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Fragrance Awards

In Product Reviews on May 2, 2009 at 11:42 pm


Each year, The Fragrance Foundation celebrates the “FiFi,” the “Oscars” of the fragrance world. The top five finalists for 2009 FiFi Awards were announced at the FiFi Finalists Breakfast held on April 24 in the fittingly sumptuous Grand Ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Here is In The Makeup’s report:

Best women’s Luxe-Fragrances (6 finalists due to ties)
–Absolutely Irrésistible Givenchy
–Burberry The Beat
–Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere
–Harajuku Lovers Fragrances
–Sensuous – Estée Lauder
–Viva La Juicy from Juicy Couture

Best Boutique Fragrances
–Acqua di Parma Profumo (women’s)
–Karl Lagerfeld Kapsule  (unisex)
–Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige (women’s)
–Lisa Hoffman Variations (women’s)
–Tom Ford Private Blend Champaca Absolute (unisex)

Best Women’s Nouveau Niche
–Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Union Square
–Chloé Eau de Parfum
–Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne- Jo Malone
–David Yurman
–Love, Ralph Lauren

All winners will be announced on May 27th at the 37th Annual FiFi Awards.



In Get The Look, Product Reviews, Trend Guide on March 4, 2009 at 11:00 pm


Learn how to do the glossy eyelid trend, read Achelle’s report on a 2 hour M.A.C makeup artistry class, or watch a video on how to make your own illuminizer –  on the newly launched website.

The big brand e.l.f. (with a tiny name) has launched AskELF to bring you up-to-the-minute info ranging from new and existing products, peer reviews, discount coupons, YouTube videos, blog content and Twitter conversations.

In The Makeup Says: We’ve noticed the unemployment rate and beauty mustn’t discriminate. We are sure that beauty that comes in all prices. So, we’ve tried a few e.l.f. products and we like e.l.f. Shimmering Blush in Glow (a NARS Orgasm type of color), e.l.f. 4-pan palette compact (fits M.A.C. eyeshadows or you can scoop out product from lipsticks that are almost gone and make your own lip color palette), and e.l.f. Super Glossy Lip Shine (gloss in a squeeze tube).

Are there any budget products you love?

Naturally Dahling

In Product Reviews on March 4, 2009 at 7:25 pm


Finding gluten free cosmetics and eco-friendly beauty products just got a whole lot easier with The site reviews and links to natural, gluten free personal care products and recommends only the personal favorites of green beauty and gluten free expert Kristen Campbell. The site was created to share personal research and findings for the purest, most effective, natural gluten free makeup products, and reviews smaller lines like Afterglow Cosmetics, W.S. Badger and Pangea Organics as well as the products of skin care giants Dr. Hauschka and Jane Iredale.

Naturally Dah’ling boasts all products recommended as free from:

-gluten (protein in wheat, barley and rye)



-fragrance (artificial)

-FD&C colors

-petro chems



-sodium lauryl sulfates


-carmine(bug-derived color)

-bismuth oxychloride

New Cetaphil 24 Hour Lotion

In Bath & Body, Product Reviews on January 24, 2009 at 9:48 pm


<Sigh> My heels have been so dry that they were snagging all my super-trendy hosiery! But since I spend my entire beauty budget on my face and figure, I have to be all coy and clever about my feet. So I thought I’d try out the new Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion.

I started slathering my feet (you would think I was icing a cake) in Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion every day after showering. It has been a week and my feet are softer – I think if I used it twice a day I’d get feet to show off.

Here are my pros and cons on the product:

Pros: Absorbs Quickly, Goes On Smoothly, Not Greasy, Performs Well

Cons: The packaging is just so unluxurious.

In The Makeup Says:
I’m almost through my tub of Laura Mercier Body Soufflé – so when I’m done I’ll squeeze all of the Cetaphil lotion into that tub – the more enticing the packaging, the more I enjoy using a product. Plus…I’m hoping my Cetaphil will take on the fragrance of French Vanilla <heaven>


In Product Reviews on January 23, 2009 at 1:27 am


Sephora is launching a new service that allows shoppers to browse product reviews on their mobile device when shopping in the store.

“We want to deliver the best client experience to our shoppers, wherever they shop,” stated Julie Bornstein, SVP of Sephora Direct, which is launching MobileVoice this month at “MobileVoice allows us to amplify the voice of our clients by making reviews easily accessible through iPhone, Blackberry and other mobile devices at In-store shoppers can simply read the reviews written on any product, or use top-rated products as a guide, to select the right lipstick or blush.”

The Best New Product Awards

In Product Reviews on January 9, 2009 at 4:54 am


In a November 2008 online survey, close to 50,000 Americans were surveyed on 77 personal care products that are carried by grocery stores across the country. The survey was conducted by BNPA (Best New Product Awards).  BNPA is a consumer survey program focused on new product development and innovation.

In order to win, the product had to score highest on product appeal and also highest on re-purchase intent among those who had purchased the product.

Here is the complete list of personal care winners:

Best in Mascara: L’Oreal Paris Bare Naturale Mineral-Enriched Mascara
Best in Anti-Aging: Olay Definity Color Recapture Moisturizer
Best in Hair Color: Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Perfect 10
Best in Lip Care: Maybelline Moisture Extreme
Best in Shampoo: Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Shampoo
Best in Oral Care: Colgate Total Advanced Whitening Toothpaste
Best in Toothbrush: Aquafresh Deep Action
Best in Hair Removal: Sally Hansen Spray On – Shower Off
Best in Body Wash: Dove Cream Oil Body Wash

In The Makeup Says: We confess – the survey asked about cleaning products too. But we just can’t bring ourselves to post that kind of dirty talk. If you must know what the best toilet bowl cleaner is, the results of the survey will be printed in the May 2009 issue of Better Homes and Gardens and on the magazine’s website.

2008 Best Of The Best Awards

In Product Reviews, Product Tête-è-Tête on December 24, 2008 at 6:30 am


Skin Inc. magazine has concluded voting for its Third Annual Best Of  The Best Awards. In case you didn’t know, Skin Inc. is one of the top publications for day spas and medical spas, providing the latest news on skin science and spa treatment trends.

The awards began in May with Skin Inc. readers nominating lines for best spa cosmetics, best spa body products, best spa facial products, and best spa tools/accessories.

Voting closed on July 13, 2008 and after tabulating the many, many votes…..

The 2008 winners are:

Best Spa Cosmetics Line
Winner: Iredale Mineral Cosmetics,

Best Spa Facial Line
Winner: Bioelements,

Best Spa Body Line
Winner: Aviva Labs, Inc.,

Best Spa Tools & Accessories Line
Winner: Scandle,

Perfect Mask

In Product Reviews, Saving Face on December 10, 2008 at 5:26 am


Kate Hudson is said to use it…


3LAB Perfect Mask:
A purifying mask that lifts, firms, and brightens skin. Infused with Nano-Claire GYTM,
the world’s first bio-engineered growth hormone for younger, firmer skin.

3LAB Says:

Multi-functioning anti-aging treatment mask that helps to reduce fine lines
– Instantly improves lackluster complexion
– Purifies the skin and promote collagen production
– Increases circulation and gives skin a radiant glow
– Gives a boost to sagging skin
– Improves skin texture and moisture level

Key Ingredients:

Nano-Claire GYTM : a bio-engineered growth hormone that mimics the hormones lost naturally as we age;
helps speed up cellular turnover
– Matrxyl : stimulates fibroblast production and increases the rate of collagen synthesis
– SymGlucan : an anti-aging ingredient for advanced moisturizing that helps treat wrinkles non-invasively
and promotes wound and scar healing
– Green Tea Extract : a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties
– Ginko Biloba Extract : a powerful antioxidant that helps to improve blood circulation; gives skin a healthy glow

In The Makeup Says: This 10 minute-mask gives your skin the look and feel of a full facial. Keep this indulgence in your stash of beauty tricks for when you need an hour at the spa, but don’t even have time to book the appointment. Available at Barneys for $120.

Aqua Veil Pure Hydration Serum

In Product Reviews, Saving Face on November 12, 2008 at 8:21 pm


Amarte Says: A light and fresh hydrating serum. Natural herbs and intensive moisturizing ingredients synergize in softness as the skin soaks in nature’s moist, pure vitality. A visible ‘magic water’ aqua veil is formed immediately upon application with resultant coolness and softness. Ideal for all skin types. Hydrates, calms.

In The Makeup Says:

We have to agree with Korea – this is magic water. It feels like a pillow of cucumber water at first, and then disappears. Key Ingredients include Extracts of Cucumber, which has been shown to be moisture-binding and moisture-regulating with softening properties; Mallow Flower, which softens the skin; Sambucus Nigra Flower, which reduces swelling, irritation, and inflammation; Arnica Montana, which has a long history of use in healing wounds; Parietaria Officinalis, which is used to improve scars; and Hedera Helix which conditions and decongests the skin.

Get it for under $45.00 at It’s not only addicting, but its tempting us to try more Amarte products.

Noc-Out Cover-Up Compact

In Product Reviews on November 5, 2008 at 2:13 am


RedPoint Says: Three uniquely textured and pigmented formulas for camouflaging imperfections.
NOC-Out Cover-Up Compact includes three concealing formulas in one slender compact for a flawless complexion. Each formula resists caking and separating, and ensures complete coverage of imperfections. Red Guard (yellow) neutralizes redness, making it perfect for blemishes and rosacea. Spot Cover (salmon) banishes dark spots and heavy pigmentation, such as freckles, age spots, bruises and veins. Eye Disguise (beige) perfectly conceals discoloration under and around the eye area for a brighter appearance. With NOC-Out Cover-Up Compact, the complexion regains a youthful clarity and confidence-promoting perfection.
In The Makeup Says: Fine fine fine. We want to say more but we are, as our beloved Tim Gunn would say, underwhelmed. We like the red compact. We hate the brand name “RedPoint” (conjures up images of a target) and the product name “noc-out” (images of a boxing match). We found Eye Disguise to do a so-so job of concealing under-eye circles, Red Guard does cover red, but in a greasy kind of way, and Spot Cover did its job but not well enough to unseat Laura Mercier‘s Secret Camouflage. So you see, its “fine fine fine.” However, we are (always) diligent in our research and so we must tell you that there are many positive reviews of this product. So believe us, or fork up $38 to try it yourself. Please write to us if you do. We will happily post your opinion!