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If you were using Dolce & Gabbana Gold Eyeshadow Duo?, what look would you create with it?
What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!
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Affordable Skincare: Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Cleanser
Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Cleanser ($6.99 for 5.5 fl. oz.) is a foam-based cleanser that feels lightweight, doesn’t dry out skin, and removes most makeup.
This review is one of those short and sweet kind, because the product itself is really simple. Like many Aveeno products, it’s not about frills, it’s about meeting a need. If I had to compare this to another high-end brand, I’d consider this similar to Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple (Foaming). This one comes in a bottle-shaped container with a pump to distribute the foam cleanser. I find one or two pumps is all I need to feel clean.
It is advertised as a makeup removing cleanser, not just a cleanser, and it’s unfortunate, because it doesn’t quite remove all makeup. Whenever I have a makeup remover, I test it against the long-lasting power of MAC Fluidline. This removed some, but it didn’t remove all. It does remove the majority of my makeup (eyeshadow, non-waterproof mascara, foundation), but it’s not necessarily the best choice for heavier or more long-wearing products.
I do, personally, prefer to remove heavier makeup with an oil-based makeup remover (like Lancome’s Bi-Facil) before I do my nightly cleanser, so it’s not a big deal for me. It’s just something that does take away from this product’s score, since it doesn’t completely live up to its claims.
It smells like something soft and clean and a little sweet–it reminded me of baby shampoo, to be honest. When I was trying to describe it, all I could think of was baby shampoo as my descriptor.
Bottom Line: This is an affordable cleanser that works well for daily dirt and grime and light to medium makeup. If you’re looking for a cleanser to remove heavy eyeliner, you may want to look elsewhere. I actually really liked it, and I was pleasantly surprised by it overall. I’ll probably be switching over my boyfriend over to this from Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple when he runs out. (Well, I’m going to have to see if Aveeno offers a foaming cleanser in this product line that doesn’t have “makeup remover” on it!)
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- Product: 26/30
- Value: 10/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: For an easy, lightweight cleanser that works well on daily dirt and build-up, this one is worth checking out!
Holiday 2009 Gift Guide: Best Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything
I have to admit; when I was putting together this selection of gifts to give (or receive!), I considered and chose a lot of gifts that I thought would make sense for me–because beauty wise? I am kind of this girl. I don’t think it’d be honest to try and downplay that I have a respectably sized beauty stash, so let’s not sugarcoat it: I don’t really need more makeup (in fact, need has long as since been replaced with want). So I thought to myself, “What could others give me that would still excite me?”
I am also notorious for my lack of patience, so when there’s something I want (beauty or otherwise), I tend to buy it myself if I really want it.
What are your picks for the girl who has everything?
Holiday Cookbook ($35.00) is a six-piece shower gel set (each with 2 oz.) housed in a cardboard “cookbook.” It contains the following scents: Red Velvet Cake, Cinnamon Buns, Spicy Pear Cobbler, Pumpkin Spice Muffin, Gingerbread, and Double Rich Hot Cocoa. Delicious! You can find this gift at: Nordstrom, Philosophy.com, Sephora.
Urban Decay Show Pony Shadow Box ($30.00) contains six shades of eyeshadow – a good mix of funky, brighter shades with more neutral toned shadows, plus a miniature-sized 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero and Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The shades included in this palette are Snatch, Mildew, Flash, Painkiller, Smog, and Toasted. I do have this already, but it’s a palette that some beauty buffs may overlook in lieu of the BoS II.
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II ($48.00) is a palette that’s big on value and big on color. For the person who’s been extra good this year, you may find yourself wanting to give this collection of sixteen eyeshadows to them. It includes new/exclusive shades: AC/DC, Nylon, Mushroom, Sphynx, Jinx, Homegrown, Misdemeanor, and Perversion; as well as existing/best-selling shades: Sellout, Gunmetal, Ecstasy, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Twice Baked, Half Baked, Flipside, and YDK. Also included are miniature-sized Zero and Bourbon 24/7 Eyeliner Pencils and a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion–all three fit nicely within the palette to boot. Like the Show Pony Shadow Box, there are some of us who felt like we just couldn’t justify the price tag on this palette or felt it was “too similar” (though I don’t think it is!) to last year’s.
Urban Decay 24/7 Super Stash ($36.00) is a superb collection of miniature-size eyeliners in a variety of bold shades. If you’ve been reading the blog for a bit, you’ll know that I favor these liners quite a bit–they’re often my go-to liner. I absolutely adore their holiday sets, because practically speaking, most of us won’t finish an entire pencil of blue, but half the size and cheaper? Yes, count me in! The set contains nine different shades: Binge, Corrupt, Eldorado, Graffiti, Oil Slick, Ransom, Rockstar, Stash, and Zero. Everyone can use more eyeliner!
Smashbox Wish For The Perfect Pencils ($32.00) includes five, full-sized and stunning limited edition shades of pencil eyeliner (Celebrate, Dream, Hope, Love, and Wish). Smashbox did a tremendous job formulating these eye pencils–they are definitely a top formula and wear so well. These are so fantastic in quality and only available for the holiday season that I think the seasoned beauty shopper would appreciate this surprise.
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Chanel Passion Rouge Allure Lipstick
The Scarlet Season: Chanel Passion Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Passion Rouge Allure Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a richly pigmented, medium bright red that leans only slightly blue, but otherwise reads fairly neutral on my lips. It applies easily and evenly (though it should be worn with a lip liner to keep it inside the lines so-to-speak) and has a glossy sheen. I like how hydrating the Rouge Allure formula is, and I can appreciate the high level of pigmentation that accompanies it, too. It doesn’t compete against Chanel’s Dragon for me, but it’s a very nice, more color and no shimmer kind of red lip color that’s nice on other occasions.
What about you? Would you wear this red?
The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!
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What shampoo/conditioner are you currently using? Are you lovin’ or hatin’ the current pairing?
Pureology Shampoo/Conditioner, but they both smell like some potent baby powder, and I’m finding it hard to stick with them.
Five Reasons Beauty Junkies Should Join Twitter
- Hear the latest tips/tricks from brands
- Special Twitter-only giveaways/discounts
- Ask questions on the fly to your favorite brands
- Special sneak peeks of upcoming launches/products
- Behind-the-scenes insight/photos
My favorite part about Twitter is how easy it is to interact with all of you–I love hearing your thoughts and feedback and getting to know you through tweets. My second favorite part is the interaction between consumers and their favorite brands. Obviously, my poison of choice is beauty, but it’s really amazing at how many brands are using Twitter in a proactive, interactive way that’s really fun to be a part of.
If you’re not already a regular Twitter user, you may not realize just how many major beauty brands are actively tweeting away! I created a list of many of the major beauty brands, and it stands at 151 different brands. I’m actually loving Twitter’s new list creation ability, because now I can just check out what beauty brands are saying separately from friends and readers. You can also easily follow my list by either bookmarking the list and just reading it that way or clicking the “follow” link.
Here are some tweet-lights from beauty brands from today:
- @BloomCosmetics is giving customers 20% off during their Christmas party on November 25th from 6 to 8pm in their Chapel Street store
- @ChinaGlaze showed swatch previews of the new shades from their Up and Away Collection for Spring
- @Clarisonic is holding a Twitter giveaway for a MIA
- @SallyBeauty released code 555262 to save 15% on all online orders over $25
- @Sephora is holding their Sephora Clause giveaway/promotion
- @UrbanDecay411 released a sneak peek video about upcoming UD products for 2010
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