• New Month, New NARS: Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

    Posted on February 1st, 2011 Christianna No comments

     Lip pencils usually give lips a matte hue, but leave it to Francois Nars to come up with another innovation in the over-saturated lip product market. The Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil hydrates with Vitamin E and hyaluronic and glosses with hyaluronic spheres. Plus, who doesn’t want to feel like they’re using a crayon on their mouth? We do!

    $24, available in six par-for-the-course richly luscious colors at NarsCosmetics.com.

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  • HOLIDAY BLUES: Blue Nail Polishes from Tips to Toes

    Posted on December 13th, 2010 Christianna No comments

    Blue nails, usually associated with various diseases, has emerged as a mainstream color to adorn our nails. From delicate eggshell blue to dark teal, blue can unexpectedly set off a holiday dress or sequined  top. We reported that Chanel first brought the blue madness with Riva — an oceanic blue from the Cruise collection.

    Checkedy check out our faves from other brands below!

    China Glaze For Audrey

    Available at China Glaze Diva, $5.40

    Scotch Naturals Flying Scotsman

    Available at Scotch Naturals, $14.99

    OPI Ski Teal We Drop

    Available at Amazon, $4.99

    Illamasqua Fern Nail Varnish

    Available at Sephora, $14

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  • VIDEO: NARS Behind-the-Scenes Pure Matte Lipstick Short Film

    Posted on September 2nd, 2010 Christianna No comments

    Starring Heather Marks and shot by Tim Richardson, this behind-the-scenes at the prismatic Nars short film showcases the new Pure Matte Lipstick line (debuting October 1st) that promises to be richly pigmented, dramatic AND moisturizing. Sign us up!

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  • Smell Like Elizabeth Gilbert from EAT PRAY LOVE: Fresh’s New Fragrances

    Posted on July 26th, 2010 Christianna No comments

    Perfume inspired by the book (and movie) Eat Pray Love? Thanks to Fresh, Elizabeth Gilbert’s travels of self-discovery through Italy, India and Bali now each have their own scent.

    According to Fresh’s website, Eat smells like ” Italy’s most addictive desserts and sensual wines,” Pray smells like “India’s serene sunsets, fresh soil, and traces of incense and spices that permeate warm winds,” and Love smells like “percolating pheromones, sun-caressed skin, and salty kisses . . . combined with the lush aromas of Bali’s exotic landscape.”

    I think the idea of a movie inspiring a line of perfumes is a bit cheesy, but the perfumes themselves sound yummy! I think I’ll try the salty kisses of Love and find my inner peace through percolating pheromones.

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  • Oranges–Not Just for Vitamin C Anymore, Now Appearing on Lips Everywhere

    Posted on June 23rd, 2010 Christianna No comments

    Orange on lips has been seen popping up on celeb lips for the past couple of years. Scarlett Johansson, Leighton Meester and Jessica Szhor have all been seen sporting the juicy shade on and off the red carpet. When used with slight smudged eyeliner and mascara as the only other makeup, it can look fresh and make eyes pop!

    Two great ones to try (and at opposite ends of the price spectrum) are Mac Morange and Milani Orange Gina.

    MAC Morange $14

    Milani Orange Gina $3.49

    Another way to try the citrusy trend is to rub just a bit of the lipstick onto your cheeks for a fresh, fun summer look!

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  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow- San Diego’s Top Hair Removal Spots

    Posted on June 16th, 2010 Christianna 2 comments

    Hair has been the bane of women for ages. Too much in certain areas, not enough in others. It’s really enough to make a woman go mad! Luckily, there’s a myriad of options to remove it—some old, some new, all effective. So throw away your razor and check out San Diego’s best places to keep your skin silky and smooth!

    String It Along-THREADING

    Possibly the oldest method of hair removal, threading harkens back to the days of Cleopatra when the entire body used to be threaded. Now, threading is generally used for deftly shaping brows and quickly removing hair from the entire face. A technician holds a piece of cotton thread between her teeth and rolls the ends between her fingers to pull the hair out from the root.  According to Dolly Bakshai of Beauty by Dolly, threading results can last up to three weeks and does zero harm to skin. It’s a very precise technique for eyebrows and takes anywhere from five to 15 minutes. Bonus? It averages $12 for the brows.

    Best for: face, eyebrows

    Try: Beauty by Dolly, www.beautybydolly.com, 858-693-0200

    Urban Calm, www.urbancalmspa.com, 619-236-1395

    Go Brazilian-BRAZILIAN WAXING

    Started by five Brazilian sisters in New York in 1987, Brazilian waxing has exploded in the United States as the most daring method of hair removal in terms of amount of hair removed.  Adri Rebis of Bella Brazil explains that due to the Brazilian influence, bikinis are getting smaller, necessitating a “clean” bikini area. Waxing utilizes warm or hard wax that’s carefully applied to the skin and pulled off quickly. With it, the hair comes out at the root. Depending on the density of the hair, it may break the first three to four waxes, but with time, hair becomes sparser and weaker.  You need at least a quarter inch or two weeks’ worth of growth. She only uses hard wax since it adheres to the hair and not the skin. Results last from two to six weeks. Bonus? The more you do it, the less it hurts!

    Best for: Brazilian bikini, underarms, legs

    Try: Bella Brazil, www.bellabrazilspa.com, 858-964-5109

    Beauty and Body Lounge, www.beautyandbodylounge.com, 619-692-9300

    Sweet Pull-SUGARING

    The predecessor to modern-day waxing, sugar “wax” consists of all natural ingredients like lemon and honey. The technician applies the gooey mixture to your skin—where it heats naturally to your body temperature—then pulls it out in the direction of the growth rather than the opposite direction, which prevents ingrown and lessens the chance of irritation that can sometimes be a result of regular wax.  Results last approximately as long as regular waxing. Barb Crum of Tranquil Spa Services by Barb says that it’s great for men’s backs since men have more nerve endings, so no more red bumps! Bonus? It’s so natural, you could literally eat it!

    Best for: legs, underarms, backs, upper lip

    Try: Tranquil Spa Services by Barb, www.tranquilspaservicesbybarb.com, 619-227-8238

    Swanky Sugar, www.swankysugar.com, 858-663-5914

    Zap It Away-LASER

    I tried the new Cynosure laser at Laser Away. Having heard horror stories about laser hair removal and how it feels like hot needles poking into you, I was pleasantly surprised at the quick and relatively painless laser session. Gone are the days of messy gels and hours-long sessions. They iced my underarms for a couple of minutes and then applied the laser. With the laser, shot out a stream of cold air, which considerably lessened the feel of the laser.  Laser Away recommends six sessions spaced six weeks apart for permanent hair removal (barring major hormonal changes). Bonus? Once you’re done, the hair is gone—forever!

    Best for: bikini, underarms, legs, back, chest

    Try: Laser Away, www.laseraway.net, 760-929-9944

    Vasseur Skin Salon & Spa, www.vasseurdayspa.com, 619-236-9095

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  • If You Want Your Skin to Glow Like an Oscar-L’Oreal’s Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion

    Posted on June 7th, 2010 Christianna No comments

    I’ve tried all sorts of bronzers and self-tanners in my life–from department store brands to drugstore brands. In fact, I’m still mourning the discontinuation of Benefit‘s Flamingo Fancy. It had the perfect amount of shimmer and a great scent.(Those were the days, a little Flamingo Fancy, a lot of Vegas and even more ungodly drinks by the name of Liquid Cocaine–which, incidentally, left one of my friends in urgent care the next day after partying due to dehydration. Oops.)

    So, even though I’m still technically “brown”, my skin requires some brightening up, and by brightening up, I don’t mean burnt orange or bright gold. I mean sunkissed, damn it! When I came across L’oreal’s Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer at CVS, I like it right away because the bottle read: Instant Action, which I took as a promise of sorts, if you know what I mean. 😉

    So, I took that baby home, showered, exfoliated and applied! It came out shimmery, which made me feel fancy. It went on shiny, which made me feel brand new! (Cue: Like a Virgin.) Anyway, it’s under $10 for a big bottle, so go out and get it, my friends!

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  • Blot it and Bronze it: 2-1-Blotting-Bronzing Papier from Mai Couture

    Posted on May 19th, 2010 Christianna No comments

    The Kardashians and Camilla Alves are fans of these two-in-one blotting papers from Mai Couture. They’re no geniuses, but at least they’re bronzed and matte. These blotting/bronzing papers eliminate oil and shine while leaving a hint of bronzy shimmer.

    $33 for 100 sheets.

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  • The Making of a Chanel Commercial: Chance Eau Tendre

    Posted on May 9th, 2010 Christianna 1 comment

    Check out behind-the-scenes of the making of Chanel’s Chance commercial featuring Sigrid Agren and directed by Jean-Paul Goude. With philosophical undertones and a reminder to take chances when life presents us with them, this commercial reminds me of what I love about the French–the joie de vivre that’s often missing from American life.

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  • Juice it Up with Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel

    Posted on April 21st, 2010 Christianna 1 comment

    A great way to celebrate Earth Day tomorrow is with a green peel–literally. Juice Beauty‘s Green Apple Peel is totally organic, full of good-for-your-skin natural antioxidants like organic apple, lemon, grape juices, raw cane sugar, white willowbark, vitamin antioxidants and essential nutrients.

    I tried the full strength version, which had a gel-like consistency and a pleasant spa-like apple scent. I left it on for the recommended 10 minutes (it tingled a fair amount), rinsed off with cool water and voila! Baby butt soft skin! It was smooth and tight. A word of caution, though. Do this peel at night! I did it during the day and it left my skin seriously pinky-red for a good hour or two. I felt like Samantha in Sex and the City when she had a bad peel and still had to attend Carrie’s book party looking like a burn victim. It’s not that bad, but still. For sensitive or thin skin, try the sensitive skin version.

    Another unknown but effective usage is for stretch marks (damn you, puberty!). Since I’m my own guinea pig, I thought, hey, if it can do this for my face, what about the rest of my body? I tried it on my hips and it made the stretch marks look a little less noticeable and softer.

    Happy Smooth Skin Earth Day!

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  • FAUX-tos: Digital Retouching, AKA Fashion’s Racket

    Posted on April 6th, 2010 Christianna 1 comment

    Check out this video of gorgeous model Natasha Poly made flawless with digital retouching by getting rid of minor skin imperfections, whitening the whites of her eyes, changing the shape of her lips and narrowing her nose.

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