Monthly Archives: January 2007

Lipgloss Each Day Keeps the Doctor Away

It was bound to happen, someone would somehow sneak something good for you into your lipgloss. Whle we’re not at the point where we can put on lipgloss instead of taking our vitamins, I’m happy that a company like Tarte has created a product that is one step closer to this.

Tarte Inside Out Lipgloss In February, Tarte will be introducing it’s brand new vitamin infused lipgloss, Inside Out. In what as described as “long-lasting, moisturizing lip gloss”, this lipgloss uses Borba’s nutraceutical blend to deliver beauty from the inside out. I wonder what inspired the name of the product. 🙂 This lipgloss contains acai and green tea extract, grapeseed extract, lychee extract and vitamins A, C, E and K. As for shades, this lip gloss comes in Apple-a-Day, Liquid Sunshine and Om, all of them shimmering shades of hot pink, pale link and nude. I can’t wait to try these!

Blessed be airport wifi…

Cleared for Take Off

The last time I flew somewhere, I didn’t have to worry about carry on restrictions. Now that there are new restrictions in place since my last trip, Skyn Iceland’s Detox Kit is a great way to take care of your skin while traveling.

Skyn Iceland Detox Kit This travel friendly kit contains everything you need to refresh your skin while you’re away from home. It contains their Arctic Face Mist with Biospheric Complex, Oxygen Infusion Night Cream with Biospheric Complex, the Antidote Quenching Daily Lotion with Biospheric Complex and Glacial Face Wash with Biospheric Complex… all in TSA approved sizes. These products work together to help replenish your skin from that harsh airplane air, your skin will emerge clear and glowing after 5 days.

Wish me luck! I’m leaving for San Francisco tomorrow and I’ll be back on Saturday. Can’t wait to see the Sephora in the airport.

A Surge of Colour for the Eyes

Given my last experience with Clinique’s eyeshadow, I wouldn’t normally be interested in their eyeshadow but I saw the words “Colour Surge” and remembered how much I like this lipstick.

Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad Clinique’s Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quads come in 6 gorgeous palettes. The one pictured here is Spicy, which is the one I picked up. The quad colors range from nude, tawnie to violet based shades and pictures do not do these shades justice. I tend to reach for matte eyeshadow for everyday wear but the quads in the nude and tawnie ranges would be great as well, the shimmer is not overwelming. I was happy to find that the shadow was well pigmented and blended well, all while leaving a soft shimmer on the eyes. The eyeshadow is soft enough to provide a sheer wash of color and rich enough to really pack on the color for a bolder look, which is fun to do from time to time. This eyeshadow quad certainly meets my eyeshadow criteria. Pigmentation? Check. Texture? Check. Long Lasting? Check.

Bringing Sexy Back

What could better than a nice burst of citrus to wake you up when you’re showering? Lush has created the perfect soap for citrus lovers everywhere, their new Sexy Peel soap.

Lush's Sexy Peel Soap I have only been using this soap for a week but I’m already addicted to it. The smell in my bathroom while I’m showering is amazing. This soap contains lime, lemon and grapefruit juices, oils and even peels so it packs quite a fragrant punch. Some may find the scent a bit overwhelming but those of us who love citrus based scents, will appreciate the scent. One user at Lush mentioned that this soap lathers more than other soaps and I would have to agree. There are some soaps that I buy and don’t use as often as I would like because of this but Sexy Peel is an exception, I’m definitely getting more of this soap.

Laura Mercier's Evolution of Colour for Eyes

I was at a Laura Mercier counter yesterday, doing what I like to explain to friends and family as “research”. I was hoping I would re-evaluate my position on the line’s foundation but instead I came away with a deep love for the line’s Evolution of Color collection.

Laura Mercier's Evolution of Colour for Eyes in Plum Velvet I would ordinarily shy away from a palette full of pink eyeshadow but these colors are so soft that they are completely wearable everyday. The four shades in the all new Pink Rain palette (pictured below) are almost monochromatic and work really well together. They range from a dark taupe, a rich rose, a delicate pink and a light pearl, all with a very soft shimmer. Of course these eye shadows are unbelievably soft. Laura Mercier is known for her “cashmere” like eyeshadows and these are no exception.

Laura Mercier's Evolution of Colour for Eyes in Pink Rain When I first saw the Plum Velvet palette (pictured above), I remember thinking how beautiful it was but this Pink Rain palette is even better. I’m almost afraid to use, I want to hang on to it as long as possible. If you see this palette in person, I think you’ll agree but you’ll need to act fast. Laura Mercier counters everywhere are selling out of the Pink Rain palette as we speak.

Dermalogica's Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment

Meet Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment. I’ve been using this product for a little over a month and I’ve noticed a real improvement in my hands and nails.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment This product is a great hand cream for those of us who want to give our hands and nails a little extra attention. It contains Pro-Vitamin B5, vitamins A, C and E, algae extract, licorice extract, grapeseed extract and Ginkgo Biloba. This product also has a great consistency to it, not too thick and not too thin. It also sinks into your skin quickly, I love that this product doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy. I noticed that I can wash my hands a few times after putting this on and my hands still feel soft and moisturized. It also has a light citrus scent to it, some may say it smells like sunblock but I actually like the smell. The only drawback I can see is the price tag, this product is a little spendy. I’m finding that a little goes a long way though, so a tube will last quite a while. I hijacked this product from my sister, let’s hope she doesn’t remember I have it.

Come Here, Sweet Cheeks

I was watching Maureen Kelly (she was so cute!) on QVC last week and I was reminded of why I love her line of products so much… and I should have mentioned their cheek stains a long time ago.

Tarte Cheek Stain I know that this product is not new but I want to go on the record as officially loving this product. 🙂 Being a fan of all things stain, this type of product is right up my alley. I reach for a cheek stain on those days when I don’t want to wear a lot of makeup… just a little concealer, some color on my lips and little glow on my cheeks. This product is so easy to use, just dab it on the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards. It provides sheer, oil-free and long lasting color on your cheeks. I love how this gives my skin a dewy look, it’s a great way to achieve a natural look. It also smells delicious, my sense of smell is happy every time I put this on.

Sage Perfume in Sage

I seem to come away from La Creme with new perfume oils each time I visit Autumn. One day I asked her to show me something clean and I’m so glad she introduced me to this perfume.

Sage Perfume Oil What I love about this perfume is it’s fresh scent, it reminds me of fresh cut flowers. It’s not overly floral, it features a middle note of sweet pea but it is very soft and does not overpower the rest of the notes. The top notes in this perfume are white sage and cucumber, this is the crispness that grabs and holds on to you. This perfume also features base notes of African musk and Tonka bean. I had no idea I would become so enamored with this combination. Notes aside, this perfume also wears very well. As a perfume oil, it gives you hours of this great, crisp scent. This perfume also comes in an eau de toilette but I’m partial to the perfume oil.

As an added bonus, the packaging is gorgeous as well. Each product in Sage Machado’s gemstone inspired line comes with it’s own beautiful case.

A New Face at Lancome

Clive Owen Clive Owen will be the new face of Lancome’s upcoming mens line. This includes a new fragrance, Hypose Homme, and a line of skincare. According to Odile Roujol, Lancome International’s general manager, he was chosen for his “talent and work ethic” and not for his looks. Of course, being tall, dark and handsome doesn’t hurt. This leaves me wondering… what will Hypnose Homme actually smell like on Clive?

Test Tube, Baby

Have you ever read New Beauty and wondered what one of their Test Tubes is like? I wondered about this for awhile and I recently received a Test Tubes of my very own to try.

New Beauty Test Tube When I opened my package, I was extremely impressed with what I received. I received deluxe samples of quite a few products, in some cases full sized versions of the products. There was a great selection of products in different price ranges, from items you could find at your local drugstore to items you could find at your local Nordstrom’s. This program releases 4 tubes a year for $25 a tube and this quarter’s tube features samples of the of the following products:

  • BABOR 24-hour Selection Ultimate Care Cream
  • BioElements Sleepwear
  • Jane Iredale, The Skin Care Makeup
  • Lancome Secret de Vie
  • Purpose Redness Reducing Moisturizer
  • RoC Protient Fortify Lift and Define
  • Skingenic Regenerating Moisturizer
  • SuperSmile Professional Whitening System
  • $25 CaliDerma Gift Certificate

I was happy to see this package include samples of products I have been wanting to try for some time now, like Jana Iredale’s Skin Care Makeup and Lancome’s Secret de Vie. It also came with a wealth of information. The tube included a booklet that provided instructions, company information and key points for each product. It also included an area to jot down notes on each product. You can turn around and submit your feedback to New Beauty for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree at Nordstrom’s. What I loved the most was the exposure to product lines though. Is the $25 a quarter price worth it? Yes. Should you sign up for a Test Tube? Of course.