Zoya Hot Lips Glossy Lip Balm Summer 2009 Collection swatches

To coincide with the release of the awesome nail polish collections “Ooh-La-La” and “La-Di-Da“, Zoya released 6 new shades of Hot Lips Glossy Lip Balms ($6).  As you can see by the swatches, they are indeed very, very hot!  With all of the hydration of a lip balm, and the high shine and color of a gloss– these taste and smell super fruity, almost tropical.  While I was hard pressed to pick a fave… I have to go with “Blog” and I’m sure you can figure out why!

  • Meow — sheer pink beige metallic
  • Blog — sheer orange metallic
  • Kiss Kiss — purple pink shimmer
  • Starlet — sparkling rose
  • Luvie — sheer rose shimmer
  • Resolution — metallic red

Join celeb hair stylist Ken Paves in his race for children with cancer and win!

While Ken Paves is very well-known for the beautiful hair he creates for stars like Eva Longoria Parker, Jessica Simpson, and Jessica Alba– he’s doing something else that’s really beautiful work too.  In addition to his work for Operation Smile, Oprah’s Big Give, and recently raising over 2.2 million dollars for the fight against Epidermylosis Bullosa, he’s racing to support children with cancer.

Join celeb hair stylist Ken Paves as he supports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Padres Contre El Cancer in the Rally for Kids Celebrity Scavenger Cup 2009Contribute $50 or more to the cause, and you’ll have a chance to be one of two lucky people who will fly to L.A., race with Ken in his Ferrari against celeb friends like Eva Longoria Parker, win a hair makeover by Ken Paves at his Beverly Hills salon, and receive free hairdo Clip-In Extensions and Ken Paves Healthy Hair products.

Sounds like a plan!  Help Ken raise $500,000 by May 1st by contributing any amount.  Your donation will make a huge difference in the lives of children with cancer.

Review: Elizabeth Grant Skincare Vitamin C Body Scrub

I’ve had excellent luck in the past with the Elizabeth Grant Skincare products I’ve tried like the Biocollasis Advanced Cellular Eye Cream and her moisturizer that’s full of gold!  My experiences with the Vitamin C Body Scrub further prove my theory that Elizabeth Grant Skincare isn’t just a one-trick pony.

If you like the way fresh oranges smell, you’re immediately going to love the Vitamin C Body Scrub!  Use this creamy, very finely grained body scrub where you want to see radiance come back to dull skin and you’ll literally “see the light” again.  Superb anti-oxidant benefits from vitamins C, P, and A made my skin happier, especially on my chest and shoulders.  The orange oil delighted my senses and made me feel super pampered while making me crave Jamba Juice which isn’t a bad thing!  I found this gentle enough to be used on a daily basis, but powerful enough to get rid of the gunk.  Follow up with an anti-oxidant packed moisturizer like the Vitamin C Body Lotion and you’re set to face the day.  Buh-bye boring, dull skin on my shoulders!

Yay or nay: Sephora Color Play Palette

Lookie lookie what I spy!  Sephora has a new limited edition palette called the Color Play Palette— what do you think?  To be honest, whenever I get palettes like this and it doesn’t matter where they come from, I use about 5 of the colors and the rest go untouched.  At $22, this bargain palette offers:

36 eye shadows

12 lip glosses

3 blushes, 1 bronzer

3 applicators

I haven’t been very dazzled by the past palettes at Sephora, can this one change my mind?  Yay or nay?  Maybe I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, I’m just not overly excited by this one.

Mrs. Meyers Clean Home makes dirty work easier!

Spring cleaning.  Ugh.  It’s that time!  It is so hard on my hands, even when I wear gloves.  I say that because after about 10 minutes the gloves come off.  I can’t clean effectively with gloves on, come on!  Especially not the kind of clean that is worthy of being called Spring cleaning, and the cleaning chemicals are just ick.

Every once in awhile, I come across a how-to book that knocks my socks off.  Mrs. Meyers Clean Home happens to be one of them!  The real Mrs. Meyers dispenses extremely helpful advice that inspires you to really clean and make things shine without harmful chemicals.  Believe it or not, ketchup is on her list of cleaning products, so is cream of tartar.  Aren’t you curious now?

Since I’m literally “movin’ on up” this week to a bigger casa, it’s been the perfect opportunity to test out Mrs. Meyers sage wisdom as we clean for inspection.  Everything in this place will be in tip-top shape and shine like never before, likely cleaner than when we moved in.  Anything that you need to clean, there’s a how-to in this book!

When the Spring cleaning starts to cause wear and tear on your hands, reach for a hand cream like Yes To Tomatoes Tender Touch Hand Cream.  It’s a vitamin rich formula and also uses lycopene from tomatoes as a powerful anti-oxidant to help stop the free radical attacks that are making your hands look more like they belong to a sea creature than a pageant Queen!

I love the soft scent that reminds me of baby powder and the non-greasy texture of this hand cream.  Tender Touch contains 99.6% natural ingredients like watermelon extract, green pepper extract, and red tea which I find to be an intriguing combination and I’m curious to know how some great mind came up with that!  I think it would also be super helpful if maybe 2 nights out of the week you put this on and slept with some light-weight cotton gloves on to have more of an impact.  Then you’ll really look like a pageant Queen!

Hot Brights: Essie Neon Collection Summer 2009 swatches

It is just the ugliest gloomy day here in So Cal.  I thought it would be perfect to lighten things up around here with some swatches of the new Essie Neon nail polish collection.  My desk is definitely more perky right now!

This collection of four neon nail polishes REALLY come alive after a swipe of top coat!  At first, they dry down matte– but no worries!  The outcome will be a bright and shiny summery splash of outrageous color.  I am absolutely loving all these brights for summer.  It’s really a nice change from all of the greys and reds I’ve been sporting in the past few months.  After a base coat, two coats of color, and a top coat these will look superb!  From left to right, here’s the color breakdown:

  • Flirty Fuchsia — hot pink magenta
  • Funky Limelight — day-glo yellow
  • Perky Purple — brilliant violet
  • Punchy Pink — berry icicle

Review: Montagne Jeunesse Tired Leg Gel (Morello Cherry & Iced Mint)

Want to hear me whine like a big baby?  Okay, I know you just said no and I’ll spare you.  I’ll just tell you what makes me whine like a big baby and tell you what works to make me stop.  If my feet or my legs get sore or achy, I’m going to tell anyone who will listen about it.  Not on purpose, it just makes me so miserable that I go making others miserable.  What to do?  I usually soak my feet and legs in warm water with some kind of minty soak and I become a happier camper.  But what if I don’t have time to soak, and even worse– what if I’m out of my fave foot soak like I am now?

This nifty little packet of Montagne Jeunesse Tired Leg Gel was awesome.  It made my feet and my legs feel so icy for at least 15 minutes (I stopped keeping track) and was super refreshing.  The Morello Cherry & Iced Mint fragrance appeals to me personally, but it will likely remind you of a cherry Halls cough drop.  Rub this gel into your achy calves and sore tootsies and sit back and relax.  If you’ve recently shaved, I wouldn’t use this right away because the mint is pretty potent and there’s also witch hazel in the ingredients– it could make you do the ouchie-dance around your living room.  For about $2, I think this is a good buy.  I better stock up on these, on Friday we’re moving.  Both the hubby and I should be in fine shape after a day of going up and down the stairs with heavy boxes.  Good thing our new place has an elevator!

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified water), Alcohol denat., Propylene glycol, PPG-1-PEG-9 lauryl glycol ether, Hammamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Menthol, Menthyl lactate, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Parfum (Fragrance), Triethanolamine, Hedera helix (Ivy extract), Methylparaben, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice extract), Propylparaben, Prunus cerasus (Cherry extract), Mentha piperita (Peppermint oil), Mentha viridis (Spearmint oil), CI 14700 (FD & C Red No. 4), CI 42090 (FD & C Blue No. 1)

Top Tips to Looking Sexy Over 40

Top Tips to Looking Sexy Over 40

Try the makeover tricks we used on TotalBeauty.com reader Kim to help spice up her dating life

New to the Internet dating scene at age 50, Kim turned to our makeover dream team for beauty tips to help in showing off her sexy, independent self. Follow their steps to see whether their advice worked, and how you can recreate her look on your next date.

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GOSSIP GIRL: Real NYC Stories Revealed & Dove pair up to bring us a new fragrance!

I know there are some Gossip Girl junkies out there in beauty junkie-land.  As much fun as it is to indulge in shows that are like brain junk food, I want to see some real stuff too!  Starting with Monday night’s Gossip Girl episode on April 27th, you can catch the mini-series Gossip Girl: Real NYC Stories Revealed brought to us by Dove’s new go fresh fragrance, Burst– inspired by today’s real life gals who are more accomplished and independent than ever before!

Four real young women open up to the cameras and give us a peek into their daily lives as they deal with the same real-life issues we all do: careers, relationships, beauty, finances, family and friends.  We’ll get to know:

  • Chrissie Miller: fashion designer and founder of the Sophomore apparel brand
  • Faythallegra Coleman: emerging Brooklyn-based filmmaker and writer
  • Dani Stahl: style director for Nylon magazine, jewelry designer and “IT” girl
  • Lara Meiland-Shaw: co-founder of a Lara Hélène Bridal Atelier and philanthropist

Sounds good, huh?  What also sounds good is the new Dove go fresh fragrance, Burst– a mix of juicy nectarine and white ginger.  I’m all over that!  Make sure to visit  www.cwtv.com/dovegofresh for behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the series, exclusive interviews with Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr and the Dove real girls, along with Dove go fresh product information.