Friday, January 29, 2010

Barbie Glams Up & Gives Back

Barbie in little black dress! The just-launched Barbie Basics collection gives grown-up girls permission to play and celebrates every fashionista's must-have wardrobe staple - the iconic LBD. Twelve fab dolls each sport their own distinct silhouette of the fashion classic and represent a variety of hairstyles, facial features and skin tones. The dolls can be customized to represent your own personal style with the ultra-chic accessory packs.

What I love is that not only are they super stylist and hot, they are also very diverse. You got beach blond, red head, brunnette and every range in skin color. The best part is that these twelve Barbie will also be part of a fundraising event. To celebrate the launch of the LBD-loving Barbie Basics line, twelve CFDA fashion and accessories designers, including Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Spade's Deborah Lloyd , Tory Burch, Rachel Roy and Monica Botkier, created one-of-a-kind dolls spotlighting their unique points-of-view. Starting January 28 at 10pm EST through February 7, these individually styled pieces of art will be auctioned off on eBay with the entire net proceeds directly benefiting CFDA education initiatives and scholarship program. The opening bid begins at $100.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Product: Bare Escentual Spf 25 Mineral Veil

Good news for those that love BareMinerals Mineral Veil, there is now the new Spf 25 version that comes in both original and tinted. Added sun protection is always welcome yeh.

From their website: Get the ultimate flawless finish while protecting your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Make the most of your makeup with Mineral Veil, a see-through but spectacular finale for any kind of complexion. Minimizing lines, absorbing oils, and softening your complexion, it gives you a flawless finish that's too good to miss. And best of all, it's utterly weightless. Just a bare veil of minerals that lock makeup in place and give your skin airbrushed perfection.

Price: $19

Friday, January 15, 2010

Save Your Skin This Winter!


This winter is colder than usual. We actually already have a few snow storms since December, which is rare where I am at. So between the blistering wind outside and indoor heating, it is understandable if your skin is not very happy right now. Here are a few tried and true tips to help your skin out this winter.

1. Nothing feels better than a hot shower on a cold morning. But don’t do it! Hot water will dry out your skin. Instead, take a warm and quick shower.

2. Apply body cream right after shower when skin is still damp.

3. Put a humidifier in your bedroom. The humidity will help your skin retain moisture.

4. For facial skincare, use a hydrating toner after cleansing. It does wonder.

5. Your skin type will most likely be different between winter vs. summer. Change your skincare products to something more hydrating.

6. If you still are not getting enough hydration from your routine skincare, apply a moisturizing mask once or twice a week.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Product Review: Bobbi Brown Corrector

I can be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to concealing dark circles. After never being quite satisfied with any concealer, I decided to stop by Bobbi Brown’s counter and pick up her Corrector. Let’s just say I was leaving the counter, smiling and thinking to myself “Oh, where have you been all my life?” A bit dramatic I know, but I was excited =)

So what is a corrector, you ask? Corrector is for people who have serious dark circles that need coverage a regular concealer can not adequately provide. Dark circle tend to be bluish or purplish in color. Sometime, you can still see a gray cast under your eyes after you applied your concealer. Reason being, yellow or neutral color base can not cover blue/purplish dark circles. For this, you will need to apply a salmon color base corrector first. Then you can apply your regular concealer on top of the corrector to neutralize your skin tone if needed.

For reference, I am NC25 in Mac and I purchased Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque. I am lucky in that this shade match my skin so well that I can go without concealer on top. I also like wearing Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener on top of the corrector in lieu of a concealer for a brightening effect. I am glad I find a use for the Smashbox Photo Op because it was just sitting there in my draw. It did nothing for me when applied underneath a concealer, as instructed.

Back to the corrector, what I like is that it is very creamy and easy to blend. It covers my dark circles better than my regular concealer and it also seems to last longer as well especially, if I set it with loose powder. Just like everything else, it is without any cons. While very creamy, it does have the potential to cake if the skin under the eye is not smooth and well hydrated. It is also on the pricey side, $22 for a small pot. However, you only need a tiny bit so this pot should last me at least 4 months. I will repurchase and it is a staple in my makeup bag. Happy concealing!

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