Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Zero Worries: Origins Zero Oil™ Deep Pore Cleanser and Oil-Free Lotion (review)

I really love summer, but I do not love the shiny face that comes with it. Luckily, I just checked out two awesome (new!) products from the skincare magicians at Origins.

NEW Zero Oil™ Deep Pore Cleanser with Saw Palmetto & Mint

Blurb: This maximum-strength, gently foaming cleanser formulated with skin-clearing Saw Palmetto, cooling Mint and pore-minimizing Salicylic Acid helps clear pores, eliminate excess oil and reduce shine. Leaves skin tingly clean and refreshed. Use AM and PM.

NEW Zero Oil™ Oil-free lotion with Saw Palmetto & Mint

Blurb: This lightweight, oil-free, hydrating lotion with skin-clearing Saw Palmetto, refreshing Mint and pore-minimizing Salicylic Acid instantly reduces shine, refines skin texture and creates a smooth, matte finish. Non-comedogenic. Non-acnegenic. Apply AM and PM to clean skin.

I am hooked! I love my un-shiny face!

The Cleanser is fabulous (use just a little – trust me). It contains salicylic acid (to fight breakouts), and cleans beautifully without stripping or leaving a residue. I also love the refreshing, cool tingle – and how soothed and balanced my skin feels after I rinse. The Lotion…also completely fabulous. It's light, soothing, cooling, and hydrating. What was extra awesome was that it mattified on contact, and kept my skin feeling hydrated (yet feeling super "clean").

Both products worked really well together to clean, soothe and battle oiliness and breakouts all day long. The fresh scent also gave me a nice lift during the hot summer days and nights.

I suggest visiting the website and checking out all of the new Zero Oil Items. You can also use the Store Locator to find stores in your area (and book an appointment for a free mini-facial).
(ftc disclosure: sample/product received from manufacturer or representative)

Become A Fango Fan: Borghese Fango on Facebook

You're probably already a fan, but now you can make it official on Facebook…

Do You Fango? Fango has a Facebook Fanpage

For 25 years, Borghese has sourced our wondrous Fango mud from the nutrient-rich earth of Tuscany. The Fango Collection is a rich derivative of Borghese’s spa heritage that brings nourishing minerals, natural botanicals and our exclusive Acqua di Vita® Complex to treatments that polish, refine, renew and restore the skin, hair & scalp – All in the comfort of your own home. Whatever your skin concern, there’s a Fango for that!


Fango Active Mud For Face And Body: The original. With mud sourced from the nutrient-rich earth of Tuscany, our signature Acqua di Vita® Complex and natural botanicals like Geranium, Lavender and Avocado oils, this mask eliminates dead skin cells, unclogs pores and detoxifies impurities.

Fango Delicato Active Mud For Delicate Dry Skin: Nothing soothes, calms and moisturizes dry, delicate skin like this exclusive cocktail of Aloe Vera Gel, Oat Protein, Mango Butter, Green Tea, Olive and Chamomile Oils, Vitamin E, Safflower and Grapefruit Oils.

Fango Brillante Brightening Mud Mask For Face & Body: A brighter, more radiant complexion is achieved with this mineral-rich mask of Vitamin A and Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract and of course, our signature Acqua di Vita® Complex.

Fango Ristorativo Restorative Hydrating Mud For Face & Body: This nourishing multi-purpose mask takes advantage of concentrated minerals and micronutrients, including Kaolin to clear and purify pores, as well as Tahitian sea water and Murumuru butter, to soften, replenish and revitalize dull, depleted skin.

Fango Active Mud For Hair And Scalp: This intensive treatment for all hair types not only invigorates and revitalizes your scalp, it adds body to your hair too! The mineral-enriched mud and protein complex moisturizes and removes product buildup while green tea smoothes cuticles and hydrates.

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Rock It This Summer: Bobbi Brown Denim & Rose Collection

For those of you needing a little extra heat, check out Bobbi Brown's new collection…

Feeling Rock & Roll?
Give Us 5 Minutes. We’ll Make You a Star.

“Everyone looks great in jeans— and anyone can pull off a dark denim eye. To make it wearable, I’ve paired inky blue shadows with pretty roses for lips and cheeks. The combination is casual and put-together, rock & roll but romantic, and modern yet classic all at once.” - Bobbi Brown

Limited Edition Denim & Rose Palette: Packed with deep, shimmering blues, icy grays and pinks for eyes and fresh rose shades for lips and cheeks, this palette is the beauty equivalent of dressed-up denim. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh pink cheeks or a sparkling, smoky eye, you’ll have plenty of options for day or night.

NEW Limited Edition Highlighter Pen: A pretty finishing touch that makes all the difference. Lightweight and luminescent, this brush-on liquid shimmer catches the light for beautifully defined cheekbones. Available in Bronze, Opal, and Rose

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Denim Ink: The look of liquid liner with the ease and feel of a gel formula. Long-wearing, water resistant color glides on and lets you get it just right before it dries—then stays put without a smear or crease until you take it off.

Limited Edition Sparkle Eye Shadow in Denim: Bobbi’s grown-up take on glitter. This lightweight formula lights up eyes with a combination of shimmering pearls and fine glitter. Thanks to its creamy, translucent base, it glides on smoothly and won’t crease or fall onto your cheeks.

Limited Edition Denim & Rose Mini Brush Set: Four essential brushes for eyes, lips and cheeks—to go. Evening purse, gym bag or carryon—this professional set in a chic denim case always fits. Includes: Mini Lip Brush with Cap, Mini Blush Brush, Mini Eyeliner Brush, Mini Angle Eye Shadow Brush

Limited Edition Extreme Party Mascara in Denim: Extreme Build. Endless Volume. Exceptional Separation. The formula stays flexible, so each coat goes on as fresh as the first - immediately or hours later - without clumping, smudging or flaking. Think of it as the world’s first touchup mascara.

Limited Edition Shimmer Lip Gloss in Raspberry: Shimmer Lip Gloss offers beautiful, non-sticky shine with a touch of iridescence and is perfect on its own or over your favorite lipstick. Formulated with Aloe extract to soothe and soften lips; Vitamins C and E for anti-oxidant protection; and Jojoba and Avocado Oils for lots of moisture.

Collection available in July 2010 at Bobbi Brown counters nationwide and

BET Awards: Monica and Motions

Here's the lowdown on Monica's look from the BET Awards (I also posted the video of her awesome performance with Denise Williams)…

Get the Look - Monica's Hairstyle at the BET Awards

Get monica’s fierce look from the BET Awards with these simple steps from her stylist and Motions spokesperson, Ursula Stephen

Step 1: Relax the sides and back of hair with Motions Silkening Shine Relaxer System to give hair the foundation for great style. This is the first at-home relaxer kit that reduces breakage by up to 85% and moisturizes in each step.

Step 2: Then, wash and mold hair with Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion – it holds hair in place and keeps curls looking fresh!

Step 3: Curl small sections of hair with a small flat iron while randomly curling pieces in the OPPOSITE direction of the rest of the hair, allowing hair to “stand up.” This showcases the shape of the cut and creates beautiful texture.

Step 4: Add shine to hair by massaging a dollop of Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade in hands and rubbing through hair. The Pomade provides hold while shaping hair to create beautiful curls!

Step 5: Finally, to keep hair in place all day - finish the look with Motions Light Hold Working Spritz.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Temptingly Nude: Estée Lauder’s New Pure Color Gloss in Tempting Tearose (review)

Hmmm…my brain seems to keep “going there” this week, doesn’t it? No idea why (really...I swear).

But if you’re reading this, Mom, no worries! I’m talking about lip gloss. Innocent, wholesome lipgloss. Cause I think I’ve found the absolute perfect nude gloss for summer. New and shiny from Estée Lauder.

NEW Pure Color Gloss (in "Tempting Tearose")

Blurb: Lip Gloss with the power to light up your face. True Vision™ technology transforms ordinary color and makes it extraordinary. Imagine what it will do for your lips. In a wide range of wearable shades with lasting shine for a lasting impression. You'll want them all. Maximized color impact. Magnified vibrancy, clarity and dimension. Amplified brilliance. Each Pure Color Gloss shade comes in one of three distinct, multi-dimensional finishes.

The picture looks a tiny bit pinker than the actual gloss. It’s actually a rich taupe/mauve – and it looks awesome! Those of us with brown or olive complexions can have a really hard time finding a sexy nude gloss that doesn’t make us look washed out. Well this one looks amazing! The subtle pink/mauve tones are just enough to make it flattering. It’s chic, understated and thoroughly gorgeous. Perfect for either a natural, casual summer vibe, or a dramatic smokey-eye/nude-lip look.

Even if you aren’t looking for a nude shade; there are over 30 colors in the collection (from quiet to vibrant). And the formula is wonderful: great pigments, lots of moisture, luscious feel and tons of shine that really lasts!

If you haven’t visited the website for a while, it’s gotten pretty fancy (check out the Virtual Makeup Tool). And if you want to take an up close and personal look; visit the Estée Lauder counter in a nice department store (there are also 6 additional Custom Color Collection shades available exclusively at Nordstrom).
(ftc disclosure: sample/product received from manufacturer or representative)

Monday, June 28, 2010

I Got Lucky! 3Lab "M" Cream (review)

No…not that kind of "lucky!" And if I did, do you think I would write about it here? For heaven's sake, my mother reads this blog!

Kidding aside, I got lucky because a while back, a good friend of mine gave me a jar of super luxurious cream from 3LAB. Yay!

"M" Cream

Blurb: The first cosmetic product that contains stem cells from the rare Uttweiler Spatlauber Swiss apple, so rare that only three trees remain in existence! This luxury skin de-stressing cream works to increase resiliency and cellular turnover while giving the skin a naturally radiant glow from the inside out. "M" Cream hydrates and firms the skin with Nano-Claire GY™, the world's first bioengineered growth hormone. PhytoCellTec™ Malus Domestica, stem cells from a rare Swiss Apple that have been proven to slow down and delay the aging process. Happybelle, a plant-based beta endorphin, stimulates key enzymes in the receptor system helping to relieve skin aggressors and bring out natural radiance while fighting the root causes of environmental damage and also contains Osilift which immediately firms the skin and relaxes muscle contractions.

Normally, this cream would have been way outside my budget (especially this year), so I was THRILLED when a good friend passed along her jar to me (she isn't into beauty products at all – go figure). I've been even more thrilled with how awesome this cream is on my skin!

For starters, it's super creamy and luxurious. This is another cream that made me feel pampered just by applying it. It immediately hydrated, plumped my skin slightly and gave me a little bit of a glow. It also absorbed quickly without any heaviness at all. I've been using it at night too. Even though it absorbs right away, it seems to last all night. When I wake up, my skin is very balanced (even on nights with the air conditioner on full blast). What I especially love is that my face also feels very soothed and refreshed.

I promised not to use my friends name, so I'll just say a big "Thank you!"

I've been browsing the website, and looking at some of the other fabulous products that I hope come my way (hint, hint, Universe). If you visit the website, check out some of the before & after pictures from their clinical trials. You can also find out where to browse 3LAB in person by using the store locator.

Happy Monday!
(ftc disclosure: received as a gift)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hair Care Friday: Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream (review)

What a perfect week to try something new for my curls! It's been crazy humid all week – so no blowouts or flat irons for me. Here's an awesome treat from Moroccanoil.

Intense Curl Cream

Blurb: Intense Curl Cream is filled with anti-oxidants and intensive hydrating capabilities. For hundreds of years Argan oil has been used by women in Morocco to treat hair and nails in order to counteract the effects of the hot climate. The Argan tree, found only in the South West of Morocco called Argana; blossoms in the desert-like conditions and produces fruits much like olives yet larger and rounder. Inside the fruit grows a large nut that houses up to three almond-shape kernels which are the source of this miraculous oil. Enhances and defines curly hair. Loaded with anti-oxidants. Intensively hydrates even the driest hair. Repeated use will result in extraordinary hold, shine and protection.

This is a curly girl's dream come true! My curls loved this! Loved!

Don't let the thick consistency fool you – I worked it through my hair and it disappeared immediately and went to work. There was no greasiness or stickiness, and my hair wasn't weighed down a bit. I let my hair air dry (with a bit of scrunching); and I got bouncy, glossy well-shaped curls! My hair felt really soft (again no greasiness or crunchiness). And over the past couple of days, there has been zero frizz and zero buildup - and my hair has gotten even softer. Awesome, awesome product!

The more I try Moroccan oil products, the happier my hair is. Take a trip to their website and check out all the lovely items. Don't forget to check the special promotions page, events (or locate a salon).

Happy Friday!
(ftc disclosure: sample/product received from manufacturer or representative)

It's Here Again! Borghese Sample Sale in New York!

Mark your calendars and get thee to an ATM! The super awesome Borghese sample sale is on Tuesday and Wednesday! Go! Get stuff (cash only...bring a bag)! Save!

Back By Popular Demand!
Cosmetics, Skincare & Gift Sets
Cash Only - Please Bring Your Own Bag

Tues. June 29th & Wed. June 30th - 10am – 3pm

10 East 34th Street, 3rd fl (Between 5th Ave & Madison Ave)

High-end Cosmetics & Skincare at ridiculously low prices!

New Future Must Have: CLEAN Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Cream

If you've been looking for a great hand sanitizer that also keeps your hands soft; read the info I got about CLEAN's brand new Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Cream. It just hit the shelves (available exclusively at Sephora)…

Fusion Brands’ Clean™ Bath & Body Line Introduces Innovative Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Cream

SafetyDerm® Technology Delivers up to Four-Hour Persistence against Bacteria; Revolutionary Hand Sanitizer and Cream Hybrid Delivers Intense Moisture.

Get CLEAN. Feel Good. Fusion Brands Inc., the creators of the renowned CLEAN™ Perfume line introduce their revolutionary CLEAN Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Cream, a breakthrough innovation in the hand sanitizing category that incorporates SafetyDerm® technology to protect hands from 99.9 percent of germs continuously for up to four hours after application.

New to the CLEAN Bath & Body Line, CLEAN Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Cream will revolutionize how we defend against germs through the highly advanced SafetyDerm® technology. This technology offers up to four-hour persistence using Benzethonium Chloride which is suspended in white wax that bonds to the skin to form a protective barrier. The first-of-its-kind to provide long-term antimicrobial properties; this innovative product has been clinically tested to prevent bacteria from transferring to and from skin even after contact, helping to reduce germ contamination between regular hand washing.

Unlike alcohol-based hand sanitizers which tend to strip the skin of its natural moisture barrier, the intense hydrating properties in this unscented hand sanitizer-cream hybrid absorbs quickly into the skin to keep the hand’s barrier function intact thus offering added protection against outside elements.

CLEAN Antibacterial Moisturizing Hand Cream does not contain alcohol, triclosan, sulfates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, artificial colors/dyes, animal ingredients and other harsh chemicals. CLEAN does not test on animals.

Set to launch June 2010, CLEAN Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Cream will be sold exclusively at Sephora (1 Fl. Oz., $10).

About CLEAN:
CLEAN™ Original perfume launched in 2003 and quickly became the #1 top selling independent scent nationwide. Since then, CLEAN™ has grown into a renowned lifestyle brand with a line of inspired scents and products that include CLEAN™ Eau De Toilette, CLEAN™ Ultimate, CLEAN™ Shower Fresh, CLEAN™ Warm Cotton, CLEAN™ Fresh Laundry, CLEAN™ Lather, CLEAN™ Provence, CLEAN™ Outdoor Shower Fresh, Wellness by CLEAN™, CLEAN™ Men, CLEAN™ Bath & Body, and CLEAN™ Linen Spray. All products come with the guarantee that they are CLEAN™ Credo compliant meaning products are never made with harsh chemicals including sulfates, parabens, propylene glycol, silicones, mineral oil, preservatives and synthetic alcohol.

Early Look: FACE Stockholm Autumn 2010

Whoa – I am so hip to the scoop! I just got some info about the Autumn 2010 look from FACE Stockholm. Take a look!

The Voice of September – Autumn 2010

FACE Stockholm's look for Autumn 2010 pays homage to its sister season with the enduring warm, bronzy tones of summer still radiating. Worn with confidence, grace and wit, by Swedish pop sensation September, the eyes sparkle with joy and light and the lips dazzle and entice with an insightful eloquence that leaves us eagerly awaiting the release of September's song. "Wearing makeup is more than just making myself look pretty," says the pop chanteuse. "It's about art. It's a way of expressing myself and creating my own fashion."

This autumn, hear the call of September's song! Start with a clean base of the right Liquid Foundation and priming products, plus false eyelashes for some dramatic extra volume and then work in the following key elements to achieve the perfect glowing look for the season:

Mineral Powder Foundation – Borgholm
Myrrah Brow Shadow
Ebony and Platina Matte Eye Shadows
#9 Pearl Eye Shadow
Details Eye Dust
Mystery Gel Eyeliner
Splendid Blush
Karin Lip Pencil
Seduction Lipstick

All products available at all FACE Stockholm locations from 888.334.FACE and

Coming Soon To Your Complexion: Origins Zero Oil™ Collection

My complexion and I are so happy about this - a new collection for oil control! Just in time for Summer! I'll be trying this out and writing a review soon; but here's some info for you to read in the meantime. Check it out!

Origins Introduces Zero Oil™ Collection
with Saw Palmetto and Mint

Mother Nature’s Solution for Oily Skin

Of course we love summertime’s sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 80’s! But let's face it; the rising mercury can definitely hamper our efforts to look flawless. While oily skin (the result of over productive sebaceous glands) can be hereditary, external factors such as heat and humidity can also affect skin oiliness. Oily skin can become a breeding ground for bacteria and unsightly blemishes, a look that few of us wish to sport this summer.

On counter this month, Origins offers nature’s regimen for refreshing, long-lasting oil control. The NEW Zero Oil™ Collection with Saw Palmetto and Mint features a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and instant matte that, when used as a regimen, are clinically proven to immediately unclog pores while also providing skin with clarity and moisture. In fact, after four weeks, the NEW Zero Oil™ Collection is clinically proven to reduce oil and the appearance of pore size and improve smoothness and tone.

Clinically-Proven Oil Control As Prescribed By Mother Nature

Oily skin is typically considered to be a concern for teenagers. While problems due to oily skin generally do not start until the onset of puberty, those same problems can persist well into adulthood and sometimes, last a lifetime. Oily skin can be hereditary, and if your parents have oily skin, there is a fair chance that you will inherit it.

External factors such as the weather can also affect skin oiliness. Men and women in most Asian countries tend to experience oily skin due to warmer temperatures and more humid climates, especially during the hottest months of the year. Origins now offers a clinically-proven regimen for controlling excess oil inspired by Mother Nature, the NEW Zero Oil™ Collection with Saw Palmetto and Mint. This complete Collection helps to control excess oil and unclog and visibly shrink pores, which helps decrease the appearance of oily skin. Oily skin, the result of over productive sebaceous glands is caused from a variety of factors, external and internal, including genetics, hormones, diet and stress. Sebaceous glands secrete sebum (natural oil which is responsible for keeping skin and hair moisturized), and according to the American Academy of Dermatology, “sebum increases dramatically during adolescence when hormones known as androgens spur sebum production into overdrive.” When the sebaceous glands become overactive, not all of the excess sebum can flow freely to the skin's surface. Clogged pores, bacteria, blemishes and acne can result, at any age.

Powered By Nature

The Zero Oil™ Collection with Saw Palmetto and Mint incorporates some of nature’s most powerful oil controlling ingredients including the potent, plant-based Saw Palmetto and Laminaria Saccharina (Kelp).

Saw Palmetto, indigenous to the southeastern Unites States, produces small berries that have been used for thousands of years by the Seminole Indians of Florida as medicine and are well-known for their anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, Seminole medicine men are known to harvest the berries and use them to treat various ailments, including inflammation.

Laminaria Saccharina (Kelp), a yellow-brown plant common to the shores of the United Kingdom, is the most abundantly produced genus of all algae. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including some trace elements, Laminaria Sacchara provides multiple health benefits.

Together, Saw Palmetto and Laminaria Saccharina work to inhibit excess oil production thereby helping to reduce the potential for problematic breakouts. Additionally, Salicylic Acid stimulates exfoliation at skin’s surface helping to minimize and unclog pores. Aloe Leaf Juice and Glycerin help to soothe and calm skin.

The Zero Oil™ Collection with Saw Palmetto and Mint includes:
• NEW Zero Oil™ Deep pore cleanser with Saw Palmetto and Mint
• NEW Zero Oil™ Pore purifying toner with Saw Palmetto and Mint
• NEW Zero Oil™ Oil-free moisture lotion with Saw Palmetto and Mint
• Zero Oil™ Instant matte finish for shiny places

When used as a regimen, the products in the Zero Oil™ Collection are clinically-proven to provide skin with clarity, moisture and a more poreless appearance.

Zero Oil™ Deep pore cleanser with Saw Palmetto and Mint cleanses pores thoroughly and works deep to remove excess oil, makeup and impurities. Leaving skin essentially shinefree

Zero Oil™ Deep pore cleanser with Saw Palmetto and Mint gently exfoliates dead skin cells that clog pores and cause breakouts. Use twice per day, morning and evening.

Zero Oil™ Pore purifying toner with Saw Palmetto and Mint controls oil all day when used with the Deep pore cleanser and Oil-free moisture lotion. Pores appear tightened and refined, leaving skin comfortable, refreshed and matte. Use twice per day after cleansing with Deep pore cleanser.

Zero Oil™ Oil-free moisture lotion with Saw Palmetto and Mint provides all day oil control, while leaving skin shine-free when used with Deep Pore cleanser and Pore purifying toner. Lightweight in texture and fast absorbing, the Oil-free moisture lotion ensures that skin receives the proper amount of hydration. Use twice per day after toning with the Pore purifying toner. A common misconception is that those with oily skin should avoid using a moisturizer because it will only make skin oilier. The opposite is quite true, however. Oil and moisture are not the same. Oil in the skin will seal in existing moisture, but it will not replace moisture that is lost, especially with age. The older you are, the more important it is to use a moisturizer, even when skin is oily.

The already existing Zero Oil™ Instant matte finish for shiny places creates a smooth, visible finish that stays shine-free throughout the day. This spot surface treatment helps with oil control in specifically shiny places. Apply over cleansed skin, either under or over makeup.

Proven By Science

In recent sensory and clinical studies of mixed ages with oily skin concerns, the Zero Oil™ Collection with Saw Palmetto and Mint provided immediate results when used as a regime.

Immediate clinical improvement in:
√ Clarity
√ Moisture
√ Unclogged pores

After 4 weeks:
√ Reduction in oil
√ Reduction in the appearance of pore size
√ Improvement in skin smoothness
√ Improvement in skin tone

Sensory results:
• 100% found the regime to be effective at removing surface oil and dirt from skin
• 89% said the regime helped to control shine throughout the day
• 78% of Japanese women said the regimen was effective in leaving their skin feeling refreshed
• 63% of Japanese women said they saw an overall improvement in the condition of their skin

Origins NEW Zero Oil™ Collection will be available June 2010 at Origins Retail Stores, select Department Stores and

Our mission at Origins is to create high-performance natural skincare that is powered by nature and proven by science. We use potent plants, organic ingredients, and 100% natural essential oils. And our long-standing commitment to protect the planet, its resources and all those who populate it is reaffirmed by our earth and animal friendly practices, packaging and policies. Introduced in the United States in 1990, Origins launched internationally in 1991. It is currently sold in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Origins products are formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, PABA, Petrolatum Paraffin, DEA, Animal Ingredients (except cruelty-free honey and beeswax). Origins tests its products on volunteer panels. For more information visit:


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pretty Protection: Korres Watermelon Tinted Moisturizer (review)

Once again the day has flown by. I'm kind of surprised, actually. I stayed up too late, so I was worried that the day would drag (cuz I'm sleepy). But…no. All of a sudden it's time to leave my desk and run some errands. I'm going to a BBQ this weekend and need to get my pot luck item together. Which segueways ever so neatly into my review. For the BBQ, I'll be wearing my pink dress…and…something pretty with sunscreen…from Korres.

Watermelon Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 30)

Blurb: Oil free and silicone free tint gives medium coverage with a dewy finish and powerful sun protection. Breathable, water-resistant formula is sweat-proof, remaining fresh even through activity, heat, and humidity. Watermelon extract, rich in vitamins, carbohydrates and amino acids, supports the stressed immune system of the skin, preventing premature ageing and increases the skin’s immune defences against free radical damage. Vanilla and Curcuma Longa Extracts provide essential antioxidant protection and prevent photo-aging.

Hmmm…let's see…

Natural ingredients. Doesn't clog my pores. Oil free. Silicone free. Vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids. Oh yeah, and a high SPF. What's left?

Plenty. This tinted moisturizer has a fabulous matte, medium-coverage finish. It's like a lightweight foundation with additional sun protection and skin-loving ingredients. I applied it with a foundation brush, then buffed a little; and I got a natural, pretty look with very nice coverage. Perfect for the flaw-spotlighting sunshine! I was also thrilled with how little shine materialized throughout the day!

Take a look at the color options on the website (and peek at the Special Offers section or see what's new). Korres is also available at Sephora and

Happy Thursday!
(ftc disclosure: sample/product received from manufacturer or representative)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ever So Dreamy! Dr. Denese HydroShield Dream Cream (review)

I don't know about you, but for me this week is zipping by. I can't believe it's Wednesday already. I've been feeling pretty rushed; but it looks like I'm going to get everything done (well, maybe most things).

Another thing I've been meaning to get around to is posting a review of an awesome moisturizer I tried. From Dr. Denese Skincare (makers of some of my favorite products).

HydroShield Hydrating Dream Cream

Blurb: The first face cream from the HydroShield family, HydroShield Dream Cream instantly rehydrates skin; increases moisture retention; smoothes and helps reduce the appearance of dry lines and wrinkles; rejuvenates dry, parched skin; and hydrates skin for a youthful appearance. The cream's superior hydration benefits come from exclusive HydroShield technology that serves as a moisture magnet to the skin. Dream Cream instantly increases moisture retention, making skin smooth and youthful looking. And it tackles the appearance of dry lines and wrinkles in just one application.

It feels like I'm always saying "wow" when I use anything from Dr. Denese;! For starters, this cream has a heavenly texture. Just smoothing it on is "dreamy." It's rich, silky, luscious and pampering…and it also absorbs right away. No heaviness or greasiness at all. And it instantly hydrates; leaving my skin glowy, soft, supple and fresh.

This cream also contains an impressive list of ingredients (retinol, ceramide 2, rice extract, and a whole slew of peptides). Great for long term beauty as well as immediate gratification!

Check out the entire HydroShield Line line on the website. You may also want to browse the New Products and/or join the Beauty Junkie Club. You can also find Dr. Denese at QVC.
(ftc disclosure: received as a sample with purchase)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Colors! The Colors! FACE Stockholm Pot Glosses (review)

I've already missed a day, so let's get to it – I've been chomping at the bit to write this review ever since I got back from my shopping/movie/girl-talk trip to New York. Every single time my friend (Kristi) and I go to the Time Warner Center, I have to stop at FACE Stockholm and ogle all of the amazing treats. This time I finally treated myself to two gorgeous glosses.

Pot Gloss

Blurb: Perfect pots of shimmer and non-shimmer glosses to toss in your pocket or handbag. Brave enough to stand-alone or wear over FACE Stockholm Lipstick or complimentary Lip Pencil for high-voltage shine. Apply with fingertip or our #22 Lip Brush.

First, a giant thanks to the saleswoman who let us try on almost everything and answered all of our questions. FACE Stockholm stores are lovely boutiques with yummy, pretty things just stewn about like jewels. Everything is simple, elegant and very very chic.

What I love about these glosses are the colors. I couldn't believe how many new, exciting shades were laid out in front of me. Kristi and I were like kids in a candy store. FACE has some of the most amazing pigments - shades you probably can't find anywhere else. I picked up "Amusing" (a sparkly lavender) and "Impulsive" (a sheer, sexy gold). Neither of these colors are my "usual." I never would have thought I could wear a lavender gloss, but this looks amazing on me. And "Impulsive" looked almost like a pumpkin color in the pot; but became a hot, tawny gold on my lips. FACE glosses are highly pigmented, yet very sheer – which makes the edgy colors wearable and flattering.

The colors are what called to me, but the formula is excellent. The glosses are super shiny, moisturizing (no stickiness), and wear surprisingly well. I applied mine before 9am, and it was still there at 11:30.

I also played with one of their Mineral foundations while I was in the store, then ordered one when I got home, so I'll be writing a review when after arrives. (By the way, when I ordered, their customer service was awesome.)

Check out the website. There are a total of 36 colors (and that's just the glosses). They also carry a huge array of lipsticks, liners, treatments, tube glosses, shadows and (god help me) eyeliners. The Magic section is also pretty cool too. However, nothing beats a trip to one of the stores. If you're near one, get on over there and get yourself something pretty!

Happy Tuesday!
(ftc disclosure: purchased myself)

Go West! Kérastase West Coast "Our Treat" Event

Kérastase is hosting their 2nd Annual "Our Treat Event" tomorrow (June 23rd) for the Western part of the country! (The East Coast event was on May 26). Nearly 250 participating salons will open their doors and offer complimentary kerastase treatment rituals and blow outs (valued at $100). Kérastase has also partnered with Locks of Love, and will be encouraging lucky guests to contribute $10 to the cause.

This is an AMAZING event! Follow the link to check out which salons are participating and print out an invitation:

Read on (and check out the photos from the May 26 event)…

Kérastase Paris Announces the 2nd Annual Our Treat Event
Complimentary Hair Treatments and Blow-Outs In Support of Locks of Love

Kérastase will once again offer women across the country a gift of indulgence with the 2nd Annual Kérastase Our Treat Event. In 2009, Kérastase initiated the first-ever Our Treat Event, offering clients a complimentary Kerastase in-salon hair ritual and blow dry service. Last year, nearly 700 salons participated in this unprecedented event, offering nearly 13,000 complimentary Kérastase rituals to clients who attended. This summer, Kérastase plans to surpass last year’s efforts by hosting two momentous events for brand loyalists allowing them an opportunity to indulge in the highest level of personalized care and professional service (a $100 retail value).

With the overwhelming success of last year’s event, Kérastase chose to use this year’s program as a platform to give even more, and in the spirit of this has partnered with Locks of Love - a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss from any diagnosis. As Kerastase is dedicated to giving back to its enthusiasts, this partnership will provide clients with the opportunity to do the same and support a worthy cause. A donation of $10 will be suggested to participants following each complimentary treatment and blow-dry.

How “Our Treat” Works:

- Clients will be invited to visit to find a participating salon in their area and print their own invitation

- Clients are encouraged to share the invite with friends and family, as this event is for anyone and everyone who would like to take advantage of this special offer

- The event will take place in the western half of the US on June 23rd. Clients can visit to verify the event day in their area.

About Kérastase:
Kérastase Paris, the leading luxury treatment institute offers clients an unmatched promise:

- Transform hair with immediate, visible results

- Offer the latest innovations from La Recherche Avancée L’Oréal

- Use tailor-made treatments for every hair and scalp need

- Convey personalized hair and scalp diagnosis by trained stylists

- Provide comprehensive professional service for the ultimate salon experience

About Locks Of Love:

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The prostheses Locks of Love provide help to restore children’s self-esteem and confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers. The organization’s mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children.

Kérastase Paris is available at Kérastase Consultant Salons and at For salon locations call (877) 748-8357 or visit the website

Monday, June 21, 2010

I Feel Frazzled (again)

Sorry everyone - today is crazy, so I'll have to postpone my review until tomorrow! I hope you're all having a great day (and a calm day).

See you tomorrow!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hair Care Friday: Ojon Shine and Protect Shampoo, Conditioner and Glossing Mist (review)

Another weekend is here! I have a zillion errands to run, and then I'm going home to concoct a "theme" dessert for a party. This will end with me either proudly displaying my work, or running to the store at the last minute for a cake. Whatever the outcome, tonight I get to have fun playing junior scientist in the kitchen.

As for my other experiment (the growing out my hair after almost a decade), it's going pretty well. And lately I've been assisted by three completely fabulous items from Ojon.

Shine & Protect Shampoo

Blurb: Fortified with exclusive Ojon® oil, an ancient native secret to naturally beautiful hair from Central America’s Tawira tribe, known as “the people of beautiful hair.™” Part of the Ojon® Shine & Protect ritual, this shampoo is formulated with plant-based cleansing agents that provide a high-gloss shine to color-treated and natural hair. Enriched with exclusive Ojon® oil and a blend of Mandarin Orange, Papaya, Lime and Almond extracts, Broccoli Seed oil and Vitamin E, this ritual helps protect hair while giving hair brighter, more vivid color.

Shine & Protect Conditioner

Blurb: Part of the Ojon® Shine & Protect ritual, this conditioner is formulated to detangle color-treated and natural hair while providing a high-gloss shine. Enriched with exclusive Ojon® oil and a blend of Mandarin Orange, Papaya, Lime and Almond extracts, Broccoli Seed oil and Vitamin E, this ritual helps protect hair while giving hair brighter, more vivid color.

Shine & Protect Glossing Mist

Blurb: Ojon® Glossing Mist is a lightweight mist of pure shine that leaves a high-gloss finish. Enriched with exclusive Ojon® oil, Broccoli Seed, Wheat Germ and Sweet Almond oils, just 2 to 3 pumps helps protect while giving brighter, more vivid color.

My hair has been amazing while using these! Just plain amazing!

Some of the challenges of curly, color treated hair are keeping it conditioned and protecting the color. Another challenge is getting it to look healthy and shiny when I perform various hairdo "experiments." All three of these products performed beautifully.

First…I'm absolutely crazy about the Shampoo. I know shampoo isn't always the most exciting product; but this one blew me away. I'd taken another long ride in my friend's car with the top down. I had also forgotten to tie my hair back, so it was a tangled mess by the end of the day. I used this shampoo, and it completely dissolved every tangle. I was able to glide a comb through it before using any conditioner. It also set the stage for the other products to work. The Conditioner was light; but it conditioned and softened my hair without weighing it down. And in the mornings (when I re-wet my bed-head hair), it did an excellent job of detangling. The Mist was the finishing touch. A tiny (tiny!!) bit was all I needed. It gave an extra shine boost to my curls, and it was spectacular after I used my flat iron. (It worked best when I spritzed it on my hands and then worked it through my hair.) All three products worked well together to give me silky, soft hair with tons of shine! Yay!

Before I head off to play Betty Crocker, it's time for me to steer you towards the website (right now in the special offers section, you'll receive a bonus Animated Styling Cream if you try the NEW Volumizing 2-minute hair mask). Ojon is also available at Sephora, Ulta and Nordstrom (or you can check the where to buy section for local shops and salons).

Have a great weekend!
(ftc disclosure: sample/product received from manufacturer or representative)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Holding Up: Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation (review)

I'm more than a little sleepy today. On the way home last night, I wasn't paying attention and got on the wrong highway. By the time I finally realized what I'd done, I had added over an hour to my travel time. So I'm kind of droopy.

Cheesy tie-in: But even though I'm fading fast; my foundation has tons of staying power. Thanks to Bobbi Brown.

Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation (SPF 15)

Blurb: Oil-free, all-day wear so you’ll have soft-matte, even-looking skin without having to pile on powder throughout the day, this is Bobbi’s soft-matte “sequel” to our (now discontinued) Oil-Free Finish Foundation. Sponge-like powders absorb excess oil on the surface of the skin, while emollients lock in moisture to ensure skin remains perfectly balanced. Transfer-resistant formula helps create a barrier against heat and humidity for 8 hours of wear so makeup stays in place. Perfect for oily and normal/combination skin.

I went to an awesome Bobbi Brown event in early May, and got introduced to all kinds of gorgeous products. One of them was this Foundation. I really loved the way it looked, so I took a bottle home.

I'm so glad I did - this a really special foundation! It's a natural, fresh look paired with serious staying power. It gives medium coverage (which is somewhat buildable) and dries to a weightless, velvety, semi-matte finish. When I saw how my skin looked, I was really pleased; but I wasn't sure if it would last. Well it did. It stayed put all day and even kept my oiliness at bay. There was no color change, and very little shine. I've even tried this without using powder to set, and gotten almost the same great results!

Right now, the website is offering three generously sized minis with any purchase at checkout (until midnight tonight or while supplies last). Check out some of the Online Exclusives (and get free shipping with a $65 order). Bobbi Brown is also available at bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Blue Mercury.
(ftc disclosure: purchased myself)

History Making and Record Breaking: Estée Lauder

About two weeks ago (Friday June 4th), Estée Lauder Global Makeup Stylist Rick DiCecca broke the Guinness World Record for Most Lipstick Applications in 1 hour! Rick applied lipstick to 303 people (wiping out the previous record of 180). Read all about it…

Estée Lauder Global Makeup Stylist Makes Cosmetic History With The Help Of 303 Puckered Lips

New Guinness World Records Achievement Set by Rick DiCecca at Macy’s Flagship Store in Downtown Chicago on Friday, June 4

Estée Lauder broke the world record for Most Lipstick Applications in One Hour at Macy’s historic State Street location in downtown Chicago. Record-breaker and Estée Lauder Global Makeup Stylist, Rick DiCecca, applied lipstick on 303 participants to successfully break the previous record of 180 applications.

Chicagoans lined up at 12:00 pm on the ground floor of Macy’s on State Street and puckered up for DiCecca to work his magic. The feat was witnessed by an official Guinness World Records Adjudicator, Danny Girton, who verified that the attempt adhered to the strict guidelines of the record category and presented DiCecca with a certificate documenting his new world record.

“I am ecstatic to now hold the very first Guinness World Records achievement for Estée Lauder,” said DiCecca, who travels the world as a brand ambassador and creative consultant. “As a makeup artist, I’m used to working under pressure and this success was definitely a new and different way to challenge my skills.”

Guidelines for the record category stipulate that the lipstick must be applied consistently on the lower and upper lip of each model and the color must be within the lip lines. A different lipstick for each model must be used although any variety and color of lipstick is permitted. DiCecca needed both precision and speed to smash the previous record of 180 applications set by a European makeup artist in Madrid, Spain, on March 3rd of this year.

The record attempt kicked off at approximately 12:00 pm for exactly sixty minutes and was followed by the official certificate presentation by the Guinness World Records judge.

Awesome Look: Aveda at Jason Wu

Here's another one of those awesome loose braids that I'm dying to wear. I'm still waiting for my hair to grow out, but check out this lovely model's look from Aveda

A chic braid at Jason Wu Resort Show with Jenn Chiminiello for Aveda

On June 4, Jenn Chiminiello, Master Stylist at Aveda Vandam Street Lifestyle Salon in New York City, created an updated braid using Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray at the Jason Wu Resort 2011 show in New York.

“The Jason Wu hair look for Resort 2011 is a slightly tousled, modernized braid that is both innocent and sexy. The freshness of the braid complements the romantic florals and pretty plaids in Jason’s collection.” —Jenn Chiminiello for Aveda

How To Get The Look:

1. Prep damp hair with Aveda Brilliant™ Damage Control™ to add shine and protect hair from the hazards of heat styling. Then massage Aveda Phomollient™ Styling Foam from roots to ends to add body. Blow-dry with a round brush, curling the ends of hair under as you dry.

2. Use a comb to create a messy part wherever hair parts naturally. For extra volume at the crown, backcomb the roots with a fine-toothed comb.

4. Divide hair into two side sections and one back section. Create a tight braid with the back section of hair and secure at the end with a clear elastic band.

5. Take the left section of hair and lace through the braid, securing at the bottom with a clear elastic band, on top of the elastic already holding the braid. Repeat with right section of hair.

6. For layered hair, take any flyway pieces near the front of the face and secure with bobby pins at each side of the braid, behind the ears. Secure other loose strands into the braid as needed.

7. Finish by spraying the braid liberally with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray to keep hair steadily in place.

Aveda Products Used

Aveda Phomollient™ Styling Foam
Aveda Brilliant™ Damage Control™
Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray (launching in June 2010)

Q: What was your inspiration for this look? How did you collaborate with the designer to create the look?

“Jason’s collection was inspired by the look of the dewy pixie girls who graced the covers of 1960’s fashion magazines. The updated braid we created for the show reflects that fresh and youthful feel.” —Jenn Chiminiello for Aveda.

Q: How could a woman achieve this look on her own?

“This style looks pretty and fresh for daytime and super romantic for evening. To keep the look from going flat, apply Aveda Phomollient™ Styling Foam to damp hair, massaging from roots to ends, and blow dry with a round brush. Then divide hair into two side sections and one back section. Create a tight braid with the back section of hair, securing with an elastic. Wrap pieces of hair from each side through the braid, securing with an elastic at the bottom of the braid. To keep the style in place, spray liberally with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.”

—Jenn Chiminiello for Aveda.


Meet the "Squad": Schick Quattro "Q Squad"

Passing some news along. The folks at Schick have picked a great panel of women to share their lifestyle know-how…

Schick® Quattro For Women® Announces ‘The Q Squad™’ Panel of Experts
Smooth Moves To Enhance Women’s Lives

Schick® Quattro for Women®, the first brand to design a high performance four bladed razor for women, is proud to announce ‘The Q Squad™’ – a panel of lifestyle experts who will inform and empower women to take charge of their lives.

Quattro for Women® has selected a unique group of women they call ‘The Q Squad™’, which includes celebrity Fashion Stylist Jennifer Rade, Fitness Guru Gina Lombardi and Life Coach Gabrielle Bernstein, that will inform, teach and inspire the Quattro for Women® user. Monthly, visitors to the Quattro for Women® website and Facebook page will have the opportunity to learn from each of these women by getting insider tips and tricks from each on how to better their wardrobe, achieve a fit body, and open their mind to endless opportunities to achieve a perfectly balanced lifestyle.

“We are very excited to be announcing ‘The Q Squad™,’” says Quattro for Women® Brand Manager, Heather Inyart. “Today’s woman is sassy, confident, and always looking to better herself with new experiences and knowledge. This amazing panel of talented women will give her insights on achieving success and living a more fabulous life”.

Fashion Stylist Jennifer Rade – Stylist to the stars, Jennifer Rade began her career as a costume designer working on music videos for top artists such as Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre. With such a stylish start, Jen has spent the past 10 years working with top musicians and Hollywood’s elite to ensure they look good on and off the red carpet. Today, Jen spends her days dressing stars like Angelina Jolie, Pink, Dave Matthews, LL Cool J and more.

Fitness Guru Gina Lombardi – With over 20 years of fitness experience and thousands of hours spent one-on-one training, Gina Lombardi is one of America’s most popular fitness experts around. Regularly quoted in top magazines such as Shape, Health, and MSNBC.COM, featured on various TV shows such as FIT NATION on Discovery Channel’s Fit TV, a spokesperson for a variety of fitness/health brands and the author of Deadline Fitness, Gina is the constant go-to for learning how to get healthy, stay fit and achieve your best body ever.

Life Coach Gabrielle Bernstein – Motivational speaker, life coach and author, Gabrielle Bernstein is the hippest gal in town helping women achieve the most happiness in their life through her Falling in Love with Your Future: A Young Woman’s Guide to Passion and Happiness program. Confident, spunky and always with a smile, Gabrielle is boosting the confidence of women of all ages with the 2010 launch of her first book Add More ~ing to Your Life.

The stylish Schick® Quattro for Women® family of shaving products gives women the ultimate long-lasting smooth shave so they can skip a day or two. The brand’s signature fuchsia metal razor has been recently redesigned to be more comfortable to hold while its innovative TrimStyle® razor remains the only razor and bikini trimmer in one. For the active fashionista, Quattro for Women® also offers premium disposable razors in a variety of fun colors so women don’t have to give up performance or style when they’re on the go. The complete Schick® Quattro for Women® collection is available at drug, grocery, and mass merchandisers nationwide.


Summer's Coming: Bobbi Brown's Beach Club

Hey everyone! I'm reviewing a foundation from Bobbi Brown today, and thought I'd also share this beauty news that came my way…

Shy About Shimmer?
Give Us 5 Minutes. We’ll Make You Glow.

“I’m always inspired by how happy and healthy people look on the beach. Nothing says summer to me like pretty, glowing skin and shimmering lids.” – Bobbi Brown

Introducing Bobbi’s Beach Club Collection which features everything you need to get gleaming skin and iridescent lids.

Beach Shimmer Brick, Limited Edition
Hand-made in Italy, Bobbi’s new Beach Shimmer Brick compact features five bars of warm, pearlized shimmer to create a beautiful seaside glow. Run the Face Blender Brush across all five shades and lightly dust over cheeks and forehead, or wear just one shade on your eyes for subtle glimmer.

Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadows, New
Our award-winning formula now available in glistening pastels from ocean blue to oyster pink. For a sheer effect, blend on lids with your fingers. For a more dramatic look, add another layer or wear on top of your favorite shadow for soft shimmer. Stays color-true and crease-free all day. New shades include: Moonstone, Opal, Surf and Pink Oyster.

Shore Long-Wear Cream Shadow, New
A soft matte beige perfect for a look that’s just one notch up from natural, Shore Long-Wear Cream Shadow will stay color-true and crease-free all day.

Clear Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15, New
A lightweight, soft shine lipstick that doubles as a rejuvenating treatment, Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 instantly comforts dry, chapped lips and provides long-term moisturization with natural Cocoa and Shea Butters, Jojoba, Apricot Kernel and Avocado Oils. Peptides, along with Vitamin C and Paracress, stimulate collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while SPF 15 helps prevent sun damage.

Bobbi’s Beach Club will be available in June 2010 from

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Winsome Wednesday: Liz Earle Botanical Essence No. 1 (review)

Yes, I did just use the word "winsome." It means "charming, appealing, charismatic…" you get the picture. (I could have used any of those words, but I picked the one that began with a "W.") After all the craziness yesterday, I felt today would be a nice day for some charm. In fragrance form. From Liz Earle.

Botanical Essence™ Eau De Parfum No.1

Blurb: For our first ever bespoke fragrance, we’ve used the finest natural botanical ingredients from around the world and the expert skills of a distinguished perfumer from Grasse, France. We gave him the time to indulge in this age-old art, skilfully hand-crafting this complex scent with true passion to create a vibrant, sparkling fragrance translating into warmth and sensuality – and it’s just won its first two UK awards. Over 98% directly derived from natural ingredients, this sensuous fragrance can be worn every day. Spritz generously all over any time your spirits need a boost.

Since Liz Earle is a skincare company (a fabulous one); I wasn't sure what to expect. I imagined it would resemble some of their bath/body care more than an actual stand alone fragrance. Not at all – it's a wonderful, fresh, summery Eau De Parfum!

It begins with lots of crisp, bright lemon and mandarin notes (with a hint of musk). After a few moments, it dries down to a warmer scent that showcases the blend of herbal and floral notes. It's really gorgeous. What also wowed me was the fact that it's made from 98% natural ingredients, yet still lasted well into the day. And as more time went by, the fragrance became warmer and earthier, and a little more of the rose peeked through. Thoroughly charming!

The Eau De Parfum is launching in the U.S. this summer. You can register here to be notified when it arrives (and right now it's available on the U.K. website here). And if you need to do some general browsing, visit the U.S. website (and check out the Summer Newsletter).
(ftc disclosure: sample/product received from manufacturer or representative)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday Stress Fest Relief: Skyn Iceland Glacial Facial Wash (review)

Yikes! What is it about Tuesdays lately? Today has been absolute madness, and so was last Tuesday. Last week I was so cooked that I had to skip my review. I was a little tempted to do the same thing today; but instead I'm opting for a cheesy tie-in. I'm reviewing a product from the company whose slogan is "Solutions for Stressed Skin." Say hello to something soothing and lovely from Skyn Iceland.

Glacial Facial Wash with Biospheric Complex

Blurb: Is your skin depleted, congested and irritated from a high-octane, 24-7 lifestyle? Pamper it with a refreshing, soothing cleanser that will leave your skin feeling squeaky clean. Glacial Face Wash helps relieve bumps, breakouts and irritation due to stress-related increases in hormone levels and oil production. Formulated with the purest Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial botanicals, this creamy, foaming cleanser is exceedingly mild, so it detoxifies and purifies without stripping skin of its natural moisture. Skin's harmony, balance and glow are restored.

Skyn Iceland created a wonderful line of paraben-free, natural products to help skin cope with environmental and lifestyle stresses (and the folks in Iceland probably know a whole lot more about stress these days than I do). This cleanser contains all kinds of fabulous ingredients to rid skin of impurities (oats, white willow bark, Icelandic kelp and cylindrical seed oil to name a few), while being soothing and calming.

This is an incredible cleanser for those of us with oily and breakout-prone skin! It's creamy, luscious, and gently deep cleans every bit of oil, dirt and makeup. White willow bark (a naturally occurring form of salicylic acid) helps prevent breakouts, and the Icelandic kelp combats inflammation. There was a tiny bit of tingling, but it wasn't harsh or drying at all. After I rinsed, my skin felt calm, balanced and perfectly clean. And a little bit goes a long way (I learned this after a very foamy first try). It also smells wonderful – what's not to love?

As always, I recommend you head on over the website for a proper browse. There's a great section about Stress and Skin, and there's also an interesting page about the The Iceland Connection. Skyn Iceland is also sold at Sephora and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Happy Tuesday!
(ftc disclosure: received as a sample with purchase)

New! Pure Color Gloss Coming From Estée Lauder (and Custom Color Collection)

Wow – more new cool stuff for summer! Check it out…

Estée Lauder Introduces New Pure Color Gloss

34 Seductive Shades, 3 Brilliant Finishes and a Custom Collection by World-Renowned Makeup Artist, Tom Pecheux

"Gloss brings a highlight and sensuality to the face. For me, a woman who wears a gloss looks like she wants to be kissed!" – Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder introduces the next generation of color with high-impact glosses that drench lips in enviably chic shades. Lasting shine, maximum moisture and three multi-dimensional finishes combined with vibrant color and nuanced tones, set the stage for a modern, sensual look. A special collaboration of six fashion-forward shades by Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux folds into the irresistible collection of bold, juicy hues and subdued neutrals, redefining color for lips. Experience a collection of rich attitude and saturated color by Estée Lauder.

34 Bold, Seductive Shades

• Exclusive True VisionTM Technology wraps pigments in a crystal-like coating to provide intense, brilliant color and shine
• A subtle to high-impact color palette ensures a shade for all skin tones and desirable lip looks
• Smooth, even pigments impart a soft, fullness to the lips
• 34 sleek shades of natural nudes, edible berries, seductive reds and sensual plums

3 Luxurious Finishes

• From a soft satin shine to an energetic sparkle, these three distinct finishes glide onto the lips to draw maximum attention:

SHINE: Color-true pigment polymers deliver an ultra shiny, glossy finish
SHIMMER: Finely cut pearls provide a mirrored shine with fierce shimmer
SPARKLE: Super high-shine fused with high-powered metallic sparkle for the most dramatic look

Infinite Moisture

• Vitamin C and Vitamin E moisturize and help protect lips
• Multi-functional humectants enhance lips’ emolliency and moisturization leaving lips immediately soft and hydrated
• Over time the condition of the lips improves, feeling and looking younger and healthier

Lightweight, Comfortable Texture

• Non-sticky, non-tacky formula leaves lips beautifully cushioned
• The new flexible, precision applicator delivers the perfect opacity in an even and fluid application
• Exclusive signature fig scent

Availability: NEW Pure Color Gloss will be available at all Estée Lauder counters nationwide and starting in June 2010.

Pure Color Gloss Custom Color Collection by Tom Pecheux

Taking cues from his work on the runway, world-renowned makeup artist and Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux introduces his first lip gloss collection for Estée Lauder, creating the perfect marriage between style and beauty. Six high-performing shades are Tom’s secret weapon for creating any backstage look, from avant-garde glamour to natural femininity. The universal color palette includes a shine finish with color that is buildable from medium to full coverage.

Availability: Starting June 2010, Tom Pecheux’s Collection will be available at Nordstrom counters nationwide and

Eye Candy: Lorac's Little Black Palette

Take a look at the info I got about the Little Black Palette from Lorac. I've been eyeing this for weeks. Check it out and you'll see why I've been so tempted…

Everyone Needs A “Little Black Palette”

Celebrity Makeup Artist & Creator Of Lorac, Carol Shaw And Fashion Authority, Allen Schwartz Of A.B.S. Share How To Make The Most Of Your Look

This season fashion and beauty collide with the latest launch from LORAC. LORAC is thrilled to offer you the equivalent of the little black dress (LBD!) in cosmetics with the introduction of the LITTLE BLACK PALETTE – an accessory featuring 4 color-coordinating, silky-smooth wearable BAKED EYE SHADOWS and a mini BEHIND THE SCENES EYE SHADOW PRIMER. Just like every glamour gal needs a go-to black dress that she can wear day or night and feel confident in, every girl must get her hands on this makeup essential.

LITTLE BLACK PALETTE is a must-have accessory on and off the Red Carpet, featuring gorgeous shimmering BAKED EYE SHADOWS in rich gold and dazzling bronze shades and a long-wearing BEHIND THE SCENES EYE SHADOW PRIMER that keeps your eye makeup picture-perfect all day long. Mix these neutral hues to add a subtle hint of shimmer to your lids for day or create a sexy smoky eye for night. Packaged in a sleek, black patent leather case – this palette not only transforms your look, it transforms your wardrobe -- evening wear designer Allen Schwartz of A.B.S agrees!

Red Carpet Authorities – Makeup Artist, Carol Shaw, and Allen Schwartz, Designer and Founder of A.B.S., share their secrets on how to change up your look in a cinch this summer season!

“You can always depend on LORAC’s LITTLE BLACK PALETTE and a little black dress from A.B.S. to look and feel great,” says Carol Shaw. ”Creating a smoky eye with my LITTLE BLACK PALETTE will take your little black dress from day time to glam time – instantly,” says Shaw.

Makeup can be used to accent fashion as shown by LORAC’s LITTLE BLACK PALETTE. “You can wear one of my dresses a number of ways by simply changing up your makeup from a casual-chic day look to a glamorous style perfect for night,” says Allen Schwartz. Timeless, classic looks are always in style and can easily be achieved with this versatile palette. “The beautiful, universally flattering nude and bronze warm tones reflect what’s happening now in fashion,” says Schwartz.

By pairing Allen Schwartz’s chic little black dresses and LORAC’s LITTLE BLACK PALETTE, you’ll create a chic and elegant look that will never go out of style!

LITTLE BLACK PALETTE retails for $32 (with a $72 value!) at Sephora, ULTA,, and


Curls on the Red Carpet: Ouidad and Young Hollywood

Check it out! These young starlets are sporting Ouidad's curly versions of that effortlessly put together look – love it!

Trend Alert - Red Carpet Curls!

Young Hollywood rocked fabulous, flirty curls at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. On a night were anything goes and celebs kick their personal style up a notch – these ladies did not disappoint. Nikki Reed, Anna Kendrick, Vanessa Hudgens and Scarlett Johansson strutted down the red carpet with cool, curl perfection.

For A-list locks, Ouidad Styling Mist is a Hollywood mane-stay. Styling Mist is a light spray designed with a dual purpose – to hold a style in place and as a setting spray to secure strands in a specific pattern. Designed for long-lasting hold while allowing for movement and is never sticky – Styling Mist keeps curls famously flawless all night long.

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