Friday, October 31, 2008

LaurEss Neutralize Mineral Corrector

LaurEss Neutralize Mineral Corrector

I've been experimenting with powder concealers as an alternative to cream or stick concealers.

This lurid yellow-green loose powder corrector covers red and purplish areas, especially around the eye. It's very opaque, so tap off the excess on your lay-down concealer brush and use a light hand.

You may shop for LaurEss Neutralize Mineral Corrector through LaurEss or Time for Me.

Kashuk to Enter Space NK

From WWD's public web site came this intriguing snippet (to read the full article, you need to subscribe):
Nicky Kinnaird spotted Sonia Kashuk and saw a bull’s-eye.

Kinnaird, founder of the high-end apothecary Space NK, has plucked Kashuk’s namesake cosmetics line from Target, which has incubated the brand for the last decade.

Kinnaird plans to add the Sonia Kashuk brand to her U.K. shops and U.S. doors, including Space NK’s in-store boutique concept with Bloomingdale’s, which is slated for nine units. Space NK will trumpet is partnership with Sonia Kashuk by including the mass-market born products in its shop at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street flagship in Manhattan, which will be unveiled on Thursday. Target will continue to carry the line, and has...

Good for Kashuk. Since her cosmetics line debuted at Target, it has suffered from erratic stock. Compare that to the recent introduction of JK Jemma Strand, pixi by Petra, and Napoleon Perdis NP Set: certainly, at my nearby Target store, these three brands were fully stocked. Kashuk should have been PO'ed.

I hope that the new venture with Space NK will give Kashuk the display and stock she deserves.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Quick fixes content:

Ah-ha Uses for Beauty Products

Consider this the MacGyver guide to beauty. These "off-label" tricks will solve last-minute emergencies and more

Don't throw out that metallic gold eyeshadow just yet! Instead of chucking products that don't work quite like you had hoped, find out what else they can do for you. These tips, culled from blog confessions, expert advice and our own personal experiments, will have you reusing your makeup in no time, not to mention save you money and get you out of emergencies (like that day you forgot your concealer at your friend's wedding).

See tips

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The end of mascara, as we know it?

The market is full of mascara innovations; in fact, the November 2008 issue of Allure has an entire article devoted to mascara innovations. I have yet to blog on Exceptionnel de Chanel Intense Volume and Curl Mascara and L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara, the first mass-market tube mascara.

Now from Beauty Counter, a blog from "The Online Home of Vogue" (both Vogue and Allure are Condé Nast publications), comes this article Mascara, Going The Way Of Betamax?
Ever since news broke last year that Lumigan, a glaucoma treatment that can prevent blindness, can also make your eyelashes grow two millimeters in six weeks, beauty seekers with 20/20 vision have been desperately trying to get their hands on a prescription. For those of you who have taken to faking your eye exams, some good news: Allergan, the pharmaceutical company behind the drug, is making plans to apply for a cosmetic license in the U.S., which could mean an end to mascara as early as next year. (RIP, Great Lash. We’ve had a good run.)
Amazing. Botox was initially licensed for treating people with muscle spasms and tics. Then its use for cosmetic purposes was discovered. Lumigan might go the same path, from use for medical purposes to use for cosmetic purposes.

Check out this photo of Twiggy used to illustrate the article:


Wow. Talk about a swan's neck. Twiggy's look was created by layering four strips of false eyelashes.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Book review: A Town Like Alice

"A Town Like Alice" recommendations at ThisNext
L to R: the novel; the 1981 TV series; the 1956 movie

Jean Paget is among a group of English ladies on a forced march through Malaysia in WWII. While on the march, she meets Joe Harman, an Australian POW who is driving trucks for the Japanese. He speaks fondly of the town of Alice Springs, which he frequented. Joe helps the ladies, and steals black chickens from the Japanese commander's flock for food and is punished by crucifixion. Jean assumed that he died. After the war, she relocates to England.

Several years later, after she comes into a fortune, Jean returns to Malaysia to build a well and wash house for the village that sheltered her and her companions for three years. There she discovers that Joe didn’t die and sets out to Australia to find him. Joe, in the meantime, has gone to London using earnings from a lottery to find Jean, after he discovers that she was not a married woman. They do find each other, and Jean relocates to Australia to recreate A Town Like Alice in dusty Willstown, the nearest town to Midhurst, where Joe ranches.

Jean is a clerk/typist from England working for a leather goods company in Malaya when the story begins. Jean demonstrates resourcefulness and fortitude when a POW and later in the outback. When building a Town Like Alice in Willstown, she demonstrates a flair for entrenpreneurship. Joe, despite his machismo, encourages Jean in her entrepreneurial ventures.

The story is narrated by Noel Strachan, who is trustee for Jean’s fortune. He is forty years older than Jean and became very fond of her, actually an unrequited love.

I love a great romance, where the man and woman meet, are separated, and reunite despite overwhelming odds. I first loved the Masterpiece Theater TV series with Helen Morse and Bryan Brown. Then I happened upon the 1956 movie with Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch when it was shown on TCM recently. I knew it was time for me to read the book.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Retro 60s eye makeup

Total Beauty (of which I'm a member) has had a series on makeup and costumes for Halloween.

This feature on Retro '60s Girl struck a chord with me: "Channel Twiggy with extreme false lashes and a pale pout."

Be sure to visit Jamie's excellent profile of Twiggy on her The Beauty of Life blog.

The eye makeup also reminds me of Penelope Tree, another top model of the sixties.

Penelope Tree

Friday, October 24, 2008

Darkly glamorous

Wode by Boudicca
via Splendora

How's this for a concept: when you apply this fragrance, a vibrant cobalt blue appears and settles into your skin and clothing. The color disappears and leaves behind scent. To say nothing about the darkly glamorous packaging, which recall the candles from DL & Co.

Wendy Ginsburg of San Diego tries the Boudicca Wode fragrance, from New perfume turns you blue.

It's from Boudicca, the cutting edge UK-based design team of Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby and sold in the US through Barneys (not that I patronize Barneys).

Stephen Jones Millinery perfume
via EyeCandy Make-Up & Beauty Blog

Stephen Jones Millinery perfume, pictured above, also features darkly glamorous packaging. Appropriately for a milliner, or hat maker, the box resembles a hat box. It's a collaboration between Stephen Jones Millinery and Comme des Garçons, for which Stephen Jones has designed hats. The fragrance is exclusive to two stores in the UK, but should be rolled out worldwide.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sephora AND Lucky - what could be better?

Lucky and Sephora are two go-to places for shopping enthusiasts. Now Lucky and Sephora have come together to sponsor a contest to win a $1,000.00 (one thousand dollars) Sephora gift card: in addition, by visiting Month of Beauty with Kat von D everyday, you can enter giveaways or get makeup tips from tattoo artist Kat von D.

Even if you don't win a prize, take advantage of free shipping from Sephora for purchases over fifty dollars through Month of Beauty with Kat von D.

Juicy Loves Sephora / I hate Juicy

Juicy Loves Sephora

Besides hippie "chic," a pet peeve is Juicy Couture. Juicy's bags in particular are hideous: why one would want to carry a bag that screams "Juicy" is beyond me. Now Juicy has created a collection of cosmetics bags for Sephora.

Crowns and emblems have become cliche design motifs. The emblem with the schnauzers is not cute, but "cutesy," and overly precious.

Ugh. Go away, Juicy, just go away!


Feather suede hippie headband
From an article posted in September 2008: Ugh. One of the worst fads of the late sixties/early seventies return: the hippie headband. From Urban Outfitters via Splendora.

Hippie headband, as shown on Beauty Counter
Now I've been vindicated by Beauty Counter, a blog from, "The Online Home of Vogue." Its article Reader Poll: A Word On Hippie Hair says:

It was definitely novel and unexpectedly chic for a little while (by which we mean approximately two to three years ago), but we’re of the mind that the whole string-across-the-forehead/feather accoutrement look is beginning to err on the side of played out, or just too mainstream for our liking. A bohemian declaration or a statement that simply says, “I bought these at Urban Outfitters and so can you”?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Absurd ...

I've written before about my pet peeve with the revival of hippie "chic," but this suede fringed pouch really takes the cake. At a cool $1,650.00 (one thousand six hundred fifty dollars), it's from Jimmy Choo. Can you believe it?

The 60's Are Over

Monday, October 20, 2008

CARGO Essential Eyeshadow Palette

CARGO Essential Eyeshadow Palette

Cargo Daily Gloss and CARGO's ColorCards™ are two of the most ridiculous cosmetics gimmicks: both are products that monetize items that were freely available. Bottled water, anyone? But hey, that's marketing.

CARGO Essential Eyeshadow Palette, however, is a gimmick I support. The palettes come in Cool/Neutral, Warm/Neutral, and Deep/Neutral and each of the four shades in a palette is embossed with its function/use.

As Linda Wells's book Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor notes, there's a brown eye shadow for every woman. Taupey shades suit women with cool undertones, while golden browns suit women with warm undertones. CARGO Essential Eyeshadow Palettes provide basic eye shadows for every woman.

These CARGO palettes reminded me of Look Cosmetics, a brand that was exclusive to Barneys, but lasted only a couple of years at best, back in the 90s. Look featured graduated tones in both warm and cool shades; however, the eye shadows were sold as singles. Now that was a great concept.

You may find CARGO Essential Eyeshadow Palette at

Sunday, October 19, 2008

No more spills

Cutex® Twist & Lock Pump nail polish remover

Tonight I removed the toe nail polish from my summer pedi. I spent more for the Cutex® Twist & Lock Pump nail polish remover than I would have for Cutex® in the usual bottle, but who knows? This might be a better value, as a measured amount is dispensed with each press and, best of all, no spills! In addition, the squat shape prevents it from being tipped over.

I found this at Bed Bath & Beyond. Note: not all BB&Bs have expanded health & beauty care sections. To find a BB&B with an expanded health and beauty care section, go to the store locator and enter your zip code or city/town and state: if there is an HBC logo for a store in the search results, that store has an expanded health and beauty care section. As I've written before, you can find products that you probably won't find elsewhere.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The final Presidential debate

So how did it play out? After the debate, I visited twitter and followed the “tweets” that people had made during the debate. The most sensible thing I read was that we need to judge the candidates on basis of character and strategy.

I commend Obama for citing the risks of borrowing from China (which holds billions in U.S. Treasury notes) to pay Saudi Arabia for oil. For someone like myself who sees an ascending China, a resurgent Russia, and the Middle East as at least major challenges, if not evolving threats, to our national security, I found Obama’s awareness refreshing. However, he provided no specifics on getting the U.S. out of that dilemma.

On energy independence, McCain came out on top by referring to existing proven sources of energy such as nuclear and natural gas. Obama referred to a 10-year plan to make the U.S. energy independent through unproven “green” technologies. He has drawn parallels to JFK’s challenge to put a man on the moon in 10 years. It is a flawed analogy. In JFK’s time, we were engaged in a space race with an identified competitor: the Soviet Union. Having an identified competitor galvanized the U.S. to realize its goal of putting a man on the moon. Will Obama identify an external competitor that will challenge us to become energy-independent? Moreover, I don’t share his faith in ethanol, and chalk that up to the fact that he represents Illinois: corn farmers there have a vested interest in ethanol. Diverting acreage from crops such as wheat and soybeans to corn for ethanol has lead to higher prices for commodities and a world food crisis. I do commend Obama on canceling leases for companies that don’t drill offshore.

On the economy, Obama galvanized prospective voters about the profits made by Big Oil and challenged McCain on cutting corporate tax rates. McCain did not, but should have, answered the issue of Big Oil profits directly. He did make a good case about tying jobs to corporate tax rates, as companies will locate to countries that have lower corporate tax rates.

Evaluating Obama’s and McCain’s health care plan is beyond my “grade level,” except to say that Obama successfully debunked McCain’s assertion that people could go across state lines to buy health insurance in the last debate by saying that insurers would relocate to other states that have less oversight. His analogy was the fact that many companies incorporate in Delaware for the same reason. He didn’t say that last night: wonder why? :)

So there you have it. Debate, please!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A politically incorrect post

In the bag for Obama

With less than three weeks before the election, I'm taking the risk to voice my political views. I’m very skeptical about Barack Obama, and here I must set myself apart from friends on my social networks who love Barack Obama.

My worldview changed completely after 9/11: in this way, I’m like Dennis Miller, actor Ron Silver, and this blogger who calls herself neo-neocon. I do believe that America has enemies who wish us harm. Only conservatives seem to recognize this truth, which is why this disillusioned liberal has gravitated to conservative web sites and blogs. National security remains the number one issue with me.

I appreciate that many people think that the economy is a more important issue than national security (when, in fact, the two are inextricably linked). President Bush is hugely unpopular, and it’s easy to pin all the blame on him and want to vote for “change.”

However, Democrats have had a significant role in the mortgage meltdown. Consider Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), chair, U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, who benefited from sweetheart deals from Countrywide to finance his properties. Consider Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Chair, House Financial Services Committee, who said that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were viable as recently as this summer. It should be pointed out that Barack Obama received the single biggest chunk of political contributions from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Outside the government, there are Herb and Marion Sandler, who sold their Golden West Financial to Wachovia for $24 billion. Golden West specialized in selling adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) to home buyers who, as rates increased, could not pay for their mortgages. Wachovia’s purchase has crippled the company greatly, making it a takeover target for Citigroup and Wells Fargo. Living in the Mid-Atlantic States as I do, it’s almost impossible not to do business with Wachovia. Wachovia is the dominant bank, as it has gobbled up smaller regional banks (like the big fish swallowing the small fish, which in turn is swallowing an even smaller fish ...). The Sandlers have poured millions into leftist organizations that have promoted Barack Obama.

For these reasons, I don’t have faith in Barack Obama's ability to monitor the banking system (without alienating his base). I won’t be voting for him as President. But McCain doesn’t have much fight in him – his lackluster campaign reminds me of Bob Dole’s 1996 Presidential campaign, in which Dole become the Republican candidate simply because it was his time.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Follow me on Facebook

Julie Priya's Facebook profile
I decided to create a presence on Facebook, and I must say, I am addicted. It's so much more user-friendly than MySpace.

So why follow me on Facebook? Get links to up and coming indie beauty brands and other articles of interest for which only a one-sentence commentary (or none!) is needed. Find out about my idiosyncratic other interests (Martha and the Muffins?). National security is a main concern of mine, and you'll find links to articles of interest - and if you think that the economy is more important than national security (as polls indicate that voters think), the two issues are inextricably linked.

Send a friend request to Julie Priya (not my real surname, but I couldn't register The Style Page) to join me on Facebook.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Beautiful beneficial Benefit

thestylepage's "benefit" picks

Benefit is known for its creative treatment products and the cutesy names it gives to its products. Pictured above are two powder concealers from Benefit: Get Even Pressed Powder (L) and Powderflage concealer (R).

Get Even is not merely a blotting powder; it's also a powder concealer. If you like the light coverage of powder concealers, such as those from Bare Escentuals' Get Started kits, but hate the mess of loose powders, then Get Even is for you. Powderflage is a pale pink loose powder described as a concealer, but it's more of an eye brightener. I'd recommend it for fair to light complexions.

As long as you understand the real benefits (ahem :-) of Get Even and Powderflage - and find them useful - these products are a good addition to your makeup routine.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Bobbi Brown Custom Palette

Bobbi Brown Custom Palette

It's been a long time since I looked at Bobbi Brown. I'm not sure why: I favor brands like Laura Mercier that project an image of making women look beautiful. Certainly Bobbi Brown qualifies.

I visited the Bobbi Brown counter at the nearby Nordstrom and was impressed by the variety of eyeshadow and blusher shades available for its Custom Palettes. I created my own palette, which consisted of eyeshadow in Hot Stone (medium ashy brown), Wheat (medium ash beige), and Black Plum and blusher in Brown Berry. Hot Stone is a recent addition to the Bobbi Brown collection of eyeshadow. After a brow stylist recommended ashen shades for my eyebrows, I've been using Hot Stone on my eyebrow, along with the darker Grey Brown eyeshadow from il-Makiage.

I'm very happy with the palette. I use Wheat as an all-over eye shade, Hot Stone on the lid, and Black Plum in the crease and outer corner, which I complement with a deep plum eyeliner. BTW a plummy smoky eye more sensuous than a smoky eye in traditional neutrals such as gray or brown.

I have two complaints. First, the individual shades come in their own fancy packaging: I'd much rather pay for individual pans. Secondly, the glossy black finish of the palette really shows up fingerprints.

Now the Bobbi Brown site ( has an application in which you can build your Custom Palette online.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Which books should all women read?

From Jezebel via Shine on Yahoo! a list of the 20 books every woman should read.
  1. The Lottery, Shirley Jackson
  2. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  3. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  4. White Teeth, Zadie Smith
  5. The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
  6. Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
  7. Excellent Women, Barbara Pym
  8. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  9. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
  10. The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
  11. Beloved, Toni Morrison
  12. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  13. Like Life, Lorrie Moore
  14. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  15. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
  16. The Delta of Venus, Anais Nin
  17. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
  18. A Good Man Is Hard To Find, Flannery O'Connor
  19. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
  20. You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down, Alice Walker
My recommendations?

I've already raved about Wuthering Heights. Barbara Pym might be described as Jane Austen for the mid-20th century. I also recommend Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (OK, so he's a man) about duplicitous social climber Becky Sharp.

While these might not be considered as books for women, I like the Emily series (Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs, and Emily's Quest) from Lucy Maud Montgomery, who is best known for Anne of Green Gables. The Emily series is more mature than the Anne series and Emily was closer to Lucy Maud Montgomery's heart. There is also a touch of mysticism, in which Emily is able to see beyond the mere appearances of the world.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


MAC Emanuel Ungaro

This sweetly feminine image comes from, believe it or not, MAC. It's for MAC's new Emanuel Ungaro collection. The colors are pretty as well.

BTW I sampled the Mattene lipsticks from MAC's Cult of Cherry collection. My taste in makeup is decidedly conservative, and these lipsticks were too goth or vampish for me.

Silly fashion

I hate logo wear: it's ridiculous that the customers pays for advertising. This canvas tote from Marc Jacobs is even more ridiculous than logo wear: why announce "TOTE" when it's obvious that it is a tote?

MARC by Marc Jacobs Standard Supply Tote

$128.00 at Bergdorf Goodman

Think Pink

Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so expect a lot of pink-themed limited edition products, especially cosmetics.

This offering from Design With Reach is unique, as it features modern classic chair designs with pink upholstery.