March 2015 archive

Hard Candy 20th Anniversary

Hard Candy 2oth Anniversary Collection

Hard Candy 2oth Anniversary Collection

Children of the 80s and 90s, this one’s for you. I saw this post in Glamour about the 20th anniversary of Hard Candy Cosmetics, and it brought back memories. Some of them cringe inducing. To celebrate 20 years, Hard Candy is launching a Limited Edition Collection of makeup and nail polish at Wal-Mart. Check out the gorgeousness to your left.

The collection features eight nail polishes, including Sky, a light blue that became famous when Alicia Silverstone wore it on Letterman 20 years ago; an eyeshadow palette I can’t wait to play with; four liquid eyeliners; three lip glosses; and two baked blush compacts shaped like a heart. And yes, the nail polishes come with those plastic rings we thought were so cool. Here’s a better pic.

Hard Candy 20th Anniversary Nail Polishes

Hard Candy 20th Anniversary Nail Polishes

Here’s an Instagram of the eyeshadow palette the lovely PR ladies for Hard Candy Cosmetics were nice enough to send me.

Happy 20th @hardcandylife! #middleschoolmemories #topteneyeshadowcollection #skysthelimit

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Everything in the collection costs less than $12, so it’s an affordable way to relive your Wonder Years.

The collection launches April 25 at Wal-Mart and online.

I’m in it for the nail polishes and the blush compact. Who’s coming with me?

 

 

My Little Blog is One!

Happy birthday little blog!

Happy birthday little blog!

Yup. One year ago yesterday, I posted the first post on Fabulous Forever, a post about makeup boutique RougeNY. (Still haven’t made it there, BTW. Boo.) I just wanted to say thanks for reading, and to those of you who gave of your time so generously and spoke with me, thank you! I have had an absolute blast writing this.

And a big thank you to my PR peeps who sent me goodies to try. I appreciate it!

Stay tuned. I have some great ideas and fun posts coming up.

xoxo

Charlotte

 

 

CocoMe Bodystick and Lipelixir

CocMe Bodystick and Lipelixir

CocMe Bodystick and Lipelixir

A few weeks ago, I went to the Healthy Brand Showcase here in New York City. There, I met Lisa Wurtz, the innovative entrepreneur behind the new beauty brand CocoMe. Frustrated by how messy and impractical it is to use coconut oil that comes in a jar, Wurtz figured out a way to mix it with beeswax and package it as a bodystick and lip balm. The whole idea is to make coconut oil feasible and fun to use as a skin care product, said Wurtz. I have been using the CocoMe Bodystick and Lipelixir lip balm, and love them! They smell great and yes, they are easy to use.

Necessity: The mother of this mom’s invention

After her daughter, Charlotte, was born, Wurtz switched to more natural skin care and beauty products. She really loved using coconut oil. “I just thought it was the best thing I’ve ever used on my skin, even including all the moisturizers that I’ve tried,” Wurtz told me on the phone. She said the only thing she didn’t like about using it was that it was not user friendly.

“Its in a jar, its hard at room temperature, and you have to use a spoon to get it out,” Wurtz explained. Yuck. “It is great to use because it does absorb so quickly, but it was ridiculous! I was dripping it all over myself and my carpet,” she said. Wurtz knew there had to be a better way to use coconut oil. “If I could just put it in a stick, that would really solve my problem,” she said.

And so CocoMe was born. “I didn’t want to mess too much with the coconut oil, and organic beeswax was a natural fit,” said Wurtz. The coconut oil and beeswax bodystick and lip balm are stable at room temperature. You can take it with you or keep it in your house, and it stays intact, Wurtz said.

Nature’s most perfect beauty hack

You may have heard coconut oil has many uses as a beauty and skin care product. Kelli Bartlett, director of makeup artistry for Glamsquad, told me that, among other things, it can be mixed with a shimmery, loose powder to make a luminizer or dabbed on a cotton pad for a makeup remover.

Coconut oil also has antimicrobial properties, and people with skin conditions like eczema often find it very soothing, Wurtz said. I did not know this. So much for my Master’s in bio. FYI, the bodystick has really helped the itchy patches I get behind my ears. You’re welcome.

Down the line, Wurtz said she has a few ideas she’s looking into. She would love to do a line of lip balms tinted with natural, plant-based tints. She would also love to do something with a natural SPF. I’d definitely try those.

You can buy the CocoMe Bodystick and Lipelixir online. At $3 to $15, it won’t break the bank, but will spare your carpet.

What are your favorite beauty and skin care hacks for coconut oil? Would you use it in a bodystick like the one from CocoMe?

 

St. Patrick’s Day 2015: Green

I just saw the first sign of spring here in Hoboken. The city has issued its annual warning about the $2,000 fine for disorderly conduct during the St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl on Saturday. Can the first flowers be far behind?

To celebrate the holiday, I thought I’d post about green eye makeup and nail polish. I don’t own a lot of green, so I went to Target, because they have a decent beauty department.

#stpatricksday2015 #gogreen @essiepolish @lauramercier @maccosmetics @pixibeauty @target

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The Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Mint Snow and M.A.C. Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Clearwater give a soft wash of turquoise. This subtle color payoff is good for those of us who are shy about wearing green. At Target, I picked up this Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Emerald Gold. I also saw this eye shadow trio in Jaded from Mineral Fusion and the Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Trio from Boots No7 in Forest. Fans of prestige brands might like this Lancome Color Design 5-Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Jade Fever. A little something for everyone.

I was planning to feature Essie nail polish in Mint Candy Apple. I still love it, but I decided at the last minute to go with Turquoise and Caicos. So pretty.

Do you wear green eye makeup or nail polish? And has anyone tried Pixi Beauty? I haven’t. What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

O.P.I. Hawai’i

Dear Old Man Winter:

I appreciate your interest in snowing frequently and making me endure an endless string of overcast, below-25-degree days. However, I cannot allow you to stay any longer. You see, I recently saw the new collection of nail polishes from O.P.I. This spring’s theme is Hawai’i, and I’m jonesing to try all the tropical-inspired pretty.

O.P.I. Hawai'i S/S 2015 @opipolish #thatshularious #ismaitaicrooked #alohafromopi #hawaii

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I am not usually a green polish kind of girl, but I will do a mint green sometimes in spring and summer, especially if I have a tan. I will definitely be trying That’s Hula-rious! as soon as you leave.

Is Mai Tai Crooked? is a light, creamy peach that’s perfect with a pedicure and killer gold sandals.

Aloha from O.P.I. is a coral that looks effortlessly chic with gold jewelry.

I’ve always loved O.P.I.’s destination-themed collections, inspired by the travels of O.P.I. creative director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. Recently, she’s been to Scandinavia and Brazil. Every season, I can’t wait to see where Suzi will go next.

And her (sometimes naughty) color names are hysterical. Who couldn’t love a polish named Lost My Bikini in Molokini?

So I need you to vacate the premises as soon as possible, Mr. Winter. These new warm weather polishes are calling my name. Consider this your final notice.

Charlotte

 

SkinOwl

SkinOwl Beauty Drops PM with mangosteen

SkinOwl Beauty Drops PM with mangosteen oil

I recently came across this article about a company called SkinOwl and I couldn’t help myself. Product junkie that I am, I had to try it out. I also had a chat with SkinOwl founder Annie Tevelin.

Tevelin, a former Lancome makeup artist, was kind enough to send over the company’s newest product, Beauty Drops PM with mangosteen oil.* She also let me try the Beauty Drops with geranium oil.

I use the geranium Beauty Drops in the morning, and the mangosteen drops at night. They smell amazing. The geranium has a light floral scent that is not too overpowering. It actually smells a little herbal, if you ask me. The mangosteen smells sweet and fruity, like a strawberry milkshake. Yum.

The geranium Beauty Drops are SkinOwl’s best seller, said Tevelin. She said it is popular among women ages 30 to 45. The geranium oil in the drops brightens and decongests tired skin. “Its very enzymatic, so some people will notice an exfoliation from it,” Tevelin said. I will say I did notice some light sloughing the first time I applied the drops to my face, but they made my skin glow.

The mangosteen fruit is rich in antioxidants called xanthones, which fight free radicals and protect skin cells from further damage. Hence, its magic powers. Overall, I found that both oils really moisturized and revived my skin. I felt my skin tingle when I put them on my face, as if they were already working.

Tevelin said she likes to work with oils because the molecule of an oil is much smaller than that of a cream, so they can go deeper than creams into the layers of the skin. “That’s why people notice amazing results,” she said.

SkinOwl evolved over time, from a private Facebook group to its current incarnation as a natural skin care company, said Tevelin. The Facebook group was all women asking questions about skin care. “It was unbelievable. There was so much loyalty within the group,” Tevelin told me.

At the same time, Tevelin completed a postgraduate certificate in cosmetic chemistry at UCLA. She also did a lot of independent research. “It got to the point where I felt, ‘Why am I recommending everyone else’s products, when I could probably develop my own?,'” she explained.

And so SkinOwl, the company, was born. Tevelin introduced the first product to her Facebook group, which became SkinOwl’s fan page.

Tevelin said she is definitely interested in adding a few more products to the SkinOwl line. “People look to us for a lip product every holiday, so I’d love to bring a lip product to market,” she said. She also wants to do a face wash, and maybe an exfoliator.

“I’m really interested in bringing something to the table that is unique to the U.S., seeing as so many of our product ingredients are sourced from overseas,” said Tevelin. Her goal is to create a completely different category within skin care.

Think you’ll check out SkinOwl? Do you try to use natural skin care products?

*Products were sent to me for review, but opinions are my own.