Monthly Archives: August 2009

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Talika Lash Conditioning Cleanser: It Gets the Job Done

talika-lash-conditioning-cleanser If you’ve been looking for a product that really goes to town and thoroughly removes makeup from your lashes, check out Talika’s Lash Conditioning Cleanser.

I’ll be honest here, I have never been the type to build up several coats of mascara on my lashes, that’s just not me… I’d put on a coat of mascara and call it good. What deterred me all this time was actually removing the mascara at the end of the day, eye makeup removers always seemed to failed me. No matter how much I used, they always seemed to leave SOMETHING behind and I hated that with a passion. Why was it so hard to find something that would remove ALL of my mascara?

This product gets the job done. All I need is a couple of pumps on a cotton pad and I let it sit on my lashes for a bit and that cares of most of my mascara, then it’s just wiping off the rest of my eye and I’m good to go. The fact that I can wake up in the morning after using this product and NOT have raccoon eyes, speaks volumes to me… so much that I might just start building up my lashes now… this morning I was a little more heavy handed with my mascara. ;) Also, what is nice about this product is that it helps condition your lashes and it’s oil free. It doesn’t leave your vision temporarily hazey after using it… don’t you hate that part?

Have you tried Talika’s Lash Conditioning Cleanser? How do you feel about it? Let us know in the comments.

Beauty Blogger Spotlight for 8/29

While I was in New York last month meeting up with my fellow Beauty Bloggerati, I got to see a preview of Daily Makeover’s Makeover Studio. We were all impressed with it. If you only knew how much work went into the new version, you would be blown away…they have thought of everything! If you haven’t checked it out before, you can check out the new beta now.

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A Mom in Red High Heels gives you 10 steps to achieving silky, smooth, straight hair.

At All About the Pretty, The Don checks out Diesel’s Only the Brave cologne…and yes, Common is pretty cool.

Beauty Blogging Junkie Amber tells us about her Secret Single Behavior which is not so secret now.

Beyond Beauty Basics gives us the scoop on Avril Lavigne’s new Black Star fragrance.

Hair Thursday checks out the gets smooth and straight hair with the Sedu 4000 hairdryer.

Makeover Mamma has a beauty product roundup for styling your hair for fall.

Makeup and Beauty Blog checks out MAC’s Nail Trend F/W 09 Nail Lacquers. Have you checked them out yet?

Makeup Bag tells us about her current makeup obsession. Who wouldn’t want that glowy look?

Makeup Geek unveils her Hawaiian inspired fun and bright makeup look.

Spoiled Pretty has a Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week that you just have to check out.

Talking Makeup tells you how to beat back to school breakouts.

The Jet Set Girls have some great ideas for bachelorette parties wherever you are.

Tom Ford White Patchouli: You Aren’t in the Haight Ashbury Baby

I will just be blunt. Tom Ford totally lights my fire,  his contributions to the beauty world are visions of grandeur, decadent and beautiful. Mr. Ford takes this industry back to a time of glamour and into an ever so sought after sexy future. With his Tom Ford White Patchouli, he is giving us a classic fragrance…the Chanel #5 of the patchouli world.

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The description states it’s a core of patchouli but my favorite moment is when the patchouli acts as a top note strong but fades quickly like the sun dimming behind the mountains at twilight, it’s mesmerizing. I love how the quick intensity calms under tones of soft white flowers and then is gently swaddled in delicate warm woods leaving my skin softly kissed for the day. Tom Ford has used fragrant notes to convey to one woman a very alluring story. Thank you Mr. Ford, someday I will venture into your world of Private Blends. I’m sure there are some very beautiful fragrances to be swept away in.

Belli Acne Clearing Facial Wash: Acne Goes Belli Up

I had light acne as a kid and then grew out of it, now in my thirties…yes, it is back to haunt me a little. I was on the hunt for something to knock it out and in the process tried quite a few lotions and potions as usual. Recently a pregnant friend told me that the Belli’s skincare line was formulated for pregnant women and she raved about their Acne Clearing Facial Wash….well I’m not pregnant but I am always looking for a good product so I stayed open minded and made the purchase.

belli-acne-clearing-facial-wash Belli’s 411 is pretty interesting and really appealed to my healthy side:

Belli Pregnancy has set a higher standard for prenatal safety, as the only skin care line in the world that is teratology screened. We search through over 16 million medical research articles in over 5000 international journals, and use this information to exclude ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy. Belli Motherhood is LactMed screened to avoid ingredients linked to harmful effects during breastfeeding. Belli Baby is screened for xenoestrogens—chemicals which can act like hormones that interfere with normal development of the reproductive system. So no matter which Belli products you use, you can have peace of mind erring on the side of caution.

This is a little more technical than I normally go but at the same time the information is really interesting… these are not concerns women usually have when it comes to their skincare.  I really I love what they are doing and the efforts they are making though. All that chalks up to a product I feel very comfortable using.

So far I’ve been really pleased with Belli’s Acne Clearing Facial Wash. It doesn’t dry me out and it hasn’t caused a flare up of my rosacea. You can use it daily or it can be left on directly as a mask for 5 minutes, I’ve been rotating the 2 approaches. Lastly, I feel really good about all the ingredient screening they do and in the end they still have created a really active wash containing lactic acid that seems to do the job well for me. So if you are in the market for a new acne solution… pregnant or not. Give Belli a try.

Fiat Luxe Felted Soap: Undecidedly Clean

Last time I was at Anthropologie, I was browsing the beauty section (of course!) and I noticed these cute little soaps that were in their own little felt housing. I flipped a mental coin and ended up picking this Fiat Luxe Felted Soap in Calendula Citrus but I’m still undecided on whether I like this product or not… let me explain.

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Immediately, I loved the idea of  wool surrounding the soap. It claims to be antimicrobial, provide built in exfoliation and if I really wanted to, I could cut it open and use a different soap instead to keep using the wool. That’s nice in theory, right? When I used the soap for the first time, I almost gave up. I had a hell of a time trying to get the soap to lather up, I expected a rich lather and instead I got barely any.

I thought this might be just a first time usage type of thing so I gave it another try. This time the lather was definitely richer (yet still not where I hoped it would be) and the scent was much more noticable the second time around. My skin didn’t feel particularly exfoliated but maybe I need to use it a little bit more and let those pills forming at the bottom do their thing. Yeah,  I’m not sure that I want to stick with it that long.

Have you ever used a felted soap like this? What did you think? I’m trying to make up my mind… maybe I just tried the wrong kind? Let us know in the comments.

Philosophy Hope is Not Enough Body Lotion: Quenching Thirsty Skin Everywhere

philosophy-when-hope-is-not-enough-replenishing-body-lotionI have spent allot of time in the sun this summer (I know, shame on me) and even got a pretty bad burn which just really sucked the life out of my skin and made it really itchy. The body lotion that saved my scaly parched skin is Philosophy’s When Hope is Not Enough Body Lotion.

I have to say that I really hoped it would work and in this case, hope is definitely enough. Maybe they should change the name? :) I started using this product and not only did it quench my thirsty skin but it really soothed and calmed my red itchy sunburn. It definitely helps that the overall appearance of my skin looks more supple as well.

As an added bonus, Philosophy’s When Hope is Not Enough Body Lotion contains many of my favorite ingredients such as:

  • borage oil (borago officinalis): rich source of omega 6 fatty acid; an anti-irritant, used to soothe and maintain hydration.
  • evening primrose oil (oenothera biennis): rich source of omega 6 fatty acid; an anti-irritant, used to soothe and maintain hydration.
  • olive fruit oil (olea europaea): rich source of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids; used to soothe and maintain hydration.

There’s also a When Hope is Not Enough Body Scrub to go along with the lotion but I think this is very strong new launch from Philosophy and I have been revisiting this line more and more lately in search of good beauty fixes.

Casa di Francesca Mediterranean Lavender Diffuser Set

When it comes to home fragrances, I go in phases… sometimes I’m burning candles, sometimes I use oil warmers and other times I just go the wall plugin route. Lately I’ve been trying different diffusers. I’ve tried quite a few but I didn’t find a diffuser that could scent more than the air immediately around it or a diffuser that would scent the air for more than a day.

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The most recent diffuser I tried broke my losing streak, it’s Casa di Francesca’s Mediterranean Lavender Diffuser Set. I was a little skeptical at the beginning. I put the diffuser up in my living room on my computer desk. I thought if nothing else, at least I would be able to smell it while I blogged. :) When I was setting it up, I spilled a little of the fragrance on my shirt so at first, there was no way I could ignore the lavender scent… it seemed to be everywhere.

Slowly I started realizing that this diffuser was doing serious work! I was aware of the smell when I would walk into my living room but it would really hit me when I’d open the door to my apartment when I’d come home from work… and my front door is a ways away from the diffuser. That’s when I became a fan. Not only could it fill the air of a large room but more than a month and a half later, I still have plenty of liquid left and I’ve only flipped the reeds in the diffuser once.

If you’re looking for something a little different than your run of the mill reed diffuser, Casa di Francesca also has these gorgeous Murano Glass vases that would look amazing in any home. There are also plenty of fragrances to choose from like Lemon Tree and Tuscan Peach Blossom.

What are you using in your home? Let us know in the comments.

Obsessive Compulsive Makeup Lip Tars: My New Obsession

If you’ve been reading Product Girl for awhile, you probably know that I just love me some lip stains. I go gaga for lip stains, trying all shades and brands I can get my hands on. I still love lip stains but a new product has come along and it’s truly rocked my world… I love them that much. Say hello to Obsessive Compulsive’s Lip Tars.

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Don’t let the name or the shades scare you away because when you give Lip Tars a chance, you’ll love them as much as I do. So what’s great about Lip Tars? Well, how about the wear? I was amazed the first time I tried them, they wore like a stain but I had all the coverage of a lipstick on my lips. Then I realized these Lip Tars didn’t dry out my lips like those 8-hour lip colors.

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Cargo Chic Runway Kit for Fall 2009: Work the Catwalk with Cargo

Now here’s a palette I’m excited about right now, Cargo’s The Runway Palette. Taking a turn from their usual eyeshadow and lip palettes, Cargo has released this limited edition palette exclusively at Sephora. The Runway Palette was inspired by the Fall 2009 runways and it definitely shows.

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So what’s in this new palette? Everything you need to create Fall’s hottest looks:

  • Essential Palette in Gray
  • Blush in Big Easy, Rome, and Topeka
  • Medium Bronzer
  • 6 Button Eye Shadows in Emerald Green, Charcoal Blue, Shimmering Green-Gold, Golden Brown, Dusk Blue and Matte Purple

I love how the jewel tone eyeshadows look like buttons and the blushes and bronzers look like cable knit sweaters, it’s just so cute. I haven’t been able to check this palette out in person yet but I’m dying to get a look at it. I love their Essential palettes and one in Gray is just the ticket for this fall.

Have you picked up Cargo’s The Runway Palette? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.