Browsing Posts from November 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Mineral Eye Shadow With Raw Natural Beauty

Raw-Minerals-Eye-Shadow-Trio The 3rd installment of Beautyfix is upon us and I have to say the instant standout has to be the RAW NATURAL BEAUTY Mineral Eye Shadow Trio in Sahara. If you’re into nude eye shadows, which I am these days, then this will be a good one for you to check out. The colors are: Sand (iridescent light pinky beige for all over the lid and brow bone), Camel (true nude for the lid) and Spice (medium brown for contouring). And these are mineral based, as the name states, so you know they will blend together really nicely.

So join Beautyfix today or get this trio for $35 @ rawnaturalbeauty.com.

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). 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.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Making Good With Minerals, Sassy Minerals, That Is.

Time sure does fly and we got away from our on-going feature exploring different brands of mineral makeup lines. There are so many great ones out there so please know that you don’t have to stick to that one main brand. You know who I’m referring to. So let’s get to it. The Wisconsin-based (Go Badgers!) SASSY MINERALS line has one of the largest selections of shades I’ve seen in some time. As they say, “think MAC-like colors but without the fillers.” I like that! Choose from foundations, primers, finishers, blushes and bronzers, shadows and liners and even lip balms and be on the lookout for lipsticks, liners and lip glosses.

Sassy-Minerals Let’s look at the ingredients in the Sassy Foundation: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines and Boron Nitride. All is standard but I had to look the Boron Nitride up since I wasn’t familiar with that one. It’s an additive to help with the application and adhesion of the powder.

Stand outs: Sassy Foundation ($14/7g, $.75/sample), So Cheeky Shimmer in Over the Garden Gate ($11/6g, $.75/sample), Eye Candy Silk Luster in Best Friend ($4.25/1g, $.75/sample), Eye Candy Shimmer in Pixie Sprinkles and Crown Jewels ($$4.25/1g, $.75/sample).

One added plus of this line is the easy to navigate website and clear and large pictures. They know what can help make a sale.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Take Care of Your Body with Bamford

Bamford-Organic-Body-Oil-in-Camomile I love when a new body brand is introduced to the states and this one comes to us from the UK. It’s pretty green both inside and out, so let’s explore. The BAMFORD line is made up of four collections: Botanic Eucalyptus, Botanic Geranium, Organic and Holistic and quite a few of the products are certified by the Soil Association. They are manufactured right in England and use the finest ingredients inside the products and the most eco-responsible packaging for the outside. Sounds pretty "now" as in what we beauty lovers are most interested in when it comes to choosing the details in the products we want to use.

One that I tried comes from the Organic Collection. The Organic Nourishing Body Oil Camomile contains vitamin E, chamomile and has a slight soothing sent. As I’ve said before, body oils are great for this time of year. They just feel more moisturizing to the skin than a lotion or cream. And this one comes in a small try-me-without-the-huge-price-commitment price of $24/1.7oz. Get them @ barneys.com and neimanmarcus.com.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

~ Total Beauty Tips ~

TotalBeauty.com
Top 12 Products for Oily Skin

Stop grease and shine with oil-controlling makeup and skin care


If you have oily skin, you know it can be tough to prevent mid-day shine and keep grease at bay. Here, our fellow oily skin readers share feedback on the products that keep them looking matte all day.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Quick Pick Lips – philosophy

Do I have a gloss that is YLBB! PHILOSOPHY The Supernatural Superglossy Lip Gloss SPF 15 in Bare Your Soul, a sheer natural nude pink ($16.50 @ sephora.com) that gives a tiny hint of color and lots of shine.
 

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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 @ leajourno.com.

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