Browsing Posts from June 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Quick Pick Eyes - Urban Decay

Udpencil_2I think every woman is a interested in a great beauty tip so you’ve probably heard about using a white pencil to make eyes look whiter and brighter. This 24/7 Glide-On Pencil ($16 @ from URBAN DECAY in Yeyo used in the corner of the eyes and under the eyebrows to brighten and create drama.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

How Many Times Does Britney Spears Change Her Nail Polish?

Not enough. It’s become a pet peeve of mine to see her on the gossip blogs with really chipped polish and she doesn’t even sport the chipped polish done for the effect; the “OMG, I’m so busy and wanted that I don’t even have time to do my nails!” No, hers are chipped in the “I really don’t care about anything” way.Butter May I suggest BUTTER LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer ($12 @, Britney? 3 Free? Free of the three most common chemical toxins found in nail polishes these days: Formaldehyde, Toluene or DBP, so the're even safe for the boys, if that's your thing.


And might I suggest a couple of colors for you, Britney? How about a ‘putty meets mushroom’ for your fingers? Ok, Fash Pack it is. And for toes? Hmmm, how about Branwen’s Feather? It’s a nice blackish-purple and In Style magazine loved it this past January. And these polishes wear just as well as your other brands.
While I like the rectangle packaged polishes, closing the bottle after using it is not so easy. The threads inside the cap and on the glass have to line up perfectly to twist the cap back on because if they don’t, it goes back on wonky. A little annoying, but don’t worry Britney, I’ll help you with the caps. 

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Old Skool Cybelesays

Haha, I just came across a few of my first reviews ever when I was writing about beauty for the online magazine, Mash Magazine back in 2000. Sephora was relatively new on the scene too. Enjoy!

February 2000
April 2000

All my blush,

Friday, June 13, 2008

Weekend Reads From The Beauty Blogging Network

BbnbannerThe Daily Cookie shows you how to get stick-straight hair with the Corioliss Pro Flat Iron - complete with before and after photos!

Roselyn from Makeup Makes Me Happy tries out the new Physician's Formula Talc-Free Mineral Wear™ Loose Powder. Check out what her thoughts were!

StyleBell reviews the new line of hair care products by Kate Hudson and David Babaii, David Babaii for Wild Aid. Check out how it rates!

A Touch of Blusher adores this face wash!

The Makeup Divas reviews the new Bobbi Brown Pink Collection along with pictures and swatches. Who couldn't use a little stress relief?

Beauty411 raves about Johnson's Melt Away Stress line; check it out and enter the contest to win a free assortment of Melt Away Stress products!

Beauty Anonymous loves Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer for lips!

Bionic Beauty packs up her makeup and skincare and moves half-way across the country. Check out her packing techniques and products.

The Beauty Blog Network welcomes newest member, "Makeup Loves Me to the network. Her blog is an absolute must see.

Elke shows how to contour cheekbones, for an updated version of the newest beauty trend for this summer and fall.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

*Gasp* Ugh, Need Clinique... Moisture...Surge

I have a friend who is a bike messenger and he gets sick a lot during the summertime. It’s all that going in and out of air-conditioned buildings that wreaks havoc on his body. And that got me thinking, what can those extreme temperature changes being doing to his or anyone’s skin?Cliniquenocap CLINIQUE just put out ‘Moisture Surge’ Extended Thirst Relief ($34/1.7oz, $46.50/2.5oz @ and I could be wrong but isn't is the 3rd installment of Moisture Surge? We have nothing against an improvement on an existing product, in fact, we likey. This latest formula contains hydration boosters and a new botanical blend that's able to lock in moisture. So get on that plane,to another coast, bask on the beach and then pop into the beachside restaurant to pick up a smoothie and don’t worry about your skin suffering in the meantime.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

AMALA Shines In A Sea Of Confusion

Natural, organic, pure …what product doesn’t scream one of these on their label these days? Where does it stop? I recently tried a body scrub that smelled so good - the packaging was great and the company philosophy was about using natural aromatherapy ingredients and fine spices like “ground cinnamon” and “crushed cloves.” I was starting to write the scrub up when I looked at all the ingredients. Argh! White petroleum, Mineral Oil! How can a company’s mission be to “provide 100% safe, all natural elements” blah, blah, blah and then put those really bad ones inside? Don’t get me wrong, I have used products containing those ingredients and have no real issue with them. What I have a problem with is stating something and turning around and delivering another. So needless-to-say, my dander was up when I got to this AMALA skincare line. Let’s investigate, shall we? Amala_2


The name is pronounced AMA-la, like Pamela without the P. They come to us from Germany and take their name from the Sanskrit word for “most pure.” Their products are certified organic by Ecocert (like our Natural Product Association but to the 10th power. Ecocert doesn’t mess around). Phew, I’m calming down now. Amala believes in using whole plant ingredients and the products are 100% free of synthetics, chemical preservatives (expiration date stamped on the bottom of each box) and their line is the first to be formulated with exclusive organic emulsifiers. There’s really so much more to this line then what I have here so if you curious, you can read it on their site.


Onto the products – they come in three categories: Purify, Hydrate and Rejuvenate, depending on your skin’s needs. For the face, there’s Cleansers, Toners, Moisturizers, Mattifiers, Eye Treatments, and Yogurt Masks in each collection to name a few. Right now, the Purifying line is the only one available to purchase on their site with the other two rolling out September 1st. They even have products for the body, one of which was my favorite out of the few I tried. The Detoxify Body Butter ($27/1.7oz) was really nice feeling but I wasn’t too wild about the earthy-crunchy scent. I was able to overlook it, as it didn’t linger. My skin didn’t feel greasy at all, just soft and hydrated, which must be due to the fig and olive oil. I even gave it the ultimate test by shoving my arm in front of the SO to touch. He also approved. 


As with any “natural” line, especially this proven one, spot testing is recommended – just because it’s natural or plant-based doesn’t mean it’s gentle. All @

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Jergens & Neutrogena Put The Tan In Your Hands

So many self-tanners, so little time. Whenever the topic comes up, the conversation seems to go like this:

  • Girl 1: “Ooo, your tan looks good. What brand are you using?”
  • Girl 2: “XXX.”
  • Girl 1" “I was wondering about that one! I only use XXX or XXX.”
  • Girl 2" “I’ve been curious about the one from XXX. I’ll have to try it.”

Like a fragrance, we seem quite loyal to a tanner in that, we search and search and when we find one, we stick to it. The only detail seems to be that it looks real and not on the orange side. Here are two that are our XXX and XXX and don’t make you commit too much up front:




Selftanners_2NEUTROGENA Sun Fresh Sunless Lotion ($8.99/4oz @


JERGENS Natural Glow Express ($7.99/4oz @

Monday, June 09, 2008

Honey, Honey

I have been a long time fan of HONEY. It never spoils, it’s sweeter than sugar, and it’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants. According the wikipedia, it’s the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water. Amazing! I really think this ingredient is highly overlooked when it comes to using it in beauty products as it proven to be able to attract and absorb moisture. So here’s out first of a four-part series on HONEY and beauty products that get it:


  1. KINGS & QUEENS Nefertiti Honey ShowerGel ($10.82/10.14oz @
  2. LE COUVENT DES MINIMES Honey Nutritive Lip Balm ($10/.5oz @
  3. LUSH Honey I Washed The Kids Soap ($7.95/3.5zo @
  4. VERIKIRA NATURALS Honey Bath Body Polish ($38/16.64oz @
Sunday, June 08, 2008

Who's Desire-able? Me

Eau de Toilette. I’ve always shied away from them because they are too light and why bother wearing one if you can’t smell it? I used to think this. In the spring and summer, light and airy smells seem to be what we smile about and an Eau de Toilette is perfect because they are less concentrated than a Parfum, so it won’t beLisewatier_2 as strong or heavy greeting the nose. The one from Ineke really opened my eyes when it comes to how a scent is picked up from those around us. Don’t you really want those in your personal space getting the real essence of you anyway? If this is your new lease on life, may I present you with a recommendation - LISE WATIER’s new Desirable Eau de Toilette ($60/1.7oz, $82/3.4oz @ Some of my favorite notes are the Lily of the Valley, sweet apple, tart wild berries and has a base of musk and sandalwood. It’s feminine without being too sweet so let this one whisper “hello” and “ooo, how are you?” to your closest friends.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Quick Pick with Avene Thermal Spring Water

Avene_2It’s going to get hot everywhere in the coming weeks so this time of year, I always keep a good face mist on hand. One that arrived just in time is this AVENE Thermal Spring Water ($11/5.29oz, $16/10.58oz @ Face mists are a great way to cool down and it doesn't mess up your makeup. The water in this instant skin cooler contains nourishing minerals that are good for all skin tones so with this one, I'm getting an extra boost. And because it is packaged in a can, you can bet it’s always fresh and ready to use.

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