It’s that time of year again, when we all start to reflect on the past year. As with last year, I’m joining my fellow beauty/fashion bloggers and recapping a few of my favorite things from 2007.
As a girl with a huge obsession with lip stains, this one took the cake for me this year. I stalked every Sephora in my area waiting for Vincent Longo’s Pearlessence Gel Stains to come in and when they finally did, it was love. This lipstain is great, it gives your lips some shimmer but it can also double as a great cheek color with some shimmer as well. Lipcolor and a highlighter in one? Who knew.
I have to thank Sephora’s Beauty Insider program for this product. I first tried Lorac’s Perfectly Lit Oil Free Luminizing Powder as a deluxe sample and when it was finally gone, I bought a full sized version of the product. I love the shades that this product comes in, it’s a great match for my skin tone and it gives me a very pretty glow. Not only that, it blends in very well and doesn’t settle.
I would have never found this perfume on my own so I have to thank my friend for that. We swapped some perfume for makeup and I came away with this lovely perfume. It’s Ineke’s After My Own Heart and it features top notes of bergamot, raspberry and crisp green foliage, middle note of lilac and base notes of sandalwood, heliotrope and musk. All of this makes for a very freshing lilac scent. Lilac is my favorite flower but I often find most lilac scents to be too rich and overpowering. It’s not that way at all with this scent. I love the way it lingers on my skin and clothes, it’s just delicious.
This year marked the first time I tried Chanel products. One of my very favorite of those products was the fall collections’s Lotus Rouge nail color. I’ve been wearing this gorgeous red shade on my hands and toes over and over again and I’m about to go for another round in just a little bit. I’ve read some opinions that this polish chips too easily but I haven’t found that to be a problem at all. Let’s hope that it continues to stay that way.
This is another revelation that I have to thank my friend for, Bond No. 9’s Chinatown candle. I had never really experienced Bond No. 9 fragrances until I smelled this candle and it really opened my eyes to the wonder that is Bond No. 9. The Chinatown scent features notes of peach blossom, gardenia, tuberose, patchouli and cardamom. This makes for a beautiful floral with just the right touch of spice. Something about this scent is so sexy to me, I love burning this candle, so much that I burn it very sparingly.
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“Plump up the Volume” is the quote on the tube of Napoleon Perdis Love Bite Lip Plump in Passion. Napoleon is one of the new lip products that have come out on the market that promise to plump up your lips to give them the “pout” that we are all coveting.
Now I don’t know about you, but the only way I have seen and actually tried to get significantly fuller lips is by injecting them with Restylane–and let me tell you it is painful. But there is no other way, I have found, to duplicate that look with so-called Lip Plumpers, glosses, injectors, etc. I have tried numerous products out on the market, and haven’t been too impressed.
Napoleon Perdis’ newest contains Capsicum Pepper and Cinnamon to stimulate and swell lips, while menthol soothes and jojoba to smooth. This plumper comes in a tube shaped applicator with a slanted tip, that makes it very convenient to apply sans mirror. It went on as a tingling high-shine gloss that was not extremely uncomfortable and lasted quite a while. What surprised me though, was the pretty cotton-candy pink color that looked great on its own or layered over lipstick.
Who knew Elizabeth Arden had such noteworthy products? I’m absolutely positive that I am in the minority, but to be honest, it was never my go- to brand of choice. I usually associated it with my mother or grandmother’s brand of makeup. Granted, I am fully aware of how big and prestigious of a company it is, as well as its legendary status, but like I said, I never went to actually purchase a product. This might change though, with my newest find, the Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil.
This is a “long wearing pencil for a soft powder finish.” Nothing new or revolutionary about this product, just a great, strong eye pencil. It goes on smoothly without having to tug too hard at the eye. The great thing about this pencil is the smudge tip at the other end. Not only is it convenient, but it is great for creating that smoky eye look that is so ever popular for those slinky nights on the town. My color of choice is Espresso, which is a nice, dark brown that is rich in pigment. There is no shimmer, glitter or sparkle in it, just a great basic brown that can be worn day or night. It stayed put and was still going strong throughout the evening.
Doing some after Christmas shopping today?
I know I’m doing a little bit of that, trying to get some of those after Christmas bargains and so far I have scored a few. Beauty.com has got us covered for today with a 20% off for today only. To take advantage of this discount, click here. But hurry, the offer ends at 11:59pm EST. Make sure you check out the gifts with purchase page as well to get even more goodies.
This weekend was all about Vegas Baby—cold, dry, desert weather mixed with smoke and long nights. Luckily, I was able to procure my newest find – Elizabeth Arden Lash Extending Treatment Mascara.
I am not sure if this product is new, but I don’t know where this little gem has been hiding! As I have mentioned before, I am addicted to mascaras, always on the hunt for the latest and greatest. This definitely fits into that category. The mascara has a “Ceramide Triple Complex” which in laymen’s terms means helps lengthen, define and revitalize lashes. I would also add thickening to the list because my lashes never looked fuller. This product also has “Kervais ” which is a conditioning ingredient that is supposed to help strengthen and fortify lashes. Now one thing I am certain of is that I have never noticed if a mascara has “softened, strengthened or fortified” my lashes. How does one test that?
All I know is that my lashes were longer, thicker and almost faux looking after a few coats. As an added bonus, the mascara didn’t smudge, flake or clump as I was dancing the night away.
As a woman, I feel like I am constantly faking things: fake nails, fake hair, fake perky boobs. Recently, I was accused by several people of wearing fake lashes – the horror! They couldn’t believe that my naturally limp, thin blonde lashes could possibly look as good as a set of falsies. Well, that’s probably because I have a secret weapon that allows me to create this illusion. Three essential products help me achieve the look: a lash curler, primer, and mascara.
First, I use the tried and true classic, Shu Uemura lash curler to lift my lashes up and grab every last hair. Next, I use my favorite lash primer, Lancome Cils Booster. It allows mascara to bind to the primer, not your lashes. This creates more volume, and permits less smudging. Over time, Cils Booster causes your natural lashes grow a little healthier, due to the conditioners within it, like vitamin E. Before the primer dries, I apply my favorite mascara, DiorShow in black. I have experimented with other versions of DiorShow (Waterproof, Blackout, and Unlimited) and I ultimately love the original. I apply a couple of coats of the DiorShow and am left with the most beautiful, “natural” faux false lashes.
I had the pleasure of trying out a new spin on a legendary skin cream. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment Cream (wow that is a word full!) is an addition to the legendary 8 Hour Skincare Collection. I have never used any of the 8 Hour products, but they are mentioned in almost all of the fashion & beauty magazines as a must have for a myriad of remedies.
First and most noteworthy is the lovely tube that the cream comes in—it looks so pretty and luxurious that carrying it around just makes you feel special. As for the product – this is an intensely moisturizing gel cream for the hands. It has “micro-encapsulated emollients & Vitamin E” which are meant to soften and soothe the skin. Well this all sounds very fancy, but the bottom line is that this cream works. I used the cream all weekend in 40 degree weather and was pleasantly surprised at how my hands never felt dry. It was fast absorbing and left no sticky reside at all.
One caveat I have though, is the smell. I am not sure how to describe it, but it’s like a natural, earthy type of aroma that wasn’t very exciting. It left a hint of scent on my hands all day and I found myself asking what is that, until I remembered it was the gel cream. I can look beyond the scent though because the cream is that good.
Smashbox’s O-Gloss lipgloss debuted on QVC earlier today. I was so excited about this that I set my DVR to record the show. The O-Gloss was inspired by the success of their O-Glow cheek gel. The new lip gloss claims to transform to give a custom pink pout that’s universally flattering. It looked great on each model on the show earlier today so I caved in and ordered a tube but we’ll see how it performs. I’ll definitely let you all know how it works once I get it. If you missed today’s 2 Smashbox presentations, don’t fret! You still have time to catch or DVD the 11pm EST presentation. This product will be exclusive to QVC for the time being.
One reason that I love the holidays is that its so much fun dressing up for parties. When else do you get to wear a fabulous satin bejeweled mini-dress? Given the season, it is reasonable to pull off the look with Scarlett-Johansson-like pasty pale legs. I personally choose to go the opposite route.
A nice subtle tan makes me photograph better, gives me a healthy glow, and most importantly, makes me look 10 pounds thinner. My all-time favorite tanner has to be St. Tropez Tanning Tinted Self Tanning Lotion. Here’s my routine: I shower, exfoliate, wait about 10 minutes to dry off, and then apply moisturizer to dry areas of my skin (elbows, knees, hands). I smoothed the tanner all over my body and at first was alarmed at how dark and streaky it seems going on. My hands almost turned black but it was a good thing that I had St. Tropez Self Tan Remover Packets readily available. They are little disposable pouches filled with a lemony scrub that take off every spec of tanner so that you can avoid the telltale signs of self tanning.
I blended the tanner into my wrist so that there wasn’t an obvious delineation in color. I then used the blow dryer on a hot setting to activate the tanner and have it dry faster. After I showered in the morning, I had a beautiful, even, natural-looking tan. It is amazing how streak-free the application is, it’s almost goof proof. I am also impressed by the saturation of golden color that I was able to achieve with only one application. St. Topez is my go-to product when I need an instant boost in color and confidence.
You may have heard of the name Napoleon Perdis but have yet to try one of his line’s products. Now Sephora is giving you the perfect opportunity to get your feet wet with the amazing Napoleon Perdis products with this great lip gloss set.
The Napoleon Perdis Lip Couture gift set contains 5 lip glosses in these amazing vivid colors for only $25. The lip gloss itself is really good with a ton of shine. It’s got a brush applicator instead of a doe foot application and it’s got a really nice texture. It’s a little bit on the thicker side but it’s not the least bit tacky. It’s also very pigmented so you could skip color underneath if you wanted to. I’ve been wearing this lip gloss in Paris lately and it’s a very lovely and light berry shade. This formula also features some plumping agents but it’s not tingly at all, it gives you a pleasant warm sensation on your lips.