Holiday 2014: Urban Decay Naked Vault…

If you have ever wanted to try these you are in for a treat. Urban Decay Naked Vault [$280] is a super sized gift of not one….not two…but all three naked shadow palettes plus everything else you need to create some beautiful looks.

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Explore a range of neutral shades for eyes, cheeks, and lips with this fully-loaded set. Ultraluxe and limited-edition, it features a dozen of Urban Decay’s most-coveted Naked products. The bestselling Naked, Naked 2, and Naked 3 eye color palettes feature bronze, taupe, and rose shades in an wide range of textures—along with three coordinating 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencils. Every shade in the Naked palettes features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, a proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its stay-put, velvety texture, rich color, and blendability. The creamy formulas of the award-winning 24/7 Glide-On eye pencils allows you to draw color on smoothly, and it dries down to leave a long-lasting finish. Naked Flushed features Urban Decay’s micronized, jet-milled formula with a luxe, ultralight texture. Naked lip gloss is laced with ingredients that are good for your skin, including Hyaluronic Filling Spheres™, vitamin E, avocado oil, and shea butter which hydrate and condition lips—and the infusion of rosehip seed oil provides an extra dose of vitamins, including vitamins A and C.

The Rundown:

  • Naked 1 Palette
  • Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette
  • Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette
  • Darkside/Blackheart 24/7 Glide-on Double-Ended Eye Pencil
  • Zero/Whiskey 24/7 Glide-on Double-Ended Eye Pencil
  • Perversion/Pistol 24/7 Glide-on Double-Ended Eye Pencil
  • Rule34 Naked Lipgloss
  • Nooner Naked Lipgloss
  • Streak Naked Lipgloss
  • Naked Naked Flushed Palette
  • Native Naked Flushed Palette
  • Streak Naked Flushed Palette

This bountiful bonanza contains $162 of eyeshadow palettes, $48 worth of eyeliners, $60 worth of lipglosses, and $90 worth of cheek palettes, which adds to a total retail value of $360. Not bad right?  The only thing you have to worry about is getting one.  Sephora is already sold out online so your best bet is to call around and see who has it left in stock.

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Availability: Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com

TMG Faves: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Blush Palette…

Hourglass has done it again with the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette [$58] – a holiday offering that will no doubt sell out. If you are a fan of the Ambient Lighting Blush and you are on the fence thinking this will come back as part of the permanent line like the Ambient Lighting Palette did last year…..you will be disappointed.  Yes, its true I have confirmed that this is NEVER coming back.  So if you want it, you have to get it now.

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A limited edition palette featuring three shades of Ambient Lighting Blush, the groundbreaking blush that creates seamless, soft-focus and multidimensional color. Features two of our best-selling shades, Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure, as well as a new shade, Incandescent Electra, which is exclusive to the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette.

The Rundown:

  • Luminous Flush champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a candlelit glimmer.
  • Incandescent Electra (exclusive to the palette): A cool peach blush blended with Incandescent Light for a celestial glow.
  • Mood Exposure soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion.

Hourglass has fused Ambient Lighting Powder, the cutting-edge collection of finishing powders, with an array of vivid cheek colors, creating a hybrid product that is unique, contemporary and revolutionary.  Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension. Also the formula contains no talc which means there is more room for pigment AND it won’t settle into fine lines.  The hand-made powders are formulated using an advanced miscelare technique—which means “to mix” in Italian—creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike….kind of like getting a custom made blush.

If you want to grab this palette – I suggest you do so sooner than later! Sephora has a private VIB Rouge event next week (the one last year had Rouges grabbing 2-3 ambient palettes at a time).  So try to grab one before then – OR if you are a Rouge, use your discount.

Availability:  Sephora stores, Sephora.com and HourglassCosmetics.com

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Beauty News: MAC Announces Miley Cyrus as Viva Glam Spokesperson…

MAC  Cosmetics just announced yesterday that Miley Cyrus is the latest to join the ranks as the next Viva Glam spokesperson.  For all of her “twerking” last year her publicity stunt worked.  She definitely came out looking better than Ronin Thicke in that scenario.  Her album was SURPRISINGLY good (I have “Drive” on repeat) and she kind of faded out a little bit and let her music do the talking.

Miley’s Viva Glam shade is a vibrant hot pink – which looks like a clear rosey-pink to me, but I’ll have to reserve my opinion until I see it.  As always, every dollar spent on viva glam products goes to the MAC Aids Fund.

The MAC AIDS Fund was created in 1994, and to date has raised over $270 million through the sales of Viva Glam lipsticks and glosses. Rihanna joins the ranks of RuPaul, k.d. Lang, Lil’ Kim, Sir Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Shirley Manson, Linda Evangelista, Boy George, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, Pamela Anderson, Lisa Marie Presley, Debbie Harry, Eve, Dita Von Teese, Fergie, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, and most recently Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj.

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A pioneer in the HIV/AIDS arena, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has been a trailblazer for the last 18 years, funding groundbreaking and innovative programs and investing in regions and populations that are not often prioritized by other funders.  As the largest corporate non-pharmaceutical HIV/AIDS funder, the M·A·C AIDS Fund strives to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. It focuses on highlighting the link between poverty and AIDS, and strengthening services available to underserved populations.

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Wham Bam Viva Glam!  Superstar Miley Cyrus is ready to make noise as this ionic campaign’s 2015 spokesperson.  The global pop phenomenon kicks off her Viva Glam with two sure fire hits:  A super-sexy hot pink lipstick and matching lipglass with sparkling pearl shimmer.

The Rundown:

Lipstick

  • Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Hot Pink (Amplified) $16.00 US/$19.00 CAD

Lipglass

  • Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Hot Pink w/Sparkling Pearl $15.00 US/$18.00 CAD

Availability:  North America January 22, 2015 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and maccosmetics.com.  International February 12, 2015 at all M·A·C locations.

What do you think?  Will you buy?  Personally, I think these shades are FAR more wearable than the other “pinks” Viva Glam has offered in the past.  Given her following, this one is sure to be a top seller.

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TMG Travel: See France With Rail Europe…

French Countryside - Rail Europe

Rail Europe is 100% the best way to see Europe.  I LOVED IT!  Compared to Amtrak, the trains are super classy.  All of the trains are high speed like the Acela BUT they have different classes of service on the same train.  The ride was SMOOTH and the … [Continue reading]

Smell This: Olfactive Studio Fragrances…

Olfactive Studio Perfumes

While I was in Paris, I had the pleasure of meeting the Creatrice (LOVE that title!!) of Olfactive Studio Fragrances Céline Verleure.  We had a private meeting with her at the world famous Jovoy Parfums Rares (which is an experience in and of … [Continue reading]

7 Skincare Saviors for Daylight Savings Beauty

Daylight Savings Beauty

7 Skincare Saviors for Daylight Savings.  Daylight Savings Time is quickly approaching on this Sunday, November 2nd, meaning it’s time to “fall back” on the best beauty routine. The time change cuts the day short (ugh), but on the flip side, we’re … [Continue reading]

Night Out: Paradis Latin Cabaret Paris…

Paradis Latin Cabaret Paris

While in Paris - I got to attend an authentic Parisian cabaret show!  Paradis Latin Cabaret which is located at 28 rue Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 in the Latin Quarter of Paris.  We took the metro and it was a short walk from the station.  It was first … [Continue reading]

Drugstore Diva: Shop With Me at Pharmacie Monge Paris…

Pharmacie Monge Paris

Pharmacie Monge Paris is one of the premiere places to get your French pharmacie beauty goodies in the city.  To start our afternoon, first, we had an amazing lunch complete with perfectly roasted fish and endless glasses of wine at La Taverna [22 … [Continue reading]

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit Challenge…

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit

The new Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit strips [$64.99] claim to whiten as well as a $500 in-office pro treatment so I am DOWN!  In Paris there was PLENTY of red wine, cafe creme and all kinds of other stain magnets so I started while … [Continue reading]

Shopping at the World Famous Galeries Lafayette in Paris…

Galeries Lafayette Paris

Galeries Lafayette in Paris is an EXPERIENCE. The afternoon of our second day in Paris was spent at the world famous Galeries Lafayette department store which was founded in 1895.  It is a STUNNING 10 story masterpiece in the middle of Paris on … [Continue reading]

TMG Travel: My Day as a Tourist + Hyatt Paris Madeleine…

Eiffel Tower

I have been to Paris three times now, and it never gets old.  There is always something new to see that I haven't seen before!!  The Paris Beauty Tour was about to start and I wanted to hit the ground running! We arrived in Paris on Wednesday morning … [Continue reading]

Beauty News: L’Oreal Acquires Carol’s Daughter…

Lisa Price - Carol's Daughter

L'Oreal Acquires Carol's Daughter! WOW!! Wow...wow...wow. I cannot explain to you how awesome this is.  I don't think I have ever been so excited about something in a while.  Mostly about the possibility of a fabulous brand like Carol's Daughter … [Continue reading]

Smell This: Le Labo Fragrances…

Le Labo Fragrances in Paris

I am the kind of person that doesn't really like to smell like anyone else.  For that very reason, I adore Le Labo Fragrances which was the first stop on the Paris Beauty Tour.  They are all about customization and how a scent matures (you are … [Continue reading]

TMG Travel: Hotel Labourdonnais Paris….

Hotel Labourdonnais Paris

The last time I traveled to Paris - I was in a house which was fine BUT I much prefer the experience of staying in a hotel.  Hotel Labourdonnais Paris is a fantastic boutique property that is big on charm and amenities.  If you like stunning views, … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Lift Lab Lift and Firm Eye Cream…

Lift Lab Lift and Firm Eye Cream

Lift Lab Lift and Firm Eye Cream [$110.00 / 0.50 oz] is a lightweight, emollient, firming eye cream that delivers FAB results.  So....I am kind of obsessed with eye cream right now.  Two weeks ago, I made the mistake of looking in a 4x magnifying … [Continue reading]

Salon Love: Ian McCabe Studio in Washington DC…

Ian McCabe Studio

Ian McCabe Studio throws down the gauntlet to make it one of the rising salon stars among DC elite for cut and color (we needed some new blood here so this is a welcome change!) I love talking to people that are passionate about what they do. This is … [Continue reading]

TMG Travel: Paris Beauty Tour 2014

Paris is All About The Pretty

The Paris Beauty Tour 2014 is almost here!! Next Tuesday, I am embarking on another Paris Beauty Tour with my good friends Julia Coney and Carmen Blakely. You may remember that Julia organized a similar trip back in 2012 [read about the Paris Beauty … [Continue reading]

Fall 2014: MAC Brooke Shields Makeup Collection…

MAC Brooke Shields - Fall 2014

The MAC Brooke Shields makeup collaboration hits stores today! If you were around in the 80's like me, then you know of the legend that is Brooke Shields.  Not the glorious, iconic glamorous version from the current La-Z-Boy commercials....but the … [Continue reading]

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