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April 2010 Archives

mary-j-blige3.jpgMary J. Blige, celebrity ambassador of beauty brand Carol’s Daughter, is set to release a new fragrance in collaboration with the brand this summer. My Life by Mary J. Blige, is named in honor of the Grammy winner’s second album, which represented a major turning point in Blige’s life and career.

“I wanted my fragrance to be something special for my female fans,” said Blige. “My fans and I are smart now. We know we’re smart now, but we didn’t know it then. We know we’re beautiful now, we didn’t know it then. We’re educated now, we didn’t know it then. We’re soft, we’re edgy — we’re all those things. And I wanted this perfume to represent every female’s everyday life.”

Blige had complete input into the scent’s creation. “I have to be involved,” she said. “Because when your name is attached to something, and it’s not good, that’s your name. So I prefer a good name rather than vanity and riches.” The scent’s top notes are gardenia petals, Bartlett pear and white freesia; the heart is tuberose, blooming jasmine, gold lily and apricot flower, and the drydown is cashmere woods, praline, sesame and incense.

My Life will retail for $46 for 1.7 oz. The scent will be available exclusively on HSN starting on July 31st, and will arrive in department stores across the U.S. next year.

There’s nothing more opulent than a little gold in your makeup and mani! Chanel’s new Orient Extreme collection inspired us to add some drama to our beauty bag. Not too much gold, just some highlights around the eyes, the lips and even the body (think…glittery Décolletage). Not into gold makeup? Then opt for gold nails  — Chanel’s Gold Lamé polish is the best.

We’re crushing over these must-haves (gold nuggets not for sale):
1.Chanel Le Vernis Gold Lame, $25 2. Tarte Pressed Shadow - Shimmer, $17 3. Chanel Ligne Et Ombre De Chanel, $45 4. Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner, $12 5. Shu Uemura Painting Liner, $24
Ok, so we JUST wrote about Votre Vu the other day, but the products are so great that we’re mentioning them again. This time, we can’t stop raving about Duetto.

duetto.jpgDuetto is an awesome two-in-one product— one part luxe lip balm to one part rich hand cream.

The balm is light yet deeply nourishing, and makes your lips super soft. It’s made from coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax, protects with UV filters, and is lightly flavored with coconut. Yum! There’s also a mini-mirror in the lid for easy application.

The hand cream is a concentrated version of their wildly popular Tarte D’Amande body cream, which smells like almond pie and gives you the softest hands ever. Seriously, like silk. The richly moisturizing formula is made of sunflower, grapeseed, and jojoba, combined with aloe to soothe and UV filters for ultimate in anti-aging protection.

The coolest part (as if you weren’t sold already) is the genius packaging. The double lid design allows you to nourish lips and hands with little effort. Flip the top portion for lips, and the middle for hands.

x2_1263f7e.jpgDuetto is so amazing that we need two at all times- one on the nightstand, and one in our bag. We are officially addicted!


macpretapapier.jpgMAC Cosmetics’ new summer 2010 collection has arrived and is perfect for those of you aiming for a more neutral look. As was expected, the collection entitled Pre-a-papier and inspired by ‘Craft Paper Couture’, encompasses a very muted palette and includes the usual suspects — from lipstick to nail nail lacquers to paint pots — all in very subtle tones. The stand out pieces are the Paint Pot in Soft Coral and the Lipstick in Dressmaker — both soft, dreamy corals.

If you’re into bold, stand out colors then this might not be the collection for you. But overall — we’re digging this muted palette and will be pairing it with our favorite summer looks!
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pgone.jpgMaybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s…Burberry?

The famed British fashion label will introduce Burberry Beauty this summer, which will include blush, pressed powder, bronzer, powder foundation, liquid foundation, eye shadow, eyeliner, lip gloss, lipliner, lipstick and mascara.

Burberry’s Christopher Bailey told WWD: “It started because I felt that, at shows and the shoots, the whole attitude is epitomized through the shoes, the bags, the clothes, the accessories, but then the face was the one thing I really struggled with. When we were doing makeup, I felt like we weren’t able to get the right attitude. It was either caked-on makeup or then just the wrong colors, the wrong tones, the wrong spirit for makeup. I wanted it to be this kind of effortless elegance. Like the trenchcoat, it can be worn anywhere and at any time.”

The trench theme is recurring throughout the collection, down to the details. Its beige outer cartons are reminiscent of the coat’s fabric, while the packaging itself is etched with the brand’s signature check plaid. The trench swayed the designer’s choice of makeup shades, too. “I liked the idea of taking the trenchcoat and the weather as the two things that influence and define the colors,” said Bailey. “You’ve got the naturals from the trenchcoats and from the weather you’ve got these beautiful stormy grays and stormy blues. Then, when the sun comes out, you’ve got this glow and you’ve got lighter tones, as well.

The coordinating campaign, shot by famed photographer Mario Testino, features models Lily Donaldson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Nina Porter sporting Burberry trenchcoats. Multiple versions of the ad were shot, with each image incorporating a different makeup focus.

The collection will retail between $24 (lipliner) to $59 (foundation) at U.S. Nordstrom locations beginning in July.

via WWD.

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