Shiseido Cosmetics America unveils luxurious products for Fall/Winter 2009

Shiseido Cosmetics America is pleased to introduce an impressive array of beauty products for the upcoming festive season.

Launching September 2009 and straight off the NYC Fashion Week runways, the trend for the season is flawless skin with a Fall color palette of bright and cheerful shades, inspired by the endless possibilities and shade combinations found in mosaic art. Check out a few of my favorite items, including a little something for the men, created by Dick Page, the artistic director for Shiseido:

§ Shiseido Makeup Luminizing Satin Eye Color is the first mono-eye shadow compact for Shiseido.  New technology features dual-optimizing power which detects light levels, so that color stays true and the complexion always looks vibrant and bright.  Available in 15 shades; priced at $25.

§ Shiseido Makeup Smoothing Eyeliner Pencil allows for a flawless application, making it easy to create desired strokes, fine or bold.  Available in black and brown; $20 each.

§ Shiseido Makeup Translucent Loose Powder applies like an invisible veil, providing sheer and smooth coverage unlike any other loose powder.  The hyaluronic acid complex moisturizes and repairs skin imperfections while the encapsulated super hydro-wrap vitalizing DE and Evening Primrose Oil provide instant hydration to the skin.  Priced at $35.

§ ZEN for Men Eau de Toilette, ZEN for Men, a perfect and well-balanced expression of a modern male, who enjoys his surroundings and his active, vibrant life.  The colors for ZEN for Men are blue and silver which represent the colors of life and energy. The power of spicy woods layered with exotic fruits and masculine musk for an uncompromised sensuality and modern sophistication and it is priced at $55 for 50 ml.

For a complete listing of all of Shisedo’s new Fall/Winter line, please see

Lashing out: exotic eyelashes make an appearance on the runway

How’s this for eye opening?

The hottest thing hitting the runways these days isn’t the clothing. It’s not the shoes or accessories, either. It’s the eyelashes.

Designers have been using dramatic false eyelashes for decades now, but just recently, they’ve expanded their tastes to include exotic lashes that do not resemble the human version in any way. Neiman Marcus has created a “Lash Bar” from which any shopper with a well-endowed purse may find anything from electric blue to reflective silver to neon green eyelashes.

For the more experimental, designers have developed truly original eyelashes, taking on shapes like argyle diamonds, butterfly wings, and tiaras. These, of course, do not look natural in any way, but instead create a fairyesque look, perfect for special occasions and maybe even Halloween. A leopard print on ice blue design mixes sexy with galactic, creating an other-worldly look. Fortunately for us, false eyelashes are small enough that even the most outlandish looks are impressively daring, rather than freaky. Check out the slide show at the bottom of this article for a delicious sampling of the various and sundry styles available.

The most luxe version of fake eyelashes I found is a divine pair coated in chocolate mink. Paired with bold red lips, these eyelashes are the perfect marriage of postmodern pin-up and old Hollywood. As another plus, these lashes are the only way I’ve managed to slip fur into my wardrobe past the winter months. While summer mink may not be the most reasonable, it’s certainly a flirtatious way to add high-class appeal to any cocktail party.

So instead of splurging on any one of the infinite mascara concoctions that promises unrealistic results like lashes that will rival the height of your stilettos or volumize so much that your eyes won’t stay open, try out some false eyelashes. You can get them at any drug store for less than a bottle of mascara, and you can use them multiple times. But be warned: you get what you pay for. Many cheaper eyelashes, made with synthetic fibers, look obviously fake. If you’re going for a natural, coquettish look, try a more posh beauty store, like Sephora. There, you can find Diorshow lashes, a runway staple, which often include a free mascara and bottle of eyelash glue. If it’s those exotic ones you want, however, you may be spending more than you imagined: the fur-spangled and diamond encrusted versions of these can run over a thousand dollars. How to justify such an expense? Think of the exercise you’ll get batting those remarkable lashes, you sexy gamine.

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