Monthly Archives: October 2012

Beauty VIP of the Week: Michael Todd True Organics Intensive Organic Cream Eye Treatment

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By now you’ve heard me say that eye creams and I have a fickle relationship. We are very on-again, off-again. Right now we’re on-again and I’m seeing Michael Todd Organics Intensive Organic Cream Eye Treatment exclusively.

I’ve been experimenting with products from the Michael Todd Organics line and this eye treatment has been my favorite so far. This eye treatment is rich and hydrates the under-eye area so well. Initially I thought this was a bit too rich for my skin type but what I quickly realized is that my under-eyes were fully absorbing the treatment and it wasn’t excess product I was feeling, it was a smoothness like I had never felt before. A bit like dimethicone but with a more natural feel. I’m a little addicted to how good my eyes feel now!

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Like Yoga in Scrub Form: DIRT Relax + Reign Mandarin Red Tea

After getting a little taste of DIRT earlier this summer (literally), I have a new fondness for the luxury body care brand that also calls Chicago its home. DIRT scrubs don’t just exfoliate, they seem to help aid in obtaining that inner peace I seek at the end of long stressful days. The formulas are rich in natural food-y ingredients and leave skin glowing and moisturized. DIRT is worth the splurge. Which is why I’m giddy with excitement over DIRT’s brand new offering, Relax + Reign Mandarin Red Tea Salt Scrub.

DIRT orchestrated Relax + Reign to inspire balance and encourage meditation. It’s like yoga in scrub form, basically. The texture is slightly creamy with fine salt, orange peel, shea butter, vitamin E and essential and botanical oils, and it smells of mandarin red tea and ginger.

If Relax + Reign is what you seek, you can snag it for 20% off through Friday, October 26 at midnight with code YR2 online. That code goes for all scrubs!

Obsessing Over Chanel Epatant Illusion d' Ombre

We haven’t talked too much Chanel lately, but we’ve sure been wearing our share. I’m having a major fall obsession with Chanel Illusion d’ Ombre in Epatant. I have worn this everywhere lately. To work, on date night and even to the Justin Bieber concert. You better beliebe it. Epatant is a complicated color but beyond simple to perfect on the eyes. Is it green? gold? silver? grey? Yes, yes, yes and yes. On my eyes it’s a blend of all of those shades with the most sophisticated touch of sparkle. The texture is bouncy and powdery and it wears iron clad on the lids all day (with a primer but odds are even good without).

Chanel Epatant swatched lightly and heavily

While fingertips will work just fine, I prefer to use a fluffy brush to sweep Epatant on my lids. Just a light amount is glowy and dainty and it can be built up more intensely, which I love. Total day to night options at your disposal. While we’re on the subject of amazing complex green eyeshadowss I need to give an honorable mention to NARS Vent Glace, which I think started my fall craving for this shade. Vent Glace and Epatant look stellar together for a more intense green look.

Just Another Mani Monday: Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Coral Crush

Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Coral Crush

So what’s on your nails this week? Both Product Girl Jr (my 16 year old sister who shares my beauty obsession) and I are rocking Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Coral Crush this week and we are enamored with this shade.

There’s so many things to love about Maybelline’s Color Show nail polishes, seriously. From the price per bottle, shade selection, finishes to formula, it is all worth your time and money. We received samples of various shades but have since then picked up several others to add to our arsenal. I have a feeling you will too.

With the exception of this shade, most shades are opaque in two coats, wear for a long time and are easy to apply and work with. Coral Crush needed three coats and was a tad streaky but we don’t mind that since we love the shade so much. It’s gorgeous on all skintones. All in the name of beauty, right?

Revlon Nail Art and Braid How-To Video and Giveaway

 

We teamed up this month with our friends at Revlon to showcase a hair and nail trend this month. We present you our take on braids and nail art. I think I missed a very important life lesson as a child: properly braiding my hair. In the past year, I’ve conquered the fishtail and am trying very hard to do a French braid on myself. It’s a work in progress. But the one braid I can do practically sleeping is a traditional one. Especially when they are tiny, peek-a-boo style braids like I show you in the video above. I like to call this style something I do on day two/three hair to make the texture seem more styled.

For the nail art, this one is pretty simple thanks to Revlon Top Speed™ Nail Enamel and Revlon Nail Art Stencil.  I applied two coats of the Top Speed in Sterling, a shiny silver then placed the Nail Art Stencil sticker on my dry nail. From there, it just took one coat of Orient (a classic red) on the top. I love how easy it was, and would be interested in seeing more Revlon Nail Art Stencils in other varieties in the future. Perhaps chevron stripes?

Our friends at Revlon are once again gifting 10 Product Girl readers with a product featured in this video. This month, we’ve got a Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel up for grabs! Leave a comment on this post by Saturday, October 27, telling us your thought on braids (tips and how-to advice welcome, please!) and we’ll pick 10 winners.*

For more braid action, click on over here to see the other Revlon bloggers take on the trend.

*Winners to U.S. residents only.

NOTE: Click on the video image above to watch on YouTube.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Revlon has contracted us to develop videos each month to highlight trends on InStyle.com.

60 Eyeshadows to Take Your Look From Day to Night

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We’re use to seeing “naked” or “smokey” eyeshadow palettes but there’s a bit of a gaping void when it comes to eyeshadow palettes that can take your look from day to night in an instant. This  BH Cosmetics 60 Color BH Day and Night palette fills that void with its newest palette and gives you 60 shadows to play with for only $21. Our bottom line really loves that price… that and we happen to think BH gives good palette.

We’ve recently come to the conclusion that you can never have too many eye shadows. We’ve also come to the conclusion that we have been buying way too much makeup lately. If you’re like us (chances are that this is true, you’re reading a beauty blog after all), consider making an exception for this palette.  We were impressed with its stand out color selection, and amazing pigmentation for just $21 bucks, that’s $0.35 per eye shadow!

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Back to BE with bareMinerals Well Rested Face and Eye Brightener

I’ve long loved bareMinerals, but haven’t regularly used any of their face products for years. I got burnt out after an intense mineral makeup phase in 2007. But I’m back, baby! In fact, I’ve been on a little bit of bareMinerals binge. It started first with the intro of the READY Foundation (pressed bareMinerals!) and then quickly progressed to the Well Rested Face & Eye Brightener. I spotted this click-style pen at Ulta and was intrigued because it’s one shade for all and essentially clear. Slightly creamy, but mainly clear.

Here’s what you need to know: it totally works! I don’t struggle with dark circles, so on most days, this acts as my concealer. It gives me that awake look and has absolutely no shimmer, which I love. I pat it in and it goes from creamy clear-ish to just dewy and bright. I use this all over my face as I would a highlighter and it’s all “I’m wearing highlighter but you can’t see it because it’s magic.” Or something. No-makeup makeup mavens will go nuts for this pen, because it gives everything a lift without doing anything obvious. I’m 100% satisfied with this purchase and getting excited about what Leslie Blodgett and her crew of BE babes will do next.

DIY Pumpkin Facial Recipe

Has pumpkin infiltrated your life as it has ours? We can’t get enough and will not let the season go by without slathering some of the real deal on our skin. I have to carve because I need the seeds to satisfy my sodium needs, so may as well put the gook to good use, right? Pumpkin contains vitamins A and C and enzymes to help encourage cell turnover.

Helping us master the DIY Pumpkin facial is Cecilia Wong, founder of namesake salon/skincare line and master of fresh holistic approach to skincare.

 

What do you think? We’re excited to try this! I think I may enlist the blender to help give this the creamy, pasty texture.

Considering Laser Eye Treatment?

Much like my wish for curly hair, I wanted to wear glasses when I was younger. I would wear cheap glasses from the drugstore just for fun. As I got older and picked up my first pair of reading glasses for working on the computer, I was excited. Finally! I have a legitimate reason to wear glasses! That excitement wore off real quick when day in and day out of wearing the glasses became uncomfortable.

Now that I’m even older and noticing my eyesight deteriorating a bit, I’ve started looking into other options like laser eye treatment and weighing the pros and cons of my options. I’m a little tired of squinting my eyes all the time but don’t want to wear glasses all day or have to put something in my eye. Just the thought of contacts make me squirm!

In looking into laser eye treatments, LASIK is one of the most popular types of treatment and the option I’m considering. The great thing about this is improvement is immediate with the ability to drive or return to work within 48 hours. The results can be precise and one of the surveys I read says patients saw an improvement of 90% and up after the procedure. I like those odds!

Have you had a laser eye treatment? Which type did you go with and what were your results? Let us know in the comments.

A Pretty Powerful Bobbi Brown Holiday 2012 Collection

Sundays are for catching up on the DVR, spa-ing at home and window shopping online. The collection I’ve been e-browsing all day is none other than Bobbi Brown’s Holiday Gift Guide. Yes, already. Bobbi Brown does holiday oh so well. We have this overwhelmingly need every year to treat ourselves and gift others with her limited edition eye and lip palettes. A.K.A. the annual palette pull. It’s like a magnet or something. I’m particularly obsessing over the Rich Caviar Eye Palette. Smooth neutrals get me every time, and that Olive Sparkle Eye Shadow is screaming WEAR ME. The palette options run the gamut, from the palm-sized Atomic Pink Lip & Eye Palette to the double decker Caviar & Oyster Palette. It’s easy to get lost in palette wonderland, but Bobbi snuck in a few other surprises. The Powder Pearl Eye Trio is a new item, a pearly powder in a tube. The colors look stunning. And Bobbi is launching an EXTRA Hand Cream next month. Love that the EXTRA line is expanding!

What catches your eye? While you craft your lists, check out Bobbi’s new Facebook app, Pretty Powerful Beauty Stories. This app is everything we love about Bobbi and beauty, bringing her Pretty Powerful campaign to everyone. You can build your own story and share. There’s prizes to be had, too, which is icing on the cake. Check it out here.