BWR PR Suite, Allure Lounge, Daily Suites
words/images Judith Ecochard
BARE ESCENTUALS-bareMinerals, MAYBELLINE, SKINMEDICA, VBEAUTÉ, ROJAS SALON, BIOXIDEA Miracle 24
True story---we have a gal pal who was the marketing go-to for a favored, garment showroom. We always gabbed about a lot---including our fav makeup foundations ---which for her, was surprise, surprise, Bare Escentuals---that she actually bought off QVC...inspired by slight flare-ups of rosacea that mineral makeup== in this case, the genius SPF 20 concealer--- is actually ok for.
We just couldn't believe that a powder, all swirlied on, would do the trick of adequately covering of redness, let alone sooth and be effective as a sunblock without the grease. A bonus for oily skin in hot humid climes.
So--we were super delighted to discover Bare Escentuals in person at the BWR Suite---and try out some of an entire line-up of mineral cosmetics...including the new creamy powder foundation in a compact...bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 foundation-available in 20 shades to match every skin tone.
|brushes...maximum coverage concealer and face brush|
|foundation brush on the left-is for medium-to-full coverage application|
|Limited edition glosses...and mascara|
|new brush-is for sheer to medium coverage|
|bareMinerals had a team of makeup artists---Thang Dao had us all glam---and using the new bareMinerals ready®SPF 20 Foundation ---that's all mineral.|
On the street level---and another just for media---upstairs in the Empire Hotel NYC---right near Lincoln Center---the Allure Magazine sponsored Lounges had makeup artists for do-overs using Maybelline products. Our pick for a new product that works as billed is the intensely pigmented EyeStudio® Color Tattoo 24 Hour Creme Gel--in really terrific shades---that can be lightly applied for more of a color wash...to layer it on bold tones that will have people really NOTICE your eyeshadow. We had some on and went for a swim---the shadow "Tenacious Teal" did just that...tenaciously.
Maybelline also makes nail polish Color Show Nail Lacquer---and we were surprised how long our nails went chip-free---no touch-up required. Forty shades available and formaldehyde, DBP and toulene free.
AND---in our inbox...the new COLOR SHOW NAIL LACQUER SEQUINS COLLECTION
|image from Maybelline---NEW sparkling nail polish...long lasting---November 2012---just in time for the holidays. LOVE|
|also new for November 2012---COLOR SHOW Fashion Prints Nail Stickers-easy stickers on nails in fun patterns straight from the runways, as it were......just peel --place---file around for the perfect shape.|
Loaded with a proprietary growth factor blend (TNS RECOVERY COMPLEX®)---that "works synergistically with peptides" that ---with antioxidants that fight free radicals that damage the skin---the 2x daily serum reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles---and gives our face an overall better tone we feel. The website---has a lot of details...for the curious---and one should be-as the product is not inexpensive.
2x daily---we use about one generous pump to cover our face---
|LORA COLVAN facialist par excellence FOR SKINMEDICA-not a stitch of makeup on-her skin radiates a healthy glow---this was taken at the end of a loooong day too.|
We have been trying out the new to us---TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 too-a broad spectrum sunscreen that absorbs easily---is good for normal-to-dry skin types, imo...and is mercifully scentless.
Julie Macklowe, the founder of vbeauté has achieved a lot by the age of thirty---but it was a missing toiletries kit en route to Europe---with a bad reaction to replacement products---that inspired her well packaged, ingredient packed vbeauté line...that she conjured up in partnership with scientists from Switzerland (CRB LABS).
|grey metal hardshell packaging-TSA friendly and refillable|
The botanically based line is further amped up with biocellular peptides...for the ultimate protection against free radicals and any harsh environment that Mother Nature can toss our way. Added plus-free of parabens, gluten, oat, nut and scent free.
Product introductions are a given during NYFW ---this intrigued us...BIOXIDEA™ Miracle 24 as it is a face mask---moisture laden that one places one and peels off and then smooths out on one's face (like the Christine Valmy one's we saw at the Makeup Show).
Easy to use---even for us ha ha...a half hour later------and we def thought we looked well very hydrated---as the remaining serum then gets massaged in. Plumping up the skin this way is smart-using Bio Celluse technology-that's patented---with an amino acid complex, marine collagen and aloe vera that soothes, heals and is packed with anti-aging enablers...plus the natural gel sheet is ---interesting---derived from fermented coconut juice---but is cooling...and pleasant.