H&M Beauty….Finally!

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Things have been a bit crazy at work and I’ve been cut off from all “beauty news” over the past week and missed the launch of H&M Beauty. I was reading an article today about all the products and I immediately ran across the street from my office to H&M.  While I was hoping to take a look at the hair products, the H&M I went to didn’t have them. I’m assuming the flagship at Herald Square only carries the full line.

So of course I had to pick up a few things. There were 4 displays: Nails, Lips, Eyes, Face, Blushes and accessories. I believe all of their products are between $1.99-$25, something like that. I would say that most of the items were moderately priced in the $6-$13 range. I had to exercise much restraint but I opted for the lash curler (who doesn’t need?), a makeup sponge, an eyebrow pencil and a lip crayon (of course). I have to say the displays were very nice and well thought out. The packaging is super clean and simple, but it works. I can’t wait to see how these products stand up and what they continue to create. What do you all think: would you use H&M’s new beauty products? Are you excited about them?

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Little Brands Come to Sephora

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Sephora plans to give little brands a BIG chance with their recently announced “Scouted by Sephora” program. They plan to sell “the next big brands” already identifying 40 brands to participate. WWD reports “eight to 10 brands will be highlighted every other month. The current offerings include Viseart, Tatcha, Juliette has a Gun (fragrance), Makeup Eraser, Reverie, Cinema Secrets, Sunday Riley and Skin Inc. The next installation is planned for late October and will have a global theme.”

Niche brands being given the opportunity to reach Sephora’s customers is HUGE. This opportunity will certainly give these brands an instant jolt into stardom.

This announcement follows a series of recent marketing programs, including a beauty-box subscription offering. I could probably ramble on about how excited I am for Sephora Play and what a smart move this is by Sephora, but I will stop myself here. Enjoy for yourselves!

 

 

August Empties

  
I just had two of my absolute favorite products run out. Lush Flying Fox shower gel and First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. You may remember my last post of Empties, where I also had the F.A.B face cleanser. I do love this product. I feel like you can’t go wrong with this brand. So naturally, I must be off to sephora tomorrow to buy another! 

The Lush Flying Fox shower gel is one of my favorite scents. Seriously. I wish there were popular jasmine fragrances out there. I’d totally rock it. I’ve gone through a few bottles of this shower gel and they actually last a pretty long time. I think one of the employees told me that the gel doesn’t contain that much water so the formula is much more concentrated which is why a little will go a long way, and the product can last. I’m dying to go to Lush but for whatever reason I don’t have the same self control that I do when I go into Sephora. When I go to Lush I end up leaving with 4 or 5 things! Maybe it’s all the events that get me. 

What are your favorite products you’re constantly running out of?

Pucker Up – New Christian Louboutin Lipstick

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Have you seen this beautiful packaging? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen any beauty product look this amazing. Christian Louboutin has outdone himself in presenting this gorgeous lipstick packaging.  They’re said to be inspired by everything  from Babylonian architecture to Art Deco to Middle Eastern antiquities. They certainly look like something Queen Nefertiti herself, would have used.  There are 3 textures: Silky Satin, Velvet Matte and Sheer Voile, and 36 colors overall.

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The one downside—they’re going to retail for $90. Just when you thought you’d never pay $50 for Louboutin nail polish, they introduce the $90 lipstick. Oh Louboutin, why such a high price?!  I supposed they’re turning the notion of beauty products into something to truly covet .

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4 Cult Beauty Brands – And the Products You Need to Know About

After going on a beauty following-spree on Instagram, I found a few cult beauty brands that seem to be popular across many accounts. Here’s what I’ve gathered so far:front-logo

1. Dose of Colors

Most coveted item: Terra Collection trio in “Brick, Sand, Stone”

Swatches by @makeupby_amy 😍 #TerraCollection #DoseofColors

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2. Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Most coveted item: “Celebrity Skin” matte lipstick

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3. Colour Pop

Most coveted item: any of their matte lipsticks and eyeshadows (this brand is very affordable too, think E.L.F.)

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4. Lime Crime

Most coveted item: Venus palette and Velvetine lip stick in “Cashmere”

Leo glitter + Venus palette = a match made in makeup heaven! ☁️✨💄

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Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin

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Many of you probably recognize or use Dr. Jart+ brand BB creams. I feel like that was the first BB cream brand that made it big in the US. So I got this small duo pack of Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin liquid and cream back in the winter. I read many reviews on Sephora.com and they all raved about how amazing this product is and that it’s particularly great for dry skin. I happen to have desert-textured skin during the winter, yeah it’s pretty bad. So far, I really like the product. It definitely leaves my skin feeling hydrated; however, my biggest problem is the complete imbalance in this duo-product’s size. You get .30mL of the liquid and .15 of the cream, how does that equal out? I’m basically done with the cream, as you can tell, but I have half the bottle of liquid left. Not cool, Dr.Jart+.

Anyway, I do recommend this product if you have very dry skin. It is a bit pricey for both, that’s why I opted for this duo-set. My next experiment will be to pair the rest of the liquid with a different moisturizer since I’ve run out of the Ceramidin. I’m sure it will similar results.