Monday, November 30, 2009
MYTH: Cold cucumbers are the best way to beat under-eye puff.
FALSE: Busted! Uggg, those dreaded puffy eyes are a sure sign of age. Puffy eyes can also be caused by too much salty food or alcohol-laced fun the night before. The ingredient in cucumbers, known as cucumis sativus, can help, but it's not your best bet
Actually it's really the coldness that constricts the blood vessels and pulls excess fluid out of the tissues to reduce puffiness.
Caffeine is also a vasoconstrictor, which is why so many eye creams contain it. A puffy-eye twofer-- cold plus caffeine. Try chilled tea bags or better yet, keep a caffeinated eye cream or gel in the fridge for a quick morning fix.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Bobbi Brown Friends and Family 20% off online Nov. 30 thru Dec. 2 no code needed. My suggestion? The Chrome Palette!!
My friend Karla at The Next Best Thing to Going Shopping Yourself, has partnered with Beaute Cosmetics to offer 20% off with code KARLASUGAR ends Nov. 30
Use promo code KATE2009 at checkout. Celebrities love her skincare!
Laura Geller 10% off and free shipping with a $65 order thru Nov. 30
One word--blush use code FAVE
Korres 30% off and free shipping with a $35 order. Good until 12/31/09 use code TEMPTALIA I'm dying to try the lip gloss--it's made with cherry oil.
CherryCulture 20% off everything and free shipping with a $40 order. use code TKS20 good Nov. 24-30
Zoya Green Friday--Spend $20 or more at zoya.com and receive six of Zoya's favorite green nail polishes FREE!
That's right, Zoya Tangy - Zoya Envy - Zoya Midori - Zoya Irene- Zoya Suvi - Zoya Veruschka all 6 for FREE on Zoya Green Friday Only with any purchase of $20 or more at http://www.zoya.com/.
Code will activate on Thanksgiving (11/26/09) at 5 PM (EST). So you will have plenty of time to gobble your turkey and then gobble up our great greens too (who needs football anyway). Code will expire on Friday (11/27/09) at 5 PM (EST). CODE: GREENFRIDAY
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This collection includes:
Shimmering Stripes Powder Blusher ($29.50) in Tuxedo Plums. Long-wearing multitoned powder blends together to create a sheer, subtle radiance. Sweep over face for an allover, luminous glow or brush on cheekbones to highlight.
Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad ($25) in Black Tie Violets. A gorgeous limited edition grouping of four shimmery eye shadows contained in a sleek, mirrored compact.
Brush-On Cream Liner ($14.50) in Violet Luxe. Creamy eyeliner brushes on deep, smoky, eye-defining colour. Long-wearing, waterproof formula comes complete with a mini Eye Liner Brush. Ophthalmologist tested.
Different Lipstick ($14) in A Different Grape. Different because of its smooth, comfortable feel. One of the best, from our wide range of shades. Sheer, glossy, smile-rewarding lipstick.
Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine ($17.50) in Bloomberry (limited edition), Double Plum (limited edition) and Luscious Lilac. Triple-action plumping lip gloss instantly and gently creates a fuller, lusher look. The plush effect lingers up to 6 hours. With continued use, peptides prompt skin's natural collagen production to foster a smoother, more defined look. Builds moisture cushion and comforts lips, too.
High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 ($14) in Extreme Pink. High on colour, long on comfort. Dressed-up colour wears beautifully for 8 hours. And lips enjoy every minute. In highly moisturizing shades that continually smooth, soften, comfort. Protects from UVA/UVB, too.
Clinique Holiday 2009 Black Tie Violets is currently available at Clinique.com.
Click here to see a tutorial on Black Tie Violets from Karen @ Makeupand beautyblog.
Color Design Cream Eye Shadow - $22.00 these look beautiful!
Ink Artliner- $23.50
Holiday Eye and Cheek Palette - $39.50
■Nude Seduction--beautiful neutrals
La Laque Fever Lipshine - $26.00
L'Absolu Rouge - $29.00
Le Lipstique - $23.00
Ôscillation Mascara -$34.00--these look fun!
■Sparkle Silver Top Coat
■Sparkle Gold Top Coat
La Vernis - $18.00
■In All Her Splendor
L'Absolu Rouge Soirée Holiday Collection is available now at Lancôme counters as well as online.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Anywho, a common side effect of sun damaged skin are the tiny, burst capillaries that crop up on and around the nose. These ‘spider veins’ are harmless, but visible enough to bother many women who have them, including vain 'ol me. Laser treatments are available in a dermatologist's office and usually take 2 or 3 treatments to correct. I don’t know for sure, but I imagine they are pricy.
It bears mention that if your nose turns red frequently or the redness persists, you may have rosacea—a common skin disorder which usually becomes noticeable around age 30-40 and affects approximately five percent of the population. In this condition, the blood vessels leak, causing a low-grade inflammation that makes the nose, chin, cheeks and forehead look like you spent too much time in the sun.
The good news is I’ve a found an easy and affordable solution! Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder. I recieved a sample of this with a Sephora order and I liked it enough to try the full size. The finely milled yellow powder is loose, comes in a sifter jar and includes a retractable fluffy brush. When trying the sample I put my makeup on as usual and then brushed on the powder over my foundation which gave me very sheer coverage. After purchasing the full size, I asked the Clinique sales associate the best way to apply it. She said to press the powder into the red areas of yur face with your fingers and then use the brush to brush off the excess and to apply under foundation. This application technique worked much better and made the powder a great deal more effective.
I really like this powder; this is a product that truly delivers on its promise! It totally eliminates the redness around my nose and chin and lasts all day. The consistency is very, very fine, kinda like powdered sugar but yellow. I can see how this would be a lifesaver for those with rosacea and acne. My only complaint is that the jar is so large—there is so much product it will probably take me a couple of years to use it up, but that’s just being picky. Clinique’s Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder retails for $32.50, is oil-free, talc-free, non-irritating and non-acnegenic. Available at Clinique counters nationwide and Clinique.com
Overall: Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder gets high marks for doing what it claims—“visible redness and broken capillaries virtually disappear—instantly and for hours under the care and cover of this unique mineral treatment”. I say---an affordable and effective treatment for redness.
Best For: Anyone who has slight to moderate redness from rosacea or reactive redness.
Check out more of Clinique's Redness Solutions online at Clinique.com
Click here to see the collection.
Monday, November 23, 2009
MYTH: A natural scrub is more effective than a synthetic scrub.
BUSTED! False--We tend to think all things natural are better. Not so in this case. Natural scrubs are usually made from ground plant seeds or fruit pits, such as almonds or peach pits. Ground seed and pits have jagged and uneven edges that can cause microscpoic tears in the skins surface and cause irritation. I've used a few body scrubs that actually hurt! Synthetic scrubs that contain uniform, spherical beads exfoliate without scratching. Many of these beads dissolve or burst so as not to cause irritation.
I have to apoligize dear readers for being woefully behind in my presentation of holiday collections. The "sickness" has hit home and hit me particuliary hard. So I will do my best in catching up.
Benefit was one of the first brands to use some very creative packaging and the Holiday sets are no exception.
Limited Edition Celebutante Set ($34)
The Personal Stylist Makeup Kit by Benefit Cosmetics is a limited edition Makeup Kit to give you the celeb look. This portable kit is packed with everything you need to look like a Hollywood celebutante...eyes, lips, cheeks, you name it! It's a must-have for A-list glamour!
High beam luminescent complexion enhancer
Benetint, rose-tinted lip and cheek stain
Dallas, the outdoor glow for the indoor gal face powder
Lip gloss in I'm with the band
Full-finish lipstick in lady's choice
Full-finish lipstick in no competition
Velvet eyeshadow in leggy
Velvet eyeshadow in dandy brandy
Fluff shadow/talent brush
Wham! Bam! You're totally glam! We've wrapped up 6 shimmering new lip glosses in 1 fabulous kit. So much gorgeous gloss at such a value...you'll be ready to kiss and tell! Shimmering glosses glide on smooth with a specially designed soft cushion paddle.
Set Includes 3 double-ended wands in 6 glam new shades:
Friends in high places (sparkling raspberry)
Kiss you (clear fuchsia)
Almost famous (copper penny)
Zone out (golden nude)
I'm with the band (golden pink shimmer)
Fresh-squeezed (pink grapefruit)
Look like the sexiest starlet with this set of Benefit's Hollywood faves...CORALista, some kind-a gorgeous and the award-winning BADgal lash, all stashed in a stylish clutch.
CORALista, warm coral-pink cheek powder
Some kind-a gorgeous, oil-free foundation faker
BADgal lash mascara
Who doesn't want more glam in her life? Give the gift of "instant celebrity status" with this set of Benefit faves. "That gal", california kissin' & posietint come stashed in a stylish clutch, all wrapped and ready to give...red carpet optional!
"That gal," brightening face primer
California kissin', smile-brightening lip shine
Posietint, poppy-pink tinted lip and cheek stain
A stylish clutch
NARS Everlasting Love Palette LE ($75)
Eyes: Edie, Underworld I, Underworld II and Night Breed
Cheeks: The Iconic Orgasm blush and South Beach Multiple
Lips: Belle de Jour, Chelsea Girls, Promiscuous, and Dolce Vita (NARS best selling lipstick)
Eyes: Abyssinia, Alhambra, Ashes to Ashes, Pandora
Cheeks: Orgasm and South Beach Multiple
Lips: Baby Doll, Red Lizard, Manhunt, Fire Down Below
These are both great all round palettes and are a real value for 4 eye shadows, a blush, highlighter and 4 lip colors.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
- I think Ashley looks so beautiful and classy but still modern and fresh. Love those 60's eyes!
- Makeup artist Vanessa Scali actually shares what she used! I love that-- we can mimic the look.
Lancome Effacernes concealer in Light Bisque under the eyes
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick (shade unknown)
Lancome Blush Subtil in Shimmer Pink Pool on the apples of the cheeks ( a best seller and favorite of mine)
YSL Fard Lumiere Aquaresistant Cream Shadow in Pink Sands over the entire lid
Lancome Artliner in Black to define and elongate the lash line
Shu Uemura Painting Liner in White on the inner rims
Lancome Oscillation Mascara in Black
She's got to be wearing false eyelashes too don't you think?
Lancome Le Crayon Poudre in Brunet
Lancome Chris and Tell (this is the limited edition Pout-a-Porter shade created for designer Chris Benz's spring show). This lipstick goes on sale in February, and if you want to be on the waitlist, you'll have to call Saks in NYC at 212-940-2033. I wannit!
Lancome is giving away all the products used in Ashley's look if you comment on their blog by Sunday night! Go....now!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine Set ($25)
A limited edition set of five mini dual-ended glosses destined to plump lips for a fuller pout. (available online only @ sephora.com)
This set contains:
- Glamourful / Mimosa Blossom
- Peach Plump / Ripest Apricot
- Cherry Bomb / Play-full Plump
- Pink Aplenty / Soo Pink
- Luscious Lilac / Double Plum
Stila Lip Glaze Collection $80 value -($25)
Stila features a new limited edition lip glaze collection every year at holiday time. This year's set includes four best selling shades along with four new shades.
This set contains four bestsellers:
- Starfruit (neutral pink with subtle white pearl)
- Kitten (caramel with golden pearl)
- Cranberry (deep red)
- Blackberry (deep warm red brown)
- Marmalade (sheer peach with pink and white pearl )
- Pinkle Twinkle (sheer pink with pink and multicolor sparkle)
- Plum Fairy (sheer plum with pink pearl)
- Candy (sheer pinky coral with subtle rainbow sparkle)
LORAC Couture Shine Gloss Collection $65 value - ($22.50)
A set of five high-gloss formulas that feature light-reflecting Mother of Pearl and Hyaluronic Acid for optimum hydration. Limited edition
The set contains:
- Haute (bright pale pink)
- Couture (deep dusty rose)
- Sheer Luxe (burgundy wine)
- Glam (neutral rose shimmer)
- Lavish- limited edition (shimmering watermelon pink)
Sephora Mini Super Shimmer Gift Set $40 value - ($20)
A set of 8 ultra shiny, super shimmering, moisturizing tube glosses in all the best selling colors!
The set contains:
-- Precious Pink
-- Feverish Fuchsia
-- Candy Apple
-- Apricot Soufflé
-- In the Buff
-- Desert Gold
-- Rosy Glow
Philosophy A Kiss and a Wish ($15)
A mini holiday lip shine set in sweet flavors. Limited edition
The set contains:
-- Raspberry Sorbet
-- Candy Cane
-- Pink Bubbly
Korres Cherry Lip Kisses $40 value-($19.50)
A limited edition trio of high-shine, long-lasting lip glosses in best-selling shades. Korres uses cherry oil to moisturize, prolong wear and keep these glosses from being sticky. Only available at sephora.com
This set contains:
Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Nude (sheer pinky beige)
Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Natural Purple (sheer plum brown)
Cherry Oil in Lipgloss Fushcia (shimmering muted fucshia)
Rosebud Perfume Co. Three Lavish Layers of Lip Balm ($20 Value)- $16
For that person on your gift list who likes balms, Rosebud has their three best selling salves in darling vintage tins. Formulated to provide moisture, sheen and emollient protection while smelling delicious!
This set contains:
--Strawberry Lip Balm
--Minted Rose Lip Balm
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Dessert Essense Hand Repair Cream ($10) A proprietary blend of Organic Pumpkin Seed and Licorice Leaf extracts helps to even skin tone and fade the appearance of age spots on the hands.
Philosophy Pumpkin Spice Muffin Flavored Lip Shine ($12) High gloss, smooth and great tasting! Mmmmm
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
2. Exfoliate religiously. In real estate the mantra is location, location, location. In skincare, it’s exfoliation, exfoliation, exfoliation. Every woman over 40 needs to exfoliate at least once a week, maybe more depending on your skin type. Exfoliating will get rid of dead skin cells that can clog pores and make your skin look dull. When you exfoliate, you are helping to bring new skin cells to the surface thereby making your skin look brighter and younger. Use of at home microdermabrasion treatment or a chemical peel once a week will make your skin glow.
3. Use a good moisturizer targeted to your skin type and make sure it has sunscreen in it—at least 15 SPF. Remember in these cold and dry winter months, you may need to switch a richer moisturizer.
4. Start using an antioxidant serum. Once your skin is cleansed and exfoliated, any treatment products will be able to absorb better and thereby be more effective. There are many types of serums for each skin type and issue. A general all round good serum for all skin types in a vitamin C serum—better yet, see if you can get a vitamin A & C serum; there are many to choose from.*
*If you need specific recommendations for your skin type—email me! I love to give advice!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Returning something to Sephora can be dangerous to your wallet--well for me at least. Especially since I just got a Sephora in my town and even though it is a downscaled version in a Penney's store I am verklempt. So, while wandering around the store knowing I had a $32 credit....I found this really great Best of Cargo Collection. The set is housed in a nice re-usable tin and features an eye shadow palette in shade Shanghai, Suede Blush in Montebello, High Pigment pencil in black and Classic Lip Gloss in Sig Sur. All full sized products and all only for $34.
The Best of Cargo Collection is ideal for an everyday neutral look. Shanghai eye shadow palette contains a nice white shimmery shade for highlighting, a pale shimmery pink that can also be used as a highlighter or as a nice lid shade, a peachy nudish shade also nice on the lid and a taupe shade with a lot of grey in it. The palette is neutral, maybe leaning toward cool.
Overall: The Cargo Best of Cargo Collection is a real beauty bargain. At $34 each product works out to only $8.50. The eye shadow palette alone retails for $28.
Best For: Any skintone and anyone who likes a neutral daytime look. I really don't think this set can be 'smoked up' for a dramatic night look.
Do You Need It? If don't have many neutrals in your makeup arsnel, this would be a good addition at a great price. It would also make a nice gift for someone who loves makeup. If however, you do have a lot of neutrals in your 'stash' you can certainly pass it up. But.....it is a great bargin even if your favorite things are only the blush and the gloss.....and the eye shadow :)
I purchased this collection myself at my local Sephora.
Monday, November 16, 2009
MYTH: Hypoallergenic products are safe for all skin types.
Since there is no legal standard for the word "hypoallergenic," any cosmetic company can get away with using the word on their label, no matter what ingredients it contains. The term is commonly used to point out that the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than other products, but even this non-definition leaves room for ingredients like perfume or other chemicals that can irritate skin, warn dermatoligists. The same goes for 'non-allergenic,' another non-regulated word. This means 'no tendency' to cause allergic reaction, a fairly nebulous description. Most dermatologists recommend avoiding common irritants like fragrances, alcohols, high-strength acids and lanolin for sensitive skin types.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Urban Decay Friends & Family sale started yesterday, 30% off Nov. 9 through Nov. 20th and free shipping with a $50 order. Don't disregard this brand girls, just because it looks too young and trendy. I've talked about these so much and forced my friends buy them that Urban Decay should pay me a commission. Oh well, I guess I'll have to settle for the love and adoration of my friends instead. Anywho, 24/7 eyeliners are the best on the market (with Makeup Forever close behind). They are creamy, super long lasting, glide on without tugging and are waterproof. The shades are quite unique, some with slight glimmer. My pick for a great buy? The Super Stash Set - nine mini 24/7 eyeliner pencils, with 4 new shades. $36 -30% = $25.20
Here's what you get:
Exclusive shades: Corrupt (brown sparkle), Binge (navy), Eldorado (gold) Oil Slick (black sparkle).
Also includes Zero, Graffiti, Ransom, Rockstar, Stash.
My other Urban Decay staple is the Primer Potion--you've heard me recommend it before. The best eyeshadow primer on the market--Too Faced Shadow Insurance runs a close second, but I like the doe foot applicator in Primer Potion's packaging. Your eye shadow will NOT budge or crease and the primer intensifies the pigment in any eye shadow. It is now available in the shade Sin also which is a champagne color that can be worn alone. Every woman needs this! $17 - 30% = $11.90
Angel Cakes ($20.00)
• high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 8 oz., lip shine .5 oz. duo
Snow Shoes + Mittens ($20.00)
• snow shoes miraculous foot cream 4 oz., snow mittens miraculous hand cream 4 oz. duo
The Cookbook ($35.00)
• 6 recipe-inspired shampoo, shower gel & bubble baths 2 oz. gift set (pumpkin spice, red velvet, hot cocoa, warm pear cobber, gingerbread and cinnamon buns)
The Cookie Exchange ($30.00)
• 4 delectable, cookie scented high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble baths 4 oz. gift set (lemon cookie, coconut macaroon, chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin)
Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Scrub ($25.00)
• gingerly hot salt scrub for tub & shower 23 oz.
Holiday Spice & Everything Nice ($16.00)
• high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 8 oz., lip shine .5oz
The Bake Shoppe ($30.00)
• pink frosted layer cake and raspberry mousse high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 4 oz., raspberry mousse lip shine .5 oz., sweet creamy frosting lotion 2 oz. gift set
The Winter Escape ($25.00)
• peppermint hot cocoa high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 4 oz., melting marshmallow cream body soufflé 2 oz., lip shine .5 oz. gift set
‘Twas the Night Before ($20.00)
• milk and cookies high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 8 oz. duo
Party Girl ($35.00)
• pomegranate bubbly exfoliating shower gel 4 oz., shimmer body lotion 4 oz., lip shine .5 oz.
Holiday Hostess ($20.00)
• cinnamon buns award winning, ultra rich shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath, body lotion 8 oz. duo with pumps
The Recipe Box Shower Gel Duo ($18.00)
red velvet cake and sweet creamy frosting ultra rich shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath in a keepsake box with real recipe cards
Amazing Grace ($50.00)
• amazing grace perfumed shampoo, bath & shower gel 8 oz.,, perfumed body butter 2 oz., spray fragrance 2 oz.
Shower Gels ($16.00)
• Silent Night
• The Gingerbread Man
• Peppermint Hot Cocoa
• Have a Cherry Christmas
• Candy Cane
• Pumpkin Spice Muffin
• Caramel Apple
Availability: Sephora.com , Philosophy.com