Browsing Posts from December 2008

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

En Pointe Skin Solutions Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

En-Pointe-Firming-Moisturizer Here’s a new line of skin care just launched this past fall for us to check out. It’s called EN POINTE SKIN SOLUTIONS and was created by a plastic surgeon (Dr. Christine Rodgers) and each product was formulated to address the leading skin stressors in our lives like fine lines, skin pigmenations and redness. Dr. Christine’s love of dance helped get her through her own battle with breast cancer and each product dons the pink color and unique ballet dance names. To help conquer aging, each contains the line’s signature ingredient, Bio-Energy Complex, which comes from nourishing botanicals. My pick of the 11-product line has to be the Pirouette Bamboo Microderm ($45/6oz), which uses bamboo beads and sugar to exfoliate and contains aloe vera gel, algae extract, and green tea extract. The other favorite of the line so far is the Fouette Firming Moisturizer ($85/1oz), which contains that Bio-Energy Complex to slow the aging process and also skin rejuvenating peptides. And I love the unique way this one despenses! I think this line will be getting garnering quite a bit of attention. Read more about the line @ empoweryourskin.com.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

No Cream With This Coffee

Coffee. Most love it. I didn’t up until recently. I have no idea what came over me. While I’ve always loved the smell of coffee beans, I just didn’t like the taste. My only prior experience with coffee was when I was aboutAspara-Aromatics-Kopi-Scrub 14 and I tried some at about 3pm and there was only about 1/2 “ left in the cup. You can pretty much imagine my reaction. Not even a few Doritos would wipe away that taste in my mouth. Fast forward to 2 months ago. While I’ve been in Starbucks quite a few times, I just never wanted to order anything until one day, when with a friend, I ordered the Vanilla Soy Latte. Wow, now I am a full convert and even have my own personal french press machine at home! So when this ASPARA AROMATICS Kopi Scrub ($18/10oz @ aspara-aromatics.com) came across my desk recently, I immediately opened it and inhaled deeply. Mmmm. This one uses Sumatra coffee grounds from Indonesia and a blend of salts, Shea Butter and plant oils. If you’re trying to cut down on your coffee consumption, maybe a full on scrub with this one will do the trick!

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Recession-ista Foundation from Maybelline New York

Maybelline-Instant-Age-Rewind Face foundation is such a personal choice. Almost as personal as underwear if not more. That’s why I love to try all the different types out there – powder, cream, liquid. And I almost overlooked this next one. We cover more non-drugstore brands on the pages since they are more of an investment but a mere $10 these days is an expenditure for a lot of people. So next time you’re in the drugstore, I would stop and give this one a gander. MAYBELLINE NEW YORK’s Instant Age Rewind Cream Compact Foundation ($7.99 @ drugstore.com) comes in 8 different shades and contains a SPF 18. Nice! Now how would I describe the formula? Medium to full coverage and I have seen a few reviews that say it has some sparkle to it but I didn’t notice any in the one I have here. Hmmmm. Oh, almost forgot, this compact contains one of those duo-sided sponges where one side gives you a sheerer coverage than the other and this one has a mirror inside.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

~ Total Beauty Tips ~

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Does Your Makeup Need a New Year Makeover?

It may be time to give your product stash the update it needs


Does Your Makeup Need a New Year Makeover?

Is your cosmetics bag overflowing with dried-out mascaras, cracked eye shadows and a tube of lipstick from 2002? If so, it may be in need of an overhaul. Take this quiz to find out how much TLC it needs.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Get Superskin With Liz Earle

Liz-Earle-Moisturizer-and-Concentrate I’m sure it’s colder where you are then where I am in Los Angeles but the air out here still has a nip in it most nights! So make sure you adjust your skin care products during these colder months as you want to make sure it has the right level of moisture. Give your skin a one-two punch with two from the LIZ EARLE line. 


Superskin Concentrate ($70/1.6oz) – is comprised of 100% pure plant oils including argan oil, which is known as the ‘gold of Morocco.’ Use this one under your moisturizer at night on the face, neck and decolletage.


Superskin Moisturizer
($60.1.6oz) – contains natural plant oils including cranberry seed oil, which is high in Omega-3, 6 and 9, borage seed oil and rosehip oil. Wow. This duo is a big recommendation. Both @ lizearle.com.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tova Strikes Again!

Tova-Ambre-D'Oro Like Italy and all things Italian? Then TOVA’s Ambre D’Oro Eau de Parfum might just be fore you. We're in love with her signature scent and this is the latest addition to her line and it's her fifth. It’s inspired by Italy and all things … bella! This is described as a musky-floral and since most perfume lovers need the exact notes to know if they will mix with a scent, here they are:

Top: Sicilian lemon, Peony Peregrina mixed with Asiatic Lily and Plum Blossom.

Middle: Italian Jasmine and Mimosa, Wild Gladiola and Florentine Iris

Base: Amber Musk, Heliotrope, Patchouli, Sandalwood

The scent is a little heavy so I would recommend this one for evening wear. $36/1.7oz @ qvc.com

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Friday, December 26, 2008

A Spray That Stays

Many moons ago, I thought all hairsprays were the same. Wrong! I’ve come across some icky ones that not only left residue behind but either faded quickly or worked too well at holding. Here’s a few that get high marks from us. From L to R:

Hair-sprays

  • SEBASTIAN Shaper Zero Gravity ($11.95/10.6oz @ salons only)
  • WHITE SANDS Infinity Finishing Spray ($21/10oz @ whitesandsproducts.com)
  • KEN PAVES Shaping Finishing Spray ($24/9.7oz @ beauty.com)
  • SUDZZ FX Airplay ($18.98/10oz @ sudzzfx.com)

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Make Up For Ever Gives Us Unique Colors

Make-Up-Forever-Aqua-Eyes We were going to include MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Aqua Eyes Collection ($35 @ sephora.com) in our gift picks but I really don’t think these colors are for the novice. Or maybe we should have recommended it for the makeup pro in your life. Either way, we love each of these colors and even I was a little intimidated by them at first sight. Here’s what the set includes:

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Mat Black #0L (black)
Iridescent Navy Blue #3L (navy blue sheen)
Turquoise #7L (light turquiose sheen)
Bronze #10L (metallic bronze)
Purple #11L (metallic purple)

 

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So line one on your lids and just be sure to smudge the line a little so you don’t get too much of a pop and end up looking a little clownish. But act quick because it sets in 30 seconds. And like the name says, their waterproof, so have yerself a good cry or go splash around in an indoor pool.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gift Pick - Still At A Loss?

PresentSephora-Apple-Pomegranate When in doubt, go SEPHORA. Everyone knows it and they have some really great quality products. Take this Apple Pomegranate collection. I mean, take this apple pomegranate collection, please! Take each of the products to your home pronto! Picture juicy McIntosh apples mixed with pomegranate and you’ve got a winning combination and it comes in many different forms: Dry Body Oil ($16/5oz), Body Butter ($16/6.7oz), Body Scrub ($16/6.7oz), Body Wash ($12/10oz) or Bubble Bath ($16/10oz). Or give them a few of the products in this Apple Pomegranate Gift Set ($10). It contains the Body Wash (2.5oz) and a lush Body Butter (3.4oz). Such a bargain way to try some products out. Get them all @ sephora.com.

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