MAC Cosmetics and a Hollywood icon have given us another reason to look forward to fall, besides boots and heavy knit sweaters. I told you about the MAC Marilyn Monroe collection awhile back, but further details have emerged! I’ve been waiting with bated breath for information about this release, and I wanted to share what I now know with you. The collection is said to be around 30 pieces, and is set for its U.S. release this October. From what I’ve seen, the packaging looks chic and sultry, much like the woman who inspired it. What we have to look forward to this fall is as follows:

Eye Shadow $15.00, Limited Edition

  • Preferred Blonde (Veluxe Pearl): Pale champagne beige
  • How to Marry (Veluxe Pearl): Soft white
  • Showgirl (Veluxe Pearl): Dark blue grey
  • Silver Screen (Veluxe Pearl): True silver

Lipstick $14.50, Limited Edition

  • Deeply Adored (Matte): Deep Scarlet
  • Charmed I’m Sure (Matte):  Dark true red
  • Scarlet Ibis (Matte): Bright orange-red (Repromote)
  • Love Goddess (Satin): Mid-tone red pink
  • Pure Zen (Cremesheen): Hot Nude

Dazzleglass $19.50, Limited Edition

  • Phiff!: Sheer yellow peach (Repromote)
  • Little Rock: Soft sheer white with pearlized pigments

Eye Kohl $15.00, Permanent

  • Smolder: Intense black
  • Fascinating: Intense matte white

Lip Pencil $14.00, Permanent

  • Beet: Vivid reddish-pink
  • Reed: Clearly red
  • Cherry: Vivid bright blue-red

Beauty Powder $23.00, Limited Edition

  • Forever Marilyn: Sheer pale peach highlighter

Powder Blush $20.00, Limited Edition

  • Legendary: (Satin) Pale soft coral
  • The Perfect Cheek: (Matte) Neutral pink beige

Nail Lacquer $16.00, Limited Edition

  • Rich, Rich, Rich (Pearl): Glittery Gold
  • Orange Kid (Cream): Coral (Repromote)
  • Vintage Vamp (Cream): Rich deep retro wine (Permanent)
  • Stage Red (Cream): Dark red berry
  • Flaming Rose (Cream): True red

On my wish list is the Forever Marilyn Beauty Powder for sure, and most likely a powder blush, Dazzleglass and a few lipsticks. The eyeshadows sound tempting since veluxe pearl is my favorite MAC eyeshadow formulation, but I’ll wait to swatch those in person and let you know my thoughts. Are you wanting anything already? Do tell! If so, I suggest getting to your MAC counter as soon as this collection hits stores, because these will sell fast not only to cosmetics connoisseurs but Marilyn fans and collectors. Make a list, and check it twice.


Nail the look for less: Deborah Lippmann dupe

If you’re a lover of nail lacquers, you’ll likely have a reaction when you hear the words Deborah Lippmann. If you don’t know the name, you should. In the world of nail polish, Lippmann is among the top ranked for formulation, texture, and unique selection. She has designed numerous polishes for the celebrities who wear them, and she’s famous for her glitters. It’s true; no one does glitter like Deborah Lippmann. Or so I thought.

She recently released a shade that’s absolutely gorgeous, not unlike her others in that way. What does make the polish stand out is the color itself. It’s called “Mermaid’s Dream,” and that’s exactly what it looks like. It’s a shimmering sea-foam green that has blue flecks of glitter and silver iridescence throughout it. I’ve been eyeing (or drooling over) this polish since I saw it at Nordstrom, but it’s hard to rationalize spending $18 on a nail polish and I can rationalize almost any beauty purchase. I was seriously considering taking the plunge until I walked into Urban Outfitters today.

A sign in the window that said jewelry was on sale lured me in, as they often do. After I found a few pieces I walked up to the register where my eyes started to browse the lovely opportunities for an impulse purchase. Sure enough I found one. But not just any one. It was a nail polish that looked strikingly familiar. It looked like an exact dupe for “Mermaid’s Dream.”

Upon closer inspection, I learned the polish was called “Sea Dust” and that it was $5. Sold.

Now, I do not own Mermaid’s Dream so I can’t give you a side by side swatch comparison, but below is a picture of the polish and a picture of my bottle of Sea Dust. You be the judge.

From what I hear there are slight differences between the two in terms of opacity in one coat (Mermaid’s Dream wins) and texture (Sea Dust is smoother), but at a price difference of $13, I say run to Urban Outfitters and grab a bottle of Sea Dust if you’re as intrigued by this color as I am.

Caviar Chic

There’s a new trend hitting nail beds across the world, one that hasn’t been done as far as I can remember. While I’m not a fan of caviar on a cracker, I’m oddly drawn to the effect it gives on finger nails.

The manicure doesn’t involve actual caviar, of course, but micro beads or “caviar pearls” that adhere to nail polish that provide an interesting and textured look. The company that is pioneering the market is Ciaté recently put up for sale at The kits will be sold in stores in May. There are currently three kits available; a white, pink and black. Each set contains a polish, the beads, a tiny funnel (to put the unused beads back in the bottle to preserve for another use,) and a tray.

The idea is similar to a glitter project you did when you were a kid. You paint all of your nails with one coat of your chosen polish, then start on them one by one. Paint a second of polish, then follow with sprinkling the beads over the nail. They will adhere immediately, letting any fallout land in the provided tray. Continue one by one until your nails are to your liking, pressing the beads down very gently to ensure they’re intact.

The concept is new and fun to me, but I don’t like being limited in color selection. Also, the kits are selling for $25 each, and the manicure really only lasts 3-4 days with the beads all in place. This brings me to my next point…which is that Michael’s (or your local craft store) sells similar  beads that will adhere to nail polish the exact same way, and you can buy them for around $5 or less. You can choose to put those beads over any polish you like. I haven’t tried this first hand, nor have I tried Ciaté’s yet, but I’m dying to.

Stay tuned!

Magnetic Nail Polish

I’ve been curious about the magnetic nail polish craze for a while but never bit the bullet until now. The effect is unlike anything else on the market and it’s definitely a conversation piece. I picked up a Nails Inc. polish in “Whitehall” which is a creamy teal. The polish on its own looks fantastic. It’s quite creamy and goes on like a dream, opaque in one coat. It leaves a fantastic shine on the nails without any top coat, but I almost always use one for good measure.

To get the design on your nails, you simply turn the cap over and place the lip on your cuticle allowing the magnet to do its work. Hold it over your finger, being careful not to touch it to your nail, for 10-15 seconds. You’re left with the interesting design that you can see in the photo. It’s almost a chevron print, but the lines aren’t as sharp. I actually like it for something different to wear on occasion, but I don’t see this being my every day nail polish. If you want to tone it down, you can use the magnet for effect on just your ring finger. This can be your accent nail while you paint the rest with just the color.

In terms of wear, the polish on its own isn’t so good. I applied it without a base or top coat to test out the true longevity of the formula. It was chipping by the next morning. I would strongly suggest applying both a base and top coat to seal the polish.

Nails Inc. originated in the UK but has made its way to the US via Sephora. The brand features a wide array of shades in a regular formula, and five in the magnetic series. There is a deep purple, grey, berry and brown along with the teal color that I bought. They all look beautiful, but at $16 each I might consider trying one of the brands that are imitating this polish.

What do you think of the effect?

Summer on the Nails- Van D’Go

My nail color of choice for the last few days (which says something about wear, no chips yet) has been Essie’s Van D’Go. It’s a gorgeous, creamy shade of coral that looks stunning on medium skin tones, but it’s not terribly offensive on my fair skin.

Depending on the light, the color can lean more orange or more pink, but the important factor here is that it looks beautiful no matter what light you happen to find yourself in. The formula can apply a bit streaky, not unlike another favorite of mine by Essie: Fiji. This can be remedied either with some patience and repeated application, or my preference which is applying a matte base coat like Essie’s Fill the Gap. This polish provides a smooth canvas for any nail color to go over. It’s fantastic for reds and darker shades because it prevents any staining of the nail bed, and it’s perfect for pale pastels that may be streaky because it’s a strong base that holds onto color.

Van D’Go immediately inspires thoughts of spring and summer, and it adds a lovely and unexpected pop of color to any ensemble. I’m wearing it today with grey, if you can imagine. If you’re looking for a more wearable, softer shade of orange, this may be the one for you. I usually recommend starting off with more of a coral like Van D’Go before making the jump to a true shade of orange, but if you’re ready take the plunge!

Van D’Go premiered with Essie’s Spring 2010 collection, but I believe it is now a permanent shade as I have seen it at Ulta. Essie is also now carried at Target and Walmart if you’d like to peruse the nail polish section. Go out and have a look if you’re interested, and don’t forget your Ulta coupon for $3.50 off a $10.00 purchase this week.

Happy shopping!

Essie’s Lady Like

From the previously released “Brand New Bag” collection hails Essie’s Lady Like, a go-to favorite of mine for a sophisticated neutral nail. The color is gorgeous and unlike anything else I own. Depending on your skin tone, the color will pull more mauve or more nude. I’m as fair as can be and on my skin it leans toward more of a muted deep pink. It’s quite flattering and I’m also a sucker for the name of the polish. My grandmother would be proud. Light colors tend to elongate the nails and make your hands appear dainty and well, lady like. What’s great about this polish is that it’s not so nude that it will make you feel like a corpse, but still light enough that it will give you a soft and feminine effect.

In terms of application the polish goes on like a dream. There are no issues with streaking and it comes out opaque in just one coat. The photo below shoes Lady Like on my nails in two coats, accompanied by both a base and a top coat. My current base of choise is Essie’s “Fill the Gap!” ridge smoothing base coat and I’m loving it so far. It provides a matte canvas on your nails that allows for even application of any color. I have also worn the color with no base or top coat and the results have been just as lovely.

Essie polish rarely disappoints and Lady Like should be a staple in any woman’s collection. It’s perfect for day-to-day wear, for the office, and for a chic night out. Dress it up with a statement cocktail ring or dress it down with a simple silver band. The polish is beautifully versatile yet unique enough to warrant a purchase. Highly recommend!

Lady Like is available wherever Essie is sold, be it your local Ulta or salon of your choice.

Betseyville Sets Up Shop in Sephora

More and more designers are beginning to look at nail color as a staple accessory rather than a finishing touch. This has become recently evident in the collaboration between the eclectic Betsey Johnson and Sephora by OPI.

“The collection is just how I like it, ” says Johnson, “It’s loud, outrageous, pretty, pinky and kick ass rock and roll.” From what I’ve seen, that about sums it up.

There are seven colors in the lineup, ranging from pastel pink to a deep wine, and everything in between. Along with the seven full-size, chip resistant shades there is a mini set with six polishes in it, including three shades that are exclusive to the set. One of the polishes, “It’s My Pink,” is scented with Betsey Johnson’s new fragrance, Too Too.

The polishes along with nail designs and trend tips will be available exclusively at Sephora stores and next month! In the meantime to peak your interest, here is a quick rundown of the colors:

Sephora by OPI Betsey Johnson Nail Polish, $9.50

  • It’s My Pink! (hot pink and scented with Betsey’s Too Too Fragrance)
  • XOX Betsey (sandy nude)
  • Pushing Your Luck (vibrant red)
  • Sparkling Personality (multi-color silver glitter)
  • Cartwheels on the Catwalk (sea green)
  • Alley Cat (fuchsia)
  • Forever Wild (black grape)

Sephora by OPI Betsey Johnson Mini Polish Set, $24.50

  • Alley Cat (fuchsia)
  • Yellow My Name is Betsey (yellow, mini kit exclusive)
  • Too Too Turq (turquoise, mini kit exclusive)
  • Pushing Your Luck (vibrant red)
  • XOX Betsey (sandy nude)
  • Son of a Gun (metallic charcoal, mini kit exclusive)
Sephora by OPI Betsey Johnson Trend Tips Designs, $12
  • Lips
  • Skulls
  • Cheetah

Sephora by OPI Betsey Johnson Nail Designs, $5

  • Bows
  • Lightning Bolts
  • Cherries

Chanel Meets Vegas

A Godly brand among the fashion industry used inspiration from the city of sin to create the new Las Vegas de Chanel limited edition collection. The snazzy items in this collection were exclusively designed for the newly renovated Chanel boutique inside the Bellagio hotel in Vegas.

Included in Las Vegas de Chanel are enticing new shades of lip liner, lipstick, nail polish and highlight. It features Rouge Coco Shine in “Brilliant,” Precision Lip Definer in “Vegas Gold,” Le Vernis nail varnish in “Gold Fingers,” and the most striking creation, a face highlighter palette in “Lucky Stripes.”

“Las Vegas is the absolute destination for glamour, luxury, and entertainment,”said Barbara Cirkva, Chanel Fashion Division President. “We are honored to unveil the redesigned boutique at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. We hope the exciting new space, where each detail is custom-created especially for the glamorous Bellagio, will thrill loyal Chanel clients while giving new visitors the ultimate Chanel experience in Las Vegas.”

If you don’t want to invest in a one-way ticket to Vegas, you can pay it a visit at your vanity each morning! Interested in any of the items? All of them? Along with being available at the Chanel Boutique inside the Bellagio, you can visit Chanel’s website to buy and/or swoon.