This week in beauty: New scents from Madonna and Snooki (eeks!), a neat cold-fighting tip and a sneak peek at spring nails

Madonna - W.E. premiere - TIFF 2011

Celebrities have the Oscars (and let’s face it, a zillion other red carpet events). Beauty editors have the P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards. They’re our equivalent of the Oscars, and they were held this week in downtown Toronto. So you might say it was a pretty big week in beauty, even though I’ve been MIA for most of it thanks to the terrible cold virus that’s been going around—anyone else been struck down by that? Thankfully Elizabeth and Nicole have been holding down the fort.

Anyway! The beauty industry never sleeps, so I’ve got loads to update you on regardless: big fragrance news, new nail shades and much more.

… This is Madonna’s first-ever fragrance

It’s called Truth or Dare and will be available in May:

Truth or Dare by Madonna bottle shot This week in beauty: New scents from Madonna and Snooki (eeks!), a neat cold fighting tip and a sneak peek at spring nails

According to UK Vogue, it’s a floral with notes of gardenia, tuberose, neroli, jasmine, lily, vanilla, caramelized amber and musk. I’m not a Madonna fan girl or anything like that, but I’m definitely intrigued because the notes sound eerily similar to my man-magnet signature scent!

By the way, can you believe it’s taken this long for Madonna to launch her own fragrance? That seems wrong somehow when there is also a scent called Snooki by Snooki Polizzi…

Snooki by Snooki Polizzi fragrance This week in beauty: New scents from Madonna and Snooki (eeks!), a neat cold fighting tip and a sneak peek at spring nails

That, too, launched this week—and according to Fashionista.com, Snooki wanted it to be “tacky and gaudy, just like me.” There is actually a note in there called “pink cupcake accord.”

I WILL judge you if you wear this.

… Speaking of fragrances, here are two I’m liking lately

Don’t you think all companies should sell rollerball versions of their scents? My handbag is heavy enough without lugging around a full-sized bottle, so I tend to wear my rollerball stuff way more often. And in the current number-one spot is this guy:

Trish McEvoy Vanilla Blackberry Musk This week in beauty: New scents from Madonna and Snooki (eeks!), a neat cold fighting tip and a sneak peek at spring nails

It’s called Sexy 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk by Trish McEvoy, and it basically delivers on all the elements in the name. Equal parts fruity blackberry, sensual vanilla and musk… and it is indeed seksi. (Marina at Makeup4All.com is loving it too.)

Then there is this rollerball from Avon (I know, Avon!) called Step Into Sexy. It’s an oriental floral, and the face is Christy Turlington Burns (the Burns is her hottie husband Ed Burns… swoon):

Christy Turlington Burns for Avon This week in beauty: New scents from Madonna and Snooki (eeks!), a neat cold fighting tip and a sneak peek at spring nails

The rollerball isn’t pictured here, but it’s about the same size as the Trish McEvoy one (10 mL). Because I’m a snob I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this, but you know what? It’s nice—really nice. (And the price is right!) The notes are black raspberry, freesia, violet, rosewood, orchid and amber.

… A really good tip for getting rid of a cold

All of this perfume talk and I haven’t actually been able to smell anything for the past few days with this cold! But I think I did shorten its lifespan with a great tip I found at EarthClinic.com (my go-to source for weird home remedies). Maybe this doesn’t really have to do with beauty, but I’m going to share it anyway. The tip involves basic 3 percent hydrogen peroxide that you can buy at any drugstore…

Hydrogen peroxide This week in beauty: New scents from Madonna and Snooki (eeks!), a neat cold fighting tip and a sneak peek at spring nails

… and what you do is pour a few drops (maybe a capful) into your ear and then lie on your side for about 10 minutes. Within a couple of minutes, it will start bubbling—not painful, it just tickles—as it kills the microscopic cold and flu viruses that breed in the inner ear. Gross, huh? Apparently they enter our bodies through the ears, not the nose, mouth or eyes. The sensation is totally weird at first, but you get used to it, so once you do one ear and it stops bubbling, flip over and do the other side. I swear that my sore throat and runny nose disappeared within a day of doing this (I repeated the process about three times over the course of 24 hours).

… Congrats to Michelle from LipstickRules.com!

So like I was saying, the P&G Beauty Awards were on Tuesday night, and after taking home the Best Fashion or Beauty Blog award in 2010, I was thrilled to be nominated again (alongside Anya from ImTheItGirl.com and Michelle from LipstickRules.com). The winners are selected by a panel of industry judges and Michelle won the title this year—congrats to her!

… Michelle Williams wears her pixie for Heath

Michelle Williams Hollywood Film Awards 2011 This week in beauty: New scents from Madonna and Snooki (eeks!), a neat cold fighting tip and a sneak peek at spring nails

I’m not a short hair person and never will be, but I love, love, LOVE it on Michelle. And how touching is this (told to British ELLE)? “I cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it.” Awww….

… A sneaky peek at what’s coming up in nail polish shades

Recently the beauty press here in Toronto had three consecutive nail polish events: one for OPI, one for Revlon and one for Essie. That means back-to-back manicures, three days in a row. (Don’t hate us—it happens sometimes.)

Anyway, the big news from OPI is that their next collection (out in February) is inspired by Holland. Here are the shades:

OPI Holland collection This week in beauty: New scents from Madonna and Snooki (eeks!), a neat cold fighting tip and a sneak peek at spring nails

I went for “Vampsterdam,” which is the deep purple on the bottom right. OPI is also launching a Nicki Minaj collection, but that was less up my alley—think fluoro turquoise and chartreuse and tons of glitter.

The next day was Revlon, who are introducing a new formula inspired by no-chip formulas like Shellac and Axxium. No, you don’t have to go to a salon to get it done… but the polish itself contains UV-sensitive elements that help it “cure” when exposed to light. So just like your Shellac has to cure under a UV light, when you wear the new Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel it will dry in natural light to a stronger, harder finish than regular polish. How cool is that? Stay tuned—it’s out in December. (And check out Beautygeeks for images and more deets!)

Last but not least was Essie. And remember how much some of us (including moi) loved that Chanel peach nail polish? Well, I’m THRILLED to have another (less pricey) option here. It’s called “A Crewed Interest,” and I’m loving it on my toes right now. (Yes, I’m having a pale toes moment lately.)

 

Essie Spring 2012 collection This week in beauty: New scents from Madonna and Snooki (eeks!), a neat cold fighting tip and a sneak peek at spring nails

Essie’s also making a foray into glittery topcoats with these:

Essie Luxeffects Topcoats This week in beauty: New scents from Madonna and Snooki (eeks!), a neat cold fighting tip and a sneak peek at spring nails

Somehow, they’re a touch classier than a lot of the stuff that’s out there right now. Would be perfect for holiday parties!

So that’s a wrap for this week. Tell me…

Would you want to smell like Madonna or Snooki?
Do you have any cold-fighting home remedies?
Which of these polishes are you most intrigued by?

19 Comments

Abigail
Friday, November 4/2011 at 6:03 pm

Definitely trying out this home remedy for the cold! Thanks for sharing.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, November 4/2011 at 11:06 pm

Let me know if it works for you!

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CherieJolai
Friday, November 4/2011 at 6:14 pm

Everything about Madonna is timeless. Stays ahead, or hits the nail with trends and continues to be a savvy business woman. For Fall, her brows are gorge http://www.typef.com/slideshow/shape-up-face/madonna-1/

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jenny
Friday, November 4/2011 at 9:39 pm

can’t wait to grab snooki’s fragrance, i haven’t been smelling nearly enough like a cracked out, beer vomit, desperate whore lately.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, November 4/2011 at 11:04 pm

HAHAHA! Love you.

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Gauri
Saturday, November 5/2011 at 2:55 am

Very nicely written Michelle..

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Michelle (Lipstickrules)
Saturday, November 5/2011 at 6:18 pm

Thanks for the shout-out Michelle! Wish we could have met on Tues., but we will make it happen soon right? I need to try that cold remedy, am struggling with one now. I am loving the look of the Essie polishes!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 5:22 pm

Yes! SOON! :-)

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Kay
Sunday, November 6/2011 at 12:45 am

I’m seriously loving the whole top row of essies spring polishes, as well as the bottom row blue and purple poi ones. Im looking forward to getting some of the luxeffects top coats too, I have a seriously terrible nail polish addiction.

I’ve used that remedy before for plugged ears…which I usually get when I have a cold so maybe that’s why it helps fix those up I don’t know. Either way the bubbly feeling is kinda fun lol.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 5:22 pm

I know, right? It’s weird at first (like swimming) but then you get used to it and it’s kind of…nice.

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Sophia
Sunday, November 6/2011 at 1:00 am

omg gimme that Essie. Any idea when it’ll be out?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 5:24 pm

The topcoats will be out in December. I can’t find the press release right now but I believe the others in Jan/Feb?

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Mandie
Sunday, November 6/2011 at 8:31 am

No need for rollerballs, just get yourself a Travalo. Love those Essie polishes. I’m not sure that it suits my skintone, but I’ve been really into oranges and corals lately. Must try the one you’re wearing.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 5:25 pm

I’ve heard about this Travalo thing! I should get one… although then I’d have to commit to one fragrance and that would be too hard. :-)

The Essie peach actually is quite flattering and I wouldn’t call it too orangey at all. I liked it so much on my toes that I put it on my fingers the other day. It’s super pretty. Needs 3 coats though which is annoying.

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Elsie
Sunday, November 6/2011 at 7:21 pm

Okay, are highlights okay again? I am a blonderexic, too, and I went brown when highlights became lame. I’m kind of scared of all over blonde, and am really toying with the idea of highlights again, but dread looking totally passe. But Madonna is obviously sporting some highlights here. I don’t know, what do you think- are you still anti highlights? They look so much more natural on me, I want to go for it, but hate to look totally lame.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 5:27 pm

I’m anti-high-contrast highlights. I have highlights, but they’re on top of a single-process colour so it’s a very tone-on-tone effect. But this is because my base is darker than I want, and also ashy… I do the base colour to lift it a couple of levels to a warmer coppery blonde. But if your base is a nice colour then sure you can just get highlights. The key is to not go too light nor too chunky.

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Marina (Makeup4all)
Monday, November 7/2011 at 4:14 am

Thanks for mentioning me, Michelle
You won’t believe, but I’ve spent more than five hours last week to read about different perfumes, it was really interesting, great experience. I am fascinated by the way some people can review fragrances!

Is that Essie Spring collection? I like the lime shade.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 5:29 pm

I know, I’m not great at fragrance writing – some people are so talented! I just like what I like… although I appreciate the artistry that goes into the process.

Yes that’s Essie spring!

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Mariana
Saturday, November 19/2011 at 2:58 pm

Crazy tip about the hyrdo. peroxide! I’ve been reading up about all the interesting things you can do with it, from teeth whitening, drying up acne to this. Nothing like putting household items to use.

http://www.beautynthingsblog.com

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