This week was filled with giveaway updates! Congrats to Victoria, the winner of the $160 KQC X-Heat Tourmaline Ceramic 1-inch Flat Iron. Stay tuned for more great Tuesday Giveaways!
During my days in NYC as a staff beauty editor, rubbing elbows with celebrities (think High Tea with SJP to kick off the launch of her scent Lovely, a behind-the-scenes interview with Carmen Electra and a Q&A with Gwen Stefani about her Harajuku Lovers fragrance) was part of the job.
One of my most memorable meet and greets was during an event with Courteney Cox. She had become the face of the somewhat unknown brand Kinerase, a line dedicated to the plant-based antioxidant kinetin. After a brief introduction to the formula, each of us beauty editors had a short session with Courteney. She was sweet and soft spoken, but what really stuck out was that she had the most radiant skin. I had tried the moisturizer for the first time only days before, and I could see why Courteney was such a fan. It was gentle and hydrating, and I loved how it made my skin feel. Since then, Kinerase (Facebook.com/Kinerase; Twitter.com/KineraseBrand) has been a brand that rolls off my tongue whenever friends, readers or guests at The Beauty Girl Parties ask for recommendations.Thus, I’m so excited to offer 5 people the chance to win the brand’s latest launch — Kinerase Daily Defense SPF 30. This $135 formula is an all-in-one moisturizer, anti-ager and sunblock. It’s available in a lotion or cream, so I want you to tell me which one you want. To enter this contest, comment on the post, follow me on twitter (twitter.com/NPTheBeautyGirl) and RT this message. Don’t forget to tell me which texture, the cream or lotion, you prefer!
Congrats to Anh and Lilly, the winners of The Beauty Girl Skincare Giveaway. The Alba Botanica Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser and Avalon Organics Lavender Renewal & Vitality Moisture Plus Lotion with SPF 18 are heading your way!
You know when you flip through the pages of a magazine and you come across a steamy fragrance or underwear ad featuring a scantily clad model lying on the sand, their skin shimmering with a moist deliciousness that makes you want to lick it? Er, is that just me?
I’m calling all brides, bridesmaids and every lady who plans on showing some skin this summer to listen up because these finds will give your bod a gorgeous glisten.
NEWEST LOVE: Prtty Peaushun (pronounced potion) Skin Tight Body Lotion ($36). Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist Bethany Karlyn has been using this luminous formula on her clients for years (Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker and Pam Anderson are fans). Now it’s available to those of us who live outside the Hollywood circle! Made with 92% raw ingredients that include a combo of fruits and veggies such as soothing avocado oil, stimulating grapefruit wax and antioxidant green tea extract, the light-reflective formula with subtle golden undertones gives skin a sexy dew that we equate with Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. Speaking of SI, word on the street is that next year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model will be lubed up with Prtty Peaushun. One note of caution: the liquid formula does have an oil base so be sure to shake it up before applying and give it time to dry before dressing.
LONG-TIME FAVORITE: Scott Barnes Body Bling ($38). For years I’ve depended on the man who gave J. Lo her glow and rubbed this bronzer on my decollete, arms and legs before big events. I even brought it to the bridal suite during one of my friend’s weddings. The bridesmaids loved what it did for my fair skin so much, the Bling got passed around like candy. BG tip: dab a little bronzer in your cleavage to enhance what you’ve got. Note: allow the product to dry after application or else you could end up with smears on your party dress.
I’m giving 10 readers the chance to win the color of their choosing of America’s #1 selling lip gloss — Avon Glazewear.
The gloss comes in three formulas and 16 shades. “Intense” has a shiny finish with medium to full coverage (shades include: brown sugar, cherry liquer, crimson, intense plum and sweet maple). “Shine” looks extra juicy and provides sheer to medium coverage (shades include: darling pink, iced pink, island glow, mauve movement and tickled pink). “Sparkle” does just that, giving lips beautiful luster. It has a sheer to medium coverage, and the shades include apple cinnamon, dazzling diamond, mirage, mocha latte and rave. To enter this giveaway and win your desired color, comment below and follow me on twitter (twitter.com/NPTheBeautyGirl).
This weekend I had the pleasure of doing a Beauty Girl Party for beautiful bride Reesa and her friends and family at her bridal shower. Armed with my stash of beauty loot including cult products, my must haves and insider favorites, I shared my top makeup tips such as how to wear a red lip, beauty and fashion trends, and more. I couldn’t be at a bridal shower without revealing some tricks on how to get picture-perfect skin (remember your primer and self-tanning moisturizer or light-reflective body cream). In tune with my mantra, Beauty Shouldn’t Be A Bitch, I also talked about quick fixes like dry shampoos (Klorane and Jonathan hair powder), great drugstore beauty buys and savvy style buys.
To my surprise, I got the biggest reaction when I mentioned that I bought the dress I was wearing at Target. Here’s the proof! To give the $75 limited-edition Zac Posen for Target dress its exclamation point, I shortened the hemline and paired with tan flat cowboy-inspired boots I bought in a thrift store in NYC’s Lower East Side. Finally, I threw on a Current Elliot denim jacket to brave the windy day.Probably my favorite part of the event was when I got to hook everyone up with the fabulous giveaways. Being that the occasion was to celebrate a couple in love, I gave each guest a The Beauty Girl cosmetic bag, an OPI nail polish in one of their most popular bridal shades, Sweetheart, and a sample of Elizabeth Arden’s fragrance Pretty (see top picture).
I hit lots of other topics, too, so if there’s something I talked about that any of the guests are still wondering about, feel free to comment below or email me at email@example.com
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Just got word from the publicist for Kim Kardashian’s fragrance that the hot, single lady is leaving the design of her upcoming fragrance bottle up to YOU. Here are some tips for inspiration: The scent is sexy and feminine with lush, floral notes and a rich drydown.Read below for all the deets.In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, Kim Kardashian is inviting her most trusted advisors—her fans—to help her design the look of the new rollerball edition of her signature fragrance, debuting this October. Participants will have until May 17th to create and submit a design inspired by Kim to firstname.lastname@example.org. Kim will then choose the top three designs, which will be displayed on Kim’s website, and her fans will vote on their favorite. The winning design will launch at select retailers in October 2010. 10% of the proceeds will benefit Young Survival Coalition–the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer – helping fans give back to a worthy cause when they purchase the new rollerball scent.
Is your baby a cutie patootie?LAVANILA Laboratories, known for its pretty, natural scents, is launching The Healthy Baby Collection, exclusively in Sephora stores nationwide and they’re looking to find the first face of the line. If you think your baby is ready for her closeup, here’s your chance; enter the “The Happy, Healthy Baby Search.”LAVANILA is holding an open casting call at Sephora 5th Avenue on May 14th from 2PM to 6PM. Parents are encouraged to bring their babies into the store to meet the founders/judges, have their entry photo taken and receive samples of the new collection. Plus, the first 50 parents to enter their babies will receive a Sephora gift card with a mystery value up to $100! Parents who can’t make it to the casting call or live outside the NYC area can also enter online at Sephora.com/win/healthybaby until June 1st.Good luck!
Demi Moore tweeted that she wouldn’t be attending the Golden Globes with her hubby because she was “having a bad hair day.” We may not have a red-carpet affair on our schedules, but we all know the feeling of not wanting to be social because our hair isn’t cooperating. Today’s giveaway will solve this dilemma. I’m giving one reader the chance to win the KQC X-Heat Tourmaline Ceramic 1-inch Flat Iron (valued at $159.95 on www.flatironexperts.com)so you can straighten out frizz, kinks and cowlicks for good.To enter this contest, comment below and click the Twitter tab on the top left column of the page to follow me. Send me a tweet and let me know that you’ve entered! Twitter.com/NPTheBeautyGirl