Browsing Posts from August 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fall 2011 Product Picks with Estee Lauder

Now that my birthday has past, I’m finally ready to talk fall makeup. I don’t know what it is but I’m never ready to talk about the next season until we are actually there; call it trying to live in the here and now.

Anyway, I’m quite excited about the products hitting us now for fall and will be running an on-going feature of Fall Product Picks, which will be obviously designated by the below logo.

What kinds of products are you most excited for this fall?

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I feel like the ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Modern Mercury Fall 2011 Collection is really playing with the big boys when it comes to creating possible cult favorites. It’s all about metallic metals, a soft shimmering canvas and edgy matte lips and these made their runway debut at the Derek Lam Fall 2011 shows.

Quite a few awesome items in this collection and below are the ones getting two thumbs up from me.

Pure Color Liquid EyeLiner in Graphite ($21) – a deep hematite or pewter with shimmer. And it lasts for hours, which is half of its sex appeal.

Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee ($40) – I am absolutely in love with this powder. Such texture and depth but I guess that’s what you get when you combine a powder, liquid and gel. Use it wet or dry for two different affects. I’ve been using this one under the brow bone and even on bare lids.

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Pure Color Velvet Lipstick in Fuchsia Velvet ($24) – there’s something about a hot pink that just translates from season to season, or at least I think it does.

Pure Color EyeShadow Duo in Black Chrome ($30) – using their exclusive True Vision Technology, a matte grey and shimmer grey will help you get the deepest, darkest smoky eye possible.

All @ esteelauder.com.

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



Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate

Kate-Somerville-ExfoliKate This ExfoliKate face exfoliate from the KATE SOMERVILLE line has made just about every Top 10 list I have seen so I was super excited to try it. Besides having mass appeal (it’s good for all skin types), this one uses super good ingredients to do the exfoliating and it’s a two-fold-er – you have the physical microbeads and the chemical of fruit enzymes (the 3 p’s of papaya, pineapple and pumpkin). So if you don’t feel you are giving yourself and every inch of your face the full scrubbing, the chemical in this one will help. Why isn't every exfoliator like this?

Also inside is Salicylic Acid for hydration as well rosewood and cinnamon extracts for its anti-aging properties as well as aloe vera, honey, and vitamin E. Don’t let the brightish green color or slight minty feel on the skin turn you off as I was mildly shocked at both traits but quickly warmed up to them after a few uses.

Yes, this one is a little on the expensive side but consider it one of those investment products. For me, one of mine is Kiss Me Mascara every few months @ $24 and a few others I know I just can't live without!

Overall I’d give it a B+ and not an A only because of the price of $85/2oz, $175/5oz @ katesomerville.com.

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Babyliss Pro

If you have curly hair and like straightening it once in a while (or all the time!) then you definitely need to invest in a quality flat iron. You need one that is going to work well but not fry your hair. Look no further than the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium line of flat irons, specifically the 1 ¼ inch. This iron totally eliminates frizziness and heats up fast so you won’t be waiting. The reviews for this flat iron on every site are through the roof and Image Beauty has this Babyliss Pro for $114.99!

BabyLiss-Pro-Flat-Iron This is a sponsored post and the words are not written by me.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hair Products to Help the Transition

The season once again is on deck to change! Will you be updating your hair styling products and tools? Here are a few to get you at least thinking about it.

Nexxus-Bumble-and-Bumble-Redken-Spornette-Sephora-hair-care-brushes NEXXUS Maxximum Super Hold Styling and Finishing Mist ($10.55/10oz @ nexxus.com) – transitioning from one season to another can wreak havoc on strands. They don’t know what to do! This one will keep strays and flyaways at bay.

REDKEN Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam ($6.99/2oz @ redken.com) – we have all seen that big hair is coming back in a big way. And where does big hair start? The roots of course! This foam will boost strands to get them standing at attention.

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Mending Masque ($37/5oz @ bumbleandbumble.com) – let’s face it, if your hair is ratty and out of shape, nothing you try is going to help so make sure you get it back in line with a good hair mask like this one.

A change in the season means a change in my hair brush. After all, the materials that style and go though your hair have a life span as well. And they don’t have to look all boring and functional anymore. Take these two for example. This SPORNETTE Hypnotique #5902 Purple Paddle Brush ($26.95 @ spornette.com) combines nylon and 100% boars bristles and is a great staple everyday brush while SEPHORA’s Bamboo Boar Brush ($12 @ sephora.com) has a ceramic-coated barrel and, as the name states, all boar hair bristles. And the thinness of it makes it easy for wielding.

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

One Love Organics Gives Good (Skin) Love

One-Love-Organics-Skin-Savior Me. Love. Balms. They are multi-purpose, usually contain a high % of super-good-for-skin ingredients and really nourishing overall. The latest one I have been using is from ONE LOVE ORGANICS. It goes by the name Skin Savior Waterless Multi Balm, is for the face and all about pure cold-pressed plant oils and extracts.

Let’s give a look at the most important part, the ingredient - organic virgin coconut oil (cold processed for its superior skin ingredients), organic soybean oil (for its superior nourishing properties), oat extract (rich in minerals and helps improve elasticity), chia seed (for its omega-3 fatty acids), unrefined beeswax (an superior emollient), orange peel wax (for its richness in carotenoids – antioxidants and vitamins, and flavonoids) and lastly vitamin E (for its powerful antioxidant properties). These are pretty much the whole list of ingredients with a few others but nothing bad and I like love that!

And like a good balm is, it is completely multi-uselful – cleansing, moisturizing, soothing, massage and they even recommend mixing some of it with your mineral powder! What will you be using this one for? $68/3.5oz @ oneloveorganics.com.

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

Friday, August 26, 2011

Colgate Covers a lot with Their New Optic White Products

Since I almost went to dental school after high school, I’m always curious when it comes to the latest in toothbrushes as they just seem to get better and better with each one that hits the market. The latest I tried is from COLGATE and it’s their 360º Optic White toothbrush and besides looking oh-so-fun, it’s quite functional. To start, the bristles form small cups for what I’m guessing it so all the surface area is covered when brushing. But what I really like about this one is the rough texture it has on the back of the brush head as it massages the cheeks! This is a first. Love it!

(a note about the photos here – that’s Barney in the background. Anytime I go outside to take some pictures in the back of the house, he follows me and plops down on the pavement to roll around and purr. And yes, he's a huge 20lbs. He made a good background for the toothbrush!)

Colgate-360-Optic-White-toothbrush The other new product they just put out is their Optic White Toothpaste in Sparkling Mint ($4.29/5.5oz, $3.79/4oz) and this one claims to whiten teeth within one week from the inside out using the same hydrogen peroxide technology that whitening strips use. As I read the small print, the whitening starts at one week but for the best results continue for 4 weeks, so I will do just that as I didn’t really notice any big whitening difference. Pick up both @ drugstores nationwide.

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

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Conceal It With Hard Candy

Hard-Candy-Undercover-Agent Let’s just get this out there up front – I don’t get what the inside liquid is for. They say it is an under eye brightener but I just didn’t notice any of that going on so I am just going to focus on the concealer part. The brand is HARD CANDY and the product is their Undercover Agent Undereye Brightener and Concealer Duo. The consistency of this concealer is a little thicker than I’m used to and very pigmented so you really should just dab small circles of it under the eyes and then blend with your finger. The heat from your fingertips helps it blend nicely. Available in three shades for $6 @ walmart.com.

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

Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: Conair Infiniti Pro Spin Air Brush

Conair-Infiniti-Pro-Spin-Air-Brush There’s nothing more fun than trying out a new hair tool. It is from the CONAIR line and is their Infiniti Pro Spin Air Brush and this one gets better with each use. It’s kind of like this one but this may be the next version of it? Not quite sure yet.

What It Is - This multidirectional brush rotates in both directions to volumize and shine. The true ionic generator releases up to 100x more concentrated ions from natural sources to protect hair from damage and seal in moisture for silky, smooth results and gorgeous shine. With even, gentle ceramic heat to safely dry hair with more protection and less damaging hot spots.

My Take – I have to admit, I was ready to write this one off after 2 uses but I kept coming back to it to use it more day after day. As I mentioned above, there is a learning curve and this one gets easier to use as you use it and get used to how it works.

Pros – cuts down on styling time since you are drying and styling at once. Makes strands blowout bouncy and shiny.

Cons – hard learning curve as hair can get tangled if you don’t know what you’re doing. No place to put your hand not(it) holding the handle. Would give better leverage if there was some kind of bar to rest it on. No way to get close to the roots.

Choose from 4 colors – Black, Plum, Teal and Red for $68.99 @ conair.com.

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

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Napoleon Perdis Gives Women What They Want

Leave it to one of the Kings of Red Carpet Makeup, NAPOLEON PERDIS, to come out with a totally red collection. His latest Better Off Red Collection lays out the best super duper red lippies for any occasion and in different finishes.

Here are the line-up of reds:

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Double Agent Rouge Lip Palette ($22) – this compact contains a lipstick and a powder. Use the brush to apply the matte color and then set it with the powder.

Front Row Red Lip Gloss ($25) – this has been my go-to for the past week or so when appropriate and is for serious red-wearers. He says it will last 10 hours but I got more like 4 out of it and it seems to start fading from the waterline out, which is convenient. And the finish is super matte so why do they call it a gloss?

Lady in Red Lip Gloss ($25) – this is more of a mauvey red and probably more wearable for more people. And the finish is more of a gloss or a creamy lipstick.

Undercover Red Lip Gloss ($25) – this self-adjusting gloss goes on clear and warms up to a red all your own but I’d say it self-adjusted to more of a medium pink.

Devine Goddess Lipstick ($22) – three different reds that will highlight different skin tones. They are not new but for sure worth noting if you are looking for a staple red for your collection.

Overall there truly is a red for every skin tone in this collection. And I’m loving the vastly different finishes of each product. Check out the below video and more @ napoleonperdis.com

And in hot off the presses news, he will be making his QVC debut this Thursday, August 25th @ 10pm PDT/Friday, August 26 @ 1am EDT.