I’m a sucker for great branding, and you have to be really creative to make a line of makeup stand out from the pack. This is definitely the case with Uslu Airlines (the brainchild of a Turkish makeup artist and German entrepreneur), which melds on-trend colors with fabulous formulations.
The first thing you’ll notice: Each and every product is named after an airport, and carries the three-letter abbreviation. Some you’ll know, some you won’t, so these cosmetics serve as an educational tool as well. At the moment, the line consists of airbrush makeup for the entire face (think foundation, blush, eyeshadow, etc.) plus lipsticks, glosses and nail polish. Until now, you could only find these goodies in destinations like Colette Paris and other uber-selective stockists in Europe and Asia. But buckle your seatbelts because Uslu has arrived on our shores, and everyone can get their hands on these super-cool cosmetics at Net-A-Porter.com!
I’m absolutely in love with the “BIR” lipstick (which is the Biratnagar Nepal airport, in case you didn’t know), and I have the perfect pale pink “TDK” (Taldy-Kurgan, Kazakhstan) and gray-blue “NIM” (Niamey, Niger) on deck for my next manicures. And the crimson “KBJ” (Kings Canyon, Australia) is my pick for my next pedicure.
The only question is, where do you want to go today?
Anyone in the beauty biz knows all about Cosmoprof, the all-encompassing beauty show that takes place every year in Las Vegas (as well as Italy and Asia). Every product junkie’s dream, imagine tens of thousands of square feet of products, tools and treatments galore. And on the heels of the July show, one of my favorite product sampling programs, Glossybox, is offering a limited-edition box featuring some of this year’s standouts. I received the box about a month ago, and I’ve been beyond impressed with the selections…
Of course I’ll start with one of the full-size products I received, because this basically helps the box pay for itself. Just about anyone will appreciate Mastey’s Color Protecting Leave In Therapy Spray, because even if you don’t highlight or dye your hair, odds are you could use some damage repair and/or protection from the sun and heat styling.
You also get a full-size O.P.I. polish in “Pink It Through.” This opaque, bubble-gum pink is classic and timeless so odds are you’ll use it on your fingers or toes at some point.
The box also features a full-size Be A Bombshell One Stick, which as the name implies, is an all-in-one color stick that has your entire face covered. The one I received is a bright, vivid red, and I stashed it in my handbag for cheek-and-lip touch-ups on the go.
For hair, I’m obsessed with the Kocostar Hair Therapy. For those of you who have a problem with deep conditioner running all over the place while trying to wash or shave in the shower, this blend of herbs, amino acids, keratin, and liquid elastin come in a pre-filled shower cap. Not only does the cap keep things neat and tidy, it also allows the shower steam to help its nourishing ingredients penetrate more deeply.
In the face department, I’m enjoying Dr. Lili Fan’s Probiotic Age-Defying Eye Serum. In addition to probiotics (which are a hot ingredient right now), it also contains brightening vitamin C, smoothing peptides, and mega-moisturizers to improve the look and feel of the entire eye area. The sample of Skin Nutrition’s Cell-CPR was fantastic, too, and I really enjoyed how supple and radiant it made my skin after just one use.
And last but not least, Royal Apothic’s Cream Crème is a true treat for your body. This one product both hydrates and exfoliates (with gentle lactic acid) for incredibly smooth skin.
So even if you missed this year’s CosmoProf show, this is your chance to get a sneak peek and some of the hottest new products. But it’s only available for a limited time, so get your now, or book a trip to Vegas for next summer!
One can never have too many body lotions and potions, but as anyone with sensitive skin knows, it can be tough to find sumptuously scented products that don’t send your skin into a tizzy. But with Glowology, you get four body care essentials in four amazing fragrances—and each and every product is free of parabens, GMOs, sulfates, phthalates and synthetic dyes—and has been clinically tested and deemed hypoallergenic.
The stellar assortment includes hand wash, hand lotion, hand balm, body wash, body lotion and body butter, and each is available in these scents:
- heart. soul. mind.: Pineapple, leafy greens, cherry blossom, mimosa, rose, vanilla, amber and musk come together for a sweet yet soft veil of fragrance.
- smile. wish. believe.: This energizing blend of juniper, pineapple, peony, freesia, violet leaf, neroli, vetiver, sandalwood and musk is a wonderful way to start the day.
- renew. thrive. flourish.: Reminiscent of an ocean breeze, this scent mixes jasmine, ylang ylang, orange blossom, water lily, sandalwood and musk.
- imagine. discover. begin.: White cotton and marine notes mingle with blue fressia, jasmine, green pear, musk, sandalwood, vanilla and amber for a clean scent that won’t make you smell like a Plug-In.
I’ve had the pleasure of trying all of the formulas, and I’m here to tell you they rock. Just keep in mind that if you’re looking for a strong scent that takes the place of perfume, these aren’t them. One reason I like these so much is that they smell divine, but they won’t interfere with your signature scent—or your temperamental skin.
As far as hair trends go, it doesn’t look like ombre is going anywhere. Though I’ve never tried it personally (unless waiting two weeks too long for a root touchup counts), I’ve seen the process in action. It involves teasing and applying color strategically to get that low-maintenance my hair is naturally highlighted by the sun result. Up until now, the salon has been the only place to go for this service, but the Blond Brilliance Ammonia Free Ombre Kit has changed that…
Packed with everything you need to achieve the darker-at-the-root-lighter-at-the-ends look, you get a special brush and a color formula that contains nourishing cocoa seed uitter, mango seed butter, sunflower seed oil, papaya and acai extracts—plus super-detailed directions that make the process fail-proof. And the best part (wait for it)… This kit costs a mere $11.99 and you’d spend more than that on a tip alone at the salon!
Would you take your hair color into your own hands?
Masks are a essential component of my skincare arsenal, because they allow me to tailor my routine to how my skin is acting at a particular time. From exfoliating and hydrating to clarifying and soothing, I’m prepared for anything—and I’m always up for trying something new. In a strange twist of fate a few weeks ago, I received an email from Nancy Reagan, comprehensive beauty expert and the founder of Mi Bella Reina, a top-notch spa that’s literally around the corner. In addition to offering high-end products (think Sisley, Environ and Dermalogica), Nancy created her own line of professional-grade skincare—and just a few days later one of her Collagen 24K Gold Facial Masks arrived.
As you can see from the photo, this is a gel-based sheet mask—not a cream or gel you spread on with your fingertips. The ingredients include collagen, gold and pearl powders, hyaluronic acid, vitamins A and E, grape seed oil and plum extract—which work together to hydrate the skin. After giving it a whirl, I can attest that the mask delivers—although it looks a little Hannibal Lecter-esque. (Fortunately my husband isn’t shocked by anything anymore, and my son was already asleep.)
I was very impressed with how NOT messy this mask was. Upon opening it, I poured the excess fluid into a little cup, and then used my fingers to apply it to my face. Then I put the mask on my face, taking care to line up the holes for my eyes and mouth. It felt cool and refreshing, there was no dripping, and I left it on for about 25 minutes while watching an episode of Ray Donovan (I’m obsessed.)
When my time was up, I took it off (it doesn’t stick to your skin), tossed it in the wastepaper basket, applied a little more of the extra “juice” and admired how smooth, soft and juicy my skin was. This mask is a total winner, and I’d totally recommend using it before an event or big night out because it your skin positively plump and radiant.
It’s official. I’m so over summer. With my son headed back to school (kindergarten!) next week, I’m beyond ready for fall—and between the fall clothes hitting stores and the fall beauty emails filling my inbox, I’m pretty excited. In my book, if there’s football on TV there should be boots on my feet, and while I’m still undecided about if preseason counts, I’ve already shined up the Rag and Bones and started stocking up on the staples I plan to be wearing for the next 5 or 6 months. Obviously makeup is a big part of the season-transition equation, and here are a few things that I’m so looking forward to trying…
I CAN. NOT. WAIT. for dark polish. I’m thinking deep, moody blues and molto metallic, and I already have my first post-Labor Day lacquer picked out. It’s Pixi by Petra’s “Imperial Blue,” and she’s a beauty.
Get ready to see a lot of precious metals this fall, and you’ll certainly want to wear them on your eyes. One of the standout launches for fall is NARS’ Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow. Designed to be used wet or dry (the former delivers serious hang time and color payoff) and available in 12 shades, these shadows are key for achieving that 70s glam look that is hot, hot, hot for fall.
I wouldn’t expect anyone other than Tom Ford to round out my fall hit-list, and lucky for me I just got a $100 Neiman Marcus gift card. I am dying to try the new Concealing Pen, which is supposed to make undereye circles invisible in a snap. Equally as exciting is the new Correcting Pen, which has a peach-pink side to brighten darkness and discoloration, and a yellow-based side with a super-fine point to cancel out redness and broken capillaries.
So what’s on your fall beauty wish list?
My name is Paige, and I’m a nail biter.
If you’ve been following IBB for a while, you’ve seen my multi-colored manicures, and you might be thinking, What? But yes, I was once a nail-biter (hence I’ll always be a nail-biter), and after about a year straight, I fell off the wagon a few weeks ago. It started with a skipped manicure, followed by one broken nail, and then I had no other choice than to make them even (or basically chew them all off).
Once the literal pain of my slip subsided, I turned to Rejuvacote to get me back on track. Within a few days my nails were on the mend, and although I skipped another appointment because I embarrassed for my manicurist to see what I had done, I was more than ready to head back to the salon this past Friday. (With Duri Cosmetics’ “Salsa Verde,” no less.)
Designed to promote nail growth, Rejuvacote also doubles as a strengthening base coat and polish-preserving topcoat. Infused with calcium and keratin to mend splitting, peeling, brittle nails while leaving them more flexible and resistant to breaks, this product is for anyone who wants to keep their nails in tip-top shape (not just nail biters like me). And for those with sensitive skin, there’s the “three-free” Rejuvacote 2, which delivers the same treatment benefits as the original without the risk of irritation or side effects.
Any other tips for reformed nail biters out there?