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Aura by Swarovski

Thu, 05/31/2012 by Karen | Posted in: Daily Beauty

The bejeweled Crystal Gloss Jewels and the Crystal Gloss Touch, $75-85 (!) each. Available now at Swarovski Boutiques and swarovski.com.

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I Can Assure You Tabs Is Not Doing Sit-ups

He’s preparing for a vigorous session of posing on the bed! According to Tabs, it takes years to perfect the art of looking simultaneous sultry and disinterested. Copyright Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog: Makeup Reviews, Beauty Tips and Drugstore Beauty Finds | Read the full article

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In the Bronzer Olympics, the NYX Matte Bronzers Get the Gold

In the Bronzer Olympics, the NYX Matte Bronzers Get the Gold
Wearing NYX Bronzer in Medium

To the uninitiated, spotting the differences between the new NYX Matte Bronzers and the many other compact bronzing powders currently on counters is like trying to tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi blindfolded without tasting either one.

In other words, it’s tough.

After all, like most of the bronzers vying for our attention this summer, these new ones from NYX promise to do the same things — deliver a natural-looking, honey-like glow for your skin.

But if MAC is trying to rule the department store market with their Pro Longwear Bronzing Powders, NYX is going after drugstore divas and budget-minded babes with their five new Matte Bronzers.

At $9 each, the prodigious 0.33-ounce pans shout “BARGAIN!” from their perches in drugstore makeup aisles. For the price of one MAC Pro Longwear Powder, you could get two of these from NYX and still have enough change left over for a drugstore ice cream cone (do you like mint chocolate chip-). In the Bronzer Olympics, the NYX Matte Bronzers Get the Gold

I’ve been wearing three of the five shades this week, and impressed doesn’t come close to describing how I feel. Blown away is more like it.

In the Bronzer Olympics, the NYX Matte Bronzers Get the Gold

In the Bronzer Olympics, the NYX Matte Bronzers Get the Gold
Clockwise from the lower left: Medium, Deep and Light

None of that “BS” Oompa-Loompa orange business here. No way. The golden russet glow these bestow upon skin is worthy of beach barbeques and pool parties.

Very long beach barbeques and pool parties.

How long-

Well, starting with that first buttery cob of sweet corn, they last past the late-night singalongs and woozy revelations (like “S’mores are so genius!” and “Whoever invented nude wedges deserves a medal!”), and all the way until you’ve said your goodbyes before packing up the cooler to head home.

Say “howdy” to the NYX Matte Bronzers

For quick minimalist summer makeup looks, bronzers can be a great addition (or change) to your routine.

In the Bronzer Olympics, the NYX Matte Bronzers Get the Gold
Swatches from the left: Light, Medium and Deep

Pourquoi- you ask.

In the Bronzer Olympics, the NYX Matte Bronzers Get the Gold

Because in terms of effort and effect, they’re all about getting big bang (effect) for your buck (effort).

Lately, what I’ve been doing after filling in my brows and curling my lashes, is applying NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer followed by either NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium or MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude on Board.

I apply them wherever the sun would naturally fall upon my face, like across my forehead, down the bridge of my nose, on my chin and along the tops of my cheek bones.

One swipe of a nude gloss like LORAC’s Raoul (a good match for medium and dark skin tones) or Illamasqua’s Intimacy (looks fab on lighter lasses), and you’re done.

PRICE: $9 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and nyxcosmetics.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+ (just an all around great product)

Sleigh bells ring… (yep, even in May)

I had to share about this band I just discovered that I’ve been obsessing over listening to on my runs! They’re called Sleigh Bells.

No, really. Sleigh Bells. Like Santa’s ride. In the Bronzer Olympics, the NYX Matte Bronzers Get the Gold

Their music is…I’m not sure how to describe it. It’s like a grungy guitar-driven rock anthem with hip-hop undertones.

Picture angry cheerleaders swinging chains and bats in the air to fire up the crowd at a riot.

LOL! I like to walk around the mall by my house imagining this song (Infinity Guitars) playing in the background…

And if you ever want to feel LIKE A BOSS, or need something to propel you through your sprints, there’s also Tell ‘em.

How about you- What tunes have you been listening to lately-

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Bonjour, Mon Amour: With Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum, It’s Chic to Be Shy

Bonjour, Mon Amour: With Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum, It’s Chic to Be Shy

It’s her smile you notice first.

You’re strolling across the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris on a crisp, clear spring day when you see her standing by the railing, a shy smile on her lips, her hair swept in a chic chignon. A scarf is draped effortlessly around her neck, and she’s holding a bouquet of violets by her side.

She pauses to take in the City of Light and the River Seine below, leaning against the railing with her hands tucked beneath her chin and staring off into the distance, her eyes faraway and dreamy.

Ah, you know that look…the look of first Bonjour, Mon Amour: With Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum, It’s Chic to Be Shy love, when the mere thought of your beloved awakens every cell in your body with a tingling that begins at your toes and works its way up through your spine.

A breeze turns toward you, bringing with it an intoxicating aroma of vanilla, rose, musk, black currant berries and violet.

The girl breaks from her reverie, caught by your gaze, and smiles warmly. You return the feeling, knowingly, as you pass her along the bridge, recalling another time, so many years ago, when you, too, stood in almost the same spot, basking all-too-briefly in the same glow with your American writer, so tall and beautiful, with his brown hair and hazel eyes.

Whatever happened to him- you wonder. Does he still think of you, like you think of him-

Almost across the bridge now, you close your eyes once again and breath deeply, drawing in as much of the scent as you can, letting it sweep you up in its loving embrace.

Bonjour, Mon Amour: With Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum, It’s Chic to Be Shy
Another happy girl on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, 2005

Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum, $68

  • The latest addition to the Tocca family of fragrances
  • Inspired, Tocca says, by a whirlwind romance one spring in the 1940s between a young soldier on leave and a young girl at the fragrance counter of Le Bon Marche in Paris. Vibrant flowers bloom along the Champs-Elysees like first love awakens the spirit.
  • The official top notes include Italian Bergamot, ginger oil, coriander (cilantro) seed oil; the middle notes, African violet, Bulgarian Rose and Black Currants (a type of berry); and bottom notes, creamy cedarwood, cashmere musk and benzoin (a scent similar to vanilla)
  • Violette lingers on my skin longer than many of the Tocca scents I’ve tried. I get between 8-10 hours.
  • I think it’s a little more sophisticated than Tocca’s last addition, Graciella. While both seem very feminine to me, Graciella reminds me of a carefree, small-town teenager to Violette’s young woman in her 20s, experiencing life and love in the big city.
  • If you like Tom Ford Violet Blonde, Marc Jacobs Daisy, Ralph Lauren Romance or Prada Infusion d’Iris, you might also like Violette.

PRICE: $68 for a 1.7-fluid-ounce bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and tocca.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A

Because reading is FUN-damental

Bonjour, Mon Amour: With Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum, It’s Chic to Be Shy

So, I was a little late jumping on the e-reader bandwagon, but now I’m fully on board!

El Hub was sweet enough to share his Kindle with me, so last week I borrowed it to read Bossypants, by Tina Fey, and it was so much fun!

I resisted ebooks because I didn’t think I’d ever get beyond missing the feeling of having a real book in my hands. I just love the heft of a real book, the smell of the paper (yes, I’m one of those weirdos who sniffs books in the library!) and the sound of the pages turning… There’s just something authentic and significant about real books, ya know-

Plus, I stare at phones and computer screens all day long, and I figured the last thing I’d want to do is stare at yet another glowing screen.

Turns out I was wrong.

I mean, I’ll always love printed books, of course, but ebooks are also pretty cool.

And the Kindle Fire’s screen doesn’t bother me as long as I turn the brightness way down…

That little finger swipe gesture to turn the pages- FUN! I can whip through the pages. Heck, I probably read faster on the Kindle than I can read a regular printed book, which is a very exciting prospect. Bonjour, Mon Amour: With Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum, It’s Chic to Be Shy

How do you feel about e-readers- Have you given ‘em a try-

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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The NYX Illuminating Bronzers: Has NYX Invented a $9 Time Machine- Inquiring Minds Want to Know

The NYX Illuminating Bronzers: Has NYX Invented a  Time Machine- Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Wearing NYX Illuminating Bronzer in Chaotic on my cheeks

Shimmery bronzing powders in almost blush-like shades of luscious peach and pink aren’t exactly uncharted territory. Chanel, for example, has been there, done that, a few times before.

But NYX weaved quite a tapestry together with their three new Illuminating Face and Body Bronzers. By combining eminently flattering shades with a pearly finish and a soft, comfy texture, and then keeping the price well below department store, they created something greater than the sum of its parts.

All it took was a few swipes of Narcissistic (a beige), Chaotic (a golden peach) and Magnetic (a peachy pink) to get me hooked on all three.

The NYX Illuminating Bronzers: Has NYX Invented a  Time Machine- Inquiring Minds Want to Know

The marketing material doesn’t say, but I wonder if NYX co-created them with Cher, because they are, after all, designed to “turn back time.” The NYX Illuminating Bronzers: Has NYX Invented a  Time Machine- Inquiring Minds Want to Know

How so-

By bestowing a natural radiant glow to the skin that also diffuses incoming light, helping skin appear softer and, or so I hope, younger.

Yeah…I can’t even begin to tell you how appealing that sounds now that 37 is officially less than two weeks away!

But seeing as how I can’t really stop this train I’m on, I’ve been doing my best to slow it down embrace the inevitable with positivity and panache.

Now, when people call me “ma’am,” I try to own that sh*t! — but that does not mean refusing a little makeup help along the way.

Like Fox Mulder with his aliens, I really want to believe, LOL!

What do you think- Do I look 10 years younger wearing Chaotic, my favorite of the three shades, up there at the top-

Okay, how about 5- The NYX Illuminating Bronzers: Has NYX Invented a  Time Machine- Inquiring Minds Want to Know

The NYX Illuminating Bronzers: Has NYX Invented a  Time Machine- Inquiring Minds Want to Know
The NYX Illuminating Bronzers, clockwise from the lower left: Narcissistic, Chaotic and Magnetic

The NYX Illuminating Bronzers: Has NYX Invented a  Time Machine- Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Swatches from the left for comparison: NYX Illuminating Bronzer in Narcissistic, Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in Sable Beige, NYX Illuminating Bronzer in Magnetic, NARS Blush in Luster, NYX Illuminating Bronzer in Chaotic and Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in Sable Rose

The NYX Illuminating Bronzers: Has NYX Invented a  Time Machine- Inquiring Minds Want to Know
NYX Illuminating Bronzer in Narcissistic

The NYX Illuminating Bronzers: Has NYX Invented a  Time Machine- Inquiring Minds Want to Know
NYX Illuminating Bronzer in Magnetic

Chaotic contains a generous amount of peachy pigment and golden shimmer that, if nothing else, certainly puts a smile on my face. The NYX Illuminating Bronzers: Has NYX Invented a  Time Machine- Inquiring Minds Want to Know

The new NYX Illuminating Face and Body Bronzers ($9 each)

  • New for summer 2012 and added to the NYX permanent line.
  • For a bronzer, the 0.33-ounce pans are HUGE! — about the same size as a typical face powder compact.
  • Step right up! Versatility here! I’ve worn these as bronzers, blushes and also as highlighters. You can also apply them to bare shoulders and legs to add a hint of shimmer there (I use a large fluffy brush).
  • Chanel’s bronzers, which of course cost considerably more, do seem finer. Sometimes, I can see the grains in these NYX Bronzers sitting on top of my skin, although buffing with a kabuki brush definitely helps the powder settle.
  • If you’re going through a bout of dry, flaky skin on your face, you may want to wait until it passes, as I’ve noticed that these will seek out and emphasize any flakes on my skin.
  • As for wear time, I get between 4-6 hours.

Chanel might have these beat with finer grains and a softer consistency — the Illuminating Bronzers also don’t seem to last as long as Chanel’s $60 bronzer — but for a $9 product- Bravo, NYX. Quite an impressive feat.

If you’re a budget lover looking for a similar look for less, these should hit the spot.

PRICE: $9 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and nyxcosmetics.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+

Summer fruit!

The NYX Illuminating Bronzers: Has NYX Invented a  Time Machine- Inquiring Minds Want to Know

No, I’m not talking about Summerfruit MAC Cremestick Liner, silly (at least not this time).

After El Hub got home from work last night we visited the local farmer’s market here in Novato, which just started up for the season a few weeks ago.

Farmer’s markets are among my favorite things about summer. The different food stands, crafts, performers and, of course, the yummy fresh fruits and veggies.

(SIDE NOTE: One of these days, I’m gonna try to sneak into the bounce house…)

I ordered from a Thai stand last night, but I was so ravenous that I forgot to snap a shot of my veggie pad thai before it was too late, whoops!

Anywho, summer fruit. I brought home a few apricots, a basket of cherries and a couple white peaches and nectarines.

Can I interest you in some fruit- What would you like- The NYX Illuminating Bronzers: Has NYX Invented a  Time Machine- Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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NYX Illuminating Bronzer

NYX Illuminating Bronzers, $9 each. Pretty, yah- Copyright Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog: Makeup Reviews, Beauty Tips and Drugstore Beauty Finds | Read the full article

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Everything Is Better…

Tue, 05/29/2012 by Karen | Posted in: Daily Photo

…When I’m standing next to water. Even if it’s a fountain in Yountville.

I love the colors in this pic, the peaches, blues and greens. So soothing!

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A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

Good news, you gorgeous golden jungle cat. You won’t have to prowl much further for a meow-worthy makeup collection (or a purse, for that matter) to go with that post-Memorial Day tan.

Part-time shimmery seductress, full-time toasty temptress, LORAC’s Wild for TANtalizer Collection ($39) roars on to cheeks, lips and eyes with shimmery eyeshadows, bronzer and lipstick in warm shades of bronze, beige, brown, gold and peach.

And after a successful hunt, the pieces in this pride of LORAC lionesses retreat to the safety of their very own canvas-like carrying case. The purse comes with the collection and holds everything a big cat needs — makeup, iPhone, perfume, hand/paw lotion. Ya know, the usual. A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection
In case you’re wondering, the striped pattern on the pan of Wild for TANtalizer Bronzing Powder is an overspray…

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection
Swatches from the left: Wild for TANTtalizer eye Shadow in Fierce, Tigris, Panthera and Saber; Wild for TANTtalizer Bronzing Powder, and TANTtalizer Lips With Benefits in Raoul

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

Getting to know the $39 LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection…

  • I hope you’re in the mood to shimmer, because everything here does it. The collection, which is more a kit, since everything comes together, seriously shimmers, so there’s not a lot of variety in terms of finish
  • Fallout hasn’t been an issue for the eyeshadows, which is nice, and I find them easy to apply and blend
  • I recommend using a light touch to apply these products, as I’ve noticed that when I go a little too far, they highlight my fine lines and wrinkles
  • The peachy golden bronzer also doubles as a blush (score one for flexibility!)
  • Oh, as a side, Raoul and I are in love… Yup, Raoul is the lipgloss. He looks fantastic as a peachy bronze in the nude, LOL!

PRICE: $39
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora and sephora.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-

Coming soon from MAC: Beth Ditto and Casual Color

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

“MAC” your calendars for June 7, fellow makeup-loving crazy cat ladies. That’s when two new MAC collections arrive, Beth Ditto (an American singer/songwriter) and Casual Colour.

Wait — what- New collections already- Didn’t Hey, Sailor! just arrive in port-

Actually, yes. But you know MAC. They like to keep us on our toes.

I think Beth Ditto looks like fun! Very pop art, and how can you not love polka dots- The 24-piece collection for eyes, lips, nails and face features a brand-spanking new line of products called the Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liners ($22 each), four dual-tipped pencils with an Eye Shadow on one end and a Greasepaint Liner on the other.

Should be perfect for smokey eyes. A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

BOOYAH!!

Literally. That’s the name of one of the five Pro Longwear Lipcremes in the release…BOOYAH!! Written like that in all caps with two exclamation marks.

Beep-beep-beep! Pardon me, but I think I hear the ’90s calling me on my pager, haha.

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

The second launch, a 17-piece release called Casual Colour, seems like my kind of collection, casual weekend colors for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails. For starters, I love the tagline, “Stilettos, Off! Hair, Down!” But I would have added one more thing (“Stretchy Pants, On!”).

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

The collection also introduces the Lip and Cheek Colour Pots ($20 each), another new product for MAC.

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

I’m sensing a potentially good multitasker… I sure hope the eight shades deliver.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Question: When Is a Liquid Also a Solid- Answer: When It’s the LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar

Question: When Is a Liquid Also a Solid- Answer: When It’s the LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar

For me, in the realm of suspicious things, a solid shampoo ranked right up there with men who wear thumb rings, and gray-hued, overcooked veggies (have you ever seen grey broccoli-).

So yeah…I eyed Lush’s Godiva Shampoo Bar ($10.95) with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Designed to clean and condition dry, processed hair, it suds up into a lather like a regular soap bar but also contains a whole slew of moisturizing oils, as well as shea butter and other botanicals like hibiscus, jasmine and gardenia.

As you can probably imagine, the directions make it sound pretty easy to use. Just wet your mane, run the bar across it a few times to get a good lather going, shampoo as usual, and rinse.

Sounds easy enough, right- But so do many 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner products, even the ones that leave my already dry, wavy, highlighted hair a tangled mess of crispy fried noodles…

That’s where the testing comes in. Question: When Is a Liquid Also a Solid- Answer: When It’s the LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar

Question: When Is a Liquid Also a Solid- Answer: When It’s the LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar

The first time I brought the bar into the shower with me I said, “WOW!” Talk about serious bubbles. And the scent- Trademark Lush. A big, bold tour de force of jasmine flowers, one of my favorite floral scents.

It might be too heady for super sensitive noses, but even my picky schnoz thinks it’s tops.

Ingredients

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerl Stearate; Peg – 100 Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Hibiscus Extract (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), Stearic Acid, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimide, Camella Oil (Camella japonita), Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Organic Macadamia Nut Oil (Macadamia ternifolia), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Palmarossa Oil (Cymbopogan martini), Jasmine Flowers (Jasminum officinale), Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma Grandiflorum), Cocamide DEA, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Limonene , Linalool

I dunno why, but I was really surprised that a solid shampoo would whip into such a frothy foam. Looking at this one, I just get a different vibe from it, almost like a loofah or a bath salt.

Then I checked the ingredient list, and wouldn’t ya know it- Right there at the top of the list, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (or SLS).

A few interesting (at least to me) things about SLS, should you ever find yourself on Final Jeopardy! First, what is it-

Good question. Question: When Is a Liquid Also a Solid- Answer: When It’s the LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar SLS is an FDA-approved ingredient commonly found in personal care products like shampoos and even toothpaste.

It’s usually used as a surfactant — in a nutshell, it loosens bonds.

If you’ve ever used a bath/shower product that builds up into a sudsy lather, there’s a good chance it contained SLS.

Question: When Is a Liquid Also a Solid- Answer: When It’s the LUSH Godiva Shampoo BarAdded to shampoo, SLS makes hair easier to clean by loosening the bonds that hold dirt and oil to your hair.

The ingredient came under some scrutiny in the late ’90s when an anonymous email circulated online claimed a link between a related compound, SLES, and cancer. SLES, or Sodium Laureth Sulfate, is like SLS’s more expensive, slightly unscrupulous cousin. Both compounds essentially do the same thing, but SLES is now much less commonly used (source: SNOPES).

Shortly after the email incident, several hair brands started rolling out SLS-free products, leading some to suggest that the whole thing was a marketing ploy designed to sell more shampoo (source: LEDA).

I guess the most important question is, “Should you avoid hair products containing SLS-” Well, that depends on whom you believe. Over the years, several reputable sources (including the American Cancer Society and the International Agency for Research on Cancer) have said that SLS is noncarcinogenic, meaning that it doesn’t cause cancer. At most, they say, it could cause some skin irritation, but only under certain circumstances for a small number of users (source: How Stuff Works).

As a product junkie, I like to try a little bit of everything, which in this case includes the LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar.

For the record, here’s what LUSH has to say about Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

I have mixed feelings about this bar…

On one hand, I love the jasmine scent and the sort of novelty of the bar, which is pretty small and fits in the palm of my hand. And I like the idea of being able to take it on plane trips without having to use up precious space reserved for liquids in my carry-on Ziploc bags.

Plus, it works! — which I guess is the whole reason for its existence. After using it, my hair feels squeaky clean, tangle-free, and looks bouncy, shiny and bright.

But it’s also a little thirsty, so that’s a drawback. As a conditioner, I don’t think it’s robust enough for my dry hair, and I feel like following it up with a dedicated conditioner.

The addition of SLS — actually, with it listed as the first ingredient — does strike me as a little unusual for LUSH, but it is followed by a long list of bodacious, more easily recognizable botanicals.

PRICE: $10.95
AVAILABILITY: Available now at LUSH stores and lush-usa.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Charlize Theron: Her Best Hair-

Tue, 05/29/2012 by Karen | Posted in: Hair, Just For Fun

Charlize Theron: Her Best Hair-

For someone so down to earth, South Africa-born Charlize Theron (born August 7, 1975) will be spending a lot of time in space this year. The Oscar winning actress plays a beautiful bureaucrat, a secretive suit who works for the nefarious company aboard the spaceship Prometheus in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien prequel.

But before the ship takes off on June 8, she has to contend with Snow White and her handsome huntsman first in Snow White and the Huntsman, opening June 1. In the dark retelling of the famous fairy tale, which also stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Chris Hemsworth as Thor the huntsman, Charlize plays the magic-mirror-consulting evil queen, who this time around doesn’t have to pull her punches for a G-rated audience.

So she’s got these two certain blockbuster movies that are gonna be in theaters at the exact same time, but that’s not all the Oscar winner’s been up to. Charlize is also a new mom, having recently adopted a baby boy named Jackson.

Now that’s a busy spring. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen her look anything less than completely put together…except for maybe her character in Monster, but that was on purpose, LOL!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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