Monday, October 27, 2008

Just For Men.


Didn't that commercial used to get on your nerves? I mean Just For Men...we get it. But anyway, this is not IT.

I was shopping this week with some good guy friends who were in search of the tools of the trade that would specifically help their tricky skin issues. Polynesian guys, African American guys, yellow guys, purple guys...shoot, a lot of men in general...tend to have an issue that I like to refer to as "noses with large pores". Gross. But it doesn't have to be. What happens, is if you have a tendency to sweat a lot, and scrub down just a little, you're going to end up with a somewhat bumpy, clogged up, and totally frustrating schnoz.

What this led to, was one of the guys grabbing a whole array of products--all of which he claims have completely changed his view of men's skincare. This anonymous male had previously been using whatever he could find in his shower to fix what was becoming dry, flaky, and annoying skin. I took him straight to Nordstrom, and we picked up the Anthony Logistics For Men Facial Scrub ($20). This was to be used twice weekly, as a means of sloughing off the dead skin (not just on his nose, but all throughout his face and neck). We then departed for Sephora, where we were going to pick up a tool that is most excellent for guys facing this problem: The Blemish Extractor ($16). I can't sing the praises for this tool loudly enough. After a warm shower, all one needs to do, is press and pull this against every part of the nose (especially in the corners), and you'll be amazed and equally disgusted at what it extracts. If you are a girl who is just very close friends with a man who owns one of these, you too can use it for random breakouts or blemishes. I recommend using it at night, as sometimes it can be easy to press to a little too firmly, and you end up with impression marks (that always disappear by morning). This is when my anonymous pal told me that he was only using soap and water. Really though? I thought that was a myth that guys still do that! So we then picked out some more Anthony products--their Glycolic Facial Cleanser ($20), and Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 ($31). I've tried and tested all of these things on the dear other half over the years, so I know they're worth their weight.

The best thing is, now that Mr. Anonymous has invested his own hard-earned money into these products, he feels obligated to use them. Which he has. Which he has been grateful for, because his skin is looking stunning. Right on dude!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Let's Talk About Sets, Baby!


I was stunned and amazed when I flipped open White: Hawaii's Wedding Directory, to find a line of cosmetics that I had *gasp* never heard of before. Not only that, but the line is created in Hawai'i, and is geared specifically towards brides (as the creator is herself, a makeup artist to many brides). As many of you know, all things on this planet have for me began rotating around the word wedding. This is why this line is part genius, and just part gorgeous. Maleana offers so many palette options, and I sure do love a pretty package. From the 24 karat gold infused powders and shadows, to the eyebrow kit that includes not one, not two, but twelve shades to shape your brows with! I thought I had died and gone to a sort of makeup sub-heaven. The safari bronzer has a look that you'll flip for (and if you're like me, will hardly want to brush away!), but the kit that just can't be topped, is the Fall 2008 Palette that becomes available this month. If you are approved for the Pro Membership, you may even be eligible for 40% off the regular price! Maleana is leading the pack in bridal based cosmetic lines--and I am so proud that it comes straight from the islands!

Be warned--the website is under some sort of construction, and it makes the most sense to just email your order to the company directly.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"People say I'm extravagant because I want to be surrounded by beauty. But tell me, who wants to be surrounded by garbage?" -Imelda Marcos

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Flat Truth.


I just realized that I haven't laid one of my best summer finds on you girls. Have you EVER (and you'd better not play now...I know we all get our fair share of this, except for a lucky few) had just a little bit of trouble finding a hair iron that would smooth but not fry your tresses? Maybe the problem is that your flat iron doesn't do a darn thing when it gets to your roots--it may be so thick that it can't quite get a grip, or so weak that it barely touches the tip of the flattening iceburg? Well do I have a treat in store for you! Now presenting Paul Mitchell's Pro Tools Express IonStyle 1.0. I'm telling you, this baby is worth every last cent. I have been through it all: the disastrous mornings of running late to appointments because I knew I had 20 more minutes of ironing to go, and the failed nights when I expected a sweated out baby hair to sprout at every raise of my glass. I confess to you my sisters, that I worry no more. The ceramic plates on this gadget are lined with a special blend of silicone, which ensures that my hair stays shiny, frizzless, and my nightmarish hair stays a fading memory of the past. Just tonight, while getting ready for an event, I realized that not only did I have to color, wash, and dry--I would also have to tame the beast. I was up and out in 20. I kid you not. I didn't even use product! It may not be the cheapest product I've pushed--but you will thank me again and again for this life-changing investment.
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