Product Review: Korres Lip Butter

Lip Butter

There is a special place in my heart for Korres Lip Butter. It was one of the few things I could reach when I was close to death in my hotel room in New York City with just me and the H1N1 virus. Because nothing will dry out your lips faster than a 104 fever, let me tell you beauties.

I didn't realize until later that it actually has a nice light pink color that makes even sickly pale lips look almost normal. And the moisture is like a dream. Now I keep a pot both in my purse and on my nightstand for the long winter nights ahead.

Korres Lip Butter, $9 at ULTA Beauty.

Do You Know Who AnnaLynn McCord Is? Me Either, But Her Hair!

Apparently she's from the new 90210, which I haven't caught. But those curls! Love!

I'm told that her on-set stylist, Dyana Aives is using Big Curls Curl Defining Creme by Samy. It works by amplifies curls by adding volume, texture and shine and is specially formulated to define, separate and extend curls.

The good news is that it's easy to find - you can pick yours up at Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS locations here in the US, and Canadians can grab it at Shopper's Drug Mart stores.

Product Review: Mario Badescu's Silver Powder

My skin has been in crisis lately. I'm not sure exactly what is going on, but it's been a real mess lately. I've been pulling out all the stops to get it back under control.

Enter Mario Badescu's Silver Powder. I swear, I can't find a single product in this entire line that doesn't do exactly what it claims and in some cases, even more. The powder works by breaking down the oil trapped in your pores. Used once or twice a week, you should notice less clogged pores.

To use, just dip a cotton ball in a touch of water, just enough to make one side damp. Then use the damp side of the cotton to pick up a good amount of the powder and press it into the oily areas on your face. Usually this is the t-zone area on most people - forehead, nose and chin. However, if you're like me and you're oily everywhere, then use it freely. Let it set for 10 minutes, then remove it with a toner or astringent. I personally use Special Cleansing Lotion C, but use what you have.

You can purchase the entire Mario Badescu line at It's also available at Fred Segal Beauty in Los Angeles, Henri Bendel in New York City, select Nordstrom and other specialty shops nationwide. Locally, the Norfolk Nordstrom and the Virginia Beach Ulta carries the line.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Three Offerings from Benefit

How anyone will be able to pass this one up, I do not know:

Say hello to celebutante, your personal stylist makeup kit. This portable kit includes everything you could possibly need to glow: High Beam highlighterL Benetint, the rose-tinted lip and cheek stain; Dallas, an outdoorsy glow/bronzer; Lip Gloss in I'm With the Band; Full Finish Lipstick in Lady's Choice; Full Finish Lipstick in No Competition; Velvet Eyeshadow in Leggy AND Dandy Brandy; a fluff shadow/talent brush; and a step by step guide to getting the celebutante look.

celebutante, $34 at

glitz, glam, and gloss is glam new shades in convenient double wand tubes. Shades include Friends in High Places (sparkling raspberry), Kiss You (clear fuschia), Almost Famous (copper penny), Zone Out (golden nude), I'm With the Band (golden pink shimmer), and Fresh Squeezed (pink grapefruit).


glam idol has billed itself as a "best of" set. Inside a cute little clutch, you get "That Gal" brightening face primer, California Kissin' smile brightening lip shine, and Posietint, the poppy-pink tinted lip and cheek stain.

glam idol, $60 at

Holiday Gift Ideas: Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Palette

Wish for the Perfect Palette

If someone gave me this, I'd probably fall over with joy. Exclusive to Ulta, this 96 shade palette by Smashbox is at the top of my holiday wish list. The Wish for the Perfect Palette contains 64 eye shadows, eight cream eye liners, six brow tech powders, one brow wax, eight lip glosses, two blushes, one complexion brightener, one bronzer, one highlighter, and four mini brushes: shadow, liner, brow, and lip. Of course, it's limited edition, and it also comes with a look book. The most amazing thing about it? It's $59.

Yes, you read that right. $59.

With every Wish purchase, $1 will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit that grants the wish of life to sick and injured children by providing care and investing in life-saving research.

If you need another reason to grab this one, there is the fact that you get Free Shipping over $50 and Free Samples with every order!

I probably won't wait around for Santa to bring me this one. It's just too good of a deal.

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