Browsing Posts from March 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

Sonia Kashuk's New Tools Of The Trade

SONiA KASHUK just came out with seven new makeup brushes for the spring. I have really grown to become a big fan of her tools in general and these are no exception. Besides being great quality brushes that don’t break the bank, they are made from synthetic materials instead of real animal hair.

My favorites out of the new ones are the:

  • SoniabrushesSynthetic Flat Top Blusher $14.99 (this is my overall favorite)
  • Multi Purpose Nylon Brush $5.99
  • Synthetic Crease Shadow Brush $9.99
  • Highlighting Brush $12.99

Get any of these @ target.com

These brushes got us to thinking, there are probably a lot of new brushes coming out for the season. We will be highlighting some of the best ones in the coming weeks so make sure to check them out.

We also got a hold of her new Spring 2008 Color Collection. The feature with our picks coming soon.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Erase Some Face With Benefit

Erase_paste3This is the cutest hot pink container! BENEFIT’s Erase Paste ($26/.15oz @ benefitcosmetics.com) is a concealer that not only hides blemishes and other unsightly markings but also brightens and camouflages the area. Think of those face foundations that have properties inside to blur imperfections. This uses the same technology. Use a dab under the eyes, the shadows around the nose and you can add a tiny bit of water to make it more blendable. It comes in three shades and even has a tiny spatula to spoon some out.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Heavenly Nose - Part Dos

In continuing our coverage of new products we’ve discovered that not only work but smell delightful, here are three more to add to your list:

NOODE & BOO Heavenly Honey Wash ($22/7oz @ noodleandboo.com)

KAZAM NATURAL BODY CARE Body Lotion in Sweet Orange Ginger ($15/8oz @ kazambodycare.com)
BAREX’s AETO line Bamboo & Wild Mango Fortifying Hair Mask ($26/8.5oz @ fourseasonsproducts.com)

Partdos

Friday, March 28, 2008

Weekend Reads From The Beauty Blogging Network

Bbnbanner_8The Makeup Divas is blown away by these ProSilk Hair Products!

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic reconsiders blonde hair after some great color advice from Brad Johns!

The Muse shows you the solution to eyeshadow fall out woes with a review of Shadow Shields!

SugarShock Beauty is channelling fashion muse of the moment Amy Winehouse – (in a subtle way, we promise!) – with Stila's new liquid eyeliner.

Beauty and Personal Grooming shares some DIY Antiwrinkle face masks

A Touch of Blusher can't live without this foundation.

Beauty Anonymous brings you Anna Sui Beach Collection for Summer 2008!

Beauty Blogging Junkie tells you how to channel the look of your fave The Hills girl here.

Mischo Beauty shares her best tips on how to prepare for a bikini wax and what to expect!

The Daily Cookie reviews a dupe for the popular MAC 187 blush brush for a fraction of the price!

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Size Matters According To Cover Girl

OK, I’ve decided to stop being such a mascara snob. Kiss Me Mascara is one of the first products that started me on my beauty-writing journey back in 2001. And COVER GiRL’s new LashBlast Waterproof Mascara ($7.65 @ drugstore.com) is helping me overcome this problem. I’m usually not a fan of waterproof mascaras becauseCovergirl most are so hard to remove at the end of the day. Not this one. Let’s talk about the lengthening this does and with just few coats! Usually I have to build and build the formula on my lashes to get something to happen with the girth or the length. Maybe it’s the cool orange bristles on the fat brush or the combination of the formula and the brush is what did it. Like the Spornette brush, it seems to space the bristles out a little more than usual. Whatever it is to make this mascara great, I am loving it. And if I have a weak moment, I can always apply the Kiss Me on top of this mascara.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Getting To The Shea Of Things

I have long been fascinated with the ingredient Shea Butter. The two words are luscious and how it is used in beauty products is very nourishing. So we decided to do a four-part feature on Shea Butter products that are out there and ones that are worth trying out.

A little history – the nut is indigenous to Africa and how they get the butter is by extracting the yellow to ivory-colored fat from the fruit from the Shea tree. This is achieved by either crushing it or boiling it. It has long been touted for its superior moisturizing traits as well as its ability to fade scars, heal rashes and even work magic on stretch marks.

I’m sure you are aware that the closer to the top an ingredient appears in an ingredient list on the back of any product, the more of that ingredient it contains. But what I find funny, well peculiar actually, is that a product with the word Shea in the name can sometimes have it listed far down the list. So check the back of your products when it comes to this awesome ingredient to see how concentrated it really is. It should be listed in the top three at least and these all below are list it second and will appear as either Shea Butter or Butyrospermum Parkii. Here are some with Shea right up at the top, where it should be.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Borghese Gets You Footloose And Fancy Free

I am a longtime lover of manicure tools. I have a shoebox full of files, cuticle oils, nail creams, orange sticks and Borghesemore for both my hands and feet. Let’s focus on the feet here. Since spring is in full bloom, the shoes will be getting skimpier and skimpier so my soles have to be in shape. I’ve been using BORGHESE’s Satina Softening Callus Remover ($14.99 @ walgreens.com) for the past couple of weeks and I think my feet are the softest they’ve ever been. This one is a two-parter: one is a magic marker-like pen that has a roller ball end and tea tree infused gel inside. After a couple of pumps on the end, rub it on your calluses and then use the rasp and foot file tool to exfoliate the dead skin. What I like most about this file is that it is slim and I can get around the big toe very easily. I’m not sure which is doing more work here but it seems that the combination of the two work really well to soften those tough areas.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Restore Your Face, Restore Your Life

Jaimeearl_2This JAIME EARL Restorative Serum ($52/1oz @ jaimeearl.com) came out last fall so I’m a little late getting to it. She’s been in on the organic end of things for quite some time and this one doesn’t disappoint. All of her products are infused with green tea and DMAE. DMAE is a nutrient that claims to extend the life of the skin cells. Also in this Serum is MSM, which supplies sulfur to the body allowing it to heal itself. So combined with the DMAE, the cells are able to self-heal and thus stay alive longer and give up the good fight against acne, eczema etc. I think that’s what the “restorative” part of this serum is about.

I know we’re not much about going through ingredients as they are just a bunch of fancy whoo-buh-joob words for people like me to not understand but I must say that every ingredient listed in this product is totally understandable! And this list is the order in which they appear on the bottle:

  • Organic Aloe Vera
  • Kosher Vegetable Glycerin
  • Organic Rooibos Tea
  • DMAE (see above)
  • Organic Jojoba
  • Xanthan Gum (to thin the formula out)
  • Vitamin E
  • MSM (see above)
  • Organic Black Willowbark Extract
  • Meadowfoam seed oil
  • Rosemary and Neem Oil

As with any product, especially organic ones, more natural means it could be harsher on your skin. Make sure to do a patch test on your face before applying it all over. 

Monday, March 24, 2008

Waiting For The Sun Wearing Azur

Another reason I am totally cut out for the job of Cybelesays is that I can pretty much put anything on my face without adverse reactions. The only time I was given a problem was with a MAC Face Mask. Remember when they had one in their collection a few years ago? It turned my face red as in burned it! In the trash that one went.Azur When it comes to any other product, I am usually fine when it comes to trying them, except sunscreens. The area around my eyes seems very sensitive to sunscreens so when I test them out, no burning is part of what makes a good one. One in this totally non-irritating category is AZUR Moisturizer and Anti-Aging Crème for Face & Eyes ($30/1.7oz for SPF 30 and $34/1.7oz for SPF 40 @  azurskin.com). This one has a long list of haves and have nots: tearless, natural zinc oxide, titanium dionxide, aloe vera, PABA-free, paraben-free, vitamins E, A and C, oil-free, and overall hypoallergenic. And the overall look? Non-cakey or white (from the zinc oxide). And they even sell travel sizes! Big recommendation.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Styling Made Easy

I swear I'm hair product challenged. Even when I make an effort to use the smallest amount of something, it ends up being too much and then I have greasy spots on my head. When I find a product I like and learn how to use it, in my head, I’m onto the next one to conquer my next hair concern. I feel that since I have this one product down, I assume the best for every hair product I come across. This works for about 1 out of every 50 and remember this is styling products. Shampoos and conditioners I am pretty good at choosing. Some of these hair styling products should be by prescription only, but then again I guess they are since some of them are only sold in solons. I gotta find me a class or something – hair styling 101.

Like when it comes to makeup, the tools you use to style your hair to get the right “application” are just as important as the above products you put it in. So bless their little hearts over at SPORNETTE. They make it so even the hair novice like me can style their hair somewhat presentable. I am really into their collection of Pronto Hair Brushes ($10.99-$12.99/1 ½” to 3” barrels @ folica.com) right now. Here are the features:

  • barrel is concave so the hair stays on the brush
  • barrel is ceramic so hair dries fast
  • bristles are Tourmaline and Nano Silver

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What I also like about these brushes is that the bristles are spaced further apart than a boars hairbrush. It is so much easier for me to grab a section of hair and wrap it around the brush whilst drying it. If I can’t seem to always figure out the styling products, at least I can get the tool part down.