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The Vyne Giveaway #1: What Do You Want To See in The Vyne?


In honor of our one year anniversary, we want to give away some great prizes! This week we’re giving one lucky reader a $50 gift card to beauty superstore, Sephora. For a chance to win, tell us what types of content you want to see more of in The Vyne.
Giveaway details (please read):
* Leave a comment on this post telling us what type of content you would like to see more of in The Vyne. Please leave your name and email address so if you’re selected as the winner, we have a way of notifying you if you’ve won.

* Giveaway ends on March 23, 2010 at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time.  The winner will be chosen randomly.  We will notify and announce the winner on March 24, 2010.  The winner must respond via email within 48 hours of notification email.  Failure to do so will result in an alternate winner being chosen.  Please provide a valid email address and have access to your email.
* Rules/Info:  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Open to legal residents of the Continental United States & Canada.  No mechanically reproduced or computer generated entries permitted. Not responsible for late or misdirected entries, or entries containing incorrect or incomplete information. Not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer, on-line, or Internet systems or services, servers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry or confirmation or winners notice on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, problems with the thevyne.wordpress.com website, or any combination thereof. Entries become the property of thevyne.wordpress.com and will not be acknowledged or returned. Acceptance of any Prize constitutes consent to use winner’s name and likeness for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes in all media, whether currently existent or hereafter derived, without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts


Valentine’s Day is only a few days away. Are you ready? There’s hope if you haven’t found something for the special somebodies in your life.

For Him

1. Does your guy travel a lot? Then this Art of Shaving “4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Carry-On” would be a perfect gift for him. Stocked with travel-friendly shaving essentials, you can find this at your local Sephora or at Sephora.com.
2. Dolce & Gabanna Pour Homme Eau de Toilette is a classic, masculine, alluring fragrance.If your honey doesn’t have a signature scent, introduce him to this and you both will be happy. Lucky for you, you should be able to find this at most major department stores and at least at Sephora.com.

For Anybody
3. Bacon + Chocolate, is there any better unlikely, yummy combination? This Mo’s Dark Chocolate Bacon Bar is virtually heaven on Earth.  Vosges Chocolates has boutique locations in Chicago, New York, and Las Vegas. Want it shipped in time? Check out this map to see how long you’ll need for it to arrive on time.
4. Red Envelope does not disappoint when it comes to gifts. This beautiful Red Hot Baby Orchid will make your loved one smile. Described as a “small-yet lasting-expression of your love,” order soon so you can to get there in time.
5. This fun, sleek Bell Alarm Clock is designed well just like everything else at the MoMA Store. Find one in NYC at one of these locations or at MoMAStore.org.

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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.

Purples/Plums/Blackberries

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)

Browns/Bronzes/Coppers
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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