Monthly Archives: July 2010

New! Butter London Fall 2010 Collection

Details of the new Butter London collection for Fall are in and I’m already excited about this collection. During Fashion Week this past February, we saw tweets from Creative Director Nonie Creme about the shades she was mixing backstage for shows and now we get to take them home.

“Buzzwords in nail trend for Fall 2010 are texture, depth, and layering“, says Creme.  “At Alexander Wang we created a textured beige nail that was modern and sophisticated.  Then the press went wild when I custom mixed Marrow at Vena Cava. It’s a deep, murky purple that suits any skin tone.” Um, yes… we did go wild over Marrow.

Let’s take a peek at the rest of the collection: Continue reading

Summer Nail Trends – Pretty and Pastel

The other day, I was taking note of all the beautiful polishes my coworkers were sporting. I work with a ton of lovely, fashionable women and we all love a good manicure. And it seems like we’re all on the same page for summer: pastels. So like any beauty blogger would, I took pictures to show you.

This is Mary, she’s wearing OPI What’s With the Cattitude from the Shrek Forever After Brights Collection. The color looks great, as does her David Yurman ring!

Kristin is wearing Essie’s Demure Vixen from the summer collection. It’s an iridescent cocoa mauve – and can be built up for more opacity. She’s wearing a lighter application and it’s such a flattering purple-toned nude on her.

Kirby’s wearing Essie Miss Matched, which is the unofficial “official” color of my office. I think that at least four of us, myself included, have been sporting this polish. Also from the summer collection, it’s described as a sweet, sheer, ready for anything pink. It’s very soft and feminine. Loving the turquoise cocktail ring to boot!

And here we have my mani of the week. I’m also wearing Essie’s Miss Matched, three coats for more opacity.

What are you wearing on your nails this week? Have you checked out the Essie Summer collection? I think it’s got a good vibe to it, and I’m really liking the softer side of it with Miss Matched.

Skin Savior: Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Oil

I’ve been holding out on you guys. For the past few months, I’ve been using several of Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Oil products and I’m completely in love. I started with Josie’s Argan Oil to Go because I didn’t want to commit to a full bottle if it reacted poorly with my skin. Which it didn’t. In fact, my skin has never looked better. I began using it as my night moisturizer and I wake up in the morning with hydrated, glowing skin. And let me tell you – I have an incredibly uneven skin tone and hardly ever go anywhere bare faced. This product has changed that for me. It also heals dry patches (which I get on my nose), zaps zits (somehow, it does!) and never feels oily or greasy on the face. It must be magic.

After the success with the Argan Oil itself, I decided to pick up the Argan Primer Mist and the Argan Protect SPF 40+ Natural Daily Sun Protection. I was skeptical with the Primer Mist – would it truly help control oil and keep my makeup looking fresh? Charleston Girl from Best Things in Beauty assured me that it was worth a try and that it provided amazing hydration. She was spot on. It is so hydrating, primes the skin and absolutely keeps the face looking fresh.  Plus, it’s a workhorse! It’s infused with stem cells harvested from sea fennel that help repair and reverse sun damage, stimulate new cell growth and improve skin tone. At this point, I’m having a love-fest with Josie Maran Cosmetics.

The Argan SPF 40+ did not disappoint either. It’s got all the benefits of Argan Oil and provides broad spectrum protection. It’s got a slight smell to it – can’t quite put my finger on it – but fades immediately upon application. It’s not an offensive smell in the least, just a smell. Fruity, sweet? Somewhere in that realm. This absorbs into skin beautifully and leaves no sticky residue. I would recommend this for everyone, but especially those looking for a more natural sunscreen.

I apologize for holding back on my love for Josie Maran’s Argan Oil products. They are so amazing, and completely worth trying. The Argan Oil to Go is only $14 – so it’s not a huge risk if it doesn’t turn out. Plus, you can slather it on the ends of your hair on on your cuticles if you prefer.

Has anyone else been introduced to this magical product? Share the love in the comments! (Or the lack there of…which would honestly surprise me)

Mario Badescu Sale on Gilt!

Tomorrow one of my favorite skincare brands goes on sale tomorrow on Gilt! Make sure you check out the Mario Badescu sale starting at 9am PDT. The sale will include a nice selection of products including their infamous Drying Lotion, their recently launced Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF 30 (I’m scooping that up!) and a few others:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel
  • Vitamin C Serum
  • Seaweed Night Cream
  • Summer Shine Body Lotion
  • Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15

Are you in? Don’t forget, sale starts at 9am PDT on the dot! Get their early or risk the dreaded “sold out” sign. What’s on your list? By the way, check out the Monica Vinader sale going on now… just picked up this ring (membership required to view item) today. What do you think? I don’t have a lot of jewelry so this is new to me.

Hand Essential: Lollia Handcremes

Hand cream is a must for me, you can find 6 different ones on my desk right now in addition to a few more hidden in my drawers. That doesn’t even include the ones I have at home stored in my product stash… and believe me, there are quite a few in there.

My newest hand cream acquisition is Lollia’s  Handcreme in Relax, a delicious blend of lavender, honey and shea butter. I held out on picking this product up simply because $24 is a lot of money to spend on a hand cream but then I realized I spent a lot more on lip balm so that made it acceptable to my wallet. ;) I’m glad I did it though, this has got to be my favorite hand cream ever. This one is staying with me at all times!

The love affair with Relax starts with the packaging. It is inspired by French vintage prints and is gorgeous, even Lollia’s website is gorgeous… I could stare at it all day. Then comes the cream itself. It is lightweight but packs a punch in the moisture department, quite a big punch actually. Just a little dab of this is enough to soothe my dry hands and keep them hydrated for hours.  The product doesn’t leave a greasy residue on your hands and it sinks in quickly.

Finally, the scent. Relax is a blend of lavender, honey, vanilla, orchid and amber. It smells amazing but sometimes I smell it and think “what perfume did I put on today”, so yes, it is well scented… well enough that I do not smell the perfume I put on in the morning so those gals with sensitive noses may want to pass on this. However, if a well scented hand cream does not bother you… give this a try! If the price tag is a little hard to swallow (frankly all of their products are expensive and a bit of a splurge), check out the minis for $8 sold at Anthropologie.

What hand cream is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

The Best Color-Safe Shampoos

These 14 hair products are the cream of crop when it comes to saving your color

The Best Color-Safe Shampoos

This is a TotalBeauty.com hair care article

Our readers tested tons of color-protecting shampoos, including ones for specific hair hues, and this list showcases only the products that won’t send your color (and dollars) down the drain.

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No. 14: TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo, $21.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.3

“I highlight my hair a light blonde every 6-8 weeks and the condition of my hair has improved since …”

No. 13: Pantene Pro-V Red Expressions Shampoo, Color Enhancing, Auburn to Burgundy, $6.47

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.3

“It keeps my color red and vibrant and never …”

No. 12: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Daily Shampoo with Light Enhancers, $6.49

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.4

“This is the best shampoo I have ever used in my entire life …”

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!

Natural Beauty: Three Seeds Naturals Brings the Scents of the Seasons

It’s likely that you’ve never heard of Three Seeds Naturals. We too were unfamiliar with this company that creates handmade, natural body care products until recently. But we’re glad to have met its acquantiance. Three Seeds Naturals is a relatively new start-up, founded in late 2009. It’s lotions, creams and scrubs are sold on the company’s website and through Etsy. You won’t find these in stores, which does make it difficult to preview scents. And let me tell you, these scents pack a powerful punch.

I tested two Everyday Body Lotions, in Signature Pomengranate and Vanilla Fig. As with all of the company’s products, there’s no parabens or phthalates. I  liked the formula, but found these scents to be incredibly overpowering. They’re both really sweet and actually gave me a little bit of a headache. But then I tried the Ultra Moisturizing Cream in Fresh Lemongrass and loved it! It’s still very scented, but a) I love the scent and b) it’s not intented for use as an all-over body cream.  As you can see in the picture, this product has a whipped, mousse-like texture. It sort of just melts into the skin. The scent is very reminiscent of an older Bath & Body Works line I loved, Lemongrass Sage.

If natural products interest you, this brand is worth checking out. I’m glad to have tried these and am really digging the Ultra Moisturizing Cream. But if you at all shy away from strong scents, tread carefully. There’s nothing subtle about these scents!

Disclosure: We received samples of the Everyday Body Lotions and the Ultra Moisturizing Cream

New! MAC Cosmetics In The Groove Collection

MAC’s given us all some time to relax after it’s latest hit To The Beach, but come July 8, MAC’s In The Groove collection will be hitting counters.  MAC tells us that In The Groove is a little bit of everything – modern with bold, kaleidoscopic color combined with boho charm and hot off the catwalk style. And that translates to an amazing array of products – nine NEW Mineralize Eye Shadows (with a matte/satin, non-glittery finish!), the return of four beloved Mineralize Skinfinish Powders, five NEW Mineralize Blush Duos and Cremesheen – both lipstick and glass. We’re loving it – here’s the official scoop!

Mineralize Blush Duo ($23)

  • Happy Together – Satin caramel/Pearly beige
  • A Little Bit of Sunshine – Satin light brown/Pearly beige
  • Hang Loose – Satin bright pink/Pearly lavender
  • Band of Roses – Satin blue pink/Pearly light plum
  • New Vibe – Satin deep rose/Pearly bronze

Mineralize Skinfinish ($28)

  • By Candlelight – Golden Pink
  • Stereo Rose - Coral with golden bronzeshimmering nuances
  • Comfort – Golden bronze
  • Petticoat – Pale rose with gold and amber veining

Mineralize Eye Shadow Trio ($19.50)

  • Love to Love – Satin beige/Pearly bronze/Satin brown
  • In the Groove – Satin green/Pearly burgundy/Satin coral
  • Making It Easy – Satin red brown/Pearly beige rose/Satin dark beige
  • Togetherness -Satin Lavender/Pearly purple/Satin grey
  • Style Influencer- Satin silver/Pearly deep blue/Satin mauve brown
  • Soften the Mood - Satin light brown/Pearly rose/Satin light blue
  • Fresh & Easy – Satin pink/Pearly burgundy/Satin grey
  • Calm, Cool & Collected – Satin deep green/Pearly green/Satin beige
  • Blue My Mind – Satin light blue/Pearly deep teal/Satin black

Cremesheen Lipstick ($14)

  • Call My Bluff – Mid-tone creamy coffee
  • Jazzed – Bright coral pink
  • Crème d’Nude – Pale muted peach beige
  • I Like It Like That – Deep blue pink
  • All Styled Up – Bright yellow pink
  • Go For It – Mid-tone blue purple

Cremesheen Glass ($18)

  • On the Scene – Light coral beige
  • You’ve Got It – Dirty silver grey
  • Going Casual - Sheer lilac
  • Fashion Whim – Light beige
  • Right Image – Mid-tone blue pink
  • Chillin’ – Light white blue

Powerpoint Eye Pencil (14.50)

  • Stubborn Brown – Deep rich brown
  • Permaplum – Deeply plum with pink shimmer
  • Navy Stain – Royal blue with shimmer

Zoom Lash ($13)

  • Zoomblack – Rich black

So after checking out the promo shots, what’s catching your eye? I am pumped for the blushes (as always) and the eye shadow trios. I think the satin/matte finish is HUGE. I love mineralize blushes and skinfish, but the eye shadows have always been hit or miss with texture. Let us know your thoughts!

New! Tweezerman Sole Mates Foot File & Smoother

Tweezerman is a trusted brand in my book, they make my favorite pair of tweezers and my makeup bag favorite, the petite manicure set.  When I saw the Tweezerman Sole Mates Foot File and Smoother in Sephora recently, I snapped it up immediately… surely they improved on the whole PedEgg idea, right?

Well, yes and no. The Sole Mates Foot File and Smoother is a two-piece stainless steel micro-file and a finishing file that fit together. The design of the micro-file and finishing file is great, that is a huge plus in its favor. I love the way they fit together and the magnets in each piece help them stay together. Each piece is sleek and much easier to use than the PedEgg, in my opinion. It is easier to grip and fits much better in my hands.

While the micro-file does the job as intended, the finishing file side leaves a little to be desired for me. Unfortunately, dry heels are just a fact of life for me and I need a file with a little more oomph to it. The finishing file is good for smoothing over areas you just passed over with the micro-file if your heels are not as damaged but if you’re looking to do a little more than that, you might want to bring out a grittier foot file.

Have you tried this Tweezerman Sole Mates Foot File & Smoother? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.