Monthly Archives: April 2008

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

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.

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

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.