Beauty News: MAC Cosmetics Announces Partnership With Beth Ditto

Mac Cosmetics has announced a new partnership to look forward to -- a collaboration with Beth Ditto according to WWD. MAC has just signed the the singer to created a limited edition collaboration with products that are expected to launch in June. Beth is known for her wild and colorful makeup. I'm wishing for fuchsia lips, colorful eyeshadow and intense eyeliner.

Who would love to see MAC Cosmetics do a partnership with?

Beauty in Las Vegas: Rain Cosmetics Review & Swatches

Be Sexy. Be Seen. Be Different.

Smashbox Hydrating Primer Review & Swatches

Smashbox Softbox Palette Review & Swatches

Smashbox Holiday Launches 2011 Review & Swatches

The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Shop on December 2nd, 2011 Photos

The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Show took place this past December at the Metropolitan Pavilion. I attended the evening on Friday the 2nd. It was a smaller version of the regular makeup show with brands like Kevyn Aucoin, Stila Cosmetics, Crown Brush, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, Dermalogica, OCC, and many others. Brands were priced from 20% to 40% off. I hauled a bunch of goodies. Onto the photos.

LORAC Spring 2012 Collection Review & Swatches

Benefit Launches New Blush "Hervana"

A "good karma" blush? I don't know much about that, but I do know that Benefit's new blush, Hervana, is quite a sight for sore eyes. Encased in Benefit's signature blush packaging, Hervana displays a cover of bouncy clouds, beams of lights and a halo. Inside is even better.

Anastasia Holiday Launches 2011 -- Skin Essentials, All Eye Want Palette, & Bright Eyes Big City Brow + Eye Collection

Anastasia definitely knows how to make a great, affordable palette. They launched a trio of gift sets for the holidays each with a amazing price point and value.

Get Perfect Brows with Anastasia Brow Express Kit in Brunette

 "How do I fill my brows?" is the question I get most as a makeup artist. The art of filling brows is one that takes practice and can change over time. I only started filling my brows a year ago as I've been pretty blessed with full brows. Anastasia Brow Express Kits ($38) make it simple. Each kit includes four perfect brow stencils, two brow powders to custom blends your color, an angled brush, cream highlighter for application along the brow bone and wax cream to hold the shape. The kit comes in Blonde (recommended for light to dark blonde hair) and Brunette (recommended for light to dark brown and silver hair).

Get Kissable Lips with Anastasia's Kisses on my List Holiday Gift Set

Anastasia is wildly known for their amazing brow products, but if you didn't know they also have a great line of cosmetic products with eyeshadows, lip glosses and bronzers. I'm tried almost the entire line and have no complaints. All products are long wearing and incredibly pigmented. I'm loving this Kisses on my List set ($30) from their holiday launch.

Swap With The Lovely Adrienne From Popular U.K. Beauty Blog "The Sunday Girl'"

Having this blog has given me so many amazing opportunities. It began as just a way to express my passion for beauty and fashion and then emerged into something far greater than I expected. The best part about the blog? Being able to meet so many amazing people from all over the world. One of the first friends I made was the lovely Adrienne over at The Sunday Girl. She's a blogging machine and definitely someone I love chatting with. We decided to swap so that she could get some USA goodies and I could get some UK ones.  Here what's I received in my part of the swap. You can see what she got here.

Love At First Sight -- Laura Mercier Face IIIuminator In Rose Rendezvous

I don't know about you, but I'm such a sucker for pretty packaging. It could be the worst product ever, but if it's pretty, I may just have to buy it. Brands are finally getting the idea. Not only do they launch products in gorgeous packaging, but sometimes so is the product! Now what's better than pretty packaging?! Pretty packaging and a pretty product. Needless to say, Laura Mercier always has both. I was shocked at how stunning Laura Mercier's Rose Rendezvous Face Illuminator ($42was and knew I had to have it. I love me a good highlighter and this was no exception. The Illuminator gives a soft rose gold shimmer and it build-able.

 Hello pretty.

Laura Mercier Limited Edition Luxe Colour Portfolio Review + Swatches

Laura Mercier is quickly becoming one of my go to cosmetic brands. They've got products that keep you coming back for seconds and each new collection gets better and better. I'm a huge fan of their tinted moisturizers, shimmer blocs, and concealers. Strangely enough --I had never tried their eye-shadows. Shame on me for not trying sooner and you'll see why shortly. I'm loving their limited edition luxe colour portfolio ($98) that launched Holiday 2011. It's got all the essentials -- eyeshadow, blush, eye liner & brushes. What more does a girl need?! Wait till you see the swatches...

Plan Ahead -- IFB Conference Feb. 8th At Milk Studios!

Fashion Week is right around the corner. While your schedule is filling up, don't forget to save the date for the IFB Conference at Milk Studios on Feb. 8th.

IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers) is a community for fashion bloggers to share their ideas and experiences. This community creates a resource to help individuals build a better blog. The site posts articles and has groups, forums to connect bloggers from all over.

Their events are always jammed packed with bloggers (300 + in attendance and over 10,000+ watching via live-stream). It's a great way to interact with fellow bloggers and meet industry professionals.

Tickets always sell out! Buy early and get a special discounted price here!

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the #IFBcon hastag.

Be sure to follow IFB on twitter for the latest updates.

Will you be attending IFB this year in New York? Did you attend last year?

Makeup That Looks Good Enough To Eat -- Vincent Longo Holiday Launches: Amaretti Diamond Collection + More

I'm obsessed, in love, addicted  crazy about these Vincent Longo eye-shadows from his Holiday 2011 collection. They're beautiful and a definite must have for any beauty lover.

Lipstick Love: MAC Fleshpot

MAC Fleshpot  ($14.00) is one of those nude lipsticks that steals your heart. I'm such a sucker for an awesome nude and this one delivers. It's a permanent at MAC Pro stores and was recently a re-promote in a MAC collection from 2011. It's definitely more a pinky nude than my other favorite, Myth. Strangely, both look similar on me. Myth is still for my all time favorite, but Fleshpot makes a close second. BUT a warning to the wise, it is very nude, so it may not work on all skin tones. I definitely recommend a try before you buy  on this one.

Express Launches Makeup Palette And Nail Polish For Spring 2012

Express is a brand known for their awesome products that keep fashion lovers everywhere ready for each new season. This time they decided to venture into something else -- Cosmetics! When asked to review their new cosmetics line, I was really excited to see what they whipped up and I wasn't disappointed. I tried  the Runway Makeup Palette Spring 2012 and Limited Edition Spring 2012 Nail Collection. 

MAC SPF 15 Matchmaker Foundation Review & Swatches

Last September Mac Cosmetics added a brand new foundation to their line -- MAC SPF 15 Matchmaker ($32) Foundation. The foundation uses technology using translucent pigments to enable a personalized finish. It works with your skin's undertone. It's a medium build-able liquid coverage foundation.

*Approximate Shade Matches from MAC* (courtesy of Temptalia)

1.0 | NC15

1.5 | NW15

2.0 | NC20, NC25, NW20

3.0 | NC30

4.0 | NC 35, NC37, NW30

5.0 | NC40, NC41, NC42

6.0 | NW33, NW35, NC44

7.0 | NW40, NW43, NC45

7.5 | NC50, NC55

8.0 | NW44, NW45

8.5 | NW46, NW47

9.0 | NW48

9.5 | NW50, NW55

10.0 | NW58, NW60

Makeup Beauties: Carey Mulligan Graces The Cover Of W Magazine

Carey Mulligan is one of those actresses that captivates you with her beauty and skill. I remember when I first recognized her talent in the movie, "An Education." She's quickly rising to the top and has movies lined up for the coming year. I received my W Magazine for January 2012 and who do I see? None other than the lovely Carey on the cover. She looks stunning and the photos are absolutely breathtaking.

(Photo Credit -- Michael Thompson/W Magazine January 2012 Issue)

Have you seen any of Carey Mulligan's films?

My New Favorite Hair Tool -- Sultra The Bombshell Curling Iron In Pink

Ask anyone and they'll tell you, I've got wavy hair. I've always been pretty good with makeup, but hair was never my thing. I always thought it was just me and that nothing would ever help me achieve the looks I so desired. Most of my days are spent with my hair left down (kind of a wash & go) or up in a ridiculously messy bun. I just can't get into hair tools. Then I discovered Sultra The Bombshell Curling Iron. You may be asking yourself, "Well, if she has wavy hair, what does she need a curling iron for??" That's the beauty of it. No matter what type of hair you have, this can make it ten times better.

The Sultra Bombshell is a curling iron with a 1" rod. It curls your hair in half the time of traditional clip irons. The Bombshell's smooth rod barrel provides constant, even 360 degree heat.You simply wrap your hair around the rod barrel for smooth, sexy curls. Package contains pink safety gloves to protect you from the heat (it gets super hot!) and has universal voltage.

A Visit To The New Burberry Counter At Saks Fifth Avenue

I recently won a makeover and visit to the brand spanking new Burberry counter at Saks Fifth Avenue. I was assisted and beautified by the sweet and talented, Justin Tyme Hissey who taught me all about Burberry products and gave me a makeover. This was my first experience with Burberry beauty products and I have to say, it was a great one. All the products applied like a dream and just screamed luxury. Burberry definitely did it right. Even the lipsticks had special Burberry detail that would make any girl swoon. I will definitely be visiting again soon as their Spring Collection just launched (be still my beating heart!)

Spotlight On A Brand -- Mally Beauty

I recently stopped by Henri Bendel's for a quick event and spotted this gorgeous display of pink. A lover of pink for years, I had to take a closer look. The sign read "Mally" and I had to know who she was. I spoke with a few of her makeup artists and they told me more background information. Mally Beauty is a brand started by lovely celebrity makeup artist, Mally Roncal. Mally had an ability to make her clients not only look amazing, but feel amazing. This made her a quick favorite among stars like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Hayden Panettiere, Rihanna, Teri Hatcher, Celine Dio, Lee Ann Womack, and Ashlee Simpson.

With her success as a makeup artist, she decided to take it a step furthur. She set out to create a cosmetic line. With the introduction of the Mally Beauty makeup collection, Mally takes her messages of "Makeup is simply the accessory that allows soneone's true nature and beauty to outwardly manifest itself" and continues to make women everywhere see the beauty inside as well as out. 

I was immediately impressed by the pigments of all her products and fell in love with the fun, cute packaging. I like the message of the brand and will definitely check out her products more in the future. You can purchase Mally Beauty on her website and on QVC.

Lucky Shops 2011 V.I.P. Event In Photos + After Party At Crosby Hotel

Lucky Shops is one of the those must attend events if you're ever in NYC. It's got it all -- red carpet, celebrities, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, makeovers, freebies and super deals from your favorite designers. This was my first time attending V.I.P. and it was more than expected. You arrive and it's a shoppers delight. Booths were set up with your favorite designers at awesome discount prices. Let's take a closer look at how my night progressed.

Pretty City Event: The Beauty Sample Sale On October 12, 2011 Event In Photos

Pretty City recently had an event in NYC for their popular "beauty sample sale" that brings the hottest brands to one place for your shopping pleasure. All attendees are given a fabulous goodie bag filled with full sized products. A night filled with drinks, shopping and complementary services. I left with a few fabulous goodies, a fresh manicure and a new hairstyle. Definitely check it on when it comes to a city near you!

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show Fall 2011 At The Metropolitan Pavilion In Photos

Zoya Launches True And Fleck Effects For Spring 2012 Review & Swatches

Get excited. It's Zoya launch time -- Spring 2012 that is

A fresh bloom of dewy color. Inspired by the runway looks of top designers this collection features slightly muted and unexpected spring shades in six easy to wear, full-coverage creams and metallics.

Zoya Launches True And Fleck Effects For Spring 2012

It's that time again for new launches from Zoya. Zoya has quickly become one of the leading brands in nail polish especially in the online world. Here are their upcoming launches for Spring.

A fresh bloom of dewy color. Inspired by the runway looks of top designers this collection features slightly muted and unexpected spring shades in six easy to wear, full-coverage creams and metallics.
Cho (ZP585): Full coverage, vanilla shimmer metallic       
Farah (ZP586): Full coverage, latte beige cream          
Bevin (ZP587): Full coverage, pale sage green cream          
Skylar (ZP588): Full coverage, silvered slate blue metallic         
Tru (ZP589): Full coverage, gilded purple orchid metallic          
Lotus (ZP590): Full coverage, light lotus purple metallic

Zoya Nail Polish presents - three new mylar fleck glazes that can be worn alone or layeredover the new ZOYA TRUE collection colors for a unique and beautiful nail look!           
Maisie (ZP582): Blue tint with mylar green fleck effect          
Opal (ZP583): Green tint with mylar green fleck effect          
Chloe (ZP584): Pink tint with mylar green and gold fleck effect

Retail: $8 on January 13, 2012 

Will you picking any of these shades up?