Browsing Posts from January 2008

Thursday, January 31, 2008

You Read It Here First!



As soon as I get home in the evening and know I’m in for the night, I immediately put back the hair and put on the PJs. Using a headband and then pulling the rest into a ponytail is not the most comfortable but it does get the hair off my face. Now I am happy to say I’ve found something better and we’re happy to make their Internet introduction. The TASSI ($14.99 @ headwrap will become the only way to comfortably get your hair off your face and neck.

There’s only a two beauty conventions I go to every year looking for the latest debuting on the beauty scene and this was one of the most useful ones I came across. Put the stretch terry cloth band over your head, pull hair through, push it up into the front like a headband and then pull the back up to catch the back of your hair. It’s the most comfortable thing to wear on your head! Use it for everything: getting a facial, putting on makeup, while tanning, showering. Basically anywhere you need to get your hair outta the way. Available in 8 fun colors! Big recommendation.


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Antioxidizing Color with Tarte Cosmetics

This one has a lot of firsts under its belt. This was the first cheek stain on the market and the first product that came out from this line. It was also one of the products that started me on my journey of weeding out the good from the bad. TARTE’s Natural Swirl Cheek Stain in Full Blossom ($28/1oz @ is the latest stain to be unleashed on the world.Tarteswirlcheekstain_2 It is two shades swirled together in one - the Natural Beauty shade (sheer berry rose) and their T5 Super Fruit Complex. Hmmm, so what “shade” is a T5 Super Fruit Complex?? I guess it’s the color you would get if you mix together the five most active superfruits that this complex is made up of: goii, acai, maracuia, acerola and pomegranate. From looking at the picture, it looks pretty light. The other benefit of this complex is that they are natural antioxidants and vitamins. So a great color and skin benefiting ingredients. I’m in!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Looking East For Inspiration

BATH AND BODYWORKS is taking inspiration from Asia with their new Far East Escape Collection from the True Blue Spa, which comes out today. Pamper yourself with each of the five products that contain ingredients from Asia that are known to have skin nutritious ingredients. And I love how self-explanatory each product is!




  • Clean Karma Gently Exfoliating Daily Body Wash w/Crushed Lychee and Bamboo ($13.50)
  • Rice To the Rescue Rice Pudding Body Polish with Rick Milk ($17.50)
  • For Heaven’s Sake Super Softening Oil-To-Cream Bath & Shower Wash with Sake ($15)
  • Mystic Silk 24-Hour Ultimate Moisture Body Lotion with Silk Protein & Rice Bran Oil ($15)
  • Self Meditating Body Butter with Rice Bran Oil & Green Tea ($15)
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Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Classic Man

Acquadigio2I still say the way to any man’s heart is through his nose. And for this upcoming Valentine’s Day, my SO will be getting a bottle of the classic GiORGiO ARMANI Acqua Di Gio Eau de Toilette ($46.19/1.7oz @ It's a fresh, woody and all masculine scent. This fragrance also comes in a 2.6oz Deodorant ($16). Mmm, mmm, good.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Leave It To Lush

Lushjasmineuse2_2Trophy2_4I have been on a LUSH tear! I mentioned a few weeks ago that I went to one of their stores when I was back east and in addition to Fever, I also picked up some new ones to try and one of them was their new Jasmin and Henna Fluff-Ease ($19.95/7.8oz @ and wow, is all I can say.

It is a hair treatment you plaster onto dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Thinking that I just got lucky with my amazing results, I used it again and again, the same tah-dow results! Being the Queen of Excess when it comes to products, you’d think this one was right up my alley – instructions say ¼ pot for short hair, ½ pot for medium length and whole pot for long. I was able to restrain myself and only use about ¼ of it for my medium length and was still able to cover it all. Welcome to the Hall of Fame, Jasmin and Henna Fluff-Ease!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Have Heavenly Hands with La Mer

There’s nothing like a soothing hand cream to really make my dry hands feel better and this one lasts well after I’ve put the cap back on the tube.Lamer LA MER The Hand Treatment ($70/3.4oz @ may be a bit on the pricey side but as I’ve mentioned before, isn’t it worth it to pay a little extra for something that really works for you? This is certainly one of those products. And this formula contains an exclusive Skin Lightening Complex that helps jazz up how the skin on your hands looks. I’m also a fan of the light scent it leaves behind. Nice job La Mer.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

It's All In the Kit

Thanks goodness for at-home treatments! I’m not really a spa type girl except for a massage. Other than that, you won’t find me there on a Saturday afternoon. Since Microdermabrasion kits started appearing on the scene a few years back, I was intrigued but not really won over. Yes, there are some good ones out there and I am putting this ZIA NATURAL Microdermabrasion System ($79.95 @ in that category.


The most important trait when looking at anything you put on your face is to make sure it gentle and won’t make microscopic tears in the skin. Most scrubs that say “for the face” are too harsh for the face and it seems that the only good ones on the market are those with synthetic beads. The Natural Microdermabrasion Scrub (2.5oz) in this kit uses a Magnesium Oxide Crystal Crème to exfoliate and from what I could find online, it’s pretty gentle and I found quite a few popular scrubs that also use this ingredient. Also contained in this kit is the, the Microdermabrasion Tool with Stand and a Replaceable Sponge Head. And this is the fun part! Simply apply a nickel-sized amount of the scrub on the sponge head of the Tool and run it all over your face from 1 to 3 minutes. Afterwards, use the Skin Balancing Tonic (3.3oz) and then the Moisture Infusion Serum (.5oz) to seal the deal.




Saturday, January 19, 2008

Fab Little Squares of Color from Shu Uemura

SHU UEMURA’s Pressed Eye Shadow N ($20 @ is a new formula of powders (I’m guessing the “N” at the end of the name stands for New). I always thought the original ones were a nice quality and the clear cases were neat.Shu These new squares of finely milled micro-pressed powders and light capturing powders.

So these new recipes not only seem to adhere to the skin better but they still have the superior blending ability I came to love. And they ever sleek-a-fied the Lucite packaging. I’m not sure if they are converting all 100 or so colors or just a big handful of them. Either way, if you have not tried these shadows, here’s a great reason to now.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Darphin Is Your Cold Weather Answer

Is the cold taking its toll on your skin? DARPHIN’s Aromatic Purifying Balm ($75/.5oz, $220/1.6oz @ is perfect for this time of year. It contains Tea tree, Lavender, Sage, Geranium and Grapefruit essential oils; Hazelnut and St. John’s Wort oils and Beeswax.
These ingredients really hydrate the skin and it is recommended for use before you hit the hay. And where does the “Aromatic” part come in? Some of the above ingredients are pretty fragrant, especially the Lavender. This one’s nice after a long day.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hold It!

Hair_5Need to keep every hair in place? Cream or spray, these use different formulas for different holds.



PROFOUND BEAUTY Structure Luxe Cream ($28/4.75oz @ – This cream is the modernized version of the 60’s/70’s setting creams. Wanna create some waves but afraid that they won’t last long? You could do it with hairspray but the finished look always has that hard crunch effect. This one leaves a more natural look.



L’OREAL Elnett Hairspray ($12/2.5oz, $21/6.7oz @ - This hairspray has such a cult following and after discovering it a few years ago, I can see why. It brushes out so it allows a woman to change her mind! And thankfully it is not hard to find anymore.


PAUL MITCHELL Extra-Body Firm Finishing Spray ($12.99/11oz @ – Here’s a hair staple. You need to hold your hair style; I mean really hold your hair style firmly in place. Here’s your answer.

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