Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Holiday Shopping goodness

After Halloween, the stores will fill up with holiday gift ideas for the christmas season. In fact they already started, as I noted after my recent visit to Nordstrom. Retailers waste no time putting out sets of products with cute packaging perfect for those people in your life who may or may not need new makeup! Here are a few gift ideas I've scoped out already online:

Sephora's Fashion Week Live Set: This set includes a Stila Lip Glaze in Brown Sugar, Make Up For Ever Diamond Shadow in Diamond Black 307, Smashbox Mini Travel Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Original, Smashbox O-GLOW, Dior Diorshow Mascara in Black 090, Sephora Blush Me! Mono in Abricot Plaisir 6, all in a chic black sequined Sephora Brand clutch. All great products for the person on your list who wants to keep up with the latest trends on the runway. $79

NARS 9941 Artist Palette: A sleek, mirrored black compact with a wide variety of products to achieve quintessential looks ranging from the classic daytime neutral to chic evening glamour. It includes four shades of eye shadows, two shades of The Multiple, and four different lipsticks. Perfect for the girl on your list who needs a little push out of her makeup box to try something new and fun. $60

Best of Stila Gift of Glamour: A set of Stila's best selling products, perfect for creating glamorous looks for the holidays. The set includes a limited-edition Lip Glaze in Fruit Cake (golden rose), two eye shadows in Kitten and Barefoot Contessa, Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in Shade 01, and Multi-Effect Mascara in Black. Perfect for a die-hard Stila fan or someone who's never heard of Stila, its just so cute! Be thoughtful of skin tone as the tinted moisturizer only comes in one color. $60

Gift Lovely!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Red nails are Sexy

I'm usually very boring when it comes to my nails. I always go for pale pink or a french manicure if its a special event, but I like to have fun with my toes (currently they are bright fuchsia, a last ditch effort to enjoy the summer). I paint them dark shades of red or pink, depending on the season and my mood. I like to buy my own OPI colors and bring them to the salon, so that if I need to do a touch up later, I own the correct polish. I bought OPI's Belize it or Not the other month, thinking it was a great toe color, a nice blue, almost purple red, very different than my old stand by I'm Not Really a Waitress (a very serious red).

This weekend, in preparation for a Halloween extravaganza, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and paint Belize it or Not on my fingers. And I love it! I had a manicure the week prior and they had done a magnificent job shaping my nails nice and square (something I am terrible at!), so the red looked very classic and dramatic. All I needed was one quick coat and then I used my secret weapon for at-home manicures: Revlon's ColorStay Always On Sealing Shine topcoat. The secret to a great manicure in a shop is the topcoat and this stuff is awesome! It seals in the color and minimizes chipping for a fairly long time. My tips are starting to wear off now that its been 3 days, but I think that's pretty good. It comes in a package with the nail color, and when used together, it lasts even longer. My favorite shade is Pink Camisole and for $5-6 bucks at any drugstore, the set is a steal!

Paint Lovely!

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Monday, October 29, 2007

An acne cure? Nah... but close.

I've been battling acne since I was old enough to look in the mirror and find my blackheads. Yuck. I'll admit, I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my complexion. When I tell others I'm going to a dermatologist to try this new lotion or pill, they look at me like I'm crazy. "What acne?" they say, but I don't care. I can see it and that is what matters to me! I have tried every modern form of acne medicine even Accutane, the supposed "cure," twice in high school. But the acne always seems to come back. I was on antibiotics this summer and they did an exceptional job. For once, my skin felt baby soft and blemish free for two whole months. The problem is you can't stay on the antibiotics forever, so after a month or two off them, my acne and blackheads were back. My doc suggested Retin-A, a lotion with a type of Vitamin A in it, but I haven't been too impressed. I'm not always good about applying it every single night, which hinders its effectiveness, and it causes my skin to flake evrywhere. Yuck.

On a whim, I picked up Philosophy's Acne Kit at Sephora, with 4 of the On a Clear Day products. Usually I wash my face with cheap Cetaphil for Normal/Oily skin, but it doesn't seem to be cutting the bacteria enough. I like that the kit is benzoyl peroxide free (I hate that stuff, it burns my face and ruins my sheets and towels!) and uses ingredients like sulfur and salicylic acid. Both have been researched extensively for their effectiveness at disinfecting and exfoliating, important in the fight against acne.

So far, I love the kit. It was a great value at $47! The 2% salicylic acid Serum alone is $30, and all the products are full sized. The face wash feels very gentle and your face feels very clean afterwards. The Serum stings a little, but you know its working. I know my skin gets sensitive sometimes, so I skipped it this morning, after using it twice yesterday. The hydrogen peroxide cream is very different than anything I've used, but it seems like a gentler version of benzoyl peroxide creams. I'll probably use it every other night, so I don't over dry my face. I thing my favorite is the protection cream, which is supposed to seal in the other products and keep out the bad stuff. It feels a bit like a primer since it smooths out the texture of of skin and makes it makeup ready. So if you are in the market for a new acne fighting regime, try this one out. I know its only been three days, but I think I'm going to like the results. I just have to keep it up! No more sleeping in my makeup, its battle time!

Cleanse Lovely!

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Its all about Good Service!

I ordered DuWop's Payoff, a liquid eyeshadow intensifier from the other week because it came with a free set of cute lip glosses that I figured were worth the $5 shipping charge (the GWP seems to be still available...check it out!). I was right, the lip glosses are cute and the compact they come in is pretty. But when I went to check out the Payoff, the cap was broken and the bottle was empty! So I called eLuxury to complain and get instructions on how to return the bottle and get a replacement. They were very nice and helpful. They are sending me a new one right away, at no charge, and I don't have to send the broken one back. They even gave me a $30 credit for the trouble. This is why it pays to shop at establishments that take pride in their customer service. As a former Nordstrom employee, I know to value of great service and I reward companies that put the customer first. I will most certainly go back and shop at eLuxury, even if I can't afford most of there items. Hello $2,000 handbags! But I will put my $30 to good use, probably on DuWop's Revolotion Face. I just have to go to Sephora and test colors. How could I buy a foundation online without knowing what my shade is?!

Service Lovely!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Product Review: The Body Shop's All in One Face Base

Well, I promised a review when I bought this powder in my $26 shopping spree at The Body Shop, so here it is: Not impressed. The All in One Face Base doesn't do any of the things I want my foundation or powder to do. I may have bought it in a too light shade but to me that's better than too dark (My biggest fear: looking like a pumpkin face!). As a powder this products gives little to no coverage and feels sort of chalky on. It doesn't last either, I was shiny by 11am! I guess its called all in one because you can apply it with water, for a more coverage, so I tried that. Still not impressed. It provided a bit more coverage, but I still had to breakout my concealer and dot everywhere to get somewhat of an even tone. Besides the texture was not improved by applying it with a damp sponge. Verdict: I'll use this powder in a pinch, with all my others have run out, but I won't purchase again. Body Shop, how I love thee, I haven't given up on you yet! The search for the perfect powder foundation continues...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Thickefy your Style!

While I am a beauty product junkie, I have never been too obsessed with hair care products. Like most women I have only experimented with products for my hair type and the complaints I have with it! You see, I have very fine, limp, bone-straight hair. The longer it is the flatter it gets so I tend to keep it short, but I am always trying new products to get some more lift in my do.

My stylist recently moved salons (its such a better space, I'm so happy for her!) and the products in her new salon are different than what she used on me before. Her old salon used Kerastase, which I liked OK, but its on the expensive side (~$35 for shampoo!). Her new place uses Sebastian products, which I have used in the past but never really felt too passionate about it.

The new volumizing line is awesome! Its called Body Double and it creates texture and volume like nothing I've tried before! The best part though is it smells like citrusy Pink Grapefruit, my favorite scent! I am currently using the shampoo and conditioner which are great, but my favorite product I've tried is the Thickefy Styler, a "lush, frothy foam instantly thickens fine or thin hair while adding weightless texture, volume and hold with a natural feel." Its fabulous, I can't wait to try the other Body Double products! You can purchase Sebastian in salons and at beauty supply stores like Pure Beauty.

Style Lovely!

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Monday, October 22, 2007

How To: Smokey Eye

The Smokey Eye is one look that I think, when done correctly, looks good on everyone no matter the shape of your eyes. The classic is black but you can really do any color (blue, green, purple, etc) as long as it looks good with your eye color and skin tone. I found a great site that has great step by step instructions on how to create this dramatic look: Rachel13's Makeup Tutorials

I use many of the tools she recommends, like M.A.C.'s Fluidline in Blacktrack and the 266 angled eyeliner brush. Often I do a smokey look but I don't cover my whole eyelid in black. I keep the dark color mostly in the outer half of my lid and below the brow bone, to create depth and drama, and I use a shimmery lighter color on the inner half of my lid. My favorite of all time is M.A.C's Phloof (Frosted off-white)! It goes with everything and works great for me all alone, or just with black eyeliner.
The most important thing when creating a smokey eye is to SMUDGE all the products together! The look should be a little messy, no harsh lines anywhere! Blend, blend, blend! Don't be afraid to go dark and dramatic with a deep even vibrant color, it really is great fun! One word of advice though, the smokey eye is best kept for the evening hours.

Smudge Lovely!

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Fall Makeup Trends from

Once again has concisely listed all the trends I have been spotting for this Fall season. They list 12 trends and a few products for each to help you achieve the look on their Beauty School page. While I don't like or agree with some of them (red hair? only if your born with it!), there are a few that I must share.

Smokey Eyes: They were all over the shows both in the fall and spring. I love a good smokey eye, especially when you throw in a little color to mix it up a bit. They recommended Smashbox's Master Class Expert Eyes Kit, Stila's Smokey Eye Palette, and DuWop Payoff Eyeshadow Enhancer, which I just ordered off (they are offered a free gift with any DuWop purchase, while supplies last!).

Bed Head: Messy, matte hair has been showing up everywhere, even on the red carpet I'm afraid. I kinda like the look, especially if my haircut has chunky layers, and the products I use add massive volume. They recommend John Frieda's Sheer Blonde Tousled Tresses Fine Mist Wax (I'll have to try!) , Bumble and Bumble's Hair Powder, and Aveda's Pure Abundance Hair Potion (I love this stuff! The perfect product for this look, without any sticky clumpy residue!).

Fresh, Clean Face: As my friend pointed out to me, the more makeup you have on, the older you look. So I would love to look like I'm wearing no foundation at all! recommends these products to help you achieve a fresh, glowing, bare-looking complexion: Philosophy's The Microdelivery Multi-Use Peel Pads to exfoliate dead skin cells and sooth and protect new skin, Bare Escentuals bareVitamins Prime Time face primer, and Clinique's Supermoisture makeup to get the bare, dewy look you want with just enough coverage for your imperfections (who doesn't have some!).
Style Lovely!

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Just a Quick Word

This is going to be a quick post today cuz I actually have a lot of work to do...yuck! Anyways, thought I would just list a few things I'm eying right now, but trying to hold off on, say, until my next cc bill cycle:

MAC's Antiquitease hit stores today. I am lusting after the Mineralize Eye Shadow duo in Family Silver and the Fluidline in Uppity.

NARS Night Series Mini Palette, a limited edition available at Sephora. Such a grat combo of colors to create the perfect evening looks! mmmm

Philosophy's Hope in A Jar. I bought the mini jar on a whim in line at Sephora (those bins by the check out always get me!) and now I think I'm in love. Its rare for a face cream not to sting or irritate my skin, espically when I'm using Retin-A from my dermatologist, but Hope in a Jar is great and has a nice light scent.

Browse Lovely!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Body Shop Does it Again

I know I can be a broken record sometimes, but I just can't stop telling the world how much I love The Body Shop and its rewards program! Yesterday I went to the store that is 3 blocks from my office (at California and Drumm for those of you in SF). It has been closed for a few weeks being remodeled and so now they are doing a promotion. I was up for my $25 dollar gift as well, so I got all this great stuff and I only ended up spending $26! It was amazing!!!

I got: Pink Grapefruit Body Butter, my favorite fruity scent to remind me of the warm weather that is no more in this gloomy grey city; All In One Face Base in Shade 03, to further my quest for the perfect powder foundation; Glow Enhancer in Shade 01 Tinted, a shimmery light liquid highlighter for around the eyes or anywhere you want to glow; and a replacement bottle of Aztique Eau de Toilette, which I love to mix with Zestini for a fun fruity zesty scent!

Plus, I got a free gift for spending $20 as part of there new store promotion: a cute suede black and silver makeup bag with a sample sized Super Volume Mascara, a full sized Vitamin E Nurishing Night Cream, a sample sized High-Shine Lip Treatment in Red Gleam, and a full sized White Musk Eau de Toilette. What a freakin' good deal! I am stocked for awhile now... until the next time I feel like a little browsing on my lunch break! Now are you convinced that the Love Your Body rewards club is worth it?! To think of it, they are giving out the rewards cards for free at that location (a $10 value), so if you are in SF, you should run over there before the promotion ends!

Shop Lovely!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

My Birthday Philosophy

What I did give my friend for her birthday, in addition to the two Smashbox lip glosses I reviewed yesterday, was Philosophy's perfect "Birthday Girl" Gift set. The bag is very cute, perfect for all your toiletries for a weekend or week-long trip. Inside the bag is a 2 oz. amazing grace perfumed shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath, a 2 oz. purity made simple one-step facial cleanser, a 1 oz. time on your hands exfoliating hand cream, a 1 oz. soul owner exfoliating foot cream, and a .5 oz. kiss me red highly emollient lip balm. (My favorite lip balm of all time reviewed here.) To be its important to give a present that is both fun and useful. Whether or not my friend really needs these little things, I know she will enjoy them. And the "philosophy" prescribed on the back of the bag is sure to lift her spirits and make her feel great about getting a bit older. "Celebrate!" I say, and what better way than with cosmetics to pamper yourself with!

Gift Lovely!

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Holiday shopping has begun!

Shopping around for a birthday present for one of my best friends, I stumbled upon a great beauty steal I had to share with you all: Smashbox's holiday sets are very cute and such a great deal! I got the Beyond Beauty Light Speed Lip Gloss Set at Nordstrom. It comes with 6 small lip glosses for only $29 with great shades to bring you into fall. I love the slightly sticky texture and the lack of taste (my pet peeve!) and they last a long time. My favorite colors are Rush and Illume. Being the good friend that I am (and feeling guilty about buying something for myself when I was supposed to being buying a present for my girl!) I added 2 of the lip glosses to her present, 35MM and Glare. Hope she enjoys them as much as I am!

Nordstrom already has lots of awesome holiday gift sets. Now I know where I will be doing my Christmas shopping. I can't wait for the M.A.C. holiday collection, which my friend at The Daily Cookie reviewed here. I am definitely going to pick up at least one of these eyeshadow sets, they are my absolute favorite!

Shop Lovely!

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Mad for Minerals

I'm always on the lookout for a new foundation. I'm never 100% satisfied with anything, and its always fun to try out new products (hence the name "Beauty Junkie"). My Tarte Pressed Powder that I reviewed the other month is already running out (don't think I'm getting that again!). To keep with the mineral foundation idea, I was browsing The Mineral Makeup Blog for new pressed powder brands and I found her post on Mineral Fusion's deal going on this month at Whole Foods Market. For $20 you get two shades of pressed powder in sample sizes, a full size bronzer compact, a small kabuki brush, and hydration mist. I was disappointed to find that it didn't come in Cool, since that was the color I think would most match my skin tone, but I picked up the Neutral anyways since it was such a good deal. I also grabbed a lip gloss in Serene while in the check out line for around $15.

While I don't think I wasted $20 completely, I was disappointed with the kit. The Neutral 2 actually matched my skin tone pretty well, but I had to put it on with my Bare Escentuals Kabuki Brush since the brush in the kit was awful. Really low quality, it wouldn't stop shedding little black bristles all over my face! Regularly, the pressed powder foundation is $36 though, far too much in my opinion. The bronzer compact has two colors, one gold-shimmery side and one orange-tan side. The tan is far too dark and pigmented for my fair skin, but I can use the gold side to highlight my cheeks or brow bones. The hydration mist seems ok, but I'm not sure I'll actually use it. And the lip gloss was a big mistake, color wise. Way too cotton-candy, eighties pink for me! I'm going to try and return or exchange it for something else,which I will test in the store this time! At least the taste wasn't too bad.

At the very least, I can feel good knowing that proceeds of the sale went to Pink United, a non profit organization which helps battle against breast cancer. I'll just have to keep looking for that perfect powder foundation.

Powder Lovely!

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Perfect 10

Who doesn't want to be a perfect 10? And be able to do it with as little work as possible? Well, one of my hometown favorite brands has a product that will help you do just that! I fell in love with Benefit Cosmetics long ago at a makeup counter in Bloomie's on my first trip to New York. But seeing as they are based in my lovely city of San Francisco, they now hold a special place in my heart.

Benefit seems to come out with new products every week. I can't keep track or atempt to try them all. Awhile ago, I was browsing through my Sephora downtown where the Benefit display is right in front of the door, and I discovered 10.

It is a flawless way to get your bronzer and highlighter applied in "One Sexy Sweep." I love the colors on my fair skin, although it may not work for darker skinned ladies. :( Sometimes I use just the highlighter for some glow on top my blush, but together they really make my cheek bones pop, not that they need much help! So check it out and check out all the other new things Benefit is coming up with.
Sweep Lovely!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Grey is The New Black

I have been LOVING Grey since last fall when I got a few different pieces in grey (dark grey slacks, grey sweater, grey alligator pumps). I think it is such a fresh look, especially on blondes, which I am blessed to be. So much better than all the Brown that was in when I lived in Europe in the fall of '05. Yuck. So I was ecstatic that Grey is all over for Fall this year, and I wanted to extend that look to my makeup, of course!

I saw on The Beauty Addict's Blog (love her, she is one of the best beauty bloggers out there!) that Clinique came out with their Holiday 2007 collection: Happy and Bright. And low and behold, her favorite product in the line up is the brush-on cream liner in Smoke Grey. I knew I had to check it out! I love my MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack so i knew I could handle a cream pot liner, and the Beauty Addict claims Clinique's is a bit easier to put on since its creamer, yet it still lasts.

So off I went to Sephora. I found the grey pot liner on the Clinque display. But in the jar it looks really brown, almost purplish! So I poked around the store for other brands, looking for pot liners in grey and came out empty handed. I know it was lunch hour and Sephora's sales people aren't paid on commission (something I usually like about shopping there) but I needed some guidance and there was no one!

My next stop was Nordstrom, to check if MAC's Fluidline came in grey. It does not. Boo. I wandered around the makeup counters again, without any hope in site... and stumbled on... Clinique! The guy who helped me was soo nice, I told him I wanted the Smoke Grey pot liner but was disappointed about how brown it looked. Well, he whipped out a Q-tip and showed me on his hand how NOT brown it was once applied! So awesome! I bought the Smoke Grey, along with a tiny eyeliner brush, and brush cleaner! I spent almost $50, probably in part because he was such a good, helpful salesperson. He even gave me a tip about how to make it last and not dry out as quickly: always dip into the pot around the sides, never in the middle. That way less air will get into the paint and dry it out. I think I'm going to love my new grey liner so much this fall it might make the cold weather bearable!

Line Lovely!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Metallic Mayhem

I have a weakness for eyeshadow, so I can't believe that yesterday was the first post I have done on an eyeshadow I love. 90% of my makeup collection is eyeshadow from countless different brands. I especially love eyeshadow palettes. You get a set of different colors that compliment each other and make creating new looks fun and easy.

I have been reading articles and reviews for Bobbi Brown's new eyeshadow collections, Metallics, long before they were even available back in August. Its a big step for Bobbi, a slight move away from super natural makeup, but she does it with such class. It wasn't until I saw this picture on that I was convinced I have to have one of the new palettes:

This look, featured in Marie Claire's September issue, is absolutely beautiful. I love how the inner corners of her eyes are glowing. The Bobbi Brown website has a whole article detailing how the "Get the Most-Wanted Look: Metallics" complete with eyeshadow, gel eyeliner, lip gloss, blush...everything! I think I'm going to pick up at least the Midnight Metallics set. It will definitely highlight my baby blues!

Shadow Lovely!

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Make Your Eyes POP!

The other day when I didn't buy anything at Sephora, I found this great eyeshadow set from POP beauty. Eye Class - Smokey Eyes is a great palette with all the colors you need to create smokey eyes for fall. It comes in a nice wallet-like case, so its perfect for travel. At $32 its a steal considering all the different looks you can make with it. It even has examples of different looks to try on the back. I decided for the moment, I would hold off. Most likely I'll break down and buy it later this week!

Shop Lovely!

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Friday, October 5, 2007

Think Pink with Dior

I am in LOVE with this limited edition Dior Couture Palette! I have found it on sooo many blogs, but nowhere is it for sale online! I'll have to check Nordstrom, Nieman Marcus, or Saks because I know Sephora isn't carrying it (went there today on my lunch... and I DIDN'T buy anything, weird huh?). I can't wait to see this lovely thing in person.

For $50 you get a lip gloss and a powder bronzer in a pink Dior logo printed case and two little brushes for easy application on the go. The brushes are strapped on so you can take it out at night and be the most stylish girl in the powder room.

The best part is Dior will donate $10 of each sale to The American Cancer Society. The blog Spoiled Pretty did a nice job of vouching for the organization and listing more ideas on how we can help out the cause this month. Check her out!

Dior Lovely!

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Pink Ribbon Beauty

I have another classy pink ribbon item for you to considering purchasing in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Estée Lauder's Pink Ribbon Compact Set is very classy and the translucent powder that comes in it is perfect for blotting away shine throughout the day. I especially adore the travel brush that comes with it. Its price is steep ($45 at but proceeds of the sale go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which Estée Lauder has capped at $500,000, so you can spend knowing that you really are giving back. Check out all the items in Estée Lauder's Pink Ribbon Collection 2007 here.

Powder lovely!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Pink is Powerful

I had an evening of cleaning and primping last night which included freshly laundered sheets and painted toes! I even painted my finger nails, something I don't do too often, with a new set of polishes I bought in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. I got Essie's Pink is Powerful set of four mini polishes. I found it at my local Pure Beauty store for $15 but you can find it a few different places online, including and
The set includes 1/8 oz. bottles of Sensitivity Base Coat, Pink is Powerful Limited Edition Colour, Pink Glove Service Colour and Good to Go! Topcoat. Essie will donate $1 for each set sold to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund. They are adorable. I tried out the Pink is Powerful last night, its a lovely pale pink with a slight shimmer. Can't wait till I try the Pink Glove Service, a darker more sheer pink.

Paint Lovely!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

I first discovered the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign while shopping in Brazil, when I lived there as an exchange student in high school. I have long since lost the turquoise t-shirt I bought, but the campaign has stuck with me. Then a few years later, my sister went to Greece and brought me back another shirt in black and yellow, although unfortunately it was way too small so I eventually got rid of it. Now I want another one!

Check out the campaign's website, see the links to all the other countries with campaigns around the world! Its a cool concept and wearing a bulls eye on your chest definitely draws attention! A new partnership was announced with Net-A-Porter, establishing the first online boutique dedicated to FTBC merchandise. They are currently selling Ralph Lauren polo's with the FTBC bulls eye. They are cute and all proceeds go to the FTBC foundation.

Also is going to offer a quilted ballet flat with the blue bulls eye on the toe started in October, although I couldn't find it on the site yet. $49 dollars from the sale will go to FTBC! That is awesome!

Shop Lovely and with compassion!

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Awareness is beautiful

Since it is the start of October, I thought I'd do a post on some of the great "pink" products you can buy to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Then I read The Beauty Addict's post advising readers to read the fine print when buying pink ribbon products that are supposed to be donating proceeds to charity. Some companies have a cap to how much they'll end up donating, and others only give 5% or so of their take to charity.

So I did a little googling and I found an even more interesting article on the hypocrisy of some cosmetics companies. The website Think Before You Pink points out that some companies who have huge charitable programs for women continue to include ingredients that have recently been linked to cancer development. Read the stunning article Here.

So the bottom line is, BE AWARE! Read the fine print, read the ingredients, and choose your products wisely. I do think some of the "pink" products out there are really cute and fun and not all companies are bad. Here are a few BCA items I found on, and none of them have parabens or phthalates!

Sephora Pop-Up Travel Brush - Breast Cancer Association
($1 of the sale of each brush will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

(A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each 1.6 oz Eau de Toilette Spray will be donated to the Young Survivors Coalition, an organization that lends help and support to young women with Breast Cancer)

(For each Mini Kabuki Brush sold, 100 percent of the proceeds with be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder)

(The search for a cure is a cause that Philosophy holds near and dear, so Philosophy will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of Shower For the Cure are donated to the Women's Cancer Research Fund.)

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