Monday, December 31, 2007

It's Now the 7th Day of Christmas...


...and I must say, that on the 5th & 6th days, my true love's been to me...oh-so-great! What a surprise for some unexpected and gorgeous gifts! They are perfect, and just what I've been craving. Oops, did I say that? I meant needing. It almost makes me feel bad that we had made an agreement not to gift each other this season...but that's alright. It's just icing on the cake!


I will say though, that when shopping for others this year, I found the most wonderful men's lip balm that I could ever dream of. I don't know if your honey is into keeping his lips moist, but it's a definite plus when he does! Why waste time on an old jar of Carmex or a tube of chapstick? If he's gonna use it, then get creative! We've gone through the ringer trying to find one that doesn't slip out of his pocket, but is good enough to remind him that it's there. While there's always the old standbys, I fell upon John Allen's Spearmint Lime Lip Balm, and have now found myself trying to snatch it out of his pocket for my own use! It consists of green tea, ginseng, coconut oil, and of course shea and vitamin E. Could a guy need anything else? You can find it at Marqsmen, sometimes Barneys, and always Sak's. It's nothing metro. It just makes sense.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Weekend Inspiration

"Baby, they were plenty smart when they made you beautiful." - Norman Houston

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Watching the Big Screen for the Good Stuff...


I think there's a saying that some of life's greatest moments happen during a sale--if that's not a saying, then I just made it up because I'm floating around in 7th heaven. Why? Because I found one of my all-time favorite childhood movies at a Suncoast Video store liquidation sale. That's right ladies--The Neverending Story for just a little bit of pocket change. And neverending was the perfect word to describe how long I would sit in front of the tv watching it. Some things never change, and to this day I could watch (did I say could? Because I DO.), a movie every single night--of course Netflix makes that easy-as-pie. Now that ANTM has chosen a winner (yay, Saleisha!), here are some of my favorite flicks pertaining to fashion, beauty, and the like:

1. Umrao Jaan (2006) - Fabulous makeup and design on this set--at certain points, I'll find myself pausing the dvd so that I can get the exact look that Aishwarya has going on. Actually for that matter, her looks are always spot-on in all of her films...even when she plays the poor peasant roles.

2. Seamless - A great look into the fashion world following designer Isaac Mizrahi (super-genius, might I mention for all that he has done for high-fashion, as well as his affordable line that has lasted years now at Target).

3. Unzipped - You've gotta love this older hit of Isaac's--if only for the appearances by Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford. Again, another documentary.

4. Clueless - I can't count how many times this VHS has gone through the player. This was the one to memorize the lines to, all through junior high and high school.

5. Footballer's Wives - This hit-drama series from the BBC, is one not to miss. It's going to be difficult to find it on tv, so it definitely falls into the dvd rental section. Start from season one, and it will be high-drama all the way 'til the end. The styling can be ridiculous, but so satisfyingly interesting.

In the running, but not quite a movie, would be the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Watched the 2007 trot the other night, and who else agrees that it was about time someone introduced an Aussie (Miranda Kerr) to the lineup? She rocked the PINK line like nobody else could. I nearly stopped breathing when I read that she was a devout fan of Noni as well!

I'm sure I will have more to add to this list--I'll keep you girls updated for your viewing pleasure.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Slick to the Touch


I've discovered a couple of great treasures during the past few weeks that I never thought I would stumble upon here in the states. First, at the Doubletree hotel in San Pedro, CA, the hotel bar was serving up Hinano beers. Hinano? It's hard enough to find the stuff in Hawai'i. Impossible in Seattle, much less, San Pedro? You can bet we cleared out their inventory. It's sort of like drinking Royal Beer in Tonga...it's not necessarily the best you've ever tasted, but you just have to do it. Maybe to pay homage. I don't know.

Then I returned home to find that my monoi coconut oil was running low. I use this stuff for everything! Of course it completely solidifies all the time because it's so damn cold here--but no need to worry--a quick pop in the microwave for 5 seconds, and all is well. Otherwise, leaving it in the bathroom while in the shower is another quick solution. The steam zaps the cold right outta the bottle, and upon shower exit, you immediately feel as though you're warm and at home in the tropics. Anyhow, I regress.

Now, of course I can always fall back on my good 'ol Alofa Coconut Oil (which, if anyone has ANY idea of how to purchase it minus having to travel all the way to NZ, then help a sista out!), or of course some good Tongan lolo (yes girls, you know the kind...found in the soda bottles, straight outta Talamahu market). But what fun would that be, if it weren't for the fact that I found GALLON (you read right!) sized bottles of Monoi, available for purchase online?! Tahiti-iti Imports is now carrying the most gigantic bottle of monoi oil, perfect for refilling their smaller counterparts. I almost passed out at the ease of getting one of these in my hands. But it doesn't end there. Check out the Pitate Shampoo (what?!), Guava Artisan Soaps, and various Eau de Toilettes. And wait a second...all shipped from Washington?? There is definitely something going on with the import of all fine things from the Pacific. In the words of Oleta Adams--I don't care how you get here...just get here!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

It Does Your Body Good.


I drink my Noni every day. Scratch that. Nonu. Why not call it what it is--and for me, the Tongan way is the right way (ooh, feel the heat!). It's nothing new, it's just that these new companies have the marketing on the name. Native to the Pacific, the juice from the nonu fruit (of which we get ours from Tahiti--ah well, I can't count on my nana to make it for me anymore, so I don't complain), is so super-antioxidizing, and gives you the kick of energy you need each day, but refuse to rely on coffee and Red Bull for. That's not the only thing--it will help you maintain a superior immune system to that of your friends, and keep your cholesterol in check. We've always known this, haven't we? Of course the rest of the world got in on our secret after some palangis coined it. I've grown up drinking the stuff, and will take it with me to the grave. Mama went and signed up for one of those MLM companies just so she could get a discount on the bottles. Now, that same company is working at cornering the market on skin care products that include nonu as one of the main ingredients!


So check this out--as long as my mom can think of, we've been using Nonu to cure everything from stomach aches, to skin irritations, to burns. OF COURSE it makes sense to go and start a skin care line--it eliminates the mess of digging into the reserve that's stored on the kitchen window sill. One of my favorites so far? The TePoema Creamy Moisturizer. With this nasty weather, I'm in constant need of a pocket moisture boost, and the slim packaging makes it easy to slip in my purse. If that's not enough, it also uses the moisturizing properties of tamanu and kukui nut oil to add to the yumminess of smell and effectiveness. My sister loves the Cleansing Oil, and I'm on the verge of placing an order for a very lucky gift-recipient of some Mango & Bougainvillea Body Wash. Drink up, suds up, stock up!

Weekend Inspiration

"...I had been fed, in my youth, a lot of old wives' tales about the way men would instantly forsake a beautiful woman to flock around a brilliant one. It is but fair to say that, after getting out in the world, I had never seen this happen..." -Dorothy Parker

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

La Diversion en el Sol!


I'm back and I'm better than ever--with a fresh new tan to prove my whereabouts! Mexico was a blasssst, and getting there by sea is more fun than you will ever know (unless of course you've been there and done that). I was able to order all sorts of crazy-good food every night at a 5-star quality restaurant, only to return and realize that I can't do that anymore on land. Escargot, frog legs, rabbit--you name it! Who'd have known I'd like it that much?!

I was a little MORE than surprised when I first got off in Puerto Vallarta to seek out my first farmacia. I know, I know, I don't necessarily need Retin-A, but why not get a handful, if only because I can? I found myself self-diagnosing every symptom I could think of, in front of the pharmacist so that I could stock up on completely uneccessary (yet, prescription-free!) drugs. Anyhow, to my amazement, I turn around to find one of my all-time favorite sunning products! Now tell me why I had to go all the way down to Mexico to find it, when I have the hardest time finding it here in the states? Usually, I'll order it from Maui or Florida when I run out. And here it was for just a few pesos--bliss! Ocean Potion Moisturizing After Sun Aloe Lotion is the sweetest-smelling, lightest-feeling, daze-inducing, after sun lotion you will ever lay your hands on. You can go and blow a good fifty buckaroos on some expensive chichi lotion at Sephora, or seek out this $8 gem of a lather, and smell superior to the rest of the kiddos at the beach. You can bet I bought out that pharmacy's stock. And I negotiated too!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

All Tatted For the Big Screen


Lately I've been spending a lot of time reading up and researching Polynesian tattoos. It's not because I'm planning to get one myself, but because of another very special project which I should reveal with time. Anyhow, not only have I been trying to do my own research, but now I've been informed that the new flick The Tattooist is coming to theatres here in the states. This will be a must-see. Not only does it include Robbie Magasiva, and David Fane (both from Sione's Wedding), but Mia Blake stars as the main female role, Sina. It should be debuting on the American Film Market this week, which means in should be in select theatres soon. This should give us all some insight as to some of the popular themes that surround the Pacific tatau--but what do you think? Who should be allowed to wear this stamp of identity, and what does it mean in terms of beauty?

Monday, November 19, 2007

First Time For Everything!


I've blogged about pageants before, but this one is near and dear to my heart. Could I be any more excited about the winner of Miss South Pacific this year? I don't think so. Tonga has taken home the crown, and it could go to no one better. Ms. Tessi Leila Toluta'u is the new Miss South Pacific, and has represented Tonga oh-so-well. What a great day it is, to have the crowning glory go to a hafekasi ta'ahine Tonga! She not only won the whole competition, but she also took home the prize for four out of the seven special categories. Never before has a Miss Heilala won the Miss SP, on exception of in 1995, when Ma'ata Mo'ungaloa took over for a winner who could not fulfill her duties. This year marks the year when we begin to TAKE OVER! Go on suka mamas, show 'em what you're made of!

Wishing You Plenty Opportunities to Get it Right..


I was all over Sephora's beauty box last year right around this time. For $48, I was given the option of almost 100 different shades of eyeshadows, lip stains, and blush. It was at the point that I thought few things would top it--but lo and behold, the beauty store that always outdoes, has done it again. This time it's from Tarte, and it's the We Wish You Wealth Palette ($52). It's exclusive to Sephora, and is in one word: Amazing. Not only does it come in a wayyy cuter quilted metallic purple folding case (it has magnets that keep it together when closed), but it is actually compact enough to fit into your purse (of course not a clutch or anything..but you catch my drift). It comes with everything right down to the brushes. Regardless of how much it bugs when I see girls doing their makeup in the car, this would be the perfect for just that occassion. Don't say I didn't tell you so when you show up to that holiday party and realize you forgot blush.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

So Scentual...


Island ladies, have I got a new one for you! Who would've thought that Estee Lauder would hit so close to home with something so spot-on? Aerin Lauder has officially released her Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia Parfum, and it couldn't be at a more fitting time than the holidays! Think of all the times you've been lei'd and you could hardly walk in a straight line because everyone wanted to get a whiff of your neck. Although the image doesn't do it justice, the packaging is beyond fantastic, with little shells inset a gold cap. The most exclusive thing about it, is that the only shop carrying this gem of a scent is good old Bergdorf Goodman. Last time I checked, they just didn't have one of those on every block. You'll be the only one rockin this scent this Christmas!

Weekend Inspiration

"In the factory we make cosmetics; in the drugstore we sell hope" - Charles Revson

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

All Bejeweled Out..


This has nothing to do with beauty products, I know. But have you ever been dying to find a piece of jewelry that resembles something you've seen on your favorite celebrity? Well, I'm in the middle of hunting down a necklace that I spotted on Heidi Klum the other day on tv. During my search, I stumbled upon a goldmine of a site. Emitations is a jewelry site that offers all of your favorite looks for a HUGE fraction of the price. You don't have to drop a huge wad of cash just to get the look that you might need to finish off your look. We've all done it, right?--done the last minute Forever21 run, looking for some costume jewelry that would make that top look just so. Why not gloss over the specific celebrity looks that you love, and choose some from Emitations' selection? Check it out now, and you can add your own holiday wish list!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Baaaaa baaaa



Who else is loving what happened with eye makeup at the LAMB show during fashion week?


I think it tops the idea of the "cat eye" that's so in this fall, by 100%! A blend of gray and blue in the crease, and a quick slap of lashes--voila, you go from looking like you were punched out to looking oh-so-sexilicious.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Breaking the Breakout Cycle

Let's not beat around the bush. Sure, it's not a subject we're dying to discuss, but body acne is the WORST! I can't begin to count how many people have asked me about what I'd recommend for those unsightly chest and back breakouts. Don't worry though, cuz I've got you handled. First of all, you need to think about why it is that you may be breaking out in those areas. Are you excercising and forgetting to shower immediately after your run? Are you forgetting to reach those sometimes-hard-to-reach areas with a back brush? All skin in our body needs to be kept intact--not just our face. Here are my three top zit-busting remedies, so you won't ever have to wear a turtleneck in the summer again.




This is the big hitter. PanOxyl Bar (and let's cut to the chase and use the 10% instead of 5%), will wipe that stuff out of your skin so quick you won't have time to say goodbye. It won't leave any sort of residue, and the active ingredient Benzoyl Peroxide is stronger than those other ProActiv wannabees. Just don't forget to moisturize the affected area well after jumping out of the shower--because it's so concentrated it has a tendency to be drying. $8? That's all, for clear and smooth skin?




Is 10% Benzoyl Peroxide a little much for you? Relax. You can always switch off with this 2% Salicylic Acid Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash. It may take a little longer to see the benefits from this method, but if you know without a doubt that there's no way in soapy hell that you'll be able to withstand PanOxyl, give this guy a run for your money. At $5.99 you'll have a hard time being let down.



One of my all time favorite bath accessories is the Earth Therapeautics Hydro Towel. Super long, and easy to rinse, there's no excuse to not be able to reach every inch of your body. It's best to throw it in the wash every couple of washes to make sure that you're not just redistributing bacteria all over your body. You can also find these in Japanese Dollar Stores like Daiso for a fraction of the price.
Now that your skin is ready for the beach, and summer is most definitely here, whip out your cutest bikini and relax in the sun knowing that you have nothing to hide!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Did You Know...

That Jimmy Choo is coming out with a debut fragrance? Expect to see it in stores Spring of 2009. Something great to look forward to!

Mineralize It.


I know it's the weekend, but I couldn't help but post when I found out about this new little item. Summer is approaching (I know I know, not until the 21st), and everyone is shedding that extra heavy foundation. Who wants to even think about applying something over their moisturizer that is thick enough to melt off during the day? That's where Valana Minerals comes in handy. We've all heard of mineral makeup--the stuff that's so good that you can sleep with it on because minerals are actually GOOD for your skin. Well, even though I'm still one to remove makeup before bedtime, I've always had a little bit of an issue wearing Bare Escentuals for more than my short stint inside the Sephora. Is it just me, or is it soooo orange-y that you end up feeling like an overly tanned sorority girl gone wrong? This is where it gets good. Valana is all about mineral makeup for women of color! At $28, you'll find a shade to match every skin tone, and because it's a mix of zinc AND titanium oxide, you won't be left with that obscenely ashy look. Don't miss the eye colors either, because the Tropical Butterfly and Mystic Kilauea palettes are striking.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

No Longer the Girl Next Door...



Did we all watch Miss Universe last night? How great would that be--to be crowned the most beautiful woman in the WHOLE UNIVERSE? That's like, kinda weird actually..but definitely something to brag about. Anyway, Miss Japan won--and although I can respect her conservative look (I mean come on, her gown had long sleeves), I was really cheering for Miss Venezuela. That is, if you don't count Miss Greece who had the cutest default photo by far. All of that didn't matter though, because she didn't even make it past the first cut. We're not even gonna go there with what happened to Miss USA. Pageantry is a funny thing--spending months, even years learning how to strenghten your cheek muscles so that you can have a constant sparkly white smile. One thing about the competition is for sure--that photo shoot looked straight up Maxim, and had nothing to do with being a "pure, young, positive influence". That was global girls gone wild.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Don't Lash Out On Me...

...just figure it out for yourself! I get so many questions from girls that want to know how to apply their beautifying faux lashes, but don't know how to avoid looking like Tammy Faye in the process. Of course I've mentioned it before--I like the individuals (preferably Thi Cosmetics' Lush Lashes), but if you want to just throw on a whole set, I've found a great tutorial of how to do so with my favorite application tool of choice: the tweezer. Now go and knock yourself out and apply some lovely lashes for today's lunch or dinner plans. Just don't forget to use DUO eyelash glue. I usually grab some from the MAC counter (trust me, you don't WANT some of that other sticky stuff anywhere near your eyes).

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Sand-Sexy


Summer is just around the bend, and if you haven't already, it's time that you get your body beach-bum ready! Now of course you all already know that there needs to be some exfoliating, waxing, and moisturizing going on. But what about the things we put in our body to make our skin shine and glow? Below are some of my favorite beauty secrets for keeping what you've got in good shape all summer long.


1. Coconut Water: A real must, and you island ladies know just what I'm talking about. If you want to guard off some of the harmful effects that the environment has on your skin, turn down this alley real quick. Not only does this light (read: no, not a heavy coconut cream) drink quench your thirst with a fruity burst of coconuttiness, but it's only about 46 calories a cup! So for you dieters out there, no need to fear--you'll get the best dose of antioxidants you never knew about, while also enjoying a drink that hits oh-so-close to home. Just a word to the wise though--make sure that you pick up a can of something that includes more than just sugar and water. I love ONE (check the link).


2. FlaxSeed Oil: You've heard it before, and you'll hear it again. Want your hair silky smooth, while you work on preventing that hyper-active eating habit that is never a good match with that itsy-bitsy bikini? FlaxSeed Oil is good for all of the above and everything in between. Let it do it's job on your hair, nails, and complexion. Additionally, because it is a source of fat (the good kind..no worries), it will provide you with the feeling of fullness you need to keep yourself from over-indulging at the table. Of course it helps with your heart, blood, and everything else you can imagine as well. You can get your dose in pill format, or liquid. I prefer liquid, and mix two tablespoons daily with a glass of water.


3. Aloe Vera: Taken internally? Yes! Disgusting? Sometimes. Worth it? Isn't it always worth it when it's in the name of beauty? Aloe vera has been shown to help improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients as well as alleviate a plethora of other body issues such as acne and skin care problems. It's not the tastiest by itself (unless it's one of the yummy flavors that AloeLife offers), so I like to mix it up as a smoothie/juicer type drink with some cucumber and apple. Check out one of my favorite recipes: Allo Aloe.


Monday, April 30, 2007

I've Taken the Plunge!




So, I'm an equal opportunity beauty product user. When looking under my bathroom sink, you'll find an array of just about every kind of product you thought existed. I don't believe in crossing off any one kind of product from being under there, unless it of course scours my face or burns my skin. My daily face-cleansing regimen consists of a number of different branded products which have each been given a fair trial and have passed a rigorous testing period. Which brings me to the reason that I'm writing about this in the first place. I've decided to subject myself to a line of products by which are all of the same brand. The line is Arbonne--a Swiss formulated skin-care line that's got everything I now know I need. A couple of months ago, a good friend of mine took her product raving to the next level, which was that of introducing me to the very line of products themselves. Fairly hesitant, I followed her to an informational meeting about the stuff (yup, it was going through my head too..."oh no, it's one of those!"), so that I would have the opportunity to test them out for myself and see what all the hype was about. I wasn't interested in selling Mary Kay in my living room, and I wasn't about to have some product-pushin' party in my kitchen either. I couldn't have been more wrong. The RE9 products are facial crack. Although my cleanser has been, and continues to do it's job oh-so-well--always leaving me without a blemish in sight--I think I forgot about the fact that your face needs a little life and glow to it. Immediately my face was lit. Not in a grease-slick sorta way, but in a real "I'm so healthy I look like I'm 16" sort of way. I knew I needed that freshness everyday and lost sleep over the idea of returning the trial-time set. Not only that, but the line is dedicated to the non-use of mineral oil (which hello, congests my skin so badly I don't know what hit it), and Ph-correct formulas (yes ladies, Ph-correct. Not Ph-balanced). Who knew that one whole line could set your face so straight, so quickly? Not only that, but I shared the men's line with the other half. I don't like to put his business out there (well at least not more than a few times a day), but you don't know what it means to have met a good product line until your man calls you begging to order more shaving cream. But that's another story. Well anyway, today I met with her and made my first order. I'm counting down the three short days until it gets here, and I can hardly wait. Got questions? Ask away. I'd be happy to turn you into an addict too.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Weekend Inspiration

"Think about all the beauty still left around you and be happy" -Anne Frank

Hold It All In..


Sorry AGAIN for the extra-long gap in postings! I've been torn left and right trying to make deadlines and also show some love to this page. Anyway, I'm back now and I had to let you all know about the most wonderful cosmetics case I have seen in a super long time. I'm all about Fafi--you know, the French graffiti artist who designs the extra-cute fantasy characters? Well, LeSportSac has jumped on the bandwagon and has featured her as their new artist this season! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was to discover their cosmetics travel tote with Fafiness all over it. It was mine within seconds. It's no big investment, but in the event that you're in the crafty mood this weekend, head on over to Craftzine so that you can get started on making your very own at home!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Weekend Inspiration

"Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused." - Edward Gibbon

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Liptastic!


I have always and forever made my attempts to stay away from lipsticks in the tube. I'm all about the tinted gloss, a sponge applicator, and everything in between, but when it comes to that dried-out matte looking lipstick..no thank you. However, this weekend I came upon two new sticks that really made me change my mind. Poppy, was one of my favorite lip-color creators of all time when I first came into my little obsession with beauty products. Not only was she from Australia (one point!), but she featured her line of sticky pots of colored gloss at Barneys (two points!), which were so right on the money (that makes three points!). Something happened, and I missed the memo. One day her line went missing and I thought she would never come back. I cherished what I had left of my remaining colors, and had to move on. But this weekend I received news that she was coming back, and in a big way! She's back at Barney's with a line called "Lipstick Queen", and she's all the better for it. Half of her line is called Sinners (consisting of 90% pigment and 10% viscosity), while the other half of her line is called Saints (10% pigment and 90% viscosity). Hold on tight, because she'll be out with new glosses soon as well.


So, this wasn't the end of all things lipstick for me. I also took my little curious mind on over to Victoria's Secret to pass some time..and what did I find? A collection of lipsticks (and a shade!) that I actually liked! Not only did it provide a super-moisturizing punch (thanks to coconut, vitamin E and tiara flower), but it was the perfect color which enhanced the tone of my lips without the need to look in a mirror during application. I was really wrong about the traditional lipstick, and because of it I feel that I have waisted some good time we could have been spending with each other. In case you're interested in dropping a measley $12 on a super-great lip color, you'll be looking for the Very Sexy Sheer Moisture Lipstick in Exhibitionist.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

I'm all about beauty tonics...

...but HOW FAR will companies like Coca-Cola go to get in on the action of beauty-inspired drinks and teas? Apparently, they are in the mid-stages of creating a drink by the name of Lumae. Their plans are to team up with L'Oreal cosmetics to market this drink as beauty-benefitting bevy. Now, if it has even half as much sugar and artificial ingredients as a regular Coke, then we should all run...quickly in the opposite direction. Afterall, we're all very aware of what sugar does to our skin, right? However, time will only tell and we'll be able to scan the nutrition facts only after it's released..which should be sometime in 2008.

Will she be accepted?


Rumor on the street is that Catherine Zeta-Jones is in the middle of applying for a trademark for a new line of cosmetics under her name. As stunning as she is, I'm hoping her application goes through with ease and her line gets in stores ASAP! With SJP coming out with her new line "Bitten", there's just so much to be excited about and look forward to these days.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Weekend Inspiration

"In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty" - Phil Ochs

Friday, March 09, 2007

And I Represent...


Vanessa Minnillo is designing a new line for Flirt Cosmetics, while our girl LC from The Hills is the new face of Mark Cosmetics. Who's next? Me?! Wishful thinking =]

Monday, March 05, 2007

Good to be New


So today I got notice from my bestie--up-and-coming stylist Ms. Ashley North--that she would be working on set as a stylist's assistant with Meagan Good for a shoot for a new magazine called Jewel! So you know I'm just dying to hear the details--of which I've received a few already--but in the meantime I had to take a look at what this magazine was all about. Although there's a ton of info online, you can also pick this one up at your local Barnes & Noble. Of course there was one place I was headed to first, and that was the beauty section. I was impressed with the fact that they were recognizing Iman's work as a book worth reading, and that Tarte cosmetics was mentioned as a well spent paycheck. Although the magazine is catered to young black women, it is definitely worth perusing if you're not--there's great advice, recommended authors, and fun write-ups! Oh, and of course keep your eyes glued for Ms. Good's upcoming spread--all of that great styling was thanks to Maya Foxx-Davis!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Weekend Inspiration

"When I first moved to New York and was totally broke, I used to buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more." -Carrie Bradshaw

Thursday, March 01, 2007

ANTM - Correction, Australia.


Australia's Next Top Model will be showing on a tv screen near you, this Monday March 5th. I'm looking forward to this, because I get so sick and tired of ANTM. Maybe Aussie will give America a run for their money--but by the looks of the girls featured on the VH1 site, they are looking a little old. One girl even has crow's feet! (Hope that's a judge). I'm hard-pressed to choose a candidate that I want to win from the pictures alone. On the American side of things, after having watched the first episode yesterday I am going to be rooting for our hometown-girl Cassandra. However, I must admit that I like Natasha as well--although she is a bit short. We'll see how things pan out.


Want another good reason to watch the Aussie version? The host, Erika Heynatz is an Australian model born in PNG (that's Papua New Guinea for all of you non-Pacific people). Sort of a fun fact.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

GTL - Aishwarya Rai


Sorry about the short time off. Been having connectivity issues. All is now better. Anyway, in other news...


I recently finished watching yet another Aishwarya Rai film--Kyun! Ho Gaya Na. I loved the styling and makeup (as usual), but was especially drawn to the scenes where Aishwarya was wearing an orange-hued eye color, which seemed to blend effortlessly into a shimmery pink. It really gives the eye a subtle and warm feel and matches up wonderfully with a brown or green eye. Of course since these brown eyes are always looking for something new to make them pop, I went on mad hunt for something to re-create the look. Because I have movie ADD (and the movie was 3+ hours!), I had that netflix rental at home for days on end. It was no problem though, as it gave me enough time to keep referring to the exact scene that I had been entranced by. I finally found the shade I was looking for, and who would have known that it would have ended up being a blush?! Shu Uemura has been so very good to me, and has not failed me yet. After much going back and forth, I settled on their Glow On Blush in Brick (65). I first lightly covered the lid with their Pressed Eyeshadow in Pearl Pink (102), and then used a blending brush to smooth on some of the Brick blush over the crease. Following up with some great lining action using their Drawing Pencil in Brown (02), created the Bollywood eye that I had been going for all along. Curled the lashes, swiped with some DiorShow, and then--the best part about it all!--got a little cheeky with the very blush that I had used on my eyes. Voila! Total re-creation!


The visual gives a very vague idea of what I was trying to achieve. It was the best I could do, as I couldn't find the beloved scene I had been working off of.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Great Gloss!

Sephora and I had a great day together today. Why is it that all good things happen to me within the walls of a Sephora store? In New York I've run into influential people in these buildings--in addition to breaking down at the number of lines they carry in comparison to our West Coast stores. Today, while investing some good genuine time into our relationship I was interviewed for the local news in regards to how I felt about the introduction of so many new organic cosmetics lines and the risk of carcinogens and hidden ingredients in conventional lines. I was thanked by the store manager with a gift basket, and let down later to find that the television station had edited my piece down to a few lines about what a beauty junkie I am, and how it is that I've come to be a sucker for kitschy packaging. Oh well. It's all experience right?

I did leave the store with a couple of fun finds that I've been dying to get my hands on. Cargo's Purse Gloss in Beijing is a wonderfully sheer lip slick that infuses just the right amount of color to your pout. Definitely not for the thin-of-lip, it accents the slight pucker that a full-pouted girl has to offer. At $16 a tube, you may as well grab a handful.


I couldn't leave with just one treat though. Lorac's Mocktails in Tropical Dream is a mix of sugary sweetness, and pineapple goodness. They are everything they've been promised to be. Not only are there a variety of shades to choose from, but the scents are out of this world! They are all very tropical and fruity, and on the slightly goopy side. Perfect for a lingering-infused scent. Regardless of how often I tell myself that I have enough gloss, it is about as large a weakness as mint-iced chocolate brownies. Undeniably addictive. And at $18 a pop, totally do-able.



Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Not quite seeing the logic..


Along with Fashion Week and this whole stint with "super-skinny" models, London restaurant Bumpkin, has come to the rescue. They are offering free meals to girls who are a size 0, and have proof (a model card) that they are part of the industry. Is it just me, or is this a little bit obnoxious? I'm thinking that if someone is keeping themselves on a strict diet that allows them to be a size 0 in the first place, a free meal really isn't going to be a reason to eat at your establishment. It seems as though people are taking advantage of a situation where young girls are dying due to eating disorders, to poke fun at the industry and promote their business. I don't know--maybe it's well-meaning. Thirty percent of the models originally scheduled to participate in this season's Fashion Week flunked the body mass index test and were prohibited from participating (and furthermore, paying their bills). I just spoke with a trainer at my gym today who had so many negative things to say about those BMI tests, because of the fact that each person's body and bones differentiate in weight. There must be a better way to go about all of this.

I'm thinking I want this.


It has goji berry in it. I love goji. It won't look the same on anyone but you. Enough said. Just buy it.

It's the Ten Commandments, not the Ten Suggestions.


1. Thou shall not use thy neighbor's eye makeup. Your eyes are very susceptible to germs. When you use your friend's eye-makeup, it becomes contaminated. Have you ever seen eye-lash mites? You don't want to. You are now sharing more than mascara; you are sharing germs.


2. Thou shall match their concealer and powder to their skin tone. Concealer is a lighter shade than your makeup, because it is meant to do just that. Conceal. It looks hideous when someone has an orange face and a white neck. Blend your makeup straight through to your neck. It's not an option.


3. Thou shall moisturize before every application and nightly. Moisturizing is the key to good skin. When used before application, it will help set the products and avoid that caked-on look. At night, it helps keep your skin smooth so you will have a good canvas to work on when morning arrives.


4. Thou shall throw out mascara after three months. We've already commented on germs. Within three months they will make your mascara their nice toasty home. If they haven't, your mascara is probably dried out anyway. To keep the germs out of your mascara, don't "pump it." Pumping it may put more gunk on the brush, but it will only push germs inside that can't get out.


5. Thou shall use eyeliner responsibly. Too much eyeliner looks bad and so does shaky eyeliner. If you can't maintain a steady hand when applying, perhaps you should refrain from lining your eyes. I don't care what sort of rush you're in or how busy your life is. Eyeliner will not make or break you.


6. Thou shall moisturize lips constantly. Nothing is wrose than your crusty lips. During these cold months make sure you are using some sort of lip balm to stop flaking and drying. You can also help bring this to a halt by exfoliating. Moisturizing will also come in handy when applying lip liner and lipstick.


7. Thou shall remove makeup nightly. We all know to take off our makeup before bed. If you don't it only ages you faster. Face makeup will dry out your face. Eye makeup will weigh down your eyes, which will create wrinkles. And on that note, don't rub your eyes. Same reasoning.


8. Thou shall not match their eye shadow to their clothes unless it's white, black, brown or gray. When wearing colors like pink, green, red, blue and orange, don't match your eye shadow to your clothes. It's tacky.


9. Thou shall not use blush more than two shades darker than their natural color. Joining the circus anyone? Stay away from extreme blush and in-circle formations. Rule of thumb — start two fingers' width away from your nose. And only use blush on your cheek bones. Sweeping it up to your temples will make you look crazy.


10. Thou shall blend blend blend, and blend some more. You want to look natural. Nothing should be crisp or clean cut. This is not paint by number. Use your brushes to blend anything you apply with powder.

Big Time for a Small Name


Picaso is the new kid in town. The new brown kid. A makeup line that was born out of Suzi Picaso's desire to beauty the "girl with beautiful brown skin tones" has just been given an opportunity to begin taking their line from the small-town boutique to the small-town WalMart. Although I am so very unenthused about WalMart and anything of their kind, I am over the top excited about an opportunity to have one more cosmetics line on the market that caters to the needs of women of color. With happy hour lip glosses like Strawberry Daiquiri, Tequila Sunrise, and Lemondrop, it will be hard to have just one drink. Although they are being given the opportunity to begin selling in just one WalMart store at a time, distribution is said to possible spread nationwide within the next couple of years. If you just can't wait that long, contact Picaso for a catalog which will allow you to order from the comfort of your couch.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Weekend Inspiration

"You can't rush glamour." - RuPaul

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Must-Read for those who have "lived"


Bobbi Brown is 50 years old this year, and with this milestone birthday, she has come out with a new book! There are a handful of reasons to appreciate Ms. Brown, outside of the fact that she creates wonderful natural looking makeup. She is an advocate for women embracing their natural skin, and all of the ups and downs that come with it. Constantly emphasizing the risks and the plasticity of going under the knife, she has come forward with this new book that has been tailored for women with aging skin. It is a must read for women who plan to age gracefully!

Write me!

I love the emails that I've been getting, and I will begin answering some of your beauty questions very soon right here on this blog! Thank you so much for the support, and definitely feel free to let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. I love it!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Gummy..Yummy!


I saw this on another blog, and I had to share. Frutels is a new gummy candy that helps to fight acne. Now, I can hardly resist a gummy, regardless of the flavor, size or quality. To me, gummy is GREAT and you'll find me constantly chewing on one. But could it be true? These guys fight adult acne as well?! I'll take a dozen packages...

My TOP choice is...


Nobody. I'm so over ANTM. Of course I am...but then, who can resist watching it? I'll most likely still continue to invite friends over and cook, and get ready to watch each week, but why? I'm not sure. The new series is starting on Feb 28, and is beginning with a 2-hour premiere show. Unfortunately, the girls never end up getting much work after the show is over so it seems to me that we watch for the drama of it all. Afterall, who can resist some good reality tv drama? Not too long ago, they featured Britain's Next Top Model on the CW, and I definitely could use some more of that. The visual is of BNTM's 2nd season contestants. Hopefully our networks will smarten up and start airing the new season for us to join in on!

And you so pretty too!


Valentine's is getting closer, and regardless of whether you're with or without a honey, it should be a day that's all about you. Miso Pretty is a fun little line of super-flirty products which never fail to make a girl feel her best. Their Sake Bath Soak is sure to be the greatest help in livening up bath time, for the chic who doesn't want to take herself too seriously. I mean come on, the red and pink bath gels are so last year.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

On the cleaning note...


Since I'm heading in the direction of all things hygiene--or so it seems--I was thinking the other day about how there is a real shortage on great toothpastes. I have been using Marvis' Paradise Fruit Mint for what seems likes a very long time now, and I think that a few more companies need to get the wheels turning and get on with some new innovative brands. I like to use natural formulas, because I'm just not keen on having surfactants, animal byproducts and other strange ingredients in my mouth..at any time. I just picked up a new tube of Nature's Gate Creme de Peppermint at my local Whole Body department of my Whole Foods. We'll see how this one goes, but usually when I'm in a rut I just revert back to good old Jason Organics. I think that distinguished companies need to bring back some old world charm with the metal encasings, which look exquisite on the bathroom counter. Neiman Marcus used to do this, and at one point had a whole line of "After Dinner Toothpaste" flavored with a choice of Anise, Amaretto, and Creme de Menthe. Apparently I'm not the only one interested in toothpaste, as there is a site: www.toothpasteworld.com which features the largest collection of toothpaste in the world. Now if only I could make it to India to pick up some Amar toothpaste, or be living in the 50's when I could grab some Bourbon or Scotch (6 proof!) variety. How's that for a morning pick-me-up?!

Good Cleaning

Ear cleaning is something we tend to overlook, as it's a day-in day-out sort of activity that we don't give much thought to. That is, some of us. I have become nearly obsessed with ear cleaning, and I don't care what Dr. Oz says on Oprah, but there is always a better way to do it that exceeds the standards of the same old q-tip routine.




Tingatinga is a children's hygiene brand that carries baby ear-buds which have compacted cotton. These are much safer than the regular kind, because it takes much less effort to remove wax, and doesn't encourage you to push it deeper into the ear canal. At $8.50 a bundle, they are affordable for not only baby, but you!


One of my newer finds has been the Japanese ear pick. You must be very careful while using something of this nature, because you have to be able to trust yourself not to go into overdrive with the wax-removal process. However, when it is removed, you feel as though you have made great progress and can hear much better. At only $1.50 for some models, you're in for a great buy! The down feather duster on the end of some can be used to brush off any extra wax, while others feature icons such as hello kitty and different good luck charms. You can also find this style in metal, although for some reason the wooden sort feel a lot less "doctor's office" to me.



My very favorite, time-proven method of removal is ear candling. For generations, men and women all over the globe have used wax candles (they can be purchased at most health food stores) as their removal tool of choice. The process is simple, but you definitely need a helper to ensure that you don't burn yourself. One friend needs to hold the candle in your ear at an angle, while burning the end. The warmth and heat from the flame will literally draw the wax from your ear and into the candle. This method is the most successful in increased hearing, and it has grown so popular in my home that we have actually gotten together as a family to do this!

I know, wax removal isn't always the mark of good conversation--but you'll be amazed at what a difference it makes when you look into the many options that are before you!



Sunday, February 04, 2007

Weekend Inspiration

"Kiss and makeup--but too much makeup has ruined many a kiss." -Mae West

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Making Beyonce Beautylicious!


Is it just me, or does makeup genius Mally Roncal resemble some sort of Filipina-Beyonce-Import Model? The Beyonce bit could be in part to the fact that this 34-yr old makeup genius has worked wonders on the faces of our favorite women in Hollywood. Beyonce, JLo, Mariah, Angelina, Iman, Thalia--trust me, the list goes on. Not only is she talented, but she is proud of her Filipino culture, and shares her love for her culture (especially the food!) with her clients. Regardless of how far she has risen in this fame-filled world, she has held on tightly to her roots and encourages women to build off of their natural beauty. She is in one word: amazing. Originally on the path to medical school, she never snuffed out her passion for the art of creativity through makeup. Always driven to show others that beauty is to be seen through natural, dewy skin, her outlook is right-on and always eye-catching. Not only is she the spokeswoman for Sephora, but she now has her very own line, Mally Beauty which she created while travelling through the U.S. with some of her A-list clients. You'll find that many of the products are named after cities that she stopped in, which inspired her to develop the shades and colors. This line is all about women who are on the go, and in her own words "want to look beautiful in 5 minutes or less". Although they are currently only available through QVC, they are well worth the delivery wait. Want to know a little secret? It's said that her Lip Gloss Single, Be Sexy was named in honor of Ms. Knowles herself.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

At-home?


So, what do we think of at-home beauty treatments such as..dare I say it..Brazilian waxing? Lately I've been talking to a lot of women who are having a lot of luck using products like Sally Hansen's Wax Strip Kit for the body. At a measly $8.99, you can be over and done with the pain, while benefitting from a nicely pruned frou-frou. I can see the financial logic in this, as most of time it costs me on average $75 a treatment. Everyone is telling me that this is giving them a good 2 months in between operations! Additionally, for those who are too nervous to spread and bare all to a "technician", this may be a way out the back door. Let me know what you think.

Shower therapy


On that very same trip to Target, I made another new-ish discovery. Well, I'm sure that it's been out there for a few months at least but a girlfriend of mine led me in the direction of Caress' new shower gel line. Lately, I've been using a limited edition version of It's Your Birthday by Philosophy, which I received as a birthday gift from Sephora. Typically I can be all over the board, as I'm always game for trying something new. But rarely do I pick my favorites up from the drugstore for fear of weird chemicals and ingredients that are similar to that of floor wax. However, it said Tahitian on it. So, I caved. Caress' Body Wash in Tahitian Renewal is worth the whole $2.99 that it cost me to take it home. The scent is extremely addicting and ingredients such as Tahitian palm milk and pomegranate seeds are mixed to form an exfoliating wash. The bottle is large, and I am happy.

How's this for a deal?


I had forgotten about all the things that I love about a discounted beauty buy, until I was at Target the other night and picked up another (meaning, I think that makes..15 that I own?) Lip Smacker's in Dr. Pepper. After grabbing that and a few other affordable treats, I remembered e.l.f. cosmetics. If you ever thought Bonne Bell was affordable, look again! Not only are all products at the one dollar mark, but the company itself takes on a holistic approach to beauty, and supports (and is supported by) philanthropic organizations such as the Humane Society and the Breast Cancer Foundation. With a flat $5 shipping fee, you don't have to worry that you're going to be dishing out a lot of money on the shipping to make up for the lack of money you're paying on the product. My picks? Check out the handy-dandy nail polish remover pads that you can throw into your purse for those times when your polish chips and you're out and about. Or how about a sugar-orange scented All Over Color Stick in pink lemonade, for a just-got-out-of-the-gym glow? Absolutely affordable is what I say.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Removal of the Fittest


I'm convinced that there is only one way to remove facial hair that is of any interest to me anymore. It's khite--or threading--the ancient form of hair removal that is so common in Middle Eastern and Indian circles. This is nothing like waxing, and if anything it is much less painful. The artist simply loops a thread in a particular way which catches unwanted hairs and yanks them right out of their misery. I go to a local Khoobsurat beauty parlor, where the whole process takes less than 5 minutes and is only five dollars! I have never been disappointed with the shape, which is my first and foremost reason for using this method of hair removal. My arch is always natural, with a moderate amount of hair left over. You know how I feel about thinning brows...

Monday, January 29, 2007

AND Good For You Too?!


I enjoy a good bar of chocolate more than most women I know, but as of lately my love for dark chocolate has grown incredibly. While my favorite is still Perugina, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Borba (yes, the same company that made the antioxidant skin drinks), has come out with the Clarifying Dark Chocolate Bar. What's better than being able to nibble on the cocoa-sweetness of a chocolate bar, while knowing that you are helping to remove those nasty toxins from your body, and improve the clarity of your skin? This bar is different from others in that it includes some of Borba's specially patented skin clarifying ingredients in the recipe. Don't resist it any longer!

The Agency

I can't wait--a new show on VH1, highlighting the life of fashion models who are represented by Wilhemina Model Management. It's everything minus the glamour. Apparently the company is looking at expanding outside of the modeling arena, so it should prove to be an interesting series. What a fabulous way to get an inside look at the world of casting calls, payment negotiations, and fashion shows, without the stress of the diet! The first episode premieres on February 20th at 10pm.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Weekend Inspiration

"I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?" -Jean Kerr

Friday, January 26, 2007

A Little Compact Love...




I can't resist this time of year--the time where you can find notions of love and cute little heart-shaped cookie cutters all over stores. I think that for the first half of my life I despised things that had to do with this shape, but for some reason...and I'm not sure how long ago this happened...I ate my words and began loving love. Estee Lauder always does a fantastic job of creating beautiful keepsake compacts, and they've done it again just in time for Valentine's day. I have a breast cancer awareness compact that I purchased years ago and has lasted to this day, since you have the option of refilling the mini powder plates that fit inside! If you are not so into the idea of hearts, definitely pick up the flower version which is so gorgeous and can be used year round! These are the perfect compacts for that perfect Valentine's night date.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Just like Candy


Who can resist a sweet little animated line that has products that make you want to eat ice cream and watch Dragonball Z all at the same time? Eyeko is one line that Sephora should be ashamed about discontinuing. Every treat is packed so perfectly and efficiently, while having just the right amount of "kiddiness" that will bring you to back to your childhood, without having to risk the quality of a good product. My favorite product? Their Fat Balm is a super-tasty lip-balm that doubles as a lip tint with some shine-through color. I promise you'll melt at the deliciousness of the strawberry flavor.

Global Goddess


Shalini Vadhera, the renowned makeup artist and beauty junkie that has made every effort to show women just how beautiful they can be through the use of age-old cultural beauty secrets, has rolled out her new line Global Goddess. From makeup to skincare, she's got you covered. What's wonderful for us, is that she does her very best to attack issues that women of all colors face in concerns to skincare. Best of all, she has a website dedicated to answering questions, and revealing just how it was that she discovered these skin-care techniques. If you're not the type to shop online (first of all, become the type because you don't know what you're missing!), worry not, because she has launched with Nordstrom this month, and will be offering her goods at Victoria's Secret this year. I get weak at the idea of beautiful cases to protect my makeup brushes, and her Jet Setter Mini Tool Case in Pretty Pink, is about to be mine! Her tips of the trade site can be found at: www.shalinivadhera.com.
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