Affordable Glam Gifts by Sonia Kashuk

Available exclusively at Target stores and, Sonia Kashuk's alluring Holiday 2009 collection is the epitome of affordable glam, and includes brush sets, palettes and stylish cosmetics bags.

Starry Eyes, $14.99

A shimmering black palette holds six eyeshadows, mirror and applicator.

Twist of Fate, $19.99

An essential six-piece brush set is packaged in a chic bag that doubles as a clutch.

Beauty Junkie, $12.99

Keeps all products neatly organized with three removable compartments and one side pocket.

Classic Palette, $19.99

Create the classic face with must-have colors for lips, cheeks and lids.

Glitz & Glam, $12.99

A 4-piece travel brush set makes it easier than ever to apply makeup on-the-run.

Purse Essential, $9.99

A 5-piece brush set packaged in a sleek, silver case.

Twist & Shout, $12.99

A perennial must-have, this huge Kabuki brush is ideal for applying all types of powders from head-to-toe.

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Today Only! Free Fluff Shadow Brush at Benefit with $20 purchase!

Gift yourself a free fluff shadow brush with any $20 purchase at Benefit. Enter FLUFF129 at checkout. Offer valid 12.09.09 only. Don't forget to add product to the shopping bag before checkout.
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Winter Ready Skin with Beauty Expert, Paula Begoun

During the winter season, the skin changes drastically. The water content decreases and the skins lipid (oil/emollient) capacity no longer provides as much protection as it did in the summer. The result is dryer skin, itchy and sometimes even cracked, sore skin.
Paula Begoun, beauty expert, best-selling author and founder of gives us her top tips and some affordable product recommendations, to help you get skin ready for the harsh winter months ahead.

1) You still need sunscreen: Daylight even dim, obscure daylight causes skin damage. This means it slowly becomes unable to hold moisture or feel smooth.  One of the most effective sunscreens on the market is Paula's Choice Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 45 ($14.95).

2) State-of-the-art moisturizers: Any moisturizer you choose should be filled to the brim with antioxidants, water-binding agents, and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Anything less leaves skin incapable of warding off the environmental causes of dry skin. Olay Total Effects Moisturizer ($19.38) Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector ($17.50), and Neutrogena's Oil-Free Moisture ($12.99) have some of the best and most reasonably priced options.

3) Apply and reapply moisturizer: You can never use too much! When your skin starts feeling dry, pile more on. Be diligent about reapplying moisturizer. A good tip is to reapply everytime you wash your hands. Keep a moisturizer in your purse, at your desk, and in every bathroom in your home. The NEW RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer ($22.95) by Paula's Choice, builds and preserves collagen, firms and protects against moisture loss.

 4) Avoid soap, use ONLY gentle cleansers: This cannot be stressed enough. Never use a cleanser that is harsher than the weather outside, and that includes from the neck down. Do not scrub skin, you cannot scour away dry skin. Try Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($7.99) or Dove Cool Moisture Facial Cleansing Cloths ($6.49).

5) No oils in your bath water: It does not make sense to pour bath oils in to water because most of the oils ends up going down the drain and not on your skin. It also makes the bath slippery and dangerous. bath oils encourage you to soak for longer periods of time in the tub and that isn't good for the skin. Oils are best applied post-bath or shower. Good options include Vaseline's Intensive Rescue Clinical Therapy ($6.99), Auqaphor Healing Ointment by Eucerin ($5.99) or Paula's Choice Slip Into Silk Body Lotion ($16.95).

6) Don't forget your lips: Lips are the least capable of staying smooth and soft when the air becomes dry. During the day and night be sure to put an emollient lip gloss or lip balm on your lips. Make sure it doesn't contain any irritating ingredients such as peppermint and menthol which cause irritation and it will help keep lips moisturized. Try the Moisturizing Lipscreen ($8.95) by Paula's Choice, Blistex Clear Advance SPF 30 ($2.19) or Jelly Balm L'Oreal Paris ($9.00).

Follow these basic rules and you will have great, hydrated, well-moisturized skin all winter long!
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Clarisonic Home and Away Gift Set: Exclusively at Nordstrom

Give the gift of healthy, radiant skin this holiday season with Clarisonic’s Home & Away Gift Set. 

Available exclusively at Nordstrom stores nationwide and at, the Home & Away Gift Set includes: Clarisonic PLUS with Spot Therapy Brush for the face and body; Clarisonic Mia Skin Care System; a Trio of Clarisonic Cleansers: Gentle Hydro Cleanser (All/Sensitive Skin), Nourishing Care Cleanser (Normal/Dry Skin) and Refreshing Gel Cleanser (Normal/Oily Skin); Refining Skin Polish (to be used with Clarisonic’s Spot Therapy Brush); and a Toiletry Case.
Developed by the lead inventor of the Sonicare® toothbrush, this super exclusive gift set includes both the Clarisonic PLUS with Spot Therapy Brush and Clarisonic Mia Skin Care System that gently remove embedded dirt and oil, resulting in healthier, more beautiful skin.In addition, Clarisonic Mia Skin Care System is perfect for wherever your lifestyle takes you – at the gym or while traveling. The one-button, one-speed, one-minute Mia offers sonic skin cleansing in a compact model.

Clarisonic cleanses so well that products absorb better, pores appear smaller, fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced, and your skin’s tone and texture improve. Both models are waterproof, and rechargeable with universal chargers for worldwide use.

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Cyber Monday at Bath and Body Works

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Cyber Monday at Tarte: 40% off + more!

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Kiehl’s Honors World AIDS Day

On Dec. 1 2009, Kiehl's will renew their partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, to release introduce Hand Care for a Cure, a Limited Edition version of the Kiehl's customer favorite, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve -- a heavy-duty hand cream that offers all-day protection and moisture to the hands. 100% of the net profits will benefit amfAR.
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Must-try Hand Healers

Even in the humid climate of South Florida, I am constantly searching for a quenching hand lotion throughout the winter months. These are some of my new favorites, which combat chapped and parched skin as well as cracked cuticles.

LUSH Coco Lotion*

Inspired by the Caribbean, and packed with extra virgin coconut oil, which has been said to clear 95 percent of skin infections associated with the eczema-exacerbating bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus – the all-natural Vegan formula also rejuvenates and brightens skin while balancing pH levels. I uses this on my hands as well as feet, arms and legs. The scent is light and refreshing, plus I know I am getting everything natural and healthy when I choose LUSH products. $19.95,

Clinique Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream*

Super-nourishing ingredients like Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Birch Extract, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, soothe, smooth and plump hands with just one application -- I swear! Despite the rich formula, the cream absorbs quickly, and doesn’t leave behind any sticky residue. 

Organics by Noah’s Naturals Shea Butter Hand Cream

This vitamin rich hand cream has amazing skin soothing powers and all-natural Shea butter absorbs easily to the skin, providing moisture and extreme hydration to dry, chapped hands without any slimy or greasy feel. $10.99,

*Press samples were sent to me for review for these products.
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Benefit Haul: 11-14-09

I binged on BENEFIT, and it felt good! 

Top Row: Poisie Tint, Lip Gloss in Fresh Squeeze, Lip Gloss in Almost Famous, Lip Gloss in Friends in High Places, One Hot Minute Face Powder.

Middle: Bad Gal Lash mascara in Black

Bottom: Velvet Eyeshadow in Gimme Some PLum, Velvet Eyeshadow in Where There's Smoke, Velvet Eyeshadow in Leggy, Eye Bright instant eye brightener.

What is your favorite BENEFIT beauty product???
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Godiva Introduces a New Sensory Indulgence

Known for their orgasmic confections and chocolates, Godiva is proud to introduce the Godiva Home Fragrance Collection. The delightfully scented candles, which feature some of their most revered flavors, are the brand’s first foray into the home fragrance category in its over 80 year history. Godiva teamed up with Laura Slatkin, CEO of Candela Group, to create the collection of five delectable and sophisticated fragranced candles. And like the chocolates, each candle is beautifully wrapped in a signature golden box. Each scent is available in full size 7 oz jars (50 hours burn time, $22.50 each) as well as 4.4  oz travel size jars (10 hours burn time, $12.50 each). Godiva Scented Candles are available at Neiman Marcus, Belk, Dillard’s and select stores nationwide.


Milk Chocolate Truffle, inspired by classic Milk Chocolate Truffle: Rich milk chocolate aromas blended with a touch of brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. 

Raspberry Ganache, inspired by sophisticated Raspberry Ganache Twirl: Tart raspberry and semi-sweet chocolate fragrances are nestled amongst the softness of warm vanilla and brown sugar top notes. 

Black Almond Truffle, inspired by creamy Roasted Almond Truffle: Roasted black almonds and velvet dark chocolate scents are enhanced with a hint of golden honey, black pepper and vetiver essences. 

White Chocolate Magnolia, inspired by luscious White Ganache Bliss: Creamy white chocolate notes are blended with a delicate floral bouquet of magnolia, white rose and jasmine. 

Peppermint Bark, inspired by hand-made Peppermint Bark: Fine dark and white chocolate characteristics are married together with Madagascar bourbon vanilla and the essence of crushed peppermint. 
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How Cool is this? Stila Makeup Player

Beauty and cutting-edge technology come together with Stila's new Beauty 4.0 platform, which gives women an all access pass to an interactive beauty community and a product assortment destined to transform the beauty industry. 

“I designed and created Beauty 4.0 to celebrate the inner beauty of women and to teach Stila Girls how to enhance their appearance,” said Lynn Tilton, CEO of Patriarch Partners, LLC and owner of Stila.  “Working with the women of Stila to create Beauty 4.0 has been a spiritual and inspirational experience.” 

Here is how it works:

1.  Download your very own beauty bible from Stila BeautyTube and never have to visit a makeup counter for instruction ever again! Thanks to the Beauty Player you'll be able to grow your very own collection of virtual video  beauty secrets and lessons which can be viewed on, YouTube or downloaded via iTunes podcasts. 

In addition to sharing the best beauty pro tips and tutorials, Stila will also  rock your beauty world thanks to a partnership with Universal/ Republic / Casablanca Music recording artist Kate Earl, one of iTunes’ top downloaded artists.  You'll be able to Download exclusive footage 
of Kate dishing about her Stila faves along with an acoustic performance at the Stila headquarters.  

Future tips, tricks and snippets of beauty wisdom will include appearances from makeup maven YouTube blogger Pinkiecharm, top beauty bloggers,  and guest experts--think makeup-obsessed celebs. 

Once your media is set up, turn the lessons into looks with The Makeup Player's trio of essentions--Makeup, Education and Empowerment-- all in one stylish case. Within the part makeup artist-style train case, part media player with speaker system, the portable vanity holds:

• NEW One Step Foundation (choice of four shades- Fair, Light, Medium and Dark) 
• NEW Eye Shadow Trio in neutral shades complete with an aluminum compact 
• Convertible Color in Camellia (for fair and light complexions) or 
 Convertible Color in Rose (for medium and dark complexions) 
• Lip Glaze in Grapefruit 
• #7 Eye Shadow Brush 
• Instructional DVD 

How cool is that?? 

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Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection 2009

For Holiday 2009 Bobbi Brown introduces some all-new color, plus some super-awesome gift sets: 

Chrome Palette Limited Edition 

Bobbi’s cool, contemporary take on holiday beauty. Icy, shimmering accents on eyes and lips. Perfect for the life of the party. Inside this chrome fold-out palette you’ll find everything you need to create countless party-ready looks: 10 eye shadow shades, 4 lip shades, a Mini Eye Shadow Brush, and Mini Lip Brush.

Chrome Lips Limited Edition
$22 each
Shades: Port Lip Color, Chrome Metallic Lip Color, Plum Pearl Metallic Lip 

A quick and easy way to look party-perfect: new shades of Metallic Lip Color and Lip Color in chic custom cases. 

Chrome Mini Brush Set Limited Edition

When space is premium, downsize with the Chrome Mini Brush Set. Offers three of Bobbi’s must have brushes—Mini Face Blender, our new Mini Angle Eye Shadow Brush, and Mini Eye Liner—in palm-of-your- hand sizes. A chrome faux-leather zip-around case protects brushes for years of use

Chrome Eye Shadow Limited Edition
$22 each
Shades: Silver, Gold, Pewter

Nothing says holiday glamour like eyes dressed up in new Chrome Eye Shadow. 
Developed with highly reflective pearls, this opulent formula looks like liquid metal on lids and reflects light beautifully. Featured in our signature eye shadow compact, customized for the season with a luxe chrome finish. 

Goldstone Long-Wear Eye Palette Limited Edition

Made to last from dusk till dawn. Bobbi’s new Goldstone Long-Wear Eye Palette has everything you need to create a complete and long-lasting eye look: two shades of Long-Wear Cream Shadow, one shade of Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, and a dual-ended mini Cream Shadow/Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush. Featured in a new sleek palette with a festive chrome finish. 

Earth Metal Lip & Eye Palette Limited Edition

Natural, shimmering elements come together in this beautiful new palette. Inside the chrome-accented compact you’ll find six exclusive high-shimmer eye shadows, four exclusive creamy lip colors, a mini Eye Shadow Brush and mini Lip Brush. 

Velvet Plum Eye Palette Limited Edition

Back by popular demand. The perfect day-to-night eye palette includes a base shade, a lower lid shade, a crease shade, liner and a dual-ended mini Eye Shadow/Eye Liner Brush. 

Glitter Balm Lip Palette Limited Edition

Pretty and pampering. This sleek, chrome- accented palette is filled with four beautiful shades of Glitter Lip Balm. Unique balm formula is infused with a mix of pearls and glitter so it moisturizes, comforts, and gives lips a glowy sheen. Includes a Lip Brush.

Lip Gloss Trio Limited Edition
Shades: Marina Pink Sheer Color Gloss, Pink Blossom Lip Gloss, Cocoa Sugar Shimmer Lip Gloss

Our popular lip gloss trio, updated for the holidays with special edition 
chrome caps. Each of the shades is hand-picked by Bobbi to flatter a wide range of complexions.   

Tube Tint Trio Limited Edition
Shades:  Twilight Shimmer, Blossom Tint, Cherry Tint 

A great stocking stuffer or “just because” treat. Set includes three 
full-size Lip Tint SPF 15 in an all-new shade assortment that flatters all 

Black Plum Deluxe Beauty Trunk Limited Edition

Sure to be a favorite among all Bobbi Brown devotees. This ultra luxurious Beauty Trunk is a refined and luxurious way to house and display your makeup. Interior features a mirror and several levels to organize beauty essentials, tools and skincare.
Available at all Bobbi Brown Counters  and at

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LORAC Hollywood Ice Collection: Holiday 2009

LORAC has some amazing new holiday sets/kits for 2009. They are a great value, have beautiful quality and include some limited edition colors that you won't be able to find other than in this collection. 

This all-in-one kit covers the whole face with two different pages of products. One page is warm and the other a cool page -- both with color-coordinating shades. In total, it includes 16 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 2 lip glosses, a bronzer, highlighter, lip liner and dual-sided shadow/liner brush ensconced within a platinum faux-croc skin case that can be re-used as a jewelry box. $55, exclusively at Sephora


This kit comes with 5 mini COUTURE SHINE LIQUID LIPSTICKS that contain Mother of Pearl for shine and Hyaluronic Acid for moisture. One f the shades is a limited edition called Lavish -- a sheer watermelon color. $22.50,


Packaged in platinum faux-croc skin, this palette contains 8 eye shadows, 2 blushes, a lip gloss and dual-sided shadow/liner brush. $30, exclusively at ULTA 
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Tom Pecheux named Creative Makeup Director at Estee Lauder

According to the press release I received this morning:
Estée Lauder, the flagship brand of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., 
today named world-renowned makeup artist Tom Pecheux Creative Makeup Director.  

A favorite of top photographers, stylists and fashion editors around the world for his sophisticated take on Parisian glamour, Pecheux will work closely with the Estée Lauder brand to help set artistic direction for the 
next generation of Estée Lauder makeup and communicate his point of view on modern beauty to consumers, press and fashion and beauty influencers. 

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Tom Pecheux,” said Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “Tom will add a new energy, style and fashion edge to Estée Lauder makeup. His intuitive sense 
of color and expertise in global beauty trends will help us redefine modern color in a bold new way.” 

Beginning in Spring 2010, new, high-impact color products influenced by Pecheux will appear at Estée Lauder counters. Pecheux’s makeup artistry will be featured in new advertising campaigns with Estée Lauder model Hilary Rhoda.
Pecheux began his career three decades ago by assisting the legendary makeup artist Linda Cantello but it was through his close creative relationships with Mario Testino and Carine Roitfeld at the start of the 1990s that Pecheux established himself as a leading force in makeup. Philosophically, Pecheux believes that make-up should flatter rather than conceal or embellish. 

“It’s a great privilege to work with the Estée Lauder brand,” said Pecheux. “We are both dedicated to making women look and feel beautiful. I know this will be a great creative partnership.” 

Throughout his career, Pecheux has consistently worked with the finest fashion photographers, including Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Craig McDean, Peter Lindbergh, and Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.  He has also created striking runway looks for leading fashion houses including Marni, Ralph Lauren, Derek Lam, Givenchy, Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent and Jean-Paul Gaultier.  

Pecheux is a regular contributor to top fashion magazines, including Vogue (Italy, Paris and U.S. editions), Vanity Fair and V magazine. He has also created memorable advertising campaigns for Michael Kors, Burberry, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Givenchy, Balmain and Yves Saint Laurent

I wonder how, and IF the brand will change. What do you think??
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Mademoiselle Chanel recognized, defined and revered the color black as a symbol of luxury, modernity, sophistication and seduction. In honor of the brand's namesake, Peter Philips has created a tribute to black with an avant-garde collection of eye, lip and nail shades that explore the nuances of the iconic shade. Definitely for the more daring when worn together, they achieve elegance when limited to either the eyes, lips or fingertips.
Limited Edition
Three limited-edition shades of the iconic lipstick exemplify the seductive feel of the collection. The lip colors are an enigmatic play on noir, each with a different, nuanced undertone. 
Limited Edition
Nowhere is black’s mystique more strikingly expressed than on the eyes. A shade quartet of deep green, mahogany, midnight blue and dark violet — embellished with the coveted CHANEL signature — creates a dramatic, yet sophisticated look.
Black is elevated to a new level of intensity with the introduction of NOIR OBSCUR, an extreme, black shade of the best-selling CHANEL mascaras. Lashes are coated in deep, luxurious color for the most intensely dramatic effect. 
For the perfect finishing touch, new edgy yet elegant shades of black for fingertips. 

On counter: November 2009
Available at, select CHANEL boutiques and department stores.

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Have You Tried It? Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo/Conditioner

According to Living Proof, No Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner contains some super-scientific stuff like PolyfluoroEster, a breakthrough ingredient that allows for control over hair’s surface energy and roughness, prevents moisture fluctuations, and coats the cuticles to reduce the friction between fibers for smooth healthy-looking hair. 

So, have you tried it? Worth the $24 per bottle?? 
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Mally Roncal Introduces her Signature Fragrance

She's worked with superstars like Beyonce and Heidi Klum. She has a best-selling makeup brand on QVC, and she is renown for always sharing her best makeup tips and tricks so that every woman can create a professionally made up look at home. Now, Mally Roncal introduces her Mally Beauty Fragrance for the first time TODAY on QVC at 8 p.m.

Inspired by Mally's Philippine roots, the fragrance is described as a "... clean, fresh, citrus perfume taken from the Sampaguita flower ... it wraps you in the love, happiness and hopeful energy that represents Mally's warm philosophy of life." 

Top Note: Sampaguita, Mandarin, Red Currant, Bamboo, Palm Leaf
Middle Note: Freesia, Jasmine, Muguet, Peony
Base Note: Peach, Coconut, Sandalwood, Musks
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Gothic Vampire Makeup Look by Lauren Luke

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Halloween Nails

I've found a few fun, stick-and-go nail options that will guarantee spooktacular Halloween manicure styles. From scary to goth-glam, they offer a little Halloween fun with festive flair.

Dashing Diva introduces new Halloween themed Design Nails on the Go, which are available at Sephora and for $8. These nails are pre-glued press-ons that last for up to 2 days of wear and are super-cute in 3 awesome designs that include rhinestones.  

Skull & Bonz

Treasure Island

Love Potion

Available in drugstores, Walmart and at, Kiss seasonal nail kits include 24 nails in 12 sizes with “glue tabs” to press on the nail to make them easy to apply and remove.  At the end of the evening, simply run nails under warm water to loosen the glue tab and peel off from the side. They will not damage your natural nail. $3.99 

Black & White Skull

Red French With Skull

Vampire Red

Silver Spider Web

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A few of my favorite things for fall

Essie Cuddle with Color Fall 2009 Colors to Go 6-Pack  

A must-have mix of colors featuring all the hottest hues of the season. $30.99

Lucy B Australian Wild Jasmine Eau de Parfum Spray 

Pineapple and white ginger only enhance the heart of pure australian jasmine. Breathe it in deeply to also experience hints of water lily and magnolia. $48

Paul & Joe Limited Edition Lipstick in Reckless 

Nothing's hotter than red lips for fall--and Paul & Joe's racy ruby version doesn't disappoint. $20

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Vanessa Paradis: the New Face of Chanel Lipstick

You might only know her as Johnny Depp's baby mama, but the storied relationship between Vanessa Paradis & Chanel continues as she has been named the new face of Chanel Lipstick.

In 1992 she lent her youthful yet graceful look to the Coco fragrance.

In 2003, she became the muse for Cambon handbags in from of Karl Lagerfeld's camera.

And now, in 2010, her modern elegance, boldness of character and power of emotion will unite with a range of lipsticks with an evocative name: Rouge COCO de CHANEL.
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