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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kiss and Make-up for Valentine's Day

Did you know that the first modern "tube" lipstick was invented in Paris (where else?!) in 1884?  It was made from deer tallow, castor oil & beeswax, & was wrapped in silk paper.  We've come a long way, baby... Of course, women have been using various natural ingredients to tint their puckers for thousands of years - for example, remnants of ancient cosmetics have been found in Eygptian tombs.  One of our favourite modern lip tints are gloMinerals Liquid Lips (available at  A high-shine, highly pigmented luxurious formulation for an ultra-moist look that lasts while rich nutrients condition and protect.  So, celebrate this Valentine's Day with a perfectly-coloured pout & smooch away! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Makeup & skincare products to LOVE - a few days later....

Nothing like a bad head cold to throw you completely off track!  A few days missed means a few products to love at one time.  Aren't you lucky?  Today, it's all about Babor.

Specifically, Babor's Gel & Tonic 2 in 1 Cleanser.  2 in 1 meaning, you guessed it: double-action, containing a cleanser and toner to deep clean skin quickly and simply in one easy step. The result?  Visibly clean, soft and smooth skin.  Contains pansy extract and salicylic acid, so it's excellent for helping prevent annoying blemishes.  Why this is so loveable: you can actually feel it working as soon as you put it on your skin.  Cool, tingly - clean!

Next up: Babor HSR Lifting Cream Rich.   Formulated for "mature" skin that is prone to dryness.  I never actually thought of my skin as "immature".  Perhaps "premature" is a better word.  A little older, a little drier, fine lines starting to know the routine.  I would never have gone for a "lifting" product.  But I tried a sample of this & was just amazed.  I could definately notice a difference right away - my skin felt much smoother (without being greasy).  While I don't expect to see a dramatic lift, the way it makes my skin feel is reason enough to continue using it.  In addition to Babor's proprietary HSR Lifting Complex, it contains wheat proteins, oat proteins & vitamin E...mmmm, almost makes me want to try it on toast.  Almost.

Last, but not least, Babor's Khanya of Africa Revitalizing Shower Gel.  It has a yummy scent - not for the floral girly girls.  This is definately more incense-y & earthy.  It's a great his & her fragrance that stays with you post-shower.

Try them all for yourself:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Makeup & skincare products to LOVE - Day 3

Nia24's Physical Cleansing Scrub is the absolute BEST - lightly scented, this all-in-one cleansing scrub gently removes dead skin cells.  ProNiasomes, which are spherical Jojoba Beads infused with Pro-Niacin, help wash away skin's visible imperfections.  It immediately leaves your skin feeling softer & smoother.  And a little bit goes a long way.  I cannot adequately express my love for this product.  I want to marry it & kiss it on the lips - it's that good!  Get your own:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Makeup & skincare products to LOVE - Day 2

Today, the love is for NeoStrata - specifically, the Bionic Face Cream.  Ok, I admit - normally, I'm a sucker for a pretty package.  And if a product smells nice, I'm sold.  The NeoStrata line features neither of those things.  But what it does have is formulations that seriously work.  And isn't that really what it's all about?  No fussy packaging, no fragrance - just goodness for your skin.  Here's the scoop:
A highly emollient face cream with Polyhydroxy Acids designed to moisturize the skin while visibly reducing lines, wrinkles and other signs of photo aging.  Gluconolactone and Lactobionic Acid visibly reduce signs of photoaging.
NeoStrata Bionic Face Cream leaves your skin visibly smoother, & so soft!  It absorbs quickly, making it a great daytime, under makeup cream.  As always, available at

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Makeup & skincare products we LOVE!

As we all are aware (unless you've been hiding under a rock), Valentine's Day is a couple of weeks away.  So, seeing how love is in the air, we thought we'd take a moment to give some love to our personal favourtite products...

The object of today's affection is GloMinerals Face Primer.  The official copy on it says, "Create your own perfect canvas with GloMinerals Face Frimer. This clear gel glides on giving you a smooth, more uniform surface by filling in fine lines and imperfections, to create a flawless appearance before application of your foundation".  Having used it, I can officially say that it is absolutely true!  The trick - only use a little, apply evenly, & wait at least 5 minutes before applying foundation (although I have been known to wear only the primer on a good skin day).  It feels a bit slippery going on, which is not exactly a T-zone's best friend, but it does go matte eventually.  Voila - smooth, flawless skin!