Saturday, August 29, 2009

Lippmann Collection Contest!

Lippmann Collection is celebrating their 10 year anniversary next month!
To kick off the celebration, they are giving away a $50 gift certificate to every 10th customer who makes a purchase on on September 1, 2009.

The promotion only lasts one day so act fast!

To commemorate this milestone, fashion manicurist to the stars Deborah Lippmann created a limited-edition collection of glitz and glamour shades available for just $35.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sam Villa SLEEKR Thermo Tool

Thermal Tool is fancy-speak for "gets hot."

The SLEEKR flat iron from Sam Villa is, in a word, AWESOME!!!

I love, love, love it!!!

Ceramic plates, light, comfortable, three heat levels. incredible smoothing power.

The narrow plates and beveled edges even let me turn my hair under! This could be the thing that pushes me full-on into being a high-maintenance-type girl, except that it is super easy to use. The 1st time I used it, I straightened my whole mass of hair in about 10 minutes. It even smooths the hair in the back of my head, which has a tendency to stick straight out.

Thank you, Sam Villa. I think you are a genius.

Nair Precision Face and Upper Lip Kit

Nair has never worked for me in the past and well, it doesn't work for me in the present. The smell is much improved. The applicator tip, lovely. I also love the rebalancing moisturizer for after. Yet it didn't do a thing for me. I'm guessing unless you're blond and peach fuzzy, this won't do the trick.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Medi-Matte Oil Control Lotion

This SPF 20 lotion is intended to subdue the shine, but I tested it twice and saw zero glare reduction. I tried a humid day and a not-so-humid day, and different sides of my face (to see if my side-parted hair was a factor) but the results were the same. I also noticed that my pores looked a little worse for the expirement.

And so my quest for non-irritating, non-zit inducing, shine control continues...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Topping my wish list:

The new mini Clairsonic MIA!

Little & totally portable/packable.

Would fit beautifully in my toiletry case...

Totally waterproof, so I could even use it in the shower.

Paul Mitchell® Pro Tools™-- Express Ion Dry® v.2

Okay, I am not much of a hair person. I rarely muss, mostly just comb when wet... I'm lazy, what can I say?

I have tried hair dryers--they take too long, my arms get tired, & my head gets too hot.

Going in with this, I did not have high hopes for the Express Ion Dry v. 2.
But then, HOLY WOW!!!
Lightweight, fast, and with a cold shot-- this dryer blew me away (pun intended).

My hair wasn't fried or frizzy, and I had no water dripping down my back.

I still am not a daily dryer (I'd have to wake up even earlier--not a pretty thought), but I recommend it to all the daily dryers!!! I use it when I am going out or doing something important.

I think I might be further converted by the EID v.2;)
It is the only hair dryer I have ever loved.

Alcone Makeup Remover Cloths

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These are great because they're individually wrapped. It's annoying when you buy makeup remover cloths in a big package and the remaining cloths dry out once you open the package. The cloth took off almost all of my makeup. It doesn't work on waterproof mascara but most removers don't anyway. Great for travelling and great for the lazy.

Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea Mask

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This line of products is outstanding! This mask is a green brown and has the texture of a scrub. It doesn't dry tight and hard, which can be almost painful, especially when you giggle with it on. It has a nice invigorating aromatherapy scent as well. While applied the mask is soothing - not irritating at all. I left it on for about 10 minutes. My skin definitely feels softer. It's a keeper.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Great Hair Fights Cancer!

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Help Pureology Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer with the Limited Edition

Break the Silence PureVolume Collection.

“The Break the Silence PureVolume Collection will help increase awareness and features information about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer to educate women about this disease,” states Shae Kalyani, vice president of marketing for Pureology. “Consumers receive a complimentary PureVolume ThickeningMist in the Break the Silence PureVolume Collection, and in conjunction with this limited edition promotion, Pureology will make a $25,000 donation to the NOCC.”

Throughout 2009, the NOCC will host a series of NOCC Walks to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer with Premier Sponsor Pureology around the U.S. Pureology will be on-site at each walk, distributing reusable travel kits containing EssentialRepair Shampoo, EssentialRepair HairCondition and a teal Pureology bandana to walk participants.

You can help Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer! Participate in a local walk with your Pureology stylist, family, and friends.

Break the Silence PureVolume Collection

· Availability: Salons during September and October

· Price: $54.00 (a $75.00 value)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pangea Organics Bar Soap Canadian Pine w/White Sage

Love the aromatherapy smell of this bar-like the other product I've tried from this company. Gritty, milky bar that leaves my skin quite soft. It's great for exfoliating, especially elbows if you ask me. Packaging is out of sight! Soaking the cardboard box right now. Will plant it as it suggests on the outer packaging and within 2 weeks, there will be germination of a spruce tree. They are so environmentally conscious. Stop it!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Redken: Blonde Glam Color Enhancer Conditioner


This product is great. There are various formulas for varying shades of blond and each one makes your hair silky and shiny. This particular formula is for warm blond and highlights and is vanilla flavored.

If you are like me, and like to keep your highlights up to date and avoid dark roots, this product will condition your treated hair and extend time between salon appointments!

Lindsay Phillips Switchflops

Super clever idea! Take your basic flip-flop and add Velcro to the straps so that you can switch out the straps to match your outfit or your mood. There were two choices in the straps I tried-those above and a cool giraffe crackly print. Very easy to switch out. The flip-flop is quite comfy. A nice thick heel too. Would be a great present for just about every lady you know.

Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in True Rosy Blush

I have literally thrown away my other blush stick. This one is amazing. It's smooth, creamy and dewy. It makes my cheeks feel hydrated too. A little goes a long way so I just dab a bit on my cheeks and I've got a healthy glow about me. I also put a bit on my lips for a hint of lip color

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Casa di Francesca Home Scents

Rosemary & Mint

Fresh & alive!

Makes my house smell verdant, but not at all overpowering.

Huge variety of scents.
Created by Katie Borghese (yes, that Borghese family), inspired by Francesca, who was one of the few women to make the Grand Tour of Europe in the 1600's.

Available in beautiful Murano glass containers, reasonably priced. Make your house prettier & smell better with one purchase.