CHAMPAGNE WISHES

post + graphic design: Nora Curlee

This is the time of year where people are poppin’ corks left and right! Between holiday brunches, work parties and the New Year’s festivities, bubbly is flowing. We definitely aren’t complaining…instead we are inspired! So we raise a glass and toast to some of our favorite champagne inspired beauty bits. Cheers lovelies!

Butter London, The 444: All that glitters isn’t always gold but this polish comes in at #1 on Kristin Ess’s all-time favorite gold glitter list! That being said we want it on our tips ASAP. We’d say greeting 2014 with a party nail lacquered with this is a great start!

Origins Starting Over Age-Erasing Eye Cream with Mimosa: Mimosas are no longer only for brunch. Origins has infused this amazing eye cream with extract from the mimosa flower used to boost collagen production. An anti-aging invitation personally for your peepers!

Sweet Anthem Perfume in Caroline: Sweet Anthem is a tiny perfume studio created by Meredith Smith, where you’ll find 100% vegan friendly fragrances, custom perfumes, and indie and artisan scents, all crafted with love. The scent Caroline is a bubbles-and-fizz chypre perfume with top notes of champagne, bergamot and lemon. YUMMY.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow, Eternal Sunshine: This champagne gold shadow has a festive metallic finish that is formulated to last all day (or most likely all night). Tip: dampen your eye shadow brush before applying for a more saturated finish!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Diamond Powder Champagne: We love this unique pigment because it is somewhere between a shimmer shadow and a loose glitter…but most definitely stunning! The particles are finer and literally radiate extreme brilliance as soon as they are applied!

St. Tropez Skin Illuminator in Gold: Get that golden, bubbly glow all over with this skin illuminator. As far as we’re concerned, bare legs shouldn’t enter a party without a layer of this. Shoulders and decollates also benefit from a bit of glow. A toast to your luminosity!

Guerlain L’or Radiance Concentrate With Pure Gold Make-up Base: This complexion perfecting primer is as decadent as a glass of bubbly itself. The 24-carat gold-infused cooling gel sinks into the skin, retaining moisture. Applied to bare skin, this skin enhancer and makeup primer smoothes fine lines and tightens facial features. It also provides an even finish under makeup. Cheers to that!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Glitter Eyeliner and Mascara VIP Gold: You know how we feel about double duty products and this little glimmering gem is no different. This doubles as a golden glitter mascara and a gold glitter liner. The mascara wand has a liner brush on the tip to ensure all around shimmer on your lashes and lids!

Smashbox O-Gloss Gold: We are big fans of the original O-Gloss, the mood-ring effect for your lips, but we are over the moon for this golden version! This gloss works with your natural body chemistry to give your lips a subtle, custom golden finish. Trust us, its gorgeous.

RMS Beauty Cream Shadow in Lunar: RMS Beauty pretty much takes the cake when it comes to cream products. We love this cream shadow in Lunar because of it’s golden glow-y essence! It can also be used as a highlighting product for the tops of the cheekbones, under the brow bone, and, our favorite, on the cupid’s bow for fuller looking lips!

Eminence Mimosa Champagne Tonique: This refreshing toner spritz purifies and hydrates to reveal a radiant, youthful complexion. It neutralizes free-radicals with antioxidant-rich champagne grapes, preventing hyper pigmentation as orange essential oils provide anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits to calm and sooth. Pour us another!

Z Bigatti ReStoration Champagne Gel Cleanser: Who says all the fun has to end when its time to take off the party rouge? This champagne infused gel cleanser is non-foaming so it won’t strip skin of its natural moisture. Skin is left hydrated and refreshed ready for its next adventure!

Happy New Year from everyone at thebeautydepartment! <3

Tickled Purple

Post + Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

 

With the new release of Pantone’s Color of 2014, Radiant Orchid, we’ve been inspired to dig deep in our arsenal to round up some of our favorite purple-hued beauties (and found some new favorites along the way). Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones. It’s making its way onto our vanities and into our closets and we aren’t mad about it!

Makeup Forever Powder Blush in Lavender: A little goes a long way with this gorgeous violet hued blush. Treat your apples to something other than the peachy/pink variety! We especially <3 this for darker skin tones.

OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie: Only for the bold! This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned these uber pigmented lip tars…and we love this unique color! We think it’s perfect to paint on your pout on days you’re feeling particularly vibrant.

Gizmon iPhone Case: You’ve heard us RAVE about this amazing iPhone case…but now we are tickled purple that it is available in a certain radiant orchid.

MAC Pigment in Pink Pearl: Pigments are perfect for a subtle wash of color or built up for an intense statement. This beautiful magenta with a blue duo chrome shade is perfect for patting on the center of the lid to amp up a natural look!

Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Darling: Definitely the most tame of our selection, this is a totally wearable/every day option. It’ll gives your au naturale days a little something special!

Pantone + Sephora Lipstick in Radiant Rush: You can count on Sephora to bring out some amazing beauty bits inspired by the annual Pantone shades…we particular love this year’s lipstick in Radiant Rush. Gorgeous!

Nordstrom Travel Brush Set: Who doesn’t love travel friendly makeup brushes? We definitely do! Especially when they look this good/come with the cutest case ever.

Sachujuan Silver Shampoo: Brassy blondes listen up! This purple hued wonder, in a few washes, will renew your cool toned blonde and rid of any unwanted warm tones. A radiant miracle!

YSL Ombre 5 Lumieres in Indian Pink: This gorgeous shadow quintette offers endless orchid-inspired eye looks. Purple is the word!

Rebecca Minkoff 5-Zip Crossbody Bag: This trendy hue is starting to creep more and more into our closets…and this bag is a good place to start! This bright pop of a cross body is like candy…only its practical and you can carry things in it!

Zoya Nail Polish in Charisma: Take this trend to your tips! Glossy and gorgeous, especially on a shorter nail with a few midi-rings. We see some Instagram shots in your future.

Have any radiant orchid inspired beauty goodies? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

His/Hers

Post by Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

Gone are the days where stealing kisses and his over-sized sweatshirt mark the extent of your thievery; it’s time to raid his stash. Look, we’re not asking you to take up a sudden interest in golf or put on a tie; just hear us out. While we love girly frills, pink packaging, and an over-abundance of floral essence; sometimes you just want a product that cuts to the chase and gets the job done…and done well. Enter a slew of hidden gems that you won’t find in our “section” of the store. Whether you sift through his medicine cabinet or decide to go bro-centric on your next shopping trip, we’ve mapped out some of our favorite “boys only” bits that are definitely worth adding to your arsenal.

 

1. NO7 MEN’S ENERGIZING HAIR AND BODY WASH: Ever wonder how guys can pull off a 5 minute shower? It’s because of products like this…and If you’re a pixie haired-pretty, this one’s got you covered from head to toe. Formulated as a shampoo, conditioner and body wash; this bad boy is a multi-tasker! So, if you haven’t the time to wash, rinse, and condition; this is a great way to streamline your shower time.

2.  ACQUA DI PARMA EAU DE COLONE: Ok, technically this fragrance is unisex (sharing is caring), but Acqua di Parma definitely deserves an honorable mention. The classic cologne is a perfect blend of Sicilian citrus fruits, lavender and rosemary — a season-less scent that’s a nice change of pace from the usual sticky sweet spritzes.

3.  CLINIQUE’S M PROTECT SPF 21 DAILY HYDRATION: Think about it: not only does a man’s face have to endure the same conditions as a woman’s (harsh sun, blistering cold winds, cheek kisses), but also the added element of regular shaves. Because of that, a lot of moisturizers for men are great for those with sensitive skin — plus, added SPF is something we can all get on board with.

4. TOM FORD NEROLI PORTOFINO BATH SOAP: Just because you are venturing into the men’s side of the spectrum doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice luxury. Many thanks to you, Tom Ford. Leave it to the designer to create a bath soap that is not only practical, but down-right sensual. You definitely won’t oppose the deep amber undertones when it comes time to suds up!

5.  KEIHL’S EYE ALERT: Though you and your beau may take your coffee differently, you both can agree on one thing: caffeine is key. So, snag this energizing eye treatment that features vitamins and caffeine — a.k.a. essential ingredients that will do you a solid by reducing puffiness and dark circles.

6. SHAVEWORKS COOL FIX: Razor burn, bumps, ingrown hairs, redness…all problems that both sexes have to put up with. This soothing blue gel can alleviate all your shaving and waxing woes. And if its gentle enough for the face, then its gentle enough for your…ahem…bikini line.

7.  GILLETTE MACH 3 TURBO: When it comes to razors, the men’s offering sets the bar. If something is designed to closely shave the complicated curves of the face, imagine what it can do for your stems! This one has a pivoting blade to help you get those stubborn spots like ankles and behind the knee. Well played, Gillette.

Ever swipe anything from your man’s stash? Have a favorite product from the boys section? We want to know in the comments!

 

Holiday Gift Guide (Beauty Basics)

Post + Graphic Design, Norah Curlee

While you’ve cannon-balled straight into the beauty pool, chances are you have a few friends who are still dipping a toe in to test the waters.Shopping for these wavering newbies can be…well, tough.  Good thing we here at TBD have made it super simple with our round up of the hottest beauty bits of the season all of which are guaranteed not to intimidate. These user-friendly gems will have your little glamour amateur diving in head first in no time!

Real Techniques Brushes: These babies are our budget pick for beauty brush beginners! Developed by makeup artist Samantha Chapman, they are budget friendly, super high quality, multi-purpose and easy to use. Brush set home-run!

Stila Tools of the Trade Holiday Brush set: Holiday time is the best time for brush sets! This one from Stila has all the basics covered for painting it all on!

BeautyBlender Holiday set: Even the biggest beauty amateur can work the beautyblender. They make blending foundation, concealer, and blush easy and seamless…and she’ll get three!

Dior Golden Winter Holiday Palette: For eye shadow newbies, we say keep it neutral and keep it simple (the cut crease and winged liner come later). This gorgeous holiday palette from Dior offers a perfectly portable quad with neutral shades. Eye shadow intro..done.

Eyeko Limited Edition Mascara Wardrobe: When diving into the beauty world it’s all about trial and error. It can take some major mishaps to find the perfect mascara wand…and Eyeko lets you try three!

Tarte Stop and Stare Eyeliner set: Put a twinkle in her eye with the amazing smudge proof budge proof eyeliners from Tarte! This offering has rich colors to create a subtle smokey lash line, perfect for a more natural holiday look! (No raccoon eyes here)

Josie Maran Lip and Cheek set: Multi-purpose products rock for newbies! It streamlines their stash so as not to get overwhelmed with product overload (until they become full blown beauty junkies like us). This offers four shades to color up your cheeks and pout.

Stila Portrait of a Perfect Blush: Five different shades to amp up her natural flush! These shades are so wearable and easily blended to suite different skin tones. A beginner winner!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector: This limited edition beauty illuminator by Becca is perfect for anyone intimidated by full on blush. A tiny bit of this dusted onto the cheeks adds a tiny tint plus a stunning winter glow!

Clinique Chubby Balm Holiday set: These are fuss-free wonders. Lip balm stains are perfect for a subtle wash of color that’s mega wearable. Easy to apply, no liner, primer or lip brush necessary!

E.L.F Holiday Lip Gloss Cube: The lip gloss mecca! She’ll be set with 9 sheer, easy to wear shades perfect for on the go. Not to mention this bad boy is a budget wonder!

MAC Stroke of Midnight Nude Lip Kit: If your beauty newb isn’t quite ready to bust out the bold pout quite yet, a nude lip round-up is essential. This holiday nude lip kit has everything you need from liner, lipstick and a gloss to shine things up!

Boscia Pink Peppermint Blotting sheets: Help newbie keep shine at bay with this adorable holiday facial blotting sheets. P.S. They smell amazing.

Smashbox Try It – Halo kit: Full on foundation can be a little intimidating for a first timer – enter the BB cream and finishing powder. Both included in this starter kit!

CAUDALIE Beauty Elixir Limited Edition By L’Wren Scott: The only thing required of this product is a spritz! It will take care of the rest. Refreshes the complexion with grape, orange blossom, rose, mint and rosemary.

Formula X by Sephora The System: Kickstart her future nail addiction with this exclusive set. Nail cleanser, base coat, top coat and you get to choose any polish from the entire line. Done!

Holiday Nail Wraps by NCLA: Nail wraps were made for newbies. Fool proof without having to worry about painting precision. Not to mention…instant nail art! Cute and so cute!

Tocca Holiday Trio: A trio of different scent mini’s for the beauty beginner to road test. Tocca’s line-up is always fresh and easy to wear!

What were your essentials back in your beauty newbie days? Tell us in the comments!