Friday, July 31, 2009

HLMN Weekend Roundup 7.31.09

Adventures in Round Brown takes a look into the world of Men's Big and Tall Fashion.

Askmewhats reviews L'oreal Elseve Smooth Intense.

The Beauty Chick share some of her favorite face primers.

Beauty Junkies Unite tells us how awesome Bare Escentuals Buxom Lashliner.

BeautySweetSpot has a behind the scenes look at the MAC Fall collection.

Best Things in Beauty has a Giveaway Contest: Sephora's new Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Kiss.

Claire's Beauty explores lipstick trends through the decades.

Denim Debutante is giving away a bottle of Arbonne's Made in the Shade Self-Tanner to one lucky reader!

Fabuless Beauty has us super excited for the MAC Look in a Box sets available exclusively at Nordstrom.

See Fabulous Over Forty's review of Josie Maran lipstick.

The Fashion Planner shows us how to how to make a no-sew top and necklace from a t-shirt.

Glamour Whore introduces you to Illamasqua cosmetics.

Gloss Menagerie homemade toner experiment.

Gouldylox Reviews has a sneak peek of Bare Escentuals liner and lipstick.

Hot Beauty Health gives you the low down on the white nail polish trend.

The Informed Makeup Maven is all about body and hair this week. Check out her must haves.

Krasey Beauty cozies up to Erno Laszlo Cosmetics.

Visit Lipgloss Break and Enter to Win Sunkissed Glow by JLo and AminoGenesis Perfect Reflection!

My Beauty Bunny recommends a cruelty-free self-tanner and body firming cream in one from Tarte.

Obsession Confessions of Glamour and Love reviews Ouidad products for curly hair.

Sicka Than Average keeps you walking on sunshine with its roundup ofsizzling hot shades.

The Style and Beauty Doctor begs you not to match your eyeshadow to your outfit.

Su Ferreira has another great tutorial on smokey eye.

ThisThatBeauty shares a beauty observations - Extreme Length False Eye Lashes in everyday life!

Tres Chic Style reveals her shopping secrets.

Duri Rags to Riches for Fall/Winter 2009

Duri has me fiending for the cooler months with their newest collection called Rags to Riches.

Launching in September of 2009, we have:
(513) Million Dollar Baby,
(515) Penny Saved is a Penny Earned,
(517) Money Don’t Make Me,
(519) Social Ladder,
(520) Party Like a Rock Star,
(524) Rags to Riches
Launching November 2009 we have:

(514) Silver Spoon,
(516) Dress to Impress,
(518) Slumdog Millionaire,
(521) Trophy Wife,
(522) Formula for Success,
(523) Luxury Time
Feast your eyes on 3 amazing colors that I had the opportunity to play with
516: Dress to Impress- A dark lavender cream, I can see myself rocking this any season. Oh how I love my purple cream polishes!

518: Slumdog Millionaire- Raspberry pink with pink and purple sparkles. This color is festive and fun.

524: Rags to Riches- My favorite of the bunch, a blackened deep burgundy with red and pink shimmer. I love me some vampy nails, and this polish just hits the spot

Which fall/winter polishes have you fiending? For a Duri fix right now, be sure to check out Duri.Com!

Ribbon Cutting at Sephora Times Square

Living and working in the heart of NYC definitely has its perks.

Witness what I got to see on my way into work this morning, the ribbon cutting at the new Sephora at 5 Times Square! The atmosphere was charged as hardcore beauty junkies united in a chant of S-E-P-H-O-R-A. At 9 am on the dot the ribbon was cut and the crowds rushed in.
And a new era has begun

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The 'Dirty' Little Blog Award

I have been nominated for an award by none other than the amazing Sara of The Makeup Snob

So the rules with this award are:
List five current obsessions and pass the award on to five more fabulous blogs. On your post of receiving this award, make sure you include the person that gave you the award and link it back to them. When you post your five winners, make sure you link them as well.

To add the award to your post, simply right-click, save image, then “add image” in your post as a picture so your winners can save it as well. Also, don’t forget to let your winners know they won an award from you by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. First and foremost is the general topic of beauty, and of course my beauty blog. I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest to share with all of you.
2. My new blackberry tour. I don't know how I lived without it, it is the new love of my life!
3. Sample Sales, I have been picking up the most amazing designer pieces at bargain prices. I love it!
4. So You Think You Can Dance- I don't watch TV, ever. Yet somehow, So You Think You Can Dance has captured my heart season after season. This year, I am rooting for my girl Jeanine. She is such a dynamic and strong dancer with passion and heart.
5. Fall beauty. The newest collections from some of my favorites having me on the edge of my seat with excitement.

I nominate


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colors and Glitters- A Review with Swatches

Obsessive Compulsive Color Cosmetics is a brand that stole my heart upon discovery at the Makeup Show. Today's review will feature the OCC loose colors and glitters. Wheee!

Not being one to utilize or indulge in loose pigments too often, I decided that if the OCC loose colors were anything like the lip tars that I have come to adore, then they were definitely worth having. I am not disappointed in the least as these are incredibly pigmented, blend well, and apply true to color. I absolutely love the shades offered, with my favorite being Cherry Bomb (a bright, poppy red). The only downside is that these can be a bit messy, so be careful when using them. There is no sifter in the jar, so the whole thing will spill if tipped over (R.I.P Burning).

Here are all the colors:L- R Top to Bottom

Clover, Atmosphere, Auric, Burning, Cherry Bomb, Clove
Copperwire, Flicker, Iced, Gecko, Glisten, Heroic
Ironic, Layfette, Luster, Platonic, Red light, Tesoro

Many shy away from glitter, afraid that it will look tacky or feel uncomfortable. Well, I am pleased to say that glitter in moderation is perfectly acceptable, and in abundance is downright glamorous. OCC's glitters are super fine and don't feel gritty or look too chunky. They are ideal for mixing into glosses too, and come in a gorgeous array of colors. I definitely recommend being careful when applying, also making sure that the glitter has a "wet" surface to stick to. My m.o is applying either clear gloss, mixing medium, or cream to my skin before applying.

Here are the colors I have: L-R Top to Bottom

Blue, Red, Citrus, Coffee, Mint
Beige, Pink, Gold, Copper, Magenta
Being of the adventurous sort, I decided to play around a bit with the glitters, using it both on my lips and on the eyes. Don't try this at home folks, these are not recommended for use in the immediate eye area.

Fun with Magenta Glitter
Thoughts? Need an OCC fix? Hop on over to the site, you won't be sorry.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hana Mini Styler- Great Hair Now Comes in a Tiny Pink Package

Fact: Good things come in small packages

Witness several examples:And Now:
This cute little bag holds the Hana Mini Styling Flatiron. Hana is a manufacturer of affordable, 100% ceramic, heat styling tools. They have created an amazing little flatiron that is absolutely amazing for travel at a super compact 5'' long when collapsed, and a standard 8'' when extended. The plates themselves are a super slim 5/8'' wide, making them perfect for shorter, textured hairstyles, but versatile enough for longer hair as well.

The 411:

It heats to 410 degrees F
The plates are completely retractable, so they can be pushed in when in storage, pushed out during use
It comes in a super adorable soft case with a heat resistant mat built right into the case
The plates are ceramic and tourmaline, providing hair with high shine and a silky smooth texture
Its pink!

The verdict:
This iron is not only adorable, but it is also super compact and convenient. As a travel iron, it definitely does the trick. My hair is very long, and very thick, and while this did straighten well, it did take longer than it does with a traditional, larger iron. I can see myself packing this for trips, or reaching for it when I need a detailer. If you have short or fine hair, I can imagine that this will be wonderful for you anytime.

Here is an action shot:

All in all, this adorable mini is my travel bag's newest best friend. It is a fantastic find, and a very affordable $80. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a high quality, ultra compact, effective flat iron that combines practicality with quality.

Hana hair stylers and styling products can be purchased by visiting the website by clicking here

Erno Laszlo for Beautiful Skin

Goulash, the Gregorian Chant, and personalized skincare rituals. What do these three things have in common?

If you guessed that all three of these originated in Hungary, you would be correct! You may not know this yet, but Hungarian dermatologists know how to treat skin right; or, at least one Hungarian dermatologist in particular does. Erno Laszlo was a Budapest-born dermatologist that founded a skincare movement and cosmetics line back in 1927, crafted to make a client's skin look and feel its absolute best. Erno Laszlo revolutionized the skincare industry when he suggested a ritual skincare routine involving warm water, pH balanced products (yes, more of that scientific stuff), and specific skincare routines based on age and sex. Expanding on those concepts, the Erno Laszlo line eventually rolled out a line of makeup too, designed to accentuate and perfect beautiful skin.

Today, the Erno Laszlo name is synonymous with quality, effectiveness, and luxury. Boasting an impressive clientele list that has included names such as Jackie Kennedy, Ava Gardner, and Marilyn Monroe; the Erno Laszlo line has definitely made a splash in a major way.

Not being one to miss out on anything good, I set out to test a few products from the line to get a better feel for it, and to see what all the hubbub was about. Being a makeup girl (as opposed to a skincare girl), I opted to go with the correcter products. For my opinions on the line, read on.

Sea Mud Soap: A facial soap for normal/combination skin, and a signature item of the Laszlo line; this black beauty bar is 97% all natural, and boasts natural therepeutic benefits for sometimes problematic skin. It gently exfoliates as it cleans, and smells pleasantly earthy. The bar doesn't foam, but lathers into a cream like texture. I found that after using this, my skin looked radiant and felt squeaky clean, but not dry. My only issue was the fact that using a bar isn't always neat, but the protective case this comes in definitely helps keep things a bit tidier. I would love this in liquid form.

Multi- pHase Highlighter- A multi-tonal powder, designed to illuminate the skin wherever it is applied. Applying the concept that pure, white light is made up of all colors of the spectrum, this powder combines 5 different colors that swirl together to create an ethereal, glowing white that creates a halo of luminescance wherever it is applied. This reminds me of MAC's famous Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish, and looks amazing on the cheekbones, under the browbone, and on the bridge of the nose.

A swatch: That glowy streak in the middle is an example of the powder's light reflecting properties

Before Highlighter:

After Highlighter:

Multi-pHase Concealer- A cream concealer designed to reflect light and minimize the appearance of dark circles. The shade I went with was 0, which had just the right amount of color to it so as to not look too obvious. This concealer is very cream, and very full in the coverage. This concealed my dark circles really well, did not settle into the teeny tiny lines under my eyes, subtly illuminated my under-eye area, and lasted well through the day when set with powder. I do not recommend this for the oily girls, as this concealer is quite creamy; it needs to be set with a powder, or it will migrate. All in all though, I liked this concealer a lot.

Here is a swatch:
Pre concealer

Post Concealer (dark circle begone!)
I am definitely impressed with the products that I tested out. I can see why Erno Laszlo has such an impressive clientele list, as this stuff delivers!

Erno Laszlo is available online on the website, and at many high end department stores. For a fun and interactive way to create your skincare regimen, go on and try out the Laszlo Matic by clicking here. What do we think, are we impressed? Do tell!
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