The Beauty of Scent, Scrutinized for Pleasure

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Round-Up: Weekend of 4/12/14

Is Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Strange Magic true love, or a true miss for Lola's Secret Beauty Blog ? How did it compare to Tom Ford Nude Vanilla?

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat shares her love of multi-tasking products in her Spring Skin Care Round-Up-- and she also has an exclusive discount code just for her readers!

Find out why Jessika from polish insomniac has fallen in LOVE with the new FingerPaints Pastel Rain collection!

The Pink Sith lives up to her moniker with her Top 10 PINK Lipsticks. Check out what made the list!

Mostly Sunny thinks technology really has made the world a better place! For example, with YSL Fuchsia Désinvolte Baby Doll Kiss & Blush, you can now use one product on your lips and cheeks and look fabulous for hours on end!

Prime Beauty visits the French Riveria, indulges in chocolate and gets a tan with no burn all with the Too Faced Limited Edition Bonjour Bronzing Wardrobe, a must-have for pale girls!

Beauty Info Zone wants you to rethink your Easter basket with Lush's Funny Bunny set. Look Ma, no cavities!

Win It!!! Head over to Pammy Blogs Beauty to find out how you can win a "Year's Supply" of Dove products!

Phyrra wants us to kick back and have a drink with the new Silk Naturals Happy Hour Spring 2014 collection!

drivel about frivol examines the evolution of a beauty junkie, through a selection of Kate's baby pictures, including baby's first FOTD. With wings.

As the cosmetic industry keeps upping it's game lip products continue to become more and more impressive. Perilously Pale shows us the new Lancome Lip Lover and what makes it such a standout on the market right now.

Want to plump? Your lips that is. 15 Minute Beauty has shared a luscious way to do so with Bliss Pout-O-Matic.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Skin Care Round-Up: My New Multi-tasking Heroes + exclusive discount

As many of you already know, I love me a brilliant multi-tasking product. I'm a doting collector. As time goes on and my skin issues change, so must the ingredients I seek. This Spring, a new batch of products have hatched into my life, and I'm excited to tell you about them. What's more, I've been given an exclusive discount code to share with you from Wild Naturals! Keep reading...

Wild Naturals Moisturizing Skin Cream 8 oz jar, $39.95
It wasn't long after I purchased and started using this cream for my red, itchy, cranky, broken skin that I found such profound relief, I had to fire off a late-night rambling email to the company, as I am known to do once in awhile. I found it on, sifting my search results for a couple of key ingredients I needed to have. Manuka honey and manuka oil: an absolute must. Hemp oil: non-negotiable. What else? How about CEHAMI: an Australian botanical which has been shown to have incredible anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Add to that blue-green algae, aloe vera, coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter, and we've just scratched the surface, really. Every ingredient has been carefully chosen and many have been purposefully left out (like water and mineral oil). It only takes about 15 seconds to take effect, and it cools the skin down lightning fast and takes redness and pain away-- and there are no shortcut ingredients like camphor or mint to achieve this effect.

The anti-inflammatory action is immediate, and the gentle hydrating properties are long-lasting. A thin layer works best, and it dries to an almost matte finish and is completely non-greasy. There's not much of a fragrance to speak of, except that it is faintly oat-like and milky to me, which I absolutely love. There is no person or type of skin I can think of that wouldn't benefit from having a cream like this in their beauty bags or their desk drawer at work. Wild Naturals Cream is top-notch, luxurious skin care, genius first aid and a beauty must-have. In other words, a no-brainer.

Currently available at in an 8 ounce jar for $39.95...
BUT WAIT! The very cool guy behind Wild Naturals, Philip Jepsen, has an exclusive discount code to share with the readers of this blog to give you 20% off your purchase: Q8U6CSQ4 (enter code during Amazon checkout process)

(product purchased by me for my own personal use)

Raw Gaia Hemp Heaven Moisturizer 2 oz jar, $41.50 (trial size and 4 oz jars also available)
Welcome to my balm-of-the-moment! Raw Gaia's Hemp Heaven moisturizer has an uncomplicated list of pure, organic and cold-pressed ingredients: cocoa butter, apricot kernel oil, hemp oil, wheatgerm oil, sweet orange and lemon essential oils. Perhaps it doesn't sound too special at first sight, but don't be fooled: contained within this jar is a powerful panacea for numerous skin problems, including regular ol' dry AND oily skin.

With only a little dab warmed between hands and pressed or massaged into skin, irritation is quelled, dryness is swiftly banished and all types of acne, psoriasis and eczema are battled. Each component of Hemp Heaven is prepared and combined in a way so as not to compromise the full integrity and potency of each ingredient. It is Mother Earth's healing genie-in-a-jar, and when all else fails me (which almost everything does at some point, unfortunately), Hemp Heaven is there to help patch me up again.

Thankfully, this impressive UK brand is available for US customers to purchase via Wave Healing Arts

(sample provided by Raw Gaia for my consideration)

KiwiGlow Body Oils, 4 oz ($35 each)
KiwiGlow makes organic, unrefined, cold-pressed sesame oils boosted with vitamin E and natural, plant-derived fragrance oils.These super-fine, silky body oils are incredibly scrumptious. The scents are not at all cloying and the oils can be used anywhere- body, face and hair. If there's just one product you throw in your beach or gym bag besides sunscreen, make it a bottle of KiwiGlow.

The lightweight consistency seals in moisture and is absorbed into skin quickly, but not so quickly that you can't use it for massage. My twice-daily self-massages (Ayurvedic abhyanga) have become a very important part of my day, and KiwiGlow fits the bill perfectly. I favor Verde for an energetic lift and Earth for that grounding, soothing calmness I need when my nerves are frayed.

Earth has hints of frankincense, patchouli and vanilla
Verde is infused with sweet citrus and eucalyptus
Amaya is infused with botanical notes and petals of dandelion, the fragrance is crafted to evoke lily of the valley.

KiwiGlow VERDE

(samples provided by KiwiGlow for my consideration)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Beauty Spotlight Team Interrogates Lisa from Beauty Info Zone!

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone is just a girl who can't say no.  Find out what fashion faux pas she made in the '80's, how cemetery plots used to keep the cash flowing, and the worst part about owning waaay too many cats.

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

[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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