Sephora Launches Colorful Eyeshadows & Custom Eyeshadow Palettes

Sephora is launching some spectacular new eyeshadow colors, the Colorful Eyeshadows – a collection of intense, long-lasting colors that creates looks that last all day and well into the night, in four amazing finishes – matte, shimmer, glitter and the newest phenom, the mirror effect finish.

The amazing collections comes in 80 highly pigmented shades that utilizes Sephora’s exclusive Color Eye Last complex, a combination of micro-sized pigments and spherical particles of pearls that create a binding effect for maximum stay put power, for hours of wear. The individual eyeshadow pots can be added to three-shadow ($12.00 each or free with the purchase of two shadows) or six-shadow palette ($14.00 or free with the purchase of four shadows) options.

What’s extra special and unique about the Sephora’s custom palette is each shade can be popped out of their individual pot and placed in the to-go palette with the Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Key which comes with the palette. We’ve all been guilty of this – buying an eyeshadow palette because we love one or two colors but then never utilize the other colors. With Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow Palettes you can take your favorite shades with you.

Sephora’s new Colorful Eyeshadows will be available starting in February and will retail for $13.00.

Votre Vu Launches French Accents Cosmetics Collection

Hello everyone, Laura A. Floyd of is making a guest appearance covering Votre Vu’s new makeup collection, French Accents. Enjoy her post below:

Just in time for Bastille Day Votre Vu, French skincare brand, launched their French Accents Cosmetics Collection, a line full of botanicals and great ingredients.

First off, the party was fabulous. Guests were treated to glasses of Rose or Votre Vu’s specialty Snapdragon cocktails while a wonderful DJ played French hip-hop and pop music. We were entertained by women dressed in Marie Antoinette garb and the fabulous drag queens, Paige Turner, Kitten with a Whip, and Prada G. Major, were delightful in can-can-esque attire.

Party favors included fabulous Eiffel Tower sunnies, miniature French flags and hand fans which were given out to ring in the Bastille Day spirit; we also got to enjoy wonderful hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Votre Vu’s products are full of amazing ingredients such as mangos, avocados, shea butter, and jojoba just to name a few. Here are a few standout products:

Lingerie Pour Les Yeux- Anti Ageing Eyelid Smoother

One of the brand educators explained that this product is truly innovative due to it being one of the few anti-ageing products made solely with your eyelids in mind.

Love Me Deux – Moisture Tint & Concealer

This Nourishing moisture tint foundation is cool not only because of the ingredients but also for the concealer in the cap. I love that it’s all in one apparatus.

Vu-On Rouge Color Accent for Lips and Face

The best thing about this product is that it has three amazing uses. Who doesn’t love a 3-in-1 product. Use it for a sheer pop of color on your eyes, lips, and cheeks.

Edited by Glasgow Skinner
Event Photos by Glasgow Skinner

HBO & HSN Launch Forsaken Beauty Collection Inspired by True Blood

Do you find yourself wishing you has lips as tempting as Jessica’s or eyes as sultry as Pam’s from True Blood? Want to release your inner vampire? Well thanks to HBO and HSN, now you can. Introducing the Forsaken Beauty Collection, a unique collection of beauty products inspired by HBO’s Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning hit series True Blood. The one-of-a-kind luxury collection includes the Forsaken signature fragrance created by Givaudan; beauty products from Deborah Lippmann and home fragrance products, which includes luxury candles and diffusers with the Forsaken scent, from D.L. & Company. Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays Pam de Beaufort, was on hand with world-renowned celebrity manicurist, Deborah Lippmann to help HBO and HSN celebrate this unique launch.

Forsaken will be available in an Eau de Parfum, a body cream and shimmering body veil powder. The fragrance is evocative of the dark and seductive world of True Blood, capturing the soul of the show. Forsaken was developed with an addictive blend of light and dark notes. Pulpy fruits paired with crisp pear notes are followed by mid notes of night blooming jasmine, also fittingly known as Queen of the Night. The scent closes with the dark muskiness of amber and patchouli. Ultra feminine, yet sultry, the fragrance will cast a spell on everyone.

The Forsaken fragrance will be incorporated into a nail lacquer titled “Let It Bleed” and is part of a combination set with a coordinating lipstick – Lippmann’s first ever — called “Bite Me”. Lippmann also created two additional sets for the collection: “Sookie Sookie” featuring full-size “Human Nature”, “Fairydust” and “Bad Things”; and a trio of minis including “Strange Love”, “New Flesh” and “Bad Blood”.

The Forsaken Beauty Collection will launch exclusively on HSN, and via HSN mobile beginning on August 9, 2012. The collection will be available at the HBO Shop in September and will follow with worldwide distribution at specialty retailers late 2012. Check out a few more images from the event below:

INGLOT Cosmetics Launches Colour Play Mascara

For fans of colored mascara, it’s time for more celebration. INGLOT Cosmetics is launching a collection of five new mascara colors called Colour Play Mascara. The collection features high pigmented shades and the benefit of thicker and fuller lashes; and for those of you attending The Makeup Show NYC, you’ll get a sneak peek of all five colors and of course the opportunity to purchase one or all for yourself.

Choose a color to match or play up your eye color or a color to coordinate with or highlight your eyeshadow. The colors include bronze, green, cobalt blue, purple and navy. And though I have brown eyes and it is said that blue goes great with my eye color, I’m dying to try the green.

It’s such a rich tone, I think the combination of the green with a sharp black liquid eyeliner will do wonders for my eyes. Are you dying to try these colored mascaras? Which color would you try?

The Makeup Show NYC is held on Sunday, May 13, 2012 from 9am to 6pm and on Monday, May 14, 2012 from 9am to 5pm at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street.

M. Steves Skincare for the Modern Woman

Today marks day ten of my usage of the M.Steves Skincare products – particularly the Purifying Cleanser and Reviving Exfoliator with some usage of the Multi-Benefit Moisturizer. These three amazing products are part of the new five product line formulated for the modern woman. M. Steves, from owner Mally Steves Chakola, also includes two other products, the Ultra-Nourishing Boost and Anti-Aging Serum, all containing Rose Hip Seed Oil (RHSO), long known as the “youth in a bottle” for its skin rejuvenating and anti-aging properties.

As someone with acne-prone skin, I use skincare products that fight that battle first, alas those same products always leave my skin feeling and looking dry (at times peeling) which makes you look older and your skin dull and lifeless. I was advised by owner, Mally to start using just the cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer (which we were gifted samples of) since I am prone to oily skin. After my first use of just the RHSO Power-Packed Purifying Cleanser and Reviving Exfoliator (I started using the moisturizer three days later), my skin felt significantly softer. The dryness, tightness and peeling I experienced from using the acne products were gone. My face looked brighter and I felt no tightness when I smiled. And after using it for the past 10 days, my skin has a very healthy glow and even my makeup application is smoother.

So what are the benefits of RHSO? It is an amazingly power-packed combination of natural compounds found in the oil of the rose hip seeds that contribute to healthy skin – Unsaturated essential fatty acids: Linolenic, Linoleic & Oleic Acids (Omegas 3, 6 and 9), Vitamin E and Antioxidants. These beneficial natural compounds reduce the noticeable appearance of:

Skin tone and texture
UV damage
Stretch marks
Dry Skin
Fine lines

Check out the wonderful benefits of using the M. Steves Skincare products:

The Purifying Cleanser cleanses you skin and removes dirt, oil and makeup without stripping skin’s natural oils. As acne sufferers know, once you completely strip the oils from your face, your skin just produces more which in turns causes breakouts.

The Reviving Exfoliator diminishes the appearance of fine lines, minimizes the appearance of uneven skin texture, gently exfoliates dead skin sells, and enhances skin’s radiance.

The Multi-Benefit Moisturizer hydrate & nourish skin, soothe & calm skin, leaves face feeling firmer, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines. And as a woman with oily skin, I use this moisturizer day and night with no greasy/oily feeling or clogged pores.

The Ultra-Nourishing Booster (the concentrated Rose Hip Seed Oil Skin Booster) intensely hydrates & nourishes skin, leaves your face feeling firmer, and enhances skin’s radiance. Mally also advises to add a few drop to your moisturizer, exfoliator, foundation etc.

The Anti-Aging Serum is formulated for both day and night use, reduces of the appearance of large pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

The products (with the exception of the Purifying Cleanser which is coming soon) are available for purchase on

Burt’s Bees Launches güd Products

The days of bland, boring natural skincare products are gone. Burt’s Bees is known for their skin-loving natural products but now they bring us some güd stuff your skin and nose will love. What is it about güd products that will make it your new favorite line of skincare products? Like Burt’s Bees, all güd products contain all natural ingredients, there are no parabens, petrochemicals or phthalates. What makes the güd products different are the luscious scents; the fragrances are addictive. The güd line of products – Natural Nourishing Shampoo, Natural Softening Conditioner, Body Wash, Body Butter, Body Lotion, Body Mist, and Foaming Hand Wash and Hand Cream – come in four scintillating scents that are sure to make every day not just a güd one but a great one:

Floral Cherrynova™ (Japanese cherry blossoms and Almond milk)

Top Notes – Juicy Bing Cherries, fresh Green
Mid Notes – Rosewood, White Floral Bouquet
Dry Notes – Warm Milk Accord, Creamy Musk

A perfect scent for those of you that are more sweet, flirty and romantic. Be memorable in Floral Cherrynova.

Orange Petalooza™ (blood orange and hyacinth)

Top Notes – Blood Orange, Pomelo, Green Tea
Mid Notes – Orange Flower, Rose, Hyacinth
Dry Notes – Musk, Sandalwood

Have a more sunny disposition? Or maybe you need a fragrance with more of an energizing aspect, then the double dose of citrus from Orange Petalooza is for you.

Vanilla Flame™ (vanilla and creamy rice milk)

Top Notes – Black Currant, Sweet Orange, Coconut
Mid Notes – Rice Milk Accord, Jasmine
Dry Notes – Tonka Bean, Musk, Vanila

There’s nothing lovelier than a soft sensual fragrance and the classic vanilla-with-a-twist scent of Vanilla Flame will sate your desire for a luscious scent to indulge yourself in.

Pearanormal Activity™ (Pear and Acai Berry) – Exclusively for Target

Top Notes – Bartlett Pear, Dewberry, Raspberry
Mid Notes – Rhubarb, Acai Accord, White Flowers
Dry Notes – Apricot, Musk

Pamper yourself in this invigorating fresh and fruity fragrance; giving you the best of a sultry and refreshing scent, Pearanormal Activity will enchant you and those around you.

I learned about the above amazing products from Garrett Putman, Senior Global Brand Manager at Burt’s Bees (looking fabulous in his Orange Petalooza inspired Jeans) at the product launch event

These four heavenly aromatic skin and hair collection launch this month and these amazing products are available for a very wallet-friendly price range of $4.99 (Foaming Hand Wash) to $11.99 (Body Butter). Be-forewarned though beauty lovers, be prepared for a little more attention – longer hugs, people standing and sitting as close to you as possible, an ego inflating amount of compliments, etc because one whiff of these scents off your skin and everyone will want to be around you. So where can you get your hands on these very aromatic and affordable products, go to Target, Walgreens,,, Ulta Beauty, etc.

Organic French Skincare, Absolution, Launches in NYC

Absolution, a multi-awarded, organic, luxe French skincare collection has crossed over to the US. This first unisex bespoke line features organic skincare products that are customizable for anyone’s skincare needs. Created to meet the needs of women and men who are looking for the right balance between eco-conscious and urban lifestyle. A short collection of core products, Absolution is the brainchild of Isabelle Carron, founder of the independent strategy and design agency Jak (Just a Kiss) that she created after years of experience as Creative Director in big communications agencies.

The eight range of products includes

Cleansing and Purifying water : L’Eau Soir et Matin
Women Day Care : La Crème du Jour
Women Night Care : La Crème du Soir
Men Skincare : La Crème de l’Homme

of which 4 unisex Solutions + :

Radiant booster : La Solution + Eclat
Anti-Ageing booster : La Solution + Anti-Age
Control booster : La Solution + Controle
Revitalizing booster : La Solution + Energie

A key thing about this organic skincare is the ability to add the boosters to any of the day and night creams. I fell in love with the Control Booster, which after applying some on my very oily skin, kept me shine and oil free for the rest of the day. Finally a mattifying lotion that works  – this will definitely cut my blotting papers purchases down. Hooray

Wondering where to purchase the Absolution organic skincare range, just visit Space.NK.apothecary online or head out to one of the Retail Locations.


Shopbop & Sephora Present: Faces of Fashion, the premier online shopping destination for the fashion-forward woman (who are currently having an additional 20% off sale items, some of which are 70% off- ends Dec. 30th) has partnered with retail beauty giant (and haven), Sephora to present the SEPHORA COLLECTION Color Play 5 in 1 Interchangeable Color Palette

The limited-edition set includes five individual color palettes mirrors the five different “Faces of Fashion” look book which launches on today, December 29, 2010. The five color stories correspond to five iconic figures in fashion. The interchangeable color palettes, which can be removed and popped in the included empty compact for easy travel, include:

 A Nod to Mod (bright blues, greens, pink, purples)


Angelic Boudoir (nudes, sands, with a touch of bright blue and fuchsia)

Black is the New Black (black smoky eyes)

Boho Bombshell (dark blues, warm taupes, warm golds)

Classics Never Die (brown smoky eyes)

Each individual palette has ten eye shadows, two lip colors, and one blush, so that’s a total of 50 Eyeshadows, 10 Lipglosses and 5 Blushes – an amazing $125 value for $30 – YOU CAN’T BEAT THAT!!! The Color Play 5 in 1 Palette is available now on

And for some more good news – Shopbop and Sephora is co-sponsoring a sweepstakes in conjunction with the launch of the palette. The contest started December 20, 2010 and will end on February 2, 2011. The Faces of Fashion sweepstakes offers entrants the chance to win a year’s supply of makeup from Sephora AND a $2500 shopping spree at Shopbop. To enter the contest, simply click here –