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Photo Credit: Chanel

Posted by 08.19.14

Etats Poetiques in French means poetic state; in other words, moods that are poetic in nature. The Chanel Fall 2014 makeup collection is a chance to express color in a fiery way, as passionately as a French writer from the the days of the revolution.

Unlike many of Chanel’s previous collections, which liberally splashed color on fingertips, lips, and eyes, Etats Poetiques focuses color on the eyes. Eyeliner and a spectrum of pink eye shadow shades blended with flashes of purple, radiant yellow, and grey make the eyes impossible to miss. Here’s what it includes:

  • The Écriture de Chanel Automatic Liquid Eyeliner:  an automatic felt tip eyeliner that is versatile (two shades, $35 each)
  • The Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow (six shadows, $29.50 each)
  • Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45)
  • Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine (three shades all deeply pigmented, $35)
  • Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50)
  • Le Vernis ($27)

The Chanel spring 2014 collection toyed with pinks in various hues and also the idea of combining reds and pinks in a brilliant way. The Fall 2014 collection oozes sophistication and a very grown up look for the eyes, which is definitely one part glamorous, one part coy. If I were to choose few products from the collection, I’d go for Le Vernis in Orage (grey-blue), which will make any set of nails pop; and the redesigned eyeliner, which will make your eyes as alluring as Bardot’s (yes, you can do a cat eye with the felt tip).

Rouge Coco Shine is lipcolor worth splurging on, and at $35 a pop, you can afford to get all the three shades: Intime, Confident, and Viva.

The blush, a very pale pink called Innocence does not detract from the drama of the eyes and lips, and that’s a good thing. This is definitely the fall makeup collection we’re coveting this year.


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Photo Credit: Urban Decay

Posted by 08.18.14

Urban Decay’s popular Naked eye palette, which launched a few years ago, contains far from the usual boring nude eye shadows. Since then, the brand’s Naked foundation has grown into my personal favorite, and every item under the Naked umbrella (including the Naked 2 palette) is worth collecting.

Urban Decay co-founder Wende Zomnir next focused on creating a bit of magic for her body to help her feel more confident about the skin she was born in. Hence the Urban Decay Naked Skin Body Balm ($32), a hefty, bronze-colored tube filled with a deliciously light, non-greasy, and illuminating formula that works on all skin tones, from pale white to dark.

Zomnir wanted not only a quick fix (she disliked her “sagging knees”) but also skin luminosity. Ingredients include Vitasource™ and dGlyage®, which firm skin, improve elasticity, and fight wrinkles, while watermelon extract protects against daily stress. There are hydration components to this body balm too: antioxidant-rich green tea extract and soothing vitamin E as well as Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide) help improve skin elasticity.

I loved everything about this: the concept, the look and feel, and the result on my skin. Stretch marks temporarily disappear and the body glows like a pearl. Plus, the more you use it, the better your skin becomes, and it also has a tightening effect and blurs flaws. The light diffusing spheres make your skin look as though it’s been professionally retouched. And just a little bit goes a long way too.

The brand also introduced two new BB creams for the face: Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm ($34) and Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm ($34), which are formulated to blur flaws and hide imperfections. With so many beauty balms in the market today, it’s getting a bit crowded, but the body balm still stands out.


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Posted by 08.14.14

A few weeks ago, I had the luxury of experiencing an exfoliating facial at the Townhouse Spa in New York City. Step by step, the aesthetician worked her magic and when she was finished my face was absolutely radiant. I’m attributing it to the new Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish ($72) she used. I’m obsessed!

You use it once or twice a week. Apply on a freshly washed, still-damp face. Gently massage for 30 seconds and then leave it on for up to two minutes before rinsing. If you have sensitive skin, don’t leave it on for more than one minute before rinsing.


Most skin sloughers use only one method of exfoliation to resurface the skin. This face polish’s power lies in its triple action approach (physical, chemical, and enzymatic) to gently, instantly, and dramatically resurface skin. When all three methods are combined it’s magic!

  • Professional grade crystals physically slough skin. The same crystals used for in-office microdermabrasion treatments effectively polish your skin, making it smoother, diminishing fine lines, unclogging congested pores, and resurfacing dull patches.
  • A 10% glycolic acid solution chemically exfoliates. This AHA normalizes cell turnover to refine texture, clarify pores, and even-out your complexion.
  • Papaya enzymes work on your complexion by gently breaking down the upper layer of your skin and dissolving impurities and dead skin cells to reveal the fresher, more vibrant skin just below the surface.

“In just one use, Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion buffs away surface impurities to reveal a brighter more luminous complexion and skin that is softer to the touch,” says Barbara Green, vice president of clinical affairs, NeoStrata Company, Inc. It’s effective, non-irritating and will leave your skin silky-soft and glowing. Better yet, it stimulates cell renewal, encouraging skin to renew itself and with consistent use will also help increase the performance of other skincare products.

Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion lives up to its promise and then some. If you’re looking for a luminous complexion without checking into a spa, this new beauty product won’t let you down!

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