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Beauty by Design: Artis x Nicole Guerriero Limited Edition Holiday Brushes

Looking for more gift ideas for the beauty lover on your list? How about something that’s extra special. Everyone loves receiving something that is made in small batches. We love limited edition gifts because we know not too many people will have them, once they are sold out, they are gone. This makes them very special, almost exclusive. One such beauty item is the Artis x Nicole Guerriero Limited Edition Holiday Brush Set, a trio of beautifully designed makeup brushes perfect for gifting any makeup junkie.

Artis, makers of the stunningly designed, ergonomic makeup brushes, has teamed up with beauty creator sensation Nicole Guerriero to create a limited-edition holiday gift set, the Artis x Nicole Guerriero Limited Edition Holiday Brushes, complete with gorgeous custom packaging. Whether the beauty lover on your list is a makeup pro or enthusiast, these cosmetic brushes make a must-have beauty gift. These brushes showcase trademarked CosmeFibre technology, a revolutionary engineered fiber created by Artis, and an ergonomic handle for delivering effective, flawless results.

The Artis x Nicole Guerriero Limited Edition Holiday Brush Set consists of the following brushes:

  1. Elite Mirror Oval 6:  The best selling size Artis brush in the world; this brush is a favorite among makeup artists and celebrities for applying foundation, concealer, highlighter, blush, contour, and even skincare formulas.
  2. Elite Mirror Oval 3:  This compact brush is a great size and shape to expertly apply and blend products on and around the eyelid area; including a focused application of foundation, contour or concealer to key areas of the face.
  3. Elite Mirror Linear 1:  A revolutionary brush designed so that a thin row of patented CosmeFibre makes creating line shapes easier.  In fact, whether you’re filling in your brows or lining your eyes, this brush is superb to use, because the line it draws can be as narrow as only a couple millimeters wide.

The #NicoleGxArtis Special 3 Brush Set is available for $99.00 on www.ArtisBrush.com.

Stuff Their Holiday Stockings with These Claire’s Christmas Gifts

It’s not too late, there’s still time to pick up those last minute Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.  If you’re like us and hunting down some fun, last-minute holiday stocking stuffers, look no further than these Claire’s for some great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. This holiday season, Claire’s offers the coolest Christmas themed accessories. Gift your loved ones with phone cases, hats, jewelry, beauty products and quirky gifts like flasks, eye masks, et al. Check out some of the wonderfully festive Claire’s Christmas gifts available now

Get in the full Christmas spirit and indulge in a little holiday dress up with Claire’s Yuletide accessories like the Mrs. Santa Fingerless Gloves, Elfie Beanie, Ornament Necklace, Ugly Sweater Phone Case, Peppermint Candy Body butter, Glitter Brush Set, and so much more.

Quirky themed jewelry lovers will especially love holiday classics like the Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Earrings, Wreath Earrings, Christmas Ornaments Earrings, Candy Cane Earrings, and of course, the March of the Wooden Soldiers Earrings. Any of these Claire’s Christmas gifts will bring lots of joy to those on your nice or naughty list. And for those who prefer a more demure approach to celebrating the holidays, Claire’s has a vast amount of sparkling ad non-sparkling jewelry and accessory options.

Is someone on your list getting the latest smartphone? Why not add an extra gift with a fun phone case like the adorable Husky, Polar Bear, or Ugly Gingerbread Man Sweater phone cases. For those looking for a more traditional case, the above bejeweled Plaid phone case is perfect for the season of tartan. Beauty lovers can indulge in the makeup sets and bejeweled makeup tools (we are head over heels in love with the Eyelash Curler, Kabuki Brush, and Compact mirror, all of which perfectly compliments the Wine Opener covered in red stones.

Speaking of alcohol, you can’t celebrate the season without a little libation. Rounding out our highlight of Claire’s Christmas gifts is the cheeky holiday-themed Flask, like us, it too can be filled with the holiday spirit…….the choice of spirit is up to you. Now that you’ve seen some of the available Claire’s Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers, will you be making some last minute additions? What are you hoping to get in your Christmas stocking this year?

The Latest Products We’re Excited About

We’re lucky to get to be one of the first people to try out many new products and new experiences, and we love sharing the wonderful new products we’re introduced to, especially when they’re products we’re excited about. We’ve recently tried several new things across the beauty, tech, and lifestyle industries, and today we want to introduce you to a few favorites. Without further ado, here are the products we’re excited about from the following great brands: Budstraps, The Brush Guard, Beauty Strokes NYC, Cabana Boy, and EarthKind.

BUDSTRAPS

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Wearers of earbuds, do we have an amazing product for you! Tired of losing your earbuds while running, walking or just living your life? If you’re as annoyed as we are when our earbuds slip off from around our necks, you need Budstraps in your life. Budstraps keep your earbuds safely out of your way while you’re running, cycling, or working out. It’s also great if you just want to control your unruly earphone cords. Budstraps solve three basic needs: they eliminate tangles, prevent your earbuds from getting accidentally yanked out of your ears, and keeps your earbuds nearby if they’re removed temporarily. They’re currently available in a black or white, with a variety of colors and prints coming soon.

THE BRUSH GUARD

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As owners of several cherished makeup brushes, keeping them clean and in great condition is key to optimal makeup application.  While we try to be meticulous in cleaning our brushes, over time they can lose their shape, and of course their bristles. Thanks to The Brush Guard, a stretchable, breathable tube that protects and keeps makeup brushes looking new, you need not worry about tossing out your favorite brushes. Available in clear, and graphite, The Brush Guard also makes packing and storing your brushes a breeze when traveling, assuring they keep their shape. We highly recommend getting your hands on The Brush Guard Cleaning Kit, the first complete brush care kit to up your brush hygiene game. The kit contains a sleeve variety pack, “Squeaky Clean” brush shampoo, a blotting cloth, a washing cup, and a drying vase. If you love your brushes, this is a must!

BEAUTY STROKES NYC

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Speaking of makeup brushes, we’re really excited about the cosmetic brushes from Beauty Strokes NYC. We’re loving this range of superior professional cosmetic brushes that are encased in beautiful, artistically designed packages. Beauty Strokes features twelve premium brushes, available in two package styles: Retail and Professional. The hand-crafted brushes are made from 100% natural hair, and each brush comes with tips and techniques enclosed. Beauty Strokes also boasts a Mineral Optics brush range (shown above in pink). This unique brush program is designed for, but not exclusively to mineral makeup. The collection contains six brushes: three are optic brushes, two are finishing eye brushes, and one is a brow groomer.

CABANA BOY SPRAY APPLICATOR

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Ready to hear about more products we’re excited about? We’re officially into the summer season and that means it’s time to really bring out the sunscreen. Of course, the ability to properly apply your sunscreen/sunblock, body lotions, and tanning lotions can prove difficult if you’re solo. While complete coverage of our front and limbs are easy, when it comes to our backs and other hard-to-reach areas, it’s not so easy. This is where the Cabana Boy Spray Applicator comes to the rescue. The Cabana Boy is designed to work with such brands as Neutrogena, Banana Boat, Bullfrog, and Coppertone products. It is ergonomically designed to provide maximize coverage on all your hard-to-reach areas, so you’re assured to protect/moisturize all your intended spots.

EARTHKIND STAY AWAY BOTANICAL REPELLENT

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Staying on the topic of summer, it’s not just the UV rays you’ve got to protect yourself from. The summer tends to bring in a lot of creepy crawlers, right into your home. While you think you can only get rid of them with poisonous repellents, there is another, safer way to repel pests from your home. Whether it’s mice, spiders, ants, moths, or beetles, Earthkind has a Stay Away Botanical Repellent right for the job. The no mess pest repellents are natural products are made of essential oils and plant fiber ingredients with no hazardous chemicals. Each Stay Away product comes in a  patented pouch design to deliver a long-lasting, slow-release of proven essential oils, quickly repelling pests from treated areas, and reliably preventing re-infestation for up to three months. Hope you’re ready to say goodbye to creepy crawlers and hello to keeping your windows open.

What do you think of the list of products we’re excited about?

Happy Anniversary: Tweezerman Celebrates 35 Years

A good product lasts a very long time, but a great brand with an amazing product lasts decades. We were invited to help Tweezerman celebrate its 35th Anniversary. That’s 35 years of providing the best professional beauty tools, essentials we can’t live without. From Tweezers to eyelash curlers, and makeup brushes, Tweezerman is the go-to brand that makeup artists and beauty addicts look towards for premium, quality beauty tools, and as a brand ambassador, we were more than happy to help them celebrates 35 Years.

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Along with a fun night of delicious hors’ doeuvres and great cocktails, for this celebrations, Tweezerman offered complimentary beauty tools and the opportunity to win some great prizes such as a free trip to Las Vegas, an iPad Mini, and a gift certificate to Sephora. Sadly, we didn’t win any of those wonderful prizes but we still had a wonderful time catching up with fellow Tweezerman Ambassadors, bloggers, and beauty lovers. we also had the great opportunity to meet with and speak to Juergen Bosse, President and Chief Executive Officer Tweezerman International, who welcomed the crowd. See his speech in the video below:

We love all the products from Tweezerman, but our most recent obsession has been the NEW! ProMaster Lash Curler for Almond and Deep Set Eyes

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As one of the Lash Logic Series, the ProMaster Lash Curler for Almond and Deep Set Eyes has the perfect shape and perfect design for those of us with more curve to our eyelids. It is designed to beautifully curl hard to reach lashes thanks to its thin top bar, extra wide opening, and thick, rounded silicone pads. For those with round eyes, there’s the ProCurl Lash Curler for round eyes. both are available for $22.00 and can be purchased at Sephora and www.Tweezerman.com.

Shop these PINK Products for Breast Cancer Research

Join the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in its mission to bring awareness to, and help find a cure for Breast Cancer while wearing fashionable jewelry, accessories, and more. There are so many ways to contribute to the cause and it’s not just from wearing pink ribbons and running marathons–although I faithfully partake in both! From makeup to handbags, you can shop the following PINK Products for Breast Cancer Research from some of your favorite brands. Purchasing these beautiful items is guilt-free, knowing that each one makes a meaningful difference in the cause. To show your support and see all of the available pink products available, visit the SHOP PINK page of BCRF, the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the US. With every purchase, you help support the tireless and innovative research will help us find a cure. Get involved today by helping on your terms, either by purchasing a favorite item, fundraising or donating directly to the organization!

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The BCRF website has thousands of products that donate proceeds to breast cancer research through their partnership with more than 130 brands that share their goal of ending breast cancer. From fashion and accessories to automotive and travel, there’s plenty of wonderful products and gifts for everyone.

Sonia Kashuk for Target Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set, 15.99

“Professional quality makeup brushes.”

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This set of Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink professional quality makeup brushes come with clean white handles, chic silver accents and pink plush bristles. And it’s all wrapped in a silver carrying case with pink lining. Set includes powder/blusher brush, concealer brush, eye shadow brush, crease brush, and bent eyeliner brush. Fifteen percent (15%) of what you spend goes to breast cancer research. These lovely brushes are available year-round at Target locations and target.com.

Michael Aram Limited Edition Pink Mother-of-Pearl and Diamond Heart Necklace, $575.00

Built around the simple but universal symbol of love, hope, friendship, and caring.
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From the Heart Collection Sterling Silver, Mother Of Pearl, Diamonds, 0.08 Total Carat Weight, 24″ Length. One Hundred Dollars ($100) of your purchase price is donated to breast cancer research through December 2015. This absolutely gorgeous and unique necklace is available year-round at the Michael Aram store at 136 West 18th Street in New York City, in select stores, and on the Michael Aram websites: michaelaramjewelry.com and michaelaram.com.

Coach Legacy Sport Breast Cancer Awareness Watch, $298.00

“A dramatic sport watch designed for women who like to make a statement!”

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Featuring a rose gold ion-plated stainless steel case, blush leather strap, and multi-function dial detailed by Swarovski elements and rose gold-toned accents. The stainless steel case back is etched with the breast cancer ribbon motif. Ten percent (10%) of your purchase is donated to help find a cure. Available for a limited time at fine department stores including Macy’s, Dillard’s, Lord & Taylor, Coach stores and online at coach.com.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise, $20.00

“Be Legendary—with a cause! “

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Think pink with this limited-edition shade of our Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise, created exclusively for BCRF. Just one swipe of this airy, glassy gloss leaves your pout with a vibrant wash of gorgeous color that’s never sticky. Find yours at ULTA Beauty stores, Ulta and at Smashbox while supplies last. Smashbox donated $5 of your purchase to breast cancer research.

Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection, $29.50

“Shades that compliment each other perfectly for any occasion.”

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Housed in a chic pink clutch is a set of limited-edition includes Estée Lauder’s best-selling Pure Color lipstick in limited-edition Dream Pink, and two mini Pure Color Nail Lacquers in limited-edition Blushing Lilac and Berry Hot. Twenty percent (20%) is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This collection is available at Estee Lauder counters nationwide while supplies last.

Tory Burch Kerrington Zip Continental Wallet, $185.00

“It’s a great, everyday organizer. “

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Who doesn’t love Tory Burch? Check out this lovely wallet featuring a classic shape, a signature pink floral print and a plethora of pockets. It’s durable, water-resistant, and has a zip-around closure with multiple pockets and a classic long shape that fits all full-length bills without folding. Twenty percent (20%) of the purchase price will be donated to breast cancer research. Available at Tory Burch stores and at toryburch.com.

Tara Pearls Stackable Pearl Bracelets, $30.00

“A fun way to dress up or wear casually.”

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These beautiful and very affordable natural color freshwater bracelets. Wear one, two or all three. These lovely baroque shaped pearls are strung on elastic so one size fits most. Ten percent (10%) of your purchase price will be donated to breast cancer research. These beauties can be purchased year-round online at Tara Pearls.

Stage Stores Bracelet Collection of 3 Bangles, $15.00

“Floral inspired bracelet collection of 3 bangles.”

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Bracelet collection of 3 bangles, with floral inspired pink crystal stationary charms, and two movable charms one being the pink ribbon all in rose gold tone. Available year-round at your local Bealls, Goody’s Palais Royal, Peebles, and Stage Stores or online at Stage Stores. A minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the purchase price will be donated to the cause.

West Coast Novelty Corporation Support the Cure Apparel & Accessories, $1.50-11.00

“Show your support by wearing it!”
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West Coast Novelty’s Support the Cure Program offers retailers a beautifully merchandised breast cancer awareness brand solution that gives their customers the opportunity to show their support through wearable garments, accessories and fun race day gear. $100,000 goes to finding a cure for breast cancer…regardless of sales. Available at WestCoastNovelty.

There are lots of products to love and companies to support. To learn more or shop these PINK products for Breast Cancer Research, head over to the www.bcrfcure.org/shop-pink and help the BCRF be the end of Cancer.

Edited by Glasgow Skinner

BollyDoll Launches Accessories Collection With M·A·C Cosmetics

In 2013 we were introduced to a playful handbag collection inspired by Bollywood that boasted totes, crossbodys, hobos, etc. in various, stunningly rich prints and bold colors. The handbag line, called BollyDoll, was created by singer, songwriter, performer, visual artist and designer, Amrita Sen. The collection features her illustrations, which draw inspiration from Indian prints of the Moghul era, and tell the story of a magic land filled with music and art. In a wonderful collaboration, BollyDoll and M·A·C Cosmetics have released a limited-edition accessories collection, launched this month, with Sen’s lovingly detailed hand sketches, and paintings springing vividly to life, in her debut illustrated Brush Kit and coordinating Makeup Bag.
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“It is extremely exciting to announce the M·A·C BollyDoll Collection. When I think of makeup, the brand that comes to mind first – is M·A·C,” says Amrita Sen, Creator of BollyDoll. “Beautiful, vibrant colors and patterns is the foundation of BollyDoll, making it a natural creative fit for me to partner up with M·A·C.”

The Brush Kit is a brush roll featuring special-edition brushes shaped with full-size brush heads. Brushes includes: 168 SE Large Angled Contour, 217 SE Blending, 219 SE Pencil,239 SE Eye Shading, and 204 SE Lash Brushes. It retails for $49.50.

The Makeup bag, available in pink or blue comes in the shape of an elongated rectangle. The sturdy but flexible plastic material instantly shows what the bag contains and is the perfect size to hold a sampling of M•A•C essentials. They retail for $36.00 each.

The prismatic entertainment and fashion lifestyle brand that is being distributed in national and international markets. The M·A·C BollyDoll Collection will be sold in the US, UK, France, India, Germany, Spain, Russia, Italy and Switzerland.

NYC EVENT ALERT: Meet Designer Alexis Bittar at SEPHORA!

Have you seen the astonishing Liquid Gold Collection from Alexis Bittar? Want to meet the man behind some of the stunning, modern and edgy accessories? Then head over to Sephora to celebrate the exquisite talent and work of Alexis Bittar as he welcomes his stunning Liquid Gold Collection, a Sephora-exclusive collaboration boasting gorgeous gilded beauty tools..

Get photographed with the designer himself and get your limited-edition products signed at this wonderful event, all while indulging in hors douvres, music, nail art and makeup touch-ups inspired by his stunning gilded beauty products. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 18th at Sephora Meatpacking 21-27 Ninth Avenue from 5-8 PM. and meet Alexis Bittar at 6PM. We have our eye on everything, especially the stunning compact featured above and the beauty brush and Travel Wrap…so posh.

BONUS OFFER: All who purchases one of the stunning beauty tools from the Alexis Bittar for Sephora Liquid Gold Collection, will receive a complimentary gift from Alexis Bittar.*



 *Offer valid only at Sephora Meatpacking on Tuesday, November 18th between 5 and 8 PM. Limited quantities while supplies last.

Tweezerman Launches Brush iQ High-Performance Brush Collection

You love Tweezerman for their amazing beauty tools that have kept your eyebrows in line with the trends, your eyes and lashes camera-ready, and your hands and feet soft to the touch. Come this April, you’re going to love them ever more. Tweezerman introduces the next generation of makeup brushes with their Brush IQ High-Performance Brush Collection.
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These luxury cosmetic brushes are crafted with DuPont™ Natrafil® filaments, a patented and exceptional technological and quality fiber that not only feels like and performs better than natural hair cosmetic brush fibers but also makes them more hygienic than animal bristles, deliver an unmatched pick-up and release performance, and gives you a more even application. Are we surprised by Tweezerman’s direction into makeup brushes? Not at all; we think it’s the logical step for the company who has shaped our beauty since 1980.

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At the event, we had the pleasure of experiencing these uber-soft and durable brushes first hand, thanks to the Tweezerman beauty tool experts who helped us get better acquainted with the brushes with some instruction as well as helping us create looks inspired by some of Hollywood’s most stunning women from the 1950’s to today. We had quite some fun trying out the new brushes, testing the softness and strength (we did the fiber pull test on several) and are happy to say, we are in love. The list of brushes, and it is a wonderfully long list of 12 essential brushes, is as follows:

Powder Brush – This is one brush a beauty kit should never be without. Ideal for creating an even finish, this super-luxurious domed Powder Brush is an essential tool for all powder applications. Price: $49.00

Finishing Contour Brush – a must-have for creating subtle contouring and layering effects. The innovative shape and dual fiber technology buffs apply and infuse all complexion and cheek products, whether they be cream or powder, seamlessly onto the skin. The synthetic tip makes the application look and feels lightweight and natural. Price: $35.00

Blush Brush – This Blush Brush provides flawless coverage. Price: $26.00

Foundation Brush – A staple for any makeup artist’s toolkit, this paddle-shaped Foundation Brush is designed to provide perfect all over, yet remarkably sheer looking coverage. Creates a beautifully seamless look that, balances total, natural looking application of foundation and absolute corrective coverage. Price: $21.00

Pointed Foundation Brush – (our favorite) the perfectly shaped Pointed Foundation Brush fits delicately into the natural curves of the face for expert coverage – this tapered head brush is THE brush for those who love an airbrush finish. Price: $28.00

Flat Top Foundation Brush – The dense yet soft flat surface of the Flat Top Foundation Brush effectively buffs skin during makeup application for a flawless look. Complexion products permeate skin deeper with this brush for an even and streak-free finish. Price: $26.00

Contour Concealer Brush – Beautifully highlight and accentuate eyes and cheeks with the precision detail of the Contour Concealer Brush. The curve also gently works product perfectly into hard to reach areas like inner eye corners without causing irritation or dragging the skin. Price: $18.00

Pointed Concealer Brush – Conceal like a pro with the precision Pointed Concealer Brush – perfect for covering dark circles and discoloration. Create a streak free and natural look by working the point gently along the upper and lower lash lines. Price: $16.00

Blender Brush – Great shadow looks are the result of the flawless blending. The expertly designed Blender Brush will perfect and finish every look. Use the brush to blend shades together in soft sweeping motions, or use it to apply base shadow to the eyelid in one easy gesture. Price: $19.00

Shader Brush – Apply, blend and soften to create the hottest eye trends with this multi-functional Shader Brush. The supple signature fiber-blend will help soften hard edges and smoothly blend colors together without irritation. Price: $16.00

Line Glider™ Brush – This brush is designed with a unique blend of fibers, which pairs perfectly with any product formula for precise application. The curved shape of the glider’s head fits the natural contours of the eye while the signature tip sweeps product onto the lash line with precision placement for the ultimate detailed liner look. Price: $14.00

Brow Brush – The fine angled tip of the Brow Brush precisely feathers color into brows to fill sparse areas as well as add definition. Price: $14.00

The Tweezerman Brush iQ High-Performance Brush Collection will be available April 15th at Ulta stores and Ulta.com