Monthly Archives: July 2011

Just Another Mani Monday: Zoya Pandora

Another mani Monday, another fabulous nude nail polish. I keep alternating between bold brights and barely there polishes, and it’s working for me. But Zoya Pandora, from the Touch Collection, brings something different to the table: a metallic twist and complete opacity. We’re talking about a one coat nude nail polish here, ladies! That almost never happens (but because I’m a creature of habit, I used two coats). Zoya’s Touch Collection is all about creating a perfect nude polish, that looks as it does in the bottle on the nails.

L-R: Minka, Shay, Pandora

The other two shades, Minka and Shay, also have a metallic finish. It’s intended to make these that much more wearable, and I totally appreciate that because I think it does make all of the difference. Pandora is a cool medium beige nudes with mauve undertones and silver shimmer. I absolutely love it. I also love the cute little bottle — a Zoya mini from the July Birchbox. We know many of you subscribe — what Zoya Touch shade did you get? And do you love it as well?

What's New in Beauty: July 24, 2011

How’s everyone doing this weekend? Still in the middle of a heat wave? I can’t remember a stretch of heat and humidity that’s lasted so long. I’ve been sleeping in my basement for a week! And, I fear for all of my beauty products in my upstairs master bathroom — my RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream is pure liquid now. Even the constant blast of AC just can’t quite keep it cool enough up there. While we’ve been sweating, here’s what’s been going on in the world of beauty!

The deadline is nearing to pick your faves in the 2011 QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards. Hurry! [QVC]

We cannot wait for this collaboration – Kate Spade launching Supercalifragilipstick with the Lipstick Queen herself, Poppy! [Styleite]

From margaritas to face lotion: Bethenny Frankel is set to launch Skinnygirl Face & Body Solutions this November. Look for it at select Walmart stores. [Portfolio.com]

In other BRAVO celeb news, Rachel Zoe is creating a line of lipsticks that will “revolutionize the way a woman applies her lipstick.” Curiosity piqued! [StyleBistro]

Lancome’s newest mascara innovation looks promising! See it in action on Mila Kunis at the “Friends with Benefits” premiere. [LA Times]

Bikers and beauty? Kiehl’s President Chris Salgardo offers skincare tips for motorcycle riders. [Wall Street Journal]

Sephora’s got a great special going on – with any $25 purchase, snag a deluxe sample of the new (yet to be launched) Ojon Damage Reverse™ Instant Restorative Hair Serum. Just use code RESTORE at checkout. [Sephora]

In a mid-summer slump? Here’s a list of bright accessories, all under $50,  to perk you right out of said slump. [Refinery29]

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Weekend Beauty Reads: Beauty Beat 7/23

  • Best Things in Beauty offered a sneak peek at Chanel’s Aquillaries de Chanel Collection.
  • Café Makeup had high praise for Burberry’s new Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base.
  • The Beauty Look Book showed us why we need Le Métier de Beauté’s True Romance Nail Lacquer, a Nordstrom Anniversary exclusive.
  • Fab over Forty featured makeup application tips from Mickey Castillo, Le Métier de Beauté’s makeup director.
  • The Non-Blonde fell for the gorgeous, new Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours.
  • Karla Sugar swatched the Fall 2011 Color Collection from NARS.
  • Here at Product Girl, we featured a guide to the obsessive nature of facial misting.
  • DivaDebbi achieved beauty bliss with the Bliss Fabulous Skin-Reviving Rubberizing Mask.
  • Gouldylox Reviews is enjoying Dove’s Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment products.
  • BeautyXposé introduced us to the limited-edition eos Summer 2011 Collection of lip balm smooth spheres.
  • Daly Beauty tested and loved Your Best Face’s Restore serum.

The Perfect Summer Hair Do

I have never been so excited about a hair style. You see, it’s not very often that I achieve the intended results when I do my own hair. So when I attempted the braided bohemian style that everyone seems to be rocking this summer, I didn’t expect it to look right. But it did — and it was so easy. I followed the tutorial from the fabulous Jenn Falik, if you are so inclined to take the plunge as well! I highly recommend this as a second day hair style (even third day, if you can stretch it!). The thought of a blow dryer in 100+ degree weather is a reality I don’t want to face, so this style has been my savior.

Natural Beauty: Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi-Use Blush

I’m developing quite the penchant for natural beauty. Maybe it’s the years of breakouts from unknown synthetic ingredients or the desire to understand everything on the label, but it’s something that this Product Girl is becoming much more aware of lately. Plus, there are so many natural beauty companies out there that make amazing makeup and skincare. Case in point; Vapour Organic Beauty.

I’ve been quite smitten with Vapour’s Aura Multi-Use Blush. They remind me of another beauty product in a stick that I love (NARS Multiples!) but are made with 70% certified organic ingredients and 30% mineral pigments and vitamins. Vapour also infuses these sticks with frankincense, which acts as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant tulsi and lotus flowers, which are known to be moisturizing and calming.

Aura Multi-Use Blush
My favorite way to use the Aura Multi-Use is the traditional way: as a blush! I blend a fluffy blush brush over the product and then dust onto the cheeks. They blend well with the warmth of your fingertips, so I just toss in my bag if I feel like a touch-up later in the day.
L-R: Crush, Spark, Torch
These have a lovely creamy finish, and blend into the skin with no problem! While I’m partial to the baby pink Crush, I’ve been reaching for Spark almost every day! It’s a lovely coral that also has a bit of a gold illumination.
Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blushes are $28, and available online at VapourBeauty.com. Let us know if you’ve ever tried anything from Vapour, and if so, what’d ya think?

I Mist You Much: A Guide to the Obsessive Nature of Facial Misting

My favorite time of day is misting time. And the best part of misting time is that it can be any time. Summertime necessitates frequent facial misting. Nothing feels better, especially on a hot and humid day. I mist in the morning before applying makeup. I mist myself and others at work. I mist on-the-go. I mist at night after washing my face. Basically, I mist constantly. As such, I’ve grown to rely on a few favorites.

Best in Botanics: AmorePacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System. This water-free hydration mist contains the brand’s signature blend of indigenous Asian botanicals, including bamboo sap, a blast of antioxidants via red ginseng and a blend of mineral and amino acids to increase the skin’s defense against environmental stressors. It does a great job at keeping moisture locked in, and is very calming. $35 for 2.7 oz, available at Sephora.

Best in Scent: Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Radiance Facial Re-Hydrating Mist. I seriously love the packaging of Benefit’s b.right skin care line, and this mist is no exception. The smell is refreshing with a hint of floral — I call this one the “facial perfume.” It does a good job at soothing and hydrating, thanks to the magnesium PCA and white & blue lotus extracts. Worth noting – the nozzle on this mists out perfectly. In the world of obsessive facial misting, this is important. $26 for 4.5 oz, available at Benefit boutiques and counters.

Best in Energy: By Elizabeth Dehn Face Spray. Not only is this Face Spray uber-hydrating, misting it gives me serious energy. It’s my summer alternative to an afternoon coffee run. That energizing effect is thanks to the burst of organic essential oils of Melissa, Bergamot and Sweet Orange. Available at By Elizabeth Dehn for $28 (1.7 oz.)
 
Best in TravelCaudalie Beauty Elixir To-Go. This mist is loaded with plant active botanicals and essential oils, including rosemary, peppermint and grape extracts. It’s like a visit to the spa with every mist. It also comes in a convenient travel size that makes this a purse essential. $16 (1 oz.travel size), available at Sephora.
 
What’s your position on misting? Ever tried it? Equally obsessed? Let us know. In the meantime, I’ve got to go mist!

Glow Getter: Tarte's Radiant & Rested Volume II Kit

Tarte’s at it again with another fabulous kit filled with glow-inducing makeup. The Radiant & Rested Volume II Universal Complexion & Color Collection is a tradition I hope Tarte continues. Just as last year’s version launched the Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum, this year’s includes a new release as well with The Bright Side Double-Ended Eye Brightener.

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Glisten – If you are yet to try these blushes (we love them!), this is a perfect excuse. Glisten is a lovely golden peachy pink with gold shimmer and gives a nice sheen to the cheek. And, as the name would indicate, it’s got serious lasting power.

Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder in Champagne – This highlighting powder is so finely milled and melts into the skin. Champagne is a golden highlighter that seems to be in the same color family of NARS Albatross. Tarte included a deluxe size that is so cute — it even has the quilted compact like the full-sized version!

Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum – This serum is the key to radiance – it can be used on its own all over the skin with just a dusting of powder over it, blended into your sunscreen or moisturizer or mixed in with your makeup. A deluxe sample is included in this kit. (Check out review on it here!)

L-R: The Bright Side, Sweet, Provocateur Highlighting Powder, Glisten Blush

LipSurgence™ Natural Lip Luster in Sweet – This shade is indeed sweet, a golden pink that feels so light and summery. If this looks familiar, this was also included in the QVC Glow Your Way to Gorgeous kit (see it in action on Carla here!)

The Bright Side Double-Ended Eye Brightener – Ahh, the pièce de résistance. I love love LOVE this product. It features two sides of a creamer eye highlighter in champagne (for day) and shimmering pink (for night). It’s magical on the inner corner of the eyes, and doesn’t get all gooky or fade like other products tend to in the inner corners. This is a full-sized preview product that isn’t available anywhere else yet.

Tarte’s Radiant & Rested is currently available for $42 on Sephora.com, and should be making its way to stores soon!

Gimme Gimme MOR during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Did you know that MOR is now sold at Nordstrom? And that you can snag these impossibly chic soaps and lotions for nearly 50 percent off during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? MOR has some of the best scent combinations (hello, Basil and Grape?!) and they feel just as luxurious as look. To boot, Nordstrom packaged them as sets and they come in this carrier that just screams I’M THE PERFECT GIFT. And yes, they are the perfect gift. For yourself and to have on hand for hostess gifts or for that person who gave you a holiday gift but you didn’t get them one. You’ll thank us later.

OPI Pink Shatter for Breast Cancer Awareness

OPI just announced announces the release of this year’s Pink of Hearts shade – Pink Shatter! The shade is limited edition and will support Susan G. Komen for the Cure raising awareness of breast cancer for the fifth year in a row. Each bottle of Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts has a special pink-ribbon tag and pink cap for the cause. OPI will also be making its annual donation of $25,000 to Komen for the Cure as well.

Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts will be available throughout the September and October and retails for $8.95 each.

Breast Augmentation in Austin

Beauty VIP of the Week: Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head

You’ve heard about my skin issues before but right now I’m having a “good skin” moment… it is actually more of a “good skin” few weeks! I attribute that to a few things. First, I’ve been applying Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Gel every other night before bed for the last few weeks but more on that later. And second,  I’ve been using my Clarisonic more diligently and I think the new Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head ($25) is making a huge difference in my skin. Right now I’m reaping the rewards of this winning combination.

Besides the normal hormonal issues I have on my jawline, I have been developing this redness and dry skin patches along the sides of my nose and smack dab in the middle of my forehead that have been tough to eradicate. I can cover up the redness but the dryness is the most irritating. I found products that help with the dryness (like Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream) but I can’t use them on a daily basis because it is too much for my skin. This is where the Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head has really been helpful. This brush head is ideal for my skin type and for areas of the face like the sides of your nose.

Coming from a sensitive brush head to this new brush head, I expected it to be a little rough on my skin but that has not been the case at all. I do concentrate my brush on these areas I’ve mentioned and even then, no irritation or anything really. Most of the dry patches are gone and I’m seeing reductions in the redness as well, which really motivates me to keep up with daily use. If I slip up and skip a few days, I’ve noticed I go backwards and the progress I’ve made is gone. The good news is that it is attainable again because this will now be my default brush head.

p.s. I didn’t know this but when I was looking at the Clarisonic site to write this, they have a Sonic Savings program that lets you save 20% by signing up for automatic delivery of your Clarisonic products. It’s a good way to remember to toss out your brush heads once they are 3-4 months old!