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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.

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For Valentine’s Day I like to keep my makeup relatively simply. This look is great for any occasion, date night with your significant other, cocktails with the girls or just sitting on the couch with a glass of wine. Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, make it fun!


Products Used:

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

Chanel Quad in Prelude

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Dior Show Mascara

MAC Blush in Cute

Giorgio Armani Blush in #10

MAC Lip Pencil in Quartz

MAC Lipstick in Absolute Power



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Surprise, Surprise: Most of the things I blog about are submitted to ThisThatBeauty for editorial consideration. In simpler language — I don’t pay for them. Oh yes, that’s pretty much the way it works with most blogs and all magazines. PR professionals pitch products and as the Editor, it’s my role to decide which items get reviewed or included in stories for ThisThatBeauty. And while we cover lots of great product here on my little bloggy woggy, not all of it gets replenished. Some things I use until they’re all used up . . .never to be replenished again. But then there are those star products that I cannot imagine life without. These are the things that I replenish time after time.

I always say, the true sign of product lust/ loyalty is whether or not a beauty editor BUYS the product on her own dime. Here are the items that I happily pay for with my CHASE Visa Debit Card:

Everything Mario Badescu: Just search my blog and you’ll find countless reviews. MB is basically my skin care savior. Whenever my skin goes through seasonal changes or gets out of whack, I can always rely on MB products to rein it in.

GrandeLash MD: Uhm, excuse me, Bambi! This stuff works. I’ve been using it for the past three months and just placed an order for my next three month supply. My lashes are now super duper long and thick. What I love most about this product is that it does not irritate my lash line at all, unlike other growth serums I have tried. I also love that it dries totally clear and I can use it day or night. With other growth serums I’ve tried, they tend to dry with a little white-ish film that doesn’t look so nice for daytime. I saw length after about four weeks…but now that I am three months in, my lashes are not just longer, but also thicker and darker. I’m hooked!

Everything ReVive (except their eye care…meh!): I fell in love with the line about a 18 months ago, and let me tell you — I had the best skin of my life when I was using all ReVive everything. I’ve yet to meet a line of anti-aging products that work as well as ReVive. On a whole, the line is the best there is. Obviously I like products from other lines and constantly test new products….but I always go back to ReVive when I’m in need of an anti-aging fix. FAVS: Defensif Renewal Serum for day and Moisturizing Renewal Cream for night. Trust!

Koh Gen Do Spa Cleansing Water: Hands down, the best cleansing water for removing stubborn mascara and liner. Super effective, yet super gentle.


Yes to Cucumbers Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

CoverFx Blotting Powder

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I was first introduced to Koh Gen Do at The Makeup Show NYC.

They are a Japanese based skincare/ cosmetics company that was founded out of the owner’s (who happens to be an actress) quest for makeup that protected her skin from dryness and exhaustion brought on by harsh conditions. Her search inspired the creation of Koh Gen Do. The line does not contain petroleum-based products, synthetic fragrances and colors…only natural ingredients derived from Japanese and Chinese herbs.

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water is a gentle eye makeup remover thats effective at removing stubborn waterproof makeup. Cleaning Spa Water is oil free and safe for contact lens wearers.

Additional info from Koh Gen Do:

From the Yumura Hot Springs in Izumo, Japan, comes pure water, rich with skin-absorbing nutrients, to replenish and rejuvenate as it cleanses.
White Birch Sap, harvested only three weeks in early spring, contributes an abundance of minerals and xylitol as it lifts off makeup, oils and residue. No washing or rinsing required!Perfectly convenient for on-location makeup artists and busy on-the-go women.
Oil-free. Alcohol-free. Safe for contact lens wearers.
Infused with six essential herbs to protect and nurture skin

  • Rosemary Leaf Extract
  • Sage Leaf Extract
  • Lavender Extract
  • Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract
  • Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract
  • Ginger Root Extract

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