Super Cute! - Kate Spade Streets of New York Cosmetic Bag

In this series of beauty & personal care product finds - Super Cute!- I'll be telling you about products which have innovative, artistic, fantasy, child-like, vintage and/or retro themes and an "irresistible" quality to them!

These make perfect little splurges and gifts for yourself or for the girly girl (or someone youthful in spirit!) in your life too.

If you're a New Yorker, love to visit or dream of visiting New York, this new Kate Spade cosmetic bag is the perfect way to keep all of your makeup and beauty items neat and organized in the perfect, stylish ode to the city.

I couldn't resist this case which is made with coated faille and features actual new york streets in graphical map form, illustrated exclusively by Kate Spade's design team. Inside the bag is made from washable cotton twill and measure 6.0''h x 8.8''w x 6.4''d.

Not only is this a head turner, but it's roomy enough for multiple cosmetics, skin care and even features a removable cosmetic clutch for your daily go-to items for touch ups during the day and for travel. - RLB

Go-->Kate Spade Streets of New York Cosmetic Bag

Impulse Buy of the Week - Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Silver My Skin

Nars Bridal Palette Exclusive 125x125 Unlike many fragrance lovers, I'm actually quite new to the Jean Paul Gualtier Classique scent. I think it's fun that each year he creates a new limited-edition bottle based on his famed "woman shaped bottle" inside of the signature huge aluminum tin can which houses the perfume.

This is perfect for those of you seeking a sexy, sensual scent that also has a side of fun and lightheartedness as well. The summer 2011 version of the Classique scent is called Classique Silver My Skin. It has a bright salmon pink bottle with a metallic finish and fun salmon pink and silver lettering all over a beautiful corset encasing the shape of a voluptuous woman. This year's version of the scent is for a perfume bottle collector without question!

The opening notes of this scent come through in a major burst of fruit - orange, plum, pear and mandarin. The fruity citrus element lingers for a while before settling into the floral notes of rose, iris, and orchid and, at the same time, turning much spicier. The whole scent remained light and airy, perfect for summer and early fall.

I found the dry down's notes turned it into something much more sophisticated as it continued to wear on my skin.
The amber, vanilla and musk worked very well together and gave it a different dimension, while never creating a super heavy or too sweet scent. It's definitely a scent in which someone will "know it's you" - and will smile while thinking about it. - RLB

Go--> Currently available online in UK. Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Silver My Skin

*This product was provided courtesy of JPG PR for reviewing purposes.

Pure Matte Lipstick

Katy Perry "Nails" It at the 2011 MTV Music Video Awards

Katy Perry made a spectacular three wardrobe changes (and won Video of the Year for her song "Firework") at last night's MTV Video Music Awards. Along with two of her outfits (one of them shown left), she sported an adorable original Minx nail design created by celebrity manicurist, Kimmie Kyees.

If you look closely at Katy's nails, you'll notice that her nails had great significance and went along with the theme of her outfit which was - "Breaking Records".

Each nail shows a tiny personalized image of a record at the nail bed, symbolizing each of the five hit singles from her “Teenage Dream” album that propelled Katy into music history, as she is the first female to have five songs from the same album at No.1 on the Hot 100 (Michael Jackson was the only other artist to achieve this by the way).

Los Angeles celebrity nail stylist Kimmie Kyees designed the custom Minx, using a black and white-checkered background to contrast with the blue and pink-labeled records that had “Katy” and “Perry” written on them in script. Katy Perry is the only woman in the history of Billboard to have five songs from the same album at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Michael Jackson is the only other artist to have achieved this.

Minx nails is a solid nail coating that is available in salons and spas around the world. - RLB

To learn more about Minx nails and find a salon near you, please visit

*Photos courtesy of Minx Nails.

The Muppets (& OPI) Want to Give You a Holiday Manicure!

This guest post is courtesy of Thefind

If you're a child of the 80s, you may have a soft spot in your heart for Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppet gang. And in turn, you're likely secretly super stoked for the upcoming Muppets movie starring Amy Adams and Jason Segel coming out this upcoming holiday season. But does that mean they have any business invading your favorite nail trends?! Sure, it seems like anything goes lately when it comes to the haute manicure hues of the moment (whether dark and dramatic, neon, or nude - it's hard to keep up!), but an OPI Muppets collection for Holiday 2011? Really?

The 13-piece collection (including a special-edition gold crackle shade!), is a big one even for the nail color bigwig, which churns out multiple collections each season. And despite it's off-the-wall inspiration, the selection of shades is surprisingly quite well-rounded, representing both practical and whacky shades alike. Including 6 different interpretations of red (after all, tis the season!), ranging from sparkly fiery shades to stark dramatic plums, as well rainbow glitter, the collection switches up literal translations of your favorite Muppets (sparkly Gonzo blue and a copper Fozzie-inspired shade) with fashion-forward colors to suit your favorite holiday parties. What do you think - will you be staking out this new collection when it hits shelves this fall?

- Alex Gambardella

Pure Matte Lipstick

Beauty Find - Boscia No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment

Try one of Sephora's newest launches in a deluxe sample - FREE. Enter Code MYCHOICE at checkout. There are a LOT of products which claim to control/stop/eliminate shine from the skin - but I was happy to discover that Boscia No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment is one that lives up to it's claims.

This lightweight gel works immediately to evaporate oil from the face (t zone) and also leaves skin smooth with a matte finish. It's dermatologist tested and pH balanced. It is free of preservatives, alcohol, artificial fragrances, and colorants. The best part is that this product is so lightweight and completely transparent, it can even be used during the day over makeup if you do happen to have additional oil breakthroughs.

It never disturbed my makeup or made my skin look dry, "chalky" or flake. It's in easy-to-carry pump packaging prefect for your makeup bag or for travel.
I loved how fresh and cool the gel felt on my skin, giving me very subtle tingling sensation with each application. This will feel like you don't have a thing on your skin - but you'll know it's working when you look in the mirror throughout the day! - RLB

Go-->Boscia No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment 1 oz

*This product was provided courtesy of Boscia PR for reviewing purposes.

Try one of Sephora's newest launches in a deluxe sample - FREE. Enter Code MYCHOICE at checkout.

Beauty Find - Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

For all you girls who want a BIG color payoff and the convenience of a pencil, Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color is one of the best products out there!

The formula is extremely creamy and soft, so it was a dream to apply. The finish is opaque and the pigmentation is super deep. My favorite shades were Adrenaline, a deep fuchsia with micro glitter that has become my go-to for a fun party lip. FBomb is a bright, eye catching red for when you really want a bold lip.

The colors are not only beautiful, but their staying power was incredible as well. I only noticed a slight bit of fading after 6+ hours or so. For those that love the defined look of a lip liner, this product serves double duty as a liner first, and then filling in the lips with the side of the pencil for color.

The shine is just right - not to slick or wet, but more than just a dewy daytime look as well. It's was also never sticky - another big plus.

Note: For best results, make sure lips are very well exfoliated and apply a light layer or balm prior to using.

Go-->Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

*This product was provided courtesy of Urban Decay PR for reviewing purposes.

Fragrance Find - Angel by Thierry Mugler Eau de Toilette

I've written about some of Thierry Mugler's fragrances over the years, but not the original Angel, since it was just too much of a gourmand scent for me.

After being introduced to the new Mugler Angel Eau de Toilette Refillable Spray fragrance at the launch event with the beautiful Eva Mendes however, I can tell you this is a scent that I not only love, but one that many of you will too - no matter how you felt about the original.

From the absolutely stunning bottle design with the shooting star on top (which has magnetic hardware within the top to shut the bottle closed), to the initial burst of citrus, spice and sweetness - it was love at first sight (and sniff) for me.

This reworked version is lighter overall in it's composition, but it still has it's signature patchouli note. It's added bergamot, red pepper and white musk really change the structure and work so nicely together.

The EDT is still a fragrance for a woman who wants to make a statement with her perfume and be noticed - but what I found is the sweetness in this version is "tempered" - and while long-lasting, much more subtle on the skin. The dry down is what I think also makes this such a different scent. It's such a fresh, dry and spicy feel, that it almost seemed to be a completely different scent on me by nightfall - and I loved that! It gets "sexier" as the day goes on, but never in an over the top way.

Pick up a bottle to wear to social gatherings, big parties and intimate evenings - you won't regret it. RLB

Purchase Here: Mugler Angel Eau de Toilette 1.4 oz Eau de Toilette Refillable Spray

Fragrance Notes:
Top notes: bergamot, red pepper
Middle notes: pralines, red fruit
Base: patchouli, cedar, vanilla, white musk

*This product was provided courtesy of Mugler Fragrance PR for reviewing purposes.

Celebrity Fragrance Find - Katy Perry Purr


First off, yes I do happen to like the Purr By Katy Perry purple cat bottle...but that may be up for debate with many of you...

Purr By Katy Perry is a scent that is fun and "fruity" for sure, but light, summery in feel and very likable (whether or not you're "into" celebrity scents).

The scent opens with a equally bright blend of sweet and citrus notes that soon became a very noticeable vanilla essence. Then there were "peeks" of green and light floral notes throughout the day.

The scent is very "long living" on the skin, but not one that is overpowering in any way (it lasted more than 8 hours on me). The dry down is very nice - a pretty, warm, sandalwood scent with touches of that creamy vanilla, along with coconut and musk.

This scent is very versatile and one that your friends and your significant other will equally appreciate it - perfect for the office, a weekend or a night out on the town. - RLB

Go-->Purr By Katy Perry

Fragrance Notes:

Top: Peach, forbidden apple, gardenia and green bamboo.
Middle: Heart of jasmine, pink freesia and Bulgarian rose.
Base: Vanilla orchid, creamy sandalwood, white amber, coconut and musk.

Be Strong & Styled By Choosing a Fortifying Hairspray

This guest post is courtesy of Thefind

Why just spritz to style your hair when you could strengthen it as well? Unlike many hairsprays that can dry out and damage hair - not to mention wreck havoc on the environment - these fortifying hairsprays nourish hair while keeping your coif in place! Too good to be true? No way! If you've got big plans to take advantage of the warm weather in style and are looking for protection for your locks from the harsh late-summer sun, Oribe Superfine Hairspray and Samy The Hairspray both boast UV protection while still helping locks feel flexible and shiny.

On the flip side,
Aveeno Nourish + Style Fortifying Hairspray is infused with wheat protein to strengthen locks while providing non-drying humidity control. And finally, if you're not afraid to splurge, Frederic Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray is fortified with avocado oil, panthenol, and wheat protein to keep hair moisturized as it protects your 'do! Don't waste time with a healthy hairspray that won't keep your style in place, or with a no-budge product that won't help keep your locks healthy - choose one that will serve double-duty without skimping on either, and make sure your style is secure and safe! - Alex Gambardella

Beauty Innovation - Exude Lipstick

Try one of Sephora's newest launches in a deluxe sample - FREE. Enter Code MYCHOICE at checkout. You haven't really seen a big change in the ole' lipstick tube design in quite sometime...

Until now, that is. Thanks to Rachel Zoe, the stylist and reality-television star, and the new line of lipsticks and glosses she is promoting, called Exude.

The lip products are made with a slanted clear applicator shaped like a traditional lipstick bullet. When you twist the case, the product is pushed up through the opening, while any excess lip product is pushed back down into the tube for future use - brilliant!

The lip products are a very light, cream-gel hybrid and currently come in 9 shades. I liked the nude which is a very pretty peachy/champagne shade with lots of gold shimmer. It blended well and had a nice amount of pigment. The Cranberry and Coral were also great shades that will work on a wide variety of skin tones.

The lipsticks are scented with mint and tingle slightly upon application. They are also very moisturizing as they contain a high amount of Vitamin E. With this new breakthrough design, it's the perfect lip product to toss in your bag and to travel with too! - RLB

Go--> Exude Lipstick

*This product was provided courtesy of Exude PR for reviewing purposes., Inc.

Beauty Find - Glytone Sunscreen Spray Mist SPF 50

NARS Cosmetics While summer may be winding down, there's still a bit more sun and heat to come in the next month or so. Glytone Sunscreen Spray Mist SPF 50 is an convenient and innovative sunscreen formula that will get you through the rest of the season.

This is a ultra light weight mist sunscreen with a SPF of 50. It goes on completely clear from the can and on the skin. There was a slight sheen on my skin when I first applied it, but after evaporating it left a very faint dewy finish which I liked. The spray is so lightweight in fact that many times I felt like I had absolutely nothing on my skin.

It's water resistant and best of all, it can also be used on hard to reach body parts because of their unique spray nozzle which works even when the can is held upside down. This makes it super easy to cover the back of legs, arms, neck and back while playing sports, at the beach or pool, etc.

The spray is so lightweight that it can also be used under or over makeup (but I recommend spraying into hands or onto a makeup sponge before applying. It served as a wonderful primer on ultra hot/humid days and didn't flake, smudge my makeup or clog my pores. - RLB

Go-->Glytone Sunscreen Spray Mist SPF 50

*This product was provided courtesy of Glytone PR for reviewing purposes.

NARS Cosmetics Fall 2011 Collection

Reader Giveaway! Boots No7 Skincare

drugstore.comToday we've got a great giveaway for Palacinka Beauty Blog readers!

We're giving away a gift pack of 4 skincare products from Boots, one of U.K.’s most trusted health and beauty brands earns the renowned Good Housekeeping Seal.

One lucky Palacinka Beauty Blog reader will win
all four Boots No7 products:

  • No7 Advanced Renewal Anti-Ageing Glycolic Peel Kit (Shown above)
  • No7 Intensive Line Filler (Shown below)
  • No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum (Not shown)
  • No7 Protect & Perfect Hand Cream SPF 15 (Not shown)

For more than 100 years, the Good Housekeeping Seal has embodied product excellence and inspired consumer trust in the items that carry it.

Prior to earning the Good Housekeeping Seal, the No7 products won big in Good Housekeeping’s 2010 Anti-Aging Awards, winning in fo
ur respective categories, including Best Anti-Aging Serum and Best Instant Wrinkle Smoother.

To enter the giveaway, simply send an e-mail to: with "Boots" in the subject line.

Include your: 1) name 2) address 3) e-mail.

Giveaway ends Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 12pm midnight EST.

Good Luck! - RLB

  • 1 entry per person please.
  • Only US residents only may enter.
  • Please make sure your e-mail address/contact information is accurate. We cannot be held responsible for incorrect shipping details.