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Illamasqua Releases Naked Strangers Summer 2012 Collection

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Hello Beauty Mavens,

Illamasqua 4-Colour Liquid Metal Palette 01British beauty brand Illamasqua launched its summer collection Naked Strangers, which focuses its attention on subtler shades of gold, nude, and peach, according to FashionBite. The set includes nail varnish, sheer and intense lipglosses, powder and cream blusher, and neutral and liquid metal eye shadow palettes.

Naked Strangers captures inner glows and depths. The deeply and darkly alluring exists alongside ethereal shimmering brilliance. We are complex and multifaceted whilst also being naked to the world,” said Alex Box, Illamasqua creative director, according to Temptalia.

“[The collection] represents everything about borderlines…the human edge between romance and permissive intimacy…a step beyond control, a step past the edge and a collection of gilded moments upon the tip of sensation. Beautiful nudes with metallic edge set amongst eclectic textures,” said David Horne, Illamasqua director of product development.

Temptalia speaks of nude tones with rich gold found in both the beautiful makeup collection and the creative concept of the campaign.

Illumasqua believes the collection to be “a place where alter egos are laid bare and naked flesh is a source of unashamed inspiration. In this delicate tipping point between intimacy and pleasurable detachment, we revel in the unknown.”


The collection features Nail Varnish ($14) in Monogamous Matte, a creamy flesh pink; Faithful, a coppered metal; and Swinger Glistening, a platinum gold.

Other products include an Intense Lipgloss ($20) in Stranger, a platinum gold shade,; Sheer Lipgloss ($20) in Intimacy Nude, a pinkish brown; Powder Blusher ($24) in Naked Rose Neutral, a beige-brown; and Cream Blusher ($24) in Zygomatic Naked, also a pinkish brown.

Naked Strangers is available now at,, and major beauty retails nationwide.

Media Maven’s What’s Hot at Sephora in June!

Beauty Mavens,

THE MOST BUZZED-ABOUT BEAUTY HANDPICKED BY Media Maven…which features a handpicked selection of the newest, latest, most buzzed about beauty products. See the latest picks:

YVES SAINT LAURENT Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossin Stain $32

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer $42

ALGENIST Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer $45

RITA HAZAN Ultimate Shine Foaming Clear Gloss $26

ST. TROPEZ Self Tan Dark Tanning Mousse $42

GELSHINE™ At-Home Gel Colour System $159


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Hello Summer! Summer Bliss NEW Summer 2012 Color Collection & Trends

Beauty Mavens,

We are officially in summer mode! The following trends come directly from Merle Norman’s NEW summer 2012 collection:


Featuring this season’s natural shades paired with neutrals and maritime-inspired colors, the Summer Color Collection features two Limited Edition Eyecolor Quads filled with brilliant blues, sandy neutrals, earthy brown shimmers and moss greens. The Nautical & Nice palette includes natural shadows (Barefoot and Truffle), and a nautical shade (Look Both Waves) that pair perfectly with a deep blue cream liner (In The Navy) to accentuate the eye. The Wooded Bliss palette marries earthy tones with dashes of shimmer for the perfect summer eye.  Featuring woody hues (Shorley and Espresso) and a greenery-inspired shade (Play Thyme), the earth tone eye look is completed with a deep brown cream liner (Teak).

Add a flush of color to cheeks with the season-appropriate Lasting Cheek Color ($16) in limited edition Peach to the Choir. Featuring just the right hint of shimmer, this neutral peach adds the perfect dose of color.

 This summer, Merle Norman Cosmetics is celebrating lips with bold and punchy colors, ranging from daring corals to flirty melons and pinks. Debuting several limited edition options, Creamy Lipcolor (SRP: $15) in Lady Marmalade, a pulpy peachy pink; a translucent peach Lip Polish, Pinkini; a prettiest girly pink Lip Glaze (SRP: $15) in Pink-A-Boo!.  For a more defined pout, Merle Norman will also introduce a permanent fixture to its lip offerings with the Lip Pencil Plus ($14) in A Flare To Remember, a sophisticated coral liner designed specifically to complement all skin tones.  This dual-sided liner features a liner side in a hue, while the lip color side is brighter true coral, allowing you to customize the shade!

Bronzing Powder

Providing the ultimate sun kissed look, the new Bronzing Powder Collection features two unique shades designed for daily wear: Pool Side and Beach Side. Unlike other bronzing products, this specially designed powder contains super-micronized pigments that work with the topology of the skin to deliver 3D color results for a healthy, natural glow. Infused with Apple Extract Complex and Revidrate™, this super-hydrating, oil-free formula allows for an effortless blend and boost of color for all skin types. To use, lightly dust over the face or for a deeper color, apply more intenselySRP: $20

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New Find…Fit for a Princess!

Give yourself the royal treatment! Champneys, the world-class U.K. spa favored by Princess Diana, has launched their luxurious products in the US! You’ll pamper like a princess and pay like a pauper because the super-affordable products range from $7.99 to $12.99 and are available at Target and

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Fiafini, The Fountain Of Youth According to June Cosmo Editors!

Hello Mavens,

According to Cosmo Mag’s June edition… Fiafini Divine Hydration Moisturizer is the renowned & coveted  “Fountain of Youth.”

“Soothing moisturizer with antioxidant marula oil combats wrinkles and visibly firms and lifts skin.” – Lauren S. from Marketing

Available at the

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Media Maven Helps You Outsmart Your Sunscreen

Hello Lovelies,

How many times have you been told that you needed to wear sunscreen! Ever hate sunscreen’s price tag? Or better yet, does it irritate your skin? Well, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Reader’s Digest combed through the latest reviews to find the best sunscreens for any scenario or excuse. Which products get rave reviews and overcome your pet peeves? Reader’s Digest has the sunscreen lowdown.

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Media Maven’s Five Beautifying Smoothie Recipes!

Beauty Mavens,

Getting a gorgeous, glowing complexion doesn’t only mean slathering on sunblock or the latest antioxidant serum (though that helps, too). It also means paying attention to your diet. By tossing nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables and other goodies into your blender, you can nab more beautifying foods that will nourish your skin from the inside, out.

We’re talking ingredients that can help repair damage from nasty UV rays, give your skin a healthy glow, and reduce inflammation and puffiness (too many margaritas last night, perhaps?).

Put your best face forward with these powerhouse ingredients and smoothie recipes.

•    Chia Seeds for Younger Looking Skin
◦    Recipe: Beauty Bonanza Smoothie

•    Kale For a Healthy Skintone
◦    Recipe: Green and Glowing Smoothie

•    Coconut for Repairing Damaged Skin
◦    Recipe: Coconut Bliss Smoothie

•    Avocado for Reducing Inflammation
◦    Recipe: Paradise Smoothie

•    Berries for Smoother Skin
◦    Recipe: Berry Beauty Blast

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