Benefit Georgia and Thrrrob Blush Swatches and Review

Monday, November 28, 2011

I confess, I do not own any Benefit blushes. Well, that is, until now.  I have seen the blushes so many times at Sephora but never quite made the commitment to take one home.  That all changed last Thursday when I hastily perused the Black Friday ads while waiting for my food to finish cooking itself. Ulta had a bright, beautiful photo of Georgia and Thrrrob blushes with a screaming caption of "$19 for 2 full-sized Benefit blushes". Now being the beauty-nista that I am, I simply could not walk away from such a great deal! Each of these blushes alone costs $28USD so getting 2 for less than the price of one was a no-brainer.

Solutions to Your Skin Dilemmas - Dr Wu

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ever wonder why you're still getting adult acne or why there are strange dry flakes behind your ears? Lucky for us, celebrity dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu has teamed up with Aveeno to answer some of our common skin dilemma questions. Normally I don't write interview posts, but reading through some of these questions made me realize how important it is to understand our skin better. I hope this will be helpful to all of you who suffer from acne, hyper-pigmentation, as well as other skin conditions that we'd all like to improve or eliminate.

                                                                   image via Fashion Trends Live

How much is too much in skincare? 
    Listen to your skin. If it gets red, itchy, flaky, and angry-looking, you may be over-using some product in your skincare routine.

I'd like to know what to do /how to handle "ear acne," i.e. comedones on cartilage of the ear; as well as dry skin on the back of ears.. basically ear skin care! 
     The first step is to be as thorough cleaning your ears as you do your face. The skin on your ears is thick and has a high concentration of oil glands, so it tends to get clogged and form blackheads. If you have lots of blackheads, you can swab the earlobes and outer ear canal with a cotton swab dipped in acne toner. Careful not to drip into your ear. Facialists or dermatologists can also do extractions if you have large, compacted blackheads that won’t go away.

      Flaky skin on the back of the ears is often a sign of seborrheic dermatitis (a type of dandruff). This is caused by overgrowth of yeast that feeds on your skin and oils. Washing with a dandruff shampoo daily and using an anti-yeast cream (like Lotritimin) for a week or two usually calms the problem. Taking a probiotic (or eating yogurt) daily has also been shown to help this condition. If the flakiness spreads, oozes, or gets crusty, it’s best to see a doctor to make sure it’s not a Staph bacteria infection.

Suggestions for adult acne.
    Adult woman with acne tend to have drier skin than teens with acne, so traditional acne medications are often too drying and irritating, and make the situation worse. Your best bet is to use a gentle foaming cleanser to remove makeup & surface oils, followed by a sulfur-based mask or treatment product. Sulfur is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, without being as drying as benzoyl peroxide. Since adult acne is often hormonal, it’s also a good idea to watch what you eat, especially when you’re PMS’ing: try to avoid dairy, refined carbs (bread, rice, potatoes, pasta) and sugar, which can trigger your hormones and make you break out. And, if you have irregular periods and facial hair growth along with your adult acne, be sure to see your doctor, since these can be a sign of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Beauty Bloggers for Charity - Beautiful Inside and Out

Monday, November 21, 2011

As you might have remembered, last year's Beauty Bloggers for Charity was a wildly successful event led by the amazing Karla from KarlaSugar.  This year, the event is back with a stunning collection of beauty products. For the second year in a row, beauty bloggers and brands have joined forces for an online auction benefiting Doctors Without Borders. 

Over 60 participants have donated a treasure of the best beauty items this year. There are countless amazing products from this year's holiday collections and limited edition cult favorites. When the auction ends, winning bidders will make their donations directly to Doctors Without Borders. Please be assured this will all go through the site’s secure giving page (

The auction will be live Monday, November 28th through Monday, December 12th. Most of the items are now available for viewing online.  All you have to do is register on the site with your first and last name, and an email address so we can contact the winning bidders.

Dior Silver Lake Swatches and Review

Friday, November 18, 2011

In celebration of Allure's 20th Anniversary, Dior released a limited edition nail varnish, Silver Lake.  This can be purchased exclusively on Dior's website for $22USD. At first I was really hesitant to pick up another silver nail polish because I already have Chanel Graphite and LMdB Tarnished Silver.  However, I am quite glad that I had taken the plunge with this purchase.

HG Series - Liquid Lipsticks: Chanel Rouge Allure Laque Swatches and Review

Monday, November 14, 2011

As a beauty blogger, I am always photographing, swatching, and oogling over the latest and greatest beauty products.  Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter, Holiday, and everything in between, there is always a new collection to capture this fleeting heart.  Once in a while, it is nice to step back and appreciate the tried and true products that have always been a staple in my drawer. In the next couple of months, I will be featuring my HG products in various categories.  First up are Chanel Rouge Allure Laques, my holy grail liquid lipsticks. These retail for $32USD and can be purchased on Chanel's website, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, or Neiman Marcus.

There are a total of 9 shades currently available at various counters.  I have 7 out of the 9 colors but will definitely pick up the last two very soon.  I am incredibly disappointed that Chanel is discontinuing a majority of these shades. Right now the website lists them as "limited edition" but Coromandel and Imperial, the shades that I don't have, are already gone.

Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous Face Illuminator Swatches and Review

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Laura Mercier's Rose Rendezvous Face Illuminator retails for $42USD and is the newest star from the Moonlight Collection.  The design is absolutely stunning! You can purchase this at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, or on the Laura Mercier website.

Le Metier de Beaute Holiday 2011 Nail Kit - Merry Metallics Swatches and Review

Friday, November 4, 2011

If you're looking for a stocking stuffer this holiday season, Ken Downing's Holiday Nail Collection for Le Metier de Beaute is guaranteed to be a hit with beauty lovers. I have been falling head over heels with LMdB's nail polishes this year.  Merry Metallics is a great set of 4 gorgeous varnishes and a silver leaf ornament. It retails for $32USD. You can purchase it exclusively at Nieman Marcus counters or online.

Dior Summer In Dior Face, Eyes & Lips Palette Swatches and Review

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My first bronzing powder from Dior is Aurora (reviewed here), a wildly popular item that was released this summer. I really love the texture of the powder and was super excited to spot the Summer In Dior Palette at the DFS.

I love the additional Dior charm as well as the soft texture of the leather case.  I feel as though I own a miniature version of the Lady Dior bag!