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October 2008 Archives


Summer has come to an end but that doesn’t mean you should put away the sunscreen. With all we do to get (and keep) younger-looking skin, a broad-spectrum sunscreen should be the one thing (among others) we don’t leave the house without wearing. Protecting your skin is the most important thing you can do to prevent premature aging.

This simple, yet overlooked, cosmetic step can become second nature with these products:


kinesys spf 30 fragrance free.jpgKinesys SPF 30 Spray Sunscreen is an alcohol-free spray that dries quickly and never left a greasy feel. This works fabulously if you plan to outdoors working in the garden or taking a long run, but works just as good for an “around town” day of errands. 1oz., $6, 4oz., $18,




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Kinesys SPF 30 Sun Protection Stick is a convienient way to add sunscreen to our faces while running out the door. This solid stick is purse-friendly and is easily re-applied throughout the day (just apply it before the afternoon re-touch). $12,




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DDF Protect and Correct UV Moisturizer SPF 15 not only protects our skin from the sun’s harmful rays, but treats the hyperpigmentation we may have aquired from past acne or sun exposure. The non-greasy formula absorbs beautifully and leaves our skin looking radiant. $58,






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Peter Thomas Roth Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 works amazingly well, especially for those of us with oily skin! It doesn’t cause any additional shine and we are left feeling confident our skin is protected. The bonus: Our skin gets treated well because of the antioxidant vitamins, A and E. $26,





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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 30 is the best when it comes to applying sunscreen in hard to reach places. We love the light mist of spray and quick-drying formula that won’t clog our pores and is resistant to water and sweat. $9.99






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Kiss My Face Hot Spots Certified Organic Formula Sunscreen, SPF 30 gives the “green” girl inside of us the satisfaction of knowing that what we are using is natural and contains no weird stuff. With a certified organic base of beeswax, coconut oil, aloe, herbs and wild crafted shea butter this is the perfect choice of sunscreen for our face and lips. $9.19,


pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness.jpgOctober is the official month of Breast Cancer Awareness. The entire month is dedicated not only to support those with the disease, but to educate and inform men and women about the importance of early detection, prevention, treatment and more.

Many companies create special “Pink Products” and gift sets that are exclusive to the month and will donate portions of sales to organizations that support this cause. We think this is fabulous! What a great way to show your support and also get something beautiful and pink for doing so!

The following products all help raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF): 


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Sephora Pocket Brush Set is an amazing little set of brushed that we all agree are perfectly sized for travel. They already come in a cse, so there’s no reason to have to spend more on one! $1 from every set sold will go to the BCRF, Sephora will donate $3 as well! $15, 





Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is the best-selling moisturizer that miraculously works for all skin types. This limited edition jumbo-sized bottle is equipped with a pump for easy use and comes with collectable Clinique and Pink Ribbon key chain. $10 of each sale will be donated to BCRF. 6.7oz., $35





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Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector SPF 15 is not only one of our personal faves for moisturizing and conditioning our lips (not to mention we love the way it leaves them the perfect hint of pink), but this month it is being sold at Sephora in a fabulous new tube. Purchase this must-have lip treatment and 10% of the retail price will be donated to the BCRF. $16.50





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Too Faced Betsy Baby Duo Eyeshadow was created by founder Jarrod Blandino and Sephora Sr. VP of Marketing, Betsy Olum. The beautiful mauve pink and light neutral pink was named Betsy Baby in honor of Betsy’s battle and triumph over breast cancer. $9 per sale of Betsy Baby will be directed to BCRF! $17,




ojon le revitalizing mist.jpgOjon Revitalizing Mist is a weightless, pre-stying leave-in conditioner that gives hair amazing softness and shine. This amazing smelling spray works to refresh your hair when you are short on time. It now comes in a pink ribbon box created especially for breast cancer awareness month, and contains the same Ojon oil the company has become known for. 20% of North American sales will be donated to BCRF with a maximum donation of $35,000. 5fl. oz., $26, 




bobbi brown pink ribbon collection.jpgBobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Collection is a set of two fabulous lip products sure to look good no matter your skin tone. Pink Glitter Lip Gloss and the top-selling shade of Tulle Lip Color comes packaged in a pink photographic carton. This would make a great gift! Bobbi Brown will be donating $35,000 in connection with the North American sales of Pink Ribbon Collection to BCRF. $40,


YSL-gloss-pur-black.jpg“Mysterious, sensual, luminous… A cosmetic jewel that turns lips into a spectacular fashion statement.From plum to ebony, it dresses lips in an infinite range of shades, depending on how it is applied - feather light or rich and bold. Transparent yet intense, it plays on the depths of black and the pure shine of a sparkle-free formula. For fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, black is THE color. And as a make-up artist, lips are THE focus.”

Besides being the must-have make up item for Fall 2008, Gloss Pur Black is a preview of a new formula which will launch in Spring 2009, in 6 radiant shades, full of pure color and high shine.

The new dark lip craze is in full swing now that YSL has released their new gloss. We are so excited to be able to dress up our dark pouts, and can only imagine the beautiful intensity this will give our typical burgundy and cranberry lips this season!

YSL GLOSS PUR Black Limited Edition, available online now, for only $28,

shopsmart-november-2008.jpgYou’re willing to scrimp on some things to save money, but not your makeup. So how can you save without giving up your favorite brands? Go online of course!

In the November issue of ShopSmart, the editors checked out more than two dozen beauty sites to find the best ones, screening out sites with bad Better Business Bureau records, no contact information, poor return policies or high shipping fees and ones where items were bundled (Amazon’s best cosmetic deals were in multipacks). We’ve narrowed the list even further to include only our favorites, and we couldn’t agree more with the results:

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Best Overall Selection:
Shipping: Free if you spend $49 or more.
Return policy: 30 days on unopened products or, for certain items, if you don’t like the color. Returns cost $4.99 unless a product is damaged or incorrect or the color is wrong.

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Great for Hard-to-Find Products:
Shipping: Free on orders of $100 or more; otherwise $5.95.
Return policy: 14 days on most items. No returns on opened or used products.

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Great for Trendy Brands:
Shipping: Free on orders over $75; otherwise $5.95 to $8.95.
Return policy: 30 days. You pay for return shipping unless the product was damaged. All returns are for exchange or store credit only. There are no refunds or returns on color cosmetics.

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Best Prices:
Shipping: Free on orders of $35 or more; $4.95 on orders of less than $35.
Return policy: 30 days. Products must be unused and unopened, unless they are defective. You have to call or e-mail before returning products; you will also have to pay the costs of return shipping.

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Great Return Policy:
Shipping: $5.95 plus 93 cents per pound.
Return policy: 30 days. You can return most products for any reason, even after they’re opened.

drugstore logo.gifGreat Drugstore Makeup Section:
Shipping: Free on your first nonprescription order of $25 or more; free on orders of $49 or more after that.
Return policy: 30 days. Returns are free if a product is damaged, defective, or incorrect. Returns are free on certain products if you don’t like the color. Otherwise, products must be unopened and unused.

sephora logo.gifGreat for Freebies:
Shipping: Free on orders over $50; otherwise $5.95.
Return policy: 60 days. Free return shipping. Store credit after 60 days.

skin botanica logo.gifGreat for Organic Products:
Shipping: Free on orders over $49; otherwise $5.95.
Return policy: 60 days.

P.S. ShopSmart is a fabulous magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports. If you’re not reading it, you really should be! There ae no ads, only the best reviews for products you want. They break down what is worth your money and what to leave on the shelf.

Bioelements is a high-end, botanically-based skincare product line that uses plant extracts, trace minerals, aromatherapy oils and other natural ingredients to treat common skin concerns- everything from acne to wrinkles. All of their products are free of artificial colorants, synthetic fragrances and pore-clogging oils. These are a few Bioelements products that we are loving right now!




bioelements equalizer.jpgBioelements Equalizer is an amazing toner that keeps skin well hydrated and looking fresh long after you spray it on. It will never leave your skin feeling tight or dried out thanks to ingredients like chamomile extract and ginseng. We like to spritz it on in the middle of the day to keep us looking fresh after long hours in front of a computer or a day of shopping for the best products!  $26,



bioelements instant emollient.jpgBioelements Instant Emollient relieves even the driest of lips! We keep this by our bedside to ensure we wake up with soft, hydrated lips. This also works wonderfully as a prep fpr lipcolor- simpy apply when you begin your makeup routine, and by the time you are done and ready to add color to your lips, they are smooth and color-ready. $20, 




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Bioelements Oxygen Cocktail glides over our skin like silk, leaving it looking refreshed and feeling smooth. We apply it before moisturizer to ensure our skin looks its best all day. The moisture-binding hyaluronic acid blended with oxygen-boosting Tissue Respiratory Factor Complex creates the ultimate dynamic, effective duo for revitalized skin. $33.50,  




Bioelements Sun Diffusing Protector SPF 15 provides our skin with the much needed broad-spectrum protection that we desire. It never feels greasy and didn’t cause any breakouts. It’s fast-absorbing and comes in a beautiful glass pump that looks fabulous on the counter top- the perfect place to remind us to use it daily. $47, 

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