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August 2010 Archives

What do you get when you blend dead sea minerals with organic fruits and vegetables (like carrots) and leave out the parabens? Well, shampoo and conditioner, of course. Per usual, we were first drawn to this duo for its fresh orange color (and label.) Reading a book by its cover? You betcha. When we untwisted the top of Yes To Carrots Shampoo and Conditioner, we were pleasantly surprised by the fruity scent (it’s carrot shampoo after all). Though the ingredient list reads more like the recipe for a fall harvest soup than haircare - organic carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin - we gave it a try.  

The directions mention to leave the shampoo on for two minutes (which was a little odd, but we followed instructions) before rinsing, and the same for the conditioner. We squeezed the traditional amount of product into our hands before lathering up, and found we needed some more shampoo to get a rich froth. The conditioner was ultra thick and rich, but appeared to absorb into our hair pretty quickly. Assuming it was a result of the unconventional formula, we left the shower with squeaky clean strands that smelled marvelous. Though our hair was soft when dried, it didn’t feel quite as hydrated or glossy as we are used to. 

Overall, we were pleased with the smell, lack of harmful chemicals and the presence of natural ingredients, but we felt this duo was a little drying for our normal/dry hair, and might be a better match for oily tresses. 

$8.99 each,
chanel_khakicollection002.jpgFresh off of the greige trend, with Fall comes a new hot neutral for your nails: khaki.

In celebration of Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out, CHANEL Makeup’s Global Creative Director Peter Phillips has created LES KHAKIS DE CHANEL. The three color nail lacquer collection includes Khaki Rose, Khaki Brun and Khaki Vert, which can be worn alone, or combined for a camouflage effect.

Chanel is always at the forefront of polish trends, and if the past success is any indication (do the names Jade, Vamp, or Nouvelle Vague ring a bell?), these will sell out before you can whip out your credit card. Get them while you can!

The collection will be available on September 10th and will retail for $25.00.
Yes, even celebs get breakouts, but you don’t always need a star salary to get rid of them. Some of our favorite star beauties forego expensive spas and treatments in favor of at-home treatments in order to keep  their skin red carpet ready.

celebacne.JPGMegan Fox swears by Bliss ‘Pore’-fector Gadget Kit ($185), an innovative complexion-improving set featuring a high-tech, dual-action skincare tool and advanced pore-clearing formulas. The tool generates sonic vibrations, which work with Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner to create micro-jets (fine, steady streams of moisture) that extract impurities and deeply clean clogged skin. The sonic waves help to loosen up debris, creating a cleaner, smoother, more receptive surface, setting the stage for revitalizing antioxidants, hydrators, and the rest of your skincare regime to work effectively. So that’s why Megan always looks flawless!

Charlize Theron reaches for Ole Henriksen Micro/Mini Peel System ($95), a three-step kit containing all you need to exfoliate, refine, peel, and renew your skin in minutes. Almond Polish emulates the benefits of a microdermabrasion, refining skin to smooth perfection. next, a Lemon peel emulates the benefits of an acid peel; lactic and glycolic acid combined with orange and lemon extracts plus aspartic acid go to work peeling and renewing skin. Lastly, a chamomile formula comforts skin after the more active treatment steps. Convenient, effective, and luxurious… no wonder Charlize loves it!

Miley Cyrus is a fan of Kinerase Clear Skin Blemish Dissolver ($39). A blend of proven blemish-fighting ingredients targets imperfections and works quickly and gently to reduce the buildup and blockage that can cause skin problems. The convenient stick with a roller-ball applicator offers precise spot application that helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and other breakout-related skin imperfections, even on the go. Perfect for a jet-setter like Miley!
Sometimes, it’s hard enough to remember to apply sunscreen to our bodies as part of our beauty regimens, and when you actually do get around to spritzing on the protection (which you should do, every day….we know we don’t have to tell you twice), your lips are probably pretty low down on the check list. 

But guess what, our lips are skin, too - and sensitive skin to boot - that need protection from the sun as much as our faces, limbs and chests. So we rounded up three types of lip products, a gloss, a balm and a traditional conditioner, that can be implemented into your daily routines without even a second thought. 

The lip gloss of the bunch, Peter Thomas Roth’s Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm SPF 15 in Pink Shimmer, has a nice high shine with no real scent or flavor. We like it because it has a pretty light pink color, and though it’s the only shade it comes in, we think it’s sheer enough to suit most skin colors. The non-sticky gloss boasts six anti-aging ingredients, as well as aloe and vitamins A, C and E to boost volume and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. $15,

Too Faced Love Lisa Luxury Lip Balm Sunscreen doesn’t just do double duty, it’s a triple threat. Not only does this sassy tube come packed with fresh smelling orange essential oils and a sun protection factor of 15, but a big portion of the sale of each balm goes to the Too Faced Love Lisa Melanoma Research Foundation Grant. It’s colorless, and has a satiny finish, which we love for pairing with lip stains, or to wear alone. $16,

The highest protection in the lip products we tested was Kinerase’s Ultimate Volume Lip Conditioner with SPF 20. It is a little thin and runny for our liking, but it was very hydrating. For women concerned with fine lines or wrinkles around the mouth, Kinerase uses an ingredient called Volulip which is supposed to increase the production of collagen. $28,

rouge-artist-491.jpgThe latest in lips from Make Up For Ever, Rouge Artist Intense, is a show stopping new lipstick collection with high pigmentation for dramatic, long-lasting color in just one stroke. The formula contains 50% more pigment than traditional lipstick formulas and is available in 3 different finishes for varying intensity: matte, pearly, and satin.

The line boasts an impressive 50 shades in an assortment of reds, nudes, and pinks [click for color chart] to help every woman find a shade that suits them. Because this can be overwhelming, Make Up For Ever has also developed a special shade selection tool that narrows down hues by both hair color and skin tone, assuring the most flattering shade recommendations. The tool will be available both in-store and online at Sephora.

We used the tool to select two hues based on hair and skin, and were more than pleased with the choices. The selector is pretty much spot-on; both shades selected looked gorgeous on!

$19, Sephora.

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