Monthly Archives: May 2009

Want This: B Makowsky's Jakarta Tote

Last Friday night I saw two things that gave me a bit of pause… I saw the infamous Mary K Letourneau walking about in the Nordstrom beauty department (the woman looks exactly the same, she does not age!) and I saw a handbag that I have been obsessing about ever since, the B Makowsky Jakarta tote.

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Note: different retailers have different colors so search around!

It must have been all the bright colors in the area because it was like I zeroed in on the B Makowsky Jakarta tote and couldn’t look away. I have a few different B Makowsky handbag and I have to tell you that they means business, their bags are well made. For as much as they are charging, they should be right? Only thing I can pick on here is the unfortunate choice of inside lining fabric but who’s really going to be looking at that anyhow? For a gal who use to only get her handbags from TJ Maxx or Marshall’s, this is a definite improvement. Now I’m just hoping I’ll find the color I want when the time comes. :)

Smashbox's Seychelles Pretty in Peep Toes Palette

Meet my new favorite palette, the Smashbox Seychelles Pretty in Peep Toes palette. Isn’t it pretty? The vintage packaging drew my eye to this palette, who can really resist a cute little pinup gal? Not me! :) Once I was reeled in by the packaging, I discovered how gorgeous this little palette really is… it was love at first sight.

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Just add lipstick and mascara and you have a complete look with this Smashbox Seychelles Pretty in Peep Toes palette. It features 1 cream eyeliner in a rich brown shade, 5 eyeshadows including 4 everyday-wear friendly shades and 1 funkier teal shade, a soft gold powder highlighter and a pretty peach blush. All of the products are richly pigmented, especially the teal eyeshadow… it packs a punch! The gold highlighter blends into the skin really well, it’s not the least bit chunky or glittery leaving a nice sheen on the skin. I love that this palette is versatile enough to give you a neutral, everyday look and a completely opposite, funkier, bolder look . See what I mean? Versatile…

If that’s not enough, when you’re done with the palette, take out the insert and you’re left with a mirrored checkbook in a soft pink shade and brushed gold buckle inspired by Seychelles. You can find the Smashbox Seychelles Pretty in Peep Toes online and at Nordstrom.

Help Wanted: Product Girl Seeking Contributors!

Do you love beauty products as much as I do? Right now I’m looking for writers to contribute to Product Girl.

This is currently an unpaid position but what we lack in a salary, we can try to make up for with free beauty products and opportunity to attend beauty events depending on your location.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Basic familiarity with various beauty brands.
  • Ability to write in a casual, breezy manner.
  • Willingness to test and review beauty products within a specified time frame.
  • Ability to contribute 3 to 5 posts per week.
  • Interest in helping to manage Product Girl is a plus!
  • Knowledge of basic HTML and familiarity with WordPress is a plus!

Interested? Then send me an email with a writing sample. We’d love to have you write for Product Girl!

CEW's 2009 Award Winners!

cew-winner-lancome-oscillation This past Friday, CEW held it’s Beauty Awards ceremony and the winners are in! I don’t know about you but I always end using the award winners as a shopping list for products I want. This year’s award winners are no exception, I have already have my list going. :)

To celebrate Lancome’s win for Best Prestige Eye Product with their Oscillation mascara, we’re giving away 1 tube of the award winning mascara to a lucky reader. Check out the other 2009 CEW Beauty Awards winners then enter our giveaway!

BATH AND BODY

Body Treatment – Mass
Avon Anew Clinical Professional Stretch Mark Smoother

Body Treatment – Prestige
Ojon Tawaka “The Ball”

Scented Bath & Body – Mass
Vickery & Clarke Natural Apothecary Eucalyptus & Peppermint Cold & Sinus Soak

Scented Bath & Body – Prestige
Fresh Fig Apricot Bath and Shower Gel

FACIAL SKINCARE

Acne Treatment
Clean & Clear Advantage Blackhead Eraser Exfoliating Cleanser

Anti-Aging – Mass
Olay Regenerist 14 Day Skin Intervention

Anti-Aging – Prestige
Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector

Cleanser & Scrub – Mass
Neutrogena Wave Power Cleanser and Deep Clean Foaming Pads

Cleanser & Scrub – Prestige
Fresh Appleseed Brightening Exfoliant

Eye Treatment – Mass
Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller

Eye Treatment – Prestige
Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Eye Treatment

Moisturizer – Mass
Olay Definity Color Recapture

Moisturizer – Prestige
Estee Lauder Time Zone Line and Wrinkle Reducing Moisturizer SPF 15

HAIR

Hair Care, Style & Coloring – Mass
Avon Advance Techniques Grey Root Touch-Up

Hair Care, Style & Coloring – Prestige
Living Proof Straight Making No Frizz Styling Cream for Medium to Thick Hair

MAKEUP

Eye Product – Mass
L’Oreal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara

Eye Product – Prestige
Lancome Oscillation Mascara

Face Product – Mass
Cover Girl Simply Ageless Foundation

Face Product – Prestige
Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Foundation

Lip Product – Mass
Avon Pro-To-Go Lipstick

Lip Product – Prestige
YSL Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15

MEN’S GROOMING – ZIRH Drenched

SCENT

Men’s Scent
Prada Infusion d’Homme Eau de Toilette Spray

Women’s Scent – Mass
Avon Bond Girl 007

Women’s Scent – Prestige
Harajuku Lovers Fragrances “G”

SUN

Sun Product – Mass
Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Spray SPF 70

Sun Product – Prestige
Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream

INDIE BEAUTY AWARD – NIA 24

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Shu Uemura's The Pink Collection

If you love pink, then the Shu Uemura Pink collection is right up your alley. It features nine shades of their Rouge Unlimited Lipstick and five shades of the Gloss Unlimited ranging from light pink with yellow and blue tints and dark pink with yellow and blue tints.

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Here’s the scoop on this collection straight from Shu Uemura:

As the leader in color and science, shu uemura breaks the boundaries of conventional color with Rouge Unlimited’s Pink Collection, a series of lipsticks and glosses made with a Pink Hybrid Pigment, one of the purest pink pigments ever discovered and patented by the cult Japanese beauty company. Thanks to this breakthrough, this lip collection boasts the most vibrant hues available, creating new and unique shades of pink never seen before.


Until now, pink’s color palette was limited due to the conventional way in which shades were processed and created. This standard method mixes red and white pigments, which create irregular shaped and sized particles that produce dull, muddy pinks. The Pink Hybrid Pigment, which was discovered by shu uemura laboratories, is made up of a fusion between a mineral core and an organic shell, which produces particles that are perfectly round and regular in shape. This consistency is what makes the hues of the lipstick so bright and pure. This is what creates the new and unique hues of pink seen in the collection with shades that range from never before seen light, yellowish, dark and bluish pinks.

Have you picked up anything from the Shu Uemura Pink collection? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Shu Uemura's Mirage Spring Mode 2009 Collection

I don’t know about you but I’m so glad it’s Friday and in just a few hours, my weekend will officially begin. For now, I leave you with some makeup “porn” from Shu Uemura’s Mirage Spring Mode collection.

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Rouge Unlimited
Refreshing, vibrant shades that blend well with the lip duo tint shades. Can be used alone or with the lip tint to add a touch of blossoming spring ambiance to the lips. The selection of natural shade in pink, nude and brown will perfectly match the collection’s mode make-up. Shades: PK 347, BG 934 and BR768.

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Drawing Pencils
The smooth gliding formula enables matching pastel colors to easily frame the eyelids to accentuate the eye shadow palette. Use them underneath or layer above the eye shadow. Shades: 14ME Light Blue,15 ME Lilac and 04 ME Pink (not pictured).

Eyeshadow Palettes
Trio-palette of mystic colors of light and shadow. The veiled pastel colors create an illusion of Impressionist art. The balance of the “light” colors and “shadow” colors gently defines the eyes. Shades: Fantasia and Utopia.

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Lip Duo Tint & Gloss
Add a tint of blossoming colors on your lips and discover the multiple usage and effects of the contrasting textures. The intensely vivid pink rouge adds awakening freshness and the pale translucent gloss envelops your lips with natural shine for a modern look. Can be used on top of rouge unlimited or on your bare lips. Shades:  matte/intense pink rouge and translucent, pale pink gloss.

This collection also includes 2 blush duos in Orange Phase (translucent brown and vivid orange) and Misty Glow (ivory and pale pink). You can find the entire Shu Uemura Mirage Spring mode collection in stores and online along with looks by makeup artists Jason Hoffman and Misumi Kitano.

Have you picked up anything from this collection? Let us know in the comments.