Givenchy fragrance is holding an online competetion where contestants are challenged to create a slogan for their Very Irresistible Givenchy fragrance ad featuring Liv Tyler.


The 1st place winner wins a trip for two to meet Liv Tyler at her Sephora public appearance in NYC. They'll also receive a poster of the ad with their ewinning slogan, chosen by an illustrious panel of judges with representatives from Givency and Seventeen magazine. The winner will also be treated to a swag bag and lunch at the Seventeen magazine offices.

And, there are some other great prizes as well, that will be votes on by the community, as voted right online:

2nd place: Winner will receive a Very Irresistible Givency gift basket valued at $250 and a poster of the ad with the 2nd place slogan. 

10 Highest Scores: Receive a sample of Very Irresistible Givency

5 Most Viral: Recevie a Seventeen magazine goodie bag.

Visit this link for all of the contest details, to see the entrants and vote, plus a behind the scenes clip of Live Tyler at the Very Irresistible Givenchy shoot. 



Back to School Beauty: Backpack Essentials.

graphic_btsb_icon.jpgI would like to think that I know what every back to school beauty wants in her backpack, but after a week of school, I know for sure what my daughter and some friends need in their's. With the help of a few 12 - 17 year old girls, my sons girl friends loved spilling their backpacks to let me see their beauty loot, we have come up with our Backpack Essentials.

The number one and two must-have items are a hair brush and hair spray. Seems no one can get through the day without taming their luscious locks. One girl even carries a flat iron in her backpack, but swears it is only for afterschool touch-ups.


The girls love the new Herbal Essences Set Me Up Max Hold Hairspray, and at around $4, it is very afforable to keep in extra can at school.

btsb_hardcandy_fragrance.jpgNext up on the list is a fragrance spray. Our favorites are the new Hard Candy Fragrance and SO...? Kiss Me.

Lip gloss and Lip Balm are must-have backpack items too. While my daughter is a MAC girl (yup, she get all the shades I cannot wear), the others are in love with Burt's Bees  - both the lip balms and tinted lip shimmers.

Mascara, Maybelline's Great Lash to be exact, was in five out of the 8 backpacks I got to see, and most of them had a bronzer (or two) in there floating around too. Our favorites are various bronzers from Physicians Formula inlcuding their new Bright Bronzing Powder, and another from Hard Candy.  I found it a little funny that these New England girls love their SoCal Glow Bronzer.

I was surprised that only one gal, the one who toted that flat iron around, had an entire cosmetic case full of makeup in her backpack.  I was never one to carry much makeup around, so it sort of shocked me that a young girl would need so much to get her through a six hour school day.



Backstage with MAC Cosmetics.

MAC makeup artists have been running around backstage at New York Fashion Week pretty feverishly. While they have been working hard, they have been nice enough to send me information on the makeup trends we will be seeing next Spring.

One of my favorite looks so far is that from the Luca Luca show, just on the runway yesterday.

mac_luca_1.jpgMAC artist Tom  Pecheu was going for the seventies supermodel look. His inspiration? A young Jerry Hall.

Tom used bright Parrot blue eyeshadow on the eyelids, then covered the creases with a shimmery dark grey to give what he called "true sophistication."

There was an obvious lack of cheek color, which I personally think needed just a quick swipe of a nude pink.

To finish the look, model mouths were dabbed with N3 Lipstick - a putty-ish pink nude. 

The effect? A grown up in the eyes - and a tender young girl in the mouth.


Beautiful, and very wearable!