Browsing Posts from April 2009
Who can afford to treat themselves at a spa these days? So we have to bring the spa to us, right? Looking good is still oh so important. And since it’s been so hot in LA these past few days, this mask was a real treat to try out for the cooling part alone! It’s from ZHEN SPA and is one of those scary looking cutout masks that infuse the skin benefitting ingredients inside the cloth. Each comes sealed in a pouch and you can pick what your skin needs:
Treatment Mask (5 masks) - $35
Clarifying Oil-Free Treatment Mask (5 masks) - $30
Firming Treatment Mask (5 masks) - $35
Moisturizing Treatment Mask (5 masks) - $30
I tried the Anti-Aging mask and I gotta say, this one really perked my skin up with CQ10 and Ginkgo Biloba among other ingredients.
On a cleansed faced, the mask is to be worn for 30 to 45 minutes and after removing, work the excess serum into the skin and then follow with the appropriate serum, which in this case is the Dermocapsule Serum ($55/1oz). While wearing the mask, I would recommend lying down and just relaxing. That way, it won’t fall off in places on the face. I wish they made a mask that actually went over the neck and décolletage as those areas could use this one.
just make sure you’re not expecting any company when wearing this one. If
someone doesn’t know what you’re doing, you’ll give them a good scare! Get them @ zhenspa.com.
safe to say that I am pretty obsessed with makeup primer these days. I don’t
feel like my makeup routine is complete if I don’t use one. The latest one I’m
touting? SMASHBOX’s new Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminzing Primer ($34/.98oz @
smashbox.com) from the Muse collection, is a primer with a boost, a boost from their Artificial Light
products as it combines AL and their Photo Finish product so it primes your skin and gives it a sheen and glow. Even
though you are applying your foundation over this (this can be worn by itself
though), the few times I have worn it, I think I’ve used too much! So go easy
on this one and be sure to shake well.
Can’t get to an OLE HENRiKSEN New York spa? Bring it to you with some of his African Red Tea products. Did you know that red tea has a higher level of anti-oxidants than its sisters green or black? So if you are serious about slowing the aging process, these are worth looking into and they are right on par with with earth-friendly ingredients. Since money is tight for everyone right now, so this African Red Tea Trio for $85 is a total bargain. Here’s the breakdown of each product:
- Express The Truth Wrinkle Resistant Crème (1oz) – contains 10% vitamin C, the powerful peptide Polylysine and key minerals.
- Visual Truth Eye Crème (.5oz) – also contains the 10% vitamin C and minerals like above.
- African Red Tea Face Mist (4oz) – infuses B5, Pomegranate and other citrus extracts.
There’s also a collection of body products that uses this African Red Tea so be sure to check those out too. This is anti-aging heaven!
The subject of scents and fragrances has always eluded me to the point that I am easily overwhelmed by the choices. What works with my skin or chemistry? How do you pick out a scent for yourself? How do you know if one is not working for you? Am I the only one with these questions? It seemed that way so I mustered up the courage and headed over to the MELANGE APOTHECARY in Sherman Oaks, CA to meet with Owner/Founder Denise Estrada. Denise has quite a beauty background. Starting esthetician, she would blend different botanicals depending on her clients’ skin needs and this lead her to the world of perfumes over 20 years ago.
and take a closer look at the above picture. Doesn’t it look like
something out of the Jetsons? So modern and if that’s your look for say, your
livingroom, this would fit in swimmingly! You wouldn’t guess from the outside,
but this number, called The Mineral Case, holds your mineral makeup containers.
Loose powders, blushes and eye shadows, 18 in all. I tried all the mineral
brands I own and it fit about 70% of the containers but just to be sure, you
can buy empty cases from them for a guaranteed fit and transfer what you have into them (their site lists the brands that work in the case).
I wonder if they are going to come out with cases to house more containers, as
this only held about 1/60th of what I own! Great for travel. Available in Chic Black and Chocolate Brown for $44 @ themineralcase.com.
Cybelesays.com investigates an organic nail polish remover. Does it work? Click here to find out.
Decorative Diva investigates a new mineral makeup company, Obsessed Minerals. Read here to see what she thinks about them.
A Touch of Blusher loves the look of Dior's Lilas Addict Collection.
Enter to win Elke's ONline Eyebrow Makeover and $30 in brow products. Hurry! Contest ends April 31st.
Beauty Anonymous reviews Elizabeth Arden's Intervene Timefighting Radiance Serum and Stress Recovery Night Cream.
Melissa of The Makeup Divas reviews the new Prescriptives Motor-Eyes Instant Action mascara .
Win a Hana Professional Flat iron worth $89 at Beauty and Personal grooming. Click here to enter the giveaway!
Beauty Junkie in SF reviews Kenzo's Limited Spring Edition of FLOWERBYKENZO.
The girls over at Beauty in Real Life let you in on Bobbi Brown's new Nautical Collection. Check it out here!!
Kyle at Face Candy tells you which limited edition MAC Dazzleglass is going to be a cult classic.
ThisThatBeauty is giving away three VICHY Normaderm Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care. Click here to check it out !!!
sign of a recession is that bright colors are H-O-T, hot! And I love it! Take
CHiNA GLAZE’s new Kicks Collection 2009 of Nail Lacquers.
They don’t leave anything out – blues, pinks, greens and even purple. Here are
our picks from the collection.
L to R: Sky High-Top – vibrant periwinkle, Custom
Kicks – dusty teal, Paper
Chasing – celadon green, It’s
Poppin – bright shimmer fuchsia, Fly
– red-raspberry, Oh
How Street It Is – sunrise. $6.50 @ salons nationwide.
you are obsessed with coffee like I am now (I’m a newbie), consider packing DR.
DOBBS’ Perk O’Lips Coffee Flavored Lip Balm Tin ($3.99 @ drdobbsskincare.com).
These mush in nourishing oils from almond, coconut and lanolin to heal lips and
keep them ready for anything.
Smell it, swipe it, spritz it or don it. Here are some more recommendations for our Best of Spring Beauty on-going feature. From L to R clockwise:
Papaya Star Sugar Scrub ($14/7oz @ artofbeauty.com)
SPA RITUAL Lacquer in Spice of Life ($10 @ skinstore.com)
DuWOP Doubleglow7 in Deep ($25 @ sephora.com)
KENZO Eau de Fleur de Soie Silk ($55/1.7oz sephora.com)
BOBBI BORWN Long-Wear Cream Shadow in New Steel ($22 @ bobbibrown.com) from The Platinum Collection.
HONEYCAT COSMETICS Kiss Good Night Pink Peppermint Lipgloss ($16 @ honeycatcosmetics.com)