Friday, June 12th, 2009

The best in beauty products that have truly stood the test of time. Tried and true, these still rock.

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00) come in eighteen creamy, sexy shades. (YSL’s Fall 2009 Collection will add four more shades to the line-up.) I believe I own about seven or eight of the available shades, and I adore them. This is my favorite lipstick formula, because each lipstick is extremely creamy, richly pigmented, glossy, and hydrating. I eagerly await the unveiling of the new shades for fall! Available at Nordstromicon and Sephora.com.

Chanel Exceptionnel Mascara ($30.00) is a mascara I often reach for since I’ve tried it. I love the intensity of the black, the length it gives, and it doesn’t clump up too easily. It’s a bit pricey, but I do really like the formula and what it does to my lashes. It almost edges out my beloved MAC Plushlash mascara, but the price makes it not quite as fabulous. Available at Nordstromicon.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The best in beauty products that have truly stood the test of time. Tried and true, these still rock.

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator ($19.00) was a product that was nearly HG (holy grail) status. Of course, it was limited edition. Of course, I did not think to stock up at the time. Actually, if my memory is at all reliable, I intended to stock up only to discover they were sold out everywhere. Re-reading my original review actually says as much! Love, love, LOVE this stuff. I am desperately hoping the rumors are true, and we will see the return of my beloved VAE this fall/winter. C’mon MAC!

NARS Hydrating Moisture Cream ($72.00 for 3.4 oz.) is still a go-to moisturizer for me. I tend to use at night, because it is quite hydrating and often is a bit more moisture than I need in the AM. (Plus, it doesn’t have SPF, so I tend to opt for a moisturizer with built-in SPF — this is not really a make-or-break point for me, though.) I often alternate this with NARS Aqua-Gel Hydrator (which I love equally as much as this one — so all the things I said about the Moisture Cream, I say about the Aqua-Gel!). If you didn’t know, Shiseido owns NARS, and Shiseido is known for their skincare. In order to build up a reputation and grab market share in Asia, your brand must excel at skincare — that’s just where the focus is. I feel like NARS’ skincare products are often overlooked, but they are excellent and definitely worth trying. Available at Nordstromicon and Sephora.com.

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

The best in beauty products that have truly stood the test of time.  Tried and true, these still rock.

One question I am frequently asked is, “What are you still using? Do you still love what you loved a month ago?” Both good and bad, I am forever on the hunt for the next newest thing. This means even when I love a product, I’m often trying out something else, though it doesn’t diminish my love in the least bit! I thought I’d dig through the review archive and pull out some products that are still hardworking favorites and have earned their place in my beauty space.

Osmotics Cream Extreme Barrier Repair ($75.00 for 1.7 oz.) is still my go-to for ultra dry patches on my face. After using Retin-A for a few months several years ago, the skin above my upper lip became extremely sensitive to products, and it tends to get dry and flaky as often as the wind changes directions. (It is also incredibly annoying!) Thankfully, Cream Extreme works immediately and tends to minimize any cracking skin in that area for me. I do find it a pricier cream, so I personally use it as a spot treatment for dry patches. It is likely too moisturizing for me to use all over my face on a regular basis. However, if you have dry to ultra dry skin, you might find this a savior. The best place to purchase Osmotics’ products is at Nordstromicon.

Prescriptives Instant Gratification Skin Renewal Peel ($45.00) is one of my absolute favorite chemical masks/facial treatments. It makes your skin and look fantastic right after you’ve used it. I was really wow-ed by this product from the first application to the umpteeth application. Funny enough, this review was written in January 2008, and I am still on my first tube. I’d say there’s at least 20-30 usages per tube. (It just goes to show you that I’m regularly trying other face masks… but when I really need and want one to work, I know where to turn.) Available at Nordstromicon and Prescriptivesicon.

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

8 Ways to Wear Teal Eyeshadow

MAC Shimmermoss eyeshadow is an absolutely stunning shade of teal in the pot, and it is such a hard color to resist picking up–even if you’re not sure what to pair it with. It’s vibrant, richly pigmented, and has such a nice tone to it.

Bright Chartreuse Green

Apply a bright pop of chartreuse, like MAC Bitter eyeshadow, all over the lid with a fluffy brush like the 239. Pat the teal eyeshadow, like MAC Shimmermoss eyeshadow, in the outer crease with a crease brush like the 226. Finish by highlighting the brow bone with a soft yellow-based highlighter, like MAC Nylon eyeshadow.

Icy White

Try applying a light white or frosty white, like MAC Blanc Type eyeshadow, all over the lid with a fluffy brush like the 239. You can also opt for a MAC Shimmermoss eyeshadow in the crease and on the lower lash line to tie the two together. Add a bit of blue-green like MAC Bottle Green eyeshadow to add depth to the crease. Finish by highlighting the brow bone with a soft highlighter, like MAC Phloof! eyeshadow.

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Soft Sky Blues

When paired with softer blues, MAC Shimmermoss eyeshadow ends up looking bluer rather than as green-teal as it can. One of my favorite ways to do this is by applying a light silvery-blue like Surreal eyeshadow all over the lid. I layer a medium blue like MAC Mutiny pigment on the middle-to-outer portion of the lid. Gently, I tap MAC Freshwater eyeshadow into the outer crease, but very subtly so only add a bit of depth without adding excessive darkness. Finish by highlighting the brow bone with a soft highlighter, like MAC Phloof! eyeshadow.

Open Up Peepers

Teal doesn’t have to be scary, and it doesn’t always have to be blended away. Using MAC Shimmermoss eyeshadow to line the lower lash line can add a lot of color without going overboard. You can also feather it over your upper lash liner – like accenting black by making it teal-black instead. Finish by highlighting the brow bone with a soft highlighter, like MAC Shroom eyeshadow.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2009

1. Go purple! Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow all over the lid as a pop of fuchsia-pink-purple. Apply a deeper purple like Parfait Amour eyeshadow on the outer lid, blending into the outer crease, with the 239. Add depth to the crease by applying a matte purple like Fig. 1 or Blackberry eyeshadow into the crease with a brush like the 219. Use a softly pinked highlighter like Hush and blend it just above the crease. Highlight the brow bone with your favorite neutral highlighter.

2. Mix in aquas and teals! Apply Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow on the inner two-thirds of the lid with an eyeshadow brusgh like the 239. Cover the outer third of the lid with an aqua shade like Aquadisiac eyeshadow with the 239. Darken the crease with a deeper teal like Shimmermoss eyeshadow or mix it up with a blue shade like Freshwater. Use Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow to diffuse color towards the brow bone, and then highlight with your favorite neutrla highlighter.

3. As an accent to gold! First, apply Goldmine eyeshadow all over the lid over a gold or white base. Apply Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow with a fluffy brush like the 224 on the outer third of the lid. Deepen crease with Nocturnelle eyeshadow applied with a crease brush like the 219. Blend thoroughly with a fluffy blending brush like the 217. Highlight with your favorite neutral highlighter.

4. With silvers! Try applying a bright silver like Fineshine or Electra eyeshadow all over the lid, and then apply Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow on the outer third of the lid and into the crease. Darken the crease with a deep purple like Parfait Amour or Contrast. Use a fluffy brush like the 224 to blend the colors together and diffuse them towards the brow. Highlight with your favorite neutral highlighter.

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Monday, May 18th, 2009

5 Ways to Feel Beautiful for Less

Only a Woman’s World is all about making better choices and feeling good about yourself. Sometimes with all of the beauty products available, I forget there are simpler ways that I can do every day to make myself feel beautiful inside and out. These are just five of my favorites!

Drink more water. If you’re not drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, you’re not drinking enough to keep your body well hydrated. Drinking your daily dose of water keeps skin looking its best: supple, soft, and glowing.

Exfoliate regularly. Skin can look dull and tired when not all of your dead skin cells slough off, which is why regular exfoliation is key. You can use anything from a mild facial scrub to an at-home remedy. You can use products such as an aspirin mask (crushed aspirin mixed with a bit of water and honey) or just baking soda with a little bit of water to make a paste. All items you likely have at home, so you won’t have to spend big bucks to get great looking results.

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