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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Clarisonic Mia worth the money


I have been reading all the buzz about Clarisonic Cleansing Systems and watching men wander aimlessly  around Sephora during holidays looking for them, so I decided to bite the bullet at get one. The original Clarisonic costs $195 and the Mia costs $149. The main difference is the Mia only has one speed and the original has four. The Mia also comes with the sensitive brush head only. You can buy any of the other brush heads for the Mia ( Normal, Delicate, and Deep pore Cleansing). The only one that does not work with it is the body brush head. The single speed and sensitive brush head work fine for me. I do want to try the deep pore head next time.
The main benefit of the Clarisonic cleansing system is the removal of dead skin. When we are younger, the dead skin seems to slough off by itself, but as we age, the skin needs a little help. I use my Mia about once a day, in the shower. I went on vacation for a week and didn't bring it with me and I could definitely see the difference. The prices seem to her very consistent. The only place you might get a better deal is on QVC. They sometimes have special edition versions that come with extra product, like the Clarisonic PLUS bliss Face & Body Collection.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fall Beauty Preview Party at Neiman Marcus




Two great local bloggers, Christie and Laura hosted a Fall Beauty Preview at Neiman Marcus last week. The event was complete with pomegranate martinis, mini-cupcakes and a photo booth. While the ladies waited for a mini makeovers, they enjoyed passed appetizers and music from the in-house DJ. 
Christie and Laura's picks were displayed throughout the beauty department, along with new picks for Fall. 

I took this opportunity to try the much loved DiorSkin Air Flash Foundation. This spray on foundation contains mother of pearl pigments to diffuse light and even out skin. You can spray it straight on your face or spray it on a brush or sponge first (good idea if your don't want to get it on your clothes). The coverage is great. I didn't need concealer, and I always need it. Dior makeup artist Desiree completed my look with the rest of the Dior line. 



My notables: 5 Couleurs Lift Eye Shadow, this shadow compact contains an eye primer with anti-aging properties for a smoother look and Dior Addict Ultra Gloss, maximum shine and not sticky.

Guest who RSVP'd with Christie and Laura got a little gift bag containing a red velvet Neiman Marcus makeup bag filled with deluxe samples, including the new exclusive fragrance by Prada, Candy.

Don't miss out on the next great event. Follow Christie's (www.icanstyleu.com/blog) and Laura's (www.lollieshopping.com) blogs!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bargain Base

A great bargain foundation for around $9

I am not a big fan of liquid foundations, but as I age I find that I need a little more coverage. That being, said, I don't want to spend $30 or more on something I probably won't use everyday. I saw Sara mention L'oreal Paris' True Match Super Blendable liquid makeup on KLG and Hoda. She claims that this is the foundation used by their makeup artists. I used L'oreal's True Match Blendable Compact makeup and didn't like it, possibly because it was to heavy.
The key to L'oreal True Match is picking your shade. It is best to go to a drugstore and use their shade finder. You take this plastic swatch strip and place it over the under side of your wrist. Your shade is the color that fades away next your skin. You can also go on www.lorealparisusa.com and use their color match database. It will match your color based on your current favorite brand (limited). Once you find your shade, they will offer you a coupon. The foundation has a light creamy texture that you can apply with your fingers, a sponge or a brush. You can build on the coverage, but you should use a concealer first. You also get the benefit of SPF 17 protection. At $9, this foundation can compete with any department store brand.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Suave Salon Professionals products go the distance

Suave has recently launched a line of "professionals" products that mimic the expensive hair products out of the market. I tried two of them, and here is my review.

Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray, $3
Dry Shampoo has made its way into many of our haircare routines. It dissolves oil and revives hair if you don't have the time to wash it. It can also give a boost to roots and help disguise roots in between colorings.  The only negative has been the price. A small bottle of Oscar Blandi costs $11.00 and lasts for two applications, if you're lucky. This new dry shampoo by Suave does everything Blandi's does with out the high price. It also smells good, unlike the others I have tried (Oscar Blandi and Salon Garphix). I have been using this bottle a few times a week for about a month and there is still a lot left.

Suave Touchable Finish Super Hold Hairspray, $3
Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Super Hold Hairspray is supposed to compare to Paul Mitchell's Freeze and Shine Super Spray. My main gripe with hairspray is that after you've applied it, your hair feels dirty later. This hairspray did not do that. It has a decent hold, smells good and performs like a higher end hairspray. I wouldn't call it spectacular, but a great value at around $3.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Undercover Concealer by Rain is the last concealer you will ever use

When you're younger, you use concealer to cover up blemishes and minor skin issues. As we age, concealer becomes more important for covering skin issues like dark circles, rosacea and uneven skin tone. Most women wear concealer that is too light for their complexion. How many times have you looked at old pictures of yourself or your friends and noticed white "rings" under their eyes.

Undercover Concealer by Rain Cosmetics takes the guesswork out of finding your shade. The dual concealer comes in two shades, Concealed Weapon for light to medium skin tones and Master of Disguise for medium to dark skin tones. Each one has a darker color for covering up imperfections and a lighter color for under the eyes and highlighting. Apply it with a concealer brush for smooth coverage.
Undercover Concealer in Concealed Weapon, $18

Undercover Concealer in Master of Disguise, $18


You can buy Rain Cosmetics at Elements at Aria, Mia Bella Salon and at other Las Vegas resorts. You can also shop online at www.raincosmetics.com