Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I am a tea Fanatic!

I have been drinking tea since the age of 7. Mostly just Lipton, till I discovered that Lipton wasn't the only tea in the world and my love affair with tea began. Every morning I still have that reliable cup of hot Lipton Tea with two sugars. I can't start my day without it. Then mid-morning I have my cup of Green Tea with honey(ooooh delightful!) Now recently I have discovered a tea drinkers heaven on earth, Teavana! They have every tea you can imagine. When I first moved to the suburbs away from my beloved New York City I had to find a way to get to what they called a mall. When I finally got my license at the ripe old age of 32, because in New York there is no need for a car, I finally found my way to the mall. It took me two years to muster up the guts to get on a highway but I did for my beloved tea. There I was standing at the gates of heaven, the aroma of tea hit me from every angle. I started to sweat, I have to have every tea in this joint I thought! I quickly calmed myself down and grabbed a pamphlet. Wow!Pina colada tea, Gingerbread cookie tea, Jasmine Dragon Pheonix Pearls, I felt like I had just become apart of a secret society, I mean come on Dragon Pearls! When I got my bearings enough to walk in I quickly spotted the tea pots, oh my, beautiful cast iron tea pots just whistling my name! The next thing I noticed was a tea called Monkey Picked Oolong, excuse me, monkey what I thought. Then I learned that it's name refers to Buddhist monks who trained monkeys to harvest young leaves from the top of the wild tea treas. I thought the girl was playing with me because she seen my reaction when I entered my private heaven, but no it was true. To make a long story short. I will forever be loyal to my tea leaves and the experience I had that day at Teavana, in the name of tea i will forever be loyal. LOL, no but it's true I'm a tea fanatic, it gets me throught my worst days. Its always been a friend and true friends are hard to come by, right. Is anyone else a tea fanatic like me. If so comment and let me know what teas you like. Chau for now!

My Amazon Store

I have an Amazon Store in my Blog and its all beauty products.So if there are beauty products you don't see and are interested in let me know and I will add it to my store. I'm not saying you should purchase Amazon Products through me. If you are interested in my store and dont see anything you like, let me know what interests you and I will add it to my store. It's strictly a beauty related store. Thanks!

Girls, when choosing skincare and makeup try avoiding the following chemicals

Avoid these ingredients in all cosmetic products especially on your babies.
4.Ethyl Alchohol
6.Propylene Glycol(avoid especially in baby wipes because it can be irritating)
8.Phthalates(Linked to developmental and reproductive health issues)
9.Dea,Tea and Mea(When combined with nitrates can be highly carcinogenic)
I'm not saying its always best to buy organic or natural products because there are no standard for what(natural means)and it can cause irritation too. Atleast avoid the products in this list. We have to start ridding our bodies of all these chemicals.
I'm not trying to scare you guys, I just want us girls to be informed and knowledgeable about what we put on our skin, which in turn ultimately gets absorbed into our bodies.I know its not going to stop me from buying cosmetics, lord no, but now we can make an educated decision. Cheers to health!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My everyday products

Here is a list of my every day products that I'm loving right now.
1. Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in Fairly Light
2. Paula Dorf Brow powder in Brunette
3. Benefit High Beam
4. Milani Single eyeshadow in Flare(Great for the crease to warm up any eyeshadow)
5. NYC Bronzer in Sunny
6. Revlon Color Stay eyeshadow quad in Coffee Bean( my holy grail eyeshadows)
7. NYC Lipstick in Cafe ( a beautiful lipstick for a buck)
8. Rimmel Lipliner ( the color is called addiction)
9. ELF Lipgloss in Whipped Pink
10.Nars Blush in Deep Throat
11.Cover Girl Lash Blast in Black
12.Laura Mercier Primer
13.Clinique Toner number2
14.Oil Free Acne Wash for sensitive skin(Green bottle)
15.Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
16.Proactiv Repairing Lotion
17.Clinique All About Eyes Concealer
18.Retin-a Micro
There you have it, thats my everyday product list for the time being because it switches up continuously. Not so much the skin care, I usually try to stick to the same brands. Although I might start to incorporate a Glycolic Acid Cream to my day time routine. I read it was very beneficial especially when using Retin A at night. I will be updating this list soon. What is your everyday routine? I'm always interested to see what people are using and what they like.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hold the Phone!

A couple of weeks ago I did a review on Oil Of Olay PROx Wrinkle Protocol. It was a promising study and consumer results were impressive. Something else however had caught my eye. The Product is the new advanced Prevage Face anti-aging serum. It contains a powerful antioxidant called Idebenone. Idebenone is the most powerful antioxidant available today, with an EPF rating of 95 out of 100, to address the effects of oxidation on skin, a leading cause of aging. An EPF rating is the Enviromental Protection Factor of the product. For example, protection against the sun, smoking, pollution, poor diet and stress. Idbenone is more powerful than other common antioxidants such as Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C, Kinetin, Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10. It diminishes the appearance of lines, wrinkles, minor scars, redness, agespots, discolorations. It improves the look of firmness, texture, tone, radiance and sundamaged skin. The advanced formula is safe on all skin types. Prevage was reformulated to be gentle on most skin types without causing irritation. There are a few products in the line such as Prevage Face Anti-aging Serum, Prevage Day Ultra Protection SPF 30 for a day cream, Prevage Eye Anti-aging moisturizing treatment, Prevage Night Anti-aging recovery cream. I was in Macys the other day and got a sample of Prevag Face. I have used it for two nights and I am blown away! My skin is so soft, luminous, smooth and brightened. My skin never looks like that! Now I have only used it twice so I have to remain cautious for any skin irritation but so far so good. Its really is amazing. I strongly suggest getting a sample yourselves. You can purchase this product or obtain samples at any Elizabeth Arden counter. I suggest you mention your a Beauty Blogger and that you want to review the product. For some reason or another when you say that they tend to want to help you out. In previous situations when I ask for a sample without stating I'm a Beauty Blogger they look at me like I have two heads! Good luck! This product is really exciting me and as I have mentioned in the past I'm a sinical, hard ass New Yorker who doesn't get excited over products easily. I was not paid to write this and I was not sent this product to review. I discovered this product myself. I am always on the look out for the next best skincare product. I am obsessed with skincare so I really do my research. I used to sit in Barnes and Nobles for 4 hours every friday and just read skincare books and alternative medicine books looking for the answers to my skincare woes. I have too much information floating around in my head, Hence my Beauty Blog, I have to share my knowledge with the world. Whats the sense of obtaining knowledge if your not gonna share it with people. I love helping people look and feel there best. Again, look into this product it's really amazing.

Friday, March 19, 2010

My Favorite Beauty Bloggers

I have been apart of this Beauty Blogging comunity for only 6 months, but I have come to really look forward to checking my dashboard daily to see new posts. Its an addiction if you will. Here are a lists of some of my favorite bloggers.
4.Pearls and Poodles
5.Cheryl's Beauty Blog
10.Kandee the Makeup Artist

Thursday, March 18, 2010

You Tube Videos!

I am venturing into You Tube land. I started a channel under the name Beautiac, which is what I first named this blog before I changed it to Pretty in Pink Gloss. I haven't uploaded any videos yet. It will be soon I just need the cable that goes into your computer to download videos. I am so not good with that stuff. Any hoot, I'm excited and nervous at the same time because you are putting yourself out there for the world to see. I am obsessed with watching Beauty Gurus on You Tube, so why not join in, I have alot of knowledge to give. Some of my favorite Beauty Gurus are Michelle Phan, Kandee Johnson,
Pixi2woo, Sardun1, MakeupGeek and Michele1218. Hopefully It will be as fun as these beautiful women make it look. You Tube here I come!

Illamasqua Blushers!

Illamasqua has what I think are the best blushes. The color payoff is phenomenal. The colors are to die for! I am obsessed with purchasing every color they have. My favorites right now are Tweak, Lover, Panic and Excite. There a little pricey but you don't have to use much so they will last a while. They also have great staying power, I put it on in the morning and at 11pm my blush still looks vibrant as if I had just put it on. These are definitely the best blushes out there by far. Check them out at Sephora. Test it out, go on with your day and see how this blush lasts. Tweak and Excite are my favorites. I will soon be trying there cream blushes soon and I will write a review. What are your favorite blushes?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Believe the hype!

Olay Professionals had a scientific study published in the British Journal of Dermatology to support its position as one of todays leading anti-aging skincare brand. The study was a collaboration of physicians at Columbia University and the University of Miami- showed that 58% of the 196 female participants experienced more of a visible change in skin wrinkles using Olay's Professional Pro x line than a group using Tretinoin, which is my holy grail in skin care products. So to say the least i am skeptical of this finding. The woman also claimed the lines around there eyes improved 17% oppose to the 11% with tretinoin. Participants were between the ages of 40-65, possessing moderate to severe wrinkling. Now this is exciting, I have always respected the Oil Of Olay line. The participants were examined via high resolution digital imaging, marking one of the first studies of its kind to compare an over-the-counter drugstore item with a prescription grade product.There was even a debate whether to have such an active product available on your drug store shelf. It retails for $42-$62. Purchase this product at CVS where they have a pretty good return policy in case this does not perform well on your skin. I am however sold for the time being and will be purchasing this product. I will be doing a review on it myself. I am a pretty hard person to please when it comes to seeing results.The product is called Oil of Olay Professional PROx-Intesive Wrinkle Protocol.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Great Deal At Sephora!

Sephora has a great deal that I must get the word out about! Benefit's Legally Bronze set which includes- Hoola Bronzer, High Beam Highlighter, Benefit Bad Girl Brown Mascara and Gilded Highlighting stick. They are all full size! The price is only $35.00. I thought that was an amazing price being Hoola alone is $28.00 alone. So if you like these products I suggest you get to sephora before this deal is gone!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I am on a mission to find Mac Pro Blush in Salsa Rose

I have been on a mission to find this beautiful blusher shade by Mac in Salsa Rose. I have seen it on You tube on Pixi2woo's channel and ever since i have been obsessed. I cant find it on Ebay or the Mac store. If anyone knows how i can get my hand on this little gem please give me a shout out! I will be forever thankful!

My new favorite products!

I have some new products i am loving! First i will start with skincare- Befine Brown sugar, honey and oatmeal scrub, this stuff is amazing! Its all natural and the scrubbing particles melt in to your skin when its done exfoliating. It's safe enough to use everyday. My skin is baby smooth without any irritation like with most scrubs. I am also loving Oil of Olay Eye Lifting Serum. This eyecream allows your concealer to go on so smooth. Your eyes look refreshed just minutes after using this product. It also brightens your under eye circles. As for makeup, I really love the Revlon Soft Nude lipcolor. It's really the perfect nude. I find it goes lovely with Revlons Colorstay Lipliner in Rose. I also purchased the NYC Bronzing Powder in Sunny and it really is a great Bronzer. At first I wasn't really buying all the hype I was hearing but now I'm a believer. A cheek color I'm adoring right now is Stila Convertible Duo Lip and Cheek Cream in Lillium. OMG! I love applying this after the NYC Broner on the apples of my cheek. Its so natural and gives such a beautiful pinky mauve color. It really blends nicely with the bronzer. Another lippie I'm crushing on is NYC lipstick in Chiffon. Its a light pink shimmery color that goes beautiful over Revlon Soft Nude lipstick. Its only 99 cents! You can't beat that. Oh i forgot to mention my all time love right now and it is my beloved Retin-A. This product is doing amazing things for my skin. I love how it just peels away all the damage i have done. Its smooths and evens my skintone. It's like magic in a bottle. I am purchasing a new camera soon and I will be able to start swatching, thank god.
Until then, do you have any new favorite products? I live to hear about new products, its one of my favortie Beauty Blogger Posts!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Motives Cosmetics

Motives is an up and coming Makeup line by Lori Ridinger. It is suppose to be comparable to Mac cosmetics. You can shop for Motives on Market America through shopping with Mary at She is a representative for Market America who i interviewed for this post. Market America is an online portal to many high quality products. They also have very high quality Nutritional Supplements and Diet Supplements. Here is a short list of Motive products comparable to Mac.
1.Amber Lights-Pink Gold
2.Smut- Dusk
3.Electra- Sex in the City
4.Shroom- Pearl
5.Sable- Cinnamon Spice
6.Antiqued- Bedroom Eyes
7.Bronze- Chic
8.Charcoal Brown- Cappuccino
9.Expresso- Hershey Kiss
10. Wedge- Latte
1.Turkish Delight-Debutante Pink
2.Casino-Miami Glow
This list of Dupes is from Motives, it is not my opinion.
I will be ordering some of these dupes and I will do a review on it.
You can check out Motives website for a more detailed overview of the cosmetics

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mean girls!

I have a 15 Year old daughter who is obsessed with having the right friends, clothes, hair, makeup, ect... Having all these things does not exclude you from the torment and abuse girls lay on each other daily. For example, girls these days size each other up within seconds of meeting each other. They comment on each others clothes, hair, makeup and who hangs out with who. My daughter came home the other day crying because she worked so hard to get her hair straight and when she got to school her friends said she looked better with curly hair. They also told her she looked better without her glasses and that she should loose the old lady coat she was wearing. How on earth did girls get so judgemental! Where are they learning this? Is it the parents or is it society. I mean take MTV for instance, everything is focused on materialistic things. For instance, the show "Teen Cribs" where kids show off there extravagant homes with horses in the backyard for godsakes! Or how about the show "My Sweet Sixteen" where parents throw lavish not mention outrageously over priced birthday parties for there teeny bopper. Kids see this and it gives them a sense of entitlement. Girls are definitely the ones hit hardest in this media tyrade. How about the show "Bad Girls Club" I walked in on my daugher watching this train wreck of a show. Two girls were beating each other up dressed like prostitutes. I immediatley put the parental block on. What message is that sending and thats on the Oxygen Network which i thought was like my beloved Lifetime channel. Everywhere you look whether it's you tube or MTV or in school girls are being mean and judgemental to each other. How did our girls become so jealous, backstabbing, superficial and just out right mean! I'll tell you though, this blogging community has given me some hope that women and girls can come together for a cause, even if its about a lipstick. We have the capabilities of being compassionate, friendly, caring and loving community. For now though i have to teach my daughter to ignore the mean girls and focus on the good girls! Most of us girls grow up to be loving wonderful women and mothers who know better. Has anyone had a mean girl experience? My daughter would love to know she's not alone!

Please watch this video on the story of toxins in our cosmetics!

I love my city

I love my city
I grew up in an apartment right under the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan

One of my favorite You Tube Gurus

I finally found the perfect shade of Auburn

I finally found the perfect shade of Auburn
Loving my new haircolor, its Loreal Lightest Auburn and as they say in those Loreal commercials "Im In love".

My new hat

My new hat
Reminds me of the south!

My baby boy

My baby boy
Hes my joy!

My daughter

My daughter
They grow up so fast!

A much needed date night with the hubby

A much needed date night with the hubby