Monday, August 31, 2009

More for Your Monday: Cosmedix Skin Care (review)

So after all the info I’ve bombarded you with this morning, I’m finally getting to my review. And it’s more bombardment. But totally bombardment-worthy. I tried out a whole bunch of skin care from Cosmedix and loved the results.

Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser

Blurb: Purity Clean is a concentrated, exfoliating cleanser infused with peppermint essential oil to cool the skin and stimulate circulation. This refreshing cleanser penetrates deep, eliminating cellular debris, decongesting pores and hydrating, to keep normal to oily skin healthy and glowing.

Hydrate + Daily Moisturizer (SPF 17)

Blurb: This light, daily antioxidant moisturizer hydrates the skin while helping to protect it from sun exposure. With an advanced zinc oxide and natural antioxidant formula, Hydrate + provides exceptional UV protection without irritating synthetic chemicals.

Defy Age Management Exfoliator

Blurb: Using three, chirally correct AHAs, this calming, all-natural exfoliator delivers nutrients deep into the skin’s layers to refresh and revitalize maturing skin. Safe and effective for all skin types, Defy is especially beneficial for damaged, dehydrated and asphyxiated skin.

Refine Refinishing Treatment (available only through a skin care professional)

Blurb: This powerful concentration of vitamin A takes Refine to the next level for enhanced results. Combining 8% AGP complex with fortifying amino acids and high performance hydrators, Refine Plus’ amplified collagen-stimulating and reparative properties make this refinishing treatment a potent anti-aging tool.

These four items also come together in a Prep Kit (available through a skin care professional). In addition to the four above, I also tried out the Clarity Serum.

Blurb: This potent serum uses the power of nature to control breakouts, diminish the look of blemish scars and stimulate collagen production. Combining cleansing tea tree oil with clarifying witch hazel, calming willow herb and stimulating AGP Complex, Clarity’s unique, active formula makes this remarkable product a must for oily and blemish-prone skin.

I am so glad I tried out this line! For someone like me (oily, breakout prone, sensitive), it is a revelation to find this kind of powerful skincare. First, the Cleanser. When I saw “exfoliating” on the label and smelled the mint fragrance; I worried that it might be harsh or drying. But it wasn’t. It cleaned well and my skin felt soothed, fresh and balanced. The Serum…also great. My skin has started “behaving” better while using it. By the way, this Serum is for morning and evening use. At night I added the Exfoliator; and during the day, I used the Moisturizer. The Moisturizer feels great (the fragrance reminded me of play-doh – not a bad thing). It has kind of a cushiony feel to it. Not heavy or greasy, but my cheeks felt kind of pillowy. I liked it a lot. I also liked the SPF. 2-3 times per week, I used the Refinishing Treatment. All of these products together really made a noticeable difference in my skin. I experienced some sloughing/peeling in the beginning which was followed by baby-butt-smooth skin. Awesome.

But wait, there’s more! I was so impressed, that I also checked out the Mystic Hydrating Treatment.

Blurb: Utilizing heavy water (D2O) in place of pore-clogging oils, Mystic is a superior moisturizer for oily and blemish-prone skin. Applied mornings or throughout the day as needed, this refreshing mist offers intense hydration and protection for sensitive and problem skin and can also be used to set mineral makeup.

I wish I’d tried this out earlier in the summer. It’s oil free and great for breakout prone skin. It’s also light, soothing, spritzes on in a minute and doesn’t clog my pores. I have been taking this with me during the day because it’s so convenient. Great in the morning or evening and especially fab when a refreshing spritz in the middle of the day is needed.

Cosmedix really delivered. If you want to know more (or check out their products for other types of skin), the website has tons of info. You can also take a look at their Body Treatments, Skin Nutrition and some of the other kits.

Dear Beauty Fairy: Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow Collection

Oh…my…! Just look at them. Yum. You can also read the info from Bobbi Brown if you want to. I’m just going to ogle these some more…

Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow Collection

“With these shadows there’s no need to choose function over style. They’re long-wearing and come in the most glamorous eye-catching shades ever.” – Bobbi Brown

Our award-winning cream shadow, now with a glittering, high-shimmer finish. Featuring a sheer, lightweight formula that goes on comfortably, it will stay color-true and crease-free all day.

Available in 8 shades: Chrome Patina, Brown Metal, Starry Night, Black Pearl, Starry Purple, Antique Gold, Goldstone and Mercury.

Starting Tomorrow: Origins Multi-Grain™ Makeup

New fabulousness from Origins! Launching tomorrow at a counter near you is the latest: Multi-Grain™ Makeup SPF 14 (fortified with oats, vitamins and minerals).

And for a limited time, receive a free Foundation Brush with the purchase of one Multi-Grain™ Makeup (beginning September 4 in Origins Retail Stores and September 3rd in select Department Stores). Start reading…

Origins introduces the next high-performance generation of mineral foundation Multi-Grain™ Makeup SPF 14 Fortified with oats, vitamins & minerals

If the first meal of the day is the most important, consider Multi-Grain™ Makeup SPF 14 Fortified with oats, vitamins & minerals breakfast for your skin. Origins is introducing a new category of foundation to help perfect skin’s appearance with a recipe from Mother Nature. This first-of-its-kind loose powder foundation goes beyond minerals, adding healthy ingredients with skincare benefits, such as grains, oats, vitamins and minerals.

Multi-Grain™ Makeup SPF 14
is an oil-free, talc-free, fragrance-free powder foundation that smoothes onto skin, leaving it radiant and even-toned. Enriched with a unique collection of grains and antioxidants, it provides skincare benefits, along with the complete coverage of a foundation. This lightweight powder builds and blends easily to give skin a flawless, natural finish that glows with healthy radiance.

“This multi-benefit powder is makeup that truly promotes healthy skin,” explains Lynn Mazzella, Origins Senior Vice President of Global Product Development and Sustainability. “Formulated with a nutritious blend of wholesome grains and potent antioxidants, this loose foundation provides great coverage while good-for-you ingredients work to boost skin’s health.”


Each daily serving of Multi-Grain™ Makeup SPF 14 provides skin with the wholesome goodness of finely-milled grains, nutritious oats, antioxidant vitamins and all-natural sunscreen. A patent-pending formula with a blend of Organic Oats, Organic Tapioca, Soy, Rice Flour, Wheat Germ and Barley immediately bond with skin as Silica absorbs excess oil. Vitamin C and Vitamin E help keep skin healthy. A potent antioxidant complex of Pomegranate and Goji Berry help protect against free radicals. Natural mineral clay pigments help provide the perfect amount of color, minimizing discolorations and imperfections, while still allowing the skin to breathe. Shea Butter gives the powder a creamy, smooth texture, and Titanium Dioxide provides all-natural broad-spectrum sun protection with SPF14, helping to stave off visible signs of aging caused by sun exposure.


In a four-week clinical study (completed in April 2009) Multi-Grain™ Makeup SPF 14 was proven to: immediately improve skin’s radiance, provide lasting oil and shine control, be non-drying, non-settling and non-poring, have lasting wear, and stay color-true.

In a four-week sensory study (completed in April 2009) of Multi-Grain™ Makeup SPF 14: 91% of participants agreed skin looked naturally radiant, and 78% of participants saw an improvement in their skin

The below percentages of sensory study participants agreed that Multi-Grain™ SPF 14: provides a natural appearance - 98%, reduces the appearance of surface redness and dark spots - 91%, leaves skin looking flawless - 89%, gives skin a fresh, natural glow - 87%, and feels comfortable on skin all day - 85%

Multi-Grain™ Makeup SPF 14 Fortified with oats, vitamins and minerals will be available in five shades at Origins Retail Stores, select Department Stores and via in September 2009.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Stylin on a Saturday: Carol's Daughter Khoret Amen (review)

I am becoming convinced that Carol’s Daughter products can do nothing but completely rock. So far I haven't met one I don't like. And today we’re talking hair care. Short version: my hair is happy. Long version follows…

Khoret Amen Shampoo with Sea Moss

Blurb: Ultra-conditioning sea moss, lavender and nettles breathe new life and vitality into normal-to-dry hair. Essential oils of ylang-ylang, Clary sage, bay leaf, cedarwood and patchouli stimulate the scalp and help bring beautiful shine back to dull manes. Sea moss, a form of Caribbean seaweed renowned for its nutritious and energy-giving properties, softens and conditions. Patchouli rejuvenates cells with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties. Cedarwood helps relieve an itchy scalp. Blended with organic coconut oil and organic aloe vera water.

Khoret Amen Leave-In Conditioner

Blurb: The perfect compliment to Khoret Amen Shampoo with Sea Moss. The essential oils of ylang-ylang, clary sage, bay leaf, cedarwood and patchouli combine to smooth, soften, and detangle hair. Replenishes essential moisture and manageability. Patchouli rejuvenates cells with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties. Cedarwood helps relieve an itchy scalp.

Just so we’re clear: it is before 9am (which btw is morning)…and I have…date hair. That’s right, folks. You know, all soft and shiny and behaving the way it’s supposed to. I do not happen to have a date this morning (that would be weird); but I could have one if I wanted to. My hair looks that good.

Needless to say these two products have done fabulous work. The shampoo removed all the buildup and got the manageability started. It’s hard to describe the fragrance: pungent, earthy, herbal and kind of woodsy. It was strong in the shower, but most of the fragrance faded after I rinsed. The leave-in conditioner is one of the best I’ve tried. It feels light and weightless; but my curly hair is shiny, pretty, soft and tame. Good job, Khoret Amen!

There is an entire Khoret Amen Collection which includes a Hair Smoothie and a Hair Oil. And oh my God, I swear I did not plan this; but the Saturday Morning Special is back in stock (an amazing deal – Khoret Amen Shampoo, the Hair Milk and four other fab hair items)! Check out the website, or places like Sephora, HSN and Macy's.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Clean and Pretty: Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (review)

Another great discovery this summer has been Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare. Liz Earle is dedicated to bringing you their amazing high-quality, natural products with integrity, service and a deep respect for the environment.

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.

A while back, I reviewed some foot care products (fab); and I recently tried out the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Blurb: This multi award-winning, concentrated cleanser quickly removes everyday grime and make-up, including stubborn mascara, to leave all skin types soft, smooth and radiant.

This wonderful cleanser also comes with two muslin cloths. The cloths are washable, durable and reusable, and boost the cleaning power. I filled a basin with hot water, applied the cleanser to dry skin and massaged the cream on my face and neck. I rinsed and wrung a cloth in the hot water and wiped the cleanser gently off. Then I rinsed completely with the remaining water. The result was super clean, super soft skin. The cleanser is extremely rich and gentle, and took off every bit of makeup (these days I'm wearing the heavy-duty, long-wearing stuff). This is also one of the few cleansers that is truly gentle enough for the eye area. It removed every smidgen of my eye makeup without being irritating at all. I love that this cleanser is so effective and so lovely to use!

There's also a Liz Earle for Men Cleanse and Polish (for…uh…men). In addition to the many (many!) products, the website also has lots of fun information (including a blog). Check it out.

Happy Friday!

…You Better Find Some Body To Love (Yours): LUSH

More peace and love (and info) from LUSH. Get your groove on with 60's inspired deliciousness. Begin reading…wait for it…now!

Turn your boring shower into a truly groovy getaway! In honor of Woodstock’s 40th Anniversary and the “Taking Woodstock” movie release, the best way to celebrate is with 60’s inspired skincare from LUSH Cosmetics!

Leave your aura shining bright with our signature Karma Soap, inspired by multi-layered music and laced with spicy orange, lemongrass and earthy patchouli.

Or if you prefer shower gel, wash up with Happy Hippy - bursting with freshly squeezed grapefruits and uplifting bergamot. With the purest of invigorating and balancing essential oils, they’ll leave your mind calm and your skin feeling outa sight.

Don’t be ashamed- dust off your tambourine, bust out the tie-dye and have a serious karmic experience!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Eye Candy: Pevonia Eye Care Pack (review)

I have really been loving Pevonia Botanica this summer. Besides their in-spa treatments; they carry a huge(!) selection of anything and everything to pamper and care for yourself from head to toe at home. Top it off with good, green sensibility and you have the makings of some fine skincare!

Especially awesome are Pevonia's kits. Fabulous, luxurious specialized kits for just about anything you can think of. I am currently going crazy over the Eye Care Pack.

Blurb: Your delicate eye area is highly susceptible to premature aging and environmental damages. Often revealing the first signs of aging, this area requires specialized care to prolong youthfulness and vitality. This budget-friendly pack contains all of the essentials for treating your eye zone and is perfect on the go with air travel 3-1-1 carry-on approved products. Unveil youthful, radiant eyes with this gentle, yet result-driven blend of natural ingredients.

Eye Makeup Remover

Blurb: Cleanse without irritation! Calming and decongesting, Eye Make-up Remover is a refreshing way to thoroughly cleanse eyelids and eyelashes. Gently aqueous and non-irritating, it combines Lettuce, Cucumber, and Arnica to remove your eye make-up without pressure or friction. Also suitable for contact lenses or sensitive eyes.

"C" Évolutive Eye Gel

Blurb: Goodbye puffy eyes! Microemulsified "C" Évolutive Eye Gel with high-tech time-release sphérulites delivers decongesting benefits to your delicate eye zone throughout the day. Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and Ginkgo Biloba, combine to reduce dark circles and puffiness. Reveal alluring eyes with a visibly refreshed and rejuvenated eye contour.

Évolutive Eye Cream

Blurb: Vision of youth! Nourishing and smoothing, Évolutive Eye Cream's rich, non-greasy triphase homogenized formula firms and tighten the area around your eyes. Squalane, Vitamin A, E and Chitosan Ascorbate, work in unison to repair fine lines and crepiness enabling you to reveal a youthful eye contour.

I absolutely loved using these – and my eyes are looking pretty darn good. The Eye Makeup Remover is extra gentle, but works like a dream. It easily removed my multi-layered, extra-heavy "singing" eye shadow and liner. The Serum is such a great idea – an extra boost of C and Hyaluronic Acid especially for the eye area! It glided on, soothed, absorbed quickly and went to work. The Eye Cream…gorgeous. Rich and hydrating, without being goopy or interfering with makeup. And I definitely noticed some tightening and de-puffing (a blessing during allergy season). The products are in travel-friendly sizes and come in a lovely little pouch.

I highly recommend checking out more of their targeted kits. To name a few: a Spa At Home Essentials Pack, Safe Sun Face and Body Pack and Power Repair Pack. They also have kits for different skin types and special skin needs. You can also browse their products by Body Area, check out the various Product Lines or visit the Beauty Advice and Recommendations section. Oh…and don't forget to check out their giveaways.

Fashion Candy: The September Issue! Tomorrow! Tickets!

Tomorrow night, folks! The super anticipated fashion film, The September Issue, opens in New York City on Friday, August 28. Tickets are available now.

It is killing me that I have to wait to see it.

But if you don't have to wait; all of the ticket information is available on The September Issue Facebook page:

And for those of you (okay, me) that need something right now, check out Anna Wintour on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night:

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Note: FYI: In addition to the fashion candy, you can also get regular candy at the movie theatre. Just sayin.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

More Candy: Stila Lips (review)

I heart the internet. I heart the mail. I went online found the most fabulous organizer to tame my ridiculous crazy out of control collection of lip sticks and glosses. Take a look at the Acrylic Organizer from Acrylic Home Design.

Huh? Yeah? Are ya feelin it? I ordered two and they arrived yesterday and now every damn lip product I own is organized and tidy. I pretty much blew everything off and sat around organizing my vanity for most of the evening (glamorous). Now it's like there's a little candy box with all the pretty colors organized and visible.

While I was at it, I took time and try out (and revisit) some lip sticks and glosses from Stila.

Long Wear Lip Color

Blurb: The next revolution in lip wear is here! A lipstick and lip gloss all in one that boasts extended wear while keeping lips feeling soft and smooth - never dry. The secret is a blend of patent-pending polymers that provide long-lasting wear with rich pigment that glides on like your favorite gloss. The tip of the pen is contoured to provide easy, precise application - hugging every curve of your lip.

These are a great cross between a gloss and stick. They feel really lovely and soft on the lips and have better than expected staying power. Nice fragrance too. Some favorites are "Paramour" (a medium brick red) and "Rendezvous" (a brownish red with a bit of shimmer). Both Paramour and Rendezvous are pretty highly pigmented. "Darling" is a pale, pearly pink. Very demure.

Lip Glaze Stick

Blurb: Available in the same flavors and hues as our popular stila lip glazes, these pencil-like sticks come in the same rich, moisturizing formula that your lips love. A high level of pearl in each shade has upped the shimmer factor for a luminous pout.

Something else from the Land of Really Good Ideas. If you're a fan of the regular lip glazes, you will want to add a few of these to your collection. They're convenient and precise like a pencil, but shiny and sheer like the glazes. The formula is actually more emollient than the regular lip glazes and glides on easily. Great for your bag, because you can take one out and apply a quick swoosh any time. "Peach" looks like a bright coral in the package, but on the lips it’s a delicate peach. "Fruit Punch" is my new favorite pink. It looks sweet and sexy and has lots of shimmer (kind of innocent, but kind of not). BTW: These are seriously on sale right now and I am planning to snap up a bunch!

Lip Color

Blurb: Available in three formulas: creme, shimmer, and sheer, Stila Lip Color glides on smoothly, stays true to color and stays put. Packaged in a durable, aluminum tube designed to stand up to the harshest conditions - so there's no need to handle with care! Just toss one (or two) into your bag and go.

Now we’re talking bona fide lipsticks! Yeah! Tons of great colors and formulas. "Pixie" is a creamy pale mauve/tan. It has a great hip 60’s vibe to it (rock this with a dramatic cat eye). "Jo" is a lovely sheer plum: not too light, not too dark…just right.

High Shine Lip Color

Blurb: Stila takes lips to a whole new level with high shine lip color. The incredibly buttery soft formula feels like silk across your lips, adding intense shine to seductively sheer color. Your lips never looked so sexy and they never felt so luscious!

Also on sale right now! Really soft and shiny. My suggestion is "Micaela," a sheer, shimmery tangerine. Looks great on its own or layered over another color.

SPF 20 Shine Lip Color

Blurb: SPF 20 shine lip color, is packed with healthy ingredients to beautify lips both inside and out. Vitamins A, C and E deliver maximum antioxidant protection, while rich vegetable-bases oils provide lightweight moisturization for the softest, smoothest lips. This smooth, sheer formula provides a perfect shimmery sheen and is available in eight luscious shades. The vanilla-scented formula is guaranteed to make mouths extra kissable.

This is one of those perfect summer things to have with you at all times. Beautiful shiny color with SPF protection. Great to put on when you're anywhere outside and want to look great and protect your lips. My favorite is "Tina," a sheer copper that gives my lips a little bronzy sheen.

Don't forget to visit the website and check out the Stila specials page (I repeat: some of the products mentioned above are on sale). I am pondering my purchases right now (also craving the Barbie Love Stila smudgepots).

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Skin Candy: More Delicious Elizabeth Grant (review)

Lately, I've been trying so much awesome stuff and hearing about so many new launches that it's making me a little dizzy. There's just so much! Couldn't decide if I was a deer in the headlights or a kid in a candy store.

Finally decided: kid…store.

One of the yummiest looking candy stores I've come across is Elizabeth Grant. Super luxurious skincare (as well as beauty and fragrance). A while back I reviewed some items from the Caviar line (loved!), and today I'm going to share about some of her Biocollasis™ items.

Biocollasis™ Gold Essence

Blurb: This luxurious essence is so powerful it should come with a magic wand! With unprecedented concentrations of gold, peptides, precious minerals and Torricelumn™, Biocollasis™ Gold Essence is Elizabeth Grant's purest and most potent concentrate to restore the skin's youthful vitality and luminosity. Biocollasis™ technology works deep within the epidermal layer to give your skin a smoothed, firmed and refreshed appearance. Experience Biocollasis™ Gold Essence and experience ageless beauty. Gold: Since the time of Cleopatra, and reportedly long before, gold has been used in medicinal remedies, therapeutic salves and cosmetic preparations. Peptides: regenerate the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Minerals - to improve cellular protection against the harmful effects of the environment.

Biocollasis™ Complex Advanced Cellular Age Defense Eye Cream

Blurb: A dual-performance concentrate for the delicate eye area. Perfectly balanced to counteract the natural aging process by creating a defense against skin aging at the epidermal cellular level. The eye area is nurtured, protected and defended. Innovative technology instantly brightens the look of dark circles, delivers optimal hydration and plumps the appearance of the skin. The eye area appears firmed, lifted and smoother as the skin regains its youthful resilience.

Biocollasis™ Complex Advanced Cellular Age Defense Day Cream

Blurb: A light weight, gentle, nutrient-rich moisturizer. Intensive moisturizing properties deeply hydrate all day long, keeping the skin looking and feeling smooth and supple. Enriched with a luxurious saturation of natural peptides, proteins and precious extracts from nature to improve the skin's cellular matrix promoting a flawless appearance. Technology: Torricelumn™ – Elizabeth Grant's superior moisturizing compound. Glycine Soya – rich in glycol proteins, it helps to reinforce skin tone and elasticity. Ceramides – help to reinforce the skin's natural protective barrier, improve long-term hydration and protect the skin from external influences. Sephora Extract and Kiwi Fruit Water – help to reduce skin pigmentation and even out skin tone. Clinical studies: 88% skin felt firmer, 82% improved elasticity, 91% wrinkle reduction.

I feel so unbelievably pampered when I use anything by Elizabeth Grant. The packaging is luxurious, and the feel of her creams and serums is out-of-this-world rich and velvety. All three products above feature the proprietary Torricelumn moisturizing compound and are packed with skin loving nutrients.

The serum has the highest concentration of the Biocollasis compound. I loved the way this felt (and the way it disappeared immediately into my skin). I looked a little smoother and my pores were less "pronounced." The eye cream is also fabulous. Rich and smooth; but still sinks in quickly and hydrates all day. I also noticed some de-puffing (very welcome now that all this August allergy business is starting up). The day moisturizer is absolutely heavenly. Since I have to be careful about breakouts, I probably can't use this all the time. But if that's not an issue for you, you will love using this. It feels amazing: velvety and hydrating as it goes on, then absorbing immediately. My makeup glided on over it and my skin was soft all day.

Haven't tried any of the Beauty and Fragrance yet; but I'm betting they're equally pampering and awesome. And there really is a huge selection: makeup, mud masks, bath oils, glosses…CANDY!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bless Yourself! Get some Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials (review)

Ah-choo! All this rain, warm weather and general August-ness is bringing about…allergies. Boo! I consider myself lucky to live in a time when there are plenty of drugs for this; but I'd still rather do without the stuffiness, sneezing, itchy eyes and congestion thankyouverymuch.

One of the most annoying things about allergies is waking up with irritated, puffy, red (okay, unattractive) eyes. And since I'm a snooze button junkie, I don't always have time to wait until everything is back to normal before putting on my makeup. But riding to the rescue of my vanity is a little tube of Eye Base Essentials from Trish McEvoy.

Blurb: Just as important as brightening under the eye is brightening and evening out the eyelid. One of Trish's most iconic products, Eye Base Essentials will instantly give you a vibrant, bright-eyed look with the added benefit of ensuring your shadow crease-proof, all-day wear! Water resistant. Crease proof. Dermatologist-tested.

I know this might sound like an extra step; but this is one of the best things you could possibly have around. It evens out and brightens the eyelids perfectly (while managing to look natural and fresh). I use it under shadow, but it also looks great by itself. I dab a little on my lid with the wand, then gently blend with my finger. And presto, my red, irritated eyelids look smooth and fresh. (It dries very quickly, so I recommend doing one eye at a time.) It holds the shadow all day, and it doesn't crease, flake or fade. And since it's water-resistant; a teary-eyed sneezing fit in the middle of the day isn't going to do any damage. Awesome!

You can get your tube via QVC, Saks, Nordstrom, and (of course) the Trish McEvoy website.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Yee to the Haw: Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Body Shimmer Lotion (review)

Good news for me: I finally found a car and it is parked outside my apartment. Good news for you: You won’t have to read about my car situation any more. Everybody wins!

Since my automotive drama coincided with a review of Urban Decay, it seems only fitting that UD be present at the conclusion. Today I am returning the rental car and then all is ready for life to go on (yah to the hoo).

Midnight Cowboy Body Shimmer Lotion

Blurb: We all know it: Mini skirts, halters, and bikinis look better with hydrated, radiant skin. Enter Midnight Cowboy Shimmer Body Lotion! Inspired by our best-selling Eyeshadow, this shimmering lotion is a veil of gold dust that leaves you looking like a million bucks. Midnight Cowboy contains the perfect amount of light reflecting micro-sparkles, but never looks juvenile, chunky, or theatrical. The beautiful sheen is subtle enough to wear to the beach, and glamorous enough to enhance your little black dress.

The light, paraben-free formula leaves skin soft with Aloe, Chamomile, and Avocado and Jojoba Oils. Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract serve as powerful antioxidants. The lotion dries down completely to velvety softness – no greasy hands. And the scent is to die for: the subtle milk-and-honey scent is soothing and sweet. Worn alone, it's a delectable scent, but it’s not powerful enough to clash with your signature fragrance.

The big squeeze tube allows for countless applications, and looks waaaaay prettier in your medicine cabinet than your giant drugstore lotion.

I don’t even know how I have the nerve to add to UD’s fabulous blurbs. They truly rock the blurbage. But, I’ll try…this lotion softens, smells verrry sexy and makes your neck, legs, shoulders, arms, décolletage, etc. look shimmery and gorgeous. It’s yet more “Beauty with an Edge.” Shimmery beauty with an edge. Shimmery beauty with an edge that makes your skin soft and causes you to smell good (with an edge). Nuff sed.

Have a great weekend (with an edge).

Friday, August 21, 2009

More Friday Fun: Visit THEFACESHOP Online

More info: THEFACESHOP now has a U.S. website! I'll be checking out some of this line in pretty soon; but in the meantime, you can start checking out their cool stuff (and get free samples with your purchase). Please read…

THEFACESHOP is a brand that is HUGE in Korea and has made its way to the US in the last few years. Inspired by nature and its many stories, The Face Shop searches the globe for vibrant colors and beautiful scents. These intense experiences are captured in the brand’s products, nurturing the skin and enhancing its natural beauty.

Until now the products have been exclusively available in Walgreens around the country, but THEFACESHOP launched their online US store on August 15th! Visit to shop the brand’s extensive collections, including new products in the Flebeaute collection.

Anyone who buys THEFACESHOP products from the new online store will receive free samples with their purchase. For orders over $25, you’ll receive a Mask Sheet (literally a sheet made from natural pulp that you apply to the face to do such things as revitalize, soften, firm, or tone the skin!). Additionally, for orders over $50, you’ll get free shipping and a Nature Garden Cleansing Bar for Face & Body. Check out the attached for more info on these deals!

Friday Fun: Play With Makeup - Estée Lauder Virtual Makeover Widget

Just got some info from Estée Lauder about the new virtual makeover widget. Wouldn't this be the exact perfect day to blow off all your boring "to do" items and play with this instead? Begin your reading…now.

New State-Of-The-Art Technology Shows Customers Shopping Online
How Estée Lauder Makeup Products Will Look On Them!

Let’s Play Makeover! Estée Lauder announces the launch of the Estée Lauder Virtual Makeover Widget – the first-ever branded makeup widget of its kind that allows online customers see how makeup products will look on their own face before buying.

Users can download the Estée Lauder Virtual Makeover Widget to their social media page or desktop and upload their own photo to see what shades work best for them. A provided image of Estée Lauder model Hilary Rhoda is also available. From finding the right foundation and lipstick to discovering your best blush and eyeliner, the possible looks one can try are endless!

The state-of-the-art technology enables users to play with the Estée Lauder makeup collection, customize looks product by product or instantly apply ‘one click looks’ from current advertising campaigns and new color collections. From the shimmer of an eyeshadow to the wet shine of a lipgloss, online shoppers can now realistically visualize and experience the Estée Lauder makeup line.

“In today’s online arena consumers want to engage and interact with people, companies and brands, and the Estée Lauder Virtual Makeover Widget allows us to do so in a new and exciting way. The widget will be updated continually with the newest makeup products, special promotions and updates to keep users engaged and informed about the Estée Lauder brand,” said Elana Drell Szyfer, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for Estée Lauder.

Estée Lauder worked with to create the most realistic visual experience for users. The innovative computer vision techniques identify areas where makeup products should be properly applied to realistically contour the makeup to the shape of the face – now for the first time ever customers will know what the product shades online will look like when applied at home. Users are able to see not only the color, but also the finish and coverage of each product on their face before making a purchase.

To download the Estée Lauder Virtual Makeover Widget to your desktop or social media page visit or the Estée Lauder Facebook page at

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thoroughly Modern Concepts: Privé Concept Vert Hair Care (rave review)

It's kind of amazing that I blog. Generally I am the very last person to get on board with any kind of new technology/application. I was last to get a cordless phone, cable, email, a cell phone, etc. My TV is about 15 years old. Of course, once I'm dragged (kicking and screaming) into the current decade; all my complaining turns to "wow, how did I ever live without my cordless phone, cable, email, cell phone, etc.?"

TMI Alert...
Now once again, I have been thrown on to the bandwagon and am finally (gasp!) texting. Oooh. I'm so modern. I'm so today. After digging in my heels like a two-year-old; I reluctantly started texting last month (complaining all the while). But as the weeks have gone by, I'm suddenly (omg) initiating texts. I've stopped rolling my eyes. And the other night, texting turned my tedious train ride into something super fun, good and…repeatable. I am so there with the texting now. I am Thoroughly Modern Maria.

So…um…hair care? Texting? Wha?

Yeah, yeah, I know. But it's actually not such a far reach (compared to my usual reachiness). Maybe not everyone gets squirley-eyed at gadgets like I do; but there are lots of folks out there who for what ever reason, dig in their heels when it comes to this modern, newfangled safety/ecology/green/sustainable business. And of course everyone generally calms down when good things like better gas mileage, cleaner air, safer products, etc. start to materialize. I really think it will be an awesome thing when green/sustainable/earth-friendly becomes the ordinary thing that everyone just takes for granted. OK, time to climb off my soap box (Get it? Soap? Shampoo? Okay, sorry.)

This week, I've been trying out the new Concept Vert (Green Concept) line from Privé.

Blurb: Now you don't have to sacrifice quality, performance or results in order to do your part for the planet. Introducing the revolutionary eco-design of Privé Concept Vert Rejuvenating Pure Shampoo and Conditioner, developed with Thoughtful Planet Technologies, for a product that is planet friendly in every possible way. With our color safe formulas, there are no trade-offs, just gloriously replenished and strengthened youthful hair, full of healthy body and luminous shine.

Sulfate and Paraben Free – it is not so much what is in Concept Vert, but what is not. In addition, there are no phthalates, gluten, PABA, mineral oil, paraffin, DEA, TEA or artificial colors and we NEVER test on animals!

So now that I've exhausted you with my preachiness this morning; I have to say that even if you didn't give a damn about the earth, you would be thrilled to use this fabulous shampoo and conditioner! Thrilled!

First, the shampoo: un-freaking-believably luxurious. I used this after a really long, hot, grubby day; and my frizzy, tangled up hair just melted into submission. My hair was ridiculously soft (but not weighed down). The conditioner is also just crazy excellent. It softened and detangled immediately. My hair looked shinier and bouncier all day. The packaging – also spectacular. The pump creates a thick foam that's easy to apply (instead of running through your fingers and down the drain). And a little is all you need (about ½ pump for my medium length hair).

Just in case I haven't been clear: these are awesome, fabulous, amazing hair care products. A+.

I'm thinking that maybe the rest of Privé may be equally impressive, so I'm planning to check out the website some more. I will use the newfangled internet to do this. For my blog. (btw: I still have no immediate plans to tweet. But you never know what may be next. I think my tape recorder is starting to go.)

For the Thoroughly Modern Man: Alford & Hoff

Today I'm offsetting the serious girliness of this blog with some info I got from the folks at Alford & Hoff. If you happen to have any luxurious men's skincare needs; their online store is now open. Start reading…

Introducing the first luxury men’s skin care collection that meets the needs of today’s modern man – Alford & Hoff. The brand was created by former Arizona State University athletes, Barry Alford and Jefferson Hoffman, two successful entrepreneurs with a deep understanding of the rewards of peak performance. Recognizing a void in the market for men’s luxury skin care, they set out to create a lifestyle brand directed at the “New Generation of Men.”

Parlaying Jefferson’s business savvy and Barry’s medical industry experience, the men partnered with Dr. John Gross, a famed cosmetic and plastic surgeon, author and Associate Professor at the USC Keck School of Medicine, to form Alford & Hoff, Inc.

Alford & Hoff products were developed using a proprietary Sirtuin-Activating Complex (SIR2stac Complex), the latest in anti-aging breakthrough biotechnology. The Complex is a unique blend of antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids, minerals and Sirtuin Activators that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sirtuins (youth proteins) are proven to promote cell longevity and revitalize skin.

The collection offers a diverse range of seven high-performance, technologically-advanced skin care products for men who want serious results with luxury formulations.

• Shave Performance Cream: This cream solution lathers to allow for easy razor gliding and a close, clean and comfortable shave. The unique blance of emollients, humectants and mild cleansers improve skin’s condition, leaving it soft and hydrated to help protect against nicks, cuts and in-grown hairs. Oat extract reduces redness and minimizes other irritations caused by this frequent ritual

• Cleanser: This foaming gel cleanser deep cleans, gently exfoliates, removes impurities and activates cellular renewal clearing away dull and damaged skin. Moisturizing cactus and calming oats smooth and clarify overall complexion while improving skin health

• Eye Cream: Rich eye treatment that combines the proprietary anti-aging “SIR2stac Complex” with Vitamin C, peptides, and rare lavender extracts to eliminate puffiness, erase dark circles, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and immediately firm. Routine use delivers maxium penetration for a brighter tone

• Moisturizer: Lightweight emulsion that contains emollients and high-tech humectants with a boost of the proprietary anti-aging “SIR2stac Complex” to moisturize for dramatically younger-looking skin

• Moisturizer with SPF15: The Moisturizer with added sun protection

• Microdermabrasion: Contains mild diamond-shaped magnesium oxide crystals that polish away dead flaky cells without scratching or irritating the skin’s surface. Noticeably diminishes fine lines and wrinkles to deliver a younger, more energetic complexion and prepares your skin for the next step in your skin care routine

• Serum: This state of the art formula literally breathes new life into skin of any age. The proprietary super charged concentration of “SIR2stac Complex” combines six powerful ingredients that combat and reverse the skin’s aging process. The exceptional rejuvenator integrates cutting-edge technology with vital natural elements to improve skin’s condition instantly

The Alford & Hoff consumer embraces his style, confidence and sophistication. Alford & Hoff offers today’s man a revolutionary approach to skin care for a lifetime of results and peak performance.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Those Lips…Those Eyes: Flirt! (review)

Besides the opening (mentioned below); Atlanta is also home to my best friend from high school (I've known her since I was twelve). Besides being my friend, Kim has been and still is one of the savviest bargain hunters ever. She's also extremely stylish and unbelievably picky (um, I mean discerning…sorry Kim). Her house looks amazing. She looks amazing. But she doesn't spend amazing amounts of money.

One of her absolute favorite go-to places is Kohl's. I'd never been, so when I visited her in Atlanta, she took me and I was amazed at the deals. Amazed. We looked at everything. Of course, I made sure to take a nice long look in the beauty aisle and was really impressed. Since then, I've gotten a chance to try out some shadows and glosses from one of the beauty brands, Flirt! Cosmetics.

Plushious Liquid Velvet Lipcolor

Blurb: A liquid lipcolor that applies like a gloss but covers like a lipstick for incredible color intensity with a shellac shine finish.

This gloss comes in 22 shades ranging from sheer to highly pigmented. I love the little bag-friendly tubes and the very high shine. "La-La Land" looked at first like it would be too bright for me. It’s a shimmery coral that looked almost fluorescent in the bottle. But when I tried it, it was actually a soft, fresh coral that looked bright without being harsh. "Nude Kiss" is exactly what it sounds like - a sweet, pale neutral that can be used by itself for a natural shine or layered over a deeper color. “Sexy” is a more pigmented shade. It’s a warm flattering plum that stands out a little without being overpowering.

Eyes Rock Dreamy Eyes Eyeshadow Palettes (limited edition)

Blurb: To swoon for: color that's soft, yet there. Go ahead, obsess.

More great packaging (very bag worthy). A tidy little rectangle when closed. But it slides open to reveal a convenient mirror, shadows and brush. Each palette has a really complete look with four excellent colors that work well together or separately. These were great quality shadows with excellent staying power.

"Poppin Peach" - Four neutrals: a pale champage, a pale peach, gorgeous bronze and matte brown.

"Boombox Bronze" – My favorite: sophisticated and subtle metallic shades. A pale gold, a darker gold, a deep bronze and a gorgeous dark copper. All of these colors looked great by themselves and worked together flawlessly.

"Rockin’ Purple" - Pretty and feminine without being overly cute. A super pale pink, a darker pink, a shimmery plum and a deeper plum. Enough color to pop, but something you could still pull off for daytime.

Besides being excellent values, these products performed really well, had great packaging and an impressive color selection. You can buy them at the Kohl's Website or in Kohl's stores. If you buy online right now, you also get a free sample of Vitamin C Power Brightening Cream SPF 25 with any American Beauty, FLIRT!, good skin™ or grassroots™ purchase. Use the store locator if you want to browse and sample in person.

New (and Ninth) Carol's Daughter Store

Hey! (That's how my Atlanta friends say "hello.")

Just got some info about the new Carol's Daughter store at the Lenox Mall in Atlanta. There is a gigantic amount of stuff going on for this weekend's launch! Go! Check out the festivities (all open to the public)!

Saturday August 22nd

12pm – 7pm: A Mobile Beauty Lounge will allow the public to meet Lisa Price and experience Carol’s Daughter mini treatments (hair, nails and massage). Each guest will receive a 10% discount coupon to shop for the products used in their mini-treatment.

3pm: Celebrity Appearance by Lisa from The Real Housewives of Atlanta!

Sunday August 23rd

12pm: Celebrity signing - the public is invited into the Carol’s Daughter store for a chance to shop and for a celebrity signing.

3pm: Celebrity Appearance by Keri Hilson will be there

And…it's a WHOLE STORE full of Carol's Daughter products! Wow.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Lessons in Perfection: AminoGenesis Perfect Reflection (review)

This just in: I'm not perfect.

I thought I had already learned this deep, meaningful lesson and was well on my way to enlightened maturity.

Not so much.

Last night I got deeply frustrated with myself (music related…of course) and wasted several hours being a pouty, panicky whiner. Not pretty. Sometimes personal growth sucks.

So this morning I'm adding a little perspective (and irony) to my Tuesday by reviewing a serum called Perfect Reflection Anti-Aging Serum from AminoGenesis. I've been using it for a while and am really liking it.

Blurb: The most advanced anti-aging serum available anywhere! No other company has been able to combine 4 powerful anti-oxidants (vitamin A, C, D and CoQ10) with17 plant-derived amino acids. The amazing AminoGenesis water based formula penetrates the skin rapidly delivering moisture and skin rejuvenating nutrients for the most beautiful, youthful and healthy skin possible! Vitamin A: Improves skin elasticity, texture, firmness and smoothness, Vitamin C: Protects collagen from oxidation, reduces dark spots, helps the skin remain soft and supple, Vitamin D: Helps improve skin feel and texture and is an important factor in epidermal cell turnover, CoQ10: This element is the spark that helps cells create energy and helps preserve vitamin E. For intense protection against free radical damage, add Perfect Reflection in the morning after cleansing and before applying the Therapeutic Facial Moisturizer.

This serum is absolutely jam packed with just about anything your skin might possibly need. It's kind of amazing, actually. It's a very thin liquid (so a little dab will do ya) and absorbs immediately. There's absolutely no greasy or sticky feeling. I love that there is so much in here that protects. And even though it's powerful stuff, I haven't experienced any irritation at all. It seems to go to work without interfering with my sunscreen, makeup, etc. Very nice.

You may want to take a look at AminoGeneisis' other products too. Check out the Special Offers page, learn about Amino Acids and view some really impressive Before and After photos. You can order from the website, or check out the locator for stores in your area.

I was kind of hoping I'd wake up this morning with the definitive (aka perfect) solution to the perfection question. Guess I completely forgot that there really is no answer. Also guessing that just muddling along and doing my best is probably enough.

Wishing you all a happy and imperfect Tuesday.

Monday, August 17, 2009

More Cheers for DDF: Advanced Protocol (review)

If you haven’t already "heard" me rave about DDF, then you must be a fairly new visitor. I’m a huge(!) fan and user of this line. They make great stuff, and somehow manage to keep coming out with new great stuff.

Last June, I went to a product launch and learned about two of their new protocols. I reviewed
the Acne Fighting Protocol a while back and today I’m so excited write about four more new and awesome items: Advanced Protocol (Anti-Aging Restorative).

Blurb: DDF Advanced Protocol is the only skin care in its class with the super antioxidant benefits of Turmeric. An integral part of Ayurvedic treatment, Turmeric has been used in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years. Most notably, it is a known powerhouse antioxidant which can quench damaging free radicals at the skin’s surface. Turmeric contains powerful phytonutrients, which have been shown to protect the body from the harmful effects of many damaging aging processes including oxidation and inflammation. DDF’s four new Anti-Aging Restorative products are designed to work together for maximum results, combining potent antioxidants, peptides, barrier-enhancing vitamins, rich humectants and sunscreens.

DDF created an exclusive and powerful Turmeric Complex. Normally turmeric is a spice found in your dinner; but turmeric root has also been valued for its medicinal uses. Turmeric’s powerful anti-oxidant, pro-longevity and anti-inflammatory properties are what inspired DDF to come up with a formula that could be used to combat free-radical damage and inflammation. There are also a number of studies that indicate turmeric is highly absorbable by the skin. In clinical studies, the DDF Turmeric Complex was proven to reduce 82% of free radicals. And the Advanced Protocol moisturizers were proven to restore skin’s essential moisture barrier strength and significantly firm skin.

Advanced Micro Exfoliation Cleanser

Blurb: Deeply cleanses and exfoliates while providing significant hydration. The advanced formula contains a breakthrough Turmeric Complex with exfoliating rice bran to reveal beautifully smooth and youthful-looking skin. Accelerates surface cell turnover. Eliminates impurities. Reveals beautifully smooth skin.

Advanced Eye Firming Concentrate

Blurb: Hydrates to firm the eye area for a lifted appearance. The advanced formula contains a breakthrough Turmeric Complex with glycerin and caffeine to provide protection from free radical damage and strengthen skin's moisture barrier. DDF Advanced Eye Firming Concentrate instantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles for a more youthful eye contour. Instantly firms for a lifted look. Reduces the look of puffiness and wrinkles. Hydrates to help restore youthful eye contour.

Evening: Advanced Firming Cream

Blurb: Hydrates to measurably improve skin firmness. The advanced formula contains a breakthrough Turmeric Complex to protect skin's surface from free radical damage and provide superior hydration to strengthen skin's moisture barrier. DDF Advanced Firming Cream helps reverse the appearance of aging, instantly firming and tightening skin for a radiant, younger-looking complexion. Neutralizes 82% of free radicals to minimize surface damage. Instantly firms and tightens. Fortifies skin's moisture barrier.

Day: Advanced Moisture Defense (SPF 15)

Blurb: Hydrates to measurably improve skin firmness and provides protection from future damage. The advanced formula contains a breakthrough Turmeric Complex to inhibit free radical damage to skin's moisture barrier and UVA/UVB sunscreens to help prevent sun damage. DDF Advanced Moisture Defense UV Cream SPF 15 helps reverse the appearance of aging, instantly firming and tightening skin for a radiant, younger-looking complexion. Protects skin's moisture barrier from free radical damage. Instantly firms and tightens. Helps protect from UVA/UVB sun damage.

Before I start gushing, I want to make sure you know that these products are significantly richer than what I normally use. Since I have breakout prone skin; I made sure to introduce them very gradually into my regimen. If you are also prone to breakouts; be sure to check the ingredients for anything that you might be sensitive to. Of course, if this isn’t an issue for you; you can just go right ahead and start the full protocol.

That said, these products really made a difference in the appearance and texture of my skin. The cleanser has ingredients to exfoliate, but you would never know it from the soft gentle feel of the lather. It removed my makeup and left my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. The eye concentrate was fabulous. It disappeared almost immediately, provided moisture and noticeably shrank my morning puffiness. What a find.

The two creams are also stellar. The Advanced Firming Cream (evening) absolutely melted into my skin. I couldn’t wait to put this on at night. The texture is unbelievable and my skin just drank it up. The Advanced Moisture Defense (day) cream also did a fab job. It absorbed immediately and had a slight firming effect right away. It didn’t interfere with my makeup, and kept my skin well hydrated. All that plus SPF!

All four products have a distinct whiff of turmeric (not overpowering or lingering though). I love that DDF has found a way to combine traditional wisdom with cutting edge science. This protocol is definitely worth checking out. DDF is available at Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, and on the DDF Website.

Winner of the “Name the Bb.Bandball” Contest!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered. There were so many awesome names and I’m sorry I could only pick one!

For anyone wondering what on earth I’m talking about: I was so taken with the cuteness of the Limited Edition Bb.Bandball from Bumble and Bumble that I decided to have a spur of the moment contest inviting readers to pick a name for the bandball (I know, weird, but hey it’s my blog). The winner would be picked by me, based on my own totally subjective opinion.

And the winner is…Deirdre for picking the fabulous name of…Fluffy.

Dierdre, I laughed like hell when I read your email! You so totally deserve your very own Bb.Bandball. I wish you and Fluffy a happy life together.

Here are a few other names that came really close: Lucille, Bernadette, Binky and Merv.

Congratulations again, Deirdre, and Happy Monday to all!

My Diva Fantasy: A Hot Shell Massage at the Stillwater Spa

Okay, admit it: you saw the word “fantasy” on a Monday morning, and your mind made a beeline for the gutter. Well, fish it out (just for a minute) and read some info I got about the Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay.

Just in time for summer, the Stillwater Spa at the four-diamond Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina has introduced a treatment that evokes memories of carefree summer days spent relaxing on a warm, sandy beach. The Hot Shell Massage Treatment involves the use of smooth tiger shells as part of a continuous moving massage. Warmth from the shells is spread over the body to relieve tension and stress, and a hot oil scalp massage completes the treatment. Similar to the stones used in the popular “hot stone massage,” the shells are polished smooth, heated and used as massage tools to provide a relaxing spa experience.

“We are excited to be one of the first spas in the United States to offer the Hot Shell Massage, which is sure to be a popular option for our heat-seeking guests,” said Patti Dail, director of the Stillwater Spa. “This particular massage is a great stress reliever and also provides effective relief for those experiencing joint problems or tight muscles. The continuous movement allows heat to be spread all over the body, unlike the hot stone massage, in which heat is directed to specific points.”

The Hot Shell Massage makes use of tiger clamshells harvested by islanders in the Philippines. The shells are opened, cleaned and polished to remove imperfections, then rejoined as one. They are then gently warmed with a self-heating “lava gel” made from volcanic lava powder, kelp, sea salt and both purified and salt waters. The final product is a natural tool designed to offer the best in relaxation. The oil used in the scalp massage is infused with South Pacific extracts, filled with the aromas of green tea and mango, designed to relax muscles and rejuvenate the mind.

The 60-minute Hot Shell Massage costs $175, and is also available as a couples massage. As a complimentary gift, guests receive a take-home hot shell massage kit.

In addition to the Hot Shell Massage, the Stillwater Spa is currently featuring a series of body scrub treatments designed to recharge, uplift and invigorate the body and soul using the Bubalina product line. The first scent, Coco Lime Verbana, will be available beginning in late May. A new variety will be offered every six weeks, with scents to include coconut papaya, wild pomegranate, spicy pumpkin and Tahitian vanilla and chocolate.

For more information on the Hot Shell Massage, the Bubalina body scrub treatments or the Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, please call 410-901-1234 or visit

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Act Naturally: One With Nature Dead Sea Mineral Lotions (review)

So first of all…um…duh. I tried to have this post automatically publish at 11:00am this morning. Except that I typed in 11:00pm instead. Apparently this makes a difference. (Who knew?) Thank goodness I got home tonight in time to realize that my review had not posted. And that there’s still time to publish it before Saturday is officially over. Disaster averted.

Silver Lining: If you happen to be up on a Saturday night at 10:45(pm) looking for a new post to read, you are so in luck.
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Before the week is over, I just have to write about these fabulous hand and body lotions from One With Nature. This company makes awesome things and uses 100% natural Dead Sea products to create their skin and body care. They believe in producing their line in harmony with nature, and are also committed to the preservation of the Dead Sea.

Blurb: We are 100% natural. Environmental consciousness is the cornerstone of our business. Our soaps have a 100% vegetable base and do not include artificial colors, fragrances or animal ingredients of any kind. Our eye-catching colors result from a blend of plant and naturally-occurring mineral pigments found in the diverse climate zones of the region. The rich scents come from pure essential oils or other 100% natural sources.

The Dead Sea – a truly unique resource. The curative powers of the Dead Sea have been acclaimed for thousands of years, and have been widely used to treat acne, psoriasis and other skin disorders, as well as being used in the skin care regiments since the time of Cleopatra. Located at the earth's lowest point of elevation, the Dead Sea has a greater solid content than any other body of water. The salts and muds found here are abundantly rich in sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium and bromine. The salt from the Dead Sea is unique for its high proportion of potassium and magnesium ions and its relatively low sodium ion content. The mineral quality of the Dead Sea stimulates blood circulation and accelerates the natural exfoliation process, restoring the skin to its natural pH balance. The mineral-rich Dead Sea nourishes and revitalizes skin cells and has deep cleansing and purifying qualities, drawing toxins from the body.

I checked out two of their Restorative Hand and Body Lotions with dead sea salts and shea butter. The lotions are all-natural and made with quality ingredients. They are never tested on animals, and are free of preservatives, synthetic fragrances, artifical colors and animal ingredients.

Lavender Lotion

Blurb: With the soothing scent of lavender essential oils, this lotion is packed with Dead Sea minerals, muds, salts and shea butter combine to create a rich lotion that applies easily to the skin, absorbs quickly and leaves behind a luxurious feel on the skin - soft, healthy and long lasting, but never greasy.

Truly luxurious. Even though it has a thin texture (like a lotion), it softens like a rich cream. This lotion made my skin supple and smooth without being sticky or greasy. I also tried it on my sandal-weary feet in the evening and loved how it felt. The delicate lavender scent was also a big plus before bedtime.

Fragrance Free Lotion

Blurb: This lotion is packed with Dead Sea minerals, muds, salts and shea butter combine to create a rich lotion that applies easily to the skin, absorbs quickly and leaves behind a luxurious feel on the skin - soft, healthy and long lasting, but never greasy.

Why am I raving about something unscented? Well because I got all the same soothing, softening goodness I mentioned above and it didn’t compete with any fragrance. I can slather this on before going out and still use perfume. Also, since I can’t use scented products at work (co-workers are sensitive), this is perfect for my desk. Actually, this perfect for anyone who is sensitive to fragrances.

The other available lotions are Shea Butter and Coconut Lime (mmm). They also have a fab looking assortment of bar soaps, body washes and other great body care products. And while you’re touring the website, you can also learn about Dead Sea Conservation. One With Nature is sold in natural foods, specialty and grocery stores nationwide. Check out the Locations page (or just order online).

Totally Tubular, Dudettes: New COVERGIRL LashBlast Length Mascara (review)

Ya know, back in the day, we actually used those words. Frequently. Good times…

Aneeeway…a while back I delivered the news that LashBlast Length Mascara (brand new from COVERGIRL) will be hitting the stores in September, and that you can get in on the Early Purchase Preview starting August 17 (aka: Monday).

Blurb: Be one of the first to preview what the longest lashes will be wearing this fall! The mascara contains nylon for lashes that are 80 percent longer and they won’t flake or break all day.

I got a chance to try out a tube of this and I have to say it is definitely worth typing your way over to the site and snagging one. To begin with, the wand is extra long and made it easy to get every single lash. The formula looks great – my lashes were long, shiny and absolutely clump free. And…it wore well all day without flaking or smudging. Rad! (Another underused word from the “olden days.”)

To get yourself a tube, visit COVERGIRL.COM/lashblastlength early purchase. (Web site will not be live until the 17th.)