I know for some, right now is a penny-pinching time, with the US economy in turmoil and the financial markets off kilter. So I can completely empathize with wanting to give back, but not necessarily being able to without getting something back. And sometimes, giving and getting can be really fun. Throughout October, I will be listing many “pink” products from various beauty brands, so you can feel pretty and support the cause! And don’t think shopping pink stops with beauty–I was just at Safeway yesterday, and there were so many retailers with boxes decked out in pink ribbons!
Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Collection($40.00) This is a limited edition set featuring Pink Quartz Glitter Lip Gloss and Tulle Lip Color. Bobbi Brown will donate $35,000 from the proceeds of the sales from this set to BCRF.
Laila Pink Eau de Parfum Spray ($95.00) is partnered with Susan G. Komen – For the Cure organization.They will donate 10% of sales of this perfume with a commitment of $25,000.
Smashbox Pink Power Eye & Lip Kit($46.00) This is a set of two matching pink palettes–a lip and an eye palette. Smashbox will donate a portion of the proceeds to Young Survival Coalition.
Estee Lauder Evelyn Lauder Lip Trio ($22.00) is a trio of pink lipsticks: Bali Rose and Candy Pure Color Lipstick and Berry Signature Lipstick all packed into a pink travel case. Estee Lauder is donating $500,000 to BCRF.
Above is the result of a little experiment I did last night trying to do “vampire lips” or the “just bitten” lips. Let me tell you, it isn’t as easy as you’d think! It’s not just red lipstick and then slapping on black gloss. Ultimately, what worked best was matte red lipstick (MAC Russian Red), then puckering lips up (to the max!), and applying a horizontal line of the black gloss (YSL Pur Black Gloss) on the top and bottom lip. Next, I took a glossy red gloss (MAC Boundless 3D Glass) and applied it vertically, without going too much over the black parts.
Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Lovely Lily pigment all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner lid, apply Up-do eyeshadow using the 239. Apply Team Violets (lighter side) to the middle of the lid. Darken the outer lid using Team Violets (darker side) and drag into crease using the 239. Sweep Hush eyeshadowunderneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Rave pearlglide liner on outer lower lash line and UD Lust Eye Liner on inner lower lash line, and Chanel Exceptionnel mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Blooming blush using the 129. Apply YSL Lingerie Pink lipstick to lips, and then top with Negligee lipglass for color and shine.
Soap & Glory is one of my favorite brands for everything body and deliciously scented. They recently launched their Spa Collection, which is a pretty hefty launch of products (13 in all!). For my scaly legs, I looked into Peachy Cream Big Butter Body Butter ($14.99; on sale for $13.49 right now). Talk about peachykeen! It’s richly scented with the aroma of peaches and cream (pretty much a given), which I did find a bit overwhelming at first. After I worked it into my legs and it dried, the scent lingered enough to notice, but it wasn’t overpowering like it was in the beginning. I find Soap & Glory’s body butters incredibly moisturizing, and the effects can still be felt the next day! You get a huge tub that should last you several months–but at the very least, get you through winter. I also tried two other products from the new launch (Easy Glistening Dry Oil Body Gloss and Endless Glove 2-in-1 Hand Cream), which I’ll review soon enough! But nothing has been disappointing in the least bit. I’m tempted to head down to Target (always a dangerous adventure) to look into their Blueberry Thrill Body Butter–I love blueberries–as well as their Heel Genius Foot Mask for the feets.
The Soap & Glory Spa Collection includes:
Wash Almighty Detox Spa Body Cleansing Gel ($9.99)
Blueberry Thrill Big Butter Body Butter ($14.99)
Peachy Cream Big Butter Body Butter ($14.99)
Butter Up Deluxe Smoothing Cream ($9.99)
Sugar Crush Body Scrub ($16.99)
Heel Genius Foot Mask ($9.99)
Endless Glove 2-in-1 Dry Hand Cream ($9.99)
Peaches & Clean Spa Strength Scrubby Shower Gel ($9.99)
Return to Slender Body Contouring Gel ($12.99)
Fill Monty Instant Wrinkle Filler ($12.99)
Wash Your Hands of It Dry Skin Liquid Hand Wash ($9.99)
Trick and Treatment Double-action Under-eye Concealer ($12.99)
Easy Glistening Dry Oil Body Gloss ($12.99)
You can find Soap & Glory at your local Target as well as Target Online.