Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Straight Off the Runway: Essie Spring RTW

If Ghesquière, Elbaz, and Galliano redefined fashion then Essie Cosmetics and it's new intoxicating nail lacquers is the purveyor of Beauty! Season after season beauty companies have been influenced by fashion trends but the geniuses at Essie have taken this concept to a whole new level with it's Spring RTW collection of soft, whimsical hues that resonated the spring shows!

Take a look at some of the hottest looks from the runways & how Essie transformed them to Haute Lacquer!
Naeem Khan
2009 Spring RTW


If you want an unapologetic rich pink hue, Essie's Flawless is what you get, and it's so flattering it might just become your signature color!


Nina Ricci
Spring 2009 RTW

Eternal Optimist
This dream-like rose hue lacquer brings life to any skin tone - the color looks great on both hands & feet.

Eternal Optimist

John Galliano
Spring 2009 RTW

ESSIE Spring 2009 RTW
Essie's nail lacquer in a royal blue is our top pick of trendy blues- it's high shine is dazzling...


Spring 2009 RTW

Status Symbol
This high octane pink lacquer is a visual treat and total must have for the nails!

Status Symbol

Armani Prive
Spring 2009 Couture

Lacquered Up
If you're over black, this red hot crimson hue is a fresh - but still luxuriously edgy alternative!

Lacquered Up

Spring 2009 Couture


One of a Kind One of a Kind really is just that! This bold red/orange hue is especially sexy on toes looks sophisticated and modern on fingers too!

One of
a Kind

Being this month you will be able to get these hot off the runway hues at essie.com and fine salons, spas and beauty stores nationwide!

Primetime Page Turners

Elizabeth, Joan, Clara, Greta and Ethel all hone one thing in common and it's Drama. These leading ladies from the golden age of Hollywood & Broadway captivated the world over with smoldering and compelling performances on and off the stage making them legendary. In these eloquent (and sometimes salacious) tomes you will fall in love and be amazed by these awe-inspiring tales of these silver screen goddess.
Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and The Triumph of Movie Culture
by Peter Kobel
Little, Brown and Company

This gorgeous tome examines the lavish history of silent films with more than 400 astounding images as well as captures the birth of icons: Chaplin, Garbo, Bow and Valentino. This exquisite book is the definitive visual history of drama!

Available at: HachetteBookGroupUSA.com, Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com

by J. Randy Taraborrelli
Hachette Book Group

Elizabeth Taylor - the Queen Mother of all that glitters is such an enigma that her story never gets old! Accomplished in her field and revered for her beauty, Elizabeth Taylor is drama! In Elizabeth (Hachette Book Group) you will be enraptured by the beauty icon's legacy- being the 1st actress to be paid 1 million for her infamous role as Cleopatra - to the press' fascination of her life both on and off the screen. She is the epitome of celebrity! A major page-turner..

Available: HachetteBookGroupUSA.com, Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com

by Boze Hadleigh
Watson Guptill

This scintillating tale of the great white way through the decades will shock and amaze even the most scandalous! Author & connoisseur of celebrity dish- Boze Hadleigh delivers 400 pages of sordid, 'oh no he/she didn't' tales, scandals and best-kept secrets and over the top feuds about show biz icons Ethel Merman, Bette Davis & Bob Fosse. With all the sex, lies, and playbills you will refuse to put this book down!

Available at: watsonguptill.com, Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com

Before there was an Angelina there was Joan- a classic beauty who rose to stardom with a tenacious drive made history. Her rise to fame is brilliantly explored in Joan Crawford: The Enduring Star (Rizzoli, New York) - a visual tour de force that examines the dame of the silver screen with rare photos of the charismatic legend at the beginning of her illustrious career. With a non stop display of glamour you will surely treasure this astounding tome.

Available at: Rizzoli New York, Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com

Dolls, the drama doesn't end here! 5 lucky LPB-ers can win a copy of Elizabeth (Hachette Book Group) - the 1st 5 blogettes to email us at LaPetiteBlog@gmail.com will win a copy! Good Luck

Monday, February 2, 2009


We are going absolutely crazy over the latest high-tech and earth friendly mascara's that create the longest, darkest and thickest lashes ever!
what is it: Laura Geller Mascara Sealer Waterproof Lash Topcoat & Makeup Remover
how it works: You will be invincible with this dynamic duo! The mascara topcoat seals your favorite mascara making it waterproof & smudge free- the non irritating and hypo allergic remover gently removes the mascara & eye makeup with such ease you will never want to be without
price: $19.50
available at: laurageller.com, qvc.com, sephora.com

what is it: e.l.f. Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara (not shown)
how it works: The luxurious formula to this wallet friendly treasure separates your lashes with each coat and there's zero clumping!
price: $3
available at: eyelipsface.com

what is it: TOO FACED Lash Injection Pinpoint
how it works: Lash Injection Pinpoint has become something of legend- know to instantly darken & add volume to lashes it just got better with it's new Hot Chocolate hue for Spring 09. From the brush & superb bristles that separates and coat your lashes to perfection you can't go wrong with this magic stick!
price: $19.50
available at: Exclusiviely at sephora.com and sephora stores nationwide.

what is it: tarte cosmetics Bottoms Up Lower Lash Mascara
how it works: Your bottom lash will never go bare again with this flake-free and water resistant mascara specially designed to coat your lower lashes with the best precision (no more unsightly raccoon eyes -unless it's intentional). The color goes on rich and it will give you the most dramatic effect ... brilliant!
price: $16
available at: tarte.com

Tools of the Trade

A workman is only as good as his tools - so is a working woman. Here the best ones (added bonus it's earth friendly!)

ecotools BAMBOO 5 Piece Brush Collection contains five professional-quality buffing brushes, specifically created from earth friendly materials. From eye color to buffing, each brush in this collection is used to help shape and shade every contour of the face for the most natural, flawless application. The collection comes cased in a chic linen & cotton cosmetic bag with a super secure closure (so it's perfect for traveling and everyday schlepping).

ecotools recycled retractable kabuki brush literally is the jack of all trades- The retractable Kabuki brush isn't too big, stiff not too small and floppy - it glides over your face's curves to perfection. With it's feathery bristles this (green) magic want diffuses powder rather than globbing it on - no OD'ing possible...

ecotools BAMBOO Applicators
are so thin and easy to maneuver - the mid-size narrow head allows for complete control with even the tiniest bit of make up - We've gotten rid of all of our foam applicators and replaced them with these exotic bamboo tools of mass perfection!

ecotools ECO 12 Cleansing Sponges
are built to last! Made from soybean oil and 100% cotton these sponges never get crumbly, even after countless uses.

ecotools BAMBOO 2 Powder Puffs
- nothing trumps ecotools BAMBOO powder puffs. These powder puffs works with either pressed or loose powder for an insanely effortless and flawless finish.

ecotools is a uber fabulous collection of earth friendly cosmetics & bath accessories from Paris Presents. With the products ranging from $2.99 - 9.99 you can indulge in this luxuriously green products!

Visit eco-tools.com for a full list of ecotools retailers.

Bravo, Bravo!

Get inspired by the trailblazing career of the master of visual arts & one of Mexico's national treasure Manuel Alvarez Bravo. With a career that spans 80 years - Bravo was the preeminent maestro of visual arts is celebrated in the insanely gorgeous monograph! In photopoetryChronicle Books () you get just that - visual sonnets so beautiful you will be left speechless. From awe-inspiring still lifes of rural and urban landscapes to vernacular and religious subjects Bravo's brilliance is chronicled in great detail in this astounding tome. This book truly is a treasure - a total must have!

Chronicle Books

Dark Nails Decoded

Afraid of the dark? Get over it! Nail colors (especially dramatic, dark hues) isn't a long term commitment, so have fun with your manicures. This season that means slicking on a bold sophisticated lacquer!

Color of Choice:
Bordeaux by essie

The deep red hue worked on all skin tones- not too dramatic for fair skin, makes olive skin glow and has enough sheen to make the deepest complexion pop!

4 Tips to Nail the Chicest Manicure

I Keep Them Short
Long dark nails are a bit 'Rocky Horror Picture Show'. Trimming nails 1/4 inch past the fingertip makes strong hues like Bordeaux look sleek & modern- appropriate for every and any occasion.

II Be Well Rounded
Hard edges can look severe (and extremely easy to chip). Instead, file nails into an elegant almond shape or a "squoval".

III Take Your Time
Dark shades dry slowly, so to avoid smudges set at least 45 minutes to an hour aside for your mani-pedi.

IV Stay Smooth
Since these colors draw attention to your hands, keep those jagged cuticles in check with constant moisturizing.

Vionnet, Schiaparelli, and Madama Gres - Oh My!

Paris, a place where Paco Rabanne, Pierre Cardin, Alia, and Mugler reign supreme -it's all about knowing where to find the "pieces" and now you will with this brilliant resource book!

Paris, France - the premier destination for glamorous vintage couture has just gotten even more fabulous (and accessible) with the new shopping guide by uber-stylist Jessica Clayton - Vintage Paris Couture (Universe) the genius guide is jammed packed with time-saving tips and enough resources to have you decked out from head to toe with amazing finds in no time at all! From pristine vintage couture shops to boutiques offering amazing selections from unknown designers Ms. Clayton leaves no stone (or store) unturned! Vintage Paris Couture (Universe) is an absolute MUST HAVE for guys & dolls who love all that is vintage!

Best In Show

If winning isn't everything why keep score? The saying applies to more than just sports - we tested troves of beauty products to find our 7 undisputed champions.

SukiColor Rich Pigment Mascara

Day or Night all you need is one coat- really, just one of SukiColor Rich Pigment Mascara - this magic wand forms long, separated fan of lashes that usually takes the skill of a make-up artist ... Bravo!

SukiColor Rich Pigment Mascara
$ 33.95

Eyeko Cream

Eyeko Cream
in it's ubercute packaging is the only thing that truly makes us look luminous! It moisturizes and gives your eyes (and cheek) the perfect glow... amazing!

Eyeko Cream
$ 7

3Lab Perfect "Glow" Complex

Use 3Lab Perfect "Glow" Complex
for a few weeks and you will start getting compliments on your radiant skin. We have..

Perfect "Glow" Complex

Kai Body Polish

The breezy, clean scent made us sad to get out of the tub! The body polish's genius combination of sugar & salt exfoliates our epidermis to perfection leaving our body soft, dewy and exceptionally clean.

Body Polish

Warren-Tricomi PROTECT Leave-In Conditioner

If leave-in conditioner tends to weigh your fine hair or isn't moisturizing enough for your coarse mane, try Warren-Tricomi PROTECT Leave-In conditioner. Your hair will be silky, radiant and soft to the touch...

PROTECT Leave-In Conditioner

BrushLab {Fresh Curls} Ceramic Brush

No wonder {Fresh Curls} has been beloved by hairstylists for years - no matter your hair type this styling gem reduces drying time by half, defines curls and gives your locks a sexy tousled look. It's an absolute must if you want head-turning hair!

{Fresh Curls} Ceramic Brush by BrushLab
, brushlab.com

Scentual Seduction

Kai eau de parfum is the quintessential blend of elegance and bohemian style. We at LPB know that the right scent can change your attitude in seconds and this intoxicating clean scent from Kai instantly lifts our spirits to epic heights. With just one spray of this delicate and fresh scent we are transported to our dream island - part rain forest, part beach! The fragrance so understated yet intoxicating your paramour will love it especially on you!

Personified Luxe

Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity
by Kohle Yohannan, Harold Koda
Rizzoli New York

Valentina Nicholaevna Sanina Schlee or simply Valentina was a divine being who transcended mere mortal understanding of simplistic glamour and luxury. The Russian born - American Couturier dazzled the fashion world and glitterati with her larger then life persona, genius aphorisms ("Mink is for Football") and proactive and transcending designs - Valentina was ahead of the curve and is the originator when it comes to branding oneself (Eat your hear out Rachel Zoe!) In Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity (Rizzoli New York) you are re-introduced to the one name wonder who was the Couturier for social and theater personalities in the 1920's throughout the 50's. With clients like Rosalind Russell, Greta Garbo, Katherine Hepburn and the like she was the epitome of All-American chic. Known for her own personal style (turbans and flowing dresses) her clothes combined the intricacy of the bias cut of Vionnet with the graceful flow of styles by Alix Gres - unlike those French designers Valentina was the main attraction- she pioneered style like no other! In this brilliantly researched book you get 1st hand accounts on everything Valentina- from photos, sketches and her rags to riches tale you will re-discover one other the most important fashion designers of the twentieth century. This exquisite tome is a must for all fashion afficiandos.

VALENTINA: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity
by Kohle Yohannan
Foreword by Harold Koda with a Preface by Phyllis Magidson
Rizzoli New York
$ 75
Available at: Rizzoli New York, Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com

Color of the Moment: Over the Top by Essie

Though the craze for black polish has subsided a bit we're not exactly entering an age of enlightment. This seas the hot color is deep shimmery gray in the form of Over the Top by Essie. Over the Top is a glossy industrial gray that works well on every skin tone - pair this with your latest statement ring and the night (or day) is yours!

Avaiable at essie.com and fine spas, salons and beauty stores nationwide.


We all put our pants on the same way - one leg at a time. But how we ship them off and get busy is an entirely different matter. For our 1st ever BEST IN BED - we salute the unique lover in each of us.
A minimalistic vibrator that delivers maximum pleasure, the LIBERTÉ by Natural Contours features a rounded massage head that stimulates and pleasures every curve imaginable!

Couples Sensual Sampler Kit includes (From left to right) : Go Deep Oral Sex Mints, Signature Spray Lube, EZ Anal Desensitizing Spray Gel, Dick Plumper Thickening Creme, G-Spot Creme, Sensual Tightening Creme, Multi-Speed Massager

Adam & Eve Couples Sensual Kit is the jack of all trades! The lovers kit is filled with so many goodies you & your amour will have hours of fun to come- literally!

Adam and Eve® Couples Sensual Sampler Kit


grrl toyz Incognito Lipstick Vibe is just that - it looks like an actual tube of your fave lipstick! This waterproof vibrator is great for gals who travel or those looking for that perfectly discreet toy- The genius design (you won't be mortified if your roommate happens to find it while borrowing your Miu Miu purse) combined with some fantastic external stimulation makes this little vibe the perfect travel companion!
grrl toyz® Incognito Lipstick Vibe , Hot Pink (also available in Magenta)

You may want to stay in for movie night with this red hot Sexxx Bullet by Tommy Gunn - it will satiate your sensual senses and then some! With an easy to use controller, distinct speeds and a smooth, silky bullet vibe- this solid gold wonder really can't be beat. Add a friendly price and super discreet size and you've got the Sexxx Bullet of your dreams!

Wildfire® Tommy Gunn Sexxx Bullet


It's been said that a dog is a man's best friend- but a vibrating fishie, wormie & penguin is a women's BFF! The cute, colorful and compact vibes by Big Teaze Toys are wireless, waterproof and reusable (added bonus you won't have to take them for walks!) These petite playmates are powered by super strong motors that provides endless amounts of fluttering fun. Your "slumber parties" with your BFF will never be the same!

I Rub My Fishie™

Make this Infatuation your favorite Habit. Rotating body and enlarged tip ramp up the pleasure while vibrating dolphin head send you over the edge. Phthalate-free Night Moves™ CyberSkin®, Infatuation feels soft and gentle on the skin. An upgrade from a regular jelly rabbit this vibrator is a must have adult toy.

TLC® Night Moves™ CyberSkin®, Infatuation

Just In Case Compacts in Classic Bling Rescue those Jimmy Hats (yes I brought it back) from the bottom of your tote and tuck them into a Just In Case Compact. the 2.5 inch-square acrylic case with a mirror and a hidden compartment for condoms come in a plethora of hues (with gems too!) JUSTINCASE.COM

This popular water-based lubricant lasts and lasts the best part is people with allergies or sensitivities can enjoy BODYFLUID without fear of irritation. What's not to love?

This quality lube made by FUN FACTORY® features a fantastic formula that's non-sticky and scent free. The extra slick texture is great for toys or partner use, and the barely there taste makes Please Liquid an amazing all around lube.

Beauty Essentials

Cold Weather Tips for you Skin, Hair & Make Up!

It may be human nature to resist change, but Mother Nature doesn't really have time for such nonsense! I don't know about you but here in the City (hey Whitney) the weather shifts from mild to Arctic and as the temperature cools (and warms up - global warning people!) , our skin, hair, and make up regimens must change too. Since we want a one-way ticket to Heaven we're offering you all our foul-proof strategies to ensure you don't get left out in the cold. Some of these adjustments keeps your skin and hair healthy in the colder, drier climate - so take note dolls!

Snakeskin is stylish on bags & shoes, but on your body? Not so much dolls! Here's how to keep your skin soft and scale-free mid to late winter, no matter how dry the air gets.

I Limit baths & showers to ten minutes, and use warm - not hot water
II Avoid deodorant soaps
III When shaving use an epilator with multiple tweezers to eliminate the possibility of ingrown hairs- we absolutely love Emjoi Light Caress, the revolutionary new concept in hair removal, made of 36 patented tweezers plated in 24k gold (how luxe is that!) that features a light that illuminates hard to see hairs on the upper lips, chin, underarms, bikini line and legs. With Emjoi Light Caress - soft stubble-free, super smooth skin will be yours instantly. Follow up with a rich cream with Shea Butter and your will be ready to snuggle next to your beau on those cold winter nights!
Emjoi Light Caress
The Emjoi Light Caress includes a carrying pouch, adapter, cleaning brush, massaging finger attachment and a 110volt adapter

IV Exfoliate twice a week. Coarse salt or walnut scrubs (while we absolutely love them) can be too scratchy, oil base scrubs are better because they moisture as they slough. We recommend Crabtree & Evelyn's Aromatherapy Distilliations Purifying - Clarifying Body Scrub. Made with a slew of essential oils (eucalyptus, lime and almond) this exfoliate will rid your body of any dry skin and will revitalize your senses with it's intoxicating aroma.
Crabtree & Evelyn
Aromatherapy Distillations Purifying - Clarifying Body Scrub

V Gently pat skin dry, and while it's still damp, slather on body cream- Kai body butter, made with the finest blend of natural essences and Shea Butter locks in moisture and it's light fragrance will truly lift your spirits (even when the weather is depressing)
Body Butter

VI Twice a week gently buff lips with a damp wash cloth, then apply a lip balm containing Shea Butter or beeswax. Lucky for you we've found an amazing lip balm that contains both! Beauty Rehab SPEARMINT LIP BALM contains both Shea Butter and beeswax - it moisturizes as well as prevents lips from becoming unbearably chapped during the cold season.
VII Once a month, rub an oil treatment through the hair (but try to avoid the roots) we adore TRESemme Repair Hot Oil Treatment - distribute it with a wide-tooth comb, leave it on for ten minutes then shampoo it out. This will add shine and moisture that has been depleted with constant blow drying and hot iron usage.