Monthly Archives: January 2011

Beauty VIP of the Week: Lisa Hoffman Madagascar Orchid Candle

This week’s Beauty VIP is Lisa Hoffman’s Madagascar Orchid candle. I’ve been burning it every evening for about a week and I don’t think I could ever, ever tire of this fragrance… it is so beautiful and graceful. It makes me feel like I’m lost in a beautiful garden and I don’t care if I ever find my way out. Madagascar Orchid has been named as one of the Top Five Fragrances in 2009 by the Fragrance of the Year Awards, it has notes of orchid, jasmine, ylang dew, mimosa mood, and pink peony in it… in short, just a gorgeous floral fragrance.

When I can’t wear this in my skin, I’m happy to burn this soy candle in my home. The 9oz. candle will burn for over 50 hours but I’m savoring it slowly by burning it just an hour a night. That is just enough to fill my (small) apartment with the Madagascar Orchid scent. It also has a wood wick. This was my first time burning a wood wick candle, I realize I was a bit slow to get on the wood wick train but now I’m not getting off. I found the wick made the candle burn brighter, more evenly and the crackling sounds it makes as it burns is so cozy.

Lisa Hoffman also makes a Japanese Arganwood candle (also a beautiful scent!) and according to the brand’s Twitter account, we can expect candles in Lisa Hoffman’s other scents Tuscan Fig, French Clary Sage and Tunisian Neroli. I’m excited to smell those, I don’t think Lisa Hoffman can make a scent I won’t like.

Get Ready for Award Season with Stila for E! Live From the Red Carpet

Red carpet season officially kicks off this Sunday with the Golden Globes. And almost as exciting as critiquing the beauty and fashion dos and don’ts of the red carpet, are these Stila E! Live From the Red Carpet Palettes. These palettes were created by Stila’s Celebrity Makeup Artist Sarah Lucero, and they are so adorable, we can hardly choose just one. Good news for us is that they are only $25 — a great, great deal!

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Ten or Less: Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Cushion Brush

I have been living with a deep, dark beauty secret for many years. For all the beauty and cosmetics that make their way in to my house, it has been more than a decade since one of those products has been a new hairbrush. Until recently, that is. I finally ordered a self- intervention. My much-needed brush of choice is Conair’s Tourmaline Ceramic Cushion Brush.

Truth be told, I don’t brush my hair all that much (deep, dark secret #2?) but it’s a whole new experience with this brush.  And now that my hair is getting longer, it’s important to make sure it’s detangled and that I’m distributing products throughout my entire hair cuticle. Plus, blow drying with this brush enhances the tourmaline ions and ceramic which helps leave my hair shiny and healthy looking.

But old habits die hard, I still have yet to officially part ways with my old brush. It’s a round, prickly brush that I still really like. It’s falling apart though, and to really disclose what it’s been through, my college roommate even partially threw up on it in 2003. Yes, I know, that’s disgusting. For what it’s worth, it will be laid to rest very soon. Viva new brush!

New! NARS Spring 2011 Collection

NARS Spring 2011 collection is coming our way later this week, and according to Mr. NARS, he imagined it to be rich and modern with vibrant colors and pastels. The combination, he says, reminds him of the hues in nature that catch his eye when spring is approaching.

NARS chose model Iris Stubegger to be the face of the campaign, specifically because he felt her androgynous look embodied the effortless chic and cool sophistication that he envisioned for the collection. What do you think of his choice? I think he achieved his objective. I really like the almost nude lip combination shown on Iris, which is a mix of Tzigane Lipstick topped with Madère Pure Matte Lipstick.

Let’s take a closer look at the collection!

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Splurge vs. Steal: Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancing Eyeliner & Physicians Formula Lash Boosting Eyeliner

Looking back, 2010 was all about lashes. We were flooded with products meant to condition and lengthen the appearance of lashes, from serums to mascaras, and now eyeliners.  I’m all for increasing lash fullness, so this is a welcoming innovation from where I’m sitting. The two products we’re highlighting here, Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancing Liner and Physicians Formula  Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum, both boast the same value prop: enhance eyelashes and improve lash fullness, but have a price difference of $80+. An incredible difference, which begs the question: if they do the same thing, why on earth would one pay more? Here’s our thoughts.

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NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Swatches

One of my New Years resolutions for Product Girl is to show you more swatches. We all love swatches, right? I have been loving the NARS Pure Matte Lipsticks. This week Volga and Terre de Feu have been in heavy rotation. I love the matte finish and how pigmented these lipsticks are. Sometimes I go full out and glide the lipstick over my lips but lately I prefer to dab it on to my fingers and press the color onto my lips. This way the color is not as intense and it lasts longer.

From left to right: Tashkent, Terre de Feu, Volga and Bangkok

While the NARS Pure Matte Lipsticks started as a Saks exclusive, you can now find them in Sephora and Nordstrom. Have you tried these yet? What’s your favorite shade?

Sponsored Post: Lashipix – Clinically Proven Eyelash Growth

Lashipix is an independently and clinically proven eyelash growth serum (tested by AMA Laboratories). While there are multiple eyelash and eyebrow enhancers to choose from online, only the best products have taken the time and resources needed to independently and clinically prove that their formula works: Lashipix is one such product.

The difference between Lashipix and other “eyelash enhancers,” is that Lashipix actually grows the eyelashes and or eyebrows which results in longer, thicker, and more dramatic eyelashes or eyebrows. Other “eyelash enhancers” on the other hand, simply enhance the existing hair follicles and are basically over-priced mascara.

Lashipix costs $69.95 for a single tube or a buy 2, get 1 free special for $139.00. To purchase Lashipix, please follow this link: Buy Lashipix.

Revlon Photo Ready Compact Makeup: Love it or Leave it?

After the success I had with Revlon Photo Ready Foundation, I was eager to try Revlon’s Photo Ready Compact Makeup. It looked promising, and I thought it might be handy to have a purse version of this foundation. But it’s not your usual run of the mill compact makeup. Rather it has a liquefying screen which turns the product from cream to liquid for application. In hindsight, the words “liquefying screen” may have been a red flag.

It’s hard for me to really evaluate this as a foundation because I had such a hard time getting the product out. You really have no choice but to use the sponge that comes with the compact, which I reluctantly did. It’s not that I have beef with the sponge, it’s just a bacteria magnet and I don’t like the idea of slathering the same applicator over my face day after day.

Ultimately, I think there are inherent flaws with the idea of a liquefying screen. I’d like to see that go away. Until then, this product is a “leave it.” Anyone else have any experience with it?

New for Spring: Estee Lauder Wild Violet Collection

One of the spring collections I’m most interested in is Estee Lauder’s Wild Violet. I love the momentum that Estee is building with Creative Director Tom Pecheux and these campaign images are beyond gorgeous. This model, Liu Wen, is selling it! The color palette is a welcoming one: neutral eyes with pops of purple and juicy colors on the lips.

  • Pure Color EyeShadow in Untamed Violet  ($20)
  • Pure Color EyeShadow in Sugar Cube ($20)
  • Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Wild Violet ($42)
  • Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Untamed Violet  ($19)
  • Sumptuous Extreme Mascara ($23.50)

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