Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Beauty products come in all price ranges. Since everyone is trying to save a few extra pennies where they can and thinking harder on splurge vs. steal, I thought I'd share some of my favorite products that don't break the budget . I certainly lean towards more high end beauty but I am not averse to a deal either. I am happy to say there are many great products out there at a good price. Not all my picks are drugstore, but most are. Feel free to weigh in with any of your own.
Mario Badescu Elasto-Seamollient Hand Cream- Serious thick, creamy moisture from a top skincare brand. I have a tiny sample of this and a tub is on the to buy list next time I am at an MB counter. A full 4oz. tub is only 8.00.
Jergen's Naturals Body Lotion- These all smell great,moisturize great and have a large percentage of organic ingredients. No it isn't like the natural foods store ones, but it's good to have more organic options readily available. I have the Renew version and love the slightly blueberry-ish scent. Approx. 5.99
Cover Girl Mascaras- Totally smudge free, and that's on me , chief mascara wrecker. My favs are Volume Exact, Lash Blast and Professional. I can get Professional at my nearest Walgreens for 4.50. It doesn't get much cheaper than that and I love how good it works.
Softsoap Pomegranate Mango Body Wash- The first time I used this I was amazed at how good, no great, it smelled. No chemical smells, just a blast of juicy fruit. One of the best smelling gels period, and not drying like some can be. Priced at 3.99 or less.
Annick Goutal Un Matin D'Orage Rollerball- I love that Annick Goutal, one of the highest end, top quality French perfume houses does these little rollerballs that make this scent affordable to all. Yes it's small, but that not that small and a lot better than 150.00 bottle. It's also travel friendly. Un Matin D'Orage is the most beautiful light white floral scent, and one of my new top favorites. The rollerball is $29.00 and will be for sale in April. A rollerball in Petite Cherie, a floral with a hint of pear, sells for $39.00. Shop at Neimans, Bergdorf Saks, Nordstrom, http://www.aedes.com/
Avalon Organics Shampoo- Some of the best shampoo I've used in the past were organic brands. Nature's Gate & Kiss My Face are great as it Avalon Organics. Only a few dollars more than a drugstore brand, you get no laureth sulfates, it's better for the environment and your hair. My hair was shiny and soft with lift. I mentioned Avalon here first as it seems to be showing up in Wal Mart stores, making it most the most accessible. Most of these shampoos run about $6.99
Crazylibellule and the Poppies Perfume Sticks- I'd seen these about 4 years ago when they were only at the Paris Sephora and hoped a friend going there would pick me up one. She wasn't able to but finally they hit the US. I still didn't get one until last month when our Sephora finally got them. These are cute,large lipstick size solid perfumes. There are fruity ones, spicy, herby ones and vanilla based ones. Created by the woman who started Sephora years ago, these are perfect for the purse. Made with none of the bad ingredients , they sell for $ 18.00
Pet Themed Nail Files- We all need nail files, why not have fun with them? I have a marabou trimmed one and now one with German Shepherds. These come from Petsmart in many breeds and cats for 2.49 in a clear sleeve. Also as http://www.petsmart.com/
NYC Mosaic Powders- These look a lot like more expensive ones, but if you can't swing 20, 30, or 50 dollars, these are just 4.99. I am totally impressed with NYC which I hadn't tried ever until a few weeks ago. I posted earlier in the month on the awesome tinted lip balm tins. For 2.99 you get color & moisture that literally lasts for hours.
Chapstick Lip Butter- I've mentioned many times my love for tinted lip balms. Sometimes you need one thats basic. This Lip Butter is basic only in that it's shineless, scentless and colorless. It moisturizes like crazy due to the 5 butters in there and despite my arsenal of lip balms, is one of the ones I most often reach for. Great for the guys too. $ 2.99
Sunday, March 29, 2009
In our second Earth Day/Month initiative we have Aveda's Light The Way Candle.
How great is a candle thats only $10.00, smells wonderful and helps a good charity ?
Aveda is bringing back the limited edition Light the Way™ soy wax candle sold only during the month of April to raise funds and awareness for clean water rights across the globe. This year’s candle features a new, French-inspired stress-relieving aroma with 100% EcoCert certified organic ingredients.
The Earth Month candle sells for $ 10.00 and,your purchase of the candle support's Aveda’s global efforts to help make clean water a human right and help raise $1,000,000 if all candles are sold.
Aveda will donate 100% of the proceeds to its global Earth Month partner, Global Greengrants Fund.
Burn time is approx. 20 hours.
Image is last years version, will post new one asap.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Austin - Origins at Central Park
4001 N. Lamar Blvd. Suite 570
Austin, TX 78756
Boston - Faneuil Hall
1 Faneuil Hall Market Place
Boston, MA 02109
Cambridge - Origins Harvard Sq
8 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Denver - Origins Cherry Creek North
2800 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206-4902
LA - Century City:
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
San Francisco - San Francisco Centre:
865 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
All stores Nationwide will be participating in the Recycling program, beginning April 2.
For complete program info, check out the event page:
(1) Upload images to the Origins Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Origins/19777183712
(2) Post images on Flickr, make sure to tag all photos with "Origins Trash Talk"
(3) Tweet to your green heart's delight using hashtag #OriginsTrashTalk
Don't forget- for every new Facebook Fan and every image (of beauty empties) that's uploaded to Flickr and tagged "Origins Trash Talk" the brand will plant a tree!
Mini Egg Bath Bombs ($5.95)
The sweetly scented Honey Bun Bunny Bath Bomb soothes skin with aloe vera and rhassoul mud while sweet orange and bergamot oils enliven your mind.
The petal-packed, skin nourishing English Country Bumpkin Bunny Bath Bomb and Mini Egg Bath Bomb ( shown) adds roses, blue mallow flowers, poppy petals and sunflower petals along with refreshing geranium, precious orris and soothing sandalwood oils into your bath so can breathe the soothing aromas of a peaceful English meadow.
The sparkling Fluff Bunny Bath Bomb and Mini Egg Bath Bomb is made for that little darling in your life with sweet scents of marshmallow and candy and a touch of iridescent golden glitter.
Give into your chocolate craving with the Chocolate Bunny Bath Bomb ( shown) and Mini Egg Bath Bomb filled with chocolate that will indulge your skin and your sweet tooth plus vanilla to calm and comfort and aloe vera extract to soothe and heal.
A little Magic Egg Bath Bomb can bring a little luck and energy to your life. It not only soothes skin with marjoram oil and rose absolute, refreshes senses with a basil and peppermint fusion but this bomb is also full of some real magic as you watch the water slowly change from blue to pink.
Friday, March 27, 2009
There are 25 shades , 10 basic ones and 15 bolder ones.
There is even one called Guerlainade after the scent"signature" of the Guerlain Fragrance House. It's a neutral , and I will check it out soon.
Nadia is wearing No. 65 Grenade in the photo.
Retail is $45.00, which is a splurge, but a new and great lipstick like this might just be worth it.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
3.3 oz is $ 72.00
Visit www.yslbeautyus.com for more info and the new mini-movie starring French actor Vincent Cassel.
Next is new All American Stetson, a flanker addition the men's Steson line with an ad campaign once again featuring Tom Brady of football( and Gisele ) fame.
0.5 fl oz - $14.50
1 fl oz $19
1.5 fl oz $26
Group photo :Flickr/All American Beauty Event
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I am partial to the Lily and Rose, but they are all nice.
The set contains:
English Fern bath and shower gel 50ml
Blenheim Bouquet bath and shower gel 50ml
Lavandula bath and shower gel 50ml
Elisbethan Rose bath and shower 50ml
Lily of the Valley bath and shower gel 50ml
Or call at:
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Lucky magazine has a great contest going. Here's the details:
"Vote to Win a $1,000 Lucky Brand Shopping Spree.Three aspiring stylists got full access to the Lucky Brand showroom to put their spin on the spring collection. Vote for your favorite for the chance to win a $1,000 Lucky Brand shopping spree. "
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
I first saw eenamaria handbags on ebags.com when looking at some other brand and these scanned by. I thought they looked quite neat and were amazingly inexpensive. Then during Fashion Week an invite came to a group show that the brand was part of. Alas, I didn't get to the event, but still tracked down more info on the purses.
Chelsea Boi collection :
Every Queen Needs One ( First Photo) $60
All Night ClubberRetail: $45
Murse or Purse ( Second Photo) $45
Talk a Walk on the Wild Side $45 ($55 for larger size)
I Mean Bizness $75
Workin' Weekend Baby $65
Got it Goin On Clutch $30
Girlfriend's Bestfriend $20
It's For My Pencils $20
Workin It $75
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Go Daily, 7 ampoules is 10.00
AM/PM toothpastes ( sold as set) 30.00
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
We know Vitamin C is great for our skin. It's also very volatile when exposed to air. I love serums for their lighter texture but had not used a straight Vitamin C one before. I had, however, just read how important one is in keeping skin youthful.
Enter Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum.
I have been using this each night for almost 2 weeks. It's hard for me to stay in a skincare routine but I was determined to use the same products for awhile.
This serum is , to me, very moisturizing, even though it is not a moisturizer. It does have hyaluronic acid and collagen. When I use it night I don't need to add any other creams except on my eyes. During the day I use a light moisturizer. Right now it's been M Lab serum.
The Badescu serum has 7.5 % Vitamin C and is in a thick ,opaque bottle to keep light out.
I do see a difference and I have pretty good skin to start with. It's a good sign if somehting makes good skin look better. There is brightness, firmness and smoothness. Really noticeable smoothness.
The serum itself is not light. It does have a heavy feel and does take awhile to sink in. I have used some around the eyes lightly with no irritation, even though it says not to.
Another reason to love is the prices. It's rare to see top quality skincare priced like this. Most other companies would charge double for a serum like this . The bottle is large and will last long. It's a great value.
Vitamin C Serum is $45.00 for 1 oz.
Propylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid,Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus Fruit) Extract,Ginseng (Panax Ginseng Root) Extract,Aloe Vera Gel,Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid,Lavender Oil
Mario Badescu products are available at Blue Mercury stores. Nordstrom, Henri Bendel and at http://www.mariobadescu.com/
Monday, March 16, 2009
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I heard back at fashion week that gels were coming and I patiently waited to get my hands on these goodies . I even have cool videos for you. The first one is the gel, the next ,gellac.
Most associate gelled hair with the 80s . Bumble's even says on the gel tube that it's not "stuck in another era". Yes it ruled then and it did because it really held. Freezing gels and sprays then were amazing. I wish I had some now. Thankfully hair companies are getting back on the gel-wagon. Bumble and bumble have cooked up 2 new ones for us.( The first they have ever done).
The gel is amazing and can be used on dry hair or damp hair before styling. I am doing both. As a blowdrying styler it rocks. My hair really holds the style, and a tiny bit worked into ends when dry defines pieces and adds extra hold. I do mean hold .
Last week, we had a day with over 20MPH winds. I was out a lot and my hair did not lose one bit of the style. I had used the gel and spritzed lightly with Bumble's Classic hairspray. My hair wasn't overly stiff, and there was none of the old days crunchiness.
Gellac is a very unusual product. One thats been in the works by Bumble for some time trying to get the right formula. This is super strong hold and the go -to if you want super slick backed hair that will not fall out. Think the Don Draper's Mad Men hair on men. A little goes a log way. It has a stiffer feel than the gel but still not bad.
I am getting some serious styling out of both of these.
Bb.Gel, 5 fl oz. $24, and Gellac, 4.2 fl oz, $24 premiere March 9, 2009 at Bb.Network Salons across the country and March 15th on http://www.bumbleandbumble.com/.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The Chloe line is large with candles, an excellent body cream and shower cream and now this leather encased purse spray . They've tweaked the perfume for this some. It now has pink peppercorn in the top notes, sandalwood and tonka bean at the drydown. This makes a slightly spicier scent than the original which is a soft, slightly powdery rose/violet.
Parfum 15 ml Purse Spray & Leather Case – $150 ( LE, each season a new case shade will added)
Parfum 15 ml Purse Spray – $100
The cases are engraved and as mentioned , refillable at any By Kilian counter. You can find one at Bergdorf Goodman, Aedes de Venustas in NY( http://www.aedes.com/ ), Apothia in LA and at many stores worldwide .
The travel spray with 4 refills .25 fl.oz. $ 135
The set of 4 refills .25fl.oz $ 70
Friday, March 13, 2009
These colors are part of the new MAC Sugarsweet collection hitting counters March 19th.
I am already in love with the mint green nail polish- Peppermint Patti. Can't wait to see it in person and I have no doubt it will be a fast seller. There are some repromotes and Lollipop Loving from Hello Kitty is one that makes a return.
The new Tri Color Glosses are part of the line and are serious eye candy. 4 of the 5 shades are shown.
Colors shown in first pic are Seasonal Peach & Peppermint Patti nail polish, Stars n Rockets eyeshadow( deep purple), Sugar Shot eyeshadow( peach/beige) , Bubbles( light beige) and Touch lipsticks.
The full list:( All are LE)
-Bubbles- Sheer frosty white beige
-Saint Germain- Clean pastel pink
-Lollipop Loving- Clean mid-tone coral and subtle green
with gold iridescence
-Sweet Thing- Mid-tone magenta with multidimensional pearl
-Touch- Peachy cinnamon
Top Sheer white with reflects Mi ddle Pale mint with
duochrome pearl Bott om Creamy light peach with pearl
Top Sheer yellow pink with reflects Mi ddle Mid-tone
yellow pink with duochrome pearl Bott om Mid-tone
creamy yellow pink
Top Sheer peach with reflects Mi ddle Pale coral with
duochrome pearl Bott om Creamy mid-tone coral
Top Sheer gold with gold reflects Mi ddle True gold with
duochrome pearl Bott om Mid-tone bronze
Top Sheer blue pink with reflects Mi ddle Mid-tone blue pink
with duochrome pearl Bott om Dark creamy red pink
-Sugarshot- Pale frosty beige
-Dear Cupcake -Mid-tone pink coral with gold pearl
-Aquavert Soft mint with white pearl
-Stars ‘n’ Rockets -Dirty lavender with red and pink reflects
-Club -Muted reddish brown duochrome with green
Lemon Chiffon -Frosted pewter
Butternutty- Frosted pale white gold
Penny -Light pinky copper
Red Velvet- Frosted mid-tone pink
Cakeshop -Frosted light neutral beige
Seasonal Peach -Creamy pale peachy pink
Peppermint Patti -Creamy mint green
Perfect Topping- Pink/peach/lavender mélange
Refined- Tan/peach/coral mélange
Inspired by lush white florals of Dream Angels Heavenly heavenly bloom is softer, more subtle. Innocent. Blissful with fresh Yellow Freesia, delicate Magnolia Flower and pure Blonde Woods, heavenly bloom captures the true essence of spring. The Heavenly Bloom fragrance collection.
-SCENTED BODY LOTION - 8.4 OZ. $20
Fragrant, conditioning lotion gently nourishes and silkens. Layer with Eau de Parfum for a blissful scent that lingers.
-SOLID FRAGRANCE RING - $30Golden cocktail ring topped with delicate bouquet of pearlized flowers holds a secret: a heavenly bloom solid perfume.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
NYC is a very well ( read low) priced drugstore line. When some samples arrived with another brand, I wasn't thinking I would be into them, again my bad.
Shows you always need to be up to trying new brands/products.
One of NYC's newest products is a tinted lip balm in a slider tin. Now I have professed my tinted lip balm love many times so I grabbed one and gave it a whirl. I loved it. I love it and have been wearing it all the time this past week. I am not a fan of slider tins, or any pot kind but I can get around that. I have for years with my fav MAC Tendertones. I put it on right with my morning makeup .
What's so good? Well for one they last long. Yes a glossy balm that actually lasts. I used the cherry shade Sugar Baby( left) first. I wanted color. It has way more pigment that you would think and looks more like a gloss. Very shiny and super moisturizing , not goopy . Hours later, it's still there. Maybe not looking fresh applied but a tint of color is left and loads of moisture. Darn good for 2.99. As good as most high end ones I have.
I also tried Sugar Kiss, a light pink. That one was too light for me but very pretty. The lighter color didn't last as long either. There are 6 shades in all, 3 deeper ones and thats where my money is.
NYC is available at most drugstores and again, the Lip Slider Tinted Balms are $ 2.99. A beauty bargain.
See more including a nice Mosaic Color Face Powder at http://www.newyorkcolor.com/
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
image : Luxist.com
Monday, March 9, 2009
You can see by the pics that it fits in your hand.
It's available now at all Chanel outlets.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
"Garnier Fructis, the official hair care sponsor of American Idol, has launched a nationwide contest. Anyone over the age of 18 is invited to rock their style by showcasing their favorite song.
Fully clothed contestants are asked to perform up to 1 minute of a selected tune and upload their video submissions to the web. Entrants are encouraged to let their personality shine and will be judged on their originality, style and creativity. Deadline for entries is March 16th 2009.
Semi-finalists will be selected and their videos will be uploaded to the garnier.com/idol website by April 1st, where their videos can be reviewed and voted on through April 30th. The semi-finalist with the most votes wins the grand prize which will be posted on the garnier.com/idol website or about May 15th 2009.
The grand prize winner and a guest will be flown to Los Angeles and attend the American Idol 2009 season finale, receive $5,000 cash, and a fabulous hair style makeover. "
For more information on the contest, how to enter or vote, go to www.garnier.com/idol