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Three Classic Favorites are Among Winners of 2014 Glammy Awards

27 Oct

Glammy Awards

Every year, Glamour magazine comes out with a list of the top makeup and skincare products as voted on by their magazine readers. The awards cover both drugstore and specialty store products.

Here are three classic favorites that I’m already a fan of and have been using for a long time.

The Best Lip Color
MAC Lipstick (From Specialty Stores)

I have no trouble agreeing with this choice. When it comes to highly pigmented and moisturizing shades, MAC lipsticks can’t be beat.

One of my favorite shades is Fabby, a pinky shade with a hint of color. It looks great on most skin tones.

The Best Mascara
Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara (From Drugstores)

This mascara has been around forever and is a cult classic. The reason I love this mascara may be a little different from some of the Glamour readers.

I use Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara in Clear as a sealer after applying deep black mascara. It really helps to stop flaking and smudging!

The Best Hairstyling Product

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The Matte Lip Collection from MAC

24 Oct

MAC The Matte Lip Collection

Matte lips are one of the hottest trends this season and, according to MAC Cosmetics, they’re here to stay.

The Matte Lip collection from MAC will help you create a standout look with dramatic new shades of MAC’s iconic matte lipstick. The collection includes vibrant hues like fuchsia and rich burgundy of as well as nude favorites.

To make the color even more intense, apply Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in super‑saturated shades in red, burgundy, or pinky beige. Finally, polish off the look with the soft new pinky hues of Pro Longwear Blush.

Here are the details on the collection.

  • Styled in Sepia (dirty cement beige)
  • Nouvelle Vogue (soft blue pink)
  • Pander Me (soft peachy mocha)
  • Damn Glamorous (bright pink red)
  • Le Vie En Rouge (bright orange coral)=
  • Fashion Revival (deep raspberry)
  • Heroine (vibrant violet)
  • Living Legend (deep plum)

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Georgia by Robin McGraw is Launching on HSN

22 Oct

Georgia by Robin McGraw Eau du Parfum

Inspired by the spirit and strength of her mother who always told her she was fabulous, Robin McGraw has created her debut fragrance: Georgia by Robin McGraw. The fragrance will be launching on HSN on October 28.

I had a chance to join a preview of Georgia and I have to point out that Robin is so genuine and lovely that you can’t help being swept up in her enthusiasm about the fragrance and her charitable foundation, When Georgia Smiled.

The Fragrance

Robin worked on the fragrance for three years to get it right, including asking Dr. Phil for his opinion. The hard work has paid off as the botanical blend with a citrus and floral bouquet is sophisticated, subtle, and intriguing.

Some of Robin’s favorite notes are Pink Freesia, Feminine Rose, and Tea Leaf, Other notes also add to the uniqueness of the scent.

Top Notes:

  • Bergamot
  • Pink Freesia
  • Water Lotus

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Limited Edition eos Lip Balm 3 Pack Inspired by Rachel Roy

16 Oct

eos Holiday 2014 Rachel Roy

There’s a new eos collection to remind you that warm, sunny weather is happening somewhere on the globe right now.

The Smooth Sphere lip balm flavor trio in bright, cheery shades is inspired by fashion designer Rachel Roy.

Each holiday pack contains three tropical flavors:

  • Indian Summer (orange blossom)
  • Aloha Hawaii (strawberry kiwi)
  • St. Barth’s Sunrise (pink grapefruit)

The lip balms are USDA-certified organic and 100% natural with a special design on each lip balm. Packed with shea butter and jojoba oil, these lip balms should keep you going until the warmer weather shows up again on your doorstep.

[Image via eos]

Cult Classic: Clinique A Black Honey Affair

14 Oct

Clinique A Black Honey Affair

In 1971, Clinique created a phenomenon with the introduction of a deep, blackened raisin hue for their Clinique Glosswear for Lips collection called Black Honey. Nearly 20 years later, the Black Honey shade was launched as an Almost Lipstick: a cross between a lipstick and lip gloss that is perfectly unique for every woman.

Inspired by this cult classic, Clinique has introduced the limited edition A Black Honey Affair All About Shadow octet. Offering the same versatility, the palette contains a range of shades from light browns to deep purples that works for all skin tones:

  • The first four shades can be worn together or alone to create a neutral daytime look.
  • The four purple tones can be paired with the neutral hues for a pop of colour, or layered together to create a dramatic smoky violet eye look.

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Lip Care and Couture Makeup: Rouge Dior Baume

9 Oct

Rouge Dior Baume

Who doesn’t love lip color and lip protection in the same tube from a design house?

Rouge Dior Baume is a new lip product that combines a lip treatment and couture color. The balm has a unique texture enriched with cristal oil, an innovation of the Dior laboratories that protects,  moisturizes, and smooths lips.

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New Makeup Collection from Brooke Shields and MAC

6 Oct

MAC Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields has been working as an actress/model since she was a baby, so it’s not surprising that MAC Cosmetics decided to collaborate on a makeup collection with Brooke.

The new collection contains 13 products including a fabulous 15-shade eye shadow palette (called Gravitas), lipsticks, and glosses, blushes and nail polish.

The colors cover a wide range from neutrals to reds for fall. According to Peoplestylewatch, Brooks believes that she isn’t one version of herself:  “There are products for looks that are very natural and also sexy and sophisticated.”

The shades and finishes in the limited edition collection have been chosen by Brooke herself, inspired by her favourite looks for day and night. The looks are intended to be easy, modern, and beautiful.

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Hard Candy Ginormous Lash Mascara Infused with Growth Serum

22 Sep

Hard Candy Ginormous Lash Mascara + Lash Boosting Serum

You can never have too much mascara, so I had try Hard Candy Ginormous Lash Mascara with volume and boosting serum after scoping it out at Walmart recently. After all, how can you say no to 200% thicker lashes.

So far, I’m loving the lightweight wand with thick bristles that lets you fluidly coat and darken lashes. If you’re looking at building volume and curl, this mascara in Carbon Black actually does the job.

The growth serum claims to promote long-term lash growth, strength, and vitality. With regular use, Hard Candy claims that your lashes will appear longer, fuller, and stronger with regular use. You got me at “longer.”

Swirl Your Way to Perfect Fall Skin: Stila One Step Correct

15 Sep

Stila One Step Correct

The summer weather is a mixed blessing for your skin. On the one hand, you usually end up with a bit of color. On the other hand, once the summer ends, you may be left with a dull complexion or sun spots.

I may be a little late to the party but I just discovered Stila One Step Correct: an innovative, triple-function serum that instantly color-corrects, brightens, and covers skin imperfections.

Once you try this primer, color-corrector, brightener and anti-aging skincare serum, you’ll find it can do just about anything:

  • Make imperfections disappear
  • Reduce fine lines, pores, and pigmentation
  • Hydrate and improve skin texture

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MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

8 Sep


Wow, time flies! Remember, the Rocky Horror Picture Show (who could ever forget it). Well, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary musical comedy horror film.

To celebrate the occasion, MAC is launching MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show. The goodies in this MAC collaboration are great keepsakes whether you’re a hardcore fan or like your makeup loud and shiny.

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Get Your NFL Game Face On with CoverGirl

7 Sep

NFL Game Face Makeup

Who says you can’t be girly and love the NFL?

Just in time for opening day of the NFL 2014 season, CoverGirl has all the details to create an official game face and “fanicure” for your favorite team. Genius!

I have a soft spot for Da Bears since quarterback whisperer, Marc Trestman (formerly with the Canadian Football League Montreal Alouettes), now coaches the team.

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Nude Velvety Lip Creams: NYX Simply Nude Lip Collection

1 Sep

NYX Simply Nude

News flash! Nude lips are a big makeup trend this fall season. So now couldn’t be a better time to explore a new nude lip collection.

If you’ve never tried a product from NYX Cosmetics, here’s your chance and you won’t be disappointed.

The Simply Nude Lip collection includes six moisturizing lip pencils in every shade of the nude rainbow from pink to deep beige.

The six shades are:

  • Peaches (nude peach)
  • Exposed (reddish brown)
  • Disrobed (pink brown)
  • Fairest (pink beige)
  • Honey (nude beige)
  • Sable (deep brown with pink undertone)

Wear these shades with a smoky eye or a natural look and you’re good to go!

[Image via NYX Cosmetics]

Concealer with Anti-Aging Benefits: L’Oréal Visible Lift Blur Concealer

28 Aug

L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer

Heading back to school or work next week? If you’ve been skimping on sleep, a change in schedule may show up under your eyes.

L’Oreal’s Visible Lift Blur Concealer may be your new best friend as you transition to the fall season.

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Two New Studio Sculpt Products from MAC

25 Aug

MAC Studio Sculpt

If you’re a fan of MAC’s Studio Sculpt line, get ready for two new additions that feature innovative formulas for your face and eyes.

Studio Sculpt Defining Powder provides sheer coverage without looking powdery or cakey. It corrects uneven tones and leaves skin smooth and sculpted.

The powder comes in a wide range of shades:

  • Light
  • Light Plus
  • Medium
  • Medium Plus
  • Medium Dark
  • Medium Deep
  • Dark
  • Dark Deep

Studio Sculpt Superblack Lash with its innovative brush design is now available in a deep, rich shade of carbon black.

Both of these MAC Studio Sculpt products are available online August 28, 2014 and in stores September 4, 2014 through October 30, 2014.

Essie Fall 2014 Nail Collection: Dress to Kilt

18 Aug

Essie Dress to Kilt

Even though the summer is winding down, there’s a good reason to cheer up: new shiny nail collections!

Essie’s latest fall collection, Dress to Kilt, includes brand new fall shades that will help you get into season.

Here are the shades in Essie’s latest collection (from left to right):

  • Shiny Red—Juicy, seductive red.
  • Take it Outside—Punchy, fresh taupe with a whisper of pink.
  • Fall in Line—Silky, jade green.
  • The Perfect Cover Up—Teal weaved with gray undertones.
  • Style Cartel—Inky cobalt blue.
  • Partner in Crime—Rich, dark chocolate with deep mahogany undertones.

The collection is inspired by espionage and the thrill of the chase. These colors are gorgeous so grab them while they last.

[Image via Essie]


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