Thursday, December 7, 2006

my eyes don't always have it

i have terrible dark circles. no matter how much sleep i get or what lightening products i use, i still have them. what makes it worse is that i am pretty fair, so it always seems like i have this dark, purplish tint under my eyes. it's unfortunate, but it's true, and it's also genetic (thanks, Mom). i always worry that it's the first thing people notice about me (that poor girl should really get more sleep!), and it's the one thing i would change about my appearance. unfortunately, there aren't any genies or magic lamps laying around my apartment to make wishes on so i have to make due with concealer. i have pretty much tried everything (if there is something you think is amazing, please send me an email at, but right now the two things that allow me to pass for a human being are the Lola Highlighting pencil and Laura Mercier Secret Concealer. after all of my makeup is done, i put the Lola pencil under my eyes and follow it up with the Laura Mercier. i have to reapply later in the day, but since mine are so bad, i think that either of these products or the combination of both will work for anyone.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

the fountain of youth in a bottle

most people think a beauty product's results are in direct correlation to its price tag. Burt's Bees disproves that theory. i discovered this last year and not a morning or night has gone by that i don't put on the Burt's Bees Repair Serum. seriously. twice a day, no matter what. this stuff is awesome--and so emollient. i'd venture to say that some people could just get away with using this, but you know how i like to layer my moisturizing products. at first, i was afraid that this would break me out because it's like an oil, but not one pimple! not one pimple and it totally smoothes and decreases the appearance of fine lines. i've used serums before, but i never felt like i could see a difference. that was so not the case with this amazing serum--i started seeing results immediately. this also calms my sensitive skin, and i am not sure how, but it makes skin look radiant. i got this in a Burt's Bees facial care gift set and i immediately went out and bought the full-size serum before i'd even used the last drop of the original bottle.

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we should all be more cheeky!

i love that whole i've been skiing out in the great outdoors and drinking hot toddies in the chalet look. it's so rosy and pretty and healthy looking. the fact is, the only time i really spend outdoors is when i am running to starbucks. so creating that pretty flush takes work. one of my favorite tools is Stila's convertible color--i have 3, i love them so much (fuchsia, poppy and peony). the fuchsia and poppy are perfect for this--just layer and blend with a cotton ball. the peony is a nice neutral. then i just put some pretty powder blush over it to keep it in place. you're supposed to be able to use this on your lips, but it's not great on the lips. in a pinch, it's fine, but this is so great on the cheeks, it really doesn't matter. plus, it lasts forever.

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Monday, December 4, 2006

now you don't have to be afraid to show some skin

ok, i really love philosophy. really, really love them. i guess this is where i say, i dont work for philosophy--i just love their products. ok, i already said that, but it can't be said enough times. i've been using the purity made simple cleanser for a while now--i dont know for how long, but it's like time stood still when i discovered this product. i want to shout from the rooftops of every tall building in manhattan and tell everyone they need to go out and buy this. i love rich, creamy cleansers and this is the best one out there. it gently removes all traces of makeup and mascara without drying out my skin. plus, i never have that tight, uncomfortable feeling when i use this.

another thing i am obsessed with from philosophy is the microdelivery peel pads. i have have to say, i was scared of trying this at first because my skin is VERY sensitive. i don't use any alpha hydroxy/beta hydroxy acids or retinols/retinoids, but i recently saw a friend of mine who looked absolutely radiant and when i asked her what she'd been doing, she said she'd been using this stuff. so automatically i was like, ok, i need to bite the bullet and try this because i have been staring in the bathroom mirror and obsessively dwelling on this little line developing on my forehead. i will say, it is pretty fine, but still i notice it and i can't help but wonder if everyone else is staring at it as intently as i do. rationally, i know they are not, but it's hard not to worry about the signs of aging. that said, i dont want it to get deeper, but i am not about to botox it up (not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's just not me) so i thought, let's try the microdelivery peel pads--and got a sample from sephora. (seriously, i love that place and will talk more about it later). and you know what? i am so glad i did because i have noticed in the TWO TIMES i have used this that the appearance of that very line has decreased. needless to say, i ordered it today--i need to have this in my medicine cabinet, it's the perfect secret weapon.

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lippy ka yay!

it's no secret i am obsessed with lip products. lipsticks, lip shines, lip glosses--i want as many as possible, in every shade you can dream of. the thing about lip products is that no matter how pretty the shade is, it isn't going to look good if it's been applied on dry, flaky lips. that's just gross. between the cold weather and a dry apartment or office (both if you're really unlucky), chapped lips are practically unavoidable. Too Faced's Lip Injection Intensive Plumping Lip Mask conditions, softens and smoothes lips while plumping up your pucker's volume. i try to use this a couple of times a week and it really works!

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