5 Lip Sets For Holiday 2014

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Lip sets are some of my favourite holiday offerings. And this year, they are particularly pretty. Here are my fave picks (and there’s something for the nails too!):

THE TOM FORD LIMITED EDITION LIP AND NAIL BOX ($656.00)
This set is not just a treat for your lips, but your nails too. The elegant case contains 8 lipsticks and 8 nail polishes in nude, red, and dark shades. The lipsticks included are: Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink, Bruised Plum, Nude Vanilla, Casablanca, Indian Rose, True Coral, and Cherry Lush. The nail polishes are: Toasted Sugar, Mink Brule, Bordeaux Lust, Smoke Red, Carnal Red, Pink Crush, Viper, Fever Pink. Available at Neiman Marcus.

BEAUTY BITE LIP LOVE KIT ($36.00)
This kit features everything you need to keep your lips soft, nourished, and protected. Deluxe Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub exfoliates your lips, leaving them smooth; the leave-on Agave Lip Mask replenishes moisture; BB for Lips protects them; two Lush Lip Wipes remove colour. Available at Sephora.

KAT VON D STUDDED KISS LIPSTICK SET ($39.00)
This lip set contains an interesting shade selection. It features both classic nude and red shades that scream holidays, but also edgy purple and black shades for daring women who like a dark and mysterious look. The shades included are: Countess (matte hot orange red), Agatha (matte pale peach nude), Adora (metallic golden red), Sexer (iridescent fluorescent pink), Wonderchilde (iridescent neon lilac), Bachelorette (matte reddish fuchsia), Mötorhead (matte black cherry), Lovecraft (matte mauve pink nude), and Hexagram (matte blood red). Available at Amazon.

OCC PRO’S PICKS PORTABLES LIP TAR TEST TUBE SET ($59.00)
This set contains 12 portable Lip Tar Liquid Lipsticks in different finishes, plus a lip brush to apply them! The shades are: Interlace Matte (palest peach cream), Zhora Metallic (peach/pink shimmer), Annika Matte (pale neutral peach), Cha Cha Matte (pale tangerine), Grandma Matte (clean, classic coral), Vintage Matte (deep burgundy), Harlot Matte (neon popsicle red), Nylon Matte (neon bubblegum pink), Digitalis Matte (pink-tinged lavender), Sebastian Matte (plum-toned taupe), Iced Metallic (pure white frost). Available at Sephora.

FRESH SUGAR LIP LEGENDS SET ($55.00)
The set features seven Fresh Tinted Lip Treatments shades, infused with a tasty lemon flavour, to keep your lips soft and hnydrated. The shades included are: Sugar Berry (berry), Sugar Passion (vibrant yet sheer rouge), Sugar Cherry (sheer red), Sugar Honey (warm nude), Sugar Rosé (sheer rose), Sugar Tulip (sheer hot pink), and Sugar Petal (pink blossom). Available at Sephora.

Which set is your favourite?

6 Spooky Beauty Treats For Halloween 2014

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Have you started making plans for Halloween? I don’t celebrate it, but I’m not gonna let that stop me from enjoying some of the spooky treats beauty brands have just released for this holiday. Here are my top picks:

E.L.F. ESSENTIAL VAMPIRE BEAUTY BOOK ($6.00)
Thinking of dressing up as a vampire? Then this scary palette is for you. It features 8 eyeshadows in sultry and mysterious dark hues, 1 eyeshadow applicator, 1 brightening eyeliner pencil, 1 red lip colour, 1 set of false eyelashes, and 1 tube of adhesive eyelash glue.

LUSH SPARKLY BUBBLE BAR ($7.95)
Bring a splash of sparkle to your bath with this glittering jack-o-lantern. Fruity and energizing juniperberry blends magically together with grapefruit and lime oils to pack a fragrant punch for those long, lingering soaks.

LUSH WIZARD BUBBLE BAR ($7.95)
Let this cute wizard cast its relaxing and pampering smell on you. A crackle of popping candy, energizing tangerine oil, and juniperberry and fennel essential oils help balance the skin, while its warming and uplifting scent banishes stress and helps you recover from the day.

E.L.F. ESSENTIAL WICKED BEAUTY BOOK ($6.00)
Haven’t decided on a costume for Halloween yet, but know it’s going to be something wicked? Then, check out this palette. It features 8 eyeshadows in mysterious and dark shades, 1 eyeshadow applicator, 1 brightening eyeliner pencil, 1 black lipstick, 1 set of false eyelashes, and 1 tube of adhesive eyelash glue.

NYX WICKED LIPPIES ($6.00)
NYX has created a new lipstick range featuring 12 jewel-toned, shimmering hues with great colour payoff. Most of the colours are crazy and difficult to wear, but that just makes them perfect for Halloween. My favourite shades are those pictured above: Betrayal (deep purple), Risque (forest green), and Envy (royal blue with silver shimmer).

BATH & BODY WORKS HALLOWEEN TREATS ($5.00)
Scare away germs and keep your hands clean with this spooky hand sanitizers. The set includes Franken Kitty (Candy Apple); Ghoul Friend (Berry Scary); Hoot Berry; Trick-Or-Treat (Pumpkin Spice); Vampire Blood (Wicked Plum).

Are you going to pick up any of these treats?

9 New Perfumes For Fall 2014 + Scentbird Promo Code

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Which fragrance will you be wearing this fall? Here are 9 new ones to try:

LABORATORIO OLFATTIVO PATCHOULIF
Fans of patchouli will love this new scent by Italian niche brand Laboratorio Olfattivo. Developed by perfumer Cécile Zarokian, it opens with a sparkling and spicy mix of bergamot, cinnamon, and cloves. It then blooms into a frangipani, iris, and rockrose bouquet, before ending in a cedar and musk base. But the star of the show is, of course, patchouli.

A LAB ON FIRE PARIS*LA
This fragrance is so not up my alley, but I’m sure it will appeal to those of you who like gourmand concoctions. Paris meets LA in this creation developed by perfumer Laurent Le Guernec. The brand describes it thus: “LA, captured through Parisian eyes, succumbs and is made new. A refreshing Coca-cola marries a smooth-shelled macaron. When you look around, are you still in the same place you started?”

AESOP MARRAKECH INTENSE
Developed by perfumer Barnabé Fillion, this new flanker to Marrakech starts with a spicy but refreshing accord of bergamot, cardamom, and clove. Neroli, rose and jasmine make the heart bloom with their exquisite aromas. Finally, the fragrance ends with a smooth cedar base.

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO SILHOUETTE
Christian Siriano is one of my favourite designers from Project Runway. I just love his sophisticated but dramatic aesthetic, and am really excited about the launch of his first fragrance, Silhouette. He wanted it to be “something that was signature to my brand and my world that could last 50 years. We’re about dressing all types of women, and I wanted the fragrance to feel the same way.” It features notes of grapefruit, cassis, green apple, freesia, purple berries, oakmoss, green notes and woods.

HISTOIRES DE PARFUMS OPERA COLLECTION
Are you a fan of the opera? Then you’ll love this new collection by Histories de Parfums. It features 5 scents inspired by 5 different operas:
1831 Norma: pink pepper, aldehydes, rose, ylang ylang, jasmine, labdanum, vanilla, patchouli and benzoin
1875 Carmen: inspired by the Habanera aria, it features saffron, lemon, ginger, davana, white flowers, incense, sandalwood, patchouli and gaiac wood
1890 La Dame de Pique: spices, flowers, incense, patchouli, leather, amber and musk
1905 Madame Butterfly: mandarin, neroli, iris, heliotrope, cedar, sandalwood and musk
1926 Turandot: jasmine, orange blossom, narcissus, patchouli, amber, leather and incense

Which scent would you like to try?

Scentbird Coupon Code

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I’ve always loved perfumes but I rarely buy one. Usually I stick to samples. That way, I can actually finish it. Those huge bottles look great on your vanity, but they last forever. And I just feel guilty buying more, unless it’s something I really LOVE. Somehow it feels like a waste.

Enter Scenbird. For only $14.95 a month, they will send you a 30-day supply of the luxury fragrance of your choice. There are more than 300 designer scents to choose from! You can pick a different scent every month, stick to an old favourite, or let Scenbird surprise you with their Scent Of The Month. It’s your choice.

With your first order, you will also receive a free luxe perfume case you can use to bring your new fragrance with you wherever you go. Cool, isn’t it?

Scentbird has kindly offered Beautiful With Brains readers a 50% discount on their first box. To take advantage of it, use the code “NEW PERFUME”. It is valid until 15/10.

Happy perfume shopping!

More Palettes For Fall 2014

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I love palettes. I feel I get better value for money when I buy a palette with lots of different shades rather than a single eyeshadow or blush. Just as long as I like and use all the shades, of course. They also make it easier to figure out what colours go well together. This fall, there are plenty to choose from. I have already showed you four eyeshadow palettes that caught my eye, but there are more than have made it on my wishlist:

GIVENCHY LES MINI PRISMES ($39.00)
This is the most beautiful palette I’ve seen this year. It’s a mini compact drawer box that features must-have shades for eyes, face, and cheeks, plus applicators. The first drawer houses the Purple Show 71 Eyeshadow Quad. The second the Beige Mousseline 84 powder. The third the Vintage Pink 22 Powder Blush. Finally, you’ll find brushes for an easier application in the bottom drawer. It’s available at Sephora.

SMASHBOX ON THE ROCKS PHOTO OP EYE SHADOW PALETTE ($36.00)
Add a touch of luxe to your eyes! This gorgeous palette features 12 neutral and jewel-inspired shades of Smashbox’s Photo Op Eye Shadows: Vanilla, Opus, Obsidian, Blacktop, Mist, Coronation, Confectionette, Bourbon, Midnight Emerald, Chianti, Sapphires and Nutmeg. I also love the packaging. It reminds me of an old CD case. The palette’s available exclusively at Ulta.

JASON WU FOR LANCOME SIX-PAN EYESHADOW PALETTE ($51.00)
This beautiful palette features six eyeshadows in rich autumn colours, such as luscious browns, a lavish green, and a mysterious dark blue. They have metallic and matte finishes to give your eyes a sophisticated, but slightly shiny, look. It’s available at Nordstrom.

URBAN DECAY SHADOW BOX ($34.00)
This versatile palette contains 12 colourful, rich, and neutral shades that are perfect for fall: Sin Champagne (Shimmer), Indo Emerald (Shimmer), Bordello Pale mauve with gold micro-glitter (Sparkle), Tornado Vibrant deep purple (Shimmer), Smog Deep coppery bronze (Shimmer), Blackout Blackest black (Matte), Flash Bright iridescent purple (Shimmer), Mushroom Warm pale grey (Shimmer), Lost Medium metallic brown (Shimmer), Freelove Golden vibrant peach (Shimmer), Moonshadow Bright navy blue (Shimmer), and Baked Cowboy Golden bronze (Shimmer). It’s another Ulta exclusive.

Which one is your favourite?

4 New Eyeshadow Palettes For Fall 2014

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Pretty eyeshadow palettes are so hard to resist, aren’t they? And so many tempting new ones have been released in time for fall. Here are those that ended up on my wishlist:

NYX SUEDE EYESHADOW PALETTE($12.00)
This travel-friendly palette features 8 jewel-inspired shades in shimmery and metallic finishes to help you create a variety of looks from subtle and natural to glamorous and dramatic. The shades included are Nude Pearl, Beige Pearl, Golden Pearl, Light Bronze Pearl, Olive Pearl with Gold Shimmer, Bronze Pearl with Gold Shimmer, Forrest Green Pearl, and Copper Pearl with Shimmer. Available at Nordstrom.

PAUL & JOE EYE COLOR TRIO
Paul & Joe have released three new eyeshadows trio for fall. Silver Screen, which features silver, grayish purple, and true black shades; Le Film, which houses champagne, taupe, and bordeaux hues; and my favourite Technicolor, which contains reddish brown, mustard, and old blue tones. Its compact is decorated with foxes. Ain’t that cool?

MUFE 30 YEARS 30 COLORS 30 ARTISTS PALETTE ($250.00)
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, MUFE has released a gorgeous new eyeshadow palette. It features 30 neutral and colourful shades inspired by 30 makeup artists and their journey within the industry: M100 (Dany Sanz), D104 (Debbie Zoller), ME310 (Ricky Wilson), D320 (Jackie Gomez), ME108 (Viktorija Bowers), ME624 (Ve Neill), M618 (Craig Lindberg), M930 (Stephen Sollitto), ME654 (Mai Quynh), I606 (Darcy Gilmore), I550 (Greg Wencel), M548 (Pati Dubroff), M536 (Jo Baker), M532 (Joyce Bonelli), ME122 (Anthony Merante), M636 (Roshar), I662 (James Vincent), D640 (Melanie Inglessis), ME512 (Anthony Nguyen), D868 (Charles Porlier), ME400 (Luis Casco), I746 (Angelina Avallone), S852 (Frances Hathaway), S742 (Lottie), I922 (Kubuki), D206 (Eryn Krueger Mekash), I340 (Elizabeth Cohen), ME304 (Merell Hollis), ME230 (Jodi Urichuk), and I220 (William Lemon III). Available at Sephora.

ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE EYESHADOW PALETTE RAW GARDEN IN CHRONOS (€55.00)
This palette features 5 hues inspired by the lustre and varying shades seen in the darkness and dancing shadows of the Black Pearls. Champagne Pewter Highlighter is a peachy metallic champagne; Metallic Rosy Brown, a peacock pink and gold shade; Aged Bronze, an interchanging, cool olive metallic; Aubergine Gunmetal, a dark, gold-tinged eggplant-grey metallic; and Midnight Blue Gunmetal, a deep, smoky blue-grey metallic. Available at Rouge Bunny Rouge.

Which of these palettes would you like to try?

5 New Foundations For Fall 2014

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Fall is all about rich, jewel-tone shades for the eyes and vampy hues for the lips. Such bold colours draw attention to the face, which should be flawless. If, like me, you aren’t blessed with a perfect complexion, fake it. A good foundation will easily and quickly do the trick. Here are 5 new ones to try this fall:

LANCOME NUDE MIRACLE ($42.00)
This foundation has an ultralightweight, liquid-to-powder formula that provides a natural matte finish and a light to medium coverage to minimize the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of fatigue. It’s best for combination to oily skin because it can absorb excess oil too. But what intrigues me the most is its dropper. I’m not sure how practical it is, but it’s nice to see something unusual every now and then, isn’t it? It’s available in 14 shades at Sephora.

MAYBELLINE DREAM WONDER FLUID-TOUCH FOUNDATION ($9.99)
Drugstore foundations rarely work for me, mainly because they don’t come in shades fair enough for my skintone, but I hope this will be the exception to the rule. Available in 12 shades it promises a flawless, natural finish. I also love the bottle. How cute is it? Available at Ulta.

YSL FUSION INK FOUNDATION SPF18 ($60.00)
This foundation promises to do it all. According to the press release, it provides high coverage with a lightweight feel, a flawless soft matte finish, broad spectrum protection against UV rays, and sebum-controlling agents that allow it to last for 24 hours in every climate. The lipgloss-like wand applicator is claimed to allow for a more precise application. I’m not convinced, but I’m curious enough to want to give it a go. Available in 21 shades, at Sephora.

BECCA EVER-MATTE SHINE PROOF FOUNDATION ($42.00)
Created for combination to oily skin, this foundation absorbs excess oil, keeping your complexion fresh for hours. It also claims to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, and create a lasting soft-focus effect. It is available in 20 shades, so everyone will be able to find a good match for their skintone. You can get it at Ulta.

KOH GEN DO AQUA FOUNDATION ($48.93)
Available in only 7 shades, this high-definition mineral makeup formula promises to mimic the optical reflectance of a post-facial treatment. According to the brand, its secret is “an RGB powder that enhances the natural tone of your complexion for a brighter, poreless skin texture along with minerals from the deep waters of Bretagne along with botanical emollients and extracts for a beautiful, radiant complexion”. Available at Nordstrom.

Which of these foundations are you most curious to try?