31 October 2013

FOTD: Dark & Smokey Vixen

I don't normally do Face of the Day's and I can't promise that I'll start incorporating them (because I'm lazy) but a couple weeks ago I went to an event at my local MAC counter in Nordstrom and got my makeup done. I initially went to pick up products that I had pre-ordered from Rihanna's Fall collection and boy was that experience a mess!! Long story short I left with a made up face, none of the items I ordered and a wasted $50 all because the honest employees at MAC Nordstrom decided to steal customers products. Oh yes, you read that correctly, STOLEN by employees which is what I was told straight from the managers mouth. I mean I knew the RiRi collection was in high demand but damn....guess I just didn't think it was that serious.

Anyway, I ended up being able to buy the things I wanted from Belk.com and eBay. The post for the collection is coming next week. The artist at MAC gave me a deep sultry look for Fall and I was pleased with it for the most part. The only thing I was on the fence about was that she used a foundation color that's a shade darker than what I normally wear. I'm normally a NW47 but she used NW48 and I don't know but I definitely can tell the difference between the two. I'm not really feeling it so I will definitely be sticking to my normal shade. Check out a few more pics of the look below and I listed all the products that I can remember that were used.

RiRi Hearts MAC Smoked Cocoa Palette 
RiRi Hearts MAC Liquid Last Liner
RiRi Hearts MAC Extended Play Mascara
RiRi Hearts MAC 36 Lashes 
MAC Fuid Line Gel Liner in Blacktrack

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
Powder Blush in Fever

Lipstick in Dark Side
Lip Liner in Currant

18 October 2013

First Look: Rihanna's RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection

Rihanna's partnership with MAC has been creating such a buzz and I'm not ashamed to say that I've fallen victim to the madness. Rumors have been floating for a while now about her highly anticipated Holiday collection and alas Rihanna finally put the talk to rest today via her Instagram page by posting a few promo shots. The limited edition RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection will be her third and final release and is due out online and in stores on December 12th, 2013. I am surely looking forward to it! Sheesh I haven't even had a chance to post my review of her Fall collection yet lol! Check out official details and photos of the full Holiday collection below.

RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 

RiRi Hearts MAC Lipstick
Pleasure Bomb (matte fuschia) $16.50

RiRi Hearts MAC Lipstick
Bad Girl RiRi (matte taupey nude) $16.50

RiRi Hearts MAC Lipstick
RiRi Woo (matte cool red) $16.50

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
Phresh Out & 2x Dare $44

Superslick Eyeliner
Cockiness & Pisces Persuasion  $20.50

Double Ended Brush $35

Bronzing Powder
Love, Rihanna $30

Nail Lacquer
RiRi Woo $17.50

RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag
Rose Gold $40
Will you be getting anything from the collection or are you over the hype?


Kerry Washington Named New Neutrogena Spokesperson

The #1 dermatologist recommended skincare brand, announced today that Emmy® nominated actress Kerry Washington has joined the Brand’s current roster of talent. Not only will Kerry be one of the faces for NEUTROGENA® but for the first time ever, she will also serve as a “creative consultant” to the brand, sharing her valuable insights with the marketing, scientific, and retail teams.

The more I learned about the company’s values, guiding principles, and commitment to quality, the more I realized that Neutrogena is so much more than your average beauty company. I knew I wanted to be a part of a company that is helping to make a difference in people’s lives. As a creative consultant, I will be able to have a real voice inside this amazing company, which is a tremendously exciting endeavor,” says Kerry Washington.

“NEUTROGENA® is about making a difference in women’s lives. We partnered with Kerry because she’s an inspiration to women everywhere and shares this same value system. Her work ethic, charity commitments and, of course, her ability to balance it all while also having beautiful, healthy skin, made this an obvious fit. She is truly aspirational to everyone,” says Michelle Freyre, General Manager, Neutrogena.

Washington joins beauty icons Jennifer Garner, Julie Bowen, Gabrielle Union, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Diane Lane and Sandra Echeverria as a member of the NEUTROGENA® family.

Washington currently stars in the critically acclaimed hit ABC drama, Scandal, as “Olivia Pope,” where she broke barriers by becoming the first African American woman to headline a network TV show since 1974. Washington has previously appeared in major roles in blockbuster hits such as Django Unchained Ray, and For Colored Girls. Washington has appeared in numerous major motion pictures throughout her career as well as a Broadway performance in Race and has now added a television drama to her roster.

09 October 2013

OPI San Francisco Collection For Fall Review + Swatches

I honestly can't believe that Fall is actually here. This year went by sooo fast! Fall & Winter are definitely two of my favorite seasons and what I look forward to the most are the sultry colors that go along with it. OPI has geared up a new collection inspired by the season and the city of San Francisco. The Fall/Winter collection consists of 15 limited edition nail lacquers with a palette ranging from sky and sea-colored hues of blues and gray to reds, burgundies and browns all inspired by some of the city's most iconic elements. The collection also includes 3 liquid sand textured colors with matte finishes. Check out swatches of the entire collection and my full thoughts below. 

A-Piers to Be Tan
I shore do like this chocolaty tan.

Dining al Frisco
Just feast your eyes on this fresh-air blue!

Haven’t the Foggiest
Can’t tell you why I love this misty gray...I just do!

Peace & Love & OPI
This holographic sage and eggplant is far out!

Keeping Suzi at Bay
There’s no holding back this assertive navy blue.

Incognito in Sausalito
You better keep this almost-black blue under wraps.

Lost on Lombard
Oh garn-et! I’m all turned around!

I Knead Sour-Dough
Are you bready to wear this toasty warm brown?

Muir Muir on the Wall
This trailblazing plum is the fairest of all.

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane
Good golly, Miss Trolley, this rich burgundy takes me away!

Embarca-Dare Ya!
Betcha can’t pass up this marvelous magenta.

First Date at the Golden Gate
You and me and this shimmery ruby make three.

It’s All San Andreas’s Fault
I’d move mountains to get this textured earthy taupe!

Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!
Dog-gone it...fetch me that textured matte blue!

There’s no escaping this arresting textured gray.

Glow: Although I do feel like a few of these shades are dupable from some of OPI's previous collections, I must say that as a whole I am pleasantly surprised. I love the subtle array of deep color, especially with the plums and reds.

Glare: I'm still on the fence of how I truly feel about the liquid sand textures. While I am a fan of the more glittered ones, the plain ones like the ones in this collection are a bit underwhelming. 

Would I Recommend It? I like it, and I think the overall collection works. I think colors like Incognito in Sausalito and In the Cable Car-Pool Lane are definite must haves in any Fall arsenal. 

Where To Buy: The entire San Francisco collection is currently available in various retailers nationwide. To purchase or to learn more please visit http://www.opi.com/.

Product(s) in this post were provided for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here

08 October 2013

Glow in the City: Lancôme's 4th Annual Genifique Day in Atlanta

Lancôme is teaming up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Celebrity Makeup Artist, Mickey Williams to benefit Génifique Day this Thursday, October 10th at the Lancôme' counter in Dillarads at Perimeter Mall.

Mickey Williams will be hosting individual complimentary makeup consultations in honor of Lancôme’s fourth annual Génifique Day. A globetrotting beauty, lifestyle and trend expert, Mickey Williams has been lending her expertise to A-list clients for more than two decades and has been featured in top publications across the country.

As part of the celebration, Lancôme will donate $7 from each bottle of Génifique product sold that day to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to aid with scientific research in its mission to find cures and treat diseased children.

Internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases, St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay.

Like St. Jude, the Génifique product line is based on breakthrough science. The revolutionary formula reactivates the 10 key signs of youth, restoring skin’s vibrant smoothness, luminosity and radiance in just seven days.

Event Details
DATE: OCTOBER 10, 2013
TIME: 11AM – 4PM


06 October 2013

OPI Joins Mariah Carey to Launch 18 New Limited Edition Holiday Nail Lacquers

OPI announces the launch of 18 new limited edition holiday nail lacquers inspired by recording artist and international superstar Mariah Carey. This seasonal promotion includes an assortment of red, burgundy, maroon and chocolate brown hues, along with glitter-packed gold, bronze and pearl shades. Mariah Carey Holiday also features six newLiquid Sand™ lacquers, ranging from icy blue to frosted pink to sparkling graphite. Each of the Liquid Sand shades showcases OPI’s groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle.

“Mariah Carey is truly synonomous with the holiday season,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “People around the world listen to her festive, iconic songs – ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ is a personal favorite – and these 18 lacquers evoke the warmth, beauty, energy and positive spirit that’s present in Mariah’s music.

“This holiday season is all about red, glitter and texture for nails,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With 18 shades, there’s a perfect hue for every occasion. The 12 crème and glitter lacquers include classic reds, champagne gold, and warm burgundies, while the six Liquid Sand shades should be worn without top coat for a matte finish in icy, frosted colors.”

Mariah Carey Holiday includes the following (*Liquid Sand shade):

My Favorite Ornament
Make this champagne glitter your new personal favorite.

All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
This marvelous maroon is present-ly my top choice.

Cute Little Vixen
This deep red violet has foxy written all over it.

Underneath the Mistletoe
Is my kiss as spicy-sweet as this candy-apple red?

In My Santa Suit
This generously pigmented red is worth staying on the “nice” list.

Visions of Love
I see this rich burgundy in my immediate future.

Warm Me Up
This spiced coffee hits all the cold spots.

Wonderous Star
This gold-flecked shimmer has heavenly shine.

All Sparkly and Gold
What more can we say...the name says it all.

Sleigh Ride for Two
There’s only room left for this dark hot chocolate.

Ski Slope Sweetie
This golden pearl is everybunny’s favorite.

I Snow You Love Me
Just like I snow you love this disco light confetti.

Silent Stars Go By*
This blush of textured pink has parades of sparkle.

Baby Please Come Home*
Can’t wait to see you...in this textured and sparkling lilac.

Make Him Mine*
But make this textured glistening rose mine first!

It’s Frosty Outside*
This frosted silver is so icy it’s hot.

This dramatic sparkling coal has got me feeling fine.

Kiss Me at Midnight*
It’s time to fall in love with this frosted ice blue.

Mariah Carey Holiday nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Liquid Sand nail lacquers should always be worn without top coat. Mariah Carey Holiday will be available October 2013, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

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