Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
To help educate both consumers and hairdressers on Diversion, Biolage is launching an interactive website called http://www.staytruenow.com/ which will increase awareness for the brand’s anti-diversion strategy in the salon community and among consumers, and explain why it is so important to purchase salon products only in authorized outlets including salons and professional stores.
1. Products cost up to 15% less in salons than at unauthorized retailers.
2. Products are only guaranteed to be 100% authentic when purchased at salons – products sold at unauthorized retailers can actually be contaminated or even counterfeit.
3. Salons carry the most up-to-date product and newest formulations, unlike unauthorized retailers who usually have much older stock.
4. Your stylist is an expert and can give you the best advice on the right products for your hair type and condition.
5. Support your hairdresser and salon!
Monica's Makeup was Dior( including my huge fav DiorSkin Nude Hydrating Glow):
"DiorSkin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup Light Beige N°020, Skinflash Sunbeam 003For the eyes : 5-Colour Designer Eyeshadow in Smoky Design, Dior StyleLiner Intense Liquid Eyeliner Black N°094For the lips : Dior Addict Lip Color Beige Négligée N°223Blush : DiorBlush English Rose N°733"
Here's what makeup artist Mary Burton used :
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I have no idea why, but I find trying and looking for the best sunscreens , fun. Maybe it's because there's so many great ones out there incl. more high end ones that appeal to the luxist in me. For whatever reason, it means I use sunscreen more, so thats a good thing.
Now I have only touched the surface here. There's a lot of sunscreens out there, I am finding new ones I want to try every day. Hopefully this primer will help you either find one you love, or get you started on a search of your own.
Things to remember:
-According to a news report last week all sunscreens need re-appying after 40-60 mins., no matter what the bottle says. The government has been planning to regulate sunblock claims for years, but as they will, haven't gotten around to it. None are so waterproof as to last hours.
-Any SPF higher than 30 is not really needed. Ones with higher numbers only provide little more protection. However, it can't hurt either. Just know that if your favorite is 15 or 30, you're good.
-Lastly Mexoryl is the best protectant out there. Only one type is approved for use here sadly, but companies are making various antioxidant cocktails and mineral blocks to up the ante in protection and make up for lack of Mexoryl. Think Helioplex from Neutrogena among others.
- Ambre Solaire by Garnier- The best with BOTH Mexoryls. But only available outside the US. I grabbed this in Paris 2 yrs. ago and wish I had bought more. If you or anyone you know is going to Europe, get 1 or 10. ( In US there are several with one Mexoryl -SX. Lancome, La Roche Posay and Skinceuticals (highlighted further down).
-Cosmedicine Medi Matte Tint SPF- One of my favorite products now comes in a tinted version with SPF 20. Fabulous. This mattifier really works, and it's rare to see a mattifier( or tinted cream) for us oily gals with SPF. $ 42.50 ( Murad has a great looking non- tinted version as well, but haven't tried it yet)
Skinceuticals Active UV Defense SPF 15- One of the Mexoryl SX sunblocks. This is light but strong. Has a very light scent, but it's a nice enough one. One of my new favs. $ 29.00
being TRUE Essential SPF 30 gel- a gel/cream thats great for oily skins. Light , sinks right in . Ingredients incl. phytomelanin ,white and green tea . Can be used on face/body and under makeup. Oil free and oil absorbing. $ 35.00
Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 36- yes it's expensive for a lip product, but you're worth it. It comes from a great suncare line and looks very chic. Some complain of a white tint. If that happens, just blend. $ 20.00
Clinique SPF 25 Body Spray- I am loving the new Clinique suncare. Reviewed in detail Here this spray is easy , has their new Solar Smart technology and a high SPF. $ 20.00
Peter Thomas Roth Mineral Powder Suncare- There is a new oily/problem skin version with 4% Salicyclic Acid & Willow Bark ( This sounds awesome. Must Try) and an Unwrinkle version with their Syn-Ake wrinkle relaxing ingredient, a neuropeptide and Matrixl 3000.
The Unwrinkle one I have tried and it's a smooth powder that evens skin . Feels very light. Their Unwrinkle powder compact is great , now you can have a lighter sunblock version. These are perfect for mid- day touch ups or those who want no SPF cream on their face. $ 30-35.00
Hawaiian Tropic Aloha Kiss SPF 20 Lip Gloss- an older Hawaiian Tropic lip balm was all I used a few summers back poolside. Smelled so good. Now we have this yummy berry lipgloss version. I have Cat Marnell at Lucky mag and her column to thank for finding this. $ 5.99 approx.
Mission Skincare Fast Drying Spray- Yesterday I mentioned how Mission is now at CVS. One new item is the Quick Drying Mist in a pump spray. Especially good for the athelete, outdoorsy or men. $ 6.99
Neutogena Pure & Free Baby SPF 60- New formula made extra gentle for babies and acc. to Neutogena , made with PureScreen technology, a more natural mineral physical block. Has " a separate layer that sits on top of the skin. This layer reflects and refracts the dangerous UVA/UVB rays of the sun before they have a chance to touch your baby"
Plus if it's gentle enough for babies, then it's great for those with sensitive skin .
Sephora's Sun Safety Kit- remember I said discovering new sunscreens can be fun ? Well this kit gives you a chance to try a gazillion of them . There's some great stuff in here like Clarins, DDF, andSmashbox plus a bag. $ 22.50
Monday, May 25, 2009
Lip Balmers back in winter. My favorite was and still is Ryan Sheckler's Orange. I used it all winter and with SPF 15 , it's perfect for summer too.
Now Mission is widely available at CVS, and has introduced Suncare and two new Lip Balmers .
This makes it great not just for you, but for boyfriends, kids and more. All the products come in basic silver packaging that's not too manly or too girly. Even my Dad uses the new Sunscreen stick ( well when he remembers ). He works out in the sun all day and complains about sunscreen running into his eyes. So far this has passed muster.
Read more at http://www.missionskincare.com/
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Water, Glycerin, Betaine. Ingredients Less Than 1%: Xantham Gum, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Ursolic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Atelocollagen, Benzethonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate
Friday, May 22, 2009
You can view much of the fall collection online at http://www.jennleighny.com/
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
*** denotes color shown
Sunsational -Sheer frosted beige gold **
Brave New Bronze -Creamy mid-tone pink nude
Purple Rite -Mid-tone frosty orchid **
Tribalist- Creamy blackened berry
Liberated -Sheer yellow gold with pearl **
Gold Rebel- Sheer copper bronze with pearl **
Fierce & Fabulous -Bright magenta purple with pearl **
Style Warrior- Blackened bronze brown with pearl
Soft Force- Frosty pale white gold
Bright Future- Frosty bright yellow gold
Tempting- Sinfully rich coco
Vibrant Grape -Bright magenta purple **
Night Manoeuvres- Deep charcoal brown with pearl **
Smolder Intense black
PRO LASH MA SCARA
Coal Black Honest-to-goodness black
BEAUTY POWDER BLUSH
Eversun- Neutral peach bronze with gold pearl
On A Mission- Pearly mid-tone plum
Scatterrays-Soft metallic peach with gold pearl
Bronzescape- Clean yellow brown with gold pearl
Impassioned- Frosty cool taupe
Peaceable -Pearly pale golden beige
Violet Fire- Bright creamy magenta purple **
Mercenary- Frosted blackened bronze **
242 Firm fibre Brush with rounded edge for smooth, even
application of powder, emollient and concealer products
Solar Riche- Mid-tone deep orange brown
Refined- Golden Finely spun golden with soft pearl finish
Pink Rebel -Blue pink with gold pearl
Sun Rush -Peachy bronze with gold pearl
Bronze Hero -Hot bronze with fine gold pearl**
Medium Dark -Sheer soft bronze with golden tan pearl
Dark- Golden bronze
Deep Dark -Deep warm bronze with rich golden pearl
IRIDESCENT POWDER /LOOSE
Golden Bronze- Golden brown with golden bronze shimmer
182 Buffer brush. A full, dome-shaped brush of extra
soft goat hair. Specially created to flawless ly blend
powder onto the skin for an immaculate polished finish.
Excellent for all M·A·C powders and pigments.
This is the ad for Polo Black thats been around awhile, but nice for a Monday. New video The World of Polo coming in June and to be directed by the legendary Bruce Weber( He makes everyone look good)
Saturday, May 16, 2009
First up the mascara:
I like this a lot. It lasts on me all day and does give a lot of volume.
My biggest issue is that the brush is huge, very fat and that makes it a bit unwieldy. I did get plenty on my eyelids the first couple times, but it's gotten better the more I use it. What I love is that it did give very long lashes with lots of volume. My lashes were touching the browbone area.
One of my best friends has been using the normal 2000 calorie lately. Her lashes were amazing and when I asked what she had on, that was it. So I was ready to go and get the waterproof version and then this new one came out.
I think all versions in this line seem pretty good. Definitely worth trying.
Vivid Impact Lipcolor is a new ,highly pigmented lipstick . Max Factor has always done some great lipsticks . They seems to go for pigment and thats good. These are super creamy, with lots of color. Great quality at the drugstore level.
For some fun you can to to Total Beauty's site and take the What lipstick color are you? quiz.This is my result- The color is really not me, but the description sure is:
The Informed Makeup Maven talks new products to try this month , reviews Benefit's Dr Feelgood, Clinique's High Impact Curling Mascara, The Bodyshop's Eye, Lip and Cheek Palette, invites you to join the Informed Makeup Maven Facebook group to share and socialise all things beauty, and hosts the Makeup Confessions giveaway (2 double packs of Softlips Raspberry and Strawberry lip balm).
Meredith at Daily Dose of Coffee is looking for ways to economize. Check out her tips for getting a salon-quality hair glossing treatment at home.
Beauty Anonymous reviews Shiseido's Tiss Deep Off Oil.
This week, The Beauty Couch asks (and answers!) the question: Can wearing sunscreen lead to Vitamin D deficiency?
Check in with Amber at Beauty Junkies Unite as she completes her first month on NutriSystem and is giving away an entire month of the NutriSystem plan and food to one very lucky reader!
Lipgloss Break has partnered with UMI hair products to giveaway UMI S Liquid & UMI d Fuse! Enter up to once a day!
Brittny Gatineau dishes on her favorite beauty products exclusively to Beauty Banter!
Before time runs out, enter Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog's Watch Giveaway for a chance to win a man's stainless steel $290 watch or a woman's $190 watch.
Meilily is giving away Spring Bridal Makeup from Benefit Cosmetics!
Beautè Noire and Whole Foods are giving away a Mineral Fusion Cosmetics Spring Blossom Color Kit worth $90!
Find out what Smashbox product The Makeup Divas uses to achieve a perfect smoldering smoky eye.
On a budget? Monique at Beauty Girl Musings shares 10 beauty items for under $10 each-- take that recession!
Addicted to Lipstick tells all about the new Urban Decay Primer Potion wand.
Boutique Flair is giving away $225 worth of Sustainable Youth swag! Enter by 05/24/09.
LA Pretty is giving away an item from Givenchy's Summer 2009 makeup collection to one lucky reader! Find out all the details here.
Cybelesays.com has discovered the perfect makeup primer for the summer heat. Click here to read more.
The Shades Of U is giving away a bottle of Lancome Magnifique Eau de Toilette. Enter to win!
A Little More Beautiful is giving away 1 Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin so head on over and enter to win!
Alison of the Advice Sisters reviewed a unique, "Green" product POCKETFLOPS with Obama's photo, and other great designs. Check them out--just in time for warmer weather!
Don't forget to enter the neuLash/Anastasia Giveaway over atBeauty in Real Life!!
Glossypink tells you how to get Jessica Biel's latest red carpet look!
The Beauty Alchemist wants to give you A Lancome Magnifique Fragrance
eye4style paid a visit to the new Memoire Liquide counter at Bloomingdale's!
Two lucky winners will get clear and beautiful skin- the natural way! Visit MissWhoever You Are for the Kiss My Face Giveaway!!
This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Ojon for a giveaway. Three lucky winners will receive Tawaka Ancient Tribal Rejuvenating Cleanser and Conditioner (a $64 value)! This unique duo cleanses and conditions hair, leaving it soft, silky and manageable.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thai Tea Body Wash- Strong ,strong spice tea. A great cleanser with ingredients of Thai Tea, Honey, Coconut, Milk Proteins, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Ginger Root, Lime & Citronella
cut tree. This is both hair wash and body wash. Ingredients of Norwegian Spruce, Balsam Fir, White Pine, Cedarwood & Camphor
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
All you have to do is leave a comment.
If you want to see the video or read more about the fragrance you might win, you can go here:
The video was filmed at NYC's The Box nightclub and Anne was styled her by her usual stylist Rachel Zoe.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
So far my favorite is the Lemon Flower, which is a big burst of citrus zest. The Mango smells pretty amazing too. Really, they all do, even the Honey, which isn't a note I normally go for .
Scents in the set are :
Cinnamon Orange Showergel
Lemon Flavor Showergel
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The key is keeping the hair’s natural texture, just helping it out with some product that gives it some support. Spritz Bb Surf Spray ($22) onto damp hair, and work about a quarter size amount of Bb Styling Creme ($23) into hair, mid-shaft to ends. The combination of Surf Spray and Styling Creme gives the right texture – a bit dry, not greasy. Dry with a diffuser or let air dry if it is warm out. The key is not to brush or comb out, just finger style and let it be free!
For straight hair:
Begin just like curly/wavy technique with Bb. Surf Spray and Styling Creme, but you’ll need at waves to the hair. Using a 1 inch barrel curling iron, take 1 inch diameter sections of hair and roughly wrap the hair around the iron. The goal is to create bends and waves in the hair, not perfect curls. Then scrunch the section up and pin to the head. Continue curling sections, wrapping the hair in alternating directions, then scrunching and pinning the sections until the entire head is pinned up. Let the hair set for a few minutes, then undo sections. Don’t brush the sections out, just finger style.
Photos feature:Gavin Creel as Claude and Will Swenson as Berger ,
Sasha Allen as Dionne , and the rest of the cast of HAIR.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Currently sold out on Sephora.com, check stores or go to http://www.toofaced.com/
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Edward Bess is a lipstick and gloss line started by the cute and young ( 23) Edward Bess of South Carolina.