Friday, July 31, 2009

Te Amo Mucho! Bésame Voluptuous Lipsticks

After reading that title, is there anything else I could possibly say? Probably not, but I'm still going to say stuff.

Since I've been on a huge lipstick kick lately, I keep checking out everyone's lips to see what they're wearing (which is winning me exactly zero etiquette points). Anyway, friend of mine showed up one day wearing the most gorgeous, plush, velvety red lipstick. I asked her what it was and where she got it. Turned out it was part of the Voluptuous Lip Color Set from Bésame Cosmetics.

Blurb: Our Voluptuous Lip Colour Set contains everything needed to create gorgeous, sensuous lips. Each lipstick delivers smooth, feather-proof coverage and contains a mineral stain that locks in colour for extraordinary long-lasting wear. At the heart of the lipstick's formula is a special mix of rose waxes and flower essences that provide a unique silky softness to the lips. A proprietary blend of ingredients promotes cell renewal and natural fullness. Aloe, green tea and botanical oils add antioxidant protection and soothing qualities to the lips. When used daily, your lips will stay incredibly healthy, moisturized, and strikingly voluptuous.

Whoa, man! This is one glamorous, gorgeous lipstick. The color I tried ("Red Velvet" – omg!) is a rich, deep crimson with a luxurious, satin finish. My lips looked absolutely lavish. (Think warm nights, expensive cocktails, tangos and Antonio Banderas.) This is knock-em-out, dressed-to-kill, femme fatale red. It also has great staying power (femmes fatale need staying power). For something a little different, I also smudged this on my lips with my finger and got a fab I-look-really-hot-in-just-my-jeans lip stain.

The other two colors are "Rapture Rose" and "Champagne." I only tried the lipstick, but the set also contains a brush and matching liner. The packaging is really gorgeous (30's deco-inspired) and highly giftable. As a matter of fact, the website has a whole bunch gorgeous looking things. Take a look at Vintage Boudoir Rouge and Classic Enchanting Lipsticks.

Friday Fun: Check out Bobbi Brown's Brand New Site!

The folks at Bobbi Brown have a brand new website! Stop by and check out new color swatches, how-to videos, “Chat With an Artist,” get your beauty questions answered, and brush up your makeup skills with brand new tips from Bobbi. They've also also made it easier to share your favorite products, tops or articles via Facebook, Digg and

You can also submit a review for your favorite products and be entered to win $450 worth of Bobbi makeup. And right now you can get two free samples with any order and free shipping on purchases above $65.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Eco is the New Chic: Ec~Oooh~Chic (review)

Ow. Welcome to my pity party. I'm in pain this morning and it’s my own fault. Last night I stuck around for an aquacize class instead of working out on my own. The instructor was great – she totally kicked our butts up and down the pool; and I was really happy to see that I'm in much better shape than I used to be. In fact, I was feeling so good that I tried to keep up with the two lifeguards that were taking the class. Okay…really, Maria? Lifeguards? I realize now that I was temporarily insane (hopped up on endorphins no doubt). So this morning all of my muscles are complaining. Bitterly.

And now, heeeere’s the segue way…

Besides basking in my own smugness while creating muscle aches; last night I also tried two fab body care products from Ec~Oooh~Chic (by Ooohlala of Beverly Hills). This line of bath and body products features good, girly fun combined with earth-friendly natural and organic ingredients. I'm already won over by their slogan ("Green is The New Pink") and their cute packaging. And – excuse me – how adorable is this logo?
Blurb: Introducing Ec~Oooh~Chic, the flower-child sister of Ooohlala of Beverly Hills! Ec~Oooh~Chic ( is a collection of Organic, All-Natural, and Natural lines of bath and body products that do wonders on your skin without the use of any harsh chemicals, parabens, TEA’s or sulfates. And because Ec~Oooh~Chic is a devoted (yet fashionable) tree-hugger, you can rest assured that all products are earth-friendly. All packaging is either recyclable or is made from recyclable material. Live life chic, beautiful, and smart…Ooohlala!!

Sweet Orange & Lemon Energizing Body Wash
Blurb: Lavender and chamomile gently cleanse, while a unique combination of Sweet Orange and Lemon energize the senses . Vitamins B & E, oat extract, wheat protein, jojoba and rosehip oils also provide enhanced conditioning properties.

This lathered well, and left my skin feeling clean and balanced (without drying). What's really stellar, though, is the fragrance. It's bright, sweet and citrusy, and totally reminded me of fresh squeezed lemonade. Mmmm!

Citrine Rose Hydrating Body Lotion
Blurb: A decadent combination of sweet almond, coconut, sunflower, safflower, and grape seed oils, coupled with bees wax, shea and cocoa butters work together to luxuriously hydrate nourish and condition the skin.

This lotion is rich, creamy, soothing and super hydrating. It made my skin absolutely velvety. The fragrance is also fabulous. Lot's of citrus (and another scent that I couldn’t quite put my finger on). I put this on in the early evening and woke up with soft skin the next morning. To make myself feel better; I massaged in more of the lotion today. My muscles are still cranky, but my skin is happy.

I took a nice long look at their website. Their products are mainly labeled "Natural," "All Natural" and "Organic." High quality ingredients, essential oils, respect for the eco system, promotes biodiversity, paraben free, etc. Sign up to be Be an Ec~Oooh~Chic Ooohlala Girl to get internet offers, news about new products and other perks. Good stuff. Girly stuff.

How Cool Is This? Prescriptives' "Well-Suited" Collection for Fall

Maybe it's because I'm jonesing for new Mad Men episodes; but I am dying over this whole posh, slick, sophisticated, pinstripes-and-pearls thing coming from Prescriptives. I can't wait to check this collection out. In the meantime, here's some fine reading…

Tailored menswear-inspired looks are showing up in many Fall fashion collections. Prescriptives supports this dramatic statement with Well-Suited, a Fall Color Collection that translates this edgy, yet feminine style into a range of sophisticated shades from tweedy browns to silky purples.

Prescriptives Director of Color Artistry Jillian Veran explains how to achieve the sophisticated and tailored look of Well-Suited: "We all love a good lip gloss, but there is something incredibly feminine about the bold statement of a lipstick. In this collection the look of a creamy nude lipstick is accentuated by a strong eye liner. Create a sharp straight line or a smudgy, sexy look, but either way you will want to line the inside rim for extra drama."
Suit your mood and your attitude with the Well-Suited Eye Color Compact. Available in Warm, Neutral and Cool

The translucent, silky-light Well-Suited Finishing Powder helps set makeup, gives skin subtle luminosity and a smooth finish.

NEW Longwear Kohl Liner glides on, then sets for a long, smudge-resistant, waterproof wear. Goes from inner rim to outer lashline for a look that lasts all day. Available in Black Kohl, Slate Kohl, Brown Kohl, Blue Kohl

Colorscope Lipcolor glides on smoothly, feels lightweight and provides extraordinary shine, leaving lips looking glossy and feeling moist and comfortable. Available in Posh Nude, Posh Pink, Posh Honey, Posh Ginger

The look is Well-Suited for fall.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Feet First: Foot Care from Pevonia Botanica (review)

This summer has been great for checking out new lines and products. Especially in the skin and body care areas. Another awesome company that I'm getting to know is Pevonia Botanica. In addition to their in-spa treatments, they offer just about anything you could possibly ever need to pamper, soothe and restore yourself at home.

Blurb: One Stop Spa. Pevonia Botanica offers spa consultancy, spa equipment & a full line of skincare products containing the most effective, natural source ingredients using technologically advanced formulas, delivering you remarkable, highly visible results. Our home care products & professional treatments are available at exclusive salons & spas worldwide.

I'll be discussing lots of their great stuff; but today I'm starting with two wonderful products from their Spa Foot Line (Ligne Phytopedic).

Silky Foot Peel

Blurb: Eliminate dead cells! Experience the pleasure of callous-free feet with Silky Foot Peel's creamy yet granular exfoliation. This peel effectively exfoliates dead skin cells and eliminates dryness by uniting Salicylic Acid and Pumice powder to prevent callous build-up. Peel away roughness and step out with smoother, silky-soft feet. Smoothes dryness and calluses, Prevents dry skin build-up, Prevents hyperkeratosis. Key Ingredients: Salicylic Acid, Corn Starch, Pumice, Beta-Carotene, Peppermint Oil.

This is a really unique product and I loved using it. I applied a fairly thin layer all over my feet, and then worked it gently and thoroughly until it started to kind of "peel" off. I rolled it off and then rinsed; and my feet were so smooth and soft. I was really thrilled at the difference. It did a great job on my heels as well as the more sensitive areas (like my ankles and between my toes).

Multi Active Foot Cream

Blurb: Restore and Smooth! Keep your feet deodorized, hydrated, and replenished with Multi-Active Foot Cream. Antibacterial, this homogenized cream contains a precise combination of Salicylic and Glycolic Acid to prevent epidermal thickening on your soles. Deeply moisturizing, it softens hardened, rough areas, rendering your feet restored and smooth. Reduces callus build-up. Smoothes and soothes. Softens and reduces cuticles. Eases dryness and dehydration. Hydrates and deodorizes. Balances heavy perspiration. Use morning and evening on thoroughly cleansed and dried feet and massage well until completely absorbed. Key Ingredients: Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Shea Butter, Tea Tree Oil, Orange Oil

This cream feels soooo good and really softens. Instead of a powdery finish, this has a lot more slip to it – making it very emollient and soothing. I used it in the evening and my feet were still super soft the next morning. Besides feeling great (thanks in part to the shea butter); it also contains salicylic acid and glycolic acid to promote turnover (and prevent thickening). After just a few days, I noticed that my feet are looking and feeling smoother.

The Spa Foot Line also includes Callous-Free Dry Oil, Tension Relief Foot Gel and Youth-Renew Caviar Hand and Foot Cream. You can browse their products by Body Area or check out the various Product Lines. There's even a section for Beauty Advice and Recommendations.

P.S.: Don't forget to enter my Giveaway this week!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Go Get This: Cover Girl Exact Eye Lights Shadows (review)

Really. These palettes from Cover Girl thoroughly rock. If you have brown eyes, you should just go get one. (I suspect the same is true for those of you with non-brown eyes).

Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eye Shadow
(The large photo shows the palette for hazel eyes and the small photo is the one I used for my brown eyes.)

Blurb: Each color-coordinated eye shadow collection is expertly designed to bring out your blues, greens, browns and hazels, and define your eyes.

Cover Girl, I am smitten! Flattering, flattering, flattering. I never would have thought of this combination for me (a pale peach, gold, silver and dark shimmering charcoal); but they work together so well! I followed the package directions and applied the lightest color on the lid and up to the brow bone. Then I added the gold in the corners, silver in the crease and lined my eyes with the charcoal. Then I used a bit more of the gold on my lid. I used the big brush (also love this) to apply everything except for the dark liner (used a wet liner brush). The results are fool proof and fabulous, and the overall effect is romantic and elegant. (And did I happen to mention flattering?) For more drama, just layer on more color. I also tried the charcoal as a liner with other shadows (spectacular!) and I also layered the gold over different shadows for extra depth and shimmer. Since the colors in this palette are all neutrals, they go with everything. I really love this combo with red lips (and/or possibly a red outfit).

I also checked out three of the liners. Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eyeliner
Blurb: Define your eyes beautifully. Whatever your eye color, we've got an eyeliner that's expertly designed to highlight your blues, greens, browns and hazels.

I tried "Radiant Sapphire" (for blue eyes), "Vivid Ruby" (green eyes) and "Majestic Jade" (Hazel). Although they weren't specifically for my eye color, I still liked them a lot. The Jade looked great smudged on my lower lids, the Ruby was very striking and the Sapphire was a pretty, deep blue.

Cover Girl is found at places like Ulta, Walgreens, CVS, duane reade, etc. and on sites like Check out the whole Exact Collection on their website.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Here’s an idea – let’s have another giveaway: Indulgent Aroma-Sothys!

Since July is the month of my birthday, I’m going to celebrate by having another giveaway!

Why do I keep bringing up my birthday on this blog? Because my friends and family read it. Writing about it here saves me all that awkward hinting and reminding.

Aneeeway… Sothys is sponsoring a super hotline* summer giveaway of three delicious, luxurious pampering Aroma-Sothys body care products. Mmm...Check it out:

Summer Remedies to Inspire and Restore: Aroma-Sothys

Luxury French skin care company Sothys, has been pampering women at the spa and at home for over 60 years, and are introducing a more affordable and relaxing way to experience spa quality products without breaking your budget. The Aroma-Sothys relaxation line from Sothys features a three-step program designed to benefit the skin and the mind.

Aroma-Sothys Energizing Bath Essences Tablets
Refresh and cleanse with an indulgent bath: Aroma-Sothys Energizing Bath Essences Tablets are effervescent, playful, and revitalizing bath pebbles that will enrich your bath with their tonic and energizing fragrance.

Aroma-Sothys Energizing Essential Oils Elixir
Pamper and awaken the senses with the beneficial virtues of essential oils: Aroma-Sothys Energizing Essential Oils Elixir is a magical experience of concentrated essential oils that promises to restore and tone the skin’s natural essence.

Aroma-Sothys Massage Elixir
Seal and protect to keep your skin moist and glowing all summer long: Message your body with a cocktail of ginger, nutmeg, orange, marula and mandarin essential oils. This elixir is sure to leave your skin with a satin-like gloss and perfume finish.
About Sothys: Setting the standards of professional beauty care for more than 60 years – Sothys is renowned for bringing advanced skin care and expertise to consumers exclusively through professional spas worldwide. Scientists at Sothys in France collaborate with universities and research laboratories in order to develop products and professional treatments with formulas combining well-being and technology for a positive transformation effect on body and mind. Sothys continues to set the pace with innovative collections featuring cosmeceuticals, marine & botanical actives and ECOCERT certified organics. Today, Sothys’ comprehensive professional face and body rituals and high performance home care recommendations provide a single source to exceed both the professional spa and the consumer’s quest for finding well-being and skin health. For more information, please visit
How to enter: Send an email to me at with a comment about any of my posts (including this one). Put the title of the post in the subject line, and your comment in the body of the email. You have as many chances to win as I have posts – so enter often (just send a separate email for each). I'll accept entries through Saturday, August 1, and I’ll email the winner on Sunday, August 2. The winner will have 72 hours to respond. If no response, I’ll move to the next randomly selected person. U.S. residents only and GOOD LUCK!

* “Hotline” is a term my dear friend and I use when something is extra fabulous. Example: “your dress is hotline!” Or “Wow. I can’t believe you won the giveaway…Hot…Line.” The superlative is “super hotline spectacular” (reserved for extreme and rare instances of fabulousness). I won’t explain the origins of this term (because it’s boring). Now get busy and start entering!

Just Say “No” (Frizz, that is): NEW Living Proof Shampoo and Conditioners (review)

Back in June, I bravely battled the humidity of Atlanta and reviewed the newest in no frizz technology from Living Proof (the wave shaping curl defining no frizz styling treatment for thick to coarse hair). Well now, it’s no longer the newest. Because there is something even newer!

Was it enough to win a Best of Beauty Award from Allure Magazine? Was it enough to create fabulous frizz-fighting treatments for all hairtypes? Was it enough to also have a nice fragrance? (These are rhetorical questions; but just in case you’re keeping score, the answer to each is “no.” It was not enough.)

Living Proof is now launching a New No Frizz Shampoo and two Conditioners!
Blurb: Wash Away the Frizz with the First Complete Silicone-Free, Sulfate-Free Hair Care Line. Living Proof, the company that introduced No Frizz and its breakthrough PolyfluoroEster technology, now brings the ultimate frizz-fighting solution to three new daily care products: No Frizz Shampoo, No Frizz Conditioner and No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner. By combining its breakthrough frizz-fighting ingredient with advanced cleansing and hydrating formulas, women can now banish frizz in every step of their hair care regimen. No Frizz’s scientific research team discovered the patent-pending PolyfluoroEster, a breakthrough ingredient that allows for control over hair’s surface energy and roughness. With the launch of new No Frizz Shampoo, No Frizz Conditioner and No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner, the team at Living Proof has created the ultimate hair care regimen that washes away frizz and provides heat protection from tools like blow driers, curling irons and flat irons. For the smoothest, shiniest hair, use daily with No Frizz Sprays, Creams and Treatments, for a one-two punch that knocks out frizz.

I am thrilled to bits that all these top MIT scientists have been working like mad just to keep my hair tame and attractive. Living Proof’s PlyflouroEster creates a weightless barrier that prevents moisture from entering or leaving the hair. The collection (Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In) are created to enhance the no frizz benefits, cleanse, hydrate, provide heat protection (and remain in your hair) without using sulfates, heavy oils or silicones.

Shampoo Blurb: Humidity Blocking, Weightlessly Hydrating, Sulfate-Free No Frizz Shampoo was developed with PolyfluoroEster and SLMI, a gentle, sulfate-free surfactant, to remove any trace of dirt or oil without stripping the hair. No Frizz Shampoo is the perfect choice for everyday cleansing for all hair types, including color-treated hair.

Conditioner Blurb: Humidity Blocking, Weightlessly Hydrating, Shine Restoring No Frizz Conditioner is the natural companion product to leave hair soft, shining and hydrated without weighing it down.

Leave-In Conditioner Blurb: Moisture Restoring No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner is an ideal option for drier hair, incorporating PolyfluoroEster with lightweight glycerin as the key moisturizing component instead of heavy oils, a first for a leave-in frizz-fighting product.

Okay, enough of the blurbs. I tried these products out for a week and loved the results. The shampoo lathered and cleaned really well (hard to believe it’s sulfate-free). I used the conditioner every day and loved the rich feel (and the way it detangled my curly “morning hair”). The leave-in conditioner also did a stellar job. It made my hair soft without weighing it down. The conditioners had very little build up and all three products had same great fresh fragrance as the treatment. And since I color my hair, I’m really excited that these products are sulfate-free.

The cherry on the sundae was adding a small dollop of the styling treatment on really humid days. Kept everything pretty and fuzz-free.

No Frizz Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner are available September 2009 via the website, Sephora and QVC. But right now, you can visit them and check out the pre-launch exclusive.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Carry These Around All Summer: Rodial Glam Balm Wipes (review)

I’m just starting to learn about Rodial. Believe me, there’s a whole lot to learn. Besides the celebrity picks all over the place (Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johannson, SJP, etc.), there’s a vast array of products (ranging from Boob Job and Tummy Tuck to Brazillian Tan and Skinny Beach). I think their most well known product is their multi-purpose Glam Balm.

Blurb: Rodial skincare delivers targeted treatments to specific skin concerns combining the best of anti-ageing and firming ingredients. In the age of chemical peels and cosmetic surgery, Rodial has captured nature's power by creating a range of super-effective skincare. By combining Rodial laboratory's scientific expertise and clinical testing with our unique knowledge of natural skin treatments, we bring you the ultimate in skincare.

I started out with their Glam Balm Wipes.
Blurb: The Rodial glam balm wipes are ideal for delicately removing all traces of makeup from the face, lips and around the eyes. Natural, luxurious and paraben-free. The special formulation is enriched with natural bisabolol, vitamin E, provitamin B5 and chamomile extracts which give these wipes their protective and moisturizing properties. Opthalmologically tested, suitable for even the most delicate skin types.

So why did I head straight for the Wipes instead of “Boob Job?” Well because I really, really need to remove my makeup (and I’m not really in need of a boob job…yet). My other eye makeup remover (plain olive oil) is definitely not for everyone. It works, but it’s messy, high-maintenance, inconvenient and requires a refrigerator (which is why I haven’t posted about it). So I am always on the lookout for convenient effective removers.

And I found one. These rock. The formula is gentle, effective and moisturizing. The cloths (25) are super soft and sturdy. One towelette is enough to remove all of my makeup. And the packaging: a convenient re-sealable foil (very glam) pouch. These are perfect for every day, travel, the beach, etc. The only way to make these more “glam” and convenient would be to hand one to the cabana boy and ask him to remove your makeup.

Okay, I’m digressing. Rodial is available on the website, Henri Bendel, Fred Segal and

Have a great weekend!

Essie Loves Diamonds: Info and a Chance to Win!

Hey! What a coincidence! I love diamonds too! Check out the latest from Essie. They’ve teamed up with Judith Ripka and created a limited edition collection of three (bee-yoo-tee-ful) new colors infused with diamond dust. Wha? And there’s also a chance to win a precious gemstone! Get busy and read…

Essie Cosmetics and Judith Ripka Hit the Diamond Mine

Introducing Essie Loves Diamonds by Judith Ripka

A Nail Color Collection Infused with Diamond Dust and Hidden Gemstones

How do you wear diamonds? Prep nail and polish. Essie Cosmetics and Judith Ripka – two iconic luxury brands – joined forces to create the ultimate luxe accessory. Introducing Essie Loves Diamonds by Judith Ripka – a limited-edition collection of 3 nail colors infused with genuine diamond dust.

In this collaboration, nail polish and diamonds come together to create a new ‘woman’s best friend.’ Essie Cosmetics, the go-to nail color authority, worked with award-winning jewelry designer Judith Ripka to develop a collection of polishes that would give women the best of both worlds – fashion-forward nail colors with the decadence of diamonds. The alluring sparkle of diamonds dust has been infused into three wearable shades, each with a unique name and slight-glimmering color.
Queen of Hearts – a twinkling true red

Put a Ripka Ring on It – a sparkling soft pink

Heart My JR Jewels – a sophisticated dazzling dark

To celebrate the launch of this collection, Essie and Judith Ripka are offering 3 lucky winners the chance to find and own a genuine precious gemstone. A sapphire, emerald and diamond will each be hidden separately inside three different polish bottles. The lucky finders will become owners of these stunning stones.

“Judith Ripka is a visionary brand with stunning jewelry pieces and they are the perfect partner for this collection,” says Essie Weingarten, Founder/President of essie. “With Judith, I created this collection for every woman who loves diamonds – the colors are chic and classic.”
When you buy any of the three polishes, go to and and enter the UPC code on the bottom of the bottle for additional discounts and promotions.

Essie Loves Diamonds by Judith Ripka launches in spas, salons and beauty destinations worldwide in August 2009.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Mattify! Clarify! Protect Me and Correct Me! Exuviance (review)

This summer my skin has been behaving sooo much better than usual (probably due to all the great skincare I've been trying). But then all of a sudden, it started acting up (probably due to extra stress and less than optimal sleep). Anyway, my skin suddenly becoming a hot mess ended up being a perfect opportunity to test out some items from Exuviance.

Spot Treatment Gel
Blurb: Penetrates pores to quickly eliminate most acne blemishes and allow skin to heal. Formulated with alpha hydroxyacids (AHAs), salicylic acid and pro-vitamin A for direct application to individual acne blemishes. Acne fighter salicylic acid. Triple AHA blend smoothes & brightens and fights acne bacteria. Antioxidant Pro-vitamin A helps keep skin healthy.

First of all, this is very potent stuff. It's highly concentrated, powerful and fabulous. This spot treatment calmed my existing breakouts, and also prevented a potential "bad one" from showing up. It also promoted a little bit of peeling, which meant there was much less scarring (and the pigmentation disappeared really quickly). I feel a lot more secure knowing I have a little ammunition for the dreaded “next time.”

Sheer Refining Fluid (SPF 15)
Blurb: Help oily skin find its balance while reducing the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles with Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid SPF 15. This lightweight day fluid absorbs quickly into the skin and contains an innovative patented ingredient, NeoGlucosamine™. This potent powerhouse is clinically proven to help reduce the look of discolorations and dark spots from acne and aging, while smoothing and evening out the skin's texture and tone. Cellular turnover is increased, improving skin clarity and firmness gently, without irritation. Phytotal® a botanical blend helps control oily skin, reducing excess oil production over time. Enhanced with a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 15), Exuviance Sheer Refining Fluid also helps prevent against future damage by protecting the skin from the sun's harmful rays. If you have oily skin with signs of aging and are looking for the perfect daily base, this product is for you. For added oil control, use this under Exuviance Matte Perfection.

The sample I tried was very, very nice. It had a lovely texture and created an excellent matte finish (and great base for makeup). Since it was a rough day (complexion-wise), I really noticed that my skin looked smoother and more even.

Matte Perfection
Blurb: Take control of shiny, oily, skin and create an instant matte finish with Exuviance Matte Perfection. This super light, oil-free gel quickly absorbs excess oil and minimizes the appearance of pores, transforming oily skin into a smooth matte complexion. Mandelic Acid, a naturally occurring Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) found in almonds, helps provide long-lasting control over oiliness and shine while smoothing the skin. Gluconolactone, a Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) helps improve uneven pigmentation, enlarged pores and roughness, while adding anti-oxidant properties and anti-aging benefits to help decrease fine lines and wrinkles. Exuviance Matte Perfection glides easily over or under moisturizer, can be worn under makeup as a primer, or over makeup to impart a fresh, shine-free finish anytime of the day. Clinically proven to improve overall skin texture, tone and pore size.

Super Matte! This really took away the shine – and the oil control lasted until the late afternoon. Since this has AHA and PHA, you've got mattification and treatment going on at the same time. Score!

Cover Blend Multi-function Concealer (SPF 15)

Blurb: Conceal and correct skin flaws such as dark eye circles, blemishes and age spots with CoverBlend Multi-Function Concealer SPF 15. Blended with antioxidant-rich Polyhydroxy Acid Gluconolactone to enhance and improve skin tone and help diminish the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, this formulation combines anti-aging and concealing benefits in one targeted treatment. With a variety of skin flattering shades to choose from, and an SPF 15 to help protect against sunburn, CoverBlend Multi-Function Concealer provides superior coverage for all types of skin imperfections.

Whoa. I want a jug of this. A little dab completely hid the most unsightly, horrible, "thing" that was on my cheek. I couldn’t see "it" and I couldn’t see the concealer either. This concealer also has lots of good-for-your-skin things (and SPF 15). Loved, loved, loved this!

I also tried a small sample of the Night Renewal HydraGel (part of the Introductory Collection for Oily/Acne Prone Skin). It had a velvety feel and there was an initial (slight) tingling sensation. My skin felt soft and hydrated.

I have to say that Exuviance has really wowed me. These products worked together well and totally helped minimize a tragic, unhappy skin episode. And don't think I'm not grateful. Let's hope I never need them again; but since I probably will, I'm going to be taking a great big long look at their website.

More great info from Beauty Land! Pangea Organics Balancing Oil

I haven't tried this out, but I am so interested! Pangea Organics is a small independent manufacturer of organic body care working to deliver on their promise of integrity, quality and high performance. Besides having a completely fabulous name, they support sustainable agriculture, fair trade and use of renewable and recyclable resources. Their products are crafted in small batches using pure organic ingredients. Read more…

Blurb: You’re already beautiful. We’re just here to help cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin. We believe that taking great care of your skin means understanding what you put on it. Especially since most of what goes on your body, makes its way into your body. The good, the bad and the ugly. So we’ve created bodycare that doesn’t just smell nice, it is nice. Herbs transform the earth’s nutrients into a form that our bodies can utilize. We then utilize these whole, living plant essences in our products so you can benefit from their vitamins, minerals and essential oils in the purest way possible. Our mission is to make body and skincare that is good for you and your body. That’s why we choose to use only plant-based ingredients that nurture you and nourish your skin. Who wants the fake stuff when you can have the real thing?

Here's some info I received about their Balancing Oil:
Balancing Oil - Protect and Preserve

Balancing Act: We’re all looking for a little more balance in our lives and the same goes for our skin! Put your best face forward with Pangea Organics’ NEW Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing Oil. Feed your skin and fight pre-mature aging with this truly unique combination of exquisite essential and base oils derived from whole, organic, cold-pressed vegetables, seeds and nuts that are akin to the skin’s natural composition.

Think of it as a “conditioner” for your face. The naturally occurring antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins nourish and support skin’s outer layers by filling in the gaps between cells, essentially creating a protective barrier around your face. While guarding your skin against the elements, the new Balancing Oil moisturizes and tones, providing all the pampering we crave and deserve. Suitable for all skin types from oil-rich and thirsty to youthful and evolved.

GERANIUM – balancing, harmonizing & cell regenerating
POMEGRANATE – antioxidant, collagen supporting

Always mindful of the environment and our daily impact on the planet, the Balancing Oil is packaged in a hand-folded (no glues or dyes), FSC-certified, paper made with 80% post-consumer paper and 20% responsibly sourced virgin fiber.


Even More Awesomeness: Plumage de Nuit from La Prairie

Just got some fab news about La Prairie's new color line: Plumage de Nuit (Feathers of the Night). Looks gorgeous. Read on…

La Prairie Introduces “Plumage de Nuit” Fall 2009 Colour Collection

For Fall 2009, La Prairie proudly introduces “Plumage de Nuit,” or Feathers of the Night, colour collection. A complete colour story – in rich shades of browns, purples and wine, interlaced with gold and copper – with products for the eyes, lips, cheeks and face, the collection evokes a feeling of renewed glamour and sophistication. The exquisite makeup, encased in La Prairie’s signature chic silver compacts, make for the ultimate purse accessory.

To help bring the collection to life, La Prairie has named esteemed NYC makeup artist Raychel Wade of Cheek to Chic makeup consultancy ( as Colour Ambassador. In this role, Raychel will work alongside La Prairie to share her colour expertise and insider tips and tricks (Raychel’s specialty is in assessing women’s makeup personalities based on their lifestyles, then helping them edit their makeup bags accordingly to streamline the process). Beginning late July 2009, Raychel’s skills will be showcased in various “how to” colour webisodes on as well as at select La Prairie counters nationwide during exclusive personal appearances.

Plumage de Nuit includes:

Cellular Treatment Eye Colour Ensembles (Limited Edition):
• Les Sandpipers – a quad of warm golden colors
• Les Doves – a quad of cool silver and platinum hues

Cellular Luxe Lip Colours:
• Molten – copper
• Cardinal – rouge
• Velvet – plum

Cellular Lip Colour Effects:
• Maribou Glace – pink
• Firefly Glace – peachy copper

Cellular Treatment Powder Blush Duo (Limited Edition):
• Rosy Lovebirds – rose / pink duo
• Peachy Lovebirds – peach / bronze duo

Cellular Treatment Illuminating Face Powder:
• Soft Glow

La Prairie is available at Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pretty Drugstore Pout: Revlon ColorStay Liquid Lipstick (review)

Revlon! Why do you keep putting out cute new lip products and then lining them up in a tempting array of colors? What is the matter with you? And why, why, why did you create that amazing photo of Jennifer Connolly with perfect(!) red lips?

The other day, I ran out to the drugstore for light bulbs and came home with…

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate™ Liquid Lipstick
Blurb: Food-proof lipcolor with a built-in, ultra-conditioning topcoat. One-step application- No topcoat required for comfortable wear. Stays comfortable and wears beautifully for up to 12 hours. Does not feather or fade; no touch-ups required, even after meals. Available in 20 full-coverage, soft satin shades

Okay, right off the bat, my lips got compliments at work (that didn't come out at all the way I meant it to, but you know what I mean). And I really love the way this looks – deep, rich color. It doesn't quite look like a lipstick, but it's definitely a lot more substantial than a gloss or stain. I found that the best way to apply is to put on one coat, let dry completely, then add a second coat for really saturated color. The staying power is excellent. I also loved this paired with a sheer gloss (didn't last quite as long, but still hung in there really well).

My two color pics were "Top Tomato" (a great tomato red) and "Top Tier Truffle" (a deep bronze).

Revlon can be found in drugstores like Walgreens, CVS, duane reade, etc. and on sites like These places also sell light bulbs.

Awesome Things Coming Our Way! Estée Lauder Sensuous Gold

Much as I dislike talk about summer being over; fall means…NEW STUFF!! NEW COOL STUFF! Here's an announcement from Estée Lauder (makers of my beloved Lash Primer Plus) about some super new cool stuff that is on it's way (scheduled to be available July/August). I can't wait to check this collection out! Please begin reading…
A Distinctly Feminine Color Collection Drenched in Luxurious Rose Gold

As temperatures begin to dip with the coming of fall and the days grow shorter, thoughts turn to spending time closer to home in familiar places. Favorite local jaunts beckon as you envelope yourself in the warmth and comfort of the season’s soft layers of luxurious matte jersey, cotton blend and silk organza fabrics that caress every curve for a sensuous silhouette. Beautiful keepsake pieces, such as rich golden lockets and charms, compliment the fluid fabrics and add an element of mystery for a look of understated elegance and soft femininity.

Inspired by the ease and sensuality of the season’s fashions, Estée Lauder has created Sensuous Gold - a uniquely feminine, luxurious new color collection for fall 2009. Using soft nuances of color with rich tints, tones and washes, Sensuous Gold gently brings out an inner radiance and reveals the softer side of every woman. Skin is luminous, warm and radiant in a soft veil of golden tones. Eyes are delicately defined in soft shades of golden amber and peach accented by rich, regal amethyst. Lips are luxuriously dressed for the season in sateen finishes of coppery nudes and supple plums. Sensuous Gold creates a look that is at once sophisticated, luxurious and naturally feminine. Completing the impression is the distinctly modern and luxurious rose golden packaging.

Soft Luminosity and Sheer Radiance for FaceTaking cues from the fluid movement of the season’s flowing fabrics, NEW Estée Lauder Signature 5-Tone Shimmer Powder for Eyes, Cheeks, Face has a unique wave-like tablet design of five beautifully sheer, iridescent shades combined in one luxurious, signature navy blue compact. Available in two unique shade palettes – a cool Pink Shimmer shade palette and a warm Bronze Shimmer shade palette, Signature 5-Tone Shimmer Powder for Eyes, Cheeks and Face complements any skin tone. Each of the two powders’ luxurious, silky shades can be used alone on eyes and cheeks for precise color and highlighting or can be blended together for a soft, luminous glow on face, shoulders and décolletage. Weightless and incredibly silky, the powder’s high-pearl formula is color-true and provides an even, buildable application that won’t streak or settle into pores. Apply it liberally for a luxuriously soft, luminous radiance that glows.

Like the dramatic impact of a well appointed piece of jewelry, Estée Lauder’s NEW, Limited Edition Gilded Rose Marbleized Shimmer Powder is a luxurious handcrafted, marbleized domed face powder of illuminating rose gold tones that shimmer like precious minerals. Inspired by Italian marble crafts and artistry, the mineralized powder provides a dimensional, yet natural shimmer in a perfectly sheer wash of luminous color. Plus, the powder’s unique, shimmering formula is comfortable to wear, thanks to a sophisticated baked powder technology that gives the powder an incredibly creamy feel on the skin. Silky, smooth and luminous, the powder is appropriate for all skintones and comes encased in a luxurious rose golden boudoir powder box with a specially designed half moon brush for the perfect application.
A Veil of Luxurious Color for Eyes
Create a decidedly feminine and romantic eye look this fall with soft, silky gold tones complemented by beautifully rich plum shades. Estee Lauder’s NEW, Limited Edition Signature Eyeshadow Quads in new, limited palettes of Rose Gold and Rose Amethyst feature a unique hammered gold texture and have been sprayed with a multi-dimensional pearl for a luxurious “crystallized” effect that delivers luxurious buildable color to eyes. Whether it is a soft, subtle look or more dramatic effect you wish to achieve, the Signature Eyeshadow Quads make it easy, enabling you to mix, match and blend each of the four eyeshadow tablets to expertly create the look you want. Packaged in a specially designed signature compact that has been dressed in rose golden for an ultra-luxe look and feel, the Signature Eyeshadow Quads makes precision application a breeze with its coordinating dual ended applicators.

For additional allure, line eyes with the Double Wear Eye Pencil in luxurious shades of Bronze and Black Plum and complete the eye look with Sumptuous Mascara in Black for sumptuously full volume, expertly defined lashes.

Silky Soft, Sateen Shades for Lips

Add a beautiful veil of high shine and multi-dimensional effects to lips with New, Limited Edition Pure Color Multi-Shimmer Gloss in Rose Gold and Rose Amethyst. This sensuous, high shine, emollient gloss features three tones of semi-precious color in one elegant package, which when opened, combine together into one perfect shimmering shade that can be applied alone or over lipstick for a sensual lip look. Pure Color Multi-Shimmer Gloss has a unique, creamy texture that envelops lips, so lips feel comfortable and moisturized and not sticky or tacky. Like the silky, soft feel of fine lingerie, Estee Lauder’s Signature Lipstick in NEW, Limited Edition, sensuous shades of Cinnamon, Terracotta, Rose Amethyst and Plum Amethyst, glides onto lips with exceptional moisture and shine. Packaged in a contemporary new rose gold color fluted case, the lipstick features a multi-dimensional pearl overlay for an added touch of shimmering illumination.

Complete the Sensuous Gold look with nails perfectly polished in NEW, Limited Edition shades of Rose Gold and Black Amethyst, and leave a lasting impression with Sensuous, a warm, inviting, woody amber fragrance that captures the many facets that make today’s woman so complex and fascinating.
Sophisticated, feminine and luxurious, the Sensuous Gold Color Collection will be available for a limited time at Estée Lauder counters nationwide and on beginning July/August 2009.

Pretty Stuff to Try: BeingTRUE

I just got some great info from the folks at BeingTRUE. This company takes a comprehensive approach to beauty, skincare and body care with a huge range of collections and products for just about everyone. Please begin reading…

Embodying the best in current, ancient, and future technologies, BeingTRUE® transforms your beauty to improve your skin and soul. Concise and modern, our skin care consists of three core collections for skin types – Restoring for Dry, Balancing for Combination and Harmonizing for Oily. Synergistic with skin care, ancient and future-thinking technologies reinforce our color cosmetics. Our Protective Collection surpasses traditional mineral makeup with a superior level of protection and perfection and completes the BeingTRUE® skin care regimen using the exclusive technology of Idebenone. Our proprietary BeingTRUE® Antioxidant Complex of Vitamin E, Japanese Green and White Teas offers superior daily defense from free radicals and UV exposure doubling with powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Our modern, long wearing color pallet in rich pigments are botanicals enriched in skin-worthy formulas for eyes, cheeks and lips. Our hand crafted Tool Collection creates the ideal lay-down of pigment making the art of makeup simplified and effortless. Body care includes two collections that address the specific needs of skin today and for tomorrow – the Moisture + Repair Collection, to nourish and protect and the Energy Work Collection, to resurface and energize.

BeingTRUE® brings together the most essential elements – clinical results, experiential treatments, and exquisite products in mineral foundation, color cosmetics, skin and body care. BeingTRUE® has one intention, passion, profession, message, mantra, dream, reality, calling, and answer – One Vision.

I took a look at their website, and…wow! There's so much! I haven't tried any of their products yet, but the two that really caught my eye were the Eye Definer and the Transforming Skin-Tint.
BeingTRUE Eye Definer - BeingTRUE Eye Definer Shadows creates an opaque, rich color guaranteed to make your eyes pop. These ultra-rich pigments may be used wet or dry. Apply with one of three detailing brushes designed specifically according to eye defining technique. Together, anything is possible.
BeingTRUE Transforming Skin-Tint - Ready for a little magic? This liquid foundation instantly transforms stressed skin back to its youthful, even-toned complexion, while age defying benefits keep it protected. An elixir of luxe minerals and essential vitamins including Rhodochrosite Extract, Malachite Extract, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E keep the skin looking visibly firm and feeling smooth. This paraben-free miracle worker is ideal for normal to dry skin and is available in 6 shades leaving skin aglow in sheer to undetectable coverage. Wear it alone or use as a primer under mineral foundation for added benefits.

I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more about BeingTRUE. Take a look at their website if you get a chance. I just signed up for their True Rewards program for free shipping, samples and insider tips.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I had to have it! Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Hand Crème

I didn’t need it, but I had to have it! And now it’s mine! All mine!

Almond Coconut Milk Hand Crème
Blurb: Laura Mercier Hand Crème is a deep penetrating creme that leaves the skin velvety soft to ensure the healthiest & smoothest hands. Grape & Olive Oils soften & moisturize. Soy proteins rich in amino acids help in the repair process. Almond Coconut Milk is a warm fragrance rich with powdered sugar, vanilla extract and a hint of cinnamon. Includes notes of vanilla mousse as well as vanilla meringue. Replenishes & locks in moisture into the skin. Formulated for all skin types.

I was in Sephora on critical ifp business (aka: snooping around) when I opened up a tester of this crème and sniffed. Then I nearly fainted dead away right there in the aisle. I could not believe how amazing it smelled! Coconuty-almondy-vanillaey-desertey unbelievable yumminess. If you don’t believe me, go to Sephora (or a nice department store), take a whiff, and just see if you can keep from falling into a swoon.

This fragrance is also available in (brace yourself) Souflé Body Crème, Creme Body Wash and Honey Bath. Other mind-numbingly delicious fragrances include Crème Brulee and French Vanilla. For the love of God, Laura Mercier, show us some mercy!

Oh yeah, it made my skin really soft. It’s Laura Mercier, it’s full of quality ingredients, blah, blah, blah. Who cares? It smells soooooo good! (Actually, I really should point out that both the fragrance and softness really last. I put it on in the evening and the next morning, there was plenty of coconut-almondyness.)

Enough said - go get one now (because you can’t have mine)!

Another Reason to Heart Sally Hansen: HD Sweepstakes!

Last month, I posted my review of Sally Hansen's awesome HD High-Definition Nail Colors. Well I'm still loving them (and people keep asking me what I'm wearing).

Right now, you can have all the Hi Def Sally Hansen nail fun and all the fun of a Hi Def Sally Hansen sweepstakes! Enter from July 8 to September 15 for a chance to win Sally Hansen gift bags, an iPod Nano or a Samsung 32 LCD HDTV!

So enter already (and good luck)!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My Happy Pretty Feet: Liz Earle Foot Care (review)

Lately, I've been checking out Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare. Besides a commitment to creating affordable pampering skincare (using naturally active ingredients), the folks at Liz Earle have an equal commitment to quality, service and integrity.

Blurb: Our principles are the same today as they were on day one. Our products really work on every skin type by harnessing the potent powers of the finest quality ingredients. They can really make a positive difference to the health and appearance of your skin. We don’t complicate things. We love simple, fuss-free, gentle and effective products that are honestly priced. We do everything we can, from the personal way we answer the phone to beautifully hand-wrapping every item. We try never to let you down in all that we do, but if something’s not right, call us. Environment: It’s our legacy too, so we’re always working on improving our environmental impact. We know we are not perfect but the more we do, the better we get. Animal testing: We never do it. Ingredients: High quality, safe, naturally active ingredients are our priority. We only use potent, premium natural source vitamin E, never synthetic. None of our ingredients are of animal origin (except beeswax, propolis and manuka honey). All products are suitable for vegetarians.

I really loved these two products from the New Foot Care Range.

Foot Scrub
Blurb: Our new Foot Scrub, containing natural pumice, gently yet intensively exfoliates the rough skin on your feet to leave them smooth and buffed to perfection. Includes softening avocado and wheatgerm oils, which are rich in vitamin E, and the invigorating aromas of peppermint and rosemary essential oils for sweet-smelling feet. It's quick and easy to use too: just massage onto damp skin or in the shower every day to keep dead skin cells at bay and leave feet feeling great all the time.

Such a great foot scrub! For one thing, it has lots (and lots) of pumice in the formula. I need a lot of “scrub” (especially in the summer), and this really did the job. It went right to work getting rid of the rough spots and the oils helped smooth and soften. I also loved the refreshing peppermint fragrance.

Foot Repair Moisturiser
Blurb: Follow with our refreshing peppermint-scented Foot Repair Moisturiser which uses a blend of shea butter (sourced through an African women's co-operative), skin-softening wheatgerm oil and avocado oil (rich in vitamin E), to intensively moisturise the driest of skins. Best of all, it sinks in fast so won't leave feet feeling greasy. With peppermint, rosemary and 7 other essential oils, this heavenly cream provides instant relief to tired, aching feet and lower legs and keeps them smelling sweet. Its gentle but hard-working formulation means it's perfect for men too.

This peppermint-scented moisturiser (spelled in Brittish) was the perfect thing for my newly buffed and smooth feet. It had the same great peppermint fragrance, felt creamy and rich, yet it absorbed very quickly (which is a big plus when it's time to put your shoes on). My feet felt cool, soothed and fresh for hours.

I can’t wait to try out some of Liz Earle’s other products. The website has lots of fun information (including a blog). There’s even a nifty Step By Step Home Pedicure Guide. Check out all the stuff: skincare, sun care, body care and accessories.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Get Your Girl On! For the Love of...(review)

You know, up till now I’ve been very satisfied with my level of girliness. I was fairly confident that I had embraced my feminine side about as much as humanly possible. Well it turns out there's a whole lot more embracing to be done. In addition to fabulous, delicious products, the folks at For the Love Of have much to say about this, and I am so inspired.

Blurb: Feminity Embraced. Step back. Relax. Unwind. For The Love Of…products celebrate those intimate moments by providing high-quality bath and body products dedicated to making even the smallest of daily activities pleasurable. For the Love of… is dedicated to producing high-quality bath and body products using organic and locally-sourced ingredients. All of our bath products are hypo-allergenic and packaged in recyclable or re-usable containers wherever possible. In keeping with For the Love of… products mission, five percent of proceeds from all product sales are donated directly to women’s causes on a monthly basis. So go ahead: laugh, love, beautify, nourish. You deserve it.

This company is all about La Femme. At age 25, founder Kristina Libby left her corporate job to pursue her dream of products that would touch other women’s lives. She designed her products with the idea of nourishing the feminine soul with affordable products for women of all ages. In addition to celebrating femininity, her mission also includes donating directly to women’s causes. Wow.

Luxury Summer Body Lotion
Blurb: Slather on our nourishing organic body lotion. Lightly scented with blueberries and oranges, the lotion conjures up memories of your favorite summer-time retreats. With its unique organic base, you can enjoy the lotion knowing that it has none of the harmful effects of mass produced lotion bases. No drying, no carcinogens, no artificial dyes—just pure skin nourishment in every jar.

Ladies, just do what the blurb says: open the (recyclable) jar and get busy slathering. Every inch of your skin will thank you for it. It's actually more like a cream than a lotion. One of the main ingredients is organic jojoba oil – so skin friendly. Other oils, nutrients, fragrances and food grade preservatives make this a super luxurious, super wholesome treat. It smelled absolutely heavenly (like fresh blueberries with a hint of orange) and kept my skin soft all day.

Take a look at the products page on their website. I could cry, these look so good. Things like a 24k Gold Gilded Bath Bomb, Homemade Soap, Body Scrubs, Milk Baths and even private consultations for super luxe Custom Bath Products! Whoa. And remember that 5% of the proceeds directly support women’s causes (to learn about this month’s nonprofit group, visit the Affiliations page).

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Happy Pretty Saturday Morning: RSF Skincare (review)

Yes, I know that morning is officially over. But I’ve been running low on sleep all week and slept waaay in today – so to me, it feels like morning. And now that I’ve over informed you about my sleep habits, let’s get to the beauty business at hand…

I recently got introduced to some cool Age Management Skincare from RSF Pharmaceuticals. There is some serious science going on at RSF, and I’ve been really curious to try out some of their stuff.

Company Blurb: You'll always remember the moment your skin changed forever. Most skincare lines that boast about their ingredients actually contain very low concentrations of anti-aging ingredients due to the high costs associated with producing these products. Minimal amounts of these ingredients are often added for marketing purposes only. The RSF SKINCARE products are infused with concentrations of ingredients that have been tested and proven in studies to have beneficial effects on the skin.

I’m paraphrasing from of what I’ve read, but it seems that RSF is all about science-based skincare. They feature quality ingredients without fillers or harsh chemicals. They’ve taken a medical approach to age-management and created customized skincare with a really dense concentration of peptides and nutrients. All this is meant to nourish, hydrate, restore elasticity, etc. Nice.

Stretch Mark Cream
Blurb: RSF Stretch Mark Cream invigorates the cell regeneration process occurring within the skin to manufacture optimal visible change on dermal scarring while simultaneously thickening the epidermal layer to regulate the skin's surface and diminish the appearance of stretch marks.

So I have a “few” places where I “might” have a stretch mark (or two) because I just maybe perhaps possibly at some point might have gained a pound (or two). (Of course, I’m sure you have no idea what I’m talking about.). So I used this for a few days on these “areas.” Since it was a small sample, I don’t know what the long term results would be, but I do know that my skin loved this cream. It was soothing, hydrating and had a cool minty fragrance.

Anti-Wrinkle Cream
Blurb: The elevated measure of peptides within the RSF Anti-Wrinkle Cream is formulated to aid in the prevention of premature aging in the delicate area surrounding the eyes, face and neck. Daily use of these products is proven to slow the effects of aging and reduce the appearance of wrinkles all while softening and moisturizing the skin.

Again, this was a small sample, so I can’t gauge the long term effects; but my skin just drank this cream up. It’s rich and velvety without being heavy or greasy. It made my skin look dewy and smooth; and in the morning, my skin felt soft and balanced.

Eye Serum
Blurb: RSF Eye Serum contains the highest concentration of peptides, vitamins and oxygenating factors to stimulate the production of skin-forming fibers, collagen and elastin at the cellular level. The RSF Eye Serum contains an intensity of peptides at 50%, compared to competitor products that boast “17% potent peptide” concentrations.

This eye serum is yummy. It’s been a good week to put it to the test because (as mentioned above) I’ve been operating on less than optimal amounts of sleep. Normally, this translates into bags, dark circles and general unattractiveness in the eye area. Now I won’t say that the serum completely replaced my 40 winks; but my eyes definitely looked a whole lot better than they had a right to – and I suspect that this serum may have had played a part in that. It feels soothing and luxurious, and absorbs almost immediately. I applied it morning and night and it kept my eye area thoroughly refreshed and hydrated. I even patted on a little extra before going out one night and noticed that I got a freshening “boost.”

The line also includes a very impressive looking Caviar Daily Cream. Check out their website. There’s tons more information about their products, ingredients, formulations and test results. There’s even a video of real time results on a client.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Pretty Home DIY: Homemade Fabric Freshener

My LUSH post (below) reminded me that I recently had my very first Mojito (I know, that's like soooo 2008). I love them now. The flavor of the mint leaves was still on my tongue the next morning (and I seriously hope that my breath was minty and not Mojito-ey). I don't drink often (because of singing and all); but in the space of three weeks, I had margaritas and mojitos. Gasp! I guess I'll start calling around now to reserve my bed in rehab.

Anyhoo…besides remembering almost behaving like a tacky wino; I also got to thinking about some of the many respectable uses for hard liquor. Specifically, cheap vodka.

To balance out my mad, reckless behavior, I'm going to be all Martha Stewart-ey and share my recipe for home made fabric freshener. A costumer in one of my previous shows told me that a spritz of vodka was great for freshening fabrics. It's inexpensive, removes odors (by killing bacteria) and evaporates quickly.

So I got all creative one day and mixed up a little vodka with some essential oils and made a great freshener for soft surfaces (carpet, drapes, furniture, linens, etc). Ever since then, I've been thoroughly smug every time someone says my apartment smells great.


- 1 spray bottle (preferably in a cute color)
- 2 cups super cheap vodka (any brand)
- 2 drops vanilla essential oil
- 4 drops peppermint essential oil
- 6 drops grapefruit (or orange) essential oil

That's it. Just vodka and essential oils. Put it all in the spray bottle, shake and spritz. And if you wanted to get all free spirited, you could break the rules and use different oils...or use them in different amounts and/or combinations. How crazy would that be?

My favorite place to buy essential oils: Le Melange
Places to buy vodka: The local store (or local sleazy bar)

Of course if this doesn't sound fun, you can always just buy some Febreeze. But then you'd miss out on all the DIY self satisfaction. And most importantly, you'd miss the huge fun of bringing a giant jug of super cheap vodka to the cash register and watching the cashier decide whether or not to judge you.

Hey, fun is everywhere.

More Friday Fun from LUSH

Yay! More news about stuff from LUSH. Gotta Love Lush, they've always got something going on. Please read…

Grease definitely ISN'T the word this summer...

With summer comes grease – greasy food, oiled-up bodies – and now a new line of grease grabbers from LUSH Cosmetics. A little grease is good for the soul but stop it from becoming a problem on skin and hair with LUSH’s new and electrifying products. Hopelessly devoted to you, your complexion and your tresses, LUSH introduces 3 new products that are guaranteed to have spots and flyaways drifting away.

Grease Lightning Spot Treatment
Grease definitely isn’t the word with this super effective, oil zapping spot treatment. The witch hazel, thyme, calming rosemary and antibacterial tea tree infusion creates a highly effective antiseptic that cleanses skin and helps spots disappear with lightening speed. Lavender regulates oil and works to calm aggravated skin with the help of soothing, redness reducing aloe vera gel.

Dark Angels Facial Cleanser
LUSH’s good angel (Angels on Bare Skin as we call her) finally has a much darker counterpart with the introduction of Dark Angels cleanser – the angel is ready to attack those evil oils lurking on your face. LUSH has combined oil-absorbing charcoal and gently exfoliating black sugar to make a softening, anti-acne scrub that leaves skin looking (and feeling) healthy.

Hair Doctor Hair Treatment

Hair emergency? No need to worry any longer, Hair Doctor is here. A pre-shampoo treatment that degreases and invigorates oily, lifeless tresses while stimulating the follicles with menthol - making the roots stand up and increase volume too. Since this precious product contains the freshest ingredients make sure to keep it in your refrigerator to keep it fresh for up to 3 weeks.

Hey Pretty Readers, Here's a Special Discount Just for YOU from Zannclip!

Last June, I posted a review and hosted a giveaway for the Zannclip. It's an awesome hair clip that I have grown to love even more since I reviewed it. Especially now that summer has finally come to Philly (sort of). It holds my thick curly hair up all day without pulling or leaving weird "barette head" marks when I take it out. And it's really comfortable.

Now, there's an awesome discount just for readers of i feel pretty. All you have to do is enter the code "IFP" into the discount code field at checkout and you'll save 15%!

Take a look at their website to see all the colors and sizes. There's even a demonstration video. Zannclips are reasonably priced, durable, and 100% guaranteed. There's also a selection of gold and platinum plated hair pins and pretty beaded French barrettes.

Fridays just get funner and funner.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Attention Shoppers: Now you can "Pebble" it!

Right now I'm trying to do all these business-ey things on my site (like get sponsored links, ads, etc.). It turns out that this is slightly more time consuming than I thought (also, I keep getting distracted and goofing off).

But right this very minute, you can check out the first sponsored link (under "Resources & Sponsored Links") for a great shopping site: Here's some more info (in blurb form):
Company Blurb: is a new kind of comparative shopping website. Not only do we tout some of the best products from the world's leading merchants, but we enhance that experience by providing a forum for users to ask and answer questions about those products - making it easier than ever to find exactly what you're looking for.

When you buy a product in a store, you can ask the salesperson for more details about certain features or attributes that are important to you. Online, it's nearly impossible to find that personalized service. Many website product descriptions fall short in some areas - they don't mention a feature you're looking for; they forget to list dimensions; they leave off information about compatibility. That's where comes in. We offer a place for users to pose those questions to other shoppers, who can then provide answers based on their first-hand knowledge of the products.

Why Do Shoppers Love makes online shopping fun again by offering everything you need in one place to make the best online buying decisions without the hassle of other comparative shopping websites. We provide a place where users can ask questions about specific products and get answers that will help inform their buying decisions. So you can stop wasting time searching the internet for more product information and can spend more time actually enjoying your purchase. Plus, people who like to share their opinions and expertise can help other shoppers by answering questions and offering buying advice. is where you can get answers, then go shopping.

OK? Yeah? Go ahead and try it out. Browse the site, or type something in the search box and ask a question. Learn! Browse! Shop!

Eye Feel Pretty...At the Drugstore: Rimmel London (review)

I keep trying things from Rimmel London and I keep liking them. Besides being budget friendly and incredibly hip; there's always some new cute innovative thing that I just want to pluck off the shelf and take home. Recently I tried out some seriously bag-worthy items. Please read on…

Color Rush Trio Eye Shadows:
Blurb: Fine light weight powder formulation glides on to lids. Contains jojoba oil, Vitamin E and lanolin to moisturize and nourish. Available in Trio and Quad color palettes for endless mix and matchable options.

Okay, first, these palettes are just so little and adorable! And the shadows: very sheer, pretty and fresh. Great for every day when you want color, but need to keep it understated. I tried three color sets. "Tempting" (a set of greens) really worked with my brown eyes. "Maritime" (blues) were pretty and flattering, and a hint of grey kept the colors from being too cutesy. Fever (violets) was my favorite. I loved it with my dark eyes and hair, and I also think it would be killer on someone with blond hair and fair skin. These colors are very sheer, but I also got more saturated color by applying them wet.

Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer
Blurb: Blendable liner that exaggerates eyes for a bold, strong effect. Built-in smudger and mechanical sharpener. Available in 6 summer shades.

The liners are another example of Rimmel’s extremely user-friendly packaging. Each liner has a sharpener and smudger securely attached. So perfect for your bag (because maybe you don’t feel like having a sharpener rolling around getting everything all smudgy). The definers also have nice small points – very easy to get close to the lash line.
"Emerald Sparkle" - love this color. It’s an iridescent teal/emerald green that reminded me of mermaids. I tried it with the greens, but I’m thinking of pairing it with the blues next time. "Purple Shock" - this color really pops. It's kind of a plumy lavender – extremely cool.

Both the liners and the shadows had great staying power. They lasted through really long, hot, humid days, and I even rubbed my eyes a few times. Everything stayed right where I put it, until it was time for…

Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
Blurb: Clear, fluid formula that gently and effortlessly removes all types of eye makeup. Enriched with moisturizers and pro-vitamin B5. Helps calm and soothe the delicate eye area. Oil-free, suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Dermatologically and Ophthalmologically tested.

This does a great job! It completely removed the shadow, liner and mascara with a few gentle wipes. It worked so well, I may try using it to remove my stage makeup. I also appreciated the handy flip top.

Rimmel London can be found in drugstores like Walgreens, CVS, duane reade, etc. and on sites like Also, check out their website to see all the other cool stuff, and enter to win a tube of their fab Sexy Curves Mascara (which I reviewed back in April).