1. Start with the Sally Hansen 2-in-1 nail white pencil ($2.59 at drugstores). This genius pencil also comes with a cuticle pusher on the cap. First, file your nails so they are even, and wash them to get all the dirt off. Then, take the pencil and color the underside of your nail tips until they are white. Viola, you now have a pretty french manicure!
2. Next, take your second product, Neutrogena instant nail enhancer ($7 at drugstores). Brush this vitamin rich, not quite polish on-it has a sheen and instantly makes your nails look neat, but washes away gradually (so you never need remover). This also acts as a nail strengthener.
3. Last, keep your nails looking moisturized with a cuticle oil or balm. There are a million of them out there, I have always liked Creative Solar Oil ($7.99 at beauty supply stores), and Burts Bees Lemon Cuticle Balm ($3.99). Apply at least once a day to keep hangnails away.
Well, there you have it! Now that you have taken care of all your nail problems, you can turn your attention to other pressing issues, such as the perfect summer beach read. Let me know what you decided on!
I encourage everyone to find a signature fragrance, and the Perfume House is THE place to find it. Located at 3328 SE Hawthorne.
Anyone who knows me is aware of the fact that perfume pretty much rules my life. Most people might have a signature fragrance they wear every day. On the other hand, I am never satisfied. I am constantly discovering new perfumes that I just can't live without. As soon as I buy a new one, I can't stop thinking about the next. At this rate I will end up with hundreds of fragrances that I never use. And I know I am not the only one like this. I have a couple of friends who have the same problem (you know who you are)!
On a recent trip to the Perfume House (my favorite place in Portland) my dear friend Lauren introduced me to my new favorite line: Annick Goutal. Available at The Perfume House and Nordstrom, they have the most classic, frenchy, beautifully packaged fragrances ever. I was suprised to find out that it has only been around since the 1970's. You have got to check out the website, www.annickgoutal.com, it is very entertaining. The story of Annick is genius. Raised by chocolatiers, blossoming into a concert pianist, overcoming cancer, and creating this amazing perfume line are just a few of the highlights of her story. Plus, there are amazing glamour shots of Annick and her daughters. These ladies definitely possess the mysterious secret of all french women.
On this fateful day, Lauren, in all her infinite wisdom, settled upon the Petite Cherie fragrance, which we soon realised was even more genius than we might have thought in the store. Lauren would sashay through the streets of Portland, bringing men to their knees, women rushing after her to inquire about the beautiful scent she was wearing. I would even go so far as to say that Petite Cherie is Lauren's signature perfume. I myself think it is the star of the Annick Goutal line.
Some other recent perfume finds have been: Aqua Di Parma Mandorlo, Helmut Lang, and Royal Bain Caron Champagne. I did keep an open mind and try the new Sarah Jessica Parker, but I think its too old lady for me. Not bad though, certainly better than most celebrity scents, most of which smell like Electric Youth by Debbie Gibson, circa 1989.
I was totally hooked on Lancome Definicils Mascara ($21.00) because they gave it to me in a free gift with purchase, and it works so well, no flaking or smudging. Then one day, I needed a new tube and realized I must be crazy for spending that much money. Paula recommends Loreal Voluminous Mascara (6.99) and even mentioned how similiar it is to the Lancome Definicils. So I tried it and fell in love! It is exactly the same in my opinion. Plus, people ask me all the time what mascara I use, cause it looks so good.
Paula does recommend Mac Bronzer ($18.50) because it doesn't have too much shimmer and looks good on everyone, but she also mentions that
Wet N' Wild is exactly the same, and it only costs $2.99! I was being snobby and wanted the MAC, but then I dropped it one day and the bronzer broke into a million pieces. After I dried my tears, the Wet N' Wild became my new best friend. And I have dropped it a million times and it remains intact.
Every magazine and makeup artist in the world recommend Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Concealer ($36.00). It contains light reflecting pigments that hide all your flaws and imperfections. I prefer to use Revlon Skinlights Illusion Wand ($8.99). It has the same brush/tube packaging as the YSL, and the same light reflecting properties. I love it!
Somehow, Lancome has cornered the
market on convincing people to spend way more money than they should! Enter $16.00 Juicy Tube lip gloss. I would much rather spend my dolla dolla bills on Loreal Colour Juice ($5.99). It has the same lovely colors and texture, but has a lovely candy smell as opposed to the mint scent of the Juicy Tubes.
I hope these reviews help save you a few pennies, or convince you to try some new things!
The new makeup for Fall 2005 is inspired by Dutch painters, Vermeer and what not. They are saying to not wear any mascara, but I just cannot bear that. I say use a light mascara, such as Stila in Taupe or, if you have naturally dark lashes, use clear. Also use a lot of blush in hollows of the cheeks, as opposed to the apples of the cheeks.
In the meantime, I will do my best to reconcile my fall feelings with current summer jams. Ciao!