Review & Swatches: Katy Perry Collection by OPI

I promised, and here it is, The Katy Perry Collection by OPI!  Katy scores her own four shades of nail polish, accompanied by OPI’s hottest new top-coat product, Black Shatter.  I’ll tell you all about how that works in just a minute, but let’s get to the shade breakdown (shade descriptions from OPI):

Teenage Dream

A dreamy pink glitter that you’re sure to crush on!

Not Like the Movies

This sultry silver is the real deal.

Last Friday Night

T.G.I.F. = This Glittery-blue Is Fierce!

The One That Got Away

You always thought you’d marry this amazing deep berry.

I’m hoping this doesn’t kill the review for you before you even read it or see the swatches…

But, I’m going to disclose right away that I don’t have anything negative to say about the polishes themselves, or the new colors.  (When it comes to me liking them on a personal level, I would have no problem buying them all.)  I’ll try to accurately explain what exactly it is that I like about every single one of these shades—as they’re each very different!  In the swatches, you’ll see I used the Black Shatter top coat over one nail in each photo so you could see what that polish would look like with the shatter effect.  All swatches were done with two coats of polish, with the exception of Last Friday Night, I really wanted to amp up that blue for photos.

So here we go, check out the swatches! [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: OPI & Serena Williams Glam Slam Collection; Simply Smash-ing! & Black Shatter

Remember back in October, when I said it was coming?

It’s here!

Simply Smash-ing! and Black Shatter are the first shades available in the Serena Williams Glam Slam Collection for OPI.  This duo coincides with the Australian Open, so we can anticipate the unveiling of additional duos (which also coincide with tennis tournaments) later this year.

Ready to check out some swatches? [Read more…]

Breaking Beauty News: Jennifer Lopez Latest L’Oreal Spokesperson

Yep… you read that right!  JLo is joining the ranks of other famous L’Oreal faces.

With the news just hitting, here’s the info I currently have via statement from Karen T. Fondu, President, L’Oreal Paris:

I am delighted to share the news that Jennifer Lopez is the newest member of the L’Oréal Paris family. In 2011, this multi-talented entrepreneur will begin appearing in makeup and haircare advertising campaigns, the first of which will be for the EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System, a haircare collection for smoothing unruly, frizzy hair

Jennifer joins a remarkable roster of spokespeople for the L’Oréal Paris brand, including Milla Jovovich, Beyoncé Knowles, Rachel Weisz, Evangeline Lilly, Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Julianna Margulies, Eva Longoria Parker, Freida Pinto, Kerry Washington and Gerard Butler among others.

As a multi-platinum selling recording artist, Golden Globe nominated actress, film and television producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Jennifer’s talent and accomplishments span across many industries. Coupled with her obvious beauty and her role as a working mother, she is a modern role model for women and truly embodies the spirit of the L’Oréal Paris philosophy, ‘Because You’re Worth It.’

I know that sometimes when a celeb is signed with a beauty brand—it either causes some discord, or more brand loyalty.  Will this affect your buying decisions at all?  Does it matter to you, do you think she was a great choice to rep the global beauty brand, or are you neutral on the matter?  Me… while I’m not a current fan of her music—I think she’s a beautiful, talented Latina woman.  It’s important that brands continue to focus on the fact that we’re a very diverse universe, I hope L’Oreal continues to put the beauty spotlight on women of all ages; and of every ethnicity.

Coming Soon: COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Silk Foundation & Gloss Balm

With a new lipstick formula already on the way, COVERGIRL seems to be setting out for a busy 2011.  The mass-market cosmetics brand is also ready to go au naturel with yet another new introduction to their line, NatureLuxe.  New COVERGIRL spokesperson, Taylor Swift, is said to be the face behind the launch which will happen early in the new year, just in time for spring.  Preliminary information on the new launch includes two products, NatureLuxe Liquid Silk Foundation ($11.99) and NatureLuxe Gloss Balm ($6.49).  Both products have packaging that contains bioresin, an eco-friendly bio-degradeable plastic derived from sugarcane.  While the line isn’t packaged with 100% bioresin, this marks a turning point in Proctor & Gamble’s commitment to phasing out non-renewable packaging.

In an interview with WWD, principal scientist for COVERGIRL, Dr. Sarah Vickery said:

This is a pilot test, and as we learn, it is our intention to increase the amounts we use over time.

COVERGIRL Global Creative Design Director, Pat McGrath, worked with the brand on the Gloss Balm and Silk Foundation shades.  Both will contain natural ingredients in which select synthetics are exchanged for more luxurious, naturally-based alternatives; cucumber water, jojoba, rosehips, and naturally-based emollients are just a few.  NatureLuxe will be available in January at mass-market retailers.

Will you be checking COVERGIRL NatureLuxe?

Kim Kardashian Pops Up in Toronto To Launch New FusionBeauty Holiday Collection

Kim Kardashian turned 30 (again) on Tuesday in Toronto, where FusionBeauty presented her with yet another fabulous birthday cake.  Kim, how many pre-birthday parties have you had in the past week girlfriend?  Oh, don’t listen to what anyone says… your thirties are when life finally starts to get interesting!

The reality TV star (and incredibly successful entrepreneur) was on hand at the Sherway Gardens Shopper’s Drug Mart to debut the holiday 2010 collection from FusionBeauty, Objects of Desire.  The latest offering from the beauty brand that introduced us to one of the original lip plumping glosses on the market (LipFusion) includes several new products that are sure to help make our holidays glam!

  • LipFusion Holiday Capsule Collection ($29) — Four brand new shimmering finish LipFusion Color Shine shades; Show Off! (dazzling plum), 24K (golden peach), Rhinestone (iridescent pink), and Posh (glistening fuchsia).
  • FusionBeauty Virtual Perfecting Powder ($29) — An innovative spray finishing powder with anti-aging properties that leaves the skin with incredible luminosity.
  • LipFusion InFatuation Holiday Mini Set ($29)Four mini InFatuation lip plumping glosses; Angelic (shimmery golden pink), Screen Siren (hot sexy red), First Crush (antique mauve), and a limited edition shade Lollipop (fuchsia pink).

And now I would like to wish a very, very happy birthday to my husband’s favorite Kardashian sister—it’s officially October 21st since it’s after midnight on the east coast.  Happy Birthday Kim!

What do Serena Williams, Katy Perry, & Justin Bieber have in common?

Whoa, lots of nail news lately!  First it was the Justin Bieber nail polish collection (Huh?) that Nicole by OPI is launching in December—there’s confirmation and info from OPI on two of their newest celeb-inspired collections.  Serena Williams and Katy Perry both have shades coming out with their names attached and OPI is giving everyone a sneak peek!  (UPDATE: You’ll find the Katy Perry Collection review & swatches here, and the Serena Williams Glam Slam Collection here!)

Serena Williams Glam Slam Collection (first of four duos):

Serena’s collection will be introduced in four duos to coincide with major tennis tournaments, starting with the Australian Open in January 2011.  Simply Smashing looks like it will be a hit (no pun intended) and it’s paired up with OPI’s first crackle-effect nail polish, Black Shatter.  I’m pretty excited for these actually, I can’t wait to see the rest of her shades in 2011!

Serena says, “Everyone knows that I’ve always loved fashion and design, but they might not know that I’m manic about my nails.  That’s why I’m super excited to partner with OPI to create my Glam Slam Collection.  And on top of that, I am well on my way to receiving my nail technician license.  Working with OPI is really a dream come true.”

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Celebrity-Inspired Hair & Makeup Looks to Try for Halloween
Celeb-Inspired Hair and Makeup Looks to Try for Halloween

If you’re not up for dressing up this year, let these edgy hair and makeup looks from Katy Perry to Dita Von Teese inspire you.

Celeb-Inspired Hair and Makeup Looks to Try for Halloween

This is a celebrity hairstyles article

From ghostly to glam, here are some celeb-inspired hair, makeup and nail looks that’ll get your creative, Halloween juices flowing.

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What Mario Badescu Skin Care Products Did Martha Stewart Give Oprah?

Sorry Glee and Gossip Girl—this week’s most enthralling television time-slot belonged to two of the most influential media moguls in the world; in the same hour on one stage: Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey.

Martha appeared on Oprah earlier this week to speak candidly about her incredible comeback (Stewart served 5 months in prison in 2004 for securities fraud), share some of her favorite crafting tips, and dish out some pretty incredible grilled cheese recipes.  And of all people, Martha would never be one to show up empty-handed to her hostess’ home, right?  So naturally, she brought along a thoughtful custom gift basket with several of her personal favorite products that she thought Oprah would love too.  Of special interest to me however were those Mario Badescu skin care products she gestured towards.  Oprah replied, “Yes.  I love these products!”

I think it’s safe to say we all know about the power of The Oprah Effect.  (Oprah’s Favorite Things, anyone?)  I’m happy to say that I’m a huge fan of several Mario Badescu products myself!  If you’re curious about the specific Mario products that Martha gifted Oprah in her gift basket, say no more… here they are:

Check out my own personal Mario Badescu recommendations:

Image credit for Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey photo:

Experience total “extraction satisfaction” from this L.A. based skincare expert

Every skincare expert has their area of expertise.  I’ve received facials from some of the best in the field; some known for their peels or microdermabrasion, and others for the latest in high-tech specialty treatments.  In all honesty, I cannot say I’ve ever been laying on the table of someone so experienced in the art of extractions until I stopped in to see Rita Csizmadia at her Los Angeles-based Rita’s Institute for Beautiful Skin.  Hailing from Hungary, Csizmadia specializes in what I believe is truly an art in itself—perfectly thorough extractions without increased redness and swelling.   Her Eastern European technique is not only meticulous and precise, but virtually painless.

How many times have you spent good money for a facial in the hopes of degunking your complexion, only to have your esthetician apply some cleanser, exfoliate your skin, give your face few squeezes with tissue on her fingers and call it a day?  Rita’s impressive and extensive training allows her to apply both modern and old-world techniques to achieve total extraction satisfaction during a medical grade facial ($170) which didn’t leave my skin irritated or swollen.  Specializing in both acne and anti-aging  treatments, she was Dr. Murad’s (yes–that Murad) head facialist before opening her own medi-spa.  It’s easy to see why Hollywood A-listers and fellow Los Angelenos flock to her to keep their skin in top shape; Rita’s advanced skill level combined with her tranquil setting makes her a valuable asset in a town completely saturated with skincare experts.  Want an incredible medical-grade facial in Los Angeles with REAL extractions?  Book an appointment with Rita Csizmadia now, she’s a real pro.

Rita’s Institute For Beautiful Skin
1260 15th St. Suite 901
Santa Monica, CA 90404