Shu Uemura 25th Boutique Birthday.

Late to the game as always, I never tried anything from Shu Uemura until late last year. I cannot fathom how I have not lived with some of his beauties, especially because he opened his first boutique back in 1983. Yes, 25 years ago.

In those 25 years, each year Shu Uemura has created a limited edition Boutique Birthday collection. This years collection, which is also the 2008 Summer collection, is absolutely 100% gorgeous - in true Shu tradition. The core values of nature, science and art come to life in this collection. Three 100% natural origin fragrances that are formulated with Despea Water, as well as some beautiful makeup products that are packaged in the designs of Tokyo-based artist Gwenael Nicolas are the highlights.

Look at these gorgeous eyeshadow palettes! $65 each, they are a bit on the expensive side, but just looking at the collectible palettes and the gorgeous shadows they contain make me want them nonetheless. My pick is the Fleur de Source palette with it's bevy of blue shades.







Which palette would you like on your vanity? 

The Eau de Toilette's sound just as divine. There are three of these as well, in the same names: Fleur de Rose, Fleur de Source and Fleur de Terre.


25TH BTB LIMITED EDITION, FLEUR DE ROSE, EAU DE TOILETTE Sophisticated floral 100% natural origin fragrance with fresh floral amber note. 

25TH BTB LIMITED EDITION, FLEUR DE SOURCE, EAU DE TOILETTE Pure, serene and refreshing cool feeling in a 100% natural origin fragrance with a floral spicy note. 

25TH BTB LIMITED EDITION, FLEUR DE TERRE, EAU DE TOILETTE Energizing, luminous 100% natural origin fragrance with a fresh floral woody note. 

Shop online soon as you will know that this limited edition collection will not last very long. 

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MAC Skinsheen Leg Spray.

Having to a wear a dress and having super white legs that have not lived up to a normal faux-tan routine do not qual pretty. Or anything remotely pretty. So when I had to get dressed up this week, I knew I needed to find something that would work on my legs - pronto.

mac_skin_sheen.jpgI have used some other cream formulas in the past and really like LORAC TANtalizer and Benefit's Jiffy Tube, but as I love spray on products, I figured I would give MAC's Skinsheen Leg Spray.

Well, the spray on part was different than what I expected. It is an aerosol, yes, but nothing that can be used as a simple spray on application. The gel-like liquid sprays out and onto legs, but needs to be blended over skin. I used my hands to spread it out evenly, and it really was not hard at all.

The look is slightly tinted and nice and glowy. It appears almost glossy right away, but it does dry down to a nice sheen. Skinsheen seemed to be completely dry in under ten minutes, but I gave it a bit more than that to make sure nothing rubbed off on my dress. And it didn't. As Skinsheen uses special polymers (with silicone) to adhere better to skin, it is important to not moisturize before using the product. Leaving legs au natural will help the product glide onto skin and adhere to it better.

I love Skinsheen as a Leg Spray and it is very worth the extra effort of rubbing it neatly over legs and waiting for it to dry. Once the product is dry, it lasts a very long time and really needs a good washing with warm water and soap to be removed. 

Remember that the end result is a sheen, not a full on fake-bake bronzer. Medium-Dark left me with a slight tint to my starch white legs, like I said, but a beautiful glow. I just tested Deep Dark and I think that will be the way to go for my legs to look more bronzed. So choose your colors wisely. If you want just a nice sheen and glowy effect, the lighter shade will probably work just fine, but if you are looking for more of a tinted bronzy color, try Dark or Deep Dark. Check out Skinsheen Leg Spray ($22.50) at MAC counters to find your perfect shade.

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Bring on Summer with Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist.

I feel like I have been holed up in the house for the last week or so. I did make it into the pool once or twice, but honestly it has been either too hot or too gloomy and cool. So I thought I would kick up Summer a bit and get back into my faux-tan routine, which has gone to pot the last few weeks.

I have been meaning to write about my favorite self-tanners, and I promise I will get to it and spill the good, the bad, and the ugly. Quickly though, I can tell you that there is one type of self-tanner that I use on my arms and hands, and that is an airbrush self-tanner. You know, the ones that spray - an aerosol spray - out of a can. Using an airbrush tanner makes my arms and hands look the most natural to me. The spray can be controlled to only get your arms faux-tanned where the sun would tan them, and I never have to worry about stained palms. While I have not had much luck using an airbrush tan anywhere else on my body, I always - always - have a can, or two, on hand.

So, when I was asked by Total Beauty to review a new airbrush self-tanner, I was more than excited. This is the L'Oreal Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist


The Self-Tanning Mist itself, is great, and it covers pretty easily. I am used to applying aerosol spray tanners, so having no color guide is easy for me to use. And I actually prefer this type as there is no messy over-spray stain to clean up after. The mist sprays out lightly, but just enough to cover evenly without leaving droplet marks or anything. So, it is basically, spray and go. Well, spray, wait ten minutes or so, then go. The mist does take a few minutes to dry, but I like to wait at least ten minutes before dressing, so as to not mess up the application or my clothing.

The tell-tale self-tanner smell is pretty apparent right upon applying the Sublime Bronze, but it dissipates fairly quickly. By the time the mist dry, the DHA smell is basically gone, and I am left with just a nice, light scent. In about three or four hours, I noticed some newly bronzed hands, and I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at my arms. They looked nice and golden on me and natural. Really natural. Not orange or streaky - pretty perfect with just one application. Medium Natural Tan it is for me. I did use this two days in a row and it has been a few days and my glow is still on. I will probably re-apply tomorrow and keep it up by using this just once or twice a week.

A few tips when using an airbrush self-tanner: Make sure your parts are exfoliated, not freshly shaven and well moisturized. As I mostly apply my self-tanners at night, my normal morning moisturization is enough, except for on my hands. I apply a hand cream right before I use a self-tanning mist as to make sure the mist and color does not settle too much into the cracks and crevices on my knuckles and fingers. If you are self-tanning any other parts of your body first, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly to get off anything that might leave your palms stained, then move onto spraying your arms and hands.

Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist can be found at drugstores and mass merchandiser's nationwide for around $10. 

Be sure to check out this review and more to make sure this self-tanner is right for you over on Total Beauty.

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