Holiday Gift Guide 2011

The holidays are approaching, ya’lll! If you are looking for a gift for the Beauty Fashionista in your life, you have come to the right place. I compiled my gift favorites that Sephora is offering this season to make it easy for you. Nothing is worse than walking into a store and being bombarded with 500,000 gift sets and not having a clue about any of them! What’s great is that all these gifts are under $30!

For the nail fiend in your life, Sephora recently started carrying British brand Nails, Inc. in their stores. Nails, Inc. is a high quality nail polish brand that I’m beginning to be a huge fan of. The Wyndham Collection features the Teal Black Kensington polish and The Wyndham Overglaze top coat, “which contains hand cut, irregular particles to create dramatic holographic effects when applied over other polishes.” I’m already swooning.


Clinique’s Black Honey Glow gift set includes the High Impact Mascara in Black, a limited edition Black Honey Gel Blush (LOVE), a moisturizing Super Balm gloss in Black Honey, and a shadow duo is Lucky Penny and Rose Chocolate. Flattering for all skin colors and YUMMY!



Philosophy’s set caught my eye when I read “Hot Salt.” According to the site, “the Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Scrub features sea salt and natural extracts to exfoliate and polish dry, rough skin, leaving it feeling silky soft, super smooth and conditioned.” I read the reviews and the salt actually heats up and gives you a tingly scrubby feeling all over. Yes, please!




I’ve had my eye on this since last year, but I already have every thing in it. This gift set features all of Makeup For Ever’s best sellers in smaller sizes so you can sample what you’ve been missing out on. If you are looking to get into Makeup For Ever, this is a perfect place to start. And let’s not even talk about how soft and heaven-sent their HD powder feels! This set includes: the HD powder, HD primer, the waterproof version of the Smoky Lash mascara in Black, Lab Shine gloss in S4, and a shimmery champagne Aqua Cream. *Sigh


My heart palpitates when I think about this amazing little set from Fresh. This set includes a full size of their AMAZE BALLS Sugar lip balm in Plum, which is flattering for everyone. You also get small sizes of their SuperNova Mascara in Black, their Twilight Glow moisturizer (with red pearl, it’s gorge), and Soy Face Cleanser (great for sensitive skin). 

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Shop & Tell- With Video!

Hi bloggers! Over the summer, I bought a ton of beauty supplies, etc and thought I’d share with you. A haul of sorts, but I’m calling it a “Shop and Tell.” Below are my reviews for each product, as well as a video. Enjoy!

1) Organize-Her by MEAD – Sold exclusively at Target I am obsessed with this entire line of notebooks. I have the grocery shopping notebook that comes with tear-out shopping lists and pockets for your grocery cards and coupon clippings. If you’re like me and have a million planners and schedules all filled with the exact same information, all because it makes you feel as if you have some kind of control in your life, than this is for you.

2) Nail Tool from Sally Beauty Supply I wasn’t really a huge “Sally” girl, but they have the best selection of nail polishes and nail tools. I got my little tool (one side is a dotter, the other is a thin art brush) for about $6.

3) L’oreal Lash Serum Since I filmed the video below, I have applied the Lash Serum nightly for about 2 weeks. Do I see a difference? No. #worthless.

4) Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara Not really a Revlon girl, but ever since the old Opulash formula from MAC made some of my lashes break and fall out, I was desperate to restore them to their original glory. For $7 this is literally a miracle worker. My lashes are flowing and extending. The gentle formula is great for sensitive eyes and feels nourishing, without being sticky or clumpy. I like the fat brush it comes with too. Fan for Life.

5) Crest 3D White Strips- 5 Minute I’m a coffee/soda/red wine drinker and so whitening my teeth every six months is a must. For those of you, who like me, have zero patience and time to wait for those half-hour formulas to work, this is a great alternative. It does the job. I mean, my teeth aren’t blindingly white, but I did notice it cleaned up some of the staining and gave my smile a brighter look. I apply the strips to my teeth at night before bed. Put on my PJ’s, do my nightly OCD routine of making sure everything is organized for the next day, then remove the films and brush my teeth to get rid of the extra gel. Five minutes. Done. I would totally do it again.

6) Halloween Lashes- Rite Aid Haven’t tried these yet, but I adored the teal colors feathers popping out at the ends!

7) L’oreal Ever Strong Conditioner– In love with the entire line. Its sulfate-free formula is gentle and your hair is shinier than Whitney Houston’s forehead when she performs onstage. Amaze-balls.

8) Aveeno Face SPF 30– I like trying out different SPF formulas each time I run out, and I always stick to SPF 30 or higher. So far, this formula is great. Not too greasy and stays put under my foundation. I do get a little shiny later on in the day, but let’s face it, it’s been like 100 degrees in Los Angeles. I’m lucky my makeup stayed on my face at all.

9) Fresh Sugar Honey SPF 15– At $22.50, it’s the most expensive lip balm on Earth and I would buy it again and again. I get compliments on the new Honey shade daily “Is that a lipstick or gloss? It’s so natural, what are you wearing?” I literally just wear this alone on a daily basis for work, and it’s SO soft, has SPF to protect your lips, tastes great and gives off a lovely flesh toned color. It’s butter for your lips, without the calories.

10) Clinique Acne Spot Healing Gel -At $14 a pop, this little miracle worker will last you at least a year, if not more. It contains salycic acid and softly murders your pimples without burning your skin.

11) Skintimate Cream Shave– Great substitute for shave mousse, which can dry out your skin and is costly. A little bit goes a long way, and you don’t even need lotion after.

12) Secret Natural Mineral– I sweat like the cops are after me, and this is the only deoderant to date that has held up to the job. I’m always on the look out for deoderants, and this one will do… for now.

13) Lime Crime Eye Shadow Helper– This is Lime Crime’s eye primer. It comes in a cute Tiffany blue container. Since the video, I have tried it and well..it’s a little oily. Not my fave, and no where near as good as Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in Eden.

14) Lime Crime-Mint To Be– Awesome sea foam green lip color perfect for editorial and Halloween looks! Such a creamy formula too. Here I am rocking it below at the Katy Perry concert. Chantal has D’Lilac on.
15) Lime Crime- My Beautiful Rocket– a lovely bright orange that looks beautiful on olive and dark skin tones. A must for my makeup kit.

16) Orbit Sweet Mint– Best flavor of gum out there. Enough said.

Watch the video to see the products and more thoughts!

Lady C’s Skin Must Haves

Welcome to Part II of the Four Part series for Lady C’s Must Haves! Below are the products I use almost daily on my skin.

Crest Extra White with Scope Outlast – Ok, I know this isn’t technically a skin product, but I love it so much I had to mention it first. You know those toothpaste commercials where the people go about their day smiling and “feeling fresh all day long?” This toothpaste gives you that fresh feeling for at least 3 hours. NO KIDDING. If I could give one product to each American, it would be this hands down. I give it two Blackberry Messenger thumbs up! Oh if everyone could have fresh, minty breath!

Purity Face Cleanser– I buy this in bulk from Philosophy’s website. I have the 32 oz. bottle with a pump sitting in my shower as we speak. Its mild formula is wonderful for all skin types and still strong enough to remove makeup. A quarter-size amount does the trick. I use it every night in the shower (the hot water opens up your pores and allows for all the dirt/oils to come out easier.)

Fresh Sugar Face Polish — Two words: Ob.Sessed. Okay, one word. But still. The wild strawberries and brown sugar make this smell –and I’ll admit– taste yummy. The grainy texture really polishes the skin without feeling rough.
Rub Rub Rub — with citruses like lemons and orange, floral components like Jasmine and sea salt, this body scrub doesn’t mess around. I stir it up to mix the salts at the bottom and dab a dollar coin-size amount on my loofah and scrub-rub-rub away about once a week. This is great to polish your skin and get it ready for any self-tanners you may use.

Neutrogena Micromist Sunless Tanner– I lightly mist myself with this after rubbing in some of Loreal’s Sublime Bronze tanner into my skin. I like the combination of using a gel tanner, then misting with this spray tanner to get overall coverage and a deep, glowy, natural color.

Loreal Sublime Bronze Clear Self-Tanning Gel – I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Sublime Bronze line of tanners from Loreal. Most of them left me glittery- getting sparkles all over  my clothes- and splotchy. Worst of all, my skin looked patchy as it wore off. HOWEVER, the GEL product is great. The light clear formula dissolves into your skin and mixed with the Neutrogena mist above, gives great color payoff, without getting splotchy or patchy.

Victoria’s Secret Heavenly Mist– I have really bad allergies, and I usually wake up feeling pretty nauseaus so I stay away from heady, strong perfume. I love the Heavenly body spray– call me old school, but it does the trick and the scent is, well…. heavenly. The boyfriend likes it too.

Bubble gum Lip Scrub— Any flavor of Lush’s lip scrubs do the trick. It’s got jojoba oil and castor sugar, so it’s not honey-like or sticky. I stand over the sink after I brush my teeth at night, and crumble the little crystals all over my lips. I wash the extra off and dab on my lip balm, which is coming up…right below.

Fresh Lip Balm — This product is so worth the $22. I have the clear one for night time and the Plum shade for day that I wear under my gloss.

Creme de la Mer — I don’t want anyone thinking I’m a big spender here, because I’m living off of a sample of this stuff lol. In a perfect world, Creme de La Mer face cream would cost $10 a jar, and I would slather it all my body. *Sigh

When Hope is not Enough Serum  — Can’t get enough of this anti-aging serum! I squeeze two drops onto my fingers and pat it onto my skin like I’m playing the piano. Safe to use around the delicate eye area. I top off with a moisturizer like Creme de La Mer or Philosophy’s own Hope cream.

St. Ives Replenishing Mineral Therapy — This is a great basic lotion for hands, feet and all over. I particularly love the smell…it smells like a soapy rain forest, if you can imagine that. It’s one that the boyfriend and I share, so I call the scent “man-friendly.”

Winter 2011 Product Review

Happy December!

I am excited to share with you a plethora of beauty products that I recently got on my last (few) trip(s) to Sephora. I’ve recently started branching out and trying different brands. Most of my makeup career, I’ve relied heavily on MAC Cosmetics products, mostly because of my training there for 5 years and also because I get a SWEET discount with them. However, lately, I’ve felt a craving for more… variety. I mean, I can’t call myself a good makeup artist if I mainly use one line of cosmetics! This recent urge has taken me on many trips to Sephora and several beauty counters, as well as poring through Youtube tutorials and online reviews. Every waking moment I have had the last few weeks has been spent educating myself on all the different brands and TRYING everything! I feel like I have a whole new world at my fingertips, but also, like I am doomed because of course all of this is COSTLY up the wazoo. Anyway, below are my new findings and what I thought of them.

Makeup For Ever HD Foundation– $40
 I don’t know where this foundation has been all my life, but I am AS excited about this as I was about NSync in high school. For the first time in my life, I am applying foundation on with my fingers. It glides on smoothly and gives beautiful coverage without feeling heavy. The color dries down true to what it looks like in the bottle, which is hard to find, as most foundations end up drying down darker than they look, or more yellow or pink. It looks gorgeous in photos as well as in person. Long-wearing and even a little sweat-proof. 
FRESH Magic Wands Mini Mascara Duo — $10
I bought these in the checkout line at Sephora. Fresh’s full size mascaras are a bit pricy, so I wanted to try them out before I committed. Supernova (the black one) looked beautiful at first, then slowly weighed my lashes down. It also doesn’t dry fully..it feels like gel even hours after you apply it. Firebird (the blue one) however, is AMAZING. The wand can whip any flimsy lash hair into shape and LIFT your whole lashline. Dried down well and stayed on all day. 
Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure Gold — $19
This is part of Tarantino’s limited Gold Collection and is simply divine. The light reflects off the mineralized crystals in this golden dust and just heavenly. I applied some MAC Cream Color Base to my cheekbones and dusted it on with a flat-tipped blush brush. The result? ETHEREAL 
Makeup For Ever Waterproof Eyebrown Corrector– $19
Once again, where on God’s green earth has this been all my life? I have always been very disappointed with the quality of eyebrow-filling products in the market, until this. I’ve tried everything: eyebrow waxes (too greasy), eyebrow liners (to harsh), eyebrow gels (crusty and pointless), and eyeshadow-as-eyebrow-filler (not strong enough). I hate when people’s eyebrows dissappear in photos because of the flash, or just look faded or even worse SHINY because of the product they put in them (mine included!). This silicone-based gel feels more like a cream and is applied with an angle brush. The color STAYS PUT (even through a workout at the gym), stays MATTE and stays SOLID. Washes off with soap and water. One tube will probably last you a lifetime, and no, I’m not joking. The only jest I have is that it only comes in 4 shades. I’m hoping they expand this line because it’s honestly amazing.
Attention Blondies: This product also doubles as a lash darkener when applied with a clean mascara brush! And on graying sideburns and mustaches, so Grandpa and your Dad will be happy campers as well. 
FRESH Prime & Glow Duo– $10
Freshface Primer and Freshface Glow
Once again, I was trying not to break the bank, so I bought the sample-sized version of these two products in the checkout line of Sephora. The Freshface Primer smells amazing (like roses!) and a tiny bit does go a long way. I’m not sure if it’s worth the hefty price though ($36) , since there are so many other primers that are cheaper and can do the job just fine. The Freshface Glow  ($36) is a moisturizer with a red pearl glow. It’s really gorgeous, but reminds me of MAC’s Strobe Cream ($29), which is slightly cheaper. My thoughts? If you got the $$ go for it. If not, there are cheaper options.
Sephora Face Wipes (25)– $8
What…an utter dissappointment. I jumped at the price– 25 wipes for eight bucks!– but gravely regretted it later. First of all, the wipes feel like they are SOAKED in Palm Olive. Secondly, it didn’t remove jack sh*t. After using one wipe, I looked like Heath Ledger’s The Joker. I still had to wash off the remainder of my makeup with my Philosophy Purity cleanser and warm water. I still stand strongly by MAC’s wipes (45 for $18).


Holiday Gift Ideas!

Click the name of the cosmetic brand to find the link to these great gifts! Enjoy…

 

 Candy Cane Lane
$22.00
Includes Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Lip Shine all in Candy Cane Flavor



Great Skin Home & Away   
$59.00
Includes Full-Size Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula, Full-Size Clarifying Lotion, Full-Size Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Travel Size Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula, Travel Size Clarifying Lotion, Travel Size Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.
 
Sugar Plum Let It Glow!                     FRESH                                                                                     $28.00                                                                                     Includes Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15, Supernova Mascara, Twilight Freshface Glow, Citron de Vigne Eau de Parfum                                      

Beauty In A Box: NARS Junkie      NARS             $69                                                                                              Includes Essential Eye Palette, Ophelia Lip Gloss, mini Orgasm Multiple, mini Bronzer in Laguna
                                                                                                                   Rock For Ever                                        MAKEUP FOREVER                                             $49                                                                                              Includes HD High Definition Microfinish Powder, Sens’ Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eyes Cleanser, HD High Definition Microperfecting Primer, Smoky Lash mascara in Extra Black and Aqua Eyes Mat Black 0L

12 Days of Christmas                                LUSH                                                                                           Price ranges from $20 – $300                                                      Includes a variety of Lush bubble bars, bath bombs, shower gels, etc