This one arrived just in time. I love a good paddle for daily brushing and I was due for a new one. It’s the METROPOLIS Silver Nano Ceramic Paddle Brush ($14.95 @ walgreens.com) and from the name, it contains the latest in technology. At first I thought this one might be best just for salons and not your everyday person. Let me explain and then you’ll see what I mean. The brush uses “nanotechnology to micronize particles of silver.” Huh? From what I can gather, silver has remarkable therapeutic properties and combined with the nano, it keeps the surface germ free and eliminates 99% of bacteria that can form on bristles of a brush. Ewww. If you think about it, I for one do not wash my hair everyday. Even though I’m not playing in the mud puddle outside, styling products can attract, well, dirt and other unmentionables. This technology used in the brush keeps the bristles clean so it’s almost like you are using a new brush everyday.
Browsing Posts from May 2008
I was at the Total Beauty Blogging Summit all day yesterday (and today) and we learned about some great new lines coming out, even before the magazines!
So keep your eyes peeled for these new lines hitting stores in the next few months. We've got some samples so I'll keep you posted after we try them out. I'm sure they are going to shake beauty up a bit, in a good way!
- Redpoint Cosmetics
- RAW Natural Beauty
- Kronos Age Correcting Hair Care
Wowee, wow-wow, is this one great! Then again, I should have guessed it would be pretty good because it’s HARD CANDY. While I have not been wow’d by all of their products, this Fragrance ($42/1.69oz, $55/3.38oz @ amazon.com) is pretty fab. It falls in the category of floriental and they describe it perfectly – “a hint of sweetness but with a bit of depth and mystery.” Spray it on and the nose detects the top notes of white tea and pink peppercorn (is that what that is??), middle notes of rose and jasmine and the base is a vanilla and cashmere musk. And it seems to last quite a while. Not one of those scents you put on and five minutes later forgot which scent you’re wearing.
And the packaging? The slim bottle with black swirls around it is quite sleek and sexy and the top is like a pincushion with each size is represented by a different color – green for the 3.38oz and pink for the 1.69oz. How often does that happen? And I really liked the cardboard foil origami box it came in. Very colorful and the way it opened up was fun and unique.
Christine at 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic shares her tip for fast and easy pefect manicures and pedicures!
Beauty Anonymous shares her first impressions of Chanel Summer 2008 Makeup Collection!
Makeup Moxie reviews Hourglass Superficial Lash mascara.
Cybelesays finds their next addition to the Hall of Fame! A straightening iron that gets strands stick straight.
StyleBell reviews one of the best flat irons on the market the GHD. Move over CHI!
A Touch of Blusher can't decide which new eye palette to get...
Savvy Skin picks her favorite drugstore sunscreen - Blue Lizard sunscreen.
Beauty and Personal Grooming writes about Aspirin face masks.
Beauty Blogging Junkie scores an exclusive interview with Daisy Fuentes about her new perfume, Dianoche Ocean.
Face Candy dishes on the brand new Vincent Longo Collection- Shimmer, Glimmer & Shine.
This one should have been filed under Heavenly Scents feature as the scent is just that, oh so nose pleasing. This oatmeal in ST. IVES Oatmeal & Shea Butter Moisturizing Body Wash ($4.55/18oz @ amazon.com) is known for soothing dry itchy skin and the Shea inside is to moisturize. Yes, this one contains the super lather agent, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, as most drugstore brands do, which I am not a big fan of but if you don’t care, this is nicely priced and does the job well.
Who doesn’t love the great kabuki?! They are easy to maneuver and don’t take up a lot of room on the dressing table or purse. They originated in Japan and were part of the geisha and kabuki theater culture. I think it’s one of the easiest for even the novice to use so here’s some we put our stamp of approval all over in continuing our coverage of great makeup brushes.
EMINENCE ORGANICS Kabuki Brush ($25 @ eminenceorganics.com)
EVERYDAY MINERALS Long Handled Kabuki ($10 @ everydayminerals.com)
AVON All Over Kabuki Face Brush ($4.99 @ avon.com)
ALISON RAFFAELE Kabuki Powder Brush ($50 @ alisonraffaele.com)
TARTE Glam On The Go ($29 @ dermstore.com)
Last fall, KANEBO came out with the Sensai Cellular Performance Lifting Series. Not only does this brand have quite the cult following, but I’m sure this full anti-aging line will soon too. My first pick of the litter is the Sensai Cellular Performing Lifting Mask ($180 @ sensai-cosmetics.com for a location near you). If you read this site regularly, you know we love a good mask and this one doesn’t disappoint and it’s a fun one to use since it peels off. No mess! Step one consists of spreading a smooth layer (only 3 or so pumps) of the Lifting Concentrate (.68oz) onto the skin. If contains highly concentrated Natural Musculifter, which is a natural yeast-derivative called Biodyne. Translation: it improves the texture and claims to energize muscle cells, whatever that means. I understand this next second step better. The Lifting Peel-Off Mask (1.7oz) reacts with the concentrate to help the skin absorb the nutrients and exfoliate the surface. I feel like a commercial here but it really did improve the overall texture, tone, and moisture level on my face. My skin was very smooth and did not feel at all tight.
The overall process takes about 26 minutes (25 on the face and 1 to apply) and it was the best 26 minutes I spent on my skin all weekend.
I really wasn’t prepared to be wow’d tonight but I was. I had heard TURBOION’s Croc professional straigtening irons were good but I never tried one. I even drooled over them at January’s ISSE show! And this past week I was able to give one a spin. And wow! I was used to straightening irons making my hair straight but this one made it stick straight with not a lot of runs through the hair. It was almost too straight!
And I put this one through quite the test. I ran the blow dryer over my hair to dry it but I didn’t style it with a round brush, which I usually do to make it straight. So with no round brush love, I grabbed a section with a comb, and three runs later with the Croc Titanium Wet to Dry Flat Iron 1 ½", voila, stick straight strands. Finished my whole head and it looked like I just came from the salon. The iron uses the most advanced “Nano-fine Ceramic Heating Plates” to seal the cuticles and eliminate frizz, while preserving the hair’s condition. If you want to read more about the technology behind this one, check out their site. All I know is what it does!
Now this one can be used on wet or dry hair but I don’t recommend using it on wet hair. I’ve consulted a few hairdressers and they don’t recommend it either.
And watching this one heat up was kinda fun (yes, I’m easily entertained) too. It has a blue digital display and the hottest it goes is 430 degrees. The heat can be set to your hair’s needs, which they recommend: 280 to 310 for bleach or fragile, 310 to 390 for normal and 390 to 430 for coarse or thick.
It’s surprising how much dirt I pick up on my bare feet just walking around my apartment on the hardwood floors. Yes, I clean them regularly (floors and feet) so I can’t figure it out. It was with much delight that when SPA DIONIS’ new Foot Scrub and Foot Butter came across my desk, I instantly had to try them. Look for this frosty mint Foot Scrub to not only deodorize your soles but it uses walnut shell powder, botanicals and rich butters from Shea and mango to really get to the deep surface dirt.
I like putting the Foot Butter on my feet and then putting socks on. Better to dirty the socks than feet, right? This one uses beeswax, jojoba oil, and Shea butter to nourish your newfound layer of skin. Hello high heels…
$13.95/6oz each @ dionisgmskincare.com.
The ESSIE Summer 2008 Nail Polish Collection is upon us and the forecast calls for bright bold color! Yeah! One of these is sure to match your prettiest summer outfit. $8 @ essie.com.
My Place or Yours (pink rose), Escapades (red, red-coral), Risky Business (glam red meets tangerine,) Guilty Pleasures (pink strawberry bliss), Secret Stash (fuchsia), Movers & Shakes (sassy, bold pink).