Zara Launches US Online Shopping

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The Spanish fashion retailer Zara has launched online shopping with free standard delivery throughout the U.S. starting last month. I have been waiting for the longest time for its e-commerce launch. It will make my life easier that I no longer have to drive to the nearest Zara store 20 miles away where parking is hard to find.

MAC Semi Precious Collection

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Hint of Sapphire from MAC 2011 Semi Precious Collection
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Inspired by bronzite, black tourmaline, gold pyrite and lilac lepidolite, MAC's latest Mineralize collection, Semi Precious Collection, is already hitting the shelves. Other than new Mineralize Eyeshadows, Mineralize Skinfinishes and Mineralize Blushes, the collection also comes with lip colors, mineralize skincare products and new limited-edition brushes.

I have long been a fan of MAC's Mineralize collections, especially the colorful swirled eyeshadows. There are 12 Mineralize Eye Shadows in this new collection, and all the colors look amazingly beautiful in warm and cool tones.

I am particularly eyeing on Blue Sheen (Navy, Black & Peach) and Hint of Sapphire (Pink, Violet, Teal, Copper & Blue). They seem like a good match for my Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in Polar Opposite from MAC summer 2008 Electro Flash Collection.

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Chanel Fall 2011 Makeup Collection

If you are a fan of radiant, shimmery makeup, you should not miss the luminous shimmers and rich metallics of Chanel's fall 2011 makeup collection. This collection features an array of vibrant shades from silver, gold, bronze to purple, plum, khaki, beige and green in different textures.

The only new item in this collection is called Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36), which is an intensely shimmering eyeshadow with a silicone gel formula. According to the Chanel website, the texture is soft and cushiony.

Does this collection catch your eye?


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Segio Rossi Nude Suede Mermaid Bootie with Crystals

Segio Rossi Nude Suede Mermaid Bootie with Crystals
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As part of Segio Rossi's spring/summer 2011 collection, Nude Suede Mermaid Bootie studded with Swarovski Crystals brightens the warm weather outfits. It gives a festive and eye-catching appeal in the summer!

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Malgosia Bela for Vogue Spain July 2011 Issue

The cover of the Vogue Spain July 2011 issue features Polish supermodel Malgosia Bela. With bright red lips and matching red nails, she looks glamorous and effortless in stunning pieces from Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton.

The images look so naturally posed!

Photographer: Greg Kadel
Fashion Editor/Stylist: Belen Antolin
Makeup Artist: Lloyd Simmonds
Hair Stylist: Peter Gray

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Versace for H&M Collection

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It is official! H&M's fall 2011 designer collaboration will be with Italian fashion house Versace. Inspired by the heritage of the legendary brand, this collection will feature clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories for men and women, as well as home pieces that include pillows and a bedspread.

The collection will be launched on November 19th in select stores in the US. Check Style File blog to see a few pieces from this collection.

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Coffret D'Or Summer 2011 Makeup Collection

Campaign Image of Coffret D'Or Summer 2011 Makeup Collection
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One of the major reasons I am obsessed with Japanese cosmetics is that Japanese cosmetics brands always deliver very clean, fresh and feminine makeup looks. I was browsing Coffret D'Or's website the other day, and was impressed with the campaign images of its summer 2011 makeup collection. The images look vibrant and summery! I love all the 5 styles of makeup looks presented by Risa Hirako, Tommy, Akemi, Waka Nozawa and Yumi Sakurai.

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Tom Ford Fall 2011 Makeup Collection

Ad Campaign of Tom Ford Fall 2011 Makeup Collection
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Tom Ford's first-ever cosmetics collection, Private Blend Lip Color Collection, debuted last year has been very well received. I bought its Private Blend Lip Color in Pink Dusk (mid-tone dusty nude pink), and it has been among my favorite lippies. I adore its sleek, architectural, yet classy ivory and gold case. The neutral pink shade without any shimmer is phenomenally lovely. Not to mention how the velvety moisturizing texture feels to the touch.

I was thrilled to learn that Tom Ford will release its full makeup collection in this September. The collection will include more than 130 items from foundations, eye pencils, lipsticks, lip glosses, serums, creams to perfumes, and will be sold at Tom Ford stores, Nieman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

This upcoming makeup line looks beautiful in the campaign image. I can't wait for more follow- up information on this collection.

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Sigerson Morrison Gladiator Shoes

Sigerson Morrison Metallic Leather Braided Flat Sandals
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Over the past few years, gladiator style has been on-trend and has become popular with various designs throughout the seasons. Sigerson Morrison is one of my favorite shoe brands to look for stylish, versatile shoes. I am stunned by how Sigerson Morrison makes the gladiator-style sandals look so sexy and wearable. I am not a shoe addict, but I often indulge myself in browsing online or window shopping for beautiful shoes.

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Albion Eprise Cheek Blossom

Albion Eprise Cheek Blossom
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Eprise is one of the two point makeup lines under Albion. I have none of Albion's makeup products, but have been tempted by its simple, understated and cute packaging style.

Cheek Blossom from Eprise's summer 2011 makeup collection caught my eye with its lovely range of colors in pink and orange tones. I love its cute packaging, but not over-the-top cuteness. The colors of these blushers look very fresh and summery!

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Smurfette in High Fashion Accessories

Smurfette in Lanvin
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In conjunction with the upcoming movie "The Smurfs", Harper’s Bazaar features the Smurfette in four different styles of fall 2011's high fashion accessories from Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana to Loius Vuitton in its August issue.

The Smurfs will come out in theaters on July 29th in the US.

Three Dimensional Eyes from Lunasol Fall 2011 Collection

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The eyeshadow compacts in the picture above are part of the five eyeshadow palettes called Three Dimensional Eyes from
Lunasol's fall 2011 Light and Shade Purification collection. Each Three Dimensional Eyes palette features 8 gradational shades to add depth and dimension with a light and shadow effect.

I am very excited about this eyeshadow palette series! Check out
A Touch of Blusher blog for more pictures about Lunasol's fall 2011 makeup collection!

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Drugstore Gem: Prestige Liquid Eyeliner in LE01 Black

Prestige Liquid Eyeliner in LE01 Black

A couple years ago, I found Prestige Liquid Eyeliner (4.75 - 5.75 USD) at a nearby CVS store. I was very intrigued by its small and lightweight packaging. The shade I bought is a jet ink black with a satin matte finish.

This liquid eyeliner's packaging is slim and lightweight. So it is easy to store in my vanity drawers or cosmetic bag.

Prestige Liquid Eyeliner in LE01 Black

It comes with a sponge tip that feels soft to the touch. The sponge tip gives a precise, thin line along the lash line, and fills in the gaps between the lashes nicely.

Though it is not waterproof, it withstands sebum decently well, and stays on all day. But I wouldn't wear it on rainy days as it can be easily removed with just water.

I like to use a dark brown eyeliner pencil or dark eyeshadow in powder texture to blend it over the liquid eyeliner. I think it just makes it look more natural and subtle.

I haven't used that many liquid eyeliners to make a good comparison here. However, I found this liquid eyeliner quite useful and affordable. It is definitely one of my great drugstore finds.

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Givenchy Démesure Audacious Lashes

Givenchy Démesure Audacious Lashes
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Givenchy has been very innovative in creating cutting edge mascaras in recent years. In fall 2008, the launch of Phenomen'Eyes Mascara that features a mini spherical brush, has turned into a great success. For fall 2011, Givenchy will release Démesure Audacious Lashes, which is created with an extensive brush and a finishing tool with a hyaluronic acid-based formula that is supposed to add volume without weighing down the tips.

It is a shame that I haven't got a chance to try Phenomen'Eyes Mascara yet. I am looking forward to try both of them and see how they work.

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Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
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After the original Sugar, Sugar Rosé and Sugar Plum, Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 is what I have been anticipating for a long time. The new tinted lip balm, Sugar Honey, comes in sheer warm nude with its signature sugary lemon scent.

I have Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 and Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15. I enjoy their natural and comforting lemony fragrance, and absolutely love how they moisturize and nourish my lips throughout the seasons.

$22.50 for a
0.15 oz tube of lip balm is not cheap. I always keep this lip balm from being over-applied and wasted.

Since I am a nude lippie lover, Sugar Honey will be a lovely addiction to my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment stash.

Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 is now available at Sephora.

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Karolina Kurkova Dazzles in Chanel Spring 2011 Black Lace Dress

Karolina Kurkova dazzled at the 64th Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" in a black cocktail dress from Chanel Spring 2011 RTW Collection.

I love the Chanel black lace dress embroidered with feathers, the accessories and cut-out sandals she paired with the dress. She definitely rocked the red carpet with an edgy vibe!

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Topshop SS 2011 Urban Traveller Collection

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Tie-dye is definitely one of the fun and stylish trends for spring/summer 2011. I heart these earthy tone-based graphic and tie-dye prints with color contrasts from Topshop SS 2011 Urban Traveller Collection. They look fun and free-spirited!

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Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière in Monogram Canvas

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière

The iconic Louis Vuitton Speedy in Monogram Canvas now comes in a new version called Speedy Bandoulière. Available in four sizes: 25, 30, 35 and 40, it is the same classic Speedy with the additional design of a shoulder strap to be used over the shoulder or across the body.

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière Collection

I like that the new shoulder strap design gives you more flexibility to carry the bag, and makes Speedy look younger. Are you excited about the launch of Speedy Bandoulière?

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Nars Laguna: Portrait of Paradise Collection

This summer, NARS introduces a limited-edition collection of products inspired by the cult classic Laguna Bronzing Powder. Taking a cue from Founder & Creative Director François Nars’ island in Tahiti, Motu Tane, the collection evokes vivid images of the exotic French Polynesia.

Gorgeous glistening skin begins with the Laguna Body Illuminator, with a delicious scent inspired by the Tiare flower that grows wild on Motu Tane. A gold-flecked Laguna Multiple provides a natural bronzed brilliance to the face, and cheeks are highlighted with NARS’ first Blush/Bronzer Trio.

Sweep on, and be swept away.

Laguna Body Illuminator ($45) – After the high demand of light-reflecting golden bronze face Illuminator comes an Illuminator designed for body application that won’t transfer onto clothing. Perfect for legs, neck and décolleté, the Body Illuminator is a limited-edition product.

Laguna Multiple ($39) – Fusing an iconic shade with a cult classic formula, the brown with golden shimmer shade will debut for the first time as a limited-edition Multiple – perfect for highlighting, lightly contouring, or all-over bronzing.

Orgasm, Albatross, Laguna ‘Blush/Bronzer Trio’ ($55) – Three iconic NARS products, one portable zip-around compact. With Orgasm Blush, Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder, and Laguna Bronzing Powder, this limited-edition trio makes a flawless complexion more attainable than ever.

[Source: Nars Cosmetics]

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Summer Brights: Essie Summer 2011 Collection

Essie's summer 2011 Color Me Braziliant collection is hot, bright and colorful! The collection features six shades from Meet Me At Sunset (deep orange), Super Bossa Nova (bright fuchsia), Absolutely Shore (soft sea foam green), Braziliant (hot orange with shimmer), Smooth Sailing (lavender blue with pearl shimmer) to Too Too Hot (red coral). With summer making its way forward, let's step out in these gorgeous eye-popping brights!