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Buying for Breast Cancer

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, we here at The Vyne are all about continuing to fight the good fight so that one day a cure can be found for this devastating disease. We trolled the web and found some great items that you can purchase to support the cause:

1. Bobbi Brown Pink Shimmer Brick – We’re loving Bobbi Brown cosmetics right now and this pink shimmer brick is a great add to any make-up collection. $38, Department stores; a $35,000 donation goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

2. White + Warren Cashmere Gloves – How can you not adore these fun, flouncy gloves? They’ll add a pop of color to that black or navy pea coat this winter. $75; WhiteandWarren.com. Fifty percent of proceeds goes to Women at Risk Breast Cancer Program at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

3. Microsoft four-button Mouse – Point and click in style with this pearly sheen and textured grip mouse from Microsoft. $40, Microsoft.com/hardware; 10 percent of proceeds goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure

4. Sonia Kashuk’s Make-up Clutch & Tools – This fabulously stylish clutch holds all the tools you need for a polished look. $22, Target stores nationwide; 15 percent of sales goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

5. Riedel Stemless Wineglasses – Wow your guests at your next dinner party with fun stemless wineglasses —each tinted with a different shade of pink. $70 for four; RiedelWebStore.com. Fifteen percent of sales goes to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

6. Jo Malone Red Roses Bath Oil – Jo Malone fragrances are unbelievably intoxicating so we’re sure this subtle scent of roses, violet leaves, and lemon is no exception. $60, Department stores; a $20,000 donation goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


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The Vyne’s Holiday Gift Guide #1

The holidays are approaching fast and if you’re like us, you’re scouring stores and retail sites to find the best gifts for special people in your life. This month we’re going to feature gift guides to help you with your shopping lists. In Holiday Gift Guide #1 we’re featuring gifts for your loved ones. Whether for your mom, dad, friend, sibling or significant other, these items are sure to please.
Gifts for Her
1. Wending Gloves, Anthropologie: These soft angora, wool and nylon gloves are elegantly detailed with coiled buds. And, like everything else in Anthropologie, they’ll make any girl feel more girlie.
2. Tarte Crown Jewels Lipgloss Multi-gift Set, Sephora: How great is this! This gift set from Sephora has three sets of five Tarte lip glosses. So not only can you give a couple away as gifts, you can also keep one for yourself! And did we mention it’s only $39?
3. Satin Jewelry Traveler, J Crew: This jewelry traveler is so elegant that it looks like a purse. With three zipper compartments, two removable straps and a deep pocket there is more than enough room to keep jewelry in tact while traveling.

Gifts for Him

4. Vizio 42″ TV LCD HDTV, Target: Every guy loves a big TV. If size or budget is a big concern, this 42″ is large enough to show a crisp, high-def picture without breaking the bank too much.
5. Cashmere V-Neck Sweater, Martin + Osa: A staple in any guy’s closet, the v-neck is always a good pick. Made in cashmere, it will not only be soft, but it will also be war.m without being too bulky.
6. Cuff Link Display Case, Red Envelope: Does that special guy in your life have more than a few snazzy cuff links without a special place of their own? This classy Cuff Link Display Case is a great place to put them. You can even get it engraved with his initials.

Gifts for Anyone
7. Flip Video MinoHD Camcorder, Best Buy: Flip video cameras make it fast and easy to capture and upload videos. Its small size and sleek design make them easy to carry around too.  This particular flip captures up to 60 minutes of high definition video and costs right under $200.
8. Kindle, Amazon: If you’re buying a gift for an avid reader who doesn’t already have a, e-reader, then this is definitely the gift to buy. It’s lightweight, holds up to 1,500 books, and since it uses 3G wireless technology, books can be downloaded wirelessly in less than a minute.
9. Breville Ikon Panini Press, Williams-Sonoma: Give the gift of making scrumptious panini at home with this panini press. To make it even better, its adjustable heat settings make it easy to also make grilled meat and veggies.

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Beauty Smackdown: Foundation

It is so difficult to find the perfect foundation, especially for women of color. So many don’t come in the right shades, are too thick, not enough coverage or cause breakouts.  Needless to say, finding the best match can be daunting. To help you with your search, we’ve put two full coverage foundations head to head in this week’s Beauty Smackdown.

Contestant #1: MAC Studio Fix
Studio Fix by MAC is a powder makeup that goes on with as much coverage as a cream foundation. It comes with a sponge that applies the color smoothly and evenly. Some people like to use a brush instead for lighter coverage. One thing to note is that it usually looks lighter than your skin shade when it first is applied, but once it settles and mixes with your skin’s natural oils, it darkens a bit (so don’t be worried if it looks pasty when you first put it on). MAC Studio Fix comes in 33 shades with nine being for darker complexions.

Pros: The color was close to my skin color, the sponge blended in the foundation well, worked well on my sensitive skin, and one container lasts 6 months (with everyday wear).

Cons: Though it was a powder, it did not control my oily t-zone and it also settled into my creases after a while.

Color Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Coverage: 4.5 out of 5
Length of Wear: 3.5 out of 5
Kindness to Skin: 3.5 out of 5
Price: $26 for .52 oz

Contestant #2: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation
HD Invisible Cover Foundation by Make Up For Ever was created to suit professional use on HD film and, according to Sephora.com, “covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life.” The foundation comes in liquid form and though it is full coverage, it feels light to the skin. It comes in a pump and is best applied by a brush (though, truth be told, I sometimes use my fingers). The foundation has a good color selection since it comes in 25 shades with 12 being for darker complexions. Not only are the shades based on skin color, they are also based on undertone so you can truly match you skin.

Pros: Looked natural, full coverage without feeling heavy, worked well on my sensitive skin and excellent color selection.

Cons: Didn’t completely control the oily t-zone and more expensive up front (though per oz cost is less than MAC).

Color Quality: 4.5 out of 5
Coverage: 4 out of 5
Length of Wear: 3.5 out of 5
Kindness to Skin: 4 out of 5
Price: $40 for 1.01 oz.

Winner: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Have you tried either of these? If so, what did you like/dislike? Also, what are your favorite foundations?

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The Brown Girl’s Guide to Lip Gloss: Part 1

Lip GlossWe’ve all been there. We have scoured make-up stores, racks and counters trying to find colors that work for us. We have asked friends (and sometimes strangers) what type of lip gloss they wear. And once we find one we like, we stick to it because we know that it may take a long time for us to find another one we like. Just for you, we’ve created a Brown Girl’s Guide to Lip Gloss. We have searched makeup counters far and wide to give you some options of what colors are flattering to those of us with darker hues.  Part 1 of the guide includes colors from the purple and brown families.


Calvin Klein Delicious Light Glistening Lip Gloss in Maven (plum metallic)

Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Tartlette (plum sheer)

Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Black Honey (dark plum sheer)

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips: Lip Plumpers in Lana (brownish black raspberry sheer)

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips: Lip Plumpers in Starr (purple metallic)

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips: Full Color in Stella (plum brown metallic)

Philosophy Lip Shine in Red Velvet Cake (plum sheer)

Stila Lip Glaze in Black Cherry (deep purple sheer)

Lancome Juicy Tubes Pure in Wild Berry (plum metallic)

Lancome Juicy Tubes Smoothie in Beach Plum (mauve non-metallic)

Lancome La Laque Fever in Electric Pink (purple metallic)

Lancome La Laque Fever in Plum Wave (plum metallic)

Sephora Brand Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Plum #08 (plum metallic)

Bath and Body Works Liplicious Lip Gloss in Frozen Blackberry (plum metallic)

MAC Tinted Lipglass in Desire (purple berry non-metallic)

Lorac Couture Shine in Sheer Luxe (reddish brown sheer)

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips: Full Color in Chloe (bronze copper metallic)

Lancome Juicy Tubes Pure in Cherry Tree (brown metallic)

Philosophy Lip Shine in Gingerbread (gold sheer)

MAC Tinted Lipglass in Buzz (copper brown metallic)

MAC Tinted Lipglass in Oh Baby (golden bronze metallic)

Bath and Body Works Liplicious Lip Gloss in Brown Sugar (bronze metallic)

Cargo Lip Gloss Quad in Argentina (shades include soft shimmering berry, deep rust, deep burgundy, and golden copper)

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Lip Gloss in Sultry (dark brown metallic)

Lancome La Laque Fever in Techno Brick (brownish metallic)

Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Brandy Twist (brown shimmer/metallic)

Tell us: what are some of your favorite brands and colors?

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