Browsing Posts from June 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

Carol's Daughter Can Fix It

Carolsdaughter_2Another favorite products to test out besides mascaras has to be hair masks. I can instantly tell if one works on my strands or not. Skin care products? Not so cut and dry results, most of the time. We have liked a few of CAROL’S DAUGHTER products since this line came on the scene a few years ago and they are totally ready for their time in the sun, when it comes to creating a cult favorite. This Khoret Amen Hair Smoothie Intense Conditioning Treatment ($19/8oz @ is, as Carol herself says, made with peace and love. And I can tell, or at least my hair can tell. It’s made with sunflower seed oil (for overall strand strength), Rapa Seed Oil (to help detangle) and olive fruit oil (helps seal in moisture) and Shea Butter, which we all know about. It’s a hair mask so it has to be left on the hair for 5 to 15 minutes. And to get even better results, put a plastic cap on and cover your head with this baby. Your hair will thank you.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Quick Pick Makeup Brush - Sonia Kashuk

I usually use the tip of an eyeliner duo to smudge my shadow but now I have a brush specially made just for smudging. SONiA KASHUK Pointed Sponge-Tipped Smudger ($7.99 @ has a nice sized tip and the handle is loooong enough and helps you get a good smudge in. I only wish this had some way to change out the sponge tips so it would last years to come.
Speaking of years to come, while I'm hot on the brush, the excesive packaging I could do without. It's a hard plastic container and while it looks good, we have all got to do our part in cutting down on waste as it couldn't be reused for anything.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Go On Vacation With Caress

CaressCARESS Brazilian Exotic Oil Infusions Body Wash ($5.19/15oz @ is one of those luxe vacation-in-a-bottle products that won’t break the bank. For me, body washes are pretty much the same and it’s usually the scent that makes it or breaks it. For the most part that is. This one blends Passion Flower Cream and the Acai Fruit oil so the formula is pretty thick. The added oils seem to hydrate well as my arms don’t feel so in need of lotion after I get out of the shower. Nice one.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Weekend Reads From The Beauty Blogging Network

BbnbannerMelissa from The Makeup Divas reviews and shares photos of eye shadows and slimshines from the Mac Cool Heat Collection.

A Touch of Blusher looks at Dior's fall 2008 makeup collection.

Still confused about products that use the words NATURAL, ORGANIC and PURE on their packaging? Cybelesays discovers an organization that's setting a standard with their seal and some big indy brands are joining up.

Beauty Banter uncovers the most important sweatproof beauty products of the summer - a sweaty face is SO 2007!!!

Are you ready for a Warm Chill? Roselyn from Makeup Makes Me Happy is also raving about the latest collection from MAC Cosmetics. Here she gives us another wonderful makeup tutorial featuring the cool blue hues from MAC's Cool Heat.

Beauty Anonymous reviews La Mer The SPF 18 Fluid Tint.

Get your summer beauty fix with The Daily Cookie's coverage of Nordstrom's Beauty Trend Show in 3 parts - Summer in the City, Get the Look, and All About the Tan!

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic finds her new favorite hot weather fragrance, Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea Lotus!

The Muse decides to saw her Urban Decay Primer Potion in half and make the most of it! 

Beyond Beauty Basics is having a Burt's Bees Radiance Kit Giveaway in honor of National Pollinator Week June 22-28. Comment and win an assortment of natural personal care products!

Click here to read more

Friday, June 27, 2008

Coming Our Way Preview *Bites*

Cover_2(cover story) Ralph Lauren is continuing his reign as a fragrance heavy hitter with Notorious coming out this fall.

Baby brand Mustela is coming out with a 4-product line for those with sensitive skin called StelaProtect. Look for them in July.

St. John knitwear company is -re-launching their fragrances at Nordstom and is available in their stores now.

Kerastase is coming out with a skin care line, Karaskin. The brand is only available in two locations in the world right now and will be available in the US over the next 3 years.

Jessica Simpson hair guru, Ken Pavés, is now hitting us with a line of hair care. Ken Pavés Healthy Hair will be comprised of temporary, at-home color drops, as well as with new shampoos and stylers. The line will roll out at Henri Bendel on July 15 and everywhere else in the fall.

Korres Natural Products is trying a different approach in the sea of natural ingredients by stepping up their product info on packaging. The goal is to help consumers educate themselves about each one.

Aimed at 20 to 35 year-old men, Paco Rabanne's 1 Million fragrance is set to hit stores in the fall.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Meet M Lab. It Just Might Change Your Life.

Here’s one making its US debut – Milbar Laboratories or M LAB. Hailing from the UK, this cosmeceutical line touts 45% to 70% clinically active ingredients in all of their anti-aging products. What does that mean? Well, the average luxury product line has anywhere from 10% to 20% active ingredients. Active ingredients are also called “performance” ingredients and these are the ones that do the work in a product (think worker-bees) to conquer whatever your concern is – increase firmness, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve texture, etc. Do the math and it almost sounds too good to be true. It reads quality but are the products really better than the ones you are probably using? I’ve been on the regime of the following for the past three weeks:

  • Anti-Aging Cleanser ($60/6oz)
  • Anti-Aging Toner ($60/6oz)
  • Anti-Aging Eye Cream ($170/.5oz
  • Anti-Aging Treatment Cream ($260/2.4oz)

One thing I know for sure is the overall texture of my skin is fantastic. I didn’t know it was looking so sullen until now! As far as wrinkles, I thankfully don’t have many noticable ones but those I do have around my eyes definitely seemed smoothed out. So if you need a boost for your overall appearance, I can recommend these ones. On M Lab's website, they tell you what % of active ingredients each contain and I felt somewhat more educated about this cosmeceutical line after reading their material.


There are a few other face products in the line, a body cream and even a Travel Collection ($130/6-piece), which is a great way to try all the products without the huge $ commitment. I think we’ll be hearing more about this line in the coming months. All @

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Give The Gift of Soap & Paper Factory


We’re quite happy to introduce you to a new line, well, actually, if is a new line from a company we have featured on Cybelesays before. SOAP & PAPER FACTORY is the founders of Brickhouse Soap joining forces with Dewey Howards Paper. You can see each one’s specialty in the line: Beeswax Candles ($36), Scented Drawer Papers ($28) and Scented Stationary ($48) to Body Scrubs ($44), Soap Bars ($14) and Fizzing Bath Powders ($36).

Each product is thankfully hand crafted in their factory in New York and steers clear of parabens, phthalates, and petroleum. Recycled materials are also used when it comes to packaging.
The products come in six scents: Verbena, Cinnamon Clove, Fig, Orange Blossom, Rosewood and Green Tea. There are only a few lines I would consider using as gifts and I’m adding this one to the short list. Check out their easy to navigate site @
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Vote John Barrett For Build-Up Free Strands

Johnbarrett2I love using a clarifying shampoo every two weeks or so to get rid of build up on the strands and scalp. I color my hair and all the ones I’ve come across all have SLS’s in them, which are known to fade hair color. This one from JOHN BARRETT, 'Be Cleansed' Weekly Shampoo ($30/7oz @, is my latest find and it can be used on color-treated hair! Rejoice! I am! So this one moves up in rotation to once a week since I am a maniac about maintaining my hair color. It has the aforementioned SLS’s but I guess they are somehow able to lessen that damage with some of the other ingredients inside. Anyone know the truth on this? I’ll have to do some investigating and get back to you.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Face Atelier Fer Travel

Faceatelier_2With increasing restrictions when it comes to airline travel, every inch of space in your luggage counts. This one, along with your items you travel with, should be short and to the point. FACE ATELIER Essential Travel Kit ($65 @ contains, of course, all the essentials for on the road or at home – contour brush, powder, small eye shadow brush, angled shadow/brow brush, retractable lip or concealer brush. Don’t leave home without ‘em!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Solutions To A New Problem

Here’s something I was recently schooled on by Valerie from that I wanted to pass on. When it comes to any product, there is a term called greenwashing. I mentioned it here a few months ago but didn’t know it was called this, and it’s really misleading. Here’s an example of greenwashing: XXX Organic Shea Butter Body Butter. Great, Shea butter, we all know that’s good for skin, right? Look at the list of ingredients to where the words Shea Butter are listed and … hmmmm, way down there? A lot of times it is towards the bottom of the list.Naturalproducts2_3 We all know that by law, the order that ingredients are listed for a product is in order of most to least. If the title has the word Shea Butter in it, wouldn’t you just figure it would be listed towards the beginning? This is greenwashing – using natural, organic or another ingredient name, like Shea butter, to make the product seem more eco-friendly or better for you.

Which brings up another point - the word natural and organic. There has really been no standard set for when a product can have the word natural or organic printed on it and that goes for any industry, but we’re seeing it especially fly around in beauty. Enter the Natural Products Association. This non-profit organization has developed a seal, shown here, to help take the guesswork out of it. To see what the standards are for a product to carry their stamp, click here. Brands rolling out with this stamp will be products from Burt’s Bees, Weleda, Aubrey Organics, and Badger Balm, to name a few.
Hopefully we are just in a big growth period for this category and all will be defined soon enough. In the meantime, let us know if you have any questions about this topic and we’ll get answers for you right here.

All my blush,



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