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Once upon a time, there was only one Beauty Awards competition. It was sponsored by Cosmetic Executive Women, and it created the phenomenon of testing and rating new skincare, makeup, body care, hair care, and fragrance.
Today, every magazine and website has its form of beauty awards, but the only one voted on by members of the leading cosmetic trade organization is the CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards. Voting began January 31 and will end on March 19. As has become tradition, CEW members had a chance to touch, sample, and sniff entries at the CEW Product Demonstration, held last week in New York City.
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I admit it. I can’t resist luxe beauty and would rather treat myself to one drop dead fabulous lipstick than a makeup bag full of uninspiring shades in Plain Jane cases.
Tom Ford never disappoints. His cosmetics collection is exquisite in every way – beginning with the glorious black packaging with matte gold accents engraved with TF. The sensuous experience of opening the glossy box to find a little black velvet pouch will make your heart quiver. Every minute detail is flawlessly executed.
Take the eye shadows for example. Each Eye Color Quad ($78) is pure perfection. The 7 shade combinations are thoughtfully matched to create the most beautifully dressed eyelids. With names like Titanium Smoke and Golden Mink, the looks are timeless and elegant. Each quad has a touch of glamorous shimmer along with silky matte shades to dress your eyes up or down as desired.
The Eye Defining Pen ($55) is a double-sided liquid liner in black lets you can choose the look you want – from subdued and subtle to all out drama. It glides on flawlessly.
The Lip Colors ($49) are equally brilliant. The texture is creamy and they go on super smoothly. They are infused with soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil to add hydration and conditioning. The colors are flattering and wearable for all skin tones and lip shapes – even thin lips can benefit from the lighter beautifying shades in the collection. Among my favorite neutrals are Blush Nude and Spanish Pink, but the deeper pigments are equally gorgeous. Try Crimson Noir for a stunning oxblood lip look or Casablanca for a dark mauve tone. For a moister lip with a glossy sheen, there are also 10 sultry shades of Lip Color Shine.
Like his coveted fragrance collection, Tom Ford’s cosmetics are an ideal marriage of fashion, form and function. Unlike some designers who dabble in beauty or merely license their name out, the statement his pieces make is one of seductive opulence. Wear them and feel instantly confident and feminine.
Find Tom Ford Cosmetics at prestige retailers including neimanmarcus.com
Fall is all about a dark lip. Love the look, but afraid to take the plunge? Ease into this quintessential fall look with a beautiful berry tint, inspired by our dimming memory of summer fruits. You can apply lightly for a hint of juicy color or layer on for a bolder look. Wear these sumptuous, rich, and glossy lip colors for just the perfect amount of seasonal color. If the skies aren’t bright, no reason your pout can’t be.
KORRES Lip Butter Glaze in Raspberry ($14)
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KORRES Lip Butter Glaze in Raspberry has a creamy consistency and comes in an easy application tube. The buttery g
How can you not fall in love with Australian import Poppy King—the self made Lipstick Queen! She is one lady who deserves a group “attagirl!” Obsessed with finding the perfect shade of lipstick, she started her company in 1991 when she was only 18 and followed her dream to become one of the biggest beauty brands down under. Poppy’s perseverance has inspired women to wear their lipstick proudly—and she is certainly not shy about developing bold shades with big personality for a woman with confidence.
My first introduction to Lipstick Queen was through the brand’s Oxymoron—a lip and cheek creation in perfect neutral tones. She calls it a lip-cheek rouge, and it is intended to pair w