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Product Spotlight: Boscia Soothing Cleansing Cream

17 Oct

Hey readers! Hope you had a nice weekend! I definitely did. It’s finally fall here in New York and I am loving it! I busted out the spring/fall cape and totally rocked it. Though a weird thing about my weekend was that I saw a man selling COUNTERFEIT MAC MAKEUP IN UNION SQUARE and freaked out! It blew my mind. I’ve never seen it in person before – only online. Of course I didn’t buy any – who knows what was in it?!

So, in the past, I’ve shared that I use an exfoliating face wash several times a week. I don’t use a face scrub any longer, and I’ll tell you the reason for that soon. You may have been wondering what I use the other days of the week – or what I now use pretty much exclusively!

Boscia Soothing Cleansing Cream

Boscia Soothing Cleansing Cream (picture from beautylish.com)

It had admittedly been a struggle to find something – anything at all – that fit the bill so Boscia‘s Soothing Cleansing Cream is what I’m using right now. I’m obviously pretty picky about products, but when I went into a Sephora to buy a facial cleanser, I only knew that I wanted something mild. My skin was more flaky than a sfogliatelle (or a croissant, if you prefer) – which was why I’d been exfoliating so frequently – but little did I realize that overexfoliating was causing my skin to flake! It’s a delicate balance, my friends. I needed a gentle, milky cleanser to give my skin a break, and after trying a few with the awesome SA at the Union Square Sephora (my favorite one), I went with Boscia.

Boscia‘s Soothing Cleansing Cream is fragrance free, an excellent cleanser, and leaves your skin deliciously touchable. In fact, once you’ve washed your face, you’re suddenly terrified the product’s left behind a greasy film. False, you’re just seriously moisturized. Because of this, though, I advise that you use this product before bed instead of in the morning. (I might not recommend those of you with especially oily skin check this one out.) It’s also a natural product, for those of you who find that important. You really only need one or two little squirts of the product for your whole face, so a little goes a long way.

Though you might go far with just a bit of product, Boscia‘s Soothing Cleansing Cream is unfortunately a bit on the steep side – $26 for 5 oz. It’s also not much of an in-shower face wash for the multi-taskers out there, as Boscia suggests you use it on on a dry face. And, because of the fact that it’s a natural product, it contains no preservatives – so once you buy it, I suggest you start using it so it doesn’t go bad…

It may not be the perfect face wash, but I’m digging it right now. It’s great for fall/winter, especially with its moisturizing qualities. I bought mine at Sephora, but you can also buy it here from Ulta, here from drugstore.com, or here from Boscia‘s own website.

Does anyone else have this face cleanser and like it, or any other Boscia products that they’d like to recommend?

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What’s Cooler than Being Cool? – Rohto Arctic Eye Drops

13 Oct

As I’ve been mentioning non-stop on this blog, I recently was a bridesmaid in and a makeup artist for the wedding of one of my closest friends. Before I left for Roanoke, I bought a new product, which proved to be indispensable.

But I have to say, guys – my gal Coco (Chanel) wasn’t kidding when she said you’ve got to suffer to be beautiful.

I first heard about Rohto eye drops in beauty vlogger Michelle Phan‘s popular Lady Gaga Bad Romance YouTube tutorial. I’m always on the hunt for something to make the whites of my eyes (sclerae!) brighter, and when Visine isn’t pulling its weight in that department – though you have to admit, it can do a lot of different things – you want something that can. We all stay up late, staring at computers, doing whatever, and get red eyes. My contacts make my eyes really red, but I am far too stubborn to wear my glasses. (Hey, I don’t want to sacrifice peripheral vision!) I did a little googling, and this blogger, Your Every Woman, said that the Rohto eye drops hurt. A lot. I was unfazed. Since you guys know I’m willing to put myself through a great deal of physical pain for beauty, I went out that day and picked up a bottle.

Rohto Arctic eye drops

Rohto Arctic eye drops (picture courtesy of travellady.com)

I chose Rohto Arctic, because that was the one that Michelle used in her video, but to be honest, I couldn’t really see much of a difference between the two boxes. It cost about six dollars – same as Visine – at my local drugstore, and it even had an instant $2 off coupon attached to the front. I waited until that night to use it.

I was glad I did. I put a drop in each eye and it was AS IF I HAD CLIMBED MOUNT EVEREST WITHOUT GOGGLES. I’m not sure where the readers of this blog live, but for those of you with distinct seasons, imagine winter. Now imagine really a windy, cold winter, and that you are walking into the wind. And that your eyes are tearing, and how cold those tears are streaking down your face. That is Rohto Arctic. These eyedrops are like having the coldest and worst part of winter in your eyeballs. And you’re going to feel like that for at least 45 seconds.

But when I opened my eyes, they were much, much brighter. And I was really awake! A few minutes later and I kind of wanted to do it again! (Clearly, I am a glutton for beauty punishment.)

I was glad I brought them with me on my bridal excursion to Roanoke. The bride had very red eyes this weekend before the wedding, probably due to lack of sleep. I had been telling her all about Rohto Arctic before I had arrived – how great the product worked – but how it hurt, and she said she would never try them. Hours before the ceremony, however, the tables had turned, and she was cursing as I was applying drops to each eye.

And then, later, asking me for the brand name so she could recommend it to her new husband.

Pros: They work really, really well, are easy to find, and are inexpensive.

Cons: They hurt like you wouldn’t imagine. This wears off, though. And then look at how pretty you are! Also, put your makeup on after the drops, because as soon as you put them in you’re going to cry like you did when you heard that Stabler left Law and Order: SVU. And wait to put your contacts in until after you’ve used the drops.

Interested in torturing your eyes into beautiful submission? Check out your local drugstore or pharmacy, or find Rohto Arctic here at drugstore.com.

Have you tried these? You totally should! They don’t hurt that badly. C’mooonnnn, you know you want to try them.

Product Spotlight: MAC Kohl Power Feline Eyeliner

27 Sep

It should be fairly evident to you all by now that I buy a lot of makeup. Surprisingly, however, I nearly never purchase backups. There are a few discontinued items that I am kicking myself for not doing this with, but generally, I find that I have enough products to keep me going – besides, there are always new things coming out!

Today, I’d like you to meet MAC Feline eyeliner. I have two – one’s a backup! Let me state here and now that you need this, and though it is limited edition, it is a current (September/October 2011) rerelease on MAC’s site. You can find it HERE!

Okay – so now that you have it in your shopping cart, let me tell you why you need to check out the goods.

This sucker is the blackest freaking eyeliner I have ever used in my life. I can’t wait to get my claws into Urban Decay‘s 24/7 in Perversion to do a comparison (it is KILLING me that they haven’t released the full size for individual sale, but this set has the mini for those, like me, who are interested), but they might as well have called this eyeliner Black Hole. I have brown eyes, and this eyeliner makes an impressively stark contrast. The pencil is also exceptionally creamy and smoothno tugging, not ever, and it lines the waterline like a dream.

If you are into a more grungy/punky/laissez-faire eyeliner look, then you will absolutely love this liner. It is extremely blendable. Admittedly, I’m not into smudging. This liner smudges very, very easily, which takes major points off in my book, and even more of a pet peeve, prints onto my upper lid almost immediately after application. If that’s not your bag, keeping MAC Feline from moving around is a simple fix – just pat MAC Carbon eyeshadow on top with a liner brush. However, while I don’t like that I have to add another step to my routine when one beauty product should get the job done, I understand that it is kohl, which is much smoother than your standard eye pencil and therefore transfers more easily.

So why then, if the liner moves around so much and makes me use extra steps, do I like MAC Feline so much?

I typically don’t line the waterline. I think it looks great on most people when they do it, but I feel like on me…well, I think it makes me look like a bit of a putana, which is generally not the look I go for in my day-to-day.

But sometimes, a gal just wants to bring sexy back.

MAC Power Khol Feline Eyeliner

Me wearing MAC Power Khol Feline Eyeliner

Buy MAC Feline for a limited time here. Though it’s limited edition, it’s repromoted once or twice a year on average, so you won’t permanently miss out.

What do you think of MAC Feline? Are you a proud owner? Do you have a beauty product that makes you feel like you could take over the world with a good LBD and five inch heels? I have a handful…would you like to see a series on this?

Product Spotlight: Anna Sui Lip Tint

14 Sep

Happy Wednesday, readers! I am feeling an intense need for a nap right about now, but there is just way too much to be done. (Don’t you HATE when that happens?)

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is in full force here in New York, and this evening, I have the great fortune to be attending the Anna Sui show! I’m looking forward to going and checking out the random assortment of celebs that attend – for the Anna Sui Fall 2011 RTW show that I went to in February, Karen Elson, Fergie, and Vanessa Hudgens were all there. How’s that for an interesting (read: odd) mix?

Anna Sui Lip Tint

Anna Sui Lip Tint box

At any rate, I thought I’d share an Anna Sui product with you today in honor of the show. I’m quite fond of it, and one of my oldest and closest friends gave it to me.

Anna Sui Lip Tint

Anna Sui Lip Tint packaging

Anna Sui Lip Tint is a sheer balm with a glossy finish that goes on clear and gradually changes from natural to hot pink, depending on your body temperature. I’m not going to try to trick you by saying that Anna Sui Lip Tint is an innovative product and that there’s nothing like it on the market. That is by no means the case. I will tell you, however, that it was one of the first of its kind. I’ve had this product for at least eight years, if not longer – and the packaging of the competing products, which include Smashbox‘s O-Gloss, Too Faced‘s Mood Swing, and Dior‘s Lip Glow, isn’t nearly as beautiful to have sitting out on your vanity. Once the gloss wears off, you are left with a pretty pink stain.

Me wearing Anna Sui Lip Tint

Me wearing Anna Sui Lip Tint

I have only a few complaints with Anna Sui Lip Tint – the first being that this product is rather sticky, which means it’s not so fun to apply with a finger. If you don’t clean said finger right after application, it will be stained pink. Finally, if your lips are a little flaky, be prepared for those flakes to be hot pink!

Interested in Anna Sui Lip Tint? I’m not going to send you to the Anna Sui website, because it’s impossible to navigate. I recommend that you go to an Anna Sui store instead. There’s only one USA location – it’s in New York City, 113 Greene Street (at Spring) in Soho.

Product Spotlight: A Rose By Any Other Name – Asquith and Somerset English Rose Bath & Shower Gel

7 Sep

Wednesday already? This week is coasting by. Today, I have a product that’s easy to find locally but hard to find online (weird, right?) – my body wash!

My middle name is Rose, so it’s always surprised me that I haven’t received more rose-scented gifts on birthdays or during the holidays. Some of my favorite fragrances contain rose notes – YSL Baby Doll and Stella McCartney Stella to name a few – and I love the color pink in all of its forms (and red). So when I walked into Marshalls many moons ago and found this product, I was completely delighted.

Asquith and Somerset English Rose Bath & Shower Gel

Asquith and Somerset English Rose Bath & Shower Gel (photo courtesy of fairseasons.com)

Asquith and Somerset makes many different scented soaps and shower gels, but my favorite product is their English Rose Bath & Shower Gel. It’s not too easy to find online, but Asquith and Somerset isn’t at all difficult to find at Marshalls or TJ Maxx stores; virtually every time I visit one, this product is in stock! This body wash creates a great lather and the fragrance lingers on your skin after your shower is over. The bottle has somewhat of an apothecary feel to it, so it won’t just smell nice, but will look nice too! A little goes a long way, but even if I spill a little by accident, it doesn’t matter too much as I usually find it for around $4.

Have you tried this company? Or have you picked up any other awesome finds at TJ Maxx or Marshalls? Sometimes, those stores are where fabulous products go to die. I bought $50 worth of Tony and Tina products there after that beauty brand went out of business…

Product Spotlight: Philosophy Cinnamon Buns

2 Sep

Yesterday was the first day of September (yay) and today marks a full month of this blog’s existence (double yay)! I really like to celebrate small victories (but oddly, not big events), so to do so, I thought I’d feature a particularly festive favorite of mine.

If you’re unfamiliar with the philosophy brand, I am so happy that I get to be the one to introduce you! The company has a wonderful, well, philosophy behind it, which essentially states that not only will their products be good for you, but they’ll also make you feel good (inside and out)! They have skincare, fragrance, bath and body, and color cosmetic products. To be honest, I can’t speak highly of their color cosmetics, and their fragrances smell wonderful but don’t last very long. Their real powerhouse products are in their skincare items and their bath and body stuff.

philosophy cinnamon buns

philosophy cinnamon buns (picture courtesy of philosophy.com)

I’ve been really craving all cinnamon things lately, and I think it’s because fall is here! I first met philosophy cinnamon buns 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath in elementary school when I received it as part of an awesome, cookbook-themed gift set. Every one of the food-scented 3-in-1s have a recipe on its label (e.g. the pumpkin pie-scented 3-in-1 will have a recipe for pumpkin pie on the bottle), which I think is very clever without being irritatingly cute, a surprisingly hard balance to achieve. And just as each of them has a recipe on the label, they each smell exactly like their namesake. philosophy cinnamon buns is particularly impressive – it smells just like the icing (and looks like it, too, so don’t be tempted to eat any), and is a much better cleanser for your skin and hair than Crisco would be.

If cinnamon buns aren’t your thing (you’re missing out!), maybe you’re in more of a margarita kind of mood. (It’s five o’clock somewhere!)

You can find philosophy cinnamon buns here on philosophy’s website or at Sephora. You can also get it here from QVC.

Who out there has a philosophy 3-in-1? Which one do you have?

Cinnamon side note: I recently discovered Land O’Lakes Spreadable Butter in Cinnamon Sugar and it’s so good that it’s become a problem. I also discovered the potential behind mixing cinnamon, sugar, and cream cheese. HELP. Any other cinnamon addicts out there???

Product Spotlight: Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid

31 Aug

So it’s the middle of the week…how many cups of coffee are you through by this point? I have plans to meet with a coffee-holic friend of mine this afternoon, so I’m sure I’ll hit three or four by the end of the day.

I’m not sure if anyone reading this is obsessed with their teeth like I am. I was fortunate enough to not need braces, which I think made me even more paranoid about something happening to them. (One of my biggest fears is falling down and breaking all my teeth.) I brush at least twice a day – though I’m not the best flosser…sorry, Dr. Giovinazzo! – and have two different toothbrushes, depending on my mood. I’m also really concerned that they’ll get stained due to all the coffee (and, um, red wine) I drink, so I use every stain-preventing product out there. I’ve not paid for professional bleaching – of course I’ve thought about it, but I’ve also thought about what else I could buy with $800 – but I’ve tried the paint-on kind, trays, strips, etc.

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid teeth bleaching strips

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid are the best whitening strips I’ve tried yet. They’re not cheap – about $45 for fourteen uses – but I kind of cheat and do something you’re not supposed to with them in order to get my money’s worth.

I leave them on for twice as long. I seriously don’t recommend this if you have sensitive teeth and/or gums, but by gum, do you see a major difference if you leave them on for an hour instead of 30 minutes. I’d done this with other strips, but they moved around and didn’t give me the whitening that I wanted. These strips are kind of like tooth stickers! You have to fight with these suckers to get them off, even if you leave them on for too long, which means that they won’t slide around during the bleaching process and get whitening gel places that it shouldn’t be.

Crest Advanced Vivid Whitestrips were one of my many beauty secret weapons, but now they’re yours, too! (I’m giving up all my best secrets on this blog!!!) I like to use a few in the days leading up to a major social event. You can find them here at drugstore.com, but I personally like to stalk this prey in a Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s, or whatever you guys have in your part of the country: it’s cheaper that way.

Do you guys whiten your teeth? Have any of you had your teeth bleached professionally? Please tell me about your experiences! I’d love to read about them in the comments.

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