Cravin’ Joe April 25, 2008

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So I came across this article in Allure Magazine‘s February 2008 issue which discusses all of these possible beauty uses for coffee beans and the CoffeeBerry…very interesting.

Many claim the CoffeeBerry is a powerful antioxident.  They say it contains the same antioxidants found in green tea and pomegranates.  The CoffeeBerry has the potential to protect skin from the sun and environmental damage therefore reducing the probability of developing wrinkles.

The article goes on to explore the possibility of using the caffeine derived from the coffee bean to fight and prevent skin cancer.  There is a study where caffeine was topically applied to mice and apparently, the caffeine left normal skin cells alone, but induced cell death in the UVB damaged skin cells.  So we could potentially fight cancerous skin cells without damaging the healthy ones.  Yay!

Caffeine also constricts blood vessels helping to temporarily reduce swelling and redness.  Dermatologists recommend caffeine for those with rosacea and sensitive skin. 

And last but not least, caffeine can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.  (Wow!)  Caffeine increases the metabolism of fat cells.  Paired with other ingredients, such as mosturizers and retinol, cellulite lotions may actually improve the appearance of cellulite.  Haleluja!

More and more products are emerging containing extracts from the CoffeeBerry and coffee beans.  RevaleSkin CoffeeBerry Night Cream and Clinique’s Redness Daily Relief Cream and Soothing Cleanser are a couple of the products highlighted in the article. 

All in all, the claims explored in the article are quite promising.  I’m excited to do some more research and to see what other products emerge in the future.





Colorescience Micronized Mineral Makeup and Sun Protection April 23, 2008

Filed under: beauty,skin care — honeychild311 @ 2:10 pm
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I just discovered this line of “Micronized Mineral Makeup” called Colorescience.  I tried it out at a local spa yesterday and…not too shabby.  The loose powder comes in a ready-to-use, self-dispensing, retractable brush applicator.  This line includes products for your face, eyes, and lips. 

The micronized mineral pigments are natural (without additives), non-comedogenic, and reflect light to give your skin a beautiful glow.  Colorescience camouflages skin imperfections such as uneven skin tone and blemishes.  Colorescience products also provides UVA and UVB protection in a “very water resistant” formula. 

The Colorescience website provides quite a bit of information.  They even define all of the ingredients in all of the products so you know exactly what they are a what they do.

I tried the Suncanny Foundation Brush SPF 20 in the “All Even” shade as well as the Bronzer Brush SPF 20 in “Kissed by the Sun” shade.  I used the Bronzer Brush SPF 20 as a blush and to highlight parts of the face that might naturally become sun-kissed.  The products were super easy to apply and felt very light on my skin, like I wasn’t wearing a thing.  The coverage was good enough to hide a few small blemishes that I am unfortunately suffering from at the moment, and did provide a bit of a “glow.” 

I also tried the Sunforgettable SPF 30 Brush which is an all-clear, mineral powder that provides broad spectrum protection.  You can choose from three shades, “All Clear”, “Perfectly Clear”, and “Almost Clear.”  You can apply this product anywhere on your face and body and it is also “very water resistant.”  I would recommend it for anyone who is not very keen on the usually greasy sunblock out there.  Great for squirmish children and men.  I would use it as an everyday sunblock, since I live in Miami and it is imperative that I protect my skin on a daily basis.  It is truly very light feeling on your skin.

All of these products are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and range from $50.00-$60.00.  I would seriously consider purchasing the Sunforgettable SPF 30 Brush, even though it’s quite a bit more than I would usually spend on sunblock.  As for the makeup, I like it, but not enough to immediately replace what I’m using right now.  Perhaps when it’s time to restock on my foundation and blush I will consider purchasing the makeup.


Rent Designer Bags and Jewelry April 15, 2008

Filed under: beauty,fashion — honeychild311 @ 7:37 pm
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So I just discovered Bagborroworsteal.com and I’m not really sure how I feel about it.  They have a huge selection of designer bags, from Gucci to Dior to Coach.  They also have designer jewelry, from Chanel to David Yurman to Vera Wang. 

You can rent any of the items for any length of time.  They break down the cost by weekly and monthly rates.  You can also become a member to get a reduced rental rate.  Of course, there is a fee to become a member. 

If you decide you want to keep the item then they will determine how much it’s worth depending on it’s current shape and how difficult it would be to replace.  As I understand it, they don’t give you that information before your rent it, and the rent you paid is not applied to the price of the product, so you should decide how much you really are prepared to pay for the bag ahead of time.

I think this might be a good option for a snazzy event where you want to look your best but can’t afford to drop a ridiculous amount of cash for something you may never use again.  Maybe for a bride who wants some hot jewelry for her big day. 

Other than that, I think it’s a little silly to waste money renting items just to keep up appearances.  Do you really need to be seen with that bag or bracelet that badly that you’re going to rent it?  It’s just a little too vain, even for me.  Maybe I’m just not used to the idea or I don’t have that kind of disposable income.  I mean if I’m paying for it, I want to keep the damn thing.

I would be all about it if it was a rent-to-own kind of deal where you make monthly payments with a little interest until you can pay off the whole balance.  But I guess that’s what credit cards are for.

I did find a whole slew of items I wantee, though.  This place is trouble! 




Essie Nail Polish

Filed under: beauty,nail care — honeychild311 @ 6:26 pm
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My favorite nail polishes are made by Essie.  I have quite a few favorite colors I just never get tired of. 

Wicked is more of a Winter shade, but I love it all year round on my toes.


Mademoiselle and Blanc are perfect for a timeless French Manicure all year long.



Nail Polish tends to chip quickly on my nails, so I tend to use clear on my hands most of the time.  I like Cherry Pop Glaze because it adds a subtle color and makes my nails look healthy.


Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent – Judy Ballet Flat April 11, 2008

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Hot and beautiful ombre snake-embossed leather ballet flats. I want! I want!


Badgley Mischka Watch Collection

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Badgley Mischka’s new watch collection is AMAZING!  These watches are beautiful.  I love the fact that they look more like ornate bracelets and bangles than watches.  Tres chic!  These are some of my favorites, all available at nordstrom.com.

Badgley Mischka ‘Angela’ Watch


Badgley Mischka ‘Clara’ Crystal Bow Watch


Badgley Mischka ‘Grace’ Open Work Crystal Bangle


Badgley Mischka ‘Mimi’ Multi Bangle Crystal Watch




Spring / Summer Shoes April 8, 2008

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Here’s my Spring / Summer Shoe Wish List.


Havaianas Spring Sandals in Silver Moon



Tory Burch Miller Metallic Thong Sandal



Prada Distressed Leather Wedge

Prada Rosette Wedge

And of course, for Miami’s unpredictable weather: 

Paul Frank Rain Boot