Browsing Posts from November 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Give the Gift Of…A New Scent

KENZO L’EauParKenzo Eau de Toilette ($29/.7oz @ sephora.com) – aquatic floral.

CLINIQUE Happy-To-Go ($30/4.8g @ clinique.com) – 3 Solid Perfume PencilsHappy, Wealth of Flowers and Hint of Citrus.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Pretty Eau de Parfum Spray ($39/1oz @ macys.com) – fruity floral.

MAISON FRANCIS KURKDIJAN Lumiere Noire Pour Femme ($145/2.5oz @ neimanmarcus.com) – spiced rose.

PRADA L’eau Ambree Eau de Parfum refill ($78/2.7oz @ amazon.com) – woody amber.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Give the Gift of ... Scents

Hillhouse-Naturals-Soy-Candle-in-Evergreen Not one for Black Friday or need a hostess gift pronto? There’s no better way to get in the holiday mood then with seasonal fragrances. Scents conjure many memories and holiday ones bring the snuggly ones to mind. I’ve been using HILLHOUSE NATURALS Fragranced Soy Candle in Evergreen ($24/5oz @ @ hillhousenaturals.com) from the Winter Collection to set the mood all week and my house smells like a pine tree.

 

Or if you need to set the mood in the room instantly, THE SOAP & PAPER FACTORY Aromatic Room Spray in Roland Pine ($18/4oz @ soapandpaperfactory.com) should do the trick.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday Kicks Off Our 'Holiday Gift Guide'

I really love this time of year. Not only do people get gussied up but so do products! So here we are with a big task ahead of us for the next month, to pick the best products to make up our Gift Guide. Makeup? Body? Hair? Nails? We’ll pick some from each category and then some. Just look for the picture of the bow in the corner! And we’ll also be rolling out another Cleaning out the Closet contest shortly too.

 

Frais-Pocket-Hand-Sanitizer With so many parties and get-togethers, do yourself and everyone a favor and carry FRAIS Hand Sanitizer in your evening bag. It comes to us from Australia and is made from 66% sugarcane alcohol that kills 99.9% of germs and contains eight essential oils like ginger, tangerine and cardamom. Hand sanitizing just got chic! $3.50/5 use pocket size or $33/14-5 use squeezies @ beauty.com.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

3Lab Perfect Neck Cream

3Lab-Perfect-Neck-Cream How many times have you seen a celebrity with a super tight pulled face that looks pretty great and then your eyes wonder down to her neck and … eee gads, there’s her age!? So that leads me to a few questions to think about. When you’re washing your face at the end of the day, do you also wash your neck and upper chest?  What about moisturizer? Do you work the moisturizer from your face down into your neck and chest? If you want to start making a concerted effort to start paying attention to your neck area, do it with 3LAB Perfect Neck Cream ($120/2oz). Yup, a product created especially for the neck. It contains the world’s first bio-engineered growth hormone called Nano-Claire GY to help smooth and turn back the hands of time. It also has ingredients to tighten the skin like zinc, magnesium and copper – think of those firming body creams. Just use once in the morning and once at night when you do your normal beauty routine.

 

Bottom line - yes, I could just use a face cream over the neck area like I have been all these years but this one has ingredients specially made for it so I know I’m getting the nutrients that area needs and I think I like that.

Available starting tomorrow on 3lab.com.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pur Minerals Pur Balm

Pur-Minerals-Pur-Balm I love a balm. They are so versatile and soothing. More times than not, they are made with really good ingredients like Shea Butter and nourishing oils. So check out this PUR MINERALS Pur Balm ($16.50/16g @ purminerals.com). Yup, it’s made with Shea Butter (it’s the first ingredient listed), vitamin E, Sweet Almond and Apricot oils and a shot of ginger extract. Dab and rub, dab and rub. Need suggestions on where? Heels, elbows, cuticles, knees and backs of hands. Anywhere and everywhere!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Have Mascara Confusion? Bobbi Brown and Smashbox Clear It Up!

Bobbi-Brown-Extreme-Party-Mascara-Smashbox-Lash-DNA-Mascara I have to echo a reader’s recent comment that they are, “sick of every brand promising longer fuller lashes and then failing to deliver.” I mean, instead of bugging us bloggers to state where we get a product from when reviewing something, maybe they should focus on the products and the claims they make. It’s a well known fact that a lot of the ads in magazines for mascaras have the models wearing false lashes. Why is this ok to do? It’s completely misleading. So when it comes to mascara, my flag is also up but two new ones are getting my stamp of approval here.

 

BOBBI BROWN Extreme Party Mascara ($22 @ neimanmarcus.com) is one is you can layer. As in let a coat dry and then add another one to get le volume. Have you ever been able to do that before? Not to my knowledge. Just make sure you use a lash comb to comb through each coat. (I’m a big fan of this one to comb through lashes). And just how many coats? I tried three and then four and decided three looked the best.

 

SMASHBOX Lash DNA Mascara ($19 @ sephora.com) uses a, get this, Double Helix Brush to get every single lash, no matter how short, lengthened and defined. And this has such a cute tag line, “Defy genetics with Lash DNA.”

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ooo La-la Lancome La Collection Lollipop

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Just launched is LANCOME’s colorfully cute new La Collection Lollipop ($35 @ lancome.com) duos.

What it is – three limited-edition lip gloss and nail polish sets.

What for – to help raise awareness and money for the Lollipop Theater Network in Santa Monica, CA. $5 from each set will be donated.

Available in Bon Bon Strawberry, Mademoiselle Grape (shown here) and Ma Cherie Cherry. These would make great holiday presents!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ineke's Latest Brings Us to Paris

Ineke-Field-Notes-from-Paris-fragrance The INEKE line just came out with a new scent called Field Notes from Paris ($88/2.5oz @ ineke.com and amazon.com). It’s unisex and is a Woody Oriental, which can be overwhelming for some. Unlike other categories in beauty, that’s the beauty (pun intended!) of fragrances, if you know your notes, then you can simply read about a fragrance and pretty much know if it’s one you should check out. So if you already know you like the sexy Woody Oriental or are looking for a fragrance that makes a statement, read on.

  • Top: Coriander Seed, Orange Flower, Bergamot
  • Middle: Tobacco Flower & Leaf, Patchouli, Cedar
  • Base: Tonka Bean, Leather, Beeswax, Vanilla
Friday, November 20, 2009

The Latest Technology in Skin Care - Caudalie Premier Cru

Caudalie-Premier-Cru-La-Creme Anyone who knows me knows I’m not much of a wine person. I much prefer an ice cold beer, but I learned a new interesting wine fact with this next product. There is a term called Premier Cru, which was created by Napoleon III in the mid-1800s that grades the quality of vineyards and ranks them from the first to the fifth. And in its history, only five have ever come in first or Premier. And now you can use the Premier one in skin care, or at least according to them! The power of grape seed has long been the star ingredient in the CAUDALIE line and they just came out with Premier Cru La Crème, that not helps celebrate 10 years but has three patents. Yup, you read correctly, three patents to prevent, correct and maintain. They recommend almost two months of straight usage to see results and I am almost to that mark. What do I see? Honestly, not much change with the naked eye but someone commented that my skin looked great the other day so if they notice it, it must be doing something! Oh and I had zero makeup on at the time. Things that make you go hmmmm. $150/1.7oz only @ sephora.com.
 

And as I was writing this up, I read a review of a long time La Mer user switching permanently to this one. That’s pretty big.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mally Beauty Releases Her Signature Fragrance

Mally-Beauty-Signature-Parfum-Spray Mally Roncal of MALLY BEAUTY just came out with her first Fragrance Eau de Parfum! And you probably have not smelled one like this before. It pays tribute to her Filipino roots by using the country’s national flower, the Sampaguita, as its heart. So what does this blossom smell like? It’s a tropical flower and belongs to the jasmine family. It’s funny that the overall scent is described in the press release as an “energetic blend …” and I really think they nailed it with those few words as it is quite uplifting. More words I would use to describe it is heady, happy, stimulating and … gosh darn sexy!

Other notes include citrus, freesia, mandarin, red currant and some base notes of peach, coconut, sandalwood and musk. So if these are some of the notes found in some of your favorite fragrances then you should check this one out.

The bottle is pretty basic looking aside from some cute charms hanging off the neck - two hearts and a gold metal “m.” This would have scored bigger points if the hearts were Swarovski and not plastic! I think Mally has a winner on her hands with this one. $65/1.7oz @ qvc.com.

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