Friday, April 16, 2010

Beauty Picks for April!

So I have done a little revising to my beauty regime and I am in love with a few new products ... and of course I know all you ladies are always on the look out for the new 'miracle product' so here's a quick post just to share my new discoveries.

First ... Is your Maybelline Great Lash Mascara getting a little boring? Need to shake it up? Want a long, lush look without the Jersey Shore clumps? Then don't walk, RUN, to your nearest Sephora or department store. I am obsessed with:


Long, dark, full... yet pretty natural looking lashes! Perfect! It's a few more buckaroos than your Great Lash .... but the eyes are the windows to the soul ladies ... Don't you think your soul DESERVES prettier curtains?!

 BUT if you really can't justify the purchase (did you SEE the before and after picture??... Damn you economy!) then I highly recommend L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara. L'Oreal is actually the same company as Lancome so you are getting pretty similar stuff! 

Sans any other make up: Moi with Hypnose Drama (Left) and without (Right) 
.... whoooa check that out! No clumps! Yes, those are 100% my lashes. Double the length! Ridic right? 

If you are as obsessed as I am and wanna buy ASAP, if you order online at here at Sephora, join their VIP Club, and then enter the code: VIBMADNESS at check out you get 15% off your entire purchase! Or you can just check out some sample freebees you can load up onto your order HERE

Now let's move on to the basics. Your face. I'm kind of crazy about face products because I have just entered my mid-twenties (Where does the time go? FML). Therefore I have become hyper-conscious about taking care of my skin now .... so I don't look super old later. Preventative action is key. Once you get a wrinkle.... it's almost impossible to get rid of without Botox or plastic surgery. It's much easier to do a little extra work now and ward off wrinkles before they form .... than to erase them once you have them.

I'm smiling on the inside I swear! 

Now if you are in your twenties like me ... it's a little early to start piling on the anti-wrinkle cream. In fact it is BAD for you. Our skin still produces sebum (skin grease ew) unlike the 40 year old women this stuff is made for ... so it clogs your pores and then you get breakouts. Aggggh. 

But one key thing to help keeping your skin looking fresh is an exfoliant. Some of the cheaper brands are actually TOO HARSH (Like the favorite St. Ives Apricot Scrub) on your skin and you end up doing more damage. Yeah, don't feel bad ... I didn't know this either until about 20 facialists were like "AAHHH NO NO ST. IVES NO NO ST. IVES!"

Last summer I was singing in Aspen and took a little indulgence massage trip to the Remede Spa at the St. Regis (i.e. Thanks Mom!) and they were giving away free samples.... which is how I discovered this miracle scrub.

I put it on my face and it was the first exfoliant I've ever used that didn't feel like I was scrubbing my face off -- And after my face felt smoother than a baby's butt. Upon further research this scrub is also what our favorite Mad Men milky skinned beauty, January Jones, uses to give her face that Grace Kelly-porcelain glow. 

Betty uses Remede Sweep ... Two-Face used St. Ives Apricot Scrub... awkward

You can only get this miracle scrub from the Bliss website. And if the price tag is a little steep and you opt for a cheaper version... then just make sure you aren't using an exfoliator with giant granules. The bigger the granule the worse it is for your skin. And remember to rub gently. For a more economic option I also like Biore Pore Minimimizing Microderm Exfoliator.

Also while buying my Remede Sweep I stumbled upon ....


I had heard tons of raves about this mask and decided to try for myself. Boy those raves reviews weren't lying! One use of this baby and your face looks all fresh and rosy like you just got a good nights sleep .... (Sleep?? What is that?) This 5 minute foam mask uses oxygen and lots of antioxidants to rehydrate and rejuvenate the skin. Again, not exactly cheap ... but a little goes a long way thanks to the foaming action and the squirt pump prevents you from using too much ... and you are only supposed to use 3x a week MAX... so I'm predicting the bottle lasts a while. For the tired ladies out there like me, I consider this an investment. Pick up some here at the Bliss website

As a little incentive if you enter the code: WEL410 at check out Bliss will give a you a free full-sized sample of their Lemon & Sage Body Butter and Free Shipping! (Expires: May 31, 2010)

Celebs like Eva Longoria and Madonna are fans!

Eva before and after her Oxygen Facial ..... ok not really but I bet it helped! 

Alright that's all the discoveries for now. I'm sure I will find more soon and will be sure to share! 



  1. i dunno diorshow black will always be my favorite mascara but i may try this

  2. I was a Dior Show girl myself until I found this baby! It's a little more of a natural look ... def better for every day use. Maybe keep the Dior Show around for special occasions and night!

  3. kendall your eyebrows are freakin perfect. wax, pluck, thread?

  4. God blessed me with a natural arch and a little Vietnamese woman named Kim who does my eyebrows and nails for a great price down the street from my house. She waxes them and then goes back and plucks/trims the excess. I HATE threading. I did it one time in NYC and I had red spots under my brows for a month. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFF that. Maybe it works with people more well-endowed in the brow dept than me ... but with my modest white girl brows ... threading is way too harsh.

  5. Oh I am a Dior girl- it is all I wear because i love the consistency and the pop of the black. However, mascera is my go to beauty item so since I have trouble getting to Sephora sometimes I will try this one for sure! great blog- just found it and love it. I am your newest follower and wil be sure to check in for more of your great beauty tips. Come visit if you get the chance. I will swap you beauty tips for cooking tips and recipes! LOL! Love ya

  6. Great tips --- I am in the mid-twenties-adult-acne-wrinkle-paranoia stage as well --- ironically I had great skin as a teenager, so I guess this is karma's way of catching up!

    Thanks for the mascara photo - I'm always skeptical of the tv advertisements, so it was great to see a "real" picture!

  7. hhmm i've actually been threading now for over two years. hurts like hell, but i heard that it's better for you because over time the waxing motion that pulls your skin will stretch out that skin. my skin is pink there for a couple of hours, but its the same when i wax, then boom gone and i'm not back for weeks.

  8. i have huge lashes, i rarely wear mascara that means to make them look bigger because i fear that i look like a drag queen!
    p.s. i nominated you on my blog!

  9. Thanks for the info about scrubs! I'm using one from Olay now and hoping it isn't too harsh.

    P.S. Found you on 20SB - I'm a follower!

  10. LOVE the mascara it's gorgeous! i have it too it's the best! new follower, love the site. check out my makeup obsessed blog:

    have a great weekend!!!