New Product Must-Have: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder

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So we’ve all been there: after applying flawless makeup you go to set everything with finishing power and you are left with a powdery mess all over your face that settles into fine lines and looks unnatural. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new HD Pressed Powder eliminates the possibility of ruining your makeup with cakey residue with a mess-free, lightweight finishing powder that goes on virtually invisible and sets makeup without leaving behind any trace of color.

What is does:
A combination of hyaluronic acid, synthetic mica, silicone powders and silica, the powder aims to instantly blur the appearance of fine lines, large pores, shine and other skin imperfections.

How it feels:
It’s silky and lightweight.

Why I like it:
No matter how many time a day I use oil blotting sheets, my oily skin just doesn’t behave, so I’ve been apply this transparent powder throughout the day to keep shine away. No matter how often I reapply it, the product never builds up, blends seamlessly, and instantly matifies my skin for a naturally flawless and airbrushed look. I can use it over foundation to create a luminous finish or by itself for a smooth out imperfections.

Packaging:
Because the product is pressed it’s easy to carry around in your purse, without having to worry about tit spilling inside your bag. It also comes with a handy mirror, making quick touch ups a breeze.

Tips:
A little bit goes a long way. It helps to use the right kind of brush such as MAKE UP FOR EVER’s #124 Medium Kabuki Brush.

Cost:
$36 (available exclusively at Sephora)

Discover Radiant Orchid with SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE

COY_skubanner_DR1v3_03What: Unleash your inner radiance with the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Collection in Radiant Orchid. Be among the first to experience Radiant Orchid’s deeply flattering flush and ravishing glow:

– Reveal your radiance: Receive a custom Radiant Orchid makeover for eyes, lips, and cheeks from our expert artistry team

– Get creative: Learn personalized tricks and techniques to incorporate the exclusive, limited-edition Color of the Year Collection into your look

– Get educated: Take home a complimentary look book with a professional step by step guide to master exhilarating new looks at home*

– Beauty Insiders Get Rewarded: Leave with an official SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Pouch—free with your personalized Color of the Year consultation and any $25 purchase.**

When: Friday, March 14th to Sunday, March 16th/ 12pm – 6pm

Where: ALL SEPHORA STORES

*While supplies last.

**Sign up for a complimentary Beauty Insider account at your local Sephora or by logging on to Sephora.com.

Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome.

New Ciaté Holiday Gift Sets In Stores Now

This holiday season trendy nail polish brand Ciaté is offering unique collections, sure to please the nail polish aficionado in your life.

Tree Trinkets

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You can adorn your nails with festive polishes, but now, your Christmas tree? That’s right! Ciaté limited edition Tree Trinkets feature 6 glittering shades that come enclosed within a crystal clear bauble, complete with gift tags and a signature black satin bow for hanging. The baubles come as a set of 6, so you can give the full box to someone, or gift 6 individuals with the trinkets. Shades include: Candy Cane, All Aglow, Yule Rules, Blizzard, Naughty or Nice and Glitterball.

Ciaté Tree Trinkets™are vailable now for $30 each.

Mini Mani Month

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Last year Ciaté’s Mini Mani Month took Sephora by storm and was the brand’s fastest selling holiday product. This year the limited edition set is back. Mini Mani Month features a countdown calendar of 24 nail art minis (17 creme shades and 7 textured manicure toppers). Once the date is removed, specially curated mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, bespoke sequin blends, exclusive caviar pearls, and salon quality treatments are reveled behind the beautifully designed packaging.

Ciaté’s Mini Mani Month, exclusive to Sephora, is available now for $58.00.

Nailene Gel Review

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Gel polish has become a must-have beauty item. With long-wearing staying power, a variety of colors, and the ability to do it yourself at home,  it’s hard to resist the allure of this perfect manicure. This week, I am reviewing the Nailene Gel Kit with the French manicure.

NOTE: Please follow the instructions in the kit properly. Too much primer and gel base will cause the gel not to form properly on your nail and hold.

Step 1 – Clean and buff your nail; a self-manicure essentially. I do this with my mini-manicure kit that I purchased at Sephora for $5.00.

Step 2 – Use the gel primer. Do not over use as a little bit goes along way. To avoid putting too much on, dab the brush against the inside of the bottle.

Step 3 – Time to start cooking! Place your hands in the provided LED lamp for 2 minutes. Do thumbs last.

Step 4 – Next, the gel base coat. Again, place a thin layer on your nail and place your hands under the LED lamp for another 2 minutes.

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At this point, you should be able to see your nail start to shine. Feel free to touch the nail. It should be glossy and smooth.

Step 5 – As in Step 4, brush on the gel polish of choice. For me, it was the French Pink. Place hands under LED lamp.

Step 6 – Apply second coat and replace hands under lamp for 2 minutes.

By now, this might be redundant to place your hands in and out of the LED lamp so many times, but this is order for the gel to set and give you that shiny gel perfection.

Step 7 – Last time! Please the gel top coat and get back under the LED lamp for your final 2 minutes of baking.

Step 8 – Using some rubbing alcohol or the one provided, take a cotton ball or a napkin and gently rub your nail. This removes any excess coating and creates that shine. This also ensures that the gel has set properly. If you find the gel still wet, go back under the LED lamp for two more minutes.

Now,  I have given instructions for the normal color. I am going to add the extra steps for the French.

The French kit comes with separate tips that must be applied after the gel has set. If you are doing French, DO NOT follow Step 6. Go right into applying the white tips. The tips are rather sticky; you must be very careful when using them….they stick to anything! They stuck to the table that I was working on and they are very hard to remove. So, be sure you have paper towels or a newspaper under our hands when working. It was very difficult to select the right size tip for my nail which caused me to have to trim and take extra time to get the French just right. After you have selected your tips and they are on (hopefully you didn’t create a sticky mess like me!) you can apply the top coat.

 

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Overall, this is a great product when using a solid color. I would re-think the French kit. The tips should not be so sticky or add a small bottle of white polish so that the user can pick their own size and have less stickiness to worry about.

 

Introducing Isaac Mizrahi Loves Tweezerman

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Tweezerman, the beauty tools experts, have teamed up with famed designer and Project Runway All-Stars judge Isaac Mizrahi for its 2013 Limited Edition Designer Series Collection, an annual collaboration which has included former partnerships with designer powerhouses Agatha Ruiz De le Prada, Betsy Johnson, Cynthia Rowley, and Harajuku Lovers.

Mizrahi, who is notorious for his colorful and irreverent fashion creations called the collaboration a “no-brainer.”

“Tweezerman is a great, reliable, global brand, and my brand is similarly positioned,” he said at last week’s launch event held at Sephora Times Square. “Why wouldn’t I want to work with them?”

Dr. Conny Wittke, CEO and President of Tweezerman International echoed the sentiment. “Mizrahi, a designer well known for demystifying style for women, perfectly embodies Tweezerman’s philosophy of translating the runway to real life for our customers so they can get their perfect look,” she said. “Mizrahi’s designs can’t help but inspire women with the same excitement that the quality of our tools wows them with again and again,”

The new collection, Isaac Mizrahi Loves Tweezerman, features two special edition patterns, Splatter Paint and Candy Buttons, on Tweezerman’s full-sized and mini slant tweezers ($25 and $15 each, respectively).

“I really wanted to create an iconic pair of tweezers that isn’t just fun, but something that really stands out,” he said. “You won’t have a hard time finding splatter paint or polka dot tweezers in your purse!”

In addition to the tweezers, Tweezerman’s Filemate Nail File ($5) has also undergone a Mizrahi makeover, and features the limited edition Candy Buttons pattern.

“The bold patterns are fun and uplifting, and I think the items in the collection may relieve strife,” he said reflectively. “If someone is drawn to it, and if it makes them smile, that’s a bonus.”

The five-piece limited edition collection became available exclusively at Sephora and sephora.com in September 2013.

MAKE UP FOR EVER To Host Free Foundation Lessons Nationwide

FNC-Poster_18x24_lowresOne major topic I’ve talked about on this blog has been my quest to find the perfect foundation shade.

Let’s recap shall we?

Makeup Felony: Mismatched Foundation

Social Etiquette: Do you tell someone they are wearing the wrong foundation shade?

Perfectly Matched: Custom Blended Foundation

In search of “The One” – Sephora + Pantone Color IQ Review

I literally once has a makeup artist say to me, “You have that ‘special’ kind of skin tone, no one has quite perfected yet.”

So, I was excited to learn that MAKE UP FOR EVER commissioned a study from The NPD Group to find out why so many women have a hard time finding the right foundation shade.

Here are some key findings from the survey:

  • 73% of women say finding the right foundation is challenging (with over 500 foundation products on the market it’s not surprising women are overwhelmed!)
  • 72% of women DO NOT change their foundation seasonally (even though skin shade can change up to 4-5 times a year)
  • 62% of women had difficulty applying foundation
  • 54% of women say finding the right shade is the most difficult

In order to help women solve their foundation challenges, MAKE UP FOR EVER will be hosting more than 100 FREE Foundation Nation events at SEPHORA stores and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques in the U.S. and Canada from September 20th – October 5th. During free 15-minute one-on-one sessions, attendees will have their biggest foundation issues addressed, get perfectly matched with the correct shade, and taught proper application techniques. Makeup artists will do one half of the client’s face, and then have the client do the other half so that they can learn how to do it on their own – a teaching technique currently taught in the brand’s makeup schools across the county.

For full event listings and details click here.

EVENT ALERT: Celebrate MARC JACOBS BEAUTY at SEPHORA!

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The Wait is Over: MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Arrives at SEPHORA 

Break the rules. Push the boundaries. Create your own style. Sephora invites you to indulge in the iconic designer’s debut cosmetics line: Marc Jacobs Beauty. Head to the Sephora Beauty Studio to be one of the first to see this assortment of 16 innovative complexion and color cosmetics, and four chic and luxurious makeup brushes and experiment with provocative colors. Receive one of the exclusive Marc Jacobs Beauty looks from a Sephora makeup artist and take home a limited-edition Marc Jacobs Beauty collectable Look Book after your makeover.*

*While supplies last.

WHEN: Thursday, September 5th to Wednesday, October 9th

WHERE: ALL SEPHORA LOCATIONS

 Please visit Sephora.com for your nearest event location and time.