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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Drugstore Pictures of New Products

Hey readers! Sorry I have been a bit MIA this month- at least it feels like I have not been contributing as much as I would like to. I blame it on the bad weather. :) However, It doesn't mean I haven't been on the hunt to find good content for you guys! In fact, it has my been personal quest to visit drugstores more frequently to see what new products are out there.

Enjoy and let me know what you like!

Wet N' Wild- Their new Color Icon line includes (from top to bottom) trio eyeshadows,6 eyeshadow palettes in shimmer and matte shades, lipsticks, and nail polishes. (Not shown here are the single eyeshadows) All products range from about $1.99 to $4.99 at this store.

Piggy Paint! Cute, adorable nailpolishes in basic colors. It's something a tween would use, but these products do not contain any toxic chemicals and is water-based. This drugstore did not list the price, but I found online they cost about $9!! Quite expensive, especially if I can get OPI bottle for that amount.. Check out the Flower Collection OPI by Sephora for Spring. :)

bath and body works sandalwood fig
I know this is not a drugstore, but I couldn't help posting this! It's the new Bath & Body Works Sandalwood Fig products that I reviewed just a couple of weeks ago. Check out my exclusive sneak peek and review here.

Wet 'n Wild Beauty Benefits cosmetics.. Saw these mineralized products and couldn't resist. What do you think of these?

To see MORE drugstore pictures, including N.Y.C. Cosmetics, Physicians Formula, and Maybelline...

N.Y.C. Cosmetics- They are selling eyeshadow palettes specific to YOUR eyecolor. (Similar to the Physicians Formula Shimmer Pops)

Maybelline Fashion Flash cosmetics, selling some of their popular eyeshadow quads, eyeliners, and nail polishes (which are almost all-gone except 1)

Physician's Formula Healthy Wear SPF50

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

How-to: Get Perfect Skin Secrets

10 Perfect-Skinned Women Spill Their Secrets

Want picture-perfect skin? All it takes are these simple tricks

Wondering what she does to look so good? We found out her secrets to maintaining a flawless face, and we give you full permission to rip them off.

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Laura Mercier's Zen Collection

Laura Mercier's Zen Collection is here! I am most excited to about their Face Palette- not only because I am a sucker for all palettes but the colors shout SPRING!

Check out the Zen Palette here! It costs about $60, but it looks like such a great palette- 4 lip colors, 4 eye shadows and 1 blush in plum.

The other items in the Zen Collection include new brushes, a kohl eyeliner and a mascara. Check it out here.

To read more review of Laura Mercier products, check out reviews on TotalBeauty.com

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Friday, February 26, 2010

How-to: Gorgeous Makeup Looks by Asian Celebrities

Asian Celebrities Show Off Gorgeous Makeup Looks (Learn How to Get 'Em)

From Sandra Oh to Lucy Liu, these celebrities know how to play up their Asian beauty

One thing all Asian women do have in common? The ability to look absolutely stunning. These stars show off their radiant skin, pouty lips, flirty lashes and smoldering eyes, and here we'll give you the scoop on the makeup techniques they use.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Meg's Makeup Gift- Third Package and Surprise package

Meg (and her team, including Eleni!) has done it again. They made this miserable (weather-wise) week to become FABULOUS! I received, NOT ONE, BUT TWO packages from Meg's Makeup! SOO excited to share with you what I received. I believe one of them was for my 250 point redemption and another was for my entry for a Meg's contest. heehee!

To read about the benefits of becoming a Meg's Makeup member, which I have stated numerous times already, go here.

I received in the first package:
The Argan Oil Shampoo and the Alofe Cleansing Foam (from South Africa)
argan oil
alife cleansing foam

I received in the second pacakge:
The ELF LARGE makeup palette- can it get any spectacular than this? and the Supersmile Quikee

supersmile quikee
eyes lips face makeup palette elf

Reviews/Product Details TBA.. for now, enjoy the pictures!

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How-to: No-Makeup Makeup Look

Beauty Step-by-Step: The No-Makeup Makeup Look

Follow this makeup tutorial, courtesy of Makeup For Life blogger, for a subtle, flawless finish

This spring, the trend in makeup is all about looking au naturale. See how to get the freshest face, eyes and lips you've ever seen.

See tutorial

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How-to: Weatherproof Your Hair During Rainy & Snowy Days

Kattia Solano, owner/founder/expert stylist of NYC’s Butterfly Studio Salon was featured in a hair segment on Good Day NY yesterday on how to weatherproof your hair for the upcoming rainy/snowy days!

For three tips on how to wear your hat for wavy/curly hair or straight hair and how to wear a jacket hoody..

· Hair around the frame of the face gets the most frizzy, especially for those with wavy and curly hair

· Kattia suggests applying the Rahua Finishing Treatment to damp hair, leaving hair shiny and frizz-free, and then creating a simple braid across the hair line – from left mid-brow to behind the right ear

· This simple technique will allow the hair around the frame of the face to remain groomed and in place, with minimal frizz, under a fashionable hat

· In order to minimize frizz and flyaways, Kattia suggests creating a side ponytail and/or a neat braid

· With the help of an anti-frizz serum, such as the Kerastase OLEO-RELAX Serum, even under a hat, this style will maintain its form

· Kattia also suggests tucking the ponytail under a scarf to keep all hair hidden from the rain and snow

· Hoods typically aren’t as constricting as hats and are sometimes easier to protect hairstyles from inclement weather

· Kattia suggests sectioning hair in four quadrants and creating loose pincurls, secured with large bobbypins and sprayed with a holding/texture spray such as the Shu Uemura Liquid Fabric

· These pincurls will be hidden and protected under the hood of the coat

· Once at your final destination, these four bobbypins can easily be removed to reveal bouncy and voluminous waves

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Haircare for your HerCut line at Sephora

hercut kyan douglas
Earlier this month, I went to an event to learn more about HerCut products. Kyan Douglas from Queer Eye was there to personally tell us about them to achieve that "first-day haircut look"! My own personal haircare style is very simplistic- shampoo/conditioner and minimal hair styling products. But, I was so curious to learn about this new line.

Designed for your Cut, not Type- When I heard about Haircare for your HerCut, I was intrigued. I have never heard of haircare products that was designed in mind for your cut and style. It's usually made for your hair TYPE/PROBLEM- think: frizzy, curly, wavy, oily, dry, etc. The list goes on and on! HerCut's Catalysts are currently made for STRAIGHT hair, whether you have naturally straight or heat-activated straight.

What is HerCut's Catalyst? Currently available in 5 categories for your hair- Bob, Pixie, Shag, Blunt and Long, each catalyst contains polymer technology to use the shape of the hair to its advantage. I tried the Blunt (the fourth girl from the left) Catalyst and it made my hair look pretty darn amazing. My hair isn't exactly all even with blunt edges, but it is pretty much the same length. It felt flowy and shiny from root to tip and very put together. I haven't had a cut in a few months but it felt like I just had haircut.. weird huh? I definitely am going to use this after I wash my hair to get that "just-stepped-out-of-a-salon" look! (Cost: $28US)

To complement the Catalyst, use the HerCut's Shampoo & Conditioner- I found the Shampoo and Conditioner like the ones I have used in salons- cleans your squeakly clean but the scent was very strong. Again, I waited until my hair was very oily to test the shampoo. It worked well- my hair was clean for two days before it got back to its oily-self. The conditioner made my hair manageable and nice. (Cost: $22US each for a 10 fl. oz. bottle, which is a bit pricey for my wallet for shampoo/conditioner- but it's a nice gift to yourself!)

To see more pictures from the event,
hercut haircare

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

How-to: Winter Beauty Survival Guide

Winter Beauty Survival Guide

Learn how to get the cold winter weather to leave your gorgeous looks alone

Winter can be your skin and hair's worst nightmare. It dries out your cuticles, frizzes your strands and makes skin flake -- ugh! To the rescue: tips from Winter Olympics Team USA. Here they share their secrets on how to battle cold winter temps and look gorgeous all cold-weather season long.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

How-to: Get Long, Thick Lashes

How to Get Long, Thick Lust-Worthy Lashes

These pro tricks will take your mascara to a whole new level

So you just bought that top-rated mascara. Now what? Put it to good use! It's all about using the right techniques to get your longest, thickest lashes ever.

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Suddenly Darling- Spring Fashion Looks

Suddenly Darling, a site I recently discovered is a site for fashion inspiration and tips/tricks. Although it's geared towards the teens, I still like the site mainly because

Suddenly Darling simplifies the fashion trends to make it wearable for everyday

Some Spring looks:
What to Wear - Light and Lovely
My Darling Outfit - Light and Lovely On this breezy summer day, I threw on a ruffle blouse, floral skirt, thick waist belt, kitten-heel shoes and...

What to Wear - Sunflower Dress
My Darling Outfit - Flowers and Bows On this darling afternoon, I wore a sunflower dress paired with a black knit skirt to add length and bow top...

Join now to earn points on Suddenly Darling to receive awesome gift cards to your fave fashion stores!

To see more looks..

What to Wear - Flower Power
My Darling Outfit - Flower Power On this day I wore a floral black dress, cut-off jean shorts, a vintage braided waist belt, a gold chain necklace...

What to Wear - Summer Sailor
My Darling Outfit - Summer Sailor On a summer day at the bay, I wore my sailor collard shirt paired with cuffed shorts, brown flats and...

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Physicians Formula Bamboo Wear

Source: www.physiciansformula.com

This Spring, Physicians Formula debuts their Bamboo Wear collection. (Check out the Shimmer Strips collection here.)

The Bamboo Wear makeup and accessories line includes refillable powders in a sustainable Bamboo compact case with mirror and brush. There is also a huge kabuki brush (they call it Bambuki, hehe.) Although this line is a bit limited- it's just the basics- the concept is great. Instead of buying new products with new cases all the time, why not just buy the refillables and REUSE the compact?

My local drugstore is carrying these products, so I had to check them out. They are offering the cases for Free (with rebate), so hurry now to get yours!

My thoughts- First, this compact case is definitely based on their OrganicWear compacts concept (using 93% less plastic than traditional compacts). Also designed to eliminate waste, this is made of bamboo instead and more sturdy for reuse. They also improved the brushes- this one is softer and not as scratchy.

Dilemma- Looking at the ingredients of the powder and bronzer refills, I am a bit disappointed. I suppose I am used to the OrganicWear products which are 100% free of harsh chemicals and all that good stuff, so I'm biased. So, my solution would be to use the powders from the OrganicWear line, but that would be wasting the compact that already comes with it. So, what to do?

Physicians Formula... if you're reading this, please make refills of your OrganicWear line for the Bamboo Wear case, please!

Overall- I like the concept of refillables for this line, but would really like to see the powders be organic! For now, I am the happy owner of the compact and will keep looking out for more Physicians Formulas products!

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Giveaway Winner!

Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you're all having a great weekend so far!

Back in January, I decided to host my first blog giveaway- themed Valentine's Day! It's all about sharing the love of my beauty items and giving back to my readers! So Thank you everyone for entering my first blog giveaway, checking out my site, and taking the time to comment! (Even if you didn't win this time around, stay tuned for more future giveaways!)

I'm pleased to announce the winner of my First Love Valentine's Day giveaway is.........Heather! Congratulations!!!

I used Random generator to pick the winner. There were 14 valid entries.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Sephora by OPI Modern Flowers Collection

Spring 2010 is all about florals- so for your nails, check out these gorgeous picks for your nails.

From left to right: Each are $9 at sephora.com
Iris I was Thinner (Gorgeous purple!!!!!!!!!)
Go withe Flow-er
It's Bouquet with Me
Cover Me In Petals
Handpicked for Me (this light lilac is MY FAVE SHADE)
Leaf him at the Altar (lol- pretty metallic green- It's HOT!)

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year! It's the Year of the Dragon- which symbolizes honesty, sensitivity and bravery (according to Wikipedia.) If you're born in the year of the Dragon, it's your year to shine!

Eyeshadow Recs- I'm tempted to say green (b/c green is trendy and some dragons are green) but after looking through my collection, I found a few great colors to wear on New Year's! Red is considered a lucky color to wear, but I would rather wear red clothes, than red eyeshadow! Maybe, red lips..

From my Everyday Minerals collection, I choose:
1) Jasmine Tea (no longer available)

Eyeshadow with air-pocket

After shaking, air-pocket is almost gone!

2) Good China (still available)

They look similar in the pictures, but the Jasmine Tea is much darker and has more dark pink undertones. Follow with your favorite eyeliner, mascara, blush, etc!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Get Heart Healthy with Valentine's Day!

Whether you have a Valentine or not this year, you should still celebrate LOVE and LIFE! :)

Here are two special products that I have tried that would be perfect for Valentine's gifts-

Bath & Body Work's Sandalwood Fig collection

Tammy Fender's Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil .

February is also American Heart Association month. Did you know heart disease is the number #1 killer for women in the US? (Check out http://www.goredforwomen.org/ for more details)

Be heart friendly by eating healthy and exercising! (More tips coming soon!)

Don't forget to enter my FIRST LOVES VALENTINE GIVEAWAY!! (My first giveaway-ever!)

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How-to: Reuse Old Beauty Products

13 New Ways to Use Old Beauty Products

Save money and re-use old products with these "off-label" tricks

Have a ton of old beauty products that you don't use anymore? (Let's face it -- we don't always throw that stuff out, right?) But now, instead of just letting them gather dust, put them to good use with these MacGyver-like tricks.

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Sephora Sundays #3- Free Shipping Superbowl Weekend

If you would rather shop online at Sephora, for example, than watch the Superbowl tonight, enjoy FREE SHIPPING with $25 minimum purchase.

Pick up some great sale products or the HerCut line!

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

HerCut Debuts on QVC February 6 at 7PM

This Saturday, February 6th, Kyan Douglas (from Bravo's Queer Eye) will debut the HerCut collection on the QVC Channel during the Beauty Newsmakers at 7pm!

This past week I was able to attend an exclusive meeting with Kyan-himself!- to learn more about the HerCut Catalyst products, a unique haircare product in the market that is formulated to work based on your different CUT. So which one of these lovely cuts do you wear? Keep in mind, these are currently made for straight hair, whether natural or straight-ironed!

Available on QVC AND Sephora! :)

My personal review of the Catalyst, Shampoo & Conditioner coming soon!

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips collection

physicians formula shimmer strips
I dropped by my local drugstore and saw something new from Physicians Formula. They have some great stuff coming out- and I can't wait to get my hands on them!

The Shimmer Strips collection include custom colors made specifically for YOUR eye color! How awesome is that?

I saw their Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Mascara Duo- one side is a dark,black color and the other side is a colorful, playful color for a dramatic look! Depending on your eye color, you choose which mascara works for you. (Blue eyes- blue mascara, Green eyes-green mascara, Hazel- light purple, Brown- dark purple.)

Unfortunately for me, my color was not available, but I wouldn't mind picking up another color just for fun!

Another great plus about this product- You can get this for FREE! (Use the rebate here!)

Shimmer Strips Eyeshadow!

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