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Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Darphin Fibrogene Line Response Nourishing Serum ($165.00) is designed with Omega 3, 6, and 9 to help minimize the appearance of your first signs of aging, lines, and wrinkles while moisturizing dry skin throughout the day. As part of the Fibrogene Line Response Nourishing line, which also includes a cream and balm (both $150 each), the serum is easily the most potent of the three options.

The Fibrogene line is targeted towards those with incredbily dry skin to help aleviate dry, tightened skin. It is also supposed to give skin a “healthy serving of lipids” and combat against initial signs of aging. I definitely consider this a luxury skincare product, and while it is still remarkably less than some other high-end brands and their serums, it is still up there on the scale.

The serum is best used during the morning and to help with tired or stressed out dry skin. According to Darphin, key ingredients include shea butter, coriander oil, wheat sphingolipids, olive extract, vitamin F, jojoba oil, siegesbeckia extract, oligopeptide, and rosemary oil. Sphingolipids are currently believed to help protect the skin at a cellular level against environmental factors.

But results are important, right? I have not quite experienced any true signs of aging, I don’t think, but you can bet I will be hoarding this product in preparation for when I do. I enjoyed it as a lightweight morning moisturizer, but I did fin that the scent/fragrance was a bit intense for a facial product, and to be honest, it reminded me of an elegant, luxurious older woman. It comes in a pump-style bottle, which means you do not expose the product to as much light as a screw-top jar. You only need three quick pumps to cover both face and neck, which helps extend the amount of usages you will get out of the product–always a plus.

Visit www.darphin.com for more information about this and other Darphin products.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Sunscreen
Sunscreen is probably the most important part of your skincare regimen. It is the best way to prevent a rapid aging process before it starts, or to minimize its progress. The earlier one starts daily sun protection, the more thankful one will be in twenty years! If you are out in the sun often, you should be protecting any skin visible to the sun’s harsh rays with some sort of sunscreen. It is noteworthy to point out that not all sunscreens are made equal for all body parts. The face should be protected by a sunscreen product made specifically for the face, because most sunscreens used on the body will clog pores and may cause increased acne or oiliness. Facial sunscreens tend to have little to no fragrance and dry quickly to a non-greasy finish.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Clinique’s Long Last Bronze Collection is gorgeous in the colors and hues, but so innovative with new formulations and products that I know you’ll fall in love with.

In April, Clinique will launch 18–yes, EIGHTEEN!–shades of their latest gloss formula Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 ($14.00). The science behind it says that there are “film-formers” that help create a seal to help your gloss stay on for up to eight hours. And you read it right, these glosses contain SPF 15, which means even your lips will be protected by the harmful rays of the sun.

  • Nudes: Goldspun, Brandy Twist, Knockout Nude, Sunset
  • Taupes: Cabana Crush, Juicy Apple, Bonfire, Guavagold
  • Pinks: Clearly Pink, Fireberry, Bamboo Pink, Air Kiss, Kissyfit
  • Violets: Mystic, Whisper, Tenderheart, Stellar Plum, Rock Violet

What I love about this new formula is that I can wear this gloss and go through a cup of coffee without much disturbance to my lips. I’m fascinated by how well the gloss does adhere to your lips throughout the day. If you don’t eat/drink, I have no doubt that this gloss will be rockin’ for at least eight hours, if not more. Color pay off will depend on the hue and shade you get, as some are more opaque and others are quite sheer. The glossy sheen you get is amazing, and I just really enjoyed how high-gloss it was. I tried Clearly Pink, Guavagold, Juicy Apple, and Tenderheart, and I really did like all of them. I was actually sporting Juicy Apple to school without a lipstick underneath, because it gave me these lovely pinky lips.

Quick Eyes Cream Shadow ($15.00) is another new product launched this summer that is purported to be a cream shadow that will give you all-day wear without creasing or smudging. Using a combination of water and silicones, it is supposed to dry to a powdery finish to last up to ten hours. It is water resistant, transfer resistant, and crease proof according to Clinique. There will be 9 shades launching this summer: Cocoa Shimmer, Sparkling Nude, Sunlit Palm, Lucky Penny, Starlit Pink, Muffin, Rock Vioilet, Truffle, and Sea Shell.

I used Muffin in a recent look, and I didn’t experience any creasing whatsoever throughout the day. I was honestly a little worried it might, because it is truly like applying a liquid on your eye lid (reminds me of a liquid liner’s viscosity). I do recommend that you go lighter and then build up the color to minimize your chance of overdoing it (which will hinder the product’s effectiveness a bit). The doe-foot applicator does make it easy to get the initial product on your eye, but you’ll need a brush, sponge, or [if you have to] your fingers to blend it out.

But you know what I LOVED from this launch? The Shimmering Tones Golden Bronze powder quad. I didn’t even expect to like this, but it gives me this gorgeous bronzy flush. One quare is a raspberryish red color, which helps give a little bit of color to cheeks while still adding a little bit of bronze. Just absolutely gorgeous on the skin!

Will you be heading to the Clinique counter in April to check these out? I think you should! I know I will be so I can see the other shades of the new glosses and cream shadows since I’ve only had a preview myself.

Find Clinique products at www.clinique.com or at a Clinique counter near you.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Paula Begoun’s Don’t Go to the Cosmetic Counter Without Me ($29.95)

Paula Begoun published her 7th edition of this book just this past December 2007, and it is definitely an interesting read. First, it is important to note that a great deal of information found in the book is also available [for free] at www.cosmeticcop.com, Paula’s website, which makes it easy to search, find products you want or ingredients, etc. Plus, the website will be updated continuously and seamlessly, whereas the book is more stagnant.

I liked the book because it does introduce you to the concept of ingredient and cosmetic awareness. It raises your outlook on product claims vs. product results. It is also fascinating just to read what someone else has to say, especially because she pays most of her attention to ingredients. Unfortunately, on the same token, I find the reviews less thorough and helpful because most of them are based on ingredient lists rather than actual trial and error. She also hates on frosts/shimmers, even though it stems more from an idea that older women should avoid them (but there is always a time and place, and I think it’s obviously a personal bias-not something as concrete as alcohol will dry out your skin!).

This book is also insanely heavy, which makes me laugh at the irony of the title-I’ll be going to the counter without this two-pound book! I definitely believe this book can be a valuable resource, but it is important to note that you should do your own fact-checking and whatnot to find out what works, what doesn’t, etc. Believing what one reviewer tells you without researching into their data is no different than believing the claims of a miracle beauty product.

I do think it is worth checking out, whether if you peruse through the pages at your local book store or if you pick it up at the library. It’s always fun to look up your favorite or holy grail products and see how they measure up!

Read it? What’d you think?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

CLINIQUE | This Summer the Bronze Keeps Going and Going — Introducing Long-Last Bronze.

No one ever wants the summer to end, yet somehow the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day just flies by. Well, Clinique can’t promise a longer summer, but we can promise that your makeup will stay put throughout the day from the beach to a BBQ. Traditional summer makeup is light and airy, but because of the heat and humidity it also tends to melt off the minute you set foot outside. Clinique remedies the warm weather makeup conundrum by introducing Long-Last Bronze. Summer 2008 | CLINIQUE, a beautiful bronze makeup collection for the gal who hates to re-apply but loves to look her best.

Stay tuned for a detailed review of Clinique’s latest launch!

But to tease you, check out what to expect and some images… Continue reading →

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Face

  • Bronze Goddess Bronzing Pearls
  • Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
  • Bronze Goddess Soft Duo Bronzer in Amber Bronze Medium and Amber Bronze Rich
  • Bronze Goddess Soft Shimmer Bronzer
  • Bronze Goddess Tortoise Compact (filled with Soft Matte Bronzer)
  • Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer
  • Face and Body Brush

Eyes

  • Pure Color Eyeshadow in Blushing Goddess (new, limited edition) and Cinnamon

Lips

  • Tender Lip Balm SPF15 in Tender Bronze (new, limited edition) and Tender Berry
  • Pure Color Gloss in Fuchsia (new, limited edition) and Sugarcane
  • Bronze Goddess Sheer Lip Tint SPF15 in new, limited edition Fuchsia and Bronze

Nails

  • Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Bronze Goddess (limited edition) and Fuchsia

Fragrance

  • Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche 100ml
  • Bronze Goddess Body Oil 100ml
  • Bronze Goddess Luminous Body Lotion 200ml

Available now at www.esteelauder.com!