Sunday, August 31, 2008
What is a ThisNext maven?
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Friday, August 29, 2008
Also reviewed are Imju's FiberWig, tube mascaras such as Kevyn Aucoin Volume mascara and Too Faced's new Lash Injection Pinpoint, and Givenchy Phenomen'eyes with its spherical wand (supposedly for coating each eyelash).
Givenchy Phenomen'eyes mascara
Most intriguing is the advice about Maybelline's Great Lash mascara. Although Allure has put Great Lash mascara in its cosmetics Hall of Fame, I find Great Lash a terrible mascara, as it smears. Makeup artist Craig Jessup recommends "aging" Great Lash by waiting two or three weeks after opening to let it dry some.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
As I promise myself every summer that I'll get a pedicure, every fall/winter season, I promise that I'll get a pair of boots to wear with my below-the-knee length skirts. Here's a selection of favorites that I posted to ThisNext.
Alas, the Prada degradé riding boot is out of my budget.
Any of these boots would provide a counterbalance to the heft of Utilikilts!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The butter London pedi doesn't involve soaking the feet. Instead, the technician wiped my feet clean with a spray and disposable cloth. More hygienic, she said. She then applied Rock Off callous remover on my heels, and then wrapped my heels in Saran wrap. No shaving of calloused skin. She also applied Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator to my toes. After those treatments were complete, she removed the Saran wrap and wiped my feet clean.
butter LONDON 3 Free Lacquer in The Full Monty
I was now ready to have my toenails painted. First, the technician applied the beige-y Nail Foundation Base Coat. I eschewed the faddish blue nail polishes and instead went for a shimmery opaque antique-y gold shade (it goes beautifully with my bronze leather NAOT sandals). Finally, the technician applied Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat.
I was so smitten, I bought Rock Off, Melt Away, Stiletto Stick, and Lemongrass Sage Hand & Nail Cream. butter London has nail salons in the U.S., including at SeaTac airport in Seattle and Dulles Airport near Washington, DC. You may also shop butter London at Beauty.com.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Jemma Kidd, Napoleon Perdis & Pixi Cosmetics now at Target!
You can now shop for the new cosmetics lines online at target.com. Apparently, the products are already available at some Target stores (another tribute to Target's erratic stocking). I checked yesterday at the Target store in Reston, VA where I shop and found that two shelves were cleared, presumably making way for the new lines.
The Makeup Divas published this item before I had a chance to blog on it:
CVS To Open Beauty 360 stores
These stores will feature high-end brands. The first is due to open later this year. I'll wait and see if this concept is a success. Boots had a similar concept in the UK called Pure Beauty and it crashed and burned.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Utilikilts aren't designed for women, although women do buy them and wear them. Utilikilts are cut straight, so you have to wear them low on your hips. What would you style around a Utilikilt?
Oh, and BTW the Utilikilts store doesn't have any dressing rooms. The salesman (OK, I can use gender-specific language) told me to wrap and fasten the Utilikilt over my jeans and then "drop trou"! Hoot mon!
Ernest Borgnine reveals the secret to staying young at 91.
In case you couldn't make out what he whispered to Steve Doocy, he said, "I masturbate a lot."
You mean it's not Tova's beauty line??? :-)
Thanks to Lollie Shopping via Twitter!
Friday, August 22, 2008
I've already reported on wet n wild Color CorRx Eye Brightening Concealer and using beautyblender to blend L'Oreal True Match Concealer. Here's the latest product that I've tried:
LORAC Double Feature Concealer/Highlighter
The concept of LORAC Double Feature is ingenious. It contains a stick concealer with a unique rollerball for blending. It also contains a liquid highlighter using a lip gloss type of wand. All this in one tube.
So how does it perform? The stick concealer is good, but the stick can't get into the nooks and crannies: for example, the bluish skin between my nose and the inner corner of my eye. I end up dabbing some on the concealer with my ring finger around that location. The rollerball is a novel way of blending concealers that works.
I'm not smitten with the highlighter. I've sooner have the control of a powder (either pressed or loose) with a tiny brush or the control of a pencil (for example, the Lightwand Eyebrightener from Mally Beauty) for the inner corner of the eye. A powder and large angle brush are great to highlight the cheekbones, as is NARS The Multiple in Orgasm stick, blended with the fingertips. As a rule, I avoid highlighter on my browbrone, as my eyes are somewhat deep-set.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
|Victoria Jackson Survival Kit|
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
As followers of The Style Page blog know, I'm a fan of Jouer and its unique interlocking compacts. For months, I've been eagerly anticipating its relaunch. Now, finally, the wait is over. You can almost hear me breathe a sigh of relief.
Jouer has changed its packaging from white to a more glam black. Moreover, it has greatly expanded its product range to include lipstick, face products, and brushes.
Jouer's website still has the interactive makeovers featuring women of various ethnicities, for which it was nominated for a Webby Award. Visit http://www.jouercosmetics.com/ to play with the makeovers and view Jouer's new product range.
That said, I think that MAC's lipsticks are some of the best on the market. I'm craving a few lip colors in MAC's latest collection Cult of Cherry: lipstick in Crème Cerise (sheer yellow taupe) and Mattene lipstick in Kirsch (blackened cranberry), Bing (blackened eggplant), and Chock-ful (blackened brown). The descriptions sound scary, but the shades, as represented on the web site, look beautiful.
Cherries Noir collection from Laura Mercier
UPDATE Laura Mercier has come out with her own collection Cherries Noir.
Monday, August 18, 2008
* On the file folder label, put the date first, where appropriate, and then the subject. I use the yyyy-mm-dd format, where yyyy is the four-digit calendar year; mm is the two-digit representation for the month, with leading zero for January thru September; and dd is the two-digit date, with leading zero.
* You can then organize the folders in chronological order or reverse chronological order. Arrange the files vertically. I love the brightly patterned hanging files from the recent collection that Mexican designer Sami Hayek (he's also Salma Hayek's brother) did for Target.
* I occasionally use color folders, but not for color-coding. Inserting a few color folders among plain manila folders helps break up the visual monotony.
Monday, August 11, 2008
For pencils, two of my favorites are Physicians Formula Eye Definer Flat Automatic Eyeliner Pencil in Black Bronze and Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Metallic Brass from Denmark's GOSH Cosmetics.
Lately, I've discovered L'Oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Mineral Eyeliner in Bronze. It's messy because it's a loose powder, but the look is smudgier than what you get with a pencil and the results are worth the extra care in handling this product.
L'Oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Mineral Eyeliner in Bronze
Here are some tips to minimize the mess:
* Cover your (preferably non-porous) countertop with facial tissue or wax paper to catch powder. Fold the tissue or wax paper to save the spilt powder for later use. Put some sort of weight on top - I use the container itself.
* Tap the dispenser right side up vertically - not at an angle. This minimizes spills. Unfortunately, the container does not come with a sifter.
* Get a damp cloth to wipe the the countertop clean in case of spills.
I apply L'Oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Mineral Eyeliner with the self-contained slant-edged brush to my upper lash line and to the outer corner of the lower lash line. Then I dot the lower lash line with a pressed powder eyeshadow in a softer color, using the pointed end of the Line & Define Brush from Beauty Strokes. This helps fill in sparse lower eyelashes.
Friday, August 08, 2008
These tips might seem self-evident, but handling mail as it comes in prevents clutter:
* Throw away junk mail, but remove mailing labels with personal information and shred or tear up the labels before you toss junk mail in the trash.
* If you have online bill pay, schedule payments for bills as they arrive in the mail. Once you've paid the bill, stamp it as "PAID" and note the date paid.
* Throw away previous issues of any magazine to which you subscribe as the new one arrives, unless you are sure that you will go back and look at the old issues.
When I subscribed to Real Simple, I held onto the issues, as the matte pages and covers were too nice to throw out; also, I thought that I'd go back to older issues for any tips and other advice. Once I realized that I didn't go back to those previous issues, I threw out my collection of Real Simple. Now I'm holding onto issues of Domino. I don't always follow my own advice.
* The same principle applies to mail order catalogues. Too often, the content from one issue to another is the same; it's just been reorganized. When you receive the latest issue, throw out the previous issue.
In a subsequent article, I'll provide tips that I've found helpful on organizing paper files.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Kaleidoscope Eye Kit from Le Metier de Beaute
The Style Page is obsessed with eye shadow palettes!
I've written about Le Metier de Beaute several times, after its lip glosses were featured in InStyle. The full line became available from Needless Markup in May of this year.
I've raved about Jouer even more times: in fact, I'm wearing its Peridot cream eyeshadow today. After Jouer's fire sale (60% off) on HauteLook.com, I began to question if it was still in business. For months now, Jouer's website has had a placeholder for an upcoming "Custom Luxury Collection." Now, at last, the Custom Luxury Collection will debut at NYC's Henri Bendel store on Fifth Avenue on August 7. I hope that online shopping will be available in the very near future - the tease has gone on too long!
Monday, August 04, 2008
JK Jemma Kidd for Target via Nylon
The URL on Target's web site for JK Jemma Kidd given in the ad isn't operational. A quick search on "JK Jemma Kidd" revealed that JK Jemma Kidd is only one of three cosmetics lines that will debut at Target at the end of the month. The other two are from Australian makeup Napoleon Perdis (his cosmetics line is being discontinued at Sephora) and Petra Strand of Pixi. The three Strand sisters - Petra, Sara, and Sofia - are also the brains behind Pop Beauty.
The Fashion Spot article quotes retail and beauty industry consultant Allan Mottus, who is skeptical about Target's new beauty venture. On recent visits to Target, he saw that the only brands that were well-stocked were those that are exclusive to Target such as Sonia Kashuk and its European bath and body collections.
I don't know what Mottus is talking about. My experience has been that these lines aren't well-stocked. Since the debut of Sonia Kashuk's line, there have been complaints about the erratic stock of her products. It is hard to come by her blending sponge, and there have been placeholders for kits for face and eyes, but no kits.
The amount of shelf space devoted to its European bath and body products has diminished considerably. This suggests that these products have sold poorly. There is intense competition for placement and the amount of shelf space among mass-market brands. Real-time reporting of sales gauge how well a product sells, which is why stores cut back on stocking Revlon's Vital Radiance brand for mature women, leading to the brand's collapse within a year.
I'm anticipating the launch of JK Jemma Kidd, Napoleon Perdis, and Pixi at Target, and I'll be sure to report on it. The prices of JK Jemma Kidd are comparable to those for brands carried at department stores and Sephora - I wonder if Target's customers will buy products at these prices.