Beauty VIP of the Week: La Bella Figura

The Product Girl team has been major busy as of late. Can’t complain, but sleepless nights, early mornings and a bad diet have been throwing us off of our game. Couple the craze with a shift in temps and my skin started freaking out. Stubborn blemishes and dry patches really put me in a mood. Just a total perfect storm of stress. It was kismet that I was introduced to La Bella Figura and their delicious facial oils a few weeks ago. While I’m still not getting the sleep I crave, my skin is vibrant and glowy and I owe it all to La Bella Figura.

The two oils I’m absolutely treasuring are Tesoro Mediterranean Blend – a godsend to breakout-prone skin – and Découverte Under Eye Repair Serum. The latter is just genius. An oil for your undereye area is brilliant. SO SO SO many healing botanicals to help with tired eyes and facial lines. Look for more than a dozen oils, including pure Barbary fig seed oil (a richer source of vitamin E than even argan oil!), rosehip seed oil, coffee bean oil and rosehip seed oil. I’m living for the stainless steel rollerball, which is both convenient and hygienic.

And, the Tesoro Mediterranean Blend has given my skin a much-needed boost, in addition to curbing those pesky breakouts. If you have oily skin, this is your BFF. Look for bergamot fruit oil, a known antiseptic, organic lemon and grapefruit oils and of course, argan! Skin literally drinks this up. The smell is citrusy and herbal, uplifting and aromatic. Does it get any better than this?

The beautiful duo behind La Bella Figura are based in Chicago! Check ‘em out at LaBellaFiguraBeauty.com.

Beachy Waves in the Fall with Paul Mitchell's Ultimate Wave

We may be in the beginning of fall but in our neck of the woods, it still feels like summer and we’re rocking beachy waves thanks to Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Wave. It’s a cream-gel that helps smooth hair while conditioning it and giving it texture, keeping it touchably soft and frizz free. Curious about this wonder cream-gel? Find it at a salon near you.

That, ladies, is how we like our curls. How about you? How do you like to rock your curls? Share your curl confession with Paul Mitchell on Facebook!

Wake Up Your Makeup Routine with the Almay Wake-Up Collection

Not everyone has the benefit of a good, solid 8 hours of sleep every night but with a little makeup in the right places, we can fake our way through the day. Almay Wake-up Collection is all about looking radiant and well rested. All of the products are infused with caffeine to improve circulation and energize your skin. Instantly wake up those tired eyes and brighten your complexion!

Let’s take a look at a few products from the collection:

Almay Wake-up Liquid Makeup – this foundation energizes skin and instantly boosts hydration by up to 132%. It comes in 6 shades and gives skin a soft, luminous finish with lightweight coverage. On days when you want to lighten up, make your own tinted moisturizer with a buzz by mixing a few drops into your daily moisturizer.

Almay Wake-up Eyeshadow + Primer – this vibrant eyeshadow palette comes with a primer on the left and a trio of eyeshadows in vibrant shades to make your eyes pop. The primer is caffeine-infused and helps the color last all day. This eye shadow and primer palette comes in 3 shades.

Almay Wake-up Eyeliner + Highlighter – this dual ended eyeliner seals the deal and helps awaken tired eyes. One end helps the define your eyes and the other adds light and completes the look instantly cooling and refreshing. It comes in 3 shades. Try using the highlighting end on your brow bone and inner corners of the eye for a well-rested look.

Almay Wake-up Blush + Highlighter – this blush and coordinating highlighter come with a brush to help you sculpt and highlight cheeks in one swoop. The blush also comes in 3 shades. Want a little more highlighting action? Use the highlighter on its own down the center of your nose and right in your cupid’s bow.

You can find the Almay Wake-up Collection in stores now. What is your makeup trick for faking a good night’s sleep?

NOTE: This is post is sponsored by Almay but all opinions are my own.

MAC Marilyn Monroe The Perfect Cheek Blush

What to do when your favorite MAC blush gets re-released with the MAC Marilyn Monroe collection? Get excited and tell your friends, of course. The Perfect Cheek is a rather unassuming muted matte pink. When I first got it three years ago from the MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics collection, it was more on name alone. The premise of “The Perfect Cheek” color on a label was almost like a dare I couldn’t resist. Perfection, you say? We’ll see about that. Of all the MAC blushes I have amassed over the years, this muted matte pink is the one I reach for the most. It’s my fail safe impossible to overdo fresh pink blush. The blush I bring on vacations because it goes with everything. And now that it’s available in a sleek Marilyn embossed compact? I love it even more. Don’t miss out, friends.

The New Nude Lip for Fall

The new nude lip for fall is not pale and Kim K. circa 2009, but rather, a little earthy and autumnal. It mimics your natural lip color but pulls a little brown. You could say it’s got a touch of the 90s thrown in there. It could be matte, satin or as I prefer, Velvet Gloss-y. Oh, NARS. I’m so devoted to your Velvet Gloss Pencils. The newest addition for fall, More, is an auburn hue. It’s got more than just a touch of the 90s in there – it’s very reminiscent of that era for me. And, I love how it looks on me. I love it even more, though, blended with NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil in Buenos Aires. Together, these two create the perfect new nude lip. It’s fresh, healthy and perfect for the season.

L-R: Buenos Aires, More; both shades blended together

What do you think of the new nude?

Buh-Bye Blemish: Murad Clarifying Wipes

I’ve been cursed with blemishes that will not disappear. There’s three in total. Two on my forehead and one to the left of my lips – same spots, always.  No matter how much drying lotion or salicylic acid-based treatment I use, they always come back. And the timing is suspect. These blemishes have cropped up in a perma way these last few months, which have been some of my most busy and stressful. Enter Murad Acne Clarifying Wipes, an on-the-go version of the brand’s renowned acne line. I’ve been using these wipes for a few weeks and am finding these stubborn blemishes are going away faster.

These wipes aren’t a traditional cleansing wipe, and I like to use them on clean skin once a day. They have this phenomenal cooling sensation on the skin and make me feel like my skin is truly clean (not stripped, though). Look for witch hazel (a natural form of salicylic acid) to tighten pores, algae extract to regulate oil and grape seed extract and vitamin E.

I’m hoping with regular use and a trip to see a professional for extractions, I can finally get rid of these pests once and for all.

Murad Clarifying Wipes just launched last month, $18 for 30-count. Available here.

NIVEA Fall Skin Care Giveaway

How about a giveaway to kick off this Monday? The very first Monday of fall, actually. Are you as excited as we are? To transition into fall, our friends at NIVEA have a special giveaway for Product Girl readers. Did you know that September is National Skin Care Awareness Month? Well, it is, and NIVEA is reminding us all to readjust our skin care regiment to keep up with changing weather.

Here’s what one (1) winner will receive:

NIVEA Touch of Renewal Lathering Body Scrub. Prime your skin for winter (yeah, it’s coming sooner than later). Look for Nivea’s ‘HYDRA IQ’ technology, which delivers a balance of exfoliation and a rich cleansing, moisturizing lather.

NIVEA Smooth Sensation Daily Lotion. Formulated for dry skin, this lotion, enriched with Ginkgo, Shea Butter and Vitamin E, intensely moisturizes and absorbs quickly.

NIVEA Kiss of Olive & Lemon Soothing Lip Care (new!) We love the ‘Kiss’ balms (cherry is our fav) and this new kiss on the block is pretty yummy, too.

$50 Visa gift card. For you to stock up on some skin care essentials.

To enter to win this NIVEA prize package, leave us a comment on this post with a fall skincare tip! We’ll pick a winner on Saturday, September 29.

Good luck!

Disclosure: NIVEA provided Product Girl with product samples and a $50 gift card.

Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment

If there’s one thing that can get us running to the nearest Sephora as fast as possible, it’s the launch of a new Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. And there’s no exception to the rule with the new Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment with SPF 15. Fresh Co-Founder Alina Roytberg was inspired by memories of fruit-filled fields while developing Sugar Berry.

  “Every summer, a bounty of berries would bloom in my grandparents’ yard in the Ukraine—vines thick with raspberries and branches heavy with blackberries. As a little girl, I would overindulge in the endless harvest! Sugar Berry captures this innocence of youth; its color is as bright and juicy as the wild berries that inspired it,” – Alina Roytberg

It seems like the little sister of Sugar Plum, which means it’s going to be perfect for the fall season!

(If you’re feeling more burgundy than berry, make sure to enter our giveaway of Revlon Black Cherry Lipstick here!)

Revlon + Product Girl on the Burgundy Lip for Fall (+ giveaway!)

Once fall hits, I crave a deep lip. I can’t think of a better pairing with the crisp colorful leaves and cooler air, can you? Lucky for me (and you!), a burgundy pout is once again a fall beauty trend. Honestly, of all of the Revlon videos we’ve brought to you this year, the one we’re featuring this month is our absolute favorite. Revlon equipped us with a few products to show you how to wear a burgundy lip. No surprise, this look is all about the lip. The products I used in the video: include:

  • Revlon Super Lustrous™ Lipstick in Black Cherry (love this classic shade!)
  • Revlon® ColorStay™ Smoky Shadow Stick in Flare (lilac/smoky plum)
  • Revlon® ColorStay Overtime™ Lengthening Mascara (black)

Black Cherry is delicious — it looks like a deep brown burgundy in the tube but goes on much lighter on the lips. It can be more subtle if a slightly stained look is more your style. Or, layer it on and be bold! Make sure to click on the video above and check out how I wear it, along with the lilac side of Revlon Smoky Shadow Stick.

Because we love this product so much, we’re giving away 10 tubes of Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry! Leave a comment on this post by Thursday, September 27 and let us know your thoughts on a burgundy lip for fall. We’ll pick 10 winners from there!

For more burgundy lips, click on over here to see the other Revlon bloggers in action.

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.

Just Another Mani Monday: OPI Don't Talk Bach to Me

It’s been awhile since OPI has captivated my attention the way it has with its new Germany collection. Every color is a hit! I’m especially loving ‘Don’t Talk Bach to Me,’ a mustard lime with a subtle slick of silver shimmer. This color is unlike anything I’ve worn before, and I feel my fall nail repertoire lacks something without this addition. There’s something so ugly pretty about this one, and it looks AMAZE with all of the shades of grey and burgundy we’re seeing this season.

What do you think about this color? Would you wear?