WHAT IS IT: A regenerating body lotion for mature skin that aims to prevent premature skin aging. Organic pomegranate seed oil and apricot kernel oil work harmoniously with shea butter to stimulate skin’s cell renewal process, while also protecting it from damaging environmental influences.
HOW IT FEELS: The creamy lotion has a light texture that blends seamlessly and absorbs quickly into the skin. While you apply it, the product releases a refreshing citrus-y aroma that awakens the senses. Just note, the scent doesn’t last on the skin too long, which is fine if you don’t want it to clash with your daily perfume.
BOTTOM LINE: Although it says it’s meant for mature skin, I really liked the way this lotion made my not-so-mature skin feel. My skin felt extremely hydrated and remained velvety-smooth all day long. If you’re looking for an all-natural moisturizer to give you silky smooth, youthful skin, give this a try.
Now that Fall is in full swing, I have been looking to update my makeup look with colors that amply reflect the season such as browns and oranges. This weekend I tried Revlon ColorStay 16hr Eye Shadow in Wild. The eyeshadow pallet is part of Revlon’s exclusive Spring 2014 Rio Rush Collection by Gucci Westman, which actually only features two pallets: Wild (which I tested) and Exotic. The tropical hues in the limited edition collection were inspired by “Carnaval” in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
Although the colors were inspired by summer, I think the shades defiantly work well for the fall. The shimmery champagne and white base colors remind me of the holidays, the orange conjures thoughts of fall leaves, and the deep teal evokes a cold, winter night.
The white and champagne colors are very dry, and require several quotes to bring out the full hue, which in my opinion, still needs to be intensified with a deeper shade, perhaps of brown, at the base. However, the orange and teal are nothing short of magnificent. The vibrant colors are very pigmented and are perfect for blending.
I started followed the steps outlined behind the back of the packaging to get the look pictured at the top of this article. But, once I saw how nicely the colors came together I felt comfortable adding my own flair by using the white on the inner corners of the eyes and center of the lids for a bright-eyed look. Do you think it looks like a good fall eye shadow palette, or should it be kept in the summer box?
In celebration of Virgin Atlantic’s 30th anniversary, cosmetics brand Illamasqua has partnered with the airline to launch the newest color in its Glamore Lipstick collection called “Virgin.” The hue was developed specifically to match Virgin Atlantic’s famous pantone red and will be worn by all Virgin Atlantic Stewardess.
“A key part of our look has always been the iconic red lips and Illamasqua really understands color and their lipsticks are known for their high pigmentation content which really makes them stand out from the crowd,” said Rebecca Creer, Global Spas and Styling Manager for Virgin Atlantic. “The new Virgin colour they have created complements our new uniform beautifully and will take the iconic Virgin red lip into the future.”
The new shade, which became available for sale to the public in early September for $26, is long-lasting and durable enough to within stand long flights, the company claims. The hydrating, satin finish lipstick goes on smoothly and is the perfect red for the fall.
In addition to developing the classic red lipstick, the team at Illamasqua also developed a new fresh make-up look for Virgin Atlantic Stewardess which features soft natural definition to the eyes and brows, as well as subtle contouring in order to create a complementary shape to the face.
Consumers can recreate the classic Virgin Atlantic look with an exclusive bundle available for purchase on illamasqua.com.
“In the US there are no laws that require cosmetics companies to demonstrate the effectiveness of their products,” reads one slide in a Buzzfeed video entitled, 11 Terrifying Facts About Makeup which was release earlier this year. According to the Food and Drug administration, “cosmetic companies can use almost any ingredient they choose,” the video educates viewers. For example, formaldehyde, which is known to cause cancer in humans can be found in products such as hair gel, shampoo and nail polish and lotion.
Bottom line: read the labels of the beauty products you buy and be careful of the products you chose to use on your skin.
If you want an easy way to find out if the product you are using or want to buy is safe, visit the Environmental Working Group’s website, which provides safety ratings for over 69,000 products.
If you haven’t seen it already, watch the video from Buzzfeed below. Also, check out a previous article I wrote on this blog: Weird Ingredients lurking in your Beauty Products.
This month, Essence of Beauty, is adding a new indulgent collection of products to the shelves of CVS/pharmacy with the launch of its Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection. Launched in 2002, the brand has become the drugstore retailer’s #1 best-selling fragrance and body care line.
Infused with nourishing, aromatic botanical ingredients and essential oils, the full bath collection is available in the following scents:
• Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil – Energizing lemon verbena and soothing olive oil refresh and stimulate your senses
• Eucalyptus with Mint Oil – Soothing eucalyptus and spearmint oil cool and refresh your body
• Lavender with Rosemary Oil – Soft, calming lavender and rejuvenating rosemary oil relax your mind and body
Each scent includes a collection of the following bath and body products: Hand Cream, Body Butter, Sugar Scrub, Botanical Body Wash, Foaming Bath Soak, Nourishing Body Oil and Shea Butter Bar Soap.
The prices range from $5.99 to $9.99, and will be sold exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and online at www.CVS.com.
WHAT IS IT: An ultra-hydrating body wash infused with the moisturizing powers of shea butter to improve the appearance of dry skin. It’s also loaded with the antioxidant benefits of blueberries to fight the formation of free radicals.
HOW IT FEELS: The silky gel-like liquid lathers very nicely and leaves skin feeling refreshed and clean. I have eczema, and the product does not dry out my skin and keeps flare-ups at bay. It also has a lovely smell, courtesy of lavender and blueberries.
TIP: The hardness of the bottle makes it impossible squeeze the product out. Forego trying to use the dispenser, and just unscrew the whole cap off so you can pamper your skin.
BOTTOM LINE: For the large bottle you get for the price, this is a good buy. It does the job of delicately cleansing the skin, without leaving behind and residue.
BONUS: If you have a few extra minutes to luxuriate, the body wash also doubles as a bubble bath, so that’s two products for the price of one!
A couple of years ago, I was introduced to TATCHA, a skincare regimen inspired by the beauty rituals of geishas, who are known for their perfect, radiant skin. I have been a huge fan of the line ever since, and carry around TATCHA’s Original Aburatorigami – Japanese Blotting Papers with me everywhere I go to get rid of excess oil when I’m on-the-go (they make me feel extra special since they contain real gold flecks).
In my first blog post about the line, I went over the four-step ritual which includes the Cleansing Oil, Enzyme Powder, Brightening Serum and anti-aging moisturizer tailored to your skin type (click here to read that post). I reviewed the full-sized products in the collection, but if you’re still a little weary about trying a new skincare routine, you now have the option to purchase the full ritual in mini-sized products with TATCHA’s Ritual Discovery Kit which includes the following:
• PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil—25mL
• POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder—14 x 1g packets
• RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum—10mL
• SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream—10mL
I love the products in this line because they are simple and really work. The PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, for example, is my go-to face cleanser to remove heavy makeup since it softly cleanses my skin without overdrying it. I usually follow the cleanser with the POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, which gently exfoliates and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth.
The three main ingredients in the line are Green Tea, Okinawa Red Algae and Japanese Rice Bran, which also happen to be staples in the Japanese diet. Eight week clinical trials of the ritual have shown that users experienced a 50% reduction in redness and age spots, 70% decrease in the appearance of pore size, 60% decrease in the depth of wrinkles, and 155% increase in moisture retention.
If you’re interested in enhancing your skin’s natural beauty, click here to buy the two-week Ritual Discovery Kit available at tatcha.com for $59.
The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was held yesterday at the Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles, California. There were many amazing fashion and makeup looks, but what stood out the most to me was all of the fabulous hairstyles. Below are a few of my favorites, which seemed to be favorites among the stars themselves, as many of them looked identical as they donned the same hair look.
Slicked Backed Low Bun
Romantic Chignon with Wispy Flyaways
Which hairstyles were your favorite?
A new premium beauty line has just hit the market and, no, you can’t find it within your typical high-end department stores. You can only get it at – drumroll please – CVS/pharmacy. Makeup Academy is a new quality cosmetics line developed by makeup professionals and beauty experts who wanted to bring high-quality products to consumers without the department store prices. The Makeup Academy line has more than 145 products within three categories – lip, brushes, and false eyelashes.
· Lip – The lip line contains 100 products including lipsticks, glosses, crayons, stains, liquid lipsticks, and balms.
· Professional Brushes – The brush collection includes a Pro BB/CC Cream Brush, Foundation Brush and a Point Liner Brush for gel eyeliners.
· False Lashes – The extensive range of false lashes are for both beginners and pros, and include a collection of fine and volume boosting lashes to create the perfect look.
The products are now available in-store and online at www.cvs.com/muapro and range in prices from $4.00-$24.99.