Sunday
Feb242008

I Want Uma's Lippie!

It may not be the most fashion forward or trendy magazine, but Uma Thurman is on the cover of the March issue of Redbook. One quick glance at the cover and you will notice how fresh faced and simply glowy Uma looks. Beautiful!

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Her face is fresh and glowy, just perfect for Spring.

I find myself staring at her lip color over and over, so I had to finally find out which lippie it was. To my surprise, it is a Glazewear Liquid Lip Color from Avon. The shade is Cantaloupe. I am guessing it is a new Spring shade, as it is not listed on the Avon.com website. But, for $1.99 and my lust for the color, I will be checking back.

Saturday
Feb232008

Lancome Nutrix Royal Body Cream.

I love thick, rich body creams. Sometimes, even in the harshest and driest of winters though, a thick cream can be too much, especially during the day. This is why I have become very dependent on various shea butter formulaes. I have found a new body cream, though that has changed my thoughts, my ways, and my skin.

Meet Lancome Nutrix Royal Body Cream. This cream is very similar to a whipped shea butter, though it appears much firmer until you dig your fingers into it.  The smell is strong, at first, but it dries down to a soft, almost powdery, light floral scent.

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Nutrix Royal Body Cream is made with Royal Lipideum, which is a patented technology enriched with Royal Jelly that supplements your skin's own natural lipids for intense hydration.

Within just a few days use, my dry patchy knees and elbows are so much softer. I generally use this right in the shower after I turn off the water. I like to rub it into my skin while I am still wet as to get rid of any heavy or thick cream feel. At night, I have even been smoothing this rich cream over my feet, making them look, feel, and evn smell divine.

This wonder cream from Lancome retails for $34.00. If for some reason you are afraid of a thicker cream (which there really isn't a need to be in this case) or generally prefer a lotion, there is also a Nutrix Royal Body Lotion available as well.
 

Friday
Feb222008

Ingenious Mascara Packaging with LashControl.

Once a mascara is used more than a few times, do you notice that more and more product starts to come out on the brush? Do you often remove this excess product with a tissue? I do. So when I was at the CEW Product Demo with Total Beauty, I was thrilled to see this new mascara product called LashControl.

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The difference in this product is in the packaging. It is no wonder they were a finalist for a 2007 HBA International Packaging Design Award. You see, as you remote the mascara wand from the tube, you can squeeze this rubber piece that is actually part of the tube. You see, you will gently squeeze the tube as you remove the wand, and the pressure your apply to the rubber part will determine the amount of product that stays inside the mascara tube and the amount of product that comes out onto the wand. In other words, the pressure you apply will vary upon your application for say day time versus night time.

Here is the in-depth description from the manufacturer:
"The built in wiper sleeve at the mouth of the mascara tube is easily manipulated.... Now your brush can be BOTH AN APPLICATOR AND LASH SEPARATOR.

The mascara comes with a fitted, snap-down vinyl "baggie" for added protection inside your make-up bag. The extra inch of distance provided by the flexible wiper offers another barrier to air and foreign particle contact with the formula which make the mascara perform better and for a longer period of time.

The LashControl wiper sleeve and container are manufactured by a major supplier to the cosmetics industry. This innovative system has been in development for more than 4 years and has been successfully tested for functionality, loss-of-volume shelf life and durability."

While I have not tried the actual mascara in the tube, I felt it important enough to point out that this could be an innovation in the mascara industry.

LashControl is not yet widely available but there are a few retail outlets that currently stock this mascara as well as BeBeautiful.com.

I bet that we will see similar packaging from other mascara leaders or perhaps our favorite brands will partner with these innovators to use the packaging with their own formulaes.