Monthly Archives: March 2008

CEW’s 2008 Beauty Awards

CEW 2008 Beauty Award Finalists This year’s CEW Beauty Award finalists have been announced and we’re happy to see some of the products we’ve enjoyed using in the past year make the list! Tons of the products we’ve all been blogging about have made this year’s list. I always like checking out this list of products, it makes a pretty good shopping list. 🙂 I always end up buying and trying new things off of it. You can find a complete list of the finalists here or keep reading to see the whole list. These are some of my favorites that made the cut…

CEW 2008 Beauty Award Finalists

Have you used any of these products? What do you think? What would win your award?

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From the Floor to the Blog

Nordstroms From The Floor Blog As someone who worked with blogs for a living, I always enjoy seeing the companies I support start a new blog. Today I noticed one from a store I love, Nordstroms. They have a new blog called From the Floor features fashion and beauty. You can even subscribe to the blog by the category of your choosing, that’s what I ended up doing. Best of all for me, is that it’s a TypePad powered blog. That always warms my heart. Go add this to your newsreader now!

It's Infallible

I have seen the commercial with Beyonce for L’Oreal’s Infallible Lip Colour so many times that I was actually turned off to the product. For some reason, I came around to it and one day in Target, I picked this up in Henna. I was with my friend Lea and she laughed because the last thing I need is another pinkish-brown shade but I can’t help myself… it’s what I like.

L'Oreal's Infallible Lip Colour At first sight, I really wasn’t a fan of this packaging. I’m still not completely sold but I can see its appeal now. It comes in a mirrored case that’s helpful for application and on each side of the case, you have the lip color and conditioner that slides out for use. Ideally, it would be nice if this came out completely. The product’s wear surprised me. I’ve been so accustomed to long lasting lip products like this drying my lips and flaking right off but that didn’t happen here, it even lasted well over 8 hours with most of the color in tact. Also, I wore this comfortably for over 4 hours without needing to apply the conditioner. When I did, I was happy to find the same scent as in their Colour Juice Sticks, which I love and have several of. Now I want more of these, I think I’m going to take advantage of the Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal Ulta has going on right now.

I wish I would have tried this sooner, the compacts for this limited edition collection is so pretty… I wonder if there are even any left. And in case you’re wondering, the shade pictured here in Cerise 300, same color Beyonce wears in the commercial.

It’s Infallible

I have seen the commercial with Beyonce for L’Oreal’s Infallible Lip Colour so many times that I was actually turned off to the product. For some reason, I came around to it and one day in Target, I picked this up in Henna. I was with my friend Lea and she laughed because the last thing I need is another pinkish-brown shade but I can’t help myself… it’s what I like.

L'Oreal's Infallible Lip Colour At first sight, I really wasn’t a fan of this packaging. I’m still not completely sold but I can see its appeal now. It comes in a mirrored case that’s helpful for application and on each side of the case, you have the lip color and conditioner that slides out for use. Ideally, it would be nice if this came out completely. The product’s wear surprised me. I’ve been so accustomed to long lasting lip products like this drying my lips and flaking right off but that didn’t happen here, it even lasted well over 8 hours with most of the color in tact. Also, I wore this comfortably for over 4 hours without needing to apply the conditioner. When I did, I was happy to find the same scent as in their Colour Juice Sticks, which I love and have several of. Now I want more of these, I think I’m going to take advantage of the Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal Ulta has going on right now.

I wish I would have tried this sooner, the compacts for this limited edition collection is so pretty… I wonder if there are even any left. And in case you’re wondering, the shade pictured here in Cerise 300, same color Beyonce wears in the commercial.

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!

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!