Beauty Brief

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Here are some headlines that caught my attention this month:

* Francois Nars launched his latest book 15×15 (only 1500 copies!). Get it while you can.

* This weekend, Bernard and Ruth Madoff’s government auction brought in over $1 Million. The proceeds will go toward reimbursing victims who lost their investments in the Madoff scam.  PETA wanted Ruth Madoff’s furs to be donated to the homeless, to keep them warm this winter.

* Privately owned, highly regarded (just ask Prince Charles and First Lady Michelle Obama) fragrance brand Creed will open it’s first doors in the US on Madison Avenue in December.

* Tim Burton’s exhibit officially opens today (and will be up until April 26) at MoMA.  Burton’s influence on film and art has had a heavy impact on the fashion industry.  WWD reported last week the Dollywood trend for Spring 2010 is no doubt attributed in part to Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland premiering March 5, 2010.  I’m so excited!

* Gossip Girl’s costume designer Eric Daman will launch his latest book, You Know You Want it: Style-Inspiration-Confidence, on December 15. Available on Amazon now to pre-order. You know what I want? That dress Serena wore to Rufus and Lilly’s wedding. Oh and Jenny’s sequence dress that she’s wearing in the group shot on their website, and-I’ll stop. I could play this game all day.

* James Franco joins the cast of General Hospital for 2 months. Drool!

* Kate Moss’s motto, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”.  Well she must feel great!

* Concerns/rumors of Sammy Sosa’s sudden change of skin tone being due to a skin infection or byproduct of alleged steroid use have been put to rest. The former Chicago Cubs slugger was reported saying “It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some.” Keep that cream away from me! Pictures HERE.

* After 25 years, Oprah is ending her run of the Oprah Winfrey show in 2011.  But considering the debut of OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) slated to launch in 2011, perhaps a new talk show will be in the works.

* Tomorrow, November 23, Bergdorf Goodman unleashes their holiday window!  You know where to find me.

NARS 15×15 Project


In celebration of NARS 15th anniversary, Francois Nars launched his latest book 15×15.  This 40 page book features 15 beauty and fashion icons including Naomi Campbell, Marc Jacobs, Amber Valletta, Daphne Guinness, and Isabella Rossellini, captured through the lens and artistry of Francois Nars.

Priced at $80 ($98 with shipping), the proceeds from the project will be donated to 15 charities selected by the celebrities. The cost is a little steep, but considering it goes to many great causes, and is a limited edition (only 1500 copies are being made), get it while you can. I missed out on buying his first book, X-Ray, and I’ve been kicking myself ever since. Now when is Mr. Nars’ next PA? I’d like my book signed.

Visit for more information including the charities involved, behind the scenes footage, images and to purchase.

For the Girl Who Wants it All

Holiday blockbuster

If you’re looking for a gift for a makeup maven, or are one yourself, don’t miss out on these two limited edition palettes. From beginners to pros, if you’ve ever asked yourself, ‘I wonder if I can pull off wearing…,’ here’s your chance to find out. These two sets can be mixed and matched to create endless looks. So much fun! Lets face it, not every color is going to look great on you, but that’s half the battle when experimenting to find your perfect look. Once you’ve figured out your best looks, you can go back for the full size versions feeling more confident.

Sephora Brand’s Ultimate Blockbuster

Set Includes:

  • How-to Guide
  • 3 qty Blushes
  • 60 qty lip glosses
  • 2 qty Lip liners
  • 3 qty Eyeliners
  • 6 qty Cream Eyeliners
  • 84 qty Eyeshadows
  • 6 qty Matte Eyeshadows
  • 6 qty Sparkling Eyeshadows
  • Double-ended eyeshadow applicator/ eyeliner brush
  • Double-ended sponge-tipped applicator
  • Lip brush
  • Powder brush

Price: $48 ($400 value)

Tarte Treasure Chest

Set Includes:

  • 16 qty Full-Sized Shimmering  Eyeshadows
  • 16 qty Full-Sized Matte Eyeshadows
  • 16 qty Lipglosses
  • Mineral Powder Bronzer In Park Ave Princess
  • Pink Luminizer
  • 4 qty Powder Blushes

Price: $52 ($686 value)

A combination of all new colors and best sellers, these products have all been dermatologist tested and does not containparabens, petro-chemicals, phthalates, sulfates, GMOs, Triclosans, preservatives, gluten, talc, glycols, MEA/DEA/TEA, and formaldehyde donors.

Compact and beautifully packaged, this bejeweled kit, which includes a mirror that folds to be amazingly compact.  I’m slightly enamored.

For More information on both sets visit

Steel it Off!

my handOn a recent trip to Whisk, I had me a little impulse purchase of a ‘Steel Clean Soup Stainless Steel Hand Odor Remover Bar’.  In other words I bought a $4 piece of stainless steel in the shape of a soap bar just because I was curious. How on earth did I not know that stainless steel supposedly removes harsh odors like fish, garlic, and onions just by rubbing your hands on it.  No, you don’t need the bar to try this at home, grab a spoon or any stainless steel object, add some water and use it as though you were washing your hands with a regular bar of soap.  I felt moderately ridiculous washing my hands with anything that doesn’t lather, although it does look adorable in my kitchen and makes for a good conversation piece.  There’s no strong research or science to back up how beneficial it is, but it’s easy enough to try it at home and does seem to be moderately effective.