Review & Swatches: Shades from Essie French Affair Collection Spring 2011


Let’s bid winter adieu, shall we? I’m totally ready, and Essie hopes we are too! The French Affair Collection for spring 2011 boasts a retro spin on six pastel neutrals, that pay homage to the pretty sheers we love Essie for, but these are a little more opaque than they may seem.

Essie founder and color maven Essie Weingarten explains, “I think every woman has a little Brigitte Bardot in her, and this palette coaxes her out!”

I wish I had all six of the shades in my hot little hands to share with you, but I do have three—I hope you see one here that you like! Here’s the shade breakdown on all six shades: [Read more...]

A Weekend With AVEENO at The Independent Spirit Awards!


I know it’s been a few days, and I’m back! I just spent an exciting weekend in Santa Monica, California (not too far from home for me) with all of the new AVEENO Brand Ambassadors from all over the U.S.! I am happy to tell you that as part of my new partnership with AVEENO, I’ll be able to share my thoughts about all of the latest products, and also tell you about some exciting initiatives that are coming up. But perhaps the highlight of my weekend (besides hanging with 24 other beauty-loving dolls) was attending the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Upon our arrival, we walked the red (or grey) carpet…and you might be able to spot about half of your AVEENO Ambassadors in this photo. I’m one of them (tucked behind a publicist, I’m sure), but as we were making our way through, Anne Heche was just ahead of us. It was pure CRAZINESS. One person would yell at us to keep walking, then another would yell at us to stop. And the screaming! Let’s just say that I don’t really see myself doing any red carpet interviews of celebs in the future! I’ll leave that to the pros. [Read more...]

23 Horrible Anti-Aging Skin Care Products


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23 Horrible Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

Readers say these anti-aging products did nothing that they claimed to do

23 Horrible Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

This is a TotalBeauty.com anti-aging skin care article

To help save you from getting hurt by these products that don’t deliver, we’re here to share a list of the anti-aging goods our readers have tried, tested and rejected.

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No. 23: Cosmedicine MegaDose Skin Fortifying Serum, $60

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6

“I was completely disgusted by the smell. I don’t know what this is ‘supposed’ to do for your skin, but the smell makes me not care.”

No. 22: L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Complete Lotion SPF 15, $16.59

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6

“I tried using this once and had to stop, [because it made my] face start to itch and feel dry.”

No. 21: Benefit Eyecon, $28

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6

“After applying it twice a day for over a month” one reader didn’t see “changes under my eyes” or “any lightening at all.”

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!

Holy Grail Alert! FAIRYDROPS Scandal Queen Mascara


I own some pretty impressive mascaras, but every once in a while—one comes along that could cause a RED ALERT. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I bought this new Japanese mascara from Sephora, it’s called FAIRYDROPS Scandal Queen Mascara, and scandalous it is!

The box reads:

Japan’s best-selling Fairydrops mascara was created by Japanese TV personality, Aya Yasuda. Realizing that the eyes are the secret to making a great impression, she was inspired to create a new wand. The result is so unique, it’s patented in Japan! You now hold the key to having long, lush, and fabulous lashes!

  • 5 kinds of treatment essences: squalane, jojoba seed oil, panthenol, hydrolized collagen, sodium hyaluronate
  • Fiber & volume-increasing wax creates extra-long, luxurious, and defined lashes without clumps
  • Rich film & curl-keep polymer keeps lashes curled all day long
  • Water-resistant film formula won’t smudge—easily removed with warm water

[Read more...]

Currently Loving: Stila Prime Pot in Taffy


I popped into Sephora to buy myself a few birthday treats last weekend, and I picked up the new Stila Prime Pot in Taffy. The Prime Pot is one of the new spring releases that I haven’t seen anywhere else yet, so I was glad I was able to get one in my hot little hands. They come in two shades; Taffy is a pale pink-ish beige, and Caramel is a warmer beige. [Read more...]

Giveaway: EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone 5 Piece Brush Set


It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the makeup brushes by EcoTools, they’re super soft and plush—and apply makeup like a dream; all while using sustainable and cruelty-free materials. Actress and earth-advocate, Alicia Silverstone has designed a line of brushes and bags for EcoTools, and I’ve got one of the brush sets to share! Want to win it?

(The brushes are constructed of recycled aluminum ferrules, bamboo, and 100% cruelty-free taklon fibers.)

Prize (1): One EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone 5 piece brush set
Dates of entry: 2/22/11 to 3/8/11
How to enter: Please fill out the form below just once daily for each day you wish to enter.  Just answer the questions on the form to earn: [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF12


New for spring 2011, Bobbi Brown brings us Rich Lip Color SPF12.  What makes this lipstick formula unique is it’s translucent base that’s paired up with pure color pigments, resulting in fantastic color payoff that looks crisp but feels light. It scores mega points for the SPF12 alone, but the way it leaves my lips feeling comfortable and with the color lasting longer than average—I’m really liking this new formula! [Read more...]

Review: Original Sprout Miracle Detangler, Natural Shampoo, & Scrumptious Baby Cream


Now that I’m a mom-to-be, I am learning that what you put ON your body is just as important as what you put IN your body. Unfortunately, there are products out there that contain harmful chemicals and additives that can actually contribute to health problems to your unborn baby.  Scary! When a few samples of Original Sprout items fell into my hands I was more than eager to give them a shot. They tout that their products are natural and contain no harmful chemicals. And the extra added bonus is that they promote these products for the whole family by stating “For Babies & Up” right there on the front of the package.

First I tried their Natural Shampoo.  My hair felt clean and soft after use, but I really wish I would have had my hands on some of their Deep Conditioner to follow up. My hair is coarse and dry, so it is super rare I just shampoo and go.  Keep in mind this shampoo is safe for babies too so it has a rather low suds-factor which is great for youngins, but maybe mom might want some more foam.

After shampooing, I followed up with the Miracle Detangler and let me tell you—the name of this product is accurate. Growing up, I have flashbacks of sitting on the front porch while my mom would spritz detangler in my hair and try to comb out all the knots. Had this stuff been around in the early 80’s I would have been a much happier child—a miracle! It is rather rich, so I felt like the detangler actually added a conditioning element to my hair. One caution though—this stuff is so rich the pump got clogged a few times. I suggest rinsing the nozzle in hot water after every use. [Read more...]