Beauty News Roundup: Mariah Carey to Create Nail Polish Collection with OPI, Fashion Fair Launches New Mineral Foundation, Urban Decay to Release Another (Matte) Naked Palette, and more!


Singing diva extraordinaire Mariah Carey is on a roll! Not only is she the new judge on American Idol with a new album coming soon, but it was announced yesterday that Mariah is teaming up with OPI for not one, but two, nail polish collections.    OPI usually does only a single collection with its celebrity collaborators, but according to OPI executive vice president and artistic director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Carey’s stardom justifies two collections. We see you, Mimi!

The first collection of eight shades will hit stores in January, and the second will be released later in the year. No word yet on how many shades will be in the second collection, or what any of the polish shades will be. I’m actually looking forward to seeing what she comes up with. Mariah usually sticks with nude nail colors, but I think she’ll come up with something glamorous and feminine, which would be a welcome relief. I can only take so much of these glitter/crackled/bejeweled celeb collections, y’all. (source) 

Iconic Black beauty brand Fashion Fair is revamping their foundation offerings with the launch of their new True Finish Refining Mineral Foundation. Available in 18 shades, the foundation is said to contain minerals that hydrate and protect the skin, and “illuminate and enhance darker complexions”, rather than make it look ashy like other mineral products often do. The coverage is sheer, yet buildable and according to Fashion Fair head honcho Desirée Rogers (the always fabulously dressed former White House Social Secretary for the Obama’s), “It covers a larger spectrum because it is very forgiving. One shade can cover three tones”.

It will be available this month for $28 at select stores including Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Bon-Ton, Belk and Dillard’s and on fashionfair.com. I saw this recently at Dillard’s, but some annoying sales girl started hovering so I didn’t stop to play with it. I might have to make a trip back! (source)

Urban Decay is going Naked again! After the tremendous success of their Naked and Naked2 eye shadow palettes, the brand is creating a whole Naked collection of products. You’ve probably already seen their new Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in stores, but later this year the brand will release a new Naked shadow palette called Naked Basics. The six-pan palette will resemble the original Naked palettes in shape, but will be smaller and contain matte shades.

It will launch at the end of the year for $27, which I’m sure will attract many who were deterred by the $50 price tag of the originals. I LIVE for a good neutral shadow and mattes are essential, so I’ll definitely be purchasing! (source)

 I am totally obsessed with all things Marchesa. Every time I see a celeb sauntering down a red carpet in one of their designs, I simultaneously become faint at the fabulousness and green with envy. But since I can’t afford one of their spectacularly glamorous gowns (curses!), I’ll have to settle for the next best thing – their new fragrance, Marchesa Parfume d’Extase. The scent has top notes of iris, freesia and young violet leaves; a heart of night-blooming jasmine, and a drydown of iris root, ambrox and musk.

Marchesa Parfume d’Extase will be a Sephora exclusive and will hit stores in September and Sephora.com on August 24th, with presale for VIB Beauty Insiders beginning this Monday. It will be available in two sizes, a 30 ml. bottle for $60 and a 50 ml. bottle for $85, as well as a $25 rollerball. This juice sounds like glamorous, sultry perfection, and since I adore scents with musk, this fragrance is pretty much guaranteed a spot on my vanity. (source)

Big news for BareMinerals fans. The brand will (finally) launch a sold version of their popular mineral foundation in September. Ready SPF 20 Foundation will come in the 20 classic BareMineral shades in a new “natural” finish (compared to the Original and Matte finishes of the loose foundation), along with the new matching Precision Face Brush in classic or retractable ($28 and $22 respectively).

The product will officially debut on QVC on Aug. 15 for $29, and will be available September 1st  at Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, Dillard’s and Nordstrom, Bare Escentuals boutiques and bareminerals.com  , with a follow-up show on Aug. 25, featuring Blodgett and a QVC-exclusive silver compact with matching brush. One of my friends hilariously describes BareMinerals as a “chemistry set”, so I’m sure mineral makeup fans will be happy to have a more convenient solid version. (source)

P.S. BareMinerals also recently released three new cream concealers/highlighters, one of which I’m testing now (so far, so good!). I’ll report back soon with a full review.

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