Posted on February 1st, 2011 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.
Posted on December 13th, 2010 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!
Available at China Glaze Diva, $5.40
Available at Scotch Naturals, $14.99
Available at Amazon, $4.99
Available at Sephora, $14
Posted on September 2nd, 2010 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!
Posted on July 26th, 2010 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.
Posted on June 23rd, 2010 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!
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!
Posted on June 16th, 2010 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
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
Posted on June 7th, 2010 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!
Posted on May 19th, 2010 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.
Posted on May 9th, 2010 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.
Posted on April 21st, 2010 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!
Posted on April 6th, 2010 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.