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August 31, 2009

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TEMPTU RETOUCH Powder Review & Photos

August 31, 2009
TEMPTU RETOUCH Powder Soft Focus Finish ($43)
TEMPTU RETOUCH Powder is a lightweight, mineral-based formula that banishes shine and provides natural-looking, satin-soft skin. This powder’s silky texture blends easily onto the skin and is ideal for finishing any makeup application. The built-in brush applicator holds just enough loose powder in its handle for perfect touch-up application.

I’m pretty fickle when it comes to my beauty products, and things are constantly moving in and out of my makeup rotation, but one constant for the past few weeks has been TEMPTU’s RETOUCH powder. It’s ideal for on-the-go touch ups thanks to its handy dandy brush form and I love the mattified, satiny soft-focus finish the RETOUCH powder gives my complexion.

TEMPTU RETOUCH Powder wasn’t actually love at first use for me, mainly because the applicator brush itself, while mighty convenient, is definitely not the softest and tends to feel a little rough and scratchy. Luckily, the powder has so many other redeeming qualities that I can overlook this one flaw.

First of all the RETOUCH Powder and the TEMPTU foundation are a match made in heaven. The Translucent shade coordinates beautifully with my foundation and I love that after retouching with the powder, I don’t look like I’m wearing any powder at all, but rather I just seem to have beautifully matte, even skin with a soft focus glow that seems to de-emphasize my pores.

Of course another thing that the RETOUCH powder has going for it is the portability factor. The fact that this is a powder and brush in one makes this very very easy to just pop in your purse, and I literally haven’t gone a day without mine since opening it. I’ve tried other powders built into brushes in the past, and I’ve always been dissatisfied with the dispensing mechanism as they always seemed to release these messy clouds of product. One click of the TEMPTU releases the perfect amount of powder to touch up your entire face. I didn’t believe this at first as I could never see the powder coming out of the brush, but the results more than spoke for themselves.

All in all I love my RETOUCH powder and plan to repurchase when I run out, although the price is a little steep!

ABS Wants: Clarisonic Mia® Limited Edition Skin Cleansing System

August 31, 2009
Clarisonic Mia® Limited Edition Skin Cleansing System ($149)
From the creators of the Sonicare® toothbrush comes the Clarisonic® Mia Limited Edition Skin Cleansing System, featuring the handy to-go sized version of the original, groundbreaking Clarisonic Brush. Sonic technology first changed the way we clean our teeth, now it’s changing how we cleanse our skin. The sonic frequency moves Clarisonic’s soft, gentle brush back and forth at more than 300 times per second, thoroughly clearing pores and skin surface.

This set contains: Clarisonic Mia Handle; Compact international pLink™ charger; Sensitive Brush Head; Normal Brush Head; 1.0 oz Gentle Hydro Cleanser; White mesh travel bag

While I love my Clarisonic, I’ve always wished that it was just a little bit more portable. The brush head itself is pretty decent travel with and it does hold a charge for a good amount of time, but for long trips I’ve found myself needing the charging base and that’s just more cumbersome than I’d like. Which is why I’m so excited to see that Clarisonic has decided to bring us this travel-sized Clarisonic (which is available in pink, yay! and white for those of you who aren’t into pink).

Another thing I’m liking about this is that if you don’t already own a Clarisonic, this may be a more affordable alternative – I don’t know about you, but $50 seems like a pretty decent price differential to me! All in all I’m pretty tempted to give it a shot, although I don’t see this fitting into my budget anytime soon. What do you think? Do you plan to give the Clarisonic Mia a shot?

Introducing Sensai The Lipstick!

August 28, 2009


One of my favorite brands, Kanebo Sensai, has completely re-engineered, re-formulated and re-packaged (oh have they repackaged – the new tubes are just so elegant and gorgeous!) their lipstick line called THE LIPSTICK to represent an elegant fusion of advanced anti-aging skin science with timeless shades. The beautifully distinctive hues are disperted with golden silk powder and particles of Japan’s most precious silk, Koishimaru Silk, which encapsulate pure gold particles that have been microscopically injected into the silk.


Sensai’s THE LIPSTICK claims to provide immediate and long-term anti-aging benefits with the ability to increase moisture content in lips by 172% after two weeks of regular use and accelerate microcirculation by 120% in 10 minutes among other benefits.


Sensai’s previous lipstick release have quickly risen to be amongst the most prized in my collection (the Lasting Treatment Rouge in Hitoeume which I’ve reviewed HERE is easily my favorite, along with their Deep Moist Shine Rouge in Botan which I’ve reviewed HERE), and so I’m excited to get my hand on these new additions to the line!

Sensai’s THE LIPSTICK will be available in 15 luxurious shades ($55 each), each selected from over 200 core color used by the Japanese aristocracy in their silk kimonos during the Heian Period (794-1185). I plan to have reviews/swatches coming for you soon!

All 15 shades are available at Bergdorf Goodman and at bergdorfgoodman.com. For more info on Kanebo INTERNATIONAL, check out www.sensai-cosmetics.com.

Eye Cream Quest Part 7: Eve Lom Eye Serum Review

August 28, 2009
Eve Lom Serum Pour Les Yeux/Eye Serum ($60)

A lightweight eye serum to help soothe tired, puffy eyes, and to aid the hydration of the delicate eye area. Chamomile extract soothes the delicate skin around the eye area. Eyebright extract tones the skin and reduces dark circles. A must-have for long haul flights.

The Good: Eve Lom’s Eye Serum has a great lightweight gel formulation that dries quickly to a nice smooth finish. It contains malachite, a free radical scavenging mineral, and is pretty amazing for eradicating puffiness (whether it’s from a exhaustion or watching that tearjerker the night before). The squeeze tube makes it easy to dispense just the right amount and the rapid tightening effect is great.


The Bad: I’m still relatively young so my undereye area doesn’t get extremely dry, but I found that this wasn’t as moisturizing as I would have liked. I’d probably use it exactly as its name implies – as an eye serum, with some additional cream on top.


The Age Range: I’d recommend this for those in their earlies twenties to early thirties as a stand-alone eye cream if you’re relatively oily, and as an under eye cream serum for any age range.


The Verdict: This Eye Serum was the first Eve Lom product that I’ve tried, and while it was decent I wasn’t terribly impressed. The Caudalie eye cream I reviewed as Part 6 of this series is much more to my liking, and if you’re looking for a light gel eye cream, there’s a nice REN one I’ll be reviewing for you next that you might like better.

RATING: 3.5/5

Drugstore Discoveries: Dove Nutrium Moisture Body Wash Review

August 28, 2009


So according to Dove, regular body washes we use in the shower actually aggravate dry skin damage by damaging proteins and lipids in the skin’s outer layer (called the stratum corneum) during the cleansing process, which can lead to the loss of critical moisture, causing dryness, tightness and irritation/redness. Some existing body wash technologies focus on minimizing protein damage and alleviating visual symptoms of moisture loss by adding heavy moisturizing ingredients that sit on top of skin which help mask dry skin damage, but fail to address the deeper problem of lipid damage.


Dove’s new body wash contains NutriumMoisture™ technology which penetrates skin ten layers deep, preserving both proteins and lipids during cleansing. Unlike moisturizers in other body washes, Dove Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™ penetrates the surface of skin deep down to replenish and nourish the complexion.


I’ve tried all of the items from the Nutrium Moisture line (Sensitive Skin, , Gentle Exfoliating Deep Moisture) and I do love them. I suffer from dry flaky skin on my body that can little a little gross if I forego moisturizing for too long (which I often do as I hate moisturizing my body), but these fabulously affordable Dove body washes seem to obviate the need for that extra step. Post-shower my skin feels silky smooth and soft and unlike with other body washes, that comfortable hydrated feeling lasts all day. I can’t wait to share these with my mother as I know she’ll be a fan as well!

Check uot more information on Dove’s Nutrium Moisture Body Wash HERE or pop by your local drugstore to pick up a bottle for yourself!

Guerlain Parure Gold for Fall 2009

August 27, 2009


This fall Guerlain is expanding it’s much-loved (at least by yours truly) Parure line of cosmetics to encompass a new level of luxury – Parure Gold. I first fell in love with Parure Extreme (review HERE), then Parure Pearly White (review HERE), and now Guerlain has to go and tempt me with the most expensive Parure line to date!


Parure Gold Fluid ($78) contains an exclusive double-sided Gold Radiance Pigment that targets imperfections and dull zones while reflecting light. Regenerative Myrrh Oil and lifting and smoothing peptides provide long-term skin benefits including a diminished fine lines and smoother, softer skin. Luxurious golden flecks in Parure Gold Fluid envelope your skin in light and radiance.

Thankfully this doesn’t seem to be targeted for my age range and so I’m having a relatively easy time resisting temptation, but I am very tempted to purchsae this as a gift for my mother. Sadly Guerlain has not elected to expand its shade range with the release of this new foundation, so we’re stuck with a grand total of six shades.


Rejuvenating Golden Light Foundation ($78) packs all of Parure Gold’s wonderful properties into a creamy, soft texture that glides over skin and dries to a satiny finish.


And last but not least we have the Rejuvenating Illuminator ($48), essentially a YSL Touche Eclat clone with the addition of many great anti-aging ingredients to treat while concealing.

Guerlain is also re-promoting their L’or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold Makeup Base (essentially a clear primer with flecks of gold suspended throughout) which runs $68 with this line.

Do you think you’ll be indulging in some gold come fall?
(everything’s actually currently available on the Saks/Neiman Marcus sites if you’re eager to get your shop on!)

Guinot Crème Red Logic – My Miracle Product?

August 27, 2009


So a few weeks ago I arrived home to find a mysterious little envelope awaiting me on my kitchen counter. In it I found a little clear sample pot cradling a dab of what looked to be mint green putty. Ever curious, I dug through the remnants of the now torn envelope and found a slip of paper which disclosed that the mysterious green substance (which my mother swore was some type of dangerous substance LOL) Guinot’s new Crème Red Logic, meant to reduce the appearance of redness ad irritation on the skin.


I’m always highly skeptical when it comes to brands that I’ve never heard of. Nevertheless I gave this a shot as I’m always looking for that miracle product that will cure the redness on my skin, and honestly I’m in awe. I used waaaay too much of the cream that first night and basically looked like a shiny ball of wax, but awoke the next morning to find a noticeable reduction in redness. For the next few nights I used this exclusively on my cheeks (I’ve been told I have minor rosacea) and even the SO noticed a difference – my redness was reduced to the point that I no longer had to pile on the foundation. I stopped using Crème Red Logic once my sample ran out and the redness slowly began to return, but for those few days I was seriously in heaven.

Two of the primary reasons people experience facial redness are (1) a thin and delicate epidermis, and (2) sensitized blood capillaries. When I get flushed/flustered/warm, my face turns an unpleasant shade of tomato red and gets very very hot, so anything that helps even a little is much appreciated. Crème Red Logic contains aloe vera to moisturize, calendula to soothe and comfort, a Guinot complex called Veinoderm to promote microcirculation and Arnica Extract to reduce redness.

The green tint of the cream does contribute a little to the redness reduction factor, but honestly to me this product is simply the stuff of my dreams as I noticed a dramatic reduction in redness even after I’ve washed the cream off, and although it’s a little thick/oily for my liking, I couldn’t care less given the results I was able to achieve with it.

Guinot’s Crème Red Logic launched this month in spas/salons nationwide (you can check out www.guinotusa.com to find a location near you), and at $40 a tube I definitely plan to pick one up for myself!

Zoya Professional Nail Lacquer in Barbie Review & Photos

August 27, 2009
Zoya Professional Lacquer in Barbie ($6)

Zoya Barbie is a true Barbie/bubblegum pink that’s relatively sheer upon initial application but is buildable to an opaque finish. It’s a little too Pepto Bismol pink for me to love it the way I wanted to on my fingers, but I do think that it would make a fabulous fun pedicure shade.


You may not have noticed as it’s very subtle, but Barbie actually has some fuchsia shimmer to it. Your best chance of seeing it is in the photo above – check out the bit of bottle right next to my middle finger. Honestly in person the only time that I’ve caught a glimpse of this shimmer has been under my office bathroom’s fluorescent lighting.


Barbie is a really pretty pink, but unlike Zara and Malia it just doesn’t pull at my heartstrings. I am thinking of dong a cute contrasting manicure with a brighter hot pink over it to jazz it up a bit. What do you think?

MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Mini Haul w/ Reviews & Swatches!

August 26, 2009


I’ve been attempting to stay as far away from MAC as I can get, as every time I step foot in a MAC store I seem to walk away with a bunch of things I hadn’t intended to buy, but last night I decided to indulge in a little MAC-therapy, mostly because I really wanted to check out the MAC Make-Art Cosmetics As Seen By Maira Kalman collection. I really loved how whimsical and fun all her shades were!


I came home with Crest the Wave eyeshadow (a shimmery yellow the color of sunshine) and Colour Matter Technakohl liner (a bright lime shade that’s already sold out online and pretty much sold out in stores as well) from the As Seen by Maira Kalman line and a lipglass in Peresonal Taste (a dirty pinky rose with pink and gold shimmer – heavy on the shimmer) from the As Seen by Richard Phillips collection.

Review, swatches, and close-ups of everything below!


I’ve been looking for that perfect yellow for a long time, and hopefully I’ve found it in Crest the Wave. It has a beautiful satiny texture, nice pigmentation and shimmer, and really brightens my eye area.

Close-up of Crest the Wave in the pan (this one I definitely recommend clicking to enlarge – it’s beautiful up close!).


This is my first MAC Technakohl Liner and definitely my first lime green eyeliner. They didn’t even have the tester of this out anymore, but I decided to give it a shot since this was one of the last two Colour Matters my MAC store had and my SA promised I’d love it. I wasn’t fully expecting to like it, nor was I expecting it to be as wearable as it is. Who knew that lime green liner is actually pretty easy to pull off? It’s not fluorescent/super bright but rather gives the eyes a nice bright yet not too crazy pop of color. Love this for my waterline.

Close-up of Technakohl Liner in Colour Matters.


I had absolutely no intention of picking up anything else, but then I had a sudden urge to purchase a gloss, which is how this happened =X. Not that I’m complaining, since Personal Taste is different enough from the other glosses I own that I can justify the purchase. It’s a soft rose shade interspersed with copious shimmer that’s beautiful on its own for a soft shimmery lip (it’s a little paler than my natural lip color so tones everything down a bit) or over a pink lipstick for an extra burst of shimmer. Regardless of how you choose to use this shade, under the right lighting the multi-dimensional shimmer will really captivate you.

Swatches: Crest the Wave (top left), Colour Matters (top right), Personal Taste (bottom)

Have you picked up anything from the trio of MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics releases?