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.

Fall Beauty Preview Party at Neiman Marcus

Two great local bloggers, Christie and Laura hosted a Fall Beauty Preview at Neiman Marcus last week. The event was complete with pomegranate martinis, mini-cupcakes and a photo booth. While the ladies waited for a mini makeovers, they enjoyed passed appetizers and music from the in-house DJ. 
Christie and Laura’s picks were displayed throughout the beauty department, along with new picks for Fall. 
I took this opportunity to try the much loved DiorSkin Air Flash Foundation. This spray on foundation contains mother of pearl pigments to diffuse light and even out skin. You can spray it straight on your face or spray it on a brush or sponge first (good idea if your don’t want to get it on your clothes). The coverage is great. I didn’t need concealer, and I always need it. Dior makeup artist Desiree completed my look with the rest of the Dior line. 

My notables: 5 Couleurs Lift Eye Shadow, this shadow compact contains an eye primer with anti-aging properties for a smoother look and Dior Addict Ultra Gloss, maximum shine and not sticky.
Guest who RSVP’d with Christie and Laura got a little gift bag containing a red velvet Neiman Marcus makeup bag filled with deluxe samples, including the new exclusive fragrance by Prada, Candy.
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Bargain Base

A great bargain foundation for around $9

I am not a big fan of liquid foundations, but as I age I find that I need a little more coverage. That being, said, I don’t want to spend $30 or more on something I probably won’t use everyday. I saw Sara mention L’oreal Paris’ True Match Super Blendable liquid makeup on KLG and Hoda. She claims that this is the foundation used by their makeup artists. I used L’oreal’s True Match Blendable Compact makeup and didn’t like it, possibly because it was to heavy.

The key to L’oreal True Match is picking your shade. It is best to go to a drugstore and use their shade finder. You take this plastic swatch strip and place it over the under side of your wrist. Your shade is the color that fades away next your skin. You can also go on and use their color match database. It will match your color based on your current favorite brand (limited). Once you find your shade, they will offer you a coupon. The foundation has a light creamy texture that you can apply with your fingers, a sponge or a brush. You can build on the coverage, but you should use a concealer first. You also get the benefit of SPF 17 protection. At $9, this foundation can compete with any department store brand.

Furlesse patches help relax forehead lines

I am no stranger to using patches to eliminate forehead wrinkles. Although it is slower process than Botox, it is a lot cheaper and no needles. The patches work by reinforcing the weak facial muscles back to their pre-wrinkle status. Furlesse patches are a welcome change to their predecessor, Frownies. Don’t get me wrong, Frownies work, but they have a few negatives. They are not easy to apply, even harder to remove and they can be itchy, especially in dry climates.
Furlesse patches are made of a clear, non-latex, self-adhesive plastic. They are easy to apply and remove.  You can even wear them around the house without being embarrassed to answer the door. I actually prefer to wear them during the day, (normal use is at night) letting gravity do more of the work. It took me about one month of daily use to get rid of my wrinkles and then you need to wear them less frequent for maintenance. The cost is $12.95 for a 30 day supply. You can get them at,, and Look for new Furlesse patches for other areas of the face, coming soon.

Win Sephora's "Beauty & The Bride" Sweeptakes

Worried about having perfect makeup for your big day? Sephora has you covered. Head over to Facebook and enter their Beauty & The Bride Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $2,500 prize package that includes a Sephora Beauty & The Bride Makeup Kit, a TEMPTU Airbrush system, a GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitenening Device and the dress of your dreams from Priscilla of Boston’s exclusive Boston Collection. Three 2nd prize winners will receive the Beauty and the Bride Makeup Kit ($50):

The kit contains:

0.20 oz Josie Maran Argan Oil Color Stick in Rosy (dusty rose) 
– 0.09 oz Stila Eye Shadow in Kitten (shimmering nude pink) 
– 0.125 oz Sephora by O.P.I. Nail Colour in True Romantic (sheer cool light pink) 
– 0.25 oz Benefit The Porefessional
– 0.28 Lancôme Juicy Tubes in Spring Fling
– 0.10 oz Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! Mascara in black
– 0.05 oz bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
– 0.04 oz Sephora Collection Flashy Liner Waterproof in Flashy Black
– 0.004 oz Buxom Big & Healthy Lipstick in Brooklyn (harvest fig)
– Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens (100 sheets)
– 0.16 oz Flora by Gucci Eau Fraîche
– Voucher for a complimentary Special Occasion Makeover at the Sephora in-store Beauty Studio
– Reusable keepsake box

Not a bride? This gift set is a great value and has a lot of products you would want to use everyday. Pus. the makeover is a great added bonus.