Browsing Posts from May 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Classic Vintage Hairstyling 101

Untitled1We don't usually write about books, actually, we never feature books on Cybelesays but I picked this one up the other day and I'm really into it. I've been into Pin-Up pre-Dita Von Teese and would style my hair in retro fashion here and there and thought I was doing a pretty good job. But then I came across this book, Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles With Modern Techniques by Lauren Rennells ($29.95 @ and realized I could do a better job!

This book spells out step-by-step how to make the proper pin curl, how to get the Gwen Stefani pompadour and even gives a clear breakdown of the tools used for creating the styles. There are 25 different styles illustrated in the 164 pages. If actually creating the styles is not your thing, this book really gives the reader an appreciation  for how our mothers and grandmothers did their hair and makeup back in the early to mid-20th century.
And Ms. Lauren, if you ever come to LA, I am going to beg you to do my hair!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Quick Pick – Mineral Makeup Lips – Illuminare

IlluminareThe ILLUMINARE line makes one of my all-time favorite foundations and they just came out with a line of mineral-based lippies - UltraShine Mineral LipGloss ($17) and All Day Mineral LipColor ($16). The UltraShine comes in five shades and the texture is like a thin lipstick. The LipGloss also comes in five shades and each color will accent, not overpower, any look. The only attribute I was not too wild about was the vanilla scent to these; smelled more like coffee, which I don’t drink. Overall, I like these but can’t wrap my head around the fact that they are mineral-based! Love that you are, again, setting a trend Illuminare. Both @

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tools Of The Trade In Detail


Here’s our last installment of great makeup brushes and we thought we’d give you our picks for those that specialize in getting to the details of life (the face). I can’t tell you how many times I have picked up a brow brush or concealer brush and the bristles are too rough for even painting a room. So pick up one of these babies for a smooth finish all around! From left to right:Brushesfeature



  1. WET N’ WILD Deluxe Concealer Brush ($5.99-$7.99 @ for locations)
  2. SUKI Professional Angle/Liner/Brow Brush ($16.95 @
  3. MAC 208 Small Angled Brow Brush ($19 @
  4. RAW NATURAL BEAUTY Concealer Brush ($20 @
  5. ALISON RAFFAELE Concealer Brush Duo ($27 @
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Quick Pick - Teeth - DentaBurst

DentaburstIt’s not polite to pick your teeth in public but is it ok to use DENTABURST in public? Their Freshening Teeth Cleansers are finger-sized cloths slipped on the index finger to clean your teeth and breath on the go. So slip a couple in the glove compartment in the car or your desk at work. That next person you talk to after the garlic chicken will thank you. Available in Mint and Cinnamon for $2.99/12-pack @

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Naughty Neons From Color Club

I don’t even need to pen anything because the picture pretty much says it all. How hot are these colors from COLOR CLUB?? So now! Let your tips welcome summer into your life with a Nail Lacquer from their Flower Power Amp’d Up Neon Shades collection. Choose from Lazer Pink, Orange Revenge, Screamin’ Fuchsia, Limelight, Pink Lust, or Power Play. My color pick so far this week is the Screamin' Fuchsia and it looks rockin' on my toes. It practically glows out in the sunlight!

And if you buy this salon pack, they throw in their new Vivid Color Intensifying Top Coat. For some reason, the polish finish is very matte, so make sure to apply this Top Coat afterward. Salon pack is $48.40 or $6.40 each polish @ salons nationwide.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sonia Kashuk Spring 2008 Color Collection

The SONiA KASHUK Spring 2008 Collection is here and blossoming with colors all around the rainbow. Here are our picks from the litter:


  • Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Nudey Nude ($6.99)
  • Hydrating Lip Balm with SPF 14 in Cherrylicious ($7.49)
  • Sheer Lip Color and Plumping Glossy Tint in Passion Fruit ($11.99)
  • Eye Shadow Quad in Vivid Violets and Blue Lagoon ($9.99 each)
  • Crème Blush in Rosey ($8.99)
  • Sheer Lip Glossing with No-Feather Pencil (7.99)
  • Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Pinky Nude ($6.99)

All @ Target stores nationwide

Monday, May 26, 2008

Batter Up!

I’m not really one for sunless tanners. They don’t ever seem to look right on me and my knees and ankles? You can guess how those look after I’m through. For some reason, I decided to try the SOLERRA’s Sunless Tanning Mitt ($25/5-pack) and the eXmitt ($11.97/3-pack) and I’m glad I gave them a chance. Each is shaped like a glove or mitt so it allows more control in getting theSolerra formula in the nooks and crevasses on the body. We’ve all heard that the best way to get an even tone is to exfoliate the skin beforehand. Since most tub scrubs contain oils, it’s not always easy to find one that is just pure scrubbies. The eXmitt is a body buffer in the glove form that preps the skin for the next step.

The next step is the color. Carefully slipping your hand inside the mitt, rub the clear formula that’s infused into the cloth of the glove all over your body and/or face, and in minutes you are ready to put your clothes back on. The color takes from 4-6 hours to develop and it is the slightest most natural tint I have ever seen on me. And the color is buildable.

What I like about both of these besides the glove-ness of them both is that the skin on your palms never comes in contact with the tanner on the mitt. There is a clear sheet inside the tanning mitt that your palm comes in contact with for protection. Both @

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Talk To Me Stila

How’s this for a sign o’ the times? A makeup palette that tells you how to use it! As in, it has a recorded message in the top that will tell you step-by-step how to apply theStilapalette colors inside. STILA Smoky Eye Palette in The Original ($40 @ walks you through the five steps in creating the sought after smoky look. What I like about this is the price, the ease in using it, and of course the voice talking to me. Each palette contains four colors and The Original is a new ice champagne for all over the eye, a silver/gray for the lid, a dark gray for contouring and ebony for a liner. Just make sure you have the right tools to apply each step. It makes a big difference when it comes to this look.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Slab O' Butter

We talked about these that maxed out the Shea and these five below max out the butter.





  • CND CREATIVE NAIL SolarButter ($10.95/3.5oz @
  • SALLY HANSEN Shea Butter Hand & Body Butter Scrub ($6.99/3oz @
  • EMINENCE ORGANICS Mandarin Grapefruit Body Butter ($40/4.2oz @
  • PORTICO SPA Soothing Body Butter in Lavender-Citrus ($16/6oz @
  • LALICIOUS Lily Mango Body Butter ($24/7.3oz @



Friday, May 23, 2008

Weekend Reads From The Beauty Blogging Network

BbnbannerRaging Rouge gets tips and tricks for Spring makeup application from stylist Jenny Smith of NARS Cosmetics.

Need a new hair brush? Cybelesays is loving the new paddle one from Metropolis.

Makeup Moxie reviews Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain mascara.

The Daily Cookie gives you a step-by-step tutorial on how to get Madonna's Hard Candy album cover look with the help of Shu Uemura makeup artist Nicky Posley.

A Touch of Blusher gets the "false-eyelash treatment" from YSL.

Beauty Anonymous is very tempted by the Hair Spray from Anna Sui!

Kitiya from Mischo Beauty discusses hair texture in her “Mischo Beauty School: Hair Texture 101” post!

Want to win a whopping $824 in products? Then head to The Beauty of Life immediately for a supremely fantastic giveaway!

Joy from Makeup Junkie shares Prom beauty trends and tips!

The Muse checks up on jolly old England and brings you the latest news of Eyeko's Summer Collection 2008!

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