Just Another Mani Monday: L'Oreal Diamonds Collection


It’s only fitting that the last Mani Monday of the year have a little sparkle to it and we picked a few things from the L’Oreal Diamonds collection for our looks. The collection includes gorgeous, shimmering color for lips and eyes (including a Diamond Voluminous Million Lashes mascara!) but it was the Colour Riche Nail polish and Colour Riche Nail Lingerie stickers that reeled us in.

The color seen here is called Sparklicious and two thick coats gave us moderately full coverage. It is chalked full of silver and gold glitter that is gorgeous packed on with a couple coats or layered over any other shade. This is a limited edition shade but it would be a good layering shade to stock up one when you spot it…back ups, ladies, back ups!

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Julianna Margulies at 7th Annual L'Oreal Women of Worth Awards

In absence of a new episode of The Good Wife tonight, let’s instead marvel at Julianna Margulies gorgeous-ness at the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Awards Ceremony.  Last week, Alicia Florrick (I mean, Julianna) gathered for L’Oreal’s philanthropic initiative which honors women of all ages and backgrounds in the spirit of the brand’s “Because You’re Worth It” philosophy. Julianna looked radiant in her bright color blocked gown and ponytail.

Her L’Oreal look includes:

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer  – Skin was prepped for makeup with this triple-action moisturizer designed to make skin look younger, smoother and more radiant.

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm in Caramel Comfort – Nourishing shine + sheer color (note: I must get this color!)

L’Oréal Paris Excellence Crème Hair Color – Julianna’s gorgeous hair color can be achieved with shade 4A Dark Ash Brown.

Now will someone please confirm that there is in fact a new episode of The Good Wife before the dreaded winter hiatus?!

$10 or Less: Drugstore Beauty Steals

We love indulgent beauty splurges, but there’s nothing like the satisfaction of discovering a hidden gem at the drugstore. Here are our picks for what is a must at the drugstore right now, all for $10 or less.

CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara ($8) is the latest in the Lash Blast family, and I’m obsessed. I’ve recommended this to no fewer than 7 people in the last few days and all are loving it as I am. The claims of up to 30 strokes is true (Product Girl-verified) and the brush is almost like a lash comb in that it is impossible to clump. Major lengthening here, and no smudging or flaking. It’s so new it’s not online yet, but you should be able to find these at your local Walgreen’s.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Nail Colour in Haute Couture Red ($5.99) is that perfect vampy oxblood shade that is all the rage this season. L’Oreal’s formula is pretty stellar – no streaking, goopiness and it wears amazing all week. I’m on Day 5 with this shade and no chips or obvious tip wear.

Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash ($5) is a new addition to Dove’s endless offerings of body wash. I love the aroma of the Coconut Milk with Jasmine Petals, and even though it isn’t a natural body wash (which I prefer these days), it’s non-irritating and leaves my skin feeling clean and moisturized. Dove, I just will never be able to quit you!

Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo ($7.99) smells amazing. It’s more of a “wet” dry shampoo, but doesn’t weigh down the hair and gives me the volume I seek from a no-wash ‘poo. Aveeno left out the sulfates and instead added seaweed extract.

Blistex Moisture Melt ($1.89) and Blistex Simple and Sensitive ($1.29) are the brand’s newest lip essentials. This is a brand I always associate with winter — my husband is addicted and like me, stashes a balm in every coat pocket. At under $2, you can afford to stash these all over the place at work and home. I love the Simple and Sensitive under lipsticks and the fact that it only has six ingredients.

And, bonus, team Blistex is giving three Product Girl readers the entire product line (yes, all of it!), which will obviously include a set of the new Moisture Melt and Simple and Sensitive products! Leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, November 13, and we’ll pick three winners at random.

Just Another Mani Monday: L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Color in Tangerine Crush

L’Oreal’s Colour Riche line now includes nail polish. You may have seen the display at your local drugstore, filled with tons of amazing color options. Including this amazing coral called Tangerine Crush. It reminds me almost exactly of Deborah Lippman’s “Girl’s Just Want to Have Fun” from her summer 2011 collection. But, this only costs $5.99. Dare I say you need this polish?

It’s really the perfect tangerine, and goes on without a headache. It’s the ideal consistency. When deciding which color to try first, this was the obvious choice. And it’s not just you…I detect a touch of pink in the bottle, too. But on fingers, it’s a lovely cremey orange that reminds me of sunkissed skin and summer.

What’s on your nails this week?

Four Drugstore Beauty Gems to Buy on Your Lunch Break

There’s practically a CVS or Walgreen’s on every other block in downtown Chicago, so impromptu beauty splurges are a regular occurence. Anyone with me on that? What starts out as a run for Q-tips turns into so much more. Sometimes you hit the jackpot, and other times it’s “meh.” The four items I’m RAVING about today are so good, you should probably go run your lunchtime errands immediately.

  1. Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shimmering Spray. I have a love for high-end hair oils, so it even came as a surprise to me when I began favoring this $8 version. It’s infused with hydrolyzed keratin protein, coconut oil and cocoa sead butter, and behaves kind of like a leave-in conditioner with a serious side of shine. I like to use it before I blow dry — the spray mists out the perfect amount of product and it never looks oily. Smells phenom, too. This must be the drugstore hair aisle’s best kept secret.
  2. Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hour Stain Gloss. YSL just released a similar product last month. But guess what? Maybelline’s version is AS good. The all caps is necessary. I am going nuts for this product. I love the wand, the intensity and the completely wearable shades. Berry Heaven is perfect for bold but not too bold. You can go intense with these and layer them up or wear them transparently.  And you can buy practically four of these for the price of one YSL Glossy Stain.
  3. L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm. If we’re drawing comparisons, this super lightweight balm reminds me of Chanel’s new Rouge Coco Baume. The colors are sheer and the formula is very hydrating. I love how the Pink Satin shade gives my lips the slightest glimmer of baby pink lips without it looking like I applied product to my lips. No color in this collection is off-limits because of its nature. No chance of a “meh” purchase here. Just not possible!
  4. Aveeno Positively Nourishing Energizing Lotion in Pomegranate & Grapefruit .  Even though Grapefruit is listed second, there is no mistaking that citrus in this product. Which is why it’s awesome. I’ve been having a grapefruit moment for like a year now, and this refresh from Aveeno (you’ll recall the Positively Nourishing Lotion in Grapefruit & Rosemary in a pump bottle) is something special. I love the new packaging, and the slightly tweaked scent. Definitely more grapefruit action. Don’t hate me if you can’t find this yet — it’s making its way to stores this month!

Happy Thursday to everyone! Let us know if you try any of these! And we’d love to hear about your drugstore runs lately. There is just so much good stuff happening for under $10 that our minds are spinning.

L'Oreal Paris Color of Hope Collection

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness and as part of L’Oreal’s commitment to celebrating women, the Color of Hope collection is hitting stores. It may be in your local Walgreens, CVS and Wal-Mart already! L’Oreal is donating $1 for each item purchased and $5 for each limited edition Color of Hope Cosmetics Bag sold to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (up to $100,000).

Celebrating femininity and providing all women a way to feel beautiful, the 2011 Color of Hope Collection offers a beautiful palette of products to achieve a complete makeup look for eyes, lips and nails. Drawing inspiration from the romanticism of the 1920’s, L’Oréal Paris fused deep, smoky hues with soft accents reminiscent of the feminine feathers, rouching and lace of this fashion-forward era. The nostalgic collection honors a woman’s natural splendor and her contributions to society since the flapper style was en vogue – yet remains modern with wearable, on-trend shades.

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Ten or Less: L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss

L’Oreal expanded its Colour Riche line of lip color with a new lip gloss called “Le Gloss.” With Le Gloss, L’Oreal promises lots of shine and hydration. And with ingredients like omega 3, vitamin E and argan oil, it definitely is made to be moisturizing. When I spotted the display, I was instantly drawn to it — with the pops of bright colors and wide variety of nudes. I honed in pretty quickly on this pretty pink shade in Baby Blossom. In fact, it reminded me of another cult favorite gloss….NARS Turkish Delight.

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Beauty PSA: Do You Know a Woman of Worth?

Do you know a woman of worth? Right now L’Oreal is holding a nomination period for their 6th annual Women of Worth Awards from now until June 30th. The program honors women who make a difference in their community through volunteerism. Ten honorees will be chosen and each honoree will $10,000 for their cause. Of the ten honorees, one will be chosen and she’ll receive an additional $25,000 for her charity. All ten honorees will be recognized and the National Honoree will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner hosted by Hearst Magazines and L’Oreal Paris in New York City.

If you know an amazing woman who deserves to be recognized for all her hard work, let L’Oreal know about it at womenofworth.com!

L'Oreal Sublime Mousse Hair Color Not So Sublime

Lately I have been coloring my hair darker than usual. Normally I go lighter in the spring and summer but I’ve been all about rich brown hair lately. I had a box of L’Oreal Sublime Mousse I had sitting around for awhile so I decided to give it a try. I was lured in by promises of home hair coloring that’s as easy as washing your hair.

On the surface, everything appeared to be fine. The formula was did not drip at all and had a really great fresh scent to it. Usually I can count on dye on a wall or counter after coloring my hair. This time the only casualty was my carpet when I whipped my hand back and the excessive force sent a little bit of the foam flying out of my gloved hand. Otherwise, everything seemed perfect. As I was applying the foam, I got towards the bottom of the bottle and was surprised that I didn’t need another one, my hair seemed really saturated with product and I combed it through to make sure if it was distributed evenly.

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