Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cheering myself up with tarte

Post by Beth

Life has been unkind to me lately.  And what do I do when life is being unkind?  I treat myself to a bunch of make-up!  Enter the tarte 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Collection from QVC!  With 26 full sized products in beautiful packaging, how could I resist?

In box number one we have two Amazonian Clay blushes in Pampered, a soft melon and Savored, a golden rose;  two Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Wonder, a poppy shade; and Rare, a peach nude, along with a Lipsurgence Lip Gloss in Indulging, a soft raspberry shade.

In box number two, there are two wonderful Colored Clay Eyeshadow palettes featuring matte and shimmer shades of browns and nudes in a warm and cool palette.

Palette 1: Pinky Promise; You Look Mauveless; Pampered Pink; Show Plum Love; Taupe of the World; Just Malt Away; Dare to Be Gold; Wind Down Brown
Palette 1

Palette 2: Vanilla Candles; Hazelnut Bon Bons; Bronze Cuff; Espresso Yourself; Coming Up Roses; Champagne Bubble Bath; Feeling Grey-T; Cinnamon Latte

Palette 2
Finally, box number three gives us two Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascaras and three eyeliners in plum, bronze, charcoal.

My only dilemma with this collection is that, however impractical it may be, I want to keep it all in the pretty boxes!

tarte does not test on animals.

Monday, November 17, 2014

My new gardening outfit from Paul Mitchell

Post by Beth

I am all for the alturistic message of this advert.  Saving forests and planting trees is a good thing,  Paul Mitchell.  But why is his lady friend wearing what appears to be a wedding dress to plant trees?  John Paul there is wearing jeans and a shirt—perfectly acceptable, but Miss White Negligee and her designer boots—that’s just werid.  I also happened to notice that it looks like she is fixin to do all the work in that there white dress since she has the shovel.

Really, this ad bugs me because it's such an obvious sexist ploy to tart up a woman to sell a serious message.  Would this not be just as effective is she had great hair and was dressed appropriately to get dirty in the woods?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Today's Tidbit: High Altitude Skin Care

"UV levels increase about 10 percent for every 3,300 feet you go in altitude,' says Joel Cohen, M.D., director of AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery in Denver.  "Add snow, which reflects and intensifies UV rays, and you're at major risk for aging skin damage."  To stay protected:

Use an antioxidant serum in the a.m.  It'll help skin fight off the UV-induced free radicals that cause wrinkles, spots and skin cancers.  "Potent antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid,' says Cohen.

Reapply sunscreen throughout the day.  That board-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen you smooth on in the morning starts to breakdown by lunch.  "And since sun exposure through windows is every bit as damaging," remind Cohen, reapply with powder sunscreen…

Don't forget your lips.  "We see a lot of non melanoma skin cancers develop there," notes Cohen.

Hodes, Kayleigh D. "This Will be Your Winter of Great Skin" Redbook. December 2014/January 2015: 69. Print.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Eco Emi The Cosmetics Box

 Post by Beth

I am thrilled with this bonus box of cosmetics I received from Eco Emi.  Eco Emi is a subscription box ($15/mo) full of eco-friendly and natural products.  There are a good variety of itmes in the subscription box, including personal care and cosmetics items as well other items.  The box under review today is a special cosmetics only box.  Let’s take alook:

The All Natural Face Diva Stix in "Black Kohl."  I am a major fan of the TANF Diva Stix and the Black Kohl is a particular favorite of mine.  The ingredients are few and all natural (Organic Jojoba Oil, Candelilla Wax, Mica and Oxides), so I have no issues using this on the inner rims of my eys (something that normally skeeves me out).  The Diva Stix can also be used as eyeshadows.

The All Nautral Face Vegan Gel Eyeliner in "Caramel Brown."  This is a solid, brown, liquid eyeliner and it works very well.   Like all TANF face products, the ingrdients are very pure (Purified Water, Vegetable Gylcerin, Oxides, Magnesium Myristate, Sclerotium Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Cosomcil Cq) and give me no qualms about using around my eyes.

The All Natural Face Vegan Edible Love Dust in "Cocoa Sparkle."  This is a body powder that is very sparkly; it will give a little holiday shimmer to your skin.  And, if you are so inclined, it can be licked off for a choclate flavored treat.

Random Powder called Gourmet Body Treats.  I don’t know what exactly this powder is.  There is a brand called Gourmet Body Treats, but the packaging doesn’t look the same.  There is nothing on the jar that indicates what kind item this is.  It’s a mystery powder!

Brija Cosmetics Eye Shadow in "Whitelighter."  This is a wee sample of a yellow-gold eyeshadow.  The ingredients are Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Stearate.  This sample was messy as you can see from the picture, I didn’t appreciate that.

Lauren Brooke Cosmetics Pressed Eyeshadow duo in "Smokey Quartz" and "Twilight."  I can always use some gray eyeshadow and this duo offers some good pigmantation.  These include some interesting ingredients such as broccoli seed oil and orange peel wax.  What a great wasy to get your fruit and veggies in!

Potion Witch Apothecary Honey Bee Lip Balm.  It is winter now and my lips are eternally dry and cracked, so I look upon any lip balm as an offering from the cosmetics gods.  This lip balm smells divine, like honey vanilla.  And it goes on smoothly and is moisutrizing.  In addition, the website says, “All my lip balms are small batch, infused with Reiki energy, magical intent and lots of love.”  Can beat that!

Purely You Minerals in "Dawn."  Judging from the Purely You webiste, I think this a lip color of some kind.  The product itself does not indicate what kind of item this is.  I am not wild about the “Dawn” shade.  It’s kind of a deep reddish mauve.  The formulation is thick and moisturizing though.

Marie Natie All Natural Lip Sparkle in "Love Struck."  This is a sheer lip gloss that reads as a bright raspberry on me.  Marie Natie, a Canadian company, uses no harsh chemicals in their products.

Whooty Hoot Creations Rose Cuticle Oil.  Cuticle Oil is another product I can’t turn away due to the everpresent dry condition of my hands.  Besides the cute name and precious owl design, this a good product. It contains real flower petals in the oil and is as pretty to look at as it feels good to use.  It did, however, leak during shipment, which I did not appreciate.

Suncoat Nail Polish.  This is an unnamed pink nail polish is water based and doesn't contain any nasties like chemical solvents.  It's made with mineral pigments and natural colors.

All of these items are cruelty-free.