Browsing Posts from October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Kate and May Say Hello to Eyes

Maybelline-falsies-mascara-#2 Kate-Somerville-Lash-Enhancing-Eye-Makeup-RemoverI have my favorite mascara that I’ve mentioned a ba-zillion times here so not many get thumbs up from me but this  MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Falsies Flared by Volum’ Express Mascara ($7.77 @ drugstore.com) does. Not only does it define lashes but it gives them volume and lots of it with the Kera fibers in it. Yes, things can get clumpy if you are not used to a serious mascara, like this one, so I would say this one is not for the novice.

KATE SOMERVILLE True Lash ($35/1.7oz @ sephora.com) comes into the fold when it’s time to remove the above mascara. Part of the reason I am so loyal to … this one, is how easy it is to remove. Taking off most mascaras takes a lot of tugging and pulling in the eye area and even then, most don’t remove every speck of black but this one does. It also conditions lashes, hydrates the whole eye area with chamomile, aloe vera and a major ingredient called SymLash226 Complex that boosts keratin production, so more lashes.

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

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Goody's Got It Going On with their Latest Item

Goody-Double-Wear-Ponytailer-2-in-1I think the coolest thing that was in The Beauty Social beauty event gift bag last weekend had to be the GOODY Double Wear 2-in-1 Ponytail Bracelet. Remember wearing a scrunchie around your wrist throughout the day “just in case” you needed it? Well now you can get a ponytail holder that doubles as  jewelry. Whoever developed these over at Goody deserves a raise!

I can’t seem to find them selling online anywhere so I don’t know how much they are but I’m sure they’re affordable like all of their line.

If you are looking for a headband, they also have Double Wear Headwrap 2-in-1 Necklace. And I love that these come in either gold or silver.

Friday, October 28, 2011

This Season Camille Beckman's Got Hands Covered

Camille-Beckman-Tuscan-Honey-Glycerine-Hand-TherapyIf you’re read the site for a while, you know my love of all-things honey so I jumped at CAMILLE BECKMAN’s Glycerine Hand Therapy in Tuscan Honey. First a little about this new-to-me line. Everything for the line is created and done in the USA and they have an informative video on their green factory in Eagle, ID. Yup, Idaho! I’d never heard of the line before and from what I understand are carried in lot of boutiques nationwide, no department stores. Love that they keep all the jobs here.

Anyway, back to the honey! This Hand Therapy product feels unbelievable on my hands. So moisturizing but not greasy at all. It contains a blend of glycerine, vitamin E, aloe, almond oil and nourishing botanical extracts. And for $10.95/1.35oz, I don’t thinks it’s too steep a price to pay for this. Get it @ camillebeckman.com.

And if honey is not your thing, they have many other scents like White Lilac, Jade Dragonfly, French Vanilla and event Unscented. Big recommendation.

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

Thursday, October 27, 2011

MAC Style Driven Collection

What It Is: “Drive,” she said … and there’s no mistaking a woman on a mission to get what she wants! And in this case, that would be the ultimate in future-forward Pro-Longwear technology: A creamy new eye shadow, plus lipglass that juices up gloss for six extended hours of lasting shine, lip pencil that won’t skip-and-drag, and they go for 15 hours – that’s about the time it takes to drive from Paris to Monte Carlo … plus five hours of still looking flawless for dinner.

Wanna see the picks? Click after the jump!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: Nutra Nail Gel Perfect UV-Free Gel-Color

Nutra-Nail-Gel-Perfect-Gel-ColorThere’s a new nail color line on the market from the NUTRA NAIL line and it’s along the line of this trend but it’s all in the privacy of your own home. It’s their new Gel Perfect UV-Free Gel-Colors and allows you to get on with things quicker than normal nail polish. As in, paint, wait a few seconds, coat, coat, wait a few more, it’s dry and go. Ok, a little more time than that (set time is 5 minutes total) but you get the point.

Remember the quick dry nail polishes that were/are on the market and how excited everyone was when first trying them and how awful they turned out to be because they chipped really quickly? Think of this one as the application and quick drying power of those but it lasts on nails like a regular manicure so longer than those. And it’s quite shiney!

And removing the polish is easy too. They sell packets of No-Mess Express Gel Perfect Remover that take the color off lickety split.

As far as colors go, I had better luck with the dark colors than the sheers. Passion (red) was beautiful!

Polishes $11.99, Remover $5.99/pack of 5 pads @ walgreens.com.

Monday, October 24, 2011

e.l.f Won't Break Any Bank #sp

This is a Sponsored Post written by me about e.l.f.

I’ve always believed in spending more on certain beauty products and less in others. Like for mascara, I will shell out the $24 for my favorite, while with most eye shadows, I don’t always have to buy the same brand E.l.f.-Mineral-Eyeshadow-in-Outdoorsyand type. And a lot of the less expensive lines are really on trend, like e.l.f. A lot of brands have their own mineral makeup collections now since it’s become so popular and their Mineral Eyeshadows are a good example that quality doesn’t have to break the bank. These are infused with vitamins like A, B, C and E in them and I’m digging the brights like Flirty and Outdoorsy (shown here).

Do you have a favorite makeup palette you use to experiment with looks? When I’m checking out some YouTube tutorials, I’m always concerned when I don’t have a color close to what they are using in a look. If this is you, e.l.f.’s studio makeup might be a collection of products you want to check out. For $10, the Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette has so many different colors inside so you’ll never say, “I don’t have that color,” when wanting to try a YouTube makeup tutorial.

E.l.f.-Endless-Eyes-Pro-Eyeshadow-PaletteIf you were to take stock of your makeup brushes, how many would you say you have? And no, the tiny eye shadow brush that comes with the palette don’t count! Do you even know what kind you need? The e.l.f. brand carries the basics so you can try them to see if you are good at wielding if you decide to plunk down some serious cash for an expensive one. One that encompasses the basics is the Essentials Professional Complete Set of 12 Brushes. For $12, you just can’t go wrong.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen, Splurge Skincare

I’m happy to introduce you to a new line that I think you’ll be hearing more about in the coming months. SPLURGE SKINCARE was started by a body scrub given as a Christmas present. Can’t you hear the conversation, “Wow, this is a really good scrub. You should start selling it…” The line hails from Massachusetts and is based on the philosophy that you shouldn’t wait to treat yourself. And what better way than with a beauty product? I concur!

There are three products in the line right now and I’m giving major props to The Rub right now. It’s a sugar scrub and the ingredients truly do the talking, as they should: sugar, organic safflower oil, meadowfoam oil, glycerine, organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, aloe vera juice and then various oils to enhance the “flavor” of the three scents offered, which are Almond, Peppermint and Lemon. $26/8oz @ splurgeskincare.com.

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



Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Product Standouts – Face

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Falll-2011-Beauty-Picks-face-productsNAPOLEON PERDIS
NP Set Calming Pre-Foundation Primer
($29/1.7oz @ target.com) – now that colder temps are here, your skin might want to act out. Keep redness away with this green primer. The formula also contains aloe and cucumber extracts to make skin feel great.

NARS Concealer ($22 @ neimanmarcus.com) – now available in a stick form, this smooth formula is available in 10 shades.

MIRACLE SKIN Transformer SPF 20 To Go ($18/.85oz @ beauty.com) – yeah a tinted moisturizer with SPF. This new size is perfect for the purse and contains micas, Saw Palmetto Extract, CO Enzyme Q10 among others to give skin a shot of anti-aging ingredients. Choose from seven shades.

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CoSTUME NATIONAL Goes PoP!

CoSTUME-NATIONAL-Pop-CollectionIt’s not often that a product’s packaging comes in different colors and in this case, it’s CoSTUME NATIONAL’s Pop Collection Eau de Parfum, which came out a few months ago. While the scent is the same, the actual bottle comes in four different bold colors: blue, orange, red and turquoise. So what color is inside the white box? You won’t know until you get home to open it. Color destiny! The idea was inspired by the group OK GO! “Four sartorial outfits, each of them in a different primary color, creating a look that is minimal and pop at the same time.”

Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Raspberry, Cassis Absolute
Heart Notes: Rose, Jasmin
Base Notes: Patchouli Heart, Cashmeran, Ambre Gris

I’m such a sucker for jasmine that I feel like I can try a scent and my nose can usually pick out it’s presence. This has become a fall scent staple for day and night. That’s a rarity. $49.50/3.4oz @ costumenationalscents.com.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall Product Standouts – Skin Care

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Quite a few skin care products have come out and here are three I am giving my stamp of approval.

COLORESCIENCE PRO Illuminating Cleanser Mineral Powder Formula ($37.50/1.4oz @ dermstore.com) – this powder looks like diamond dust and is great at not only cleansing and exfoliating the skin with Salicylic Acid but it also removes makeup. No tightness of the skin after using this one. Big recommendation.

BURT’S BEES Sensitive Night Cream ($15/1.8oz @ drugstore.com) – part of the new Sensitive line they just put out, which includes a Cleanser, Moisturizing Cream and Eye Cream. These contain Cotton Extract to help minimize the effects of potential irritants, as well as aloe. So your skin is getting what it needs but gently.

PREVAGE Day Intensive Anti-aging Moisturizing Cream SPF 30 ($129/1.7oz) – Liz Arden’s Prevage brand has received rave reviews and they just came out with two new products. This day cream not only guards against UVA/UVB rays, but it also contains the powerful ingredient Idebenone to protect the skin from daily environmental assaults. The other new one is their Night Anti-aging Restorative Cream ($132/1.7oz). Get them both @ macys.com.

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



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