Saturday, January 31, 2009

Total Beauty Weekly Web Tour

Total Beauty Web Tour

Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog had another Manic Monday and two readers will have a FLABuLESS day by winning FLABuLESS shapewear. Enter now to be FLABuLESS in the skin you're in!

Alison of the Advice Sisters has discovered Tooth Soap, a cool way to clean your mouth and actually have fun, doing it!

Viva Woman finds out if green tea can help with slimming.

Beauty Anonymous reviews Shiseido's Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Mascara.

Georgia at Neon Bible lists her favourite Beauty Products under $10.00.

Beauty411 shares her recommendations for the Best Winter Lip Treatments!

Face Candy shows you how to get Gossip Girl Style for less.

At Fabulous Over Forty see what Beauty on a Budget product Hollywood stars loved at Sundance.

The Makeup Divas reviews Smashbox's Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder.

Could you use $25 to buy whatever you want on Beauty Junkies Unite is giving away a $25 eGift Certificate!

Win a 12-piece brush collection from More than a Pretty Face and Beauty Strokes!

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings reviews a mineral foundation unlike any other she has used before. Read about it here!

MissWhoever You Are reviews the new Kiss My Face SOS collection and SIX lucky readers will have a chance to win three glosses. What are you waiting for?!!Head on over there now!!

Boutique Flair reviews Dea Bella Eyelash Conditioner. Did it live up to its lofty claim of more beautiful lashes in 2-8 weeks and is it worth $150 per tube? Click here to find out!

Beauty Blvd. has a new GIVEAWAY! Win the entire Kiss My Face SOS Collection! That's 6 lip shimmers and 6 glosses!

Calling all Curls! AHS is giving away a bottle of Curls new Curl Gel-les'c just tell me why you have the most envious curls! Enter to WIN!

Lipstick Addict makes a review on Magic Lips Sunblock with SPF25 It's a steal for less than $2 dollars!

Feel like you need a little lovin'? Beauty Beast has all the details on the limited edition Valentine's Day goodies from LUSH

CaliforniaCosmetics shows you how to Step Into Spring with details from the new Coach 2009 Spring Shoe Collection.

eye4style is giving away $189 worth of Wei East skincare! Have you entered the giveaway yet?

Glossypink scopes out some gorgeous spring beauty trends straight from the runway!

This weekend is your last chance to enter to win an Anastasia Highlight Brow Kit from the girls at Beauty in Real Life. Click here to enter.

I Heart Heels has the scoop on a celeb fav: Mary Norton clutches!

Looking for your love potion? Get ready for Valentine's Day - The Beauty Blog reviews The Top Ten Most Romantic Perfumes.

Did you know that the original creator of Bare Minerals has another very popular mineral makeup? Mineral Makeup Reviews reviews Colorescience Mineral Makeup.

Suzanne at RN Guide to Skin Care discusses the Best Facial Cleanser.

Hot Beauty Health shares with you 6 beauty items a Gal just can't live without.

Butterfly Diary reviews Ojon's organic new Batana Collection.

It's Don't Need No Credit Card To Ride This Train week at Beauty Blogging Junkie! Click here to find out what products under $10 Amber recommends for recessionistas everywhere.

Enter to win a gift bag from the Sundance Film Festival at Makeup Bag.

Phantom Goddess shows you how and where to get fabulous discounts on makeup at Phantom Goddess's Beauty Obsessions.

This week, Spoiled Pretty is hosting three amazing giveaways. Enter to win Benefit's new CORALista blush, China Glaze's Romantique nail polish collection, and a Sundance Film Festival beauty swag bag!

The Beauty Alchemist tests & loves MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation

Friday, January 30, 2009
Backstage Beauty Tips

Learn the 26 tricks we picked up from top hair, makeup and nail pros

We asked hair, makeup and nail artists backstage at Fashion Week for their best kept secrets. Read on to find tips that will help add a little runway glamour to your signature style.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Domino to cease publication

February 2009 issue of Domino

While it was known that Domino was in trouble (other "shelter" titles have already ceased publication), staff were told this morning that Domino will cease publication. The last issue will be March 2009.

Domino, the sister magazine to Lucky, had a breeziness missing in other shelter magazines. I will miss it. I also feel for the staff, who will have to look for new jobs.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Michelle Obama's eyebrow makeover

I normally pass up on stories that PR reps send to me, because (1) I strive for original commentary and (2) I don't feel equipped about writing about celebrities whose work I don't know.

This story about Michelle Obama's eyebrow makeover, however, was too good to pass up:

Michelle Obama
"I just got confirmation from Michelle Obama’s makeup artist, Ingrid Grimes-Myles that she did a major eyebrow makeover for yesterday’s [inauguration] ceremony ... The First Lady came under some heat this summer at the Democratic National Convention for her “angry and severe” eyebrows."

Mrs. Obama did an excellent job of re-introducing herself at the Democratic National Convention after what I'd call her "angry and severe" comments about America. Her eyebrows only served to accentuate her opinions. Still, I like the new eyebrows.

As for me, I couldn't help but notice the resemblance between her eyebrows and those of a certain Bollywood movie star:

Shah Rukh Khan
Our PR rep used this story as a means to promote Tweezerman Slant Tweezer
icon as the tool to reshape Ms. Obama's eyebrows.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Simply pass it up

CoverGirl Simply Ageless Anti-Aging Foundation

The marketing campaign for CoverGirl Simply Ageless Anti-Aging Foundationicon features Ellen DeGeneres, whose signing as a spokesmodel has been the most hyped of anyone whom I recall recently: the first openly gay model to sign! Ellen, with her blond hair and blue eyes, is actually a throwback to the bad old days when CoverGirl promoted that beauty ideal with the likes of Cheryl Tiegs, Cybill Shepherd, and Christie Brinkley.

Enough about Ellen. What about Simply Ageless? It's described as makeup with Olay Regenerist (was this an intended pun?) serum mixed in. Cream foundation is not my favorite type of makeup to begin with, and even though this makeup is intended for mature women, it is excessively matte and drying.

At $13.99 (Walgreen's sells it for $15.99), it's more expensive than other CoverGirl offerings. Simply pass up Simply Ageless.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Missing IsaDora? Found.

Cover of February 2009 Allure

I was surprised to see a reference to IsaDora eyeshadow in the "Black and Blue" photo spread that appears in the February 2009 issue of Allure. Over a year ago, beauty advisors at Walgreen's (which had been the exclusive distributor for IsaDora in the U.S.) told me that IsaDora decided against shipping to the U.S.

I checked the credits in the back of the magazine, which indicated that IsaDora was available through A search of did not yield any results for IsaDora.

The good news is that IsaDora is now being sold through and!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Post-inauguration thoughts

As with most Americans, I watched the Presidential inauguration. I tuned into C-SPAN, because I knew that there would be less intrusion by the chattering classes.

When so much hype and expectation surrounds an event (the election, the inauguration), I become skeptical and even cynical. It seems that many regard Barack Obama as the Second Coming. He is a politician.

Now since the inauguration is past, President Obama gets down to the hard task of governing. I hope that that will mean euphoric Americans will come down to Earth.

By and large, those of us who voted for the other guy have been at least willing to give President Obama a chance. On the other hand, we've been tainted as being taken in by fear. Deepak Chopra, in one of his more loopier moments, said that McCain-Palin represented our shadow selves(!): one woman started a Facebook group on that premise to hold Barack Obama "in the light." Over one hundred people joined her group.

Now, who wants to be on the side of fear and shadows? Is this not a subtle way to undermine your opponents? I hope that President Obama and his supporters will reach out to those who didn't vote for him - and that includes the 43% who voted for McCain-Palin.

Another thing: George W. Bush is no longer President. Enough with Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS).

Monday, January 19, 2009

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Airbrush Finish

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Airbrush Finish

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Airbrush Finishicon foundation is a find! It does what it promises - it delivers a soft matte "airbrush" finish.

I also like the pump mechanism that dispenses a measured amount of product and the locking mechanism that prevents leaking. It's great for travel. At $8.79, Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Airbrush Finishicon is a great value.