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Friday, March 28, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Round-Up: Weekend of 3/28/14

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has fallen madly in love with African Botanics Marula Résurrection Eye Crème because it is an antioxidant rich anti-aging cream that gives real results. It is truly amazing!

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat reviews Sage Lifestyle's newest perfume called Diamond-- a lovely gem 10 years in the making!

Everyone's buzzing about the OPI Sheer Tints and the Nicole by OPI Roughles Check out how polish insomniac layered them to create a match made in heaven!

There are some gorgeous blushes in Giorgio Armani's new Maestro Mediterranea collection. Mostly Sunny has a sneak peek of a bright Maestro Fusion Blush for you!

Phyrra shares her Top 10 Cruelty Free Spring Beauty and Accessory Items!

Spring means new fresh lip colors to Beauty Info Zone and we have some from Senna that are so so Pretty in Pink.

Prime Beauty brightens up your spring with her Top 10 Spring Beauty and Accessory Picks!

Are you short on time yet you still want a high-end, results-oriented, and spa-like treat for your skin? See why Pammy Blogs Beauty loves reaching for these Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads from Radical Skincare. From the effervescent feel to the amazing results, these are totally worth checking out!

Get a sneak peek at the new Dior Addict Fluid Sticks and see why Perilously Pale is so enamoured with this new lip product.

15 Minute Beauty asked the experts, and they responded! Here are the favorite eye creams of dermatologists! Is your eye cream listed?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sage Lifestyle Diamond Perfume Oil

Sage Machado's Diamond has been a long time coming (about a decade), and I must say, I think she hit the nail on the head. The vibe of Diamond is relaxed yet minimalist, speaking to me as the raw Herkimer diamond instead of the ones that are polished, cut and sold to the privileged for obscene amounts of money. It was the perfumer Tanja Bochnig (April Aromatics) who first turned me on to Herkimers, as she uses them in her bottles of fragrance to amplify the radiant qualities of the raw botanical materials. I adore the uneven beauty of Herkimer diamonds and I can easily make the leap to associate them with the born-beautiful Mysore sandalwood-- my favorite scent in the world, and the clear star of this perfume.

[Sage Lifestyle Diamond official.notes: Indian Sandalwood, white crisp amber, clean oceanic musk, touch of rain, dew on the skin]

Besides the sandalwood, there is a salty, soft marine note that I think is quite beautiful as supporting role to the sandalwood. It feels breezy and ethereal like a tear caught by surprise on the tongue- it's proof of life. Two major notes is plentiful when you have a streamlined composition like this. I don't believe complexity has a place when you're talking about diamonds (or in this case, smelling them), especially raw diamonds. On my skin, Diamond uses body heat to achieve its balance. The marine aspect is rather fleeting and the sandalwood is long-lasting-- but I should mention that I apply this scent liberally from the rollerball. I just don't get the full spectrum of it by gingerly dabbing. On skin, the light marine musk dissolves into an ozonic wash, which pairs perfectly with the natural ozone qualities present in Mysore sandalwood. That is just one of the things that separates Mysore from Australian sandalwood- fresh, creamy roundness vs. sharp and aromatic. I love both, but Mysore is my greatest, most enduring love.

One of the sweetest, most satisfying things about this perfume is how it clings to fabrics, and every time my nose is near the collar and cuffs of my favorite sweater, that fresh expansiveness returns. It's not the same living, warm scent as it is on skin, it's the scent of frozen time. Memories on ice with a twist.

Diamond is the perfect fragrance for Spring. The feeling of limitless space, perpetual movement, endless possibilities and all the fresh air you can drink in. This is not quite the beach or what lay beyond it in the great wide ocean, this is the town tucked away just inland which hides the secret of its denizens: that the type of beauty that Diamond projects is not just for the rich or the well-connected-- it's a state of mind which can be achieved by everyone and is not one-size-fits-all.

1/8 oz Roll-on Perfume Oil, $45 on SageLifestyle.com

[samples provided by Sage Lifestyle for my consideration]

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Q & A: Things you might not know about Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog

The Beauty Spotlight Team wants you to get to know each of our members better by asking them a series of personal and blogging questions, but will Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog reveal anything interesting about herself? Click HERE to find out!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The WINNER of the Obiqo Skincare Giveaway!

Congratulations, Pilula Jula!

*Make sure to email me at eyeliner on a cat at gmail dot com within the next 48 hours with your mailing address. Your prize will be shipped out to you by Obiqo. Enjoy your swanky products!*

Note: If winner does not respond with mailing details within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen from the pool of entrants and announced at that time.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Round-Up: Weekend of 3/14/14

Warm weather is just around the corner which means that it's time to put your best skin forward. Lola's Secret Beauty Blog recommends the Ellen Lange Retexturizing Peel as a fantastic at-home Peel Kit that will effectively reveal gorgeous glowing skin!

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone was intrigued when she found a product named Whoopie and now we're sure you will be too.

Prime Beauty finally found the bareMinerals True Romantic Collection and it's THE perfect soft, feminine mix of makeup for spring and the romantic in all of us.

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat is singing the praises of New Zealand skin care brand Obiqo-- and she's hosting a fabulous Giveaway for two full-size products! You have until Monday evening to enter.

15 Minute Beauty shares some great neutral lippies for spring, which are on her shopping list. Which should she buy first?

The Pink Sith shows you three of the new L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks and reminiscences about being a band geek all at the same time.

Love multichromes? Phyrra shows off her current favorite ILNP Washing Ashore.

China Glaze will be launching its Spring speciality collection, Surprise, in April. Check out swatches now on polish insomniac!

Mostly Sunny has been enjoying the new Chanel Les 4 Ombres. For those who enjoy smokey eyes, Tissé Gabrielle is definitely worth a look!

Do you love intensely pigmented cosmetics? Pammy Blogs Beauty checks out new line additions to the Prestige Total Intensity collection!

Come have a cuppa at drivel about frivol with Kate's selection of favourite tea perfumes. There will be cake....

Do you have a memory of Dippity Do? Perilously Pale would like to change that memory to a 2014 memory.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Phyrra answers our burning questions

Find out how The Beauty Spotlight Team's newest member got into beauty blogging and what's on her Kindle! Click HERE to enter PHYRRAVILLE... (it sounds a little spooky, but I promise, it's more like going to Rainbow Brite's house.)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Obiqo Smoothing Eye Cream and Intensive Facial Serum: review + Giveaway!


*Update: Contest end date extended to Monday, March 17th!*

Natural New Zealand brand Obiqo has launched in the US, and anyone who has a complexion in serious need of hydration or a good perking-up will want to take notice. Obiqo boasts ingredients like local sea kelp combined with French sea lavender, proprietary blends of sweet herbs and other natural flora extracts and essential oils.

I highly recommend their Smoothing Eye Cream to anyone who has struggled to find products appropriate for sensitive eyes, allergies, dryness and slack skin around the eyes. It's got a firming effect (but not tight-feeling), and its hydrating anti-aging marine nutrients along with cucumber, chamomile and kiwi really address the parched, often reddened, delicate skin around my eyes. Fragrance-free Smoothing Eye Cream's extremely silky texture makes it versatile for day and indispensable by night. It simply feels incredible, and is also gentle enough to use as a lash conditioner-- I have put this product through every test imaginable and it won't ever irritate or sting my eyes, no matter what. It won't pill, cake, get gloppy or interfere with makeup, either.

I've used a dab of this eye cream blended with a dab of my foundation and concealer to get a glowier, more sheer finish for my makeup. Anything that allows me to wear less makeup with fewer products and look more gorgeous at the end is worth the extra minute to blend a little custom potion. The jar is huge and the price is small comparatively, so you've got some wiggle room to get creative with it! I use it on my cuticles and hands before I go to bed. Sometimes, I also use it on my entire face at night, or during the day blended with a cream highlighter or cream blush. The soft, satiny natural sheen of this cream is undeniably sweet, and it's never, ever greasy, which makes it a perfect playmate for those who really like to marry their skin care and makeup. Once you get a taste of life with this gentle giant among eye creams, you'll feel naked without it. And I don't mean naked in a good way, but in a dry, dull way.

Obiqo's Intensive Facial Serum is a perfect light hydrating and toning serum for any skin type, but it's especially suited to my sensitive, dry skin. It contains anti-aging, regenerating Marine peptides, Hyadisine (their proprietary hydrating complex), and extracts from New Zealand's coastal flora (pohutukawa, kowhai, and mamaku). Its elegant texture spreads easily over the skin thanks to the seaweed extracts, and it takes about 30 seconds to dry, so you have time to work it into your trouble spots extra well before it dries. That may sound like a very small thing to mention, but anyone who has been endlessly annoyed by quick-drying, easily-pilling or heavy, dimethicone-laden facial serums that feels like a mask of product just sitting on the face will find comfort in this texture. It's not going to clog your pores or cause breakouts. This is a soothing, cooling concoction that provides relief to the redness-prone-- I can attest to that. I can't wait to give it a summertime test-drive after being chilled in the fridge.

And now, for the Giveaway!  Obiqo has generously offered a giveaway prize of one bottle of Intensive Facial Serum (1 oz) and one jar of Smoothing Eye Cream (1 oz) to one lucky winner. All you have to do is sign up for Obiqo's newsletter on their website HERE. Then, leave a comment here telling me about your current biggest skin care annoyance. The contest will close on Monday, March 17th at 7pm Central time, and a winner will be chosen randomly, via Random.Org directly afterwards. I will then announce the winner in a new, separate post. Products will be shipped by the manufacturer, and the winner must contact me via email with their mailing address within 48 hours of the close of the draw, otherwise a new winner will be chosen at that time. Draw is open to US readers only.

Gotta have it now? You're in luck, because the prices are very friendly to the wallet, and you can order Obiqo on Amazon as well as their website. You get massive bang for your buck with this brand, so it really feels like you're getting away with something major. I don't know about you, but that's a feeling I'd like to have more of in my life!

[samples provided by Obiqo for my consideration]