Pure Ice Polish: Taxi in Velour Texture

Pure Ice nail polishes has, recently, released a gob of new shades and textures. I couldn’t pass up the fun. One of the textures is called ‘velour’…

This pretty purple is called ‘Taxi’. I just know there is a story behind that name, I just don’t know what it is. I do know that I think it is pretty…

At the curve of the bottle, can you see the golden shimmer? That’s what makes this purple polish pop. In some light, the color looks all gold.

This is three coats. I did use Lumos Top Coat and I still have this polish on after a week. I have the slightest bit of tip wear. I know I could get more mileage out of this mani too. I just am ready to try something else. And, when I saw all these new Pure Ice polishes, I got a bunch!

Did I mention that they are only $1.99 at Walmart? I have some polishes that cost 5 times that amount and don’t perform as top-notch as Pure Ice does. I got lots so look forward to more swatches.

Grand Opening of Kiehl’s Store in Orlando, FL

Kiehl’s skin and body care products has taken a front seat with me. I’m in love with these products. And it all started out with a sample. When I told Chris Salgrado, the President of Kiehl’s USA this, he stated that is why they hand out samples; it is the best way to let people know how Kiehl’s products work right away.

About a month ago, I spotted a stand-alone Kiehl’s store at the Mall of Millenia, Orlando, FL. Naturally, I went right to it. I found out that the store had just opened four days ago! The wonderful store manager, Dina, told me about their Grand Opening coming up and that Chris Salgrado would be attending as well as many of the NYC corporate personnel. I got a hold of my Beauty Blogger of Central Florida girlfriends and asked them to come along and make an event of it.

Chris Salgardo cuts the opening ribbon with Dina, Store Manager, at his right.

Kiehl’s was founded in 1851 by John Kiehl in New York City. Kiehl’s is a company rich in its history as well as giving to many charities. Their current charity is RxArt, a children’s healing charity…Artist, Kenny Scharf, designed the limited edition promotional products to contribute to this charity.

I got a chance to not only talk with many of the NYC Kiehl’s corporate staff, but also to actually talk with and ask questions with Chris…

I’m always up for a photo with a handsome man! But he really is a genuine and caring person. He was thrilled that just a few samples got me hooked on Kiehl’s products. I knew I would be adding to my collection at the event too. I will review those with you on a later post.

I love the old apothecary feel the stores still keep. They have a blend of old world with modern technology…

The men’s line is very extensive. Chris expressed special interest in getting the word out that men need to not only take care of their fine lines and wrinkles but to protect their skin from harmful sun rays. It’s no longer acceptable to not know that unprotected skin exposed to sun will cause cancer. Kiehl’s keeps in mind that men like their products to reflect their masculinity and address their skin needs that are, to some degree, different than women’s.

At the Grand Opening, Kiehl’s was providing one on one skin care advise and mini facials. Fellow beauty blogger, Nidia of Beauty Lit From Within blog, got a facial treat…

And my friend, Steph of Imperfectly Painted blog, shared the festivities…

I see she was loving the products too!…

The entire staff at Kiehl’s at Mall of Millenia, Orlando, FL, is gracious and knowledgeable. Do check out this store and, if you don’t live in Orlando, there are many stores to visit. However, you can shop online just as easy as clicking here. And, don’t forget to ask for your sample. You might just discover the best skincare you have ever tried.

Le Metier De Beaute: My Makeup Makeover

Ohhh!!! I have so much to share with you and get you caught up on! I better get right on it!

First up, I want to finish talking about my Le Metier De Beaute makeover session. After finishing the CHEM60 Pro-Peel and the GLOW10ai Mask, which I reviewed here, my skin was ready to go. Out to the counter we went…

Le Metier de Beaute has a large variety of shades from their foundations, to cheek colors to shadows. I left it up to my Le Metier de Beaute specialist, Irina. what would work for me.

To start, she used their Tinted Moisturizer which has an SPF 15. Sounds like it is starting off on a good foot! Irina explained that this would give my skin a dewy look that would flatter all the other products she was going to use. After the moisturizer was allowed to set, she next applied the foundation, Classic Flawless Finish Foundation. I am shade #02. This foundation is quite different from any other foundation I have used. It has technology that allows the product to move along with my natural skin movements. This keeps the foundation from settling into my fine lines and allows it to stay smooth, yet truly flawless. Even still, the foundation felt light and not thick at all.

Irina felt I only needed concealer to highlight my brow bones and to dab a bit on the tops of my cheeks to give another highlight. The Classic Flawless Finish Concealer comes in 12 shades and I am #02. She used her fingertip to lightly pat the concealer into place.

Using Brow Bound Eyebrow Pencil, Irina gave my growing-out brows a true makeover. Picking Natural Blonde as my shade, she defined and shaped my brows into lovely frames above my eyes.

Now we moved onto the eye look! I was excited to see what Irina would choose. First, she used an eye pencil, Dualistic Eye Pencil, to create a base for the powder shadows to come. Dualistic Eye Pencils come in 4 versatile shades. Irina picked Noir (an inky black) to line my eyes. These pencils are smooth as ice. It didn’t tug or pull on my lids. I told Irina that it actually felt cool on my skin.

Next, she had 32 shadows, called True Color, to pick from. And all are very pigmented and silky. The colors she picked for me were: Noir (a deep, inky black), Alexandrite (a light, reddish-plum) and Innocence (a delicate, soft pink). All three worked to make my eyes pop! But, she still hadn’t done the liner or mascara yet.

Dualistic Eye Pencil, in Noir, was used again. It was nice to use an eye pencil that felt so soft I could hardly feel anything being applied. But, it was there because these eye pencils are intense. After lining my eyes to perfection, Irina then went over the top line with Alexandrite shadow to put a hint of purple into it.

Mascara came next. Irina picked the most awesome shade called Aubergine. These shade made all the green in my eyes shout out in full bloom. Anamorphic Lash Mascara is beyond creamy. This mascara has no clumping and my lashes stayed soft even after the mascara dried. Just like all of the other Le Metier de Beaute products, Anamorphic Lash Mascara is preservative free. The mascara has a very special form of beeswax that builds and lengthens the lash, yet keeps it moisturized.

After the eyes, I got to blush. Radiance Powder Rouge comes in 4 shades and I liked them all. Irina narrowed down to using Fresh. This powder is triple-milled so that it is the finest powder on the market. The rouge blended softly and perfectly onto the apples of my cheeks. Last was the finale of lips. To maintain the balance of colors on my eyes, Irina stayed to a soft look. She used a lip liner named Rouge and followed that with Colour Core Moisturize Stain Lipstick in Ibiza, a soft, pinky champagne shade. When I say that this lip stain was soft, I’m very serious. It contains jojoba, lanolin and shea butter. Not one thing about this lipstick was dry, sticky or dull. I didn’t need any gloss over the lipstick.

The photo shoot was all that wrapped up this decant experience…

This is a photo I took when I got home…

OK, let me show you the Instagram photos…

I actually see reminiscence of the doe-eyed girl I used to be.

My final thoughts…I didn’t care for the Tinted Moisturizer as I felt it left my skin too shiny. I like more of a sheen or semi-matte look. I thought that the shades were not going to be too pigmented on me because I hardly felt them going on. But, as you can see, there are vibrant colors in my makeup. My very favorite item is the Anamorphic Lash Mascara in Aubergine. This is a fig-purple shade that brought out the green in my brown-green eyes. And my second favorite is the eyeliner, Dualistic Eye Pencil. It was so creamy, but so pigmented. I liked that it stated put.

Le Metier de Beaute Skincare is top-notch. I would have to go to a dermatologist to get anything stronger. Le Metier de Beaute not only makes it easier for me to do my own peel and mask but makes it quite affordable compared to a doctor’s visit. Le Metier de Beaute Cosmetics are very top line. Each product I experienced lived up to its claim. I am thoroughly impressed with the entire product line and with the expert knowledge that Irina at Neiman Marcus provided.

The complete spa experience and makeover were provided to me for my review. These are my own honest opinions.

Le Metier De Beaute: CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set

The past 30 days have been very busy for me. However, for the most part, a ‘good’ busy. So when an opportunity to experience a spa treatment occurred, I knew it came at the right time.

To start things off, this was the first time I got to experience Le Metier de Beaute products. I had read mentions of Le Metier in magazines and had seen it at the counter in Neiman Marcus, yet never explored it further. I was an open book for my spa treatment and makeover with Le Metier de Beaute.

Irina, Le Metier de Beaute Product Specialist, gave me the hands-on tour. Let me say that Ms. Irina was a delight to spend time with. She explained each step of the spa treatment and showed me every color she chose for my makeover.

The first step was to experience Le Metier’s new Mask and Peel products. After removing my makeup and cleansing my face with their Daily Renew Cleanser, Irina followed up with a toner, Daily Refresh Toner, and this smelled so wonderful, I felt myself melting into the table…

Next, we got to the heart of the matter: The CHEM60 Pro-Peel and following, the GLOW10ai Mask. The CHEM60 Pro-Peel is powerful and the benefits are noticed immediately. Yet, this mask is gentle enough to be used up to 3 times per week. All the while hydrating the skin, the Pro-Peel diminishes those fine lines and wrinkles to reveal smooth and soft skin. Using some of the most powerful salicylic and glycolic acids available without a physician’s prescription, Pro-Peel only needs to be left on the skin for 1 to 5 minutes. Then it is wiped away. I felt my skin breathing in a glow. This peel doesn’t burn or smell. In fact, it feels quite comfortable.

Once the Pro-Peel was removed, Irina moved on to applying the GLOW10ai Mask. The product is packaged in a tube, much like a large tube of toothpaste. However, the Mask has a thick, flat brush at the top to spread the product out across the face. The product doesn’t have to be applied thick as it just needs to cover the skin, staying away from the eye area. As with the CHEM60 Pro-Peel, GLOW10ai Mask is perfect for all skin types and tones.

While my mask was drying, over a period of 10 minutes, Irina explained the benefits of Le Metier de Beaute’s new set, all the while massaging my shoulders, neck, arms and hands. The entire system can be done in 15 min so there isn’t any downtime due to dermatologist appointments or dealing with redness and burning that other peels can produce. Both Le Metier products are completely natural and are infused with vitamins, hydrators and antioxidants to reveal softer, smoother and brighter skin. Le Metier has patented a proprietary formula that allows these nutrients to move beyond the top 3 layers of skin without harmful and irritating effects. What it does do is leave the skin fresh, healthy and supple. Irina peeled away the mask and I touched my skin. It was so smooth and, the thing I noticed the most was that my skin felt plumped up with hydration.

Next, we moved out to the counter to start the makeup makeover.  That I’m saving for Part 2!!

More Photos on the Sinful Colors Makeup Display

A couple of days ago, I posted about Sinful Colors spreading their wings into cosmetics. Here are more photos of the sidekick display found at Walgreens…

Note how on the third shelf the pots of loose glitter are turned the wrong way. Before I left, I had them turned correctly. It’s hard, for me as a professional merchandiser, not to merchandise other people’s products. What a perfect job for someone that likes things orderly.

Seriously, my phone camera takes better photos than these. I was being paranoid about taking these photos. And normally, I’m not. However, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share these with my readers.

Anyone try those shadows out?

Kiehl’s Proud to Call Orlando Home: Grand Opening

One of my very favorite skincare lines is opening a store right here in Orlando!!!

KIEHL’S GRAND OPENING AT MALL OF MILLENIA, ORLANDO, FL

KIEHL’S Proud to Call ORLANDO Home

New York-based company brings personalized service to The Mall at Millenia

 ORLANDO, FL, October 2012 — Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care preparations, is delighted to open a retail store at The Mall at Millenia.  Celebrating 161 years of service, Kiehl’s is proud to offer visitors to The Mall at Millenia and to Orlando, the opportunity to discover Kiehl’s efficacious skin, hair and body care products, personalized customer service, and 161-year-old heritage through the complete Kiehl’s experience.

 “We are extremely excited to open this new store in Orlando,” said Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA.  “There’s nothing Kiehl’s values more than our New York heritage, and each element of our new store, from the design of the fixtures to the historical photographs, mementos and Kiehl’s icons, is meant to help tell the full story of the unique company that began as an old-world apothecary at the corner of 13th Street and Third Avenue in New York’s East Village.  We did everything possible to bring a modern version of our original store to Central Florida.”  

Kiehl’s at The Mall at Millenia mirrors the unique ambiance found in the company’s original New York Flagship, which began as a neighborhood apothecary in 1851.  The new store brings a modern New York apothecary to Orlando, referencing the company’s original East Village roots and blending vintage and antique apothecary fixtures with a modern neon flare.  The interior design advances Kiehl’s longtime commitment to the environment – with the use of natural, sustainable materials and energy-efficient light fixtures, while enhancing the overall service experience for Kiehl’s patrons.

Kiehl’s at The Mall at Millenia continues the company’s commitment to superior customer service through its traditional practices:

Kiehl’s commitment to environmental responsibility and Recycle and Be Rewarded!  Kiehl’s at The Mall at Millenia utilizes natural, sustainable materials and energy efficient light fixtures – and encourages patrons to recycle Kiehl’s packaging with a specially designed recycling bin, promoted through Kiehl’s Recycle and Be Rewarded! program.  Recycle and Be Rewarded! offers customers the opportunity to return empty Kiehl’s jars, bottles and tubes to the store for recycling, in exchange for complimentary products.

  • Kiehl’s commitment to education through attentive service is accentuated through a dedicated personal consultation area. The enhanced space provides an opportunity for customer representatives and patrons to converse privately about products best suited for the customer’s individual needs. A separate men’s destination offers specialized education tailored to the specific concerns of male patrons.  All customers receive the kind of attentive service for which Kiehl’s is known around the world today.
  • Simple, no-frills packaging allows Kiehl’s to formulate its products with high quantities of the most efficacious natural ingredients available.
  • Custom gifting 365-days a year allows customers to create personalized gifts year-round.  A Kiehl’s Customer Representative will help the customer assemble a personalized, custom gift box, choosing items based on recipient, theme, ingredient or price, from any and all products in the store.
  • Generous sampling through Kiehl’s “try before you buy” program offers the complete Kiehl’s line of skin and hair care for men, women, children and babies with a generous offering of its traditional product samples.  To assure its customers always find exactly what they need, Kiehl’s offers a 100% money back guarantee on all purchases, and guarantees that customers will see revitalized skin in 28 days or their money back.

 The 575 sq. ft. retail space maintains Kiehl’s signature apothecary aesthetic and features:  

Personal consultation table – a 6-ft table provides patrons a comfortable station for a full skincare consultation by a Kiehl’s Customer Representative to determine the formulas best suited for their personal needs. 

  • Men’s Destination and “Shave Bar” – an unintimidating space for specialized shaving and grooming education and demonstrations designed for men. A dedicated Kiehl’s Customer Representative will be on hand to offer quick, straightforward service and recommendations on the Kiehl’s products that are most tailored to men’s needs.  Specially designed accents such as military-style lockers, black subway tile, and props to demonstrate the perfect shave, bring this relaxing stop to life for Kiehl’s male patrons.
  • Carrera marble tables, counters and trim – provide a utilitarian, functional approach.
  • Natural, sustainable materials, such as tabletops made from paperstone, a waterproof material made from 100 % post-consumer recycled paper.
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting spotlights Kiehl’s products in an environmentally friendly way.
  • Reclaimed wood floors and exposed brick walls evoke the old-world quality of Kiehl’s East Village neighborhood.
  • Bronze and crystal chandelier is inspired by the crystal chandeliers that have adorned Kiehl’s flagship store in NYC for years.
  • “Mr. Bones” – the teaching skeleton and Kiehl’s icon.  Pharmacist and Kiehl’s founding family member Mr. Aaron Morse valued education for his employees and his customers.  As he prescribed treatments for his customers, he would use a teaching skeleton nicknamed “Mr. Bones” to explain the uses of the suggested formulas.
  • Kiehl’s signature motorcycle – a custom-painted motorcycle, an icon of Kiehl’s heritage, will be on permanent display, evocative of the passions and adventurous spirit of Kiehl’s founding family.
  • Antique apothecary glassware and vintage props – reference the company’s early years as a neighborhood apothecary.
  • Vintage photographs and mementos take customers on an exciting journey through Kiehl’s rich history.
  • LCD video screens in windows digitally display product animations and Kiehl’s videos.
  • Pop-art inspired graphics – the late Andy Warhol was a long-time Kiehl’s fan, purchasing Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion in bulk from the Flagship, and special graphics were created in his honor.
  • Customized neon highlights Kiehl’s customer-favorite formulas and New York history.
  • Mosaic tile entryway – creates a warm welcome to Kiehl’s, inspired by historic New York City entryways characteristic of old-world retail establishments.

About Kiehl’s Since 1851:

Kiehl’s was founded as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village neighborhood. After years as an ambitious apprentice, John Kiehl purchased the business and began operations under the Kiehl name, serving the burgeoning New York community with unique herbal remedies. In 1921, John Kiehl’s apprentice, Mr. Irving “Doc” Morse, purchased the business and expanded it to a full-service pharmacy, stocking medicines, tinctures, and the first Kiehl’s-branded products. Doc Morse, a pharmacist and herbologist, passed the business on to his son, Aaron, himself a chemist and avid motorcyclist and aviator. Aaron’s daughter, Jami, was raised at Kiehl’s amongst the “family” of employees, who together fostered a tradition of attentive, personalized service for every patron. Over the generations, the Morse family committed Kiehl’s to serving the community uniquely efficacious skin and hair formulations made with the finest natural ingredients in the apothecary tradition.

Kiehl’s unique, extensive background represents a blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal and medicinal knowledge developed and passed on through the generations.  Over the years, longtime customer favorite formulations such as Musk Oil, Lip Balm #1, Creme de Corps, Ultra Facial Cream, Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion, and new formulas such as Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, and Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution have been created with uniquely efficacious, natural ingredients and the education and knowledge culled from generations of research and requests from our customers.

 Kiehl’s Since 1851 opens October 2012 at The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL.  Store hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 9PM; Sunday, 11 AM to 7 PM.  For more information about the company, visit www.kiehls.com.

 Kiehl’s was founded as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village neighborhood. Its unique, extensive background represents a blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal, and medicinal knowledge developed and advanced through the generations. In addition to Kiehl’s freestanding stores nationwide, Kiehl’s products are available at www.Kiehls.com, by mail order at 1-800-KIEHLS-1 as well as through select specialty retailers worldwide. 

Twinkle Not Wrinkle: Nurturing Force’s Do It All Eye Primer

In my quest to find a shadow primer that works with me, I had my eyes peeled to find something while I was at The Makeup Show Orlando. I happened upon the Nurturing Force booth…

The name of the product is easy to remember; ‘Twinkle Not Wrinkle’…

For just one product look at ALL the benefits it holds…

And one benefit for the entire world: no animal testing!

‘Twinkle Not Wrinkle’ is really as rich of a cream as my photo shows…

And a quick swatch shows how quickly it absorbs (must have been no more than 6 seconds) and vanishes…

Nothing. It disappears. But, don’t think that it has stopped working. I found that this workhorse made my shadows stay put for up to 8 hours. The only product that didn’t stay in place was a dual end coloricon eyeliner from Wet ‘n Wild.

What I also liked about ‘Twinkle Not Wrinkle’ is that even though it is one of the richest creams I have ever used around my eyes, is that it didn’t feel greasy or heavy. I didn’t need but the smallest amount to hydrate my skin around my eyes and hold my shadows in place. It has virtually no fragrance. And Nurturing Force states that this is even good for the most sensitive skin. I have behaving skin and not overly sensitive however, I feel that this cream would be OK with most sensitive skins.

Right from their website: “With our Aloe Vera Gel First Ingredient Formula, our main ingredient Aloe Vera Gel contains Antioxidants; plus we have added Comfrey Plant Extract & Avocado Oil. It is a rich non-oily cream formula, which helps to hydrate and protect the lids and sensitive areas around the eyes at night.” All of those ingredients spell ‘nurturing’.

The website price is $38. I say that’s a great deal considering how many products I use for what ‘Twinkle Not Wrinkle’ can do.

Sinful Colors Moving Beyond Just Nail Polishes

As I was looking for things to buy (scratch that!) review, I spotted an endcap at Walgreens full of Sinful Colors cosmetics. That’s right: makeup!…

This pre-filled endcap had the regular and nail art polishes in it and the new lip glosses. But to see shadow palettes?!!!

And there were several shades of loose glitters too…

Oh, did I mention that at least this one is HOLO!!!!

How about metallic eyeliners…

I came home with only 2 polishes that I haven’t seen before…I think. I got ‘Faceted’ and ‘Ice Dream’. Swatches will be coming up very soon.

Have you seen this display in Walgreens?

The Final Target Beauty Bag

Alas, the very last Target beauty bag…

It’s sad that Target is ending their beauty bag promotion. I’m glad I got in on it, one last time. And an animal print bag is perfect!

Here are the samples I received…

And, coupons that I really can use. I have tried all of these samples except for the EverCreme Hair Mask. I do plan on using it, however.

Pixi Skin Primer is a brand that I have never tried before. The color of the product was dark and I thought it would make my skin look dirty. However, it was quite the opposite. After I put on my foundation, I glowed. I’m not in the market for any skin primer currently. However, I wouldn’t hesitate to get Pixi’s.

I have only tried one sample shampoo from Fekkai before. Even though this product is OK, it just doesn’t have enough ‘special’ for me to want to purchase it. However, I love getting the L’Oreal hair care samples. I use some of their hair treatment items from the EverCreme collections. I like them and was delighted to try a different collection this time. Since I have the coupons, I will be getting the conditioner, for sure.

I love Jergens. When I am not wearing a Bath and Body Works lotion, I use Jergens. After getting a sample in my Target bag previously, I took the coupon and purchased a large bottle of Jergens that has Shea Butter in it. I’m almost out of it so this coupon is right on time.

Thanks, Target and sponsoring brands, for giving us this opportunity to try out new products. And, thanks so much for the coupons because I do use them.

Did you get your Target beauty bag?