April 30, 2010


In this new installment of "Reader's Beauty Questions" my lovely friend and model muse, Shauna emailed me that she needed my professional guidance on purple lips.  She loved the look but wanted some direction on what colors to pick. Below are my "cream of the crop" choices when it comes to wearing purple on the lips - whether in gloss or lipstick.

(FYI: Purple lips "ruled the runway" at the Vena Cava spring 2010 show).

DEEP - use for dramaticly dark and seductive pout
MAC "Cyber" - Intense blackish-purple (satin)
Victoria's Secret - Perfect Lipstick in "Vixen" - plum ($12)
Three Custom Color -  "Drifter" Lip Gloss for Rescue Beauty Lounge - a modern and sexy deep plum gloss. ($22.50)
Urban Decay - Pocket Rocket Gloss in "Jesse" -  blackberry with warm sparkle. ($19)

MEDIUM - bright/vibrant yet wearable level of color
Tarte - Lipstick in "Zinfandel" - plummy wine ($16)
Givenchy - Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in "10 Paradise Pink" - pink mauve  ($28)
Kat Von D. - Lightning Sheer Lip Gloss in "Bam" - sheer grape with pink and gold glitter (sale - $9)
 Estee Lauder - (Limited Edition) Bronze Goddess Exotic Lip Gloss in "Wild Orchid" ($18)

LIGHT - soft dose of color that's perfect for daytime
MAC - Amplified Creme Lipstick in "Up The Amp" - Lavender violet ($14)
Benefit - Silky-Finish Lipstick in "Swoonderful" - pearl/ silver mauve  ($18)
Victoria's Secret - Limited Edition Spring 2010 Lip Gloss ($10)
Benefit - Lip Goss in "Kiss You" - clear fuchsia  ($18)

April 22, 2010


In celebration of Earth Day, I've created a beauty blog post that shows you how to get your "green" on with great natural/organic cosmetics and skincare products. I truly believe you can be green and gorgeous at the same time my friends. Happy Earth Day!!!!

Created in Japan, this preservative, fragrance, and color-free line combines new technology with time-tested botanical healers to get skin glowing.

Clear Complexion Kit ($48)
This kit contains everything you need to get on the road to a clearer complexion. Each product works in tandem with the others to sterilize the bacteria that causes acne, unclog pores, and reduce oil production. And since it's Boscia, all products are 100 % preservative free, dermatologist tested, and alcohol free, with 100% natural fragrance and color.

Embodying the mantra, "Red Lips. Green Conscience," CARGO introduces a new revolution in eco-friendly beauty. 

PlantLove™ Lipstick ($20)
100% Natural lipstick!  Celebrity designs!  A lipstick tube made entirely from corn!  PlantLove lipsticks are certified by ECOCERT for being environmentally friendly in Product, Packaging, and Process. Just when you think it doesn't get better than that, $2 from every celeb-designed lipstick goes to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Using certified organic ingredients in their paraben-, fragrance-, and petroleum-free formulas, Juice Beauty's USDA-approved skincare line is a trailblazer in a category that's gaining serious momentum—organic beauty.

Juice Beauty - Organics To Go Kit ($29)
This is a complete organic skincare routine for day and night. It cleanses, brightens, helps to smooth and firm, and provides essential vitamins and antioxidants for healthy, radiant skin. This starter set is the perfect organic gift for a friend and is also ideal for your purse, gym bag, or while traveling.

Talk about a natural beauty-supermodel Josie Maran has gone back to her roots to create her own organic beauty line, Josie Maran Cosmetics.  A homegrown organic beauty expert, Maran has designed a collection that features pure, natural cosmetics in a luxurious array of colors and textures.
Natural Wonder Powder Palette ($35)
This palette includes Eye Shadow: Daydream (shimmery apricot), Hope (bright iridescent blue- purple), Desire (iridescent teal), Trance (shimmery gold), Think (shimmery copper brown), Blush: Illusion (deep rose), Fiction (peachy pink), Bronzing Powder: Beach No. 1 (bronze).
Earth Day Essentials Kit  ($48)
Featuring Josie's Best Sellers this eco-chic kit has universally flattering shades and is housed in a box made from recycled materials and printed with fun green tips from Josie herself. The kit includes: Mascara in black (full size) Cream Blush in sunrise (full size) Plumping Lip Gloss in daring (full size) Eye Liner in black (full size) 100% organic Argan Oil (deluxe sample).

Made from plant extracts and essential oils to enchant the senses while treating the skin, the Korres line was created at the oldest homeopathic pharmacy in Athens, Greece. 
Color Value Set – Natural Beauty ($39.50)
A collection of Korres best-selling color formulas, this beauty kit contains all the essentials to achieve a natural glow. The set contains 6 full size products including: Provitamin B5 & Rice Bran Mascara in Black, Zea Mays Blush (Pink 16), Soft eyeliner pencil (Black 1S), Long-lasting eyeliner pencil (Brown 2) and Cherry Lipgloss (Nude 33 & Light Purple 23).
Best of Korres - Natural Wonders Gift Set ($29.50)
This travel-size gift collection contains all our best-selling, favorite products. Kit includes Wild Rose Cream, Sugar Crystal, Evening Primrose Eye Cream, Guava Body Butter, Yogurt Cooling Gel, and 2 Guava Showergel sample sachets.

Tarte products are chock-full of skinvigorating™ ingredients that nourish and protect your skin and are 100% free of mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, and phthalates. Think of it as "health couture"—a beauty-full mix of fashion and nature.
Be Good To Your Mother (Earth) Tote Set - ($35)
Celebrate your Mother Earth every day with tarte’s reusable, eco-friendly tote and (3) 24/7 lip sheers. [Shades: Reduce-shimmery coral, Reuse-pink & Recycle-nude]