Monthly Archives: May 2007

Meet the Nose Behind Creative Scentualization

sarah_horowitz_thran.jpg For the lucky people living in the Los Angeles area, you have the opportunity to meet the founder of Creative Scentualization, Sarah Horowitz-Thran. She is the creator of one of my favorite perfumes, Perfect Veil. She will be appearing at Barney’s New York in Beverly Hills from 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

Sarah will greet everyone and talk about her “message in a bottle” approach to perfumery, which relates to her belief that perfume helps us remember who we are and what we love. Guests will also receive a complimentary sample set of the entire Perfect Perfumes line with purchase while supplies last.

If you are going to this event, please take a picture and enjoy it for me. I’m wishing I could be there. smile

Summer Chic with Chanel: Lips

We’re wrapping up our feature on Chanel Summer Collection with lips! There is no such thing as too much lipgloss or lipstick… right?

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour Chanel’s Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour just won the Beauty Insider’s Choice Award from CEW for best lip product over $15. What can I say about this lipstick that the award doesn’t say for itself? This is a major award. With it’s soft rose scent and creamy formula, lipstick doesn’t get much better than this.

Chanel Llevres Scintillantes Glossimer My favorite out of all the lip products is the lipgloss. The shades in the collection are gorgeous, Sundress is pictured to the right. Chanel’s Llevres Scintillantes Glossimer for this collection comes in Sundress, a soft sparkling rose; Sarong, a mauve; Coral Reef, a melon; Summer Plum, a plum bronze; and Seashell, a transparent opal. If the colors aren’t enough to reel you in, the formula will be. It’s what you have come to expect in a gloss. It’s not sticky, it’s long lasting, the consistency is just right and it’s moisturizing. From time to time, I seem to forget I’m wearing lipgloss and just rub my lips together thinking I have lip balm on. There’s also a limited edition Brillant Lumiere Fluorscent in Mango that was released. This is my absolute favorite out of all of these glosses. While the color may look a little alarming, this gloss is perfect for enhancing your lips natural color.

Chanel Aqualumierre Sheer Colour Lipshine I like to think of Chanel’s Aqualumierre Sheer Colour Lipshine as a swanky tinted lip balm. It’s not a richly pigmented lip product. As the name suggests, it’s a little on the sheer side but it still provides a nice amount of color with just the right consistency. It’s formulated to be protect your lips from the elements with SPF 15 for UVA/UVB protection, vitamin E for comfort and vitamin B for moisture. The summer collection is introducing two new shades: Montego, a rich rose; and Jamaica, a fresh peach.

Summer Chic with Chanel: Cheeks & Nails

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel’s Joues Contraste Powder Blush is featured in two shades for the summer collection, a coral named Horizon and a soft rose named Nude. It’s a well pigmented blush and it lives up to it’s reputation as a soft, silky blush. It also has a wonderful rose scent to it, which makes it a pleasure to use. Can I insist that other companies make their products with this scent? smile A girl can dream I guess. I’ve been using Nude quite a bit recently and I am smitten with the gentle color it gives my otherwise pale cheeks. The soft shimmer is quite nice as well.

Having been a nail bitter at the time Black Satin was all the rage, I was really excited to try a Chanel nail color product because I finally have nails worthy of color.

Chanel Les Vernis Nail Colour My first experience with Chanel’s Les Vernis Nail Colour was Heatwave and Orange Blossom. These are great colors for summer, they are bold and refreshing which is nice to see after a season of dark then pale colors. Heatwave is a limited edition shade, a bright and energetic coral and Orange Blossom is a golden peach. I was a little unsure of Heatwave at first but my self-tanning experiment changed my mind.

What impressed me about this nail polish is how long it’s lasted. I didn’t paint all my nails in the same shade yet, just my index fingers on each hand. I didn’t really give it any thought until now so they have been this way for almost 2 weeks now. I didn’t use a base or top coat, just put 2 coats of the polish on each nail while I was working just to see what the color looked like. Remarkably enough, there is very minimal chipping on my nails. A little bit at the tip and a little along the bottom, otherwise the color has remained in tact. Imagine how long it would last if these steps were taken?

Tomorrow well wrap up our review of the Chanel Summer Collection with lips!

Summer Chic with Chanel: Cheeks & Nails

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel’s Joues Contraste Powder Blush is featured in two shades for the summer collection, a coral named Horizon and a soft rose named Nude. It’s a well pigmented blush and it lives up to it’s reputation as a soft, silky blush. It also has a wonderful rose scent to it, which makes it a pleasure to use. Can I insist that other companies make their products with this scent? smile A girl can dream I guess. I’ve been using Nude quite a bit recently and I am smitten with the gentle color it gives my otherwise pale cheeks. The soft shimmer is quite nice as well.

Having been a nail bitter at the time Black Satin was all the rage, I was really excited to try a Chanel nail color product because I finally have nails worthy of color.

Chanel Les Vernis Nail Colour My first experience with Chanel’s Les Vernis Nail Colour was Heatwave and Orange Blossom. These are great colors for summer, they are bold and refreshing which is nice to see after a season of dark then pale colors. Heatwave is a limited edition shade, a bright and energetic coral and Orange Blossom is a golden peach. I was a little unsure of Heatwave at first but my self-tanning experiment changed my mind.

What impressed me about this nail polish is how long it’s lasted. I didn’t paint all my nails in the same shade yet, just my index fingers on each hand. I didn’t really give it any thought until now so they have been this way for almost 2 weeks now. I didn’t use a base or top coat, just put 2 coats of the polish on each nail while I was working just to see what the color looked like. Remarkably enough, there is very minimal chipping on my nails. A little bit at the tip and a little along the bottom, otherwise the color has remained in tact. Imagine how long it would last if these steps were taken?

Tomorrow well wrap up our review of the Chanel Summer Collection with lips!

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 Eyeshadow This collection also includes two shades of Ombre 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?