Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Style A-Zoe

I remember hearing about Rachel Zoe so long ago, back when she used to go by her last name of Rosenzweig. I knew of her before she was styling the likes of Jennifer Garner and Salma and Nicole and Mischa and Cameron etc. Rachel has worked herself up into being one of the most in demand fashionistas in Hollywood and everyone who is anyone has been styled by her. And now, you and I can dress like or mini Rachel's thanks to her book, Style A-Zoe, which is co written by Rose Apodaca.

The book is a lovely fashion how-to with darling illustrations, lots of photos and little tips and ideas on how to develop your own style. Rachel shares details about herself including her love of deep tans, bold jewelry and Halston. I appreciate her creativity and sense of fashion, I really love creative, visual people. Rachel also offers tidbits about entertaining, travel, hair and makeup.

I think you have to find a look that works for you and build on it. For example, my friend Stephanie can wear knee socks, a funky vintage dress, high heels, a beanie and a messenger bag and look darling while my kids ask me if I'm trying to look like a hobo if I should wear such an outfit. My other friend Heidi always wears form fitting jeans and tailored clothes that suit her tiny, petite frame. And I go for anything including jeans and vintage necklaces, leopard print shoes and tee-shirts.

If you are style-impaired and need the help of Miss Rachel Zoe or just want a peek at a fun book with some inspiring ideas, check this one out.

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Beauty with Bourjois Paris

There is so much to love about Bourjois. First of all, I love saying the name with a silly French accent. Besides that, if you haven't tried these wet/dry eye shadows, you really must. There are some beautiful colors and when used wet with a good brush (like the soft professional ones from Bourjois: smudge, eyeliner, eyeshadow) you can get a nice dark line close to the lashes.
When you use the eyeshadow dry, you get a lighter color that can be built upon to create a glamorous, smoky eye. I tried Gris Delicat- dark frosty gray, Noir Cobalt-a gray midnight blue with a dramatic shimmer and Noir Emeraude, a fancy rich green with shimmer.

You know by now about my devotion to Lip gloss, I love it in every shape and form. I love it alone, over lipstick, while I'm at home all alone or out in a crowd. There is at least two in my purse at any given time and like an addict, I constantly apply it whether its needed or not.
I'm always, always on the lookout for another gloss to add to my arsenal. And here's another one, La Creme. It offers a pleasant, light scent and a creamy consistency. The macadamia nut and sweet almond oils will hydtate your lips and keep them looking shiny.

Running a close second to my favorite products is mascara. It's one of the things in life I simply cannot live without. I was very happy with Volume Glamour Ultra Black. First of all, it's very dark and very rich. I love the glamour of black mascara. This mascara coats the lashes with no clumping while giving lashes a boost. And last, it gets four stars for all around great performance.
I love this little version of Ultra Black, the mini Bourjois. It can clip onto the inside of your purse, onto a key ring or cell phone. The mini is ideal for vacation when you want to pack light. Also, equally as excellent is the mini lipgloss which work just as well as the larger size but is perfect for discreet pocket transport.

Bourjois is so much fun, very girlie and glam. The products are consistently great and they offer a wide range of colors, especially for lips and eyes. Head over to the website here.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Airbrush Refining Eye Cream

Some days, sunglasses are the only option for puffy eyes and dark circles.

Aha! Solution to our problems, Airbrush Refining Eye Cream!

I was reading online as I always do, looking high and low for new beauty products or miracle items that I haven't reviewed. I discovered the Airbrush Refining Eye Cream and am so excited to write about it. It's the fountain of youth in a small jar coming from emu? Yes. I did a little research and found that emu oil has been used for a thousand years to treat everything from shingles to acne to wrinkles. I must find out more about the healing properties of the emu. It looks prehistoric and makes weird thumping noises but perhaps these creatures have the ability to turn back the clock?

The Airbrush Refining Cream is a wonderful product living up to the five star reviews I've been reading.
A super light eye cream with emu oil, collagen, ceramides and elastin to firm and rehydrate dry skin around the eyes, vitamin E to prevent dehydration and free-radical damage, green tea extract to reduce puffiness, aloe for smoothing and panthenol for refining delicate tissue.

This product is very light, can be worn under makeup and keeps the eye area hydrated. It has a pleasant, light scent and so far, I believe it's working. I have the unfortunate beginnings of crows feet and fine lines and I am constantly applying cream. I highly recommend you take a look at the Dremu website and try this miracle in a jar. Emu, who knew?


Hello celebrity Dollfaces!

Yay! Sarah Michelle Geller is back to blonde and looking super fantastic! Makeup, hair, brows, everything is in check. For perfectly groomed and sculpted eyebrows like Sarah's, check out

Jennifer, I was always Team Aniston. Well, I may have been on the other team for brief time (damn that temptress Jolie!) but I'll always come back to your sunkissed good looks and luscious hair. Jennifer Aniston, in this months Bazaar, is looking fabulous! For bronze skin like Jennifer's take a look at ColorScience bronzer with a built in SPF!

Oh Heidi Klum, I can't wait to be reunited with you via Project Runway. You may be gorgeous but I watch the show mostly for Tim Gunn. Heidi is known for many of her assets like a perfect figure, lovely skin, flowing hair and those big teeth. I keep my own teeth white with SuperSmile. Heidi probably has a professional diamond studded tooth whitening tray and a personal assistant to polish each tooth.

Reese Witherspoon looks terrific in her Nina Ricci cocktail dress and Christian Louboutin shoes. The perks of being rich and famous is that you get designer clothes tailor made for you! I wonder if she's wearing makeup from MAC's holiday collection?

Would we recognize Gwen Stefani without her vivid red lips? I keep wanting to dye my hair that bright platinum color but then I realize I would have to touch up my roots even nine days and I say forget it!
Gwen's skin looks like it's been airbrushed. My own little secret for flawless skin is MAC Prep & Prime, then Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and then I dot on my foundation and gently pat eye cream around my eyes. A spray of Model in a Bottle to set it all and I'm done. I am still searching for that perfect shade of red lipstick.

Cate Blanchett is a little monochromatic but who am I to judge as I sit here in a jogging bra with my hair in a pony tail? Thank goodness the computer doesnt broadcast what I look like most days. I have searched high and low for nice neutral lipstick and have found a near match with NARS Honolulu Honey. A little brown shadow on the eyes and some pink blush (Orgasm perhaps?) and there you go, perfectly polished.
If you want to pump up the volume on this look, may I suggest bold liquid eye liner and a set of false eyelashes? I used to think false lashes were only for Halloween and celebrities but alas, I use them for special occasions and who am I? Certainly not a celebrity. False eyelashes...for mere mortals too. I especially like the inexpensive Ardell lashes at CVS.

photo credits, Just Jared, Ohnotheydidnt, Teddy&Moo'spage

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Friday, October 26, 2007

I *heart* Billy B

The world needs more Linda Evangelista!

Billy B's gifted hands have touched the most beautiful faces...

...stunning! of my favorites.

Objects of my desire, Billy's gorgeous brushes.

Makeup artist Billy B's resume's reads like a who's who of Hollywood, New York, the film and video industries. He is an amazing artist who can transform a face by shading, contouring, use of color... you name it, he can do it. I am so impressed by his talent. Looking at his portfolio, I get chills. Not because he has had the opportunity to make up my favorite celebs but because he has this never ending portfolio of glamorous faces that he personally worked on.

Naturally if I got to meet Billy face to face I'd have to ask what Kelly Ripa is like in real life. Does Marcia Cross really have flawless skin? Is Sandra Bullock as nice as she seems? What can you tell me about Jennifer Lopez? How can I reduce the size of my pores? What is the perfect shade of coral-pink lipstick?

Keep your eye out for this Mississippi native because he is soon going to conquer the world of TV with a new show. I just adore meeting creative people, I get so inspired by people like Billy B who is ultra creative and super successful. Definitely visit his website to read more about his most impressive clients, red carpet looks, magazine covers and much more.

Did you ever in a million years dream that you would end up dressing the most beautiful faces in the world?

NO way!! Being from a small town in Ms., definitely NEVER even thought of it.

You have an amazing life. What are you most grateful for?

My health, my family, and my great friends that stick by me and support me!

Who is your all time favorite beauty icon?

Jeez, in terms of women, that’s a hard one.......too many to name one.And I am still meeting them.
Makeup artist: Kevyn Aucoin

If you had a dinner party and could invite anyone dead or alive, who would you invite?

God and all political, religious and world leaders.....To ask god in front of them all, “Is this the way you intended it to be?"

What is one beauty item every women should own?

An eyelash curler. Preferably mine!

Who is your favorite celebrity to work with?

Jeez, that’s another hard one. Different ones for different reasons.I like the ones that are adventurous and fearless when it comes to Fashion, and Beauty.

You have a tv deal in the works, a book which will no doubt becoming a best seller… what else is there? What more do you want to accomplish?

Who knows, I just want to do the best I can with both of them and I would love it if people like them both! I just love what I do and want to continue doing it!Bring it on!!!

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Monday, October 22, 2007

The Holidays are coming...

The holidays are coming upon us and you know what that means...time to start thinking about what you are going to get me! Actually, its much better to give than receive, right? I have a very dear friend named Lisa who I simply adore. She loves makeup as much as I do and this Skin Alison Raffaele Kabuki Brush would be perrrrrrfect for her. The brush comes in its own little silk and velvet pouch so no wrapping required.

The brushes from Skin Alison Raffaele are cruelty free which makes me very happy. The short brush ensures an easy application. The brush was developed by a makeup artist so you know practical thought has been factored into the development.

I'll be honest with you- I've never used any of the brushes from this brand. However, Skin Alison Raffaele's foundation is the one I most often reach for, her lipglosses are top notch with an addictive consistency and the concealer is constantly rated in magazines as one of the best as well as one of my favorites Knowing this I feel comfortable recommending the holiday brush/pouch for the makeup lover in your life.

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Elegance with Dior

When I think of glamour, there is no other woman who embodies that ideal than Marilyn Monroe. I adore her, love the photos of her, avidly read books about her, want to look like her. But when I think about someone who is the very essence of the word pretty it's Grace Kelly. She was stunningly elegant, a beautiful woman, crisp and lovely in her designer gowns. When I think of Dior, I think of elegance, I think of beautiful women powdering their noses and applying rich color to their lips, their hair swept up in a french twist wearing diamond earrings.

Today I my makeup is by Dior. I started with a touch of the Radiance Booster pen, a highlighting pen with a pale pink tint that brightens the eye area and helps conceal age spots or scars. I've noticed my eye area is looking dark and sallow lately and I need a bit of oomph. This one delivers.

On my cheeks I have a bit of blush, Dior's Strawberry Sorbet. A lovely, easy to blend, non-shiny or sparkly color. I don't want my cheeks to sparkle. I want a flush of color like I've come inside after a nice afternoon of brisk walking in the New England foliage.

Lips are coated with Dior's Lip Maximizer. A pale glossy pink which gives your lips a ton of shine and slightly inflates your lips to look very kissable. This product contains collagen which helps to increase collagen production in lips.

Dior is one of my all time favorite brands. You can learn more about the products here.

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Twiggy, the first supermodel who shot to fame in the 60's for her ultra skinny frame, has written a book which will be published by Penguin. Expect to see it in stores this summer.

Those Fab Forties, Fifties and Sixties will feature advice and tips for women. Here are a few little tidbits....

1) You can be just as seductive with your clothes on then off.
2) Scintillate and tease with tights for your legs.
3) Jewelry should be worn sparingly and tastefully.
4) Keep a mid-length hairstyle to accentuate your face.
5) Knitwear is the slimmer’s enemy as it adds bulk.
6) Say no to furs and be PETA’s friend forever.
7) Use warm or neutral colors to bring out the natural glow in your complexion.
8) Apply makeup sparingly.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Neal Decker bags

Neal Decker's bags are super luxurious, big enough to carry the essentials (like a cellphone, makeup bag, notepad, multiple lipglosses, wads of cash, an Amex Black Card, keys etc etc) and are so beautifully made, strangers will stop you on the street and ask, "Where did you get that amazing bag?" I know this because I have two bags and sure enough, people stop me and ask. My mother keeps offering to take a bag off my hands should I feel the need to give one away. Accessories can make an outfit, this is very true.

Neal's bags are super high quality, hand made to order. I have had my baby blues on this particular bag for a long time...check it out here. Wouldn't it be swell with my leopard trench and matching leopard shoes?

For more information or to check out Neals collection of delicious bags (you can choose the style you want plus the color leather or pattern) please go to his site, right here.


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Friday, October 19, 2007

ENORMOUS hair with Matrix!

Amplify your coif with Matrix

I have to say if 1980's hair came back in style I wouldn't be upset. The bigger the better. The higher the hair, the closer to God and all that. I can't help it- I have hair that begs to be moussed and sprayed and teased and thickened and amplified all at once. My hair, not straight exactly or curly, falls somewhere in the middle like Mel Gibson in Braveheart. At least I've trained my bangs not to shoot up off my forehead like a sheild.

Here's the crack that feeds my big hair addiction, Amplify by Matrix. I tried their *new* Full Body Texturizer and the *new* Thicklift Liquid Volumizer and was very very happy with the results! Hours after I styled my hair (I used them both at once) my coif is still big and full of body.

Thixel Thickening Techonology is the secret in this new improved formula. It boosts the hair and makes it appear thicker providing volume that would make an 80's video vixen proud. You can read all about it here. And for the record, you will NOT be disappointed if you are looking to spend your hard earned money on a product that will give you voluminous hair. Amplify sure does work and a little goes a long way. Check it out!

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Perfect your skin with Clarins!

You know Clarins. The brand has been around for a long time, its a classic. I remember passing the Clarins counter at Paramus Park Mall in New Jersey thinking that someday I would be sporting Clarins products like a lovely French woman. Why or how I would morph from Jersey girl to elegant French woman I don't know. But I'm here in California and I finally have my Clarins!

The True Radiance Foundation is a light reflecting oil free product. If you pat this on and apply it sparingly, you will end up with a lovely complexion that glows. Although its oil free, the texture is quite silky. I apply then blot very gently to get the excess off.

After you have apply your True Radiance Foundation, this is a sure fire way to get that completely flawless face. I love this stuff! It has a light, soft kind of consistency. Instant Smooth will fill in fine lines, oversized pores, it will get rid of shine and leave you feeling like your skin has just been magically airbrushed. You can use it alone or over makeup. I like to put the foundation on and then pat this onto my T-zone and lightly on my crows feet.

Here you go, the answer to the question, How can I wake up my dull skin? Use the Double Serum Generation 6 Extra Firming Botanical Intensive Care. Its anti-wrinkle, gives your face firmness and leaves you with a radiance that only a vacation in the south of France might otherwise provide.

Side by side dual plant based formulas work together to make you look years younger and much fresher. It's suggested for women over the age of 40 but since I believe in prevention, I use it now. This product will reduce fine lines, make skin softer, and tone the skin.

I will be totally honest with you here. I've read that serums are not necessary for good skin care. However...I've been using serums and my skin is bright and fresh. I notice when I don't use a serum, my face looks dull. What I usually do is apply the serum first, let it sink in and then use moisturizer. I think- now don't quote me on this- but some serums can boost collagen production. As we age, skin gets thinner and less elastic so trying to preserve or encourage collagen production is a must.

I can't wait to try out more Clarins products because I'm so pleased with what I've tried here. A girl I met recently had the best skin I have ever seen. When I asked what she used on her face, she replied "Clarins!"

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Durance Skin Care

The Durance Marine Firming Body Care Cream contains samphire which is known to tone and assist in micro circulation of the body. I wish there was a product I could rub into my skin and within seconds, cellulite would be gone for good!

I rub this on my thighs and back of my legs every night. I believe it's helping...I rub it in circular motions as directed. I know that anything that inspires circulation, getting the blood flowing will help lumps and bumps.

I was so excited to try Durance. I had never heard of this brand before so did a little research and wow, how beautiful is the website? I want to book the first flight over and frolic in the lavender plants then sit beneath an olive tree for hours.

I was so lucky to try a few items from this line. The Soothing Shower Creme is a lightly scented lotion that is gentle to the skin. Enriched with olive oil, it hydrates and makes your skin nice and soft. The scent reminds me of a very subtle Loves Baby Soft.

Ahhh, the Body Dry Oil. This oil isn't slick and greasy, it absorbs nicely and makes my skin smooth and silky. Especially the legs. It has a light scent and melts into the skin after a shower when the skin is slightly damp. I apply it on my hands and feet because this cold southern California weather (you know, it being all of 70*) makes my skin a little bit dry.

Durance is sooooo luxurious. I think a perfect gift would be a lovely basket full of Around the Olive Tree products, who wouldnt want that as a present for the holidays or a birthday? This brand also has home care items, linen care, soaps and more. Click here for more information.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dr. Jeannette Graf, Stop Aging, Start Living

Dr. Jeannette Graf is a well known dermatologist who is frequently cited in beauty magazines and her book Stop Aging, Start Living is a must read for those of us who care about health and beauty. Dr. Graf is a stunning lady who is not only beautiful but very smart too! She is clearly doing something right.

This is a fantasic book with straightforward advice on how to take care of yourself from the inside out and slow the aging process. She talks a lot about ph levels, acids and alkalines and their impact on your health. Dr. Graf offers nutritional and practical advice that is easy to follow.

I read Stop Aging, Start Living quickly and keep referring back to it. It's a book I will keep for reference and pull it out when I need to fix my diet and modify my eating habits.

If you were going on a trip but could only take six beauty items, what would you pack?

Pre-moistened make-up removal pads
Microdermabrasion scrub (which I would use on my face and body)
Eye cream
Hydrating moisturizer for night with retinol
SPF and anti-oxidant cream for day
Thick, rich body cream

I was on an Extra Virgin Coconut Oil kick for a while because I read there were tons of benefits to this particular oil. What are your thoughts on Coconut Oil as a supplement?

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has a number of health benefits and has been used for centuries in many countries. Coconut oil contains anti-bacterial lipids which are beneficial for the immune system and medium chain triglycerides which are healthier than long chain triglycerides found in many seeds and vegetable oils.

Apple Cider Vinegar is also supposed to be really beneficial. What is with the vinegar being so healthful?

Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar has a number of health benefits including a cleansing effect. It is rich in minerals including calcium and potassium, as well as folic acids.

I cant stop drinking coffee although most times its decaf and I drink a lot of water and green tea as well. What are some of the foods/beverages you consume even though they might not be ideal?

Well, I love having coffee in the morning and sometimes in the late afternoon. I also love wine with dinner and it’s hard for me to say no to crème brulee. The key is that I thoroughly enjoy them understanding that I will not permit myself to feel guilt – and I will have an extra scoop or two of alkalinizing powder in my cocktail.

Lets say you are out and about, running errands and are suddenly overcome with terrible hunger. What is a good on the road pick-me-up that won't cause a spike then dip in energy?

Fortunately, more and more places are offering some healthier alternatives. If this ‘dip’ is not unusual for you than it is a good idea to carry healthy snack bars from the health food stores (be careful of the sugar content). If you are at a Starbucks or other type place – get the fruit and yogurt parfaits since the fruit and granola will give natural sugar and fiber while the protein will sustain you and lessen hunger. Other alternatives which can be found in airports, mini-marts, etc include raw unsalted almonds or cashews and raisins, wheat-thins, fruit, string cheese.

What are a few items that we should definitely have *stocked in our pantry/fridge at all times?

There are a number of non-perishable items which are always good to have on hand and stocked. Keep raw nuts and seeds stocked as well as baked potato chips, organic dried fruit including raisins, apricots and apples. Extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar and/or apple cider vinegar. Whole grain pastas, brown rice, spices including cinnamon, cumin, black pepper and sea salt. (*I have all these in my cupboards! I'm healthier than I thought.)

Taking the time to laugh and relax and have fun are key components to the anti-aging plan. What makes you laugh? What is your favorite way to relax?

I love watching Mel Brooks movies and watching episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy with my kids. They are actually the funniest people I know and I love to joke around with them. Dancing and spinning (I dance on my spin bike) relax me. I smile a lot and just love spending time with my two dogs and two cats.

What do you think of Botox shots? This makes no sense to me- poison injection into the face and it needs to be redone in months anyway.

As with any and all cosmetic procedures – they are strictly a matter of personal preference and one should be absolutely comfortable with the procedure and doctor performing it. I do think that Botox is extremely safe, painless and when performed by a properly trained cosmetic physician can make a huge improvement in helping frown lines as well as other problems. It is expensive and it is up to the patient to decide whether they love their results enough to keep getting it.

Tell me again why eating fruit on an empty stomach is healthier than combining with a meal? Speaking of combining, do you eat your fats/protein together and carbs separately? When is the best time to eat vegetables?

Eating fruit on an empty stomach or prior to a meal is advisable since fruit empties out of the stomach faster than other foods. If fruit is eaten after a meal or after protein and/or fats, it will sit in the stomach until the other foods empty out and ferment in the meantime. Vegetables can be eaten after fruit and/or with protein; they do not travel as quickly as fruit and don’t ferment the way fruit does.

I rather have salty chips or a bagel or bread and butter than ice cream or cookies any day. What is a satisfying way to stave off the carb craving? I know I'm not alone in my carb love!

The best way to stave off the carb craving is to do what you can to keep blood sugar stabilized. This includes eating more frequent small meals or healthy snacks with foods that have a low glycemic index since they do not cause the fluctuations in blood sugar which lead to carb cravings. Also, having an alkalinizing cocktail and taking spirulina in powder form (if you like) or tablets (my personal preference) has a great effect in stabilizing blood sugar and carb cravings.

Any plans to write another book? I really enjoyed this one.

Thanks so much for the kind feedback – that is a very good question. I’m still recovering from this one.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Apothia at Fred Segal

great photo of the famous Fred Segal

Over the weekend I attended the Apothia + Givaudan fashion fragrance premiere at Fred Segal.
When I first moved to Southern California, I made a point to head over to the famous Fred Segal store on Melrose in Hollywood. I had seen the place mentioned numerous times in magazines and wanted to see where the stars dropped their hefty paychecks. This ivy covered landmark is a hot spot for stars and those in the business or those who want to be in the entertainment/ fashion business.

The event I attended was held in Mauro's Cafe, a chic little place to eat delicious panini sandwiches or mixed green salads while sipping chilled wine after a long day of trying on Marc Jacobs tops or shoes by Giambattista Valli. I've eaten at Mauro's several times and the food is divine. A definite departure from my normal dining experience which features turkey sandwiches and CapriSuns. Ahh, the cuisine of a mother.

I met the lovely Sharon Bolton who created that amazing perfume I cannot stop talking about, Sharon Bolton Luv. Sharon and I have become email buddies and it was so great to meet the person whose creation I wear all the time. Sharon is beautiful and lovely and sweet and I wish you all could meet her in person like I did. I also got a chance to meet Ron Robinson, the man behind the store. For someone so successful he was amazingly down to earth and I was happy to get a chance to chat with him.

During the event, a few different speakers (Lisa Popoli, Gary McNatton, Pierre Negrin) talked about creating fragrances and being inspired by different things from leaves to fashion to colors. As a writer, it was especially interesting to hear how other creative types come up with their products and find inspiration.

I know that scents and memories are closely linked together. For example, when I think of my grandmother's house, I can close my eyes and practically smell pot roast cooking and fresh applesauce. The grandmotherly aromas are something I will forever remember like her Tabu perfume and Pine Sol cleaner. The earthy scent of wet grass after an afternoon thunderstorm in New Jersey puts me in my childhood home. The autumn scent of burning leaves always reminds me of walking home from school.

There was a visual presentation to go along with the speakers and then a chance to roam around Apothia and do a little shopping. Naturally after I finished perusing the modern, clean space of the beauty store, I beelined it to the book department! I found a book about Coco Chanel that I must get my manicured fingers on.

I took a quick stroll down Robertson Blvd and who should I see but Dr. McSteamy and his wife, Rebecca Gayheart. When you see a famous person, its hard not to blurt something out like "Oh my gosh! I know you!" I remember Rebecca from Beverly Hills 90210 and of course I see Eric Dane on television every week. I bit my tongue- they probably have random people approaching them every where they go. Although Miss Rebecca definitely gave off DON'T BOTHER ME vibes.

I had a fabulous lunch with the unbelievably talented Gilmore who runs Pretty on the Outside, my favorite blogger MK from Popbytes and new new friends, Sasha (The Evil Beet) and Candy (Holy Candy). We had a scrumptious lunch at Kate Mantilini's. And then it was back home to reality.

For more on Apothia, click here. It's one stop shopping for all hip, luxury beauty brands! And should your travels ever bring you to Los Angeles, Fred Segal is a must-see.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Wei East Time Delay

Introducing Wei East Time Delay. This anti-inflammatory, antioxidant cream fills in large pores and fine lines to create a smooth appearance. I tried this on completely clean skin and also over my foundation. It worked best for me over the foundation, shrinking the size of my dreaded pores in the T-zone. I dabbed this on and waited a few minutes for it to absorb. I really like the effect of nearly perfect looking skin!

This product contains such ingredients as White Lotus, Lily Root, Licorice Root, Reishi Mushroom, Chinese Angelica Seed and Red Sage Root, sounds like a recipe for good health, doesn't it?

A few other items that grabbed my interest are the Fresh Canvas Primer, Herbal Eye Pads, China Herbal Youth Recaptured Serum. Please head over to the Wei East website to view all the products and learn more about the Chinese herbal wisdom!


Stila ..~..~::* Dazzle and Dream Holiday 2007*::.~..~...

Tale of Enchantment

Stila's holiday confections will thrill and dazzle you!

I woke up feeling kind of mellow and sleepy. But nothing and I mean, nothing puts a spring in my step and a smile on my face like new cosmetics!! Suddenly I'm filled with excitement and vigor! Makeup does that to a girl and you know what I mean.

Stila's Dazzle and Dream Holiday Collection is worthy of your time to check out. My fingers tremble while I open the Gift of Glow bronzing kit. Nestled inside the holiday box you will find Stila's award winning bronzer, my favorite Smudge Pot in black plus an eyeliner brush, a shiny lip Glaze in the shade of Brown Sugar and a trio of soft powdery shadow for the eyes in the colors of gold, brown and sand.

Wait- the glamour doesn't stop there! Stila also has a glorious palettes featuring eye shadows, cheek color and lip color in the most feminine colors of peach (Guinevere) and Pink (Scarlett).

The Cheek Duo features a light pink and a dusty rose, side by side. Eye Shadow trio includesa rich deep brown, soft peach and pearly sand.Your holiday beauty wouldnt be complete without Lip Glaze is Hollyberry (rose) and Peach Cobbler (deliciously ripe peach)!

You might want to turn your attention to the Tale of Enchantment Palettes that come with Agates, stones that are believed to have mystical powers. Each agate is on a chord you may wear around your neck or wrist, and also matches the palettes. Blue, brown and mossy green- check these out here.

Every season, Stila brings out beautiful, well thought out, stylish makeup for those of us who can't get enough of beauty products. You can learn more about the items mentioned here by going to their website.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A few of my favorite things....

Marilyn Monroe

I have yet to find a fragrance that garners so many compliments from people. When I wear it, I am asked "What perfume are you wearing?"
This creamy floral- musk scent is perfect for day to day wear. Pretty, not overpowering, soft and long lasting.

LORAC Mocktail

For lip glosses, the color seems to last a long time. These not only smell fantastic but have high shine and a wonderful nonsticky consistency.

This product prepares skin for makeup by smoothing, absorbing quickly and mattifying foundation a bit, plus the fact it has an SPF in it makes me love it even more. I just ran out of it and must get more!

Prescriptives Anti-Age Eye Cream Spf 25

Cosmo magazine gave this product the Best Eye Cream Award! I like how it absorbs but keeps the delicate skin looking soft.

Ive tried two of YSL's mascaras and they are supreme! The color is dark and the consistency is not thick or thin, the mascara wand coats each lash and you end up looking like you are wearing false eyelashes. This is pricey but a tube lasts me a couple of months. Awesome, A+!

I review so many products and change my mind as to what's my favorite all the time. One week, I'm addicted to a cheek stain, the next week I am all about the bronzer. MAC is always a favorite because of their colors and creative collections. Too Faced and Bourjois come out with great products all the time and Tarte and Smashbox are consistent with terrific quality.

The above items are ones that I have been using daily for a long time and love so much. I had to add a picture of Marilyn Monroe because I've been a fan since I was eight years old. In some way, she inspired the glamour I am always aiming for.

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Bella Il Fiore's Powder Room

How completely cute is Bella Il Fiore's little boxed palette of cosmetics called Bella's Powder Room? This box of treats includes nine eye shadows, four cheek colors, six lip glosses. The shades are universally flattering. Little drawers pull open to reveal hidden treasures of color! Sit this on your bathroom counter so you have everything located in one spot!

With the holiday season quickly approaching, of course I will be featuring gift ideas. Ideas for loved ones...or yourself. Whenever I go shopping, I can't help it- I buy myself a little something too. And its usually a cosmetic item of some kind!

Bella Il Fiore has a darling girly website. Take a look here. Happy shopping!

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