Monday, September 1, 2014

The Cat Tree Conundrum Chez Lola's Secret Beauty Blog

I am always a bit surprised by the desire of my furry family members to stay close to me when I am working from home. There are so many kitty and puppy things that they could be doing-- yet Delilah is typically under my desk literally sleeping on my feet, and the kitties occupy their cat tree. Their preferred activity tends to be slumbering, and my lap and desk are considered the most coveted bits of real estate to the adjacent cat tree. When it comes to my lap Lola seems to have called dibs in perpetuity, and this is unquestionably why she has a blog named in her honor.

This eyesore of a cat tree serves as a refuge from which the cats escape the more objectionable canine behaviors (such as breathing, walking, running, barking and generally living in a feline household), and  as such it is something of a sacred feline space.

Lucy, however transgressive in her act of occupying a tier of the cat tree, is the size of a cat. Save for her ability to bark instead of meow, Lucy has the idea that she is essentially a cat, and her nap on the cat tree is simply proof positive of this belief. Nobody was more shocked by this spectacle than I, and oddly enough the cats didn't seem to care one bit. If cats and dogs can work out their differences-- why can't people?! It seems that humans could learn a lot from them.
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BBC Labor Day Top Picks

Happy Labor Day everyone! Grab your cup of coffee and enjoy your day off with some great beauty reading material!

  • BeautyTidbits: Are you ready for the MTV VMAs this weekend? Check out the fun little pre VMA viewing party that Harshleen threw to celebrate Looks That Rock and find out how you can join in the fun this Sunday!
  • TheFabZilla: Kathryne from TheFabZilla has spoken: The truth on Sephora VIB Rouge status plus a Fall Lippy Must-Have.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Love the Spa experience at home? Then Elemis Spa Home Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream is an exotic must-have!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Paraben and SLS free Baikal Herbals Facial Foam Wash review.
  • Color Me So Crazy: Project Runway Smokey Emerald Eye from Mary Kay.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: What did Allison think of her September ipsy bag?
  • Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Empties Post Volume XXIV: August 2014 Edition

    The month of August proved to be challenging when it came to using up full size skincare products because I was testing out lots of new things. I did, however, manage to finish up a few things, but mostly deluxe samples. 

    1) California Baby Calming Hair De-Tangler: My sister gave this to me to detangle my hair after washing. It is something that she used on my niece when she was little, and it really does work wonders. It has an earthy aromatherapeutic scent that is quite calming to the senses. I actually like to use it on dry hair as well because it makes my curls behave themselves!

    2) Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment: This jar took an eternity to use up, but Aquaphor is great for so many things from dry lips to dry feet!

    3) Bikini Soft Smooth Shave Oil (reviewed here): This shave oil gives a very close shave while leaving skin moisturized, soft and supple! I love this stuff, and my husband does too! In fact, he's abandoned regular shave cream in favor of this!

    4) Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator (reviewed here): I really really really love this exfoliator! It is so gentle yet thoroughly exfoliates the skin, and it leaves my skin unbelievably soft and smooth. I definitely want a full size tube in my life!

    5) Aroma M Beauty Camellia Face Oil (reviewed here): Maria really knows a thing or two about making gorgeously handcrafted luxury oils and perfumes, and this Camellia Face Oil is a true treasure! It hydrates the skin beautifully and leaves the complexion delightfully luminous.

    6) Aftelier Perfumes Rose Body Oil (discussed here): I savored every single drop of this luxurious rose body oil, and have to say that it is among my very favorite oils!

    7) Clarins UV Plus HP Multi-Protection SPF 40 (reviewed here): This still remains one of my favorite sunscreens for the face. It is a wonderful physical sunscreen that neither interferes with makeup application, nor does it leave behind a white film. It's wonderful!

    8) Rodial Super Acids SPF 30 (sample): My sample size was too small to get much more than a few uses out of Rodial's new sunscreen, but I will say that I am quite impressed by this limited encounter and want to try the full size.

    9) Hakuhodo Professional Makeup FUDE Cleaner: This was a sample that Hakuhodo sent to me with one of my brush orders, and I have to say that I really am impressed by its ability to gently and thoroughly clean my brushes!

    10) Antica Farmacista Prosecco Room Fragrance: Nice scent, but not a big enough sample to really decide whether I want to purchase a bottle.

    11) Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge Perfume (sample): I love this scent, and will probably buy a bottle because I keep getting samples and using them up right down to the last drop-- I guess that's a sign.

    12) Ko Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water (reviewed here): This still remains my favorite cleansing water. It is gentle, effective and fragrance free.

    13) Rituals Magic Touch Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk Ultra Rich Whipped Body Cream: Thick, rich, creamy and ultra hydrating-- what's not to love?! Additionally, the scent is a delectable cherry blossom that puts a smile on my face each time that I use it!

    14) Elemis Spa Home Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream (reviewed here): This is a deliciously exotic scent, and the non-lathering cream formula is rich and moisturizing! This is one of my very favorite products for the shower-- it is ultra luxurious, and such a true delight to use!

    15 & 16) Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion (discussed here): This lotion has a really lovely understated scent that fades soon upon application, and skin is left soft and hydrated.

    17) Sonya Dakar Ultraluxe Visualift Eye Cream: I used this once in a while over a long period of time, but didn't use it with enough consistency to form any sort of meaningful impression. I do see that I have another tube, and will try it again to see what I really think about it.

    What did you use up, toss, give away, or return in August? Do tell!

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    For Your Reading Pleasure: Top Picks from The Beauty Blogazons

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Looking for Beauty Reading to Inspire You? Then Check Out The Beauty Spotlight Team's Favorites!

    It's no secret that Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has a penchant for luxury face oils, but TATCHA'S GOLD Camellia Beauty Oil takes luxury to a whole new level. You will see why it truly is the GOLD standard!

    Famous for some of the best eyeshadows this industry has ever seen, Rouge Bunny Rouge recently launched their first eyeshadow palette! Sunny shares a sneak peek and comparisons on Mostly Sunny.
    This beauty is limited edition, so don't let it slip through your butter shadow-loving fingers!

    Christa at Perilously Pale reviews the new Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara. Finally a mascara that's truly different... and amazing!

    Carrie from eyeliner on a cat is head over heels in love with Sage Lifestyle's gorgeous and eminently wearable perfume oil blends. Click through to find out why...

    It's a rare day when Jessika from polish insomniac feels like she can pull off red lips. Check out what products gave her glowing skin and even confidence them off!

    The Painted Rogue knows what she likes, and what she likes is phenomenal sapphire blue eyeshadow treasure! In the case of the Sleek Arabian Nights Palette, that treasure comes with a host of other lovely colours to boot. Did she mention there's sparkle? And a price that's friendly on the gold purse? Come take a look!

    Win It!!! Reverse signs of aging naturally with TruAge Skin AGE Therapy Gel! Enter to win on Pammy Blogs Beauty!

    As with most things, makeup is only as good as the tools you use. Read Prime Beauty's Top 10 Picks for Makeup Brushes! 

    15 Minute Beauty rounded up her Best MAC Cosmetics Products! Which products are your must haves? Did they make her list?

    Beauty Info Zone has found blush nirvana at Makeup Geek. Check out the swatches and find total blush bliss!

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    Tom Ford Beauty Fall Color Collection | Online Shopping Guide and Swatches

    After having received numerous emails from readers asking if I knew where they could still find the Tom Ford Fall 2014 Color Collection online-- I did a little research and below you will find the results. None of the pieces have shown up on the Nordstrom website, but I will keep checking and will post an update. For more swatches of the collection CLICK HERE. This posts contains affiliate links.

    Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad ($79.00): Sold out online. 
    This is undoubtedly the star of the show, and while Nude Dip may not boast particularly unique colors make no mistake about it-- this is a palette of exquisite beauty and extraordinary quality. The texture is creamy and silky, and it is so finely milled that it just melts into the skin. Used wet or dry, this is an arrestingly beautiful palette.
     If you contemplate one piece from this collection-- this should be it!
    If you are a big fan of colored mascaras-- then you will be delighted Mocha Rush. This gorgeous bronze shade has exquisite dimensionality, and is stunning when paired with Nude Dip.
     The effects of this twinkling beauty are intensified when applied wet!
    Call your local counter, or call Michelle Weinstein at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills (tell her I sent you) (310) 550-5900 x2517
    Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Soft Core ($77.00) Available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Tom Ford Beauty. Soft Core is a stunning intensely pigmented Wine sprinkled with a warm brick red. The ethereal highlighter is a stunning pale luminous beige. The duo boasts an ultra finely milled texture that is a true delight to use!
    Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked ($77.00) Available at Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tom Ford Beauty. Stroked is a gorgeous burnt orange coupled with a lovely pale  beige with stunning luminosity. This is an ultra-finely milled and beautifully pigmented duo with a very smooth texture.
    Tom Ford Lip Color in Negligee ($50.00) Available at Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Tom Ford Beauty. Negligee is a warm wine sprinkled with a warm brick shade. It has much in common with Casablanca though it is a touch warmer and more muted.
    Tom Ford Lip Color in Twist of Fate ($50.00) Available at Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Tom Ford Beauty. Twist of fate is a gorgeous toned down warm coral that is sure to sell out fast.
     Black Cherry
    Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills
    Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Black Cherry ($32.00) Available at Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tom Ford Beauty. Black Cherry is a stunning blackened wine that is a vampy dream-come-true!
    Tom Ford Extreme Mascara in Mocha Rush ($44.00) Available at Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Tom Ford Beauty. Mocha Rush is a rich bronze with twinkling dimensionality!
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    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Rozgé Cosmeceutical Natural and Organic Lip Glosses in Paris and Oslo | Review

    Press Samples (Unaffiliated Links)

    As a card-carrying member of the lip gloss fanatics society, I am always excited by the prospect of trying new formulas, and particularly those among them with moisturizing and skin healing benefits. Add in rich saturated color, and I'm beside myself with excitement.

    The newest line to evoke this type of excitement in me is Rozgé Cosmeceuticals, and their lip glosses are lusciously moisturizing, richly pigmented, and thoroughly lovely to use. These sparking jewel-toned beauties are formulated to heal and moisturize while providing lips with the perfectly pigmented pout. The highly saturated colors are more like liquid lipsticks than traditional lip glosses, and they can be sheered out in a single pass or built up to maximum opacity. They are, in a word, gorgeous!
    These gorgeous glosses feel amazingly moisturizing on the lips, and never during their wear-time do they become in the least bit drying. They have the perfect amount of cushion, wear evenly, and have a gentle plumping effect. My lips look fuller and are lusciously moisturized by these lovely glosses, and all I can say is that I want more colors!

    According to Rozgé,

    The primary ingredient in Rozgé Cosmeceutical’s new lip gloss is Dragon’s Blood, a tree sap harvested for its healing powers from the Amazon Rainforest. Alongside Dragon’s Blood, other natural ingredients include: shea butter, Aloe vera, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and safflower oil. This Rozgé Cosmeceutical line of lip glosses helps to heal, moisturize, and add a pop of color to your lips. 

    Using all-natural and organic ingredients, Rozgé’s lip gloss is 100 percent vegan and free of any animal by-product. There are 22 color options available to best suit different beauty styles and skin tones. Each color is named after a major city around the world. 

    Each Rozgé Lip Gloss bottle includes a click-light wand and side mirror for easy application. The light is bright enough to help you apply your lip gloss inside a dark movie theater or dance club. The powerful light can also be used to light up your purse when searching for car keys. 

    The two shades that I have are Paris and Oslo, and they are both utterly gorgeous!
    Paris is a beautiful and infinitely wearable wine kissed red with a touch of subtle silver shimmer.
    Oslo is a delightful light pink for the perfect pout.
    They come with a built-in mirror on each tube for your convenience.
    • Made with all natural, organic ingredients
    • Vegan
    • Moisturizes and protects against damaging environmental factors
    • Fills fine lines and lip wrinkles over times
    • Non-toxic with no parabens
    • Easy to apply with a light in the wand and mirror on the side of the tube

     Rozgé lip glosses include a light up cap for convenience and easy application.
    Natural, organic, and wild-crafted ingredients to make your lips look like nature’s perfection.

    As the only lip gloss to use key ingredients like dragon’s blood, Rozgé Lip Gloss is a non-toxic and safe formula that provides hydration, color, and shine.

    Key Ingredients and Benefits:

    • Shea Butter: Heals skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines.
    • Sunflower Oil: Regenerates cells and creates a moisture barrier.
    • Dragons Blood: Protects and heals the skin against environmental factors.
    • Aloe Vera: Moisturizes and effectively heals dry, chapped lips.
    • Jojoba Oil: Boosts moisture and rejuvenates skin cells.
    • Safflower Oil: A rich Vitamin E carrier as well as Vitamins A, D, and K.

    Full Ingredients List: Jojoba Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Hydrogenated Polyisobute, Caprylic-Capric Triglyceride, Shea Butter*, Trihydroxystearin, Aloe Vera, Titanium Dioxide, Croton Lechleri* (Dragon’s Blood), Vitamin E, Styrene/Butadiene Copolymer, Mica, Mint Essential Oil, Iron Oxides, Sodium Phenoxyethanol.
     Top to Bottom: Oslo and Paris
    Rozgé has 22 gorgeous shades 
    Overall assessment: Destined to become a cult-classic, and now one of my favorite lip gloss formulas! A+

    $25.00 each from Rozgé Cosmeceutical. Receive 20% off on your entire purchase with Promo Code: Rozge20 through the month of September 2014 (Unaffiliated Links).

    Press Samples. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Tom Ford Fall 2014 Color Collection | Swatches and Details to Drool Over | Now at Neiman Marcus!

    At long last, the one collection that I have been waiting for with bated breath has arrived! My friend, Michelle Weinstein, who is the Tom Ford Counter manager at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, swatched the line for you! Click to enlarge any of the images!
    Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad ($79.00 for 0.21 oz): A stunning warm-leaning neutral, and infinitely wearable, palette. It is applied wet on the left and dry on the right, and works beautifully both ways. I believe this to be the true star of the collection, and one will be coming home with me!
    Light Application of Nude Dip to show the gorgeous luminosity! This is applied dry.
    Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo ($77.00 for 0.70 oz.): An ultra pigmented plummy red blush with a beautiful warm shimmering highlighter.

    Stroked Contouring Cheek Color Duo ($77.00 for 0.70 oz.): A warm shimmery peach blush with  beautiful warm shimmering highlighter (the same shade is in Softcore). UPDATE: NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!
    Negligee Lip Color ($50.00 for 0.10 oz): A gorgeous warm plum. NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

    Twist of Fate Lip Color ($50.00 for 0.10 oz): A stunning orange coral. NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

    Nail Lacquer in Black Cherry ($32.00 for 0.41 oz.$32): NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

    Extreme Mascara in Mocha Rush ($44): NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

    I urge you to call Michelle if you want any of these pieces because they are already flying off of the shelves! Are you tempted by anything in the Tom Ford Fall 2014 Color Collection? Do tell!

    Michelle Weinstein Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills (310) 550-5900 x2517 
    All regular shipping is free! (Affiliate Link).

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    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    evanhealy Rose Cleansing Milk | A Treat for the Skin and the Senses | Review

    Press Sample (Unaffiliated Links)

    My most recent skincare discoveries, that have me completely over-the-moon, are the mind-blowingly gentle and effective products from evanhealy. I first began discussing evanhealy after receiving my facial from Joan Shure at the Pharmaca Friends & Family Event at the Pacific Palisades location last month (reviewed here, and my coverage and review is featured by evanhealy here). I have since been trying out a handful of evanhealy products, and am thrilled by the quality and efficacy of the line. I then had the extraordinary privilege of receiving Joan's Luminescence Signature Treatment, a luxurious 90 minute facial (review forthcoming) featuring evanhealy products, and all I can say is that these products (and this aesthetician) are so extraordinary that I'm wondering why it took me so long to try them.

    About evanhealy,

    evanhealy is an artisan-quality skin care treatment line created by aesthetician Evan Healy. Her holistic approach draws from traditional plant lore, aromatherapy, ayurveda, and homeopathy. Through her experience with holistic therapies Evan has observed the connection between plants and skin. Rather than treating areas of imbalance such as an overly oily condition, the more holistic, successful and long-term solution is to support the totality of skin functions using simple plant-based formulations and non-invasive treatment methods. This approach encourages the skin, with its innate ability to regulate itself, to breathe.

    evanhealy Rose Cleansing Milk is a delectably earthy rose scented cleanser that does a remarkable job thoroughly cleansing the skin, and does so without leaving behind any greasy film or residue. If you have been put off by cleansers that don't produce a heady foam, and have generally felt the need to double cleanse to remove the vestiges of lotion/cream cleansers-- then you will be pleasantly surprised by evanhealy Rose Cleansing Milk. In fact, skin is left petal soft, balanced and toned while simultaneously perfectly cleansed, and never stripped. While it boasts a gentle formula it is a mighty powerhouse in its ability to effectively draw out impurities and clean out clogged pores. My skin looks luminous and refined every time that I use this lovely cleanser, and the effects are so marked that I have been using Rose Cleansing Milk daily since receiving it. It is an amazing addition to my current skincare line, and while I can use it with all of my other products-- I am particularly happy when it is used with evanhealy Rosehip Treatment Facial Serum-- Rose, a delectable luxury facial oil (review forthcoming), and evanhealy Rose Petal Facial Tonic Hydrosol (review forthcoming).
    According to evanhealy,

    Our creamy cleansing milk, handmade with regenerating plant oils, antioxidant-rich gotu kola and purifying white kaolin clay, leaves skin feeling clean, relaxed and refreshed.

    With the addition of shea butter from the Tapko Widows Cooperative of Ghana, wild-crafted botanical extracts from Colorado and rose geranium floral water from Washington, we’re deepening our commitment to the family-owned farms and women’s cooperatives of the world.

    Vitalizing plant hydrosols combine with fresh steam-distilled rosy-leaf geranium to thoroughly cleanse combination skin.

    Rose Cleansing Milk pairs the creaminess of a plant-milk with the lightly lathering action of natural yucca root creating a nourishing, effective and deep cleansing product. This skin-balancing formula effectively draws impurities out of tiny dermal pores leaving skin exquisitely clean. Daily use softens and loosens the hardened waxy deposits that are blackheads. Adding plant oils and floral waters to the skin restores vitality, balances hydration and refines pores resulting in skin that is soft, supple and resilient.

    Our gentle Cleansing Milks are made from nourishing plant oils and antioxidant-rich floral hydrosols. Together they create a holistic cleansing action that effectively draws impurities out of tiny dermal pores, softening and loosening hardened waxy deposits (blackheads). As we age, natural oil production begins to slow. Cleansing twice daily balances and restores hydration, refines pores – resulting in skin that is soft, supple and toned.

    What is the purpose of a cleanser? (A deceptively simple question.) A cleanser's purpose is to mix with and dissolve excess sebum, refine skin texture, 'lift' impurities, and provide a balanced condition for moisturizing.

    Suggested use:
    • Splash face with warm water
    • Pump a small amount of cleanser into the palm of your hand
    • Dribble a little water to mix
    • Massage into face and neck working in an upward and outward circular motion
    • Rinse with warm water and pat dry, follow with Facial Tonic and one of our Oil Serums and/or Day Moisturizer
    For all skin conditions – especially skin with oily/dry areas.
    Contains no sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates. No GMOs, petroleum-based products, parabens, gluten, or synthetic ingredients or fragrances. Cruelty free.Vegan.

    Overall assessment: A truly amazing cleanser from an extraordinary line. I'm so smitten with the line that I have already made multiple purchases-- so there is much more to come!

    $28.95-$28.99 for 4 oz. from evanhealy and Pharmaca (Unaffiliated Links).
    Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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    Monday, August 25, 2014

    From Jewel-Toned Eyes and Luscious Lips to Blotting papers and Perfect Nails | The BBC Has Fab Reads

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Love blotting papers? Then TATCHA Petal Fresh Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers are a must try-- they are PERFECTION!
  • TheFabZilla: This week, TheFabZilla shows her own take on jewel-tone eyes, one of Fall 2014 makeup trends.
  • Icy Nails: Erika reviewed the LORAC Pro 2 palette. Was it love? Come find out.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Estonian flag inspired nails.
  • Color Me So Crazy: Have you seen the Sally Hansen Color Foil polish? Check them out here!
  • Fabulous Awesomeness: Want to look radiant? Check out Mina Slater's review + swatches of Gleam by Melanie Mills!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison is over the moon about her hydrated fuller lips from City Lips plus a great discount!
  • I Know all the Words: Take glitter to the next level with OPI Desginer Series Tourmaline and Titanium.
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