Monthly Archives: June 2009

CEW Award Winners on QVC Tonight

QVC and I are good friends. We hang out together every Saturday night and I spend way too much of my hard earned money with them. To say I went a little nutso a few weeks ago when everything was on Easy Pay is a bit of an understatement. 😉


Tonight at 10pm EST, CEW President Carlotta Jacobson will be joining QVC host Patty Reilly (my favorite host!) for 2 hours of beauty goodness… get your DVRs ready! They will be featuring this year’s winners from the CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Awards. I’ll be watching, will you?

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusive: Mario Badescu Travel Skin Care Kit

Today’s pick from the the Anniversary sale is the Mario Badescu Travel Skin Care Kit. If you haven’t tried the Mario Badescu line yet, you’ve been missing out. I really like and appreciate how straight forward and simple the packaging is because inside, there’s some really good skincare. The focus is on the product and not the packaging. Some people get it backwards but not Mario Badescu.


At $28, this Mario Badescu Travel Skin Care Kit has some of my favorite products from their line. Here’s what’s included:

  • Full-size Drying Lotion (1 oz.)
  • Full-size Anti-Acne Serum (1 oz.)
  • Travel-size Acne Facial Cleanser (2 oz.)
  • Deluxe sample size Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17 (0.01 oz.)
  • Deluxe sample-size Healing Cream (0.01 oz.)
  • Deluxe sample-size Drying Mask (0.10 oz.)
  • Soft body shower sponge for the shower

You have to try the Healing Cream and the Drying Mask, these are a few of my favorite products from the line. Do you have a favorite Mario Badescu product? Let us know in the comments.

New! Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment

fresh-sugar-rose-lip-balm As soon as I saw this in my inbox, I knew I wanted Fresh’s Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment! Their original lip treatment packed with fresh lemony goodness was my gateway product into Fresh’s line and now they have some new for us to drool over.

This was made available to Sephora’s Beauty Insiders yesterday and is already sold out… can you believe it? I’m a little sad that I wasn’t able to order this in time but I guess I’ll just have to be patient and wait until it’s available.

Sure, $22.50 is quite a bit for a lip balm but there’s a reason this Fresh’s Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment sold out so quickly, lips love this treatment. I’m definitely getting this once it’s available, are you? What do you think of the original? Let us know in the comments.

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives: Cover FX Big Cover Up Set

Here’s another Beauty Exclusive pick from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I’ve been curious about Cover FX for some time now. Sometimes it feels like my skin needs a lot of coverage and I know Cover FX definitely delivers in that department. The Cover FX The Big Cover Up seems like a good set to pick up to get a little more acquainted with the brand.


For $75, the set includes:

  • Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer and Anti-Aging Serum (0.5 oz.)
  • Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation (three shades total 0.43 oz.)
  • Setting FX Translucent Setting Powder (0.22 oz.)
  • Professional Foundation Brush #130
  • How-to Instructional DVD

These Cover FX The Big Cover Up sets are available in 4 ranges featuring 3 shades in each range giving you the ability to custom blend your own shade. Have you tried the Cover FX line before? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

New for Fall: Lancome's Declaring Indigo Collection

Lancome just debuted their  Fall 2009 makeup collection called Declaring Indigo, the latest creation from their artistic director Aaron De Mey. The collection debuted in Paris, celebrating the beautiful city and the collection features  hues of indigo blue, bright red and luxurious gold.


Some of the items were using during Fashion Week. All three Le Vernis nail colors (Golden Audacity, Indigo Paris and Rouge Liberty) where used at the Chris Benz show. You can get your hands on this collection when it hits counters in August but just in case that’s just too long to wait, check out this gorgeous Nordstrom exclusive brush set:


I’ve been excited about everything Aaron De Mey has done since he landed at Lancome and this  I cannot wait to find out more about this collection. Here’s a peak at a few more items from this collection:
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Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives: Trish McEvoy Simplicity Power of Makeup Planner

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love hearing about all the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives! It’s my favorite time of year because there are always great sets put together for the event and gifts with purchase are always good. 🙂 This year Nordstrom has done it again and they have some great exclusives that you can pre-order (this would be a smart thing to do because these sell out quick).

This week I’ll be featuring some of the different Nordstrom exclusives available. Today’s exclusive is the Trish McEvoy Simplicity Power of Makeup Planner. I’ve developed a serious Trish McEvoy addiction in the last few months, it’s really getting out to be out of hand but I’m postponing treatment until after this set comes out. 🙂


Here’s what’s in the Trish McEvoy Simplicity Power of Makeup Planner:

  • Simply Glamorous Lip Gloss
  • Nude Shimmer Pressed Powder
  • Matte Bronzer Light
  • Natural Blush
  • Shell Eyeshadow
  • White Peach Glaze Eyeshadow
  • Mocha Eyeshadow Lava Definer
  • Removable mini cosmetics pouch
  • Deluxe travel-size Bare Eye Base Essentials
  • Deluxe travel-size Deep Nude lip liner

In case this exclusive didn’t get you at hello, may I add that the planner is also included? Yes, it is. 🙂 That alone starts at $58 so this is a good value. If you’re feeling matchy matchy, check out the Trish McEvoy Simplicity Portable Beauty Brush Set and the Trish McEvoy Simplicity Little Black Card.

I’m pre-ordering this for sure. Are you? Let us know in the comments.

Bath Time: Beau Bain Bath Bombs

In March, I took a trip to LA for The Makeup Show. From the moment I picked up my rental car, I was hopping around from shop to shop. By the time I checked in to my hotel, I was completely exhausted but I remembered to pack a little treat, I brought Beau Bain’s White Tea and Ginger Bath Bomb with me.

beau-bain-white-tea-ginger-bath-bomb This was the perfect way to unwind after a long day. Everything about this little Beau Bain’s White Tea and Ginger Bath Bomb hit the spot. You know how sometimes bath bombs leave the water feeling oily? This one did not do that at all. It softened my skin without leaving any oily residue behind on my skin and in the tub… loved that!

What I enjoyed most of all was the fabulous aroma from this bath bomb. It was a treat for my senses in addition to my skin. The white tea and ginger were totally calming and really helped me unwind. A hot bath in the summertime is not exactly appealing but with the Beau Bain’s White Tea and Ginger Bath Bomb, I would happily make up an excuse for a reason to take a bath just to its smell in. The only dilema I face now is choosing a Beau Bain bath bomb for my next trip!

Summer Beauty: MAC Cosmetics Naked Honey Collection

Since I’m obsessed with honey (thanks to Kelly I know have it with greek yogurt), I have been looking forward to this collection’s release for awhile and now the MAC Cosmetics Naked Honey collection is finally here!


Even though the colors are gorgeous (hello, Queen Bee!), I’m not so interested in the makeup with this collection. I’m all about the body products and perfume this time. I’ve been hearings raves about the salve that is on my list for sure and I’m getting back-ups. Finally, I’m dying to smell the new perfumes…these are right up my alley.

Here is what’s in this collection:


She’s a Star – Light neutral gold
Queen Bee – Mid-tone apricot w/ multi-dimensional pearl
Buzz – Dark copper brown w/ multi-dimensional pearl


Crème de Miel – Frosty light yell ow gold
Polinator – Mid-tone warm reddened peach w/ pearl
Buckwheat – Dark copper brown w/ multi-dimensional pearl


Golden Nectar – Muted golden tan with gold shimmer
Honey Light – A light peachy gold with shimmer


Naked Honey Skin Salve
Naked Honey Hand and Body Cream
Naked Honey Body Wash


Africanimal – honey with a dash of pepper, bergamot and wood
Naked Honey – light floral and woodsy notes with an electric finale

What are you picking up from the Naked Honey collection? Let us know in the comments. 🙂

Summer Beauty: MAC Cosmetics Style Warrior Collection

Have you checked out the MAC Cosmetics Style Warrior collection out at counters now? I love summer makeup collections because they are full of golden shimmery goodness. This Style Warrior collection does not disappoint and delivers shades and shimmery goodness to keep us bronzed and golden all summer long.


This collection introduced a lipstick that I am loving right now, Brave New Bronze. Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s beautiful creamy nude that can work on practically anyone. I picked up a few of these as back-ups. 🙂 What I also love about this collection is that Solar Bits are back and we’re seeing the Lustre Drops, both of which can be used on the entire body. Rest assured, I stocked up on those too.

Here’s what’s included in this collection:

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Herban Essentials Mixed Towelettes

I cannot be without some kind of towelette in my bag, it’s a must, I have to have some handy at all times. You never know when you’re going to need one and that’s exactly why I keep them around. 🙂 Enter Herban Essentials Mixed Towelettes pack. Having already read about them in Allure, I picked up this pack the moment I laid eyes on it at Whole Foods.


The Herban Essentials Mixed Towelettes pack comes with 20 towelettes in peppermint, lemon and lavender and they smell amazing! Not only are they antibacterial but the essential oils in them do more than kill germs. Feeling a little nauseous? Try the peppermint towelette, it helps relieve nausea and motion sickness. It also helps clear the mind. The lemon towelette can help stimulate creativity and concentration. Then of course the lavender towelette’s aroma helps to calm and relax.

I have found myself reaching for these towelettes for no good reason at all, just to be able to use them. 🙂 I should really stock up!