Category Archives: Beauty Buys

Put Some ‘Wu’ In Your Nails

The JASON WU Collection by CND

Jason Wu’s highly anticipated limited edition nail polish collection for CND is finally available for pre-order. Since the announcement last fall, just like you, I too have been waiting for its launch with baited breath. Created to compliment his Spring 2011 Collection, Wu talked about his very first collaboration of a nail polish collection during  New York Fashion Week,  “[e]very season I play with different ways of using color in my collection, so it was a natural choice to collaborate with CND on a capsule of nail colors that reflects my aesthetics.”

Selected looks from Jason Wu Spring 2011 Collection

The colors; Brigitte, a lovely rose, Sophia, a beautiful dark mushroom (also my favorite), Veronica, a “sexy, beet red” with blue undertones and of course Miss Wu, a pretty limestone gray, the designer’s signature color, can all be yours very soon (all orders will ship on May 1). The limited edition set, priced at an incredibly affordable $47, also contains the much hyped about top coat, named Anna, that contains silk fragments to give a tweed-like finish to your nails. I’m not entirely convinced that I would like this effect, particularly on my manicure, but I most definitely want to try it. The spring is the best time to experiment and play around with nail color so don’t wait too long to get your own set. Plus, if you hurry you might be one of the lucky ones to get a top or base coat for free. With dark and light colors, this set is great for all skin tones. I for one can’t wait for mine to arrive. How about you?

Photos courtesy of Style.com and CND.com

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Embrace The Color In You

For women of color finding make-up to compliment various skin tones and shades is always a challenge. So as one who has struggled for many years to find that ideal product, I find it my duty to report on new make-up brands that cater to our needs. THEVI Cosmetics  is one such line that provides a wide range of make-up for a variety of multi-ethnic women who love celebrating their diversity and love of color. Created by Thevaki Thambirajah—a fellow Sri Lankan— the line is infused with vibrant colors and shades that brim from her own culture and the multi-ethnic New York community she grew up in. THEVI Cosmetics help celebrate color that is common in many of our cultures and traditions and makes no apology for it. This line allows women to embrace their unique diversity and love of rich color. So go on try this affordable and versatile line of fun and bold make-up and you’ll never look back.

Fashion Spotlight’s 2010 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s day is right around the corner. If you don’t know what to get your mom yet, don’t fret! We’ve got some fresh ideas for that very special lady in your life.  Go ahead… make your mama proud.

 

  1. NATORI Fragrance  is an exquisite blend of rose petals, jasmine and peony that will touch anyone’s heart. The fragrance also comes in a beautiful bottle that your mom can cherish for years to come. It’s available in two sizes, 50ml for $80 and 100ml for $110 at www.natori.com.
  2. The Mother’s Day Gift Basket from L’Âge De Thé, one of the finest tea companies that specialize in unique hand-blended teas include three delicious classic teas: Earl Grey Crème, a premium black tea flavored with bergamot; Long Island Strawberry, a refreshing flavored green tea with real strawberry pieces; and Almond Cookie Rooibos a naturally caffeine free blend with vanilla undertones, almond slices, and heart shaped sugar sprinkles. If we haven’t got your mouth watering already this ought to do it. Along with these rich teas the gift basket also includes macaroons baked by renowned pastry chef, Damien Herrgott, all for only $40. This will give your mom the perfect excuse to relax and get some much needed time to herself. We bet you agree. 
  3. A travel candle and a mini soap set from Tokyo Milk will help your worker-bee mom relax and take over the board room where ever she goes.
  4. Keep it simple with Simply Silhouettes. Tell your mom how awesome she is with this adorable iPhone skin for only $30. 
  5. Melanie Auld, one of my all-time favorite jewelry designers’ GlamSnake Bracelet would make the perfect gift for your glam mama. Available on http://www.melanieaulddesigns.com for $213.
  6. A tote bag from Rising Tide Fair Trade  for $60 is a complete steal. Not only would this be a thoughtful and useful gift for your mom, it would also help artisans in developing countries support their families.
  7. Jason Wu’s putting a stylish spin on our memories. Now you and your mom can join in with this one-of-a-kind camera for $180.  Enjoy!
  8. Chikara is strength in Japanese and is a clothing collection inspired by women who have undergone breast cancer treatments and surgeries. These gorgeous wraps can be worn by anyone and is stylish at any time. And we can’t think of anyone better to be wearing one than mom’s everywhere. So this Mother’s Day get your mom one of these very special wraps for $150 at www.chikaradesign.com.

From Japan with Love

TATCHA Aburatorigami blotting papers is as unique as its history.  Made from the same products used 300 years ago in imperial Japan and the hidden beauty secret of geishas, these blotting papers are the perfect de-shining solution for all skin types.  Made out of abaca leaf with a lattice weave these blotting papers manage to keep your skin fresh and soft without leaving any powdery residue. One sheet is perfectly sized to be used on your whole face so now you no longer have to go through multiple sheets or even packs each day.  If your skin is as oily as mine, it’s an essential carry-on and the beautiful packaging is a plus you’ll love.

Beauty Tidbits: 3 Things You Need Right Now

Cover it up

My life long search for the perfect foundation has finally come to an end. Cover FX has come to my rescue.  I’ve never found the perfect shade for my skin tone and rarely does cream foundation look anything but fresh on my skin. Cover FX foundation makes my skin look radiant and dewy, even after a long night of partying that my friends actually thought I was pregnant! If you have dark skin like I do, try one of their shades— it’s bound to enhance your natural glow and make you look fresh all day long.

Armed and Fabulous

A lip gloss with a built in date-rape drug detection kit—now, that’s not something you hear every day.  2 Love My Lips is a two-in-one lip plumping, breath freshening lip gloss available in five different shades. But that’s not all— if any of these pretty hues come into contact with even a drop of a contaminated drink it will turn a darker blue color. It’s a safe and fun product—again, not something you here often so next time you want to invest in a lip gloss give this one a try. It just might be that one item you can’t—shouldn’t—leave home without.

 

 

Poolside Color

Winter blues got you down? Get some color on your hands and toes with the incredibly cheery China Glaze Poolside nail polish color palette. These warm neon colors will help you smile and brighten even the gloomiest of days and you won’t need a pool party to help lift your mood.

The Butterfly Effect

How beautiful are these gorgeous butterfly lashes seen yesterday at David Jones show in Australia? The pink eye shadow with white liner and blush accentuate the dotted falsies and create a one-of-a-kind runway look.  What say you ladies— will I see you out and about in the big apple with this bold look or does it just belong on the runway?

Fashion Spotlight’s 2010 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Time flies when you are in love. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner but don’t worry — fashion spotlight has some great gift ideas that’ll make your loved ones warm and fuzzy all over.       

Fashion Spotlight's 2010 Valentine's Day Gift Guide

 

  1. The Cover Girl Clean Makeup Line is a great way to please all the ladies in your life while contributing to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water program. This line includes Liquid Makeup and Pressed Power for all skin types and when you enter to win a humanitarian trip to Africa at www.covergirl.com/cleanforclean you will supply a child with one week’s worth of water — all of this for under $10?  It’s a tough choice to beat.
  2. Michelle Trachtenberg for Poppy Stone Heart Ring  at $128 for her and the Op Art Leather Flat Crossbody Satchel  at $348 for him from Coach make chic wardrobe essentials that have a modern-day appeal.
  3. Yedi Houseware’s adorable InsideOut Hearts cups and saucers in assorted colors (bubblegum pink, banana yellow, lime green, pumpkin orange, turquoise blue and cranberry red) will brighten up any home and make entertaining all that more fun. Cup set of 6 (3.5 oz. Espresso Cups, $40 and 5 oz. Tea Cups, $50) available at www.culvercoffeecompany.com
  4. For those with an affinity for slightly less traditional jewelry Anna Sheffield’s Heart and Key Earring Set from her affordable line at target is too good to ignore. These earrings are a bargain at $24.99.
  5. JimmyJane’s Spin Me takes you right back to 7th grade…well almost. This G-rated version of Spin the Bottle makes our awkward adolescence a distant memory. This is not for the faint at heart. Spin, Read, Obey and Repeat. These are the only rules that apply.

    Fashion Spotlight's 2010 Valentine's Day Gift Guide

     

  6. Ralph Lauren Romance Always Yours rollerball is the perfect gift for the girl on the go. Love will be in the air in no time. Get it now for $20 at Macys.
  7. Layer Cake Shop’s Baked with Love Cupcake Kit is filled with appropriately themed baking goodies for the Martha Stewart in training with a sweet tooth.  Assorted red and pink cupcake toppers, baking cups, mini heart sprinkles, royal icing twist flowers and a party game spinner can all be yours for a sweet $12.
  8. Red Envelope is always a great resource for sophisticated yet affordable gifts for any occasion. They have something for everyone and this Valentine’s Day is no different. Among their wide variety of choices The Love Heart Bamboo plant really caught my eye. It’s so cute and unexpected and makes a great gift for anyone. And you can use it to decorate your home or your space at the office and it’ll certainly last longer than a bouquet of flowers. Available at redenvelope.com for $29.99.
  9. Say it all with this dainty Charm Necklace with Gift Envelope available at Urban outfitters for only $16.
  10. If you are looking to make that special lady in your life extra special get her the Cosabella Amore Mio bra and thong set in leopard print from this exquisite line of Italian lingerie by Ugo and Valeria Campello. Each sold separately — Amore Mio bra in print, $56. 25 and Lowrider thong in print, $20.

    Fashion Spotlight's 2010 Valentine's Day Gift Guide

     

  11. No Valentine’s Day is ever perfect without chocolate. Try the amazing salty-sweet Bapchi’s Caramel Toffee Hearts with pecans and walnuts from Vosges.  It’s so good it’ll be too hard not to keep it all to yourself. Available at http://www.vosgeschoclates.com, $15.
  12. The Silver Valentine’s Heart Cufflinks available at Thomas Pink are so cute and will make a great gift for that special man in your life, whoever that may be. It’ll be the perfect accessory for a special occasion or even to dress up a shirt for a regular day at work. Available at http://www.thomaspink.com, $150.
  13. Candy hearts have been a Valentine’s Day staple for years. This year try the amazing soap version from So Stinking Sweet, a plush new soap line currently available on Etsy. This handmade vegan friendly Valentine Heart variety pack comes in 5 different fragrances — sparkling mandarin tangerine, sun kissed raspberry, cucumber melon, pink grapefruit and berry bramble and it’s made with Shea butter for only $13.
  14. The incredibly stylish Pentagon and Hexagon Watches at the MoMA Store will not only make a great gift for your significant other but for you as well. Inspired by the design of a soccer ball, these watches are available in black and white at www.momastore.org  for $75 each. Now you and your significant other can be matchy-matchy without being tacky.
  15. Designer Amy Bahrt’s whimsical wool animal scarves are perfect for those little valentine’s in your life. Available in-store at Takashimaya for $75 each.