Friday, October 29, 2010

Hair Care Friday: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Overnight Hair Rescue (review)

Sometimes I like a hair care product so much that it’s really hard to wait all week to tell you about it. But now it’s finally Friday! And…it’s finally time to tell you about this awesome overnight treatment from Alterna.

Caviar Anti-Aging Overnight Hair Rescue

Blurb: Repair While you Sleep. Overnight Rescue with Age-Control Complex® & Enzymetherapy® instantly penetrates deeply into hair, delivering vital nutrients for truly transformational results while you sleep. After just one use, awaken to silky, shiny hair that looks and feels remarkably, stronger, healthier, and visibly rejuvenated. Won't leave residue on your pillow. Free of parabens, gluten, phthalates, mineral oil, paraffin, DEA, TEA, petrolatum & PABA.

Fabulous treatment! I had a chance to give it a really good test this week too. I’ve been trying out a bunch of hairstyles and styling products because I wanted a really elaborate hairdo for Halloween. It turns out I don’t look that great with elaborate hair; but it took several tries and a whole slew of gels, sprays, sculpting products, and whatnot to find that out. It was pretty fun experimenting; but after I was done, my hair was in need of serious repair.

To being with, this treatment is an absolute pleasure to use. It’s easy to apply, smells wonderful, isn’t greasy (at all), and penetrated so well that there was no residue on my bandana (or pillow) in the morning!

And it worked! My teased, overwrought, over-producted hair was transformed into soft, shiny, manageable hair. It even eased out most of the tangles as I rinsed! My ends were especially healthy looking. I can’t believe it did so much in one night!

The website has tons of fabulous items and ideas to get and keep your hair looking amazing. I also suggest checking out the philanthropy page and of course the salon locator. Alterna products are also available at,, and Ulta.

And to get the Halloween party started, here’s a pretty good “Horror” spoof trailer from that wealth of entertainment known as YouTube.

Happy Friday, and have a safe, spooky and happy Halloween!

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

Happy Fabulous Friday! Bobbi Brown Smoky, Sultry, Smoldering Collection/November '10

Yay! I love this whole concept! It’s hot, dramatic, intense and very versatile. Check it out…

Bobbi Brown Smoky, Sultry, Smoldering Collection

“Women think they’re either eye girls or lip girls—but why limit yourself? This collection is all about what mood you’re in. Whether you want a pale eye with a strong, sexy lip or feel like a dramatic smoky eye with a nearly-naked lip, these shades let you switch it up.” - Bobbi Brown

Choose Your Glam
Smoky, Sultry, Smoldering Collection
November 2010

New Long-Wear Eye Paints (Featured in each Eye Palette): Introducing Long Wear Eye Paints, Bobbi’s new high-pigment metallic eye shadows that can be worn wet or dry. Apply them with a damp Cream Shadow Brush for a strong, luminous and long-lasting pop of shimmering color that won’t crease. Or layer and blend your favorite shade with an Eye Shadow Brush until you’ve reached just the right intensity.

Limited Edition Eye Palettes: From classic charcoal to rich plum to warm gold, Bobbi’s got three new ways to go all out on your eye makeup with the new Smoky, Sultry and Smoldering Eye Palettes. Each one features a base and an eye liner color plus a bold metallic and a dramatic shade of Bobbi’s new Long-Wear Eye Paint.

Smoky Eye Palette: White Eye Shadow, Tin Metallic Eye Shadow, Storm Eye Shadow, Onyx Long-Wear Eye Paint
Sultry Eye Palette: Bone Eye Shadow, Antique Gold Metallic Eye Shadow, Caviar Eye Shadow, Brandy Long-Wear Eye Paint
Smoldering Eye Palette: Ivory Eye Shadow, Heather Lilac Metallic Eye Shadow, Charcoal Eye Shadow, Port Long-Wear Eye Paint

Limited Edition Glitter Eyeliner: Like paillettes for your eyes. Glitter Liquid Eyeliner contains a blend of sparkling pearls to create brilliant shine and intense metallic color—great for transforming your daytime into a party-perfect look. Bobbi’s superfine applicator tip makes it easy to line your eyes like a pro. Plus, it’s longlasting and waterproof, so it will stay put until you’re ready to call it a night. Shake well before use.

Pretty Powerful Lips: Always on a mission to make tricky shades more wearable, Bobbi designed four new shades of Lip Color and Metallic Lip Color—each one inspired by retro, screen-siren lips. Swipe on straight from the tube for the most coverage or, for extra precision, use a Lip Brush and follow with Lip Liner. Want a sheer stain? Press on your lips with fingers.

Lip Color: Introducing three new shades of Bobbi’s Lip Color in Vixen Red (LTD), Vintage Red (LTD) and Hollywood Red.

Metallic Lip Color in Jewel Red

Lip Gloss: Now available in two beautiful new shades of red. Wear on its own for sheer color or swipe on top of lipstick for extra shine. Bonus: Infused with soothing botanical extracts to keep lips healthy and soft. Now available in Red and Scarlet.

Red Lip Liner: For a flawlessly precise red lip, apply Lip Liner after lipstick. It’s long-wearing, glides on smoothly, and comes with its own sharpener.

Limited Edition Mini Brush Set: Four professional-quality brushes—downsized to fit your sleekest evening clutch. Set features two brushes to define eyes plus a Lip Brush and our multi-purpose Face Blender Brush, which can be used to apply powder, bronzer and blush.

Happy Fabulous Friday! Emma Stone and Lauren Bush at blow NY

For those of you New Yorkers needing an extra super perfect blowout for any possible weekend blowout, you may want to check out blow NY (or at least read about the celebrity sightings)…

VIP sightings at blow NY

Just spotted - Emma Stone (host of last week’s SNL) and Lauren Bush getting blow outs at blow, the new york bar Downtown!!

With blow out bars all the rage these days, it’s no wonder celebrities are flocking to the ORIGINAL blow dry bar – blow NY opened its first location in the meatpacking district in 2005, joined by blow NY Uptown (64th and Lexington) 2 years later.

For non-NYCers enjoy their at home product range blow hair care, the only line fully dedicated to giving you the perfect blow out and available nationwide at fine salons and Ulta (and With 80% of women consistently blow drying their hair, blow NY addressed the number 1 complaint - speed and need for long lasting results – with Ready Set Blow express blow dry lotion this fall.

Happy Fabulous Friday! Kim Kardashian in NY for FusionBeauty

Check out this amazing photo of Kim Kardashian at the FusionBeauty event…

Kim Kardashian Steps Out in New York City for FusionBeauty!

Want to achieve her flawless face?

“I used the FusionBeauty Illumifill in the T-Zone area and above the hollows of the cheeks and above the lip. For a controlled highlight, use Illumifill in the specific desired areas.” Suggests celebrity make-up artist, Joyce Bonelli.

Check out the other FusionBeauty products used on Kim to achieve her fresh faced look that’s perfect for stepping into Fall:

· FusionBeauty LipFusion Color Shine in 24K
· Fusion Beauty PrimeResults Brightening Primer
· FusionBeauty IllumiFill Line Filling Luminizer
· FusionBeauty Finishing Powder in Rose Gold

Happy Fabulous Friday! Sprunk-Jansen MASCULINE™ wins!

Sprunk-Jansen is on a roll. Read about their award from Better Nutrition Magazine…

Sprunk-Jansen MASCULINE™ Named Winner in
Better Nutrition Magazine’s Best of Supplement Awards!

Sprunk-Jansen has won again! Better Nutrition announced that Sprunk-Jansen was awarded its popular “Best of Supplements Award 2010.” A panel of experts awarded MASCULINE™ in the Men’s Health category. The official release of the winners will be announced in the November issue of Better Nutrition.

Better Nutrition is a leading natural health magazine that is carried by over 1200 US natural food retailers and distributed to over 350,000 consumers. The awards were given to those products that met Better Nutrition’s stringent criteria.

Interviews and surveys were issued to a panel of experts to help select the winning products. The panel consisted of health food store retailers, holistic physicians, naturopaths, herbalists, and other practitioners. Of the 500+ products that were submitted for the awards, the panelists selected only 75 winning products across 27 categories. This is the third Better Nutrition award Sprunk-Jansen has received in the last two years.

MASCULINE™ is formulated with asafoetida, a legendary aphrodisiac herb known to decrease fatigue and boost sexual desire. This tonic is formulated to help improve sexual experience naturally. It’s been clinically tested to be safe and effective.

Happy Fabulous Friday! Triphala Radiance Firming Serum

I have a whole bunch of great beauty news for you today. Let's start with info about the Radiance Firming Serum from KeSARI Skin Care…

Indian Bridal Beauty by KeSARI

Katy Perry fully embraced Indian beauty rituals at her wedding to Russell Brand this past Sunday. Before tying the knot, Katy was spotted with a traditional bridal nose ring and getting henna on her palms and hands.

Sound inspiring? Your readers can also add eastern tradition in to their skincare regimen with one of the oldest and most sacred Indian traditions performed the day before a bride’s wedding ceremony. Ubtan, a mixture of Indian spices (found at any spice shop) is mixed with saffron and rubbed all over the brides face, hands, and feet to rejuvenate and brighten her skin for her wedding day.

The same effect can be achieved with KeSARI, a new skin care line inspired by India’s natural healing ingredients and ancient traditions. The traditional bridal routine is bottled in KeSARI’s saffron-loaded Triphala Radiance Firming Serum, which is modernized with a Peptide Complex and time-released Retinol to brighten skin.

KeSARI’s Triphala Radiance Firming Serum is available on

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Your Thursday Face: NYC Smooth & Natural Matte Powder Foundation

I told you I’d be back! Since I’ve taken forever to write something (and it’s already after 11:00pm), I should probably get right to the review.

Today’s fine face item is a fantastic foundation from NYC.

NEW! Smooth & Natural Matte Powder Foundation

Blurb: Foundation and powder in one simple step! Your go-to foundation for a picture perfect complexion! Smooth & Natural Matte Powder Foundation absorbs excess oil for a shine-free finish while leaving your skin silky and soft to the touch.

This is one of the nicest surprises I’ve come across. I really loved using this foundation. It goes on evenly and has a nice, silky feel. It comes with a sponge, but I thought it worked especially well with my kabuki brush (my powder brush too). The coverage is sheer to medium, with a very pretty, natural-looking matte finish. It did a very good job of evening out my skin tone, and had wonderful oil control.

This is great for the vanity, and the slim packaging (and the fact that it works both as a foundation and a finish) make it great for your bag too. It’s also an excellent value ($4.99)!

Check out the website. There’s a really nice selection of colors. There’s also a retail locator and a section with beauty tips. N.Y.C. is sold in supermarkets, drugstores and places like Ulta, Target, and Walmart.

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

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pre-Halloween Madness!! And Gladness!

For the last 2 days I've been working like mad on my Halloween costume. Last year I decided to make a genie costume - only I decided this on Halloween day. Bad idea. I didn't have enough time, so the costume was a gigantic fail (I still had an awesome time - but no costume).

So this year, I got the bright idea of starting my costume...wait for it...ahead of time. I'm pretty proud of myself. No tears, no frantic running around, and no eleventh hour meltdown. Woo Hoo!

It's almost midnight, and I am now the proud owner of a fabulous sparkly genie costume! Of course, the whole reason for choosing a genie costume in the first place was so that I can do genie MAKEUP on Saturday night. I can't wait!!!!!!!

All this is a very long explanation of why there wasn't a review yesterday or today. Not to worry. Tomorrow I'll be returning with a fine face product for Thursday.

Until then...I hope you're all having a lovely week.

And just to keep the genie vibe about the beginning of the I Dream of Jeannie pilot? How adorable is Barbara Eden? And Major Nelson...what were you thinking?!?

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Color of Monday (Extravagant): Estée Lauder Pure Five Color Shadow Palette and Long Lasting Lipstick from the Holiday 2010 Collection (review)

It’s getting kind of late (okay more than kind of), but I absolutely cannot go to sleep until I get my beauty rave on. Estée Lauder’s holiday collections are amazing; and this year’s is no exception. And…I got to check out two fabulous items!

Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in "Extravagant Gold" (Limited Edition)
Blurb: Eyeshadow that makes eyes come alive. Versatile 5-color palette allows you to play with intensities, mix and blend shades, express different attitudes-soft to bold. Holds 5 varying color intensities and finishes: matte, satin, shimmer or metallic. The highlighter is the magic touch. Use it to brighten the look and widen eyes instantly. The deepest shade structures and defines the eyes. Ophthalmologist-tested. Fragrance-free.

Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in "Extravagant Berry" (Limited Edition)

Blurb: Pure impact. Pure luxury. Pure emotion. Pure Color. Lead a Colorful Life. Intense, long-wearing color creates maximum impact. High fashion shades with medium-to full coverage. Luxurious formula pampers, comforts with Vitamins C and E plus natural moisturizers. Delicately fragranced with a delectable fresh fig scent. Dramatic. Provocative. Perfect. We've got your color.

I reviewed one of the 5-color shadow palettes in July and fell in love. The packaging (gorgeous, sleek, and portable) and the formula (velvety, easy to blend, luxurious, and long lasting) are excellent. And the colors in this limited edition palette are superb. A series of tawny/golden shades ranging from palest champagne to a deep cocoa (which also worked as a beautiful liner). The colors are versatile, sophisticated, and can be worn for subtle effects during the day, then dialed way up for evening.

This was my first time trying a Pure Color Lipstick and I was blown away! The shade is a yummy berry with a hint of gold shimmer – absolutely lovely. The color is deep, highly saturated, and the finish is just the right balance of elegance and shimmer. The formula is incredible – rich, luscious and velvety. It softened my lips, felt amazing, and lasted like you wouldn’t believe. Not only did it stay put; but when it did start to wear off, it left a lovely berry-hued stain behind. A truly fabulous lipstick!

There’s an entire Extravagant Holiday Collection to be browsed on the website. And you can also check out what's new and visit the promotions page. Estée Lauder is also sold in fine department stores.

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

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hair Care Friday: Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner (review)

Yes, you read it right. The folks at Liz Earle (makers of fabulous skincare) have launched an awesome hair care line!

Botanical Shine Shampoo (for all hair types)

Blurb: With West African shea butter, natural source vitamin E, shine-boosting apple and orange extracts plus naturally derived cleansers, our shampoo gently cleans without stripping to leave hair soft, shiny and smooth. Contains no sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate.

Botanical Shine Conditioner (for dry or damaged hair)

Blurb: Specially formulated with West African shea butter, yangu oil, blue seakale and shine-boosting apple and orange extracts, our ultra-rich colour safe conditioner leaves dry or damaged hair hydrated, under control, soft and smooth.

This is truly amazing hair care - I was absolutely wowed! Just go get some.

The shampoo has a rich, gorgeous lather (a little bit goes a long way). It detangles slightly, and cleans very well without stripping or leaving any residue. The conditioner finishes the detangling, and adds softness and shine. Both have a fabulous herbal fragrance.

Using them was a pleasure, and I can’t fully describe to you how wonderful my hair felt! My dry, color-treated, curly hair became shiny, bouncy and baby soft. There was no frizz and no fuzz – I didn’t even use leave-in products! I couldn’t stop touching my hair all day – it just felt so good!

The Shampoo is for all hair types, and the conditioners are formulated for normal, dry/damaged and oily hair. Take a look at the website for more information as well as stellar reviews. Don’t forget to look at the current autumn & winter offer, latest newsletter, and the holiday sneak peak.

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

Friday Fun: Friends and Family Event - Save 20% on NeoStrata and Exuviance!

Neostrata’s Friends & Family Event has started! Just enter code FRIENDS during checkout to receive 20% off your entire order.

Friday Fun: Holiday Fabulousness from Strange Invisible Perfumes

O my goodness, I love this company! Their whole approach to fragrance is uniquely gorgeous and amazing. Check out what’s coming for the holidays…

Scents Of The Season From Strange Invisible Perfumes

For a unique and personal holiday gift, look no further than Strange Invisible Perfumes. The Venice, CA-based botanical perfumery offers a wide selection of all-natural fragrances, including two special limited edition offerings, sure to spread some cheer.

Elektrou - the essence of fall
• Limited Edition Pure Perfume
• Amber
• Vanilla
• Sandalwood
• Inspired by the word elektrou, meaning “of amber” in ancient Greek
• 0.25 fl. oz. pure perfume $325
• Available in-store or by phone only

Ojai Diffuser
• Limited Edition Pure Essential Oil Blend for Wood-Base Diffuser
• Wildcrafted, biodynamic and hydro-distilled essences
• Bay Leaf
• Bergamot
• Orange
• Lavender
• Essential Oil Blend $65
• Wood-Base Nebulizing Diffuser $110
• Available in-store or by phone only

The Collection
Strange Invisible Perfumes’ fragrance collection includes 11 eaux de parfum and 23 pure perfumes. Each one is masterfully designed and hand-blended from botanical essences and bottled in-house to create a precious and personal gift for both men and women.

Strange Invisible Perfumes are available at:
• Strange Invisible Perfumes Flagship Boutique
1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
(310) 314-1505
• Select specialty retailers

Friday Fun: New Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation

How thoroughly fabulous does this look?

Introducing Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation SPF 12

“It’s taken me more than five years to create this foundation. I tested it at shoots, on models, friends and my team until I got it just right. Applied wet or dry, it evens out your skin and gives it a brightness that lasts all day—in any kind of lighting. And because it’s so finely milled, it looks incredibly natural.” - Bobbi Brown

Finally, a foundation that cuts shine while creating a radiant, diffused look. Creamy and soft to the touch yet light and airy, this buildable powder formula can be applied wet or dry. Reflective pigments optically diffuse skin imperfections and minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles for a flawless, even glow.

The Feel: A unique combination of emollient Coco-Glyceride and spherical powders give the formula its soft, weightless and cushiony feel and help it glide on easily and blend seamlessly.

The Benefits: Coated pigments provide a matte, velvety texture while reflective pigments deliver a fresh, healthy glow.

Customize your level of coverage:
- For high coverage, smooth it on with a damp sponge.
- For medium coverage, apply it with a puff or dry sponge.
- For sheer coverage, dust it on with a powder brush.

Available in 20 skin tone-correct shades.

Available October 2010 at Bobbi Brown counters and

Friday Fun: Lashem™ Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Lashem™ Lash Gel promotes healthier and longer lashes, and they’re promoting breast cancer awareness. Read all about them and their support of “Think Pink Rocks.”

Pink, Its Not Just a Color, Its Power... Year Round

Lashem™ is proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness. As a year-round initiative, a portion of Lashem’s Measurable Difference Lash Gel will be donated to Think Pink Rocks.

Experience the difference with Lashem™ Measurable Difference Lash Gel, the only dual-patented lash growth product on the market that promotes healthier, longer, and fuller lashes in as little as two weeks. Lashem™’s clinically tested formula uses natural ingredients and a conditioning complex guaranteed to give lashes the length without the irritation.

Think Pink Rocks is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about early detection of and genetic testing for breast cancer and to provide funding for screening, treatment and research.

To make a donation toward breast cancer research and treatment, go to

Friday Fun: Stay Safe and Sleek with Shu Uemura, Kérastase and Blow

Now that the Brazilian Blowout has been pulled, here are some much safer ways to get polished and sleek hair…

Safe Ways To Achieve Silky Smooth Hair

WWD recently announced the controversial harmful effects of the professional hair-smoothing treatment called Brazilian Blowout, specifically its use of formaldehyde. Luckily, safe alternatives are available on the market in both haircare and styling to help clients battle frizzy, voluminous hair to achieve sleek, smooth results.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair ShuSu Sleek: Debuted in exclusive, high-end salons in September 2011. Available in a Shampoo ($45), Conditioner ($55) and Treatment ($65), this at-home ritual disciplines coarse, unruly hair with its use of Black Cumin Oil combined with essential lipids and minerals to create a light, silky smooth style with resplendent finish of Japanese satin shusu. A soothing experiential 10, 15, or 30 minute in-salon ceremony smoothing treatment delivers intense moisture, sleekness and shine to unruly hair ($25-$75).

Kérastase Paris Oleo-Relax Slim: Designed for thick, dry and very rebellious hair with unmanageable volume. Armed with advanced CERA-TRIOLEUM COMPLEX technology – a highly innovative formula that combines a cocktail of three natural oils (Apricot, Camellia and Pracaxi), as well as ceramides, to straighten the hair fiber, reduce volume and provide anti-frizz protection. The range features an in-salon treatment ritual that offers visible and immediate slimming and softening results, as well as two at home products – a slimming masque and crème that gently relax unruly hair ($38-$60).

blow Ready Set Blow express blow dry lotion: Launched September 15th, 2010 into blow, the new york blow dry bar’s 2 flagship locations, fine salons nationwide and Ulta locations. As the first blow dry bar to open in the United States, blow understands women’s haircare needs, including 80% of women wanting a gorgeous soft blow outs. Using unique heat-polymer and setting technology, Ready Set Blow delivers easier, faster, longer-lasting, smooth blow-dry results. blow NY also offers in-salon Keratin treatments ($350+) and all blow hair care products are free of sulfates, parabens, artificial fillers, and sodium chloride – ideally formulated to protect, perfect and prolong blow dry style with heat-safe, color-safe and 100% Keratin compliant results.

WWD article:

Friday Fun: Awesome Special Offer from Kérastase!

Take a look at the amazing offer going on from Kérastase. To celebrate the launch of their new men’s grooming line (Homme Capital Force), they’ve collaborated with Simon Spurr to offer a limited edition custom-designed kit as gift with purchase. Take a look…

Kérastase Homme Complimentary Toiletry Bag

To mark the launch of their Homme Capital Force Men’s Grooming Line, Kérastase collaborated with esteemed menswear designer, Simon Spurr.

The two brands joined forces to create an exclusive limited-edition Dopp Kit (toiletry bag), that was custom designed by Simon Spurr.

Now for a limited time only, receive this handsome Dopp Kit with the purchase of two full-size Homme Capital Force products. This carrying case is made from sophisticated smoky-grey coated-canvas textile inspired by a fabric from the SIMON SPURR Spring 2011 collection.

Available on Offer ends 10/30.

Friday Fun: Kim Kardashian and FusionBeauty Objects of Desire Holiday Collection

Kim Kardashian was in Toronto on Tuesday to celebrate the launch of the Objects of Desire holiday collection. Read about the collection and check out the cool photos (she’s wearing FusionBeauty's LipFusion in Sweet and IllumiFill Line Filling Luminizer).

(btw: Sales from the Holiday Capsule Collection benefit FusionBeauty’s “Kiss Away Poverty” campaign)

Fusionbeauty® Colorceuticals® Launches Limited Edition "Objects Of Desire" Holiday Collection

New LipFusion Colors, Shimmery Spray Powder and Infatuation Mini Set Packaged in Collectable Vintage-Inspired Designs

FusionBeauty® Colorceuticals® introduces their limited edition "Objects of Desire" Holiday Collection inspired by the glam and sophistication of the holiday season. The collection features all new FusionBeauty products including LipFusion Holiday Capsule Collection, FusionBeauty's Virtual Powder, and InFatuation™ Holiday Mini Set packaged in sexy, vintage-inspired metallic floral motif designs that is sure to bring joy, glitz and glam to everyone on your gift list.

LipFusion™ Holiday Capsule Collection: The gift that gives back! Four brand new LipFusion Color Shine shades include Show Off!, a dazzling plum, 24K, a golden peach, Rhinestone, an iridescent pink, and Posh, a glistening fuchsia, all with a shimmer finish to make lips sparkle for the holiday season. In addition to the gorgeous new shades, the Holiday Capsule Collection benefits FusionBeauty's "Kiss Away Poverty" Campaign where $1 from every sale of LipFusion is donated to the Seven Bar Foundation to help women get out of poverty.

FusionBeauty's Virtual Perfecting Powder: An innovative spray finishing powder with anti-aging properties offering immediate radiance for a long-term more youthful appearance, packaged in a beautiful vintage-inspired glass perfume atomizer bottle. Virtual Perfecting Powder contains Granactive Powder-168 which stimulates collagen growth and cellular turnover to improve the skin's appearance. The loose powder comes in two shades: Perfector, which offers a translucent matte air-brushed glow and Opulent, which gives a shimmer finish, both perfect for a subtle hint or all-over glow for one's face and décolleté.

LipFusion InFatuation™ Holiday Mini Set: A collection of four mini InFatuation lip plumping glosses formulated with FusionBeauty's revolutionary Amplifat™ technology and packed with marine collagen filling spheres for maximum plumping power immediately and over time for perfectly kissable, mistletoe-ready lips. The set consists of InFatuation's top selling shades including Angelic, a shimmery golden pink, Screen Siren, a hot sexy red, First Crush, an antique mauve, and brand new limited edition Lollipop, a fun fuchsia pink.

FusionBeauty's Objects of Desire Holiday Collection is available in October 2010 at Sephora, Ulta and other prestige retailers nationwide.

About FusionBeauty®: Since creating the award winning LipFusion® Micro-Injected Collagen Lip Plump in 2005, FusionBeauty® continues to build on a strong foundation of innovation and advanced science by fusing breakthrough advances in dermatology, cosmetics and biological anti-aging sciences. The company's diverse and powerfully branded product line that enhances beauty in a functional way including LiftFusion®, GlowFusion®; ColorCeuticals® such as LipFusion®, StimuLashFusion®, LashFusionXL® and other dual-action make-up products, are available in over 40 countries worldwide. The effectiveness, innovation, and broad consumer appeal of FusionBeauty® products have earned the company various industry honors including the CEW Awards, the Good Housekeeping Seal and support from a long list of celebrities. For more information, please visit

Friday Fun: Remington Gifts for your Guy

Once again, Remington is thinking of the right way to “manhandle” your guy towards looking all snazzy and well-groomed…

Grooming Gift Therapy

This holiday season gift your guy with the tools needed to be the perfectly groomed partner:

For the Commitment-phobe: Get him the Remington Complete Grooming System this holiday season. With the most versatile personal groomer on the market, he’ll be able to achieve whatever facial hair style fits his indecisive mood leaving him free to commit to the most important thing... you!

For the Hard to Reach Guy: Get him the Remington Back and Body Groomer, complete with an extendable handle for all those hard to reach places. All his grooming frustrations will be solved leaving him more available and free to finally open up.

For the Stubborn and Inflexible Man: Get him a Remington Foil Shaver – the 360° pivot and flex technology adjusts to the contours of his face for the closet shave ever. With this shaver catering to all of his grooming needs, he’ll be more than happy to compromise with you!

Friday Fun: Special Delivery Style from Remington

Now that I'm no longer under the weather (thanks to modern pharmaceuticals), I'm making up for the last two days with a whole bunch of excellent beauty news. Check out some newsworhy info from Remington...

Get Ready with Newsworthy Style

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about the latest styling tips and trends that Remington is delivering right to your inbox.
Sign up to receive these must-have “Get Ready” cheat sheets and check out our Facebook page to read up on the latest buzz in the style and grooming worlds!

This week’s style dish is the new
“Get Ready” Facebook app – try on different body grooming and hair style trends and create a panel of Facebook friends to YAY or NAY your potential new look. You can upload pics of black bar-worthy style don’ts and send a clueless friend a style intervention.

Get ready for Halloween! Hair-raising tips to create your spookiest (and Snooki-est)
Halloween hairstyles. Style how–tos for Snooki, Mad Men and more - and big news about our award-winning Frizz Therapy Iron.

Got Beauty Questions? Ask our celebrity stylist at
Richard's Beauty Blog! He’s styled for Vampire Diaries, Friends, and celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Denise Richards, Megan Fox and more. Submit your questions & find your answers here.

Allure Magazine's Best of Beauty Awards! We won! Remington’s remarkable
Frizz Therapy Flat Iron received the 2010 Allure Best of Beauty: Beauty Breakthrough Award! Why are editors calling it a breakthrough product? Click here here to find out more!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I Feel...Bleh. No Review Today.

Hi everyone - I'm feeling under the weather today so my review will have to wait until tomorrow.

In the meantime, here's a completely crazy "educational" video from way back when...

You know...Moe has a pretty nice voice...or I'm sicker than I thought. :-)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cleanliness is Next To…Never Mind: 3Lab Perfect Cleansing Foam (review)

Time to talk about cleaning. Again. Because my weekend of getting caught up did not include any tidying up around the apartment. So guess what I’ll be doing this week? Yup…domestic beautification.

Fortunately, facial beautification is a whole lot more fun. And speaking of cleaning (see above), I get to talk about a new cleanser. From 3Lab.

Perfect Cleansing Foam

Blurb: This rich and creamy, gentle foaming cleanser nourishes as it cleanses away makeup and impurities. It is perfect for all skin types – even the most sensitive of skin. Gently removes impurities while nourishing the skin. Formulated with tiny Vitamin E microbeads that help to stimulate circulation - when you massage them in a circular motion - for a spa-like cleansing that leaves the skin feeling healthy and smooth. Can be used every morning and evening.

I tried the “M Cream” a while back, and I loved how it made my skin feel. This was in my latest BeautyFix kit, and I was pretty eager to give it a try. Especially since it’s called “Perfect.”

Well it isn’t perfect (what is?), but it’s mighty darn impressive. First…you only need a tiny bit (trust me on this). It’s creamy, gentle and foams up very nicely. The little scrubbing beads also felt very good on my skin (I don’t think they’re meant to exfoliate – just stimulate).

The cleanser cleaned my skin completely. And when I rinsed, there wasn’t a trace of dirt or makeup to be found. Just to be thorough; I followed up with some toner on a cotton ball, and got absolutely no residue. No toner needed! My face felt smooth, calm and very very clean (with no drying or irritation).

The website has a wealth of information (about products and skincare in general). And there’s free standard shipping on any order. The site also features a pretty comprehensive store locator and a fun Blog. 3 Lab is also available through, the DERMAdoctor website and Nordstrom.

(ftc disclosure: purchased myself)

Monday, October 18, 2010

NEW in November! Borghese Perla Duale High Impact Lipcolour (review and sneak peak)

I love new stuff. This weekend I even went shopping and bought some new stuff (in a smaller size…yahoo).

Best of all, I also got to try some new beauty stuff. From Borghese.

Perla Duale High Impact Lipcolour (in “Perla Pesca”)

Blurb: Six fashion forward shades inspired by the runways of Milan. A creamy, long-lasting, dual purpose formula delivers rich, opaque color with a high pearl finish. Formulated with Vitamins A, E & C to condition lips and help provide anti-oxidant protection, and Chamomile and Aloe to soothe and smooth.

This line is launching in November, and I was really excited to get a sneak peak. The lipsticks combine two formulas. The richly pigmented inner core is surrounded by a softening balm with a pearly finish. The color I tried is gorgeous. “Perla Pesca” is a deep salmon with a lot of rich, pink tones. It’s very flattering and very wearable. The formula felt wonderful, and had excellent staying power.

What I loved most was the pearly effect created by the outer layer. Most things on the market are mattes, satins and shimmers; so a pearl shine felt really new and fresh. And now I'm smitten with the chic vibe of a pearly frost over a rich, sophisticated color. When I wanted more color, I used a lip brush to apply more of the pigmented center. I also loved wearing the outer “pearl” balm by itself – very cool.

I don’t have a product link for you yet (the line launches in November); but you may want to hang out at the website while you’re waiting (it’s only 2 weeks). Check out the Tuscan Sunset GWP, and visit the what's new section. When it’s time, you can also find Borghese at bloomingdales. In addition to Perla Pesca; there are 5 other shades: Perla Nudo, Perla Café, Perla Fiamma, Perla Vino, and Perla Rosa.

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

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Special for Sunday: New Mineral Powder Foundation from FACE Stockholm

A while back, I was wowed by their foundation, and it looks like they’ve come up with something even more fabulous! Take a look…

Introducing Our Mineral Powder Foundation with SPF15!

Our innovative, Mineral Foundation Powder with SPF 15 provides a natural, non-irritating alternative that is hypoallergenic, paraben and fragrance free and includes the added benefits of antioxidant and ultraviolet protection with Dermat Complex to significantly reduce shine.

This silky, soft mineral-based foundation glides on effortlessly, to create a healthy, glowing, flawless complexion without any mess. Formulated to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines while creating a natural matte finish, it does double duty as a translucent powder - or a buildable coverage foundation.

The lightweight, breathable powder easily adjusts from polished sheer to rich, more opaque coverage with the use of a brush or sponge. Enhanced with Vitamins A, C & E to condition and Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide for natural, chemical-free sun protection, it is appropriate for all skin types.

Available in seven shades: Båstad, Borgholm, Falsterbo, Öregrund, Sandhamn, Tylesand, and Visby. All products available at all FACE Stockholm locations from 888.334.FACE and .

Special for Sunday: Samy Fat Foam Hair Color

Check it out – the first foam hair color to hit the states – Samy Fat Foam hair color…

Special for Sunday: FLIRT! and You Tube

FLIRT! has combined two of my favorite things – beauty products and You Tube…

Introducing NEW FLIRT! It Girl You Tube Video Series

Ever wonder how to flirt? What to wear to a party? How to get a new Fall look? This month FLIRT! Cosmetics introduces a new video series “FLIRT! It Girl’s Flirty How-To’s” to help you figure it all out!

Inspired by the fun, flirty spirit of our FLIRT! Twitter personality – the Flirt It Girl – our new series of How-To’s takes all the fabulousness to the next level, on video! Meet the FLIRT! Cosmetics team and get bi-monthly makeup, style and lifestyle tips and tricks. Part makeup tutorial, part talk show, The FLIRT! It Girl Flirty How-To’s Video Series is all about having fun with your look and getting noticed.

And that isn’t all! FLIRT! will bring in experts from all aspects of pop culture for even more flirty fun and know-how. FLIRT!’s first “Flirty How-To” video will be live beginning October 6, 2010 on FLIRT!’s new YouTube Channel. Become a subscriber and make sure to not miss a beat.

Our first episode FLIRT! shows you how to get a FLIRT!-Y Halloween Look. Want to be a little nice or maybe a little naughty? Our FLIRT! Makeup Artist breaks down two of our favorite Halloween Looks – Sexy Sorceress and Flirty Fairy - in a fun makeup tutorial video.

For more from FLIRT! Cosmetics make sure to check out our website at or our exclusive retailer, Kohl’s Department Stores at

Special for Sunday: Yummy Gifts from Remington

I love Remington tools, and these are just as lovely to look at as they are to use!


Special for Sunday: LORAC Visual Effection Collection and Holiday 2010 Collection

One of my favorites just sent out info about an awesome value set and their latest Holiday Offerings! Check out the goodness…

Visual Effection Collection

This Limited Edition Collection is available at ULTA and includes 2 full size Visual Effects Mascaras, one in Jet Black and one in Midnight Blue, PLUS a travel size Behind The Scenes Eye Shadow Primer. You’ll have everything you need to curl, separate, and lengthen your lashes With LORAC’s Visual Effection Collection! Don’t miss out on this great set for only $20 (with a $47 value) at ULTA for a limited time!

Holiday Offerings

Tie Dye For Lip Gloss: A set of 5 lip glosses that have a trio of colors swirled together to create one-of-a-kind shades. They are packed with powerful antioxidants like Acai Berry and Pomegranate to keep lips nourished. Makes the perfect Stocking Stuffer or Grab Bag gift!

Box Office Sensation: Sephora Exclusive Limited Edition Train Case to make every girl feel like a makeup artist! The kit includes everything you need for your eyes, cheeks and lips including 36 eye shadows, 3 blushes, 1 bronzer and 9 lip colors.

All That Glitters (sparkle shadow/liner pencils): A collection of 5 dazzling pencils that can be used as a liner or shadow to add shimmer to your eyes. Great for creating the perfect party look for New Years Eve. (At ULTA only.

Box Office Hit: An ULTA Exclusive Limited Edition Full Face Palette with everything you need to create natural looks for day and sexy, smoky party looks for night. The palette contains 12 eye shadows, 2 eye liners, a blush, bronzer and 8 lip colors.

Special for Sunday: Minnie Driver & Ouidad Climate Control

Check out what Minnie Driver (amazing actress and curly girl poster child) uses to keep her curls gorgeous and frizz-free…

Curl Conviction

In this month’s most anticipated film, Conviction, curly girl Minnie Driver plays the ultimate best friend trying to help Betty Anne Waters free her innocent brother from wrongful imprisonment.

Off screen Driver & Ouidad (every curl’s best friend) share a similar mission, to help other curlies embrace their texture and free them from feeling imprisoned by their hair.

Minnie’s message to her curly companions “Ditch that flat iron, recycle your hairdryer, set us free.”

On-set Minnie called on Ouidad products to liberate her trapped tresses! Free yourself from frizz with one of Minnie’s must-haves - Ouidad Climate Control. This revolutionary design in styling gels uniquely protects curls from humidity by absorbing moisture from air to hydrate each strand and help prevent frizz – ideal for rainy and humid days.

Usage: Apply to palm of hand and begin by raking fingers through underneath layers of hair first. Do not rinse out. Set or style hair as usual.

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