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I feel like every season is my favorite – and I get irrationally excited about the upcoming beauty launches as if it were the first time, every time.  But the truth is – I find fall to hold the  most thrill because with the cooler weather you can wear more makeup!  Heat and humidity is not a friend of mine nor my makeup – so when that crisp, chilly air comes, I run for a smokier eye, a bolder lip or fuller coverage foundation.  And here at ThisThatBeauty, we are the queens of wanting to know, NEEDING to know what new products are on the horizon and then pick our favorites immediately.  Here is a look at what is catching our eye this fall:


Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick

Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipsticks

We have BB, CC (and even DD) creams for the face, but Armani pushed the envelope even farther with its new Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick line designed to be the first CC lipstick.  A product that provides “color and care” for the lips, giving the softness and comfort of a lip balm with the color payoff and coverage of a lipstick.  And I can say first hand, having used them and fallen in love with them these past few weeks, these lipsticks are a fall launch worth being ‘ecstatic’ over (har, har, har).  The texture is hydrating and creamy, and then dries down to a natural matte lip stain with intense staying power.  One of my favorite colors from the line is the classic red in shade 400, which you can see here.  Available at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com for $34.00.


Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation

Ok, so I know you may be thinking “Maree – this is not a NEW product.  We have been loving on this  Aqua Foundation for YEARS.”  And yes, my wise beauty babes, you would be correct, but what you may not have known is that Koh Gen Do just reformulated this cult classic and it might as well be a whole new product – and one that I was waiting for with bated breath I tell ya.  I already find the old formula worthy of holy grail status, but when I began to hear rumblings of a reformulation and relaunch, I could barely contain my excitement – and it was worth the wait.  Designed with even more high performance ingredients to give it a longer wear while still enabling it to control sweat and oil, the end result is utterly flawless skin that lasts forever!  I recently received a sample of it and have been wearing it non stop – and will continue to do so all season long.  And probably next season, and the season after that…..you get my drift.  Available now at kohgendocosmetics.com for $62.00.


SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Elemental Energy Eye Shadow Palette


SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Elemental Energy Eye Shadow Palette

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. Muffin tops are securely tucked away under layers, cellulite is discretely hidden by opaque tights and I can go crazy with my eye makeup.  By crazy I mean use more than two colors at at once. SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Elemental Energy Eye Shadow Palette gives me just the right amount of options to make it perfect for fall. It could honestly be the one palette I use all year ’round. It has matte and shimmer shadows with great pigment and the colors look amazing on my skin. This palette can easily be transition into spring and beyond. Available at Sephora $38

JINsoon for Tibi and Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer – The Metallics Collection

Jin Soon TIBI

Over the last several years I don’t think I have gone a full three days with bare nails. Some people have yoga and meditation to help them relax, I paint my nails. JINsoon for Tibi is one of my favorite launches all year.  The nail polish colors are rich and pigmented and the matte top coat, ‘matte maker’, is simply everything. See my review here.

Pure Color Nail Lacquer Metal Mania Collection

Estée Lauder Pure Color Metallics Collection allows you to rock one of the season’s hottest nail trends in a variety of colors.  These metallic polishes don’t have a high gloss finish, instead they appear almost semi matte. I have found that adding a super gloss top coat really gets the colors to pop. They are also great for layering over other high gloss polishes to create quick and easy nail art.


Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation System

Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation System

Leave it to me to bring the conversation to skincare [I mean, let the record show, ThisThatBeauty’s most popular blog post ever is about skincare/ hyperpigmentation]. IDC IDC IDC…skin will always be in. Season after season, we want impeccable skin. We want it to glow in the summer and be bright & luminous in the winter. And great skin is not limited to what we see above the neck…particularly as we age, we pay more attention to the markers of youthful skin. I, for one, have become way more critical of the skin on my neck, hands and feet — yes, feet!  Which brings me to Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation System.

Come to momma! No, seriously…literally — this is just what this new momma needs. The Pedi Smoothing Disc is made of textured stainless steel and is designed to slough away hardened, dry, rough skin. The Pedi Wet/Dry Brush Head, with a combination of short rigid and long flexible filaments, work to exfoliate and buff overworked feet. To further enhance the at-home pedi experience, Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation System contains Pedi-Buff Sonic Foot Smoothing Treatment (an exfoliating treatment), Pedi-Balm Sonic Foot Softening Treatment (a rich hydrating boost) and Pedi-Boost Sonic Foot Renewing Peel Treatment (a deeply exfoliating foot peel). This sonic charged at-home pedicure system is a major must this fall!

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation PowderLaura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder

For fall/ winter, I’m all about luminous, perfectly matte skin…so it is with great excitement that I look forward to the launch of the newest crop of complexion perfectors. Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder is oil free and formulated to last up to 8 hours without showing signs of fading. The creamy, light-as-air texture instantly approves the appearance of imperfections like tiny lines and uneven tone. And let’s also applaud all 20 — yes, 20!! —  complexion enhancing shades. Learn more here: http://youtu.be/1RAgNm4PreM

urban decay naked skin pressed finishing powder

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder

If a finishing powder is your preference, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder is for you. Appropriately named “NAKED”, the weightless, jet-milled powder is undetectable on skin….attribute this to the magical, optical blurring pigments. urban decay naked skin pressed finishing powderDepending on your coverage needs, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder can be applied to set your foundation or, as I use it (my shade is DARK), as a lightweight powder to balance skin tone and eliminate shine. Either way, the finish brilliantly matte…and never cakey or ashy.

#TTBFaves: Every month, the ThisThatBeauty Girls share their favorite beauty products from the previous month. Today I share my top picks from June…

Estee Lauder Modern Muse FragranceEstee Lauder Modern Muse

Why I love it: Just as with makeup, I seek out fragrances that are great to wear any season. It’s nice to have specific scents for certain times of the year, but I love having a fragrance that is timeless. Estee Lauder’s Modern Muse is this scent – timeless and classic.

Who It Might Work for and Why: This is Estee Lauder’s first fragrance launch since Beyond Paradise, released in 2003, which alone is reason enough to be excited. They describe a Modern Muse as a independent and self-confident woman, sure of herself and her style, and this is most definitely apparent in the notes. Sparkling jasmine is the first note to hit you, followed by mandarin, fresh lily and honeysuckle, and then drying down to reveal notes of patchouli, vanilla and amber musk. Those who enjoy a sweet, floral scent will find this a permanent staple in their fragrance wardrobe.

Bottom Line: For those of you looking for a new fresh scent, Modern Muse is the perfect fragrance to add to your collection.

Available this Fall at esteelauder.com.

Dermalogica oil free matte SPF 30Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30

Why I love it: Here at TTB, we take skincare very seriously, and when something makes it way to a “favorite” post, we mean business. This daily moisturizer was a recent find, and has been in my morning regimen ever since.

Who it might work for and why: As the name implies, this moisturizer is perfect for those with oily skin, or frankly anyone in the summer who suffers from shine. It leaves the skin damp when first applied but dries to a natural matte finish. While it may be oil free, it also does a great job of hydrating the skin and keeping it refreshed all day. I typically wear it under makeup and it wears beautifully, addressing any stubborn dry patches I may have (stupid hormonal skin) and acting as a great base to apply foundation.

Bottom Line: Though it is ideally targeted towards oily-skinned individuals, I think that this daily lotion would be suitable for most skin types to wear. With the added bonus of the high SPF, you can be sure it will keep your skin looking great while also protecting it from the sun.

Available for $48.00 on Dermstore.com.

Hourglass-Arch-Sculpting-Brow-PencilHourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil

Why I love it: I know what you may be thinking – an eyebrow pencil as a monthly fave? And I would respond with an enthusiastic – YES! The ease of this pencil is what makes it a monthly favorite – it has made filling in my eyebrows the part of my morning makeup routine that I actually look forward to.

Who it might work for and why: ANYONE WITH EYEBROWS! I have used many eyebrow products – pencils, gels, powders and I thought I was doing just fine. That was until I tried the Hourglass eyebrow pencil – and then realized I had been missing out. The texture of the pencil is what got me first – it is a waxy texture that goes on smoothly and evenly – making filling in easier than ever. The second feature that I loved was the angled shape of the pencil. It allows me to effortlessly follow the line of my brows without any need for concealer correction, and the brush on the other end of the pencil is great at smoothing out the color to make it look natural. As if these two features weren’t enough to lure me in, the color is the perfect shade for my dark hair. And having tried this for the first time during the summer months, I can attest to this product’s ability to withstand sweat and heat – two of makeup’s biggest enemies.

Bottom Line: Though the color range is limited (only 3 shades available), I have spoken to a few different people with varying hair colors, and all seem to find a shade to match their brows. If there is one brow product to invest in, I would make it this.

Available for $32.00 at Sephora.com.

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Though I was hesitant when I saw this lime-green hue, once I decked out my digits in this vibrant shade I was simply hooked. Opaque and gorgeously creamy, Estee Lauder Absinthe is perfect for the upcoming warmer weather.

Two coats are all you need to create this intense look and after using this amazing formula and watching it wear for a full week with little to no chipping, I will promptly be picking up every shade of Estee Lauder polishes that I can.


Estee Lauder Absinthe retails for $20 and is available here.

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Every month, the ThisThatBeauty Girls share their favorite beauty products from the previous month. Today I share my top picks from February . . .

With the amount of products I test in a month, it seems an almost impossible feat to pick winners.   However, I often find myself reaching for certain products over and over again and the decision is basically made for me.  This month’s faves feature beauty products from every category – makeup, skincare and fragrance.

Lanvin Eclat D’Arpege Fragrance

  • Why I love it:  This light and crisp floral fragrance is the perfect way to welcome spring.
  • Who it might work for and why:  With notes of lemon leaves, wisteria flowers, red peony, musk and amber, this scent is perfect for someone who wants a fragrance that is both delicate yet sultry.  Beginning with a more floral introduction and drying down to a powdery, musky finish, this scent wears beautifully and lasts all day.
  • Bottom line:  A great fragrance that can be worn year round.

Tammy Fender Clarifying Dermagel

  • Why I love it:  As someone with oily skin who suffers from regular breakouts, this product helps to calm and soothe my skin post breakout, while also preventing future ones.
  • Who it might work for and why:  Anyone looking to take a more organic and holistic approach to skincare, this healing antiseptic helps to clear and correct the complexion.  Designed to accelerate the healing of acne and reduce overactive sebum, this will help to remove any blemish causing bacteria while still keeping the skin hydrated and soothed.
  • Bottom line:  Though I pride myself on taking great care of my skin, it is not until I tried a product with this many benefits to see how much better my skin could be.  Used morning and night, this product has a slight mattifying effect on the skin and worked seamlessly with the other items in my skincare regimen.  My blemishes healed faster and any residual redness instantly disappered.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara

  • Why I love it:  Super long, feathery and flirty lashes is one stroke.
  • Who it might work for and why:  Frankly, anyone who loves mascara (isn’t that everyone????).  But this formula is slightly more delicate and not as dramatic so it would be perfect for a day look, or someone who wants a more feminine look without the risk of clumping.
  • Bottom line:  Little to no clumping, smudging or flaking, this mascara is a great pick for every day wear.

Did you discover any great new products this month?

Yes, I REALLY want to know 🙂

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Blogger It-Girl Leandra Medine, AKA The Man Repeller (TMR,) is everywhere these days – front row at fashion week, center page on every street style blog and now in everyone’s mailbox with her recent partnership with the most fabulous beauty subscription service – Glossybox!  Known more for her fashion musings than her beauty cabinet, this collaboration gives us a peek into a whole other side of TMR and what products she deems worthy of fitting her quirky yet undeniably chic style.

Already a fan of Glossybox and their well curated monthly collections, this box did not disappoint.  Beginning with Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Lash Mascara, and Fresh’s Umbrian Clay Serum, to Living Proof’s Style Extender and OPI’s liquid sand nail lacquer in “Can’t Let Go” – this box is unique and filled with products that all seem to be garnering quite the buzz.  Also in the box are samples of Narciso Rodriguez’s For Her fragrance, Le Métier de Beaute’s replenishing daily solution and a full size Vincent Longo lip stain.  Described as Leandra’s “winter essentials,” I have to say this mash-up of products is truly all year round essentials.

Living Proof Style Extender

One of my stand out favorites was the Living Proof Style Extender which had been on my radar for some time,  so, I was  glad I finally had the chance to try this innovative product.  Designed to help extend daily styling twice as long, the weightless hair primer allows for longer times between shampoos and style touch ups, which quickly became apparent when my oily (and often unruly) hair STILL looked good three days after shampooing.

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying serum

My next favorite was the Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying serum, a natural stand out to me because of my oily skin.   Used daily before putting on makeup, my skin stayed virtually oil free and smooth all day long.

Estee Lauder’s sumptuous mascara

To complete my shine-free skin and fabulous locks was two coats of Estee Lauder’s sumptuous mascara which gave my lashes bold, thick volume without any flaking or smudging.

Narciso Rodriguez For Her

Rounding out my winners for this box (though they all were frankly worth a full size purchase) was Narciso Rodriguez For Her feminine fragrance which perfectly balanced a strong sensual scent with delicate floral notes – it’s exactly how I would want someone to describe me!!

I love to see blogger/brand collaborations and this one was no exception.  All of Leandra’s picks were great and worthy of the distinction, solidifying in my head that her uber cool fashion taste translates perfectly to the beauty world as well.

To sign up for your own $20/month glossybox subscription, visit their website here.


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Fridays with Felicia: An intimate look behind the curtain as I share my favorite style/ beauty discoveries and ThisThatBeauty shenanigans from previous week.

(I visited HSN last week ======> full deets soon)

Let’s kick off “Fridays with Felicia” with you. Yes, YOU!

Hey girl! How you doin? How’s your skin? As you all know, I am absolutely positively obsessed with good skin care habits. I love pretty makeup as much as the next product hoarding Beauty Blogger but a solid skincare regiment is EVERYTHING. Six months ago, my passion and never ending holy grail quest for perfect skin prompted me to pen an epic post on my personal skincare philosophy.

While the article was a little long in the tooth (nearly 3000 words long to be exact) I think it did a lot of good. The post garnered 59 comments – a ThisThatBeauty record. In fact, your responses were so heartfelt and extensive that it lead to the creation of my current ongoing series on Hyperpigmentation which currently has nine articles.

So six months later, I am compelled to check in  with you. Yes YOU!  So many of you commented to say:

  • “Thank you”
  • “I’m going to take better care of my skin”
  • “I’ll try committing to a solid skincare regiment”
  • Etc.

It’s six months later and I am curious to hear where you are with yours! Have you stepped up your skin care game? Has you skin improved? Are you taking care of YOU?

Please do me a favor – If you commented when I originally posted the Hyperpigmentation/ skin care piece, please comment today and fill me in on how you’re doing. When I wrote that article six months ago, your comments really meant EVERYTHING to me. I want to know how you are progressing.  Also, your comments help me tailor content to meet your needs.

And because I practice what I preach….and pride myself on “don’t talk about it, be about it”…I will lead by example and provide an update since writing the post six months ago:

So to recap…here’s what my skin looked like about 8 months ago (no makeup):

Here’s what my skin looked like after about 2 months of following the regiment outlined in my ThisThatBeauty vs Hyperpigmentation post (no makeup):

And here’s what my skin looks like today…6 months after writing that epic post on skincare (no makeup…or maybe I’m pulling a Jessica Simpson — I think there’s a little stray smeared eye liner that I didn’t completely remove…but there is absolutely NO foundation in these pics).

Let me start by saying this….WOW! Those original pics are still so hard to look at. I cannot believe my skin was that bad. On top of that, I was astounded at how much my skin had improved in just 2 months on my regiment. Those products really kicked butt!!!

In looking at my skin today, its hard to believe I ever had any issues at all . As re-read  the regiment I posted back in March, while the principles remain the same, the actual products have changed since then. I currently use different cleansers, toners, serums, and masks. I still use the Evoclin foam to keep my acne at bay. I’ve rotated a few different hyperpigmentation treatment products in and out of my regiment over the last few months. Again, the products may have changed but my skin care principles remain the same…and that, in my opinion, is the most important take-away. Commit to a skin care regiment that is rooted in the fundamentals…and be consistent day to day. If your products work stick with them…naturally, as a beauty writer, I am constantly trying out new stuff. But I definitely recommend that you practice product loyalty…let ME be the guinea pig!

Please leave a comment and update me on how your skin is progressing!

PS: Look out for an equally EPIC hair story that’s in the works…


This week I was invited to tour the soon to be completed, state of the art, new and improved beauty level at Lord & Taylor – 39th Street.  The space is still a bit raw so I had to wear a brightly colored hard hat that’s certain to protect me from falling debris 🙂

The event consisted of a guided tour of the finished and unfinished space. Beauty brands like Clinique, Lancome, Estee Lauder, Nars, Mario Badescu, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, and more presented some of the amazing new beauty innovations that we can expect from L&T once the beauty level is completely renovated. I hope I have the opportunity to get more one-on-one time with the brands but here are a few highlights:

Mario Badescu will have a counter at L&T. I am as pleased as punch to see the brand expand their retail outlets and get more exposure. A simple search of this site using the key words “Mario Badescu” will yield countless product reviews. Be on the look out for an upcoming piece from ThisThatBeauty Contributor Christene Carr. She recently visited Mario Badescu for her first facial EVER. If you’re a facial virgin, you will want to hear all about Christene’s experience.

Clinique’s skincare computer marries technology and beauty

Estee Lauder promises to help you find your perfect foundation match in two minutes in six different lights. Wondering what that crimson lip will look like in daylight vs office light vs candlelight?…Estee Lauder can help!

Lancome boasts that their new state of the art “Diagnos” machine will survey your skin’s texture, pore size, hydration level, and firmness and recommend the perfect products for your skin. I would love to give this a try and report back!

Lancome is also pleased to offer 10-day supplies of their foundation, which comes in 117 shades and 6 formulas. I’m no numbers cruncher but I like those figures!

Lastly for Lancome, the beauty counter at Lord & Taylor features a mascara bar that lets you try out various mascara wands. This is incredibly innovative…no more one size fits all disposable wands. Is the mascara performance not all about the BRUSH? Kudos Lancome!

Want more info on L&T’s new beauty department? Check the Twitter timeline for  #LTFACELIFT and see what your fav beauty bloggers are saying.


In Fashion’s Night Out News, check out this Three Custom Color Specialists and Talbots collaboration…


Beauty360.com is the online shopping destination for CVS/pharmacy’s prestige beauty retailer and carries coveted cosmetic brands including Vincent Longo, Paula Dorf, Laura Geller, Cargo and many more.  Through August 23rd Beauty 360 is promoting an exclusive online makeup sale.  Save 20% on your favorite prestige makeup brands by entering the special code SIZZLE at checkout!  Click the following link for additional details and to start shopping: http://tinyurl.com/29n9rum


“Find Your Fall Style” with Style Coach, Kim Johnson Gross of Chic Simple.

Sign up to receive daily style tips on how to revamp your wardrobes for fall. When signing up, members are entered to win $100 gift cards to Target to start fall shopping. Check out the campaign http://challenges.ivillage.com/fall-style


If you love beauty apps as much as I do, iPhone users listen up! Give yourself a virtual makeover with Pur Minerals IPur Beauty iPhone application!

Pür Minerals now offers a commitment-free way to experiment with new looks..and who doesn’t love a good “try before you buy?”

Trying out a new look on the Pür Minerals app is simple and fun:

  • TAKE: upload or use a model photo to start your makeover.
  • APPLY: Click a product, select a shade and experience a Pür transformation. The customized algorithm will identify the facial co-ordinates for precise application. Don’t like your new look? You have the option of adjusting the facial co-ordinates, undo or start again.
  • SHARE: Once the makeover is complete, the finished look can be shared through Facebook for a polished profile picture or send to a friend via email.
  • BUY: Love your new look? iPür Beauty offers a direct link to Ulta.com to order products online or to find a location near you for an in-store purchase.


Up and coming designer Eliza Starbuck of Bright Young Things pays tribute to Coco Chanel by offering a week long sale on her versatile take of the little black dress. You will recall that I participated in the Bright Young Things Style Challenge and modeled the dress of a thousand looks.

In honor of Gabrielle “CoCo” Chanel’s Birthday, The Bright Young Things LBD will be on sale for $150 (reg $185) through Wednesday, August 25  online at www.youbrightyoungthings.com.

Of the iconic CoCo Chanel, Eliza Starbuck says this:

“Coco Chanel was the most innovative designer of the 20th Century. She dared to wear and design clothes that challenged the social standards and gender roles of the times. She broke every rule and always looked amazing doing it. She was living proof that it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it that defines style. Fabulous, determined, and outspoken, Coco Chanel made an enormous impact on society and the way people dress. Happy Birthday, Mademoiselle Chanel”

Eliza Starbuck recently experienced an opportunity that most only dream of…and by “most” I mean “me”.

Find your sacred quiet place and savor this — Eliza Starbuck’s exclusive interview with CoCo Chanel. Here is the intro:

To celebrate, I thought I’d give her a ring. She doesn’t get out much these days, and most people seem to think she’s dead, but like Tupac and Elvis, she’s virtually immortal.

Read the complete interview here: http://www.youbrightyoungthings.com/2010/08/18/eliza-starbuck-celebrates-128-years-of-style-with-coco-chanel/

I love you all for reading my lil ol blog week after week!



PS: Happy Birthday two of my bestest friends. We partied hard. Friendship is golden and I thank God for these gals!

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We all love great beauty booty. You know the routine…you spend a little and get a LOT! Starting July 16 through August 1st, During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetic department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from a wide variety of brands, which are only available during this time.

This year, over 100 beauty brands are participating. Some highlights include MAC, Chanel, Juicy Couture, NARS, Kiehl’s, Laura Mercier, Marc Jacobs, Dior and Bobbi Brown.  As of July 16th, the sale goes live and customers both in store and online can purchase the limited-edition Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives.

Bobbi Brown “Must Haves” Collection ($75; $150 value)

Bobbi created an exclusive collection with a 5 well pan eyeshadow palette, dual ended brush, full size lipstick, Lip gloss Everything Mascara, Caviar Ink Gel Liner and Liner Brush.

Laura Mercier Fall “On the Go” Collection ($65; $163 Value)

Laura Mercier created an exclusive set featuring a full size Long Lash Mascara, Double ended exclusive lip glace, split pan exclusive cheek color duo, double ended eye brush (smudge/angled eye color) and a luxurious cosmetic bag.

MAC Look in a Box in Frisky Girl, Miss Violet and Tawny One ($49.50; $87 Value)

M·A·C Look in a Box offers one perfect, complete makeup look. Fancy yourself a fabulous Frisky Girl, a vehement Miss Violet or a totally Tawny One. Simply follow the how-to guide therein, et voila! Simplicity without duplicity—three personalities any girl would want to try on. A gift for all those wanting to make a great look, easy.

Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy Anniversary Gift Set ($75)

Answering the prayers of Juicy girls everywhere, Juicy Couture created this keep-sake hat box filled with their signature fragrance, body cream and compact mirror.

Deborah Lippmann All That Jazz Set ($40; $54 value)

This collection, includes 3 fashion forward colors in Razzle Dazzle, Some Enchanted Evening & Lady Sings the Blues in a silver signature box.

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash Set ($34; $58 Value)

This supersized version of Bliss’ Fabulous Foaming Face Wash is more than double the size of the original cult favorite.  This two-in-one exfoliating face wash and fresh, fruity cleanser contains rose hip extract, milk thistle, passionflower and chamomile in a non-stripping formula that’s clean but never squeaky.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps with Pump ($70.00; $89 Value)

With this jumbo version of Kiehl’s cult-favorite all-over body moisturizer, you are sure to not run out of stock until next anniversary sale rolls around.

Anthony Logistics Glycolic Cleanser ($35 for 32.0 oz; $80.00 Value)

The #1-selling product from Anthony Logistics For Men is super-sized for a super value. Glycolic Cleanser helps fight the effects of premature aging by helping to erase fine lines and wrinkles. It leaves the skin smooth and fresh and ready for shaving.

Chanel Quator Boutons de Chanel ($65)

Shade combinations ranging from matte to frost to satin for multiple looks, contrasting or complementary. Apply dry for subtle shadowing. Slightly moistened applicator gives a more intense shade. Organic polymer derivatives ensure smudge-proof long wear, particularly in high temperature or humidity. Dermatologist tested.

Dior Ready-to-Wear Palette ($54)

A deluxe palette of Ready-to-Wear shades, straight from the runway! Palette includes four eyeshadows, two lip glosses, a blush, a three-tone bronzer and mini brush applicators.

Lancome 4 Piece Brush set with black and coral bag ($59; $133 Value)

PURE Scent Spray by pureDKNY ($42)

Be the first to experience the new PURE by pureDKNY before its available anywhere else. A drop of vanilla sourced from Africa, a drop of goodwill. A soft floral scent with a signature vanilla accord. pureDKNY supports local communities by taking small steps to help make a difference, pure and simple.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss by Tom Pecheux ($18)

Four limited-edition shades by Tom Pecheux, world-renowned makeup artist and Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director. Tom chooses his favorite shades of the season—the colors he keeps in his personal tool kit and uses backstage at fashion shows and photo shoots. Pure Color is lip gloss with the power to light up your face. True Vision™ technology transforms ordinary color and makes it extraordinary. You’ll want them all.

Lancôme (Free Gift with any Lancôme purchase of $32.50; over $100.00 Value)

A must-have for any Lancôme addict.  Choose your basics, serum, color product and lip color encased in a stylish black tote emblazoned with a Parisian floral design.

Estée Lauder (Free Gift with any Estée Lauder purchase of $29.50; $110.00 Value)

Be rewarded for any Estée Lauder purchase during the Anniversary Sale with this delightful gift containing an assortment of must-have products.

La Prairie Anniversary gift with purchase (Free Gift with any La Prairie purchase of $300; $120 Value)

Enjoy a luxurious gift of La Prairie essentials including samples of Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream, Anti-Aging Anti-Wrinkle Line filler, Cellular Cleansing Water & Cellular Hand Cream in a coveted La Prairie signature weaved bag.

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This spring Estée Lauder has collaborated with American fashion designer Michael Kors to bring out the Very Hollywood collection, inspired by the glamorous world of Hollywood.

“The inspiration for the Estée Lauder Michael Kors Very Hollywood Color Collection is iconic Hollywood glamour, both past and present, interpreted for everyday life,” Michael Kors explained. The look reflects the timeless beauty of the Estée Lauder company and Kor’s modern fashion style, resulting in a contemporary American beauty image.

There are two key looks in the collection:
Bel Air Beige: a colour palette consisting of beige and coral tones with a sexy smoky eye and shimmery peach lips and cheeks
Rodeo Pink: a defined eye with vibrant raspberry tones of bright, bold lips and cheeks

Flawless skin with a satiny finish is important for both looks. A modern, classic colour palette that reflects the glamour of Hollywood. Lips shine in honey blondes or rose pinks while sparkling gold, beige, peach, vivid raspberry and coral tones make up the rest of the colour wheel.

Products in the collection:

  • Shimmery Loose Powder: a lightweight shimmer powder to highlight eyes and cheeks
  • Blush: Two new shades for cheeks in Sunset Coral and Sunset Pink
  • Eyeshadow Duo: Arrives in Blonde Mink and Night Star
  • Eye Pencil: One in Sepia and one in Film Noir
  • Lip Sheen SPF15: Five limited-edition lip colours in Honey Blonde, Starlet Peach, Bungalow Pink, Starlet Rose and Hollywood Gold
  • Lip Gloss: Five new lipglosses arriving in the same shades as the lipsticks
  • Nail Lacquer: Comes in Hollywood Gold and Bungalow Pink

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Today’s ThisThatBeauty Approved Holiday Gift Guide is for the Fragrance-nista on your gift list. She’s the gal who knows here top notes from her base notes. She’s a collector of fine fragrances. She loves to tastefully fill a room with her intoxicating aroma du jour. She’s a Fragrance-nista and darn proud of it! If you are in need of suggestions for the Fragrance-nista in your life, check out the:

ThisThatBeauty Approved Holiday Gift Guide: For the Fragrance-nista

Thierry Mugler Alien – $50 (1 fl oz)

Treat your BFF to an effervescent and enigmatic fragrance that she is sure to enjoy.  Alien is a floral, amber, woody composition that is luxuriously packaged in a sparkling violet talisman bottle. Tangerine essence unleashes an illuminating freshness. Jasmine Grandiflorum from Morocco is the core fragrance note. Lastly, Alien captures the timeless modernity of white amber and the mysterious sensuality of Kashmir wood. Divine!

girlie_by_debra_rodman01girlie by debraRODMAN – $98 (1.7fl oz)

I love recommending products that go off the beaten path. girlie by debraRODMAN is a newly launched indie fragrance. The scent embodies a modern take on what it means to be girlie. The fragrance presents a provocative look at the eternal feminine state of being girlie. The bouquet is tough and tender, sweet and sexy, carefree and coquettish. girlie represents the freedom to decide.  “Each layer of scent has been carefully fused to paint the impression of a woman who equally loves her femininity as her edge, her seduction as her independence, her sexiness as her innocence”. girlie embraces all that is modern yet classic with the infusion of ancient ingredients with dark and mystical tones to evoke energy and mystery.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Clove Buds
  • Heart Notes: Turkish Rose, Egyptian Jasmine and Chinese Magnolia
  • Base Notes: Oud, Benjoin, Labdanum, Myrrh, Amber Musk, Vanilla

girlie is available exclusively at www.girliebydebrarodman.com.  Half of all sales will be donated to benefit the children who are attending the Man-Rod Academy in Lamu, Kenya which Debra Rodman herself founded last year.

Demeter 1/2 oz Cologne Purse Sprays – $10demeter_purse_spray_thumb

These adorable little whimsical purse sprays are great for gifting. They are simple, subtle, singular scents that are perfect for travel, the gym, or a pick-me-up spritz anytime anywhere! With over 200 fragrances to choose from you are certain to find something that is perfect for the bella on your holiday list. Demeter Purse Sprays are 95% natural and contain no artificial colors. Reach for fun scents like Saguaro Cactus, Laundromat, Pure Soap, Vanilla Cake Batter, Pomegranate…the list goes on and on.

thumbnail_250__aflmv168Crazy Sticks – $18

Why limit yourself to spray fragrance? Try a solid! Crazy Stick is a solid perfume that can be worn anywhere and is perfect for the lady on your list who travels a lot. Crazy Sticks are airport friendly and come in a zillion scents. OK, not quite a zillion but check the website (English version) for the complete run down on the many yummy scents available! Crazy Sticks also available via amazon)

Love Etc. – $24 (1 fl oz) pd-Love-Etc-Eau-De-Parfume

Love Etc. is s unique blend of jasmine, sandalwood, and vanilla. It is the world’s first perfume to feature an alcohol that is fairly traded and organically sourced from sugar cane farmers in Ecuador. Love Etc. also comes in a body wash and body lotion. Gift give all three to enhance the Love Etc experience!

jm_L088_lrgJo Malone Red Roses Cologne – $155 (1 fl oz)

This delicate fragrance is composed of seven different types of roses from all around the globe. Jo Malone Red Roses is both clean and voluptuous with a heart of crushed violet leaves and hints of lemon and spearmint. The intoxicating blend unfolds like a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers. Wearing Jo Malone Red Roses is like receiving beautiful roses everyday!

In observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I am continuing my month long coverage of brands, organizations, and people doing their part to promote breast health.


Elizabeth Hurley has represented Estee Lauder as a Spokesmodel for the past 14 years. For the past nine years, she has traveled the world with Evelyn Lauder to raise awareness for breast health on behalf of the Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

The Elizabeth Hurley Lip Design Collection WC5301_311x311-1is created to honor Elizabeth’s efforts and raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The collection, which is housed is a beautiful pink case, includes Elizabeth Pink lipstick, lip liner, and a gorgeous lip gloss.

The Elizabeth Hurley Lip Design Collection is available at all Estee Lauder counters in the US and Puerto Rico and at www.esteelauder.com

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month I will use ThisThatBeauty to highlight organizations, events, products, and individuals committed to raising breast health awareness. First up is a brand that is very near and dear to my heart, Estee Lauder.este_lauder_500x375


In 1992, Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.,IMG_2614_2(pictured right) co-created the Pink Ribbon with SELF magazine. Today, the Pink Ribbon has become the worldwide symbol for breast health. The Pink Ribbon was originally designed in a demure shade of pale pink, but in 2003 the ribbon was revamped and changed to the attention grabbing HOT PINK we all know today:)

Estee Lauder’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign is dedicated to raising awareness and spreading the message that the early detection of breast cancer is key! As Founder and Chairman of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), Evelyn Lauder ‘s commitment runs deep. She began the foundation in 1993 to address the critical the lack of funding for coordinated translational research, especially clinical research for breast cancer.  A minimum of 85 cents of every dollar donated to the BCRF goes directly to breast cancer research and awareness programs. To date, the BCRF has raised over $250 million dollars!

Fifteen of Estee Lauder Comapnies’ brands offer pink products:

  • Aveda
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Bumble and bumble
  • Clinique
  • Darphin
  • DKNY
  • Donna Karan
  • Estee Lauder
  • Jo Malone
  • Lab Series Skincare for Men
  • La Mer
  • Origins
  • Ojon
  • Prescriptives
  • Sean John Fragrances

Pink products are sold in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation which funds worldwide research. Over the course of the month, ThisThatBeauty will feature Estee Lauder’s Pink Products. Please think PINK and support  continued breast cancer research and awareness.

When asked the ultimate goal of the BCRF, Evelyn Lauder responded:

Our goal is to rid breast cancer from the world and put The Breast Research Foundation out of business.

Well Mrs. Lauder, we’re all behind you 100%!

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When it comes to peddling posh beauty products, I imagine that it’s a constant hustle for brands to Keep It Real/Relevant while maintaining and growing their customer base. 

As I was doing my ritualistic stroll of the cosmetics section in Macy’s Short Hills, I spied something fresh and sexy from Estee Lauder –
Well looky here! Ol Estee Lauder is working overtime to “Keep it Real/Relevant”.  Just about every brand in my makeup arsenal offers some form of cream shadow base/primer. So it is very refreshing to see Estee Lauder, an iconic cosmetics powerhouse, take the leap.  As you know, EL owns a slew of beauty brands…the list goes on and on but I’ll just note a few – 
  • MAC
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Prescriptives
  • Aveda

I specifically listed MAC because EL’s eyeshadow base bears a striking resemblance to MAC’s Paint Pot. Perhaps EL dipped into the ol Paint Pot formula vat and decided to create a few demure EL customer-friendly shades. Well regardless of how the EL eyeshadow base came to be, I’m happy to see EL trying something new and “Keeping it Real/Relevant”.

ThisThatBeauty Babes
Have you tried Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place EyeShadow base? If so, what’s the verdict?
Leave a comment. I want to hear your thoughts!
PS: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place ShadowStick bears an uncanny resemblance to MAC Shadestick. I’m not saying, but I’m just saying…
Same stick, different packaging? Yep, me thinks so!

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    When it comes to peddling posh beauty products, I imagine that it’s a constant hustle for brands to Keep It Real/Relevant while maintaining and growing their customer base. 

    As I was doing my ritualistic stroll of the cosmetics section in Macy’s Short Hills, I spied something fresh and sexy from Estee Lauder –
    Well looky here! Ol Estee Lauder is working overtime to “Keep it Real/Relevant”.  Just about every brand in my makeup arsenal offers some form of cream shadow base/primer. So it is very refreshing to see Estee Lauder, an iconic cosmetics powerhouse, take the leap.  As you know, EL owns a slew of beauty brands…the list goes on and on but I’ll just note a few – 
    • MAC
    • Bobbi Brown
    • Prescriptives
    • Aveda

    I specifically listed MAC because EL’s eyeshadow base bears a striking resemblance to MAC’s Paint Pot. Perhaps EL dipped into the ol Paint Pot formula vat and decided to create a few demure EL customer-friendly shades. Well regardless of how the EL eyeshadow base came to be, I’m happy to see EL trying something new and “Keeping it Real/Relevant”.

    ThisThatBeauty Babes
    Have you tried Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place EyeShadow base? If so, what’s the verdict?
    Leave a comment. I want to hear your thoughts!
    PS: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place ShadowStick bears an uncanny resemblance to MAC Shadestick. I’m not saying, but I’m just saying…
    Same stick, different packaging? Yep, me thinks so!

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