Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Garden Party

Girly usually ain't my thang, but I am swooning for the following bloomingly femme beauty products:

Thymes Kimono Rose Whipped Body Cream: You may remember that while I liked this scent in it's rollerball and spray form, it didn't knock my socks off. Well I am most definitely changing my tune these days! Between the chic pot, the lusciously rich and hydrating lotion and the light scent it leaves on my skin, I am quite honestly obsessed. My NIVEA has been permanently relegated to the back of my bathroom cupboards.
$30 at

The Soap and Paper Factory Green Tea Solid Perfume: I really feel like there isn't enough kudos given to adorable packaging. When done right, a product and it's packaging can truly echo something that's special to you. This lovely offering reminds me of my nana- in the chicest way of course! She was a true lady, always having her hair done and elegant brushes and perfumes at the ready. While the packaging's a fun throwback, the product is all for the modern woman looking for an awesomely portable, crisp, fun scent.
$18 at 

Mally Beauty High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Tender Rose: A sweet pink inflected with subtle gold sparkles, this lipstick also keeps lips hydrated. I again, gotta give a shout out to the cool snakeskin accented packaging! Ssssssnazzy!
$20 at

Monday, June 16, 2014

Be Good to Your Brows

If the eyes are the window to your soul, then your eyebrows are surely the decorative curtains.

Hey now! Don't you roll those windows at me!

If you're like the majority of women who've overplucked or are just overwhelmed or confused by how to even tackle your brows, here are some helpful how-to's from Umbreen Sheikh, founder of Wink Brow Bar in Manhattan.

- Start off with a guideline.  I recommend going to a brow specialist in your area or your favorite cosmetics counter to mark up your official brow lines.  They will help to measure the shape of your natural brow which will then act as your dotted line to maintaining the shape.  

- Once the shape is complete, follow the guidelines to fill in brows and extend the natural lines.  Be mindful to those "stray" hairs that fall within the dotted lines because yes, it may look like a "stray", but if its within the natural lines, it belongs there. Put the Tweezer down! 

- Create a shadow behind the hairs by using a brow powder to create the appearance of thick and bold brows.  Brow Powders are easiest for beginners because you can build up the color, versus drawing it on.  Try out the Wink Brows to Go Quad that includes a contour shade, an overall fill in shade, a highlighter and a brow wax.  Leave the brow pencil to the professional because harsh filling in can age you dramatically. 

- Finally, finish off with a brow wax.  Consider this "hairspray" for your brows to keep them in place all day long.  This brow wax helps hold down hairs and push them closer to the skin, resulting in the appearance of thicker, more full, brows.

I myself have found powders provide a more natural look than pencils. One last tip I also might add? Make sure you use a clean spooly or old toothbrush to brush out and set the powder before you use the wax. It results in a full yet still natural looking brows that will surely give Cara Delevingne a run for her money!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Tale of Two Pretties

How do you like your skin? Matte and fresh? Or glowy and bright?

With the following two new complexion perfectors, it's easy to achieve the look that floats your beauty boat.

THE PRODUCT: Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer

THE SPIN:  This lightweight creme evens out skin tone, minimizes the appearance of pores and provides long-lasting make-up application. Its pomegranate extract is an effective antioxidant known for decreasing the appearance of pores.
THE DEAL: Yes! Yes! Yes! This primer is the certainly the real deal. On a most humid morning, I gave it a whirl and it awesomely kept my skin looking snazzy and pore free all day. It blends super evenly to create a nice thin layer on skin and smells fantastic too.
THE GET: Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer, $33, available at

THE PRODUCT: Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lightning's New BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Creme

THE SPIN: From the folks that brought us the amazing Whitening Lightning Super Booster Pen, this versatile new offering is formulated with light reflecting particles and golden shimmer and undertones to create a youthful, lit-from-within glow.
THE DEAL: You guys, I am mad digging this creme. I use it over a light layer of foundation as its easy to blend, comfortable to wear and hydrates my skin while masking imperfections. It totally gives me that elusive "pregnancy glow" even when I'm running on zero hours of sleep (thanks heartburn and bladder pressure!).
THE GET: BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Creme, $36, available at

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Yoohoo! Let's talk about your hoohoo.

No, seriously. We're going to talk about our hoohoos. 

If you're steuggling with this topic, you're not spell check almost refused to allow me to use the word "hoohoo"! With some gentle coercing, my iPad is on board, so am hoping you will be too!

Healthy Hoohoo is a Seatle based company, bringing gentle feminine wash, wipes, and foaming cleanser to down-unders (that one was another auto correct battle!) near you! I tested Hoohoo's wipes and cleanser on my own lady parts (not that I needed them...don't get it twisted) and must declare that I'd much prefer the clean and simple scent of Hoohoo products on my Amelia Bedelia than the other fruity, flowery, grandmotherly vag scents out there (not that I would know what those smell like anyway...)! 

Not only are Hoohoo baby-maker products gentle, fragrance free, and animal cruelty free, they are also invested in educating those of the female persuasion about proper care of their gennies! I say "woohoo!" and recommend Hoohoo to you-you and your noo-noo!