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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

I recently tried a few products from Verikira Naturals, a new brand I recently learned about. First, let me give you a background on the brand. Verikira Naturals was founded by Kira Peterson with a vision for being an advocate of healthy choices. Founder Kira was diagnosed with a complex muscle illness, and through her journey of learning to manage her health, what she discovered is what she shares in Verikira Naturals. Verikira “never uses synthetic fragrances, unnecessary chemicals, or animal byproducts and only the purest essential oils are used to create the most pleasing of natural aromas and the deepest of therapeutic values.” Every sale of Verikira Naturals results in a donation of a portion of all profits to various non-profit organizations throughout the world.

I tried three products in particular, two of which I enjoyed, but the third I didn’t like in the least bit. The one I liked a lot was their Cucumber Hand & Body Wash, Sink-side ($16.00). The last time I tried anything with Cucumber in the title, it was B&BW Cucumber Melon, which I detested (the scent, at least). However, this is strictly cucumber, and it smells just like it–the scent I tend to associate with salad. So every time I use it in the shower, I feel like I’m making a salad, LOL. Which isn’t a bad thing! What I like about the Sink-side version is that it has a pump, so you can easily get the amount you need. One pump onto a loofah is plenty to keep you cleansed from head to toe. I don’t want my boyfriend stealing this, so I told him it was an exfoliator! (The word “exfoliator” will keep him far, far away.)

The next product I tried from this line was their Soothing Muscle Gel ($16.00). When I am able to con my boyfriend into giving me a massage, I love it when I get a little added bonus through using oils, bars, etc. In the past, we’ve often opted for Lush’s massage bars (love them!). Since I had this on hand, we decided to try it out on some achy muscles. It kind of does this thing where it feels warm, but then not… I know this thing is filled to the brim with essential oils, which presumably are good for you.

The final product I tried was their Honey Bath Body Polish ($38.00), and it is something that will never find a place in my shower. What turned me off of this product was its smell–it reminds me of Chinese Sesame-Honey-Something-Rather Chicken. It’s not really a sweet smell, it’s tangier, and it just doesn’t work for me. I felt like I was in the back of a kitchen over a hot stove. My second issue with this product, which may or may not be consistent across the board, was that the salt (Dead Sea Salt, to be precise!) was stuck and hardened at the bottom. It was more work than I anticipated, because it was a pain in the butt to attempt to mix the honey mixture with the salt whilst showering. Perhaps, if I mixed it in the kitchen using a spoon, it would have gone easier. To be honest, the scent is not one I can jive with, so I didn’t even bother. I do feel that perhaps the salt falling to the bottom may be the result of the product I was sent being too old or something. The texture of the salt, the grit of it, is fine, and I think would work well as a body exfoliator. But give me a different scent, please! (They do, for reference, have two other scrubs, Peppermint & Grapefruit Coffee and Spicy Citrus Walnut.)

Despite my bad experience with the body polish, the other two products I tried keep me having faith in the brand. Like I said, I’m hoarding my Cucumber Body Wash away from my boyfriend!

For more information, visit www.Verikira.com.

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Estēe Lauder | Chocolate Decadence
A Temptingly Delectable Color Collection for Fall

That palette does look tempting, doesn’t it? I love the swirled parts. Hmm… just may have to pick this up for fall!

This fall, Estee Lauder brings you an array of sugary-rich confections to tempt your color palette. From Berry Chocolate Truffles and Caramel Pralines to swirls of marbled fondant dusted with golden spun sugar, Estee Lauder has captured the essence of a luxurious chocolate boutique filled with rich chocolate works of art.

Introducing the new Estee Lauder Chocolate Decadence Collection — a delightful and truly delectable new color collection for fall, full of warm chocolate hues enhanced by luxurious caramel gold and sugared berry tones. The look features intensified lined eyes and softly glowing skin complemented by lightly sculpted lips and perfectly polished nails. To create a complete impression, pair the look with fall’s vintage-inspired suits in wools, jacquard and tweed and sensual satin blouses in warm golden tones and accessorize with sculpted boots and gloves in luxury leathers.

Base Look for Face

  • New, Limited Edition Creme Caramel Shimmer Powder ($32.00)
  • Projectionist Mascara in Black ($19.50)

For the Berry Chocolate Look

  • New, Limited Edition Pure Color Lipstick in Berry Cordial & Berry Swirl ($22.00)
  • New, Limited Edition Pure Color Swirl Gloss in Berry Swirl ($18.00)
  • New, Limited Edition Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Berry Truffle ($35.00)
  • Artist’s Eye Pencil in Plum Writer ($18.50)
  • New, Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Berry Cordial ($18.00)

For the Caramel Chocolate Look

  • New, Limited Edition Pure Color Lipstick in Creme Caramel & Caramel Chocolate Swirl ($22.00)
  • New, Limited Edition Pure Color Swirl Gloss in Caramel Swirl ($18.00)
  • New, Limited Edition Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Caramel Truffle ($35.00)
  • Artist’s Eye Pencil in Brown Writer ($18.50)
  • New, Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Creme Caramel ($18.00)

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection

Set for July 2008, Bobbi Brown will launch her Mauve Collection, which is for those who want “definition and polish without looking overdone.” Review is forthcoming!

Bobbi on her inspiration: “These shades were inspired by the covers of beautiful vintage books. Infused with hints of purple, grey and brown, mauve makeup is a cool neutral that’s very wearable.”

Mauve Face Palette ($55.00) | This season, diffused hues of mauve add definition and polish without looking overdone. Get the look with Bobbi’s new Mauve Face Palette, featuring cool neutral shades for cheeks, eyes and lips. Palette includes three Eye Shadows, one Blush, a Creamy Lip Color, a Lip Sheer and a Lip Color.

  • Exclusive Navajo Eye Shadow
  • New, Exclusive Vintage Eye Shadow
  • New, Exclusive Chocolate Mauve Eye Shadow
  • New, Exclusive Mauve Blush
  • New, Exclusive Dusty Mauve Creamy Lip Color
  • New, Exclusive Mauve Lip Sheer
  • New, Exclusive Vintage Mauve Lip Color

Mini Brush Set ($55.00) | Designed with professional-quality brush heads and convenient mini handles, the Mini Brush Set is a must-have for the season. Soft black zip around case features the three brushes a woman needs to apply her Mauve Face Palette: Blush, Eye Shadow, and Eye Liner Brushes.

Lip Color in Pale Mauve and Heather Mauve ($22.00)

Lip Gloss & Shimmer Lip Gloss in Black Pearl Shimmer Lip Gloss (LE), Mauve Lip Gloss (LE), Iced Mauve Shimmer Lip Gloss ($19.00)

Black Mauve Shimmer Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($19.00)

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

According to D Magazine, in a recent article on wedding makeup, MAC artists created looks using some upcoming products! They mentioned two Cremesheen lipsticks (Brave Red & Speed Dial), two Starflash Eyeshadows (Grand Entrance & Smoke & Diamonds), and Mineralize Blush in Merrily.

The look breakdowns are:

The Romantic
On face: MAC Prep + Prime Skin ($22), MAC Face and Body Foundation ($31), MAC PRO set powder in Porcelain ($21); on eyes: MAC Eye Shadow in Hepcat ($14), MAC Star Flash eye shadow in Grand Entrance ($14.50), MAC Eye Kohl in Prunella ($13.50), MAC Eye Shadow in Nehru ($14), MAC Eye Brows pencil in Lingering ($14), MAC Zoom Lash in Zoomblack ($11); on lips: MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Speed Dial ($14) and MAC Lipglass in Sonic Vibe ($14); on cheeks: MAC Blushcreme in Brit Wit ($17.50).

The Sophisticate
On face: MAC Prep + Prime Skin ($22), MAC Face and Body Foundation ($31), MAC PRO set powder in Porcelain ($21); on eyes: MAC Eye Shadow in Folie ($14), MAC Star Flash eye shadow in Smoke & Diamonds ($14.50), MAC Eye Shadow in Shroom ($14), MAC Zoom Lash in Zoomblack ($11), MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack ($15), MAC #20 lashes ($11); on cheeks: MAC Powder Blush in Pinch O’ Peach ($17.50) and MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl ($16.50); on lips: MAC Frost lipstick in Chic ($14) and MAC Satin lipstick in Myth ($14).

The Starlet
On face: MAC Prep + Prime Skin ($22), MAC Face and Body Foundation ($31), MAC PRO set powder in Porcelain ($21); on eyes: MAC Eye Shadow in Yogurt ($14), MAC Eye Shadow in Cork ($14), MAC Eye Shadow in Vapour ($14), MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack ($15), MAC Zoom Lash in Zoomblack ($11), MAC #36 lashes ($11); on cheeks: MAC Mineralize Blush in Merrily ($21); on lips: MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Brave Red ($14) and MAC Lip Pencil in Burgundy ($12.50).

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

I have my practice oral argument, which is basically where I speak for eight minutes, then my opponent argues against me, and then I have another two minutes for rebuttal. What’s great is that it seems impossible to prepare for, so while I have some prepared remarks, I’m mostly going to wing it. Thankfully, tonight is practice, and I’m banking on it being a huge learning experience so I don’t make a total fool out of myself next Wednesday when I do it for real (in front of real judges!!–but the case is fake). Court attire required at the practice, nonethelesss, hence needing to do work safe makeup for real! (I have a feeling this may be “too much” by court standards, though. Poo!)

I used Soft Ochre paint pot on lid, Ricepaper eyeshadow all over lid, Brun eyeshadow in outer crease, Soft Brown eyeshadow in outer crease, Patina eyeshadow on outer lid, Ricepaper eyeshadow on brow and lower lash line, Blacktrack fluidline on upper and lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I had Margin blush with Scult sculpting powder on cheeks. I wore Mari-sheeno lipstick (LE) with Moonbathe lipglass (LE) on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

Mari-sheeno = no dupe!; Moonbathe = Love Nectar

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