Thursday, May 31, 2012

8 New Beauty Products Perfect for Summer
8 New Beauty Products Perfect for Summer

Get your skin, hair, and nails ready for the warmer weather now

8 New Beauty Products Perfect for Summer

This is a beauty products article

Are your pasty skin and drab hair not ready to see the summer rays? Not to worry: We've got everything you need to get your skin, hair, and even your nails on trend. These 8 must-have products for summer will have you looking your best in no time.

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Summer Gift Ideas: NARS Sun Kissed and Beach Lover Gift Sets

NARS introduces a collection stocked with everything you need to take on the summer in style. Inspired by Motu Tané, François Nars’ private island in the turquoise waters of the South Pacific, the Sun Kissed Gift Set comes with must-have products to help you create the season’s most sought-after look – a perfect balance between bronze and glow. Photographed by Francois himself, the bold, iconic packaging exudes the NARS sophistication and playfulness that the products inside deliver.

Products include:
• Medium Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer
• Medium Laguna Illuminator – bronzed brown with golden shimmer
• Mini Desire Blush / Hungry Heart Highlighter Duo – gold ivory, delicate bright pink

PRICE: $50

AVAILABILITY: May 1, 2012 on

Turn up the heat this summer with a bronzed look accentuated by bold pops of color. Inspired by Motu Tané, François Nars’ private island in the turquoise waters of the South Pacific, the Sephora Beach Lover Gift Set comes stocked with NARS cult classics and top-selling Sephora shades. Photographed by Francois himself, the bold, iconic packaging exudes the NARS sophistication and playfulness that the products inside deliver. Medium and smaller-sized products keep the collection light on your makeup bag, perfect for a summer spent on the go.

Products include:
• Medium Laguna Illuminator – brown with golden shimmer
• Mini Orgasm Blush / Hungry Heart Highlighter Duo – gold ivory and peachy pink with golden shimmer
• Skorpios Mini Soft Touch Shadow Pencil – copper
• Medium Laguna Lip Gloss (New Sephora Exclusive!) – bronzed brown with golden shimmer

PRICE: $49

AVAILABILITY: Exclusively at Sephora & beginning May 1st, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

NYX Spring Fling Palette Swatches and Review

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

MAC Casual Colour Collection Promo Images and Description

Enjoy this collection of our idea of weekend chic, which includes all-in-one NEW Lip and Cheek Colour Pots, Nail Lacquer, Prep + Prime Highlighter, Studio Fix Mascara, Mineralize Skinfinish and the 187 Brush. Effortless and easy, these lightweight, barely-there formulas feel like you’re wearing nothing at all. In shades including: Weekend Getaway, Lazy Sunday, Out for Fun. Relax, it’s M·A·C – but don’t slack, this collection is only available for a limited time.

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Black Fix
SRP $15.00 U.S./$18.00 CDN

Have A Lovely Day!
Neutral nude (creme)
Lazy Sunday Baby pink (creme)
Weekend Getaway Cool rose (creme)
Relaxation Warm pink (creme)
Keep It Loose Warm peach (creme)
Keep It Casual Warm wine (creme)
Evening Stroll Violet cream (creme)
Out for Fun Cool coral (creme)
SRP $20.00 U.S./$24.00 CDN

Medium Soft
creamy beige (neutral)
SRP $29.00 U.S./$34.00 CDN

Bright Forecast
Mid-tone peachy coral
Light Boost Soft yellow cream
SRP $23.00 U.S./$27.50 CDN

Style Tip
Soft pink nude (creme)
Please Me Mid-tone warm pink (creme)
Ballet Pale sheer ballet pink (creme)
Tangerine Fizz Mid-tone orange coral (creme)
SRP $16.00 U.S./$19.00 CDN

Duo fibre face
SRP $42.00 U.S./$50.50 CDN

Available North America at all M·A·C locations June 7, 2012, International June 2012 at select M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and

MAC Beth Ditto Collection


Featuring Zoom Lash Mascara in 3 colours plus Zoom Fast Black Lash, Pro Longwear Lipcremes and Nail Lacquers. Premiering in this collection is Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner, a dual-ended pairing of Eye Shadow and Greasepaint Liner for achieving a perfect smoky eye. And of course, there’s Liquidlast Liner and our 7 Lash for extra drama. With polished punk sensibility and shades ranging from tender to tart, this collection of unadulterated Beth Ditto aims the spotlight on you.

M·A·C Beth Ditto Available June 7, 2012 through July 19, 2012.

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Light mauve
YOU’RE PERFECT ALREADY Neutral pale pink
BOOYAH!! Bright orange
DEAR DIARY Bright neon pink
SRP $17.00 U.S./$20.00 CDN

IN SYNCH Bright yellow pink
EMBRACE ME Vivid pinkish fuchsia
ENTERTAIN ME Clearly orange
NIGHTMOTH Blackened plum
SRP $14.00 U.S./$16.50 CDN

True black liner/true white shadow
DRAG, STRIP Smoky navy liner/pale blue shadow
BETH MASK Reddish brown bronze liner/golden peach pink shadow
BETH OR GLORY Deep brown liner/bright blue shadow
SRP $22.00 U.S./$26.00 CDN

Light violet purple NEW HUE Blackened burgundy
BLUE CHARGE Deep navy blue
SRP $15.00 U.S./$18.00 CDN

SRP $15.00 U.S./$18.00 CDN

POINT BLACK Black SRP $18.50 U.S./$22.00 CDN

NEAR BETH EXPERIENCE Light yellow (creme) LIFE AND BETH Milky peach (creme)
VAGABONDAGE Mid-tone lavender (creme) NOCTURNELLE Black (creme)
SRP $15.00 U.S./$18.00 CDN

SRP $38.00 U.S./$45.00 CDN

SRP $15.00 U.S./$18.00 CDN

MAC Beth Ditto Behind The Shoot:

Available North America June 7, 2012, International June 2012 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and

Nail Stamp Art: Cupcakes Using DRK-B Jumbo Image Plate

DRK-B image plate

I am a fan of XL or jumbo image plates for nail stamping, so when I saw this DRK-B image plate at Ninja Polish, I just had to get it. It had - gasp - cupcakes! Some of the images were not that unique, but I really liked the cupcake design, and a few others, so I snagged it.  Note: You need to peel off the blue film on the plate prior to use!

I used one of my Sally Hansen Chrome polishes (the ones in bottles). I also used China Glaze in Wicked Style as the base color. The image transferred okay on the stamper, but you need to wait for a few seconds for the nail polish on the stamper to dry a bit before stamping, or else you will get smudged images.

Can't wait to try out the other images!

Monday, May 28, 2012

TATCHA Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream Review

Hi everyone! For those in the U.S., I hope you're having a fab holiday! This is a first of a series of reviews on TATCHA Skincare. The TATCHA ritual is derived from three centuries of geisha tradition. For centuries, geishas have perfected the art of beautiful skin. This Japanese skincare line aims to recreate the geisha skincare ritual for the modern woman.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Video Post: MAC Hey, Sailor Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Below is my video review on the MAC Hey, Sailor collection. I posted written reviews and photo swatches of this collection on this blog, but this video is posted on my YouTube channel and created for my subscribers.

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel if you like to watch more of these video reviews.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

MAC Hey, Sailor: Crew Highlight Powder, Suntints SPF 20 Lip Balm and Blush Swatches and Review

Here is Part 4 of the MAC Hey, Sailor series.  In this post, the Crew Highlight Powder, Suntints SPF 20 Lip Balmn and the blushes are the focus.

Crew High-light powder


Friday, May 25, 2012

MAC Hey, Sailor: Eye Shadow, Pigment and Powerpoint Eye Pencil Swatches, Review

Here is Part 3 of the MAC Hey, Sailor reviews and swatches. This time, I focus on the eye products- eye shadows, Powerpoint eye liners, pigments. As I mentioned in my previous Hey, Sailor reviews, the MAC Hey, Sailor collection is MAC's summer offering for 2012. It features nautically-inspired navy blue and white striped packaging that look really classy, trendy yet classic at the same time.

Eye Shadows:

MAC Hey, Sailor: Lipstick and Lipglass Swatches and Review

As I had mentioned in my MAC Hey, Sailor: Pro LongWear Bronzing Powder and Bronzing Powder Swatches and Review, the MAC Hey, Sailor collection is MAC's summer offering for 2012. It features nautically-inspired navy blue and white striped packaging that looks really classy, trendy yet classic at the same time. I think this is one of my favorite MAC summer packagings ever. In this entry, the focus will be on the lipsticks and lipglasses of this collection.


MAC Hey, Sailor: Pro LongWear Bronzing Powder and Bronzing Powder Swatches and Review

Here is the first of a series of blog entries on the MAC Hey, Sailor collection. This is MAC's summer collection for 2012, and just like the Nautically inspired collections from past years, this collection pays homage to the familiar and iconic sailor-inspired navy blue and white stripes in terms of packaging. I am really liking the look of these compacts and cases, as they look chic and timeless. I think this is a lot better than the packaging of the summer collection from last year, Surf Baby.

Pro LongWear Bronzing Powder:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

tarte Sale Plus Get a Free Cream Eye Shadow Brush With Purchase

Through May 31, The Shades Of U readers will enjoy 10% off sitewide plus, get a FREE cream eyeshadow brush with purchase of any Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow.* Code: ALA

enjoy 10% off sitewide plus, get a FREE cream eyeshadow brush with purchase of any Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow.* Code: ALA

As the weather heats up, most makeup melts down but, these tarte products, endorsed by the American Lifeguard Association’s team of experts, cling to skin without feeling cakey and are sure to outlast and endless day of summer.

Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow:
Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow - slate (shimmering silver)

Amazonian clay waterproof liner & brush:
emphasEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner & brush - black

smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof eye liner:
smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof eye liner - golden black

Amazonian clay waterproof brow pencil:
emphasEYES Amazonian clay waterproof brow pencil

*Only valid at Must enter promo code ALA at checkout. Cannot be combined with other discounts/promos. Not valid on previous purchases. Only valid on in-stock items, no rain checks. Discount not valid on #SampleSale items, Down to Earth kit, deluxe clean slate primer trio and other items marked as not eligible for discount. Free cream eyeshadow brush will automatically be added to qualifying orders with the purchase of Amazonian clay waterproof cream shadow after using code ALA. Free brush valid while supplies last. Offer subject to change at any time without notice. Tarte has the right to cancel any orders due to unauthorized use. Offer valid from May 23, 2012 and expires on May 31, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. For more information, please check out the Disclosure tab below the blog header.

Illamasqua Summer 2012: Naked Strangers

A place where alter egos are laid bare and naked flesh is a source of unashamed inspiration. In this delicate tipping point between intimacy and pleasurable detachment, we revel in the unknown; exploring the distance between pure Monogamous, gilded Faithful and uninhibited Swinger. Exposed nude tones, adorned with rich licks of gold, leave you gasping for more. Don’t restrain yourself. Unless, of course, you enjoy it.

“Naked Strangers captures inner glows and depths. The deeply and darkly alluring exists alongside ethereal shimmering brilliance. We are complex and multifaceted whilst also being naked to the world.”
Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director.

“Naked Strangers represents everything about borderlines...the human edge between romance and permissive intimacy...a step beyond control, a step past the edge and a collection of gilded moments upon the tip of sensation. Beautiful nudes with metallic edge set amongst eclectic textures.”
David Horne, Illamasqua Director of Product Development.

Nail Varnish (£13.50)
Dress up your nails and explore your fantasies with our award-winning Nail Varnishes. Are you Monogamous (creamy flesh pink, matt finish), Faithful (coppered metal) or Swinger (glistening platinum gold)? Apply a lustful layer then answer our question.

Lipglosses (£13.00)
Lick your lips then smooth on a rich layer of Intense Lipgloss in Stranger (platinum gold) for obscene levels of pigment. Alternatively, apply Sheer Lipgloss in Intimacy (nude pink brown) on naked lips, to tease and tempt your lover. Or lovers…

Blushers (£16.50)
Stark naked might mean no clothes, but who said anything about no make-up? Create a provocative flush that lasts all night with Powder Blusher in Naked Rose (neutral beige brown) and Cream Blusher in Zygomatic (naked pink brown).

The Naked Strangers collection is available from Thursday 31st May 2012 globally.

Registered members of have the exclusive opportunity to buy the Naked Strangers Nail Varnishes before anyone else from yesterday.

Check out Illamasqua's latest nail tutorial starring Rebecca Jade Wilson who created the beautiful nails for this collection...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thakoon for NARS Facebook Contest: Get A Chance To Win NARS Cult Classics

The Thakoon for NARS “Our Lips Are Sealed” Facebook contest is now live! To enter to win an exclusive Thakoon-designed scarf (and more!) is upload a photo of your lips and nails onto Instagram using the hashtag #NARSThakoon. On May 29th, you’ll be able to click back to the “NARS FB Exclusives” tab on the NARS Facebook page and vote for your favorite entries.

To celebrate the Thakoon for NARS Nail Collection, NARS is inviting fans to show off their best and brightest beauty looks.

Beginning May 22, fans can enter the “Our Lips Are Sealed” contest on the “NARS FB Exclusives” tab on the NARS Facebook page,, for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind scarf designed by Thakoon, inspired by the vibrant colors found in Indian spice markets. Created exclusively for NARS, the scarf features a print last seen on the runway of the designer’s SS2012 collection.

To enter, fans can upload a photo of themselves showing off their favorite NARS lip and nail combinations to Instagram (available on the iPhone and Android), using the hashtag #NARSThakoon. NARS will select five finalists, and fans will vote for their favorites.

First Prize: Exclusive Thakoon Scarf, set of 6 limited edition Thakoon for NARS Nail Polishes, and $500 USD worth of NARS cult classics
Second Prize: Exclusive Thakoon Scarf, set of 6 limited edition Thakoon for NARS Nail Polishes
Third Prize: Exclusive Thakoon Scarf

One entry per person. Enter from 9:00 AM EST May 22 until 11:59 PM EST May 28. Fans can vote on entries from 9:00 AM EST May 29, 2012 until 11:59 PM EST June 5, 2012. The three entries with the most votes will win. Winners will be announced at 12:00 PM EST on June 6, 2012. Please click here for full terms and conditions. Visit for more details and a full list of T & Cs.

Pixi Glow Catching Shadows Crayon Swatches and Review

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Vote for Your Favorite: NYX Face Awards' Third Challenge

The video submissions for the third challenge, “FANTASY”,  went up today, Tuesday, May 22nd on for anyone to vote on until May 26th. You still have time to vote for your favorite!

NYX Cosmetics has selected the top 12 contestants to continue on in the NYX Cosmetics’ FACE Awards – the competition to find the National Beauty Vlogger of the Year!

In the NYX Cosmetics’ FACE Awards 2nd challenge, The 12 semi-finalists won the public over using the Dark Shadows inspired NYX Crimson Amulet Collection Palette to transform themselves into characters inspired by the film. Now the pressure is on for these remaining contestants to create out-of-this-world looks for the 3rd challenge: an open-ended competition where they will have full creative freedom to create looks under the overall category “FANTASY”. That is, if they’d like to make it to the top six and be flown to Los Angeles to compete in a LIVE RUNWAY EVENT for the title of National Beauty Vlogger of the Year!! Starting May 22nd, watch the vivid imaginations of the semi-finalists come to life in their video submissions, which will be posted online for the public to vote on through May 26th.


NYX Cosmetics is proud to present the Fine Artistry of Cosmetic Elites (FACE) Awards. Over the years, we have seen the beauty vlogger community grow into one of the most robust, energetic communities on Youtube and across the web. Therefore, NYX Cosmetics wanted to create an event that gives back to this community and rewards them for their passion and creativity. The FACE Awards allows us to shed a spotlight on the up and coming beauty vloggers, and unite the community behind a single annual event.

The Competition began with an open call for entries and the top 30 contestants were chosen by a judging panel. These contestants went on to compete in the first challenge and from there the top 20 contestants were chosen to compete in the second challenge. After this challenge and voting, the top 12 contestants will move on to the third and last challenge. From there, the top 6 contestants with the highest votes will be flown out to Los Angeles to compete for the title of the National Beauty Vlogger of the Year! Each of the five runners up will receive a year’s worth of NYX Cosmetics, but the winner of the contest will take home a cash prize of $25,000, as well as access to influential beauty insiders, consultation with top industry experts, and national publicity.

Check it out HERE.

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