Browsing Posts from June 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Go On Vacation With Caress

CaressCARESS Brazilian Exotic Oil Infusions Body Wash ($5.19/15oz @ is one of those luxe vacation-in-a-bottle products that won’t break the bank. For me, body washes are pretty much the same and it’s usually the scent that makes it or breaks it. For the most part that is.


This one blends Passion Flower Cream and the Acai Fruit oil so the formula is pretty thick. The added oils seem to hydrate well as my arms don’t feel so in need of lotion after I get out of the shower. Nice one.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Give The Gift of Soap & Paper Factory



I'm quite happy to introduce you to a new line, well, actually, it's a new line from a company we have featured on Cybelesays before. SOAP & PAPER FACTORY comes from the founders of Brickhouse Soap joining forces with Dewey Howards Paper. You can see each one’s specialty in the line: Beeswax Candles ($36), Scented Drawer Papers ($28) and Scented Stationary ($48) to Body Scrubs ($44), Soap Bars ($14) and Fizzing Bath Powders ($36).

Each product is thankfully hand crafted in their factory in New York and steers clear of parabens, phthalates, and petroleum. Recycled materials are also used when it comes to packaging.
The products come in six scents: Verbena, Cinnamon Clove, Fig, Orange Blossom, Rosewood and Green Tea. There are only a few lines I would consider using as gifts and I’m adding this one to the short list. Check out their easy to navigate site @

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Honey, Honey Part II

HONEY facts:

  • In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited.
  • Honey is fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free.
  • Not only is it quite soothing on minor burns, but can help combat infection and minimize scarring.


So using HONEY in beauty products seems like a natural fit, right? Here are some we love that love us right back in Part II of our on-going feature on products that exploit HONEY.


  1. TOCCA Body Wash in Cleopatra ($19/8oz @
  2. AROMA M Geisha Blanche Eau de Parfum ($80/1.7oz @
  3. JUNE JACOBS Pore Refining Oatmeal Scrub ($38/3.7oz @
  4. THE BODY DELI Oatmeal and Honey Masque ($24/2oz @
  5. LUSH Bath Bomb in Honey Bee ($6.15/6.3oz @
Saturday, June 21, 2008

Feel Sensual With The Latest From Nars Cosmetics

NARS COSMETICS' last couple of collections have been focused on bringing your sexy and sultry out side out and this new one continues the trend. Exotica Look Summer 2008 is eight edgy neutrals to help bring our your sensual side.


Here are our picks: Portobello Duo Eyeshadow ($32), Galapagos Single Eyeshadow ($22), Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24), Supervixen Lip Gloss ($24), Mindgame Lipstick ($24) 
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Quick Pick Eyes - Urban Decay

Udpencil_2I think every woman is a interested in a great beauty tip so you’ve probably heard about using a white pencil to make eyes look whiter and brighter. This 24/7 Glide-On Pencil ($16 @ from URBAN DECAY in Yeyo used in the corner of the eyes and under the eyebrows to brighten and create drama.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

How Many Times Does Britney Spears Change Her Nail Polish?

Not enough. It’s become a pet peeve of mine to see her on the gossip blogs with really chipped polish and she doesn’t even sport the chipped polish done for the effect; the “OMG, I’m so busy and wanted that I don’t even have time to do my nails!” No, hers are chipped in the “I really don’t care about anything” way.Butter May I suggest BUTTER LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer ($12 @, Britney? 3 Free? Free of the three most common chemical toxins found in nail polishes these days: Formaldehyde, Toluene or DBP, so the're even safe for the boys, if that's your thing.


And might I suggest a couple of colors for you, Britney? How about a ‘putty meets mushroom’ for your fingers? Ok, Fash Pack it is. And for toes? Hmmm, how about Branwen’s Feather? It’s a nice blackish-purple and In Style magazine loved it this past January. And these polishes wear just as well as your other brands.
While I like the rectangle packaged polishes, closing the bottle after using it is not so easy. The threads inside the cap and on the glass have to line up perfectly to twist the cap back on because if they don’t, it goes back on wonky. A little annoying, but don’t worry Britney, I’ll help you with the caps. 

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Old Skool Cybelesays

Haha, I just came across a few of my first reviews ever when I was writing about beauty for the online magazine, Mash Magazine back in 2000. Sephora was relatively new on the scene too. Enjoy!

February 2000
April 2000

All my blush,

Friday, June 13, 2008

*Gasp* Ugh, Need Clinique... Moisture...Surge

I have a friend who is a bike messenger and he gets sick a lot during the summertime. It’s all that going in and out of air-conditioned buildings that wreaks havoc on his body. And that got me thinking, what can those extreme temperature changes being doing to his or anyone’s skin?Cliniquenocap CLINIQUE just put out ‘Moisture Surge’ Extended Thirst Relief ($34/1.7oz, $46.50/2.5oz @ and I could be wrong but isn't is the 3rd installment of Moisture Surge? We have nothing against an improvement on an existing product, in fact, we likey. This latest formula contains hydration boosters and a new botanical blend that's able to lock in moisture. So get on that plane,to another coast, bask on the beach and then pop into the beachside restaurant to pick up a smoothie and don’t worry about your skin suffering in the meantime.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

AMALA Shines In A Sea Of Confusion

Natural, organic, pure …what product doesn’t scream one of these on their label these days? Where does it stop? I recently tried a body scrub that smelled so good - the packaging was great and the company philosophy was about using natural aromatherapy ingredients and fine spices like “ground cinnamon” and “crushed cloves.” I was starting to write the scrub up when I looked at all the ingredients. Argh! White petroleum, Mineral Oil! How can a company’s mission be to “provide 100% safe, all natural elements” blah, blah, blah and then put those really bad ones inside? Don’t get me wrong, I have used products containing those ingredients and have no real issue with them. What I have a problem with is stating something and turning around and delivering another. So needless-to-say, my dander was up when I got to this AMALA skincare line. Let’s investigate, shall we? Amala_2


The name is pronounced AMA-la, like Pamela without the P. They come to us from Germany and take their name from the Sanskrit word for “most pure.” Their products are certified organic by Ecocert (like our Natural Product Association but to the 10th power. Ecocert doesn’t mess around). Phew, I’m calming down now. Amala believes in using whole plant ingredients and the products are 100% free of synthetics, chemical preservatives (expiration date stamped on the bottom of each box) and their line is the first to be formulated with exclusive organic emulsifiers. There’s really so much more to this line then what I have here so if you curious, you can read it on their site.


Onto the products – they come in three categories: Purify, Hydrate and Rejuvenate, depending on your skin’s needs. For the face, there’s Cleansers, Toners, Moisturizers, Mattifiers, Eye Treatments, and Yogurt Masks in each collection to name a few. Right now, the Purifying line is the only one available to purchase on their site with the other two rolling out September 1st. They even have products for the body, one of which was my favorite out of the few I tried. The Detoxify Body Butter ($27/1.7oz) was really nice feeling but I wasn’t too wild about the earthy-crunchy scent. I was able to overlook it, as it didn’t linger. My skin didn’t feel greasy at all, just soft and hydrated, which must be due to the fig and olive oil. I even gave it the ultimate test by shoving my arm in front of the SO to touch. He also approved. 


As with any “natural” line, especially this proven one, spot testing is recommended – just because it’s natural or plant-based doesn’t mean it’s gentle. All @

Monday, June 09, 2008

Honey, Honey

I have been a long time fan of HONEY. It never spoils, it’s sweeter than sugar, and it’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants. According the wikipedia, it’s the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water. Amazing! I really think this ingredient is highly overlooked when it comes to using it in beauty products as it proven to be able to attract and absorb moisture. So here’s out first of a four-part series on HONEY and beauty products that get it:


  1. KINGS & QUEENS Nefertiti Honey ShowerGel ($10.82/10.14oz @
  2. LE COUVENT DES MINIMES Honey Nutritive Lip Balm ($10/.5oz @
  3. LUSH Honey I Washed The Kids Soap ($7.95/3.5zo @
  4. VERIKIRA NATURALS Honey Bath Body Polish ($38/16.64oz @
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