Wednesday
Aug162006

Back to School Beauty - Take the Cake Set

So going back to school may not be as exciting as traveling, but you need the same portable essentials - especially when it comes to body care.

Cake Beauty has done the most adorable set entitled Take the Cake Set, with three great bath and body care items. Tucked away in this decadent cosmetic bag are deluxe travel sizes of the following:

cake_set.jpgIt's A Slice Bath & Shower Froth - A rejuvenating and cleansing bath and shower froth rich in oils. Supremely rich suds shower your skin in nourishing bubbles. It smells divine - like an orange-creamsicle (as do the rest of the products in the set).
It's A Slice Supremely Rich Body Mouse - This body mousse will leave your body sweet, smooth, and smelling delicious all day long.
It's A Slice Creamy Body Buffer - A brand newbie from Cake, this is a soft, creamy, all-over-body scrub infused with jojoba beads and apricot seeds.

This handy set is available now at CakeBeauty and selected Nordstrom department stores for just $30.

Tuesday
Aug152006

MAC's Newest - Plushglass!

MAC has finally ventured into the lip plumping lip gloss market. I mean they had to just in order compete. We all know that lip plumpers are a temporary fix, with some working better than others, so I was anxious to try Plushglass.

mac_plushglass.jpgAt the MAC store, I gazed at all the colors they had left in stock, and opened some. I first noticed a smell of vanilla with a hint of cinnamon - yum! As I started swiping the shades over my hand, I knew I had a very hard decision to make. Pretty Plush, Plus Luxe, Wildly Lush, Big Kiss, and Cushy White were my favorites. And if I hadn't just spent almost $400 at Sephora in my immediate stop before, I would have taken them all. But I finally settled on Pretty Plush (a very light pink with opalescent pearl, very similar to Oyster Girl Lipglass) and Cushy White (clear, with a hint of pearl, more like a sheen).

Almost immediately upon leaving the store, I whipped one out of the bag, Pretty Plush, and applied it over my slightly worn off lipstick. The vanilla flavor was there, but the taste of cinnamon was undetected. Then about 30 seconds or so after applying, it became cool, not too tingly, with just a fresh and cool feeling.

A few minutes later, I checked to see if I noticed any extra fullness. My lips seemed a bit fuller, more so smoother and hydrated looking.

Happy? Yes, of course. I mean it is another new lipgloss, from MAC no less. But would I purchase it on the sheer fact that I wanted fuller lips? Probably not. Bottom-line, if you love lipgloss, the shades are beautiful enough to want to buy Plushglass on that premise alone.

Plushglass is $17.50  at maccosmetics.com

Sunday
Aug132006

Back to School Beauty - Traffic School

When we plan our yearly Back to School feature, we usually don't plan on Traffic School as being a part of it. But when I recently browsed the Benefit counter and found their Lipstick in Traffic School ($16) , I knew it just had to be included.

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This is the perfect pink- berry lip color for fall. Like all of Benefit's lipsticks, it glides on smoothly and imparts a sheer glossy shade on the lips. Lip gloss is never needed with this lipstick as it is already full of shine.

Look for Traffic School at BenefitCosmetics.com and Benefit Counters - and just maybe you will only get a warning (tee hee) this time!