Monthly Archives: August 2006

Tom Ford Gives Good Face

Tom Ford is back with the follow up to his summer Azuree collection with Amber Nude, which will debut at Estee Lauder counters everywhere this September. This collection is being re-released this year with new shades and with last year’s limited edition products.


Having missed out on last year’s Amber Nude collection and becoming a born again Estee Lauder fan this year, this collection has me excited. True beauty aficionados will appreciate this collection. With its amber jeweled compacts and lipstick cases, these products are almost little pieces of beauty couture.

This 14 pieces collection includes lipstick, lip polish, bronzer, nail lacquer, eye gloss, face gloss, a brush and a minaudiere. The lipstick is rich and creamy, it smells great as well. It’s laced with the sweet smell of vanilla and fig, just like their High Gloss. Spiced Amber is a soft brown with a touch of copper, this will be a great fall lip color. An abundance of pigment in a product is usually a good thing but a lack of it, can also be a good thing at times. The bronzer in this collection is one of those cases. It’s not overly pigmented, which allows for a light application, one you can gradually build on.  Of course the compact is gorgeous as well. I thought of Cavewoman’s compact collection when I saw this, this is a great compact to start my collection with. I also got a chance to play with the brush in this collection, it’s very similar to MAC’s newly permanent 182 brush. It’s great to apply bronzer with but it’s also fantastic to buff powders and pigment onto your skin. I used this brush with liquid foundation and loved the results this brush gave me.

This is just an introduction to the products I got to play with, there’s lots more to explore including the face and eye glosses. I’m looking forward to playing with these myself, maybe even the nail lacquer if I stop biting my nails by then. Be sure to check out Beauty Addict and Blogdorf Goodman’s reviews of this collection as well!

Fall in Love with Stila

I should have posted about this collection awhile ago but I was waiting for a chance to actually see these products in person. I think there’s something wrong with the Sephora’s in the Seattle area, it takes forever to get new Stila. Now that I have finally played with these products, I’m here to tell you about Stila’s newest collection, Fall in Love.


With three new eye shadow trios, a cheek duo and four new lip glasses, there’s a lot to play with here. I loved these eyeshadow trios most of all. I have not had the pleasure of seeing the Silver Maple trio in person since our Sephora stores didn’t get it, but if I had, that would be my must have. It’s got that slate blue eyeshadow that I’m lusting after this season. There’s still plenty to love with the Forest Clove and Cedar Grove trios, they are gorgeous shades and most of all, for $30 there’s a lot of eyeshadow for your buck. I was impressed with how much product this trio offerred for it’s price. The Sugarloaf blush duo is lovely as well, the peach blushes make great highlighting and countouring shades. I wish I could tell you more about the Lip Glazes but I’m more of an eyeshadow girl.

I never noticed this before but did you know Stila’s site has wallpapers and printable templates you can download? I might use the shop list to keep track of my product wishlist.

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Confessions of a Philosophy Girl: Makeup

I haven’t tried much in the way of cosmetics from Philosophy. For foundation, I’m 100% devoted to Bare Escentuals but I have ventured into a few little things that I will tell you a little bit about.

Presentpowder This product seemed interesting, it’s The Present Clear Powder and it mentions that it uses a “special technology that lifts the oil off your skin, holding it away from your pores”. It’s an interesting premise but I think this would be better for someone whose skin is more prone to greasiness. This product didn’t seem to do much for me at all. I am considering trying the “skin perfecter” as a base under my Bare Escentuals foundation but I’m not sure I really need that either. Hope in a Jar preps my skin well enough.

Supernaturallipgloss This is The Supernatural Lip Gloss. I have this lip gloss in mauve and peach. The mauve is the classic “your lips but better” color, it does not have any blue undertones either so it makes a great color for anyone. Peach is basically clear on me though. I like the sheen and consistency of these glosses, and the minty flavor. But if you keep them around too long in your makeup bag, they will start to smell a little off. A nice, basic gloss if you use it in a timely manner. I just have a lot of glosses and sometimes they sit until I get bored and rotate back. 🙂

Cinnamonbuns I wasn’t crazy about Cinnamon Buns Lip Shine at first but it has taken up permanent residence in my makeup bag. It’s a simple lip shine with no color so I like to wear it over other, more colorful glosses. It’s shiny with a high gloss, it smells like cinnamon buns (helloooo, tastes good too) and has a nice texture. I don’t think I’d spend $10 on another tube though.

Supernaturalmascara The Supernatural Mascara was is the first Philosophy product that I’ve ever really been disappointed with. First of all, why spend $22 on a mascara that does nothing in the way of thickening? Doesn’t that seem silly? I admit that my lashes are very light and fine but for $22, I’d expect some major lash fattening. This is supposed to “wrap” your lashes for a natural, lengthening effect. It’s not supposed to clump but it does on me. It does seem to curl my lashes a bit but they look so thin and sad that it’s not even worth it. Overall, just not worth the price tag in my own opinion. I got it in a kit, so I’m not bitter or anything. I’m a big fan of Voluminous by L’Oreal and probably will be until someone comes out with a mascara that magically gives me lashes.

Podcast Technical Difficulties

Sorry about the delay with the podcast this week. I’m experiencing some technical difficulties with my hardware and this forces me to delay the podcast by a whole week, which bums me out. I have some good stuff to report so stay tuned for the next podcast episode, it will be posted early Friday morning. We’ll also be picking up some speed on the weblog as well so expect a bunch of new posts this coming week, including a review of the new Estee Lauder Tom Ford collection.

You’re still in time to contribute to the podcast. You can or leave a message at 801-335-1219.

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A Bronzer by Any Other Name

…would not scare the crap out of most women. If this product came in
dissimilar packaging or was advertised as the youth enhancing item it is (instead of sold with the fright inducing tags like self and tan), I know it would sell like hotcakes. Mmmmm….hotcakes. Anyway, I am all about playing up the cheeks so I made it a point to try out countless different bronzers, spend hours reading about and researching the many formulas and consistencies that exist. After all of this, I have come to some conclusions: I have a lot of time on my hands and there are some really great bronzing products out there.

Hi, I’m Ashley… come with me as I list the top 3 bronzers and attempt to encourage all you bronzing virgins out there to try out some bronzin’ lovin’. Please pretend that I didn’t just say “bronzing” like 15 times. I tried to find synonyms for it but all I could find were similar words for effigy and icon. Who knew bronze meant sculpture? Probably you, because you’re smart like that.

Rayz_top Like the famous foundation from the same line, Classified Cosmetics ERA Rayz Bronzer is an airbrushing (read: aerosol spray) product. It is innovative and error-proof. The formula is “oil-free, nourishing, long-lasting” and conducive to most skin types.  Yes it is a bit expensive at $40 but believe me a little goes a long way helping to ensure you will have this product for a long while. If you just can’t justify spending that much dough on one item (and I wouldn’t blame you), this
is a similar product for less money.

MAC Bronzing Powder
Bronzing Powder
comes in 6 colors (3 shimmer, the other 3 matte). Each color “enhances” the skin tone and simultaneously is “long-wearing” and  quot;skin-conditioning.” Just sweep this on the spots of your face where the sun would naturally hit (think forehead, apples of cheeks, bridge of nose, browbones, and chin) with a big fluffy brush. I like this one.

Glamazon The “liquid bronzing tint” of Benefit
gives a “soft, rosy, natural glowing tan,” making the extra time and patience needed to apply the product totally worth it.  I like to use it when I am not putting anything else on my face due it’s natural looking affect. It stays put for hours and feels great on the skin. Always a bonus in my book!

Well there you have it. Have fun experimenting and may the bronzing force be with you!

Pure Pop of Color

Estee_pure_color_1 Aren’t these cute? Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Eyeshadows remind me of ice cubes, only these faux ice cubes have a great color payoff. Estee Lauder’s eyeshadows come in different finishes, from matte to high pearl and all of these shadows are rich and well pigmented. I have developed a liking to this lines matte shadows in particular. Of course since it is a matte finish, their pigmentation is incredible. I barely  touch my brush on the eyeshadow and I have plenty to work with. My favorites are Onyx and Cinnamon, a rich matte black and a light brown pearl. Now I know why Estee Lauder is having a hard time stocking these shadows.

Confessions of a Philosophy Girl: Fragrance

An introduction – my name is Colleen, I’m Carla’s friend and co-worker. I have a few blogs of my own including The Pretty Pear, a weblog about plus size style and fashion, and my personal blog Woops! I’m a litle obsessed with beauty products. And by “a litte” I mean that I might need a bigger apartment to hold all of my stuff.

I can be pretty fickle when it comes to beauty products. Sometimes I’ll find something I like and stick with it for years. Usually I’ll try something, kind of like it, but then move on to something else that catches my eye. Rarely do I stick with one line but Philosophy has me hooked… bad. I’ve tried many, many Philosophy products. Some I love, some I can live without. I’ll be telling you more about them in my posts.

Amazinggrace This is Amazing Grace. I know, you’re sick of hearing about Grace. Grace this, grace that. I don’t own the perfume (yet) but I’m wearing the body lotion right now and it’s just… sigh. It’s not a scent I thought I’d be nuts about but it’s just so soft, clean, feminine, subtle, all those things I want to smell like. It doesn’t smell soapy or like flowers, just clean. Like a lady! It smells like a lady. I have the body wash, too. It’s nice but not out of this world like the lotion. I can’t wait to layer!

FallinginloveNow meet Falling in Love. I like Falling in Love but I don’t love Falling in Love. I spritz it on when I don’t feel like smelling strongly of anything in particular, it’s a safe and neutral scent. I’ve never had a guy drop to their knees over it, so don’t believe that bit of hype. This perfume’s other products are good as well. The 3-in-1 is very nice and calming though. I might repurchase both just because they’re good staples for me.

Product Girl Podcast #11: More Drugstore Products

Podcast11 In today’s podcast, I talk about some drugstore products that I tried from N.Y.C., Maybeline, Bonne Belle, Prestige and Sally Hansen. I also talk about looking for beauty buys at your local TJ Maxx, Ross or Marshalls, my progress with my homemade beauty product project and a little listener mail.

You know the drill by now, feedback is always welcome. You can or leave a message at 801-335-1219. Next week’s episode will include a segment on concealer. Have one you love or even one you hated? Call or email…

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It's Like Buttah

I’ve talked about Product Body products before. I’m a big fan of this line and I’m really happy that Joanna is getting some much deserved attention. She’s inspired me to play around and try to make my own products. Don’t worry though, I will not be competing with anyone, this is just my own experiment. I’ll talk more about this in the podcast tomorrow.

Butterscrub If body scrubs are your thing, you should give Product Body’s Butter Scrub a try. I had actually never tried a sugar or salt scrub until this one and now I’m in love. I use this product when I need a little pick me up. This scrub smells delicious, with all ingredients like cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and sugar, you could almost be mistaken for a Hershey bar. My favorite thing about this product is how soft and smooth it leaves your skin, it exfoliates skin like a dream. A few words of caution, be careful! This stuff can be slippery so you may want to have something handy that can cut through the oils. I couldn’t think of a better way to end the day though.

Attack of the Killer Lashes

Ever since I read Kristen’s post about Lancome’s Fatale Mascara over at Beauty Addict, I’ve been lusting after it. When I bought it, I was so excited to try it that I stepped into a mall bathroom and put on even though my face was bare that day.

Lancome_fatale When I was done applying mascara, I stepped back and was in awe… my lashes looked amazing. I had never been able to make them look as big or as full as I had at that moment. I felt like I had found the magic mascara I was always looking for and I loved my results, I had amazing full, long and lush lashes. Then I passed it on to my friend and we spent the rest of the afternoon telling each other we couldn’t believe how our lashes looked, it rocked our world.

While it was love at first sight, at the same time, this product does require a bit of patience and a good application does take some work. Elke at Beauty News said it all very well, there’s really not a lot I can add to that… after all, she is the pro. This mascara is a little tricky to apply but I’m willing to be patient with this product because I believe in the results it can deliver. Every time I grab it, I try to think of a different way to use the product to get that perfect application. I haven’t perfected the process yet but I am very hopeful that I will soon. With results like these, it’s completely worthy of the work.