Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Fingers: O∙P∙I Dim Sum Plum (review)

I’m going to be tied up most of the day, so I decided to post nice and early. I’m not sure what the opposite of “Indian Summer” is; but we seem to have experienced a brief “Indian Winter” during the last few days. After a burst of Spring, we temporarily reverted back to cold, windy, wet weather. I even had to put my sandals back in the closet. Gasp!

But we still know that Spring weather is inching its way into our lives to stay. And to keep the whole spring thing going; I’m going to talk about a polish from the other O∙P∙I Spring Collection.

Dim Sum Plum (from the Hong Kong Collection)

Blurb: OPI Hong Kong Dim Sum Plum is a berry delectable delicacy. City edge. Shades that capture the brilliant sharpness of the cityscape. A modern mood of color and perspective for spring.

I love this color. It’s versatile and full of pizzazz! It’s a gorgeous, rich, bright (yet modern) berry. It’s universally flattering and works well with bright spring colors as well as more conservative browns, blacks and greys. It’s also fun and bright for a pedicure. It can go to the beach, a club or a board meeting.

Take a look at the whole collection on the website. (Some of the shades are also available on select DELL™ laptops - fancy!) O∙P∙I can be found at drugstores like Duane Reade and Beauty Stores like Ulta.

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sunshine Buddy: Jan Marini AntiOxidant Daily Face Protectant (Review)

Of course the day I decide to write about a new sunscreen is the day we’ve had almost zero sunshine. It’s been raining all day. But that will not stop me!

Last weekend when I was in Baltimore, there was sunshine aplenty! All day long, we had warm, sunny weather and I was walking around in it. So it was a perfect opportunity to try out my newest protection product from Jan Marini.

Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant (SPF 30)

Blurb: Combines a cutting edge microscopic sponge encapsulation system, state of the art sun protection, a powerful antioxidant component, and a superb hydrating complex. And now, new PhytoMelanin Plant extract technology offers excellent additional UV and antioxidant protection. By incorporating PhytoMelanin technology into our SPF 30 Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant, this already remarkable formula now provides even greater natural photoprotection along with exceptional antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.

Since I’m a sunscreen nut; I’m thrilled that I found such a fabulous all around performer. One of the things that makes Jan Marini’s stand out is that it’s waterproof (or at least very water resistant). So far it’s the only water resistant/waterproof sunscreen for the face I’ve tried that both looks and feels good. It sits well under makeup, absorbs quickly, feels weightless, stays put, has a high protection factor, controls shine, and also incorporates hydrating and antioxidant properties. An excellent sunscreen, and an especially awesome travel buddy!

Check out the other fabulous products on the website and read the various Testimonials while you’re there. You can order directly from the website, or check out the Where To Buy section for distributors near you.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Mascara Monday: COVERGIRL lashblastfusion Mascara (Sneak Peek Review)

Howdy beauty friends! I hope your Monday is going well. Mine is full of household chores, errands and some nice chats. After all the traveling and catching up, it’s great to have a day off to get things done in a leisurely manner.

I didn't get to write much last week, but I really had a great time on my trip. Fun singing, amazing weather, a host family with an fabulous dog (Iris), and a spectacular day hanging out with friends who live in the Baltimore/DC area. I’m a big fan of singing, but my friends also showed me an awesome time (thanks J & A)!

I also got to try out a couple of new beauty items which I’m planning to feature. The first is the newest LashBlast Mascara from COVERGIRL.

LashBlast Fusion

Blurb: COVERGIRL introduces its newest LashBlast mascara – LashBlast Fusion. The first ever volume and length mascara, so now lashes that want it all, can have it all! Global Creative Design Director, Pat McGrath previewed LashBlast Fusion exclusively during Fall/Winter 2010 New York Fashion Week. LashBlast Fusion will be available in-stores nationwide this April. Full volume. Full length. No compromise.

(Okay, my “peek” isn’t all that sneaky, because this mascara will be here in April – which is fairly soon.)

Three words: big fat lashes. I also got very good lengthening and a nice lift and curl as well! And while I appreciate a good lengthener; I usually look for volume, and this mascara really brings it! I suggest you be there at the drugstore with your wallet out when this arrives!

If you can’t wait for it to hit the shelves, you can get busy ahead of time during the exclusive online pre-sale. Pre-sale customers also get to take advantage of free shipping from March 12th – April 5th. Visit COVERGIRL’s Facebook page to find an e-retailer.

Happy Monday!

P.S.: here’s a bonus photo of Iris, the fabulous dog from Baltimore:


Friday, March 26, 2010

Back, Relaxed and Almost Caught Up!

Hi Everyone!

I'm back from my singing trip, all relaxed and happy...and just about caught up! I'll be back with my reviews on Monday; but in the meantime take a look at the little bit of beauty news that was in my inbox!

Happy happy Friday!

New From Paul Mitchell!

Check out this Lemon Sage Thickening Spray!

Flirt! Rock-N-Rebel Contest Winner

Experience all the behind-the-scenes fun as The Veronicas meet FLIRT! “Show Us Your Inner Rock Star” Contest Winner, Kota and give her a rock star inspired makeover in Los Angeles.

Check out the video and final look:

More Accolades for Morris Organics' Avocate Skincare Line!

Avocate Skincare Named "Ripe Pick" By Family Circle Magazine

Arguably the hottest new company on the beauty horizon is Morris Organics. Based in celebrity saturated and beauty savvy Hollywood, California, they are bringing back the gorgeous with products from Mother Nature. Their introductory line is the Avocate SkinCare, based on Avocado Oil. It was awarded the 2009 Product Of the Year from, and haS gone on to garner acclaim and endorsements from hot Hollywood celebrities and healthy-minded Mom’s alike.

Says company founder, Stephanie Morris, "We are beyond thrilled to be featured in such a respected and long established magazine like Family Circle. My mom read it when I was a girl, and I can still remember sneaking her issues to learn new hairstyle & beauty tips!"

What is Avocate SkinCare? In creating a luxurious, organic line of anti-aging skincare, Morris Organics relied on avocado—one of nature’s most potent age-fighting assets.

Clinically proven to significantly increase the amount of collagen in skin, avocado oil is at the heart of each Avocate® Skin Care formula. The Avocate® collection is 90-100% natural with organic ingredients and harnesses the power of avocado to stimulate collagen production while soothing and softening skin. The entire Avocate® line is designed to work with skin’s own chemistry to reverse early signs of aging: the loss of volume, suppleness and radiance. Free of artificial fragrances and colors as well as common irritants, Avocate® formulas are cruelty-free and never tested on animals.

For more information, please visit Morris Organics Avocate SkinCare at


Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Foundation

Check it out...

Foundation Meltdown?
Give Us 5 Minutes. We’ll Make it Last All Day.

“This oil-free formula gives skin a soft-matte finish that looks healthy and natural—never heavy. And it’s buildable, so you can customize your level of coverage.” -- Bobbi Brown

This oil-free, long-wearing foundation balances oil and combination skin, so you’ll have a soft-matte, even-looking complexion without needing to pile on powder throughout the day. Sponge-like powders absorbs excess oil on the surface of the skin, while emollients lock in moisture to ensure skin stays perfectly balanced. The transfer-resistant formula helps create a barrier against heat and humidity for 8 hours of wear so that even in the most humid climates, makeup stays in place. In addition to a range of 20 yellow-based shades, this formula contains an oil-free emulsion system that delivers a blend of finely milled pigments, spherical powders, and mica for natural-looking coverage.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Gone Singing!

Hey Everyone!

I had hoped to fit in another review before I rehearsals started, but it was not to be. I'll be away singing my little heart out this week - returning here next week for more beauty fun!

If you're in the Baltimore area and want to hear some fine singing, check out Baltimore Concert Opera. It's a great opera. There's love, church, betrayal, heartbreak and murder - and it's all in Italian!

I may find a bit of time to post some beauty news; otherwise I wish you all a wonderful week!


Friday, March 12, 2010

Fancy Friday: Clé de Peau Concealer (review)

Last night I was out kinda late having big time fun. Was I painting the town red? Er…no. I was at a potluck playing Bingo. I was also talking and laughing with lots of cool people. Which is good…because the Bingo gods were not on my side last night.

Neither were the traffic gods. Due to some kind of "situation" I ended up getting home way too late and then getting in bed way too late. Which means I woke up with baggy, puffy, blotchy eyes. So today I'm going to look (er…squint) on the bright side and use my eye "situation" to reference today's beauty item from Clé de Peau Beaute.

Correcteur Visage (Concealer)

Blurb: A concealer stick that covers spots, freckles, and dark circles to create a beautiful, even-toned complexion.

I must be pretty sleepy to review a $70 concealer! I'm fully aware that this is one of the more extravagant items I've featured on my blog; but it's gotten so many rave reviews that I finally had to see what all the fuss was about.

The thing is…it really works. I mean really works. It conceals. It hides stuff. It hides bags, dark circles, fine lines, dark spots and blotchy skin beautifully. I even tried it on a freckle on my arm. Poof! All gone.

There's not a whole lot more I can say. In this case, you really do get what you pay for. Now I'm all gung ho to browse the website some more. I may also pay another visit to another Clé de Peau beauty counter in the near future. (CdP counters are at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Feelin Pre-Spring: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color, “Les Impressions de Chanel” (review)

It's about to rain any second here, but the temperature is hovering around 60 degrees. I think that officially qualifies as a Spring shower, don't you? Maybe it will even help the rest of the snow disappear!

It's been feeling like Spring all week. I can't believe it. After all the recent, blizzards and snow days; it seems like I moved or something. Anyway, to keep the Spring vibe going, I'm reviewing part of the Spring 2010 Makeup Collection from Chanel.

Le Vernis Nail Color

Blurb: Brilliance to your fingertips with must-have colours from the runways of Paris. State-of-the-art formula strengthens and moisturizes nails. Unique patented non-spill bottle with wiping action for easy application.

I love these colors, and it bears mentioning that the formula is exceptional. It covers well (even with one coat), dries beautifully and lasts. The three new colors are feminine, rich and sophisticated. "Inattendu" (#503) is a creamy sandy/sunny beige, and "Tendresse" (#507) is a tender, feminine pink.

"Particulière" (#505) is one the most awesome colors I've seen so far this year. It's a warm rich taupe with a hint of grey (reminds me of café-au-lait). It's gorgeous, flattering and can go just about anywhere.

You can check out the rest of the Spring collection on the website, but I recommend you head to your nearest department store Chanel counter and take a look in person.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fun In My Week: Too Faced Fun in the Dark Palette (review)

Sorry about yesterday, everyone. It turns out that it really isn't possible to accomplish 16 hours' worth of stuff in 10 hours. Who knew? After having a mini-meltdown yesterday, I re-did my "to do" list and made the rest of the week a little more manageable.

One thing I also added to my list was some fun. Even though I don't have a whole lot of time before my trip; I decided that I could forgo a few things (like vacuuming or sorting my photos) and have a bit of fun this week. Which leads me right to a cool limited edition (and fun) palette from Too Faced Cosmetics.

Fun in the Dark Palette (Limited Edition)

Blurb: The limited-edition Fun in the Dark Quickie Chronicle features a collection of Too Faces best sellers and two exclusive eye shadow shades. This luxury pro-palette contains a makeup mirror that lights up for additional glam and on-the-go touch ups.

Well, ok…the name. And not just the name of the palette, check out the colors:

Shadows: Pin Up, Peep Show, Full Frontal, Lucky Charms
Lips: Girls Dig Pearls in Tropical Pink, Lip of Luxury in Free Love
Blush: Papa Don't Peach
Bronzer: Sun Bunny Bronzer

Packaging – also fun (and user-friendly…and sexy). I was having a great time before I even tried a single color! Luckily, the colors are also fabulous. From the shadows, I really loved "Lucky Charms" (a deep, smoky green). The "Peach" Blush is gorgeous and versatile, and the "Girls Dig Pearls…" lip color is something I could wear forever (and not just in the dark).

Too Faced has a slew of awesome palettes and kits on their website. Right now I'm eyeing the Walk of Shame Kit as well as a couple of the shadow duos. The Launch Pad section has all the new stuff, and you can sign up to be a fan on their Facebook page. You can also find Too Faced at Sephora, Ulta, and

Beauty in My Week: COVERGIRL LashBlast Fusion Launch & Stand Up for Beauty Contest!

Check out what's happening over at COVERGIRL. A new mascara launch and an awesome contest!

LashBlast mascara – LashBlast Fusion

Today COVERGIRL introduced its newest LashBlast mascara – LashBlast Fusion. It’s COVERGIRL’s first ever volume and length mascara, so now lashes that want it all, can have it all! COVERGIRL Global Creative Design Director, Pat McGrath previewed LashBlast Fusion exclusively during Fall/Winter 2010 New York Fashion Week. Check out behind-the-scenes videos of Pat backstage at the Anna Sui show using her new favorite mascara.

LashBlast Fusion will be available in-stores nationwide this April, but you can get it before anyone else staring March 12th during the exclusive online pre-sale. LashBlast Fusion has a suggested retail price of $8.99 and pre-sale customers can take advantage of free shipping from March 12th – April 5th, limited quantity while supplies last. Visit beginning March 12th to find an e-retailer.

COVERGIRL that encourages women to Stand Up for Beauty!

COVERGIRL is giving away $50,000 to a special beauty fan that’s ready to share how she stands up for beauty. You can enter the contest by creating a short video – one minute or less – that shows how you stand up for the positive power of beauty.

If you believe that false eyelashes don’t make you feel fake. That makeup doesn’t mean “makeover.” And that what makeup does for you on the outside can be positive on the inside too, then we encourage you to stand up for beauty with COVERGIRL!

To learn more and enter the contest, visit And check out how other Beauty and Fashion Gurus are standing up too:


Cake in My Week: Cake Beauty at Sephora

I just got some info that Canadian-Based Cake Beauty is now available at Sephora (online). Check it out when you get a chance!

Cake Beauty Launches On Sephora.Com

2010 is turning out to be a sweet new year for Cake Beauty. It should come as no surprise the Canadian based beauty sweetheart, originally cooked up in owner/founder Heather Reier’s kitchen, is now available on, the single largest online resource of beauty products in the U.S.

The indie brand has a tremendous track record across Sephora Canada’s doors. “Cake Beauty continues to be one of our best performing brands. Cake is unique in that it takes indulgent beauty from complicated and expensive to affordable, sensorial and fun” – Adele Serravalle, Director, Merchandising and Marketing, SEPHORA CANADA.

The multi-purpose product offerings are infused with natural, raw ingredients, the cornerstone of Cake’s success. “My mandate for Cake has always remained the same…results driven, tremendously efficacious products that mix a dash of sass with a generous helping of 90% to 95% high quality, natural ingredients. Cake has always been committed to naturally sweet ingredients that offer BIG results.” – Heather Reier, Owner/Founder, Cake Beauty. is the perfect stage that will allow the Cake Beauty mantra ‘approved by beauty junkies’ to shine. “We are pleased to offer Cake Beauty to clients across the U.S. via The brand has long been requested by our U.S. clients and we are confident this unique introduction will be as popular here as it is in Canada.” – Terri Lee, Skincare Merchant,

With a cult celebrity following and award winning lineup including: Satin Sugar Refreshing Hair & Body Powder and Milk Made Velveteen Hand Crème, the delectable brand is poised for sweet success.

Curls in My Week: AnnaLynne McCord & Samy

Curly Girls - Check out the great curly looks AnnaLynne McCord is getting with the help of Samy's Big Curls Defining Crème.

AnnaLynne on the Scene with SAMY

With new episodes set to return next Tuesday, 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord has been spotted all over the style scene from the front row at Fashion Week to the front cover of Shape. She modeled voluminous locks at Jill Stuart and Badgley Mischka and struck a pose with cover girl curls on the March cover of Shape.

Get the look at home with AnnaLynne’s styling staple – Samy Big Curls Defining Crème – for perfectly coifed curls.

Samy Big Curls Defining Crème is available at Walgreens, Rite Aid, and select drugstores across the U.S. and on


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I Feel Busy (Again)!

Hi Folks! Sorry, but no posts today. I am in pre-operatic chaos and completely swamped! I'll be back tomorrow, though.

In the meantime, either check out some of my older posts or take a look to the right at the "Blog Squad" area and check out what some of the other beauty maven's are raving about!

See you tomorrow!


Monday, March 8, 2010

Pre-Spring Fun! Laura Geller Baked Bites (review)

Jumpin Jiminy! I know that Spring is still a couple of weeks away; but I have caught Spring fever in a big way! All I want to do is goof off, eat chocolate and write sensitive poetry. Okay, it doesn't really have to be Spring for me to want to goof off and eat chocolate; but the poetry part is pretty Spring-ey. And I also kind of want to buy a plant.

Since I'm horrible with plants, and this isn't a poetry blog; how about I write a nice review of a cool lip product from Laura Geller? Now doesn't that sound nice?

Baked Bites (in Bronze Berry)

Blurb: Baked Bites presents the first time I've ever brought my Baked category to lips. The first thing you'll notice when you put it on, is the incredibly weightless, yet vibrant color. This unique version of my Baked Powder is paraben- and mineral oil-free and brings a new depth of color and comfort to your lips. Included with the baked lip color is my special Olive Oil Gloss, to slip under or over your lip color. Infused with Olive Oil, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, this soft drenching of moisture has a sheer, creamy cling. All you feel is the comfort.

I just had to try something new. I just had to! And I'm glad I did, because this is a very fun and unique item. The "baked" lip color is actually a powder. It goes on with a sponge applicator and looks pretty darn cool. It also has pretty good staying power. There are two shades (a bronze and a berry). Along with the baked color is a sheer berry-colored gloss that can go under or over the baked color. I know it sounds a bit complicated, but it's super fun (and extremely versatile). Each component can be worn alone, or combined/layered together. I loved the look of the baked color alone (I found it to be a bit dry in the morning, so I applied the gloss underneath and it felt fine). The colors are versatile too, and the palette is definitely portable and bag ready.

Of course you wouldn't dream of goofing off in the middle of the day. But just in case, you want to see more cool stuff (during your lunch hour of course); take a look at the website and check out the What's New section (shipping is free with orders of $50 or more). Laura Geller products are also found at Sephora,, QVC and

Happy Almost Spring!


Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Happy Face! Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 (review)

It looks like I may actually make it through the first 5-day work week I've had in a while! All the days off in the last few weeks were great; but this week felt looooong. (I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one in the Mid-Atlantic region going all TGIF today.)

The fact that it's Friday has absolutely nothing to do with the product I'm reviewing. I just feel like sharing the awesome info about another item from Exuviance. I've reviewed them a couple of times, and I'm happy to add another good one to the list.

Blurb: The creators of the original Glycolic Acid peel introduce a high performance peel that is safe and easy to use at home. The Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 contains a 25% blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA) including Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Gluconolactone. Performance Peel AP25 not only works at skin's surface to exfoliate dead, dull surface layers, it also stimulates the process of cell renewal among all layers, to reveal fresher, healthier cells. With regular use, up to twice a week, this peel has been clinically proven to: Refine pore size and smooth texture, visibly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve clarity and brightness, brighten and even skin tone, Provide an all-over healthy glow, suppleness and smoothness to skin.

The package contains 12 peels (a 6 week supply if used twice weekly). They're suitable for face, neck, chest, body and the backs of your hands. I tried them out on my face and loved the results.

First, they're incredibly easy to use. The pads are in "single serving" packets – very hygienic, and no messy bottles or pumps. I rubbed an "Activator Pad" containing the peeling agents over my face. Then I waited 10 minutes and followed with a "Neutralizer Pad." I rinsed, moisturized and was all done. No muss, no fuss, and great results.

My skin looked fresh and glowing right after I used the pads; and over the last few weeks it has started looking clearer, smoother and brighter. I haven't felt any irritation or sensitivity at all. This is a truly fabulous at home product!

You can learn more by checking out the Exuviance page on the Neostrata website. I'm a big fan of their oily/acne prone skin products; so if you have any issues in that area, check them out. There's also free shipping for orders over $75, and a free gift (an awesome tube of their Skin Brightening Gel) with orders over $100.

And while you're trying to look busy until 5:00; you may want to check out their page on Facebook.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wear Me! OPI Absolutely Alice (review)

I can hardly wait for Spring! All the Spring colors that are coming out are starting to make me giddy. But since Spring is weeks away; I'm going to set my sights on something that is equally colorful, but ariving a lot sooner: Alice in Wonderland opens tomorrow. And my visions of Spring and Wonderland can come together right this minute with a new nail color from OPI.
Absolutely Alice Nail Laquer

Blurb: OPI Absolutely Alice is a blue with a hint of gold glitter nail polish color. From the Alice In Wonderland Collection, Spring 2010.

Well we already know that OPI makes fabulous polishes. So there's not a whole lot I can say except that this is a unique, super cool shade in the super awesome OPI formula! It's a deep turquoise with bits of gold glitter, and it's gorgeous!! (In addition to being a hot, festive color, it's a shade that will work all through the spring and summer months.)

Visit the website and check out the entire Alice In Wonderland Collection. And don't forget to enter the sweepstakes. (Tomorrow is the last day!). OPI is sold all over the place. Two of those places are Duane Reade and Ulta.

Still wanting a bit more Alice? Check out the trailer:


Wave to Me! Paul Mitchell

Check out the Hair Sculpting Lotion from Paul Mitchell. It was the first of it's kind - made just for perfect curls and waves…


Shine on Me! Coming in May from Julie Hewett Los Angeles

These won't be available until May; but here's a sneak peak at three amazing new products from Julie Hewett Los Angeles.

Launching May 1st!
These three products are sure to give you the perfect summer glow!

omit concealer: now available in a pan! created on set, this dreamy cream concealer contains arnica extract to wake-up, refresh & conceal tired, puffy eyes. comes in three great shades: omit 1: fair, omit 2: medium, omit 3: warm

the capri palette: classic beauty all in one chic palette inspired by a fabulous first lady - jackie kennedy who used to spend her summers on the island of capri. the must have beauty essentials for a summer holiday in the sun! includes: eyeshadows in silk (shimmering light beige) & terra (nutmeg-brown with gold shimmer), rose camellia balm, shimmering blush in coral

jacqueline bijou lipstick: our newest bijou lipstick is a gorgeous fresh fuschia with a hint of lilac - inspired by the picture of jackie o. on the cover of VANITY FAIR last october.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Happy (Busy) Wednesday: Sula Paint & Peel (review)

Howdy! Today has been absolutely crazy and I'm having a difficult time thinking of anything other than how much work I have.

I'm learning music again this week so all my energy is focused on little black notes. So what kind of beauty product could I possibly tie in (cheesily, of course) to little black notes? Well fear not! In addition to little black notes, I'm also going to talk about little black nails. Ten of them to be exact. On my fingers. Courtesy of Sula Beauty.

Paint & Peel Nail Polish (in "Midnight")

Blurb: This water-based nail color has amazing appeal. Gorgeous colors apply easily and simply peel off the nail. Touch ups are a snap with the fast drying formula. For extended wear, use water-based Permanent in clear or metallic.

I've been eyeing these for months, and I finally decided to give one a try. Would it go on easily? Would it look nice? Would it really peel off? The answers are yes, yes, and YES!

I'm kind of snobby about my nail polishes, but this one is a keeper. First, it went on easily and smoothly. It also dried fairly quickly. Instead of a lacquer shine, I got more of a vinyl finish. The coverage is excellent. It even looked good with one coat (I used two, though). And yes indeed, it peeled right off! I purposely chose the shade "Midnight" (aka: black) because dark colors are the biggest pain to remove. But the polish peeled easily, and my nails were all ready for a new color.

This is the perfect polish to have for those "one-off" occasions (when you want something bold or different to wear only for a night or two). Since the finish is softer, the surface gets dulled a bit sooner; so you may want to use the "Permanent" when you want to keep your manicure longer. But the fact that you can just peel the whole thing off is fabulous. These are also great for travel (since you can skip the polish remover).

Check out website. In addition to other non-nail related items, you can look at more of the Paint and Peel collection and then take a look at the where-to-find section. Sula is also sold at Anthropologie and Ulta.

On the Radio: Rosie & Borghese

If you're not chained to your desk tomorrow, check out Rosie Radio and find out about a special treat from Borghese! Boeghese's CEO will be making an appearance tomorrow at 11am (Eastern).

Tune In!

Tune into Rosie’s Radio show, Rosie Radio, at 11am (EST) tomorrow March 4th, on Sirius 102 and XM 155. Borghese’s CEO Georgette will be chatting with her BFF Rosie. Make sure to listen carefully and hear how to receive a special treat from Borghese (while supplies last).

Rosie Radio can be heard on: Sirius 102 and XM 155 -

Strips of Spectacularity: Bobbi Brown

Relentless fabulousness from the one and only Bobbi Brown! Take a look…

Clueless with Color?
Give us 5 Minutes. We’ll Make You a Pro.

A complete spring eye, lip and cheek wardrobe—designed by Bobbi.

Each of these three palettes has five Eye Shadows and three shades of Pot Rouge designed to work together beautifully. Imagine the possibilities.

The Problem: You buy shadows that look amazing in the store, but then you get home and don’t know what to do with them.

The Fix: Everyone can wear bright shades. Bobbi put together these three palettes with pops of color—plus the perfect neutrals that make them work for everyone.

On Counters: March 2010
Available at all Bobbi Brown Counters and on

“Don’t be afraid of color. Each palette has one bright eye shadow that really stands out—the rest of my hand-picked shades for eyes, lips and cheeks will make it wearable.” Bobbi Brown


Bookends: Ouidad Weekends

Last weekend saw the close of the Olympic Winter Games, and this weekend is bringing the opening of Alice in Wonderland. Looks like Ouidad has something for both Winterland and Wonderland curls. Take a look…

Olympic Curls

The 2010 Olympic Games closed with gold, silver, bronze and award winning curls. Half Pipe beauty Gretchen Bleiler sailed down Cypress Mountain with cool, curl perfection.

Even if day-to-day life is not as extreme as Gretchen's – weather and stress takes it toll on tresses. Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner creates a moisture foundation by infusing individual strands with conditioning proteins vital to healthy hair so styling waves and curls doesn't have be an uphill battle.

“The ultimate way to combat frizz is to use a styling lotion that works with moisture in the air such as Ouidad Moisture Lock – by drawing moisture from the air and creating a protective barrier against moisture loss it allows intense moisturizing to restore damage without weighing hair down” says Ouidad, the Queen of Curl.

Out of this World Curls

Alice in Wonderland rolls into theaters on March 5th with out of this world curls. Whether she is spiraling down a rabbit hole or making waves with the White Queen, Alice maintains fairytale tendrils.

No need to go Mad-Hatter trying to achieve this storybook style – Ouidad’s Curl Quencher Styling Gel smoothes, defines and adds the right amount of hold to solve any curl conundrum.

Follow these tips for maintaining curls from Ouidad to make any queen green with envy:

· Don’t over manipulate – touch curls less for better results
· Place Ouidad Curl Clips at the roots while drying for lift and volume
· Let hair dry naturally

Availability: Ouidad is available at and at certified Ouidad Salons, select Sephora stores and


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Batting Practice: Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume™ Lifting Mascara (review)

A while back, I posted a review of the limited edition colored mascaras from Estée Lauder. I was so carried away by the awesome colors, that I gave the formula short shrift. So today, I am remedying the situation.

Sumptuous Bold Volume™ Lifting Mascara

Blurb: Lift each lash with big, bold, weightless volume. Unprecedented Bold Volume™ formula has ultra light, lash-thickening fibers. Lifts and plumps even sparse lashes into big, lush lashes that are all lightness and flirtatious curl. Exclusive BrushComber™ thickens like a brush. Defines like a comb. Wraps your entire lash in air-light volume. Lashes soar with 360° lift and curl.

I like all different kinds of mascaras; but if I had to choose only one mascara to use for the rest of my life, this would be it.

When I reviewed the colored mascaras, I mostly discussed…the colors. But the formula deserves praise all by itself. I use it with the Lash Primer Plus, and it lasts all day without clumping, smudging or flaking. What really makes this mascara stand out, though, is the lifting, volumizing and curling action. It really works! My lashes look thicker and they curl up beautifully - giving me a lovely, flirty, doe-eyed look! The Sumptuous formula is available in black and brown - and now there's even a new Waterproof formula!

Check out the website (and be sure to visit the What's New section). You can also find and try out Estée Lauder at nice department stores.

Get One While You Can! Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Essence Absolue

Now in Stock! I was lucky enough to snag one (see review), and I loved it! Back then I was using it for curly styles, but lately I've been using it to add shine and smoothness when I blow out my hair. And it seems like all the fancy celebrity stylists had the same idea (they didn't credit me, though)…

The Wait Is Over!

Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Essence Absolue is FINALLY in stock after being on worldwide backorder since it’s fall 2009 launch. Be sure to check out
to order your very own bottle of this precious oil, perfect as an intensely hydrating conditioner for dry/damaged hair, pre shampoo treatment, protection during color application, and shine serum with UV protector.

Recent celebrities spotted using it include: Sheryl Crowe, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Kate Bosworth, Emily Blunt

"When I blow-dry her (Jennifer Aniston) hair straight, I like to use Shu Uemura Essence Absolue's awesome." Chris McMillian and longtime friend and stylist for Jennifer Aniston

“I love to work this product into my blow-outs. It adds incredible shine and Karlie Kloss and Abbey Lee (models) absolutely love it!” — Conrad Dornan, editorial/Fashion Week hairstylist, who regularly works with hip downtown NYC fashion crowd, such as Chrissy Miller (Sophmore designer), Annabelle Dexter Jones, Charlotte Ronson (designer), Lindsay Lohan

"Initially it's the Camellia fragrance of Essence Absolue that makes guests beg to know what I'm rubbing between my hands. Then I use it to protect their hair before color and again to cure dryness, add UV protection and ultra shine to their blowout and watch them fall in love." - Michael Angelo, Owner of Wonderland Beauty Parlor, NYC, whose clients include model fashionistas Devon Aioki, Noot Seear, Brooklyn Decker, Agyness Deyn, Lydia Hearst, Anna Jagodzinska, Carmen Kass, Angela Lindvall, Anja Rubik, Valentina Zelyaeva


Sale and Launch! Strange Invisible Perfumes

Strange Invisible Perfumes is celebrating 10 years! Visit their newly redesigned website, and take advantage of their 10% discount off of all online purchases through March 4 (use code: SIP2010)!

And while you're at it, you might want to check out their new launch: Peloponnesion

Crisp. Exhilarating. Heroic.Hydro-distilled orange & lime, cypress, orange flower, mountain sage honey & botanical muskA refreshing fragrance built with the ancient perfumes of the Greek peninsula - citrus groves of orange and lime, vineyards, mountain sage honey, and a note of Aegean sea air. Peloponnesian's crisp, bewildering scent exemplifies the je ne sais quoi of well-groomed masculinity.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Twice Beaten, Twice Soothed: Face Masques from Montagne Jeunesse (review)

Sorry there was no post on Friday. Yet again I had my backside beaten (figuratively, of course) by various and sundry circumstances. Once by the snow, and a second time by a schedule that had to be rearranged…then rearranged again. By yesterday, my metaphorical derriere was pretty darn sore.

So today seems like a perfect time to talk about a couple of nice pampering, soothing, stress-reducing products. Since the weekend spanked me twice, I'm reviewing two face masques from Montagne Jeunesse.

(And I promise to knock it off with the bottom imagery now. Especially since these are face masques.)

Chocolate Mud Masque (anti-stress)

Blurb: Chocolate, yes, it’s chocolate. A guilt free treat! This masque offers a feast of creamy delights – it’s outrageous! This deep cleansing masque helps unblock pores, moisturizes and heals for skin that glows with health. It smells incredible – imagine these – Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter – creamy heaven. Enjoy! Gluten Free. No Added Parabens.

Cucumber Purifying Peel-Off Masque (anti-stress)

Blurb: So easy to use and it actually feels as though you are peeling away dead and dry skin. You’ll love the opaque green texture – it’s really fresh. After a few minutes the masque will start to dry and your face will feel tight – it’s quite amusing. When completely dry you should be able to pull off in one piece – this is all part of the fun! Your skin will feel instantly smoother, clearer and refreshed, it’s fabulous. This masque is great for use once a week as a skin detox. Suitable For Vegans. Gluten Free. Dairy Free. No Added Parabens.

These masques are inexpensive enough to indulge in whenever you feel like it. A little basket of them would also make a nice gift. The Chocolate Masque really looks, smells and feels like creamy chocolate frosting. I spread it on my face and enjoyed the yummy chocolate fragrance while my pores were being purified. When I rinsed, my skin felt clean and balanced.

The Cucumber Masque was also wonderful. It didn't smell exactly like cucumber; but it did have a nice, fresh scent. It smoothed on easily and felt very tingly. The instructions say to "relax and drift into pleasant thoughts," so I made sure to do that. After the masque dried, it peeled off easily and left my skin soft and smooth.

In addition to creating fun and reasonably priced products (my masques were $1.79 at Ulta); Montagne Jeunesse believes that products should be made with minimal processing, using natural ingredients derived from plant and mineral sources. Many of their products are dairy free and suitable for vegans. They also consider environmental impact when designing their packaging.

The website has tons of masks, sachets, tonics, and hair and body products. Sign up to learn about their commitment to animal welfare, Gorgeous Free Stuff, seasonal stuff and stuff that's on sale. You can also find their products at grocery stores, drug stores, Ulta, and Neoteric.

Happy Monday!

New Month, Cool Stuff: Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Lifting Makeup

Check out the new foundation from Estée Lauder! Anti-Aging, high performance ingredients in a beautiful radiant formula! Read on…

Estée Lauder Introduces
Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Lifting Makeup SPF 15

An All New High Performance Anti-Aging Foundation That Delivers All-Day Moisture, Ultra-Radiance and Incredible Lift

Harnessing the power of high performance and skin-caring ingredients, Estée Lauder Research brings you our most advanced and effective age-defying foundation to date. The New Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Lifting Makeup SPF15 offers all-day continuous moisture, ultra-radiance, incredible lift and exceptional spreadibility - all in a new fluid formula that is ideal for maturing skin. This luxurious, flawless liquid foundation keeps you ageless, gliding smoothly and effortlessly over skin, evening out the complexion and leaving skin looking exceptionally hydrated and beautifully radiant all day!

As we age, our skin begins to lose firmness, elasticity and the ability to maintain moisture levels, becoming drier and leading to an increased appearance of lines and wrinkles. Historically, it has been difficult to address these aging factors in a foundation formula. However, the scientists at Estée Lauder’s research labs recently discovered a new way to infuse higher levels of skincare actives into the foundation formula, making it possible to create a high-performing foundation that not only spreads easily and envelopes the skin, but also infuses skin with moisture and radiance, restoring skin’s younger look and function from the moment it is applied.

Thanks to Estée Lauder’s advanced time-released hydration technology, Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Lifting Makeup SPF15 relieves dry skin immediately and provides skin with all-day moisture, ultra radiance and incredible lift so skin looks supple and feels comfortable throughout the day. In addition, the new and improved oil-in-water formula features a lighter texture that allows the formula to glide over skin effortlessly and blend in seamlessly for an ultra-radiant finish that evens out and brightens the complexion and restores lost luminosity. The result is skin that instantly looks more firm, lifted, moisturized and radiant – in a word, flawless.

Available in 15 beautifully wearable, color-true shades that range from warm to neutral to cool, Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Lifting Makeup’s long wearing formula is buildable, providing skin with luxurious medium to full coverage.

• This advanced, time-released formula delivers a surge of refreshing hydration to skin.
• Loaded with a specially formulated Hyaluronic Acid - a virtual moisture magnet, the formula eliminates mid-day dryness and the resulting appearance of fine lines, gradually responding to skin’s needs throughout the day.
• Skin-loving ingredients, such as natural butters and ceramides, work together with the hyaluronic acid, to help address the special needs of mid-life skin and deliver a continuous surge of the essential hydration mature skin needs for all-day comfort and a perfect finish that lasts all day.

Women agree…in a consumer test, 94% of women felt their skin was more moist!

• A new, specialized blend of optical materials, expertly chosen for their exceptional reflectivity on midlife skin, delivers immediate luminosity and long-lasting, liquid radiance. A fresh, dewy, youthful luminosity is restored.
• Additionally, drier, more opacifying pearl materials were removed to reveal inner radiance and illuminate mid-life skin.

Women agree…in a consumer test, 90% of women said skin looked more radiant! A recent clinical study of the formula found that immediately after product application, skin moisturization improved by 65% and 100% of panelists demonstrated more moist, more radiant skin.

• Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Lifting Makeup SPF 15 delivers high performance skincare benefits for mature skin, empowering skin to appear more lifted, contoured and ageless.
• Never before possible, this unique, water-based formula incorporates and delivers higher loads of key ingredients! The formula’s revolutionary ExtremeLift³ Complex contains a potent blend of three synergistic components: Triterpenes, Peptides and Energy that help skin boost its natural production of collagen for long-term improvement in visible lift. Lines and wrinkles are reduced, skin is firmer, denser and younger-looking.

Women agree…in a consumer test, 89% of women felt their skin looked firmer and more lifted. A recent clinical study of the formula found that over time, there was up to a 49% improvement in lift.

• This new, rebalanced formula is infused with more “liquids” for exceptional spreadibility so the formula glides over skin effortlessly and blends seamlessly. Also formulated so as not to pull on delicate mature skin, the formula provides enough time to blend and maintains comfort as it is applied.
• A new pump design delivers the exact amount needed every time, making seamless, flawless application even more of a breeze. Women agree…in a consumer test, 94% of women felt their skin looked smoother! With the added benefit of SPF protection, this formula provides a protective calming shield for the skin, helping to combat the visible effects of daily environmental stressors and sun exposure – all factors that can prevent the skin from accepting and effectively utilizing skincare ingredients. The SPF also helps to protect and maintain the benefits of the incredible skin caring ingredients in the formula. Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Lifting Makeup SPF 15 is Ophthalmologist- and Dermatologist-tested, photo-friendly, color true, non-streaking, fragrance-free, non-acnegenic and appropriate for all skin types.

Look Radiant. Feel Confident. Be Resilient. Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Lifting Makeup SPF 15 is available at Estée Lauder counters nationwide.