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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hall of Fame *review* Shu Uemura H9 Eyebrow Pencil

Shu-Uemura-Eyebrow-PencilShu Uemura H9 Formula Eyebrow Pencil- Hall of Fame Worthy?

Pros – helps fill in brows without adding too much color.
Cons – sometimes you have to spend a little extra time getting the color to come off.

Does it stay in the Hall of Fame?


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hall of Fame *review* Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Shu Uemura Eyelash CurlerShu Uemura Eyelash Curler – Hall of Fame Worthy?

Pros – it works really well at non-kinking lashes 
Cons – really none!

Does it stay in the Hall of Fame?

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Is Shu Uemura's Essence Absolue All That?

Shu-Uemura-Art-of-Hair-Essence-Absolue SHU UEMURA Art of Hair Essence Absolue has pretty much taken the hair product world by storm. It’s sold out three times since it made its debut last fall and celebrity hair stylist like Chris McMillan are pretty gaga for it too. The secret ingredient to it is the Camellia Oil, which they call “liquid gold.” I knew this had to contain more than just Camellia Oil and I couldn’t seem to find the ingredient list on the packaging or their website so I trolled the Internet and finally found one it on, go figure. Basically, it contains two common silicones (cyclopentsiloxane and dimethiconol) and ethylhexylmethoxycinnamate (sunscreen) and then fragrance ingredients (it does smell really nice. Maybe they’ll bottle it and sell it??) Like these, it seems like this is how these hair oils are put together – a majorly hair beneficial oil sandwiched between, so to speak, a few silicones. Now some peoples’ hair does not react well to silicones, like those with thin or fine strands. Mine reacts more than ok with it and it won't build up on hair.


Use this one as a pre-shampoo treatment, a finishing serum to add luster and shiner to hair or even to protect the hair from the sun this summer. And to answer the title, yes, it really is as great as they say it is. $65/5oz @



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


Friday, March 05, 2010

A.D.D. and Nail Polish

I’m not quite into winter and not quite into spring hues when it comes to nail polishes these days I'm just all over the map! So there's no point in talking about trends because mine are changing day to day and I don't see a pattern. So here are the five I’ve been jumping around the last few weeks.

From L to R:

OPI Nail Lacquer in On the Same Paige from the Brights Collection - $7.50
Nail Lacquer
in Grape Pop from the Up & Away Collection - $6.50 @
ZOYA Nail Polish
in Gwin from the Reverie Collection - $10 @
Foil FX Collection Nail Lacquer in Rage - $7.50 @
Nail Enamel Supplement Mineral
in P935 - $16 @

Speaking of, I have been wearing CND’s Asphalt since Sunday and my fingers and it’s now Friday morning and NO CHIPS WHAT-SO-EVER. I even had to help a friend move a room the other night, which usually totally does a mani in but this is holding up. So did CND perfect the formula when they tweaked the packaging? Wow, loving this!




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


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Two Nudes To Get Into

Purminerals_2PUR MINERALS Mineral Lip Tint SPF 15 in Sandy Quartz ($16.50 @ from the Spring 2008 color collection. Sheer nude with a slight hint of iridescence.

ShulsSHU UEMURA has THE perfect pinky-nude lipstick included in their latest collection. I find most nudes too chalky or matte. Basically too there! This Rouge Unlimited in Serene Pink from the Rebirth Collection balances matte and glossy for the perfect smooth finish. And nude lips are so in right now. $23 @ shuuemuracom.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Spring Highlights

SpringcolorLots of new colors and products out for the spring. Here are some stars:


ORIGINS Brush-On Color in Coral Reef ($17.50 @

SHU UEMURA Tri-Color Eye Pencil in Aqua Flow ($28 @ from the Rebirth Collection

BOURJOIS Dose de Nacres Mini Loose Powder Eye Shadow in #3 orange with a silver sheen ($8 @

SPA RITUAL Lacquer in Plugged-In ($10 @ from the Awakened Collection.

SMASHBOX Green Room Bronzer ($28 @ from the Green Room Collection.
BOBBI BROWN Lip Gloss in Pink Popsicle ($19 @ from the Pink Raspberry Collection

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Fab Little Squares of Color from Shu Uemura

SHU UEMURA’s Pressed Eye Shadow N ($20 @ is a new formula of powders (I’m guessing the “N” at the end of the name stands for New). I always thought the original ones were a nice quality and the clear cases were neat.Shu These new squares of finely milled micro-pressed powders and light capturing powders.

So these new recipes not only seem to adhere to the skin better but they still have the superior blending ability I came to love. And they ever sleek-a-fied the Lucite packaging. I’m not sure if they are converting all 100 or so colors or just a big handful of them. Either way, if you have not tried these shadows, here’s a great reason to now.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Red, Red Lips

This is our last installment of Red, Red Lips and we have some serious ones on this list. Just do me one favor when it comes to red lipsticks, don’t let the look in the tube deceive you from trying what could be, your perfect shade!




  1. NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red ($23 @ – this is one bright red! It’s matte and very pigmented.
  2. MAC new Mattene Lipstick in You Say Tomato ($14.50 @ – semi-matte bright orange-red. For the experienced only!
  3. SHISEIDO The Makeup Perfecting Lipstick in Red Luxe ($22 @ – you need sunglasses when you put this shade on. Bright and creamy. Proceed with caution.
  4. DIANNE BRILL COSMETICS Lip Lingerie Lipstick in Cuban Heel ($28 @ – when I think of this line, I think of this rich cocoa red. Deeply pigmented and it’s one of those that is lighter red on lips than it appears.
  5. URBAN APOTHECARY Big Fat Kiss in Smirk ($20 @ – part gloss part lipstick. This is a warm glossy red that will make your lips look wet.
  6. SCOTT BARNES Lip Suede in Crystal ($24 @ – thick and rich pigment. Scott doesn’t mess around with sheers. This is a serious girls’ red lipstick.
  7. OPI Lip Color in St. Petersburgundy ($10 @ – this is a deep burgundy red, like a shade you see on a model in a magazine. Pair with a pearl necklace and your look is ready.
  8. TRISH McEVOY Flawless Lip Sheer Lip Liner in Rouge ($20 @ – for perfect precision with any red, use a pencil to line. This rosy red is not too dry or oily and it stays put.
  9. LIPSTICK QUEEN Lipstick in Rouge Sinner ($18 @ – "all pigment and no shimmer or frost" is their tag line. This is a serious dark red.
  10. SHU UEMURA Rouge Unlimited Red Collection in #195 ($23 @ – they are so confident about their formula for red, they came out with a whole collection of them. This one is silky and on the sheerer side.
  11. SUKI COLOR Pure Cream Stain in Vermillion ($36.50 @ – this glass pot is filled with pure deep burgundy wine pigment. Swipe this creamy mineral color on lips, cheeks, everywhere. Very sheer.
We know that not every red will fit every person so Linda, one of our faithful readers, has a suggestion for those with lips on the thin side or if you are over 40. “I found two from GARDEN BOTANIKA that are sheer and glossy and give my lips a deep red hue. The colors are Vitamin E Lip Tint’s Rhubarb and Black Raspberry Volumizing Lipstick. Despite the names they look red on my lips.” Thanks Linda!
Friday, September 14, 2007

Fall Color Picks - Nude Shimmer

Fall is here and we couldn't be more excited! And with the season come some great color trends. Twice a month until December, we will be featuring two colors we are loving and the makeup products that highlight them. Here's our first installment!


Ask most men about NUDE and they think of well, besides that, one color. Women … well, we know all the variations. There’s fleshy nude, beige nude, beige-y pink nude and even metallic-y nude and the formulas can be sheer or very pigmented. I love that the color can really polish off a look if you’re going for simple and low maintenance or if you want to make one feature really stand out. Add a sprinkle of shimmer and you have one of this season’s “it” colors. And what’s great about this shade as it’s hard to go overboard. You can do all your features in different nudes and still look fab. Lips, face, eyes ... here’s our picks of Nude Shimmers for the season:



BOURJOIS Effet 3D Les Nudes in 33 Brun Poetic ($15 @ – looks darker in the tube than it actually appears in the tube
SPA RITUAL Nail Lacquer in Savant ($10 @ – has a hint of gold shimmer
SHISEIDO The Makeup Lip Gloss in G27 Rose Toffee ($20 @ - light and glossy

JOEY NEW YORK Eye Shading Powder in Soulful Eyes ($16 @ – apply up to the brow bone and then lots of mascara
CLINIQUE Touch Tint For Eyes, New Cream Formula in Natural Suede ($14.50 @ - water-resistant tint
SHU UEMURA Cream Eye Shadow in Soft Seashell White ($25 @ - sublte and sleek
VON NATUR Spruce Powder Foundation ($27.99 @ – a little on cheeks, cupid’s bow, under the eyebrows
DEBRA MACKI Lip Gloss in Sucre ($16 @ – a beige-y metallic that’s all shimmer
SEPHORA Radiant Powder In A Brush ($18 @ - translucent powder with a kick
RIMMEL Glitter Eye Shadow Pencil in Starlight ($3 @ – to highlight and add some fun

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