Monthly Archives: April 2008

What's in Lianne's Bag?

What's in Lianne's Bag Today is Lianne’s turn! We’re looking at her bag and what’s got in it. Lianne is the amazing woman behind The Makeup Girl. She’s a great makeup artist in the DC Metro area and she’s inspired quite a few purchases. When I saw Lianne use Sue Devitt’s Eye Intensifier in some of her photos, I ran out and got a few. Here’s what she says…

“The bag is by Gucci…it’s the Britt Medium tote in patent leather, totally roomy and very “me”. It’s one of the biggest “bag” purchases I have ever made in my life but it’s a classic and I love it. I typically don’t keep my keys in my purse (they go in a basket by the door so I always know where they are and my sunglasses (I have many many many pairs) are in the basket too…although I keep a pair in the car in case I forget them in the basket!!!”

What's in Lianne's Bag “In my bag itself I have my iPhone (geek girl!), my makeup bag (leopard from Bath and Body works on sale for $5!) my business card case, my black slim wallet, pacifica solid fragrance, philosophy pure grace roll on fragrance oil and my latest obsession, Orbit Mint Mojito gum (two packs because I can’t run out!).”

“The makeup bag is more streamlined than usual:”

Smashbox Function5 Self Adjusting Powder Foundation
Dr, Haushcka Lip Balm
NARS Orgasm/Hustler lip gloss
Philosophy Amazing grace solid fragrance
Tarte Cliff/Claire Lip gloss
NARS the multiple in Orgasm
Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick
Becca Glossy Lip Tint in Marsala
Stila Lip Pencil in Contour 23
MAC lip pencil in BBQ
MAC Shadow in Dark Edge
MAC Shadow in Modest Tone
NARS lip gloss in Cabiria
Loos Lips NY Lip gloss ball

What's in Lianne's Bag

See? That lip balm really is good stuff. 🙂 Check back tomorrow to peek at Annie from Bellasugar’s bag!

Case of the Luxurious Lip Balm

A few weeks ago I was in Barney’s, a store that really feels out of character for me, but I gave in to temptation and picked up the infamous By Terry Baume de Rose. I just had to see what all the fuss about, I called this “research”. I didn’t go for the usual pot, I went with the gloss-like version of the lip balm.

By Terry Baume de Rose When you first use By Terry’s Baume de Rose, you start to see glimpses of why this lip balm is so coveted. It’s got the most enchanting rose scent to it, the kind of scent you imagine a gorgeous red rose to have. That alone may be worth the price tag to some. The texture is appropriately thick, thicker than your average lip balm, and it smothers your lips with moisture all while leaving a shine on your lips, this particular formula anyhow. I’ve really enjoyed using lip stains under this lip balm. The light pink color to it softens the color of the stains I use so I’m using them more now because of this. It also has an extra use, you can use it on your cuticles.

Those things aside, I still have a few issues with the product. First, it’s got a doe foot applicator. This type of applicator seems to give off some type of graininess during application. When I wipe it off, I wipe off some of the product and start the cycle all over again. I’ve started just dabbing the wand instead of spreading it around like a gloss. A brush would be much better in this product. The other is the price tag. Part of me is having a hard time getting over the guilt for even spending about $55 including tax for this lip balm. What is in it that makes it this valuable? The lip balm does treat my lips nicely but this is not my holy grail lip balm. It’s very nice but there are better lip balms out there at a fraction of the price.

Really what you’re paying for here is a luxury item. The rose scent is fabulous but the formula itself doesn’t really do anything extraordinary for your lips so it’s up to you to decide if this is worth it. As for me, when it run’s out, it’s out.

Beauty Duty for 4/29

A Touch of Blusher reviews ck Calvin Klein’s new mineral-based loose powder

All About the Pretty is still in love with Tom Ford and his new Neroli Portofino fragrance.

Teri from Beautiful Makeup Search tells all about her visit to the Kiehl’s flagship store.

GlamBlush and Rita Hazan share 10 Rules for Being a Brunette.

KRiSTOPHER is loving, hating, and wearing snakeskin accessories.

Have you ever purchased a Sephora Brand product? Lipstick, Powder ‘n Paint shares the latest offerings from Sephora that will rock your eyes and make your lips pop.

Makeup Moxie has beauty lust for the new Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain.

SugarShock Beauty is feeling flush for spring’s flushed-pink cheek trend.

Spring is in the air and lust abounds! The Organic Beauty Expert shares how the ladies can lube it up the natural way!

WE LOVE met up with celebrity manicurist, Melissa Bozant to discuss the latest mani & pedi trends.

What's in Erika's Bag?

Today we’re peeking at Erika from Makeup Bag’s makeup bag. Erika is one of my favorite bloggers and so I was very excited to take a look at what products one my favorite bloggers uses. Here’s what she says…

What's in Erika's Bag

“This is my favorite zebra print Zazendi makeup bag, which is excellent for travel because it’s made out of silk and conforms itself around my makeup. I can squeeze this into the tightest suitcase space.

I never thought I could pare down to the bare essentials where my makeup is concerned, but this bag is proof that it is totally possible. I have four other makeup bags stuffed full in my bathroom, but these are the essentials that I’ve been using for the last month.”

  • Clinique Almost Powder Makeup
  • MAC Fafi Eyes 1
  • Bobbi Brown Nude Lip/Eye Palette
  • Chanel Perfect Brows in Brun
  • MAC Eye shadow singles in Patina and Smut
  • Three Custom Color Specialist custom compact with concealer, Poppy lip/cheek stain, and cool bronzer
  • LashBlast Mascara
  • Shiseido Lasting Lift Mascara
  • Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy
  • Shu Eyelash Curler
  • Clinique Longlast Glosswear
  • Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadow
  • Bobbi Brown cream eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer Ink
  • Laura Mercier travel brush set with extras thrown in (Tweezerman tweezers & scissors, Shu eyelash applicator, Benefit brow brush…)

While we’re not looking at Erika’s handbag, she tells us there are 12 different lipglosses and balms inside, including her favorite MAC Tendertones and her beloved Prescriptives Custom Blend lipgloss. Are you enjoying these posts? I hope so, we have more to come.

For the NYC Gals

For those of you in New York City, head over to Saks Fifth Avenue on May 2nd, 3rd and 5th to spend some time with Tim Quinn, one of Giorgio Armani Beauty’s US makeup artists, and his Giorgio Armani A-Team for a blitz of personal consultations all leading up to a rare appearance by Giorgio Armani.

Tim Quinn Giorgio Armani Makeup Artist

On May 2nd, appointments are available between 10:00am and 7:00pm then on May 3rd appointments are available between 11:00am and 8:00pm at Saks Fifth Avenue at 611 5th Avenue (between 49th and 50th Streets) in New York. You can make your appointment with the Giorgio Armani Beauty Counter at 212-940-2962. Then come back to Saks on Monday from 2:30pm to 4:00pm to see Mr. Giorgio Armani himself.

If you go to this event, let us know how it turns out!

What's in Karen's Bag?

What's in Karen's Bag? Today we’re looking at Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog’s bag. If you’re not ready Karen’s blog, you have to start immediately. Just take a look at what she did for the love of Fafi. Now that’s dedication. 🙂

Karen’s bag is a Laura Merkin Bianca Glazed Goatskin bag in black. Let’s see what she has in it:

1. Notebook from house of Tar-ghay (aka Target)
2. Crackberry/Blackberry
3. Three (!) fine point Pental RSVP black pens
4. wallet
5. inhaler (I have asthma and always have to have it with me, pooh)
6. Barbie Loves MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Sunshine
7. Olympus voice recorder
8. Mace
9. Elizabeth Arden 8-hour hand cream
10. Coral from the beach where I got married
11. iPod (if I could, I’d surgically attach this to myself, along with
the Crackberry/Blackberry)
12. house and work keys
13. MAC Sublime Culture Cremestick Liner
14. Chanel Glossimer in Gazelle
15. Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Naive

What's in Karen's Bag?

I love that I’m not the only one with Elizabeth Arden hand cream in my bag and Karen’s wallet is so cute, I got to find out where it’s from. Check back tomorrow for yet another peak at what’s in a beauty bloggers bag.

Wild on Tweezerman Giveaway

Tweezerman Slant Animal Print Tweezers Last week we told you about Tweezerman’s Mini Go Green tweezers. Now we’re giving away 2 pairs of their Animal Print Slant tweezers to two lucky readers.

All you need to do to enter is fill out the form below with your name and email address. Please note that leaving a comment here, while appreciated, is not enough to enter the contest. There is only one entry per email address and it must be a valid email address. You can enter to win from now until next Monday and we’ll announce the lucky winners on Tuesday, May 6th. Good luck!

Weekends Reads for 4/26

Can’t figure out those false lashes? The Daily Cookie gives her step-by-step on how to apply lashes in a breeze!

A Touch of Blusher loves the Golden Dior pendant.

StyleBell uncovers the Top 5 Flat Irons that work best with curly hair.

Beauty Anonymous invites you to the springtime nail colors of OPI 2008 Beyond Chic Collection .

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic check out Kiehl’s Vital Sun Sunscreen and decides it has great broad UV spectrum coverage!

Beauty and Fashion Tech creates a great look using items from the new Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Cosmetic Line.

The Muse gives her first impressions of the coveted MAC DressCamp Collection!

Beauty411 shares her review of Klean Bath + Body’s Blue Hawaii Sugar Body Polish, which smells like a tropical island and exfoliates your skin, too!

Forget virgin daiquiris, The Beauty of Life is all about the gorgeous polishes from the new Extra Virgin Collection from Dashing Diva!

Need some luxury in your life? Beauty Junkie in SF finds her current high-end beauty favorites.

Want to take your hair from Flat To Fabulous? Then check out what The Makeup Divas recommends.

Win a gift set packed with Ferro Cosmetics mineral makeup goodies at Bionic Beauty!

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog discovers Chanel’s Leopard lipstick, a coral color that makes her go rrrrrraooow!

SugarShock Beauty has found a ticket to paradise with the tropically dreamy Lavanila Laboratories’ Vanilla Coconut Fragrance.

Beauty Banter discovers a healthy, inexpensive, sun and streak-free way to get your bronzed glow!

Toya of The Life of A Ladybug asks “What’s your ‘thing’ right now?”

Beauty Blogging Junkie recommends these product picks for the most relaxing bath ever.

Makeup Junkie finds a new best friend in Chi’s Pink Flat Iron!

Glossypink shares her Holy Grail lipgloss!

Kitiya of Mischo Beauty has a reader who shares her favorite organic conditioner!

Beauty and Personal Grooming shares a few homemade anti-wrinkle creams.

Makeup Moxie reviews Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo Spray.

Spoiled Pretty is giving away five bottles of Guess by Marciano Eau de Parfum. Contest ends Sunday, April 27th. Go get you some!

What's in Jen's Bag?

Today we’re looking at what’s in Jen from Raging Rouge’s bag. Check out her blog, she’s got some sneak peeks at what Urban Decay will be launching later this summer. Here’s what Jen says:

What's in Jen's Bag?

I purchased this bag for myself during my last pregnancy. In addition to my love for all things beauty, I am quite addicted to bags, shoes and jewelry! This bag certainly ranks as one of my best purchases ever… It was part of Gucci’s Cruise Collection that year (2005), but was then kept as a “Classic” for several more years until they finally discontinued selling it in 2007 (selling at almost 50% more than my original purchase price!).

The contents: Various change purses and credit card holders, Kate Spade sunglasses for me and Gymboree sunglasses for my little guy (he’s a cool cat), car keys, cell phone and headset, various hair ties, teething biscuits, Wet Ones anti-bacterial wipes, diapers and wipes (not pictured). Finally… on to the makeup!

Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30: It’s a great way to reapply sunblock throughout the day without messing up your makeup. I consider it a must.
elf Therapeutic Conditioning Balm in Orange Creme
Lipstick Queen Saint Wine lipstick (this is so sexy without overpowering)
Stila Lip Glaze in Brown Sugar
alba Terra Tints in Blaze
Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick in Rocket Pop
Lorac mini lip polish
elf Moisture Care Lip Color in Pink Lemondade
Chanel lipstick in Sun Beige
Bonnie Bell Lipsmackers in Watermelon

Long Lasting Hair Color

There are few better feelings than walking out of a hair salon, freshly cut and colored, with a bounce in your step commensurate to that in your hair. It’s an instant pick-me-up, but it can also be quite an investment. Highlights, low lights, all over color; whatever you do to your hair is an investment of time and money. And like any other investment, you should protect your hair color. Matrix’s professional line called Logics Color DNA System can help.

Logics Color Leave-In Conditioning Protector The line is pretty comprehensive, ranging from shampoos and conditioners to a variety of styling aids. The Logics brand claims that its Dual Net Affinity (DNA) technology creates a barrier between your hair and the elements (sun, wash and wear) to retain salon-fresh color. I’ve been using the Leave-in Conditioner Protector and Shine Illuminating Serum after every wash since coloring my hair three weeks ago.

The Leave-in Conditioner Protector is to be sprayed all over wet hair and then combed through. I really like it for a few reasons. It makes my hair feel incredibly soft, but it also provides a really light hold. I have a pretty loose hair style so I don’t use hair spray or mousse very often. This leave-in conditioner adds a little bit of texture to my hair that has really boosted the overall style. The scent is fresh and slightly floral.

Logics Color Shine Illuminating Serum I blow dry and flat iron my hair almost daily and have been looking for a product to cut down on potential heat damage. The Shine Illuminating Serum is a serious multi-tasker – it protects my fragile hair against UV and heat damage, controls frizz and adds a dose of glossy shine to the end product. I apply one pump of the clear serum to my wet hair before drying. After styling, I rub one more pump between my hands and run them through my hair. The serum’s scent contains a little more musk than the conditioner, but the two scents work well together.

And how’s my color look? I get a reddish brown base color with reddish gold highlights – red being the most difficult color to retain, of course – and the color is still vibrant. It’s usually faded a bit at this point, but so far so good. If I can extend the life of my color by even a few weeks, it’ll be worth it.