Friday, December 21, 2007

MAC Finery

Finery is part of the M.A.C Antiquitease collection and includes four lip sets. Each set has the sweetest little fabric bag with gold or silver metallic thread woven through it. Inside are two lipsticks and a gloss, in one of four colour schemes.

My personal favourite is the Plum Lips and I am giving my mother the Coral Lips for Christmas. Hope she doesn't read this before then!

Finery: 3 Plum Lips
Lipstick: Ultra-Madame, Culture Class
Lipglass: Contessa

















Finery: 3 Coral Lips
Lipstick: Aristo-Chic, Ruling Class
Lipglass: Splendid!

















Finery: 3 Tan Lips
Lipstick: High Tea, Haughty
Lipglass: Honorable

















Finery: 3 Pink Lips

Lipstick: Snob Appeal, Blue Blood
Lipglass: Gentility
















Another Holiday winner from MAC.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Look Like a Super Model For New Year's Eve

Linda Hay has worked with the most beautiful women in the world including supermodels Heidi Klum and Karolina Kurkova.

For the holiday season, Hay provides Lipstick, Powder 'n Paint readers with three makeup looks that will have you looking like a Victoria's Secret model in minutes:

Supermodel Glam
“This is the wearable version of the look I do on girls like Karolina for the VS Fashion Show. It’s all about the “sexy Siren” with dark smoky eye, a touch of color on the cheeks and full, provocative pink lips. And creating it is much easier than anyone would think.”






Simply Sexy
“This is a sexy, flirty daytime look. It’s all about a fresh, pink glossy lips and a bit of soft shimmer for the eye with a naturally rosy cheek simultaneously pretty and sexy.”




















Sultry Smoke

“Nothing says sexy like a sultry, smoky eye. The beauty of it is that while it looks like it takes hours and a team of professional makeup artists to create, anyone can do it. The key? Blend, blend, blend.”


















Linda Hay used one kit for the recent VS show and that was the Look of the Show kit.

The kit includes:
Mosaic Eye Shadow in Sultry
Mosaic Blush in Afterglow
Perfect Lipstick in VIP
Lip Gloss in Intimate
Intensifying Mascara in Blackest Black

These items all come in a black patent leather CD makeup case with Victoria’s Secret logo on front.


www.victoriassecret.com

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Holiday Gifts For Mind, Body and Planet

When purchasing a gift at the Holidays, or really at anytime, you want to know it is good quality, and that the recipient will like it. Origins has a fantastic selection of products that anyone would be thrilled to receive. Each item is made with the highest quality plants, earth and sea substances and 100% natural essential oils.

Something that we don't necessarily look for, but is a definite benefit, is that Origins is focused on helping make a healthier planet. Their cartons are made from 50% Forest Stewardship Council certified paperboard and 50% post-consumer recycled fiber, all of their printed materials is printed on recycled paper using soy-based inks and Origins is partnering with Community Energy Inc. to purchase wind generated power to offset electricity used in its North American stand-alone retail stores. Wow!

And if that wasn't enough, part of the sales from the following gifts are donated to not-for-profit organizations. Doesn't that make giving even better?

FOR HER

Ginger all 'Round ($73)
Let the warm welcoming scent of Ginger gather round skin and senses for a sensuous experience unlike any other.

Includes:
• Ginger Souffle Whipped body cream
• Ginger Essence Intensified fragrance rollerball
• Incredible Spreadable Scrub Ginger body smoother
• Ginger Float Cream bubble bath
• Ginger Bar Savory bath soap

Buy it!


Up and Calming ($58)
Keep them feeling calm all season long with the soul-soothing secrets of Lavender and Vanilla.

Includes:
• Calm to Your Senses Lavender and Vanilla body smoother
• Calm to Your Senses Lavender and Vanilla bath bar
• Calm to Your Senses Lavender and Vanilla body souffle
• Calm to Your Senses Lavender and Vanilla oil for bath and body
• Eye Mask

Buy it!


FOR HIM

Salt Supplies ($28.50)
This salty set is sure to bring a sense of soothing serenity.

Includes:
• Incredible Spreadable Scrub Sea Salt body smoother
• Salt Suds Foaming body wash
• Smoothing Souffle Whipped body cream

Buy it!


Well Traveled Man ($25)
From a smoother, more comfortable shave to a refreshing clean that goes skin deep, now no matter where you’re going you can take nature’s grooming greats with you.

Includes:
• Fire Fighter Plus Beard taming after shave soother
• Blade Runner Energizing shave cream
• Skin Diver Active Charcoal body wash
• Skin Diver Active Charcoal body scrub

Buy it!


FOR THE POOCH

Doggy Dip Silky Coat Dog Shampoo ($27.50)

Why shouldn't you pet been spoilt at the Holidays too? With natural essential oil of Lavender that will keep Fido smelling fresh.

I will definitely be ordering this for the pugs.

Buy it!



If you are not too sure if any of these gifts will work for your special someone, you can always create your own Origins gift. Just pick the items that you would like to include, click on take it and then just check out. Your custom gift will be gift wrapped and labeled with a gift tag - perfect!

I really like shopping on line - so much easier and relaxing than going to the Mall.

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Gifts For Your Guy

I love to spoil my honey at the Holidays. When buying him a gift I try to get him a couple of fun items, and then practical ones that he wouldn't get for himself. Skin, Body and Haircare items may not sound that exciting but he does appreciate trying out new products.

Here are a couple of items that most men would be pleased to receive:

The Jack Black Jet Set Traveler ($32)
This grab it and go travel set includes four essential, daily skin care products in a stylish bag. These airline approved items make this the perfect stocking stuffer for every guy.

My husband has been using this the past week and finds it very convenient having all the items together in the one little bag. He really likes the feel of each product on his skin and I find the smell very appealing.

Buy it!




Every Man Jack Holiday Body Set ($9.99)
This kit contains their Signature Body Wash, Body Bars and Face Wash; everything a guy needs to get his face and body squeaky clean.

My husband especially likes the body scrub as he it keeps him really clean and smooth.

Buy it!



















Redken For Men
With multiple products to pamper that special guy, you can choose what items you want and make up your own little goodie bag/basket for him. I chose Go Clean Daily Care Shampoo and Finish Up Daily Weightless Conditioner, Get Groomed Finishing Cream and Maneuver Working Wax. His hair is going to look just perfect in 2008!

Buy it!




Gillette Fusion Chrome Manual Shaving Set ($300)
Combining the expertise of Gillette, with the craftsmanship of The Art of Shaving this set offers an exceptional blend of style & performance.

My husband would absolutely love this.

Buy it!



Anthony Logistics For Men A Clean Start Kit ($40)
Cleanse, exfoliate, prep, shave, and soothe the skin with this set of five highly effective facial care products formulated specifically for men.

Buy it!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Lancôme's Holiday Offerings

Lancôme has produced a stunning array of Holiday pieces that are definitely worth lusting for - I would suggestion that you check that you are on Mr. Claus' 'Nice' list. You do not want to miss these finding their way under your tree or in your stocking.

I wanted to share with you some of my absolute favourite pieces from this season's offerings:

Makeup Artist Shimmer Lip Set
I love, love this set. Lancôme Color Fever Gloss feels so divine on your lips and looks marvelous. My mother is trying to steel the Heatstroke gloss but I won't let her!

Colours: Heatstroke, Up in Smoke, and Limited Edition Precious Light


Precious Carat Lip Gloss
Now that is what I call a rock! Made of Swarovski crystals, this 'diamond' features a transparent gloss with a bit of sparkle that can be worn alone or with lipstick for a jewel-like finish.

I just cannot bear to disrupt perfection of this jewel, so it sits on my dressing table looking oh-so-fabulous. I guess one day I will have to snap out of it and use it.


Holiday Face Brush Set
This top quality brush set includes foundation brush #2, a petite precision cheek brush #21, concealer brush #8 and powder brush #1.
With the perfect zip-up travel case, your brushes don't have to stay home.

I had been wanting a new brush set because mine are ready for the bin - these are so what I needed.



Color Design Eye Palettes
Nothing says 'Holiday' more that a stunning makeup palette adorned with satin. The Color Design Eye Palettes are clad in either black or red quilted satin fabric, and hold six luxurious eye shadows. My favourite is the Topaz Kisses - those are definitely my colours.

Colour Combinations: Diamond Studs and Topaz Kisses (shown)



Exclusive La Collection D'or Gift Set
Features La Poudre Ultime D'Or Compact, filled with shimmering translucent pressed powder, luxuriously housed in a refillable, gold-plated, mirrored compact adorned with Swarovski crystals. Its perfect partner: a golden edition of Le Rouge Absolu Reshaping & Replenishing LipColour SPF 15 in fashion-hot Red Light. Both arrive inside a chic, black satin bag with diamond-pattern embossing and red satin lining.

I don't have this but my how I wish I did. I would be pulling that fabulous compact out of my bag at every chance I had. So chic and stylish.

Do you have any favourites from the Lancôme Holiday Collection? What are they?

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Body Shop Sale

The Body Shop has just announced their Semi Annual Sale. Save up to 75% off on certain products AND there is also a Buy One Get One Half Off offer that includes all Cocoa Butter products, all Peppermint Foot Care products, all Hair Care products and select Fragrances.

The Body Shop - Save Up To 75%

The Sale runs from Dec 22, 2007 to January 21, 2008

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

OPI Holiday In Hollywood

For Holiday 2007, OPI takes you to the place where glamorous begins and fabulous never ends – Hollywood! Twelve drop dead colours that cry out for a nail or two.














No Autographs, Please
(brilliant red shimmer)
Call My M-Agent-a (fabulous pink-red)
I've "Red" The Script (ruby red)

I think Call My M-Agent-a is the perfect colour for my toes whilst I am on vacation in Florida. It's Holiday-esq and great for peek-a-boo shoes.














Season's Screenings
(warm garnet red)
Pretty at the Premiere (rich burgundy)
Wine Me & Dine Me (luscious wine shade)

Wine Me & Dine Me is a true glamour-puss nail colour. Love it!














I'd Like to Thank (copper shimmer)
My Big Break (rose)
Hollywood Blonde (glitter of pale gold)
This trio is perfect for the gal that wants a little colour but does not want to draw too much attention to herself.














Who Are You Wearing? (deep, dark violet)
Have You Seen My Limo? (dark aubergine)
Stars in My Eyes (glittering silver)

Hello New Year's Eve - check out my nails when I am wearing Stars in My Eyes!

www.opi.com

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Beyond Beauty Holiday 2007

The limited-edition Beyond Beauty Holiday 2007 Collection from Smashbox Cosmetics is designed to take your look beyond ordinary. Make a gal tickled-pink this Holiday by popping one of these in their stocking.

Fusion Eye & Cheek Palette
A sleek silver double-tiered mirrored palette that comes with a multi-hued Fusion Eye Shadow and Fusion Soft Lights Powder. Choose from Endless (warm shades) or Reflect (Cool Shades)

Endless
I have this one and love it. I sometimes use the cheek colours for my eyes too.



Reflect



Light Speed Lip Gloss Collection
The collection contains 6 ultra-luxe sheer glosse that can be worn separately or layered together for a customized look.

Glare (shimmery bright pink)
Glide (shimmery peach nude)
Rush (shimmery pink blush)
Force (shimmery cool berry)
35MM (shimmery suede brown)
Illume (pale nude with iridescence)



I sadly do not have this collection of stunning glosses (sigh). I guess that is another item to put on my Santa Wish List!

Flawless Finish Skin Perfectors
This limited-edition set includes smashbox’s best-selling, skin-smoothing Photo Finish Foundation Primer in both full and travel sizes and Photo Op Under Eye Brightener to instantly wake skin up after a long holiday bash.



I have this kit and use all the items regularly. The Photo Op Under Eye Brightener is part of my everyday makeup routine and I use the Primer when I am preparing for that flawless look - could be for a meeting, event or evening out.


GET THE LOOK
The Warm Winter Glow look uses the Beyond Beauty Collection. Below are the step by step instructions to achieve this simply gorgeous Holiday face.



























FACE
For flawless skin, smooth Photo Finish Foundation Primer all over face.
Apply your shade of High Definition Healthy FX Foundation using Foundation Brush #13 from the Encounter Brush Kit.
For a luminous all-over glow, dust the light pearl cheek color from the Fusion Eye & Cheek Palette in Endless over face using Powder Brush #1.
Stay subtle with a sheer wash of color. Swirl through the four cheek colors in the Endless Palette with Powder Brush #1 and apply to the apples of cheeks.

EYES
Use Shadow Brush #26 to apply the bronze shadow from lash to brow, and repeat using the champagne shade.
Next sweep the copper shadow along the natural crease, whipping color up and out at the brow bone.
Brush the bronze shadow across the lower lashline and add a dab of champagne at the inner corners of the eye.
Finish the eyes with several lashings of Focal Point Mascara in Black on top lashes only. Before mascara dries, bat eyes gently to softly coat lower lashes.

LIPS
Keep lips light and luscious with a dab of Light Speed Lip Gloss in Glide.

www.smashbox.com

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