Monday, December 28, 2009

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Well, the holidays have come in like a storm and we have been running around visiting family and such for the last week. Not much time to trial run products and blog about them has been available. I did get an amazing new photo printer from my husband, so my computing time has been devoted to getting that dialed in and running.

I have a few products that I'm playing with now, along with a drugstore mascara review all lined up for the new year.

So I hope your holidays were merry and you can ring in the New Year (and new decade) with style - whatever style you choose. We will be at the 9pm fireworks display in downtown Denver, as it's my favorite way to bring in the New Year - low key yet festive.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Last Minute Gifts

I had this crazy idea I would have time to do everything this holiday season. Hah! Blogging got cut out as things started to pile up - wrapping, shopping, shipping, cards and 4 different holiday gatherings between the hubby's work and mine.

So in an effort to continue to blog about something - I will blog about some other blogs who have great last minute gift ideas:

Musings of a Muse - this is a great list of last minute stuff, much of which I would recommend myself.
Product Girl - recommends some amazing handcreams from L'Occitane, I keep these in my purse as well. Perfect stocking stuffers for almost any female on your list.
Jet Set Girls - another amazing Sephora sampler kit is recommended for the lip product fan on your list.

And a few more ideas of my own:
Bath & Body Works - teenage girls on your list? Picky ones? I haven't met a teenager that doesn't love this store. Gift cards and gift sets from here are a no brainer for both the teenager and the adult female. I highly recommend the Temptations collection Licorice or Peppermint flavors.
Sephora - this is a gender neutral gift card, though most men would disagree until they see the selection of mens fragrance available. But for a great male gift, I think this fragrance sampler is pretty nifty (7 scents for the price of 1) and makes travel easy. Sephora also has sampler kits for almost everything and everyone. Check out their gift lists for ideas.
Bare Escentuals - Gift list for any Bare Escentuals fan on your list, I love the new silver tote. Be warned, their shipping isn't the best, so if you need it before Christmas be prepared to pay for it.

I hope that helps with any last minute emergency gifts on your list. Both online shoppers and you brave last minute mall shoppers, I wish you luck and Happy Holidays.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Benefit Fragrances

Benefit, known for its fun and functional products, has a fairly new line of fragrances this fall / winter. I sampled them all in the store a few weeks ago just for fun. I also think fragrance is a really personal thing, a scent that is great for one person just doesn't do the same things for another. That being said, I thought I would talk about these because they come in great fragrance / lotion gift sets.

I am no fragrance expert. I can't tell a "note" of a perfume other than to say if I liked it or not. So I lump fragrance into a couple of buckets:
- Fresh / clean - for things like CK One
- Fruity
- Floral
- Overpowering

Laugh with me LeeLee is fresh and fun, I thought it would be a great everyday scent for me. I like things that fall into the fresh and fruity buckets, and only rarely like floral scents (I love LancĂ´me’s Miracle so Magic which is a floral, but of a lighter variety than most floral scents). This was in the fresh and light floral buckets, so it works for me. Benefit describes it as "woody floral - a light blend of citrus, jasmine and lily blossoms". And while I can't tell jasmine or lily unless I'm sniffing the actual flower - it's definitely woody and floral.


Something about Sofia was more fruity and flowery for me. Love it though, since it's still in the light category. Benefit describes it as "oriental floral - a dream of oriental blossoms, mango & vanilla". I definitely got the fruity feel from this, but it's soft not like the fruity scent of the original Liz Claiborne (which by the way, was my "go to" fragrance in high school. I think I went through 2 bottles of it during that time). I thought this was a wonderful party scent and would make a great gift for any girl on your shopping list.


My place or yours Gina just didn't do anything for me. It's very strong and smells so much like Poison that I had high school flashbacks. No idea why I ever bought Poison and had to force myself to wear it, must have been the "cool" scent that year. Yuck, and this one was another stinky scent that is just overpowering. Benefit describes it as "woody oriental - an alluring affair of pink pepper, wild raspberry and patchouli." and I think it's the patchouli that I don't like. If you like these types of scents, it would be great for you.


Available at various retailers:


Disclosure: I belong to Benefit’s affiliate program.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Bare Escentuals on QVC

In case you haven't figured it out yet, I am a complete Bare Escentuals fan. Yes, I don't love all their products and yes, I like goodies from several other companies. But I am always a sucker for their kits and Buxoms and anything new they come up with.

So as a tip to those who are unashamed of ordering from QVC, Bare Escentuals will be on this week Thursday 12/10 and Friday 12/11 with some of their new kits and a new travel bag (which I think I love).

I'm going to link you to Mineral Madness, who always has the scoop on the BE products. The link has the TV schedule and the products up for grabs. At least one of these kits will have a great QVC price, so it always makes it worthwhile to check it out.

My take on these, some cute kits that have been part of the new fall / winter collection. If you're looking for gifts for someone like me - Candy Cocktails and Face Fashion: Classic Glam are a good price, and really nice kits. If you are looking to supplement your brush collection (these are great for travel) I'd look at the Holiday Mini Brush Collection.

I realize this is a bit of a plug for QVC, and I don't work for them or get paid by them in any way. I just thought I would share a little insider info with my readers so you can plan ahead. You can also check out Bare Escentuals.com for current info on these kits and many other fall / winter products. 

Friday, December 4, 2009

The World Cup

I realize this is completely off topic of a beauty blog. However, it's very relevant for today. I am a huge soccer fan. I have played since I was 10 years old, coached for 10 years, and have been to more games than I can count. The US National team is a particular favorite of mine, both men and women's. I've been to the Olympics, countless qualifying games, the Women's World Cup twice and to Germany in 2006 for the Men's World Cup (or as the German's say "der Weltmeister" - I think it's der anyway...). I am passionate about the game and our teams.

Today was the World Cup 2010 draw in South Africa, and after a very tense and hotly contested qualifying race I was hoping the US would have a less frightening group than 2006. In some respects we got lucky and in some, we are going to have a very hard fight.


(my friend Brian and I at the pregame "warmup")
England set all kinds of records in qualifying and the US will play them our very first game. Can you say frightening? At least for the casual fan, many of our players play in the English Premier League, including our incredible goalie. (I have serious goalie love for Tim Howard). We shouldn't be intimidated by them, but Wayne Rooney is a shifty guy and if they decide Beckham is going to be on the team - expect many a perfect pass to him right over our defense.

The other 2 teams in our group, Algeria and Slovenia, are complete unknowns to me. I know that Algeria had a very tough qualifying game in hostile territory to get into the tournament. Slovenia is rumored to have a very stingy defense, as I read they allowed the fewest goals in qualifying. So both could be tough opponents.


The US has problems of it's own. One of our very best and most experience defenders jacked up his knee in qualifying and it's unknown whether he will be ready. This rings of the injury to Chris Armas before the 2002 Cup. So one of 3 things will happen, our defense will be like a sieve, Gooch (Oguchi Onyewu) comes back or we will find a miraculous young talent to fill his place. Bob hasn't found him yet - so keep looking (the most promising guy I can think of is unfortunately I think a foreigner).  The other weakness I see is that Charlie Davies, who really is a young talent, was in a terrible car crash right before the final qualifying match. He is not likely to be recovered in time either. We do have some talent in the forward line, but they need some lessons from Brian McBride on how to dominate the space they are running.  I will for now, leave our hapless midfield alone - there is so much room to improve there, I don't know where to begin. All I can say is that I hope the players are shaken out of their comas and are inspired by the task ahead.

So I apologize for the off topic narrative today, but I am very excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for the US team and for the World Cup in general. I would LOVE to see the USA vs. England game live as I think it will be an incredible atmosphere. Both teams have passionate fans (some of whom I know from Fire games and Germany - here's to you Koz(pictured with drum)) and I think have a love / hate relationship with each other. After my experience in Germany in 2006, I think I know just how exhilarating that game will be.

Good luck men, and here's to the intense training required in the months ahead.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bobbi Brown long wear Gel Eyeliner

If you read my review of the Bobbi Brown Goldstone eye palette, you will remember that it contained the long wear gel eyeliner and mentioned that I love this stuff. I thought I should let you know how much I love the eyeliners by giving them their own separate review.


This eyeliner is absolutely waterproof and smudge proof. Once you get the hang of application, it just glides on the eyelid. It comes in 16 colors both with and without shimmer (though, the shimmer is very subtle). I am not one for super dark liner with the whole fair skinned / blue eyed thing I have going on, and Bobbi has several shades that work for me. I originally purchased the Graphite Shimmer Ink with the eyeliner brush, as it's more of a gray and I love gray eyeliner (always have). You can make the line thick or thin, but either way this stuff is fabulous. I also think I mentioned before the trick with lining the lower lashes. Fill the brush for the whole eye (you work it in the brush in the lid and scrape the excess) and line the top lashes first. Then WITHOUT refilling, lightly dot the lash line on the lower lid. Much less dramatic, but still enough definition to make the lashes stand out.


There are several other amazing colors - but my favorite is the Black Mauve Shimmer Ink, just looks great with my blue eyes. She has so many different colors, some more intense than others, but all of them are completely smudge free and waterproof. I swim with this stuff on occasionally, and it doesn't budge. Her newest color the Forest Shimmer looks amazing on both Hazel and Brown eyes, so if you want something a little different than black or brown - take a look. Head to a department store like Nordstrom for a demo of the product if you need application advice (I sure did!).

Bobbi Brown can be found at her website, and in department stores:
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