Browsing Posts from September 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

New from Lavanila!

Lavanila-Forever-Fragrance-Oil-in-Vanilla-Grapefruit Like a good wine, the LAVANILA line just gets better with … every product they put out. I can’t think of one line where I’ve not only tried just about every product in the line but also liked them (I’m an antiperspirant/deodorant girl and theirs is only antiperspirant so I’ve never tried it). In looking at the order of which products of theirs I like the most, I’m moving their new Forever Fragrance Oil in Vanilla Grapefruit ($25/8ml only @ up towards the top of the list, if not at the top.

One of the major reasons I’m digging this one is because of the overall sweet oriental scent but the other is because it lasts a long time on the skin. No apply-it and then where’s-it-at here! The base of this scent is sweet almond oil and there’s no alcohol inside so it’s super concentrated. It’s made with essential oils and contains notes of grapefruit, bergamot, lime, orange, cedarwood, heliotrope, and Madagascar vanilla. Big recommendation. Also available in Vanilla Coconut and Pure Vanilla

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

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Product Standouts - Face

Repairwear Laser Focus All Smooth Makeup SPF 15
($32.50/1oz @ -  this is the latest foundation from the brand that includes an anti-aging serum in it as well as a spf. This comes in 12 shades.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

~ Total Beauty Tips ~
How to Keep Your Fall Nail Polish from Chipping

Love the new fall nail colors but hate how they chip in a matter of days? Find out how to get your mani to last

How to Keep Your Fall Nail Polish from Chipping

This is a manicure article

We're big believers in the mood-boosting power of a weekly manicure, but if you don't want to shell out the big bucks for that many salon visits, follow this step-by-step guide to doing your own mani at home. We guarantee that with these tips, your polish will last a full seven days.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Standouts – Fragrance

Fall is a very popular time for new scents and the below three are total standouts for me. What scent has your attention right now?

Fall-2011-Product-Picks-FragrancesACQUA DI PARMA Gelsomino Nobile EDP ($170/3.4oz, $108/1.7oz @ – welcome  the newest addition to their Le Nobili collection, this one is centered on a special species of Jasmine grown in Calabria, Italy, and it’s described as a true floral with musk undertones.

BY KILIAN Sweet Redemption (The End) ($225/1.7oz refillable bottle, $125/1.7oz refill, $135/1oz refillable travel spray @ – this is the final release in By Killian’s L’Oeuvre Noire series and what a way to go out. This one is orange blossom, sour orange leaf absolute, vanilla absolute on a dry down of myrrh, incense and benzoin. This one is kind of hard to describe without smelling it.

FENDI Fan di Fendi EDP ($56/1oz, $76/1.7oz, $92/2.5oz @ – they call this one a radiant floral with a splash of leather and pink peppercorn. And the F logos on the bottle make me want to carry it around in my purse to show it off.

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

Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: tarte SmolderEYES Waterproof Liners

Tarte-SmolderEYES-Eye-Liners I think I found the bargain of the season with this next item. It’s TARTE’s limited edition SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner Collection. It’s 6 of their jumbo eye liners for a super good price of $39. That’s $6.50 each!! The colors included are Golden Beige, Moss, Violet, Espresso, Smoke and Golden Black (new color for fall 2011), so all the basics. I almost think this listing on is a typo as elsewhere on the site, the liners are sold individually for $25 each.

So if you buy the kit or purchase them individually, the pencil itself is totally worth it. The colors are richly pigmented go on smoothly, last many hours and easy to use when you’re in a hurry, which seems like all the time these days! Each is formulated with real Amazonian Clay that Maureen discovered on her trip to South America a few years ago, as well as 20 different micro chromatic pigments. These get two thumbs up! See them @

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

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fall Body Cleanser Picks

Do you prefer a liquid body soap or bar soap? I oscillate between the two throughout the week with no real favorite rearing its head. Here are four new ones that just came out that are in full rotation in my shower.

Fall-Body-Cleansers-2011 BODYCOLOGY Shower Gel & Bubble Bath in Enchanted Forest ($4.99/16oz @ for locations) – using real honey and aloe vera, this one smells of jasmine (my favorite) and nutmeg on a base of musk and just really clean smelling.

THYMES Triple-Milled Soap in Bergamot Vert ($13/7oz @ – this one is a dash of floral, a dash of woody and two dashes of citrus. Yes, it’s officially fall but this one seems to delight all year round.

SOAP & PAPER FACTORY Handmade Shea Butter Soap in Close ($8/4oz @ – now you and your man can enjoy the same soap as this one is a tad masculine – sandalwood, cedar and a hint of citrus.

BATH & BODY WORKS Shower Gel in Paris Amour ($10.50/10oz @ - this scent collection just came out and it’s surprisingly nice this time of year – French tulips, apple blossoms and sparkling pink champagne.

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

Friday, September 23, 2011

New from Shiseido!

Shiseido-Shimmering-Cream-Eye-Color Woo-hoo, loving SHISEIDO’s new Shimmering Cream Eye Colors. The shades are really smooth, blendable and just really nice to look it. The 12 colors were inspired by makeup artist Dick Page’s photography and travels around the globe. These creams are not like your average cream shadows. It contains three key traits - each container uses their patent-pending emulsification technology to remove excess water and oil after applying the shadow, so the color stays truer, longer. Each formula contains a jewel reflecting powder that reflects different colors from different angles; each contains their own technology called Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE, which helps with keeping the color moist on lids so it doesn’t dry up and flake off. Color picks: Purple Dawn (VI305) and Angel (BL711), a deep teal blue. $25/6g @


Thursday, September 22, 2011

~ Total Beauty Tips ~
10 Best Drugstore Products for Fall

See the 10 budget buys chosen by a celebrity makeup artist that will help you get the hottest looks for fall

10 Best Drugstore Products for Fall

This is a budget makeup article

We always thought A-list people shopped at A-list stores for their A-list beauty products. But, as it turns out, even celebrities -- and their makeup artists -- get thrifty with it. We took celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman to our local CVS to pick his brain about the best budget buys for the season. And he walked us around the store, pointing out his current top 10 makeup favorites.

See his list

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Glo Professional Sets Brows

Let’s face it, if your brows look bunk, your whole look is ruined. I’m really into this new glōBrow Collection kit from GLO PROFESSIONAL. It completely totable and the items inside are pretty great quality.

It contains really everything to get your brows in shape – 4 brow stencils (I don’t know anyone who uses these or has successfully), spoolie brush, tweezers, angled brow brush, and a compact with two brow powder colors, brow wax and a under-the-brow highlighter all in a cute zip-up kit. It comes in the Brown kit and the Taupe. So what are you using to groom your brows these days? $45.50 @

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall 2011 Product Standouts - Part 1

OMG, it is already September 21st and I’m not even half way through featuring all the new fall beauty products so I’m going to stretch this Fall Beauty Pick feature into October. After all, fall is one of my favorite seasons – the colors, the textures and of course the temperatures! Here are some that are singing my tune right now.

Fall-2011-Product-Picks-first-feature Clockwise left to right:

MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash in #6 Plum ($22 @ – this one claims to curl and lo and behold, I think it did! A great complement when wearing their Crayon Kohl Pencil in new shade 10k, a deep eggplant sheen.

NYC COLOR In A New York Color Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish in Scenestealer Grey ($1.99 @ drugstores nationwide) – metallic grey is a hot color for fall and it goes with so many different looks.

NAPOLEON PERDIS NP SET False Eye Lashes in Manchester ($10 @ – if you just want a little emphasis on your eyes, this style will do it subtly. If a strip is too hard for you to maneuver, there’s also Copenhagen, individual lashes.

PACIFICA Island Vanilla Perfume ($22/1oz, $12/roll-on @ – Tahitian vanilla, vanilla absolute, honey-jasmine and a touch of fruit and tea make up this totally wearable made from pure grain alcohol scent.

POP BEAUTY Face Magnet Primer ($26/1.18oz @ – this makeup primer not only keeps your makeup on but it has UV protection, caffeine and anti-aging ingredients. Gotta love double triple duty products.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue de Rivoli ($25 @ – this metallic forest green will complement any eye color. Very smooth application and it has a sharpener built in the backend.

CLINIQUE Lipgloss/Lipstick Duo in Black Honey ($21 @ – check out what all the hubbub is about with their cult favorite Black Honey shade. It’s their best seller for a reason and now they have it in a combo Lip Gloss and Lipstick.

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

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