This week has been a busy week for me (which is why I didn’t post on Wednesday and Thursday, sorry about that!) and the one thing that’s kept me going is today. All week I have been thinking of heading over to Nordstrom’s after work and picking up everything I pre-ordered as part of the anniversary sale. I will be a kid in a candy store come 5pm today.
There are a ton of things I didn’t talk about that are exclusive to Nordstrom’s sale but here’s something that I’m picking up today. This is Donna Karan’s Cashmere Mist Deodorant Trio. This is one of my favorite perfumes and trying this for the first time just seemed right. I haven’t looked back since, it’s a fantastic deodorant. To complete the layering effect, I’m also picking up the Cashmere Mist Cleansing Lotion. I really wanted the body lotion to go with this but um, my wallet said no.
So as I am always on the quest for the latest and greatest, I came across this new shaving or “Moisturizing Foam” from Alba Botanica. Having never heard of this company, I did some research, tried out the product and quite enjoyed it. Alba Botanica is a very eco-friendly, organic based company. Their products are 100% vegetarian and they claim no animal testing. The shaving foam is heavenly – and a little goes a long way. I tried the Mango Vanilla scent and it was splendid! The shaving foam created a perfect barrier between my legs and razor and when rinsed off, left no residue whatsoever. The product contains a blend of aloe vera, calendula and lavender to keep legs soft and nick free. It also contains a patented foaming technology to prevent razor clogs. It comes in a bright orange container and is great for men and women. The other scents available are Aloe Mint Cream and Coconut Lime. It is not the cheapest of products, at $4.99 for a bottle; but all in all well worth it for an excellent, soft and razor burn free shave. Also, knowing that you are helping protect the environment makes it all worth while.
We mentioned this product before but
Urban Decay’s Eye shadow Primer Potion does exactly what it promises and then some. The bottle is reminiscent of your favorite lip gloss – a small bottle with sponge-tip applicator. I applied the peachy flesh-toned potion to my eyelid and let it dry before applying my favorite MAC eye shadow. I was actually alarmed at how bright my colors appeared and noticed that I had to use less eye shadow to achieve the same look I had before, but I actually achieved brighter with truer color. After faithfully using it as a shadow primer I had an epiphany this morning. I decided to mix the potion with a black eye shadow and apply with a flat brush as an eye liner. The result was phenomenal – a soft, bendable line which stayed put for hours on end.
There’s nothing I love more than makeup that pulls double duty. MAC Paints are amazing on many levels. First of all, the product packaging really looks like professional watercolors – from the screw off top, to the nozzle that dispenses the perfect amount of cream eye shadow base, Very cute.
I’ve been loving a shade called Bare Canvas for the past two weeks. It’s a light beige color that blends into and evens out the coloring on my lids. When I’m in a hurry I swipe it on, add mascara and am out the door. With more time, I layer powder shadow and liner on over the Paint, which helps the rest of my eye makeup last all day long. I’ve even started applying it as a base to my lips before putting on lipstick; it helps my lipcolor apply more evenly and last longer.
MAC Paints come in a variety of colors, all of which stand alone or add dimension to eye makeup layered over them. You’re going to want to make room in your makeup bag for this one.
You may know De-Frazzle as an online boutique but they also have their own signature scent available exclusively on their site.
The fragrance is a perfume oil, so it’s a very long lasting scent. It features notes of jasmine, sandalwood, amber, vanilla and musk. When I first tried this on, I was instantly reminded me of being in middle school. I wish I could place which scent it reminded me of, I want to say Exclamation or even Cover Girl’s Navy… and that’s not a bad thing. Those are scents I loved back in the day, starter perfumes for me if you will. We all know that scent is subjective but if these notes appeal to you, give this perfume a try.
When I was at Nordstrom’s a few weeks ago looking at all the Anniversary Sale exclusives, this collection was the most dearest to my heart. It wasn’t able to find pictures of this online but Amy with Chanel was kind enough to help me out… I hope you don’t mind my pictures of the products.
It features three limited edition exclusive products: Rouge Allure lip color, Le Vernis nail color and Poudre Universelle all in Rose Blossom. These shades are gorgeous. The lip color is a beautiful mauvey pink shade, the nail polish is a gorgeous metallic pink and the powder… oh the powder. This is what drew me in at first glance, it’s color is a fresh pale pink with a touch of shimmer. Since the shimmer isn’t heavy in this powder, it wouldn’t make a good highlighter but it would be a great translucent powder to touch up with. The pale pink can really help brighten your complexion. You can pre-order these products online now.
Being a sucker for these kinds of sets, here’s another set for us to all lust after. Lorac introduces their limited edition Stunning Starlet collection which features Carol Shaw’s favorite products and her tips on how to recreate her looks. This set includes a Mocktail lipgloss, a blush/bronzer duo, an eyeshadow trio, primer and mascara in a little makeup bag. Of course these are not full sized products but it’s a good way to try a new line if you’re not familiar with Lorac. I’m telling you though, you’ll love the lip gloss.
Seattle has had some good weather lately and this has inspired the Product Girl house to spend some time outdoors, but not without protecting ourselves first.
Hampton Sun’s SPF 30 Sun Tanning Lotion has us covered. This product features plenty of moisturizing agents to keep skin soft while protected. It includes vitamins, different oils and anti-oxidants to take care of skin while out in the sun. It goes on smoothly and it’s absorbed fairly quickly so we don’t have a greasy or oily residue on our skin… which we have loved. The applicator on this product is a little odd, it’s a wand built into the cap. It would be nice if this had a sponge tip or something a little different but that’s ok. The product’s scent had us distracted, it’s a fresh, green scent that’s perfect for the summertime. It’s not the kind of scent I’m use to in a sunbathing product but I don’t mind that at all, it’s quite refreshing.
Aquafresh’s White Trays are disposable, pre-filled trays that help whiten your teeth. Like many people, I want a pearly white smile and I was intrigued by this product when I was approached to test it. I did have to enlist some help though.
I have to admit, I had some trouble with this product but it’s not the product’s fault at all, it’s mine. I seem to gag very easily so I had a hard time keeping the trays in my mouth. However, the time that I did spend with this product was already better than my experiences with competing products. With molded trays for your upper and lower teeth, this was a step in the right direction for me. I’m not really a strip type of girl.
Not wanting to give up on the product, I passed in on to a friend with 5 uses left. The product states that you’ll see a whiter smile in 3 days and we were surprised to see that this was true. After 3 uses, his teeth were indeed whiter… 2 shades whiter actually. With each remaining usage, his teeth continued to whiten gradually. While he didn’t use all 7 trays in the product, what we saw in just 5 uses was really encouraging. If you want to get intimately acquainted with a friend’s mouth, just ask them to test a product like this.
Something worth mentioning is that the trays fit is important for the product to be effective. It may be either too big or two small for some people so that’s something to keep in mind. With that said, I this is a product that we will use again on our own dime.
I’ve mentioned before that I don’t do a lot of online shopping, you can add shopping from TV to the list of things I don’t usually do. I did make an exception recently though, I ordered a few things from QVC on their EasyPay anniversary. One of the things I got was Mally’s Beauty All About Eyes set. I was prepared to be disappointed with what I received but luckily, I was not.
This set includes an eyeshadow palette with 3 shadows and a base, a double ended mascara, a double ended eyeliner with 2 shades, 3 brushes and a double ended eye brightening powder and pencil. I expected to receive a very flimsy set of products but I was very surprised at the quality of everything I received. The brushes impressed me the most, the bristles are very soft and and the body is very sturdy. I have to admit that I now have a crush on Mally’s crease brush.
As for the lasting power of these products, this has been good as well. It’s been warm and humid lately and I’ve come home at the end of an 8 hour day to see the color’s still there. The color in the crease did fade but I blame that on my super duper crease inducing lids. A little bit of prep with a different product would probably do the trick. The lightening wand has been quite handy. The other side is a liner that works really well as a nude liner to correct little things here and there. The wider end of the mascara has been fun to use as well. Mally call’s this the lash finder because it finds even the tiniest lashes.
I’ve been having a lot of fun with this set lately and this has made me think twice about shopping on TV. These tweezers might be next. Mally Beauty products are sold exclusively on QVC.