Product Reviews Based on Recommendations Made by
LUCKY MAGAZINE Beauty Director, Jean Godfrey-June
ILLUSTRATION: AMY SAIDENS/ARTSCOUNSELINC.COM (CLICK TO SEE HER PORTFOLIO) & COSMETIC MONSTER
My admiration for Lucky Magazine’s brilliant Beauty Director Jean Godfrey-June is almost embarrassing. Maybe it was the Stila-esque illustrations (they show her real pictures now, and they are equally as charming) from her regular column “The Beauty Closet”, or the way she waxes enthusiastic about makeup and skin care with as much fervor as I do . Seriously, The Beauty Closet is the main reason Lucky has become my favorite magazine. I’ve discovered quite a few new products (Philip B. Russian Amber Shampoo, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, etc.) through her column as well. As soon as the magazine hits my desk, I tear open the plastic and flip immediately to her page with the excitement of a kid in an all-you-can-eat candy buffet. You can catch up on all her brilliance – Lucky has posted all her lovely finds here. While you’re there, subscribe to Lucky – they are one of those few magazines that you can look at months later and still be inspired.
Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne ($110). With its invigorating and subtly sexy blend of grapefruit, tangerine, vetiver and rosemary – Grapefruit is and possibly always will be one of my favorite scents. I love it so much, that I gave it away. If you think about it, when you wear a fragrance long enough, your nose gets accustomed and you stop smelling it. This is a very light scent to begin with, so after wearing it for a few months, I couldn’t smell very much of it. So, I gave it to my boyfriend (now husband, very possibly thanks to Jo Malone Grapefruit). Its slight spicy notes makes this uni-sex and isn’t very feminine to start with. Though I’ve been known to buy men’s fragrances just to be close to their smell. This scent makes me want to snuggle and since he only wears it on special occasions – two large bottles have lasted almost 5 years. I used to buy them with my generous Neiman Marcus employee discount – and while our lifestyle (and kids) doesn’t warrant spending $110 on cologne…I really can’t see (or smell) my husband smelling like anyone else.
PUREOLOGY ESSENTIAL REPAIR INSTANT REPAIR LEAVE-IN (DECEMBER 2010)
Pureology Essential Repair Instant Repair Leave-In Conditioner (8.5oz. $28). I first read about this clear leave-in in Lucky Magazine’s the Beauty Closet by Jean Godfrey-June (Read her review HERE) and thought it sounded good, but just couldn’t drop the $28 for a leave-in. Yes, I spend more than that on facial wash – but my hair always gets the raw end of the deal. I don’t even like paying for a cut or color. Luckily, I snagged a few 2oz. bottles of the stuff at a Trade Secret for $2 each while on vacation – so I basically got 6oz. for $6. DEAL!!! I also love it. It reminds me more like a liquid gel – and does get a little bit crispy if you don’t brush it through. Still, it leaves hair super shiny, smooth and smells like expensive perfume. Available at BloomCircle where you can get 10% back in BloomDollars + free gifts and shipping and at select salons.
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($6.99). This is my favorite lip balm on the planet. It has the perfect non-sticky, non- oily texture that doesn’t make my lips turn milky or feel like I have birthday candles (along with the waxy sweet scent). This sheer tinted balm is, dare I say, better than Burt’s Bees iconic un-tinted balms. No, they don’t have sunscreen in them – but I can’t use sunscreen on my lips long term since they make them itch. I opt for using Fresh Lip Balm SPF 15 in Sugar Plum or Sugar Honey when I need the protection. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms smell divinely like a strawberry popsicle (the kind with real stawberries) – sweet but not overwhelming. Honeysuckle is my favorite shade – almost completely nude but with enough oomph to give lips a plumper, smoother, sweeter look. L-O-V-E. I even love the little cardboard tube and keep my Honeysuckle nestled safely inside.
Photo: Burt’s Bees. Image: Starr Candy LLC.
LANCOME L’ABSOLU ROUGE IN CHRIS & TELL (February 2010)
Chris & Tell Lancome L’Absolu Rouge ($29). Rising star, designer Chris Benz, has collaborated with Lancome and makeup artist Daniel Martin to create “Chris & Tell”, the fifth installment of Lancome’s coveted Pout-a-Porter collection. Inspired by “the idea of Cheryl Tiegs at a party” – Chris & Tell is a fresh, beach influenced neutral peachy coral that started as a nude and was infused with orange and pink to create an incredibly wearable vibrant lip that compliments most skin tones. Its ability to be worn either ultra-sheer or layered for a more opaque effect, makes this limited edition collaboration even more appealing and versatile. This is a MUST HAVE for the refreshingly vibrant and exuberant fashions of Spring and Summer 2010 and beyond. Note: This color has long since been discontinued, but it remains to be the ONLY vibrantly hued lip product in my stash.
Photo: Saks Fifth Avenue
Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo ($50-$140). (Lucky magazine is going to tempt me to the poor house. After reading Jean Godfrey-June’s raving review about this opulent hair wonder, I had to try a tub (although that seems a very inappropriate vessel for a $140 shampoo) for myself. If a respected beauty expert declares a product above all else in its category, especially in such a public manner, I for one stand up and pay attention. Partially out of respect, though mostly because I would never let the next big beauty discovery slip through my fingers! READ THE FULL REVIEW.
ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL (AUGUST 2009)
Isopropyl Alcohol ($2.49). After reading about Jean Godfrey-June’s issue with breakouts on her décolleté – I was reminded of the embarrassing and painful acne I suffered on my back when I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter. Keep in mind that I live in Hawaii, and during my 2nd trimester – it was hot and humid. I wanted to wear my ugly maternity tank tops – but wore those even uglier maternity t-shirts into the sweltering heat because of the ugliest welts on my back. Being pregnant, I couldn’t use ANY acne medications – so I went medieval. I got the bottle of alcohol that I use to disinfect my cosmetic area (LOL – yes, I have an entire area) and made my husband wipe down my back twice a day. This is by no means recommended by dermatologists – but it exponentially cleared away most of my hormonal “back-ne”. Note: Not medical advice. Consult with your physician before using any products while pregnant or if you suffer from acne.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($42). I’ve been staring at the Neutrogena Clinical skincare line for about a week now – but I’m glad I didn’t buy it and decided to get the Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Line Reducing Concentrate instead. While I was at the Kiehl’s counter, I remembered that Jean Godfrey-June from Lucky Magazine uses the Midnight Recovery Concentrate over makeup as a pick me up. It also seemed like a great substitute to the Quintessential Serum(which is out of my price range) by Tammy Fender, who’s products I’m currently using – and love BTW. So far I’ve only just put it on my skin, but I have to say that while botanical, it doesn’t have an overwhelming scent. It also isn’t burning (like lots of products do) and my skin has soaked up all but a faint trace of the concentrate. It claims to improve skin’s appearance overnight – and since I’m SUPER tired and feeling a bit washed out lately, I’ll be updating this promptly in the AM. Good night! READ FULL REVIEW