Friday, October 31, 2008

The Body Deli's New Product: Flash Flood Light Facial Moisturizer



PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The Body Deli’s new, re-formulated Flash Flood Light Facial Moisturizer is two years in the making! This revolutionary, super light-weight moisturizer is a new natural alternative to harsh acne treatments.

BENEFITS
This daily moisturizer utilizes organic ingredients and is designed to hydrate the skin and treat acne prone skin conditions. Salicylic acid and an ionic mineral blend of silica, sulphur and copper act as a natural benzol peroxide alternative to help heal and clear up blemishes without drying out the skin. It also uses chiral technology to greatly increase cellular absorption and reduce irritation.

KEY INGREDIENTS
Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Virgin Coconut Oil, Rosemary Oil Extract, Green Tea Extract,Yarrow Extract, Fresh Cells of Pomegranate, Pumpkin, & Carrot, Soy Amino Acid Complex, Ionic Silica, Ionic Sulphur, Evening Primrose Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Chamomile (L-complex) and Blood Orange.

PRICING & AVAILABILITY
The Body Deli Flash Flood Light Facial Moisturizer is $36.00, for a 2 oz. bottle and available at www.thebodydeli.com and at the Palm Desert, CA retail location
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Do you want to clear your skin of pimples, but find benzoyl peroxide-based products too harsh on your skin? Would you like a product that calms zits and moisturizes at the same time? Here is a revolutionary product from The Body Deli that took the company two years to make. It's a hybrid product that is a light-weight moisturizer and a natural, non-chemical-based acne treatment as well. I had the chance to try it and my combination skin loves it. If you have oily or combination skin that is acne-prone, you will love this moisturizer. It is not greasy at all, but very soothing on the skin and has a pleasant light scent. It is just perfect especially for those with active oil glands or during hot and humid days. This doesn't mean you cannot use this during winter. The downside? Since this is an acne treatment, some people might not find it moisturizing enough. Obviously this is not for people with very dry skin. However, you can also use this and slap a thicker moisturizer over it should you want a more emollient product. As always, this The Body Deli product never broke me out nor caused me to get dry patches. It's very gentle on the skin as it only has natural ingredients. I would definitely recommend this to those who are looking for a natural acne-fighting product. Definitely two thumbs up in my book.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Soft Purples and Pinks

Here's a look using purples, pinks and plums from NYX and MAC. I threw in some brownish gold shadow from Silk Naturals to have a little bit of contrast. It's soft and office-appropriate. I used Pure Anada foundation in this look, and as always, I just love the texture and finish of this foundation. I can't wait to receive my custom-made shade from Candace. I'm using Deep Gold (or Gold Sunrise) in this look and I think it is also a match, but I think I need a little bit of olive tones to perfectly match my skin.











Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as primer
Silk Naturals mineral shadow in Superstar foiled on lid
MAC shadow in Thunder on outer lid and above crease
MAC eyeshadow in Sketch on outer V and crease
NYX eyeshadow in Baby Pink on browbone and inner corners
Almay liquid liner in Black
UD 24/7 liner in Zero on waterline
L'Oreal and Maybelline mascaras

Face:
Monistat gel as primer
Pure Anada mineral foundation in Deep Gold (new name: Gold Sunrise)
Mary Kay signature concealer on undereye area
BE Well Rested over Mary Kay
Aromaleigh Ultra Resolution Finishing powder in Peaches & Cream
MAC blush in Petalpoint

Lips:
Almay lipliner in Bronze
Silk Naturals lippie in Birthday Suit

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

MAC Holiday Sets '08: Product Pictures and Swatches

MAC brings some early holiday cheer! Here are some eye candy for everyone. Reviews are coming up.





































Silk Naturals Lippies and A Neutral Look

A while back, I ordered some of my favorite lippies from Silk Naturals. I had a problem with my order because it took them two weeks to ship them out (very unusual for SN, and caused by some glitch in their system), but Karen made up for it by sending a long hand-written letter of apology (thanks Karen, no worries!) and a free Monarch lipstick for my inconvenience. That's why I like buying from small companies because the owners are very hands-on and their customer service is very personalized. Needless to say, I loved everything they sent, and I can't wait to try them all.



I got two Birthday Suit and Jaybird lippies. They are called glosses on the site but I see them more as sheer lipsticks, or maybe pigmented lip balms, take your pick. I LOVE these two. I am on my fourth fifth Birthday Suit tube and my second Jaybird. They are staples in my makeup bag, and my touch-up lippies after meals, because I don't need a mirror to apply these babies. They also look great on my skintone and the scent or taste isn't cloying and doesn't make me gag. Berry Crush (sorry, no swatch today!) is their version of MAC Viva Glam V.


Nectar is SN's version of Clinique's cult favorite, Black Honey lipstick.


Wow, edible 23K gold crushed in a lippie? This tastes slightly metallic, but nothing repulsive or anything like that. Makes me feel like a million bucks since I'm wearing gold on my lips! ;-)



Lastly, here's a look using MAC's beauty powder blush in Enough Said from the "Red" She Said collection. I'm sad that this blush has been overshadowed by its popular sister, Stark Naked. However, shoot me if you want, but I think I prefer Enough Said over Stark Naked because it's just gorgeous on my skintone. And hey, I'm all for the underdog.


Also wearing Earthen Glow minerals lipstick palette and MAC lipglass in Sugar Trance from Fafi.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Purples Using Aromaleigh, MAC and Urban Decay

Halloween is just around the corner so I thought of doing a little Halloween purple look. I used a pretty lavender shadow from Aromaleigh called Diamanda, and I think it went well with MAC's Memorabilia and Top Hat purple shadows. Also, last week, I received a 20% off the total purchase coupon in the mail from ULTA. Now usually, ULTA would just send a coupon of 20% off one item, and you cannot use that for prestige cosmetics like Urban Decay or Bare Escentuals. Last week's coupon was different, though, as it allowed me to get 20% off my total purchase, and no restriction was made as to prestige cosmetics. I immediately went to ULTA to get my holy grail mineral undereye concealer, Bare Escentuals Well Rested, as I have been out of it for a couple of weeks now, and the eye brightener minerals I was using still didn't compare to Well Rested.


I know it contains bismuth, but I believe the glowy sheen of the bismuth itself creates the illusion of well-rested, awake eyes. It refracts light and instantly brightens my undereye area. I also love that it is SO easy to apply on the undereye area. I remember it has been mentioned somewhere that this is Photoshop in a jar, and I second that.



I also got the Urban Decay 24/7 VIP kit, a set of five travel-sized 24/7 Glide-On eye liners that have earned a gazillion raves on makeup boards and sites. These glide like butter on the lids and pigmentation is divine. When I saw Mandi's review of these a month or two ago, I realized I just had to have one. I didn't see it right away in ULTA and thought that maybe it was a Sephora exclusive, but when I went up to the cashier with a heavy heart, I suddenly saw a bunch of these sitting on the cashier's counter. That really made my day. All these at 20% off!




See how pigmented these are?

I used Lust on my waterline in the look below, and it stayed put the whole day and didn't smudge. I heard and read about the hype surrounding these liners. I'm a believer now. I also love the travel size because I know I will never finish any of the colored pencils (well, maybe I can, in probably a couple of years). By that time, hopefully I can get another set for 20% off again using the same coupon from ULTA.













Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as primer
MAC mineralize shadow in Love Connection (gold side) foiled on lid
Aromaleigh Eye Lustre in Diamanda foiled on mid to outer lid, and foiled on lower lashline
MAC eyeshadow in Memorabilia on outer lid
MAC eyeshadow in Top Hat on outer V and crease
MAC eyeshadow in Cloudbound on browbone and inner corners
Indelible gel liner in Tanzanite on upper lashline
UD 24/7 liner in Lust on waterline
L'Oreal and Maybelline mascaras

Face:
Monistat gel as primer
EG Minerals foundation in Helena
Mary Kay signature concealer on undereye area
BE Well Rested over Mary Kay
Aromaleigh Ultra Resolution Finishing powder in Translucent and Clear (50-50 mix)
MAC beauty powder blush in Stark Naked

Lips:
MAC lipliner in Whirl
MAC Baby Sparks dazzleglass

Sunday, October 26, 2008

MAC "Red" She Said: A Review



NOTE: Swatches can be found HERE.

I always love the collection immediately before the holiday sets because the products, packaging and colors are just gorgeous and well thought-of. Just like Antiquitease of last year, this year's counterpart in "Red" She Said did not disappoint. The combination of all my favorite MAC products in one collection made me feel as giddy as a child in a candy store when I stepped inside MAC. Seeing my favorite dazzleglasses, beauty powder blushes (yes, I prefer them to the regular blushes), holiday-jazzed up lipsticks and new-and-improved mineralize eyeshadows in one collection was just too much for me. MAC-gasm indeed!

Dazzleglasses






First of all, the dazzleglasses. Aahhh! I'm such a dazzleglass bimbo, and on most days I really prefer them to the lipglasses because of the mega-watt shine, although I love lipglasses to bits as well. I heard they will become permanent, but as of now they have all just been talks; I really, really hope these become permanent. Sugarrimmed is a beautiful milky pale pink with red, teal and white pearl. This would look amazing on top of darker lipsticks or on its own when I am sporting dramatic eye looks. I love the pearls incorporated in this shade. Baby Sparks is one of my favorites, if ever I have a favorite, as I love all of my dazzles. It's a pale pink with violet pearl that just gives the prettiest pink puckers with the trademark glassy finish. Miss Dynamite - ahh. I love it so much I am glad I have a back-up. Its sheer orange-y copper with pearl really complements my warm undertones. On its own it looks really beautiful. Love Alert is a raspberry red with red pearl; it's the first dazzleglass from this collection to get sold out on the MAC website. The festive color of Love Alert must be one of the reasons why it's such a cult favorite. Lastly, Date Night is a sultry deep plum with blue and gold pearl. This one is a favorite as well because it may look dark in the tube but it goes on pretty sheer but pigmented on my lips. Can't wait to play with these some more.

Mineralize eyeshadows






The texture and color pay-off in these are so much better than the previously released mineralize shadows. Except for the glittery "zipper" in the middle of the product, they are very pigmented and absolutely saturated in color. I believe you need to apply the glitter zipper wet to achieve decent color pay-off, but the shadows themselves can be applied dry, yet still bring forth rich, pigmented shades.

Inter-View is my absolute favorite as it is very versatile and the colors are just classic and classy. It has frosty deep navy with copper pearl stripe and frosty bronzy brown. The two solid colors look amazing as crease/outer V colors or to create a smokey eye.

Threesome is a combination of frosty burnt red, copper pearl stripe and frosty indigo. I read that it is also one of the crowd pleasers from this collection.

Dangerzone is sooo beautiful. It is a trio of frosty true red, silver pearl stripe and frosty black. They really do look "mysterious and dangerous". However, I believe the red is a very wearable one and coupled with the black side, they are gorgeous. The silver glitter truly kicks it up a notch.

Persuasive is a combination of frosty white blue, silver pearl stripe and frosty indigo. In the swatches I made, the indigo side is as rich and as deep as a stormy, tempestuous ocean. I would buy this trio if only for the indigo side. Just gorgeous.

Outspoken is a frosty plum and frosty violet with a silver pearl stripe. I've seen breathtaking eye looks using this one, so I believe this is also a very good buy especially if you like purples.

Word of Mouth is a frosty pale beige, copper pearl stripe and frosty blue grey. I am not a fan of this as I already have similar colors. This would appeal to someone who doesn't have these shades yet.

Lipsticks:








"Red" She Said
is the star of the collection, a very pigmented, mid-tone blue red that absolutely commands attention. I literally stared at the "Red" She Said-painted lips of the MAC MAs, and it looks amazing when worn. This is such a fabulous, festive red, and would truly herald the coming of the holidays.

Quiet, Please
is a sheer frosty pale beige that is as quiet as "Red" She Said is loud and festive. This would look great to pair with dramatic eyes or to tone down darker lipglasses.

Crazee is a mid-tone coral red with pearl that is warmer than "Red" She Said; a must if you love coral-reds.

Soft Pause is a sheer dark brownish berry that I believe would suit my complexion. I love berry shades especially for fall, so I also recommend this.

Pomposity
is a frosty mid-tone blue pink with pearl. Now this one truly suits its name. A little too pompous for me, I must say, and it reminds me a bit of the 80s, so I think I'm passing up on this one.

Fluidlines



Silverstroke- I have been looking for a pigmented platinum gel liner all my makeup life, and this is the answer to my prayers to the MAC Powers That Be. A beautiful metallic platinum that would truly bring the holidays to your eyes. I also love how it opens up the peepers and makes them look less tired.

Blacktrack
- well one can never have too many black gel liners. This is a back-up. A real classic. 'Nuff said.

Beauty Powder Blushes



First of all, I love these products because I really prefer beauty powder blushes over regular MAC blushes due to its beautiful finish. The colors are soft but definitely buildable, but the beautiful multi-speckled sheen is just amazing.

Stark Naked
- the emerging superstar of this collection. I can't believe it's sold out in many stores, and based on the online reviews, its fanbase is enormous. And rightly so; its shimmery mid-tone mauve with gold pearl is as beautiful as it is universal; it cuts across all skintone boundaries.

Enough Said is a shimmery light bronze with gold pearl, a cousin of Eversun, and would look good on medium to darker skintones.

Eye Brows

I have Stud, a deep rich blackened brown. It is deeply pigmented and looks great over my dark eyebrows. If you have dark hair like mine, I recommend this shade.

All in all, I believe this collection is one of the better ones from MAC this year. I loved most of the items from "Red" She Said, and the colors truly speak of the coming holidays.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

MAC For Ungaro: A Look and Review







I think Ungaro has been a pretty underrated collection, based on some of the reviews I've read online. Some people claimed that the color pay-off was not that good. I think that with a good base and a firm shader brush, you can get remarkable color pay-off with the shadows. I really love Soft Flower because it's a very unique color for me; I don't have any shadows similar to this clean pink-coral shade. Also, because it is matte, it looks amazing with shimmer shadows. Phloof! is a wonderful highlight shade, but because it is a part of the permanent collection, I don't think it garnered the attention it deserved. Mineral is a pretty dark grayish brown, which would be perfect for creating smokey looks or contouring the crease if you don't have anything similar. Lilac Touch is also a nice dirty midtone purple that can be used to do a myriad of pretty eye looks.

As for the lipsticks and lipglasses, they are pretty but I didn't see anything unique. I'd love to get my hands on Pastel Emotion lipglass, though. A girl can never have too many light pink lipglosses!



I am not a fan of the See-Thru lip color, though. Not that there's anything wrong with it. It is thin in consistency, and operates as a lip stain that I often see in Sephora and The Body Shop (cheek-and-lip stain). I am not a fan of those, although Not So Shy gives a very natural "just-bitten" lips look. I just prefer lip products similar to the lustreglasses, lipglasses and especially dazzleglasses.

Below is a look using Soft Flower. I really like this eyeshadow because it gives a very clean, coral-pink color which looks amazing with darker shadows. It is also soft enough to be worn during the day or at work.














Face:
Monistat gel as primer
EG mineral foundation in Helena (Cover Me formula)
Dermablend Quickfix concealer
BE Well Rested on undereye area
Aromaleigh Ultra Resolution Finishing Powder (MUFE hi def powder dupe) in Peaches & Cream
MAC mineralize blush in Warm Soul

Eyes:
MAC Beige-ing shadestick as primer
MAC paint pot in Girl Friendly on lid
MAC shadow in Soft Flower on lid
MAC mineralize shadow in Inter-View on outer V and crease (used dark brown side)
MAC shadow in Pandamonium in crease
MAC shadow in Cosmic on midlid
MAC shadow in Baby Petals to highlight
Almay liquid eyeliner in Black
Victoria's Secret eyeliner in Dark Chocolate on waterline
L'Oreal and Maybelline mascaras

Lips:
MAC lipliner in Whirl
Silk Naturals lippie in Fig Leaf
Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush lipgloss in Slice of Heaven
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