Browsing Posts from January 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Should You Believe the Rosebud Salve Hype?

In the sea of beauty products out there, they have to have hype or they will float down the river with no sales. One that I had read about over and over but just didn’t want to believe the hype until now was SMITH’S Rosebud Salve. I picked it up as an impulse buy when I was getting some new glass nail files at Sephora a few weeks ago,Smith's-Rosebud-Salve and wow, it has totally become by goto balm. It’s made with Cottonseed Oil, essential oils and a really great light rose scent. In addition to lips, people also use it for cuticles, frizzy hair, brow hairs and more! Big recommendation. $6 @

And they come in a few different scents. Check out which ones here.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Latest in Skin Care Technology: Sunday Riley

Sunday-Riley-Skin-Adrenaline Now here’s a brand you probably should pay attention to if you are in the market for the latest in anti-aging. It comes from a new line called SUNDAY RILEY and what sets it apart from other lines is their NV-5 Ageless Complex. It’s 5 key Native American Botanicals: Blue Agave, Night Blooming Cactus, Lady’s Slipper Orchid, Prickly Pear and Biofermented Aloe plus Yeast extract. This combo claims to deeply detoxify the skin and repair cellular damage.


Ms. Riley first became interested in this when he grandmother spent the summers teaching her how to apply certain Native American Botanicals. Years later, using her background in science, she decided to create a line around the complex and spent 2 years developing products you see today.


The product I was sent to try in the line was the Skin Adrenaline Anti-Aging Concentrate ($185/1.7oz @ This is a good one to try if you are looking for a kick to the overall radiance of your skin, while getting the latest in helping it to stay young. In addition to the NV-5 Complex, this one also contains ingredients to build collagen, increase elasticity and to firm the skin. So basically all the things we look for in an anti-aging product.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hairs Next Big Trend - Macadamia Natural Oils

Macadamia-Healing-Oil-Treatment-1 We’re definitely on the brink of a new hair trend – oils, as in, using nourishing oils to keep hair healthy and here's a new one to sink your teeth, or rather strands, into. 


MACADAMIA NATURAL OIL’s Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment ($36/1.5oz, $6/.35oz @ is taking center stage of this feature. The line came out this month and I really think it;s going to be garnering quite a few accolades.


What it is: combo of Macadamia Oil, Argan Seed Oil and special botanicals.


How it’s used: 1 to 2 pumps in damp hair or dry hair and even as an added nourishing kick in most hair treatments like coloring. This one will also help with frizz and UV protection. Big recommendation!


Disclosure: The following item was provided to for review purposes.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Which Smoky Works For You?

How do you apply your smoky? It’s totally become a beauty look staple so you better get it down. If you’ve done it for a while, you probably use a few different single shadows or duos but this new Black Smoke Eyeshadow Quad from ESTEE LAUDER’s Blacker than Black collection houses all the four perfect shades for a dark smoky look. $35 @


Can’t quite get the technique down? Try COVERGIRL Smoky Shadow Blast in Onyx ($8.49 @ has me tickled with delight. It’s so easy to make eyes smoky sexy with this stick – one side for all over the lid and the other to accent and smudge just so.


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Quick Pick Lips w/L'Oreal

L'Oreal-Infallible-Plumping-in-Plumped-Tawny-2 L’OREAL Infallible Plumping Lip Gloss in Plumped Tawny ($9.99 @ is a tawny beige with just the slightest iridescent glimmer and has become my goto gloss when making my eyes the center of my look. 

I tried some of these w/o the plumping when they came out and this new one contains a plumper that they say you will feel the tingling when applied. I didn’t feel anything nor did I notice any plumping. I was looking to this for color only and that’s what I got, which is fine with me!

And I gotta say, with all the crappy stiff, low quality, applicators out there, these angled heart-shaped ones are really pleasant. Thanks for the extra step, L’Oreal.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

With La Fresh, Just Add Water


What do the following ingredients mean to you?

Water, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl, Betaine, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium, Lauroyl Sarcosinate, DMDM Hydantoin, Polyquaternium-7, Methylparaben.

Probably not much but they are the list of ingredients in LA FRESH’s Facial Cleansing Cloths. What’s unique about these?


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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Color Supporting AND Vegan?? Yup, White Sands

White-Sands-Volumizing-Shampoo-and-Conditioner For some reason, when I’m in the supermarket and come across a can of baked beans, which I love, I always go for the vegan kind because in my mind, it will have less bad stuff for you inside. Is this true? Probably not but I can’t seem to shake this conclusion just short of sitting down with a vegan and non-vegan version in my hands and comparing ingredients. I’ll do that someday. So was I thinking this same notion when I was sent samples of WHITE SANDSVolumizing Shampoo and Volumizing Conditioner to try? Kinda. Ok, yes, I am. Probably not the smartest but maybe it is. This duo is 100% Vegan, sulfate free and silicone-free but let’s not confuse the word vegan with being natural. Vegan just means it contains no animal-derived ingredients inside. So this duo cleans and protects your color without using any kind of animal products in the formula. What else do you need to know? Shampoo ($12/7.6oz), Conditioner ($15/7.6oz) @

Friday, January 22, 2010

Gimme Life, Gimme Clinique

Clinique-Deep-Comfort-Hand-and-Cuticle-Cream I’ve always been a fan of the Deep Comfort creams and CLINIQUE just added a new one to the line up. I can’t help but think that this Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream ($17.50/2.6oz @ is just the formula that we’ve seen before repackaged and renamed. My cuticles take such a beating this time of year so I dove nails first into this one. And it’s winning me over but I had to look up the ingredients for the Deep Comfort Body Moisturizer and they are different, phew! This one has added in murumuru, meadowfoam seed oil, gentian root, chamomile and linoleic acid among others that whip nail and cuticles into shape.


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cor The Silver Wrinkle Serum

We loved the soap when it came out and now they are introducing a few more skin care products. I tried The Silver Wrinkle Serum ($120/1oz @ and like the soap, this one harnesses the power of nano-silver with silica, which they claim speeds cell repair in the skin. In addition to that super ingredient, it also contains Copper Tri-Peptides and Palmitoyl Pentapeptide. The PP molecule has shown that it can  imitate the skin’s natural rebuilding and renewal process. And they assure that this ingredient is gentle on the skin, so if your skin is sensitive to most serums because of the super ingredients used, this may be one to try.


Now this next key ingredient it contains is quite fascinating. It’s called Acetyl Hexapeptide and is an amino peptide that they claim mimics the effects of Botox but without paralyzing the muscle and in a much lesser form. I’ll say it again, it just relaxes the muscles, so don’t go all runnin’ out to get yerself boxes of this stuff because it’s cheaper!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes – described as, “Intent on a universal focus, a collection that extends our range with new shades to match every international skin tone. But that's not all. Because brows speak louder than words, two new products to help you express their style. In every language these are wow!”

Overall I love that this collection gives us some new products for brows, yeah!! Also notice that we have new packing for the Pigments.

Wanna see the product picks?

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