Week of 08/22/2011
Beauty Buzz. Literally. This past weekend I went to Wholefoods, which I think is marvelous for their selection, but ridiculously overpriced (A case of individual Horizon Milk – Wholefoods: $36, Babies R Us: $13.99). Still, I happily go there for broccolini, salami, gouda and the occasional beauty product. My latest monster find: Queen Bee’s Honey Rose Cleanser ($15, queenbeemaui.com).
Formulated with organic ingredients like rose hydrosol, rose geranium and lemongrass oils and wild-crafted Maui Honey, this cleanser has a divinely delicate honey sweetened rose scent and a comforting foam that leaves my skin clean, soft and surprisingly calm.
CHALLENGE: Make a DIY manicure last two weeks. Want to see the pics? Then “Like” Cosmetic Monster on Facebook and check it out! I’m on DAY 10 and still going strong! The products: Salon Sciences Instant Artificials, Zoya Jules, Rock Top Coat. I’m going to try using a dark color next – that will be the true test!
Sometimes it’s just better not to know. About half way through entering my entire (current) makeup and skin care stash, I realized that perhaps my “MONSTER” has gotten a bit off the chain. As I entered product number 407 (I’m not kidding), it has become painfully apparent that one person, who has one face, cannot and should not even attempt to justify what boarders on hoarding.
Perhaps the only thing keeping me from being an A&E special report, is I’m fully aware of what I own, where its located and I do NOT have anything dirty or old amongst my excess. Which makes it a little worse – since this means I’ve acquired all of this in a short period of time. I’ll be sure to post my list when its updated. I wonder if I should have it insured…
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara ($25, sephora.com) – This mascara helps create Lancôme’s most flirtatious lash look. A new, unique, cone-shaped brush provides an extremely smooth application, precisely defining even your hard-to-reach corners and lower lashes. This expert formula lifts and thickens every single lash without weighing it down.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee ($40, esteelauder.com) – High polish for your skin. Innovative tri-blend liquid, powder, gel formula goes beyond face powder to give you a sexy, sophisticated glow. The perfect mix of pigment and pearls for a multi-reflective finish. Smooths on as an all-over soft sheen. Builds for luminous pearl highlighting.
There’s something about most floral fragrances that I find annoying. In my black nail polished opinion, they are like liquid Barbie-dolls personified. A bit too typical and expected for any self-respecting grrl (not a typo). While I tend toward expensive vanilla perfumes (Comptoir Sud Pacifique) and gourmand scents (Thierry Mugler Angel, Marc Jacobs Apple) – which is why I experienced an pleasant olfactory SHOCK when I tried Aromachology Sophisticated & Sensual ($160).
Notes: White lily, magnolia and tuberose lend it an unmistakable femininity, while amber and sandalwood touch it with warmth.
Aromachology blends are geared to “fit” personality types, and while I am not quite the Sophisticated & Sensual profile (Elegant, determined, caring, romantic, cheerful) – this fragrance tends to evoke a more feminine side to my normally edgy personality. Wearing this makes me feel “pretty”, soft and the scent could be described with those same adjectives.
What makes Aromachology unique is you can customize your fragrance by adding up to three “traits”, like Inspiring (orange & lemon), Seductive (ylang ylang, rose) or Peaceful (chamomile & lavender) – creating a personalized blend just for you.
I would love to try their Totally Edible (Playful, optimistic, independent, free-spirited, supportive, sparkling ), which is a blend of Sicilian orange, lemon drop, vanilla, apple, sugar cane and chocolate – who’s description also fits my personality. I would add Inspiring (orange, lemon) and Optimistic (neroli, orange blossom, lemon) – hoping for a bright citrus with a warm gourmand base.