Monthly Archives: April 2008

Beauty for a Good Cause

Shannon at A Girl’s Gotta Spa is hosting several beauty auctions from now until the end of May to Benefit Meadow Quinn. Meadow is a 7 year old girl in Pennsylvania who suffers from a disease called Neurofibromatosis. This little girl has several inoperable tumors and has been on a feeding tube for 18 months now. Unfortunately, her insurance company has refused to pay for the cost of a treatment that would help her get off the feeding tube. She needs $70,000 for this treatment and so far $42,000 has been raised.

Want to help raise the rest? Head over to A Girl’s Gotta Spa and check out the auctions containing products from MAC Cosmetic’s limited edition collections (Fafi, Heatherette, Antiquitease, N, etc.), Berwick Beauty, Elizabeth Arden, Solessence and NARS. You can also donate directly to Meadow via check. You can find more information on helping here.

What's in Daneen's Bag?

What's in Daneen's Bag? Today we’re taking a peek at what’s in Daneen’s bag. Daneen publishes the amazing Spoiled Pretty blog and says that she’s a lipstick/gloss fiend. You’ll never find her with less than five lip products in her purse. Here’s what she says:

Makeup is my first love, but bags are a very close second. I often contemplate starting a bag blog, to justify my compulsion. But between work and Spoiled Pretty, I only have enough hours left to eat and sleep! The Silom Square Diana Large Hobo was a gift from the designer, Rafe Totengco. He gave it to me to schlepp around my stuff at New York Fashion Week – Fall 2008. It even came with a note, which read “Hi Daneen, Enjoy the bag & blog it out! xoxo, Rafe”. Now onto it’s contents:

What's in Daneen's Bag? Mini bottle of Advil – because sometimes, life can be a pain.
Goody Mosaic So Smooth Ceramic Boar Cushion Brush
Goody Mosaic Ouchless Mock Tortoise Vent Brush
Frilly Lilly Lemongrass Sage Hand Cream
MAC 169 Angled Brush
CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Stash
MAC Beauty Powder Blush in Joyous
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine in WH 002S
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine in BR 755S
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine in RD 174S
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine in OR 563S
MAC Plushglass in Foolishly Fab
Stila Lip Glaze in Grapefruit
Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Bonfire
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick
Oakley BETRAY Sunglasses
Glasses & Glasses Case
Contact Lens Case
Spoiled Pretty business cards
Hype black leather wallet
LG Envy Cell Phone

Love Me Some Tender Balm

I recently got my hands on a tube of Estee Lauder’s Tender Lip Balm in Tender Plum and I’ve been telling anyone who will listen how much I love this stuff. Love. It.

Estee Lauder Tender Lip Balm The Tender line is a balm/gloss hybrid. The focus here is on keeping your lips soft, smooth, and only faintly colored. The 6-shade collection (ranging from caramel to peach, with a few pinks and a clear in there for good measure) features an SPF of 15 and tastes so good. Even if you usually hate lip balm that has a discernable scent/taste- give this a try. It’s light and juicy. The tube itself is adorable; the size of an index finger, which makes for great portability.

Estee claims the balm improves lip moisturization by 28% and reduces flaking by 34%. While my results certainly aren’t clinical, I will say that my lips feel pretty moist and unflakey. Bottom line is that the Tender Balm looks good, it tastes good, it feels good – the trifecta of goodness. For $14, snag a tube for yourself wherever Estee Lauder is sold.

Hannah Mania

Avon's Hannah Montana Line In case you haven’t seen Miley Cyrus’ face on every magazine cover, TV commercial, DVD, or gossip blog, now you can stare at her in your very own home. Disney teamed up with Avon to create a bath and body collection featuring Hannah Montana herself. Avon is targeting tweens and fans of the show with some playful products that are fun and girly. The packaging features Cyrus’ face on every label, along with pink and purple butterflies and flowers.

The comprehensive line features a yummy green apple-scented 2 in 1 and Shampoo and Detangler, Vitamin E and Aloe Shower Gel, Hand Cream and Vanilla Lip Balm. It is reasonably priced, ranging from $.99 to $3.99. I wonder when Hannah Montana the Perfume will be out.

What's in My Bag?

What's in Carla's Bag Today I’m showing you all what’s in my bag. My bag is usually a mess but I cleaned it up a bit though, taking all my receipts and empty gum wrappers out. I don’t want you all seeing how messy I really am! What you see here is a little more than what I usually carry with me, it really depends on how much time I have in the morning. This morning I had more time than usual so I brought some things to touch up with during the day like the NARS Multiple and Suki lip color. This is the Lane bag in Tabacco and it was a gift from Ruehl No. 925. It really roomy and the leather is really soft… no stiffness here.

What's in Carla's Bag

Now onto what I have in it…

  • I got to have my sunglasses. I use to buy cheap pairs of glasses but for the first time I actually spent more than $15 on a pair.
  • Coach wristlet, because I hate carrying around a big huge wallet. This way I have just the essentials. Plus I use it at the gym to store my keys.
  • My Weight Watchers paraphernalia, my journal, welcome book and point counter.
  • Floss, gum, cell phone, mini notebook, glass nail file and convertible hair brush.
  • Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Hand Cream: this stuff is great and helps my hands deal with all the paperwork I have on my desk.
  • Boscia Blotting Linens in Rose.
  • Benefit’s Erase Paste (review coming soon).
  • Cargo PlantLove lipstick in Lola.
  • BillyB Beauty brush #9, Bare Escentuals Flawless Face brush and Smashbox brush #19 (thank you eBay!).
  • Sample of Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Face Cream that I’m going to try later.
  • Suki Pure Color Cream Stain in Clay.
  • Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick
  • Dr. Hauschka Liquid Concealer
  • Trish McEvoy’s Base Essential and Essential Pencil.
  • Laura Mercier
  • Prescriptives Here to Stay Mascara
  • Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat
  • By Terry Rose Baume Stick
  • Prescriptives Camouflage Cream
  • Bobbi Brown Blemish Cover Stick
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
  • Revlon Makeup Eraser
  • The Balm Sexy Mama Translucent Pressed Powder, this stuff is great, a review is coming soon!
  • Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Minerals
  • Benefit’s Eye Bright
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Crayon
  • NARS The Multiple in Orgasm
  • and Urban Decay’s Ink, I’m so sad this is discontinued.

Can you see a pattern here? I don’t even use these concealing products all at once but I can’t bare to take them out of my bag. The Laura Mercier concealer was an impulse buy I regret but I keep wanting to give it another chance. I might swap it… who knows. There are always a few things I’m testing in my bag as well. The Dr. Hauschka and Benefit concealers are a few of those items.

I Whish This Lived Up to the Hype

Deborah Messing, Jennifer Garner and Brooke Shields are all fans of Whish Body Products. Whish has a reputation for adding luxury to women’s every day shaving routines. I have been using the same old aluminum can of drugstore shave gel for as long as I’ve been shaving my legs so I was excited to try Whish Regency 120 Travel Bag.

Whish Regency 120 Travel Bag The kit includes Papaya Coconut Shave Crave (shaving cream), Papaya Coconut Shave Savour (aftershave) and Original Body Brush, all housed in an adorable vinyl cosmetic bag. Unlike most other women’s shaving products, Shave Crave comes in a plastic jar and is meant to be applied with the Body Brush, an old-fashioned animal-hair shave brush. Once you swirl the brush into the cream, the lather achieved is incomprarable to that which I am used to, but still produced a smooth, nick-free shave. Afterwards, I made sure to use Shave Savour, although I don’t think I’ve ever used an aftershave on my legs before. For a product touted as “Papaya Coconut”, I was surprised that the scent was very mild. Overall, I was satisfied with my shave, but not entirely impressed. Later in the week, I attempted the same process and just as I went to swirl my Body Brush into the Shave Crave, the brush broke in half right in my hands!

I love the concept of taking a little extra time and energy and applying it towards a perfect shave, however I am lead to believe that the quality of Whish products is questionable. The price of this set was $85 and didn’t even last me two shaves.

Beauty Duty for 4/22

A Touch of Blusher loves the Golden Dior pendant.

All About the Pretty has found a way to keep refreshed after yoga class with International Orange Balancing Deodorant .

GlamBlush wants you to enter to win a Mother’s Day brunch with the Hiltons! Yes, that’s Paris, Nicky, and Kathy!.

KRiSTOPHER hunts for – and kills – the latest Fendi Spy bag.

SugarShock Beauty has found the answer to unmanageable hair: a sulfate-free shampoo by AG Hair Cosmetics.

The Organic Beauty Expert shares her thoughts for a beautiful Earth Day and every day!

Lianne from TheMakeupGirl has gone green for earth day with Ojon’s Tawaka Shampoo & Conditioner.

We Love’s own celebrity stylemaker, Rachel Goodwin recreates Hilary Duff’s classic premiere beauty look for WLB TV!

Plant Some Love on Your Lips

Here’s an eco-friendly lipstick you can really love. It dresses up your lips and gives you a little something extra before you’ve even put it on! Cargo’s PlantLove lipstick features a compostable lipstick case that’s made of corn and you can plant the box and grow your very own wildflowers. What’s not to love here?

Cargo's PlantLove Lipstick

There is a variety of shades, some inspired by ecological beauty in Canada, Japan, Ireland, the Mediterranean, Africa, Himalayan highlands and North America then shades in collaboration with Hollywood beauties. Cargo collaborated with Angie Harmon, Kim Raver, Denise Richards, Evangeline Lily, Lindsay Lohan, Maria Menounos, Mariska Hargitay, Sarah Chalke and Courteney Cox to create their ideal lipstick shades. The newest shades are by Angie Harmon, Kim Raver and Denise Richards, which are inspired by their children.

The lipstick itself is fantastic, the formula is goes on smooth and creamy. It contains meadowfoam seed oil, jojoba and shea butter so it won’t leave your lips feeling dry. The shades I tried, Lola and Sagarmatha, are well pigments and wore really well. I still have color on my lips even after my lunch. As an added bonus, $2.00 from each tube sold is donated to St. Jude’s Pediatrics Research Hospital.

Cargo's PlantLove Lipstick

While you’re at it, plant a little love on your desktop! Cargo has some gorgeous desktop images inspired by the PlantLove lipsticks that you can dress your desktop up with. You can also plant a virtual flower!

Earth Day Savings: 20% Off at Tarte

Tarte Earth Day Discount In honor of Earth Day, Tarte is giving you 20% off your Tarte purchases from now until May 2nd. To take advantage of this offer, just use code EARTH08 at check out. Tarte’s products are loaded with
healthy, natural ingredients and are free of mineral oil, sulfates, phthalates and synthetic fragrances. This is a good time to try some of their Health Couture products. Go spend some green!

What's in Toya's Bag

What's in Toya's Bag Today we’re showing you what’s in Toya’s bag. Toya can be found at Life of a Lady Bug. Not only is she a great beauty blogger but she’s also a talented makeup artist and a belly dancer. Let’s take a look at what she’s got…

“Almost every purse I own is huge, as I carry my whole life in my purse. I got this one from Baghaus, they have awesome designer-inspired bags! In my makeup bag – this is just today’s makeup (I’m off today, so makeup is casual), but this is kind of representative of what’s in my makeup bag on a regular day:”

Inside you’ll find:

Inside Toya's Bag

gray Mead 5 Star notebook (for jotting down blog ideas)
Fresh Sugar Lychee perfume
small leopard print umbrella (I always have a small umbrella in my purse – you never know when it’ll rain!)
pink Sanyo Katana II cell phone (the girliest phone on the planet)
work badge
nude colored Foot Undeez/black pirouette shoes (for dance classes/rehearsals)
pink mock croc wallet
NYX clear makeup bag
Thriller 25 (my husband’s Valentine’s Day gift to me – I am a huge fan of Michael Jackson)
house and car keys
beat-up Sephora catalog (I went to Sephora today and I’d dog-eared pages with the stuff I wanted to get)
two business card holders (bichon frise – holds my makeup artist cards, ladybug – gift from Julia of “All About the Pretty” and holds my blog cards)
pink shopping book (I jot down things I need to remember to buy)
Trident Tropical Twist gum (Sarai’s favorite)
proofs/order forms for Sarai’s graduation and spring portraits
two pairs of sunglasses – a pink faux Gucci pair (I call them my “Cucci” glasses – I got them at a 7-11 in San Francisco, LOL!), brown ones from Old Navy
earrings I bought from Allie of “My Wardrobe Today” and “Wardrobe Oxygen”
Netflix DVD that I need to put in the mail
a small bottle of leave-in conditioner/hair freshener given to me by my dance mentor, Lotus
iPod Nano
Fresh Roll-On Sugar Deodorant (I always carry deodorant. There is no excuse for funkiness!)
business cards from other dancers
Nanette Lepore perfume
Excedrin Migraine (I’m a migraine sufferer)
Aleve (good for all other aches and pains)
Avon Naturals Peach antibacterial hand gel

Inside Toya's Makeup Bag

tape measure (a bellydancer never knows when she may have to get her measurements for a fab new costume!)
MAC Paint Pot in Perky
three makeup pencil sharpeners – Stila (for the Lip Glaze Pencils), E.L.F. and one from my makeup school kit
0.5 oz. bottle of philosophy pure grace
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab imp in Lilium Inter Spinas
Bond No. 9 samples in Little Italy, Chinatown, Bryant Park, Chelsea Flowers and West Side
the following brushes: bareEscentuals Flawless Face (a great brush for blush), Maximum Coverage Concealer brush; MAC brushes in 316 SE, 217 SE, 168 SE, 224 SE, 262 SE; Bobbi Brown mini eyeshadow brush; billybBEAUTY brushes in 6, 8, 12; a brush that came with a L’Oreal HIP Pigment;
mark. kabuki brush
Nivea Creme
Bausch & Lomb Sensitive Eye Drops
Fresh “Here Comes the Sun” face palette
Lash Grip Eyelash Adhesive
RAWColor Perfect Balance Concealer & Highlighter Trio in Dark
Laura Geller Blush ‘n Brighten in Pink Grapefruit
Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter
Shu Uemura Sweet Lip Gloss in Daisy
Avon Glazewear in Punch
MAC Moisturelush Eye Cream
MAC Blot Powder in Dark
Neutrogena On the Spot Acne Treatment
The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara (a mini I got from Allie)
MAC Eye Brows pencil in Spiked
tarte rejuvalash
tarte emphasEYES in Black

We’ll have more tomorrow!