Browsing Posts from February 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: O.R.G Skincare Organic Mineral Peel Face

What do you think of when it comes to the words face peel? Nothing sexy, no doubt! Exfoliator? A little better but not as violent sounding. Why O.R.G SKINCARE decided to call this next product a “peel,” I’m not exactly sure because when I think of a peel I think of Samantha Jones from Sex in the City and her red face with a peel left on to long. Great episode!

The name it goes by is Organic Mineral Peel Face and is meant to remove dead skin, like you-can-see-it-ball-up-on-your-face, dead skin. And to put this one to the ultimate test, I used a facial scrub with tiny synthetic beads to exfoliate my skin in the shower before using this one and I still got the skin balls.

O.R.G-Skincare-Organic-Mineral-Peel-FaceSo what’s inside that seems to act as a super exfoliator? The list starts with mineral water, glycerin, Centrimonium Chloride (an anticeptic), Carbomer (for consistency), and then we get to the licorice root extract, milk thistle, aloe, grape seed extract, cucumber,  among others. So I’m really not sure how this one is able to give the huge results that it does. Maybe by combining all the above ingredients? It made my skin super supple and soft, pretty much better than about 90% of the face exfoliators I’ve ever used.

It comes in a 2oz spray bottle and you simple spray some on each quad of the face (forehead, each cheek and chin area), wait about 10 seconds and then using your fingers, make circles around your face and you’ll see the skin. Rinse with water.

And I was given a tip by them to use this before applying any product that really needs to sink in or adhere like a face primer, face moisturizer or even sunscreen. $44 @

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

So What's New with Ardell?

My favorite false eyelash line, ARDELL, just put out some new lashes, woo-hoo! I find myself wearing them just about every night when I have something going on. Especially their corner lashes, or as they call them, Lash Accents seen here, which are just so darn easy to apply! If you are still challenged by a full band, those might be your answer.

So what’s new with the brand? 

Ardell-Edgy-LashesEdgy Lashes – we always want to play up the very outer corner of our eyes and these ones are more dense at the edges and they really accentuate nicely.

Ardell-Lash-Lites-2Lash Lights – have very short or sparse lashes? These will give you the look of a full set naturally.

Starting @ $3.99

Monday, February 25, 2013

Let's Talk Good for Skin with MoonEssence

MoonEssence-Body-Oil-and-Body-PolishI’ve always been a big supporter of the small fish in the big beauty pond and I was lucky enough to be able to try out a few products from the MOONESSENCE line. When it comes to ingredients in body products, my motto has always been the less the better. Take their Body Polish in Orange Honey ($38.99/16oz) for example, the ingredients in this one are organic unrefined raw sugar, organic brown rice flour, saponified oils of olive, organic coconut, grape seed and 100% pure steam distilled essential oils. That’s it. Do you really need anything else inside?

The other product in their line that made my week is their Bath & Body Oil in Bergamot & Grapefruit ($28.99/8oz). It’s made up of 100% grape seed oil with vitamin E and pure steam essential oils. Apply this one just out of the shower while skin is still wet. Yes, these are a little on the expensive side but keep in mind you are paying for the quality inside each product. Both and more @

Friday, February 22, 2013

Benefit's Fakeup Hydrating Crease-Control Concealer

Benefit-Fakeup-Crease-Control-Hydrating-ConcealerThis new Fakeup Hydrating Crease-Control Concealer from BENEFIT is interesting. Not because it is a concealer but because it combines both a concealer and anti-aging/moisturizing ingredients. I guess I have just never associated the two together before as I’ve always applied them separately. Things that make you go hmmmm… Anyway,the color concealer sits inside of a hydrating ring of vitamin E and apple seed extract to help moisturize and helps fight aging.

Now I know that the area around the eye is very delicate so tugging is not recommended so this 2-in-1 is great so you’re not messing with the area to much. I’ve used it about 4 times now and got about 5 hours of wear before it started fading and it didn’t cake or crease during this time. And like those good foundations, this one uses that special light diffusing technology. Available in 3 shades. $24/3.5g @

Thursday, February 21, 2013

*NEW* Product Addition to the Hall of Fame from IT Cosmetics!

IT-Cosmetics-Vitality-Cheek-Flush-Powder-Blush-StainI raved about this one in the feature here and I’ve tweeted and Pinterested about it and it really has stood the test of time, so it’s time! I’m adding IT COSMETICS Vitality Cheek Stain to the Hall of Fame (cue trumpets here). Not only are the colors nicely pigmented but, most importantly, they stay vibrant on cheeks for hours! When was the last time you wore a blush that could do that? Not often.

!!So please help me welcome It Cosmetics and their Vitality Cheek Stain to the Hall of Fame!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review+Swatches - CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet Lippies

I had to get to these latest lippies from CHANEL before they roll out another collection! They are both from the Spring 2013 Color Collection and are the Rouge Allure Velvet lippies. Click after the jump for more pics and swatches!


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Monday, February 18, 2013

Sample the Samples of Atelier Cologne Collection Voyage

I have amassed quite the collection of fragrances since they are one of my favorite categories of beauty products to try out. But it’s not always easy to find true love with one and sniffing a lot is on the menu.

I think we can all agree that small sample vials are not the most ideal way to try a fragrance because they  are usually hard to open and spill as you are popping the tiny top off. But then again, a full size bottle is not always ideal either, since fragrances are not cheap and think about how many you sniff vs. how many you really love.  

I think that fragrance samplers are just about the best thing on the planet as they are a great way to really get a feel for a some of the latest scents.

Another one I’m really feeling right now is ATELIER COLOGNE Collection Voyage. The box it comes in is beautiful, with a cute read postage stamp in the upper right hand corner, like an internationally stamped box.

Atelier-Cologne-VoyageThis sampler of eau de colognes is .25oz sprays of the following scents: Orange Sanguine (fresh fruit), Grand Néroli (aromatic citrus), Bois Blonds (woody floral), Trèfle Pur (citrus + green), Oolang Infini (green + citrus), Vanille Insensée (woody vanilla), and Ambre Nue (oriental floral).

And as you can see from the above list, this one pushes all the fragrance envelopes! There are a few mellow ones and then some, whoa ones that will help you max your sexiness for an eve.

So which ones are my faves? I can see why the Vanille Insensee has such a following; Bois Blonds is really pleasant and while I normally love oriental florals, the Ambre Nue was just too much, surprisingly. Maybe one of the notes just didn’t jive with me but the Grand Neroli, oy, so sexy and full-bodied. $95 @ Will you be checking out this collection?

Friday, February 15, 2013 Press in Cisions

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Review+Swatches - NARS Spring 2013 Duo Eye Shadows

Are you afraid of bright colors for lips and eyes? I almost am. I mean, I like to look at them … a lot! But to wear them, I sometimes look too much and not touch enough. But I did decide to stop that and dive head-first into the latest from NARS COSMETICS. Their Duo Eye Shadow (35 @ from the Spring 2013 Collection are pretty bold, at least when it comes to Mad Mad World. Wanna see more photos and swatches? Click after the pics.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Review: Is Lush's Bloucey for You?

It’s funny how we are programmed to think something is good if it smells good and it’s bad if the smell is unpleasant. So not true and I’ve really had to train myself to not think like this. And I was challenged with the new Blousey Shampoo from LUSH. It doesn’t smell bad, just not as pleasant as 99% of Lush products are.

I’m always so careful of what I put on my hair not only because of my hair color but also my Brazilian Straightening Treatment, or whatever name it’s going by these days. Companies sneak things in so I have to read the ingredients when it comes to any shampoo or just stick with what I know, which is usually from Pureology.

Lush-Blousey-ShampooI know that Lush uses real quality ingredients when it comes to their products but I have tried a few that had Sodium Laureth Sulfates in them, which we know messes with hair color/Brazilian, so the ingredient list on this one was like 50 Shades of Grey, a must-read!

First, know that this one is made just for those with chemically-treated, damaged or color-treated strands, and the first ingredient in the list? Fresh Organic Bananas! Then Pimento Berry, Fair Trade Cloves a few more and then … BAM Ammonium Laureth Sulfate. Sounds bad. Sounds related to the Sodium Laureth Sulfate/SLS’s I mentioned above, and it is. Yes, it’s a surfactant that gives you the lather but they claim this one is gentle in, “a minimum concentration.” So this one might hassle your color/Brazilian a little bit but, if you are a Lush fan and the rest of this jives with you, you may want to try/investigate this one for yourself. Just don’t look to it to smell nice, because it doesn’t. $25/8.4oz @

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