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Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Lancome Declaring Indigo Collection for Fall 2009 Preview

Fall 2009 celebrates the revolutionary spirit of a magnificent Parisian woman, a free spirit. It is a declaration of beauty just for you, the beginning of a new era.

Ink Artliner ($23.50)

  • Brun Elegance
  • Indigo Charm
  • Noir Magnificence

Color Design Liberty Palette ($42.00)

  • Golden Audacity
  • Indigo Charm
  • Nude Elegance

Virtuose Divine Lasting Curves Mascara ($24.50)

  • Royal Gold

Color Design Lipcolor ($22.00)

  • Berry Sensual
  • Paris Rouge
  • Rouge Liberty

Le Crayon ($22.00)

  • Berry Sensual
  • Rouge Liberty

Color Fever Gloss ($25.00)

  • Berry Glamour
  • Declaring Gold
  • Golden Rouge
  • Raspberry Glimmer
  • Rouge Magnificence

Le Vernis ($18.00)

  • Golden Audacity
  • Indigo Paris
  • Rouge Liberty

Blush Subtil ($29.50)

  • Rouge Glow

La Rose Liberte ($40.00)

Availability: Now available for purchase at lancome-usa.com.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Say Goodbye to Max Factor, U.S. Customers

“Max Factor, the 100-year-old American makeup brand, will be discontinued by early next year in the United States, where its market share is limited, owner Procter & Gamble (PG.N) said on Thursday.”

It’s interesting to see the move out of the U.S., where so my brands seem to be only available in.  We can expect to see Max Factor make its exit in the U.S. in early 2010.

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

The Hit List

Best Hair Spray? What product wins this category?

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Looking for a silicone-free primer? Look no further!

Korres Face Primer ($28.00 for 1.01 oz. or $10.00 for 0.34 oz.) is exactly that. After my debacle Smashbox Photofinish Primer, I really wanted to steer clear of silicone-based primers. I couldn’t tell you if that really causes breakouts for me or not, but I do think my skin is sensitive to high levels of silicone in products. So when I fell in love with Korres’ tinted moisturizer, I had high hopes for their face primer.

Korres touts it as a 99% natural, antioxidant-rich face primer that’s silicone free. It is formulated without silicone, parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes/fragrances, mineral oils, petrochemicals, phthalates, and GMOs. It is Ecocert certified as well. This primer seems best for those with dry to normal skin. I’m not sure if it is “thick” enough in its primer-ness to work as well on oily skin types. I’m hoping some of you who have tried this can chime in and confirm/deny!

I found it worked well on me by making my skin tone seem smoother (not necessarily as a line-filler, though), a bit more even, and it kept my makeup looking fresh throughout the day. What I liked was that it felt like an extremely lightweight moisturizer. It doesn’t feel like a silicone primer at all – it doesn’t have the gel-y feel. It also has a very, very faint citrus scent, which is pleasing, but it’s so subtle I hardly notice it. I might never have noticed if not for wanting to determine if it had a scent at all!

The packaging is simple but effective. The tube makes it easy to get what you need out, and there’s no light damage nor dipping fingers into it either. I feel like a little goes a long way, so this tube should last me six months or longer of regular usage. Even if it only lasts two or three months, I still feel you get good bang for your buck relative to some other primers.

For me, it did what it was designed to – enhanced the way my skin looked, kept my makeup looking good even into the wee hours of the night, AND it did not break me out. In fact, my skin seemed to look and feel better after wearing this regularly for a couple of weeks.

I’m pretty eager to check out some more Korres products — anyone have any recommendations?

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Survey Says

Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share your answers with us in the comments section! :-)

Instructions: Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share it with us in the comments section! :)

Best makeup remover?: [answer]
Remover wipes or cleanser?: [answer]
When do you remove your makeup?: [answer]

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense Facial Moisturizer SPF 50 ($13.99 for 1.7 oz.) is a drugstore option for a great summer moisturizer. I find it to be fairly lightweight (maybe light to medium), but once it dries, there’s no heaviness or super greasy residue. What I like about Cetaphil products is that they’re consistently good; they’re extremely reliable. I know I’m getting a no fuss formula that does exactly what it says – moisturizes and protects my face from the sun.

I would say that since the SPF is so high, there is a bit of a white cast when it is first applied. It does seem to fade after about ten or fifteen minutes, and I no longer notice it. I find myself always turning to Cetaphil when nothing else seems to work (or everything else seems to send my face into conniptions!). I’ll definitely be making my boyfriend wear this, too, when he goes outdoors and plays tennis!