Alterna has created groundbreaking formulas that set the industry standard for the finest luxury haircare products in the world. The Alterna Line includes: Caviar: Advanced Anti-Aging Technology to create revitalized and youthful looking hair; Hemp with Organics: Natures best ingredients for long-lasting color and beautiful, stronger hair; LIFE Solutions: Support for hair with specialized needs; The Science of Ten: Ten key ingredients to transform any hair from ordinary to extraordinary; and White Truffle Luxury: Corrects damaged hair and provides a luxurious experience. For more information visit Alterna’s website: www.alternahaircare.com
About: The Caviar Line
Advanced Anti-Aging Technology for hair
Caviar Anti-Aging is a comprehensive line of products that addresses hair and skin that has been damaged by life’s daily stresses, Environmental factors chemical services and premature aging. By targeting the aging process at the cellular level and by infusing hair with caviar extract and the latest technologies this line of products helps minimize the visible signs of aging and improves the overall apperance of hair.
Our age complex included in each Caviar formulation incorporates three key ingredients – Caviar Extract a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids; Vitamin C, a proven anti-Oxidant; and Cytokines to encourage microcirculation. The result is truly revitalized and youthful looking hair.
Below are the products I received and will be trying over the next couple weeks! One product I could not wait to receive was the Caviar Anti-Aging Color Hold Beach. Since I am heading to St. John in a little under two weeks I can’t wait to try this stuff out read below for info!
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Styling Tonic
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Styling Tonic is a medium hold setting spray for styles that require a blow dryer, hot rollers or flat/curling irons. Provides lasting volulme with movement and a natural finish. Rhodiola Extract offers dramatic heat styling protection and adds an instant dose of energy and vibrancy to the hair. Protects color and targets the signs of aging for healthier, more youthful looking hair.
Age-Control Complex. Color Hold. Thermal Protection. Rhodiola Extract. UVA/UVB Protection. Retail:
Alterna – 10 The Science of TEN Ultra Fine Brushable Hair Spray
Alterna 10 The Science of TEN Hair Spray offers all day hold with brilliant shine and touchable feeling.
Alterna 10 The Science of TEN Hair Spray is a humidity resistant micro formulation with Color Hold protection that allows you to brush and re-style hair after spraying.
For best results, style hair as desired. Hold can six to tweleve inches away from hair and spray.
Alterna 10 The Science of TEN – Performance Refinded. Alterna brings you The Science of TEN, the perfect fusion of ten key elements from around the globe to transform any hair from ordinary to extraordinary. Retail:
I have used Alterna Products for many years. I personally am a big fan of the Caviar Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s a nice light purple color that helps keep your blonde just that blonde. Sometimes our blonde turns brassy and can loose it’s luster so using this shampoo keeps my hair looking like I just left the salon. The quality is fabulous the smell and texture also fabulous. This is a great line with a lot of different products to offer everyone. Don’t take my word on it try it yourself.
If you like lipstick or lipgloss this is the brand for you! Ever since I tried the Big Bang Line I was hooked below are some of the new items from the collection! I’m a fan of number 4 Naughty Nude this formulation slides on so nice They retail for $16.50 each you can buy them on the website www.lipstickqueen.com
I just have so many favorites heading into fall that I had to post about more of my fabulous finds!
My dear friend Joseph just returned from Pairs and Milan he was so sweet to bring me back a bottle of Idole d’Armani womens parfum and the smell is so sexy! It’s a perfum that can be worn in the day or night it’s not to heavy or light! I love it
Idole d’ Armani by Armani Perfume for Women was created in 2009 as a daring new fragrance from the designer house of Armani inpired by the classy and sexy women of today.
Bobbi Brown Metallic long-wear cream shadow in Mercury and Antique Gold these are very sultry for hot nights… Living in Southern California we keep it hot until late October. So you can still do the gold and broze smokey eyes at night and these are the perfect products for that look (swatches are below)
Bobbi’s award-winning cream shadow, now with a touch of glistening sparkle. Sheer, lightweight formula goes on comfortably and leaves a soft, velvety finish. Stays color-true and crease-free all day.
Nail Polish by RGB: in Haze and Steel
Chanel Eye Pallette Eye Gloss Lumunous Quadra Eye Shadow
This hot mess is eye shadow in a gloss form looks very sexy and was the talked about item for fall on every runway for 09 swatches of the colors
|Carol Shaw: the red-carpet authority
Carol Shaw’s Got Beauty On the Brain—and in the Blood
With a hairstylist father and a manicurist mother, it’s safe to say that LORAC creator Carol Shaw was born into the beauty business. As a teenager, a makeover at a Beverly Hills salon (a graduation present from her aunt) changed not only her look, but her life as well. “I’ll never forget how incredible that makeup artist made me feel, I looked and felt like a star!” says Shaw, who left that day realizing her destiny: To be a makeup artist.
Shaw got her start at a posh L.A. salon frequented by some of Hollywood’s most famous faces. Eventually she moved to fashion, working with world famous photographers and models, while racking up a slew of magazine cover credits. Her celebrity clientele grew so devoted, Shaw has been known to book-up a year in advance for the Academy Awards.
Through the years, Shaw noticed that most of her clients had the same major grievances about skincare and makeup as she did. They complained that too many products irritated their skin, looked and felt artificial, and simply didn’t last. So Shaw set out to develop a line of products that met these standards, using the purest and mildest ingredients possible. Three years later, LORAC (which is Carol spelled backwards) was born. The line launched 10 shades of oil- and fragrance-free foundations (a totally revolutionary concept back in 1990), which set the precedence for the natural, effective, and easy-to-use products that LORAC would become famous for.
As a brand that puts care before color, but sacrifices neither, LORAC’s treatment-based makeup is truly unique. From the plant extracts, emollients, skin rejuvenators, and conditioners they pack into their products to the stuff left out (oil, fragrance, and other harsh ingredients), every LORAC product fulfills Shaw’s dream to design makeup that makes you look Hollywood-gorgeous. Whether you’re walking down the red carpet or walking the dog, LORAC makes you look and feel like a star.
Red Carpet Reveal Eye & Cheek Palette ($100 Value) ( and it’s only $35.00)
What it is:
A Sephora-exclusive eye and cheek palette.
What it does:
Go from daytime to glam time with LORAC’s Red Carpet Reveal Palette! Beneath its ultrachic, velvet sleeve, the sexy-sleek gunmetal case offers a sneak peek of three color-coordinated eyeshadows and a blush made for instant Red Carpet drama. Using LORAC’s exclusive dual-ended shadow/liner brush, the soft, luxurious eyeshadows glide on cashmere creamy for silky staying power. The blush adds the perfect pop of color to complete your star-powered look.
This set contains:
- Debut Eyeshadow (shimmering cream with gold pearl)
- Pose Eyeshadow (shimmering taupe)
- Interview Eyeshadow (shimmering dark brown)
- Main Attraction Blush (shimmering rose)
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
One day, long ago, Sandy Lerner (cofounder of Cisco Systems) couldn’t find the right shade of purple nail polish to satisfy her alternative make-up tastes. Her lamentations over the fact that there were 500 colors of pink polishes, but no greens or purples motivated her to create Urban Decay Cosmetics. A woman of action, Sandy teamed up with David Soward “the token suit” and Wende Zomnir “creative dynamo”. They collectively unleashed her vision on the cosmetics world in January of 1996. The line of alternative colors, which began with 10 shades of lipstick and 12 shades of nail enamel, appeared in a memorable advertisement with the tagline, “Does Pink Make You Puke?”
Apparently, the company had its finger on the button of alternative culture. Under Zomnir’s creative direction, the trend-setting cosmetics company became famous for color names like Roach, Smog, Rust, Oil Slick and Acid Rain – inspired by the beautiful hues of America’s urban landscape. This fresh approach has redefined how both consumers and the cosmetics industry look at color.
The often imitated ten-year-old company – whose dramatic nail, lip and eye colors have been featured on runways, television, in movies and magazines – is also distinguished by its line-up of trend-setting products and concepts. Urban Decay brings cutting-edge innovation to more mainstream products like its beautiful Eye Shadow, Lip Gunk, Urban Camouflage Concealer and cruelty-free brushes.
Setting another trend in the cosmetics industry is Urban Decay’s webstore, urbandecay.com, where, since July of 1998, shoppers have been able to purchase Urban Decay products and receive application tips online.
The success of Urban Decay has not gone unnoticed. In February, 2000, wild child Urban Decay was adopted by Moet-Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), the French luxury goods conglomerate. LVMH grew the company until December, 2002, when Urban Decay caught the attention of three business-minded brothers who bought the company on the advice of their teenage daughters. They’ve served as Urban Decay’s father figures ever since.
Urban Decay is sold in luxury retailers around the world, bringing beauty with an edge to fashionable women (and men!) everywhere.
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR/MS.DECAY
As Executive Creative Director and one of the original co-conspirators of Urban Decay, Wende’s chief priority is to keep Urban Decay one of the hippest, most aggressive niche players in the burgeoning cosmetic industry. Her diverse lifestyle and extensive world travel have opened her eyes to creative approaches that, though not always conventional, have proved truly innovative and powerful.
Originally from Texas, Wende was raised in part in Belgium and attended St. John’s International School in Waterloo. While in Belgium, Wende studied French, did some modeling, ran track and played basketball (she’s, like, 10 feet tall!). She also became proficient in the fine art of hitchhiking as a way to go out dancing. Due to the central location of Belgium, Wende was able to spend time in most countries throughout Europe, including The Netherlands, Scandinavia and the Soviet Union (where she and a friend traded a pack of Marlboros for access to a secret club). Wende and her family returned to Texas when she was seventeen. It was quite a culture shock to realize that not only were her club days over, but she didn’t even know how to drive (in Europe the drinking age was 14 and the driving age was 18). Always the trooper, she became a proper Texas teen in no time at all.
After high school and a failed attempt at the Miss Texas title (her hair was not big enough), Wende completed her degree at the University of North Texas and moved to Chicago to work at the Leo Burnett agency on “youth accounts” like Reebok and Nintendo. But the Southern California sun and surf beckoned, and she moved her life again to bring her Gen X/Y/Z marketing skills to promotional programs for Taco Bell. At this time, she learned to surf and nearly gave up corporate life to devote her time to writing and scuba diving. Instead, she met up with Sandy Lerner and found herself mixing nail polish in her Laguna Beach cottage and assembling Urban Decay press kits from hardware store supplies.
With Wende’s experiences, worldliness and creativity, Urban Decay has become a very important player in the fashion industry. She credits her staff for helping her to make Urban Decay what it is today, and takes pride in the sister-like bond she shares with her employees, excepting days when PMS hits. She works hard to maintain a unique and creativity-enhancing atmosphere in the office by a strict “dogs allowed” policy, no dress code (except “the crazier, the better”) and an unusually high tolerance for loud laughter and swearing.
Today, Wende lives in Newport Beach, California with her husband Doug, black lab Marley, and little boys Crash and Cruz. She is interviewed almost daily by magazines all over the world, has served as guest editor at several magazines, and takes an active role in tons of charity events. In her spare time (as if she has any!), Wende is surfing, diving, snowboarding, mountain biking, practicing yoga, running, painting, and dispensing advice on natural child birth.
Treat yourself to the Rolls Royce of Lipstick caps! This Limited Edition Deluxe Lipstick Cap is a swanky alternative to your standard Urban Decay Lipstick cap. To use, remove the cap on any Urban Decay Lipstick, set aside, and click on the new Deluxe cap. After all, blending-in was never your thing.
While the standard Lipstick cap is clear, this cap is translucent purple, wrapped in a gunmetal outer shell. The delicate (yet dangerous) filigree pattern creates a multi-dimensional, stained-glass effect.
Use a Deluxe Cap to identify your favorite Lipstick shade for quick grabbing out of your drawer or makeup bag, or just pop it on because you deserve the best. Made of an incredibly durable material, Zamac, the Deluxe Lipstick Cap is designed to last for years!
Leaving no shade unturned, our huge assortment of colors and textures tempt you to stray from an otherwise predicable palette. The luxuriously creamy formula nourishes and protects lips with Vitamins A, C, and E. Hyaluronic Spheres (found naturally in the body) are added to stimulate cellular function, prevent dehydration, and fill-in lines and wrinkles—now, how many Lipsticks can do that?! The teardrop-shape bullet (etched with an Urban Decay logo) is infused with a decadent crème caramel scent and flavor. Yum.
Not your standard Lipstick case, we added more glamour and an Urban twist: Urban Decay Lipstick tubes, made from weighty, purple metal, are pierced with a mini gunmetal dagger. The clear cap is decorated inside and out with two-toned purple flourishes. The effect is multidimensional, and incredibly luxe. Ooh la la.
Confession ( deep, semi-sheer burgundy )
Oil Slick ( glossy black w/silver microsparkle )
This amazing smoke-and-mirrors kit unveils the secret to the elusive smoky eye! Think you could never get it quite right? Four color-coordinated shadows created for lid, crease, liner and highlight take you step-by-step to a layered eye with depth and tons of attitude. Foolproof instructions and a face chart demystify the process, stashed away in a secret drawer. Rock any intensity of smoky eye, from second date to jaded streetwalker. (We hope you won’t go for that one, actually.) All shades can be worn alone, too!
Also included in the kit are travel size versions of 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (black), our creamy waterproof pencil, and NEW Skyscraper Mascara. Adorned with exotic wisps of smoke, our sultry kits feature a genius swiveling mirror and swinging layers, kept shut with magnets.
Don’t forget: smoky eyes don’t have to be black! We offer black/grey shades, plus brown and deep green kits.
It’s everything you want in a cream eyeliner! More precise than a pencil, more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, play time, and buildable coverage than your average liner.
Create razor-sharp lines or smoky bedroom eyes… the creamy formula and double-ended applicator make it easy. Try the angled liner brush for precise details, or use the smudger for blending and drama. With such a wide variety of intriguing shades and ways to apply, you’re only limited by your imagination. (Cheesy, but true.)
What’s our secret ingredient? Nylon 12! This high-tech polymer decreases drag for flawless application (no skips or smears), while softening and absorbing excess oil. Color glides easily and stays true all day long. And, the formula is paraben-free!
Decorated with a hand-illustrated peacock, our long, lean case (complete with mirror) is ideal for applying color with the angled liner brush. Give the brush a couple of long strokes in each direction to fill with color, then apply.
Smooth on a little Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion before foundation (or alone!) to totally minimize the look of pores and fine lines. The velvety, paraben-free formula flashes down to a soft-matte finish, without the greasy, heavy feel sometimes associated with foundation primers. The result? Flawless skin with an airbrushed look and feel. Foundation applies smoothly, evenly, and won’t fade away. Ideal for oilier skin, but dry complexions who want pore perfection will love it, too.
The convenient squeeze tube includes a twist-up dispenser (like school glue!) for easy portion control.
Two unique finishes of Complexion Primer Potions are available. For skin that feels brighter and tighter, try our Brightening formula.
Tips: A little goes a long way! A pea-sized drop of Complexion Primer Potion is all you need to perfect your whole face. Or, try just a touch in the areas where you need it most.
Prepare your lips for the day ahead. Our invisible primer lays a silky foundation for your favorite lipstick or gloss. Color is truer, applies smoother, lasts longer, and will not fade or feather. The easy-glide formula feels velvety-soft, without the drying feeling often associated with long-lasting lip color.
The formula includes SPF 15 (yay!) and moisturizing Vitamins A, C and E for a primer that protects and perfects. And, our pretty roll-up tube and slanted bullet make for precise, easy application.
This is what I think of when I think September the leaves changing colors the tree’s the most beautiful ever!!! So with every season change we have to change our skin care, make up, clothing. So here are a couple things I already got in prep for the fall season!
1. Nars Makeup Primer SPF 20 even in winter we need to make sure we wear sun protection on our skin.
I tend to get dry spots on my skin in the fall/winter months and applying this under my foundation helps keep my skin hydrated.
2. Smashbox Halo Perfecting Powder
Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder HALO is the first anti-aging powder with the science of skin care built in. It’s advanced formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide deliver powerful anti-aging benefits while the patented hydration system continuously revitalizes skin and provides a hydrated look that won’t accentuate lines and wrinkles. The built-in shaver allows for the convenience of a pressed powder combined with the radiant finish of a loose one, and the super-sized brush deposits the perfect amount of powder every time.
What else you need to know:
The powder is made for all skin types and is free of oil, talc, and parabens. Includes a custom Travel Kabuki Brush for flawless application plus a sample of our award-winning Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
Clinical studies show:
- After 10 minutes there is a 33% decrease in the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.
- After 6 weeks of use, there is a 67% decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles overall.
A couple items I picked up for myself for fall let me know some of your favorites!
An avid traveller and true beauty connoisseur, Lisa Hoffman spent years travelling the world with her high-profile husband, Dustin, and their six children, immersing herself in diverse cultures and becoming well-informed about beauty secrets from around the globe. Throughout her travels, Lisa has methodically uncovered the most essential skin care ingredients, all of which combine to ensure potent and high performing treatment systems.
With an innate gift as a “kitchen chemist,” Lisa has been the driving force behind some unique skin formulations, and in 2007, after six years in development, Lisa launched her very own beauty line that is taking skin care to new heights. With her system dedicated to excellence and simplicity, above and beyond being recognized as an award winning skin care line, Lisa was named “Newcomer of the Year” by Women’s Wear Daily in 2007 and most recently was selected for Allure’s Best of Beauty 2008 for her Spa Bath Soak.
Lisa has a juris doctorate degree in law and is married to actor, Dustin Hoffman. They divide their time between Los Angeles, New York, and London.
My Review and some of my favorite products below!
1. Lisa Hoffman Spa Bath Collection: Hand and Foot Butter
|The Spa Bath Hand and Foot Butter features a luxuriously creamy texture to soften and renew the skin on the hands and feet. Shea butter and other botanicals moisturize and soften while acai and grape seed oil supply antioxidant protection. Ideal for sufferers of callouses, flaky skin and stiff cuticles. The skin is left silky, smooth, comfortable and healthy.1.7 oz jar
2. Lisa Hoffman Spa Shower Cleansing Gel
|The Spa Shower Cleansing Gel gently washes away excess oils and impurities for a soft, clean finish. It’s created using natural ingredients that are harvested from the rainforests in a sustainable manner. These ingredients nourish and protect the skin for a softer, smoother and more radiant finish. The Cleansing Gel also hydrates the skin for increased suppleness and vitality.4 oz pump
3. Lisa Hoffman Night & Day: Day Eye Cream
|A super-charged eye cream used only once a week. Marine Moisture Patch hydrates the delicate eye area while rice bran protein and soybean oil reduces dark under-eye circles. This expert formula brightens and smoothes the contour of the eye area, reducing dark circles, puffiness, and lines for a lovely, refreshed look..47 oz
4. Lisa Hoffman Daily Lip Conditioner
|This lip loving formula utilizes Sodium Hyluronate to revive even the most chapped lips. One of the best natural components used in skincare, Sodium Hyluronate is a naturally occurring amino acid that is readily absorbed by the skin. Dry and weather damaged lips are soothed, healed and comforted.
5. Lisa Hoffman Night and Day Night eye serum
|More potent than the Day Eye Cream, this formula harnesses the power of Haloxyl, Dermaxyl, and Matrixyl 3000 to erase deep lines and wrinkles for a completely lifting effect. 50% of participants reported a noticeable improvement in the overall appearance of the skin around the eye in just 15 minutes after application82.7% of participants reported a noticeable improvement in the overall quality of skin around the eyes in 30 days
86.2% of participants reported an improvement in the appearance of under eye dark circles after 30 days
86.2% of participants reported their eye area had a more youthful appearance after 30 days
I have tried a lot of products and have really enjoyed the Lisa Hoffman collection. The price is right and the quality of the product is well worth the price. Here skincare not only works but actually shows signs of the skin improving.
Sept – 26th, 2009
Style Week Orange County…where the eye candy and style action isn’t only on the runway. Get up close and personal with the best of OC brands and emerging designers at five rockin’ fashion shows attracting the likes of special guests Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Joffrey Lupul of Anaheim Ducks; Trevor Ariza of the Houston Rockets, formerly with the LA Lakers; Big Black from MTV; celebrity DJ Kevin Scott; the entire LRG Skate Team including Chico Brenes, Rodrigo TX and Jack Curtin; celebrity model Albert Reed and 10,000 or so OC trendsetters. Did we mention hot brands…how about LRG, Ezekiel, Hollywood Million Denim, Oday Shakar, MEK Denim and more.
See and be seen at the OC’s hottest scene…Style Week Orange County. To learn more or purchase tickets please vist http://www.styleweekoc.com
We hope to see you!
I bought this color in the summer and never paid much attention to it. Until of course I started reading about the ” vampy ” ” Goth ” like style that is hitting the runway in a major way this fall… So here is my nail polish pick and a favorite I currently am rocking!
# 987 Violine Mystique
Here are some more colors that were launched around the same time that would also be great for the fall trend!
These can be purchased online at www.sephora.com or most major department stores that carry Christian Dior retail is :$22-$26
Known for their intense colors and dramatic makeup, Illamasqua is your go-to brand for nighttime makeup—whether it’s an evening out at the opera or the dance club. Conceived amidst the dark drama of Berlin in the 20s, Illamasqua was developed by professional makeup artists and launched in 2008 in the U.K. Embraced by celebs and alternative cultures alike, their colors allow you to express your most daring, boldest, and most intense sides with professional nighttime makeup that’s richly pigmented and long lasting. Are you ready to release your night-vixen alter ego?
Since its launch in the UK last November, Illamasqua has caught fire with beauty aficionados thanks to its unique night-time make-up concept and extraordinary color range-and has now become the hottest, most buzzed-about brand in the industry. Thousands of professional make-up artists, club kida, beauty junkies, industry insiders and even cutting-edge celebrities like Sienna Miller, Lilly Allen, Adele, Beth Ditto and Karen O. are clamoring for the newest, best and latest colors and textures from Illamasqua.
In fact, it’s the global demand for Illamasqua that prompted the brand to finally bring its top 200, best-selling products to the United States through Sephora, the ultimate beauty authority. Its much anticipated debut will be at Sephora’s newest location, 5 times square on July 31st, as well as on Sephora.com. 26 additional Sephora stores througout the country will carry Illamasqua in October of this year.
News of the Illamasqua launch leaked and spreak quickly amoung fans, including beauty bloggers who were amoung the first to post abou the launch with rabid anticipation, sharing the news of this one-of-a-kind, make-up line with their readers. This loyal, cult-like following is not just because of the professional quality and range of products to choose from, but beacuse of the unique point of difference as a night-time make-up brand that encourges self-expression and the unleasing of the alter ego.
Created with the eye of the world renowned make-up artist Alex Box, and developed by a team of leading chemists and manufactures of stage and screen make-up artisits ang global fashion icons, to the passionate everday beauty consumer-the tools to create the most striking, expressive looks possible.
I personally just received a few items and can’t wait to try them stay tuned for a follow up post and my thoughts on this brand. I can tell I am going to love it… I being a creature of night can’t wait to work this make-up out! for more information on where to purchase please visit www.sephora.com
This brand was orginally only sold in the UK