Tuesday, March 31, 2015

LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Seductress and Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre | Review and Swatches

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I am a huge fan of LORAC Cosmetics because they make high quality cruelty-free products that are affordable. As one who is lipstick and lip gloss obsessed, I have to say that LORAC does both exceedingly well.
LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Seductress (Rose). This sexy, playful and highly-pigmented cream lipstick coats your lips in luscious color with an opaque, matte finish. The ultra-rich, velvety-smooth formula is loaded with anti-aging antioxidants such as acai berry, pomegranate, grape seed extract, and vitamins C and E to help hydrate, nourish and condition your lips. Whether you wish to be a free spirit, a supermodel or a sex kitten (even if just for a night), Alter Ego Lipstick comes in a gorgeous range of colors from soft nudes to vivid hues to create any look you covet. Embrace your every identity and dress up your lips with LORAC.

Seductress, a stunning rose, effortlessly glides across the lips and deposits color beautifully and evenly. It has the perfect amount of cushion, is comfortable on the lips, and it has a gorgeous velvety matte finish. It doesn't dry out the lips, even when worn without a lip balm, and gives me about 3 hours of wear-time. While I don't find the formula drying, I don't find it moisturizing either. This lovely formula neither bleeds, nor does it settle into lip lines, and it fades evenly. The pigmentation is utterly superb, and a single pass offers beautiful opaque coverage. LORAC Alter Ego Lipsticks have a warm fruity vanilla scent that fades soon upon application.

Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Diisostearyl Malate, Paraffin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcrystalline), Peg-8 Beeswax, Mica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Synthetic Beeswax, Cetyl Dimethicone, Oryzanol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Flavor (Aroma), May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Carmine (Ci 75470). *May contain carmine as a color additive.
LORAC's Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Peach Lustre. Amp up your look with LORAC Lip Lustre Gloss! Inspired by our top-selling 3D Liquid Lustre Eye Shimmer, these glimmering, glam glosses are paraben-free, super hydrating and infused with antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamins A, C & E. Wear Lip Lustre alone or with your favorite LORAC lipstick for added sparkle and shine.

Peach Lustre is a gorgeous high gloss shimmering neutral nude peach that is lovely alone, or on top of your favorite lipstick. This gloss clings to my lips nicely without being too tacky– these are not sticky, but they do have a touch of tackiness which accounts for their tenacious ability to stay put. Those among you who prefer traditional doe-foot applicators may not be as quick to embrace their brush applicator, but I actually really like it. The brush is short, easily follows the contours of the lips, and doesn't have a tendency to splay. LORAC Lip Lustre Lip Glosses have a delectable scent that reminds me of Crème Brûlée, but, that too, fades quickly.

Ingredients: Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Triisostearyl Citrate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ceresin, Flavor, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tin Oxide, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marsh Mallow) Root Extract, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, May Contain/Peut Contenir: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Carmine (Ci 75470). *May Contain Carmine As A Color Additive. Paraben-free.
Left to Right: LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Seductress, LORAC's Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Peach Lustre and Peach Lustre on top of Seductress.
 LORAC does neither conducts, condones, nor endorses testing on animals.
The finishes are just superb!
Overall Assessment: I need more colors!

Alter Ego Lipstick $16.00 for 0.12 oz. from Nordstrom, LORAC, ULTA, Beauty.com,  Kohl's and Amazon.

Lip Lustre Gloss $15.00 for 0.11 oz. from Nordstrom, LORAC, ULTA, Beauty.com, Kohl's and Amazon (Affiliate Links).
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Monday, March 30, 2015

When Monday Feels Like Monday Who Wouldn't Want the Life of a Cat

Sometimes Monday Mornings come too fast, and one can't help but envy the responsibility-free life of a cat. As I was getting ready to start my work week, I watched Oliver as he peacefully slept. Without a care in the world, he found a little bit of morning sun and promptly fell asleep. I started to imagine how I would spend my day, if I could just lounge about, and frankly I couldn't come up with an idea better than his. Happy Monday!

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BBC Top Pick Beauty Reads

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Tom Ford Beauty Favorite Lipsticks are Back | Black Orchid, Moroccan Rouge, Pure Pink, Smoke Red, Negligee, Twist of Fate, Black Dahlia and First Time!
  • TheFabZilla: Check out why Guerlain Terracota Joli Teint Powder Duo is TheFabZilla's fave purchase for March!
  • Painted Ladies: Is the City Color Contour Effects Kit a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit? Sheila gives you the run down.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Colorful spring makeup.
  • BeautyTidbits: Looking for the perfect nude pink lip color? Urban Decay has your lips covered with The Ultimate Pair Naked set at a bargain price!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison got to try out YSL Mascara Faux Cils. Find out whether or not it's a keeper!
  • I Know all the Words: Get a calorie free sugar fix with the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette.
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Need some new spring polishes? Jessica has the Wet N Wild Silver Lake collection to show you!
  • Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Empties Post Volume XXXI: March 2015

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    I am in a state of utter shock that March is winding down already. I was so busy at work that I barely had time to come up for air, and when I finally did the month was nearly over! I did manage to use up a few full size products and a handful of samples, and am happy to have added a few more empty containers to my recycle bin.

    1) Suave Moroccan Infusion Silkening Body Wash (reviewed here): The creamy rich lather softens the skin while the warm essence infuses the shower with a delightful scent. It also makes a delicious bubble bath in which to luxuriate!

    2) J.R. Watkins Naturals Lemon Hand Soap (reviewed here): J.R. Watkins makes my all-time favorite hand soaps, and their Lemon scent has to be my favorite. These wonderful liquid soaps leave skin soft and hydrated instead of stripped and dry! I need to buy more on my next trip to the grocery store!

    3) Belli All Day Moisture Body Lotion (reviewed here): This lightly lemon scented lotion is ultra moisturizing, and so pleasant to use. I left it on my nightstand and used it every day until one sad day when there was no more to use!

    4) Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash (featured here): This was a deluxe sample from one of my BB5 boxes, and it was so good that it's now on my must-buy list! It leaves skin clean, soft and hydrated– it is also wonderful for shaving legs and underarms!

    5) Antica Farmacista Lemon Verbena Shower Gel: I absolutely love Lemon Verbena scented body products, and this has to be one of my very favorites. This deluxe sample was given to me by a friend, and it is so amazing that I am planning on buying the full size as soon as I finish up my current body washes.

    6) The Honest Company Honest Face + Body Lotion (reviewed here): I have yet to use a product from The Honest Company that I don't really really like, and this lotion is perfectly hydrating and a true pleasure to use.

    7) REN Glyco Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask (reviewed here): I have been using this highly effective exfoliating mask for years, and I still think that it is one of the best of its kind. It effortlessly dissolves dead skin cells, and it reminds me a bit of Orange Marmalade without the rinds! Skin is left delectably soft, smooth and radiant!

    8) TATCHA Radiant Deep Brightening Serum (featured here): This beautiful serum hydrates, smoothes, softens and illuminates so effectively and the results are so pronounced that this is a definite must-have for me. TATCHA remains one of my favorite lines.

    9) Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream (reviewed here): This eye cream is a great hydrator for skin that is dry and dehydrated, and the results are immediate. It is also very affordable– making it a great choice for the wallet!

    10) Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser (reviewed here): I initially thought that this was going to be a harsh and stripping cleanser that I wouldn't be able to use on my face, but was I ever wrong. Not only is this a gentle cleanser, but it leaves my skin soft and smooth. It's brilliant by itself and with a Clarisonic!

    11) Assorted foundation samples: Nothing to report because I don't remember what was in each little pot!
    12) Rodan + Fields Redefine Acute Care for Expression Lines (reviewed here): These are very effective little magical cloths that temporarily plump and lift expression lines. If you haven't tried anything from Rodan + Fields– let me just say that they make amazingly high quality products that are well worth trying.

    13) Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Wipes (reviewed here): These are still among my very favorite cleansing wipes. They are gentle and never bother my sensitive eyes.

    14) Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths (featured here): I haven't used these long enough to give you a full report, but I tried them during really hot weather at work when I was running around and sweating, and they were great for freshening up before reapplying deodorant.

    15) Colbert MD sample packets (Soothe Night, Nutrify & Protect Day and Stimulate The Serum): Normally I wouldn't bother to comment on using a couple of sample packets, but in the case of Colbert MD I have to note that this exquisite line does not disappoint. Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil (reviewed here) remains one of my all-time favorite luxury oils, and I am thoroughly impressed by Colbert MD Uplift Eye Serum (review forthcoming), Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream (review forthcoming) and Colbert MD Intensify Facial Disks (review forthcoming). While the three sample packets in this post don't provide enough product to review– I will say that I am quite impressed and definitely want to try all three.

    What did you finish up, throw away, give away, or return in March? Any great products worthy of mention? Any real duds to avoid?

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    Top Sunday Beauty Reading from The Beauty Blogazons

    Happy Spring!

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    The Beauty Spotlight Team Wants to Know What's in Pammy's Handbag

    Pammy ditches her diaper bag in favor of a more chic purse/diaper bag hybrid: the Mommy Bag! Come check out what this busy Mommy of 2 under 3 carries around on a daily basis! How many lip products does a Mommy-on-the-go need? Apparently way too many, LOL!

    Friday, March 27, 2015

    Milly Zigzag Print iPad Case On Sale at Barneys New York Warehouse

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     As you might remember, I first introduced you to my Milly Zigzag Print iPad Case in my BST "What's in my Purse" post HERE. I am absolutely in love with this iPad case, and was thrilled to get such a high quality case during a Barneys New York Warehouse Sale. They are currently having their The Spring Holiday Sale, and are offering an additional 40% off on Clearance items, and my beloved Milly Zigzag Print iPad case is among the radically reduced sale items (Regular Price $85.00, On sale for $29.40).
    • Milly Shocking Pink/Multi zigzag-print coated-poplin iPad®case.
    • Top zip closure
    • Engraved metal logo plaque at front, polished silvertone hardware
    • Padded fabric-lined interior
    • Approximately 10.25" height x 8.00" width x 1.00" depth
    The plush interior offers my iPad the perfect amount of protection, and is roomy enough that I can carry my iPad keyboard if I opt to carry it with me.
     Barneys New York Warehouse also offers complimentary shipping on all U.S. orders.
    The case is high quality, very durable, and it is such a pleasure to use. It is slim enough in profile to stow away in your bag without taking up much space. It is also very easy to clean.
    Overall Assessment: If you are in the market for a case for your iPad, then this beauty is well worth considering! I am in love with mine, and had to share this great sale with you!

    Regular Price $85.00, On sale for $29.40 from Barneys New York Warehouse.
    Purchased by Me. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Meet Dr. David Colbert for a Personal Consultation and Express Triad Facial at Space NK in NYC | March 26 & 28

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    Meet renowned dermatologist, Dr. David Colbert, who will be making two more NYC personal appearances this month. Receive a personal consultation with him, and an ExpressTriad Facial at Space NK!

    Space NK at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street
    Thursday, March 26
    3:00pm – 6:00pm
    (212) 705-2772

    Space NK at Bloomingdale’s Soho
    Saturday, March 28
    3:00pm  6:00pm
    (212) 729-5144

    About Dr. Colbert:
    • David Colbert MD is one of the country’s most sought after dermatologists, with a distinguished medical background in both dermatology and internal medicine. Founder and head physician of the esteemed New York Dermatology Group and Creator of Colbert MD, Dr. Colbert is also a philanthropist and author.
    • New York Dermatology Group: A Manhattan practice with state-of-the-art medical disciplines and a prestigious roster of dermatologists.
    • Colbert MD: Complete “nutrition” needed for healthy, youthful, radiant skin. This extraordinary, effective skincare system features patented Qusome™ technology to help active ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin. For additional information please visit: http://www.nydermatologygroup.com
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    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Tom Ford Beauty New Permanent 2015 Lip Colors, Lip Color Mattes and Lip Color Shines | Swatches & Availability

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    New Lipsticks from TOM FORD BEAUTY!!

    These lipsticks were once retired, but now they are BACK and PERMANENT to the Tom Ford Lipstick Collection!

    There is nothing more exciting than when extraordinary highly coveted limited edition beauty treasures get repromoted, and when Tom Ford Beauty does it the excitement is palpable! I nearly fainted when I saw that Tom Ford Lip Colors in Black OrchidMoroccan RougeSmoke RedPure PinkNegligeeTwist of Fate, and Tom Ford Lip Color Mattes in Black Dahlia and First Time became available again. I suggest that you don't wait if you want to miss out on the more rare among them. There are also new Tom Ford Lip Color Shines  in Lust and Sultry that have been added to the permanent line!
    Tom Ford Lip Color
    Warm Sable is available at Neiman MarcusBergdorf GoodmanNordstrom & Saks Fifth Avenue.

    Pure Pink is currently only available at Neiman MarcusBergdorf GoodmanNordstrom & Saks Fifth Avenue.

    Smoke Red is currently only available at Neiman MarcusBergdorf GoodmanNordstrom & Saks Fifth Avenue.

    Moroccan Rouge is currently only available at Neiman MarcusBergdorf Goodman & Saks Fifth Avenue.

    Tom Ford Lip Color Mattes
    Black Orchid currently only appears to be available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Given how seldom this beauty is, I wouldn't wait too long if you have long coveted it! It is the ultimate vampy lipstick, and I am transfixed by mine!

    Black Dahlia Lip Color Matte is available at NordstromNeiman MarcusBergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's & Harrods.

    First Time Lip Color Matte is available at NordstromNeiman MarcusBergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth AvenueBloomingdale's & Harrods.
    New Tom Ford Lip Color Shines

    Overall Assessment: I am so excited that these iconic shades are now part of the permanent collection, and am thrilled to see the Lip Color Shine range increasing!

    $50.00 each Available NOW at the TOM FORD BEAUTY Counter.
    Michelle Weinstein
    Tom Ford Beauty
    Neiman Marcus
    Beverly Hills
    310-550-5900 x2517
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    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2015 Details | Pre-Selling at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills NOW!

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    Exciting news from the world of TOM FORD BEAUTY! Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills is now taking Pre-Orders for the 2015 Summer Beauty Collection!

    This beautiful collection features the new Fleur De Portofino Fragrance in a gorgeous teal bottle.  This fragrance captures the beauty of Roses with the freshness of the Portofino Coast.
    $215 for 50ml & $525 for 250ml

    Also new to the fragrance world of Tom Ford is the Shimmering Body Oil. Perfect for Summer, drench your skin in luscious hydration and shine.  The intoxicating aroma will sweep you away to a tropical paradise. $95 LIMITED EDITION

    The 2015 Summer Beauty Collection features a new Eye and Cheek Glow Compact.  This all-in-one, beautiful compact contains three new eye shadows: one white satin shadow, one rose satin shadow, and one gold celestial shadow.  It also contains a peach shimmer highlight and a rose blush. $95 LIMITED EDITION

    The 2015 Summer Beauty Collection also features four new Creme and Powder Eye Color Duos.  The creme shadow is luxuriously whipped to perfection and are topped with an amazing Celestial power shadow to finish the look. These are available in Naked Bronze, Black Oyster, Golden Peach, and Midnight Sea.
    $60 each LIMITED EDITION

    New Creme Cheek Color in Pink Sand.  Sheer and Gorgeous on any skin tone! $65 LIMITED EDITION

    New Travel Size Bronzer Compacts!  These are offered in our favorite shades: Gold Dust and Terra. Perfect for all of you Summer Getaways! $65 each LIMITED EDITION

    Also added are New Lip Color Sheers in Skinny Dip and Rose Soleil as well as the favorite Paradiso and Sweet Spot from last Spring! $50 each LIMITED EDITION

    This collection is extremely limited and will sell out quickly!  Arrives at our counter late April.

    Please call your TOM FORD BEAUTY SPECIALIST to reserve yours today!

    Call Michelle Weinstein
    Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills
    310-550-5900 x2517
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