Monthly Archives: November 2008

Lipstick Queen Gets Medieval on Your Lips

I already loved Poppy King’s Lipstick Queen line, it has wonderfully pigmented matte lipsticks and sheer, creamy lipsticks. Now I have another reason to love the line, she came out with a new product that’s almost like a lip stain… those are my magic words!

lipstick-queen-medieval Lipstick Queen’s Medieval is really a tinted lip treatment. It was inspired by a time when wearing pigment lipstick was considered a sin. Back then lemon was used to stain their lips a sheer blood red and this is what Poppy King actually did to try and recreate this shade for herself. Ouch!

When I tried this product, I was surprised by how creamy it went on my lips. It soothed and moisturized them like a lip balm. Could that be because Lipstick Queen’s Medieval is mainly a combination of Vitamin E and pigment? Yep! I expected something more like a gel.

Lipstick Queen’s Medieval imparted a really flattering sheer cherry red on my lips and as I kept applying the product, I was able to build up the intensity too. Given the consistency, I didn’t expect the product to leave much color behind on my lips but as the moisture wore off, my lips were indeed gently stained with color and as I’d reapply, the process started all over again. I even tried this on my cheeks, it made for a nice cream blush in a pinch!

So what do you think? Will you give this a try? You can find Lipstick Queen’s Medieval online and at Barney’s New York stores, Space NK and Henri Bendels.

Get that Sheen with Sheer Minerals from MAC

Can I just say how much I love that MAC now has permanent mineral products as part of their regular line? Love it! It use to be that you had to wait for a collection to be released to see a Skinfinish released. While that’s still true for specific shades, there are some things that are here to stay thanks to their Mineralize products and Sheer Minerals collection.

MAC Cosmetics Sheer Minerals Collection

Here’s what’s in this collection:

Mineralize Sheersheen Powder/Loose
Sheerbronze – soft bronze with gold pearl
Lucent – faded mid-tone pink with pink and white pearl
Silver Aura – muted pinky beige with silver shimmer

Mineralize Skinfinish
Petticoat – pale rose with gold and amber veining
So Ceylon – rose bronze with golden bronze veining
Soft And Gentle – gilded peach bronze (permanent)

Petticoat and So Ceylon have been favorites for a long time but I was also looking forward to trying Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish. Along with Gold Deposit, they are the only ones that are now permanent to MAC. It’s a great shade and the name is definitely perfect for it, it really is a soft and gentle shade. This collection also features the Mineralize SPF15 Loose Foundation which is also now permanent.

Miss Oops Says NO to Crack

Miss Oops is a company founded for the sole purpose of solving whatever beauty and fashion faux pas that a modern woman may encounter.  From double-sided tape to deodorant-erasing sponges, this company has a solution for your beauty woe. They urge women who love low rise jeans but hate all the backside exposure to “Say No to Crack!” by wearing Jaks. They are a stretchy double band of lacy material that is worn over the waist band of your jeans. The band fits snugly to eliminate “peekaboo” that you might experience when bending over or sitting and the overall illusion is that you’re wearing a lacy cami under your shirt.

Miss Oops Jaks

I had really high hopes for Jaks, as I have, on occasion overexposed myself in the past.  I tried the white Jaks in M/L on top of some low-riding trouser jeans before work.  I liked how the Jaks fit nice and snugly over my jeans, creating a clean line and flattening my tummy a bit.  However, as soon as I walked out the door, it shifted and scrunched all the way up to my natural waist line.  As I walked, I had to pull down the Jaks and hold it, otherwise I’d have a funny looking lace band around my waist.  I was noticeably uncomfortable, more so than if I mistakenly exposed my backside.  As soon as I got to work I ran to the bathroom to rip off the band and haven’t revisited it since.  I am wondering if I experienced trouble due to sizing – they are available in S/M and M/L, perhaps my Jaks was too snug for my hips so it migrated north.

Jaks are available in white, beige and black, and retail for $38.  Let us know if you’ve ever tried it.  Stay tuned for more reviews of Miss Oops products!

New Favorite: Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer

I have a new love in my life and it’s Kate Somerville’s Oil Free Moisturizer. I didn’t realize exactly just how much I loved this moisturizer until I finished up a whole jar! You know what they say… that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.

kate-somerville-oil-free-moisturizer Kate Somerville’s Oil Free Moisturizer does everything that I want it to do; it’s got a thin, lightweight texture, dries quickly and helps absorb excess oil. I didn’t realize just how much it helped absorb my excess oil until I ran out just last week. I was take a look in the mirror while I was at work and think “my face is shinier than usual”. It was then that I realized Kate was helping me fight the battle against shine. I would still get oily with the moisturizer but it would happen much, much later in the day. This moisturizer also has ingredients to help tone skin, fight lines and wrinkles and boost collagen production.

I do want to touch on this moisturizer’s packaging. It’s a pro and a con in this case. It’s a pro because the integrity of the product is not compromised by bacteria, which a key aspect of some of Kate Somerville’s other products. It’s also very easy to use and to control exactly how much product you’re using at a time. I found 1 pump was all I needed.

The con, and it’s not really a serious one, is that you can’t see when you run out! When I went to use my moisturizer one morning and found out I was out, it was disappointing. It’s too bad it can’t announce just how much time I have left with it. 😉

Kenzo Friends and Family Discount

One of my favorite perfumers, Kenzo, is celebrating their 20th birthday and as part of that celebration, they are relaunching their website with new design and offering a 20% discount.

Kenzo Friends and Family Discount

On Monday, November 17th, the newly re-designed will be unveiled and you can get 20% off your purchase by entering the code 08FAMILY during check out. The promotion ends on November 24th so shop quickly!

Open to suggestions? A personal favorite of mine is Kenzo Parfum D’Ete, it’s a beautiful floral. Then again, all of Kenzo’s fragrances are beautiful!

Urban Decay Friends and Family Discount

My apologizes for the errors you may have experienced when trying to access Product Girl last night and part of today.

The bad news is today’s posts are now set up for tomorrow but the good news is that there are plenty of opportunities for shopping going around. Start with Urban Decay’s Friends and Family Discount.

Urban Decay Friends and Family Discount

From now until November 18th, use coupon code FFH30 during checkout to get 30% off your purchase. Need ideas? Check out the Urban Essentials set. It’s worth a look!

Pretty in Pink with Tweezerman

Even though it’s now November, no reason to stop shopping pink, right? Tweezerman’s Pretty in Pink collection has got you covered in the grooming department. From brows, to nails to feet, they’ll help you stay pretty.

Tweezerman Pretty in Pink Collection

This limited edition collection comes in pink, Sephora’s top selling color and it can only be found there. It features a travel mirror with 10x magnification, a Pedro callus stone, a deluxe nail trimmer, slanted tweezers, pointed tweezers, pointed slanted tweezers, a file, a callus shaver and a petite manicure set.

I picked up a few of these things but my favorite of the bunch is the Petite Manicure Set. love the mini cuticle and hangnail trimmer, it’s so much easier to use than a than a full sized cuticle trimmer… at least for me. I’ve had this in my bag with me ever since I got it and it’s been extremely handy. It’s definitely worth picking up.

Getting Chic with Dior's Chic Eyeshadow Palette

While I was in Sephora on Saturday morning for their Friends and Family event, I spent some time admiring the Dior display. After reading the Muse’s take on Dior Night Diamond All Over Diamond Dust Powder, I had to see it for myself. While I ultimately passed on the powder for something else, I was taken with this particular Dior piece.

Dior Chic Eyeshadow Palett

The Dior Chic Eyeshadow Palette is just gorgeous, so gorgeous that I couldn’t help but pick it up with the discount I had that day. All of the eyeshadows are richly pigmented and have a lovely shimmer to them. I was lured in by the brownish-green shade. When I swatched it on the back of my hand, it was such a pretty combination of golden brown and green that I fell in love with the palette right then and there.

This Dior Chic Eyeshadow Palette is only available at Sephora and it’s limited edition, be sure to check it out next time you’re wandering through the store.