Browsing Posts from April 2008
Like people, great makeup brushes come in all shapes and sizes and I’m sure you know that you need to use good ones to get the right application. So throw out those flimsy small eye shadow applicators and step up your game with any of these as we continue our feature on great makeup brushes.
BARE ESCENTUALS Double-Ended Liner Shadow Brush ($24 @ macys.com)
PHILOSOPHY The Supernatural Multi-Use Brush ($25 @ nordstrom.com)
ESSENCE OF BEAUTY Synthetic Foundation and Powder Brush ($7.99 @ cvs.com)
TRISH MCEVOY #50 Angled Eye Lining ($25 @ bloomingdales.com)
MAKEUP DESIGNORY Shadow Fluff Brush #330 ($19 @ mudshop.com)
CLINIQUE Foundation Brush ($28 @ neimanmarcus.com)
Just popping up on the scene is STRiPT Natural Mineral Make-up. The face powders, blushes, eye shadows and eye pencil products use a paraben-free preservative called Natural Broad Spectrum Microbial Growth Inhibitors (sounds like a sunscreen). I did a google search and couldn’t find anything on it so I am guessing it is something they created. Let’s get back to the products. In addition to the above preservative, they also stay away from other additives found in makeup and replace them with other natural botanicals like marine botanicals and mica. My pick of the line right now is the Passionate Kiss Lipstick-Liner Pencil in Star ($17 @ striptmakeup.com). This fat matte pencil lines and fills in your lips and is scented with just a hint of vanilla and almond. The color Star looks more of a pink on their site but in person it is definitely a brown. If you love matte, this is your Lipstick/Liner.
It's well over 90 degrees in LA today and I'm glad I have LINDI SKiN's Cooler Pad ($25/4x7piece @ lindiskin.net) on hand. This gel slab was created for those that have had radiation for cancer, hot flashes, sunburns or dry skin. It's reusable so you just wash it off after using, store it back in its container so it doesn't dry out and pop it back in the frig. Stay cool!
I’m a little skeptical when a brand does a huge launch because either I am usually very happy or loathe it and there is usually no middle ground. BUMBLE AND BUMBLE’s new Spray de Mode ($15/4oz, $25/10oz @ spacenk.com) for sure goes under the list of greats. Not since this one have I come across a hair spray that is so workable. It holds, keeps the frizz at bay yet still lets a woman change her mind and comb it out easily. And they didn’t even test this spray on models! They used real people found on myspace. Nice marketing concept.
Raged, dry nails are not appealing and there’s not excuse for it. Keep them in tiptop shape with SALLY HANSEN Shea Butter Cuticle Balm ($5.99 @ walgreens.com). Jojoba, Cocoa butter, Shea butter and Grape seed nourish and lock in moisture. Keep some in your car, desk and nightstand.
My motto has always been the more the better and I’m glad this next one has a lot of more! WEI EAST Natural Body Perfector Hand & Body Treatment ($50 @ weieast.com) is a huge 13.5oz so you can slather every inch of your hands and body. The pink formula has the tiniest hint of shimmer like more of a sheen or glow that’s groovy for us grown ups. We have to act our age, right? I have read a couple of reviews where the person using it broke out in a rash. I didn’t have this happen, obviously, but if your skin tends to be sensitive, make sure to do a spot test. Also available in a 8.81oz for $36.25.
The picture does not do justice for this The Makeup Shimmering Lipstick in SL 16 ($22.50) from SHISEIDO. I tried shooting it myself but it just didn’t look right. It has to be the shiniest lipstick I have ever seen! And if you turn it around in the light, it is almost mirror-like. I really hated to break-the-seal, so to speak! So how does this SL 16 look on the lips? Pretty shiny light pink. It looks glittery in the tube but this color just gave my look a little kick and the glimmering agent just makes lips look glossier and not at all kid-like. Definitely YLBB.
Speaking of shimmery-glimmery, I just got their Hydro-Powder Eye Shadow in Languid Lagoon ($23) from the new Spring 2008 Color Collection. This dewy cream doesn’t crease on the eyes and the pastel greeny light blue color is sooooo now. Both @ nordstrom.com
The first few weeks of spring force me to focus on a few of things – putting winter clothes away in storage, applying more sunscreen and changing my perfumes. Like some scents smell better depending on the time of day, others smell better in a particular season. I mean, you wouldn’t wear this one in the dead of winter, right? ANNA SUI’s new Flight of Fancy is one that will be sitting at the front of my dressing table this season. If you are a fan of the lighter scents then this is one you’ll want to investigate. I’m usually not a fan of sweet light scents but for some reason, I am quite taken with this one for daytime wearing. Inspired by Ms. Sui’s favorite bird, the peacock, this one layers litchi, yuzu, lemon, star magnolia, rose, purple rain freesia, amber crystals, skin musk and white woods.
And don’t forget the art of layering your scent. Start in the shower with the Shower Gel ($38/6.7oz), then before you dress, spread their Body Lotion ($42/6.7oz) all over your parts and then dab one of the three sizes of Eau de Toilette ($45-$72, 1.7oz-3.3oz). All @ nordstrom.com.
Everything’s coming up green these days. Not just the grass but companies that are giving us alternatives to the norm like hair care line EUFORA. This eco-friendly and organically driven line is based on certified organic Aloe Vera Gel, essential oils, botanical ingredients and environmentally friendly propellants and they’ve been doing it exactly the same way way since 1997. And the products? What I’ve tried so far has been great. What I like most is that instead of using water as a base in their hair products they replace it with the Aloe Vera Gel and then add the essential oils, panthenols and keratin proteins. Here are my picks of the moment from L to R:
Sculpture Styling Glaze ($22.95/10.1oz) – used before blow-drying for control. Absolutely no flaking!
Pure Cleanse Shampoo ($20.95/10.1oz) – no sulfates and is good at conquering dandruff.
Pure Polish Finishing Drops ($28.95/4.2oz) – smoothes strands without leaving any greasy residue behind.
And if you are still wary about using an aerosol hairspray, they claim to have the cleanest aerosol hairspray on the market with .001 environmental impact. All @ eufora.net for a salon near you or 800-638-3672.