Monthly Archives: May 2006

Product Girl in the Press

In addition to syndication on popular sites like The Salon at Star Style, Coutorture and Glam, this weblog has also received a little bit of press in it’s short life that has made for some very exciting growth here at Product Girl.

On March 23, 2006, Product Girl was mentioned in an article on beauty bloggers in the Style section the New York Times:

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Then in May, Product Girl was also featured in a piece called Chic Geek in WWDBeauty Biz magazine:

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Mascara Madness is Almost Over

I got this one in just under the wire, just as May is coming to an end. My motto lately seems to be better late than never. :)

Esteelaudermascara_1 I have to be honest but when I think of good mascara, Estee Lauder did not come to mind. My mind drifted towards Lancome’s Definicils mascara but now that I have been trying something new, Estee Lauder’s More than Mascara can certainly hold it’s own in the mascara arena.

With it’s long and plush brush, this mascara separates my lashes really well and it dries quickly. I really like that this mascara’s tapared brush really lets me get at the smaller lashes with the tip of the wand, with ease. Best of all, this mascara does not run. Some mascaras creep down as the day goes on but this one has not done that on me. I was very pleasantly surprised with this mascara.

You can find more Mascara Madness over at Blogdorf Goodman’s, where the The Great Mascara Hunt is just winding down.

Podcast News: Moving to Monday

At this point, I would probably be working on the next episode of the podcast but I have decided to move the podcast to Monday instead. This allows me to spend a little more time on production and to bring everyone a better podcast. :) Thank you to everyone who has given me encouragement on this, I really do appreciate it. Hopefully you’ll continue to enjoy future episodes in the podcast.

I would also like to invite everyone to participate in the podcast. If you have any comments, feedback or tips you’d like to share, leave a message at 801-335-1219 or just . My hope is that the podcast will include as much listener participation as possible as we all something to contribute. One of the things I will be discussing next time on the podcast is lipbalm and other lip products. If you have a favorite, now is the time to share!

Until then, make sure you are subscribing to the podcast feed in iTunes or your favorite podcast application! This will be the best way to keep up with new episodes of the show.

Milky, Cereal, Baby

OK, not really completely related to my post but those are just LL Cool J lyrics from back in the day. Today is all about the milk, not the O, but the milk. I have an instant attraction to any product that uses milk in any way. One of my favorite products is Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion, so when I was given the chance to try products from the SkinMilk line, this was a no-brainer.

Skinmilkbath I started by using the Shower Gel and the Bath Bar from this line. The first thing I noticed about these products was their scent. It seems to smell exactly like Kielh’s Vanilla scented products, like Kiehl’s Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser for instance. I liked that the bath bar really gave a good lather. Some soaps that I have tried really wimp out in this regard and I was pleased to see that this one did not. I’ve used the shower gel more than the bath bar but I do have to say, my skin is feeling completely loved lately. I’ve started using skin polishing towel along with the shower gel and my skin is feeling soft and smooth as a baby’s bottom. While I do like Kiehl’s Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser‘s consistency, I think I’ll stick with SkinMilk because this has a much better price. Also, this line has other bath products such as the Body Scrub and the Foaming Bath Soak that are definitely worth a try.

Not that these products left my skin dry but Skinmilksoftshimmer I also tried the Soft Shimmer Body Lotion from the SkinMilk line. Just like the rest of the products that I tried, this product also features the same light and milky vanilla scent. I compared this product to another Kiehl’s I have, the Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion with Aloe Vera & Oatmeal in Vanilla and I have to say, I prefer this lotion to Kiehl’s. I do not like how runny Kiehl’s lotion is but I kept using it because of the scent. This lotion is definitely thicker and I like the consistency of it. While the name of the lotion suggests there’s some shimmer to it, I have yet to see it. I supose if I put on layers and layers of the lotion, I might see a faint shimmer on my skin but I don’t have the patience for that. I was happy to use this without the shimmer. Although, it would not hurt to up the shimmer factor in this product. It would just encourage me to keep using this product.

Product Girl Podcast #1: Introducing the Product Girl Podcast

It took me a little bit longer than expected but I was able to wrap it up, podcasting is a lot harder than it seems. :) So here it is, my first podcast episode. It’s a little shorter than I intended it to be but it is what it is. I’ll be releasing a new episode every week, so subscribe to the feed and look for a new episode every Wednesday night.

The products in tonight’s episode include MAC Cosmetics See-Thru Lip Color in Rose de Sheer, MAC Cosmetics See-Thru Lipgelee in Goldensoft, Bobbi Brown Matte Stain for Lips in Clay and Desert Clay, NARS Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow in Faith, Stila Convertible Eye Color in Slate and MAC Cosmetics Beauty Powder in Sunsparked Pearl.

Thank you for listening to the podcast, I will always appreciate feedback and constructive comments. Also, you’re welcome to participate in the podcast as well!

Do You Have a Collection?

I was chatting with my lovely co-worker Colleen the other day and I was asking her for ideas for this weblog. She had a fantastic idea, why not ask readers to everyone their collections? And by collection, I mean your beauty products. I’ve done this before in one of the LiveJournal communities I was active in and I loved seeing all the products people had. It also gave me some great ideas on what other products I could try.

So what do you think? You show me your collection and I’ll show you mine? To participate, just comment on this entry and include a link to your photos. You can even send me a video clip. Once we have enough partipants, I’ll post them all at the same time. Sound good? :)

Also, I’m going to be trying something new in the next few days. I’m going to attempt to put together a podcast! I’ve been talking about this a little bit with Christina and I think I finally have the guts to do this… just don’t laugh at my voice. I’ve recorded one segment so far and I’m going to work on the rest tomorrow and hopefully I’ll have this available for download by Friday. Cross your fingers for me, ok?

Eyes of an Angel

I was going to do a post about mascara since the Great Mascara hunt is going on over at  Blogdorf Goodman’s but then I realized, I’m not into mascara as I am eyeshadow and I recently found a palette I am crazy about. Maybe I will soon though, I had my eye on some Shu Uemera stuff earlier today.

Trucco_angelface At first glance, Trucco’s AngelFace palette from the Holographic Colour Collection, seems like a really boring collection of light eyeshadows. If you take a closer look, you’ll find that each shade has a name, such as Angel Gold, Angel Blue, Angel Red, Angel Violet and Angel Green. What does this mean? It means that each of these eyeshadows have a wonderful burst of iridescent color to them.

For instance, swatch a little bit of Angel Blue on your hand and you’ll see a great eyeshadow with a good amount of blue shimmer in it. It’s not too 1980’s at all. In short, these eyeshadows can make excellent brow highlighting colors when used with the right combination of color. Since this palette includes other colors in it as well, this can be used with practically anything.

I’ve recently tried other Trucco products and I was not as impressed. Their PowderPout Lip Color palette was a bit of a disappointment but may have to do more with me… I’m not use to using something like eyeshadow on my lips yet. I can see the convenience in this though. However, this eyeshadow palette certainly makes up for all this. I love colors like this that really surprise you in the end. Maybe one day I’ll post a picture of me using it. If you like type of color as well, take a look at NARS Kilimanjaro duo. It’s fantastic, but NARS products in general also are.

I Love LemonAid

Lemonaid To continue with the Benefit love fest, here’s another product that I adore:
LemonAid. What is it? It’s like concealer for your eyes but you will not find your shade in this product. Instead, this a yellow cream you can pat on your eyes to give them an instant lift. The coloring in the product is perfect for concealing any discoloration on your eyelids, it neutralizes them perfectly. This instantly makes you look more awake. It doesn’t hurt that it smells like Nivea either, I’m quite partial to that product.

On those days where I don’t want to really do my makeup, this is one of the first products I turn to. I keep this in my makeup bag at all times. My only problem with this product is that it does crease on me but with oily skin, there’s not much I can do to avoid that with a cream based product. A spot check is in order every now and then but that’s also true of quite a few other products. In my opinion, this product absolutely does work as advertised.

New from MAC for Spring

I went to my local MAC counter yesterday to play around for a little bit with the new Sundressing collection. I’ve been avoiding the counter but I’ve had Gold Dusk pigment in my head ever since I read Kristen’s post on it and I just had to try it. I thought it seemed a little similar to NARS Kilimanjaro duo (the icey yellow side) but only when using the pigment lightly. I’m going to have to buy this now. Thanks Kristen! :)

Macsundressing_2 Besides the gorgeous pigment, there is some great stuff in this collection. Right away, I was drawn to Pink Cabana lipstick. Look at how gorgeous this is… how can anyone resist this? A few of my other favorite items from this collection include the Sunsparked Pearl Beauty Powder and Languish Lip Glass. The powder has a shimmer to it that make it a great highlight and Languish could be the gloss equivalent of O lipstick (my favorite one).

What I did not like about this collection was the Softwash Grey pigment. I really hate it when companies, and MAC does do this quite a bit, release new products that look like their existing products. I know that’s just part of the business though. Just this year, they released a an eyeshadow shade called Overgrown that was almost exactly the same as Bitter (my favorite eyeshadow). Anyhow, MAC has a pigment named Blue Storm that seems a little similar to Softwash Grey, this new pigment is only slightly lighter. I’m still not sold on
Tanarama lipstick either. I’ll be passing on that one. If you’re interested in any of this, hurry… most of this collection is limited edition.

Liquidlastliner MAC has also released Liquidlast Liner. These liners are the liquid alternative to their Fluidlines (try using these as eye shadow base). They have some great colors available, Greenplay and Fushia-ism are going on my wishlist.

These liquid liners wear really, really well. I tried these on and then before bed, I washed my face. I had to break out the makeup remover to finally take this off.  Some colors do seem similar to the Fluidlines but some people may prefer the consistency of this product. It’s not as versataille as the Fluidlines but I do actually like that this is easier to apply… for me anyhow. The best part of this line is that it’s permanent so there’s no reason to race to the counter for it. I’d really love to see this line expanded, maybe incorporate some shimmer sort of like a mix of LiquidLast and Glitterliner. A girl can dream.

This week I will also give everyone a sneak peek into what else is in store from MAC this summer. There is definitely some great stuff ahead.

Glowing Like a Cowgirl

Benefitdallas_1_1 I don’t know why but every time Benefit comes up with a new product, I just have to try it. If this was like crack, I would be an addict. In the tradition of Hoola , Dandelion (Reese posted about it here) and Georgia, they now introduce Dallas.

The website says “This sun-kissed rose glow is pure cowgirl chic” and I would have to agree. Since I got this, I reach for this every time I do my makeup. This product is the perfect combination of a blush and bronzer in one. For a pale girl like me, this product is perfection. At $26, it’s a wee bit expensive for a blush or bronzer but it’s worth it. I bet if you tried it, you’d love it too.

Also, just in time for Mother’s Day, Benefit Cosmetics is having a Mother’s Day contest. They are looking for mother and daughter Benefit groupies. The lucky winners will receive $500 in products. Damn… I can’t get my mother to try anything but lipstick!