It doesn’t have to be expensive to be excellent as SONIA KASHUK proves with her Spring/Summer 2007 Collection. I’ve been using the Eye Shadow Quad in Spring Into Action ($9.99). It’s a fabulous foursome of silky eye shadows in lilac, rose, gold and light grey - all great colors for this time of year. No matter how I wear them, solo or in conjunction with another one or two, they work wonderfully. I’ve also been wearing Sheer Luxury Lip Color in Sheer Champagne ($7.99) from the same collection as it’s long-lasting, creamy, and perfectly compliments the shadow colors. Nice collection. Both @ target.com.
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What makes a true classic is the timelessness that a product takes on. And scents are in a category all their own when it comes to the term. My Godfather gave me YVES SAINT LAURENT Paris Eau de Parfum ($88/2.5oz @ yslbeautyus.com) this past Christmas and I'm quite glad he did. I never really thought much seeing the oval glass bottle on many-a-beauty tables over the years but since this one turned me on I will now start asking why and run to try each I come across.
And for some reason this one really seems to bond with my skin. Hours later I can still subtly smell the warm floral and touch of wood and powder. I take this as a sign that it should be a staple in my collection because it works with my chemistry. There’s also a Paris Perfumed Body Lotion ($44/6.6oz).
When BLUE Q comes out products in the beauty category, they are usually pretty darn good. Just added to the line are three Get Real Hand & Body Lotions ($10.99/8oz @ blueq.com) – Orange Ginger Scent, Lavender and Unscented. Each contains fresh pressed sunflower seed oil, anti-oxidants and of course, as they say, no fake crap.
Ever since I moved to Los Angeles 15 years ago, I have been borderline obsessed with keep my brows looking great. And I’m quite glad that fuller brows are back in fashion as I think the pencil thin ones would look funny on me. One new kit to help you along is ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Brows In Bloom ($28 @ macys.com). Available in Blonde and Brunette, each quad has two powders, wax cream to keep hairs in place, a highlighter cream and an angled mini brush to apply. Why doubt an expert like Anastasia Soare when it comes to your eyebrows?
This is one I could sit and smell all day. The Comforter ($8.45/7oz @ lush.com) from LUSH is a sugary nose and skin softening delight without the calories. Simply break off a piece (each bar is good for a few baths) of the pink Swiss roll and plop under the running water in the tub. You’ll have mucho bubbles and a sweet bubble gum smelling treat!
WARNING: DO NOT USE THIS WHEN YOU HAVE A MAJOR SUGAR CRAVING OR YOU MIGHT BE TEMPTED TO TAKE NIBBLE !
This next kit is a really great way to try out a self tanner and you can’t beat the price. BATH AND BODYWORKS True Blue Spa Bronze Bombshell Collection ($16.50 @ bathandbodyworks.com) contains all the essentials:Glow and Steady Daily Moisturizer (1.5oz), Gradual Self Tanner SPF 15, my favorite, (1.5oz), So Aglow Tan Enhancing Shimmer (1oz), Tan on the Run Self Tanning Face Puff (one use), Suntan Boulevard for Face 2-in-1 Bronzing Sunblock SPF 20 (5ml) and even a Bronze Bomb Shell Eau de Toilette Roll-On (.05oz). Big recommendation.
There are days when we are just looking for protection and a hint of color. And I love that companies are listening to what we women really need as there are quite a few products catering to just this now. I’m adding all 6 colors of BARE ESCENTUALS Junior Lip Guards SPF 15 ($36 @ bareescentuals.com) to my purse. Each .17oz tube’s formula is mineral-based, contains antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E and protects the delicate skin from the sun. And the colors? They go with everything: Stinson Beach: coral nude, Palm Beach: deep rose, Miami Beach: rose mauve, Pebble Beach: mauve taupe, Coco Beach: caramel brown, and Newport Beach: deep blackberry.
I recently discovered Mystic Tanning and like to do it every couple of weeks but I sure do realize how much I need it when I don't have a chance to get over there. Here are a few bronzers and highlighters that help me not look so sullen and pale until I can get over to the salon again.
PHYSICIANS FORMULA Solar Power Bronzer SPF 20 ($11.95 @ physiciansformula.com) is made for those who have sensitive skin (take a light hand with this one) and this one protects against UVA and UVB rays.
From the Balloonacy collection is the High-Light Powder in Mellow Rave ($22 @ maccosmetics.com) from MAC. It gives a sheer kiss of shimmer and get it quick because it's limited edition so hurry.
The Glam Bronze Pressed Bronzing Powder ($12.99 @ drugstores nationwide) from L'OREAL's Bronze Rocks collection provides the tiniest of shimmer to formulas. Available in three colors: Golden Lights, Amber Lights and Terra Lights.
CLARINS Summer Fever Brush-On Bronzer ($28.50 @ clarins.com) is an on the go tote-able. Each of the available shades, Natural Bronze and Golden Bronze, comes in a tube with a built-in brush. Very sheer powder.
There are some products out there where the packaging is so darn cute and unique that you want to keep it. And oh is this the case with BENEFIT COSMETICS' new Love Your Look collection. My pick of the litter is the Sheer Cream Blusher ($18 @ benefitcosmetics.com). The formula is pretty thick so it doesn't come spilling out of the tube when you squeeze it. And I love that it's sheer so you can control the amount you put on and not look like you stepped out of the 80's, which I always seem to do. Available in 3 colors so sheer on!