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My favorite season, fall, is fast approaching and as it gets closer I am most excited about all the makeup I will wear this year. Seriously, I will be wearing all the makeup. While I’m not yet ready for all-matte-everthing, a look predicted to be hot this fall, I like the idea of a matte lip paired with my naturally luminous skin.  Celebrity artist, Jo Baker, recently created the look on Emily Ratajkowski for the premiere of” We Are Your Friends” and shared a step-by-step guide on how to Get the Look.

THE ARTIST: Jo Baker for Urban Decay Cosmetics

THE LOOK: Radiant sun-kissed skin with a creamy nude matte lip and well groomed brows 

“It perfectly bridges the summer-to-fall seasonal transition. The nude tone (Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Stark Naked) feels light and fresh for the final days of summer, while the subdued texture with a slight gleam adds an edge of fall’s more sophisticated look,” said Jo.

“A strong brow (defined with Urban Decay Brow Beater and Brow Tamer) balances the eye and lip to highlight her  features and keeps everything looked pulled-together.”

Emily Ratajkowski at the Premiere of We Are Your Friends 



YSL Les Sahariennes

“For Emily’s base I buffed a small amount of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($62 in 23 shades) onto her almost perfect skin – this creates a lightweight breathable coverage that looks and feels natural, not overdone! To add a little golden summertime warmth to her cheeks I applied YSL Les Sahariennes in #5 ($55 in 5 shades) This tan-toned balm adds a gentle sun kissed look and is perfectly applied with a soft blush brush.”


Maybelline Color Molten Shadow in Taupe Craze

“We wanted Emily’s eyes to sparkle and shine with a light and dreamy quality. I used a soft cream eyeshadow wash over the lid of her eye using Maybelline Color Molten Shadow in Taupe Craze ($7.99 in 16 shades – 8 duos) followed by one coat (which is all that was needed) of Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($22).


Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick Stark Naked

“Using a lip brush I applied the supremely luxurious Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick  ($22,  9 shades) in Stark Naked, which features a blend of avocado, olive oil and shea butter that help these anti-drying matte wonders stay smooth and creamy all day. To enhance Emily’s lip shape I softly lined them after the lipstick was applied using Urban Decay Glide-On 24/7 Lip Pencil ($20, 24 shades) in Stark Naked.” 

(Jo’s pro tip: For a natural perfected lip, apply Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick with a brush onto lips and take Urban Decay Glide-On 24/7 Lip Pencil to shape the edges of the lip afterwards. The lipstick base provides glide so you can shape your desired lip effortlessly.)



“I like to finish with grooming the brows at the very end, this allows me to see how much attention they need. Emily has fabulous natural eyebrows so all she needed was a couple of strokes of Urban Decay Brow Beater ($20, 4 shades) in Warm Brown to even their shape, finished by a swipe of Urban Decay Brow Tamer ($20, 5 shades) in Taupe to keep them in place. 

(Jo’s pro tip:  Use a slightly lighter Brow Tamer shade on top of your Brow Beater pencil color, as this keeps them looking natural without becoming too dark and heavy!”

I’ll definitely be trying this look — I’ll even try the matte, nude lips — something I have stayed away from entirely, simply because I have been so ‘blessed’ in the lip department.

What  Makeup Look are You Most Excited To Try this Fall?

A great mascara can be the difference between an amazing makeup look and one that’s just simply — blah. Mascaras often promise to lengthen and thicken lashes but tend to work differently from person to person, so, we thought we’d share with you our best mascaras of the moment.    We are five strong at ThisThatBeauty (TTB) and we all have a different mascara favorite at the moment:


Cherry Blooms Brush on Fibre Eyelash Extensions

Best Mascara - Cherry Blooms Brush on Fibre Eyelash Extensions

Lately I find myself in a love/ hate relationship with mascara. I love long, feathery pitch black longer-than-long lashes…..but I absolutely despise the nightly removal process. And I don’t care how well your eye makeup remover claims to work — there’s always a little “work” involved. And after a full day of work, and then mommy duty…I just don’t have the energy to remove mascara. Cherry Blossoms Brush on Fibre Eyelash Extensions is my answer to everything. Not only does this genius little mascara create the instant effect of lush lash extensions, it also removes with just soap and water. The not-so-secret-secret to the faux lash effect is natural cellulose black fibers that adhere to the beeswax within the mascara (It’s a two-step application process, but totally worth it). This pairing creates super long lashes that appear, dare I say — fake. Sold. Love. Yassss! $59


Maybelline Great Lash  AND Palladio Clear Mascara

Best Mascara - Maybelline Great Lash

I am really boring as I rarely wear mascara – I know sad! In any case, I am really old school and swear by Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($3.99). It never fails me. It lasts, it doesn’t cake up and doesn’t leave those ridiculous clumps below my eye when I blink.  What I happen to be in LOVE with at the moment is Palladio Clear Mascara ($5.99)  because it’s completely mistake proof, and I like how it makes my lashes a tad shiny but not overtly so. When it comes to makeup, I’m about a half a step above that 13 year old girl who’s experimenting in the bathroom on a Saturday night. So when I say it’s mistake proof I mean it. I’ve never had to backtrack and take it off and start again.


Benefit They’re Real!

Best Mascara - Benefit They're Real!

I’m completely in love with Benefit They’re Real! Mascara . It lengthens and volumizes my lashes like nothing I’ve ever tried before. It also transitions extremely well from day to night, and does not smudge or clump up. The wand has a custom-domed tip which allows you to coat every lash, and helps your eyes to really pop. After applying, it definitely looks like I’m wearing falsies, but without the fuss. $23


Guerlain Maxi-Lash

Best Mascara - Guerlain's Maxi-Lash

Guerlain’s Maxi-Lash is great mascara for dramatic, full-impact and voluminous lashes. The formula takes a little bit to thicken up, so it reaches its full potential after a few weeks of using. Since it provides such a strong and intense lash look, using a cleansing oil is how I recommend removing it. $32


Lancôme L’Extreme

Best Mascara - Lancôme L'Extreme

I am in love with this mascara as it really provides volume and length to my lashes giving my eyes that “pop!” The brush bristles are perfectly spaced to coat every lash without  unnecessary clumping.   I use the waterproof version so I can get through morning commute in wet weather and also dance all night without the “raccoon eyes.”   To remove,  I use make-up remover wipes then wash  my face with cleanser of my choice. $27.50


Urban Decay Perversion and Subversion Lash Primer

Best Mascara - Urban Decay Perversion

I never thought I would be the one to be advocating a two step mascara application process but here we are. When I first tried the Urban Decay  Perversion Mascara ($22) I was not at all impressed.  It was a bit too wet for my taste and made application without mess rather difficult. I decided to try it with the Subversion Lash Primer ($20) and voila! It was like magic. After applying the primer the mascara was easy to apply and didn’t clump or transfer.  My lashes appeared longer and fuller after just one coat.   I can also apply a second coat at the end of the day without it flaking off or clumping — a major plus when you want to take eyes from night to day.  At the end of the day, I use either the Dermalogica Precleanse or the Dolce & Gabbana Cleansing Oil to remove all makeup.

What’s Your Best Mascara of the Moment?

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

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I love having oily skin because it will (hopefully) keep me looking young for many years to come, however, having oily skin means that my nice morning glow will turn into a not-so-nice oil slick by the end of the day.  Because my skin is so oily, I am forever in search of the best foundations for oily skin. I look for foundation formulations that can manage shine appropriately and help me to maintain a polished face for most of the day…even during the summer. For this post I’ve picked out 3 of the best foundations for oily skin.


hourglass immaculate liquid powder foundation

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

Yes, the hype on this foundation is real. Everyone talks about the miracle that is Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation and they are right. I finally broke down and bought it for myself and absolutely loved it. The texture feels like a whipped powder-y mousse and goes on beautifully. But as it says, it does dry down instantly to a liquid powder making the skin velvety and matte. Some mattifying foundations make the skin look powdery and dry, but this one manages to keep the skin looking luminous while still shine-free. I go between applying with my fingers and with a synthetic foundation brush for the best look. Long wearing and comfortable on the skin, this light to medium coverage foundation is a no-brainer for the summer. Available at Sephora for $55.00.

Smashbox CC Cream

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream

This Smashbox CC Cream came out of nowhere and knocked me over with how beautiful it looked on the skin. From the first day I wore it, the color match was perfect, the coverage was lightweight and it kept me MATTE for most of the day! When you first apply it, it goes on slightly dewy but dries down right after to a natural matte finish. I typically wear this for most of my outfit posts on my blog because not only does it look beautiful in person, it always makes my skin look flawless in photos. The shade range is good, not great but if you find your shade, I highly recommend trying this. Available at Sephora for $19.50.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup

Part of the super popular Naked line for Urban Decay, the Naked Skin Liquid Makeup quickly became a beauty blogger staple. Again so much hype and I was not sure it would live up to the praise. I don’t wear that much Urban Decay so I wasn’t sure I would love this foundation. Update: I LOVE IT. I never know how liquid foundations will wear on my oily skin because so many are meant to be luminous, dewy or radiant – three words I am often afraid of in my face makeup. But this surprised me and became a favorite almost immediatley. It is a lightweight liquid that gives sheer coverage but can be built up to be almost medium to medium full. It gives much more of a natural matte finish rather than complete matte – so those with other skin types would enjoy this as well. I usually apply with a natural hair buffing brush and it gives a beautiful airbrushed finish. And the shade range is quite extensive so there is more than likely something for everyone. Available at Sephora for $39.00.

What are your favorite foundations for oily skin? Any that I missed? Tell me in the comments!

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2013 has come and gone, but my beauty favorites from this past year are here to stay.    Narrowing down the list of best beauty products was not easy but someone’s gotta do it.  And I selflessly gave of my skin, hair, face and body for the task.  It’s like I am a beauty blogging saint – ok, ok, I took it a tad too far, no?  But nonetheless, I have tried a myriad of things to bring the readers the best of the best (in my opinion) – and hopefully you will agree with my choices.  Here are my 2013 Beauty Favorites:

Perricone Blue Plasma


Exfoliation is the key to glowing skin in my opinion.  Formulated as a non-acidic peel, the Blue Plasma uses salmon roe enzyme and copper to help slough away dead skin cells leaving behind glowing, radiant and re-texturized skin.  The major bonus of this product is its ability to be used AM or PM and on almost any skin type, even sensitive.  It is quite the splurge, but worth every penny.  Available at Sephora for $95.00.

 Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion

Mario Badescu Buffering LotionOily skin may keep me young looking forever, but the down side is I am still dealing with acne even into my adult years.  And so the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion has become a life saver that I can use both at night when I have a breakout or feel one coming on, or under my makeup in the morning to help treat the affected area all day.  Blemishes disappear in just a day or two, and it is instrumental in keeping my problematic skin at bay.  Available at Nordstrom for $17.00.

Nest Fragrances in Midnight Fleur

nest fragrances midnight fleur

With Nest’s recent launch at Sephora this year, I am thrilled to see my favorite fragrance going mainstream.  Everyone and anyone needs to get in on this unique and intoxicating scent.  With notes of black amber, vanilla orchid, rhubarb, green apple and patchouli, this fragrance is meant to stand out and make a statement.  Red lip not required.  Available at Sephora for $25.00.

Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

We all have that special event, date, interview, party, etc that we need a Hail Mary skincare moment to prepare us properly for success.  This is that product.  I call this my “secret weapon” mask because it does just about anything and everything to make my skin next to perfect.  A revitalizing combination of vitamins A, C, E and F, it helps skin to recover from damage, restore moisture and increase elasticity.  End result is glowing, healthy, revitalized and supple skin.  Available at Dermalogica for $46.00.

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Fig

Bite beauty luminous creme lipstick in fig

How could I pick just ONE lipstick from the entire past year? By simply looking at how worn down the bullet is by December – and there is my answer.  Not only was this the perfect natural pink lip-color-only-better shade, it was so delightful to wear.  Soft, hydrating, long lasting and richly pigmented – Bite Beauty is quickly rising on my list of favorite brands.  Available at Sephora for $24.00.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

urban decay naked skin foundationA second close runner up to my love of skincare is foundation – I love the look of flawless, fresh skin.  And while I have more foundations than I should probably admit, I continously wore Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation over and over.  Amazing coverage that can be applied sheer and built up as needed, with a natural matte finish, the Naked Skin Foundation made its most impressive mark on me by helping to control my oil throughout the day leaving my skin looking healthy and radiant without being shiny.  Available at Sephora for $39.00.

Shop My 2013 Beauty Favorites:

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Looking fully made up during summer months can be a bit tricky. The heat and humidity sometimes makes it difficult to wear the products that worked oh so well during cooler months.  But women are not going to give up wearing makeup simply because it feels like Hades outdoors. Instead, we make adjustments to application techniques and seek out products that are formulated to perform at their best during warmer months.  Below are my Budge Proof Summer Makeup Musts to help get you through even the hottest of days.

Color Correction and Mattifying

Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder

Hotter temperatures mean I scale way back on foundation, in fact, for the last several weeks I have been going virtually foundation free. I apply one layer of oil free sunscreen then add just a drop of foundation to another dime size amount of sunscreen then use that as a tinted moisturizer. My skin is not without blemishes and dark spots, so, I follow up with a concealer in areas where it is needed.  I then set this wet layer by dusting and sweeping on Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder. Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder is formulated with Talc, Rice powder and other oil absorbing ingredients to keep away shine.  It can also be applied to bare skin or over a full face of foundation.

Price: $32, Available at Sephora and UrbanDecay.com 


Cargo Water Resistant blush in Los Cabos

A good blush in summer is essential.  Blush is most often the only bit of colour on my face for quick errands and coffee dates. I’m currently completely into Cargo Water Resistant blush in Los Cabos.  The peachy/ pink hybrid has a smooth, satiny finish and provides just the right amount of sheen-free color that last for several hours.

Price: $32, Available Macys.com,  UrbanDecay.com and  other retailers.


Urban Decay 24:7 Glide-On Eye Pencils


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils are super creamy, easy to apply available in 40 shades. Yes, 40! These water-proof beauties stand up to heat, humidity and that random bout with hay fever. You can create thin lines along the lash line or go bold with a dramatic cat eye. The possibilities are endless.

Price: $19, Available at Sephora,  UrbanDecay.com and other retailers.


FLOWER Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara WaterproofI’m not usually one for water-proof mascara because it can a be nightmare to remove. However, on days when I’m headed to the pool or the beach, waterproof mascara it is. FLOWER Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascarauses its Extreme Stretch Hourglass Brush to give perfect, 180 degree lash coverage. Using Red Seaweed and shiny polymers, it lengthens and nourishes lashes, while adding luster and conditioners.”

Price: $6.98, Available at Walmart and Walmart.com 

#TTBTip: I use Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser to remove waterproof eye makeup and long wear lip products. Once you try this product you will wonder how you got on without it.

Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil

I never leave home without my brows.  One of my favorite products to use to get brows right is Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil . Since I have very little natural brow, a pencil (or gel) is pretty much my only option to have full looking brows. To help the liner last longer, I prep the area with a lid primer before filling in the brows.

Price: $5.99, Available at Drugstore.com and other chain drugstores and mass retailers.



L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse Shine Stain

L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse Shine Stain  is lightweight and goes on smoothly.  It has concentrated pigments so it delivers great color payoff. The oils and water in the formulation make it super hydrating and it can last 4-5 hours without reapplication.  It is available in several shades, my favorite shades are Coral Tattoo and Everlasting Caramel.

Price: $9.99, Available at www.lorealparisusa.com, Target, chain drug, food and mass market retailers

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel

For a higher gloss option I like Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel.  The consistency is almost like a heavy syrup but without the stickiness. It is really smooth on the lips, has a great fruity scent and delivers a great finish that doesn’t get white in the corners of the mouth on high humidity days. Available in two shades. I prefer Crystal Plum, while Felicia is partial to Crystal Pink…but both are stunning picks!

Price: $22, Available at www.clarinsusa.com, Bloomingdales and other fine department stores.

Do you have any Budge Proof Summer Makeup tips to share with us? Please leave them in the comments.

 Find me @ChristeneCarr, on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and my blog.

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Have you ever been green with envy? Ok, don’t answer that because I bet you’re not proud of that fact.  However, getting several shades emerald green, with Pantone’s color of the year, is a thing of beauty that you can happily flaunt.


Urban Decay – Siren Liner: Create runway worthy eyes with with this long wear liner that is packaged in a pen-like component. 

Clinique – Mighty Moss Shadow: Clinique delivers a sheer, yet build-able, wash of lightweight, creamy color. Chubby Stick Shadows are available in 12 shades from nude, to pinks, to violet and blues. Add depth and create your unique look by mixing and matching.  $16 

NARS – Mad Mad World ShadowThis shadow combination is the perfect way to add a burst of color to your makeup look. You can apply it sheer or build it up for a more dramatic look. Both eye shadows can be used wet to create a ‘cake’ eyeliner. $34

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash 4: This mascara curls, volumizes,  lengthens and delivers intense green pigments.  You will be the envy of all your friends.  $23


Sephora+ Pantone Universe Nail Lacquer: a highly pigment nail polish that delivers a brilliant shade of emerald green. This polished along with the entire Sephora + Pantone Universe collection launches in March.  $10

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in  ElopeA  long-wearing and chip-resistant formula that delivers a high gloss finish. $14


Sultra Hair Extension in Ocean Teal

Not quite emerald green but these easy to wear clip in hair extension are ideal to add a little funk to your look.  They are made with two grams of premium Indian Remy hair and blends with almost any style. The hair can be curled or straightened to achieve  your desired look. Sephora.com $18



Modify Watches

There is never a dull moment with Modify watches.  Dozen of faces and straps allow you to mix and match to create your own unique time piece.  Shown here is an all green combination but you can do whatever strikes your fancy.  As shown $40

A.J. Morgan  Sunglasses

A.J. Morgan ‘Front Row’ Sunglasses: Aviators suit almost all face shapes and there is just a certain level of ‘coolness’ that goes along with donning a pair.  These A.J. Morgan ‘Front Row’ Sunglasses are budget friendly and are accented with just enough green to put them right on trend. Nordstrom.com

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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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Strike gold with ThisThatBeauty this award season — Here’s our glitzy product roundup inspired by Golden Globes!


BY TERRY Ombre Blackstar in Beyond Gold

Go for the gold in a single stroke with this silky, glimmering gold eye shadow stick. The waterproof formula won’t smudge or smear, and the narrowed, precise pencil tip glides on smoothly for perfect day-long color.

Price: $43, Available at SpaceNK.com

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Eldorado

Get golden, gilded and glamorous with one swoop. Create red-carpet worthy (dare we say award-winning) eyes that won’t budge even after countless acceptance speeches. The slim 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner pen features an ultra-fine, easy-to-control brush tip made for newbies and pros alike to draw razor-thin lines, winged cat eyes, or thick, bold chromatic lines of color.
Price: $18, Available at Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, Sephora.com, Beauty.com, ULTA.com and UrbanDecay.com

Biolage ExquisiteOil Replenishing Treatment

Just think of this as your magic golden potion. ExquisiteOil Replenishing Treatment is a versatile serum infused with Moringa Oil Blend. This ultimate potion gives hair instant shine, nourishment and control. Throw in your purse for an instant frizz fix and to keep your style smooth all night. It can also be used as a pre-shampoo smoothing treatment, a restorative solution for dry midlengths and ends, an overnight treatment to replenish extremely dry strands, a post-shampoo detangler, a thermal protectant or an additive to customize any Biolage treatment. It’s an all-in-one for awards show prep necessity.
Price: $22, Available at fine salons, please see www.biolage.com for locations

Oscar Blandi At-Home Salon Glaze

After every hair color service at the Oscar Blandi Salon, clients are treated to a shine enhancing, color-preserving glaze. Now you can bring the salon to you with Oscar Blandi’s latest innovation that reinvents the same experience at home. Nourishing plant emollients and a protecting paraben-free formula enrich hair with lustrous conditioning and a clean silky touch, leaving it with a shine as bright as a Golden Globe award. When used weekly, this clear glaze prevents color fading and adds moisture, brightens natural & color treated hair and protects hair from heat damage.
Price: $27, Available at www.blandiproducts.com and www.Ulta.com

Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Add a hint of golden tint with this one-step beauty balm designed to prime skin and simultaneously provide a natural, sun-kissed glow. The paraben-free formula contains SPF 30 protection and is ideal for all skin types. It’s infused with innovative microspheres shown to hide skin imperfections and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

Price: $38, Available exclusively at Sephora

Stila Jewel Eye Shadow in Golden Topaz

You can also shine like the celebs at the Golden Globes this year with one of Stila’s popular Jewel Eye Shadow shades – Golden Topaz. This eye shadow leaves your lids glistening like jewels and deposit a sequin-like effect. The perfect blend of pigment, binder and shimmering pearl delivers a weightless wash of buildable color. Transparent talc delivers excellent color release and binding oils ensure adherence for all-day wear.

Price: $20, Available at StilaCosmetics.com

Khloe’s Khroma Beauty Kardazzle Palette

Complete Face Palette

From Khroma Beauty – the Kardashian sisters’ new cosmetics range – everything you need for your red carpet moment is in one stylish, compact kit. With multiple shadows, blush, bronzer and all over shimmers, this tiny dynamo will have you looking Kardashian fab in minutes.

Also Available in “Kim’s Kardazzle” (silver) and “Kourtney’s Kardazzle” (pink)

Price: $12.99 (launched in November 2012), available at UTLA

CARGO Lip Gloss in Sahara

This shimmering gold/nude lip gloss adds the perfect amount of glitter to achieve an award winning look. Its moisturizing, long lasting formula and compact size makes the gloss a beauty staple; perfect worn alone or on top of your favorite lipstick for a shiny effect.
$14, Available at CargoCosmetics.com, Ulta, Ulta.com and Beauty.com


GODIVA Gold Ballotin

For the sixth consecutive year, GODIVA will be the indulgence of the night for the stars at the Golden Globes. The classic GODIVA Gold Ballotin boxes with the signature gold ribbon will enrobe the tables and celebs will enjoy GODIVA lounge donned in decadent Belgian chocolate at the In Style and Warner Brothers Golden Globes Party. Let GODIVA be the star of your upcoming Globes party and nosh on celebrities’ favorite chocolate – GODIVA.
Price: $30 (19pc). www.GODIVA.com.


While watching the Golden Globes this Sunday, toast to your favorite films and actors with these glamorously gilded cocktails from SKYY Vodka.


2 oz SKYY Vodka
1 oz Lemon Juice
0.25 oz Red Raspberry Vinegar
5 red Grapes
Gold Sugar

Muddle all ingredients except the vinegar. Shake and strain in to gold sugar rimmed martini glass. Add vinegar.


2 oz SKYY Infusions Citrus Vodka
1 oz Triple Sec
¾ oz Amaretto
1 oz freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup

Mix ingredients in mixing pint over ice. Shake vigorously and strain into pilsner-style glass and garnish with Lemon Zest.


Drink tea in style with DAVIDsTEA’s Glitter & Gold flavor to warm up any viewing party.

Chinese black tea, sugar crystals, gold sugar balls, vanilla, orange peel, cloves, natural and artificial flavoring.



Tassels, Holdbacks, Ribbon, Trays, Tumblers, Glasses and more.

  • Ceramic Bird Tassel – Black & Gold ($95)
  • Parchment Check Ceramic Holdback – Gold ($160)
  • Parchment Check 1″ Ribbon ($28)
  • Parchment Check Serving Tray – 25″ ($325)
  • Tango Tumbler ($75)
  • Tango Wine Glass ($75)

Come back tomorrow to see what we have planned for the Golden Globes on Sunday!

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ThisThatBeauty Contributor Jennifer L. sheds her good girl image and takes a walk on the wild side. Read on for Jen’s review of Urban Decay “The Dangerous Palette” …and follow her beauty babble via @plushpinkallure.


Warning! Put up the caution tape. Urban Decay’s “The Dangerous Palette” is just that – dangerous!

It contains the necessary components to evoke one’s inner bad girl. The sleek, black and gold compact includes Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on eye pencil in “Rockstar”, eye shadow primer potion, and six alluring colors that will melt your “girl next door” image. The cult following primer potion helps shadow to glide over lids effortlessly, while filling in creases and fine lines. Most importantly, the primer holds shadow in place, keeping the color strong and vibrant all day long.

A palette of smoky gray, dark as night black, electric teal, velvety green, rich cream, and sultry purple unleash a power house of seduction and mystery. Complete the look with the ultra easy glide-on eye pencil, which not only has lasting ability, but also contains a moisturizing bonus –  Jojoba seed oil. Give your “good girl” persona the night off… and let your alter ego emerge.

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Urban Decay is in a New York State of mind! Join Urban Decay for a special one day only preview sale! This will be a limited edition 1,000 piece run exclusive for Sephora!

Stop in to Sephora to get the ultimate New York City makeover!  There’s no better way to say “I  New York” than with Urban Decay’s brand new limited-edition pop-up palette, Book of Shadows Vol. 111. 

This palette is not only full of sixteen gorgeous eye shadows, two Glide-on Eye Pencils and a travel size Eyeshadow Primer Potion, but pays tribute to the city that never sleeps through its revolutionary LED-lit palette designed with a pop-up scene of NYC landmarks.

Be the first to sample this extensive eye palette with a complimentary makeover at the heart of New York City – Sephora Times Square. This coveted 16 shade palette doesn’t even launch on Urbandecay.com until after Labor Day, and will not be available in-store at Macy’s, Sephora, and Ulta, until October 1st!  Seriously, BE THE FIRST!

(Palettes can be purchased beginning at 1:00 PM with a three piece purchasing limit per customer.)

August 28th 1:00pm – 9:00pm Sephora Times Square

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Though I have yet to take in the cinematic experience that is Alice in Wonderland, I can not help but covet the many Alice in Wonderland themed makeup collections currently in stores. That’s just like a beauty blogger…I haven’t seen the movie but I’m all over the makeup it inspires!

OPI, Paul & Joe, and Urban Decay have all teamed up with powerhouse Disney to introduce limited-edition beauty collections to coincide with Tim Burton’s wild fantasy adventure, Alice in Wonderland.

In honor of Alice in Wonderland, OPI has introduced four new lacquer shades inspired by the film characters, including: Thanks So Muchness, a vivid cherry red; Absolutely Alice, a dark turquoise with blue glitter; Mad As A Hatter, an aubergine with multicoloured glitter; and Off With Her Red, a hot, fire-engine red.

Paul & Joe creator Sophie Albou has created a limited-edition Alice in Wonderland collection featuring two beautifully designed compact tins: Fantasy and Daydream.

The pastel packaging incorporates illustrations of Alice, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat. Each tin includes blotting paper (with mirror), a refill pack and a lip treatment. The Fantasy Lip Treatment comes in Sweet Milky Pink and the Daydream Lip Treatment arrives in Sheer Orange.

This month, edgy cosmetic brand Urban Decay has released a limited-edition Disney Alice in Wonderland-inspired Book of Shadows.

The book opens up to reveal a pop-up scene of Alice and her journey through the Mushroom Forest. The box drawer slides open to reveal 16 bestselling eye shadows, as well as two travel sizes of 24/7 Eye Pencils and one Eyeshadow Primer Potion. There is also a mirror resting on the background. The book-like packaging is decorated with black patterns and copper foil deco with tea-cup details. Shades names include: Drink Me, Eat Me; Midnight Tea Party; Wonderland; Mushroom; Alice; White Rabbit and Mad Hatter.

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. Egad! With work, busy schedules, and that thing called “life”…you’ve probably had no time to plan out how you’ll turn on your Valentine’s Day “whip appeal” ala Babyface.

Well worry no more. You are an avid ThisThatBeauty reader which means I’ve got you covered. Behold, ThisThatBeauty’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide. So lets get you ready…

Do not let a pesky protruding pimple ruin your perfect Valentine’s Day plans. Stop that bad boy in it’s tracks with the new ZENO HOT SPOT Blemish Clearing Device ($39.99). This FDA approved and dermatologist recommended doo-hickey works by using thermal based technology to kill the bacteria that causes blemishes to occur. Sized to fit in the palm of your well manicured hand, ZENO HOT SPOT is perfect for on the go treatments. How many times have you looked in the mirror at work around lunch time and caught a dastardly pimple plotting to peak by end if day? Here’s where you need ZENO HOT SPOT. Each treatment lasts for two to three minutes. Most blemishes, if caught early, require only two to three treatments. Add ZENO HOT SPOT to your routine. I’d hate to see a mole hill turned mountain to destroy your sexy Valentine’s Day plans.

Because cleanliness is next to sexiness, add Philosophy Flirty Girl Set ($35) to your Valentine’s Day prep plans! Show him you mean business by pampering your body with this soft, sweet, irresistible scent. The combination of Flirty Girl shower gel and lotion layers the light hearted scent beautifully…not at all overwhelming.

Get your skin rub-a dub ready with Creme of Nature’s new line of affordable hydrating lotions.The collection is formulated with natural ingrdients that deliver intense moisture to parched, dehydrated skin. Trust me, yo man does not want to feel all up on your scaly legs. Moisturize that si-du-a-tion (forgive me for the Jersey Shore refernce) with one of Creme of Nature three emollient blends: African Violet & Chamomille, Olive Oil & Lemon Zest, Sweet Mandarin & Lemongrass. Find a store near you.

For the smaller proportioned bella who struggles to find appropriate V-Day ready lingerie, may I suggest The Little Bra Company, a line of sexy, comfortable and stylish lingerie for women sizes 28A to 36B. The Little Bra company celebrates the fact that “good things do come in small packages™.” The sexy red Lucia ($56) features contoured, deep-plunge styling for the ultimate cleavage enhancement with glamorous, smooth lace that makes any small-busted woman feel gorgeous and confident. Lucia is the perfect choice for a dose of feminine confidence this Valentine’s Day…and beyond! Go on, play up your assets!

Don’t forget the “Fat Free Dressing“….a new collection of shapewear from Maidenform ($22-$30) that’s meant to secretly slim, smooth, and shape the body. This life saving figure flattering collection offers a tank top, tee shirt and boy short to address your shapewear needs. The tops are longer in length so there’s no embarrassing “roll down”. “Fat Free Dressing” is designed to fit comfortably all day long. If you’re wearing a body hugging top, dress or skirt for your Valentine’s Day rendezvous, consider these sexy underpinnings. ADDED BONUS: “Fat Free Dressing” is shapewear that doesn’t look like, you know? Shapewear!

If your cup runneth over, try Elomi lingerie for the fuller figure. The collection has a sexy boudoir feel that oozes glamour. From french inspired floral embroidery to contrasting underlay, the designs artfully combine comfort and support with a dash of naughty and nice!

If your pre Valentine’s Day primp fest leads you to the salon for a hair cut, preserve the integrity of your cut with HerCut ($22-$28), a new line of hair care products designed around your specific haircut….not hair type. Genius! The philosophy of the line is simple: All (most) cuts derive from five basic cuts – bob, pixie, shag, blunt, long layers. It does not take an expert to maintain your straight from the salon style, it merely takes the proper products that support your cut. In a press breakfast with HerCut Ambassador and Emmy Award winner Kyan Douglas, I learned that HerCut employs “catalysts” that work at the molecular level to ensure that hair conforms to the shape of your individual cut. Essentially, HerCut picks up where your stylist leaves off. Each HerCut “catalyst” (a serum to be used prior to blow drying) is customized for the five hair cuts previously mentioned. If you struggle to maintain your style post-salon visit, HerCut might be just what you need. And with Valentine’s Day just ’round the corner, you want to make sure your locks are their absolute best!

Don’t let excessive frizz ruin your dinner plans with Mr. Wonderful. Remington Frizz Therapy 1″ Straightener ($49.99) promises all day anti-frizz protection….even in high humidity! High grade ceramic plates dramatically diminish frizz upon styling. The frizz protection feature helps hair resist the effects of humidity all day, thus insuring a sleek smooth style. And since this a Valentine’s Day beauty guide, might I also suggest tossing this bad boy in your overnight bag for the morning after…if ya know what I mean 😉

This Valentine’s Day send his pulse racing with Kelly Van Gogh Wonderlust Illuminating Hair Tonic ($30). This multi-tasking wonder spray delivers smooth, sexy hair with long-lasting results. With just a quick spritz to damp hair, your locks are transformed into tantalizing tresses without a costly trip trip to the salon. Can we say “frugalista friendly”? Kelly Van Gogh Wonderlust Illuminating Hair Tonic incorporates mica shine technology, keratin proteins and caviar conditioners, to revitalize dry, dull hair and protect it from environmental factors including pollution, heat and water damage. This Valentine’s Day fall in love with Kelly Van Gogh Wonderlust Illuminating Hair Tonic!

Make him starry eyed with Urban Decay Stardust ($20). This eye catching shadow delivers a soft sheer wash of color coupled with the tiniest bits of iridescent sparkle. The glistening effect resembles that of wet snow. Yum…so sexy and McDreamy. Capture his eyes and heart this Valentine’s Day with an alluring pop of Stardust. From go-to basic neutrals like black, grey and brown to bright bursts of of turquoise, green and purple. The wide range of Stardust shades will help you bring out your inner kitten. Purrrrr! Want to know my personal fav? It’s Moon Spoon, described as grey with iridescent sparkle!

If your lip gloss isn’t poppin‘, try this – LORAC Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss ($22). This innovative paraben free gloss contains holographic pigments for multidimensional shine. The formula delivers a high lacquer, glam, glossy, vibrant finish with long lasting color. If you gotta get that BOOM BOOM BOOM for your lips, you gotta get LORAC Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss. My traffic stopping favs include Polished and Vivid. MWAH!

For girls who are short on time and have but a few precious moments to go from “office attire’ to “date ready”, this Valentine’s Day try Stila Yumberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24). When multitasking is a must, a great lip and cheek stain can be your BFF. Conveniently packaged in Stila’s iconic click-able pen, this lip/cheek combo reacts to your personal pH to give you a beautiful, fresh-faced flush in your perfect shade of pink.

If sexy bedroom eyes are on your Valentine’s Day prep list, try L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascara. Frugalistas, breakdance! This drugstore mascara (which performs like a pricey department store formula) retails for $9.49. If you’re smart, you will try to catch it during a BOGO at your local Walgreens, Duane Reade, CVS, etc. The genius technology behind L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascara is the spherical brush and clean formula that lengthens while separating. At first the design of the brush freaked me the heck out, TRUE STORY! But the results were Ah-May-Zing! See for yourself then run out and get your own!

If subtlety is your thing, try Coy, the newest gloss from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Coy is an extremely wearable and versatile shade of nude pink. Don’t let the name fool you…Coy redefines lips for a plumper pout. It is specially formulated with Portulaca Extract, a natural peptide that stimulates hyaluronic acid synthesis to help add volume to lips. But hold up…there’s not irritating tingle or stinging involved. YES! Coy is also non sticky and incorporates Vitamin E to hydrate as it smooths. Say yes to Coy this Valentine’s Day and maybe you’ll be saying “YES” All. Night.Long. We’re all grown…I’m just saying!

Couture Couture ($35-$100), an “it girl” fragrance from Juicy Couture, is a stellar choice for Valentine’s Day. The aromatic blend of pink grape, orange flower, mandarin, blushed plum, honeysuckle, and sandalwood will capture Mr. Wonderful’s senses…the rest is up to you! Couture Couture is available at Bloomingdales.com.

For a little His and Hers action try two irresistible scents by Thierry Mugler. For her: ANGEL is the classic Thierry Mugler fragrance that started it all. Known for its pure, soft, and innocent style, ANGEL boasts notes of Bergamot, Hedione, Helional, Honey, Dewberry, Red Berries, Vanilla, Caramel, Patchouli, Chocolate, and Coumarin. The warm tender scent is sure to keep his attention this Valentine’s Day.

For him: A*Men will have you saying “Amen”. The strength of this fragrance lies in its perfect blend of fire and warmth…the perfect element for pure seduction.

ANGEL and A*Men by Thierry Mugler are available at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomies, Neiman Marcus, and ThieryMugler.com

Simply put – DAY-UM! This aint yo grandmomma’s robe. No ma’am! Jenna Leigh’s Kimono Robe ($96) is for the grown and sexy. Translation: I WANT THIS! I love understated sexy…and while the models boobs are practically 3D in the picture below, I love that the robe offers a touch of modesty in in terms of coverage, but beautifully hugs a woman’s body in all the right places. I see this robe being a “warm up” piece. Its what you wear while preparing your sexy Valentine’s Day dinner at home. The wrap/ kimono style is perfect for a little “oops, my robe keeps coming undone “. After about three accidental slips of the kimono coming undone, dinner should be finished and then on to dessert. You feel me?

If a hot, steamy, sexy bath is on your Valentines Day list try Bath Ice Cream ($8.50). These adorable bath delights are perfect for creating a romantic spa like retreat at home. Bath Ice Cream fizz and melt immediately when submerged in water for an incredibly relaxing and indulgent experience. With over 40 flavors to choose from, the only thing left to do is to light a candle and….

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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