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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Jolie Poupee eyeshadow duo / [unknown] / All Night Long / [unknown] / Caneille

When I was visiting the MAC counter last Thursday, I noticed NARS’ holiday launch was out. I swatched everything on the displayer, but curiously enough… there were more products on the displayer than listed in the details I’ve read as well as NARS’ website. This is why two shades are listed as “unknown” in the above photo.

I’m going to have to wait until I receive my products to give this launch a full review, because some of the shadows (namely Silent Night) did not swatch well at all, but it may have been due to people’s oily fingers mucking up the tester. (Boo!) But I can say that Jolie Poupee duo is gorgeous and richly pigmented! Super Orgasm is quite lovely, and I hope it will work for me! The lipgloss and lipstick were pretty, but they didn’t really connect with me. The multiples always tempt me, but the price tag tends to keep me from taking them home. It’s just a product I know I’d use once or twice and never again! Anyone got some Multiples they want to sell me on the cheap? ;)

More swatches… Continue reading →

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

From Dior’s Black Diamond Holiday Collection, this is what Black Sequins looks like! :) It’s this really intense, dark black with chunky silver glittery bits. It doesn’t try 100% smooth, because the glitter is thick. I think it makes a great sophisticated black polish for the wintertime. It isn’t a creme or matte or just boring black; the glitter updates it and makes it more wearable and just fun.

And Dior’s polish formula? To die for. I wore this on my nails for a week straight, and I barely even saw tip wear.Absolutely no chips!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

  • Palmers’ Butters Go Pink (price varies) Palmer’s will donate proceeds from the sale of pink specially marked Cocoa Butter Formula, Olive Butter Formula and Shea Butter Formula Lotions to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
  • Artemis Woman will donate 2% of profits generated by PINK Heel Smoothers to Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.
  • Sabon Pink Bath Basket ($90.00) 30% of this basket’s sales will go directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
  • Verikira Naturals Pink Grapefruit Collection (price varies) 10% to Susan G Komen.

Please consider participating in Temptalia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Project Revamp

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

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Prescriptives is having their Friends & Family Event today through the 24th!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

The TRIA Laser ($995.00) is an at-home permanent hair removal device created to mimic the laser treatments done in dermatologist offices. The story behind TRIA is to give women a way to get the benefits of light-based hair removal in the privacy of their own home. The gold standard used in dermatologist offices is a diode laser hair removal system. The scientists that invented this professional diode laser also developed the TRIA laser, which utilizes the same technology as the professional lasers you would find at your dermatologists. TRIA’s technology is miniaturized and safe for use at-home by you.

The folks at TRIA asked me if I would be interested in trying out the TRIA and chronicling my experience on the blog. My first reaction was, “REALLY?” And my second reaction was, “PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL? REALLY?” So here I am, chronicling my adventures with the TRIA Laser for all to read, and you can be sure you’ll hear how it progresses and what results I see as I go through the treatments. The basic technology behind the TRIA is a diode laser which targets the dark pigment found in the hair follicles; this energy heats up and disables the hair follicle, which in turn causes the hair to fall out. Eventually, no more hair growth!

You tell me why I would even consider a device that’s $995.00! TRIA is not designed for the girl on a budget, but it is designed for people seeking permanent hair removal, but those who cannot afford the expense of having laser treatments performed by their dermatologists. According to TRIA, women can expect to spend approximately $3,000 over the next ten years for shaving, nearly $5,000 for depilatories, $11,000 for waxing, and $14,000 for electrolysis. Despite the long-term cost-savings, it is a larger up front cost that I feel is best suited for women in the market for permanent or laser hair removal. Going to the dermatologist’s office will cost you thousands to treat your legs, arms, bikini line, and underarms–TRIA costs you much less in comparison. Waxing is also a pricey option (moreso than shaving), so those who regularly get themselves waxed might find this something to consider.

Treatment One

I’m just about at the end of my first treatment (which I did just under four weeks ago). At that time, I did my legs and underarms. I attempted my bikini line, but I hadn’t shaved immediately before, so I decided to wait until next time. I discovered my legs and underarms could withstand the highest energy level for the most part. There were a few spots on my legs that I needed to reduce the energy level to medium, because the pin-prick sensation was mildly painful. Any pain associated with the treatment was still less than waxing, though. Luckily, with three settings, you can generally find your butter zone where it’s working and you’re comfortable.

It took me about a half hour or so to do both legs, but I think I might have hurried and not been as thorough as I should have been. I’ll let you know how it long it takes for treatment two when I’m deliberately being more thorough! The TRIA does need to be recharged regularly. I wouldn’t count on doing marathon sessions of hours of the TRIA or anything, but you should be able to do your legs or your arms in one sitting. Basically, the larger the area, the longer it will take.

So far… Generally, you won’t have visible results until after your second treatment, but I can say that the hair on the back of my legs is sparser than it was before. I’ve also noticed that some of my underarm hair has grown less (like it looks patchy almost) in some areas. FYI, I shave my underarms everyday; I think the hair under there grows faster than my boyfriend’s scruff, LOL.

Get details on how to use the TRIA and where it can be used, plus a few more photos… Continue reading →