Monthly Archives: March 2008

Beautifully Nude

We’ve been talking so much about skincare and other body products lately that I’m excited to talk about makeup again. I couldn’t think of a better way to get back in the makeup swing of things than Bobbi Brown’s new Nude collection. For those of us who love neutral, everyday wear friendly shades this collection is fabulous. It features a new limited edition palette with four lipsticks and four eyeshadows and four new limited edition Glitter Gloss shades.

Bobbi Brown Nude Lip and Eye Palette

The lipsticks are right up my alley. With this palette I’m armed with gorgeous shades of medium brownish pink, light warm beige, deep pink brown and beige plum brown. On my skin tone, I have everything I need to create a soft understated look or play up my lips a bit more without being too dramatic. The four eyeshadows are equally gorgeous as well. There is one shade, the Nude Shimmer Wash, that would make a nice all over shade but the rest are great defining colors. There are shades to give your eyes some subtle definition or shades like the Buff Shimmer Wash can help tone up the intensity. I’m absolutely in love with this palette, it’s now a permanent resident in my makeup bag. Honestly, I seem to love all of Bobbi’s palettes.

Bobbi Brown Nude Collection Glitter Glosses On to the Glitter Glosses… they are so adorable. Again, these are limited edition shades so they won’t be around forever. Here’s a little more information on the shades:

  • Almost Bare: sandy gold with glitter.
  • Buff: beige pink with glitter.
  • Naked: medium nude with glitter.
  • Nude: light nude with glitter.

What’s not to love? I really love the images from this collection as well, the models just look stunning. Take a look for yourself, you can click on the images to enlarge them.

Bobbi Brown Nude Collection Model #1 Bobbi Brown Nude Collection Model #2

I’m in love with the first model’s look, her look is the epitome of a nude look to me. Wouldn’t it be great to look this gorgeous everyday? Later in the week I’ll post of a photo of me wearing these shades.

Rosacia Rescue

There’s not a whole lot of definitive information available about the cause and cure of a skin condition called rosacia. It’s predominantly found in fair skinned folks, could be hereditary, and varies in severity. My esthetician told me that it’s caused by a random bacteria (eww, I know) which causes red inflammation on the skin. There are no real cures for the condition; some doctors prescribe topical antibiotics to help those with serious cases.

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant I have a touch of the rosacia across my cheeks and nose- nothing terrible, but a slightly annoying uneven coloring. On the advice of my esthetician, who said that her mom, sister and two other clients found the product effective at toning down the redness, I integrated Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant into my skincare routine.

The liquid exfoliant contains witch hazel, which apparently kills the bacteria that causes rosacia. Many people find witch hazel to be too harsh an ingredient for sensitive skin, but it’s well balanced by lavender to soothe and chamomile to calm irritated skin. Rosacia can be exacerbated by harsh exfoliating scrubs, so this liquid version (just swab on skin with a cotton ball) is a great way to get that fresh cell turnover without the irritation.

I haven’t been using theExfoliant long enough to see quantifiable results. However, my skin has responded well to the gentle, daily exfoliation. I’m going to stick with this product and see what happens to my rosacia. I’ll let you know!

Have Breakfast in the Shower

Philosophy's Breakfast in Bed Shower Gel Set Now there’s a new reason to get out of bed in the morning, Philosophy’s new Breakfast in Bed Shower Gel set. If you added some eggs, bacon or sausage and you have a complete breakfast. smiley

Thank goodness those aren’t really Philosophy scents because then we might have to worry a little, but you get where I’m going with this… right? This new set contains three 6 oz. shower gels in Belgian Waffles, Cafe au Lait and Fresh Cream, each one with a completely decadent scent to it. My favorite one so far is Belgian Waffles, how can you not love that smell of sweet waffle batter? Each scent is so rich you can almost taste it. The good thing is you can pretend you had a big breakfast without any of the calories. You can find this set at Sephora now.

Not Your Ordinary "Cherry"

Hi guys! My name is Alexa and was recently contacted by Carla and she asked me if I wanted to review products for her site. Thankfully, I could start my own business with the amount of items I’ve seemed to collect over the years, so I have plenty to talk about. Maybe my reviews will even help someone out there the same way the reviews on this site have helped me.

Masaki Matsushima's Cherry Normally, when you hear the word “cherry” associated with “perfumes” you probably think that they’re going to be overly fruity and sweet, right? In the case of Masaki Matsushima’s Cherry fragrance, the cherry note is only slightly noticeable as it blends in with the rest of the notes: “Cherry, Blackcurrant, Bilberry, Watermelon, Lotus Flower, Cherry Blossom, Sweet Pea, Raspberry, Crystal Musk, Blackberry”.

Cherry by Masaki Matsushima is categorized as a “floral” fragrance. I’ve always been a floral kind of gal, and this one just fits right in with the other bottles on my vanity. But don’t be fooled, it’s not your grandma’s floral. This one is fresh and bright with a beautiful dry down of soft florals.

Not only am I totally in love with the scent, I also adore the bottle it comes in! It’s very cute with little cherry designs all over the uniquely designed bottle. Definitely eye-catching. The only downside? For $32, 0.68 oz is pretty little, I’ve already made a dent in my bottle and I only got it 6 days ago.

Other than that, I can’t wait to try more fragrances by Masaki Matsushima! Especially Mintea and Mat;Yellow, mmm!

Play in the Shade

Hourglass Cosmetics Shade Eyeshadow I only have good things to say about Hourglass’s Shade Eyeshadow. I tried this in “Journey” and not only liked the cute pan but also found the texture very creamy and full of pigment. I have a pet peeve about eyeshadows that sprinkle onto your under eye area as you apply them so later you have a mess ruining your foundation…yes I know I could put my foundation on last but I don’t like to. Who can appreciate a good eye with an uneven skin tone? Well, the Hourglass’s Shade Eyeshadow will give you no bother in that department. I also love the dark purple color that gives a very sexy feel, a nice play on the usual smoky eye look. Although, I would like to see Hourglass create a palette that my eyeshadow singles could pop into but it won’t stop me from buying more.

Oh Mama Mio!

Hello everyone! My name is Lea and I’m very excited to start contributing to Product Girl. Hopefully I will bring some useful info to help you make better decisions or at least keep you from wasting some hard earned moulah.

Mama Mio's Tummy Toner The first few products I want to share with you are from Mama Mio and they use to be part of an Emergency Repair Kit. The kit has since been revamped but it doesn’t hurt to talk about these products individually anyhow.

The first product is Tummy Toner, this is a gel that is for firming, toning, and retexturizing post pregnancy skin. An active combination of containing Papaya Enzymes, Hyaluronic Acid and Soy protein ready to kick in when our bellies are now not so pretty. I actually think this product and company is very cool. When you first apply the gel it’s a little tacky but quickly dries and does not leave you oily making it easy to use anytime. I would like to point out that this is the kind of product you must be diligent with to see results.

Mama Mio's Goodbye Stretch Marks The second product is Goodbye Stretch Marks. I love, love this product and yes I’m guilty for going through this one quicker than the first. This is great feeling cream chalked full of active and unique ingredients including Eblica an herb used in Ayurvedic medicine and Matrixyl 3000 a peptide for deep tissue repair that will also help fade and retexturise your stretchmarked skin. I also found that I wanted to slather this on everwhere and did so.

The Jist: I love the airless packaging… these airless pumps help maintain the integrity of the ingredients thus no unnecessary preservatives. I believe overall this is a helpful and active ugly tummy fighting duo. No, it won’t knock off 20 pounds of baby weight but I believe it will help that tummy look a little cuter then it did before.

Introduction to Suki Color: Eyes

Last but not least, I also tried Suki Color Triple Cream Eye Definer. This was also the last Suki Color product that I tried. It’s star ingredient is evening primrose oil, which is very nourishing and healing to the skin.

Suki Color Triple Cream Eye Definer The product comes in some truly gorgeous shades and I was able to try Amber and Smoke. I adored the way Amber looked on my eyes, the shimmer in the shade and finish of the formula left my eyes with a very sexy shimmery sheen, almost glistening. It’s as if my eyes were wet. I love that look but it’s not one I can pull off for very long thanks to my kryptonite lids. Unfortunately, the color started fading into my crease within 2 hours of wear. Perhaps someone with a different eye shape who’s less prone to creasing may have better luck with this though. I like to see how products do without a primer first so I didn’t try this with a primer yet but this something I’ll try next time. I’d really like to see a version of this product that is a little more long wearing though.

The price point for Suki Color products is definitely on the higher end. That does concern me a bit but I try to keep in mind that this is a different type of a product than I’m use and that my skin will thank me for it later. It can be a little discouraging, I know. Personally, I’d love to own all seven shades of the stains but I can’t really afford to. My hope is that the pricing will come down a bit so that this is more accessible to everyone.

Introduction to Suki Color: Face

Suki Color Tinted Active Moisturizer was next on my list to try. When I looked it up, I was shocked to see that only two shades were available; Natural for fair to medium complexions and Bronze for all complexions. I wondered exactly how would this look on a fair gal like myself.

Suki Color Tinted Active Moisturizer When I tried the product, it was a bit too dark for me as I expected. Suki suggests blending a few drops of moisturizer or their concealer to get a more customized color. I tried that and the product was still a wee bit dark on me but it wasn’t that bad so I wore it anyways in the name of research. The coverage of course was sheer but I liked the way it looked on my skin. It evened my skin tone out and it wasn’t heavy. It’s as if I wasn’t wearing makeup at all. It hung on for dear life, which I didn’t expect. The first time I wore it, I had my first session with a personal trainer and I was sweating like crazy. When I got home and went to wash my face, I still had some on.

I also liked what Suki Color Tinted Active Moisturizer did for my skin, it felt good on and I liked knowing it was helping my skin at the same time. It features white willow which is a natural salicylic acid with none of the synthetic version’s side effects.

With all that said, it’s disappointing to see such a limited range of shades. Luckily, I did buy one of the product suggested but I don’t have the other one (the concealer). I would have liked to see how it would have worked for me shade wise if I had this but even then, I shouldn’t have to blend my own custom shade. I’d like to see this product expand their color spectrum to feature more shades with different undertones. If and when this happens, I’d be happy to try it again.

Introduction to Suki Color: Lips

I love Suki’s skincare line but as far as the color products are concerned, they still have a little ways to go but I’m excited to see when and how they get there. There are definitely some positive aspects to the products that I did enjoy though so I’m going to spend the day taking a look at those products.

Suki Color Pure Cream Stain Suki Color Pure Cream Stain is a cheek and lip color in a pot. It comes in seven shades and features natural ingredients like mineral pigments, rose wax, jojoba oil, vitamin E and it’s star ingredient: chamomile to heal and soothe. This would have to be the product I enjoyed the most. On the cheeks this product is easy to blend and on the lips it’s rich, creamy and packed with pigment.

The color didn’t dry out my skin like I expected a stain to, my lips actually stayed moist most of the time. The color didn’t last as long as I would have hoped it would but it still made it through lunch with some color left over. At least I was left appreciating how my lips felt and I think that’s a fair trade off. I love the look of a matte lip so Clay was perfect for me but there are a few shades with some shimmer in them.

These are a little pricey and I’d love to own them all but for now, Whole Foods is just going to have to deal with me coming in to play with the Suki Color line…

Beauty Hawaiian Style

Carla’s love for all things Suki has inspired me to be more open about the brands of makeup and skincare that I try – namely, she’s made me consider trying out organic and natural products. So on my last shopping trip, I bypassed the pretty jars with familiar labels and reached for one from Reviva Labs – the Hawaiian Seaweed Mask.

Reviva Labs takes credit for introducing exfoliation via facial peels, and the joys of elastin, to the American skincare market. They don’t test on animals and their products can be found in better health food stores and retailers such as Ulta.

Reviva's Hawaiian Seaweed Beauty MaskThe Hawaiian Seaweed Mask promises to simultaneously deep clean and hydrate your skin. It’s formulated to work on any skin type but is especially effective on combination skin. It’s supposed to normalize skin to create the right oil/moisture balance. The ingredient list is impressively short and leads off with purified water and Hawaiian seaweed, Kaolin and Bentonite (clays).

The mask is a nice Army green and smells like, well, your typical clay. It also smears on smoothly – sometimes clay masks get a little dry and crumbly. Not so with the Hawaiian Seaweed Mask. The label suggests leaving the mask on your face for 30 minutes. I was a little worried that leaving it on so long would result in irritation and redness, so I checked myself out every 10 minutes. No problems. After washing the clay off, I was pleasantly surprised at the improved texture of my skin – very smooth and soft. It felt hydrated and clean – just as promised.

Overall, I’m excited that Reviva Labs delivered – I’ll be trying a few more of their all natural products in the future.