
Only persons residing in United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter.

Sweepstakes Starts
September 25, 2012 @ 03:00 pm (PDT)

Sweepstakes Ends
October 01, 2012 @ 11:59 pm (PDT)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Caudalie: New Vinexpert Firming and Lifting Collection

As a huge fan of Caudalie (and an over-40 beauty lover), I am thrilled to learn of their new Vinexpert Collection.  The Vinexpert Firming and Lifting Collection features a breakthrough anti-ageing patent, Resveratrol-Oleyl.  The collection, which source say gives women the opportunity to have it all - glamour, natural and efficacy - is a breakthrough in anti-aging and can be found nationwide by the end of September.

What’s new:
1. Patented Resveratrol-Oleyl: boosts collagen and elastin AND fights glycation
2. New packaging that’s 50% recycled and recyclable (and très glam!)
3. Five completely new formulas that offer targeted results (ie 80% resculpted cheekbones thanks to the Firming Serum and 100% smoothing effect using the Night Infusion Cream)
4. An environmental commitment to support the Island of Sumatra and it’s wildlife through Caudalie’s partnership with 1% for the Planet
5. A breakthrough study with Mt. Sinai to prove the impact of the formulas at a genetic level. Thanks to a study conducted by Dr. Ellen Marmur, the products are proven to activate the four key youth genes
Looking forward to reviewing some of the products from the collection and will bring you more news.  Preliminary look through of the material reveals some exciting aspects to be discovered.  xo
Source: Caudalie

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thursday Event: Marcia Kilgore at Sephora Times Square

Marcia Kilgore
Hey New Yorkers!  Don't miss the incomparable Marcia Kilgore at Sephora Times Square Thursday.

Marcia Kilgore, the savvy entrepreneur behind New York’s famous Bliss Spa, FitFlop and Soap & Glory, continues her reign as a beauty industry titan. You're invited to a meet and greet with Marcia. It is your chance to ask the beauty industry legend your most pressing questions.

Thursday, September 27th, from 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Sephora Times Square, 1500 Broadway New York, NY 10036

Monday, September 24, 2012

Daily Candy Features 72 New Nail Polish Colors for Fall

nail polish!

Polish whores have quite a sumptious feast of colors to work with for the season, and oh what eye candy there is to behold.  You'll not want to miss a virtual walk through Daily Candy's Hand It Over series to view these lovelies for inspiration and en trend color news for Fall. Enjoy xo
nails inc. - Special Effects Sprinkles Nail PolishNail Polishbutter LONDON - Copper Nail Polish – The Old Bill
L-R: Tom Ford Ginger Fire; Nails, Inc. Pudding Lane; Bobbi Brown Twilight Shimmer; Butter London The Old Bill
Source: Daily Candy

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bobbi Brown Book Launch and More on QVC Today

Tune in to QVC’s Bobbi Brown Cosmetics on September 22, at 11PM (ET) for the launch of world-renowned makeup artist Bobbi Brown’s new book Pretty Powerful: Beauty Stories to Inspire Confidence. The book features makeup ideas, step-by-step application techniques, as well as interviews that Bobbi conducted with real women, celebrities and athletes about their takes on beauty. Along with the launch of Brown’s book, “Bobbi Brown Cosmetics” will also feature some new and exciting products.

These products and more are available while supplies last through, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515
You'll also find more wonderful products from Bobbi, some are QVC only configurations with special pricing.

New configuration for QVC
QVC Item #A229410 (Approx $46)
Bobbi has dubbed her corrector and concealer duo the "Secrets of the Universe" because when applied together they work instantly to improve any beauty look. The corrector helps to neutralize discoloration under the eye area, while the concealer brightens and helps to cover flaws. Available in the following shades: Porcelain, Sand, Beige, Natural, Honey and Warm Almond.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation
New to QVC
QVC Item #A229411 (Approx $46)
Ultra comfortable and hydrating, this light weight, medium to full coverage formula leaves skin looking poreless, perfected and fresh. Available in the following shades: Porcelain, Sand, Beige, Natural, Honey and Warm Almond.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner Duo with Dual Ended Mini Brush
New configuration for QVC
QVC Item #A229412 (Approx $38.50)

Bobbi's cult favorite, the best selling Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, was created for women who want a perfectly defined eye. The mini eyeliner brush included in this duo allows for precise and effortless application. Available in Black Ink (jet black) and Twilight Shimmer Ink (black plum and golden pearl) or Espresso Ink (black brown) and Graphite Shimmer Ink (dark grey).

Find these and much more today at QVC!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

INeKE Releases Sweet William

San Francisco perfumer Ineke Ruhland has added to her Floral Curiosities fragrance collection for Anthropologie with Sweet William.  Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) is a clove-scented, fringed flower that is bicolored in white/pink/red tones. It recently received accolades when Kate Middleton included it in her bridal bouquet, presumably for both the lovely scent and the name.

Ineke has created a Sweet William soliflore fragrance that is ensconced by rich wood notes. The fragrance opens with a juicy peach note. The Sweet William floralcy is further warmed with cinnamon, clove and cumin essential oils. The dominant wood notes are a blend of cedarwood, sandalwood and patchouli, softened with Bourbon vanilla.  So yummy!

A mutual passion for scent, botanicals and art brought Anthropologie and Ineke together to create the Floral Curiosities limited edition line of fragrances in 2011. Other fragrances in the line include Angel’s Trumpet, Poet’s Jasmine and Scarlet Larkspur, each inspired by scented flowers grown in Ineke’s garden. The collection is available exclusively at Anthropologie stores starting in
October 2012.

Eau de Parfum, 2.5 fl. oz., $68
Botanist’s Travel Spray EdP, 0.5 fl. oz., $28

Would you like to try this fragrant parfum?  Enter to win by clicking the image above ... good luck!

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