Shine bright like a menorah (eat your heart out, Rihanna) this Chanukah and decorate your tips with these dreidels, stars of david, and candlelight. Happy Chankah!
Drew Does Makeup – Let’s all practice free love, put flowers in our hair, and celebrate Earth Day everyday. No? Not your style? Not The Beauty Bug’s style either. Which is probably why She scratched her head while reading the recent news about Drew Barrymore’s new makeup collection that will supposedly hit Walmart shelves sometime next year. She’s better suited for a line of tie-dyed apparel than makeup, no?
Khroma vs Chroma - The Kardashian Khroma collection has barely made it on to the shelves at CVS and Sears and it’s already causing a ruckus. TMZ reports that Chroma Beauty founder, Michael Rey, has threatened the Kardashian trio with a lawsuit claiming that the “low-budget” Khroma cheapens his high-end brand and creates widespread confusion amongst consumers. Rey also posted on open letter to all his customers on his website. He also asks his troops to spread the message via social media. Quite a Komotion.
We Aren’t Family – This year Sephora decided to do away with their 20% friends and family discount and it’s not sitting well with their loyal shoppers, who took to FaceBook blasting the brand. Two words for you, Ulta – carpe diem!
The Beauty Bug has good news and bad news. The good news – Amika’s Nourishing Hair mask is heavenly (and the perfect product for any poor news anchor who has been stuck outside covering the storm). The bad news – The Beauty Bug didn’t get to share her good hair day with anyone due to hurricane Sandy. What a blowhard that Sandy was…
This mask is indulgent; it transforms your bathroom into a spa. It smells like a delicious concoction of freshly baked cookies, flowers, baby powder and a touch of musk. It’s flooded with Vitamin C (15 times more than an orange), Vitamin E, Omega 3,6,9 and the rare Omega 7, normally only found in fish oil. The key ingredient is Sea Buckthorn Berry (Obliphica) – a shrub known for centuries for its nourishing and healing powers. Together, the arsenal of vitamins and minerals improve shine, elasticity and nourishment.
After using the mask, The Beaty Bug’s hair was transformed; it was mega. Not only was it remarkably silky and soft, but it was smoother and had less fly-aways. Next time She uses it, She would even consider leaving the house with air-dried hair! If that doesn’t prove the worth of the product, then She’s not sure what will.
See more in the video below:
Amika’s Nourishing Maks is available at folica.com for $40.
Blonde, brainy and bright - that pretty much describes Marla Malcolm Beck, co-founder of Bluemercury, Inc and creator of M-61 skincare. The lady is a one-woman wonder – an anomaly. Not only did she spearhead the opening of her 37 Bluemercury Spas/retails boutiques, but she also created M-61 skincare, a power-packed natural treatment line that provides maximum results in minimum time. DAMN.
Now, let’s talk astronomy. M-61 is named after a blue galaxy. It’s one of the few “resolved” galaxies, which means scientists understand how it works and all of the science behind it. Bluemercury and M-61 are obsessed with proven science, discovery and new frontiers. Far out.
The 2-minute Fast Blast Mask was the best 2 minutes of the Beauty Bug’s evening yesterday. What’s better than some tingle and foam? While Obama and Romney were bickering, The Beauty Bug was brightening. The fast-acting mask, which includes Vitamin C (an antioxidant which promotes collagen), seaweed (improves elasticity and moisture tension), Aloe (anti-inflammatory) and Vitamin B5 (water-binding substance; treats dry skin), gently exfoliates and provides an instant pick-me-up. Even more impressive than the ‘glow potential’ was how stunningly smooth it left The Beauty Bug’s face. Refreshment on-demand.
The M-61 2-minute Fast Blast Mask is available at BlueMercury.com and at Bluemercury stores for $50.
To primp or not to primp – that is never a question during the holidays. But rather the question is – how much to primp? MAC’s Holiday Collections, on counters October 25th, run the full gamut on the primp scale. From softly chic to deeply dramatic to sexy leopard and lace- there is a look for all. Happy Holidays!
Eye shadow compacts with 5 perfectly coordinated colors. And a patent bow.
ALL FOR GLAMOUR
Face and touch-up kits.
DIVINE DESIRE/SINFULLY CHIC
Four of MAC’s finest products in a satin-tufted compact.
Everything’s better in leopard – even brush kits.
The mark of an amazing makeup artist is his/her ability to contour. The incomparable Dani Wagenger of Dani Wagener Beauty in Boston completely slays it when it comes to contouring and paints on a wickedly straight cat eye.
To get this look, Dani started with the eyes and applied Undercover shadow all over the lid, up to the brow. She next lightly blended Unspoken into the crease. Finally, Wagener pressed Unconditional into the lash line.
For The Beauty Bug’s foundation, Dani blended Face Atelier’s #1 all over Her face and under Her eyes. She then applied Make Up For Ever’s Uplight Face Luminzer Gel in 22 (Pearly Pink Flesh). And the last, yet most important step – a heavily contoured lower cheek using MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium.
Rachel in a Bottle – Rachel’s claims her favorite movie is DANGEROUS LIAISONS (although her Friends say it’s WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S) and apparently her favorite haircare line resides here in Boston - Living Proof. The smarty-pants wizards over at MIT have been developing these scientific-based products since 2008 and now Anniston will join the team as a spokesperson and product creator, according to the Wall Street Journal. The meeting included “a demonstration in which two executives used an upholstery steamer on a model’s head to simulate humidity.”
Eyebrow Envy – As if monthly waxing/threading maintenance fees weren’t enough, some women are now forking over as much as $8,000 for a pair of perfect Kardashian-esque brows. The procedure includes some 400 follicles being transferred from the head to the brow area. One transplant recipient said she waited 6 months to finally trim hers, at which point they began looking grandpa-esque. Are you there Andy Rooney? It’s me, your bushy eyebrow twin.
International Intrigue – New Beauty shares some of their must-have products from across the pond.
A Lotta Lip – The Beauty Bug agrees – the perfect nude lipstick is hard to find - but would you spend $75 to put an end to that wild goose chase? Serge Lutens hopes so. The the iconic make-up artist, photographer, fashion and jewelry designer, perfume creator and film-maker is best known for his collaboration with Shiseido, and possibly creating the most expensive lipstick in the world. Add the finishing powder for another $160!
Put a small mixing dish and a fan brush in front of this Beauty Bug any day and She’s ready to do some face painting. Tonight Her paint of choice was Boots’ No 7 Advanced Renewal Anti-Ageing Glycolic Peel Kit - She was attempting to cleanse and peel away a long, stressful work day filled with corporate shenanigans . She applied the peel as directed – 4 pumps of product swept across Her face using the fan brush left on for no more than 5 minutes. Immediately following that The Beauty Bug used the Neutralizing Pads (a soothing blend of Icelandic moss, licorice extract and pro-vitamin B5) and then rinsed with cool water. The peel, which contains 7% glycolic acid, is mild yet effective, and suitable for any skin type. The Beauty Bug only experienced mild tingling, and will definitely leave the peel on a few more minutes next time.
The intense instructions read like one is about to perform self-surgery, advising to “place the leaflet where you can see it while carrying out the treatment”, “make sure to tie your hair back” and “over the next week your skin will need extra care.” Call Her a risk-taker, but The Beauty Bug was confident enough in Her peeling skills to apply the peel in the bathroom while leaving the instructions in another room. She may of even applied 4.5 pumps of the peel – She lives on the edge.
The results were impressive. The Beauty Bug’s skin felt renewed and was visibly smoother and softer to the touch. It was more even-toned, and felt fresher and new from the exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids. and Overall, the system was very easy to use and the benefits will only get better with continued use!
Disclosure: A press sample was provided to The Beauty Bug.
Boots No7 Advanced Renewal Anti-Aging Glycolic Peel is available at ShopBootsUSA.com for $24.99.