Friday, January 04, 2008

Smashbox Green Room

Smashbox Cosmetics Spring 2008 Collection makes is debut this month and there is some very special about it. Green Room is totally green!

These eco-chic cosmetics contain environmentally-friendly formulas, packed with natural antioxidants to keep skin youthful and healthy. Nearly all of the Green Room Collection use Moringa Seed Extract which consists of 7 times the Vitamin C of oranges and 4 times the Vitamin A of carrots. The attractive packaging is either biodegradable or recyclable which means less garbage going to the landfill.

All this goodness and each piece looks great too. For me, this collection is perfect for my daytime look - soft, neutral and pretty.

Green Room Bronzer with Moringa Seed Extract
Golden Glow
Deep Bronze

Green Room Eye Shadow Quad with Moringa Seed Extract
Bamboo (shimmery gold, forest green, bronze, golden brown)
Blossom (shimmery pearl, pale pink, soft bronze, earthy brown)

Hybrid 2-in-1 Colour & Shine Lip Gloss with Moringa Seed Extract

Azalea (rosy bronze)
Marigold (golden shimmer)
Pink Lily (sheer bright pink).

Hybrid 2-in-1 Luminizing Primer

For every Green Room product sold, Smashbox Cosmetics will plant a Moringa tree in a developing country with the help of Trees for the Future. More Moringa trees also mean less soil erosion and cleaner air and water for a greener future.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

And The Nominees Are...

The Golden Globes will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2008 and I for one will be sitting with the TV remote in one hand, beverage in the other and a bowl of popcorn between my knees. I love watching all the 'beautiful people' in their stunning gowns, ridiculously expensive jewels and perfect makeup.

Here are the main category nominations for actresses - who do you think will win? I have highlighted my picks.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie – Away From Her
Jodie Foster – The Brave One
Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
Keira Knightley – Atonement

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams – Enchanted
Nikki Blonsky – Hairspray
Helena Bonham Carter – Sweeney Todd
Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose
Ellen Page – Juno

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama
Patricia Arquette – Medium
Glenn Close – Damages
Minnie Driver – The Riches
Edie Falco – The Sopranos
Sally Field – Brothers & Sisters
Holly Hunter – Saving Grace
Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy
Christina Applegate – Samantha Who?
America Ferrera – Ugly Betty
Tina Fey – 30 Rock
Anna Friel – Pushing Daisies
Mary-Louise Parker – Weeds

On the Monday after the Golden Globes I will report on how many of my picks won and who wore what - because really that is all we want to know!


NARS Shanghai Lily

NARS Spring 2008 Collection embraces subtle pearl and golden champagnes for eyes while lips are vibrant with shades of burnt sienna, rose and poppy. Shanghai Lily is not for the woman who wants to blend into the background but for the one who wants to be seen this Spring.

Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow (metallic rose mist and golden champagne)
Abyssinia Single Eyeshadow (delicate pearl sheen)

The softness of these shadows is just breathtaking.

Success Lipstick (burnt sienna)
Manhunt Lipstick (sheer poppy red)
Dolce Vita Lip Gloss (dusty rose)
Greek Holiday Lip Gloss (sparkling pink sand)
Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (nude beige)

I am excited to see bold lips for Spring - I'm not a fan of the nude lip of me.

Due to the success of classics Dolce Vita and Belle de Jour, NARS have reinvented these colours in new textures; the dusty rose hue of Dolce Vita is given a high shine brilliance in a gloss formulation and Belle de Jour’s nude beige is modernized in a seamless matte texture.

Orgasm The Multiple (peachy pink with shimmer)

I was so looking forward to trying this item as Orgasm is my fav blush colour...but a friend begged for my sample and I am too nice so gave it to her. How silly was I?

Images: Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow, Abyssinia Single Eyeshadow, Dolce Vita Lip Gloss, Orgasm The Multiple

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Top 10 Articles of 2007

2007 was a wonderful year for me at Lipstick, Powder 'n Paint. The readership increased substantially and I was able to attend some fantastic events, meet some wonderful people and try some amazing products.

I was interested in which of the articles were the most read by you, so I looked back over the year and compiled the Top 10 Articles for 2007.

1. Get the Look: Cat Eye
2. Mischa Barton Makeup: How To
3. Turn your Lips into a Masterpiece
4. Jennifer Aniston Hair: How To
5. NARS Siren Song
6. Scrub, Scrub, Scrub
7. All About The Boys: The Art of Shaving
8. Lash Control
9. Meet a M.A.C Pro Artist
10. Threading

Which article is your favourite out of these? Was there one that you loved but did not make it onto the top 10?