Disney's Oz, The Great and Powerful hits theatres this week, and I, for one, can't WAIT. In fact, I'm almost bummed to have Dita von Teese tickets for Friday night, because it means I have to wait an extra day to see the movie. Thankfully, there are a few killer product tie-ins to tide me over in the meantime.
- Which witch are YOU? The Glinda and Theodora Palettes from Urban Decay pose this very question. Each 'Build Your Own Palette' features 8 exclusive eyeshadows (each boasting Urban Decay's killer, super-pigmented and rich formula), a travel-size 24/7 Eye Pencil and a full-size Super Saturated Lip Color suited to either the good witch, or bad. I don't know about you, but where I fall on the scale depends on the day - which means, obviously, that I need both. $49 each at UrbanDecay.com.
- HSN's insanely expansive and wonderous Oz collection includes merch from a BEVY of fashion and home designers, including Timeless by Naeem Khan (I'm kicking myself for missing out on this Feather Skirt, $179.90, now waitlisted), A by Adrienne Landau (practical or not, I'm sort of in love with this Feather Shrug, $169.90), and Raven by Raven Kauffman (this incredible leather clutch is $395) as well as some exclusive beauty bounty, like the DL & Company Whimsical Breeze Glass Diffuser ($30), packed beautifully in a balloon-adorned box.
- Last but not least is the 7-piece Nail Color Collection by OPI. Included in the mix are 3 new glitters, 3 sheer neutrals and 1 new Liquid Sand polish, which offers up a textured matte finish. I was surprised to see nary a glittering green or red in the mix, but regardless there are some beautifully whimsical shades and some layer-perfect glitters. Snag for $8.50 each at Beauty of a Site.
Will you cave on any of the Oz collab product?
After covering backstage beauty at New York Fashion Week for literally YEARS now, I kind of know, in terms of beauty inspiration and execution, who's going to MAKE my life and who's going to make me wish I had just stayed home. One perennial stand out is New York design duo Ruffian, who year after year churn out some of THE most gorgeous beauty looks, in particular nails, all generally done in collaboration with MAC.
But this fall, Ruffian will partner with Birchbox, the beauty discovery and sampling platform, to launch their first-ever line of nail lacquer and fans get to choose the colors that will make the cut (flip through the gallery below to see all five colors in contention).
- DELIRIUM: The voluptuous blue and purple velvety petals of the African Violet inspired the Delirium of this color.
- FOX HUNT: Inspired by the thoroughbred beauty of the red fox; Fox Hunt’s savage richness will make everyday upper crust.
- LADY ALABASTER: Soft, tender and strong; Lady Alabaster emerges from the quarry solid as stone.
- HEDGE FUND: Nothing is more inspiring than the color of money, and Hedge Fund is impossible to counterfeit.
- VENUS IN FUR: Her beauty is rock solid, yet as soft as mink. Venus in Fur will channel every girl’s inner Greek goddess.
The winning three shades will be sold on Birchbox.com exclusively and will be sampled to subscribers just in time for September Fashion Week (in other words, make sure you're all set with a subscription!)
I'm actually loving all five shades, and in particular the gorgeous sketches illustrating the colors. BUT if forced to choose, I think my votes go to: Delirium, Hedge Fund and Lady Alabaster.
Cast your votes here on the Birchbox Facebook Page through tomorrow!
It's that time again. Time to take stock of the beauty products that worked, and those that didn't. Of course, what would be the point of spending precious time and energy discussing the worst of the worst? Let's instead focus on what I'm loving, and what will find it's way into my online shopping carts again and again.
- If a flower could be my spirit animal, my spirit animal would most likely be gardenia. And for those who love gardenia, no scent compares to the exotic Kai. I actually use Kai in many forms, including the Perfume Oil and Room + Linen Spray, but my absolute favorite way to indulge is the Body Buffer ($40) seen above. Sold as a package of two sponges, pre-loaded with a Kai-scented wash, these exfoliating poufs always have a home in my shower.
- It's hard to imagine one collection of eyeshadow meeting my very extensive eyeshadow needs - after all, every day is an opportunity for a new color or a new finish to complement my mood, outfit, what have you. But Sephora's new collection of Colorful Mono eyeshadows ($13 each) does just that - offering up what feels like ONE MILLION COLORS (okay, there are 80), each in three incredible finishes: matte, metallic shimmer and glitter. Best of all, the color payoff regardless of hue is impeccable, and the easy-blending formula means that even a makeup novice can create a flawless eye.
- I am and will remain a sucker for beautiful packaging, so it's no surprise that Space NK's Beautannia line caught my eye. And while every scent in the collection has its appeal, my favorite iteration is the ultra-feminine Bridesmaid Bath & Shower Gel ($40), a generously lathering concoction with notes of honeysuckle and wild bluebell.
- I know many women who are committed to the cleanliness offered by facial cleansing oils, but until Josie Maran's Argan Cleansing Oil ($32) crossed my desk, sink, I remained unconvinced. Thiss ultra light version (seriously, it's weirdly non-greasy!) combines argan, almond, safflower seed, and grape seed oils to cleanse skin, leaving it free of debris and makeup but never tight or dry. Way to succeed where all others have failed, Josie Maran!
- My addiction to mouthwash warrants a discussion at best, an intervention at worst. And no mouthwash delivers like the new Scope Dual-Blast ($4.99). Emerald in color (and therefore so on-trend), and minty in flavor, a swish of this before brushing leaves my mouth feeling fresh and so clean, to quote Outkast. I keep one at my desk for pre-dinner/pre-date as well as in the bathroom.
What products are you loving lately?
One of my very first jobs, long long ago, was at a PR agency that at the time represented K-Y. And let me tell you, working on a brand like K-Y was the equivalent of trial by FIRE. Few magazines, if any, had pages devoted to sex and relationships at the time, and beauty editors would literally HANG UP on me when I tried to persuade them that a lubricant might belong in their pages. Best of all, the conservative parent company to K-Y (that's Johnson & Johnson, for those keeping score) insisted on marketing the product only to married couples, which further limited creatively what we could do or say as marketers.
But my GOODNESS, how times have changed. Playtex's newest launch, seen above tucked into my Be & D Irina makeup bag, are the Fresh + Sexy intimate wipes, designed to keep you, well, fresh and sexy, pre- and post- sex. For me, the boldest choice by the brand was that they launched the product not only as a 40-wipe tub clearly designed for at-home use, but also the (conveniently-named) "Singles Pack", which includes 20 individually wrapped wipes, perfect for (and I'm quoting them here) "grab-and-go action".
I can imagine conservative types being offended, but I for one, applaud Playtex for being so progressive and pro-sex. You'll find at least one Fresh + Sexy wipe tucked, optimistically, into my makeup bag at all times. A woman can never be too prepared!