Browsing Posts from August 2008
I love a gourmet shaving cream. There are not many out there so when I do come across one, it’s a must try. The latest one on the market? EVOLUTION OF SMOOTH or EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream ($5.49/7oz @ ulta.com) and this one does double duty -- shaves and moisturizes. And I like that you don’t have to wet your legs before putting it on as it doesn’t lather. It’s a cream and contains aloe, shea butter, and antioxidant vitamins.
And how happening is the container? It’s easy to grab and hold onto and is recyclable so toss it in the blue bin when you’re finished. Available in three scents: Pomegranate Raspberry, Island Blue and Vanilla Bliss.
Tips: CHANEL Nail Colour in Melrose ($25 @ chanel.com) from the Robertson Boulevard Collection
Toes: MAC Nail Lacquer in Illegal Purple (a creamy blackened eggplant) from the new Cult of Cherry collection out … TODAY! $11 @ maccosmetics.com
Tips & Toes: SPA RITUAL Quick-Dry Top Coat ($17 @ dermstore.com)
This piece has actually been a while in the making. I have been compiling products that are too pretty to touch as in, I can’t bear to break the seal and run a brush over the colors. Does anyone else have this issue?
Something like MAC’s limited edition Colour Forms Cool Eyes x 5 ($38 only @ nordstrom.com) shown here practically sends me into spasms! Not only are the color blocks pretty but can you imagine keeping each color in their designated area? Ok, I’m a little obsessed with that too. There’s nothing more skin crawling than seeing a dirty palette.
Since palette or shadow art has become so hot and so pleasant to look at, I’ll highlight some of my favorites each season. While every product that appears on Cybelesays is tried and tested by us, this on-going feature will feature ones that we might not have tried and tested, just fawned over. How do you like that?
So purchase them or not, here are a few that just took our breath away.
1. CHANEL Multi-Use Make-Up Palette ($85 @ chanel.com)
2. DIOR ‘Impression Cuir Leather Couture’ Eyeshadow ($55 @ neimanmarcus.com)
3. GUERLAIN ‘Mereorites’ Illuminating Press Powder ($65 @ guerlain.com)
4. ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Swirl Gloss ($18 @ sephora.com)
The ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY line has a very simple mission statement, "To restore equalibrium where environmental, lifestyle, and hormonal fluctuations dramatically alter the natural mechanisms of your skin." So it makes sense that they have collections for each season when temps sore and plummet. Let's look at one product I'm liking for summer. Their Deep Cleanse ($42/6.7oz only @ elementalherbology.com), which is for the body, from the Summer Daily Essentials group, uses key fruit enzymes to control sebum production, which from what I’ve read can go wacko in the high temps. It cleans and moisturizes the skin without stripping it dry. Just listen, or rather read, this list of ingredients: olive, apple serum, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin on the fruit size and then green tea, aloe vera and bisabolol (a well-known anti-inflammatory) to name few to indulge the skin in supreme antioxidants.
And all their products are free of mineral oils, fake fragrance, fake color, sulfates and paraben preservatives. Wow! It even comes with its own brush, which is not for the faint of heart. In other words, use with caution as it’s a brutal one! Clean on…
The LIZ EARLE line is being touted as Britain’s best kept secret and if her Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit ($24.50/3.3oz + 2 cloths @ lizearle.com) is any indication of the quality of the line, I’m a believer. I’ve always been a big fan of the washcloth when it comes to cleaning my face. I use a fresh one every night with whichever cleanser I am using at the moment and the fact that this one includes using one as part of the process makes me think they know what’s up. The cleanser is a cream and contains almond milk, rosemary, chamomile, and cocoa butter among others. After working the cream in the skin, work the muslin cloth that you’ve steeped in hot water (make sure you squeezed the water out first) around the face. This is the polishing part of the course and is perfect to help remove all your makeup at the end of the day. And now you’ve cleanser and exfoliated at the same time! After cleaning your face, rinse the cloth in cool water and remove the cleanser. I think because this is a cream, I felt no tightness in my skin after rinsing. And the cloth can be washed in the machine and reused. We love reusable beauty!
Just looking around the web to find out more info about the line, I read some of the reviews on hsn.com, and I don’t think I’ve seen such a high rating of customer reviews for a product. This one received a 4.8 out of 5. One user even said this is a really great product if you have sensitive skin so there you go.
MAC came out with the Starflash collection last week and while we love us some MAC with all the cool colors, I seem to get most excited when they release a new product altogether like the Eye Shadows ($14.50) in this collection. There are twelve new shadow colors to wet your whistle and what’s different about these? What I mainly noticed was no residue. What I mean by this is when you swipe a makeup brush through any powder, you have some residue that does not adhere to the bristles. Swiping and swishing the brush through the shadow and I got no residue, just color on the bristles. Pretty cool that there’s no waste.
Each color has a slight pearly finish and the colors are totally buildable, which I like. Color picks: Sunset B. (frosty clean midtone pink), Star By Night (frosty midnight blue), Grand Entrance (frosty neutral peach beige). Will these end up being a staple part of the collection? Time will tell.
Want to see what else I am loving from the MAC line these days? Click below to read more...
Tips: NUBAR Nail Lacquer in Hot Orange from the Summer Lacquer Collection ($6.99 @ amazon.com)
Toes: ORLY Nail Lacquer in Hot Shot from the High Voltage Collection ($4.75 @ jcpenneys.com)
File this one under, where was this when I was a teen? Now that I’m in my thirties, I have built up my arm muscles something fierce. Ok, not big or anything but I have toned some key ones - my blowing drying muscles. All us women have them and honed them many years ago while becoming a woman. So when I first laid eyes on this BLO & GO ($29.99 @ amazon.com), I sorta felt duped. Here's a way to blow dry the hair using both hands. Now there’s a concept!
To use the Blo & Go, just adhere the base with the suction to a mirror. Then, bungee strap your own blow dryer into the other end, turn it on and you’re good to go. It will take some getting used to but it’s worth it to be able to use both hands, especially when you are trying to get a section of hair to do what you want it to do. Not always possible when you can only use one hand.
Conditioners are getting better and better and that’s good because it really ruins my day when I use a bad one, as I’m sure you can imagine. I should have known it would be a good experience with BUMBLE AND BUMBLE’s new Crème de Coco Masque ($24/5oz @ bloomingdales.com) as their products have a good track record with me. It uses the same coconut and vegetable base like all their products and they added a powerful trio to this one: mango, shea and murumuru (a palm found in the Amazon Rain Forests).
Since this is a hair mask, you can leave it on your hair for a few minutes or leave it on for longer and apply this at the same time if you really want to really to get the most out of it. And they even recommend it for those of us that color our strands. Yeah!