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Monday, May 12th, 2008
When it comes to beauty, certain products evoke cult followings. And when those babies evolve, good things happen. Take Tarte Cosmetics best-selling Cheek Stain, for example. The chubby wind-up tube is a cinch to apply and comes in a range of wearable shades. So Tarte added a natural version to their cheeky spring collection—aptly named Full Blossom Natural Swirl Cheek Stain. After swirling together two universally flattering shades, the resulting sheer rose shade leaves skin with the sweetest, pink glow.
Aside from the colour (which is derived from gentle mineral pigments), the formula designed with your skin’s health in mind. First off, it’s free of harsh preservatives, parabens, mineral oil and phthalate. Meanwhile, the balm-like blush is infused with active super fruits like goji, acai and pomegranate (all renowned anti-agers) and moisture-boosting shea butter and safflower oil. If that’s not enough, the soft scent of rose and vanilla will reel you in.
Eco-bonus? By purchasing this cheek stain, you’ll be helping preserve the Amazon Rainforest, via the Sambazon Sustainable Acai Project (SAP). Talk about a remix.
Available at Sephora
Friday, May 2nd, 2008
Does your lip gloss or lipstick contain SPF? An estimated 3,500 new cases of skin cancer of the lips are diagnosed each year – pretty scary huh?
Several beauty brands are realizing the need to include SPF in their lip products and we thank them for that. There are now many fantastic glosses and lipsticks that contain SPF 15 on the market. Here are my top picks:
Aveda Lip Tint SPF 15
Enjoy sheer, shimmering, conditioning colour in 8 shades, whilst protecting those lips. This tint contains avocado and mango, babassu, jojoba and olive oils for top conditioning power.
Ellen’s colour choice: 250 Apricot from the Peaches family.
Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Lip Shine
Vitamins E and C soothe, hydrate, and work to minimize chapping of your lips, and SPF 15 protects to them. Lip Shine adds colour and shine with conditioning benefits that work even after colour is removed.
Ellen’s colour choice: For bee stung lips, try Claret – a rosy red.
Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15
Available in a range of 18 glistening shades, Clinque’s Long Last Glosswear will provide you with mouth-watering colour for up to 8 hours.
Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15
This balm will help to keep your lips soft and supple, and also provides a pretty hint of colour. With an SPF 15, your pouter is protected from those nasty UVA and UVB rays.
Ellen’s colour choice: Hue 58B – a sheer gloss with cooler red tones.
Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheer SPF 15
Add just a touch of soft colour with these mango and cocoa butter glosses. Who knew sun protection could look so good?
Ellen’s colour choice: Champagne Brunch is that perfect sheer nude for everyday wear.
Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss
This product is a lip treatment and gloss all-in-one. Add an instant dose of moisture, infused with one of Trish’s 7 lip-enhancing colours, to create your perfect pout.
Ellen’s colour choice: Add a pop of colour with Brightening Pink.
Lancôme Le Rouge Absolu Reshaping & Replenishing LipColour SPF 15
This advanced lip colour provides six-hour care with continuous moisture and protective vitamin E. Choose from an array of absolutely luxurious shades with a lustrous pearl or satin cream finish.
Ellen’s colour choice: Peachy-orange is hot for Spring so I recommend Lancôme’s Pêche.
Monday, February 11th, 2008
Valentine’s Day will soon be here. Here are a couple of my picks for getting all sassy for your big date with that special someone…
Philosophy Valentine’s Day Lip Duo
Give your special someone sweet kisses this Valentine’s day. Pucker up with philosophy’s high-gloss, shimmery lip shines in powdered sugar cookie and raspberry sorbet. These deliciously scented lip shines smooth and soften lips for the ultimate kiss.
Innocent Illusion by Thierry Mugler ‘Seduction’ Kit
A personal seduction kit to charm in all innocence. Two must-have roll-on perfumes which will caress the skin with the sensual, mysterious notes of Innocent Illusion. A multicolored lip gloss feels sublime on your lips and perfects your charms. All packed in a Thierry Mugler mirrored makeup case.
Tarte Infinite Glow
Achieve a naturally radiant look with this essential palette from Tarte that has everything you need to tan, highlight and add rosy color in minutes. Includes a Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess (sheer golden tan), award-winning gel Cheek Stain in Tipsy (sheer coral pink) and a moisturizing 24/7 Lip Sheer in May Flowers (sheer rose).
Smashbox ‘O-GLOSS’ Intuitive Lip Gloss
The lip gloss that delivers a personalized pink pout. O-GLOSS is packed with natural skin energizing ingredients like smashbox’s exclusive Goji Berry-C Complex, ginkgo biloba, marine plankton and moisturizing pomegranate seed and avocado oils for long-lasting colour and shine.
Too Faced Hopeless Romantic Quickie Chronicle
The palette features seductive hues of Eye Shadow, Blush, and Lip Gloss.
This pretty pink powder provides that natural flush, that you usually can only get from being a little naughty. Perfect for brushing onto cheeks, forehead and chin.
Thursday, February 7th, 2008
If you love Tarte products, then this is the kit you need to invest in. It contains all of your favourites in cute mini-sized versions. I highly recommend that you pick this up before your big date on Valentine’s.
*Mini Cheek Stain in Tipsy (sheer shimmery peach)
*Double-ended Lipgloss in Elle & Emmett (sparkly pink and lilac)
*Rest Assured Brightening Wand
*Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess (light bronze)
*Mini Glistening Powder in Sugar Daddy (sparkly champagne)
Available exclusively at Sephora