Monthly Archives: March 2011

Get the Good Grit and Volume with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

I’ve always admired those with wavy hair. And sure, the grass is always greener on the other side, but what I wouldn’t give for effortless beachy waves and perfectly textured hair. It was about a month ago that I bid adieu to this pity party mindset and took matters into my own hands. Dammit, nothing is unattainable! The product I have to thank? Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.

There’s a reason this product is lauded by stylists everywhere — it’s a master multitasker, absorbing oil, creating volume and giving it some grit. The good kind of grit that doesn’t feel dirty – just gives you some oomph. Try this before curling and bam! Beachy, textured waves. Spritz it in straight hair and bam! Volume and texture. No matter what style I’m going for, I always get a “bam” effect. If you’ve always wanted sexy bedhead hair but haven’t found out how, try Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. It’s basically that in a can.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

Hello fellow product girls!  My name is Jennette and I am a self confessed beauty junkie, loving all products, high and low end.  This is my first post on Product Girl and I am so excited to be joining the team!

I am always on a quest for a manicure that helps me not to pick at my nails. I always hesitated in the past to paint my nails due to my nail biting and polish picking problem. For me, Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips are a welcome and pick-free change of pace. The effect is similar to the Shellac and gel manicures everyone is getting these days (while wearing these I had someone ask if that is what was on my nails!), but for a fraction of the time and price. These little babies are $8.50 at my local drugstore and come in a vast variety of shades and patterns. In the package you get 16 polish strips, mini nail file(great for the purse) and mini orange stick along with the instructions.

It takes a little longer to apply than the standard nail polish, I have seen reviews saying it can take up to 1 1/2 hrs to do it! Yipes! I think, on average it takes me about 20-30 minutes, start to finish. You don’t need a top or base coat and the look lasts about 7 days. The packaging states up to 10 days, but I am very hard on a manicure and have found 7 is about my limit. The instructions included are very thorough and walk you through application and removal step by step. Basically, you clean your nails with polish remover, and take the back and front covering off the strip, apply it to one side of your nail, smoothing as you go and holding it to the nail for a few seconds, stretching a LITTLE to get a perfect fit. You can use the orange stick to even it out and work out any bubbles. The nail file can be used on any overhang to clean up the end.

I have found that if my hands and the environment are very cold, these do not adhere as well and can take a long time.  Just make sure your hands are not freezing cold when you apply these strips. I can cut the strips in half and get 2 full manis out if it, if you are a short nail girl, give that a try to get the most bang for your buck.

All in all, I like these for special occasions and every once in a while for a fun and lasting weekday look. It does take some practice and patience to apply them, but they offer some really great patterns and finishes, and no chipping! Much cheaper than a gel mani and easier to do at home! Go forth and conquer the nail strips, it’s like crafting for your nails!

Nutrisystem Nation: Week 3 & 4

Instead of waiting to update you on my 4th week weigh-in when I haven’t even discussed my 3rd week, I’m just going to combine it into one post. How about that? 🙂

Last week’s weigh in was a little disappointing because I maintained my weight but it got me thinking about the some of the new habits I’ve picked up since I started Nutrisystem. I have not had fast food in almost a month. On other diets I have tried in the past, I would have a consumed at least something from McDonald’s by now simply because it was OK if it was within my point range. I still could go by McDonald’s and have something if I wanted to but I am happy that it hasn’t even been a thought until now. That’s kind of a big deal for me.

This picture here is obviously of my refrigerator, but it is also all of the food in my apartment as of today. My fridge is stocked in a way that makes me happy and has been a rarity until now… it full of healthy things! The worst thing in my fridge is a sauce from William Sonoma I haven’t thrown out yet even though I don’t like it and was a total waste of money…$16 and doesn’t even taste like piccata sauce! Some of my previous diet staples are in there but for the most part, lots of veggies, fruits, lean proteins and low fat diary. Another big deal for me. Since March is National Nutrion month, my fridge is dressed for the occasion.
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Coveting: Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Scrub

Right now I am coveting this Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Scrub but I will not give in to its $80 price tag easily. I’m going to need a lot of sweet talking before I give in because that’s a lot of dough! That said, I really am liking this body scrub. It’s part of Jo Malone’s Vitamin E line that she recently introduced and also includes a body balm, lip conditioner, hand treatment and vitamin E gel… all equally spendy for what they are.

This scrub would be perfect to whip dry winter skin into shape for spring and summer. I picked up a few little sample pots to try during Nordstrom’s Spring Trend Show last week (have you been to your store’s show yet?) and just those little morsels of goodness were enough to make me obsess over this product. The grains in this scrub are not harsh or abrasive but tough enough to slough away all that dead, dry winter skin. Plus it’s super moisturizing with its oil trifecta of wheat germ, sweet almond oil and apricot kernel. There is also calendula it in which is known for its soothing properties.

What do you think? Would you drop $80 on this? If I was a hardcore Jo Malone gal, I probably would but I’m not quite ready to spend this munch on a body scrub. I will dream about it though.

What's in Her Makeup Bag with Stila's Sarah Lucero

It’s been awhile since we introduced our What’s in Her Makeup Bag feature but it’s back now! This time we’re taking a peek into the makeup bag of Stila’s own Sarah Lucero.

Sarah is one of Stila’s pro makeup artists. If you watched E! during awards season, you probably saw one of Sarah’s TV spots she did for the network. She gave the gals from The Hills Mad Men style makeovers (how gorgeous did Lo look??) and also used Stila’s E! Live from the Red Carpet palettes during some of her makeovers.

I am so happy that Sarah agreed to show us what’s in her makeup bag because she is such an amazing artist and I have to admit that I’m always curious about what a professional makeup artist carries around with them in their off hours. Sarah is the first lead artist for a brand that I have met, which is a bit intimidating for me but she puts you right at ease and is such a sweetheart. I was actually shocked that she remembered who I was when I saw her the second time! 🙂

Keep reading to see what’s in Sarah’s makeup bag.
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Therapeutic to the Scalp, Mind and Body: Phyto Phytopolleine Universal Elixir

You know those statistics about how much time we spend doing ordinary things across a lifetime? Like brushing your teeth, blow-drying your hair or sleeping? They always seem to shock me.

But then I started to add up how much time I spend in the bathtub in just a week (about 4-5 hours), and then realized that is probably the most shocking statistic. What can I say, it’s my happy place. My favorite way to relax and unwind after a long day. And now that I’ve been using Phyto’s Universal Elixir once a week, bath-time is even more relaxing.

Phyto’s Elixir is a scalp stimulant that contains 72% essential oils of rosemary, sage, cypress, lemon and eucalyptus and 28% corn oil extract. It purifies the scalp and is so soothing. The aroma is therapeutic when combined with steam. I apply all over the scalp by sections, throw my hair in a bun and massage and rinse about an hour later.

This product works wonders on a fatigued scalp, but also helps to tone your hair. And if you happen to be a bath addict like me, it’s also a therapeutic experience for a stressed mind!

Just Another Mani Monday: Dior Vernis in NY 57th

This week I wanted something a little darker on my nails after the Easter egg confetti fest that was last week’s mani, I guess it is a reflection of my mood lately, dark and angsty. Normally I am not a dark grey metallic gal so this is not a color I would typically go for but something about it just feels right. I wanted to go with a grey but want some flash to go along with it so I chose Dior’s NY 57th for my nails this week, it is from the Dior Gris City collection.

These Dior polishes include a new wider brush like Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon manicure polishes, which I appreciate because I am a little messy when I do my nails, if you have not noticed by now. That’s ok though, within a few days, it looks just fine. 🙂 What I wish was a little different in this formula was that it had a more glossy finish to it, it seems to dry a bit flat. I remedied that with my top coat but otherwise I liked the application of this formula. Two coats gave me the color in the bottle and when I went back to correct some mistakes, it leveled out nicely.  Looking down at my nails now, I really like this shade. It doesn’t read goth to me, instead it’s dark, sophisticated chic.

The Gris City collection also includes Bond Street (a dark blue grey) and Gris Montaigne (a classic dark grey) as seen above. Bond Street and NY 57th are exclusive to but you can find Gris Montaigne in stores like Sephora and Nordstrom. Check Nordstrom out as they also have Dior’s spring collection counterpart Pink Boa.

I do have a confession to make, a friend and I have been toying with the idea of mixing our own nail polish shades. I’m starting to acquire some cheap creme shades for mixing and now I’m to looking for glitters and other pigments to play with. I am starting to get a little excited about this. I’ll fill you in on this when I have something to present.  What is on your nails this week? Tell us about it in the comments.

Boy, Do I Love Chanel Rouge Coco Shine

In addition to the official start of spring, there’s something else you should be anxiously awaiting: the full launch of Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine. This new lipstick is sheer, hydrating and perfectly juicy on the lips. Not so sheer that you don’t get color, but just enough to look youthful.  I’ve been living for this lipstick in Boy, and can’t wait to see the other 17 shades.

Boy is a universally flattering rosy pink color. I can’t think of a skin tone that wouldn’t rock this color. Plus, it’s so enjoyable to wear. The second Rouge Coco Shine hits your lips, it just sort of melts and gives off a beautiful shine. There’s also a hint of rose that you’d expect from Chanel. Each shade has some meaning also, chronicling various encounters and successes in Coco Chanel’s life.

I love to give the gift of Chanel (to myself and others), and will quickly be identifying shades for the ladies in my life. Bottom line, everyone needs at least one of these in their makeup bag this spring!

Weekend Reads: Beauty Beat 3/13

  • Kari showed us Bobbi Brown’s Peony & Python Collection at Fab over Forty. Check out the gorgeous look she created!
  • Amy is in Paris, and we are richer for it. We loved her Café Makeup feature about her first shopping trip after she arrived.
  • Sabrina showed us the exotic, Asia-exclusive Blossom Glossimer from Le Blanc Collection from Chanel. Find it at The Beauty Look Book.
  • Gaia was the first one of us to get her hands on the new Edward Bess eye shadows, and they are exquisite. See her photos and review at The Non-Blonde.
  • Redheads often feel like the poor stepchildren of the makeup world. Kelly discovered great brow products for redheads. Find her discovery at Gouldylox Reviews.
  • Charlestongirl had the skinny on Giorgio Armani’s new Eyes to Kill eye shadows for Spring 2011 at Best Things in Beauty.
  • Anne is ready to spring forward into spring with the China Glaze Anchors Away Collection. Check it out at BeautyXposé.
  • Jane covered a lot of ground in her feature “All Things Pink and Beautiful” at Daly Beauty. From Chanel to Tarte, she presented us with some marvelous pink options.
  • Debbi told us all about Juliet Stewart’s new fragrance, Juliet Eau De Parfum, at DivaDebbi. Juliet is an impressive woman!

Beauty VIP of the Week: Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

I’ve been in a glossy mood as of late, but haven’t wanted much color. Clarins Instant Light “Eclat Minute” Natural Lip Perfector fits the bill to a T. It’s part plumper, soothing balm with a natural pink color and tastes like creme brulee. It’s exactly the recipe I’m looking for in this spring limbo.

It’s available in three colors, and I’ve been using 01 which is a rosy shimmer. The best part of this, besides the fact that it tastes like dessert for a hot minute, is the texture. It’s cushy and soft and not the least bit sticky.

And let’s not forget about the plumping. It does that without any of the usual stinging-sensation culprits. In the words of Charlie Sheen, winning!