Browsing Posts from July 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

Get Yer Tan On With Mystic Tan, St. Tropez and Pur Minerals

I’ve slathered on a lot of different self-tanners all month … I know, I’m not a big fan because I can never seem to get it right but for those who can, the finished color you get with these three have parts of me realisticly glowing. Just don’t forget to exfoliate before applying! From L to R:

PUR MINERALS 'Get A Little' Self-Tanning Lotion ($21.50/4oz @ – has a light citrus scent and infuses good-for-skin ingredients like vitamins A, E and grape seed extract. 

ST. TROPEZ Everyday Perfect Legs ($45/5oz @ – contains Aromaguard that just about eliminates the stink-ola that normally comes with tanning products. You can’t see it in the picture but this one is two-sided. The white pump is the gradual tan lotion and the black pump is your immediate bronzer color.

MYSTIC TAN Sunless Tanning Lotion for Face + Body ($38/5oz @ - reduced stink-ola. Yeah!! Also contains a cloth glove to help spread the forumla evenly on the skin.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Benefit Wants To Know ... My Place Or Yours?

Benefit-My-Place-Or-Yours-Gina I’m not easy to please when it comes to fragrances but wow, packaging and all, this new one from BENEFIT  has me floored. It’s from the Eau de Toilette collection they just put out and out of all three the My Place or Yours Gina ($36/1oz @ is the one of the moment. It’s a woody oriental and here are the notes:


> top notes: pink pepper, bergamot and tangerine
> middle notes: peony, wild raspberry, white lily
> bottom notes: patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla beans


When you hit a certain age, you simply must know what notes you like. Make this year the year you declare yours!


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How Make Up For Ever Celebrates High Definition

I guess TV going all digital is a big deal and to celebrate, MAKE UP FOR EVER just came out with HD Elixir ($38/.40oz @ Though a few lines have come out with products for HD in the past year, it seems that only people who will benefit from them are the people in front of the camera. Not necessarily or at least not with this one. This serum claims to boosts skin’s hydration, “520% and continued hold in moisture atMake-Up-For-Ever-HD-Elixir 490% after 30 minutes and 430% after one hour.” Umm, wouldn’t my skin be dripping with water if the above is the case?? Guess not. I know this was made for dehydrated skin but how can I prove the above?

Their Creator and Artisitic Director, Dany Sanz, wanted a product that could intantly boost the moisture level on the skin. When you’re in the middle of a fashion show, there’s simply no time to wait for a moisturizing lotion to do it’s thing. So voila, HD Elixir!

Bottom line: if your skin tends to be on the dryer side you are looking for a makeup primer, this is one you might want to try.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sensational Effects With Lancome's Color Design Quad

Lancome-quad It was love at first sight with LANCOME’s new Color Design limited edition Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Quad in Safari Escapade ($44 @ from the Summer 2009 Collection. Now this is quality! The shell is a hard case and is wrapped in a dark grey shimmery fabric. Accompanying the shades of Sparkling Nude, Royal Tiger, Chic and Safar is logo embossed mirror and tiny brush for applying on the go.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Save Your Strands With ThermaFuse

ThermaFuse-Heatsmart-Serum-Dry-Oil-Treatment It’s been so hot the last few weeks that the last thing I want to do is turn the hair dryer on but I was so curious about THERMAFUSE’s new Heatsmart Serum Dry Oil Treatment ($19/2oz @ for a salon near you) I just had to. It's a blend of three proven good-for-hair organic oils – Argan, Acai and Flaxseed. Who is this one made for? Those who need a little hair repair and for those with frizzies, which seems to be all of us.

Apply it to dry hair as a hair finisher or as I like to, right before blow drying. The heat really helps the oils do their work and beautifully. And if you are like me and love the smell of products, they infused it with a vanilla musk scent.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

~ Total Beauty Tips ~
Master At-Home Highlights with these Tricks

Coloring hair at home can be inexpensive and time saving, but also tricky, so follow these tips to avoid disaster

Highlights can add dimension to hair and give it a gorgeous sun-kissed effect when done correctly, but a few missteps can make you look skunk-like or worse. Thanks to experts Rona O'Conner, celebrity colorist and co-owner of the Lukaro salon in Beverly Hills, Calif. and Marcy Cona, Clairol Global Creative Director of Color and Style, we got the scoop on how to successfully highlight hair at home -- check out their tips here.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Budget Beauty with King of Shaves

King-of-Shaves-Shaving-Gel It’s pretty maddening to have to cut back on everything. I mean, I do my own eyebrows now and my own nails (but found a way to make them look salon fab all the time. Feature on that coming in the next week), and I even find myself using my razor for a little longer than I’m used to. One area that I don’t like cutting corners on is shaving cream; I just don’t do soap. KING OF SHAVES Pamper & Moisturise Shaving Gel ($5.39/5.9oz @ helps your razor get a close shave and it moisturizes legs in the process with the aloe and vitamin E inside. And you just can’t beat the price!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Cleaning Out the Beauty Closet WINNERS SELECTED!


Check your mail to see if you won as the emails just went out. We had a lot of entries as you probably saw. And I think I like that Contest Machine used for this contest with the exception of the first 24-hours when the site and widget went down a few times. It truly picks the winners at random, which means less work for me!

Don't fret if you didn't win as another contest will be rolling out late next week.

Until then ...

All my blush,



Friday, July 24, 2009

The Latest In Clean Fragrances

Clean-Summer The CLEAN line just came out with a new summertime fragrance called … Summer and it comes in the Eau Fraiche ($49/2.14oz @ form. What is Eau Fraiche? An Eau Fraiche is the most diluted out of all the forms. Here is the order, which I never knew:
- eau de parfum -- 15 to 22 percent essential oils
- eau de toilette -- 8 to 15 percent

- cologne or eau de cologne -- 4 percent
- eau fraiche -- the most diluted version of scent with just 1 to 3 percent essential oils

So you can wear this without worrying about walking in a room and having your fragrance walk in before you! This soft floral has notes of Italian Limoncello, Bergamot, Rose Ice, Lily of the Valley (a favorite) and soft musk.

So if you are not really a perfume kind of gal, this is a good staple to have on your dresser.
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Skindinavia Prevents Summer Makeup Meltdown

Skindinavia-Cool-Flash-Makeup-Finish-No-More-Shine-Makeup-Finish Did the SKINDINAVIA line get an overhaul? I seem to remember there being many more products in the line and I think we wrote about a few of them many years ago. While I look through past archives and figure it out, I’ll tell you about their new Finishing Sprays. In a nutshell, they rock!! I have been living by two of their products to prevent summer makeup meltdown:

No More Shine Makeup ($39/6oz, $29/4oz) – If you have oily skin, this is the makeup setter for you. It stops shine in its tracks and keep your color where it’s supposed to be.

Cool Flash Makeup Finish ($29/4oz) – has a surface cooling technology that keeps the face chill and makeup in place. Great for when you are getting ready for a night out on the town and it’s 90 degrees in the house.

They even make a spray for setting your mineral makeup. Huh? I’ve never used one over mineral foundation powder as it just seems like it could make it muddy but this one didn’t. Mineral Makeup Finish ($39/6oz, $29/4oz)


Choose from eight different sprays @



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