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The Best of the Best, Volume #002
This week has definitely been a better one than last–the boy is definitely on the mend (chest pains), and Magellan is limping a lot less. My weekend (which starts today–yay!) plans include mostly catching up on comments (sorry I am so behind! argh!), working on reviews, and generally all that is beauty. (So shocking!) What are you doing for the long weekend? I hope everyone has an awesome holiday weekend!
This Week’s 5 Most Popular Posts
This Week’s 5 Most Discussed Posts
- What makeup is in your purse right now?: Some of you are carrying makeup bags within your purses, others have products rolling around (that’s more my style!) the bottom… and others are finding lost treasure in those cavernous bags!
- What was the last beauty product you finished?: a surprising amount of you have finished beauty products fairly recently — very nice!
- The Hit List: Worst Brush Brand: seemed like Bare Escentuals may have made it to the top of the hit list in this week’s edition, but several other brands like Coastal Scents and Posh made appearances, too.
- Rant & Rave: Perfume: You loved it, you hated it, and some of you didn’t have time for it…
- Survey Says: this week’s edition was all about what you loved and hated about makeup and how you first got into it.
This Week’s Contests
Kiehl’s to Launch Acai Organic Skin Care Line in September
In mid-september, Kiehl’s will unveil it’s first organic skin care line. The line has received approval from Ecocert and Cradle to Cradle.
“Since our inception, we have always been known for our service and for creating efficacious products,” said Salgardo, noting that everyone asks for “green” products, but still demand high performance. “We heard that our customers wanted organics, that they wanted paraben-free, that they wanted natural — and they wanted to focus on the first signs of aging. We went to the lab to do all that. The result: our new Açaí line.”
The Line Includes…
- Açaí Damage-Minimizing Cleanser, $25 for 5 oz.
- Damage-Protecting Toning Mist, $27 for 6 oz.
- Damage-Correcting Moisturizer, $44 for 2.5 oz.
- Damage-Repairing Serum, $46 for 1.7 oz.
Temptalia Gives Away MAC Beyond Jealous Nail Lacquer!
We’re giving away one (1) MAC Beyond Jealous Nail Lacquer, from the limited edition MAC Nail Trend F/W ’09 Collection.
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Do you consider face/cheek highlighters a must for everyday? Do you only bother for certain looks or occasions?
I tend to wear a highlighter on top of any blush I wear, so I guess I’d say it’s a must! Sometimes I even wear highlighters alone just for a little oomph.
Ellen Sirot Hand Perfection Complete Day Cream
Ellen Sirot Hand Perfection Complete Day Cream ($30.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is one of the best hand creams I’ve ever slathered on my paws. My hands take a beating, because I constantly wash them, and I’m less-than-perfect about regularly applying near enough hand cream/lotion to keep them in tip top shape.
With the labrasnore running around, wiggling for attention all the time, and it, of course, being absolutely impossible to resist, I pet him, but then I wash my hands afterward. (Hey, since becoming acne-prone, hand-washing has become a regular ritual.) I easily wash my hands twenty times a day, and I may only lotion up once or twice a day–it just seems so silly to apply lotion and wash most of it off a half hour later.
Additionally, after landing in NYC last February, I found myself with these odd dry patches on my hands and fingers. I just figured that lotioning up more often would cure those dry patches, but to no avail. I saw my doctor after a few months, and she informed it was just eczema. OK, cool.
The only product (out of some ten or more that I tried to moisturize those dry patches) that worked was Hand Perfection. I can’t actually think of any better endorsement for it, because I was starting to feel rather hopeless about it all. My hands were soft, smooth, and they even looked a little less ragged after just a few uses (like two days). It’s a bit more than I’d think to spend on a hand cream, but a little goes a long way, and I’ll often use it as a spot treatment now, and then use something else throughout the day.
It does have titanium dioxide, which can be used for sun protection, but there’s no SPF noted on the product, so I don’t think it’s in a high enough quantity to do anything. For being touted as a day cream, I’d expect SPF in it (hands need SPF protection, too!). The size I have is just the “purse” size, which has lasted me a month now. The full-size is 3.4 fl. oz. and retails for $50.00 (ouch!).
- Product: 9/10
- Value: 7/10
- Ease of Use: 9/10
- Packaging: 8/10
Recommendation: If you’re still searching for a hand lotion to keep your hands smooth, soft, and moisturized, I definitely urge you to check this one out. The purse size makes for an easier first-time investment without committing to the full kit and kaboodle.
Availability: Ellen Sirot
Worst Brush Brand…
What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?