Monthly Archives: November 2008

So Tarte It's Sweet: Tarte's Purse Your Lips Lipgloss Clutch

 Tarte Purse Your Lips Lipgloss Clutch Tarte’s Purse Your Lips Lipgloss Clutch could quite possibly be the cutest beauty gift out there right now… at least it gets my vote. This adorable clutch is packed with mini lip glosses that not only look good on but are good for you.

Tarte’s been a major player in the beauty nutraceutical arena and this lipgloss formula is a good example of how they’ve been doing it. It has their Tarte T5 Super Fruit Complex which has is a blend of antioxidant rich ingredients and vitamins that work from the inside out.

If the average woman really ingests between 2 to 4 pounds of lipgloss a year as they say, this Tarte Purse Your Lips Lipgloss Clutch definitely helps give you the upper hand. 😉 Plus, isn’t the clutch adorable? I love the look of the gold against the purple background.

Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang Perfume

It’s that time of year when we start bringing out our warmer scents, the ones that warm you up the instant you put them on. A fabulous new scent for this season is Estee Lauder’s Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang. If you like amber, give this perfume a try next time you’re near an Estee Lauder counter.

Estee Lauder Amber Ylang Ylang Amber Ylang Ylang is the second perfume in Aerin Lauder’s Private Collection. The first is this summer’s Tuberose Gardenia. This perfume is completely opposite, it’s very rich, warm and alluring where Tuberose Gardenia is sharply floral. It has top notes of ylang, bergamot and geranium, middle notes of Bulgarian rose, cinnamon Ceylon and incense then bottom notes of vanilla bean, sandalwood and of course amber.

The amber in this perfume is strong and rich, it seems almost powdery warm to me. The incense is more noticeable in the dry down and we smelled a bit of the rose on me but my friend Lea (the expert nose between the 2 of us) couldn’t smell it on herself. This perfume also has good sillage, at the end of the night I can still smell the scent on my body and clothes. My co-worker kept commenting on it when she was around me.

This perfume an instant love, I received a small sample of Estee Lauder’s Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang and I am already treating this sample like precious gold. Let’s hope someone in my family is reading this and thinks a full bottle would make a great gift! 😉

DIY Hair Threading by Face Authority

I regularly attend Shecky’s “Beauty Night Out” in NYC. Its a great excuse to gather up your girlfriends, your checkbook, have some cocktails and shop. In terms of successful shopping, it can be a “hit or miss” but sometimes I am able to discover some of the best independent and upcoming companies.

Epicare Facial Hair Remover

My most recent discovery is a self-threading tool called Epicare that I consider to be the best invention since sliced bread.

Manufactured by Face Authority, the Epicare tool is basically a lightweight spring with colored plastic handles. You twist the spring into a U shape and put near face, then rotate the ends with your fingers. Hair gets caught in the little springs and is pulled from the root.

The motion is very similar to an epilator, but in my experience, the Epicare did not pull or snag my skin like epilators do. The pain factor is similar to tweezing – areas of my face that were less sensitive and were used to tweezing felt fine, yet I winced in pain when I tried it on my peach-fuzzy cheeks. While the product is meant for facial hair, it certainly works anywhere you’d tweeze, like the navel, tops of feet and toes, etc.

Epicare is available in 7 colors for $16.99. Mine is pink – what color will you be buying?

Miss Oops Says NO to Cracked Heels

As you may have read last week on our blog, Miss Oops is a company that provides quick fixes for our many beauty woes. One of such woes is dry, unattractive feet. Having seen Miss Oops “Pedicure in a Bottle” in several stores, I was curious to see if the product held up to the name.

Miss Oops Pedicure in a Bottle Most of the time when I’ve tried foot creams, I’ve been disappointed – they’re usually just a minty runny lotion that doesn’t do much to moisturize. Pedicure in a Bottle actually has ingredients that are meant to chemically slough off dead skin. Ingredients like glycolic and salicylic acid, shea butter, peppermint, menthol, and lavender are powerful weapons against cracks and callouses!

In Miss Oops’ typical campy style, instructions read “apply twice a day until you can no longer sand furniture with your feet, then use once a day for maintenance.” I used this daily at bedtime, then applied thick socks for maximum absorption. The smell was less lavender and more plastic-y, unfortunately. However, I did notice a definite smoothening and softening. Pedicure in a Bottle isn’t exactly the “be all and end all” of foot care, so I found myself prepping with this lotion then using a pumice stone in the morning, revealing fresh smooth skin, quicker than any other method I’ve tried.

If you do get regular pedicures, it’d be great to use to extend the length of time between visits. With the economy being in turmoil, I’ve been on a pedicure hiatus and this product will definitely be the tool to get me through it.

Thank You, Ole Henriksen!

I’ve met my Fairy Godmother and she works at Sephora. Well, Fairy Godfather would be more precise. I recently went to my local Sephora to find a solution for the crazy hormone-induced breakouts I was experiencing. Usually, I stick to a skin regime of mild cleanser, mild moisturizer with SPF and some sort of retinol, prescribed by the doctor. I haven’t had the need for an acne solution from a retail store for years so I felt lost as I entered the familiar store.

Ole Henriksen Roll-On Blemish Attack Sensing my blemish conundrum, a friendly sales associate approached me, asking if he could help. He instantly drew me away from the acne solutions section, and recommended 2 products from Ole Henriksen.  Ole Henriksen grew up in Denmark, then moved to Indonesia where he experienced cystic acne.  He sought out a local esthetician for a solution, and she was able to cure him using natural ingredients.  This became the inspiration for his career and eventually, his line of face products now available at Sephora.

Roll-On Blemish Attack is a small, rollerball stick that reminds me of the cherry lip gloss that was my introduction to makeup back in the 80s.  Benzoyl peroxide combines with salicylic acid to kill bacteria and unclog pores.  The roll-on method works well for providing spot treatment.  After using Roll-On Blemish Attack, I noticed a quick reduction of inflammation.  Although it can be used under makeup in the morning, I mostly used it on a clean face at night.  I did not experience the dry, flaky feeling with this product since the ingredients are so mild.

Ole Henriksen Firm Action Mask Another product that my Fairy Godfather insisted on was Ole Henricksen’s Firm Action Mask. Though not touted as an acne product, this mask really did wonders to shrink my pores and return stressed out skin to its natural state.  It controlled the amount of oil my face produced and helped to shrink blemishes, all with a thin layer of product and within a matter of 20 minutes.  This mask also smells AMAZING, you’ll actually look forward to treatments.

I can’t thank my Fairy Godfather at Sephora and Ole Henriksen enough, for solving my skin problems naturally and gently, yet quickly and effectively.

Lancome's Purchase with Purchase Traincase

Speaking of Lancome, this is a great time to pick up those new Chic Delights Juicy Tubes because they are running an amazing purchase with purchase right now. What is a purchase with purchase, you may be wondering? It’s a special set being offered at a special price with any regular purchase. This time around Lancome is offering a gorgeous traincase filled with over $300 worth of products for $49.50 with any purchase of $36 or more.

The full sized Definicils Pro Mascara and Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover are a good incentive here, are they not? 🙂 Macy’s is offering this special black quilted traincase you see here while other department stores and Lancome online is offering the burguncy you can see here. I was sold when I saw the adorable Eiffel Tower zipper tabs.

New Lancome Chic Delight Juicy Tubes

Lancome Chic Delights Juicy Tubes Lancome’s new Chic Delights Juicy Tubes are making my mouth water! This limited collection of 8 new Juicy Tube shades are inspired by delectable French pastries and they taste as sweet as they sound.

Here are the shades now available:

  • Caramel Praline
  • French Vanilla
  • Cinnamon Brioche
  • Plum Souffle
  • Sweet Éclair
  • Strawberry Sorbet
  • Crème de Cassis
  • Tarte Tatin

You can find Lancome’s Chic Delights Juicy Tubes in stores and online now.

Kate Somerville in a Jar: ExfoliKate

Like everyone else, I buy into the hype surrounding a product from time to time. After reading all the reviews and seeing Kate Somerville on QVC a few times, I picked up jar of Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate during Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale. There was a great gift with purchase and I couldn’t help myself. After all, this is the product she’s known for. This product also inspired me to start exploring Kate Somerville’s skincare line and it’s what I’ve been using for the last few months.

Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate (formerly known as Kate in a Jar) is dual exfoliating treatment with grains to take care of the surface and fruit enzymes and lactic acid to reveal healthier glowing skin. I usually go for strong exfoliators, the ones where I can feel the grains going to town on my skin. That’s not the case with this product, it means business! The grains are not harsh at all but that’s not to say it doesn’t get the job done. The real magic happens with the fruit enzymes and lactic acid as you leave on your skin. I rinse this off and seconds later and my skin is vibrant.


There is a downside though. Packaging woes aside, those with sensitive skin would want to use a little caution when using this product. It’s very easy to over do it, in fact, I definitely did over do it for a little bit. My skin has it’s issues but for the most part, seems to do well with most products. When I first started pushing the boundaries a little bit, I used this more than twice a week and left it on for more than 30 seconds. That’s when I noticed my skin starting to push back. The burning sensation and redness this left me with was enough for me to respect the directions and actually take it down a notch. Now I use this product once a week and I do not exceed 20 seconds. This seems to be just right for me. I’ve stopped using other harsh exfoliators and now only use Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate once a week. I have to say, I’m happy with the results so far.

If you’re curious about the line, go to the website, get a customized consulation then head over to your local counter and get a few samples.  The consulants are good at their job.  I got to meet Ms. Somerville briefly for a few minutes before my trip to Paris. She is as friendly and gorgeous in person as she looks on TV. She reviewed the regimen I received from the consultants on her website and offered up some suggestions. It was nice to know that while she didn’t recommend my regimen personally, it’s the same thing she would have done so my routine is definitely Kate approved.

Clinique Trina Turk Gift with Purchase at Nordstrom

Right now Nordstrom is running a great gift with purchase from Clinique. For this Nordstrom exclusive gift with purchase, Clinique teamed up with designer Trina Turk to create a gift with the designer’s favorite products in mind. This gift with purchase also features a makeup bag designed by Trina herself. Here’s what’s in the gift with purchase:

Clinique Trina Turk Gift with Purchase at Nordstrom

  • Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser
  • Zero Gravity Repairwear Lift Firming Cream
  • Clinique Colour Compact
  • Lash Doubling Mascara
  • Long Last Lipstick with case in Beach Coral
  • Long Lost Glosswear SPF 15 in Bamboo Pink

The Clinique Colour Compact has gorgeous shimmering plum and bronze eyeshadows and a mauve blush, very pretty! You can snap this Clinique gift with purchase at Nordstrom online or in store from now until November 21st.

Celebrate The Dress Doctor with Lancome

This weekend Lancome will start hosting in-store events to celebrate a new adaptation of The Dress Doctor – Prescriptions for Style, from A to Z by Edith Head with illustrations by Bil Donovan. Edith Head was the most celebrated costume designer of all time and she dressed icons like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor and many more.

The Dress Doctor - Prescriptions for Style, from A to Z Book an appointment with one of their makeup artists at the locations listed below to create your own modern-day Hollywood look inspired by the book. You can enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres during the party and take home your very own copy of The Dress Doctor with any Lancome purchase of $100 or more. A $75 reservation fee is required but it is fully redeemable in product. Here are the details:

November 15th
Valley Fair – 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone: 408-244-8334
Northpark – 8687 North Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75225
Phone: 214-750-9364

November 20th
Short Hills – 1200 Morris Turnpike Short Hills, NJ 07078
Phone: 973-258-0790

November 22nd
Upper West Side – 201 Columbus Ave. (at 69th Street) New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-362-4858
Brea – 1102-a Brea Mall Brea, CA 92821
Phone: 714-671-0267

If you go to one of these events, let us know! We’d love to hear all about it.