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!


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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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.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bare Escentuals Puts Out A Future Cult Favorite

So what’s the difference between BARE ESCENTUALS new bareMinerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation and their regular finish foundation? Some have reported it gives the skin more of an airbrushed look and some haveBare-Escentuals-bareMinerals-Matte-Foundaiton said this is the one for you if you have oily skin.It seems to be the same formula (and same choice of colors), just with a different end result. I did notice a slight difference in the finish but not huge. Would I go out and get this one special? Probably not. Would I buy this one over their regular powder foundation when the container is empty and I’m ready to purchase more? Probably yes.

And the packaging of this one is so cool. No more turning over to dump some out in the cover!

At $28, it’s $3 more than the regular foundation. Maybe because of the new packaging? I’ll pay it! Get it @

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Best of Summer Beauty Part III

We’re at the half-way point of summer and there are still loads of products to talk about. Here are some favorites right now.



TOO FACED Lip Bronzer in Pink Leopard ($17 @
PHILOSOPHY When Hope Is Not Enough Omega 3-6-9 Hydrating Body Scrub ($30/8oz @
ORIGINS Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Wash/Bubble Bath ($21/8.5oz @
ONE WITH NATURE Dead Sea Mineral Soap in Lemon Verbena ($3.79/7oz @
ALIMA PURE Eye Shadow in the indigo purple, sparked with silver of Andromeda ($9/2.5g, $1 sample @ from the Stargazer Collection.
RODIAL Skinny Beach SPF 15 ($49/5.1oz) and Skinny Beach Sticks ($60/14-5grams). Both @
SMASHBOX Untamed Waterproof Shadow Liner Trio in Savage ($29 @

KOH GEN DO Fresh Face Blush in Apricot Peach ($38 @



Monday, July 20, 2009

MAC Colour Craft Collection

MAC-Colour-Craft-Lipsticks MAC’s latest Colour Craft collection is a big one. Lots of new twists on standards like the Lipglass – three colors swirled in the tube that give it a marble look in the tube and  the Mineralized Eye Shadows in a pinwheel design giving you more bang for your buck with four shades packed in each one. Here are the picks:

Mineralize Eye Shadow ($19.50) in Assemblage (white w/silver pearl, deep grey, black w/silver glitter, warm yellow gold), Natural Flare (copper, yellow orange, dirty brown and rich gold)

Mineralize Blush ($21) in Hand Finish (light pink w/deep gold veining) and Style Demon (dirty brick red w/copper veining – so pretty put apply with a light hand)

Lipglass ($17.50) in Crazy Haute (blue pink)

Lipstick ($14) in Made With Love (bright coral pink) and Madly Creative (pink neutral w/white pearl)

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

~ Total Beauty Tips ~
14 Secrets Your Hairstylist Won't Tell You

Find out how to get the best appointments, haircuts and better -- or free! -- services

Whether you think of a salon visit as a fun treat or a necessary chore, you'll want to get the best service (and hairstyle) possible, right? That's why we talked to the experts, hairstylists and salon owners. They told us the secrets of the salon -- the best times to go, how to get that last-minute appointment when you're desperate, and much more!

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