Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

Who’s the fairest? That would be moi. Why? Because I’ve been experimenting with all the new cosmetic products in store now and for holiday. Forget about all the technical stuff, this report is all about what worked for me (and some of my guinea pig friends) personally. Thanks to some terrific beauty press events I got a first hand peek at the latest stuff from top brands such as Shiseido, Orlane, P&G and niche brands like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and urban decay.

While your results may be different than mine, I have to start by raving about IMMUNOCOLOGIE’s Treatment Serum that I put on my face every morning. After using just a few drops my skin feels like silk. It firms and provides cellular support and brightens the complexion. Used in conjunction with the firm’s Treatment Crème the results should reverse the signs of aging and repair damaged skin. While I haven’t tried the complete range of products I highly recommend this new skin care brand.


My next step is a primer. And I think that OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE has one of the best. Just a few drops on a sponge is enough to guarantee overall coverage. ORLANE’s Anti-Fatigue Absolu (fancy-shmancy name) foundation is the final step on my path to glorious beauty. While I hate to admit that my complexion is less than perfect, wearing this liquid make up makes my skin look air brushed perfect. If I’ve had less than 8 hours sleep I turn to PAYOT’s Lotion Bleue, a soothing plant derived eye lotion that gets rid of signs of fatigue, redness and puffiness. In my case it’s not under eye bags, it’s trunks!

Lotion Bleue Gives a Great Look to Blue Mondays (or Tuesdays)

If like me you want longer lashes, check out TALIKA’s Lipocils colorless gel that stimulates growth. The treatment takes about 28 days for results to show. If you’re willing to put in the effort (and expense) try Lipocils for yourself. Moving on, let’s talk about color. Personally I love ANNA SUI’s new #800 powder eye shadow in a pretty case. It’s a pale golden shade that works beautifully with brown or hazel eyes. SHISEIDO’s genius makeup artistic director has come up with a beautiful holiday collection. I’ve been using his eye and lip Contour Regenerating Cream as a final step before lipstick. I found that this really works to stop it from bleeding. If I buy nothing else, I plan to get the limited edition 2010 Holiday Collection Palette. It contains 7 original shades for eyes, lips and cheeks and I think it’s a great buy at around $40 bucks.

Getting back to lipstick, why not try URBAN DECAY’s Wicked lipstick. It’s an interesting and very wearable, slightly iridescent shade of mauve. And the case itself is a hoot. It’s cover is topped off with a silver dagger! My nails get the finishing touch with ESSIE’s polish in Limited Addiction (a fab red) or the trendier Merino Cool 9a soft warm grey).

I’m definitely not a shower person. Give me a hot soaking bath any time – which unfortunately leads to winter dry skin. You can save a bundle and get great results if you try OLAY’S Total Effects Body Wash. I got a gigantic bottle during P&G’s three day pop up store event that highlighted the company’s many brands. I found the perfect shampoo in LEONOR GREYL’s shampoo for oily scalp and dry ends, both of which I have in abundance.

Perfection Bottled, Leonor Greyl!

For those of us who have, ahem, “mature skin” be sure to try the full range of skin care products from VOTRE VU’s Full Benefits line. This brand also offers Ten Gauge Health & Energy Slam. It’s an absolutely delicious high performance drink that blends tangerine juice with B vitamins, sea buckthorn, selenium, zinc, green tea, ginseng etc etc.

Drink Healthy - Look Great, C&C Does!

There you have it, all my beauty secrets in store now.

Talk to you soon, C&C

Best Buys

Sometimes it’s not about price, just great value for money (and stuff I like and have road tested). Check out the following:

1: Essie’s fall nail polish collection of six on trend shades. At eight bucks a pop you can’t go wrong with either In Stitches ( a pretty blush pink), Merino Cool ( smoky mulberry) or Velvet Voyeur (a dramatic chocolatey amethyst).

2: The Infiniti Pro hair dryer by Conair makes blow drying a five minute job (my hairy boyfriend can vouch for that).

3: For a quick and cheap footwear fix check out Spring. This lower priced division of Canadian brand Aldo just launched in the U.S. I popped by their branch in the Manhattan mall on 32nd street and ended up with the cutest grey flannel wedge oxfords (around $39.00) and a sporty pair of brown ankle boots cuffed in faux shearling ( $69.00).

In addition there are handbags, accessories and shoes for guys too.

4: I’m a big fan of the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show. If you like one-of-a-kind apparel, etc. this show’s a must. Sure, some dealers charge a small fortune especially for high end designer names but you can always find a bargain amongst the 90 or so dealers that show. For example, this go round I found a stunning pair of Ferragamo knee high leather boots for a hundred bucks cash. Check out the dates for upcoming shows at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street. Feb 4th & 5th and April 29th & 30th. Here’s a tip. If you go on a Saturday, many dealers will put merch on sale since they don’t want to schlep the stuff back.

5: Since Target moved to Manhattan I’ve made it a point to try to get up there at least once a month. On my last go see I found really chic leather, fully lined (with French seams), four button length gloves in a rich shade of red for $17.95. Believe me, I’ve scoured the city for warm gloves and nobody can match target’s price. My friend picked up a cute pair in teal suede for the same amount.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for my beauty report. C&C

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