Browsing Posts from July 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Story of Cosmetics - The Critique

Saturday, July 31, 2010

This Week in Lips

NARS just came out with five limited edition Lip Glosses this week that are all named after their blushes. From L to R: Albatross (luminous glow), Angelika (cotton candy pink w/gold and silver sparkle), Oasis (pink champagne), Super Orgasm (peachy pink w/gold glitter), Luster (sheer golden apricot). 


Overall, these are all pretty sheer but I’m feeling some of the more colored ones like Oasis and Super Orgasm. Wear alone or over lipstick! $24 only @ Sephora and

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

Friday, July 30, 2010

MAC In The Groove Collection

What it is: A modern, flowing and fabulous way with bold, kaleidoscopic colour combined with boho charm and up-to-the-minute catwalk style. Shadows are matte, sans glitter and in the trio format. Creamy lips play perfectly off Mineralize satin-smooth eyes. Turn on and groove out!

Wanna see the product picks? Click the link after the jump!


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Thursday, July 29, 2010

LUSH Turkish Delight Isn't Candy

Lush-Turkish-Delight This Turkish Delight from LUSH has really thrown me (I vaguely remember the candy, btw). They call it a Body Polish but it’s more of a glorified soap or body wash and I didn’t feel any granules in it nor did I see any exfoliating ingredients, except salt about half way down. Hmmm. It kind of reminds me of this one because it is a solid milky, pink in this case, color and not at all like the texture I am used to from a body polish. It kind of looks like a shiny cake frosting! Anyway, the first ingredient in this is rose water and mmm, what a great scent that is! I have had this one sitting on my desk for about 1 week now to write up and everytime I see it, I have to open and get a sniff!

It’s soap-based and is also made with jasmine, almond oil and cocoa butter among others. $29.95/7oz @

And don’t forget about their recycling program – bring back 5 black pots (like this one comes in) and get a free fresh face mask.

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

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Have You Tried Kim Kardashian's Fragrance Yet?

There are just some celebs I want to see in person. Pam Anderson is one, the late Anna Nicole Smith was another and Kim Kardashian is a third. I guess the closest I can get to the latter one right now is by trying her fragrance. I’m not really one for the celeb fragrance route as there are just too many to begin with, don’tcha Kim-Kardashian-EDP think? And I don’t quite see how being a celebrity helps them put out a great scent besides maybe giving them access to really great chemists. But I do have to give kudos where they are due and the KIM KARDASHIAN Eau de Parfum gets some from me. It came out earlier this year, so I ‘m a bit late in coming to the party but better late than never, right?


She developed the scent with Lighthouse Beauty Marketing they worked together to capture Kim’s sexy sultry side by including notes like orange blossom, pink jasmine, tuberose and gardenia and then to rep her softer side, they include a sensual base of Tonka bean, musk, jacaranda wood and sandalwood.


And as far as the bottle goes, I think they hit it right on the head, the translucent black bottle with pink pearl overspray and shape really make me think of Kim! I would recommend this one for night use only as it’s a little heavy for day. $50/1.7oz, $65/3.4oz @

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

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Essie Summer 2010 Collection

Essie-Summer-2010-Collection Going from this one to ESSIE’s Summer 2010 Collection of Nail Polishes is about as much night and day as you can get. This year’s runways reflected the ease of the season with youthful, upbeat clothing in feminine fabrics … inspired by vivid pastels  at Versace and the splashy florals at DKNY, (Essie created) the collection was created to reflect the youthful, fun-to-wear flirty frocks.” I think this could have been just another collection without the Pretty Edgy shade. It really help tie all the colors together beautifully.


Color picks from L to R: Demure Vixen (iridescent cocoa mauve), Haute As Hello (racy, scorching coral), and Pretty Edgy (vivid palmetto green). $8 @


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


Monday, July 26, 2010

Something to Think About...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Crabtree & Evelyn Put Out Some Winning Scents


I’m on a big-time scent kick these days. Between candles and fragrances, I don’t know which I am more obsessed with right now! The CRABTREE & EVELYN line just came out with two new fragrances, Carleon Cove and Isla Glen. Both come in three different forms listed below and out of the two, I think the Carleon Cove is the most fitting for the season. They call it a floral marine scent and it contains notes of leafy greens, wild sea flowers and violet (can totally smell the violet!) and sandalwood.


And just for the record, I’d wear this Carleon Cove as a perfume. And this isn’t the first time I have declared something like this!


Room Fragrance - $15/3.4oz


Fragrance Diffuser - $35/6.5oz


Poured Candle $28/40 hours


All @


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


Sunday, July 25, 2010

June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection

I find myself wanting to know what’s inside the products I’m using. Take the new Vanda Orchid line from JUNE JACOBS. I tried the Vanda Orchid Body Balm ($60/7oz) and the Vanda Orchid Shower Gel ($35/7oz) and I really liked both (both @ They smelled heavenly and worked well. The Vanda Orchid is native to Northern Australia and Eastern Asia and is one of the rarest forms. The extract from the flower contains high levels of anti-oxidants and fortifying minerals. But with these two, I really wanted to get down to the nitty-gritty.


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Next Generation of Hair Defrizzers

Avon-Lotus-Shield-Frizz-Control It’s been truly summer the last two weeks in Los Angeles, so it’s been hard to try any hair styling products because most require using some form of heat! In the case of AVON’s new Frizz Control Lotus Shield ($9.99 @, I had to get the hair dryer out and it turned out to be quite worth it. This product totally surprised me! Like a lotus leaf repels water, so does this serum. The technology they infuse in this one claims to keep 97% of humidity out of strands for a full 3 days! and doesn't weigh it down! And just using a pea size amount will make the two-ounce bottle last you quite a bit. I'd put this up against any defrizz hair product anyday.

This one has a lot of ingredients that end in -cone in it, which are all silicones, but nothing deemed harmful. 

Read my ingredient disclaimer here.


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