Blogdorf Goodman is a mishmash of beauty product reviews, musings on fashion and swooning over fragrances.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Balmain Spring RTW 2009
For a girl looking for an instant backstage pass, this is the wardrobe that will send her sailing past the heaviest security on sight.(style.com)
You know that you are old when you read the gushing on style.com for the Balmain show and all you can think of is Michael Jackson at the height of his sanity and how the jeans are only worthy of David Lee Roth. Is this truly the uniform for the modern day groupie? I know the military inspired jacket is something that could translate well at a My Chemical Romance show but the pants? Seriously? Someone lie to me and tell me the pants are not making a comeback.
I want to make a video dedication to my friends Mary Joyce Giannini and Jen Mascardine. Click below and enjoy!
Credits: Style.com, cdn-channels.netscape.com,Youtube
Monday, September 29, 2008
Black lippies for fall and Metallic Violet lips for Spring
This lippie look is from the Zac Posen Spring RTW 2009 show. It was created by Charlotte Tilbury for MAC.
It took a village of products to achieve this specific lippie.
The nail polish for the show was created by Deborah Lippmann. It will be in production and one of the names being considered is "Who's Your Daddy?"
Credits: MAC, Style.com
MAC for Proenza Schouler Spring RTW 2009
Face: Pear Cream Colour Base – used on the tops of cheekbones and bridge of nose as a highlight.
Lips: MAC Red Lipstick – applied as a base layer. Invisible MAC Pro Set Powder – used to set the lipstick. Red MAC Pro Pigment – dusted on top of set powder for a highly pigmented matte lip. Red Electric MAC Pro Pigment – added on top of red pigment to create a pink hue.
Credits: MAC, Style.com and isnoop.com
Saks.com is offering a Marc Jacobs navy clutch containing full sized products from YSL, Dior(a quint!), Armani, Nars and Chanel. It is priced at $198.
Here is the list of products:
Dior 5-Color Eyeshadow compact in Tender Chic retails for $54
Nars The Multiple in Copacabana retails for $37
Yves Saint Laurent Touch Blush in Number 2 retails for $42
Giorgio Armani Gloss in Number 16 retails for $18
Guerlain Le 2 Two-Brush Mascara in black retails for $35
and a deluxe sample of Chanel Sublimage(no price but samples of this product is fairly rare)
The products add up to $186 excluding the Chanel sample. The deal actually comes when we figure in the MJ clutch. This might be the size of a makeup bag but it is navy leather(as anyone who searches for navy anything knows....this is a find) and it is a Marc Jacobs. His standard clutches retail for $300-400.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Blogdorf Goodman's Drugstore Deals and Steals for September 28th to October 4th 2008:
Maybelline: Buy 1, get 1 FREE on cosmetics
L'Oreal: Buy 1, get 1 FREE on lip color
Buy 1, get 1 50% off L'Oreal shampoo, conditioner, stylers or hair color
CoverGirl: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on foundation, powder, blush or concealer
Revlon: Single check rebate for $1 off on Revlon mascara
Sally Hansen: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on lip color or lip treatments
NYC: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on cosmetics
Aveeno: 20% off regular retail on body,face or bath care
Jane: Buy 1, get 1 FREE on cosmetics
L'Oreal: Buy 1, get 1 50% off Bare Naturale products
Revlon: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on Colorstay cosmetics
Olay: 33% off Olay cleansers or toner
Sally Hansen: $2 off treatment or no chip nail color or la cross scissors or nippers
Eucerin: $9.99 on 14 or 16.9 oz bottles
Neutrogena: $2 off Advanced Solutions Acne System or Rapid Clear
Clearsil: $3.99 sale on cream , cleansers or pads. Excludes Ultra
Aveeno: 12 oz Body Washes are $5.99
Rimmel: Mail In Rebate on Lasting Finish Foundation for $7.49
L'Oreal: Mail In Rebate on L'Oreal Cleanser Cream or Gel or 25 to 20 pack of towelettes for $6.99
CoverGirl: Buy 1, get 1 50% off cosmetics
Revlon: Buy 1, get 1 FREE on Moon Drops,Super Lustrous lipstick or lip gloss with CVS card
Maybelline: Great Lash is priced at $3.99 with CVS card
Olay: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on Olay daily facial premium cleansers, mascara or makeup removers or Regenerist or Total Effects wet cloth(30ct) with CVS card
Olay Regenerist facial care(excludes kits & treatments) are priced at $15.99 with CVS card
CoverGirl: Extra CVS bucks on Clean Liquid makeup for $5.49 with CVS card
Maybelline: Colossal mascara XXL or Define-A-Lash are $2 off with DR card
Revlon: Buy 1, get 1 FREE on Revlon lip products with DR card
Neutrogena: 10% off facial skincare(excludes acne care) with DR card
Nivea: $6.99 on lotion with DR card
Pantene: 3 for $10 on Pro-V shampoo, conditioner 12.6 oz or styling products with DR card
Pantene: $5 sale on 25.4 oz on shampoo
10% off all other selected Pantene products
CoverGirl: TruBlend liquid makeup, powdered foundation, Outlast 2.0 oz Double Lipshine or.13 lip color is $7.
Volume Exact mascara or Lash Exact mascara is priced at $5
10% off other selected CoverGirl makeup
Let us know any deals you spot this week in the comments.
Labels: Drugstore Deals
Friday, September 26, 2008
Bobbi Brown palettes are collected like baseball cards in the beauty junkie world. Owning the chocolate palette is like owning the rookie card of Joe DiMaggio.
The latest palette to hit the counters is the shimmering nudes palette. Neutrals are what Bobbi Brown does best. This time she has added just a sprinkle of shimmer to a few shades. The sprinkle is truly just a pinch of shimmer. It is work and day friendly. The palette features shimmers, washes and matte shadows. The pigment power and texture varies with the shades but this is more of a wash of color. It is foul proof. I tested the palette side by side with the Stonewashed shadows. Shimmering Nudes is warmer with lighter shades. Stonewashed is cooler with more of a theme of taupes and grays.
Nude Beach Metallic Eye shadow is an iridescent champagne shade.
Nude Mist Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow is a pale taupe with low volume pigment power. There is microscopic shimmer that is fairly sparse.
Nude Glow Metallic Eye Shadow is iridescent ginger ale color. As with all Bobbi Brown limited edition palettes, there is a sleeper hit of the shades. Nude Glow and Nude Spice are duking it out for the title.
Nude Spice Metallic Eye Shadow is a Russet potato brown color. This is warm and brassy for a standard brown yet it is not metallic or coin-like.
The exclusive shade is Mica Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow is a repeat from the Stonewashed palette. It is a low volume taupe.
Two Classic Standard Shades
Naked Eye Shadow is a peachy nude. It shows up on my fish belly skin.
Espresso Eye Shadow was in the Stonewashed palette. It is a great ash shade for smoky eyes. It is glides on whipped smooth and is rich in pigment.
This palette is limited edition and is priced at $50. This can be found at your local Bobbi Brown counter.
Disclaimer: A press sample of this product was provided by Bobbi Brown
Thursday, September 25, 2008
This is a new primer from Kanebo. It looks and feels like water yet it performs like a silicon primer. I was skeptic. How can makeup last without silicon?
I have been struggling with primer after my face did a 180 degree turn and became dry. My beloved silicon formulas were drying my skin and leaving my makeup in patches. I realized with regret that I needed to make a change into more moisturizing formulas.
This primer was created to smooth and firm the skin prior to makeup application. It boasts the ingredient cellulose. This creates a invisible veil that leaves skin smoother and a perfect canvas for makeup. It also boasted improved moisture results. According to Kanebo, after 30 minutes after application, the moisture content in the tested area rose by more than 400%. This is a pretty speedy and high stat but I am game.
The primer is very watery yet feels like a lotion. This is a surprisingly weird yet cool texture. It did not melt into the skin right away. In fact it sat on the face. I rolled with it and got a cup of coffee. By the time I got back to my mirror it was set. Not exactly dry but you could tell it was safe to start putting on your makeup. It looked super hydrated yet had that glass-like appearance of a silicon.
The Smoothing Water Make-Up Base works better alone with just foundation. It does not need any moisturizers or serums. The foundations I tested with it are as follows, Kanebo Fluid Finish, La Mer, Carmindy and Make Up Forever High Definition foundation. All lasted well through a harrowing 8 hour workday. I found the best results with La Mer and Kanebo.
The Smoothing Make-Up Base retails for $45 and is available at http://www.kanebo.com/, select Saks, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. Call 1-866-271-6815 for other retailers and any questions.
Disclaimer: A press sample of this product was provided by Kanebo.
Topshop Dreams Dashed: No November Opening
Lets just say that a NYC trip might have been subconsciously organized around the opening. Now I will have to make do with H&M and Forever 21.
I have been obsessed with the thought of Topshop for quite a while. When a dear friend announced that she was moving to London, I was excited not because of her being with her true love or being in a land rich with history. I was overjoyed that she would be able to visit a Topshop and tell me all the gory details.
The Cut reported that the delayed launch is due to mechanical difficulties and not to torture us.
I just see it as another disappointment for 2008.
I did not get my true love nor did I get a Topshop.
A pox on men, Topshop and astrology charts.
Credit: The Cut
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Patch notes are popping up everywhere in the new fragrance releases. Perfumers are tweaking the note to be "un-patch" like. Tom Ford wanted "to free the patchouli from the cliche and present it in a truly innovative way." His way is mixing patchouli with white flowers(think peony and jasmine) and bergamot. The patch note he utilized is a patchouli orpur. According to the release, this is a "precious ingredient that perfumers give the reserve status of a gran cru". This is fancy talk for "it smells like patchouli leaves." All kidding aside, White Patchouli is slightly confusing.
The bergamot note truly adds a lightness and clarity to the fragrance. It almost makes it fizzy. This is also one of the most powerful bergamots I have ever witnessed in a fragrance. Bergamot usually appears in the beginning of the fragrance and quickly introduces the wearer to the rest of the scent. It's typical life is brief and quick. This bergamot not only stays strong throughout the opening but lasts well until the end of the mid notes.
The dry down is a mix of ambrette seed(Chanel 18-like), more patch, incense and woods.
The 30 ml bottle retails for $60, 50 ml is priced at $92 and 100 ml is priced at $138. The bottle is white opal glass with 23 karat gold accents. It is available at Nordstorm, Bergdorf Goodman
Credit: Tom Ford
Disclosure: A press sample of this product was provided by Tom Ford
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Nars Dolce Vita Blush Review by Storybookheroine
When the first pictures of Dolce Vita popped up on the internet I have to admit I was disappointed. It was dark, muddy, matte and did nothing to make me want it. Now I love Dolce Vita lipstick. It's an easy staple to love with it's flattering muted dusty rose color and go with everything appeal, but I saw little resemblance to my beloved lipstick in the picture (nor did it look like the DV Velvet Matte or Lipgloss). When the collection hit the internet I decided to give in and order it and I have to say I am very pleased I did. The initial pictures did not show the true color and for those of you looking at the pictures I shot this is a more accurate depiction of Dolce Vita blush and it is not as dark once applied.
So, what does Dolce Vita blush look like on? On me (NARS Mont Blanc, BECCA Sand, PPP/FFF) it's a nice, muted, fresh from the cold flush that is not too pink or too bright. Dolce Vita has a touch of red to it but the "dustiness" of the color mutes enough to save me from looking like a clown. As for it being a matte, I love the look. It's a perfect choice for rosy cheeks (even for us neutral to warm tones) and if you have not been able to pull off rosy cheeks before without looking like you have rosacea, Dolce Vita may be just the blush you are looking for.
The soft pomegranate color is perfect for the fall, it just about screams it but I can not help but wish it was more the same shade as the lipstick.
Let me explain.
I think, though the bit of red makes for a gorgeous blush it is not true to the original Dolce Vita shade. So really my only compliant is the name since I don't find it is true to the spirit of the color NARS has managed to duplicate in three lip products (and I'm sure a future nail polish and who knows what else). I wish it was that color because I feel it would be a great shade for my coloring. What has been released is a beautiful shade but not what fans the lipstick would think it would be based on the Dolce Vita name.
Dolce Vita is a very pigmented and I recommend just touching your brush to the pan and building to the intensity you like. I use the standard NARS blush brush, tap the color on one side, apply to the apple, then flip the brush over to the clean side and drag the color from the apples back and up. It is not as challenging as say Exhibit A which I gave up on years ago but I don't think anyone will be hitting pan on this in a very long time. It has the same quality of other NARS blushes, long lasting, silky texture and high pigmentation. If you have a skunk brush or the MAC 187 this would be a good choice for application to fair skin and I think this would look great from the lightest to the darkest of skin tones and maybe that is the point for intensifying the color for a more universal appeal.
Overall I think this is a great blush for Fall and Winter, just remember it's very pigmented, it is not going to be the same shade as the lipstick and apply sparingly and I think you will be very happy with the results and product.
Photo Credits: Storybookheroine
Disclosure: All products mentioned in this review were purchased by the reviewer.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Lippmann Collection Is Ready to Rock October
By Melanie Parker
She'll only come out at night.
The lean and hungry type.
Nothing is new, I've seen her here before.
Watching and waiting...
She's sitting with you, but her eyes are on the door.
So many have paid to see,
What you think you're getting for free.The woman is wild, a she-cat tamed by the purr of a Jaguar.
Money's the matter.
If you're in it for love you ain't gonna get too far.
Ohhhhh, here she comes...
Watch out, boy! She'll chew you up.
Ohhhhh, here she comes...She's a MANEATER.
With a name like Maneater, I knew I had to pounce on this new Lippmann Collection lacquer, even if it promised to be a bittersweet chocolate crème that rendered itself black in the first promotional picture that I saw. I was thrilled to buy it and find that it is a perfect chocolate sauce brown. As a matter of fact, the name makes me think of Hall & Oates's song and the rich brown color reminds me of chocolate chips. It an odd way, it satisfies a craving for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. The formula has a slight translucency, or jelly finish, that keeps it from looking black in most lighting conditions.
I also had to indulge in Lippmann Collection's spicy Limited Edition (LE) polish, Superstar. Superstar is a dark brown glaze with copper glitter. It's intense and the autumnal hue makes it a must-have beauty accessory for Rrrrrr-October. I'm not too fond of this heavy glitter finish on my finger nails because I wear contact lenses and it feels a little gritty even with a thick layer of top coat. However, it will make quite a statement as a pedicure with a pair of black patent peep toe pumps or strappy bronze-colored shoes. The Holiday 2008 collection also includes a traditional candy apple red shimmer called Holiday and a pink pearl polish named Icing on the Cake. Lippmann Collection polishes retail for $15 and are available on http://lippmanncollection.com/
and other fine retailers.
Credit: Melanie Parker and Hall& Oates
Disclosure: All products mentioned in this review were purchased by the reviewer.
Cavewoman, Can you handle this?
Koneko, Can you handle this?
Beauty Addict, Can you handle this?
I don't think they can handle this.
Patti alerted me to a fragrance created for Henri Bendels courtesy of the naughty minds at Etat Libre d’Orange. Bendelirious was the brainchild of perfumer Antoine Lie of Givaudan. The inspiration was the "quintessential Bendels gal". The notes are iris absolu with a champagne base topped off with a cherry lollipop. It sounds fizzy with a thick sweetness. Worthy of a cocktail umbrella! It retails for $72 and can only be found at Bendels.
Guess Which Lippie Is Back In Stock?
YSL's Gloss Pur Black is back in stock on the YSL website @http://www.yslbeautyus.com/
It retails for $28 and is a new formula for the line. This formula will launch in the spring with 6 radiant shades.
Let us know the scoop on this lippie in the comments.
Did anyone cave the first time?
Does it deliver high shine?
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Blogdorf Goodman's Dugstore Deals and Steals for September 21st through September 27th 2008
Maybelline: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on cosmetics
L'Oreal's HIP: Buy 1, get 1 FREE on cosmetics
L'Oreal: Bare Naturale makeup, powder or blush is priced at $12
Skin Genesis eye cream(Fabulous!!!!)and cream,lotion or serum is priced at $16
Vive Pro Shampoo or conditioner is priced at $4
Neutrogena: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on cosmetics
Yes to Carrots(and Yes to Cucumbers or Yes to Tomatoes--OMG are these new?): Buy 1, get 1 50% off
The first page of the circular features the new makeup collections exclusive to Target. The collections are Petra Sand (Pixi), Jemma Kidd (JK Kemma Kidd) and Napoleon Perdis (NP Set). These are available at most stores and at Target.com/beauty. I have not tried any of these but hope to stumble across them during my shopping travels. The blue gloss from Jemma Kidd looks very promising.
Bumble and bumble: Shampoo or conditioner is on sale for $14.99
10% off all other professional hair care
Boots: Protect & Perfect SPF 15 day cream is priced at $17.99
10% off all other Boots skin care and cosmetics
Soap & Glory: Sugar crush is priced at $14.99
10% off all other Soap & Glory products
Herbal Essences: Shampoo is priced at $2.94
L'Oreal: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on cosmetics or skin care
NYC: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on lipstick, lip color or lip gloss
Physicians Formula: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on cosmetics
Maybelline: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on mascara, eye shadow or eye liner
Neutrogena: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on foundation, powder, blush and mineral makeup
Sally Hansen: No chip, Diamond or Maximum Growth nail enamel is priced at $3.49
Buy 1, get 1 50% off on grooming implements
Clean&Clear: 2 for $9 on skin care
Curel: Skin care is priced at $5.49
Jergens: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on skin care lotion
Biore: $5.99 for skin care
L'Oreal: Buy 1, get 1 FREE on HIP cosmetics with CVS card
Bare Naturale Foundation, powder, blush or concealer is priced at $12.99 with $3.00 extra CVS bucks reward with CVS card
Bare Naturale Lip tint, eye shadow, liner or mascara is priced at $7.99 with $3.00 extra CVS bucks reward with CVS card
Neutrogena: The Wave is priced at $12.99 with CVS card
Facial cleanser 6.7 oz, toner 8.5 oz, scrub 4.2 oz, eye makeup remover 5.5 oz, pads 30 ct., towelettes 25 ct. or blotting sheets 60 ct is priced at $6.99 with CVS card
Healthy Skin facial scrub or cleanser 4-5.1 oz, Pore Refining cleanser or toner 6.7-8.5 oz is priced at $5.99 with CVS card
Deep Clean Cleanser or scrub 4.2-7 oz. is priced 2 for $10 with CVS card
Moisturizer 2.25-4 oz(excludes Healthy Defense) is priced at $8.99 with CVS card
Maybelline: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on all Maybelline face, eye lip or nail products with CVS card
Rimmel: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on all cosmetics
Bio-Oil: buy any Bio-Oil Skincare product get $4 extra CVS bucks with CVS card
Labels: Dugstore Deals and Steals
Friday, September 19, 2008
Seikisho Mask Review
My power was off since Sunday. Hurricane Ike tore through Ohio and left some chaos behind. The Midwest is used to the average twister but hurricane gusts were new to us. So for the last few days I have been living the Amish way. I cleaned and organized while I had light. During this time I thought I might as well test some masks and beauty products. The most enjoyable skin sample was the Seikisho Mask White. I scored this sample from a Bath & Body store in Cleveland. This mask is far from white. The actual shade is an inky blue black. It is fairly thick like cake frosting and spreads easily. It takes its sweet time to dry. I left it on for 20-30 minutes. It dried to a tacky shiny patent leather texture. The creep factor was high. During the drying process I made the mistake of giggling. Instant tightening pain. But as any mask aficionado knows...pain is sometimes good.
I had no clue on how to remove the mask since I had no directions or computer access. It looked fairly Vader-like. I noticed that a piece was slightly peeling off so I tugged. Instantly half the mask peeled off. It took 3 tugs and my face was free of the whole thing. There was no mess or fuss.
My skin looked and felt great. Pores were smaller. Redness eliminated. A zit that was in the beginning stages was miraculously healed. My skin tingled in a good way. It really felt amazing and I wanted to do it again and again.
This is a future purchase. It is available at Neiman Marcus,Bergdorf Goodman and select Bath & Body Works for $28. Here is the information from Neimans about the product.
Disclaimer: This reviewed item was a purchase from my local Bath & Body store.
Credit: Bergdorf Goodman
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Kama by Farmacia SS. Annunziata
There is an opening note of petit grain. This is an orange-like scent that is often used to calm anxiety and nerves.
I can vouch that it works.
Red grapefruit is mixed in with a very faint rose petal. This opening is just one of the most lovely beginnings to a fragrance.
They managed to add a very whispery patchouli note that is far from dirt or leaves. By all textbook accounts this is not my type of fragrance. However I want to be the type of girl who wears it. It is all innocent, charming and feminine.
Disclosure: I tested this scent from a sample vial provided by Luckyscent
Rock & Republic Cosmetics
Rock & Republic has developed a cosmetic line that will debut September 15th at select Nordstorm stores, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Harrods and rockandrepublic.com. The 116 piece collection contains a caffeine-infused tinted primer and a Swarovski Crystal-embedded bronzer.
The packaging looks amazing and the names chosen for the products are clever. There is a pink lip gloss called Loudmouth, a light dove gray shadow base called Ciggy, and a blush named Kinky.
Let us know if you have spotted this collection in the stores. Let us know what is a must have or things we need to start lemming.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
You might have noticed that I have been missing for the last few days. Hurricane Ike managed to find its way to Ohio. We are used to twisters but not hurricane gusts.
We have been without power since Sunday.
My power has been restored and it is glorious.
I have missed electricity.
I am flicking my lights and the coffee pot is on!
I want to send power vibes and prayers to the people who were in this storms direct path. I hope recovery and clean-up is faster and more organized.
I hope you get your power back soon.
So what have I been doing while the power has been off?
Testing facial masks and products.
Heating up my coffee on the grill.
Organizing my lippies by color.(seriously)
I will be back tomorrow with posts.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Blogdorf Goodman's Drugstore Deals and Steals for September 14th through September 20th 2008
L'Oreal: Single check rebate being offered for L'Oreal Facial Cleansers for $5.99
Maybelline: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on lip color, foundation,powder, blush or concealer
Sally Hansen: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on Hard As Nails Nail Enamel,Color Quick Pen or Nail Treatments
N.Y.C: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on cosmetics
Garnier: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on Nutritioniste skin care
Cetaphil: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on skin care
Ponds: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on skin care
Revlon: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on beauty tools
40% off on Revlon cosmetics
Prestige: Buy 1, get 1 FREE on cosmetics
Almay: foundation,powder, blush or concealer is priced at $8.99
Revlon: Custom Creations or age Defying liquid makeup is priced at $9.99
10% off all other Revlon beauty tools and face & eye makeup
Olay: Regenerist or Total Effects foundation is priced at $15.99
10% off all other Olay skin care
Almay: Buy 1, get 1 50% off on cosmetics
Maybelline: Buy 1, get 1 FREE on mascara
Rimmel: Buy 1, get 1 FREE on cosmetics
L'Oreal: 25% off of skin care(Age Perfect,Revitalift and Wrinkle De-Crease)
Garnier: Buy $20 or more of Garnier products and receive a $10 mail-in rebate
Towelettes(25 ct) is $5
Skin Renew is $10
Ultra-lift is $12
Nutrisse hair color is priced 2 for $11
Select Fructis hair care is priced 3 for $10
Olay: Definity facial moisturizers and regenerist at home treatments or kit are priced at $23.99
Revlon: Eterna 27 Moisture cream is priced at $19.99
Revlon: Buy 1, get 1 FREE on Revlon lipcolour,eye or nail products with CVS card
Buy Revlon's foundation, cheek color, powder, firming face primer or wrinkle eraser and get $5 extra CVS bucks with CVS card.
Almay: Buy 1, get 1 FREE on foundation, powder, blush or concealer with CVS card
CoverGirl: Buy $10 of any CoverGirl products and get $3 extra CVS bucks with CVS card
CoverGirl Wetslicks AmazeMint is priced at $3.99 with CVS card
CoverGirl eyeshadow is $2.99 with CVS card
CoverGirl AquaSmoothers, TruBlend foundation, powder, concealer, TruBlend blush or Outlast lipcolor is priced at $5.49 with CVS card.
Olay: Total Effects cleanser 6.5 oz, Definity cleanser, scrub, 5-5.2 oz, Regenerist scrub, eye makeup remover 6.5-6.7 oz or cloths 30 ct are priced at $8.99 with CVS card
Olay Total Effects facial skincare is priced at $16.99 with CVS card
Olay Regenerist facial skincare is priced at $16.99 with CVS card
Olay Regenerist cream, foam treatment 1.7 oz, intervention 14 ct., eye derma-pod 24 ct., dermabrasion or contour kit is priced at $24.99 with CVS card.
ALL Olay Definity Facial Care is priced at $24.99 with CVS card
Olay Bar soap 4 pk. or Quench lotion 8.4 oz. are priced at $4.99 with CVS card
Biore: Select products are $5.99 with CVS card (excludes pore minimizing and combo pk. pore strips).
Buy AcneFree Kit, Regenetresse, WrinkleFree System or 24 hr Face Lift and get $5 extra CVS bucks with CVS card
Sally Hansen: Buy Maximum Growth Nourishing Nail Color or Salon Nail Lacquer and get $2 extra CVs bucks with CVS card.
Lumene Skin Care: Buy 1, get 1 50% off with CVS card
St Ives: Buy $10 of any St. Ives Skin Care get $5 extra CVS bucks with CVS card
Labels: Drugstore Deals
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Lancome Event in NYC
Lancome National Makeup Artist Tarek Abbas is headlining a makeup event at the New York Lancome boutique located at 201 Columbus Avenue at 69th street. You can sign up for one on one appointments or a master class with Mr Abbas. The fee is $75 but this is redeemable toward Lancome products. The event is for September 19th 2008. Call 212-362-4858 and reserve a spot!
10:30am-12:30pm is the master class with Mr Abbas
1:30pm-3:30pm is the one to one time with Mr Abbas
5:30pm-7:30pm is the evening master class with Mr Abbas
I participated in an event like this with Nars. My friends got amazing and transforming makeovers.
Mine was alright.
The best makeover I have ever received was at the hands of Chanel.
To this day I have never looked so damn good. They created the most amazing smoky eye with a light shimmery pink lip. I regret not purchasing every product used.
Tell us your best makeover experience in the comments and let us know if you attend this Lancome event.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Kanebo is releasing a new foundation line in September 2008. It consists of 9 shades ranging from Soft Ivory to Golden Dune. There is a shade called Pearl Beige that looks like it has a pink cast to it. This one appears to be available in certain markets.
Not to sound like the Goldilocks of makeup, but soft ivory and soft beige were too pale while warm beige was too dark. Natural Beige was just right for me. It seemed to work well with my olive tone and yellow moments. I am also pale but often look washed out in snow-like foundation shades.
This is a deeply moisturizing formula with a high water content of 55%. The water is Fuji Sensui water straight from Mt Fuji. The other main ingredient is Koishimaru silk extract(often found in Kanebo products) made from the cocoon, the source of Japan's finest silk. This is truly Kanebo's magic fairy dust. It makes everything feel so amazing and luxurious. It is thick yet light.
The other ingredients are rice extract(for moisturising), moistened powder(unique powder pre-moistened and coated with oil) and Weightless Moist Glow Factor(feather-light translucent powder with thin, flat granules-layers easily for fit and coverage and reflects light for radiant finish). There is a cone(silicon) called Cyclomethicone. It also contains Octinoxate and Titanium Doxide for sunscreen.
The results for this foundation have surpassed all my expectations and it has replaced my beloved La Mer. As much as I liked MUFE's High Definition foundation, this Kanebo formula performed better. This is what I thought high definition should look like. My skin looks flawless and natural yet my issues are cleverly hidden. My issues are mid-sized pores in my T-zone,dryness,slight redness and a pesky laugh(more like a smirk) line. My pores have never looked so small and less annoying. There is no caking or settling into these tiny little craters. My dry issues are solved. This foundation does not disappear or get patchy. My smirk line does not need constant attention like it does when I wear Carmindy. I have to check on it every few hours. The settling is only faint and is easily blended back to normal.
I really do love my La Mer and Carmindy but this Kanebo is really the best formula I have tried. It retails for $50(more expensive than Carmindy by a mile but a deal when compared to La Mer) and I highly recommend it.
Credit: Blogdorf Goodman
Disclaimer: A press sample of this product was provided by Kanebo and Natural Beige was purchased by me at Bergdorf Goodman.
Makeup Inspiration from MAC: Ruffian Spring 2008
“She's a prep girl who went out west. It's a west coast hippie vibe. – James Kaliardos
Eye: Gold Dark Pigment – brushed from lid to brow bone as well as winged out toward the temple as well as winged out toward the temple.
Coal Black Pro Lash Mascara – applied to curled lashes
Face: Redhead Mineral Skinfinish –blended onto cheek bones
Sculpt Sculpting powder – applied under cheek bones for a contour
Lips: Not So Shy Lipstain – delicately pressed onto lips
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Chanel Smoky Eye:Keira Knightley at the New York premiere of The Duchess
Beauty Inspiration from makeup artist Kate Lee:
“Keira’s black CHANEL Haute Couture dress was the inspiration for the look tonight. When I saw the beautiful diamanté detailing on the shoulers, I
thought it was the perfect time to use the CHANEL Quadra Eye Shadow in Smoky Eye.”
“I started out with a really fine line of CHANEL Professional Eyeliner Duo in Noir-Lamé next to the lashes. On the lid I used the CHANEL Highlighter Face Pen in Beige Rosé, then drew a line along the bottom lash line with CHANEL
Intense Eye Pencil in Noir and blended with a small round brush. The next
step was to carefully use the black shade of the Smoky Eye Quad to define the socket line and lash line. To finish the look, I used tons of Exceptionnel de CHANEL Mascara in Smoky Noir on the lashes.”
Credits: Chanel PR, style.com and blogdorf goodman
who knows a little more than she did before she went into the woods.”
– Gregory Arlt for MAC
What was used:
Phloof! eye shadow – as a highlighter brushed under the eyebrow,
along the side of the eye and down the bridge.
Reflects Transparent Teal – a dot on the finger pressed onto lid.
Quarry eye shadow – lightly applied to the crease of the lid.
Plushblack Plush Lash Mascara – applied to the tips of curled lashes.
Face: Strobe Cream – massaged into the face.
Face and Body Foundation – a sheer application to even out skin tone.
Lip: Girl About Town and Pink Nouveau Lipstick – blended together
and brushed onto this lips.
Clear Pro Longwear Gloss Coat – layered on top of lipstick.
Credits: AP Yahoo,Blythe Blond and MAC
Credit: Blogdorf Goodman
Disclaimer: This lippie was purchased by me at my local Chanel counter.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Mascara Madness: Lucky Giveaway of L'Oreal Paris Bare Naturale Mascara
Lucky & L'Oreal are giving away 1000 tubes of L'Oreal Paris Bare Naturale mascara...right now!
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Let us know if you score a tube!
Chanel's Exceptionnel De Chanel Intense Volume and Curl Mascara
I have been testing this mascara for several weeks thanks to a local sales associate who kindly gifted me with a mini sample tube.
That's right kids...there are samples.
This mascara brush is unique in that it has bristles and a comb. This might the beauty equivalent of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
The combination is simple and genius.
The bristles deliver volume and oomph while the comb delivers the curl.
The formula is a inky black that is fairly sooty in a spectacular way. It does not clump or smudge. My curls look full and curled to unprecedented heights. It is magic when used with my Tarte curler.
I used my curler before applying two coats of the formula. After the mascara dried, I used my curler again.
My local SA who has been blessed with a fine pair of lashes looked amazing. It looked like she had Shu false lashes on. However my one short-lashed friend received lackluster results.
This mascara is at your local Chanel counter and retails for $28. It comes in a variety of shades. Smoky Noir(black), Smoky Brun(brown),Smokey Marine(blue) and Smoky Violine(Violet).
Have you tested this mascara? What have been your results so far? Share your experiences in the comments.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Hinoki by Comme des Garcons x Monocle: Scent One
I have always wanted to visit Japan. The dream started when I was a little girl and continues to be a strong desire today. This fragrance has managed to capture what Japan smells like in my dreams.
Disclosure: I tested this scent from a sample vial provided by Luckyscent