Holiday makeup favorites: Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette

I know it’s a bit too early to be talking about Christmas but I have to start reviewing the holiday makeup kits and palettes right now because they run out quickly. Many of these palettes are limited editions and they do fly out the door. So here goes. The Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette is, in […]

Video: how to do autumn makeup

Here’s an excellent video showing Ruby Hammer, a well-known British makeup artist, giving tips on how to do autumn makeup. Ruby has a wonderful cosmetics line with partner, Millie Kendall. What I like about this video is that Ruby uses very subtle, natural colors on the model. I hate glops of brightly colored, shiny makeup […]

Philosophy Microdelivery Peel delivers a smoother, softer face

I’m very skeptical about the marketing babble around beauty products because most of the time, the products do not deliver the promised results. Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel, however, was a huge surprise. I was expecting to be disappointed but I ended up with a very smooth, soft face. The results are so impressive that I decided […]

Shopping picks: REN, Avene, Eve Lom, Decleor and Jimmyjane

Fall is just around the corner. You can feel the chill in the evening air. With the cold and dry weather, we need to nourish our skin a little bit more and pamper ourselves as the days get shorter and the darkness falls upon us. Here are my shopping picks of the day: the theme […]

Fragrance favorite: A Scent by Issey Miyake

Of the new fragrances launched this fall, my favorite is A Scent by Issey Miyake. It smells very clean and fresh with notes of hyacinth and galbanum, as well as verbena and jasmine. Miyake’s last fragrance launch was over 10 years ago so his design house made an effort to launch something truly unique. They […]

Goodbye, Prescriptives

One of my favorite cosmetics brands, Prescriptives, won’t be around much longer. The Estee Lauder Group, which owns the brand, has decided to kill it. I have been suspecting for many months now that Prescriptives was on the list of soon to be dead brands because they have not had product launches in a while, […]

Top affordable shower gels and body moisturizers

There’s no reason to spend massive amounts of money on shower gels and moisturizers for the body. If you go to department stores, you’ll see body lotions selling for over $30. Although they may smell better than drugstore brands, the truth is that they do not make your skin softer. In my experience, the best […]

Top affordable moisturizers for the face

It’s fall once again and that means cosmetics companies are launching new skincare and makeup products. I visited a department store in downtown San Francisco and was amazed to see that some companies are pricing their new facial creams at over $200. Have they spent the last 15 months in a spaceship orbiting Earth detached […]