2011 SPECIAL HOLIDAY EDITION
Happy Holidays to all my Lovely Monster Readers! I’ll be taking a short “break” (I’ll still be posting here and there and updating on Facebook and Twitter) till December 19, 2011. In the meantime, be sure to enter the NEW Cosmetic Monster Sensational Season Giveaway and win a LORAC Box Office Sensation Train Case stuffed with glorious color!
INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: Bifida Ferment Lysate
Can possibly prevent UV-induced damage in the epidermis and dermis by stimulating the cell-endogenous (produced inside the cell) enzymatic repair system – but the effect has not been fully proven. Source: nvwah.com
Bifida ferment lysate is an easy to use probiotic that has both in vitro (in a dish) and in vivo (human) studies that show its effectiveness in stabilizing our immune system, making our skin more stress resistant (who couldn’t use that), providing nutrients to our skin, and protecting our skin against environmental aggressors. Source: theB-Spot.com
*Disclaimer: Cosmetic Monster is not a medical resource. For informational purposes only. Not medical advice. Please consult with your physician and educate yourself. Cosmetic Monster is also not responsible for the content on suggested websites.
←Butter London Holiday Dressing Table Duo #1 ($25, butterlondon.com). I am unapologetically in love with glitter nail polish. Its near impossible for me to say no to any sparkling creation. I’ve been looking for a sheer neutral toned glitter to create a “naked” shimmery nail and came across this set at the Ala Moana Nordstrom. There was a serious “MINE!” moment involved and I’m glad I didn’t wait till we were done shopping because it was sold out when we came back around. Now whether I am able to carve out enough time to execute any kind of acceptable self mani-pedi during the busy holidays (did I mention my 2 year old?) remains to be seen. I’ll be sure to Tweet (CosmeticMonstr8) the results when they are available.
→NARS Hanamichi Eyeshadow Palette ($65, narscosmetics.com). My history with NARS goes back to when it was only carried locally (in Hawaii) at Body & Soul and Japanese visitors would purchase Honolulu Honey (and everything else) by the literal dozens. This gorgeous palette celebrates the dramatic and highly contrasting Japanese Drama (kabuki) eye with a modernized spin.
While the white, gold, black and red tones of the Hanamichi palette are not colors that would be used together on a daily basis – they can be used as visible accents to any look day or night. The lovely handmade kabuki eye brush and unique pouch make this a must for NARS fans.
Trivia: Hanamichi is an extra stage section used in kabuki theater (Wikipedia.org).
When I first tried NUDE Advanced Cellular Renewal Moisturiser ($92, nudeskincare.com) it was a little greasy, but really helped calm my irritated skin. After Lucky Magazine Purveyor of Cosmetic Awesomeness, Jean Godfrey-June proclaimed this cream to be the “…most luxurious cream ever, bar none.” (READ ME) What was a Monster to do? Plus I had just received my Sephora V.I.B. $20 reward – so Merry-Early-Christmas-Yet-Again-To-Me.
Its still a bit too emollient during the day for my combination skin and while cooler than normal, still Hawaii weather (I can feel people in below zero states giving me the “stink eye”). However, as a night cream option – NUDE Advanced Cellular Renewal Moisturiser earns its near-Benjamin price tag. What makes it even lovelier is the absence of parabens, mineral oil and silicone. Wish they left out the fragrance – but I’ll get over it.
Urban Decay Naked2 Palette ($50, urbandecay.com) launched this past Thursday (Dec.1) and sold out within hours. One has sold for a ridiculous $127.50 on eBay – and the irony is, Urban Decay will have lots in stock NEXT WEEK. ♣ Want one? Sign up for notification of availability from UrbanDecay.com HERE. I was lucky enough to scoop one up and it will be in my mailbox today – I’ll be sure to do a review and let you know if its even worth the hype OR if its a must if you already own the original Naked.