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Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Here are three random lip swatches I’ve had in my picture folder that I haven’t yet posted!


Benefit 24K Sexy Gold Lipstick

B-Babe and All Mine this way… Continue reading →

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Revolution Organics All-Over Body Balm ($28.00) has become a staple in my household. I don’t really seek out organic products, because to be honest, I don’t have issues with the majority of my regular products, so why go after organic? But occasionally there are products that fall under the organic umbrella that appeal to some need or desire I have–as it was in this case.

This All-Over Body Balm is an excellent tool for curing dry skin–wherever it is. I love to use it on my lips and the area right above my upper lip (which for some reason tends to be ridiculously dry!), but it is perfect to use on your nose if you’re suffering from a cold (though use a q-tip or clean fingers!) or allergies (like me). It’s much larger than a lip balm tube, probably about the size of a quarter, but it’s still really portable. I’ve been using this for MONTHS now, and there’s still plenty left, which makes the $28 price tag a little easier on your wallet’s conscience.

Revolution Organics advertises that this product has at least 22 uses, and I’d buy it, since it’s just a general moisturizing balm, basically. I will say, however, that I personally won’t use it on my face *and* on say… oh, my feet! Just ew! The brand is all about using USDA certified organic ingredients in their products, which makes me feel like they really are organic and not just trying to get the buzz word in. The product’s “key ingredients” are listed as organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, organic beeswax, organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, and organic apricot oil.

For a list of 22 uses as listed by Revolution Organics… Continue reading →

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You


How do you keep yourself trying new looks? How do you keep your looks fresh?

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Project Revamp

If you could revamp MAC Lipstick, what would you change? What would you keep the same? How would you make it an even better product?

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Liz Earle Orange Flower Hand Wash (6.7 oz for $19.50) is a low-lather liquid hand soap lightly scented with an herbal/floral blend of notes with a touch of orange.  The hand wash contains orange flower water, as well as seven pure essential oils, and its foaming agents are derived from corn syrup and coconut oil.  Liz Earle has managed to create a more organic/natural product that doesn’t stink of compost nor lacking in quality.  Too often I’ve found brands capitalize on using buzz words like natural or organic, but then the products themselves don’t deliver.

In a household with sixty-pounds of overeager puppy (well, I suppose, he’s just a dog now!), I’m always washing my hands.  It’s really essential for whatever hand cleansing product I use to do everything it can to moisturize or rehydrate my paws throughout the day.  Since using Liz Earle’s hand wash, I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in my skin’s texture and roughness.  My hands don’t feel dry, and they’re certainly better than they usually are.  This is most likely one of the better hand soaps I’ve used, all things considered.

The only thing that gets me is the price, because the idea of paying just about $20 for hand soap seems ludicrous.  I can appreciate that they’ve designed the pump to only pump out all you need (which is a very small amount), at the very least.  If the price were less, I’d repurchase it without a second thought–as it stands, I’m not entirely sure.  It’ll depend on how long it lasts overall, I suppose!  Get yours at LizEarle.com.

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Carmindy’s Get Positively Beautiful ($21.99) provides more than just beauty tips and how-tos, and it is this different approach that makes the book remarkable. I know when I was in high school, and even on my worst days, I suffered from low self esteem when it came to my looks. “Carmindy Vision” is all about retraining yourself to believe that you *are* beautiful. She offers insights on how to discover and find your best and favorite features, and these are the features you should focus on. Instead of dwelling on [what you think is] a too-large nose, think about your high cheekbones and lush mouth. The book can be summed up with this line she writes, “I believe looking good starts with feeling good.”

Of course, the book is filled with great beauty tips and tricks, as well as some step-by-step walk-throughs of how to get the most out of your makeup application. She also includes shopping lists for all types of products ranging from foundation to eye liner, and she offers budget options as well as more high-end products. I’m by no means new to makeup, but I appreciate Carmindy’s take on beauty and achieving real beauty. I enjoyed the shopping lists (I love reading what others rank the top of the top) and the photography and layout of the book were both well done. Overall, this is worth checking out! I know on Amazon it’s only $14.95, and believe me, that’s a steal when it comes to a hardcover filled with all-color pages!

Read this? What’d you think?