Browsing Posts from November 2009

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.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

New Hair Care Line - Lea Journo!

Lea-Journo-Hydrating-Shampoo You've always depended on us to bring you the best and latest products and here's one for hair product lovers. Famous LA hair stylist and salon owner LEA JOURNO has catered to many celebs’ heads of hair and now she’s put out a full product line. And how refreshing are the colors and eco packaging? All the products are sulfate and paraben free and the packaging? The flex pouches that the shampoo and conditioner come in use 85% less materials that standard packaging. Wow.

 

There’s a Hydrating Shampoo ($24/10oz), Hydrating Conditioner ($24/10oz), Volumizing Spray ($28/8oz) Illuminating Moisturizer for Hair & Body ($32/8oz), Glossing Cream ($28/5oz), Styling Lotion ($28/5oz), Intense Hydrating Masque ($45/6.7oz), French Plum Oil ($65/1oz) and even a Glam Bag and Travel Kit.

 

So how do the products perform? Each has some star ingredients like Sweet Almond Peptides in the Shampoo and real Tahitian Vanilla in the Illuminating Moisturizer. While I have not tried every product just yet, my favorites so far are the Glossing Cream and Intense Hydrating Masque (this one is a total keeper). Check out more about this line @ nordstrom.com.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Budget Beauty False Eyelashes With Revlon

Revlon-Fantasy-Lengths-False-Eyelashes-in-Chic I’ll admit it, most of the false eyelashes we’ve covered in the past have been a little over the top, however, there are some great everyday ones out there. Ones I wore over the weekend were 'Fantasy Lengths' Maximum Wear Glue on Eyelashes from REVLON in Chic. They really looked real so maybe they should call them Natural Lengths? As you know the lashes come in an array of styles and lengths and the other one I recommend for daytime look is Flirty.

They also have lashes that are self-adhesive aka require no glue, but I find the glue ones are easier to handle, but that’s the beauty of beauty, what works for one might not work for another but it’s nice to have options. $5.49 @ walgreens.com.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Give Hair Texture & Bigness With Sebastian Professional

I knew I was onto something when my neighbor came down her stairs as I was walking to my garage for a night out on the town and said, “Wow, I really like your hair!” I hadn’t done anything drastically different other than give my long locks some texture. I guess I have been on the smooth/lazy bandwagon too long and not so much big or piecey, like it was that night. Meow!

 

Since I just had the Brazilian Keratin Treatment done to my hair again recently, the only thing I can do these days is texturize it, which is fine by me.
So what did I have in my hair? One of the products from SEBASTIAN’s new Texture Collection. Think of them like a car with each one performance driven and these are made for those with long hair, yeah!

 

It’s made up of three products:

 
  • Microweb Fiber: Elastic Texturizer ($18.95/1.5oz) – inspired by the flexibility, invisibility and invincibility of a spider’s web. Gives hair flexibility and a soft texture.
 
  • Texturizer: Flexible Bodifying Liquigel ($15.95/5.1oz) – a medium hold gel that gives straight hair some pieciness and curly hair definition.
 
  • Matte Putty: Soft-dry Texturizer ($16.95/2.6oz) – provides a matte finish. Use to create a piecy look.
 

Get them @ amazon.com.

Sebastian-Texturizer-Collection

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The New Lippies from Estee Lauder Really Do Stay!

Estee-Lauder-Double-Wear-Stay-In-Place-Lipstick I don’t know the last time I felt such a creamy lipstick that was long wearing as these ESTEE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lipstick  ($22). They contain a polymeric technology and flexible film formers help the color stay satiny, stay true and well, stay on!

And there are some great colors like the blue red of Stay Scarlet and a tawny called Stay Ginger. Yes, they are a little on the pricey side but if my lips stay moist and stay colored, it’s worth it. 

The also came out with complementing Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencils ($19) too, so stock up on those that don't move!

Both @ lordandtaylor.com.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lancome's Oscillation Powerfoundation Review

Lancome-Oscillation-PowerFoundation-2 Wow, was I ready for LANCOME’s new Oscillation Powerfoundation with SPF 21 to be a gimmick. It just seems that taking the vibrating technology to foundation was pushing it too far. I mean it sounds good in theory but, really, vibrating mineral foundation?? It uses 7,000 micro-vibrations per minutes to break down the powder into mircronized particles and work them into the skin for a natural look, which actually makes more sense than you would immediately think! And you don’t have to make circles with the sponge, which you normally do when it comes to applying mineral powders. The formula also contains aloe and a vitamin E complex and is totally talc and oil free. Available in 12 shades. $48/.21oz @ lancome.com.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Crabtree & Evelyn Lend A Helping Hand

Crabtree-&-Evelyn-Hand-Therapy-Collection Let’s talk hands as in getting them in shape. I mean, do you ever specifically do a treatment on your hands? And if you do, how often? Apply sunscreen on the backs of your palms? I admit that I neglect the hands a lot of the time but these new ones from CRABTREE AND EVELYN will remind me. They just put out a Hand Therapy Collection in Citron Honey & Coriander that helps keep hands buff and looking presentable. Each are free of parabens, lauryl sulfates, and mineral oils and instead contain hydrating botanicals and anti-oxidants. And the Citron Honey & Coriander scent is really enjoyable. I love great smelling products!

 

Choose from the following:

 
  • Hand Therapy ($15/3.5oz, $8/1.8oz)
  • Scrub Cleanser ($15/8.5oz)
  • Creamy Cleanser ($15/8.8oz)
  • Hand Recovery ($20/3.5oz)
  • Rejuvenating Hand Remedy ($24/3.4oz)
Saturday, November 07, 2009

Hard Candy Is Back With A Winner

Hard-Candy-Intensif-eye-Radiant-Shadow-Stick Not sure if you heard the news that the HARD CANDY is now exclusively being sold in Walmart stores. I’m not sure how I feel about it since a.) this line broke a lot of ground for Indy makeup brands and b.) I saw the documentary Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. Rent it. Very eye opening.

 

Anyway, I’m just going to focus on how much I love this line and these Intensif-eye Radiant Shadow Sticks ($6 @ amazon.com). Big colors/neons are so in right now for clothing and accessories so how taking it one step further with a pop of creamy color on the lids? Like the hot pink of Pixie or the bright green of Pop, all the shades are really wearable and you control the intensity. Nicely done, Hard Candy.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid Controls Oil

Exuviance-Sheer-Refining-Fluid-2 A good friend of mine has super oily skin and is always looking for a product to control it throughout the day so I gave her EXUVIANCE’s Sheer Refining Fluid SPF 15 ($32/1.75oz @ dermstore.com) to try out. I didn’t even have to bug her for her feedback as she came back to me after about 1 week of using it to give praise! Love that!

This contains the ingredient Phytotal, which is a botanical blend that not only controls the oil production throughout the day but claims to reduce excess oil over time. Hmmmm. I told her to get back to me on that one. It also contains a NeoGlucosamine, which works on discolorations on the skin and improves the tone and texture.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Philip B Will Fix Your Hair

Philip-B-White-Truffle-Nourishing-&-Conditioning-Creme There are few things I am serious about when it comes to beauty. One is a face scrub, mascara and the other is hair conditioner. Think of PHILIP B’s White Truffle Nourishing Hair Conditioning Rinse ($28/2oz, $75/6oz @ nordstrom.com) as thee luxury hair product. If your hair really needs to be brought back from major damage, this one can get you there. I mean this one can, really get you there! It’s made specifically for those with chemical or color-treated hair like just about every female I know, right? So what makes it soooo good? Probably the 23.3% Pure Botanical Extracts of White Truffle combined with the amino acids and vitamin E. It can be used as a regular in the shower conditioner or a longer weekly treatment, which is how I’ve been using it. Big recommendation. 

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