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Wednesday
Mar272013

BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector.

If you have a problem controlling oil on your face, listen up. BECCA has just launched this Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector and it will be the answer you have been looking for. This priming perfector provides 8 hours of shine free coverage.

Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector is a silicone-free primer that creates an invisible veil to perfect the face as it minimizes pores and adds a matte look to even the most oily skins. The lightweight formula is made with EverMat™, which reduces oil production in the first place. It does this by attracting and capturing oil in the skin so the result is long-lasting matte skin. And it pretty much makes pores look invisible, which is usually a problem for those with oily skin.

You can use this primer alone, before or after applying makeup. How about that? If you are just oily in the t-zone, apply this over your foundation to absorb the oil and give that area a matte finish. You'll be amazed at how your skin will stay shine free all day.

BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector is available at Sephora now. It retails for $36.00.

Tuesday
Mar262013

Behind the Scenes with Venus Embrace.

Back in November, I had an exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes to the Gillette World Shaving Headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts to see up close and personal just how a Venus Embrace razor is made. I honestly never knew how much planning and work went into something I take for granted such as a razor. Sure, I like to easily shave my legs, but so much technology to perfect the razor to make the process easier for women is involved, and I am very impressed. After seeing this in person, I won't ever take my razor or shaving experience for granted again.

Gillette World Shaving HeadquartersBehind the scenes with Venus Embrace at the Gillette World Shaving Headquarters.

Gillette World Shaving HeadquartersThe Venus Embrace production line at the Gillette World Shaving Headquarters can produce hundreds of thousands cartridges per day.

From conception to design and the end razor result, the whole process takes years. P&G takes the input of highly trained engineers and even consumers who get to test the products before they are perfected and make it in our shower. Beside engineers and robots, yes - ROBOTS, I have to say that the technology is unprecedented.

Gillette World Shaving HeadquartersGillette World Shaving Headquarters utilizes these robots to transport Venus Embrace razor production materials across the plant.

I would have never imagined the fine tuning of the process that takes a large spool of steel and turn it into a razor - one that shaves my legs perfectly with ease.

  • Venus’ five-bladed razor blades start with a large spool of steel, thoroughly washed, placed in a red-hot furnace and immediately cooled to harden.
  • The hardened steel is sharpened, cut into individual blades and then coated with proprietary materials that help balance the cutting force and blade life. The sharpening ensures Venus Embrace and Venus & Olay blades have a thinner edge than a scalpel.
  • The five blades in Venus Embrace and Venus & Olay are spaced closer together than a 3-blade razor. By reducing the distance between blade tips, these Venus razors minimize drag and skin bulge to improve comfort.
  • Each Venus blade is independently mounted on tiny springs, allowing them to adjust to contours and stay in contact with skin, even on tricky shaving areas.
  • Venus’ rounded, pivoting cartridge head is specially designed for a woman’s body, including all the hard to reach areas and curves, and helps prevent the razor from ‘digging’ into the skin while helping distribute pressure across the blades and cartridge head.
  • The shaving cartridge head on Venus Embrace is surrounded by a protective Ribbon of Moisture for a smooth glide and distributes more lubrication than Venus razors with a lubrastrip alone. 
  • Venus & Olay features Olay Moisture Bars containing skin conditioners found in Olay products: Petrolatum and Glycerin help lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness and deliver that goddess glow.
  • Venus razors feature a curved, ergonomically-designed handle made with lightweight SoftGrip elastomer that makes them easy to hold onto in wet, slippery environments. 

Perfection is something P&G takes seriously too. Each and every razor is inspected 90 times by both a real person along the production line and in the end a computer, to meet very specific criteria. If something is off by even the slightest degree, the razor is rejected.

Gillette World Shaving HeadquartersVenus Embrace has high standards when it comes to quality control – each razor is checked 90 times before making the journey to your home.

The care and perfection in the process, again, is astounding. I would also have never imagined that all of this would take place at a factory in the middle of Boston! It really was such a great experience and like I said, I will never look at saving the same way again.

This is also the perfect time to tell you that Venus Embrace just launched a new razor, the Venus & Olay Razor in Sugarberry. I was one of the first people to get a peek at this new razor. The Sugarberry-scented Olay Moisture Bars smell great and make for a super smooth shave without the need for shaving cream. How great is that? My legs are shaved to a super smooth finish each and every time I use it.

Venus & Olay Razor in Sugarberry

All Gillette razors are sold at your favorite drugstore or mass retailers. The Venus & Olay razors have prices ranging from $8.99 - $11.99 that make it super affordable for a luxurious shaving experience.

Monday
Mar252013

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Collection.

I don't know about you, but I am loving all of the new lip products that are in pencil form. The latest in this category, and probably my favorite of them all, is this new beauty just in from NARS. It's the NARS Satin Lip Pencil.

Ultra creamy and full of moisture, NARS founder and creative director François Nars hit it out of the park with these jumbo sized pencils. I love how smooth and easy the color glides onto my lips. It feels like I am not wearing anything, but I am - just beautiful, creamy color.

The creamy color lasts past the usual three hour wear mark. I seem to get at least four hours of a semi-gloss finish from these, with a slight stain to the lips lasting me the rest of the day once the finish wears off. The swatches I did on my arm (pictured below) were still lightly on my arm the next morning after tissuing off and even showering. Now can you see why these are my favorite lip color pencils I've tried?

There are 13 shades in all:

  • Het Loo - Cognac
  • Floralies - Light Apricot
  • Isola Bella - Peach Beige
  • Lodhi - Vibrant Coral
  • Biscayne Park - Pink Guava
  • Rikugien - Rose Pink
  • Golshan - Spiced Wine
  • Majella - Garnet
  • Luxembourg - Vivid Watermelon
  • Hyde Park - Cardinal Red
  • Palais Royal - Sangria
  • Yu - Shocking Pink
  • Jardin des Plantes - Fuchsia (boutique exclusive)

Of course my favorites are all in the very wearable neutral tones: Isola Bella, Rikugien and Biscayne Park.

Each NARS Satin Lip Pencil retails for $25.00 and they are available at all NARS locations, Sephora, Nordstrom and online at narscosmetics.com.

Friday
Mar222013

Friday Finds: March 22, 2013.

Happy spring! I am so glad that spring is finally here. With two snowstorms this week in New England, it certianly doesn't feel like spring right now. I am so ready for warmer weather! I am loving the longer days though and know that the weather I crave will be here soon.

Take a look at just a few of the new beauties I found this week.

Olay Total Effects 7 in One Moisturizer & Serum Duo with Sunscreen - $18.99
Olay’s most concentrated formula with broad spectrum SPF 15, combines a moisturizer plus an intense serum to effectively fight seven signs of aging. You can't ask for much more form one product that does the job of three.

Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads - $5.99
Perfect for even sensitive eyes, these pads gently remove every last trace of eye makeup - even hard to remove shadows and mascara.

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara - $16.00
This super long-lasting mascara lengthens and defines lashes in a super pigmented rich black formula.

Pixi Beauty Extra Eye Bright Liner - $17.00
This waterproof precision inner rim liner is designed to brighten the eyes and make the eye whites look whiter. I also like to smudge a little bit of it on the inner corner of y lid to brighten up my eye look even more.

Estée Lauder Mad Men Nail Polish Pink Paisley - $24.00
Taking a nod to the 50's for their limited Mad Men collection, this nail polish is the perfect pale pinky peach shade in a retro looking bottle.

Hope you have a great weekend!