Monthly Archives: January 2008

Be an Original

The MAC Cosmetics’s Originals collection was highly anticipated by MAC lovers all around the world. And the reason why? It brought back many beloved MAC shades including the infamous Parrot eyeshadow… the one that drove people to pay as much as $80 on eBay for it. Now you can own Parrot and new spins on old classics that are a part of this collection.

MAC Cosmetics Originals
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Not only do I now own Parrot but I really love how this collection features new takes on some of my first MAC purchases. The first lipstick I bought was Twig, my first lipglassese were Lust and Desire, which I had to keep hiding from my sister because she’d take them. Then of course I wore Pervette to my prom in ’96. This collection really brings back some memories.

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Facial Wax in a Wand

Usually I use the Poetic Waxing kit from Bliss to do some of my waxing but I have to admit, it can be rather inconvenient at times. Who wants to wait by the stove while their wax warms up?

Sally Hansen's Lavender Spa Wax Facial Wand I found an alternative in Sally Hansen’s Lavender Spa Wax Facial Wand while I was browsing the aisles at Ulta the other day. What’s unique about this product is that the wax comes in a wand that you can put in the microwave for 30 seconds then glide over the area to be waxed. As an added bonus, this wax contains lavender so it has a much more attractive scent than your regular wax and it helps prevent irritation. It comes with wood spatulas, little waxing guides for your brows, azulene oil and cloths to remove the wax.

When I started using the wand, the lavender colored wax was a little alarming at first as it didn’t seem to dry or harden as like other waxes do but don’t let that deter you, that was just my experience. When I went to remove the wax though, it performed pretty well to my surprise and cleaned up nicely. It didn’t cause a mini-breakout either so I was happy with that. Even though the packaging is convenient and you can just glide it on, I found it easier and cleaner to just use on of the wooden spatulas. It allowed me to be more precise with applying the wax.

This is definitely something I will buy again and keep on hand for those times I don’t feel like waiting by the stove for my usual wax to warm up. The price point is good and I still can’t get over the packaging. It’s worth a shot for those of you who do your waxing at home.

A 3-Minute Makeover

Radical skin care treatments are a hot topic within the beauty industry . There are a lot of options out there for women looking to undo sun damage, treat fine lines and wrinkles, and generally rejuvenate the look and feel of their skin. I’m just hitting a period in my life when those concerns are popping up every morning in the mirror. I’m not ready to hit the dermatologist for Botox or other in-office treatments, but I do want to start treating and preventing the inevitable signs of aging.

Philosophy Microdelivery Peel Kit To get started, I’ve been using Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel Kit. Philosophy got its start developing professional treatments (such as the in-office microdermabrasion machine), but has branched out to create a range of products designed to get big results in the comfort of your bathroom. The Microdelivery Peel Kit contains a hearty exfoliant to resurface the skin and a combination of peptides and Vitamin C to brighten the skin.

Start by massaging the yellow exfoliating grains onto your skin in a circular motion. Focus on dry spots or any other areas of uneven tone. Massage away for two minutes with the tips of your fingers, being careful not to apply enough pressure to be irritating. Then pour a quarter-size amount of the peptide lotion onto your fingertips and massage into skin for one minute. On contact, your skin will begin to feel warm – although not uncomfortably so. After a total of three minutes, wash face and moisturize as usual.

After one use, my face was softer and a little brighter. After a month, my skin tone was more even and radiant. It retains moisture better than before – a huge bonus in getting through these dry winter months. I’m extremely happy with the results of Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel Kit and always look forward to my 3-minute makeover.

Beauty Duty for 1/8

I’ve been a bit remiss in doing my Beauty Duty lately but it’s a new year so I get a do-over.

A Touch of Blusher brings you Spring 2008 Makeup Trend Report.

KRiSTOPHER gives you “Free Porn.”

Lipstick, Powder ‘n Paint is awaiting the Golden Globes with baited breathe. Which celebs will portray a glamorous red carpet look and which will look like red carpet roadkill?

Super Model in a bottle!Make Her Up has the perfect product for you. PLUS: Pictures of Petra Nemcova

Makeup Moxie predicts some beauty trends for 2008.

The Makeup Girl is loving N.V. Perricone’s Hydrating Nutrient Mask

WELOVEBEAUTY.com is giving away 100 pieces of Anastasia’s NuBrow – Brow Enhancing Serum! Sign up to be a WLB Insider or refer a friend to win!

Minerals Everywhere

I have been a fan of mineral-based makeup for a while now. I mostly use it for the foundation and setting powder(s). As of late, I have been pretty happy with Bare Essentials Bare Minerals Cover and their Mineral Veil. I feel like the makeup is clean, goes on extremely easily and provides great coverage without a heavy feeling. Also, the built in sunscreen is great. Recently, the market seems to have become saturated with mineral-based products. Even the drugstore brands are getting on the bandwagon. So while browsing the net, I came across a new brand of mineral makeup called Youngblood Cosmetics and decided to give them a try.

Youngblood Cosmetics Natural Loose Mineral Foundation The first product I used was the Natural Mineral Foundation. This can be used as a foundation, concealer and/or powder. It goes on the same way as the Bare Minerals and I really didn’t see much of a difference. One reason I decided to stray from Bare Essentials is that I read that they used ingredients that were not exactly “all natural” and that they contained irritants. This has not been proven and as I am writing this, I see on the website that they claim “bareMinerals is free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance, dyes, and other chemicals that can irritate skin. The 100 percent pure bareMinerals represent the ideal mix of makeup and skincare, offering problem-solving cosmetics that perfect the complexion.”

I don’t remember seeing this disclaimer before, so maybe I am not the only one questioning. Anyways, Youngblood claims to be all natural as well. They have a full ingredient list posted on their website and it looks very “clean.” The foundation’s coverage was great and stayed on all day long. It has natural oil absorbing ingredients due to the mineral factor. The one complaint I have about the foundation is the packaging. The powder comes in a little jar, but with a flat top with holes that the powder is supposed to come out of, but there is no place to “catch” the excess so-to-speak, so shaking out more powder just means getting it all over the counter and using more than intended. This only seems to be the case for the foundation, because the Rice Setting Powder (below) has a convenient, easy dispenser.

Youngblood Cosmetics Mineral Rice Setting Powder Next is the Mineral Rice Setting Powder. This is again comparable to Bare Essentials “Mineral Veil” which the main purpose is to set your makeup and sop up any excess oil that might come on thorough the day. Again, great product that does what it says it will do.

Youngblood Cosmetics has a whole mineral-based makeup product line out as well beyond foundation and powder. This seems like a good reliable line and one that is definitely worth a shot if you ever want to try something new. The prices are a bit more expensive than Bare Essentials, but they also don’t have the mass reach that Bare Essentials does and the quality seems to be a bit better.