Monthly Archives: November 2008

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.

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. 😉