Friday, June 30, 2006

New Email subscription service


I had been using Bloglet as an option for people who wanted to get updates to The Style Page blog via email, but now Monsur of Bloglet has announced that he plans to phase out the service in the next several weeks.

For that reason, I have migrated the existing email subscriptions from Bloglet to FeedBlitz. Those readers who would like to get updates via email are encouraged to enter their email addresses in the sidebar at left.

For those readers who like to get updates via news aggregators, there are buttons to subscribe to The Style Page blog via Newsgator, My Yahoo!, and Bloglines. Our feed URL is

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Umbra crunch can

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My husband and I use the fabric Crunch cans from Umbra to stash laundry, magazines, and trash - different cans for different purposes, of course. I use a cheery striped Crunch can that I purchased from The Container Store for laundry.

Umbra printed Crunch can in pink and mocha
Umbra Crunch Can
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The July 2006 issue of InStyle featured these cute Crunch cans, printed with flowers or butterflies. In addition to pink/mocha (pictured above), Umbra offers patterned Crunch cans in brown/ivory, mocha/cactus, and light blue/mocha.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Jouer Les Essentials d'été Summer 2006 Limited Edition Value Set

I posted a positive review of Jouer Cosmetics in December 2004. I particularly like Jouer's unique customizable palettes which allows you to connect individual containers together side-by-side and back-to-back. These cosmetics are designed to be applied with the fingertips - no fuss makeup application for the warmer months.

I'm looking forward to trying its Les Essentials d'été Summer 2006 Limited Edition Value Set, which features Essential Lip Enhancer (admittedly, I am skeptical of lip plumpers) and Essential Matte Touch (I get unwanted breakthrough shine on my nose, so I'd like to see if this is effective). Purchased separately, the Essential Lip Enhancer costs $14 and the Essential Matte Touch costs $24. The set costs $28.00 - a savings of $10.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Jilbean: The Great Eyeliner Hunt

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SpillToJill has announced Jilbean: The Great Eyeliner Hunt. Here are favorites of The Style Page:

I prefer using eyeshadow with an eyeliner brush to using pencils. Pencils are too much a hassle to keep sharp. I like charcoal brown, almost black eyeshadow for a smoky eye. I've already stated my fondness for Sonia Kashuk's eyeshadow in Night, available at Target stores. My new favorite is ModelCo ColourBox Eye Shadow Ibiza 13 (pictured), available from

As far as a pencil is concerned, I like Jordana Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Bittersweet. At less than $2, this is a best buy. Find Jordana at Walgreen's or prowl dollar stores.

Monday, June 19, 2006

What's in my makeup travel kit

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I'm off for two days of meetings. In my makeup bag:

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Flag Day

Today is Flag Day in the United States. Long may she wave!

American flag (or variants thereof) is the most popular search phrase that leads visitors to this blog.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Real Simple Organizing Products :

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These days, it's not enough to be a print magazine. A magazine must have a Web presence. Some are even getting their own TV shows and branded products.

Time Warner's Real Simple has a Web site, its own TV show on PBS, and now branded products.

I'm a sucker for gimmicks for organizing my desk - see my past articles on the File-It Calendar, bookmark flags, and Pro-Con pads - so I was curious to check out the new line of Real Simple Organizing Products.

Project box
Project box

I found many of the products overpriced, rather cheesy, and/or more gimmicky than useful. I did, however, like the Dual Notebook, which is two spiral-bound notebooks in one. I use one side for capturing ideas related to my job and the other side for capturing ideas not related to my work (including The Style Page). I also like the Project Box. I use the individual file boxes for storing ideas for different parts of The Style Page.

You may find Real Simple Organizing Products at Target stores.

What do you think of the organizing products branded by Real Simple? Vote at Quimble.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Cosmetics that have caught my eye

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From Elke von Freudenberg's The Beauty Newsletter, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Balms in Tarred (black) and Feathered (white). No, these products are not supposed to color your lips black and white for a Goth look, but are supposed to serve as transformers: Tarred is supposed to darken and deepen your natural lip color or lip stick, while Feathered is supposed to lighten your natural lip color or lip stick.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Balms in Tarred and Feathered

Paula Begoun, the consumer reporter whose web site now describes her as "the creator and innovative force behind Paula's Choice skin care and cosmetics," has now added gel eyeliners to her ever-expanding collections of skin care and cosmetics products. I've liked most everything I've purchased from Paula, as her products are effective and well-priced - I have many of her eye shadows and especially recommend her 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Lotion for treating acne. My least favorite product is her Close Comfort Shave Gel.

I want Paula's Constant Color Gel Eyeliner in Earthen (described as a medium soft brown) and Nightfall (described as an "almost-black brown with a subtle hint of plum"). I won't need Espresso, as I am content using Sonia Kashuk's eye shadow in Night (a deep charcoal brown) as an eyeliner: it is perfect for the smoky eye!
Constant Color Gel Eyeliner from Paula's Choice
Constant Color Gel Eyeliner from Paula's Choice

Please share your comments if you've tried any of these products. I'd like to know what you think. You can see other wished-for items on the Beauty page of our web site!

Tom Ford Estée Lauder Collection :: Azurée :: now online

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The much-hyped Tom Ford Estée Lauder collection Azurée is now online. As with his previous Youth Dew collection, Tom Ford researched the archives of Estée Lauder and reinterpreted another classic. There are three different color palettes: Azurée (peach and coral), Cap Bronzée (sand, amber, and bronze), and St. Tropée (mauve, violet, and plum). Ford describes the Azurée collection as "a collection for the woman whose fantasy takes her away to sexy, remote beaches" - Whew!

Tom Ford Estée Lauder Collection Azurée
Tom Ford Estée Lauder Collection Azurée

While it was hard to come by the makeup for the Youth Dew collection - it wasn't available from or and was available at only select stores - you may purchase items from the Azurée collection from

Beauty Addict has a review of the Azurée collection in her May 30, 2006 post That Long Weekend Glow. I swear, I didn't copy that quote by Tom Ford from her article - she and I picked that quote independently!