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Sunday, September 23, 2012

REVIEW: Tom Ford Lipstick in "Pink Dusk"

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Jenni reviews a luxuriously creamy lipstick in the prettiest of all pinks - Tom Ford Lip Color Pink Dusk

Tom Ford Lip Color
To Tom Ford, there is no more dramatic accessory than a perfect lip. It is the focus of the face and it has the power to define a woman’s whole look. Each Lip Color is Tom Ford’s modern ideal of an essential makeup shade. Rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity. 

I had been dreaming about owning a Tom Ford lipstick for some time, but I just couldn’t justify spending $65 on a singe lip color.  Well when my birthday approached earlier this September, I felt it was time to pamper myself with some Tom Ford Beauty - so I made my first three purchases including: Tom Ford’s Eye Shadow Contour Brush, Cream Foundation Brush (both brush reviews coming soon) and Ford’s Lip Color in Pink Dusk – all from Neiman Marcus.

First and foremost, the outer packaging is so classy and you truly feel like you’re spending your money on a luxurious product.

Then the actual lipstick casing is even more impressive - black enamel with a gold trim – simply stunning!

Pink Dusk is a cool, nude pink with a touch of mauve/rose and a milky softness to it. I don’t even know if ‘milky softness’ makes sense to anyone else, but it sounds perfect in my head so I’m going with it.





I fell in love with this shade right away, even before I tested it on my hand or lips. This precious pink is so gorgeous, I can’t imagine any girl or women who appreciates pretty things, would not like this pink shade.  It looks very different under different lighting, so I tried to take as many swatch pictures as possible so you can really get a grasp on the color.  I will say that in person, it’s even more beautiful than it appears in the following pictures and more specifically, it has a softer cool pink finish in person - the sunlight in the pics is reflecting a warmer shade in the swatches...

The finish is super creamy and glides on the lips with an incredibly soft touch.  It has an amazingly full color finish as well – which is surprising because I often find matte lipsticks to provide fuller finishes.  It does appear slightly glossy on the lips but it has no shimmer or sparkle.  Simply put, it provides an even, flawless and brilliant pink dusk shine!

I’ve been wearing this lipstick any chance I get – I’m completely obsessed with both the color and the formula, it’s perfect!  Most recently I wore Pink Dusk to a wedding.  I was actually in the wedding party, so it was the perfect opportunity to test the long-lasting wear ability of this Tom Ford lipstick – after all, when you’re in a wedding you must take a lot of pictures, you have to hold flowers and can’t carry a bag around for your lipsticks, and you don’t really have time to run to the bathroom to reapply your lipstick. The Verdict? Pink Dust lasted around 4 hours and stayed perfectly intact with no fading for all the pictures.

FINAL THOUGHT:  This lipstick is perfect for everyday wear but can also look sophisticated with a more dressed up look or even for a wedding!  I’m 100% happy with my purchase, even with the hefty price tag, as I’m completely in love with Pink Dusk right now.  I highly recommend this shade for anyone looking for a perfectly creamy, luxuriously soft, and simply stunning pink – rose – mauve lipstick! LOVE IT!!!

Tom Ford Lip Color lipsticks ($65) are available at:
Neiman Marcus
Bergdorf Goodman

Friday, September 21, 2012

REVIEW: LaVanila Labratories "The Healthy Deodorant"

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All of the BFF Beauty Girls rave about LaVanila Laboratories - The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Coconut.  Finally there's an all-natural & aluminum-free deodorant that smells amazing and actually works!

The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Coconut first came on to our radar when BFF Beauty Girl, Alex, proclaimed "this stuff smells amazing, you have to try it!" 

Shortly after Alex announced her obsession with this product, the love for LaVanila continued to spread like wildfire as the BFF Beauty founders, Kristin & Jenni, tried The Healthy Deodorant in Alex's favorite scent, Vanilla Coconut, as well as in Vanilla Passion Fruit.
This stuff IS amazing!

With three enthusiastic stamps of approval from Alex, Kristin and Jenni, there was only one Beauty BFF 'tester' left before being able to officially claim LaVanila's The Healthy Deodorant the BEST all-natural deodorant around.  Which brings us back to the current review... 
Continue reading to find out what BFF Beauty Girl, Carly has to say about Vanilla Coconut. Does she love The Healthy Deodorant too?  Could it be that we found the only all-natural deodorant that smells amazing AND actually works?
But first, a quick description from LaVanila Laboratories...
LaVanila Laboratories “The Healthy Deodorant”
What it is:
A clinical-strength deodorant that is 100 percent natural, safe, and effective.
What it is formulated to do:
LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant uses beta-glucan technology to effectively fight odor while soothing, conditioning, and strengthening the skin. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petro-Chemicals
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This dermatologist-recommended, non-irritating, allergy-tested formula does not contain aluminum or mineral oils.

Key Ingredients in Vanilla Coconut:

  • Beta-Glucan technology: Promotes healthy skin and fights odor with a complex of powerful antioxidants, anti-bacterial agents, and polysaccharides.
  • Goji Berry: Provides powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, 21 essential minerals, and 18 amino acids.
  • Japanese Honeysuckle: Acts as a natural preservative and an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent.
  • Lichen Lemon and Tea Tree Oils: Prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Provide safe, long-lasting protection sans harsh chemicals or alcohol. 

It’s going on over 6 years now that I have been trying various brands of natural deodorant. I have tried countless different formulas with varying scents, and have never found any as effective (nor with a better fragrance) as “The Healthy Deodorant,” by LaVanila Laboratories.

I have been using “The Healthy Deodorant” for close to a month now, and have already put it to some extreme tests. The most noteworthy of these “tests” being putting it on first thing in the morning (8:00 a.m.) and then going on about a busy and very active day—which included cycling up a mountain, and then coming home and quickly changing my clothes (no shower—didn’t have time!!!), so that I could relieve my babysitter…by now it is 2:00 p.m. and guess what??  No under arm odor!! AMAZING! And, this was not just one of those random days where maybe I just didn’t sweat as much, or didn’t smell as much for some reason—I have repeated this particular “test” multiple times now, among many other just-as-active days, and still no under arm odor!! Up until now, I have had to keep an emergency stash of aluminum and chemical ridden deodorants in my cabinet for those times that I could not chance being smelly!

I am absolutely thrilled to have discovered "The Healthy Deodorant!" Finding a natural and effective deodorant has been a topic of discussion and conversations with many girlfriends, book club gatherings, and with the poor souls who work in the health and beauty section at Whole Foods, whom I have tortured with my questions about natural deodorants for years! (No exaggeration). I cannot tell you what a relief it is to find a natural deodorant that really and truly works! I am in love with this deodorant--I love how wonderful it smells, and I love the cool and refreshing feeling when applying it.
No white residue when applied onto arm

LaVanila Laboratories is a fantastic company dedicated to creating products that are carefully formulated with the highest quality of organic as well as natural ingredients. All of their fantastic products are completely free of harsh chemicals. “The Healthy Deodorant” in particular is free of parabens, aluminum, and all other harsh chemicals—plus as an added bonus they include soothing essential oils and powerful anti-oxidants.

LaVanila Laboratories also offers other face and body products on their Web site, including a “Healthy Baby” collection, sun screen, and fun gift packages—all of these being available in 8 different scents. Did I mention how delicious and refreshing “The Healthy Deodorant” is in the Vanilla Coconut scent?? HA! I can only imagine how wonderful the other scents must be! 

More scents available in The Healthy Deodorant:





The Healthy Deodorant is available at:
Lavanila - single for $18.00, trio pack for $44.00
Sephora - $18.00
Skinstore - $18.00 with 20% OFF using code SSANNIV at checkout

Thursday, September 20, 2012

FIRST LOOK! Inside Barneys Beauty Gift Bag

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A look inside the gift bag from Barneys Love Yourself Cosmetics Bag Event 

So many product goodies, I don't even know what to do with myself!  What to try first? Hmmm...
While I figure out which of these products I'm going to dive into and indulge in first - go ahead and take a closer look inside my Love Yourself bag of beauty treats.

The best part about this event, believe it or not, is NOT the free gift bag filled with all these fabulous products.  The best part is, when you purchase multiple products from a single brand,  you get a FREE full-sized gift from that brand!  The gifts differ from brand to brand, so if you plan on going to Barneys in the next two days (event lasts Sept. 20-22) make sure you ask around to find out what full-sized gifts come with your purchase.

Below are the free gifts with purchase I received today, and reviews on the following coming soon!
From Sunday Riley I purchased:

  • Sunday Riley Bionic Anti-aging Cream
  • Sunday Riley Disrobe Body Lotion
  • Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser

My FREE ($48 value) gift with purchase from Sunday Riley:

  • Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer

From Sponge Skincare I purchased:

  • Sponge Gel Basiliko – Sweet Basil Gel
  • Sponge Krema Triantafillo – Rose & Sage Cream

My FREE ($30 value) gift with purchase from Sponge Skincare:

  • Sponge Gel Katharisiko – Wild Herb Cleansing Gel

Here are few more purchases I made today, with reviews coming soon!

Only TWO MORE DAYS to pick up your Love Yourself Cosmetics Bag plus a variety of free gifts with purchase - so get to your closest Barneys ASAP!