For those of us who don’t get regular manicures, great nail polish is a must. I wandered upon my new favorite in Nordstrom while browsing Deborah Lippmann’s products. “Happy Birthday” is the coolest polish I have ever seen. It is made up of red, yellow, blue, orange, green purple, silver and gold mini confetti in a clear base. It almost looks like someone threw a bunch of confetti and it landed on your nails, hence the name “Happy Birthday”.
I just had to have it. Even at $18. Now, you have to consider that this is a premium brand that contains no toluene, formaldehyde or DBP. It is sold out online and Nordstrom says they can barely keep it in stock. The one negative – the sales lady told me it takes a while to get it off.
Deborah Lippmann is a manicurist that started mixing up polishes for her celebrity clients like Mariah Carey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cher. She also has a line of hand and foot treatments, her “Rich Girl” hand and cuticle cream with SPF 25 is to die for. Here is what Happy Birthday looks like on:
Starting now you can “Like” my Facebook page ( at right) or follow me on twitter for a chance at winning a Aura Cheek Stain in Petal ($45 value). This Cheek Stain will give your cheeks a “just pinched” look and is a water based product enriched with Vitamin E. To apply, use the twist click dispenser until color appears on sponge applicator.
Hourglass is taking their new cheek and lip stains on the road to Sephora stores around the country. The Hourglass makeup artistry team will be in Las Vegas on Friday, April 29th at Sephora in the Venetian from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and at Sephora in the Miracle Mile Shops on April 30th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m,. Stop in for a mini-makeover, a lesson in glowing and bonus gifts.
|Living Proof Full Thickening Cream
After seeing this product demonstrated on QVC, I thought I would give it a try. I have thin, fine hair and this leave-in treatment is supposed to make it appear thicker, with more body. It is pricey, $14 for a 1.8 ounce bottle, but you only need a pea-sized amount. I put a little more than that in my hair, being careful not too put it too close to my roots. It did work. My hair felt thicker without feeling like I had product build up. I thought it was great, until I went outside. The heat from the sun hits your hair and it emits a smell like you are at an outdoor fish market. Now, I had read reviews on makeupalley.com that complained about the smell, and I assumed it was too flowery or something. Good thing Sephora took it back. Living Proof, if you are listening, fix the smell and I will buy it again!
|Make Up For Ever Iridescent Eyeshadow in Yellow Gold (10)
I have been using MAC products since they day they appeared. Even when my favorite color was discontinued I kept loyal. When Sephora partnered with Make Up For Ever and created the studio boutiques, I decided to give them a try.
First I traded in my Studio Fix powder Foundation for Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Foundation. Make Up For Ever’s formula had a better color match to my skin, but it is more expensive, $32 for .35 oz. vs. $26 for .52 oz..
Make Up For Ever eyeshadow is great. It comes in high pigment, bright colors that layers and blends easily. Yellow Gold (right) can be a subtle yellow or a deep gold. The price seems high at $19, but you double that of a MAC shadow that costs $14.50.
Make Up For Ever was created by artist Danny Sans in Paris, France, where it is still made. It was designed so the actors and models in Paris could apply it themselves. Visit the Make Up For Ever Boutique in the Venetian and choose from their menu of services, eyes, face, lashes. A lesson and color match is free with purchase. You can even stop by before a night out and get one of over 70 lashes applied.
MAC has been focusing on selling new collections (like their parent company Estee’ Lauder) instead of creating great looks for their clients. Give Make Up For Ever a try, you won’t be disappointed.