Older Girl Beauty

MAC "Warm and Cozy" video review

MAC has come out with a collection called “Warm and Cozy”, which is just what its name implies – warm toned products. This is a larger collection with items from color cosmetics, that are primarily neutral nudes that fall on the warm end of the spectrum, to body products.

I had a chance to try out several products from this line, but my favorite of it had to be the Care Blends Essential Oils, Grapefruit & Chamomile, if only for the aromatherapy qualities alone. (*The fact that it soaked in and applied like a dry oil immeditately didn’t hurt anything, either.)

As with most MAC collections, this one is Limited Edition. It’s on counters now thru February, with the International release in February. Let me know if you pick any of this up & what you liked the most.

MAC in Lillyland video review

MAC collaborated with NYC socialite/designer Lilly Pulitzer for their collection called “MAC in Lillyland”. In it they included some of the floral colors & patterns similar to what Lilly used in her famous Shift Dress from the 50’s. This Limited Edition collection is available now thru February, 2010 in the US, with an International release in February, 2010.

The History of Beauty: Ungaro is NOT Lindsay Lohan

Nowadays, when you hear “Ungaro” you think of the dismally received fashion show fronted by “artistic designer”, Lindsay Lohan. Thankfully, it has not always been that way.

Emanual Ungaro, born in 1933, took to sewing, as his father had done. So much that by the time he was 22 he moved to Paris, & 3 years later he was designing for the House of Cristobal Balenciaga. He stayed there for 3 years before moving on to design for André Courrèges. Only 4 years later, in 1965, he opened his own fashion house – having his first Prêt-à-Porter collection and opening his first stores in 1968.

For the next 30 years, he expanded stores and licensing agreements. Along the way, he created perfumes – Diva (1983), Senso (1987), Ungaro (1991) and Emanuel Ungaro For Men (1991). In 1997, Emanuel Ungaro partnered with Salvatore Ferragamo and Bulgari to create a new company: Emanuel Ungaro Parfums. This company produced the fragrances Fleur de Diva (1997), Desnuda (2001) and Apparition (2004).

Keeping with the history of creating scents, in 2008, Ungaro teamed with Avon to create two new frangrances: Avon U by Ungaro for Her and Avon U by Ungaro for Him. The sucess of these fragrances led Avon and Ungaro to collaborate again – this time with color cosmetics – “U by Ungaro Color Collection”.

This Limited Edition collection contains 8 pieces, ranging from $10 to $20. It includes 3 lipsticks (*including one in the iconic Fuscia color “Ungaro Pink”), 3 eyeshadows and 2 face shimmer powders.

I’ve had a chance to try some of these, and I gotta say that I like the pink packaging – looks very luxe. The only thing I didn’t care for, was the lipstick case. It looks nice and sleek, but the top to pull out the lipstick is small and the tube itself is slick, making it difficult to open. It has a sheer ribbon on top, and while it may just be there for decoration, it became my go to way to open it. But, once it was open, I liked the texture.

So, when I tell you this is Limited Edition, I mean it – it’s only going to be around until December 31st. Then *poof*, it’s gone. So, hit up Avon.com or your local Avon representative and take a look at this collection with a pedigree for yourself.

Instruction update – Natural Instincts

While I may be all about noticing things as I see them, I will take the time to make note when something is updated. Esp when I can claim total credit for something (*that I am sure I had nothing to do with even.) Back in March, I did a post about the “Natural Instincts – Golden Shimmer” haircoloring line. In it I noted that the instructions were not immediately clear that you should not wash your hair right before coloring your hair – it should be on damp hair, but not freshly shampooed.

Well, as I was having a chance to try another box of it today, I looked at the instructions and noticed the following:

Right there in Step 1A. it specifically reminds you to *not* shampoo your hair before you color. I like it. Now, I admit, I haven’t looked at the instructions that closely since March, as I learned my lesson then (*yes, I know – bad home hair colorer), so I don’t know when this change happened. But, I do know that it’s there now, and like I said, I am going to take full and undeserved credit for the change, because I am just that persuasive.

Clairol Natural Instincts can be found in all the regular drugstore chains and mass market stores for around $8.99. However, just a note – I love the Golden Shimmer line, but I seem to have a hard time finding it around here – hopefully, you have better luck around you.

Rue the day

I think I may have mentioned a few times that I’m not great with the whole “clothes” thing. And, usually I am fine with that, but sometimes it’s apparent I need to dress it up a bit. Like for the upcoming holiday season. Now that my birthday is over, I am now left to ponder what all I have to do for the rest of the year.

I’m sure that I will have to go to at least one party, prolly more, just like you. Those can be anything from family obligations or office parties to drinking at the bars with friends to forget that you have to go to the family obligation/office parties or just whatever. I know I want to make getting ready for these things as painless as possible, so I think I need the easiest thing a girl can wear, a LBD (little black dress). However… two problems (*that I am certain you will agree with me on): 1) I don’t wanna go out shopping for one & 2) I wanna spend my money on gifts & not a bunch on my clothing.

That said, I was happy I got the info on an upcoming event that would save me a bunch of headache (*and cash). The invitation-only, online boutique store Rue La La “will launch the exclusive ELLE Little Black Dress Boutique on Monday, November 23 at 11AM” and it will only run for *48* hours, with savings from 30% up to 80% off retail prices. This event has “Rue La La partnered with Violet Moon Gaynor, Senior Fashion & Accessories Editor at Elle.com, to hand pick 16 dresses from top fashion designers creating a covetable selection of LBDs”:

  • Badgley Mischka
  • Carmen Marc Valvo
  • Laundry
  • Robert Rodriguez

So, not only can you look good, you can be wearing a designer LBD for a lot less money. Nice.

Now, I know that I said it was “invitation-only”, but please – am I really gonna tease you with this info if you can’t get it for yourself? Hell no. So, I have an invitation code that lets you get signed up at Rue La La before the big event on Monday. But, I’ll only let you use it if you promise to take a pic of you in your new LBD heading out to party it up, okay? Okay.

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