Monday, March 28, 2011

Lemons- a Deodorant Alternative?


First let me start off by saying, Hello!
I'm fully re-cooped from my travels back to the West Coast for some fun and the sun with friends and family. All while I was caught up in packing about two weeks ago, I forgot my deodorant on the floor in my apartment!
As luck would have it, I was reading an issue of Upscale Magazine on the plane and in a editorial, I read that actor Flex Alexander ( you know that I was a fan of Homeboys from Outerspace right?) used lemon as a deodorant. What?!
Being the beauty experimentalist that I have, I decided to test it out and bought a lemon and cut it into 4 wedges, keeping the pieces in a plastic bag in the fridge and using one wedge for roughly 3 days just as I would my regular deodorant.
On the third day, I excitedly ran downstairs with announcement to my family who was sitting in the Living room and Kitchen , even having my mother smell my red and white stripe shirt that I just bought. After mom my looked at me like I was nuts, I informed her and my brothers that I have been without my deodorant for 3 whole days and was in fact using lemon.
They all laughed in my face and one of my brothers proclaimed, " We use it all the time in New Mexico because it always gets too hot for Speed stick". I was dumbfounded. " If this is not a new revelation, then why am I the last to know? I didn't sweat, there are no stains in my new shirt and I don't smell. This is insane?!"
My mom turned to me and said, "Oh, we thought you knew."
There you have it.
Back to Lemon as a deodorant, the feeling was unusual as I am used to sweating and feeling the antiperspirant stick under my arms. That feeling was gone, it felt as if nothing was there, but there was no bad odor. The only word of caution I can think of is if you freshly shaved, you might need to stay away from using lemon for at least a day or so.
I will definitely use the lemon more often as its 100% natural and a little goes a long way. Though I think you can get more for your money with a stick but the health factor is a plus.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Swatches

Left to Right: Royalieu, Fetiche, Bel-Ami, Rebelle, Bonheur
Lower Middle: Boy

Alas, here are just a few swatches of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines I tested at the Bay in Toronto. According to the card I received from a counter in LA, the Rouge Coco Shines will launch on April 6th.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shines at The Bay

Rouge Coco Shines from Left to Right: Monte Carlo, Rebelle, Bel-Ami, Antigone, Bonheur, Boy, Royalieu, Fetiche.

While enjoying my vacation in Toronto this past weekend, I popped into the Bay to see what they had and came out with a new Chanel Rouge Coco Shine!

The Bay had these highly anticipated RCS's available for purchase, there are 24 total in the collection but I swatched only a few, including Royalieu and Antigone which are believed to be exclusive to Canada and Fetische, the color Oscar nominated Hailee Steinfeld of True Grit wore to the 2011 Oscars.
From the photo, here are the color descriptions:
Monte Carlo- Pink Red
Rebelle- Orange Red
Bel-Ami- Plum Brown
Antigone- Red Berry
Bonheur- Berry Plum
Boy- Natural Rose
Royalieu- Sheer pink
Fetische- Rose

I swatched a few of the colors on my hands and if you have any doubt about the pigment power of the RCS, have no fear! If you have the same skintone as me, and are falling hard for a very moisturizing lipgloss with hints of shimmer, you will love these.
After deliborating between Bel-Ami and Bonheur, I decided on Bonheur. The SA let me know that it was the last one! The retail price in canadian dollars for the Rouge Coco Shines are $39! Making this the most expensive lip product I have bought! But in the US these will go for $32 and will release in April.
I wanted to share this as soon as my postings will be sporatic for the next few days as I'm in San Diego and LA. I will re-post with individual colors as I know these are quite small and I have hand swatches of some of these colors too!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 & L'Institute Sothys Love you!

I heart Pom fizzy drinks

Laura of Laf out Loud Beauty

give me face!

and what?'s annual " Love you" campaign brought both myself and Amanda of Mandabear from Milk Studio in the Meat packing district to Mid-town Manhattan on a freezing Thursday evening to celebrate at L'Institute Sothys.
The beauty bash featured a runway show, mani's and pedi's, makeup application and some delicious Pom-tini's.
L'Institute is a gem, I couldn't stop taking pictures inside, after all the travel from downtown plus the 20 degree weather, a break was much needed. While awaiting Manicures , I met Laura from Laf out Loud Beauty who had a great shade of lipstick on.
The Spa is amazing! you should definitely take a peek if you are in the city!

If you are in Midtown and need a break from the lines at Abercrombie or the celeb hunting at Bergdorf's, go west to L'Institute Sothys!

37 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019