Browsing Posts from August 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's A B.Witching World & We Just Live in It!

B.Witching-Bath-Co-Sea-Glass-Exfoliating-Sugar-Scrub This Sea Glass Exfoliating Sugar Scrub from the B.WITCHING BATH CO. kinda sounds creepy. I mean, who wants to exfoliate using sea glass? Yikes! Actually, it has to just do with the scent and nothing more. Phew. And it’s a nice clean smell, btw. Inside this one are some nourishing oils like grape seed and sesame as well as Shea Butter and jojoba spheres. And this one is rather on the dry side in that there are no runny oils in it, which makes this a good one for exfoliating before applying a self-tanner. $12.95/8oz @

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

Monday, August 30, 2010

Estee Lauder Puts Out the Perfect Palette

Estee-Lauder-Blue-Dahlia-palette Blue Jean…I Just Met a Girl Named Blue Jean . . .  is how the David Bowie song goes and those opening lines are exactly what I think about when I look at this new Pure Color Five Color Eye Shadow Palette in Blue Dahlia from ESTEE LAUDER. I think I’m finally ready to talk about fall (bye summer!!) and the awesome products coming our way and this palette is helping with the transition! It was fashioned by the brand’s Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheax for Derek Lam’s Autumn/Winter 2010 Fashion Show. And you can file this under another case of the in-person looks better than online! (yes, I took the pic seen here) It has THE perfect teal, beige, black, blue jean and sparkly white for highlighting. Don’t you agree? $42 @


Wanna see how to wear all five shades at one time? Click below!


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Saturday, August 28, 2010

What's New from Make Up For Ever?

Make-Up-For-Ever-Rouge-Artist-Intense How many times have you lolligaggled in front of the lipstick section in the drugstore or gone from kiosk to kiosk in Sephora trying to find the perfect pink or perfect red?  It’s just so hard to tell if you are wearing the right one for your skin tone. MAKE UP FOR EVER to the rescue! The line has given us a tool and a line of lipsticks that help take the guess work out. First the lipsticks - Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks ($19 only @ are formulated with 50% more pigment than the traditional lipstick and come in three different finishes – matte, pearl and satin. Choose from 50 shades in all!


So how do you find your colors? The below is the tool that is displayed at the brand’s kiosk in Sephora stores. Simply spin the wheel to your skin tone color and you will see suggestions for reds, pinks and nudes.


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


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition Mascara

Bare-Escentuals-Flawless-Definition-Mascara I’m really picky when it comes to mascaras and one I recently discovered for definition is BARE ESCENTUALSbareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara. I think the mascara wand is super important when it comes to helping you get a good application and I’m so glad companies are really going all out and creating them. The spooley in this one has short stubby straight bristles on the tip and it really makes getting at the small hairs really easy.

And this one is free of a lot of the bad stuff like parabens, synthetic fragrance, Phthalates and more. All in all, it’s worth the price tag of $18. Get it in Black or Espresso and it’s also in waterproof @

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

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Have You Seen the Latest from Orly Beauty?

I really didn’t want to take off this manicure but it was time and oi, was I excited to try ORLY’s new Nail Lacquer Cosmic FX Fall 2010 collection! Each one looks just so exciting. Each polish combines natural rock minerals, crystals and glass to give nails an optical effect. Unlike most polishes, because this has particles inside it, the formula is a little bit on the sheer side so you’ll probably find the color looks best with at least three coats.

From L to R in picture top row:

Lunar Eclipse – blue w/pink purple Fx
Out of this World – purple w/pink silver Fx
Space Cadet – green w/purple gold Fx
Galaxy Girl – purple w/blue green Fx
Halley’s Comet
– turquoise w/green yellow Fx
It’s Not Rocket Science
– green w/gold blue Fx

One of the cool aspects of this collection is that a color can look one way and appear another. I’ve been wearing Halley’s Comet quite a bit and inside, it looks like Christmas tree ornament green but go outside into the sun and the color looks teal.

$10 @ next month. Two really big painted thumbs up for this collection!

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

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Is Naturopathica's Sweet Cherry Face Peel Too Sweet?

Naturopathica-Sweet-Cherry-Brightening-Enzyme-Peel This NATUROPATHICA line is really growing on me. This one rocked and now I’m onto their Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel ($56/1.7oz @ The process of putting it on is kind of fun too. I use a foundation applying brush to apply a thin coat and you only leave it on for only 3 to 5 minutes and rinse. The main ingredient in this one is sweet cherry puree and then lactic acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), wine extract and salicylic acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid) to exfoliate, brighten and infused skin with vitamins and nutrients. The only down fall from an almost A+ product is the preservative used in it.


This product has Sodium Metabisulfite in it, which is seen by some as an ingredient of concern. Read more here.

Read my ingredient disclaimer here.


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

Monday, August 23, 2010

A New Way To Apply Blush from Smashbox

Smashbox-Masquerade-Creamy-Cheek-Color-&-Brush-in-Intrigue I love a new way of doing something or rather a new idea when it comes to packaging and that’s just what  this product gives us when it comes to blush. When it comes to cream blushes, I’m so used to using my fingers to blend it in but when it comes to SMASHBOX’s new Creamy Cheek Color & Brush ($29 @ from the Masquerade Collection, one side is your color and the other side is the brush to blend it into the skin. I really thought the bristles would be too firm and make the process uncomfortable but they are actually pretty soft but not so soft that they don’t do a good job working the color in nicely.

It’s only available in Intrigue (warm pink) but hopefully they will continue this packaging trend.

And this is a great one to tote along in your purse!

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

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Chateau Lorraine Strikes Again!

As I get further and further into educating myself about ingredients and really looking at what’s inside the ones I am using or discovering, this CHATEAU LORRAINE line is really standing out right now. I wrote about this one recently from the line and am onto other products in the line. I had to see if I just got lucky with that one or if the others lived up to that first one's fab-ness.


Grape Seed Body Oil ($32/8.5oz) – the first ingredient listed in this one is Carthamus Tinctorius aka safflower oil, so I think the rest will read well and it does – monoi oil, grape seed oil, black currant seed oil, Shea Butter and other non-concerning ingredients.


Nourishing Body Wash ($22/8.5oz) – this one use two no-concern cleaning ingredients, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate and Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, and then safflower seed oil, grape seed extract and black currant oil and even Shea Butter. Nice.


And both have the brand’s VINIZOME Technology, which helps increase penetration of the ingredients. Two thumbs up for each of these products!

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

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Add a Little Bronzer w/Lorac Cosmetics

Lorac-TANtalizer-Bronzing-Mousse-and-Lotion I’m officially a fan of the TANtalizing Bronzed Vixen Collection of products from LORAC! I was introduced to one from this last year and I guess it was such a hit that they expanded it and brought it back. Just picture you are wearing a hip summer evening club dress and you are just putting the finishing touches on your makeup. Since panty hose are so faux pas, don’t you feel like your legs, shoulders and décolletage need a little accenting? Choose the TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer ($32/5oz) for a little color with no streaking or the TANtalizer Award Show Glow ($32/2.5oz), which is a bronzing mousse that gives the skin a hint of sun-kissed glow and also claims to firm the skin with caffeine and an anti-cellulite complex. While I didn’t see that happen or really didn’t see a way to measure that, I did see some nice color and that was good enough for me.Both @

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

Friday, August 20, 2010

MAC Dare To Wear Collection

What It Is: Join the brigade of loud-and-proud who daily dare to declare their own individuality. High-powered pigment and holographic pearl create a crazy-intense, shine-saturated gloss, combined with eye shadow shades as over-the-top as Lady G live! Not afraid to DARE TO WEAR? Bravo!

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