Monthly Archives: May 2007

Summer Chic with Chanel: Eyes

Chanel has recently introduced a gorgeous new collection of color for this summer that features sunset inspired hues for your eyes, cheeks, lips and nails. Over the next few days, we’ll be talking about each one of those areas. For today, let’s talk about eyes.

Chanel's Quadra Eye Shadow Quad in Shimmering Dunes This is Chanel’s Quadra Eye Shadow in Shimmering Dunes. Just one look at this quad and I was a goner… I am officially in love with Chanel’s eyeshadow. The shades in this quad are beautiful, it features pearled beige, pink and browns. It’s also versatile, with eyeshadow that can take you to a soft, everyday look or a more vampy smoky eye for the evening. What I like best about this quad is the texture of the eyeshadow, this is the softest eyeshadow I have ever felt. It is packed with color and I was able to blend it effortlessly on my eyes. It doesn’t hurt that it is also formulated to be long lasting and stand up to high temperatures and humidity. This was my first experience with Chanel eyeshadow and I’m happy that it was such a good one. I can’t wait to see what new quads Chanel does next.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch EyeshadowOmbre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Sand and Island, both beautiful shades also bearing the well known Chanel logo. Just like the quad, these shades are soft and very pigmented. Sand is a gorgeous color, a very light, matte caramel brown shade. Island on the other hand, is a sparkling peach pearl shade. Like Annie at Blogdorf Goodman, Sand has become of a favorite of mine as well. For my skin tone, it’s a great color to give my crease some definition.

Chanel Ombre D'Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow Last but not least is Chanel’s Ombre D’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Coast and Source, Source is a rose beige and Coast is a light gold. These fluid eyeshadows are great because they add a wash of shimmer on the eyes. Source has long been a favorite of Chanel addicts for it’s champagne like color, it’s a great color to wear all over and it lasts quite awhile as well.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about Chanel’s blush and lipgloss.

Product Girl Podcast #15: New Drugstore Products in the US

Product Girl Podcast #15 In today’s podcast, I talk about new drugstore products in US from Europe, Sephora’s Beauty Insider program, new and upcoming products from Nars and MAC and share some listener mail. Here are links mentioned in the show:

Download or play Episode #15.

Please subscribe to our feed and as always, your feedback is welcome. You can or leave a message at 801-335-1219. Next week I will be talking about Michael Blomsterberg’s book Hairapy: Deeper than the Roots, Carmindy’s book The 5 Minute Face and the CEW’s 2007 Beauty Awards winning products.

Weekend Reads

Here is another installment of the weekend rests from my fellow Beauty Blog Network members:

PJ at A Touch of Blusher tells us about the 10 golden skincare rules.

Beth at Ageless in Los Angeles shares some tips to keep us informed and glowing since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Michelle at All Lacquered Up tells us about fun summer nail colors from Zoya.

Carleen at Beauty and Fashion Tech reviews Lumene Skin Care Products including firming creams, cleansing wipes, vitamin C cream and lip treatment lotion.

Henna at Canadian Beauty reviews new products from Benefit and Dior!

Elke at the Elke Von Freudenberg Blog interviews “Canadian Beauty” from The Beauty Blog Network.

Cindy at Hello Dollface tells us about the Napoleon Perdis store opening in Hollywood.

Let’s talk about Beauty and Health shares some hair loss tips.

Ellen at Lipstick, Powder & Paint goes organic with Luxe Essentials.

Teri at Pretty by Nature tell us about all about PhytoOrganics – a hair care line from Nexxus.
Lisa at
Spa Blah Blah
tells us about The Face of Spring: Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show Highlights.

Toya at The Life of a Ladybug tries Carmindy’s “5 Minute Face” from her new book.

Christina at eBeautyDaily addresses a common home hair coloring problem and its solutions.

Baked On Bronze

I saw this in Sephora on Wednesday and I couldn’t resist picking it up, even though bronzers are not my thing. Leave it to Urban Decay to come up with something like this. I wish they showed this packaged on their site.

Urban Decay Baked When I picked up Urban Decay’s Baked, I couldn’t help but smile. This product is a bronzer named “Baked” and it’s packaging includes a tinfoil cupcake holder. How cute is that? I love the play on words and packaging Urban Decay came up with here.

“Baked” is more than a name in this case, this bronzer is also baked. This makes for a more refined powder. It can be applied dry with a brush or wet with a sponge making a sheer cream with the bronzer for a deeper, tanned look. I applied this with my skunk brush and the product went on lightly and blended well. I’m a little apprehensive when it comes to using bronzers, because I’ve intentionally avoided them for so long but I liked the look this product gave me. It was like I took a cat nap in the sun and my skin was sun kissed. This product comes in two shades and I picked up Baked, a peachy-bronze with gold shimmer. The other shade is Toasted, which is a matte bronze. In this case, I’d say go for the shimmer.

A Drop of Dew

Awhile ago, I received an email asking me what I thought of DDF’s Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew. At the time, I got a small sample of it from Sephora and tried it for a few days. I forgot about it shortly after. I recently got a deluxe sample of this from Sephora and discovered it all over again.

DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew This product is not for everyone, those with dry skin would not appreciate this product. However, those of us with oily skin can certainly can appreciate this moisturizer. As it’s name suggests, it’s a very lightweight moisturizer. I was in awe of how this moisturizer was absorbed into my skin, I didn’t recall this happening when I used it before. It sunk into my skin almost instantly. This left my skin feeling soft but without the usual greasy residue other moisturizers can leave behind.

At the moment, my skin is in a good condition and doesn’t need a lot of moisture so this is working well for me. Otherwise, I would use something a little thicker and richer. It doesn’t include SPF and it is a little pricey but I think it would be a good product to have on hand. A drop of this moisturizing dew goes a long way and it does the trick on those days when you need just a little bit of moisture, not too much.

American Idol

American Idol's Jordin Sparks I was watching American Idol tonight, and as I do every time I watch, I sat there admiring the make up artist’s work on each of the contestants. This is a picture of Jordin Sparks from a few weeks ago and I thought she looked exquisite. Her eyes were stunning, this seems to be what I notice the most when I watch. Forget Sanjaya’s hair… I want their makeup artists to make me over. Take Lakisha’s makeup tonight for example, she looked amazing. Her cheeks had some soft pink blush on them and it gave her a gorgeous glow. I cannot be the only one thinking this when I watch the show… can I?

From the Love Your Look Collection

Benefit recently came out with a Love Your Look Collection, a selection of products that feature “makeup to match your lifestyle”. This collection does the work for you has 3 looks to choose from. The Lana look features light neutral shades, the Gabbi Look features medium neutral shades, and the Betty Look deep neutral shades.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner One of the new products in the Love Your Look collection is Benefit’s new Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner, pretty self explanatory title. :) I’m sucker for these types of cream eyeshadows, I picked up two right away. I picked up Flatter Me, a toasted mauve, and Skinny Jeans, a shimmery pewter shade. The cream can be used as an eyeshadow or as a liner. I’ve been using it as an eyeshadow mainly, just taking my ring finger and patting the color on my eyes, making sure to really pack it in. The application can be as sheer or as heavy as you would like, which is how I have been applying it. I’ve used Skinny Jeans this way and created a really good smoky eye. The cream is long lasting and comes in a wide selection of shades, all very pretty and shimmery. I’d love to see some matte shades introduced into the line though.

This collection is a great idea for those of us who need a little hand holding when it comes to selecting a shade. I really like the whole retro feel to the collection as well, something Benefit has down cold. It also features their Sheer Cream Blusher and Silky Finish Lipstick.

A Naturally Radiant Glow

I talked about this product on the podcast yesterday but I like it so much that I thought I’d post about it as well… just in case there are podcast listeners that do not read the blog. I recently tested 4 different self tanning products all at once and on different parts of my body. Yes, I looked lovely. :)

Estee Lauder's Naturally Radiant Moisturizer in Golden My goal was to find a self tanning product that I would be comfortable using that provided realistic and gradual color. I found what I was looking for in Estee Lauder’s Naturally Radiant Moisturizer in Golden. While it’s not a full fledged self-tanning product, it’s a moisturizer that does change your skin’s tone.

This product took a bit longer to develop than the other products I tried. However, it’s the one that provided the most natural and gradual results. While it took a week to achieve it’s maximum color, I didn’t mind this at all. It was actually assuring, this reminded me that it was hard to go overboard with this. The same cannot be said for some of the other products I tried. The color was great, exactly as described… Golden. While I did get some blotchiness with the other products, I had an even application with this moisturizer. While it is a bit pricier than drugstore self-tanning products, I think it’s worth it for the results it provides. As soon as the result of the color fades away from the rest of my body, I’m going to get my glow back on all over.