Saturday, October 31, 2009

Philosophy Holiday Eggnog Bath and Shower Gel

You don’t have to wait all year to enjoy Eggnog! Philosophy gives you Eggnog shower gel and bubble bath to indulge in the scent of your favorite wintertime beverage! How yummy is vanilla, cream, sugar and rum to bring the comfort of the holidays to your bathing ritual! The soothing formula and scrumptious scent will leave you wanting more so stock up, its only available during the holiday season! $16 for 16oz.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Laura Mercier Club Couture Collection

Club Couture Collection allows up town chic to meet downtown cool. Eyes are dressed in metallic shades of silver and gold, a smoky bloom of black keep the lash line lush and smoldering, while lips are soft and pretty in shades of Pink Label and Designer Beige. Add a touch of gilded pink gloss to accentuate the lips and the look of Club Couture has evolved into holiday sophistication.

Foiled Eye Colour-VIP Silver, VIP Gold

Dual Eye Colour Brush

Lip Colour Crème-Pink Label, Designer Beige

Lip Glace-After Hours

Full Faux Eyelashes

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Marc Jacobs Lola Solid Perfume Ring

If you haven’t fallen head over heals for Lola yet, you will when you lay eyes on this flirtatious trinket. The chic bouquet allows you to have the scent of Lola at your fingertips, the solid perfume is housed under the playful bloom of a pink, purple and fuchsia rose. Enjoy a dap of the sensuous scent any time click close and enjoy the free spirited accessory of ultimate femininity. This is one stunning statement piece, measuring 1.5in in diameter and 1in tall with a ring size 7. Currently available to Sephora Beauty Insiders for $42.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sephora Magnetic Brush Set
What can be better than a magnetic brush handle with three interchangeable brush heads? Sephora is all about the best products, the newest and the greatest products and they are always up on the innovative products on the market, so it should be no surprise that they have something as fantastic as a brush set with one base and three interchangeable heads! The patented design features brush heads that snap into place and can be changed easily and quickly. I love that you have three full sized brushes; a foundation, powder and blush brush all in one travel friendly design! All three brushes and handle come nestled in a travel friendly black case inclusive of a mirror, which is perfect for use at home and even better for use while traveling. The best part; three full sized quality brushes for $38!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Sculpting Powder Makeup SPF 10

Using advancing mineral makeup technology, this formula gives complexions 100% natural, mineral pigments with Dior's exclusive active mineralized water. All you end up with is flawless, glowing skin that actually improves over time. Three shades blend together for flawless harmonized color to highlight, or use each shade separately to contour and sculpt. I love how it gives my cheeks an all over luminous glow and is still natural looking. The Dior sales associate stated that this can be used as a powder foundation, although I did not try this. I got the fourth of the five shades, and it had a lot of color so not sure it would work for most. This comes in Beige Praline(020), Sable Rose(032), The Passion(033), Golden Caramel(040) and Café Moka(050). Over all I like this powder and give it a B. Great product but at $50 it’s a bit pricey hence the B and not A!

Beige Praline-020

Sable Rose-032

The Passion-033

Golden Caramel-040

Cafe Moka-050

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Twas the Night Before Christmas with Philosophy

Enjoy the yummy scent of milk and cookies with a creamy high-foaming shampoo, bubble bath and shower gel duo. The scent is yummy and delicious, good enough to eat, but the scent only stays in the bath or shower. You can continue to use your favorite lotion and perfume and not have this scent interfere with it. That’s the great thing about Philosophy’s bath and shower gels! Each is 8oz and perfect to put into your overnight bag for those holiday trips to visit family! $20 each set.

Friday, October 23, 2009

What to do with all of those gift set shower gels, do tell!

Ever buy a perfume gift set because it was a mere few dollars more than the price of the lone bottle. Especially now, with the Holidays fast approaching and the fragrance gift sets are abundant! And once again, the skilled sales associate has convinced you that you must have it. But you know you will never use the shower gels that come in them and you know they will sit and collect dust and just take up room in your beauty treasure trove. What to do with them?

I’ve come up with a few things that I do with mine, they don’t go to waste and I have new uses for my favorite scents! One thing I love to do is use it as a delicate wash. Add a bit to your sink full of cold water and soak your delicates. I’ve also added it into my wash cycle in the washing machine for softly scented clothes. I have a front loading washer these days so I fill the detergent dispenser to about ¼ the detergent capacity, this is plenty since they use very little detergent to begin with.

Another use I get from these is to use them as a hand wash. My guest’s always muse over this! For the 1.7oz tubes that normally come in the sets, I add all of the contents into my soap dispenser and fill the rest with unscented hand soap. I use an unscented biodegradable and sulfate free base I get from a craft supplier. It comes in various sizes and is great for making any thing in liquid soap form such as shampoo, detergent, liquid soap, etc.

These are just a few suggestions; there are many more things you can do with them! Waste not; want not, I’m sure my Mother has told me this many times. Maybe this one stuck!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The shimmer of falling snow flakes

It’s still early in the season, but my list is growing ever long. So I took some time to go out and see the many enticing goodies I had on my list. And I picked up a few that at the moment I just couldn’t live without! One of the items I ended up taking home was not even on my list, Estee Lauders Opulent Shimmer Powder from their Ultimate Red Holiday collection. I’d posted the collection a few days before and in the pictures, this did not jump out at me. Just another shimmer powder, is what I thought. Oh no, not just another shimmer powder I tell you! This one is stunning; you must see it to appreciate it. It has shades of gold and champagne that gives a luminous glow rather than a shimmer, like an angelic halo of light hit at just the right places. I’ve worn it twice now, once on an evening outing and once again to work in the office. Usually I wouldn’t wear something like this to the office, but with this one I could pull it off! It can be layered for a more dramatic effect, which is what I’d done when I went out for the evening. I think the champagne tones make it more wearable than a lot of the other one’s I have that are just gold, silver or even pink. Although all of those are great, they would have to be used for a specific look or occasion; I certainly couldn’t wear them into the office and look appropriate for the business world! Overall, I give this an A, for quality, price and oh so pretty packaging!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Philosophy Gingerbread Man Holiday Collection

• Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Scrub $25

• The Gingerbread Man Shower Gel and Bubble Bath $16

Start off your bath with The Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Body scrub for super silky, ultra soft skin. End with a sweet smelling, high foaming cleanser and bubble bath that gives an ultra creamy lather for the perfect holiday bath. Although the perfect warm holiday scent, use it all year and keep your skin super soft and gently scented with Gingerbread

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Laura Mercier Holiday Candles

Laura Mercier brings her coveted ozone-friendly candles back for the holidays! Each candle is ozone-friendly with 100% cotton wicks for an even, clean burn. Each candle will create a warm and welcoming ambiance to light and scent your space for a warm and cozy holiday season. Available in Warm Roasted Chestnut for a decadent delight of roasted chestnuts, nutmeg, spice berry, clove and warm vanilla sugar; Crème Brule brings delicious notes of warm caramel, spun sugar, and French Vanilla Bean for a sensual and enchanting experience; while Almond Coconut diffuses milk, coconut , almond, vanilla, heliotrope and musk for hints of warm exotic islands. Only available for the Holidays, wait not as they will leave you longing for them all year long! Available now at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Laura $48.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sephora Friends & Family Sale 2009

Its time to make your shopping list’s for Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale beginning today, October 19th through November 2nd, 2009. Enjoy 20% off with code FF2009. Check their website for restrictions, but just about everything qualifies. With the upcoming holidays and everyone cutting back on their extra spending a lot of people have waited for this sale to stock up, so get ready to shop early!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Clarisonic Mia® Limited Edition Skin Cleansing System

Clarisonic Mia® is travel friendly to-go sized version of the original system. The system still offers the same professional quality cleaning and changeable cleaning brush heads, only smaller. Its smaller size and universal wall charger makes this the perfect travel companion; now you can pack it up and take it with you without taking up a lot of room in your bag. Getting the complete professional result cleaning is easy anywhere you are. The set is currently limited edition and comes complete with a travel bag, compact international charger, two brush heads and a Gentle Hydro Cleanser. Choose from White, Pink or Gray but with a smaller price tag of $149. You just might need one in each color. Visit or your nearest Sephora store to get yours. Don’t forget about Sephora’s Friends and Family event tomorrow, grab yours with the 20% discount!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Baroque Boudoir Collection

Available November 25, 2009

Baroque Boudoir Lipstick

• Baroque Boudoir

• Prive

• Treasured

Baroque Boudoir Lipgloss

• The Lap of Luxury

• Preciousness

• d’Nouveau

Baroque Boudoir Compact/Sheer Mystery Powder

• Light Medium+

• Medium Plus

Boudoir Clutch

Monday, October 12, 2009

DIOR Cristal Boreal Gloss Pendant

For the 2009 Christmas Look, Christian Dior Parfums has collaborated with Swarovski to create a magnificent and luxurious Star Product using Aurore Boreale crystals and accents. Festive sparkle for a night filled with stars the pendant is adorned with 25 Swarovski crystals, four of them Aurora Boreal. A true jewel, tucked inside the elegant pendant is a lip-gloss with crystal effects in Pink Crystal. Dress up and dazzle everyone with one of Dior’s legendary designs! Out of all of Dior's Limited Edition Holiday Jewels, this has to be my favorite, it is absolutely stunning, pictures do not do it justice! Available at specialty stores October 2009.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Estee Lauder Ultimate Red Collection for Holiday 2009

Stunning and seductive, Estee Lauder gives red a new name with their Ultimate Red Collection. Indulge in stunning and daring shades to dress up every Holiday look! Available Oct 2009.

Opulent Shimmer Lip Gloss

• Cranberry

• Gold

Opulent Shimmer Powder

A radiant shimmer powder to illuminate the skin with golden shimmers

Gel Eyeliner

• Black

Ultimate Red Turbolash

• Gold

Ultimate Red Signature Eyeshadow Quad

• Gold Opulence

• Lavish Plum

Holiday Eyeshadow Palette

• Sugar Cube

• Mocha Cup

• Cinnamon

• Mink

• Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Roseberry Duo.

Signature Lipstick

• Blackberry

• Cranberry Ltd

• Goldi

• Simply Red

Pure Colour Nail Lacquer

• Gold

• Burgundy

Holiday Mascara Set

• Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara- Black,

• Dual-Ended Lash Primer Plus

• Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer SPF 10

• Artist’s Eye Pencil –Soft Smudge Black.

Holiday Lipstick Colleciton

• Sugar Honey

• Rubellite

• Hot Kiss

• Autumn

• Soft Amethyst.

Holiday Lip Gloss Collection

• Fresh Berry

• Nude Rose

• Clear

• Sugarcane

• Honey Glaze

• Plum.

Holiday Brush Set

• Foundation Brush

• Blush Brush

• Eyeshadow Brush

• Angled Eyeshadow Brush

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Philosophy Shower for the Cure

Shower for the Cure is Philosophy’s contribution to the cause. The creamy all-in-one formula is great for use as a shampoo, shower gel or bubble bath. The soft floral scent represents the spirit of every woman, with 100% of the net profits from sales of Shower for the Cure donated to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund. This limited edition, extra creamy gel is only available for a short time so show your support and stock up! I’ve bought several, they make great gifts, and everyone loves them! Available at

Sephora Friends & Family Sale 2009

Its time to make your shopping list’s for Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale beginning October 19th through November 2nd, 2009. Enjoy 20% off with code FF2009. Check their website for restrictions, but just about everything qualifies. With the upcoming holidays and everyone cutting back on their extra spending a lot of people have waited for this sale to stock up, so get ready to shop early!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Chanel Holiday 2009 Makeup Collection

inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s fascination with the brilliant plumage of exotic birds, their lush beauty is captured in a collection with shades of flamingo pink and peacock blue with accents of shimmering green-gold, copper, and teal.

Les Tissages Lames de Chanel / Shimmering Tweed Highlighter Blush

Professional Eye Liner Duo

• Celadon Lame

Eye Shadow Quad

• Bird of Paradise Quad


• Maldives

• Galapagos

• Grenada

• Tasmania

Aqualumiere Gloss

• Colibri

• Hirondelle

• Canari

Le Vernis

• Trapeze

Available November 2009.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jo Malone Red Roses for BCA

Like a bouquet of freshly cut flowers, Red Roses is blended with seven types of roses from around the world. The clean scent has a heart of crushed violet leaves and hints of lemon making this the perfect addition to your fragrance wardrobe. Wear it in layers to prolong your fragrance experience; add Red Roses Bath Oil to your bath water and experience a luxurious bathing ritual. Wear it day or night; it portrays roses at ultimate sophistication. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Jo Malone will donate $15,000 from the sales of Red Roses Cologne and Bath Oil to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There could be no better time to enjoy Red Roses than now!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Dior Holiday 2009

The hottest shades of the season for eyes and lips are inside these limited-edition, black patent palettes! Inspired by Dior’s ready-to-wear accessories, these must have palettes feature the signature cannage stitching and silver ‘D’ hardware. These will be the perfect Holiday gifts for everyone on your beauty holiday shopping list!

Deluxe Travel Palette

Holiday Eye Palette

Holiday Lip Palette

Mini Brush Set

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sephora Friends & Family Sale 2009

Its time to make your shopping list’s for Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale beginning October 19th through November 2nd, 2009. Enjoy 20% off with code FF2009. Check their website for restrictions, but just about everything qualifies. With the upcoming holidays and everyone cutting back on their extra spending a lot of people have waited for this sale to stock up, so get ready to shop early!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Twirly, Curly and all Girly

I must admit, that I am a true curly haired gal who fakes smooth straight hair. I don’t like to wash my hair every day so I found it much easier to straight iron my hair and wash it 2-3 times a week than to wear it curly. But this isn’t for everyone, and even I like to let the curls loose once in awhile! So let’s talk tips on how to achieve and maintain soft curls that are frizz free. This could go on forever so we will just do the basics. Whether you have tight curls, loose curls, thin hair or thick hair, this should work for you.

What we must understand right off the bat is that curly hair tends to be drier and needs moisture to keep the curls soft. When I lived on the East Coast I had a head of soft loose curls that only needed a bit of frizz serum. I would suggest you use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, actually I would say this is a must! If your scalp tends to get oily, use a shampoo for oily scalp and only cleanse your scalp and avoid putting shampoo on the ends. Just briefly run the suds through to the ends. Then condition only your ends, and leave the conditioner off of your scalp. If your and hair and scalp are dry, cleanse and condition your scalp and hair. Once you are done washing and conditioning, use a leave in conditioner. A light weight spray conditioner will work fine. If you have thick hair you should use a leave-in, but if your hair is fine and thin, you can skip this step to avoid weighing it down. Next and most important is to use a curl enhancing cream or a frizz control serum, or both if need be. Most serums are silicone based and act as a cuticle sealer and work well if you already have a lot of curl and just want to control the frizz. Curl enhancing creams do the same but without silicone. Curl creams enhance the shape of your curl and help your hair to keep the curl for much longer. So if you have that in between curl, curl creams are great. Tigi makes an excellent curl cream called Curls Rock; I’ve used this many times and love it. My all time favorite is from Bumble and Bumble, called Curl Conscious Cream. It is light weight yet holds the shape of your curl and keeps you frizz free until your next wash. A few great items you can find at Target and Walgreens or CVS are John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum and Umberto Giannini Curl and Twirl Line. Both are excellent lines and offer many different products.

With all of these products, it’s important to use the right amount and application technique. Curl creams can be used more abundantly than frizz serums. Frizz Serums are silicon based and too much serum can make you look greasy. For longer hair I start out with a quarter sized dollop of curl cream with a dab of frizz serum mixed in and work it into sections of the hair. With serums I start out with a nickel size dollop. Work the product into small sections of hair at a time, ending by twirling pieces of your hair round your finger to form loose curls. Or you can scrunch section by section, depending on the look you are after. You can also throw a mousse into the mixture, mix the curl cream or serum with some mousse and you can have volume as well as curl. I do this only at the crown for a bit of lift. You will have to go by trial and error to see how much product will work for you. Just remember that you need to use enough to coat your hair but not too much that you over do it. Its easier to add then take away!

When blow-drying your hair always, always use a diffuser. Never blow dry your hair without one! You will undo all of the work you’ve just done. A diffuser puts out heat but no air. The air blowing your hair around will re-open the cuticle, and out come the frizzies! Most blow-dryers come with one, and if not you can pick one up for around $5.

After all of that hard work, you may not want to wash your hair everyday. So, you can refresh by spritzing water to reactivate the curl products and apply a bit more if needed. And using a dry shampoo at the scalp area will absorb oil and odor without ruining your curls. I do this even when I wear my hair straight!

I know that sounds like a lot but it’s really not. Let’s break down what you need; moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, leave-in conditioner if needed, curl enhancers and a diffuser. That’s it! So get going and enjoy your curls!