Check back later this week for our review of new L'Oreal EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System and Olay Professional Pro-X skincare products.
TJ Maxx and Marshall's never disappoints the recessionista in us.
On our weekly trek to traverse the aisles, we found some steals and deals:
Fekkai Hair Mask with Shea (originally $22 for $9)
An Innue handbag (originally $365 for $129)
A Michael Kors black handbag (originally $398 for $129)
Dr. Perricone tinted moisturizer (orginally $65 for $9)
Lancome blush (originally $29 for $9)
A romantic cashmere sweater by Kenar for $10 on the clearance rack.
With TJ Maxx and Marshalls as our BFF's, the "Great Recession" can't beat us down.
Although we adore print magazines, we are always leery of beauty editors' lists of favorite beauty products or their Best of the Best lists.
Why? Because big advertising dollars may influence or brainwash the staff's favorites.
But we admire and trust ShopSmart.
Launched in the fall 2006, ShopSmart, a sister magazine of Consumer Reports, draws upon Consumer Reports’ celebrated tradition of accepting no advertisements and providing unbiased product reviews.
In their recent Best of the Best mascara lists, 34 women tested 16 lengthening and/or thickening formulas of mascara. Was the winner the darling of print magazines, Maybelline Great Lash Washable mascara?
Lancôme was the official makeup sponsor of Fashion Focus Chicago. This premier fashion week began on October 1st and featured the city's top emerging designers. Lancôme National Makeup Artist and Chicago native Alex Sanchez created the looks for all five runway shows including: Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion featuring Clandestine Industries, World Fashion Chicago presented by Sister Cities International, Dress Code of The Chicago Fashion Design School, Allure of Couture, and the Designers of Chicago Show presented by Macy's. In celebration of the Fashion Focus Chicago sponsorship, Lancôme also created a special makeup collection that will be available exclusively at select Chicago Macy's locations until October 31st. A portion of the proceeds from the collection will benefit The Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI), a fashion program that supports six emerging Chicago-based designers
Alex Sanchez is working his makeup magic on a model before the Macy's show on Tuesday, October 7th. Read more.
While vacationing in Florida for the month, I thought I had all my bases covered -- Lancome UV Expert 20 sunscreen with mexoryl for my face and body, zinc oxide to cover those delightful freckled age spots, a Coolibar hat that keeps out 99 percent UVA and UVB rays, but guess what I forgot to address? My lips! With lips beyond recognition, I traversed through the kitchen to find a quick, effective, and inexpensive remedy for my swollen and painful lips.
With lips like Angelina Jolie's, I should have been ecstatic, but not only did I have newfound plump lips, but I had a newfound speech impediment. With increased volume triple of my original lips, I couldn't enunciate my words. My first day on the beach, I made the unfortunate mistake of applying a conventional lip balm containing petrolatum-based ingredients, but because the molecules are too big, lip skin can't absorb the ingredients, and now my sunburned Angelina Jolie lips need TLC.
To return my lips from Botox plump and sunburned sexy to thin and deflated (oh, can't I hold onto the Angelina Jolie look without the pain), here are 2 effective remedies for sunburned or chapped lips:
Natural moisturizers like shea butter, beeswax, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or hempseed oil, all of which can naturally penetrate the skin, is what I should have had in my beach lip and skin care arsenal. If you would rather buy a product, the two listed below offer you some of the same benefits as the do-it-yourself versions with more convenience, but you can save $30 by doing it yourself. That's brains on beauty.
Jane Iredale's Sugar and Butter Lip Duo ($24 Lovelyskin.com)
Buddha Nose Certified Organic Lip Balm ($6 Amazon.com)
You can find me at the beach. Between the sunscreen, my large Coolibar hat, dots of zinc oxide, and my Angelina Jolie lips, I'm not sure you would recognize me. But if you do, pull up a beach chair and chat a while.