Monthly Archives: March 2011

Deal Alert! Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit QVC Today's Special Value

At midnight tonight, you can get my favorite Bliss product ever for a great price on QVC. The Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit with bonus Lemon + Sage Body Butter is QVC’s Today’s Special Value for tomorrow but you can order it now.

Without the body butter, the set usually retails for $45 but with the body butter this is a retail value of $73 for the sale price of just $36.42 plus tax, shipping and handling. It’s also available in 3 Easy Pay installments of $12.14, plus tax, shipping and handling.

I love this kit even more now because  I can microwave the wax, it is stripless and it grabs on to everything. I also love the Super Skin Cleanser to clean skin prior to waxing and the Pre-and-Post Waxing Oil to soothe my skin afterward. I prefer wood disposable spatulas to the ones in this kit but the small plastic ones are great for eyebrows.

If you like to do your own waxing at home, try this kit out, I think you’ll love it as much as I do. I’m definitely ordering tonight!

Ten or Less: Rimmel Moisture Renew SPF 15 Lip Gloss

I have a lip gloss problem. The problem? I can never have enough! Just ask my purse, filled with about 12 different types of the same shade of gloss!

I recently saw this Rimmel Moisture Renew Lip Gloss and was drawn to it for the SPF 15 + vitamins in it, who can’t use more SPF and vitamins to boot? This gloss is not at all sticky, which I enjoy, but that also means it is not long wearing, requiring frequent re-application. I am finding it is best suited to summer, pool, hiking, day drinking, etc. I think this gloss is a fun option and a great way to a little something to your look, by the pool, on the golf course, whatever your sun-drenched poison may be. My lips tend to get wind/sunburned and this is a great way to protect them with a little sheer color.

The only con I have for this gloss, and it is a big one, it tastes and smells like sunscreen. It does not keep me from using it, but it is a little unpleasant. That might be a deal breaker for some of you out there, but I can deal with it for the protection, price and shine.

Have any of you out there tried it? What are your verdicts on this gloss?

What's in Her Makeup Bag with Smashbox's Lori Taylor

This week we’re taking a look inside the makeup bag of none other than Lori Taylor, one of Smashbox’s Pro Makeup Artists. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few weeks ago at Nordstrom’s Spring Trend Show and she was kind enough to tell us what’s inside her makeup bag and why.

Lori and I chatted about what’s ahead for Smashbox in the summer and beyond. If you’re a lip stain addict like me, you’ll be happy to know that Smashbox is introducing lip stains to their line up next month… you know I’ll definitely be checking those out. They also just released their Softbox collection online which should be heading into stores soon. I have my eye on their Softbox Eye Shadow palette, Smashbox is on a roll with their eyeshadow palettes lately. I’m still enjoying their In Bloom Eye Shadow palette from their spring, which I’ll have more on that soon with swatches. For now, let’s see what Lori has in her makeup bag.

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Seeking Bold Color? Pink Cheeks Offer a Perky Pick-Me Up for Spring

This spring is all about color. And why should it be any other way? After this long (and still present) winter, I am ready to embrace brightness. My bold color d’jour is pink. And not just any pink, but the hottest damn pink you can find. For my cheeks, especially.  Sporting a bright pink pop of pink on the cheeks makes me feel so alive, and definitely puts off a healthy vibe. And if you shy away from bold color on your lips, this is a wearable alternative to incorporate the bold spring trend to your everyday.

Here are my pink cheek picks!

YSL Creme de Blush in Fuchsia Temptation is probably the brightest pink blush I’ve ever used. I’m in love with the color, and I even like how the fuschia is mirrored on the inner rim of the packaging. Small details really get me, OK?  Also, this formula is like a comfy velvet couch for the cheeks. It blends down to a powder finish, and I love how I can just lightly dab my fingers in the product and press on the apples of my cheeks. I’d say impossible to overdo, but with a pink this bright, that might not be entirely true.

Applying Givenchy’s Blush Gelée in Candied Pink is like melting a popsicle on your cheeks. You have the jelly finish, which is unbelivably cool, that becomes one with your skin. This is definitely a stain, so it’s very long wearing. I think it works best on a more natural face. This isn’t one to layer over powders or even foundations. It is however, fab over a tinted moisturizer.  I see this being a favorite of mine this summer!

Tarte brought its “skinvigorating” complex to a powder blush, in shades we all know and love from its famed Cheek Stain line-up. These Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes are full of color and pigment, and look so beautiful on the skin. They seem to have built-in dimension — i.e. a nice sheen that brings your face to life. I love Amused, a bright pink (almost as bright as YSL’s!), but the Cheek Stain lover in me also has a special affection for Dollface (one of my “firsts”).

Urban Decay’s Afterglow Glide-on Cheek Tint in Crush satisfies my cream blush tooth. This is a more traditional cream blush, and it glides on the skin like silk. It’s very buildable and works well over existing face makeup. This shade makes me feel like I’m sporting that after work-out glow, which, ironically, I never get after working out.

Now that you’ve heard me profess my passion for pink, are you on board? Let us know if you have any pink recommendations? There can never be too many in my makeup bag!

Report Footwear "Burna" Flats

This past weekend I discovered ballet flats. You may be thinking “yeah, they’re old news” but to me, it’s brand spanking new. As a gal who spends most of her time in Birkenstocks or Fitflops (no judgment!), I always thought ballet flats were not for me. I have wide feet and sometimes they do not look cute at all stuffed into a pair of ballet flats.

This weekend I was browsing the sale rack at Nordstrom and saw these Report Fernley flats in Gold so I tried them on. I was shocked that a) they looked good on my feet and b) that they were so comfortable. That started a hunt for new ballet flats, I almost picked these Report Lilburn flats up but what I’m really coveting right now are these Report Burna flats, aren’t they adorable? They are made out of canvas and have this great little peep toe to them so you get just peek of that spring pedi. I tried these on in Coral and just fell in love with them but didn’t cave on them just yet. I’m taking this ballet flat relationship slowly! These are the perfect shoes to guide me out of Birkenstock/FitFlop land.

Do you have a favorite ballet flat? Tell me all about it in the comments. I’ve already been checking on Corso Comos, Me Too, Bloch and Rocket Dog flats.

Hard Candy Welcome Matte Mattifying Transluscent Powder

In my quest to mattify in this dry, Arizona heat, I have recently discovered Hard Candy Welcome Matte, a great mattifying powder. I love the fun and inventive packaging and find that it is a great value to boot. It is getting warmer here already and with the shine taking up some T-zone real estate; I was looking for a lightweight, mattifying powder that I can carry around and stop my mid-day shine.

Welcome Matte is the answer to my greasy prayers! It does a great job of mattifying with a small amount of product, so it does not feel like you are loading up on the powder or ending up all cakey and um, powdery.  I used it this morning after applying my foundation, and after it had been on for about 8 hours, I touched it up to take me through the rest of my day.

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New! China Glaze Island Escape Summer Collection

China Glaze is introducing their new summer collection called Island Escape and it’s all about high shine and bright shimmer.

Take an exotic island escape with China Glaze this summer with a tropical, shimmering rainbow of brilliant bright colors! Mix and match these hot hues to add a candy-like pop to that summer manicure and pedicure. Vacation in color!

Colors in the collection include:

  • Papaya Punch – crème based vivid orange
  • 108 Degrees – flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter
  • Senorita Bonita – passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter
  • Blue Iguana – bold and daring sparkly blue
  • Cha Cha Cha – vivacious shimmer green
  • Electric Pineapple – high intensity crème based lime green

I can already tell that I am going to be head over heals in love with Electric Pineapple, would be fun to pair that with a Crackle shade, wouldn’t it? Any of these shades speaking to you? The China Glaze Island Escape collection will be hitting stores in May, when we’ve had a little more time to adjust to the idea of summer coming our way. ;)

Beauty VIP of the Week: RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up

I apologize ladies, I’m a little late last week’s Beauty VIP of the Week but I love this little gem so much that I didn’t want to wait until next week.

One of the beauty lines I am obsessed with right now is RMS Beauty, an organic based makeup line from make up artist Rose-Marie Swift. She is known as supermodel Giselle’s makeup artist. It is not readily available, it is only in a few states but you can order direct or from e-retailers like Spirit Beauty Lounge and Futurenatural. Sign-up for their mailing lists, both retailers often email subscribers with discount codes. This line is one of the reasons I’m excited about The Makeup Show in New York in May because I intend on stocking up hardcore.

In particular, RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-Up has been rocking my world. I completely overlooked this product when I first heard of the brand but all it took was one rave from a friend formerly in beauty PR to know it was good and worth wanting immediately. This product can be used as a concealer or as a foundation and it comes in a .20oz pot for $36. It is a small pot for a product that can moonlight as foundation but Un Cover-Up performs tricks like a magician.

The product’s consistency is thick but it is very rich and concentrated. Once you warm it up, a slight dab in the pot is enough to cover a sizable area, I only need to dip into the pot about 3 times to get the coverage I need. Even though this product only comes in 3 shades, my #11 is great as a concealer and foundation on me because it blends seamlessly. I don’t use it on my entire face, just on the areas I feel need a little enhancement.

Wearing Un Cover-Up is like wearing an invisible mask, I often forget I have it on because it feels really light on the skin. It does a great job of hiding my dark circles and camouflaging my redness with medium coverage that melts into your skin. Sometimes, I can’t even tell where I applied it. It gives long lasting coverage as well. Once I apply it, I set it with some powder and I’m good to go. I do need a touch up if I’m going out after work but otherwise, this is all I need. It’s definitely the longest lasting natural concealer/foundation I’ve used.

Just Another Mani Monday: China Glaze Fault Line with Mark Fuchsia

This week’s manicure came about when I was playing around with my family this weekend. I spent the sunny Saturday afternoon in my mom’s backyard swatching makeup and nail polish. It was great, I got a ton done but I didn’t intend on putting this China Glaze Crackle on. It’s only when I saw my teenage sister doing it that I got envious.

I started by applying the new Mark fuchsia from their new nail polish duo (more on that later, it’s really cute) without really trying to be neat about it since I was in a bit of a rush. I figured that would lend itself to the crackle effect anyhow. Then I applied China Glaze’s Crackle in Fault Line. It seemed much thicker than their regular formulas which made it a little tricky to apply but it leveled out well on the nail. Within minutes, the crackling effect started to appear. Fault Line dried down a little dull but one coat of Seche Vite on top and its metallic qualities came back to life.

I love how bold this combination is together but next time I’m going to try something brighter underneath to make the crackle really pop, maybe some yellow so I can be sporting some University of Washington Husky style nails. Have you tried a crackle top coat yet? What have you paired it with? Inquiring minds want to know.

Ten or Less: EcoTools Bamboo Finishing Kabuki

EcoTools are among my favorite makeup brushes, budget or high-end. I especially have an affection for their face brushes – the Bronzer Brush and Retractable Kabuki are absolute must-haves in my book. So my love for EcoTools newest brush, the Bamboo Finishing Kabuki, was probably destined to be. For $7, how could it not?

This is the kind of brush that was made for display on a vanity. It stands up on its bamboo bottom and the two-toned taklon bristles fan out, basically begging you to sweep them across your face. It’s name is apropo as it is really is an ideal finishing brush. A last step for me in my daily makeup routine is to sweep a highlighter across my face — Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nude as of late — and this brush sweeps the perfect amount leaving me with a flawless finish.

If you too are a fan of EcoTools, I think you’ll love this brush. I spotted it at my local Walgreens last month, so check there first!