Monday, September 29, 2008

Come On, Dab It On!

Ay yay yay...there are a few things that I have had the pleasure of running across these past couple of weeks, and I don't know where to begin! So let's just jump right into it, and start with the new line of cosmetics that Target has decided to pick up. I was overly enthused at the idea of finally have Jemma Kidd's makeup line featured in the beauty aisles--but little did I know that I'd also have the opportunity to pick up items from Pixi and Napoleon's new offshoot, Napoleon Set! So as I pranced around with my little handbasket full of new glosses, liners, and shadows, I stumbled upon the item that really shot me into seventh heaven. Napoleon has arrived with a lip gloss compact that is nearly unbeatable (when I say compact, think mirror! Big Plus!). Can you believe that it can be purchased for only $12 from your local Target? One of my biggest peeves about glosses, is that they can tend to be too sticky, and end up getting everything from crumbs to your own hair stuck on your lips. Not so with this baby. Sunflower oil provides ultimate moisture, so that you don't have to apply any sort of balm or prep, and the shade (of course this was the seller) Vanuatu, has just enough iridescent gold in it to turn your lips from peachy to glamorous!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"I'm in the public eye, so I don't care who knows what I get done. If I see something sagging, dragging, or bagging, I get it sucked, tucked, or plucked." -Dolly Parton

No Water Needed

Pre-trip, I was preparing in every way for the beach with my waxing diva. He might be the cutest and most immaculate waxer on the face of this planet. But that's another story. As I was leaving his "office", I found myself head on with a wall of body brushes. I wasn't sure why there were so many, and with different handle lengths. After a couple of minutes of thinking I could figure it out by myself, and then realizing I couldn't, I decided to ask him. Ah, but of course. They were for dry brushing! How did I miss this? I had read about this technique a few times, but wasn't sure what sort of brush it entailed. Well, not only is it great for cellulite and digestion (sign me UP!), but also for a whole slew of other problems, such as circulation, dead skin, and so on. The best way to go about it, is to dry brush before a shower, so you can rinse off all of the dead skin and toxins that surface. It helps with breakouts and dry skin, and can assist with a cold as well! I've already experienced the results in ways that range from my circulation (which is poor), to the elimination of a small breakout. If you haven't gotten hip to it, then go to your local natural food store and purchase a long handed soft, natural fiber brush. Then go to town with the brushing, and watch the miracles happen!

At Long Last!

I've been looking for a mayjah, and just cute enough compact that will fit in my purse for a few months now. Everytime I hit the counters in search of one, I end up with a bag full of products, and nothing in the way of a mirror. I think though, that I've finally hit the jackpot. Cargo has come out with an eyeshadow palette that not only packs a punch of great color (with an awesome name!), but can be used as a double-up mirror. If there isn't one in there, I'm gonna have it made custom. The outside has a really modernesque watercolor type painting, of a girl with a flower in her ear, while the inside stores four blocks of the most beautiful tropical eye shadow pigments. Tahiti is my favorite palette, as it works to combine oceanic colors (which will have the most staying power atop a primer or paint).

I Don't Mean Hello...

Short break, short break. It's been busy, but that's just part of life. In my time away I've been able to take a short trip to Hawai'i and have stumbled upon a few really cute, island-inspired finds. I will begin with this one.

Of course the new O'ahu Nordstrom is open and crazy with customers, so I, the craziest customer of them all, had to run straight to the cosmetics section. I needed to pick up all of the things I'd been craving via internet. First, I got my Saffron James scent like I had wanted. Then, I knew that I had to move onto some of the things that were going to be exclusive to just that store. What I found was a wonderful little collection of body treats that would do everything minus scrub your own body down for you. 'Ola Hawai'i is a line of what can quite possibly be the lushest, fruitiest, island-inspired bath products I've smelled in some time. I couldn't help but scoop up the Vanilla Ginger Creme Lotion, and the Coconut Lemongrass Body Mist. Both consist of an amazing mix of mango extract, noni, aloe vera, olena and mamaki. They smell like heaven, and they feel like silk. Of course I gave myself ample beach time, which meant that I had to have the Tropical Smoothie Cane Sugar Scrub to rid me of the inevitable dead skin from the salt water and sand. You can order all of 'Ola's products online, so hop to it and get on the boat!
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