Love & Toast is eco-friendly, soothing beauty

 

At the Cosmoprof Las Vegas show this year, I stopped by the Love & Toast booth. It had to be the cutest one there! Love & Toast is a cosmetics company out of Colorado. The creator, Margot Elena, is the founder of other great brands like Oprah’s favorite, Lollia.
Love & Toast is a line of great smelling, eco-friendly bath and body products. The products contain no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, mineral oil, propylene glycol, retinol, sulfates, or synthetic color. They are not tested on animals and are free of animal products. They even pass the seal of approval of Whole Foods and are carried in certain locations.

As the temperatures get colder and the sir gets drier, it has taken a toll on my hands. My favorite Love & Toast product, Sugar Grapefruit Handcreme has helped  a lot. It smells of of fresh, sweet grapefruit and the Shea butter, Macadamia nut, Olive, Avocado & Sunflower oils keeps your hands moisturized. I also love the aluminum tube it comes in. Small plastic bottles and tubes that other  hand lotions come in can be difficult to dispense. The price is also great, $9.

 You can find the entire Love & Toast collection online, or locally at Skins 6|2 inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Hopefully we will soon see it in local Whole Foods locations!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is the best

I have used a lot of eyeshadow primers but this one beats them all hands down. They also recently changed the packaging from a wand to tube, which makes application easier and more sanitary. You can apply this primer and then wait for it to dry, or just put your shadow right over it. It makes your shadow last all day and concentrates the pigments. It is also great with creme shadow. It gave my Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream shadow a more uniform, smoother look.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer is available in four colors, original (nude), Sin (Shimmering Champagne),  Greed (Gold) and Eden (Matte Tawny). Eden is great if you have “stained” eyelids, it will cover and prime at the same time. Available at Sephora and UrbanDecay.com, $19.

Tickets on sale for Nordstrom’s Cosmetic Trend Show

Nordstrom Las Vegas’ annual Cosmetics Trend Show will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011. This year the theme is “Red Carpet Glamour”. Guests of the trend show will view the latest trends for fall on the grand Fashion Show Mall runaway. After the show, mini-makeovers will be available with your favorite brands. Tickets are $15 and redeemable towards your cosmetics purchase on that day. Attendees will also receive a free gift*.

Get your ticket by visiting the Nordstrom Cosmetics Department or call 862-2525.

Doors Open at 8:00 am., Show begins at 8:30.

Dr. Rey at the 2009 Nordstrom Cosmetics Trend Show

ColorOn Pro Instant Eyeshadow

I got the opportunity to try these cool instant eyeshadow appliqués, and give you the lowdown. The sets ColorOn Pro gave me were a smoky eye set and “Dreams”, bold colors with eyeliners. The best thing about these appliqués is that they pack A LOT of color. The dreams colors didn’t especially work for me, but I loved the smoky eyes. I have found it difficult to layer with regular eyeshadow to get a deep smoky eye. I end up with grey everywhere and no definition. Because I have a deep set eye, I applied a highlighter shadow  to my brow before adding the appliqué.

I would recommend watching the instructional video on the company website instead of just using the written instructions. If you miss a spot, you can blend it out, or just apply more with a corner of the appliqué. The color is so concentrated, you can use them 2-3 times per eye. You MUST apply the setting powder all over the design, or it will feel wet and sticky and could run.
I would buy these again – they would be great to take on vacation. Instead of hauling all your makeup and brushes, just take some instant eyeshadow! You can buy them online at www.coloronpro.com or locally at the ColorOn kiosk in the Fashion Show Mall.

A side note: ColorOn, eyeliner appliqués would be a great addition to your line!

Clarisonic Mia worth the money

I have been reading all the buzz about Clarisonic Cleansing Systems and watching men wander aimlessly  around Sephora during holidays looking for them, so I decided to bite the bullet at get one. The original Clarisonic costs $195 and the Mia costs $149. The main difference is the Mia only has one speed and the original has four. The Mia also comes with the sensitive brush head only. You can buy any of the other brush heads for the Mia ( Normal, Delicate, and Deep pore Cleansing). The only one that does not work with it is the body brush head. The single speed and sensitive brush head work fine for me. I do want to try the deep pore head next time.
The main benefit of the Clarisonic cleansing system is the removal of dead skin. When we are younger, the dead skin seems to slough off by itself, but as we age, the skin needs a little help. I use my Mia about once a day, in the shower. I went on vacation for a week and didn’t bring it with me and I could definitely see the difference. The prices seem to her very consistent. The only place you might get a better deal is on QVC. They sometimes have special edition versions that come with extra product, like the Clarisonic PLUS bliss Face & Body Collection.

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