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Shop Online: Nars 2011 Modern Kabuki Holiday Collection Of Specially Designed Gifts

2 Nov


For Holiday 2011, NARS introduces Modern Kabuki, a collection of specially designed gifts for the ardent makeup aficionado, inspired by François Nars’ travels throughout Japan, his deep interest in Japanese culture, and his fascination with Kabuki makeup. The collection captures the exquisite artistry of Japan’s Kabuki theater. Every detail is a vibrant, modern, iconic interpretation of the centuries-old dramatic form.


Hanamichi Kabuki-Inspired Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00) (

Japanese for “flower path,” this Kabuki theater walkway that extends into the audience was the inspiration for this eyeshadow palette, featuring a Kabuki-themed design and accompanied by a mini Kabuki Eye Brush. The colors are evocative of shades found in Kabuki theater- an icy white with flowers in rich shimmering deep rose and gold and matte black.

Kudoki Kabuki Mini Lip Coffret ($125.00)

Named for an element of Kabuki dance, this year’s take on the Bento Box set features three new vibrant, super-saturated, limited edition shades poured into custom ceramic cups. Included is its own Kabuki Lip Brush and sleek keepsake wooden box.


* Ougi Deep red

* Takebue Neutral

* Botan Deep pink


Mie Kabuki Mini Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Coffret ($55.00)

A collection of six mini, top-selling and limited edition Soft Touch Shadow Pencils. Just like their namesake Mie Kabuki— which references a moment of high emotion culminating in an extremely dramatic pose—these creamy, blendable, long-wearing crayons create bold, dramatic looks with just a few strokes.


* Tall Tale Deep metallic purple

* Magic Moon Deep metallic navy blue

* Ballets Russes Silver

* Aigle Noir Black infused with gold shimmer

* Palladium Turquoise with silver glitter

* Skorpios Copper

Kuroko Kabuki Mini Nail Polish Coffret ($35.00)

The set includes four mini-sized, bold and vivid nail polish colors based on shades traditionally used in Kabuki theatre.


* Yoshiwara Red

* Shiro-Nuri White

* Kata Black

* Senryou Gold

Nagauta Kabuki Brush Set ($225.00) (Barneys Exclusive)

Encased in an ultra-luxurious keepsake wooden bento box with red lacquer interior, this exquisite five-piece brush set is named for the principal musical forms in Kabuki theater and includes two new brushes exclusive to the set. Kabuki Eye Brush (exclusive to the set), Botan Brush, Ita Brush, Yachiyo Brush, Kabuki Lip (exclusive to the set).

For Holiday 2011, NARS introduces Modern Kabuki, a collection of specially designed gifts for the ardent makeup aficionado, inspired by François Nars’ travels throughout Japan, his deep interest in Japanese culture, and his fascination with Kabuki makeup. The collection captures the exquisite artistry of Japan’s Kabuki theater. Every detail is a vibrant, modern, iconic interpretation of the centuries-old dramatic form.



Update Your Daily Beauty Routine For Spring And Summer Months

13 May

Now that the last traces of winter are gone for good, you can pack away your cold-weather beauty regimen too (well, at least for the next six months!). Warmer temps and the changes in climate call for a few tweaks to your daily routine. Here, advice from the pros for updating your skin, hair and makeup to welcome the season.

Hydrate Strands

Rescue your winter-parched hair from months of bouncing back and forth between icy outdoor air and drying indoor heat, says Matrix artistic director Nick Stenson, owner of Chicago’s Caviar Salon. A conditioning mask can rejuvenate dry hair by restoring shine and vitality, says Stenson. Try Oscar Blandi Trattamento di Jasmine Smoothing Hair Treatment ($26; It repairs damaged hair by delivering intense moisture, resulting in a silky-soft and shiny mane.
Trim Your Tresses

Even if you’re not ready for a whole new ’do, a good trim can bring your hairstyle back to life, says Stenson. “On average, hair grows at a rate of about a half-inch per month. That winter outgrowth has been subjected to regular wear and tear as well as the ravages of wind and changing weather,” he says. Getting rid of that last inch or so will make your mane look healthier and fuller. Use a product like MATRIX Sleek.look Sealing Serum ($15; for salon locations) to protect against future damage without weighing hair down.

Brighten Up Your Locks

After months of gray days, “mimic what the sun does naturally by adding dimensional highlights to your hair,” says Stenson. “Even a few well-placed foils around the face will brighten up your complexion and accentuate eyes and cheekbones,” he says. If you’re a bit shy about color, ask your stylist to try a demi-permanent color, which is ammonia-free and gentler on your hair, to add subtle tones. Or try an at-home highlighting kit, like L’Oréal Paris Touch-On Highlights ($12.99; It comes with a small fine-tooth plastic brush that fits right on your fingertip, so you can easily control where you put the highlighting mixture.

Give Your Hair a Chance to Breathe

Stop fighting the weather and let your hair dry naturally, says stylist and curl expert Ouidad. “When you let your hair air-dry, the scalp’s natural oils have a chance to penetrate strands to help nourish any damage caused by hot tools,” she says. But when it gets warmer, there’s more humidity in the air, which means more frizz. The best way to control curly or coarse hair that dries au naturel is to use a product that repels humidity, like Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel ($19.80; The formula blocks out excess humidity that creates frizz and flyaways by protecting the hair shaft and preventing strands from expanding.

Create a Lighter Canvas

Just as you change your wardrobe for warmer weather, your skin needs a lighter coating of makeup too, says celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gomez, whose clients include Beyoncé and Marisa Miller. Instead of sticking with foundation, which is great for winter months but too heavy for springtime, add a tinted moisturizer to your daily routine. “These formulas are sheer but still hydrating enough to provide your skin with an even tone and fresh look,” says Gomez. “They balance your complexion and make you look dewy rather than cakey or greasy,” she says. Try Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($14.99; It’s made with light diffusers that brighten and smooth your skin tone.

Get a Creamy Flush

Cream blushes tend to last longer than powder formulas when your skin gets warmer, says Gomez. A brighter color, like a pop of pink or peach on the apples of your cheeks, “will make you look more fresh and youthful,” she says. Try Laura Geller Air Whipped Mousse Cheek Color ($26; It’s sheer, lightweight, loaded with vitamins A, C and E, and all you need to do is swipe it on your cheeks with your fingertips.

Go for Gilded Shades

Bronze and gold hues in eyeshadow, lipgloss and bronzer are flattering on every skin tone, says Gomez. The beauty of these shades is that they evoke the look of a tan without your having to step out in the sun. Nervous about the shimmery shades? Gold shadow doesn’t have to be bold. If you wear a subtle swipe across the lid, it can be sophisticated enough for the office. Try Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer, Blush and Eyeshadow in Vegas Strip ($11.99; It has everything you need for a pretty look in one compact.

Slough Away Dead Skin

Spring is the perfect time to get rid of dull winter skin and increase cell turnover to make way for a fresh, radiant complexion, says Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, director of Ethnic Skin Care at the University of Miami. Gently exfoliate the skin with a product that’s not too harsh or irritating. Try Specific Beauty Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths ($6.99; They contain aloe, green tea and vitamin E, and have textured beads on one side to gingerly exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin.

Forgo Heavy Face Cream

Switch from a heavy winter face cream to a lighter lotion so you don’t clog pores in warmer weather, says Dr. Woolery-Lloyd. Since the temperature is more humid, you won’t have to worry about your complexion getting as dry. Try Neutrogena Healthy Defense Liquid Moisturizer SPF 50 with Helioplex ($14; This lightweight daily moisturizer is noncomedogenic, so it won’t cause breakouts, and it provides a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from harsh UVA and UVB rays.

Clean Your Skin More Thoroughly

As the mercury rises, your skin naturally produces more oil. This means you’ll need to cleanse away sweat and grime more deeply than you would in the winter, says Dr. Woolery-Lloyd. Skin can handle a more penetrating cleaning in spring and summer because there’s more humidity in the air, so your complexion is less likely to dry out. Try Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Foaming Acne Wash ($6.49; Ingredients like salicylic acid help prevent future breakouts while a special complex dissolves surface oil.

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Celebrity Style Lip Trends: How To Wear Classic Red Lipstick

5 May

The Audrey Hepburn Look

Nothing says “pucker up” like a pair of vibrant red lips. Red is a color everyone can wear. The key is to choose the right degree of pigment for you… and not be afraid to be just a little daring.

If you rarely wear lipstick, opt for a subtle shade in the refined style of the always elegant Audrey Hepburn. Pat on lipstick with index finger, and top with a layer of gloss to add shine and help the look last all day.

Try: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain in Feelin’ Rosy (More Info | Buy), Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in Red Light (More Info | Buy)

The Elizabeth Taylor Look

For a glamorous, old-Hollywood look reminiscent of Elizabeth Taylor, only a bold, fabulous red will do. Create a base coat of lip liner on the inside of the lips, rather than the edges, and apply lipstick with a brush for a smooth, flawless finish.

Try: Stila Long Wear Lip Pencil in Passionate (More Info | Buy), L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Ravishing Red (More Info | Buy), Mehron Stageline lip brush (1/4 inch flat end)

The Marilyn Monroe Look

Get the bold pout of Marilyn Monroe with a long-lasting lipstick that contains more pigment than wax. For a soft and supple finish, top the color with lip balm.

Try: Maybelline Superstay 24 Color in All Day Cherry (More Info | Buy)

Summary: Red lipstick is classic, elegant, versatile. And with these guidelines, everyone (yes, that means you) can wear it.

Consider the lighting. “If you’re going to be outdoors, pick a softer or sheerer shade,” says Rachel Lockhart, owner of Rachel’s Makeup Studio, in Boston. “For evening, go bolder, so your features stand out.”

Avoid deep reds if you have thin lips. They tend to make lips look smaller.

Experiment with intense shades if you have strong coloring. “Natural contrast gives you more options,” says Jill Morton, head of ColorCom, a consultation agency in Honolulu, says of those with exaggerated natural coloring (for example, paper-white skin, black hair, and blue eyes).

Don’t play up your eyes. “Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye makeup,” says lipstick designer Poppy King. A little mascara and beige shadow will do.

Don’t toss a red lipstick in a shade that doesn’t work. “Top it with a gold gloss to warm and soften it, or add a pink gloss to take it to the bluer side,” says makeup artist Maria Verel.

Coordinate your look. Dot a little smudge of the lipstick on the apples of your cheeks, then blend it with your fingers.

Be precise. That means whether you’re using a brush or applying lipstick straight from the tube. “Red lipstick should never be applied casually in the back of a taxi,” says Verel.

Don’t use red lip liner. If it doesn’t match your lipstick perfectly (and odds are it won’t), you’ll end up with a two-tone effect. If you like using liner, find a shade that’s close to your natural lip color and use it to outline your lips.

Prevent “bleeding.” Apply a little concealer around the border of your mouth.

Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth. After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, then slowly pull it out to remove excess color.

New 7 Piece: Bare Minerals Customizable Get Started Kit

12 Apr

Experience a revolutionary makeup that will change the way you feel about your skin. Our NEW 7-piece introductory bareMinerals kit comes with everything you need to Swirl, Tap, Buff® your way to a flawless complexion. Choose from 20 shades of either Original or Matte finish. In just 3 easy steps, you’ll be on your way to breakthrough bare skin beauty.

Step 1: Add a Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Customizable Get Started Kit ($138 Value) to your shopping basket

Step 2: Add a Bare Escentuals Original or Matte Foundation to your shopping basket

Step 3: A $14 savings will be applied automatically to your purchase as a promotional credit at checkout


Must purchase the bareMinerals Customizable Get Started Kit and either the bareMinerals SPF 15 Original Foundation or the bareMinerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation to automatically receive a $14 savings at checkout. Not valid with online Canadian purchases. Discount only applied once per order. This offer is valid while supplies last. Sephora reserves the right to end or change this promotion at any time.

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What each kit includes:

– 0.05 All-Over Face Color in Warmth

– 0.07 oz Original Mineral Veil

– Full Flawless Face Brush

– Flawless Application Face Brush

– Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush

– Get Started DVD

– BONUS – Exclusively for SEPHORA : 0.5 oz Prime Time Foundation Primer

What it does:

Clinically proven bareMinerals gives you a 100% natural, no-makeup look while improving skin over time. Our award-winning foundation provides impeccable coverage for every skin type and tone, and also protects with a natural SPF 15 broad spectrum UVA/UVB shield. To finish off your look, add a healthy, sun-kissed glow with Warmth All-Over Face Color and a soft-focused effect with Mineral Veil™ finishing powder. Kit includes all brushes needed to complete the look.

What else you need to know:

Now with the new and improved bareMinerals Get Started Kit receive a BONUS 0.5 oz Bare Escentuals Prime Time Foundation Primer.

Sephora: New Color Play 5-in-1 Make Up Palette

1 Feb

Color Play – 5 in 1 II – Fashion Edition ($150 Value)

What it is:
A versatile eye, lip, and cheek set with five interchangeable color stories.

What it does:
Presenting Color Play 5-in-1, a limited-edition set inspired by the beautiful looks of, the premiere online destination for fashion-forward women. This collection comes with five runway-inspired sub palettes, each its own color story. The five sub-palettes can be removed from the main array to fit easily into a conveniently portable compact.

Stories for the five sub-palettes (from left to right):
– Boho Bombshell: dark blues, warm taupes, warm golds
– Classics Never Die: brown smoky eyes
– Angelic Boudoir: nudes and sands, with a touch of bright blue and fuchsia
– Black Is The New Black: black smoky eyes
– A Nod To Mod: bright blues, greens, pink, purples

Each of the five sub-palettes includes:
– 10 eye-shadows
– 2 lip colors
– 1 blush

What else you need to know:
The premise is simple: Select one of the five different looks (palettes) and pop it in the compact. Then throw the compact in your bag and you are ready to go! These new Sephora Collection formulations provide long-lasting wear and excellent color payoff for seriously stunning results.

Color Play – 5 in 1 II – Fashion Edition

Item # 1269331


Summary: I am having so much fun with this kit. I think it is a great value and a great way to try a bunch of colors that someone may never think about trying. There are some odd colored shadows that I’ll probably never use but most of them are great. The shadows are long-lasting. I still have a great color on my eyes at night. The lip glosses do need a brush, they are mess if you try to use your fingers. Overall, I would highly recommend this product, especially because the price makes it so affordable.

This make’s a great gift for any occasion very affordable price point!

Looking To Improve Your Skin! The Clarisonic A Girls Dream Come True!

31 Dec

Mia™ Skin Cleansing System – Pink
What it is:
A travel-friendly, professional-quality skincare brush.

What it does:
From the creators of the Sonicare® toothbrush comes the Clarisonic® Mia set, featuring the handy to-go sized version of the original, groundbreaking Clarisonic Brush. Sonic technology first changed the way we clean our teeth, now it’s changing how we cleanse our skin. The sonic frequency moves Clarisonic’s soft, gentle brush back and forth at more than 300 times per second, thoroughly clearing pores and skin surface.

Here are some of the benefits this revolutionary skincare tool delivers:
– Removes makeup six times better than traditional methods.
– Clears pores and reduces the appearance of pore size.
– Cleanses so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better.
– Creates noticeably healthier looking skin.

This set contains:
– Clarisonic Mia One Speed Brush
– International pLink™ charger for worldwide use
– Sensitive Brush Head
– 1.0 oz Gentle Hydro Cleanser

What else you need to know:
Clarisonic should be used as part of a daily skincare regimen to provide smoother feeling and looking skin. It is ideal for all skin types, and used and recommended by leading dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons.

* Product not available for gift wrapping.



Summary: The first thing that people see is our face. Many of us find confidence in our skin especially when it’s looking at it’s very best. If your looking to improve your skin an minimize pores, and fine lines. Or maybe your even looking for younger healthier skin! Well the Clarisonic is your number one choice for doing all the above!

Maybe you love wearing make up, and you just want to reach deep to those pores to get rid of dirt, and make up by using the Clarisonic. It will do just that!

  • Exfoliates
  • Softens Skin
  • Soothes Skin

The Clarisonic comes in different set’s for those who prefer the face, and the body brush together can purchase it for a higher price point. But so worth it! Now you can also focus on the body as well!

All Clarisonic’s were sold out at my local Ulta store since the Christmas holiday. I go there twice a month for facials. So if your skin is at the top of your list of priorities stop through your local Ulta store and talk to a skin therapist.

If you do not live close to a Ulta store many of use have a Sephora in our local malls.

I seen drastic improvements on my skin these past two months. My Skin Therapist Regina also used the Clarisonic on my face as a process of her doing my facial treatments.

Felt relaxing, rejuvenating and my skin was super soft!

So if your skin means a lot to you like my skin is to me purchase  a clarisonic! Reach that dirt where a rag and a cotton ball can’t!

Dare to be beautiful with healthy and young looking skin~ A girl’s number one beauty choice!

Sephora Favorites: LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler Perfect Holiday Gift

12 Dec

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LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler ($140 Value)

What it is:

An eye-catching holiday collection for the mascara-obsessed that features a purple Tarte eyelash curler and 10 of Sephora’s most sought-after mascaras from the hottest-selling brands.

What it does:

From formulas that plump to wands that reach, this limited-edition set offers endless options for pairing the perfect lash with any holiday makeup look this season.

This set contains:

– 0.31 oz Too Faced LashLight Mascara in Black (full size)

– 0.11 oz Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Pitch Black

– 0.1 oz Tarte MultiplEYE Clinically-Proven Lash Enhancing Mascara in Black

– 0.1 oz Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara in Black

– 0.141 oz Blinc Kiss Me Mascara in Black

– 0.207 Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Mascara in Black

– 0.20 oz Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black

– 0.14 oz Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara in Black

– 0.09 oz Sephora Collection Advanced Lash Booster in Black

– 0.16 oz Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara in Onyx

– Tarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler

Summary: I think that every girl in the world loves to emphasize her eyes by using mascara. If you are on a search to find your favorite mascara and don’t know where to start. This is the best gift to buy yourself.

What a great way of finding what mascara is your absolute favorite, or just a great way to break away to try something new for awhile.

It also comes with an eyelash curler which is an added bonus. This make’s a great find for girls like me who need a slight bend to their lashes.

Also great for the young teenage girls that are just beginning to wear mascara and she can have fun experimenting different looks with her lashes.

What a fun holiday package. Great for Holiday make up looks for those end of the year Holiday parties we all love to look fabulous for!

This product makes a perfect gift for all. No matter if it’s your birthday, or Holiday gift. Or maybe just because! Makes a great stocking stuffer for those young teenage girls!

Beautiful lashes makes a great look period!

So why not color those lashes up with Sephora’s favorites LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler.

Dare to be beautiful~

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