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WHAT’S NEW IN BEAUTY: Ardency Inn Cosmetics

We can’t get enough of beauty products and are always excited to be introduced to new launches especially one that hits our checklist – bold lips, sensual eyes and a flawless complexion. All three plus more can be achieved with new cosmetics brand, Ardency Inn Cosmetics (click on image to enlarge).

Founded by Gilles Kortzagadaria and Stephane Siboni, Ardency Inn pulls inspiration from the downtown New York music scene but don’t let the very cool factor scare you, the line is wearable by every woman. The brand boasts a vast assortment of products from Lip Colors, Eyeliners, Eyeshadows, Primers, and also some breakthrough innovation in complexion correctors. Ardency Inn comes in three divisions – MODSTER (bold colors), PUNKER (just as the name says), and AMERICANA (flawless skin).

We’re drawn to the above pictured MODSTER Long Play™ Lip Vinyl for its shine of a lacquer and the staying power of a stain, and MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner, a waterproof eyeliner that gives great color that just won’t budge.

We also love the MODSTER Long Play™ Supercharged Lip Color for it’s high pigment, full coverage and essential oils and waxes that feels a balm. While we love the typical pink, red and orange hues, we can’t help but be excited by their Black is Blue lipcolor, a sophisticated deep midnight blue with a slight indigo undertone.

We’re always looking for breakthroughs in beauty and Ardency Inn’s AMERICANA Custom Coverage Concentrate is another product we’re excited about. It provides the exact amount of coverage you need by adding a natural flesh tone to your daily moisturizer, turning it into your own custom liquid foundation, tinted moisturizer or concealer giving you a naturally flawless-looking complexion.

Get to know the complete range from Ardency Inn, including more from PUNKER and AMERICANA, available at Sephora and Sephora.com.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Wants to Know What makes you Blush?

You can always count on MAKE UP FOR EVER for launching beauty products you can’t help but become addicted to. The brand has been a beauty lover’s favorite for years and they have no plans to stop. This spring, they have launched new products that we instantly fell in love with and are must-have additions to your cosmetics bag. This spring, we are loving the brand’s HD Blush, HD Pressed Powder and Powder Kabuki Brush #124.HD BLUSH

MUFE HD BLUSH

The HD Blush is an evolved cream blush. This HD camera-tested blush feels like second skin; it blends seamlessly, making it undetectable both on and off screen. The long-lasting formula features a perfect balance of Silicon Oils, Dry Oils, and Waxes that offers the wearer absolute blendability, Silica Powders and Synthetic Mica that allows for a smooth, comfortable texture as well as a satin, soft-focus finish, and clear Mother-of-pearl and pigments for a natural yet luminous finish. Available in sixteen shades in colors ranging from light to medium, tan to deep, in both warm and cool undertones (we’re addicted to #515, an excitingly vibrant tangerine that is surprisingly subtle – we love that we can go soft for day and build up to a more dramatic cheek for night) that compliments every skin tone. The MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush can be applied with your fingertips, HD Sponge or Artisan Brush depending on the result you want. Get your perfect shade(s) now for $26.00 at Sephora.com and MAKE UP FOR EVER boutiques.

HD PRESSED POWDER

MUFE HD Pressed Powder

We have firsthand knowledge of combating shine and achieving a flawless complexion – it’s a battle that several women fight daily. We’re all guilty of pulling out our compacts for on-the-go touch-ups, which is why we’re super excited about the MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder. You already love their HD Microfinish Loose Powder for that “camera-ready” look, the HD pressed Powder just gets you that look simpler and quicker. This lightweight, talc-free, silky finishing powder offers the same benefits of the HD Microfinish Loose Powder in a handbag-friendly pressed compact. The formula boasts a combination of three premium powders (silica, vinyl crosspolymer, and micro and spherical powders. It softens the appearance of fine lines and pores and creates a soft focus effect on the skin for an instantly smooth, slightly mattified finish that is comfortable to wear. Available in one shade, a little of this translucent pressed powder goes a long way and is complimentary to every skin tone. Grab yours today for $36.00 at Sephora, Sephora.com, and MAKE UP FOR EVER boutiques.

POWDER KABUKI BRUSH #124

MUFE kabuki Brush

A make up kit staple, the straight and wavy fiber, the POWDER KABUKI BRUSH #124 is when applying your finishing powder. This dome-shaped brush can be used with all loose and compact powders. Its short, slender handle allows for controlled application while its dense head offers lightweight, flawless makeup coverage results. This must-have brush can be yours for $52.00 and is available at Sephora, Sephora.com, and MAKE UP FOR EVER boutiques.

DHC USA Launches Age-Defying Lipsticks, Blushes & Powders

DHC USA is proud to launch new, age-defying and multi-tasking lipsticks, blushes and powders. Why only fight aging with skincare when your makeup can also help in the battle. These innovative cosmetics all help skin look younger with both cutting-edge technology and revitalizing ingredients. Already known for their amazing skin-loving products, DHC presents Premium Lipstick GE, Face Color Palette EX, BB Mineral Powder and Q10 Moisture Care Face Powder, all available now (as of February 1st) via the DHC catalog or www.DHCcare.com.

Premium Lipstick GE

DHC Lips

Lips look more youthful when moisturized, hydrated and have minimal lines, which is why DHC’s latest lip innovation, Premium Lipstick GE, is ideal. A brilliantly pigmented lipstick, Premium Lipstick GE comes in six sophisticated hues and features Pure Color Technology with micronized pigments for a smooth, completely even surface and  fuller appearance. It boasts no clumping, just satiny color with light-diffusing pearls for a 3-D plumping effect. Lips get a kiss of emollient moisture from macadamia, olive and rice bran oils with Collagen and sodium hyaluronate to help lips hang onto hydration. Oat kernel extract minimizes the look of vertical lines while Vitamin A and germanium encourage revitalization. Get younger-looking lips in these six colors: Petal Pink, First Blush, Rich Raspberry, Velvety Red, Rose Gold, and Bold Persimmon. Each color retails for $19.00

Face Color Palette EX

DHC face palette

Want gorgeous, natural color and skin that looks instantly flawless (especially during these skin-drying, cold winter months), reach for DHC’s new age-defying Face Color Palette EX. The lighter of the duo shades, a smoothing powder, camouflages imperfections, including large pores, uneven skin tone, and roughness while the darker shade, cheek color, imparts a natural, healthy-looking glow. The palettes are infused with botanical jojoba oil and olive oil, as well as moisturizing ceramide and sodium hyaluronate to increase the blendability of the powders. Face Color palette FX will have your skin looking flawless and healthy. The four flattering palette shades include Glowing Rose, Radiant Ruby, Pearly Pink and Sunny Bronze with each retailing for $20.00.

BB Mineral Powder

DHC BB Mineral Powder

Beauty Balms continue to be one of the hottest-selling categories in the cosmetic industry. DHC USA takes this trend to the next level with new BB Mineral Powder, a multi-tasking, micro fine pressed powder encased in a chic gold compact. It makes a perfect complement to DHC’s top-selling BB Cream. DHC’s BB Mineral Powder brightens, fights dullness and shine, helps makeup last longer, covers flaws, and fights visible signs of aging by nourishing skin with age-defying ingredients, including skin-revitalizing germanium. Available in Natural, the DHC BB Mineral Powder retails for $40.00.

Q10 Moisture Care Face Powder

DHC Q10 Moisture Care Face Powder

Known as the U.S. leader in coenzyme Q10-enriched makeup, DHC welcomes the new Q10 Moisture Care Face Powder. This smooth, finishing powder comes in a universally flattering tint and is made with luminous micro-fine pearls to softly camouflage flaws, set foundation and keep away dullness and unwanted shine. The DHC Q10 Moisture Care Face Powder hydrates thanks to olive oil, sodium hyaluronate, ceramide, and collagen; helps minimize the look of large pores and uneven skin tone, and makes skin instantly radiant, without caking. Oat kernel extract and antioxidant coenzyme Q10 fight lines and sagging. Available in Healthy, this super-blendable powder retails for $19.00.

We are huge fans of DHC Skincare, especially their superstar product, the Deep Cleansing Oil and their Pore Minimizing Set is a must if you suffer from enlarged pores, and we are truly excited to try out these new cosmetics. We’re totally in love with the Rich Raspberry and Velvety Red Premium Lipstick GE while Radiant Ruby is our go-to cheek color.

The Per-fekt Beauty Way of Life

It was an early fall night atop the Eventi Hotel in NYC where stylish bloggers of NYC gathered to learn more about per-fekt beauty’s newest product, a CC creme with SPF 30.

The product “is designed to hydrate, prime. protect, perfekt, and color correct.” Unllike other CC creams, this one doesn’t come in a jar or a tube, but it’s in what can easily be called the cutest compact ever. The design of it allows for the product to stay contained and germ free. While I am not thrilled that it only comes in four shades, the company claims that their Smart Color Corrector Technology can allow the formula to adjust to any skin tone while making your skin flawless. I do like how light and silky the formula feels on the skin. It’s almost weightless. Four important ingredients in per-fekt beauty’s CC Creme are Hylauronic Microspheres that help to fill lines and wrinkles, Vitamins C and E to help protect the skin, and aloe to provide moisture and repair the skin.

We also got to play with other per-fekt beauty products, such as the per-fekt skin perfection conceal, the skin perfection gel, the cheek perfection gel, the body perfection gel, and the lash perfection gel. My personal favorites are: the lash perfection gel, which is a great lengthening mascara (believe me, my super curly lashes were extended far beyond what I thought they could ever be; the skin perfection conceal is a sheer way to conceal the skin; the skin perfection gel, which is a great primer underneath heavier foundations. Check out some pictures of the products and when you visit Sephora next time, stop and play in the per-fekt beauty section.

***Thanks to Beauty Contributor, Laura of Blush and Beakers for attending the Per-fekt Beauty Preview with me snd covering for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

Issac Mizrahi Launches Tweezerman Collection at Sephora

Any girl can tell you that no makeup look is complete without a groomed eyebrow and they can also tell you that Tweezerman is probably the preferred tool of choice. Well, the iconic brand is collaborating with the iconic Issac Mizrahi with a line of tweezers and nail files in limited edition patterns: Splatter Paint and Candy Buttons. I got the chance to see the products up close and meet Mr. Mizrahi himself at Sephora last Friday.

The limited edition prints are fun and playful and will definitely brighten up the ever painful process of plucking your eyebrows. My Life On and Off the Guest List founder, Glasgow, got to sit down with Issac to ask him some questions.

So what do you think of the prints? Would you splurge on these Issac Mizrahi designed tweezers? The Slant Tweezers ($25.00), Mini Slant Tweezers ($15.00) and Nail Files ($5.00) are all available exclusively at Sephora. Check out a few more photos from the packed event.

***Thanks to Beauty Contributor, Laura A. Floyd of Blush and Beakers for attending the launch event with me and covering for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Launches Exclusively at Sephora

You’ve wanted it, probably craved it and most likely stalked it but the wait is over, it is finally here….the Marc Jacobs Beauty Line has FINALLY launched and is available exclusively at Sephora (try not to stampede the beauty mecca’s locations ladies). The expansive Marc Jacobs Beauty collection (and believe me ladies, it is VAST) contains an assortment of 16 innovative complexion and color cosmetics, and four chic and luxurious makeup brushes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty’s smart complexion products (shown above) offer tomorrow’s technology today with state-of-the-art global ingredients, buildable and flawless coverage as well as superb finishes. Shown above are Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundations, Remedy Concealer Pens, and Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundations.

The lip, cheek and eye products (shown above) offer an unexpected color range envisioned by Marc offers endless inspiration. The above featured in order of appearance include  Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl, LoveMarc Lip Gels, Shameless Bold Blushes, Style Eye-Con No. 3 and No. 7 Plush Shadows, O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan (not pictured), and Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer (not pictured) round out the color range.

Switching to beauty tools, the Marc Jacobs Beauty makeup brushes (the collection features four) offer precision performance for flawless application of his innovative new gel and powder formulas: they are Face I, Face II, The Blush, and The Bronze.

Marc’s inspiration for the collection stems from the spirit of “The Girl” and her makeup ritual. “I think the idea of transforming into this person you want to be is a lot of fun…it’s this idea of a young woman enjoying creating her look, getting ready for her night out, or her night after her night out.”

As with his fashion, Marc’s rule-breaking creativity is at the heart of his makeup vision. For him, it’s about the spirit of youth, confidence and experimentation. He inspires you to push the boundaries and create your own style. So indulge in the impeccably exquisite textures, take liberties with his provocative shades, and play with his daring designs.

 The breakthrough brand, a perfect collaboration between Marc Jacobs and Sephora  giving us products from the best minds in fashion and beauty, debuts today exclusively at Sephora, on Sephora.com and in select Marc Jacobs stores. What products do you have your eyes on?

Carol’s Daughter Launches NEW Lavender & Vanilla Collection

If you ever tried Carol’s Daughter’s products (and I hope you have), then you’ll know how marvelous they are. They have so many great hair and skincare products, its difficult to select just one or two favorites. With their newest launch, Creator, Lisa Price continues to add even more wonderful products – combining calming and relaxing Lavender with skin softening and antioxidant Vanilla, Carol’s daughter presents NEW Lavender & Vanilla Collection, a trio of luxurious body products that are sure to relax your body and soul.



“I’ve always loved the way Lavender makes me feel calm, and I happen to have a not-so-secret love affair with Vanilla. The combination of Lavender and Vanilla is like the best of both worlds. Cool and warm. Fresh and exotic. All at the same time.” – Lisa Price, Carol’s Daughter Founder

The collection include:

BODY CLEANSING SCRUB ($28.00): This creamy, exfoliating formula refines and softens skin while increasing microcirculation to hydrate, smooth and firm. Carageenan deeply moisturizes, natural sugars gently buff and purify skin, while Vitamins C and E protect against environmental aggressors.

SHEA SOUFFLÉ ($13.00): This luxurious moisturizer conditions skin with lush, nourishing natural butters and oils. Cocoa and Pure Shea Butters combine with Coconut and Grapeseed oils to deeply hydrate parched skin while providing antioxidant protection, improving firmness and tone. As light and fluffy as a soufflé, the formula provides intense, penetrating moisture.

DRY OIL MIST ($21.00): This lightweight moisturizing body spray is formulated with Shea Butter, Aloe Leaf Juice and Açai Berry Extract to infuse skin with a natural glow and protecting against environmental aggressors, leaving behind a light scent. The super-fine mist allows for a quick and easy application anywhere, any time.

All three are available and can be purchased individually or as a set for $53.00 on www.carolsdaughter.com.

Sephora Exclusively Presents: Hello Kitty Beauty Tokyo Pop Early Access Sale

Want to win a trip to Tokyo? How about early access to purchase the new Sephora Hello Kitty Beauty collection – Tokyo Pop? I know I’ve always dreamed of going back to Tokyo and who doesn’t love to be the first to get amazing beauty products. Well you guys have a chance to visit this amazing city and make your friends jealous by getting these must-have beauty products before they do thanks to Sephora and Hello Kitty Beauty. For ten days, February 18th – 28th, you guys will have the opportunity to buy and bid on a range of exclusive bundles with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross via an eBay charity auction.

Items up for charity include:

  • Hello Kitty Tokyo Trip Package + Sephora’s Hello Kitty Tokyo Pop Beauty Bundle (1 Prize Winner)
  • Hello Kitty Little Brush Art Print Signed by POSE + Sephora’s Hello Kitty Tokyo Pop Beauty Bundle (1 Prize Winner)
  • Hello Kitty Pink House Print signed by POSE + Sephora’s Hello Kitty Tokyo Pop Beauty Bundle (1 Prize Winner)
  • Hello Kitty Hot Pink Neon Bow + Sephora’s Hello Kitty Tokyo Pop Beauty Bundle (1 Prize Winner)
  • Buy it Now Sephora’s Hello Kitty Tokyo Pop Beauty Set + personalized Hello Kitty Drawing by Kitty Mama Yuko Yamaguchi (20 winners) 

I’m sure I don’t really have to convince you to take advantage of Sephora and Hello Kitty’s amazing opportunity to win a trip to Tokyo and get early access to purchase Tokyo Pop.

The Hello Kitty Beauty Tokyo Pop collection launches in Sephora stores and www.Sephora.com in March 2013.