Monthly Archives: September 2010

Make Mine a Double: Senna Double Dose Blush Serves Up A Healthy Glow

Senna Cosmetics flys under our radar a bit, but they have a star(gazer) on their hands in the Double Dose Blush, aptly described as “blush with a dose of glow.” As a frequent user of MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks, Senna’s Double Dose Blush was a familiar product that I was ironically unfamiliar with. I’ve been using this in the shade Stargazer, and it’s a lovely duo of medium pink and a shimmery pale pink.

These powders have an almost creamy consistency and are incredibly pigmented. These swatches are heavy to show you the distinction, but a pop of pink and a subtle overlay of the shimmery light pink imparts a very healthy glow. For me, it’s reminiscent of Bobbi Brown’s Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick. Props to Senna Cosmetics for giving shimmer-loving gals a two-for-one option!  And extra props for quality.

Senna Cosmetics are available online and at scattered beauty boutiques and studios. In Chicago, I can find Senna at the Ruby Room on Division Street – a favorite of mine. You can check the locator online if you are interested in knowing where Senna is sold near you.

Splurge vs. Steal: Kiehl’s Soy Milk & Honey and Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing

There’s something inherently comforting about milk and honey. It definitely kicks a cup of tea up a notch, and it’s pretty fantastic as a body cream as well. One such option is Kiehl’s Soy Milk and Honey Hand & Body Lotion (exclusive to Nordstrom). It’s got a light scent and is equally lightweight in texture. It absorbs quickly into the skin but hydrates well and leaves your skin very soft. An 8 oz. bottle of this costs $19.50.

If milk and honey is your thing, but the price of Kiehl’s version isn’t, you may want to consider Burt’s Bees (new and improved) Naturally Nourishing Milk and Honey Body Lotion. The lightweight formula feels similar to Kiehl’s but the scent is a little stronger. I picked up the  6 0z. bottle for under $10 (a small one is also available for half the price) at Target and have been really liking it. The stronger aroma tends to fade away quickly and it leaves your skin soft and moisturized.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that Kiehl’s will be releasing a new addition to their Creme de Corps line — a Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter in a tub. You can see the image on the website, but the product isn’t available for purchase yet. It sure does look good enough to eat though:)

Ten or Less: Mark Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain

Being a lip stain addict, my latest lip stain obsession is Mark’s Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain. At an affordable $9 each, the price makes it a great candidate for Ten or Less Thursdays.

At first, I was a little puzzled by these… I mean, they look and feel like a lip gloss. That’s just on the surface though. Once I applied the gloss, I found the gloss really does stain the lips. It’s not an intense stain but enough that they look like your lips but better. As the gloss wears away, your lips will still have a nice light stain to them. If you’re looking at these and think the shade might be too dark for you, have no fear! The intensity of the swatch on the website is not what you get on the lips. Think light and wearable. I’ve been partial to Bella and it’s been my go-to lip product lately for when I want to look easy, breezy, beautiful but not wear a ton of makeup.

I’m loving the way these feel on my lips. Sure, it’s a gloss but it feels more like a lip balm since it doesn’t dry your my lips. The texture of the gloss is medium, no stickiness or tackiness here. It’s not so thin that it feels like it’s not even on your lips but thick enough to survive that morning latte and maybe make it until lunch. What is also great is that these stains are mistake-proof. Ever use a lip stain and make a mistake and then it’s a pain to fix? That is not going to happen with these lip stains. Since the formula is different, you can definitely fix anything that goes outside the lines. Plus, the minty fresh flavor is an added bonus, because keeping bad breath in check is always a good thing.

Have you tried these Mark Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stains? How do you wear it? A nice light layer or do you lay it on thick?

Disclosure: We received samples of this product.

What's in Her Makeup Bag: Eva Chen from Teen Vogue

Remember when we peeked inside the makeup bags of our fellow beauty blogging ladies? We had so much fun with that so we decided to bring it back on a regular basis. Once or twice a month we will be taking a peek into the makeup bags of fellow bloggers and others in the beauty industry.

Today I’m very excited to share with you a peek inside Eva Chen’s makeup bag. Eva is a beauty editor at Teen Vogue and she’s also on Twitter showing us sneak peeks at products she’s testing out. Her tweets are among my favorites, there’s always a glimpse into something coming soon with Eva. You can find her on Twitter as @evachen212.

Here’s what Eva says about her makeup bag…

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Quest for Big Hair Continues: Living Proof Full Thickening Cream

Last week, we had our first real blast of fall weather in Chicago. The air was cooler and the high humidity was absent. It was great to finally wear a pair of jeans comfortably and my hair was looking instantly better too. If there was any week to try a volumizing product and get accurate results, that was it. I had been holding onto a small bottle of Living Proof’s Full Thickening Cream from a trip to Sephora and I finally put it to the test.

There are no explicit rules or directions with this product, but for best results you should apply it to damp hair and blow out. It’s also less of a volumizing product as it is a thickening product (hence the name). I apply a large dollop about halfway through my blow dry  and distribute throughout my hair. In fact, it’s better to apply this to your strands because it plumps up your actual hair rather than lifting it from the roots. I got amazing results with this. It does what it says – simple as that.

This product is a new staple in my routine. But the quest is not over. While this plumps up my hair and gives me the allusion of thicker locks, I still need some lift. Any Texans out there with some advice? I want BIG hair!

Just Another Mani Monday: China Glaze Ingrid

Happy Labor Day everyone! Hope you have something fun planned for the day. My idea of fun today will be to relax and read a book and watch copious amounts of HGTV. No actual labor for this girl today! For this week’s mani, I reached for Ingrid from China Glaze’s Vintage Vixen collection. This is one gorgeous selection of nail colors – deep fall colors with tons of subtle shimmer.

Ingrid is described as a greige creme with copper micro-glitter. You can’t really see the copper glitter in my photo, but once the sun hits the nail it comes alive. Sadly, there’s no sun today yet. Ingrid is less of a greige and more of a straight brown. The copper glitter gives it a nice dimension and it’s a very unique shade. Application was OK. The consitency of Ingrid is on the thin side and it doesn’t seem as opaque as other China Glaze polishes in my opinion. I only used two coats but probably could have stood a third if I was more patient.

What are you wearing on your nails this week? Any fun plans today — have a great Labor Day!

What's New in Beauty: September 5, 2010

Do you like to spoon? Zoya released a new color spoon system that allows you to preview colors before purchasing a bottle. All Lacquered Up  has the exclusive scoop on the spooning.

Benefit’s Maggie and Annie have a new collection – Femme Metale – available exclusively to Sephora Beauty Insiders.  This “precious metal” eye kit features three metallic liners (a first!) and three creaseless cream shadows.

Uh-oh. Fragrance spat between Kim Kardashian and Sephora may cause Sephora to pull the line altogether.

Through September 6, Tarte’s offering a special birthday discount on Take $10 off any order of $20 or more with code BDAY at checkout.

Sue Devitt is entering the world of fragrance with Golden Temple Effusion Eau de Toilette. Check out the sneak peek from WWD Sue Devitt posted on Twitter.

Are men wearing more cosmetics? Yes…and no, according to this New York Times piece.

The secret to ageless eyes? According to La Mer, it’s housed in the new Eye Balm Intense.

Bella Sugar featured the most interesting bottle redesign ever, courtesy of Phillipe Starck’s new L’Air du Temps. Would you want that on your vanity?  

Rodial skin and body care is now available at As is La Metier de Beaute!

Good news for international fans of Estee Lauder – the brand is ramping up e-commerce overseas with plans to launch new sites in Brazil, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Norway this year alone.

Weekend Reads: Beauty Beat 9/4

Beauty VIP of the Week: Lierac Micro-Abrasion Exfoliating Smoothing Cream

Sometimes a gentle exfoliator is not enough, like after a sunburn and when your face starts peeling. Sometimes you need something with a little more oomph to it. When I needed that oomph, I dug around my beauty bins (I’ll show you those soon) and found a sample I received of Lierac’s Micro-Abrasion Exfoliating Smoothing Cream. This exactly what I needed and this is why it is my Beauty VIP of the week!

This product contains alumina crystals to exfoliate.  The crystals are not sharp enough to be harsh, just enough that they slough dead skin away with a more intensity than other exfoliators. With a little pressure while you’re massaging the product on the skin, you have great results without cutting up your skin. It also has a good dose urea to moisturize skin. I’m loving the creamy consistency of this product, any time I can exfoliate and moisturize my skin at the same time, I’m game!