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A childhood interest for art and design grew into a passion for all things beauty. Currently, I’m still smitten.


KIEHL'S Friends & Family 2012

Get your favorite luxe items at 20% off at Kiehl’s retail stores and the site To redeem this offer, bring this invitation to your neighborhood Kiehl’s or enter the code FRIENDS upon checkout on the site.  Shop until 9/24/12...What are you going to buy? 


Katie Holmes: The New Face of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

KATIE HOLMES is officially the first celebrity face of the iconic brand, BOBBI BROWN COSMETICS according to WWD. She will also act as the beauty brands muse and as collaborator.  Expect to see her in the ads for the Spring 2013 campaign.  In the fall, her name will appear on a capsule collection of color cosmetics. 

What do you think about the pairing?  I think it's a perfect match.


Non-Toxic Nails: Eco-Friendly & Inexpensive

More and more companies are becoming conscious of the ingredients that make up our cosmetics, nail brands included.  They're intent on removing the harmful nasty chemicals without compromising color, quality or texture. Check out these BSB picks:

Celebrity manicurist DEBORAH LIPPMAN created this collection of toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free polishes (in 45 shades)/$16-$18. 

NAILEZEE:    Colors that will compliment your skin tone and aren’t lacking in color or coverage either.  Each is completely free of harmful chemicals (BIG5Free)/$10.

COLOR CLUB nail polishes are entirely vegan and never tested on animals. The lacquers are Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and paraben-free AND they're made in the Big Apple with the best raw materials/$8-$12.  (Fall Collection 2012 shown.)  

RGB COSMETICS makes cruelty-free, camphor-free, toxic-trio-free polishes in an array of colors/$16.

NUBAR NAIL LACQUER are free of the toxic-trio and come in lots of colors. The brand meets the standards of PETA to be certified vegan and cruelty-free/$8.

Chanel Le Vernis Collection -- Fall 2012

The season is changing and it's time to switch things up for Fall.  Here's another gorgeous set of lacquers for the upcoming season.

Ditch the neon brights and glittery shades for deeper darker hues.   The LES ESSENTIELS DE CHANEL Fall 2012 collection includes three shades:  Frenzy, Suspicious and VertigoSuspicious -- a raspberry creme, Frenzy -- an opaque greige neutral and Vertigo -- a murky grey brown with red reflects/$26 each.

Which one will you try?


ZOYA Fall NYFW 2012 -- The Designer Collection

I came across the ZOYA Fall NYFW 2012 Collection in the September Vogue Magazine and was floored by the vampy creme polishes -- begone summer brights!

As much as I love color, I've been sporting a black pedicure for the last week.  Clearly, I'm ready for something new.  Haute off the runway is the six piece Designer Collection that reacquaints us with sultry rich tones for fall.

MONICA:  A rich eggplant creme color.
NATTY:  A deep steel blue creme shade that's pretty neutral -- not too dark or bright.
NOOT:  A dark grey-green creme with blue-green undertones.
REKHA:  A perfect balance of bright and bold color that can be thought of as a sexy classic.
TONI:  A merlot/raisin shade with purple undertones.    
EVVIE:  A murky grey creme with teal green undertones (custom shade created for use in Peter Som's Fall fashion week runway show).

Get the sampler/six polishes for $48 or each one for $8.

What BSB loves about ZOYA besides the pretty colors -- the formula is vegan friendly and cruelty free...Big 5 Free:  No toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP and camphor.