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October 2010 Archives

Sultra The Bombshell 1Celebs like Rachel Zoe, Kate Hudson, and Jessica Simpson have long had many of us longing for those seemingly effortless, loose, beachy waves they all have in common. If you’ve ever tried to get said waves, you know that “effortless” really isn’t so effort-free after all. Whether your hair is fine or thick, long or short, you’ve surely spent a socially unacceptable amount of time curling and twirling your locks with an iron, only to have your waves fall flat five minutes after leaving the house.

Enter Sultra’s Bombshell iron. This iron has already gained quite the cult following, and after testing it, deservedly so. The 1 inch curling iron styles hair in half the time of traditional irons, utilizing Japenese Kyocera ceramic technology, and features a clampless barrel design: simply wrap hair around the base for perfect, kink free waves and curls.

To use, grab a small section of hair, hold wand vertical to head, wrap length of hair around the barrel, and release after a few seconds. Perfect waves! As an added plus, the Bombshell comes with a cute hot pink glove to protect fingers while curling around the rod.

When tested, the Bombshell was a winner by our criteria: It heats instantly, is easy to use, quick, and creates perfectly smooth waves or curls, no matter your hair length or texture. We were able to attain surfer girl waves on medium length, super thick hair in less time than it takes to blowdry. A+!

$130, at Sephora.

Stila’s new Holiday Collection 2010 is, in one word, spectacular. For one, the value in the Color Wheel Eye Shadow Palette ($38), is insane. It comes with 37 colors in a case the size of a small dinner plate. Two brushes with four different tips sit on each side of the wheel, and they come in super handy to accomplish one of the 12 looks included in the step-by-step, color-by-number book. Our favorite was the lavender look, that gave us numerous “Omg, where’s your eyeshadow from?” comments on our first night out. Really, the options and color combinations are almost endless. 

Taking up a little less room in our makeup drawers was the Eye for Color Eye Shadow Palette ($18). It’s all the fun of its larger sister, but in about half the size, and a third of the colors. No love is lost, though. It has some seriously beautiful metallic hues, and a great mix of neutrals and vibrant. All colors work wonderfully wet or dry (just like in the larger wheel), and last all night. We didn’t even use an eyeshadow primer, and we got no creasing. Success, right? Right. 

And we can’t leave this post without thanking the Brush Set Essentials ($28). The bristles are super soft (some synthetic, some pony hair), and there’s one for every area of your face. We have taken to using the concealer brush every day (it does an amazing job at blending!), and love the #9 all over blend brush for highlighting our brow bones and the inner corners of our eyes. 

Bottom Line: The value, color options and fun of Stila’s new Holiday Collection 2010 are endless. Don’t pass these up! You won’t regret it. 

Keira Knightly debuted a chic new bob at the Paris Chanel show on Tuesday, stirring beauty editors into a frenzy. Personally, we LOVE it… it’s the perfect angle, length, and makes her color pop.

Love it? Hate it? Want it?

Here are a few tips to keep it looking as great as Keira’s:

-Blow dry in small pieces, layer by layer, and use the blow dryer at an angle from the root down.
-Use a flat iron to work out any kinks and seal shine
-For volume, set hair in large rollers and blast roots with heat
-To keep bob from looking too precious, twist ends with texturizing paste for a roughed up, sexy look.

OPI-Breast-Cancer.jpgFor the fourth year in a row, O.P.I. has released its exclusive nail color for Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Pink of Hearts

In support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, O.P.I. will donate $25,000 as well as $5,000 to Rethink Breast Cancer in Canada. 

Until this year, each exclusive lacquer has been a cream, light pink color. This year, they threw in a “shimmer of hope.” Though we normally prefer cream colors that aren’t pearlescent (since they tend to streak more when applying), the light, silver undertone in Pink of Hearts 2010 doesn’t really streak all that badly, to our surprise. Two to three coats (depending on your preference) gives you a light, neutral pink that has a nice, pearly sheen (especially in sunlight). 

Available right now throughout the rest of October, pick up a bottle and make a difference for all women everywhere. $6.29,

With the weather change, skin tends to freak out. Our once smooth, hydrated faces turn to dry, patchy messes…exaggerating the appearance of wrinkles, especially around the delicate eye area. And we just got our skin under control from the change INTO summer!

eye-rule.jpgThankfully, Sampar Paris has our back: Sampar Eye Rule (Age Antidote) is formulated to combat the signs of aging by resurfacing and filling fine lines and wrinkles in an instant. Reduces dark circles and puffy eyes, moisturizes, and repairs skin in depth. The added bonus of the roller ball application stimulates the circulation to reduce the appearance of bags under the eye.

Here’s how it works:

Peptides and Adenosine firm the slackening of the skin while the steel roller ball combined with White Lupin work together deflate puffiness and bags and minimize darkness. The Adenosine also works with Extrait d’avoine to minimize the appearance of expression lines. Sampar’s patented Urban Defense Complex (a powerful alliance of 3 actives, a natural high-tech innovation: shea butter serum, mint endorphin, probiotic sugar) fights free radicals and pollutants along with Red Raspberry Seed Oil, which also joins Argan Oil and Imperata Cylindrica extract to fight dehydration. Horse Chestnut Extract and RSP Extract (which contains licorice, marigold, and Butcher’s broom) keep dark circles at bay.

Eye Rule really delivers on its promise: leaving dry patches, puffiness, and lines in its wake and revealing smooth, younger looking skin. Plus, it feels amazing going on thanks to the rollerball which we’re loving in eye care products… it’s like a gentle under eye massage!


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