Browsing Posts from July 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Story of Cosmetics - The Critique

Friday, July 30, 2010

MAC In The Groove Collection

What it is: A modern, flowing and fabulous way with bold, kaleidoscopic colour combined with boho charm and up-to-the-minute catwalk style. Shadows are matte, sans glitter and in the trio format. Creamy lips play perfectly off Mineralize satin-smooth eyes. Turn on and groove out!


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Thursday, July 29, 2010

LUSH Turkish Delight Isn't Candy

Lush-Turkish-Delight This Turkish Delight from LUSH has really thrown me (I vaguely remember the candy, btw). They call it a Body Polish but it’s more of a glorified soap or body wash and I didn’t feel any granules in it nor did I see any exfoliating ingredients, except salt about half way down. Hmmm. It kind of reminds me of this one because it is a solid milky, pink in this case, color and not at all like the texture I am used to from a body polish. It kind of looks like a shiny cake frosting! Anyway, the first ingredient in this is rose water and mmm, what a great scent that is! I have had this one sitting on my desk for about 1 week now to write up and everytime I see it, I have to open and get a sniff!


It’s soap-based and is also made with jasmine, almond oil and cocoa butter among others. $29.95/7oz @


And don’t forget about their recycling program – bring back 5 black pots (like this one comes in) and get a free fresh face mask.


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


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Have You Tried Kim Kardashian's Fragrance Yet?

There are just some celebs I want to see in person. Pam Anderson is one, the late Anna Nicole Smith was another and Kim Kardashian is a third. I guess the closest I can get to the latter one right now is by trying her fragrance. I’m not really one for the celeb fragrance route as there are just too many to begin with, don’tcha Kim-Kardashian-EDP think? And I don’t quite see how being a celebrity helps them put out a great scent besides maybe giving them access to really great chemists. But I do have to give kudos where they are due and the KIM KARDASHIAN Eau de Parfum gets some from me. It came out earlier this year, so I ‘m a bit late in coming to the party but better late than never, right?


She developed the scent with Lighthouse Beauty Marketing they worked together to capture Kim’s sexy sultry side by including notes like orange blossom, pink jasmine, tuberose and gardenia and then to rep her softer side, they include a sensual base of Tonka bean, musk, jacaranda wood and sandalwood.


And as far as the bottle goes, I think they hit it right on the head, the translucent black bottle with pink pearl overspray and shape really make me think of Kim! I would recommend this one for night use only as it’s a little heavy for day. $50/1.7oz, $65/3.4oz @

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

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Essie Summer 2010 Collection

Essie-Summer-2010-Collection Going from this one to ESSIE’s Summer 2010 Collection of Nail Polishes is about as much night and day as you can get. This year’s runways reflected the ease of the season with youthful, upbeat clothing in feminine fabrics … inspired by vivid pastels  at Versace and the splashy florals at DKNY, (Essie created) the collection was created to reflect the youthful, fun-to-wear flirty frocks.” I think this could have been just another collection without the Pretty Edgy shade. It really help tie all the colors together beautifully.


Color picks from L to R: Demure Vixen (iridescent cocoa mauve), Haute As Hello (racy, scorching coral), and Pretty Edgy (vivid palmetto green). $8 @


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


Monday, July 26, 2010

Something to Think About...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection

I find myself wanting to know what’s inside the products I’m using. Take the new Vanda Orchid line from JUNE JACOBS. I tried the Vanda Orchid Body Balm ($60/7oz) and the Vanda Orchid Shower Gel ($35/7oz) and I really liked both (both @ They smelled heavenly and worked well. The Vanda Orchid is native to Northern Australia and Eastern Asia and is one of the rarest forms. The extract from the flower contains high levels of anti-oxidants and fortifying minerals. But with these two, I really wanted to get down to the nitty-gritty.


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Friday, July 23, 2010

Makeup that Doesn’t Move


What’s the point of even putting any makeup on if it’s just going to slide off after an hour. I’ve search high and low for the ones that really keep in place and below is the list I’ve come up with. Let me know if you have any other recommendations!


STILA Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner ($20 @ – this stuff doesn’t budge, doesn’t budge and doesn’t budge! Choose from 8 colors. Highly recommended.


MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream ($22 @ – I wrote about these when they debuted at The Makeup Show a few months ago and I still can’t get enough of them, especially when making my shadow stay for a long period of time. And the brightness of #21 Turquoise is just so refreshing.


BLINC Kiss Me Mascara ($25 @ – this is my favorite mascara of all time and I’ve tried probably 100 or so at this point. This won’t come off until you take it off yet it’s not waterproof, which is so hard to take off!


SEPHORA Lush Flush Lip & Cheek Stain in Red Wine ($12 @ – hair is flying around and strands flying into lips with gloss or lipstick is just not sexy. Stain ‘em instead!


NYX COSMETICS Fabulous Lashes ($4.50 @ – so many different styles to wow your peepers with and these won’t melt off! Shown here in #119 Gorgeous.


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


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Let's Talk Hair with L'Oreal & Phyto

L'Oreal-EverPure-UV-Protect-Spray-Phyto-Phytomist Speaking of sprays, how about two made just for strands?


L’OREAL EverPure UV Protecting Spray ($8.99/8.5oz @ If you color your hair and you’re hitting the beach this summer, this is a must-have product! It’s sulfate-free (duh, would hope it would be) and contains UV filters to keep the sun from changing your hair color.


This product contains Methyl Parabens, which is considered by some as an ingredient of concern. Read more here. Read my ingredient disclaimer here.


PHYTO Phytomist ($26/5oz @ – made just for dehydrated hair, which can happen from coloring or perming (perming?? Like pantyhose, will the perm ever come back into fashion?!), this uses botanicals to help prevent oxidation. FYI, it has silicones in it.

Disclosure: One of these items was provided to for review purposes. One I bought.

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Chic Twist to One from China Glaze

China-Glaze-Nail-Lacquer-in-Ingrid Here’s a cool twist on the greige or mushroom trend right now - add a little gold micro-glitter in this Nail Lacquer  from CHINA GLAZE and you’ve got Ingrid. It’s from the Vintage Vixen coming out this Fall and I must say that the darker colors in this collection are quite nice (I’ll get to them in the next few weeks). In the meantime, I just think this Ingrid color is so now but upon wearing it out for a few days, I can’t decide if I like the color better indoors than out. What do you think? $6.50 @

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

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