Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Introducing the Panasonic Facial Ionic Steamer!

How many times have you given yourself a steam facial? I think the only time I have done it is with a pot of boiling water and a towel over my head to keep the steam on my face. And does the shower count? Neither seem to be a great way to do it but up until now I’m not aware of many choices.


Steam can help give skin a deep cleaning by opening up pores to let whatever you are applying afterward really get in there to do its work.

I was sent this PANASONIC Facial Ionic Steamer ($179.95 @ shop.panasonic.com) to try out recently and some of the benefits of it are that is uses nano-sized moisture particles to penetrate and gently open pores, so this one gets deeper into the skin than the now seemingly barbaric way of steaming the face that I mentioned, right?

When I first saw the sleek design, I thought you put your whole face into the rose colored part of the machine but no, you don’t. Just sitting in front of it is fine.


It stands a little over 8” tall and about 5” at its widest point so it’s pretty small overall. There is a reservoir that you fill up with water – all the way full will get you 6 minutes and half full will get you 3 minutes of steam.

Is this something you find you could add to your at-home regimen? 

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Is Narciso Rodriguez's New Fragrance a Must-Have?

It’s been so hot out the past week in Los Angeles that the last thing I’ve wanted to do was spritz on a heady fragrance so I had to wait on featuring the latest from NARCISO RODRIGUEZ. Well it’s now cooled down a tad and since we’re making the transition out of light and airy fragrances to ones more suited for fall, it’s time to talk about 'Narciso' Eau de Parfum ($95/1.6oz, $112/3oz only @ bloomingdales.com).

I know I’ve shown you my fragrance, I guess you would call it a collection at this point, in previous posts but in case you forgot … voila!


I think I end up adding a bottle to my perfume shelf only every few months as I have a pretty discerning nose that likes unique and mostly bold. I’ll give each one I come across a nice trial but if it’s not love, it goes to a friend that can give it some.

So how did this one fare? It’s funny because the first few times I wore it, I was really liking it and then about the 4th time, I spritzed some on, went out my biz and about 30 minutes later was not in the mood for it. That’s the only way I can describe it!


This is Mr. Rodriguez’s forth scent creation in the marketplace and this one seems to be a beautiful follow to the others, that have done quite well, I might add.

This one is described as a woody musk, with top notes of gardenia and white rose, middle of musk all on a base of vetiver, white cedar extract and cedar. Yes, it’s heavy on the base notes and my nose had a hard time detecting the top notes.

His goal with this fragrance was to create one that was intoxicating and sensual and I think he succeeded and I might goes as far to say that it seems unisex. So does this one go on my perfume shelf? You betcha!

This also comes in a Scented Body Lotion ($54/6.7oz) and a Musc Oil Perfume ($155/1.6oz).

Give this one a whiff next time you’re in Bloomingdales as it’s one to at least experience. 

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Why You Should Be Tightlining Your Eyes

I’ve said it before and I’ll proudly say it again – who better to create a product for the masses than a blogger? They know what works, what doesn’t, and most importantly, what we want to see. Take these Waterliner Intense Color Eye Liners ($18 @ emcosmetics.com) from YouTube sensation MICHELLE PHAN. Adding color to the waterline, or tightlining as it is also know, is a big trend these days so putting out liners just for it is genius. I’m a little late in getting to these since they came out late last year but better late than never!

Colors shown here are Sunshine Yello and Teal Tease.

A few things to keep in mind when choosing a color and why you should be using one in your makeup routine. First, the color can help your eyes look bigger if you use a light color like white or this brand's In the Nude or the Sunshine Yellow. Black if obviously always good if you are going to a total black-out smoky eye look and I love that she has bright color options in the mix too, to add a dash of unexpected color in an unexpected place. Choose from 11 colors total.

So how did these last on the always tough place to hold color, water line? Click after the jump to find out!



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