Laura Mercier’s Holiday 2012 Color Story: Art Deco Muse

Posted: December 18th, 2012, by The Beauty Bug





lm_art_deco_museLaura Mercier will always have Paris – the inspiration behind her  Art Deco Muse Collection. As a painter,  Laura drew from her background and focused on the mood and the attitude of the women of the Art Deco period in the mid-1920s. She created rich shades of gold, red and black to contrast each other and add sharp definition.

The Gilded Illuminating Eye Colors are beyond the bounds of glamorous. Colors include Gilded Moonlight, Gilded Platinum, Gilded Rosegold and Gilded Bronze. The creamy metallics provide just the amount of eye-catching shimmer and pair perfectly with the super-shiny red lip laquer. Be bold, festive, and an honorary Parisian!

The Laura Mercier Art Deco Muse products are available now at

Post-Holiday MAC Collections – December & January

Posted: December 17th, 2012, by The Beauty Bug

Every year, after all the holiday glitz and glam fades,  when the sparkle of the glitter can’t compare to the twinkle of the snow, MAC always releases several comfort collections that are dripping with full-bodied, vivid colors that just frankly – hit the spot. Apres Chic makes your want to clutch a mug of hot chocolate, sit by the fire and roast marshmallows. Strength is winter mod at it’s best  - it’s sharp and swank and is worm best with a black chunky sweater and a dramatic infinity scarf.

Here’s the short list:

APRES CHIC – Available 12/26

A rich, warm collection comprised of hearty reds and cozy pinks and nudes.

STRENGTH – Available 12/26

Flex your femininity with dramatic eyes, vivid color and softly chiseled contouring.


PRESSED PIGMENTS – Available 12/26

Twelve highly pearlized, creamy pressed pigments that glisten with a shimmering translucent finish when applied dry, and a high-gloss dramatic finish when applied wet.

STUDIO – Available 1/3

New shades of Studio Foundation (NW10, NW13, NW22, NW33, NW44, NW46, NW48, NW58, C3.5, C4.5, C5, C5.5) that offer and enhanced spectrum of color and coverage and Pro Conceal and Correct palettes in light, medium, medium deep and dark.


(Beauty) Bug Bites

Posted: December 13th, 2012, by The Beauty Bug

LEGO my Birkin – Like the studio audience at an ‘Oprah’s Favorite Things’ taping, women everywhere lost their minds in a maniacal frenzy when they heard about this $400 Birkin Bag. Then they found out it was made out of LEGOS.  In Poland. And won’t be shipped until February. Buzzkill. And now, Kim Kardashian tweeted that she wants one too. Double buzzkill. Polish jewelry deisgner Agnieszka Biernacka created the tribute to the Hermés’ Birkin and is definitely having an online fashion moment. The bag can be made to order in many colors – white, yellow, red, blue, light or dark grey. Lime, orange and multicolor versions are also possible at a slightly higher price.

Apps that are apt to make you Beautiful  - Aging assessment, personal introductory Skype skincare consultations and  real time UVA and UVB info- there’s an app for that. This new New York Times article breaks down the beauty app landscape that includes such brands as Mychelle Dermaceuticals, who offers a free 30-minute consultation with a licensed aesthetician via Skype, iChat or FaceTime when you download their app, and My Own App from Own Skincare, using facial recognition and clinical technology the app measures your signs of aging and even plots it out on a face map for you.

Chanel No. Huh?I didn’t actually know what they were about either,’  said the director of the bizarre and pretentious Chanel ads. “I totally get the Chanel No. 5 ad” said NO ONE. EVER.

Bling it On – This edgy leather-like polish applies glossy but dries down with a leather-like texture to it. It doesn’t come with any whips or chains but it does come with crystal-embellished skills and a waiting list that 870+ people deep. Get on the list here.

The Best of the Best: Chanukah Manicures

Posted: December 11th, 2012, by The Beauty Bug

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!

These decals are brought to you straight from the synagogue from Rabbi Yael Buechler, who teaches the Torah to her students through nail art. What a mensch!

(Beauty)Bug Bites

Posted: October 31st, 2012, by The Beauty Bug

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.

Halloween NailsBoo!

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!

Amika Nourishing Hair Mask

Posted: October 30th, 2012, by The Beauty Bug

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 for $40. 

Embracing Wrinkles

Posted: October 24th, 2012, by The Beauty Bug

It’s so often that The Beauty Bug writes about how to prevent wrinkles- but not tonight. Tonight, She wanted to share some photos of the wrinkles that She loves, She welcomes and She can’t get enough of. Edith Rose and Pearl.

M-61 Fast Blast Mask

Posted: October 23rd, 2012, by The Beauty Bug

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 and at Bluemercury stores for $50. 

MAC 2012 Holiday Preview

Posted: October 18th, 2012, by The Beauty Bug

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.




Face and touch-up kits.



Four of MAC’s finest products in a satin-tufted compact.



Everything’s better in leopard – even brush kits.

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Get the Look: Adele Inspired

Posted: October 17th, 2012, by The Beauty Bug



Lorac Unzipped Palette

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Enchanting Beige

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.

Dani lined the inside and outside of the entire eye with Make Up For Ever’s Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow and applied Faux Lash’s Sasha before L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

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.