Review & Swatches: essie Stylenomics Collection for Fall 2012

New for fall from essie, meet the Stylenomics collection! Women play a major role in the current economic climate, and Stylenomics was inspired by take-charge women in tough times like these. With six classic creme shades, these new polishes are an easy, quick, and inexpensive way to update your look for the season. I think nails are the best accessory a gal can have. So why not play them up?

“I absolutely love hearing from women about how essie color makes them feel,” essie founder, Essie Weingarten explains. “And when they tell me it made them feel powerful and poised in a business meeting, to me, that’s just the best!” Her own storied rise to the top of the nail color world began at a time when the fashion & beauty world was populated mostly by men. “Now, I get such a thrill from rubbing elbows with more fabulous women than ever. I created this collection with those can-do women in mind!”

Miss Fancy Pants, Don’t Sweater It, Stylenomics

Recessionista, Head Mistress, Skirting the Issue

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Currently Obsessed: Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip Moisturizer & Styler

Back in January, I decided that my new year’s resolution would be to take better care of my hair. I have such a bad relationship with it! The good news: I haven’t given up on my resolution. The bad news: my hair is still very dry—no matter what I do! It’s pretty inevitable since my hair is double processed with both color and highlights, which I get on a frequent basis. Heat styling also plays a role here, since there’s only so much heat a hair strand can take before the cuticle splits and gets roughed up. (Well hello there, 410° curing iron!) Welcome to my world.

Pantene comes to the rescue with their new Daily Moisture Renewal collection of shampoo, conditioners, treatments, and stylers that are perfect for dry hair like mine. Get ready to meet my new BFF from that collection—Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip!

Pantene Silky Moisture Whip

Silky Moisture Whip might look like your ordinary mousse, but don’t judge this book by its cover. Because it’s a mousse and so much more. [Read more…]

Birchbox Offers Big Value in a Small Box

Sometimes the biggest treasures come in small packages…

In the past, I’ve given monthly subscription sampling programs a bad rap. In all honesty, I wrote them off because I thought some of them seemed overpriced—and the idea of paying for samples kind of baffles me. In my honest opinion, after seeing what’s out there, some of those programs do still seem overpriced!

But what if some of those programs are low in price, yet big in value?

For example, Birchbox sends you beauty and lifestyle samples for $10 a month—including shipping! Each monthly box contains deluxe samples that are tailored to your personal online beauty profile with Birchbox. If you love what’s inside your box, you can hop online, then shop from the curated products in the Birchbox Shop, while earning loyalty points redeemable for full-size products.

My September Birchbox

To me, there’s value inside the fact that there’s a good possibility I’ll be introduced to something I may never have given thought to try (or didn’t even know was out there). As a beauty blogger, this is a fantastic way for me to break outside of my beauty bubble. There’s also value in the fact that I may receive a full size product. Aside from that, I LOVE SURPRISES! The thought of getting a monthly surprise is exciting, especially when it’s inexpensive.

Inside my September Birchbox…

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My L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Collection Skincare Challenge: Week 2

We’re on to week 2!

You might recall that last week, I introduced you to the new Revitalift Triple Power Collection from L’Oréal Paris. It’s time to start sharing my experiences (so far) with the products, and this week, I’m starting with the Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer. It promises to…

  • Repair wrinkles — Restore essential moisture to help repair each wrinkle.
  • Re-densify — Rebuild skin’s network to help restore skin’s youthful substance. In 4 weeks, skin has a more youthful density.
  • Re-firm — In 4 weeks, facial contours are firmer and more lifted.

Let’s take a closer look!


This is a facial moisturizer for both day and night, and it contains a few key ingredients. L’Oréal Paris incorporated a proprietary complex in the Revitalift Triple Power collection, Pro-Xylane™. It’s a 100% naturally-derived, biodegradable molecule extracted from the beech wood plant. This molecule was designed to penetrate deep into skin’s surface, and has been shown to enhance collagen production. In addition, the moisturizer also contains hyaluronic acid (which has been shown in certain grades to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water), to encourage moisture in the skin where it needs it most.  [Read more…]

Review: Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50

You had me at SPF 50. If you know anything about me, I’m a sucker for sun protection.  After 2 weeks, this product has knocked my socks off.

Wear it alone, blend it with moisturizer, or try it mixed with your foundation—Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster has got you covered! I love this stuff because so many times I find a daytime lotion I love, but it lacks SPF. Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster can help fill in those gaps.

It doesn’t just protect your skin from sunburn, it contains UV Smart Booster Technology—which means it also protects your skin from free radicals. Dermalogica has encapsulated essential antioxidants vitamins C and E into a microcapsule that activates only when needed. So that means when your skin gets exposed to harmful UV rays, this stuff kicks into overtime to add extra protection.  [Read more…]

Is L’Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream the All-In-One Solution to Luminous, Even-Looking Skin?

Say hello to multi-tasking in a tube…

Earlier in the month, I introduced everyone to the new L’Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator. This new BB cream promises to be your all-in-one skincare hero by doing several things at once; by evening out your skin tone, providing luminosity and hydration, and correcting your complexion. I gave it a test drive over the past week on top of my daytime skincare regimen, and I’m back to share my thoughts!

L’Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator

To start off, this is available in two shades; light, and medium. I find both shades to look a little warm once they’ve had a chance to sit on my skin, but they’re still pretty universal shades for fair-to-medium skin tones. I have fair skin with a lot of redness, and I thought light did a nice job of color-correcting some of that. Youth Code BB Cream doesn’t give a lot of coverage, and I find it wears a little more like a tinted moisturizer. So I couldn’t look to it to actually conceal, but the slight tint and luminous finish helped to diffuse my skin imperfections, which made it an easy item to grab in the morning to just rub in and go. [Read more…]

Quick Pick Under $5: Pure Silk Shaving Cream

Most ladies only think about a smooth, moisturizing shave in the summer, but it should be on your mind all year-round.

Ever heard of Barbasol? Yeah, those blue and white striped shaving cream cans that pretty much every guy in the world has sitting on their bathroom counter—that’s who makes Pure Silk Shave Cream. Obviously they know skin!

This rich shave cream is loaded with their moisturizing formula and promises to nourish and moisturize your skin while you shave. I tried Raspberry Mist and the Sensitive Skin Therapy formulas. Both types gave me a nice, smooth shave—no nicks or cuts! Raspberry Mist has a light raspberry essence and promises to give you an uplifting shave experience. Sensitive Skin Therapy is loaded with a few more botanicals and aloe to help give you a soothing shave.  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: OPI ‘So So Skullicious’ Mini Lacquer Set for Halloween 2012

With 10 neon variations of nail decals inspired by the Dia de los Muertos skull, OPI is getting So So Skullicious this Halloween with their seasonal mini lacquer set! Halloween 2012’s set contains four bright minis in pink, orange, black, and yellow—each weighing in at 1/8 of an ounce each. When it comes to seasonal sets like these, I’m totally okay with the smaller bottles. They’re just enough product to play around with for a few mani’s and pedi’s for the season, and for sharing with my friends in little polish swaps.

“Rather than simply be spooky this Halloween, OPI has created colors that are full of life,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “So So Skullicious features vivid colors and fun nail decals that offer the perfect way to get festive for the holiday, whether you’re looking for a little way to show Halloween spirit, or planning to get decked out from head to nails and toes!”

OPI So So Skullicious Halloween 2012 Mini Nail Lacquer Set

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Review & Swatches: Pieces From the MAC Carine Roitfeld Collection for Fall 2012

Bedhead? Check. Smoky eye? Check. Sexy look? Check.

As the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and modern taste-maker, Carine Roitfeld is a fan of the “tired sexy” look, and her new collection with MAC puts it all on display. Not a lot of color comes along with these pieces from the image-maker’s signature look, but the neutrals are still smoky and seductive—anything but boring. Let’s check out what I took a peek at…

From MAC…

Carine Roitfeld elevated the smoky eye to an art form. For her M·A·C collaboration, Carine edits her look into a collection of chic colours and tools for recreating her aesthetic. Full Face Kit contain four Eye Shadows and Cremeblend Blush, Eye Brows in Brunette, Kohl Power Eye Pencil, Fluidline, 49 Lash and two Mascaras. Tropical Mist Lipstick, Face and Body Foundation, Mineralize Concealer, Nail Lacquer and Brushes create the perfect backdrop for dramatic eyes.

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