Monthly Archives: October 2007

Benefit Goes Pop

Doesn’t Benefit just have a knack for releasing catchy products? I certainly think so. Here’s another one they’ve released recently. Benefit’s Powder Pop combines the best selling Dandelion, Hoola and Dallas powders all in one box.

Benefit's Powder Pop What I really love about this new and improved product is how convenient it is and it’s not as bulky as it would be if you were to buy each product individually. It’s really only a ½” tall so it will be much easier to fit into your makeup bag, where mine is safely tucked in. The actual product itself is not too small ( it’s about 1¼” square) so your brush has a little bit of room to get in there and pick up some color if you choose not to use the enclosed brush. Now you can contour, blush and brighten all in one pop.

Dry Scalp Relief

Every year around this time, late October-ish, my scalp freaks out. Dry, flakey, itchy – so annoying! I’ve tried every dry scalp shampoo and conditioner out there, with similar results. My scalp feels better, but at the cost of swingy, bouncy hair. A stylist friend recommended that I try Aveda’s Scalp Remedy Dandruff Solution.

Aveda Scalp Remedy Dandruff Solution The spray solution is a leave-in treatment that helps exfoliate your scalp, which is important to keep dry flakes at bay. It contains sugar beet extract to condition while rosemary, echinacea and sage soothe tightness. After washing and conditioning my hair as usual, I sprayed the Scalp Remedy directly onto my scalp and then worked it around with my fingers. The first couple of times that I used it, the product concentrated on certain parts of my hair, leaving me with sticky patches once I’d dried and styled. I eventually figured out how much I needed to spray to avoid that, though.

My scalp has been flake-free and feeling good since using Aveda’s Scalp Remedy Dandruff Solution – and my hair has lost none of its bounce and style. I think I’ve finally beaten the dry winter air – at least when it comes to my hair.

Put Your Mask On

Vania's Mask Halloween is tomorrow and it’s a great time to play with your makeup. Last year we had some fun and tried our hand at one of the MAC Halloween masks.

We chose to go with a floral mask even though we didn’t have all of the exact shades specified in the look and we think it turned out pretty well for our first try. What do you think?

Here are a few of my favorite looks from MAC this year:

MAC's Halloween Looks

From left to right we have Unzipped, Fantasy Lace, Red Baroque and Half Tinned. Of course there are many more where this came from.

Beauty Duty for 10/30

Time for my Beauty Duty!

99 Products has a beauty weekend with friends and ends up trying Diesel’s new fragrance.

A Touch of Blusher asks, “Why are anti-aging products getting more expensive?”

See why Beautiful Makeup Search is in love with Bobbi Brown’s new palette system.

Make Her Up: Jessica Simspon creating her own fragrance line!

Kristopher explains why a Louis Vuitton bum bag puts you in a classic position. Lewd wink.

Lipstick, Powder ‘n Paint says Fashion, Fragrance and now Face… Calvin Klein has it all.

Makeup Bag shows us Seven Reds in Seven Days.

TheMakeupGirl Shows us how to wear MAC pigment in her Face of The Day Series.

We Love Beauty’s Exclusive Giveaway: Smashbox Limited-Edition Photo Finish Lipstick for IOC.

Luxurious Candles

Lollia is a luxury line of candles, perfumes, bubble bath and more that’s garnering a cult following of devotees who can’t get enough of the delicate, floral scents and intricately feminine packaging. If you go for celebrity endorsements, Nicole Kidman is reportedly a fan. I’ve filled my home with their candles because they burn clean, last long, fill every room with amazing smells – and look gorgeous.

Lollia Tea Leaves Honey Tall Perfumed Luminary One of my favorites is the Tea Leaves and Honey Tall Perfumed Luminary. With notes of cool mint, ylang ylang and jasmine, it’s the perfect scent for the bedroom. It smells warm and cozy and makes me want to crawl into bed with a good book and cup of tea. And this sucker burns for a whopping 240 hours. With 12 different scents, Lollia’s web site provides suggestions of candle combinations that will help you create your own unique fragrance – which is a highly addictive past time.

Bat Your Lashes

I thought I’d share my thoughts on this first experience with lashes with all of you. Until recently, I had been afraid of false eyelashes. Now I know this was really foolish, the results were amazing and I’m now extremely interested in false lashes.

This wasn’t something I did on my own. I went to my local MAC Cosmetics store and asked an artist to do my eyes. We played with Matte² shades Fig. 1, Post Haste and Blanc Type. It may sound bold but it was gorgeous, it was like a pink sunset on my eyes. After a coat of mascara, it was time for the lashes. After assessing how adventurous I wanted to be, we settled on a pair of 34’s. They are tapered at the ends, or inner corners of the eye, so they are a bit more comfortable to wear. Now for the application…

MAC Cosmetics Lashes 34 The artist took the lashes and molded them into a half oval for a bit. She did this in order to make the lashes more flexible. After applying a coat of mascara to my real lashes, she started placing the glue on the false lashes. To prevent using too much glue, she suggested using a q-tip. By dabbing some glue on the stem of the q-tip then taking it and tracing the bottom of the lashes, you have just enough glue. White glue is most commonly used since it dries clear but Duo also makes a dark glue. It can add more definition to your eyes as it dries. Then she placed the lashes right at the lash line and we were done.

While it was a bit awkward at first, the longer you wear the lashes the more normal they seem to feel. At first, I was really fighting back at my watering eyes. My eyes seem to water at everything so I’d place myself on the very sensitive end of the spectrum but those of you with more resistance shouldn’t have the same problem. With proper care, your lashes can last 3 to 6 uses. If you’ve never done false lashes before, I’d really suggest going to a makeup artist for your first time. I’m really glad I did, I learned a few tips along the way and with practice, I can achieve the same amazing results on my own.

The Halo Effect

The other day I was catching up on my DVR recordings and I was watching the 3 hour beauty show on QVC. I realized that QVC is becoming much more relevant in the world of beauty and have started to offer exclusive products way before they hit retail shelves. This product is a good example of this.

smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder with Brush#29 This is Smashbox’s Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder in Fair. It is a pressed powder that converts to a loose powder with the help of a built in shaver that produces loose powder on demand. It also includes a handy brush for application. What’s unique about the sale of this product is that QVC customers get first dibs. If you place an advance order now, you save over 35% of the retail cost and you get long before it hits the shelves in 2008. Interesting… right?

This product is also a little different because it’s meant to give skin a glowing, hydrated look. It features Gogi-berry, an antioxidant, and is infused with encapsulated water. The idea is that this powder will not settle into lines. While I didn’t order it, I’m very intrigued by this product. I’d love to see what kind of coverage it gives as a foundation.

Beauty Duty for 10/23

Today happens to be my birthday and as such, I’ll be taking it easy so how about I do my beauty duty for the week?

A Touch of Blusher asks, “Would you like some samples?”

See why Beautiful Makeup Search has Make Up For Ever’s Diamonds For Ever on her Holiday Wish List.

Come find out what’s in Jennifer Connelly’s makeup bag at Make Her Up.

GlamBlush says Gabrielle ‘CoCo’ Chanel created the optimal scent.

Kristopher loves these Givenchy shoes: they’re a lil bit country club, and a lil bit rock n’ roll.

Lipstick, Powder ‘n Paint love GWPs. Take a peek at the Clinique ‘Editor’s Choice Bonus Program’ – it’s a winner!

Makeup Bag knows every girl loves CHOCOLATE!

TheMakeupGirl Dishes about The American Beauty Tour with Billy B.

View the candidates and vote for Benefit's official "That Gal" at We Love Beauty.

See you tomorrow!

It's Here to Stay

I have a problem with rubbing my eyes. When I’m wearing eye makeup, I often forget I have it on and rub my eyes. It’s only once I’m rubbing my eye that I remember “oh! I have makeup on”. The result is often smudged mascara and it never occurred to me to try a waterproof mascara to try and tame this problem. Once I tried this mascara, I was a believer.

Prescriptives Here to Stay 24-Hour Longwear Mascara Prescriptives Here to Stay 24-Hour Longwear Mascara lives up to it’s name and I’m not alone on this one, some other gals feel the same way. I haven’t been a fan of the type of wand this mascara features but once I began using it, I forgot why I had a problem with it in the first place. Each time I apply this product, it goes on clump free and the bristles separate my lashes well. I usually have a problem with mascara flaking off during the day onto my lower eye area. This mascara makes this a thing of the past. Best of all, I’ve caught myself mid eyerubbing and the mascara didn’t budge.

This made me want to see what it would look like if I didn’t take it off at night. I woke up expecting to see these horrible raccoon eyes in the mirror but surprisingly, the mascara held up pretty well. My lashes still appeared to have some color and separation to them and there was very little smudging. Makes me wonder what it would really be like if I wasn’t such a crazy sleeper. smile