Browsing Posts from June 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Top-Rated Nail Polishes

Find a sexy summer shade from this list of the 10 best nail polishes

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tarina Tarantino Does Makeup!

I’ve been a fan of the TARINA TARANTINO line since I worked for Swarovski about 8 years ago and was delighted when I heard she was coming out with a makeup collection. Seemed like the next obvious step for her. Maybe a line of shoes will be next? Oh my, I can see it now! Swarovski encrusted heels (like I haven’t done that on my own but that’s another blog altogether!).


I’ve tried a few of her items now and while I wouldn’t necessarily recommend all of the ones I tried, a few of them are really good quality like the Eye Dream Hypershadow ($19). Nicely pigmented and the colors are brilliant. Shown here in Butterfly Black. The other one is the Eye Dream Hyperliner ($17). The formula is soft but not too soft and it blends well. Shown here in Ultraviolet. All only @

My only complaint is that every product needs to have crystals on it!

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided to for review purposes.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Goody Shows Us How the Undone Bun Is Done

Goody-Spin-Pin How about this cool hair accessory from GOODY!!?? It’s from their new Simple Styles Collection and they claim the Spin Pin does the work of 20 bobby pins and while I’m not sure how they came up with that random number, I think it’s actually more! And it is super easy to put in. Simply twist your hair into a low bun and tuck the end in. Then spin one pin from the top of the bun and one pin from under the bun being careful not to interlock the pins. The bun you’ll get is not super tight but it really holds all the hair. Comes in Brunette and Blonde. $6 @

Have you tried this yet or the other two accessories in the collection? Do tell in the comments!

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided to for review purposes.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Cybelesays Special Report: IMATS

The Los Angeles International Makeup Artist and Trade Show (IMATS) was this past weekend in Pasadena, CA and while it’s not as big as the International Salon & Spa Expo (ISSE) I go to every year, there were still some must-sees.


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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Much Ado About Ingredients in Beauty Products

I’m having quite the beauty conundrum so I’m just going to put it out there. The subject? Ingredients in beauty products. When I try a product, I usually go into it not knowing anything about it except that it’s a body wash or a mascara, etc, for example. I then use it a few times before reading up on it. That way I feel I can give a more of a honest answer and not just thinking I like it because of what I already know about it. But in the last few months when I like a product and the performance and wow, it lists great ingredients, upon looking deeper, POW, there are what some consider to be bad ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Mineral Oil, and polyethylene glycol, just to name a few. Maybe that’s why I got so excited when I discovered this one. I know that some people don’t care when it comes to ingredients in beauty products and that the FDA is there for a reason but I think more and more people are starting to pay attention.


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Saturday, June 26, 2010

NARS Welcomes Summer with Multiples

NARS-Multiple-Tint Whoo-wee do these NARS Multiple Tints ($38 @ scream sum-sum-summertime! I mean look at the colors, bright pink, purplish and orange. They are pretty sheer so no worries on overdoing it at first swiped  and the color is totally buildable and looks really natural, like a flush. Can also be used on lips!

From L to R: Beverly Hills (bright red), Turks and Caicos (orange), Cadaques (fuchsia).

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided to for review purposes.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Napoleon Perdis Mesmer-Eyes Mascara

Napoleon-Perdis-Mesmer-Eyes-Mascara Meeting Mr. NAPOLEON PERDIS a few weeks ago will go down as a highlight of 2010. I’ve been aware and using his line since it was introduced to the States a few years ago and glad to see it getting mass appeal like being carried in Target. One that’s really surprising me is the Mesmer-Eyes Mascara ($25 @ Yes, I love black mascara but this is the first time that I’ve used one that made my lashes look like black vinyl on my lashes, really! And it uses a double-sided flat comb at the end of the wand instead of the traditional spooly. I think one side works better than the other. If you’re not good at wielding the wand, you might want to skip this one as it can get a little clumpy.

Who will like this one? Anyone who likes length and thickness and of course the cool vinyl-looking effect! I don’t think this is a daytime-wear mascara. Available in Black Original and Black Waterproof. 

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided to for review purposes.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Line Alert! FemmeScience.

FemmeScience-Revitalizing-Body-Polish We have a new line upon us. It’s called FEMMESCIENCE and comes from the people behind the MenScience line. It’s made for the generation of woman that is not getting acne anymore but still not ready for the heavy duty products made for mature skin. The line is comprised of a full skin care line and also a body care line. I was sent their Revitalizing Body Polish ($32/6oz @ by their PR people to try out and it’s being billed as a two-fer, as in a body wash and body polish in one. Isn’t any body polish or scrub also considered a cleanser? Anyway, this one contains 3% Glycolic Acid and 1% Salicylic Acid to chemically exfoliate the skin and also microfine buffing beads to physically remove the excess skin though I could not feel these beads at all. They are that fine! Also inside is almond extract, squalene and antioxidants so your skin is benefiting too. It might take me some time to get used to the non-physical part of using these kind of chemical exfoliators, but I think I can manage to.

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided to for review purposes.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Need Nail Help? Perfect Formula to the Rescue!

Perfect-Formula-Strong-Nail-System I’ve been mostly warm when it comes to finding the nail strengthener. If you’re a regular reader then you know my quibbles of having thin and peeling nails. And with this one featured a few weeks ago, that was it, I found it. Said and done, except I just had to try this PERFECT FORMULA Strong Nail System ($29.50) just to see. I mean, I’ve tried them all, Nailtiques, Rejuvecote, so what’s one more? This one contains Keratin to strengthen the nails and it also comes with a second bottle of a moisturizing formula containing jojoba oil to help with new growth and keep them strong and this one too seems to work quite well without peeling off the nail and really helping them to grow. I keep the moisturizing bottle on the coffee table so when I’m watching some mindless TV, I can just rub-rub some of the oil into my finger beds.

And the formula also comes in colors called The Perfect Color ($15) and they are just coming out with some groovy pastel colors, which are right on trend. Just like the above regular formula, apply a new coat every day and change the polish altogether every 4 days or so.

From L to R: Sunrise, Nympheas, Water Lilies. Available @


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