New NARS Location – Las Vegas

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Planning on heading to Las Vegas any time soon? Be sure to visit the 6th freestanding NARS boutique that just opened up in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s!

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Doesn’t it look gorgeous?! The sales staff are makeup artists trained personally by Francois Nars himself. ‘Nuff said.

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Some interesting tidbits…

  • The concept for the store was designed by Francois Nars alongside Fabien Baron of Baron and Baron design firm.
  • The glossy red cash wrap is color matched to NARS Jungle Red lipstick.
  • The store features an enormous (11×6 feet) video screen playing rotating short films by Francois Nars.
  • An exclusive mix of music was created for the store by renowned French DJs Les Jumeaux.

The store is located at 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas NV tel. 702.749.1525.

I can’t wait to visit the next time I’m in Vegas!

2014 Makeup Show LA Shopping List


My favorite of the beauty trade shows, The Makeup Show, has its LA stop this coming weekend. A week from today I will be immersed in my favorite beauty brands, along with some of my favorite people! As much as I gush about the fantastic educational experiences and getting to hang with my fellow beauty blogging babes, let’s get real– the shopping is amazing at these events! Some brands are even debuting brand new products at TMSLA. So what’s on my shopping list? Keep reading.

The very first thing I will do is probably make a beeline for the NARS booth. I pretty much always have a NARS wishlist as long as my arm, and right now is no exception. Any time I can get my paws on some NARS at a discount, and all bets are off. I can’t wait to swatch the new Matte Multiples and to nab the new Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya (seen below in use back stage during NYFW at Creatures of the Wind SS’14). I love the Satin Lip Pencils and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for suggestions for your own shopping list.


After waiting in what is sure to be a crazy line at NARS (worth it!) I will head over to booth 909, Billion Dollar Brows. You guys know what a brow freak I am. A lot of the stuff I will be picking up at TMSLA this year is brow-related. To me, eyebrows are like foundation, except where I would leave the house w/o my foundation, I wouldn’t like to leave without my EYEBROWS.  Anyway…

I am obsessed with my BDB brow brush. I’ve used it *exclusively* for my brows for the last 4 years. I just want to pick up another one. If there’s some sort of show special I’ll grab another brow powder too. I’ve had my BDB brow powder for as long as I’ve had the brush, and I’ve made a pretty significant dent in it. I’m sure it could go another few years, but it’s always good to grab a backup if it’s a good deal, no?

bdbduophoto from Billion Dollar Brows

After BDB I will mosy on over to the booth #1000, Breakups to MakeupAngelique’s Etsy shop has the cutest tees and accessories with makeup-obsessed themed phrases on them. I’m particularly fond of “I Would Cry But My Mascara Is Designer”. How friggin’ cute, right?

mascaradesignerphoto from Breakups to Makeup on Etsy

Then I can’t wait to go stare at the gorgeous vintage-inspired makeup at Besame Cosmetics. Everything is made in small batches here in LA. The packaging and attention to detail of this line makes every piece a work of art! I have never owned anything from their line, but maybe it’s time? ;)

Next I’m off to do more brow-related shopping! I want to go check out the new Dipbrow pomade by Anastasia. I haven’t decided if I will actually buy this, but it looks pretty cool and I want to check it out. However, I’m very sure I want another Sketch-a-Brow pencil from Senna Cosmetics! I used mine up completely, and I miss it. GIMME.

Also on my list to check out…the tinted moisturizer from OCC. I want something with a little coverage that looks skin-like, and is less heavy than my BB cream. I don’t really need much, just evening out the redness on my cheeks and around my nose.

The Makeup Show is also the best time to stock up on staples like makeup wipes, sponges, brush cleaner, etc. I am on the hunt for a large sifter jar to decant some of my Ben Nye Neutral Set powder into. It comes in a huge bottle and it’s kinda hard to use it by pouring a little onto the teensy cap.

A post about TMSLA shopping would be incomplete without mentioning brushes. If you want brushes, THEY GOT BRUSHES. You can pick up brushes from all of the best lines in the business: Bdellium Tools (the b is freaking silent, people), Crown Brush, London Brush Company, esum (find them at the Muse Beauty booth – AMAZING), oh and a little line by the name of Hakuhodo. Also, a special treat – Beautylish will be there along with the Wayne Goss brush collection! Some of those brushes look really cool from what I’ve seen on Youtube, so I look forward to getting to play with them in person.

Speaking of brushes, Stila will be at TMSLA and several of their brushes are longtime favorites of mine. The #5 all over shadow brush, the #7 precision crease brush, and the #9 all over blend brush are all fantastic brushes. I have like 4 of the #7 brush, that’s how much I like it. You really can’t ever have too many brushes. ;)

As far as other things at the show, I will see what strikes my fancy. You never know who is going to have some super cool new thing, or what’s going to be on a ridiculously awesome show special price. Plus, and this happens to me all the time, you’ll see a product you didn’t think you wanted and a makeup artist will show you a different way to use it that CHANGES EVERYTHING. That’s the best part about shopping at these events. Often, you’ll get to talk to the people that developed the product and get to hear their thought process, and gain such amazingly helpful insight into the products themselves.

The Makeup Show LA (#TMSLA) is March 1st & 2nd in downtown LA. Tickets are still available ($48 for 1 day, $68 for both) with various discounts available for students etc. You do have to be a professional (or studying to become one) to get tickets. More info about all of that is here.

See you at The Makeup Show!

By the way… if you are as crazy about eyebrows as I am, follow my Pinterest board “Hey, Nice Brows” for lots more eyebrow love.

NARS Holiday 2013 Gifting Collection

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Here comes the second half of the NARS Holiday 2013 collection…the gift sets! Get your drool wiping tissues ready again kiddos. These are all available November 1st.

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Urban Decay Friends & Family Sale 2013


Urban Decay fans, start your engines! Their Friends & Family sale is ON. From now til 11:59 PDT on 10/12/13, get 20% off your entire order on Urban Decay’s site. Everything is included! Yes, that means even the much beloved trio of Naked palettes, Vice 2, ERRYTHANG. Use code FFHOLIDAY13 to get your discount on. Get it!

Halloween Makeup Inspiration


What are you guys doing on Halloween? With the holiday fast approaching, I turned to Pinterest to gather my Halloween makeup inspiration. I am the appointed makeup artist for the family Halloween gathering (my grandmother’s birthday is Halloween, so we are making it a family party). What better way to browse inspiring makeup looks than by creating a Pinterest board for them?!

Introducing my Halloween Makeup Inspo Pinterest board! Over 200 images and counting of all things Halloween makeup, from scary to cute to downright gross.  Check it out! And while you’re at it, check out my other boards too for lots of makeup, hair, nails, and cute fluffy animals (because what Pinterest account is complete without fluffy animals?).

What are you going to be for Halloween this year? I’m going to reprise my butterfly costume from a few years ago, hopefully now with much better makeup skills. I did okay last time, but I was wearing the costume to work so I had limited time to put on my face! This year promises to be much better. ;)

Buying Polish Remover At CVS? Bring Your ID…


Heading out to spend some ExtraBucks on a new bottle of nail polish remover? Don’t forget your photo ID!

According to Fox LA, CVS stores will now begin carding (asking for ID) when you buy nail polish remover. The reason for this is that the main ingredient in the remover, acetone, is being used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Apparently kids are huffing it too, which just blows my mind – that’s NASTY! I don’t expect CVS to make the distinction between regular nail polish remover and acetone free remover either, so either way be prepared to show your ID! They will also limit the amount you can buy at once, but unless you’re stocking up for yourself and 12 of your best friends it probably won’t affect you.

The new store policy comes after CVS had to pay out a huge settlement in a lawsuit involving their pseudoephedrine sales. As pretty much everyone knows, cold medicines containing PE are supposed to be heavily regulated, requiring ID and only sold in limited amounts to help crack down on people using it to make meth. Apparently CVS was not following the procedures correctly, and got slapped on the wrists to the tune of many millions of dollars. So while CVS says the new regulation on nail polish remover is to protect its customers, it’s fairly obvious this is to protect themselves from future lawsuits as well.

I’m curious to see how this goes, and if other drugstores and beauty supply shops start following suit and requiring the ID.

Cosmoprof North America 2013 RECAP


This past week I attended the biggest (easily) beauty trade show in my usual lineup: Cosmoprof North America. Literally hundreds of vendors from all over the world gathered together to meet with buyers, educators, salon distributors, and of course – ME. [Read more...]

Cosmoprof Q&A With Top Beauty Brands


This weekend Mr. Boyfriend and I are packing up the car and heading to Vegas for Cosmoprof! This will be my second year attending and I am so excited. Cosmoprof is unlike any of the other trade shows I cover here on the blog. It’s much more formal, closed to the public (!!!) and many brands bring out their unreleased goodies to show off to retail buyers. It’s a tremendous opportunity for me to get one on one with representatives from some of the top brands in the beauty industry, as well as get insider information. Sometimes they even give me information I’m not allowed to publish yet! It’s always such a challenge to keep quiet when they give me something good that I have to sit on, but it’s so much fun anyway. ;)

I have one on one sessions scheduled with some of the greatest beauty brands in the industry, and I want to know from YOU guys, what do YOU want me to ask? I want to give you the insight and answers you crave. I created an account on, for those of you who want to ask Cosmoprof questions! You can find that here:

If you don’t have or you’d just rather comment below, you can do that! You can also tweet me @glossmenagerie during the next few days if something comes to mind.

I am meeting with or talking to reps from…

AGEbeautiful, Ardell, Body Drench, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Color Club, Conair, Cricket, Derma Earth, Essie, Fruitique, Gelish, Gigi, Gorgeous Cosmetics, Jessica Cosmetics, Jordana, KareCo, LA Girl, Layla, Macadamia Natural Oil, Milani, NYX, Orly, Precision Nail Lacquer, Royal & Langnickel, Ruby Wing, Seche, Swoon, The Balm, Tweezerman,  and Zoya!

There will also be MANY other brands there…over 900 brands attend Cosmoprof, that I can go pounce on if you are interested, but those are the ones I’m for sure getting face time with. More info on the other brands there can be found here. If you see someone on the list that you have a question for, I will do my best!

So what do you want to know?!

MAC Indulge Collection August 2013


The MAC Indulge collection launches on 8/22, which happens to be a very special birthday. MINE. ;) So what’s in the collection? Voila…

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MAC Pressed Pigment Collection 2013


Another installment of MAC’s new pressed pigment formula, and a promotion of the 215 brush! Have you tried MAC’s pressed pigments? I haven’t yet, but the swatches look so lovely. What do you think of these new upcoming shades…?

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