Monthly Archives: July 2011

Weekend Reads: Beauty Beat 7/30

  • Daly Beauty may have found the perfect mascara that results in beautiful lashes with Urban Decay Cannonball.
  • Gouldylox Reviews shares with us her at-home foot smoothing find with Emjoi Micro Pedi. Perfect for summer sandal season.
  • BeautyXposé finds the latest jewelry trend while vacationing in Miami and brings the rose gold pieces home to rave reviews.
  • The Beauty Look Book shows us the latest in stunning nude shades with the Fall 2011 Burberry Beauty Collection.
  • Fab Over Forty gives us beauty tips and product must-haves from Dior National Artist, Jeffrey Sanchez.
  • Best Things in Beauty showed us Tom Pecheux’s innovative Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée from Estée Lauder’s Fall 2011 Collection.
  • DivaDebbi was able to lighten dark spots with a non-toxic four step product system called Lumixyl.
  • At Product Girl, we shared with you what “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” TV star Taylor Armstrong keeps in her makeup bag.
  • Café Makeup reviews the newest lipstick formula and Feather Pink shade from the Burberry Lip Mist collection.
  • The Non-Blonde swatches and reviews the very gorgeous and wearable Chantecaille Sel Iridescent Eye Shadow.
  • Karla Sugar gives us a lesson on Creed fragrances and shares with us their three new fragrance releases.

QVC TSV for Tomorrow: Josie Maran Natural Beauty Argan Collection

Ladies, get ready to open your wallets at midnight! For one day only, Josie Maran is inviting us to unveil our inner glow with her Natural Beauty Argan collection exclusively on QVC. Just tune in or go online before midnight tomorrow and you can take part too.

Here’s what is in the set:

  • 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • Argan Illuminizer
  • Argan Lip Treatment in Sweet Pea
  • 2 in 1 Easy Writer Shade & Liner in Sugar & Spice
  • Triple Volume Argan Mascara
  • Argan Color Stick in Sweet Pea

This set is tempting me because I want to try the Sweet Pea lip treatment, I wouldn’t mind the 2-in-1 either. How about you? Are you tempted? Only a few more hours until you can order. The set goes for $64.14 ($166 value) and you have until tomorrow at midnight EST.

Ten or Less: Stila Deals on Sephora.com


Happy almost-weekend everyone! We’ve got news to share of some fantastic Stila deals. Seriously, these are too GOOD to pass up! Stila Smudgestick Liner for $5? Kitten One Step Primer for $10? Yes, and yes. These and more Stila products are for sale at Sephora.com — just scan the sale page! May we recommend the Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer? We love this with Coconut Crush on the lips and cheeks and a dusting of powder on the t-zone. Simple beauty at its best!

MAC Cosmetics Semi Precious Collection is So Precious To Me

I confess, MAC overwhelms me sometimes. In August alone they have four new launches. I don’t know about you but that’s a lot for me to keep up with. For now, I’ll tell you about the new MAC Cosmetics Semi Precious collection that hit stores a few weeks ago. For the first time in a long time, I am excited about MAC’s eyeshadows (Blogger’s Obsession collection aside) with this collection. All it took was just one swatch and I was in love.

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What's in Her Makeup Bag with Taylor Armstrong

You know Taylor Armstrong from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but did you also know she’s the Chief Creative Director for Beauty Ticket? You know we love Beauty Ticket, right? I have always admired Taylor’s signature smokey eyes and neutral lips, it is a look I don’t think I can pull off that well myself but just looks gorgeous on her. While Taylor made headlines last week in her personal life, what’s making headlines with us are the contents of her makeup bag since she’s letting us take a peek into it this week.

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Butter London Fall/Winter 2011 Collection

Last night I visited Nordstrom since I had dinner with family nearby and caught a glimpse of Butter London’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection. We’re seeing a lot of dark, vampy shades from some of the other brands for fall so I am appreciating some of the lighter, livelier hues in this collection.

Here’s each shade’s and description:

  • Toff – a darker, dustier, brownish variation on a rose pink
  • Wallace – a tarnished, metallic olive gold
  • Bluey- a slightly metallic dark peacock blue
  • Knees Up – a smashing metallic red
  • No More Waity, Katie – soft greige with lilac glitter

If you remember, No More Waity, Katie was released in March prior to the royal wedding. Also, Wallce was introduced earlier this month as a Nordstrom exclusive. For me, this means I only have to scoop up a few more shades (Toff and Knees Up will be mine!)… I appreciate that and so does my wallet. ;)

Each shade retails for $14 and you can find them at Nordstrom and Ulta By the way… Nordstrom is doing Buy 2, Get 1 Free with Butter London and Deborah Lippmann on Saturday so it’s a great time to stock up! What shade are you picking up? Let me know in the comments.

Yes to Tomatoes, No to Zits

Food confession time: I don’t eat condiments. The traditional burger ones – like ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. Especially ketchup. You could say I have a bit of a thing against tomatoes and only eat a few byproducts of the fruit (spaghetti sauce and salsa, namely). I don’t eat BLTs; I eat BLCs (bacon, lettuce and cheese). I can’t quite shake the disdain for tomatoes, at least in my diet. When it comes to my skin, I say YES! Tomatoes contain a power antioxidant, lycopene, which works as an anti-inflammatory to help balance your complexion. Which is why if you suffer from oily or acne prone skin, you should be saying YES to Tomatoes as well.

First, the YES to Tomatoes Acne Roller Ball Spot Stick. They had me at roller ball, and it just got better from there. Before I go to bed, I get up close and personal in the mirror to try and prevent any blemishes from making progress before morning. And this makes it so easy! It’s a hands free blemish fighter that uses the power of tomatoes, 2% salicylic acid to break down blemishes and a blend of ginger root to reduce redness. The stainless steel ball means you’re not touching the product or the blemish, both of which inevitably lead to unnecessary bacteria somewhere in the zit-zapping chain. As an added bonus, this travels well.

If you’re in need of more than just a spot treatment, the YES to Tomatoes Deep Cleansing Facial Pads have you covered. These remind me of the pads I used when I was teenager, but these don’t strip my skin of essential oils and moisture. They also contain tomatoes, salicylic acid, as well as extracts from lycopene-rich fruits and vegetables like red pepper, red tea, pumpkin and watermelon. And the best part of these? Aside from the good skin part, of course? They’re a bargain at $8 for 50 pads.

Faux Glowing: The Best Self Tanners at Every Price

Sunless tanning is a way of life. From the maintenance, like regular exfoliation, and of course, proper application. No sugar coating here, a lot can go wrong in the self tanning process. Everything from streaking and patchy spots to orange skin and burnt looking hands. It’s all of these factors that lead me to take great pride in my faux tan. In fact, most everyone mistakes it for the real thing. But I’ve got no interest in exposing my skin to actual sun – at least not without my SPF 30! Here’s my tips, tricks and product recommendations for achieving that perfect faux glow.

Best in Skin: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads. I cannot say enough good things about these. I pretty much use these exclusively to tan my face. The color I get is natural looking and healthy, and it’s fragrance free. I love that it’s not only a sunless tanner, but skin care. It has anti-aging properties and encourages that much needed cell turnover. Oh, and it contains active Vitamin D. $32 for a box of 20 at Sephora.

Best in Longevity: TanTowel. I actually am not the hugest self-tanning towelette fan, believe it or not. I find that this is where streaking and blotching is most likely to occur. But I do like TanTowel, a lot. I get amazing colorwith these, and it seems to lasts longer than any other iteration of this style of product. I’d say I can get about 4-5 days out of this until it really starts to fade. And even then, I get a few more days of semi-tanned skin. The key here is apply in circular motions repeatedly to ensure you’re not missing a spot, and to open a new towel if it starts to dry out. I use about two TanTowels at a time, at night only. The citrus smell is lovely at application, but the self tanning smell does appear once the color develops. $27 for 10 applications, Ulta.

Best in Budget: Jergens Natural Glow Express. This gets our vote for best drugstore self-tanner. It transforms your skin shades darker in just three days (I was satisfied after just two!), and there’s two different versions based on skin tone, so no worries if you’re on the fair side. When I first used this earlier this spring, I was winter white and it worked magic. $8 at the drugstore.

Best in Natural: Josie Maran Argan Self Tanning Cream. Not only is this the first self-tanner to contain 100% organic Argan Oil, the natural formula is infused with caffeine molecules to wake up cells and tone the skin’s surface. It can be used head to toe, and is scent-free! The secret is DHA derived from sugar beets and sugar cane that work together with your skin’s proteins to create a natural-looking tan. $32 for 4oz., Josie Maran.

Best in Maintenance: St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan for Body. St. Tropez gets the gold star for its self-tanning products — it’s what they’re known for. I especially love the Everyday Gradual Tan lotion for maintenance. I use it as a body lotion post-shower (no tanning smell, at all – promise!) and it deepens and maintains the tan I’ve already built daily. I use the Light/Medium. $30 for 6.7 oz., Sephora.

Best in Temporary: MAC Skinsheen Leg Spray. There are times where a temporary tan is needed. When you’re wearing a skirt, shorts or just out for the night. I love MAC’s formula – it’s a hybrid mousse gel that looks so good on the gams. This offers a subtle sheen and evens everything out very nice. It can also be used on other areas on the body if needed. Once it dries, it stays until you wash it off. Your white clothing is safe. $26.50, MAC.

Any self-tanning tips and tricks to share? Or…any horror stories? We’re all friends here – dish!

New! Stila Natural Eye Shadow Palette for Fall

The new Stila Natural Eye Shadow Palette is one of my favorites for fall. The first thing that came to mind when I got my hands on it was that this is practically Stila’s answer to Urban Decay’s Naked palette. While it doesn’t have as many shades, it is still a good response and in someways, better.

The shades in this palette are Bare (matte ivory), Kitten (shimmering nude pink), Bliss (matte nude), Sunset (copper shimmer), Sandstone (matte neutral brown), Champagne (pale gold shimmer), Gilded Gold (bronze with gold shimmer), Luster (deep gray with gold shimmer), Night Sky (slate blue with silver shimmer) and Ebony (matte black). The palette also comes with a full sized Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Damsel (matte chocolate brown) and a look book with tips and tricks. This palette has a good neutral range of eye shadows and a few shades to kick things up a notch.

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Johnson's Baby Powder: A Classic in So Many Ways!

For the next for four weeks, I’m participating in Johnson’s Blog for Beauty Challenge. They have a variety of products with intense moisturizing properties that keep skin feeling smooth and baby soft. I figured that if we trust children’s skin with Johnson’s, why not use it on myself? So that’s what I’m doing. Each week I’m blogging about a different product and sharing how I’m using it and what it is doing for my skin.

Today’s Johnson’s product is the original, the classic Johnson’s Baby Powder. We all know by now that sprinkling a little bit of baby powder in your hair is a great way to get rid excess oil in your hair. In fact, I did this hours before seeing Katy Perry live in concert last week and meeting her at a “Meet & Greet” hours later. This use is actually one of the first things I wrote about when I started Product Girl almost 6 years ago.

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