Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

  This, you guys, is awesome stuff. Remember those OMGHIVESONMYFACE moments I talked about a while back? Yeah, I had one recently while testing out an as-yet-to-be-reviewed serum. Like, seriously, I ended up giving myself an unintentional chemical peel, my face was so blotchy, red and gross. Like a sunburn, only I hadn’t really been outside enough for one of those. Given, I suspect this was the result of pregnancy-related oversensitivity, hence why I haven’t officially reviewed the product that caused it yet. So anyway, there I was, staring at the mirror and wondering what I could possibly do to …

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Lush Full of Grace Facial Serum

This funny-looking thing is a facial serum, Lush’s Full of Grace. It is probably the most un-serumy serum I’ve ever tried, and actually the first one that I’ve gone to the bother of purchasing on my own. It was probably the unorthodox presentation that led me to buy it in the first place, since I tend to have magpie tendencies for cosmetics in odd formats. The ingredients list sounded interesting, too – murumuru and cupuacu butters (like palm and cocoa butter, but not), calamine, rose petal infusion, almond oil, rose oil and portabello mushrooms. Mushrooms, really? They say it has skin-protecting vitamins and …

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Kenzo Flower Tag

I rarely mention cosmetics and toiletries here, despite my having a serious weakness for wandering into places like Sephora and leaving with a bag of impulse purchases. So yes, going to start talking about them a bit here, if only so I can recall later on which ones worked and which ones didn’t. In fact, I think the only time I wrote about a perfume here was that one post when I was so offended by Angel that I had to get it off my chest. Well, you know what they say about how much easier it is to write …

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Hotel Chocolat’s Cocoa Juvenate Hand & Body Lotion

This stuff has been my lotion obsession for the past year. At £17 for a 290mL bottle, it’s probably not the best habit for my pocketbook, but it just makes me so happy whenever I use it. Still less guilt-inducing than when I occasionally cave for a bottle of Molton Brown, I suppose. I first ran across it when we were out in London last spring for a friend’s wedding. We stopped into Hotel Chocolat to get some gifts for family and friends and I was surprised to find that they had started making a bath and body product line. I …

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Old new hair.

I don’t know what sort of weird personality disorder this is indicative of, but I can never seem to post pictures of recent haircuts. I’ll TAKE the pictures, sure, but then they’ll usually sit for several months before I get around to showing them, by which time my hair has grown out and looks nothing like the picture. This could somehow be related to the way I will buy clothing and not wear it until a season later to avoid being too trendy. Who knows. Anyway, these pictures are from mid-September, when I decided to cut my hair really short …

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Dennis Gross MD Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel

I like shopping. I like free samples. Over the course of my rather frequent shopping, I tend to wind up with a lot of samples. Sometimes, I even remember to use them. This column is my ode to random samples and the unpredictable results they beget. On a bad day, my face looks something like a military weapons testing field, showing all sorts of strange bumps, dents, scars and marks. This is due to an adolescence marred by some heinously bad acne, skin that’s highly allergic to a variety of cosmetic ingredients, and the boy dropping a 14-pound cat on …

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Phail, Thierry Mugler, phail.

Just tried a sample of Thierry Mugler’s _Angel_ that came in the mail with my previous Sephora order. Mostly because I thought it’d be amusing — if it was any good — to have a bottle of perfume on my dresser that had my name (well, I’d have to Sharpie in an additional letter, but nothing’s perfect) on it. Unfortunately, I went reeling backward after one small spritz on the arm and then bolted to the sink to scrub it off with liberal dollops of strongly-scented antibacterial soap, endeavoring to erase the olfactory menace burning itself into my skin. Remember …

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Shopaholic: Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar & Purity Made Simple

Usually when a product develops a cult following, one can’t help but be suspicious of it. This is especially the case when Oprah starts recommending it, because although I liked the big O back in her young and sassy days, this new taking-over-the-world version kinda frightens me. Like Scientology. Hey, at least I don’t have to feel like I’m pimping or hawking this stuff, since it’s already made the “top 10” lists of countless magazines, stores, and other sources over the years. I’m merely adding my own little review to the mix. Luckily, I first encountered the Philosophy brand back …

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*gag* *sputter*

Gads, I do crap like this far too often. You know how when you’re holding a bottle of perfume and about to spray it, at least for the purposes of scenting a room, you should make sure that it’s facing away from you? Right. That. Especially when it’s about two inches from you? The object being not to hose your face? Wow, I don’t think I’ll be able to smell or taste anything else for the rest of the day. And let me just say now that I have never been gladder that I wear glasses. *thwaps self*

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