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PC featured in… Refinery 29, RetailMeNot, 24B, Fashion New York Magazine, Blush.com and SpaFinder!

What a month! A merry, merry month filled with incredible partnerships and features. I have some major THANK YOUS to give to some awesome online publications that I’m so excited to have had the opportunity to work with.

1. The Retail Me Not Insider — you know that AWESOME coupon site you should always check before making any in-store or online purchase (yah, that site!) featured myself, and some of my fav fellow beauty bloggers, Felicia of This That Beauty, Danielle of The Style & Beauty Doctor, and Jeannine of Beauty Sweet Spot and our must-have products of 2012! Check it out at http://theinsider.retailmenot.com

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2. My first feature in Refinery 29! Sure it’s a small shout out on their site but for a big event! I recently hosted the DIY station with artist, Sarah Reynolds at R29’s holiday pop-up shop, Tinseltown. We had a blast decorating holiday cards with guests and  being apart of the event.

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3. Fashion New York Magazine — I was featured as the #FNYGIRL of the day, such an honor! Check out the online fashion, beauty, and lifestyle magazine

11/15 Game on! PC joins Sephora + The Blush for Battle of the Beauty Bloggers

Sephora has partnered with The Blush to pin me against my favorite beauty blogger bff’s (or as we like to think of it, “sista from anotha mista”), Felicia Walker Benson of ThisThatBeauty and you’re invited to watch us compete!

The game: We have 5 minutes to pick our 5 Winter Beauty Essentials from Sephora for under $100 (total). Then the Sephora store manager and TheBlush.com editor will review our collection and declare a winner.

It’s all going down Thursday, November 15, 6-9pm at Sephora NYC/Union Square, 45 East 17th Street. And it’s gonna be a party! The DJ’s in place, St. Germain’s got the drinks, and Sephora has their makeup artists on hand for blush applications. Plus I hear there’s a gift bag filled with this season’s must have… so join us!

Game on!

Makeovers with Illamasqua

Since making a splash state side with an exclusive partnership with Sephora; the UK beauty line Illamasqua, known for it’s dramatic looks and subversive inspiration, offers a wide variety of unique shades, professional finishes, and versatile application options.  After posting about the nail varnish, and loving it last month– I was excited to play with the rest of the color line.  Lucky for me the team was invited to meet with product development head David Horne and learn about the line, complete with make-up application.

Makeup artist, Kim Anderson took the lead and gave me a natural,  daytime shimmery look, focusing on my eyes for extra emphasis.

Me, Illamasqua Make-Up Artist Kim Anderson, and Lara

After using Satin Primer on my face and applying Rich Liquid Foundation, Kim went to work on my eyes using a mix of Powder Eye Shadow in Fatal and Cream Pigment Eye Shadow in Mould to create a look that was intense in color but muted in tone and finish. After succeeding in making my eyes intensely green by using a shadow with purple in it, she highlighted my cheeks with Cream Blusher in Rude (the brands top seller).

Sharing a few tricks of the trade (that I will be using from now on) she rubbed the heel of her hand in the cream blush and applied it to my cheeks, she then blended it with the opposite side of her hand creating a perfectly symmetrical look. I really like the Rude blush shade as it’s so versatile and works on so many different skin

Butter London Celebrates Pantone’s Color of the Year with Jaffa

Pantone Tangerine Tango

I do love me a rich shade of orange (especially when it has a tint of red) so when Pantone announced Tangerine Tango as their 2012 Color of The Year, I was delighted. The shade was all over the runway in the Spring/Summer 2012 shows (check out my photos from the Nanette Lepore S/S 2012 show) and bold lips have been such a strong trend in beauty, that I’d love to see this shade made into a lipstick shade.

And considering Pantone is the international color trendsetter, it’s no surprise the beauty industry was quick to embrace the shade in their collections. butter LONDON celebrated the Color of the Year with their shade Jaffa.

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It’s a very pretty, lustrous juicy orange shade with a lighter formula so while two coats will get you an even application, I prefer to add a third for some extra coverage. The shade also appears to be a little brighter then Tangerine Tango and void of the red tints. None-the-less it’s a very happy and bright orange that I’m thrilled to have in my collection. Plus I LOVE butter LONDON’s packaging, and that all of their formulations are “3-Free” (meaning void of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP). And I appreciate their cheeky shade names — the dictionary definition of Jaffa is a type of seedless orange (and it’s also a British slang word for an infertile man. Live and learn!

butter LONDON Top & Tails Set

Now all you need is a good base and top coat for extended wear and nail protection (I like their Top & Tails set) and your manicure is complete.

Expect to see a lot more Tangerine Tango in the near future. In addition to beauty brands adapting their spring collections to have more orange hues,  it was recently announced that Pantone is partnering with Sephora this spring to present the first-ever Color of the Year beauty collection. I may just get that Tangerine Tango lipstick yet!

For more information on butter LONDON and shade Jaffa 3-Free Nail Lacquer ($14) visit www.butterlondon.com

DISCLAIMER: A complimentary sample of Butter nail shades was given to Pretty Connected for post consideration. Pretty Connected was under no obligation to write this review.

Anything but a Faux Pas: Illamasqua Nail Varnish

Pretty Connected contributor, Elizabeth Borenstein finds a new nail polish line to add to her collection…

Illamasqua shades Kink and Faus Pax

Nail polish changed my life the day it stopped me from biting my nails. This obsession with painted nails took on a whole new level when I was treated to a nail art manicure by the supremely talented Miss Pop of www.misspopnail.tumblr.com (check out her site and prepare to be amazed!).

As soon as I received lllamasqua nail varnishes in shades Faux Pas (blue violet) and Kink (bottle green) I promptly ran over to visit Miss Pop and get the skinny on what she thought about the new formula, which promises a “unique rubbery finish”.

Manicure by Miss Pop

After sampling the nail varnish and working her artistic magic Miss Pop gave her seal of approval,

“Great brush, polish applies evenly, and the color is rich and unique-you only really need one coat (although they recommend two). The finish is not matte or shiny it falls somewhere in the middle, it’s like nothing I have seen before.”

I agree. I love the shades (I’m so into muted jewel-tones at the moment) and the finish, and after wearing the polish for a few days I noticed my nails felt stronger and grew faster than with regular polish.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish ($14) is available exclusively at Sephora

DISCLAIMER: A complimentary sample of Illamasqua was given to Pretty Connected for post consideration. Pretty Connected was under no obligation to write this review.

Betsey Johnson’s New Fragrance “Too Too”

By Elizabeth Borenstein

Betsey Johnson holding her signature Too Too Fragrance

Betsey Johnson’s newest fragrance, Too Too, pays homage to her dancer roots. The adorable bottle wearing a bustier, tutu, and fishnets holds an interesting concoction. Using fruity and floral notes, including mandarins, ginger, bulgarian rose and patchouli, the scent registers as pleasantly sweet.

Performance by the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

To celebrate the introduction of Too Too the designer hosted a delicious brunch at MILK Studios complete with pink iced cupcakes. The real treat was singing Happy Birthday to the ridiculously fit and stunning Betsey Johnson. She then promptly upstaged performances by Stephen Petronio Company and dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy when she jumped into the air and did the splits. We should all be that flexible on our 69th birthday!

Too Too, launching October 2011, will be sold exclusively at Sephora.

Disclaimer: Pretty Connected was invited to this event by a company representative

Ladies Fragrance Has Bieber Fever

Someday by Just Bieber Fragrance

WWD reported this morning that Justin Bieber will be launching a, wait for it… women’s prestige fragrance! And what does the 17 year old pop sensation know about lady scents? Does it matter? He knows a lot about the epidemic thats been sweeping the country (ahem “countries”) — Bieber fever. He was quoted saying, “Let’s be real, the way a girl smells is very important to a guy! I have such a deep connection with my fans, so creating a fragrance that I personally love is another way I can bring them closer to my world”.

And we all know there are plenty of girls out there that want to be in his “world”, so it will likely be a huge hit no matter what it smells like. The good news is (as if the excitement over

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 Sephora.com