Friday, April 30, 2010

NEW NARS Multiple Tints




Turks & Caicos


Beverly Hills


Cadaqués

NARS MULTIPLE TINT
Bright yet translucent tints, give cheeks and lips a sheer pops of color. The NARS Multiple Tint provides sheer, buildable color. The multi-purpose tool can be worn alone for flush cheeks or stained lips. For a bolder effect it can be layered with other NARS face and lip products.

The NARS Multiple Tint is available in three vibrant shades – Beverly Hills (bright red), Turks & Caicos (bright orange) and Cadaqués (bright fuchsia). The convenient tube is easy to carry and makes application a snap.

To give cheeks and lips subtle color, apply directly from the tube, or apply the Multiple Tints on the fingers before blending across the cheeks or lips. Firmly replace cap after use.

Price: $38.00 - 0.52 Oz.15 g

Availability: Limited Edition - May 2010 at narscosmetics.com

NEW NARS Pro-Prime Skin Smoothing Face Prep and Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Finally, after weeks of anticipation, we are pleased to reveal Marcel’s latest modeling assignment…



Introducing NARS Pro-Prime!


NARS Pro-Prime Skin Smoothing Face Prep


NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base


“MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE"
NARSISSISM #5-Marcel says:

“Priming products are always the last step of your skincare regimen, and the very first step in applying complexion makeup. Use the new Pro-Prime products to extend the wear of makeup, intensify eye color, minimize the appearance of fine lines, large pores and refine the surface of skin. I never leave the house without them!”

With the launch of NARS Pro-Prime Skin Smoothing Face Prep and Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, the makeup artistry of Founder and Creative Director François Nars is now at your fingertips. Each product serves a specific function in prolonging makeup by preventing creases, and ensuring a smooth and even application.

Both Pro-Prime products are available now at Sephora.

3 Must-Try Celebrity Beauty Trends Made Easy

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Get onboard with the hottest hair and makeup looks this season by following these step-by-step how-tos


3 Must-Try Celebrity Beauty Trends Made Easy

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Leave it to the stars to flawlessly rock spring's beauty trends like the no-makeup look, messy-ish updos and coral lips and cheeks -- leave it to us to give you insider-y tips for how to steal their looks.

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Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure and Fairy Teal Nail Polish Haul and Swatches

Some of you may probably know that I am a sucker for Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure polishes since the shades are gorgeous and the formula (although, unfortunately, even the price) rival that of salon-grade brands. A few months ago, I bought these pretties from Walgreens and I am really loving them especially Sephora by OPI Metro Chic's dupe, Commander in Chic:


L-R: Gilty Pleasure, Commander in Chic, Plum's the Word

I hauled from Walgreens again, this time with two (one backup) of the coveted, amazing flakie top coat from Sally, Hidden Treasure.



I also got two other colors, Fairy Teal and Silver Lining that look great as well. These were buy 2 get one at half off and that is a pretty good deal for me considering that these are almost 8 bucks a pop.



I included some limited edition Maybellines that are lovely colors. These are my first Maybelline polishes ever. Will post swatches and review next time.

So Hidden Treasure is exactly what its name says it is. Many are looking for this treasure because it is basically flakie heaven in a bottle. Here is what it looks like over Fairy Teal:









Cool, huh? I'd like to experiment with this and see how many more flakie looks I can come up with. Anyways, Fairy Teal is gorgeous as well. I don't have Color Club polish in Revvvolution but I would guess it is quite similar to Fairy Teal. It is also a slightly lighter version of MAC Blue India. I love these kinds of green blues as they are very wearable and yet edgy.

Anyways, hope you're all having a great Friday!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Readers' Top-Rated Face Wipes

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Readers' Top-Rated Face Wipes

See which facial cleansing towelettes topped our list


Readers' Top-Rated Face Wipes

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Nothing quite takes the place of washing your face with cleanser and water, but the next best thing is a face wipe, no? TotalBeauty.com readers share which towelettes are their BFFs for removing grime post-workout, after a late night of partying, etc.

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No. 9: Almay Makeup Remover Towelettes, $1.45

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.2


"I am in musicals and wear a lot of makeup, so I need a good remover pad …"

No. 8: Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes, $5.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.4


"These remove all my makeup/gunk and …"

No. 7: Dove Daily Hydrating Cleansing Cloths, $5.69

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.4


"They cleanse my skin with a gentle scrub and leave it …"

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Teals and Blues Using CARGO and MAC Eye Shadows



Here are some bright, bright blues from the Los Angeles eyeshadow palette from the Cargo Pro Picks collection. I am loving this palette because the colors are rich and hella pigmented. The bright teal is not for the faint of heart! It is lovely though and is just perfect for summer.



I also used one of my most favorite (if not THE most fave) MAC quads, Tone:Grey. The colors are very simple and yet so beautiful when applied. The most simple colors are indeed the prettiest.

Here is a step by step. All products MAC unless otherwise stated.


Apply Urban Decay primer potion all over lid and lower lashline. Using a fluffy shader brush, apply Rollickin' paint pot on lid.


Using a firm shader brush, apply Turquoise shade from the Cargo Los Angeles palette.


Using the Sonia Kashuk crease/blender brush, apply the teal color from the Cargo palette on the outer V. Blend with the 224 brush.


Using the same brush, apply The Right Smoke on the crease and blend with the teal shadow using the 224 brush.


Quiz: Which Products Will Help You Fight Aging and Win?

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Quiz: Which Products Will Help You Fight Aging and Win?

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Quiz: Which Products Will Help You Fight Aging and Win?

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Your answers to these personal questions about your skin, habits, age bracket, etc. will reveal which beauty goodies will help you win your battle against aging skin.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Zoya Flash Nail Polish Collection Swatches and Review

Zoya came up with twelve scintillating shades for Summer 2010 which are divided into two groups: Zoya Flash (the colorful creams) and Zoya Sparkle (metallics). I will be featuring the color story for both collections, then the review and swatches for the Zoya Flash collection.







Zoya Flash Collection
Robyn (ZP513) - perfect turquoise cream
Perrie (ZP514) - soft lavender cream
Dana (ZP515) - american rose cream
Jolene (ZP516) - summer pink cream
Maura (ZP517) - electric crimson cream
Jancyn (ZP518) - soft tangerine cream





Zoya Sparkle Collection
Ivanka (ZP507) - mermaid green sparkling metallic
Charla (ZP508) - tropical blue sparkling metallic
Mimi (ZP509) - royal purple sparkling metallic
Alegra (ZP510) - fuchsia pink sparkling metallic
Nidhi (ZP511) - rich red sparkling metallic
Gilda (ZP512) - fashion pink sparkling metallic

Flash and Sparkle by Zoya - available APRIL 1, 2010


I have been a fan of Zoya since I tried their nail polish last year. I am loving the rich formula that is such a dream to apply. I have a few of their collections in my nail polish stash, but when I saw the Flash collection, I just had to have it, so I bought this set on the Zoya website. I am such a sucker for cream polishes and the colors are so bright and cheerful, they really do scream "summer!". Here are some swatches and my thoughts on these.


Dana

Lovely color.  It is a rose cream that looks more like fucshia on my tips.  Love the brightness of the shade and yet the rose color lends a romantic, feminine look to it.

Jancyn

Tangerine creaaaam!! I like that this is not a dark orange because those shades hate my skintone. This is the perfect summer nail polish because it is just so pretty and bright and happy!



Maura

I think this is my least favorite. I am not too fond of the "electric crimson" color because I feel it might be too warm on my skintone. I would like to try using this as a pedicure color, though. It might work better.


Jolene

Pretty barbie color. The description is spot-on. This is THE perfect summer pink. Can't look at it without thinking of cotton candy. What I like about this is that it doesn't look like Pepto Bismol on my nails (trust me, I owned a nail polish that looked like PB and it looked nasty). This is also one of my favorites.


Robyn

Turquoise? Yeah but it's also a robin's egg shade on steroids, hence probably the name. It is such a lovely, lovely blue. I don't know why I am currently drawn to blue polishes when I used to hate them before. Anyways, these would look great on your piggies or tips while lounging by the pool. Perfect beach shade.


Perrie

My favorite of them all because I love purples. This is such an amazing color, close to Malia but I still prefer Malia over this, but Perrie is a close second. It is indeed a soft lavender that is more spring than summer to me, but I'd wear this baby year-round.

All in all, I am liking the formula of this set.  It didn't frustrate me by streaking, and it had just the right consistency (neither too thick nor too runny), and this was just a dream to apply.  Since I love creams, these are totally up my alley.  Staying power is also good; overall, simply good quality polishes. 

The Shades Of U Rating: 4.75 out of 5

Monday, April 26, 2010

Best Hair for Your Big Day

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Best Hair for Your Big Day

Browse these bridal hairstyles to find one that's a match made in heaven for your dress


Best Hair for Your Big Day

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Celeb hairstylist from the Frederic Fekkai salon in Los Angeles gives us the scoop on which classic, boho, modern and romantic 'dos work best with certain gowns.

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Temptation Is Beautiful Sweepstakes: Win A Trip To Vegas

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of KAO Brands. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Kao is behind some of the household-name brands like Curel and Jergens, and they have a pretty cool giveaway going on right now for United States residents called Temptation is Beautiful. If you think this is going to be another one of those ho-hum giveaways, check these prizes out:

* A daily tempting beauty basket will be awarded everyday (you should enter daily to get a chance to win the daily prizes), and

* The Grand Prize of a tempting trip to Las Vegas for you and 3 of your friends with $1,500 in spending money!

My girl friends and I are actually planning on a trip to Vegas in June. We already planned to drive and we've already made plans for accommodation and all, but wouldn't it be great if we get to WIN the grand prize with $1,500 pocket money to boot?

Contest Mechanics:

1. Visit Temptation is Beautiful to register.  You should be at least 21 years of age to enter.

2. Take the fun interactive quiz on the site to determine your Temptress Temperate.

3.  After you have registered and completed the quiz, you will be offered an opportunity to receive additional bonus entries into the Sweepstakes by posting your quiz results on Facebook and/or Twitter.  You get one bonus entry for each post on Facebook or Twitter.

4.  You get an  additional bonus entry by emailing your quiz results and a link to the Sweepstakes website to up to five (5) friends.

 5.  Sweepstakes is for U.S. residents only.

I also took the fun interactive quiz on the site, and my Temptress Temperate (haha) is "Just Right":



So set your eyes on the prize! Vegas, baby! Go check out the website and enter the sweepstakes. Be sure to take the interactive quiz, and do come back and leave a comment about what your Temptress Temperature is!

Visit my sponsor: Temptation is Beautiful

Phyto-C Skin Care Products Giveaway For Friend Connect and Facebook Followers

Here's my promise to you, my dear Friend Connect and Facebook Followers! After the MAC Give Me Liberty of London Giveaway for Twitter Followers, here is one for you. PHYTO-C Professional Skincare is giving away three of their products to one of The Shades Of U followers! Here's a chance for you to win their Intense Line Defense, Velvet Gel, and Serum Twenty worth more than $150! Here's what's in store for the winner (claims and descriptions are the sponsor's, not this website's):

Here is a collection of products from leading skin-care company, PHYTO-C. The Intense Line Defense, Velvet Gel, and Serum Twenty offer unparalleled results in the realm of professional skin care. Suitable for all skin types, these products are clinically proven to restore and rejuvenate the skin, reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin health. With a skin care regimen that works to dramatically moisturize, improve, and repair, your mom (Mother's Day is fast approaching!) or you will look and feel 10 years younger!


PHTYO-C Professional Skin-Care Products



· Intense Line Defense

· Made with green tea and German chamomile extract, this powerful ointment exfoliates dead and rough skin, encourages skin renewal, increases microcirculation, stimulates collagen, and evens skin tone while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

· Apply only a few drops daily in the evening to moisturize, smooth, and prevent dry skin

Price: $45, 15 ml




· Velvet Gel

· This miracle gel is supported by a new clinical study which cites its ability to encourage healing and provide unsurpassed antioxidant protection

· Significantly improves the combination of rebounding cells and collagens, and provides extraordinary nutrition for cell skin repair. This gel regulates skin separation and the renewal process while increasing blood circulation.

Price: $64, 15ml




· Serum Twenty

· Apply once daily to deliver the highest levels of vitamin C to the skin. This powerful antioxidant is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and provide protection against photo-aging.

· With highly developed ingredients such as zinc sulfate, citrus juices, and plant extracts of Bioflavonoids and Phenoxyethanol, this powerful treatment repairs all aspects of the skin from the face to the neck and chest.

Price: $50,15 ml


Unfortunately, this is a US-only contest, but don't worry, international subscribers, the next giveaway will include you!

Contest Mechanics:

1. This contest is open to all The Shades Of U Subscribers/Followers on Friend Connect and Facebook 18 years old and older residing in the US.

2. Subscribe to The Shades Of U via one of the following: Blogger/Google Friend Connect (see sidebar to join) or Facebook. If you are currently a follower, you are automatically eligible to join and you do not need to re-subscribe.

3. This is a viral contest, so you need to post a link to this blog contest or a link to The Shades Of U homepage, either on your blogs (via a post or on the sidebar of your blogs), or on Facebook. If you are a follower on Facebook, sharing this link on your Facebook account fulfills this requirement. One post about this contest is enough to become eligible. Only one entry per Facebook username or blog, please.

4. Leave a comment in the Comment Box below. Include the following:

a.  A statement that you are a follower of this blog either through Facebook or Google Friend Connect; 


b. A link to your blog entry, Facebook post, or your blog URL (if you posted the contest on the sidebar) about this contest; and

c. Your e-mail address where I can reach you just in case you are declared the winner.



5. One entry shall be randomly chosen via Random.Org.


6. The contest shall run starting today, April 26, 2010 and ends on Monday, May 3, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.


7. The Shades Of U shall randomly pick one winner who shall win all three PHYTO-C items, announce the name of the winner on this blog, and shall contact the winner via the e-mail address provided in the comment box.



8. The winner shall
respond with his/her mailing address within seventy-two (72) hours of the delivery of the notification e-mail; otherwise, the entry shall be disqualified and another winner shall be chosen. Thus, this is also the reason why entrants should subscribe to this blog to be promptly apprised of the winner's name just in case the notification e-mail does not go through or goes to the spam inbox.


9. The Shades Of U will then forward the mailing information to the sponsor, which shall then ship the prize to the winner. As such, The Shades Of U does not have any control as to when the prize will be shipped out, but the sponsor has committed to ship the products to the recipient as soon as The Shades Of U determines the winner.


Goodluck to everyone! Remember to follow all Contest Mechanics, especially No. 4.



About PhytoCeuticals, Inc.



PhytoCeuticals, Inc., founded by Dr. Mostafa Omar, is the pioneer of skincare in the United States and the market leader of the antioxidant concept. PhytoCeuticals, Inc., is committed to bring the most advanced and effective skincare formulations to heal and treat skin with natural plants and herbs, and to improve skin health and appearance. PhytoCeuticals Inc., is best known for stabilizing Vitamin C in liquid form. Clinical evidence has shown that precise applications of Vitamin C, known for its anti-oxidizing agents, can help prevent photoaging in skin. PhytoCeuticals is the world’s leading laboratory, which develops unique and highly efficacious anti-aging skin care products, as well as stabilized soluble liquid creatine. Phytoceuticals Inc. was awarded multiple grants by NCI&NIH: Grant#1 R43-CA83538-01A1 for “Prevention of UV Photoinjury in skin by Antioxidants”, Grant #1R43-CA94484-01 for “Photoprotection of skin by Topical Selenium”, Olive patent#6,743,499 B2 and Aleoferon patent#4861761. PhytoCeuticals provides scientifically developed and clinically supported L-ascorbic acid skin care products previously distributed through Cellex-C, Skiceuticals and IS Clinical and now exclusively available only through PHYTO-C Skincare by Phytoceuticals Inc. The company continues developing new skincare formulations that are distributed through reputable and reliable cosmeceutical companies worldwide. To view the entire collection, please visit www.phyto-ceutical.com.

How to Be a Smarter Beauty Aisle Shopper

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How to Be a Smarter Beauty Aisle Shopper

Find out how to shop for beauty goodies like an expert


How to Be a Smarter Beauty Aisle Shopper

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Instead of wandering aimlessly in the beauty aisle, read these tips from beauty experts and start shopping like a pro.

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