Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Celebrate the 4th with the American Grown Collection

Bath & Body Works has a new, limited-edition American Grown collection to celebrate this patriotic season. It is comprised of hand washes and shower gels in big, bold, colorful bottles that are inspired by great American destinations. The scents include yummy Washington Apple, Napa Grape, Siesta Key Lemon, Savannah Mint and Montana Sky. Each product in the American Grown collection includes natural extracts grown on American soil. Now that is patriotic!

Soap Lovely!

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Pevonia SpaTeen Skincare

Even though I am no longer a teen, my skin seems to think I still deserve to look like one. I hate pimples more than anything, so I will try anything given to me as a potential solution.

Pevonia Botanica is a spa skincare line that has a set of products called SpaTeen Blemished Skincare. They are aimed at fighting blemishes on young skin, but really anyone can use them.

I tried out the regime of the cleanser, toner and moisturizer for awhile. I've never been much of a fan of toners, so that was quickly neglected. I liked the cleanser since it is more of a gentle scrub. My favorite overall though was the moisturizer. It is super gentle, smells nice (like citrus fruits), and goes on super smooth. It even has sun protection in it. I don't get shiny or oily at any point during the day, and my face feels fresh and clean. I also didn't use the blemish stick a ton, it was kind of hard to get the product out.

So I would for sure buy the moisturizer again... maybe someday I'll get to visit one of their spas too. Spa Bellaigo in Vegas... or Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa! Sounds like heaven right now.

Spa Lovely!

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Weekend Beauty Reads from the BBN

Decorative Diva share her thoughts on the SkinCareRx Travel Kit.

Elke finds, big hair with 7 hair items for $15.00.

A Touch of Blusher counts down the best summer 2009 makeup collections.

ThisThatBeauty is partnered with Diane von Furstenburg and giving away Limited Edition Lipstick "Foreign Affair".

Beauty Junkie in SF is giving away a POP beauty kit that will make everyone one say "HELLO GORGEOUS!". Enter Today!

Face Candy reviews Sonia Kashuk's coral themed Spring Treasures Collection.

The Makeup Divas reviews The Body Shop's HotBrights Collection.

Beauty Anonymous gives you a look into the latest haute couture-inspired makeup collection by Chanel.

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mark Cosmetics: mark Mists!

Treat yourself to a refreshing splash of scent this summer with new mark Mists! For $10 you can get a fun fresh, fruity splash, perfect for on the go scenting. Available in four scents: Luscious Mango, Very Watermelon, Just Peachy, and Tangerine Squeeze. Check them out at meetmark.com

Spritz Lovely!

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

CONTEST: Win a "Hello Gorgeous!" Kit for POP Beauty

The nice people at beautyticket.com have provided me with a fun products for me to give away to you all. Enter below to win this huge makeup kit from POP Beauty. HELLO GORGEOUS includes:

  • 36 eye shades
  • 10 lip glosses
  • 6 cheek shades
  • 2 duo applicators
Update your makeup wardrobe 'London style' with these makeup essentials (plus easy-to-follow steps) from Pop Beauty. Once the makeup runs out, the silver case doubles as a jewelry box! Value of the whole thing is $48.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Look Good Feel Better with OPI Nail Lacquer

Fabulous toes are a MUST this summer. So why not give back while you are getting pretty:

Look Good…Feel Better, a national public service program that helps women cope with appearance-related changes from cancer treatment, and OPI, the world leader in professional nail care, are both celebrating their 20th anniversaries this year. OPI launched its nail lacquers 20 years ago, the same year Look Good...Feel Better conducted its first workshop. To celebrate, the two organizations are launching a new summer promotion that truly makes a difference.

  • Look Good…Feel Better has served 650,000 women in the U.S. since the program’s inception in 1989 and has helped women improve their self esteem nationwide.
  • Look Good…Feel Better is available in 19 countries on six continents, and has served nearly one million women with cancer globally.
  • 14,000 volunteers who donate their time to Look Good…Feel Better.

During July and August, OPI will contribute a portion of the proceeds of every bottle of its top-selling Bubble Bath (who doesn’t love Bubble Bath?) Nail Lacquer sold, with a minimum contribution of $25,000, to Look Good…Feel Better.

And we all know Bubble Bath is hot – in fact, personal stylist Rachel Zoe Tweeted about it as THE shade for summer manicures and pedicures. How can you argue with that?

The OPI Bubble Bath Nail Lacquer benefiting Look Good…Feel Better will be available in at least 10,000 participating salons and retail locations nationwide beginning this July.

Paint Lovely!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Crescent Row: A New Fragrance Collection By Benefit

I am crazy about Benefit's new collection of fragrances, Crescent Row. The are inspired by a row of adorable houses in Bath, England that the daughters of the founder stumbled apon. Each scent is very unique and different, so one of them is sure to please you. I had a chance to try out all three, and although I liked Laugh with me LeeLee a lot, Something About Sophia won my heart! It is just the right mix of sweet, spicy, and gorgeous flowers. Here are the descriptions of each. Which one will be your next love?

Laugh with me LeeLee: a woody floral - a light blend of citrus, jasmine & lily blossoms, naturally light scent with a classic feminine style.

  • top notes: cassis, melon, citrus
  • middle notes: black violet, lily, jasmine
  • bottom notes: blonde wood, amber, santal

Something About Sophia: an oriental floral - a dream of oriental blossoms, mango & vanilla, an intriguing & mysterious scent with a free spirit.
  • top notes: mango, freesia
  • middle notes: sheer lily, jasmine sambac, peony petal
  • bottom notes: musk, white caramel, vanilla bean

My Place or Yours Gina: a woody oriental - an alluring affair of pink pepper, wild raspberry & patchouli, a seductively provocative scent with a "flaunt it if you've got it" attitude.
  • top notes: pink pepper, bergamot, tangerine
  • middle notes: peony, wild raspberry, white lily
  • bottom notes: patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla bean

They are available online at benefitcosmetics.com or at Sephora for $36 for 1oz. Spritz Lovely!

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Monday, June 22, 2009

L'Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments Kohl Eyeliner

While I love new ways of putting on eyeliner, I'm not sure L'Oreal did such a great job on this one. Their latest edition to the HIP High Intensity Pigment Collection leave much to be desired. I like the concept of loose kohl eyeliner, but this one is way too messy. The wand is a bit on the rough side and I ended up getting powder all over. I thought the strength of the pigment was decent, but the messy factor was a bit of an issue for me. I liked the golden color for inner-eye highlighting, but the rough brush isn't very pleasant on the delicate skin. Next!

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

12 Best and Worst Acne Products

Here is a fun article by my friends at Total Beauty. Their readers rated their favorite and least favorite ance-fighting products.

12 Best & Worst Acne Products

Zits happen, so trust these unbiased reader reviews to tell you which acne products actually deliver

Sure, dealing with acne in your teens is cruel -- but in your 20s, 30s and 40s? That's just plain unfair. Here we uncover the top reader-tested acne-fighting products, as well as the products that did not deliver results, so you can save your time and money.

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The Best: No. 6: Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion, $13.50

TotalBeauty.com average rating: 8.7*

Even those who have "tried everything and nothing worked" claim this product is "like a miracle..."

No. 5: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, $9

TotalBeauty.com average rating: 8.8*

"Just a dab with a Q-tip is all it takes for my pimples to be drastically reduced overnight..."

No. 4: Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads, $36

TotalBeauty.com average rating: 8.9*

"The pads smell great, clear up acne, soften up lines and get your skin glowy..."

Want to see the rest of the best (and find out the worst)? Click here!

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Fathers Day Gift Ideas fro Every Man Jack

Every Man Jack has some great INEXPENSIVE gifts for your dad this coming Sunday... They are great products that he's sure to love and best part is, he had get replacements at the local Target. Both kits are a whopping $9.95!!!

Signature Shave Kit: Kit includes EMJ face wash, shave cream, and face lotion. All with their refreshing signature mint scent. Everything your dad needs to prep his skin, get a great shave, and keep it hydrated and healthy. Inside this kit their is also a toiletry bag to carry his bathroom and shower stuff on the road. Coconut-derived surfactants cleanse. Marine Extracts and Shea butter hydrate. Aloe + Vitamin E helps heal and protect.

Citrus Hair + Body Kit: The Every Man Jack hair and body kit has their 2-in-1 shampoo plus conditioner, body bar with wheat bran, and invigorating body wash. All with a refreshing citrus scent. Their is also a toiletry bag to carry his bathroom and shower stuff on the road.

Gift Dad Lovely!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Father's Day Gift Ideas from Kiehl's

Need some ideas on what to get Dad this year? Show him you care with some super nice gifts from Kiehl's:

Men’s Travel Kit: Perfect for the traveling dad, this travel collection of men's favorites makes for the perfect companion on the go, packed in a small EVA travel bag, only $24.50 (A $36.50 value.)

* Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream-White Eagle, 2.5 oz.
* Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, 2.5 oz.
* Amino Acid Shampoo, 2.5 oz.
* Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm
* Ultimate Strength Hand Salve deluxe sample

Energizing Starter Kit: Get Dad started with this classic collection of energizing men's products. The perfect regimen of products to cleanse, shave and energize, packed in a small EVA travel bag, only $28.50 (A $37.00 value.)

* Facial Fuel 2.5 oz.
* Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash 2.5 oz.
* Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap deluxe sample
* Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream-White Eagle, deluxe sample

Daily Energizing Kit: Only the best for Dad. This classic collection comes complete with Kiehl's best energizing men's products. Get him started on the perfect regimen, packed in a white corrugated box, $48.50 (a $66.00 value)

* Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream-White Eagle, 5 oz.
* Facial Fuel 2.5 oz.
* Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap 7 oz.
* Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash 8.4 oz.

If these gift sets don't seem to suit your Pops, you could also:

* Create a customized gift box: they will create it in-store, to your specifications. The price will vary, according to product selection.

* Or pick him out a new fragrance:

o Pour Homme 1987 Portable Essence Oil, $25. Pour Homme was blended especially for the pleasure of Kiehl’s male patrons and includes oils of Cistus, Patchouli, Fir Needle and Vetiver (a dried grassy root once thought in folklore to protect a wearer’s physical and financial safety). To this day, Pour Homme is instantly recognizable and remains a favorite among Kiehl’s customers for its complex concentration of woodsiness.

o Musk Eau de Toilette, $38.50. This modern version of our classic signature scent is based on the unique blend that is Kiehl's Musk. Our special Musk "recipe" begins with an initial creamy, fresh citrus burst of Bergamot Nectar and Orange Blossom...followed by a soft floral bouquet of Rose, Lily, Ylang-Ylang and Neroli. Finally, Original Musk Eau de Toilette dries down to a warm, sensual Oriental finish of Tonka Nut, White Patchouli and, of course, Musk...the soul of this distinctively modern scent

o Forest Rain Eau de Toilette, $38.50. Our fresh, yet spicy woodsy blend of Muguet, Vetiver, Citrus and Musk was inspired by the extensive essence collection of the original “Kiehl Pharmacy,” where 122 unique fragrant oils from the world over have been offered over the years.

All products are available at a Kiehl’s free-standing store near you or at Kiehls.com, and you can find a store in your area using the Store Locator at Kiehls.com

Gift Dad Lovely!

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Father's Day Gift Ideas from Aveda

Still trying to decide what to get Dad for Father’s Day? Not sure exactly what he needs to compliment his lifestyle? Whatever excites Dad, Aveda can help make sure you find the perfect gift for him this year. Aveda offers a variety of budget-friendly Father’s Day gifts that are sure to be a success:

The Gym-Rat Gift: Gift Dad with the highly-energized Rosemary Mint Set to take to the gym. Infused with peppermint and rosemary that naturally energize, Rosemary Mint Shampoo, Conditioner and Hand/Body Wash will leave him felling refreshed following the gym. Or if Dad prefers bar soap, swap the Hand/Body Wash with a Rosemary Mint Bath Bar. The bar invigorates with rosemary and peppermint that lingers long after rinsing.

Lovably Low-Maintenance: Does Dad’s entire grooming routine consist of shampoo and a lip balm? Give him an eco-friendly upgrade with Aveda Men Shampoo, and a few Aveda Lip Savers. Gentle enough for everyday use, Aveda Men Shampoo leaves hair soft and manly fresh. He will also love Aveda's cult favorite Lip Saver, which features cinnamon leaf, clove and anise oils that will keep his lips smooth, protected and soft.

The Ultimate Cut: Take his regular barbershop trip to the next level with a gift certificate for a hair cut at your nearest Aveda salon. Not only will he get a great cut (and maybe update his look), but he’ll enjoy Aveda’s complimentary offerings such as a scalp, head and neck massage and a yummy cup of Aveda Comforting Tea. Find your nearest Aveda salon here.

The Budget-Conscious Cut: Not looking to break the bank this Father’s Day but still want Dad looking well-groomed? Not to fear -- there’s an Aveda Institute nearby that offers the perfect gift for Dad. Institutes nationwide develop the finest artists in the salon and spa industry, and their services are just a fraction of the cost of salon prices. Men’s haircuts start at just $15. Grab Dad a piece of the Institute action with an Aveda Institute gift certificate. Find your nearest Aveda Institute here.

Free Gift Opportunity for YOU and DAD: Send a dad in your life a personalized Father’s Day e-card and enter to win gift sets from Aveda – featuring our top-selling collections – for you and him. Visit www.AvedaThanksMan.com

Gift Dad Lovely!

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Weekend Beauty Reads from the BBN

Elke shares her blush tips and application tricks.

Beauty Anonymous reviews Shiseido's Maquillage Face Creator 3D!

Felicia from ThisThatBeauty shares her current hair obsession and gives YOU a chance to win it!!!

A Touch of Blusher previews Lancôme's fall 2009 collection.

Summer is coming and you want your makeup to stay on, right? Cybelesays.com found an eye shadow that won't go anywhere until you move it.

Need to eliminate frizz in your curly hair? StyleBell has the answer with the Redken How-To on Creating Curl Perfection!

The Makeup Divas are giving away one pair of Current/Elliot The Boyfriend Jean valued at $229! So pop on over and enter today!

Beauty Junkie in SF has another tip for all those recessionista's out there: Homemade Pedicure Prep.

Beauty in Real Life is having another giveaway, this time 3 lucky readers will each receive a Zannclip - and they get to pick the size and color. !!

Kyle at Face Candy shows you how to make your own Mixing Medium using Glycerine.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Worse Shaving Products

Here is an interesting article from my partners over at Total Beauty. I actually liked the Venus Vibrance back when I used it... I found the buzzing kinda fun. I do agree that the Intuition is kind of a waste, but I found its use: camping! When I was on a house boat all weekend, without any shaving cream to be had, this razor was perfect for doing a little touch up shaving job sitting on the side of the boat with some lake water! Maybe not so good for the fishes though...

Total Beauty Reader's Least Favorite Hair Removal Products

Saving up for laser hair removal would be better than wasting cash on these shaving and waxing products

Unless you're lucky enough to have gotten laser hair removal, you're stuck in a never-ending cycle of shaving and/or waxing. Even with good hair removal products the task is no fun, but when our readers used these products, it was terrible. See which products left them hairy and annoyed.

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No. 10: Schick Intuition, $10.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6.5*

"Good idea, but you waste 3/4 of the product. The only part of the soap bar that gets used is the part right under the blades. The sides and top are wasted..."

No. 9: Gillette Venus Vibrance, $9.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6.3*

"The battery does absolutely nothing to enhance this razor," one reader says. "I was looking for a closer and softer shave [and this] did neither..."

No. 8: no!no!, $250

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 5.6*

"I devoted so much time to using this for about 10 weeks, and the only difference it made is that it actually made MORE hair appear..."

Want to see what's the worst? Click here!

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L'Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments Color Presso Lip Gloss

L'Oreal's HIP high intensity pigments collections has been out in drugstores for quite awhile. I've tried some of there eyeshadows and been mildly impressed. But the Color Presso lip glosses are really cool. First of all, I've never seen any gloss container like these, they are very innovative. The idea of have two shades you can mix together or wear alone isn't brand new, but the shape and style of the case is certainly unique. I guess the loop at the top means you can put it on your key chain... though I don't think I'll be doing that. The gloss itself is not sticky at all and quite moisturizing. They have a nice shimmer to them as well and come in a variety of shades that, combined or not,m are bound to please everyone. The have a subtle taste of cupcakes, but its not sickly sweet like some. All in all a great addition to L'Oreal's fun, colorful HIP line of products

Squeeze Lovely!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Homemade Pedicure Prep from a Pro

It is that time of year when having beautiful, soft, well-groomed feet is very important. I know I don't always have time to get a professional pedicure every 2-3 weeks, so I end up doing it myself. Besides trimming up my toes and painting, I sometimes like to treat my feet to some extra care. Here is a fun, at-home treatment you can make with ingredients from your fridge! IT was developed by Skyy Hadley, the owner of As “U” Wish Nail Spa in Hoboken, NJ.

Light Cucumber Shell Mask

Take 2 whole cucumbers (one per foot), 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix in a blender until pureed. Put the mixture in a bowl and heat it up to a warm temperature. Place half of the mixture into one large Ziploc baggie and half in a second baggie. Slide your feet right into each baggie, rubbing the cucumber mask all over your feet. Leave on for 5-10 minutes then rinse with warm water. The cucumber is extra refreshing and reviving for tired toes, the lemon helps exfoliate, and the olive oil deeply moisturizes for super softness!

Sooth those toes lovely!

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François Nars at Nordstrom in San Francisco Shopping Centre

I was unfortunately out of town this last weekend, when François Nars, none other than the founder of Nars Cosmetics, made a a special personal appearance at Nordstrom San Francisco Centre this past Saturday.He was signing copies of his books X-Ray and Makeup Your Mind as well as the limited-edition NARS Loves San Francisco Set. X-Ray (1999), the wildly successful photography book and collector’s item, Makeup Your Mind (2001), the ultimate instructional makeup manual featuring the world's most recognizable models and the NARS Loves San Francisco Set.

It contains an assortment of four classic products resurrected from the archives by François Nars specifically for the women of San Francisco and re-named after iconic names in the city. I will be purchasing this set immediately!!!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

POP Beauty Nail Glam Coupon Offer

Thought I would pass this on to you lovely ladies at popbeauty.com:Save Lovely!

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shu uemura's Boutique Birthday in San Francisco

Any local beauty junkie's out there? Check out this cool event next week at the shu uemura boutique on Fillmore in SF. I should be there and you should too! Here are the details:

Every June, shu celebrates its “Boutique Birthday,” the celebration of the first shu uemura boutique in Tokyo. This year they are celebrating the 26th birthday with a new launch and a boutique-exclusive event here in SF :* LASHES IN NATURE, Tokyo Lash Bar 2009 collection: LASHES IN NATURE launching in June, is shu uemura’s first joint collection created by the company’s worldwide atelier artists and associates. Using shu’s celebrated false eyelashes as a medium, shu’s four finest artists, including Gina Brooke, have each created their own interpretations of elements of nature, from flowers to the sky. It’s an extraordinary collection of nine exquisite lash designs designed by four artists, who have each incorporated his or her own background, personality, aesthetics, and even geographic location into the final designs.

* BOUTIQUE BIRTHDAY IN-STORE CELEBRATION, JUNE 18, 2009 6-8pm: The San Francisco Fillmore boutique will introduce the LASHES IN NATURE collection and celebrate the Boutique Birthday with a private cocktail party, “Lashion Show” of the new collection, and visual retrospective of shu’s past Tokyo Lash Bar designs on June 18 in the boutique. Event guests will be invited to receive complimentary lash application with the purchase of a pair of lashes, as well as create their own custom shu Tokyo Lash Bar 2009 makeup palette. (Guests can RSVP to this event at (415)395-0953.) Yes please!

* CUSTOM TOKYO LASH BAR 2009 MAKEUP PALETTE: In celebration of the new LASHES IN NATURE collection, the Fillmore boutique will offer its patrons the opportunity to create a Custom Tokyo Lash Bar 2009 Makeup Palette, with a complimentary limited edition compact. The limited edition compacts can be personalized with your choice of four eye shadows; two eyeshadows and a blush, or two blushes. The compact is refillable, and is complimentary with the purchase of the products chosen.

I'm going to try and make it to this awesome event and I hope you can too (if you are in the area!). The address of the Fillmore boutique is 1971 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115. And remember, the event is open to the public but RSVPs are required: Call (415) 395-0953 to confirm your spot!

Lash Lovely!

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Pur Minerals Makeup and Skincare

In the summertime, my skin needs constant care. One minute it is oily and shiny, the next minute it is dry and flaky. It is so frustrating, especially when I am traveling! This is why I appreciate products that can serve more than one purpose. Both products I tried from the Pur Minerals line do just that! And they are both great for my combination-nightmare skin.

Pur Minerals Pur Polish is an exfoliating wash that can be used from head to toe! It is gentle enough to use daily in the shower on my face, or smother all over my body. It is made of natural ingredients like aloe vera, naturally exfoliating citrus oils and the soothing vitamins A and E. My finicky face always feels amazing and refreshed after a quick scrub down with Pur Polish. And priced at $21.50 for 8 fl oz, it is a good deal. My only complaint is that the pump on mine doesn't seem to work. I just unscrewed it and used the tube inside as a spatula of sorts which works ok, especially in the shower.

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation with SPF 15 boasts that it is a foundation, concealer, powder and SPF all in one product. This is perfect for girls who want minimal fuss when it comes to makeup and sunscreen. I like that it is a mineral powder compact, instead of loose, making it much more portable. The color they sent me was a bit too dark, so I used it when I got a bit of sun the other week. It went on pretty smooth with a brush and coverage was between light and heavy. I stayed fairly shine free all day and it covered up most of my imperfections. It would be a great item to throw in your overnight bag for that weekend at the beach/shore. It is available for $24.50 on their website.

Mineral Lovely!

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Weekend Beauty Reads From the BBN

Enter for a chance to win AminoGenesis Wrinkle Arrest Day Cream and HealthDropz-the beverage booster at Beauty and Personal Grooming.

Beauty Anonymous reviews La Mer The SPF30 UV Protecting Fluid.

Celebrate Shawn Johnson's win on Dancing with the Stars... click here to enter to win a makeup bag full of her favorite goodies over at Beauty in Real Life.

A Touch of Blusher reviews Prescriptives' Motor-Eyes Mascara.

Enter for a chance to win one of two Men's Essential Kits by The Skin by Monica Olsen over at The Makeup Divas, but hurry contest ends soon!

Kyle at Face Candy reviews Kiehl's new Argan Oil products.

Beauty Junkie in SF is wild over Smashbox's Summer 2009 Collection Untamed.

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mark cosmetics Costa Rica Collection

mark's new Costa Rica Collection is not shy in ANY way. Talk about kick-in-your-pants fun! These colors scream with energy and passion. So if color scares you, step away! The collection contains:

Eye Exotics Eyeshadow Trios, $6 each - Whether you want to shade, define, shadow or line, any look can be yours. Create stunning eye looks with 1 color palette. Bold shades that make the perfect eye statement for the summer season. Available in three shades.

Lip Exotics Lip Lacquers, $6 each - A full coverage, wet, high shine, lacquer for lips. Creamy texture glides on lips smoothly….leaving lips looking full and lush. Flavored with mark signature spearmint for fresh, kissable lips. Available in five fun shades. I little too much color for me, but maybe you go for that sort of thing!

Good Glowing Mosaic Cheek Colors, $7 each - A smooth powder that lets you glow wherever you to want it to go. Whether you want to shimmer or blush the look can be yours. Sold in single-pan format, it can easily be removed/popped into the mark. Favorite Colors Palette, interchangeable with mood or moment. Available in two shades.

I tried out the eye shadow trio in Jungle Love, which has two shades of green and one light pink. I was able to create a fun bright look, although it was a little hard to get at the colors individually. The pigment was bright enough, and with a little moisture I used the darker green as an eyeliner. Fun for summer eyes that don't want to be too serious!

Bright Lovely!

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dove Visibly Smooth Antiperspirant/Deodorant

I know deodorant is not the most fun part of a girl's beauty routine, but I do think it has an effect on your overall scent. Therefore it is important to not only find a deodorant that works and keeps you dry, but one that smells awesome too.

Dove's new line of deodorants, Visibly Smooth, claims to minimize the the look and feel of your underarm hair over time. It contains a new formula called Pro-Epil Complex. Pro-Epil Complex is a mixture of ingredients that contains the famous Dove 1/4 Translucent Moisturizers™ and sunflower oil. Within weeks of regular use, Pro-Epil Complex is supposed to make underarm hair feel softer, finer and easier to remove.

I have been using it for a few weeks now, and although I can't notice too much of a change, I am very happy with it... because I love the scent offerings. I have tried both Wild Rose and Nature Fresh and I love them both. My underarms are doing well, no irritation to speak off and very few pesky red bumps. Maybe because I am good at scrubbing them as Dove recommends in their new at-home beauty treatment called The PitiCure™:

A PitiCure is to your underarms as a pedicure is to your feet. It removes impurities, cleanses the underarms and minimizes the look and feel of underarm hair over time in three simple steps:

  • Step 1: Use gentle exfoliating scrub or wipes to cleanse underarms helping to draw out impurities. Impurities in the underarm area can cause unwanted underarm irritation (e.g., folliculitis/ingrown hair); exfoliation and cleansing will help to relieve this.
  • Step 2: Rinse off and gently dry underarms with towel
  • Step 3: Apply Dove Visibly Smooth antiperspirant/deodorant
For best results, repeat this body treatment as needed and apply Dove Visibly Smooth antiperspirant/deodorant as part of your daily beauty routine.

De-odor Lovely!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Smashbox Untamed Summer 2009 Collection

Smashbox's new summer collection Untamed is definitely wild. It is inspired by the jungle and its untamed character. The colors are more on the neutral end, but the are not for the shy. The collection includes:

UNTAMED CREAMY CHEEK COLOR: This luxurious creamy cheek color instantly gives you a sexy summer flush.

UNTAMED LIP GLOSS: Two fierce new lip gloss shades with major bite. Glide over lips for luscious color and shine. Available in Raw (deep red-brown) or Flesh (creamy nude)

UNTAMED WATERPROOF SHADOW LINER TRIO: Take a walk on the wild side and create beautifully bold eyes with these waterproof shadow liners in vibrant shades of the tropics. Completely waterproof, crease-proof and ultra-bendable for fearless, all-day wear. Packaged in a chic mirrored animal print deco compact for touch ups anywhere. Airtight lid keeps product fresh. Available in Savage (green, cream, and brown) and Exotic (purple, champagne, and lilac)

DOUBLE-ENDED EYE BRIGHTENER: A portable pencil that instantly highlights and brightens for eyes that roar for attention.

I got to try the shadow liner trio in Savage, the eye brightener, and the lip gloss in Flesh. The gloss is a bit TOO neutral for me, but the shadow liner is really great. It doesn't crease at all and has a lovely bit of shimmer to it. The colors blend well together and create a fun, saucy eye... that will stay on even in the pool! The eye brightener is nice as well used in the inner corner of your eyes with any look, a great way to make your eyes pop!

Untame yourself Lovely!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Jurlique: Biodynamic Beauty Products

Jurlique is a masterful brand that has created beautifully designed products from natural botanics. I absolutely LOVE their packaging and even if I didn't care for natural products, I would be interested in them since they are so pleasing to the eye.

I've tried a few of their offerings and am mostly impressed. While I didn't much care for their Daily Exfoliating Cream (it felt a little like rubbing soggy cereal all over my face) I have been using the Citrus Purifying Mist almost Daily. It is SOOO refreshing with lemon, tangerine, and witch hazel to clear my skin from impurities. I also really like the Herbal Recovery Gel as a serum to use before I moisturize. I am not sure it does enough to keep my acne at bay, but I feels nice and light and its very soothing on overly dry patches.

I would check Jurlique out if you are a natural loving girl who appreciates a bit of style and class. They have it all! Available online, at Sephoras, and in their free standing boutiques. There is one on Fillmore in Lower Pac Heights for you SF girls.

Botanik Lovely!

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Weekend Beauty Reads from the BBN

The Makeup Divas reviews Too Faced Locked Down Cream Eyeshadows plus the new summer lip bronzer in Pink Leopard.

A Touch of Blusher comes across some of the best makeup brushes.

Beauty Junkie in SF happily tested out a ton of H20 + Sun products last weekend. Out on a lake in the sun all day long... someone had to do it.

Face Candy shares 2 of her favorite Orange products.

Decorative Diva visits a hidden gem of a day spa and has her first professional facial!

Getting ready to hit the pool? Check out Beauty in Real Life's review on Redken's Color Extend Sun Collection.

Beauty Anonymous brings you Essie summer 2009 collection.

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