Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hi. My apt flooded. Posts when that's sorted out--
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Estee Lauder: New Lip Collection


The other day I went into Dillard's to get some new colors from the Michael Kors for Estee Lauder line, (gorgeous pinks and corals!), and sadly the ONE lipgloss I wanted was sold out! Aww. But then the new Hydra Lustre Lipstick LOVE and Kissable Lipgloss display caught my eye-- 12 new super girly colored lipsticks. Yay!

Then I committed a beauty maven sin-- I purchased a color without trying it out first. No! The coral was just a little bit too bright for my liking.. it looked a little funny against my skin tone. You'll see!

So let's take a look at these... the colors I have are Coral Kiss (both for the lipstick $19.50 and gloss $18):

The Lipstick has "L<3ve" written on the side- cute! Which makes up for the old lady packaging..

The color wears well but is a little on the dry side.

The lipgloss has cute packaging, too!


Lipstick: (sorry for the blurriness..)

Lipstick + Gloss:

(See?! Looks like the flash is messed up but this really is the color!)

It has a non-sticky feel and a semi-mango scent. However, as with many glosses, it really doesn't have much staying power. If you're interested in one of the glosses, I'd get the corresponding lipstick just to make sure the color stays put!

I signed-up for a make-up consultation with their visiting make-up artist next week, so I think I'll try out another color and/or return this =\ I really want to like it!

What do you think of this new collection? Love it? Not impressed? Gonna check it out? Lemme know!

Until next time~
Beauty Maven

Best Winter Face Moisturizer EVER


We in honor of the recent snow in my area, I thought this post was appropriate!

Not only do I have combination skin AND sleep with a fan, but I also do not have any kind of humidifier whatsoever-- and thus this winter has been drying out my skin. (Oh no!)

To the rescue? The Body Shop's Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream!! ($18.50)

Here's some info, according to the

Best if you want to:
Give your skin a luminous, healthy glow with a nourishing daily moisturizing cream that contains light-diffusing particles to help minimize the appearance of fine lines.
How it works:
  • Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that moisturizes and helps to protect against premature aging and environmental aggressors.
  • Community Trade shea butter moisturizes and helps to soften and refine skin.
  • Super-fine mica minerals diffuse light to create a bright, illuminated complexion.
(*Head's up* It does not contain SPF.)

After seeing this product in a magazine, I decided to try it out. I used the normal face lotion before, but it was during the summer and it got too heavy for me. I remember playing with this before though and liked that it had a luminizer in it. Yay!

Time for some pics:

Here it is not rubbed-in-- it's a light pink~

Applied to the right side~ the reflection from the mica is in the pink family.

See? Luminous without being glittery- and this was after I gave it time to soak in. Nice!

Extra tidbit, too: if you do decide to get this, be sure it's the *illuminating* one-- they have another jar that is Vitamin E with SPF that looks exactly the same!

What kinds of moisturizers do you use? How important is SPF to you? Do you look for multi-tasking products?

Until next time~
Beauty Maven

Monday, February 8, 2010

Experience: Manicure, pt. 2

Apologies in advance for not having many pictures for this one.. sure wish I did!

Last week I had an entry about getting acrylic nails put on. This weekend I went home and decided I would get them taken off then (due to regrowth, and I just wanted to take them off instead of filling them in.) While at JCPenney with my mom I stopped by the Salon to see if they had an opening, thinking that the process would only take about half an hour. They did not have an opening, sad day, but the woman told me what to do to take them off:

"You have to soak them in acetone and scrape at them. Don't use a plastic dish because the acetone will eat right through it -- use glass. But just soak and scrape, soak and scrape. It takes a while, about an hour and a half."


So my mom and I bought some acetone and that was our project that night. I soaked while she took the edge of a metal nail file to scrape. And it DID indeed take an HOUR and a HALF.


But each time she scraped some of the acrylics came off! I had the French tips, which means there was a thin plastic strip glued to the ends, and we got most of the white off. But MAN it was a process! I still had some left over, and I tried to buff it away, but at this point I just decided to paint them and hopefully cover-up any ridges.

If I were you, I would enlist some help in removing nails. This method is MUCH better than ripping them off- ouch!- but I would enlist a friend's help instead of going to a salon-- you could at least have a buddy and be able to watch a movie or something.

I liked having the nails, but unless I somehow come across a large sum of money in order to get them filled every week and a half, I won't be getting them again soon.

I want to hear some stories! =)

Until next time~
Beauty Maven