Friday, May 28, 2010

Duri Paparazzi Collection

Displaying a distinctive departure from convention, Duri has just launched the ultra-bright Paparazzi Collection for spring.

In contrast to Springs softer shades of pastel, Duri's shades go both vampy and bright.

Drama Queen is a punchy lime, heavy on the metallic and the yellow

Addicted to Fame is the orangeade to Drama Queen's limeade, a poppy, fiery orange.

Celebrity Scandal is molten silver, with none of the streaks traditional ultra metallics usually yield.

Gossip Exclusive is actually my least favorite of the bunch, but great for those who love chocolate shades. This one gets a bit of complexity, thanks to the multi-faced red sparkles.

Duri's Paparazzi collection is currently available at Hello Gorgeous. Are any of the shades on your list?

*Product provided by PR for consideration

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Krasey Beauty and Richie Nickel Tour NYC

Hello lovelies, I wanted to take the time to share a video with you all.

Many of you may know Richie Nickel from Youtube, and therefore also know about his adventures in NYC. Naturally, I had to show him around town on a lovely Thursday afternoon.

Peep my fro yo, courtesy of 40 Carrots at Bloomingdales.

And please do check out Richie's channels if you haven't done so yet. This boy does makeup right.

Smashbox Tips for a Flawless Face

Welcome to part two of our Smashbox series. In honor of the launch of the Smashbox blog, we are having a look at those essential Smashbox products that will have us all looking gorgeous in no time flat.

Tame Frizzies- In a pinch, use a silicone based primer to tame hair and smooth flyaways.

Smashbox Must Have Product: Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Contoured Cheeks- Sweep a darker shade of blush just under the cheekbone and a brighter, shimmery one on top to create a beautifully contoured cheek


Smashbox Must Have Product: Blush Rush in Bare and Fusion Soft Lights in Intermix

Concealer in a Pinch- If you run out of concealer, apply a drop of liquid foundation to the back of your hand and allow to dry for a few minutes then apply with a concealer brush. The thicker consistency is perfect for covering up flaws

Smashbox Must Have Product: High Definition Healthy FX Foundation

Sexy, Dewy Glow- Apply foundation with a damp natural sea sponge for a gorgeous radiant finish

Smashbox Must Have Product: Camera Ready Full Coverage Foundation

Summer Glow- For a sexy summer look that's perfect for every day, try sweeping a powder bronzer over lids

Smashbox Must Have Product: Halo Hydrating Perfecting Bronzer

Beachy Beauty- Dab a tiny amount of gel blush over the bridge of nose and base of forehead for a just-been-sunkissed look.

Smashbox Must Have Product: O-glow intuitive cheek color. 

Natural Tan- Fake a natural tan by sweeping a red-toned blush over the tops of cheekbones and across bridge of nose, where the sun normally hits.

Smashbox Must Have Product: Blush Rush in Ecstasy

All Over Glow- Buff a reflective powder over arms, legs, and decollete for a sexy glow from head to toe.

Smashbox Must Have Product: Soft Lights

Warm Up- Before dabbing concealer on the skin, warm it on the back of your hand, then apply with a synthetic brush for a smooth, flawless application

Smashbox Must Have Product: Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Beauty P.S.A- Fall 2010 Nail Trend from CND

I know you all love nails, now let us all have a look at the hottest nail trends for fall, courtesy of CND.

CND Introduces Fall's Limited Edition Colour and Effect

"Texture adds to the strength of the look - and autumn is all about dimensional manicures," says CND Co-founder Jan Arnold. Nails take their cue from striking blue-greens, effervescent reds, and offbeat beige, camels and grays this season.

Steely Dan

Extravagant midnight manicures and tonal shades of heathered mushroom and gray nails complement this Fall's masculine palette of mossy greens, black leather and textured fabrics. To achieve Ruffian's "Lunar Eclipse" manicure, pair deep blue Inkwell with Gold Chrome around the cuticle edge for a metropolitan look. For greige nails like those that complemented Marc Jacobs' refined menswear-inspired collection, or Rag & Bone's chic boyish styles, use dark, concrete gray Asphalt. To get a denim manicure, try CND's limited edition Urban Oasis Colour, a spruce crème, or layer it with limited edition Teal Sparkle Effect for a greenish-blue glimmer.

Power Surge

Classic red nails make way for rich, darkly modern reds with a fiery, defiant attitude. Oxblood red Dark Ruby was topped with Super Shiney™ Top Coat for a provocative, 1930's liquid finish to accessorize the urban street ensembles seen at L.A.M.B. Porcelain doll perfection was achieved with Monique Lhuillier's ultra-shiny, molten manicure in Rouge Red. To reach ultimate glam status, sweep Crimson Sparkle over Scarlet Letter as seen at The Blonds for an electro-luxe manicure.

Balanced Beauty

Glazed neutrals balance feminine tailoring and ethereal designs seen on the catwalk. To get the cashmere manicure from Behnaz Sarafpour, layer opaque, nude Desert Suede topped with Super Matte Top Coat for a touchably soft finish. For pristine, mattefied, limestone nails as seen at Jason Wu, layer Silver Chrome with Putty and Super Matte Top Coat.

NEW The Look: Fall 2010 box set of Urban Oasis and Teal Sparkle is $20, available starting in September 2010 at select salons and professional beauty stores.

Colour and Effects are available in professional beauty stores, salons and spas nationwide. Suggested retail price for Colour is $9, Effects are $11, and Base and Top Coats are $8. For additional information, please visit

Smashbox Lip Tips

Welcome to part 3 of our Smashbox Essentials series. This time, our goal is to fake a perfect pout.

Plump Pout- Fake a plump pout by dabbing a sheer highlighter on top of the cupid's bow.

Smashbox Must Have Product: Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

Pout Perfection- For a naturally full pout (without the use of harsh plumpers), apply your favorite lip color, then dab a pale, shimmery gloss in the center of the top and bottom lip.

Smashbox Must Have Product: Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss

Bold Lip Color- To keep bold lip color from bleeding, dip a cotton swab in translucent powder and trace around the lip line before applying lipstick.

Smashbox Must Have Product: Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder

Long Wearing Lip Color- To help lipstick stay the day, first line then fill in the entire lip with a neutral pencil

Smashbox Must Have Product: The Nude Lip Pencil

Armed with the right tools, a perfect pout is not all that hard to accomplish. What are your lip favorites?

 *Product provided for consideration

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Glamour Squad Weekly Reads

Diva Debbi wants to know does Allure still allure??? She ponders the fate of her subscription, while still finding new things that MUST be tried, like Conair's new Curl Up clamp free curling iron

The Product Pasha tests a few natural yet effective sunscreens

The Beauty Alchemist previews Lancome Definicils Precious Cells mascara

Clumps of Mascara goes to The Makeup Show NYC!

Krasey Beauty takes you on a journey, and shows you all of the amazing body art at The Makeup Show

Butterflydiary writes about the MAC Venomous Villains Collection that debuts in the fall. Which cartoon character do you think is synonymous with pure makeup evil?

The Makeup Show, Even More Friendly Faces

Last post on The Makeup Show, sorta... Here are some friendly faces and fun shots taken on day 2. Cannot believe it was a whole week ago.

My gal Keri B, on the stage and presenting for MAC

The gorgeous Kathleen, working some magic at the Temptu Booth

I just can't stay away from him, KJB of M.U.F.E

It's the Koren that we all know and love. He spent the last few hours of the show hanging out at Crown

With my gal Brittany

So coy too.

Keri B!!

These models for Mattese cracked their whips at me, so I figured I would show them who is boss.


THE Dany Sanz. Needless to say, it is always amazing to spend some time chatting with the Queen body painting, and creator of Make Up For Ever.

I couldn't resist, this ad is too hot not to pose in front of

And one last snap with my bestie. Her glowy skin brought to her by Becca Cosmetics.

And that is the last of my Makeup Show deluge. Hope you enjoyed the visit as much as I did.

Smashbox Tips- Eyes

In honor of the launch of the brand new (and very exciting) Smashbox Blog, I wanted to go ahead and bring you some great tips that were passed on from Smashbox to me. In these next few posts you will find some fun tips and tidbits, some old and some new. Accompanying each tip will be the Smashbox favorite that will help you get the look.

Part 1 is all about the eyes, naturally.

Get Wet- Deepen the intensity of any powder eye shadow by dipping your brush in water then swiping over the shade

Smashbox Must Have Product: Eye Shadow Trio in Shutterspeed

Shimmer At Any Age- The right tool is key! To avoid a disco ball effect, apply any shimmer shadow using a watercolor brush for a soft, sexy wash of shimmer.

Smashbox Must Have Product: Crease Brush #10

Soft Smoky Eyes- For the perfect smoky eyes, blend a cream shadow or liner all over lid, in the inner rim and along the lower lashline, then apply powder shadow to seal the color and give a soft, diffused look

Smashbox Must Have Product: Cream Eye Liner in Image

Wake Up Eyes- Dabbing a pale gold cream shadow in the inner corners of eyes will brighten your entire face

Smashbox Must Have Product: Waterproof Shadow Liner Duo in Cashmere

Perfect Liner- Don't try to draw a straight line of liner all at once. Instead make a series of small dots along the lashline, then connect and smudge dots together to create a perfect soft line.

Smashbox Must Have Product: Limitless Eye Liner

Bright Eyes- Blue Mascara on just the tips of lashes make eyes look whiter

Smashbox Must Have Product: Bionic Mascara in Indigo Ink

Long, Lush Lashes-Thicken and define lashes by applying two different mascaras. Apply a volumizing formula first, then a lengthening or defining one on top.

Smashbox Must Have Product: Bionic Mascara and Hyperlash Mascara

Lower Lash Perfection- To naturally define the lower lashes without adding length, glide a flat liner brush over your mascara wand then paint over lashes.

Smashbox Must Have Product: Cream Eye Liner Brush #9

Natural Definition- For natural-looking eye definition, sweep a matter bronzer into crease

Smashbox Must Have Product: Bronze Lights

Draw The Line- Liquid liner doesn't have to be intimidating. Try tracing over lashline first using a taupe liner, then going over it with the liquid formula for a flawless application every time.

Smashbox Must Have Product: Cream Eye Liner in Putty

Stay tuned for more flawless face tips from Smashbox. In the meantime, make sure you check out the Smashbox Blog. You would be hard pressed to find a more entertaining beauty brand blog, and that's a fact.

*Product provided for consideration
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