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LUSH Knows How to Spend Valentine’s Day
As evidenced by our guide to pampering yourself when you’re single, LUSH knows how to make the 14th one rockin’ day. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I adore LUSH’s massage bars for their portability and moisturizing capabilities. So, it’s obvious I had to try out the Massage a Trois set ($29.95) as well as the Play Your Cards Right massage bar ($8.95). I am happy to report that both are worthy of earning my approval. I had the pleasure of having these fabulous products tested out on me (too bad I had to return the favor!), but they sink in so nicely and make massaging effortless.
Massage a Trois includes Soft Coeur (honey cocoa treat with a melty center), Mange Too (lickable honey, white chocolate, and peppermint), and Nutts (extra rich, smells very nutty, and it’s a vegan product). Of course, they all come shaped in big solid hearts, and I’m girly, so I love the shape. I used Mange Too on my boyfriend’s elbow/arm because it’s been stiff lately and it made it so easy to get my fingers into the muscle and massage everything into a boneless puddle. Oh, and while these are specially packaged together as a trio, all three flavors are available in the permanent LUSH line in their standardized shapes and sizes, so don’t fear getting addicted, there’s more where it came from!
Play Your Cards Right is a special Valentine’s Day offering, and it is a regular massage bar in the shape of a playing card. Instead of numbers, it has hearts in the corners. The red dye from the hearts does seem to smear a touch when you put it to the skin, but it disappears instantly once you start to work and knead your hands into the muscles, so it didn’t bother me. The scent is full of jasmine and ylang ylang, as it is the famous Sex Bomb scent.
As with whenever I use a massage bar, I like to sprinkle (I always tell my boyfriend I’m seasoning him) Silky Underwear dusting powder ($10.45) at the end, because I find it really locks in and absorbs the melted massage bar and lets you go about your business completely relaxed.
Sraight from the official Fafi website, Fafi will be touring internationally to help promote the new launch of her collaboration collection with MAC Cosmetics (aptly named Fafi). Here are the dates for MAC Fafi World Tour 2008:
- 2/13 at NYC at Bendel’s
- 2/16 at Singapore
- 2/22 at Milan
- 2/26 at Munich
- 3/1 at Copenhagen
- 3/6 at London
- 3/26 at Dubai
According to Fafi.net, Fafi will launch February 14th in the US and internationally March 2008. The three Fafinettes appearing on the boxes and products are Eriko, Monoka, and Ermine, all created specifically for the collaboration.
How much do you spend a month on beauty products? Do you know or are you afraid to know?
I probably spend $200-300 a month, depending on how many collections MAC puts out!
Despite spending most of my day with my head in the beauty realm, I honestly don’t find I wear full makeup as often as I used to. Maybe it’s because I’m busier, or maybe it’s because I’m lazier (I’m going with the latter), but nonetheless, I tend to go for a minimal face. There are even a few days (when my skin is being nice) where I will even go sans makeup altogether!
What exactly does the “I’m Not Really Wearing Makeup” look entail? I have discovered that with the right mix of products you can get that totally natural look and look good in it.
I used Studio Fix Fluid in NC30 applied in dabs using the 194 brush, then buffed in with the 182 brush. Sculpt sculpting powder to contour cheeks using the 168 brush. Select Sheer Loose Powder in NC25 applied using the 187 brush (stippling brush). Dior Skin Shimmer in Amber Diamond with the 150 brush on apples and high planes of cheeks. Espresso and Carbon eyeshadows to fill in brows with a 266 brush. I finished by wearing 3N lipstick with 2N lipglass on lips.
What do you need? Since we are not all the same shade of skintone, nor do we all own the same products, let me give you some more generic ideas as to what you need for that super natural look.
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Studio Fix fluid, MSF Natural in M. Dark, Sculpt & Shape Powder, Fafi blush (hot pink), Fafi Irridescent PP, Medium Blot Powder Loose to finish
Soft Ochre paint pot (godsend, I hated painterly!), Modest tone to highlight, Rich Flesh in crease, Nanogold & Violet Pigment on lid, Parrot on bottom liner, Pointblack LLL (say bye bye to screwed up bootblack liner from my watering eyes!), Feline Power Kohl, PP Lash, Plushlash
Rosebound Lipglass pencil (I REALLY need to invest in some lip pencils lol), Twig Twig l/s (looooove), Fashion Pack Lipglass
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LUSH Happy Pill ($5.70) and LUSH Think Pink ($5.55)
There is few things more relaxing and satisfying as a hot bath (add music and/or a book for a complete mini-vacation). I love LUSH products for giving the ultimate bath experience. They’re cute, fun products, and they all smell wonderful.
Happy Pill: “Take one and don’t worry about calling us in the morning. The citrus notes of grapefruit and bergamot uplift, and frankincense eases anxiety. You’ll feel so much better after a bath with the Happy Pill, it’s the only medicine you’ll need.”
Think Pink: “If you make a funny face at the very thought of pink, think again. One bath with this candy-topped vanilla and tonka bean number leaves you feeling so wonderful and marvelous, you’ll think you’ve just been dancing with Fred Astaire.”
LUSH Creamy Candy Bath Melt ($5.95) and LUSH Sunny Side Bubble Bar ($5.85)
Make your bath even dreamier by adding Creamy Candy Bath Melt, which is totally optimal for dry skin and it being winter, a fabulous idea. Leave your bath with super smooth skin that smells and feels fabulous. Want some fun in the tub? Try Sunny Side Bubble Bar, which you simply crumble into the tub and watch it foam and bubble up.
Creamy Candy: “This sweet treat doesn’t melt in your mouth or your hand. It melts in the bath. At first it fizzles, then this sweet vanilla concoction with cocoa butter and almond oil melts into the warm water and nourishes your skin, leaving it supple and lovely.”
Sunny Side: “Soak in the sunshine, float in the rays and get your daily dose of Vitamin D. As the days get darker and shorter, it seems harder to find light in the dreary. If you can’t escape to Mexico, let the happy citrus of Sunny Side take you to sun-drenched shores of your own.”
bliss hot salt scrub ($36.00)
This is a sea salt body scrub that contains eucalyptus and rosemary oils to give you amazingly soft skin when it is all said and done. It is a great way to give yourself an at-home spa treatment with less fuss and a much nicer pricetag. Exfoliating the body is incredibly luxurious feeling, because the skin just ends up feeling like silk.
Aromatherapy Foot Soak Stress Relief – Tranquil Mint ($15.00)
Pamper those tired feet (who has feet that aren’t tired?) with this foot soak that helps to soothe and soften those tired puppies with moisturizing sunflower oil and refreshing lemon balm. “Peppermint essential oil refreshes and combats mental fatigue while Rosemary essential oil improves thinking to foster creativity.”
Organic Bath Company Bubble Bath Leaves, Lavender Vanilla ($7.99)
Add some feminine details to your fabulous bath by tossing in a few of these bubble bath leaves (petals?). They’re cute, girly, and perfect for pampering.
Have any recommendations on how to Pamper Yourself to the max? Share them in the comments!