Monday, February 28, 2011

King Colin Firth at the Oscars

It was All Hail The Queen when Helen Mirren one, and now we have the King. I have so much I could say about Oscars ( most boring red carpet ever except for Cate Blanchett, bless her daring heart)  but since so much has already been done and overdone, I'll give a little props to one of my fav actors Colin Firth as my Oscars contribution.

In case you were wondering where Colin got his glow ( besides that statue)  he was prepped  with skincare by Kyoku for Men .  I don't know about you but I think some of these products might be ones I could use for myself.

On a side note, as she did last year Colin's lovely wife did a recycled/repurposed dress as part of her eco challenge. I thought she looked beautiful if maybe a  bit too wedding dress-ish.  I posted on her Vogue UK blog here last year and it's still up and running this year with great behind the scenes pics.

 As for that men's skincare, here's what  Georgie Eisdell’s used on Mr. Firth's skin:
“When I’m grooming someone for the red carpet, I never have a lot of time, so my main goals are to plump, hydrate and increase blood circulation in the skin to allow a natural glow shine through. Massaging products into the skin really thoroughly and using a pressing motion for application are both great ways to increase blood circulation and let color to rise to the surface.

To prep Colin for the Oscars, I started with Kyoku for Men Razor Repair Balm, which contains witch hazel and aloe vera, to combat post-shave redness and calm his skin; it’s a great anti-inflammatory product, and I always keep it in my kit for emergencies!

Then, facialist Natalie Eleni applied the Kyoku for Men Eye Fuel to Colin’s Eyes using lymphatic drainage movements (using your ring finger, gently pat around the orbital bone in an outward motion towards the ear), which are great for re-energizing and de-puffing tired eyes.

Next, I applied the Oil Control Lotion down the T zone to absorb any excess oil and prevent Colin from looking greasy. It was very important to lightly matify his skin in specific areas to ensure that he stayed shine-free all night long. I then used Kyoku for Men Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 to refresh his skin and keep it looking healthy and rested.”

Bottom image: Vogue UK/Livia Firth blog

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Sea Star Bronzing Blush

I love the Bronze Goddes collection each year from Estee Lauder. First of all because all the bronzes and golds are perfect for me and of course there's the re -release of the Bronze Goddess fragrance.

They always add in some new items to love and this season it's new Bronze Goddess Soleil fragrance ( read my review at Beautystat here ) and  the  also new Bronze Goddess Sea Star Bronzing Blush .

Not only is this super pretty , it's also very wearable. The colors will suit most anyone ( only a tiny bit of  overspray here by the way) . The bronze is not deep but a soft medium shade with  light pinky peach in the starfish. It looks glowy and warm on .  As the name says it more blush than bronzer but can be used as both.

  LE and available now for $34.00

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Kiehl's Rosa Arctica Skin Cream

Kiehl's Rosa Arctica  is the cream to reach  for if you have  winter dry or desert sun  parched skin. It's loaded with  moisture from cocoa butter, shea butter , fatty acids, squalene and glycerin.

Kiehl's new  key ingredient here is the Resurrection Flower, a plant indigenous to  Bulgaria , that is know to survive in the harshest condtions. The flower itself can survive periods of dryness ( and completly dry out) for up to 31 months, according to Kiehls,  by  miminizing water loss  and then come back to normal growth and flower after  moisture is once again added.  All this means that this new ingredient is said  to "jolt" skin cells , wake them up,  and help to reduce wrinkles, increase elasticity and smooth.

That's the scientific speak. What I can tell you from trying it, is that Rose Arctica cream is  a thick , silky cream ( you can tell there is shea butter in there) that obviously is super moisturizing. It is the richest cream in  the Kiehl's lineup.   It sinks in fast  and is soft not sticky on skin.   It's far too heavy for me, but as I said in the beginning, if you have super dry skin this is exactly what you are looking for. Think of this as like  the heavy hand cream you use but made for your face with anti-aging properties.

Retail is  $ 60.00 for  1.7  oz jar.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pamella Roland Fall 2011

I look forward to the Pamella Roland show each season.  I know I'm in for procession of  beautiful dresses and gowns  and am never let down.  Her designs  aree simply made for Red Carpet wearing and this long sleeved kimono gown is one I would love to see someone rock come this Sunday's Oscars.  There are trousers underneath, which I am not into, but otherwise this is so gorgeous  and on most stars the long sleeves would be unexpected. However, with the cold temps in LA , some celebs might be thinking long sleeves are the way to go.

Another favorite of the show was this short cocktail LBD.  It may be a Little Black Dress but it's far from boring. This is Oscar After Party ( or any party)wear.

MAC Creamblend Blush

Cremeblend blush is back to be added to the  MAC permanent line after a brief appearance in the Lillyland collection.

These new shades are made to be skintone matching, good for contouring( the deeper shades ) and to give skin "glow". They are very creamy with a lot of slip and blend easily. Shades in the pot are darker than what ends up on skin and they can be blended down softer or re-applied for deeper color.

Cremeblend blush  is also highly emollient with mango seed butter , shea butter and olive fruit  oil. But even though they are super creamy, once on skin they dry down nicely but do not feel dry.  I wouldn't recommend them for oily skin, but  those with normal to dry,  especially the drier skins who have trouble with powder, should give these a try.

Colors shown are left to right :
Posey, Tea Petal, Something Special.

There are 6 shades in all and will be on counters on Mar. 3 at $ 19.50

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Kailis South Seas Pearl "O" pendant - Oprah Tribute

 South Seas pearls are a treasure and Kailis is an Austrailian family owned  company, who   harvest  these gems from their own beds located in Broome, Western Australia.

To commemorate and celebrate Oprah Winfrey's final show season and her  visit to the  country , Kailis has designed  a special pendant and charm just for the occasion.

Now whether you are an Oprah fan or not, you can still appreciate this beauty. The O medallion has an inner, separate circle with the inscription " Oprah, The Farewell Season. However,  this is not highly visible and not easily seen.

What you do see is a very modern piece of pearl jewelry. This is not your grandmom's jewelry . It's not fussy but carries that  inherent pearl elegance. I love pearls  and love how just right this looks .  It's  almost casual.

The pendant is  sterling silver  and has  a glowing 10-12  mm  baroque South Seas pearl   with 2 tiny black diamonds tucked into the bale on 2 sides (  a trademark of Kailis, they call it their "secret black diamonds" ). Each charm  can be worn together as shown or  on it's own.  The chain is long at 90 cm or approx. 34 inches.

  Most Kailis pearls are only available in Europe and the South Pacific as of now , but the Oprah piece is  available only is the US and Canada on for $ 450.00

There you can also hop over to the main site and read more about the pearl harvesting etc, which I found really interesting.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nexxus Pro Mend for Split Ends

Nexxus wants to mends your ends. Your Split Ends that is. Their new Pro Mend line is a multi product line specifically to deal with those pesky split ends. According to Nexxus, 92 % of split ends are repaired in one use.

I don't have much in the split end department, but I found the shampoo/conditioner combo to be  smoothing . My hair came out shiny, clean, soft and conditioned but not overly so.  I didn't try the individual  treatments, but I am a fan of leave -ins, so if you need help in this area, it's worth a look.

NexxusCreative Director Kevin Mancuso says “While maximum split end repair can be achieved when the ProMend products are used together as a system, women can mix and match based on their personal hair care needs and still see noticeable results"

Product List and descriptions:

-   Nexxus ProMend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo: prepares split end prone hair for repair by gently cleansing away damaging impurities and build-up, while providing the vital nourishment hair needs.

Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Daily Conditioner: works to target and bind 86% of split ends back together in just 3 washes for healthy, strong hair.

-Nexxus ProMend Split End Biding Targeted Leave-in Treatment Crème: targets split end problem areas and binds 92% of damaged ends back together in just one use.

-Nexxus ProMend Split End Biding Overnight Crème: works overnight to bind 94% of spilt ends back together in just one use for dramatically stronger, silkier hair.

-Nexxus Pro Mend  Styling Spray- Heat Protexx Heat Protection Styling Spray-  an alcohol-free spray that acts as a barrier to absorb heat and prevent breakage for a smooth, frizz-free style

The full Pro Mend line is on shelves now. More at

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hourglass Aura Lip Stain & Cheek Stain

At  long last I have found a lip stain I love and will use. The new Aura lipstain from Hourglass.   Aura is the name of two new products from Hourglass- Cheek Stain and Lip Stain .

What makes Aura Lip Stain so great ? First, has a lot of pigment . It's not sheer,( despite shades being described as such) but has at least what I would call medium coverage. It looks more like an actual lipstick on. Next, it's not as drying as those I've tried before. Yes it's still dry, but not drying. I do end up prefering to apply some balm over it  but it looks great on it's own. Third, it's not matte . It has a little pearlescence to it. Lastly it's blendable.

It lasts quite long, I went about 3 hours with no fade at all and then had dinner ,after which there was still the tiniest bit of color there.

The shade shown in both  lip and cheek colors is Petal. 

The new cheek stain was among the products used  by Hourglass Beauty Director Michael Pierce  on some legendary models like Carol Alt and Niki Taylor  at the recent Adrienne Vittadini show  during New York fashion week.  

Aura Lip Stain and Cheek Stain are available now at Sephora , Barneys and
 Both are water based, have vitamin E and are  free of  parabens, phthalates, fragrance and sulfates 

Cheek shades  are : Rouge (sheer rose); Flush (sheer red); Petal (sheer pink/coral shimmer) $ 45.00

Lips shades are : Scarlet( sheer plum) ;Flush( sheer red)  and Petal( sheer pink/coral) $ 26.00

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Irina Shabayeva for INC at Macys

Irina Shabayeva has done a capsule collection for the INC brand at Macys called Irina for INC. It encompasses form fitting dresses, lightweight Spring jackets as well as shoes. Colors are often bright with touches of black and the fabrics soft jersey .

I particularly like the anoraks. They were high fashion a few years  back but are really always in style and great for the mid weather  days of sun or rain when something light is all you need. It's a little military looking and  little urban jungle.

The collection  launched on February 19th in 50 Macy’s stores including Herald Square (New York City), Union Square (San Francisco), Aventura & Miami International (Miami) and State Street (Chicago) and on

According to Macys the collection  includes 13 full looks: dresses and separates with two platform styles of shoes (Mallorca available in black & ecru and Mallory in pink & gold). Tops range in price from $49-$99, pants & denim range from $79-$129, skirts from $89-$119, dresses range from $99-$169 and outerwear from $119-$159. Footwear will be available at $98.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fall 2011 NYFW Mini Trend- The Tuxedo Look

In watching many of the shows this just passed  New York fashion week for Fall , I noticed a trend sneaking out. The tuxedo. Not all the looks are traditional tux but all seem to have ties , jackets and often a nod to the 70s or 80s.

My favorite here is by Jason Wu,  his show might have been the best of the week.

I think this can look spectacular on the right person but you need to be able to really work it. Would you wear the Tux look ? Did you in the past? I seem to vaguely recall a tux like  blouse I had  in the 80s as a youngster. But really, I'm not sure.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass & Lipstick Swatches

Today is the day Lady Gaga's newest   for Viva Glam  hits stores . Viva Glam Gaga 2 is LE but will be in store displays for one year.

The lipstick is an Amplified and more beige and flat than the gloss. It's very muted and would especially make a great layering color to tone down too dark  lip shades .

The gloss is my pick of the two. Usually I love lipsticks but the gloss has a pink  base and really looks great on.

Both are very neutral and easy to wear.  The Mom who usually wears only light pinks/peaches and is a medium skintone,  light blonde tried the lipstick and it looked amazing on her. She rarely reaches for nudes  and I'm glad she went for this.

The lipstick and lipglass  are $ 14.50 . Remember , 100% of proceeds goes to the MAC  Aids Fund.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC has created a powder for the powder  phobic,  and those with drier skin. 

 New Studio Careblend Powder not only has Shea Butter in it but also Safflower Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil , Olive Oil and Lecithin.

The powder still applies  mostly like a normal powder,  it's  smooth and a bit more blendable than most powders, is silky but not creamy.   It also looks like powder when applied, but not heavy and not dry. It blends into skin and gives a very finished/perfected look and provides excellent  medium to full coverage .

As I said, Careblend is great for those with fear of powder.  Anyone with drier or mature skin who has wanted to use powder but is afraid of it being too  dry, or settling in lines , should give this a try.

I  personally love powder and with my oilier skin, the more matte the better.  All the moisturizers in this make it not for me for the exact reasons it's great for normal-dry skins. But I am loving the  look this creates when applied. It can be used on it's own or over makeup.

Studio Careblend Powder comes in 6 shades. Shown in my image are Medium Deep and Light.

Full shade list:

Light-Soft pale beige
Light Plus-Pale golden beige
Medium -Soft creamy beige
Medium Plus- Tan beige
Medium Dark -Caramel beige
Medium Deep -Rich golden tan

Launch date is February 17 and retail is $ 23.00 ( part of the Future Face collection).

Annick Goutal Le Mimosa

My review of the new Annick Goutal Spring beauty Le Mimosa is up on Beautystat here if you're interested. It's the newest in the house's soliflore line.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Deborah Lipmann Yellow Brick Road Nail Polish- as seen on Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga debuted a new yellow nail shade last at the Grammys. It's by her longtime nail artist Deborah Lippmann and called Yellow Brick Road. It's due to be released on April 15   and is a jelly finish .

I love yellow nail polishes , especially for summer, so I'm into this. But it's not a shade for everyone. How about you? Would you buy/wear it ?

MAC Glamgloss- Summer Preview at Fashion Week Fall 2011

Summer looks  to bring a new MAC lipgloss called Glamgloss. It was used yesterday in the Behnaz Sarafpour show.   MAC says it will be released in Summer 2011. No more details but you can get a bit of a peek in the images.

The  Glamgloss shade is  What Comes Naturally along  with Tanarama lipstick over lips.

Images: NYmag

MAC Fall preview- Cream Eye Shadow & Runaway Red Lipstick

New MAC products got a preview at the Fall shows this weekend.  At Jason Wu's Fall 2011 show Saturday ( featuring some of the prettiest clothes of the season thus far),  cream eye shadow in Smothered was used on the lids, and is set to debut in Autumn/Winter according to MAC.

MAC artist Diane Kendal also used on the eyes   MAC Pro Ultra Marine Chromagraphic pencil blended over eyelids and  lower lashline as  base. Thru The Night Pro Longwear shadow and Carbon eyeshadow was blended over  the creamy base for a smoky intensity through the inner and outer crease.

Old Gold Pigment highlights the center of eyelids and inner corners. MAC Pro Gold Glitter was applied over the center of eyelids for a jeweled effect

Also new for fall will be Runaway Red Lipstick. Seen on the models at Peter Som and Diane Von Furstenberg. For the red fans and collectors , it looks  a  beauty.

Images: WWD

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Revlon & Gucci Westman for Rag and Bone Fall 2011

Gucci Westman  not only Revlon's global artistic director,  but also wife of Rag and Bone's David Neville, as usual did the makeup for their  recent show.  The look was called " Urban Eskimo" and featured ruddy cheeks and skin that looked a little sun or wind burnt.

All products used were by Revlon.

Cheeks were done with Cream Blush in Berry Flirtations.  The inner rim of eyes had Revlon's Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Black Velvet, blended with Illuminance Cream Shadow in Wild Orchid  along with  Matte Eyeshadow in Rich Sable  across lids and underneath the lower lash line.

 Lips were barely there with just a bit of color from a  multi -use palette called Bordeaux in the Snow ,that was pressed into models' mouths

Nails were a steel colored grey called appropriately Steel Her Heart and done by Jin Soon Choi.

Full Product List :

Gucci Westman for Revlon Lip Palette in Bordeaux In the Snow

-Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Wild Orchids
-Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in Rich Sable
-Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Black Velvet
-Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black
-Revlon Smoky Crayon in Black Smoke

Revlon Cream Blush in Berry Flirtatious

NAILS: Jin Soon Choi for Revlon
Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Hazy
Revlon Nail Enamel in Steel-Her Heart

Images: revlon and

Friday, February 11, 2011

Elemis Exotic Island Flower Body Balm

Need to escape to the tropics but can't exactly  do that right now ? Well how about some exotic frangipani monoi to get you smelling like the tropics?

Somehow, despite my love for many things Elemis, especially the other Frangipani Monoi products, Moisture Melt and Bath and Shower Cream, I had no idea there was a matching body balm. Mon Dieu.

 Called Exotic Island Flower Body Balm ,  it has the same delicious scent as the rest of the line. A scent that is  tropical, full of white flowers , a little coconut, a little gardenia and whisks you away like Calgon, only better. It really is hard to beat the fragrance in this.

The balm itself is not too thick even though it's called  balm. It's a thinner formula the dries fast and as I've  said, smells amazing . The scent lingers for a little while but not too long.

Ingredients include  "pure extracts of hydrating Marigold and soothing St. John’s Wort "  with an oat milk base as well as  hand-picked Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Osmanthus .

$46.00 at and

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Phyto Hair Volumizing Line

Winter brings hat hair. We have  full hair, then we need a hat and soon it gets a bit smushed. I like wearing hats and  have some many nice ones. Don't like hat hair.  This winter I decided to fight hat hair  by adding some volume products to my routine.  And  I  gave the  volumizing line  by one of my favorite  brands, Phyto a try.  They make amazing haircare and their Phyto 7 Daily  Leave In Hydrating  Creme is a staple  and one of the best I've used.

 Phyto's Volumizing line consists  of  Phytovolume volumizer shampoo,Phyto Intense Volume Mousse, Phytovolume Actif volumizer spray and Phytodensium mask.

I didn't try the mask yet, but all the other products do a  bang up job , and you don't have to use them all. Just using the Volimizer spray at the roots will make a huge difference, but adding in the shampoo/conditioner combo is even better.

One thing that sets the Phyto shampoo apart from many other volumizing types, is that it has ingredients like yarrow to thicken hair. There is a difference between  volume and thickness. My  very fine haired  mom will tell you this as she's been though all the volume giving shampoos out there. ( She loves the Phyto and in fact , happily made off with my stash ).

The volume here lasts long which is another bonus and your hair feels conditioned and soft, but not weighed down. I love ,too, that there's a mousse. Mousse was big for years then disappeared. Mousse generally works so I'm happy to see it  making a comeback.

I am intrigued by , but as I said , didn't try the mask. It's said to regenerate hair with grapeseed and black currant seed oils. And has botanical proteins to thicken hair. I think that's far more moisture than my hair needs, but for fine hair,  worth trying.

You can see more at
 ( the volume line is under "lifeless" hair and "styling").  Phyto is also available at Ulta stores.

Win Lady Gaga Tickets From Remington

Remington haircare wants to send you to see Lady Gaga in concert. All you need to do is  simply “like” the new Remington Red Chair Ready beauty community on Facebook.  **Note: TODAY is the last day to enter**

Two randomly drawn winners will receive a VIP trip for two to NYC valued at $4000, including tickets to see Lady Gaga live from a luxury suite at the world’s most famous arena – Madison Square Garden!

Good Luck if you decide to enter.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bond No. 9 New York Oud

In my Spring trend guide  for Beautystat , I talked about the Oud trend in fragrance  and that it will continue to grow this year. One of new ones  is now here,  Bond No. 9 New York Oud.  This is the 3rd in their Oud collection after Bond No 9 Oud also called Signature and Harrods.

This Oud is a different than many. Oud itself  is resinous wood that gives off a scent of incense and spice .  New York Oud has  a touch of the incense, but a  small amount , it's more sweet ,  and has an overall warmth on the skin. Instead there is  plum , rose , orange zest, teakwood, vetiver, patchouli and honey. Most prominent here are the rose and honey notes  making a scent that will fragrance the winter days still ahead. Think of it as a cozy sweater wrapping itself around you .

I think of it as an Oud for those who  aren't generally fans , like myself. Pure Ouds don't appeal/work for  me,  but I am loving  New York Oud, and that was surprise. Bond No 9 says it's a modernized Oud and it is.

It is also a perfume with 30 % Oud concentration, instead of the usual 20% in most perfumes. What this means is that you are getting a fragrance that will last long, all through the day. It also has great sillage. Nothing overpowering, but it's there.

New York Oud is available now  for $ 310.00 for 100ml at and Saks locations.

Phyto Free Botanical Blowout Days at ULTA Stores Nationwide

Phyto has got a promotion going that all of us, not just those in big cities can take advantage of and it's free. To promote the upcoming release of their new Phytolisse perfect smoothing collection , the company has teamed with Ulta salons nationwide  to offer free blowouts featuring their products. Now if you've used Phtyo before, you know it's one of the best brands out there. If you haven't, then this is a chance to try it for yourself.

All the details:

"To celebrate the launch of the new Phytolisse perfect smoothing collection, Phyto is offering complimentary blowouts using the new shampoo and mask with Phyto’s cult anti-frizz products. The new Phytolisse Shampoo and Mask work in conjunction with award-winning Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm, and Phytolisse Smoothing Serum. Phyto’s perfect smoothing collection is a unique 4-step system that expedites blowdrying while shielding hair against humidity and frizz for up to 72 hours.

 In addition to complimentary blowouts, consumers will be treated to a travel-sized gift of Phytodéfrisant and Phytolisse serum minis with the purchase of two Phyto products. (one per customer, while supplies last.) "

February 16, 2011 from 3-8pm

February 17, 2011 from 1-4pm

Make an appointment today by calling an ULTA store near you.

Receive a travel-sized gift of Phytodéfrisant and Phytolisse serum minis with the purchase of two Phyto products on these 2 days.

Find more at :

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bobbi Brown Heart Truth Creamy Lip Color Set

February is Women's Heart Month, an important topic women need to know about .

Each year during fashion week there is the Heart Truth show and  Bobbi  Brown not only does the makeup backstage( for six seasons now)  but this season has also created an exclusive, limited-edition Creamy Lip Color Trio in support of The Heart Truth’s efforts to raise awareness about women and heart disease.

The set features ( one of my favorites)  Creamy Lip Color in three shades – Nectar, Blue Raspberry and Uber Pink.  Creamy Lip Color ,if you haven't tried it yet, is super moisturizing with a nice shine to it. A cold weather staple.

Only 500 pieces of this limited edition set will be available on for $59.
The Heart Truth show will be at Lincoln Center on February 9th and  Dita Von Teese and  Linda Gray of Dallas fame will be among the walkers .

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Tone Vino Moisture Body Wash

Tone's new body wash features crushed grape , shea butter and vitamin E.   This new wash is  a cream/ gel , more gel than cream ,  very moisturizing and smells great.

The scent is of grapes but not soda sweet or candy grape, but more a plum or concord one. It's not a strong scent but just pleasant enough.

Tone Vino Moisture with Crushed Grape and Shea Butter will  be in stores February/March and retail will be $ 3.99  .

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Duran Duran and Kate Moss- New Video for Dior Addict Lipstick

 Not sure what it says that that the day I met Simon and Nick  of Duran Duran was one of the best ever, but in my defense it was also my first day ever at fashion week , so  put the two together and yes,  it goes on the best ever list. I mean, I have been a fan for , ok not saying how long, but you get the idea. LONG. And I told them so, and they were gracious and sweet,  bless their hearts.

So how excited was I to hear they partnered with  my also beloved Dior to do the music for the  videos  of  the new Dior Addict Lipstick?  Their new single All You Need Is Now dropped in December and is good. Really good. That song with a mash up of few Duran older gems forms the music for the new video starring Kate Moss  along with some fabulous Parisian scenery, one gorgeous Rolls Royce  and Dior  baubles and shoes.

I know nothing else about these new lipsticks, but I do know that I loved the orginal Addict ones.  Shade Lunar Brown  was and still is an all time fav, even if it too old to use now.

So Dior and Duran= sign me up.

You can view the two , very short, previews at these links.

More info when I get it. In the meantime , enjoy.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

philosophy hope in a tinted moisturizer

Philosophy  hope in a tinted moisturizer brings a tinted moisturizer into their hope skincare line.  Hydrating and loaded with good for your skin ingredients  , it's especially suited to this cold winter many of us have been having.

Ingredients in hope in a tinted moisturizer include sodium hyaluronate, a peptide blend, vitamins E, C and Carnosine , mango seed butter, sunflower seed oil, lavender oil, as well as uva and uvb protectors  with an SPF of 20.

 The moisturizer  leaves behind a  hint of color with light  coverage. The pump bottle is a nice touch and the product blends easily and dries fast .  It had a  barely there  feeling on my skin . The shade shown is light, and is a bit darker than the palest skins  might need. I am pale but not the palest in foundations and this worked on me but was still a little darker than I would normally use. There are 8 shades in all.

If you love tinted moisturizers, then you might want to give this a try. All the added skincare ingredients plus SPF make it a good choice for normal to dry skins who like sheer coverage.

Available now for $ 38.00 for 1.7 oz

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

St. Ives Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract Body Lotion

St. Ives has brought us some winter weather helpers. Not only are there two new hydrating body washes but also new is this delicious smelling Coconut Milk and Orchid Extract body lotion( full name is actually Advanced Body Moisturizer).

 With a fragrance of tropical coconut and the light florals of the orchid, you can't help but smile a bit . It's aromatherapeutic .  Just what mother nature ordered.

This is very moisturizing but light enough to dry fast. No greasy feel. A great daytime lotion as you can get dressed right after applying. Plus you get a hint of that pretty scent.

St. Ives use no phthalates or parabens here which is nice . As well as no animal ingredients or animal testing. There is shea butter as well as orchid flower extract in there

 This is a  pump bottle lotion and is huge.  18 oz is more than a pound of lotion and at  $ 4.99  is a real  bargain.