Sep 012015

mac studio waterweight

If you’ve been following MAC artists during this year’s fashion weeks, you’ve noticed a new foundation on the runway: MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 ($33).  This is due to hit online September 3rd on Mac Comsetic’s online site, and is due everywhere else September 10th. Here are a few images using this in the tester phase:

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Aug 252015

Nars Luxenbourg Satellite of Love Casino

Liz created this beautiful late-summer look with Nars Casino Bronzer and Satellite of Love highlighting blush to sculpt her cheeks. She placed a bit of the Casino bronzer in the hollows of her cheek, then topped Satellite of Love highlighting blush on her upper cheek.

She completed the look with  Nars Luxembourg lip pencil.

Such a simple look.  So simply beautiful.


Nars Casino bronzer is available at Nordstrom, Nars online, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus.

Nars Satellite of Love highlighting blush is available at Nordstrom, and Nars online,

Nars Luxembourg Satin lip pencil is available at Nordstrom,  Nars online, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Selfridges, and Neiman Marcus.

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Aug 192015

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day ($28/4 oz.) has been transformative for my travel-weary hair. In part because of using random shampoos, hard water and my colorist (whom I love but still), my hair has begun to frizz out. With five pumps and a good night’s rest, Living Proof’s Phd works overnight to magically transform my hair into something soft, sleek and shiny. Not kidding, I’m being serious here. Living Proof PhD is sold at SephoraLiving Proof online (use code PRIMESPR for a GWP), Walgreens and

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Aug 192015

Do you ever want something and then miss out? I was in Paris during most the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, but I thought it would be best to pick the Blame It On Nars palette as a gift for a friend. To my delight, I’ve found it. In case you missed out too, the item restocks here. I’ve seen it for the past few days, hopefully it stays around. It’s a beautiful combination of these:

  • Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love (0.14 oz.)
  • Blush in Day Dream (0.14 oz.)
  •  Blush in New Attitude (0.14 oz.)
  • Bronzing Powder in Casino (0.15 oz.)
  • Travel-size Ita Kabuki Brush

Here’s the original Nars Day Dream on Liz:

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Aug 182015

Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos 10

Following my positive past experience with Drunk Elephant, I decided to buy the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Frames Glycolic Serum ($90/ 1.0 oz.) This is a gentle AHA liquid gel that is applied and worn overnight to allow you to wake up with brightened, slightly exfoliated skin. The Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Frames Glycolic Serum is available at Sephora, Dermstore and B-Glowing.

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Aug 142015

Estee Lauder Liquid Lip Potion 1

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Potions ($30) were newly introduced released last month. These high-pigment liquid lipsticks are comfortable, long-lasting, and with a moisture-rich formula. These are currently available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Sephora.

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Aug 132015

belif bergamont herbal extract tonerBelif is a skincare brand sold in the U.S. through Sephora. Based on natural ingredients, the brand bases its formulas on ancient traditions combined with modern knowledge. A few months ago, I began to wonder whether my toner was too harsh. Still, I wanted something strong enough to wisp away any last remaining mascara and makeup after using my oil cleanser and Clarisonic. Here is a bit about the company’s philosophy (click to enlarge):

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Aug 122015

Chanel Fall 2015a

Chanel Ecource Sanguine (#671), Chataigne (#669), and Vert Obscur (#679) are three new Chanel Le Vernis nail polish colors for Fall 2015. Although I’ve had a complicated relationship with Chanel this year, my eagle eye immediately saw the potential of these. These are marked as limited edition and now available at Nordstrom,Chanel online, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

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Aug 122015

Having been through many limited edition battles in the past, I want to underscore that I have never seen anything like Monday’s Sephora Epic Rewards event. I’m sure many of you saw the press, and others of you actually experienced trying to add “available” rewards that wouldn’t go into your cart, rewards taken out of your cart before hitting the “order’ button, or never seeing the rewards go online at all because the window was so micro-short.

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From a public relations perspective, I believe that direct contact with affected consumers is the right move rather than the current social media onslaught. Twitter got very un-pretty, y’all. At any rate, you can see the statement that suggests an email to Sephora at the special address. I hope anyone who reads this with a sufficient number of points takes advantage of this communication channel.

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Aug 092015

Here’s a few things that I’m thinking about this weekend…

1. Gird Your Loins:  As you likely know, Sephora has been running an “extra points” promotion for its members.

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On August 10th, it will unleash some Sephora Epic Rewards for those that have 1,000, 5,000, and 10,000 rewards points. I’m not certain what time this will be posted (do you know?) I’ve been reading that its during “business hours” but the Sephora Facebook page doesn’t commit to anything. The last round of epic rewards went very quickly, and many were disappointed that they weren’t able to get them. I’m hoping that the reward are more plentiful this time around. I wish I had enough points to try for the Armani or the Drybar (5,000 points each), alas I do not. The Givenchy set looks like a nice pick at 1,000 points, and the Yves Saint Laurent at 3,000.

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Of course, you need to make a purchase to get the reward. I’m not sure that I’ll be trying with fingers hovering over the “buy” button, but I thought I’d show you some suggestions. Most are on the lower end of the price scale.

2. Sign me up!  Speaking of Sephora, the store is launching a subscription box service similar to Ipsy and Birchbox, called Play! for $10 a month. It’s going to interface with a Spotify playlist–it appears that the first set is called “Uncover the Essentials” and will contain a Marc Jacobs eyeliner, a GlamGlow mask, a Sephora lipstain, a Bumble and Bumble hair oil, an Ole Henriksen moisturizer, and a bonus Elizabeth and James fragrance. Set to launch in select cities in September (I’m jealous of you, Boston and Ohio), there will be a national roll out in 2016.

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3. Is Marula the new argan? I was able to try out Marula oil available at (you guessed it, Sephora), a soft, moisturizing oil to make your summer skin glow like a goddess. According to the line, this oil is:

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Specially formulated for the face and neck, premium Marula Oil is a naturally soothing treatment that provides intense hydration, protection, and rejuvenation to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for soft, radiant skin. It is suitable for all skin types and contains a high content of fatty acids, resulting in fast absorption to leave skin smooth with a matte finish.

Marula Oil

The oil is cold-pressed from African madula nuts. I found it lovely, it’s very moisturizing and has a soft scent. It doesn’t feel “too rich” because it sinks in quickly. I love that the Sephora site has a try-it size for $15.

How is your Sunday going for you? Feel free to share in the comments…

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