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Pink is Perfect
Eminence has launched their new line of Citrus Facial Products. The line includes: Citrus Exfoliating Wash, Lime Refresh Tonique, Pink Grapefruit Clarifying Masque, Pink Grapefruit Vitality Masque (tomorrow night's adventure), Pink Grapefruit C Gel, and Mandarin Grapefruit Body Butter. The Pink Grapefruit Clarifying Masque is perfect. It feels like a rich creamy milk bath filled with large chunks of grapefruit. A surprising combination of powerful astringent and milky comfort. It oozes a muted tanginess that I am certain is good for my skin.In fact Eminence tells me so: Benefits: • Removes impurities from the skin • Helps heal and prevent blemishes • Balances excess sebum production • Infuses high levels of antioxidant vitamin-C and bioflavonoids
April 6, 2008
Eminence Organic's Mandarin Grapefruit Body Butter from BeautyGoneGreen.com
When BeautyGoneGreen.com supplied me with Eminence's Mandarin Grapefruit Body Butter I was thankful but couldn't imagine the serendipitous gift it would provide later that day. Tonight, I got out of the shower after a long nap, which followed a long week, and a longer, loosing battle with a stomach illness, I was in dire need of some levity in my life. I applied it generously to my thighs and calves and was instantly transported to a sweeter, tropical world. If you ever wonder what it would have felt like to be an Egyptian Pharaoh bathed only in natural products derived from the land's finest fruits and vegetables, simply buy a few Eminence products from Beauty Gone Green, wait for them to arrive in your mailbox and be thankful you get the best of both worlds: richly nourishing concoctions derived from the earth for the benefit of your skin and indoor plumbing. Really, we have it made. I felt as if I was absorbing all the health benefits of eating a grapefruit but applying said nutrients and vitamins directly to my thighs. The result is skin that feels thick healthy and nourished and smells like absolute heaven. Ingredients: • Grapefruit: rich in Vitamin C, antioxidant, uplifting, stimulates and tones skin • Mandarin: high in Vitamin C, stimulates circulation, helps clear skin impurities • Shea Butter: High in triglycerides and fatty acids, it is an excellent emollient for skin • Cocoa Butter: excellent emollient for skin, relieves irritation, heals skin • Jojoba Oil: nourishing and hydrating with one of the best absorption rates • Aloe Extract: healer, moisturizer, calms irritated skin, alleviates the effects of UV radiation
March 29, 2008
A few weeks ago I began using Yonka's Creme 11 after obtaining it from my favorite skincare guilty pleasure website, Beauty Gone Green. Now I can't live with out it. I have used every moisturizer from Clarins to Origins but nothing has changed my skin like this moisturizer. If your skin is prone to redness or sensitive in anyway this is the product that will transform it into glowing, moist, healthy skin. I just ran out of my starter supply two days ago and I can already tell my skin is thirsty, dry, and demanding that I incorporate this product into my daily routine. Most Yonka products produce an affect such that even a woman who has used only dial soap and no moisturizer her entire life can suddenly have skin reminiscent of wealthy French women who are born knowing coveted skincare secrets and who look no older than 30 on their 50th birthdays. Creme 11 counts an anti-depressant, St John's Wort, as an ingredient so it's no surprise that my face jumps for joy with every application. Other interesting ingredients include: Matricaria Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Yarrow Extract, Horse Chestnut Extract, Whick Hazel Extract, Horsetail Extract, Saint Johns Wart Extract, Balm Mint Leaf Extract, Gentian Extract, Sage Leaf Extract, Marshmallow Root Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Soybean Oil.
March 23, 2008
La Fashion Week's must-have skin care product: Yonka Lait Nettoyant
LA Fashion week is bee hive of brilliant artists. Makeup artists, stylists, designers, set designers, musicians, writers. The pace is fast and the opportunities for creative inspiration are endless. This can leave a girl's skin somewhat exhausted. Not to mention that this week's events are at smashbox studios which means there is also a lot of makeup around. YonKa's Lait Nettoyant seems made for an event like this. It is a perhaps less important but still brilliant act of providence that I happened to obtain this product from Beauty Gone Green just before my departure. According to Beautygonegreen.com "Lait Nettoyant is a thorough and gentle cleansing agent that revives the skin's protective lipids, leaving the complexion feeling soft and alive. The skin is sumptuously cleansed with a luxurious sensation of comfort. The complexion is smooth and hydrated with a satiny finish to the touch." It also removes layers upon layers of makeup in the blink of an overly made up eye. My face appears nourished and luminous even if I am a little overwhelmed.
March 9, 2008
YonKa: Dewy Perfection
I recently discovered the YonKa product line at BeautyGoneGreen.com. It is "created, manufactured, and tested by the Laboratories MULTALER, a French family owned company." Upon trying this cleansing Gel and Makeup Remover I was astounded that no one had come up with this brilliant formula earlier simply because its effects are desired by every woman over 25. The foamy lather almost instantly removes my minerals, mascara, and brow powder while also leaving my skin looking dewy, soft and moist. It can also be used in correcting faulty makeup application by simply dipping a cotton swab into the gel and swiftly removing any mis-drawn eye makeup. One of the great mysteries of the world is how exactly French women obtain the most youthful radiant natural looking skin. I am fairly certain they start with this product.
March 2, 2008
I got a free sample of this from www.beautygonegreen.com and now I want so much more! The smell is intoxicating. The gentle organic bubbles are more than refreshing. My normal face wash, which I have been more than happy with for two years, is now like a boyfriend who has suddenly lost his luster. If you can imagine a face wash that left your face feeling as refreshed as a mouth stuffed with altoids, this is it. It leaves my skin feeling as soft as a stone smoothed over by the ocean's relentless cleansing. In fact the whole experience of using this is like a brief but intense 30 second visit to the beaches of the outerbanks, all within the confines of the my own little day spa, otherwise known as my bathroom.
February 22, 2008
I finally want to "draw inside the lines"
When I was little I spent a lot of time walking on boat docks. My older sister always told me to walk on the line of nails going down the center so I wouldn't fall into the murky waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Every time she said it I immediately wanted to jump off the dock just to defy her. I am all grown up now and since purchasing Anastasia's 5-piece Basic Brows kit I want to do nothing but follow the lines. Everyone woman should be given these stencils the first time they pluck their eyebrows or have them waxed. Anastasia went to the trouble of getting a degree from a highly respected European architecture school and designing these with the same precision that the Mayan designed the pyramids. She has done all the work for us all we have to do is use each of these well-made tools and color inside the lines. The pink case with satin lining is as luxurious as a Parisian society woman's bathroom. The silver zippers that fasten it closed are weighty and of a certain quality that I have not seen used on beauty products since I was a child. If you are a woman and you do anything to your eyebrows for beauty purposes please employ this kit!
February 22, 2008
Schick Intuition: A smorgasboard of women delight in this comon insturment
At the age of 23 my intuition, nudged by kismet, led me to move to North Carolina. I was considering leaving behind my nascent but promising professional career, and in an instant an episode of Dawson’s creek and a James Taylor song came together and I just knew: North Carolina (which up until that point had only been my vacation state) was to become my home state. Following my intuition turned out to be the best decision I have ever made. A few months later (while digging myself out the hole of my quarter-life crisis) I found myself working with Nancy, an adorable hippy child who surprisingly enough introduced to one of my favorite beauty secrets – Intuition the non-disposable razor. Nancy was the kind of fun loving hippie girl with long blond curly hair who often picked up and moved to the islands, or Florida, and who often spent four day weekends following various grateful dead mutations around the country. I was complaining to Nancy one day how nothing compared to getting my legs waxed. I hadn’t shaved my legs since college started five years earlier because I was so dedicated to just having my long oddly shaped legs waxed. My parents believed in a good education and at the time I believed those expenses included bi-weekly trips to a fairly expensive day spa. I never had to shave. And I just couldn’t get into it even thought my budget now required me to learn to shave my legs. Nancy told me that all I’d ever need was the intuition razor. She said she couldn’t get through “shows” with out it. Her shows lasted three days, had no running water, and the tent community living quarters resembled African refugee camps. If she was getting smooth legs in the middle of all this I knew she had the beauty secret equivalent of Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. That was 4 years ago and I haven’t had stubbly legs since. In fact using intuition takes less than four minutes. No cuts - and with legs like mine that is miraculous. I think god was imagining curvy long country roads when he made my legs. In fact I often ponder the architectural stability of such curvy legs. Like the leaning tower of Pisa, they truly look as if they should have collapsed long ago. But this razor has lovely colored blue rubber grips and all of the moisturizer included. In four years I’ve had maybe 7 cuts. Hippie girls and professional girls alike can all get down with this razor. It’s better for the environment because you don’t throw away the whole thing (just replace the soap/razor cartridge) and it’s so much less expensive than waxing, at about $20 a month. Nancy still goes to shows. I have moved on but I think of her almost every night while shaving my legs and I’m so glad my intuition led me to her and to, well, Intuition.
February 11, 2008
I'll take the Angelina Jolie Lips, Hold the Muppet Mouth
I met someone. He does things to my body I never imagined possible. Ok ok, so it's not a man it's a beauty product but by all accounts, aren't beauty products sometimes more satisfying? The product is Poutrageous by Bliss. It's a lip plumper. I've dabbled in lip plumpers for several years, knowing that there is a distinct possibility that my upper lip will one day completely disappear. All of the women on my Italian side of the family turn into Muppets after the age of 40, or at least their upper lip disappears completely in a way that only a Muppet can relate to. See: no Muppet has an upper lip, just a dead flat end at the end of the skin their below their nose. It's called Muppet mouth and while it's cute and endearing on a Muppet, it is neither of those things on a 40 year old woman, or even in my case a 26 year old woman. But in all of my experimenting I have never found a lip plumper that worked. Until, last night when, once again, my theory was reaffirmed that most answers can be found at Bliss. I was browsing the Bliss section of Sephora at Southpoint mall last night after work and stumbled upon a pink box labeled Poutrageous, priced at $22. Having used Spiff Upper Lip (yes, my first tube is still going) I know that their product names are not exaggerations but rather accurate reflections of the often immediate results they summon from the targeted feature. I didn't even sample the product in store. Sure enough as soon as I tried the first application from my adorable new tube of product...instant tingles. In fact it was almost painful as if the product itself induced a mild bee sting and the subsequent swelling. And unlike some plumpers you can apply it as often as you like. Poutrageous goes on clear but causes reddening of the lips almost as immediately as it causes swelling. Now I don't know if using Poutrageous will prevent me from developing Muppet mouth but I do know that when I use it any inkling that I may have the Muppet mouth gene disappears. For $22 that's good enough for me.
November 29, 2007
The upper-lip cure all
Two years ago I thought I had faced everything womanhood could throw at me: random black hairs on my face, nostril hair, stretch marks, weight gain. First of all, Why did no one warn me? Second of all, aren't the aforementioned vanity-crushing manifestations of womanhood enough? But no, mother nature had other plans. The vanity killer of all vanity killers slowly but surely started to take shape on my face. The darkening of my upper lip. No it wasn't a mustache. It was just "hormonally induced hyper-pigmentation". I tried chemical peels, cover-up, and pretending to believe my girlfriends when they kindly lied and said "We really can't see anything." Liars. So for two years I toyed with the idea of skin bleaching, truly not knowing what else to do but grin (darkly) and bear it. Oh yes, and live in constant fear that some well-meaning man would kindly say "I think you have something smeared on you upper lip." I had no idea that the whole embarrassing situation could be cured in two weeks time. Bliss, in their infinite wisdom had the answer all along in the form of their product, Spiff Upper Lip. I ordered it online and within days an adorable Tiffany-blue sack arrived at my door, complete with free samples of "Love-Handler", "Lemon-sage body butter", and "Fat girl slim". It was better than Christmas - a tube of white cream that promised to remove my hormonally painted on mustache along with creams that promised to shrink my belly and love handles. The best part? With nightly application, my upper lip began to return to normal with in three days. Two-weeks later even my hawk eyes could no longer spot it in pictures. (I'm on the left) Now it's mostly gone - I certainly don't fear anyone pointing it out to me -although I can still see enough of it's remnants to remind me how grateful I am for Bliss and their products. I also have to mention, their design is impeccable. Instead of wasting product with finger application, Spiff Upper Lip is dispensed through a soft brush which tops off the little white tube. The product remains visible for about ten minutes and then stays on clear, working it's magic the whole night through. Also for those of you who have suffered a full on frontal assault by mother nature on your upper lip, this products magic comes in four parts, addressing "vertical lip lines, man-worthy moustache hair, that sinister shadowy below-the-nose pigmentation and the slow, subtle, awful loss of collagen that leaves your previously pouty lips limping along" Bliss, thank you.
November 29, 2007