As Amazing As Polish
It’s time for another installment of As Amazing As Polish, my opportunity to gush about the products that I feel truly are as AH-MAZING as nail polish.
Long time readers, I’m sure you have noticed how sporadic these posts are. It’s not out of laziness or forgetfulness, it’s just that as beauty junkie who is constantly testing new products it takes a rare flower to get a rave from me. Lancôme Flash Bronzer Oil-Free Tinted Self Tanning Face Lotion (what a mouthful!) definitely deserves that kind of praise.
You may or may not remember that I’m a reformed indoor tanner. After having a couple suspicious moles removed a few years back I gave up the habit but have been seriously missing the golden brown color ever since. I can’t help it, I like how I look with a tan. I think a lot of people that aren’t blessed with flawless, porcelain skin would agree.
Since I gave up the fake & bake I’ve been on the hunt for a self-tanner I can fall in love with and it’s been one massive fail. I’ve tried gradual self-tanners but hated smelling like ass every night to look barely sun-kissed. I’ve used traditional self-tanners only to end up with streaks or Oompa Loompa feet. Embarrassing! I’ve tried spray booths, lotions, creams, mists, tanning mitts, etc. and like Goldilocks I never found the right fit until now.
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|It’s time for another installment of As Amazing As Polish, my opportunity to gush about the products that I feel truly are as AH-MAZING as nail polish.
Lip gloss junkies you must, MUST, get yourself a Pocket Rocket! OK that sounds dirty. I’m talking lip gloss here people! Get your minds out of the gutter (cuz you’re crowding me out). One of my fave makeup brands Urban Decay introduced Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss last spring and I’m loving it! I seriously can’t get enough of this stuff. See why after the jump!
Even better than the exterior is the yummy gloss inside. I picked up David a few weeks back at my local ULTA and have been wearing it everyday since. If you’re looking for a fab non-sticky gloss, you’ve found it! Smooth and silky, it glides on with ease. Even though I was intimidated by the deep mauve color in the the tube, on my lips it’s just sheer enough to not be overwhelming. It’s just pretty and girly. Very much my ideal hue. Oh and the scent, I can’t get over the scent. It smells like Golden Grahams, one of my fave cereals ever. Delish! Who’s a UD fan? Anyone else swooing over the Pocket Rocket? Sound off!
You can get your own Pocket Rocket for $19/ea online at UrbanDecay.com, Sephora.com and Beauty.com or in stores like ULTA and Sephora.
Even better than the exterior is the yummy gloss inside. I picked up David a few weeks back at my local ULTA and have been wearing it everyday since. If you’re looking for a fab non-sticky gloss, you’ve found it! Smooth and silky, it glides on with ease.
Even though I was intimidated by the deep mauve color in the the tube, on my lips it’s just sheer enough to not be overwhelming. It’s just pretty and girly. Very much my ideal hue. Oh and the scent, I can’t get over the scent. It smells like Golden Grahams, one of my fave cereals ever. Delish!
Who’s a UD fan? Anyone else swooing over the Pocket Rocket? Sound off!
It’s time for another installment of As Amazing As Polish, my opportunity to gush about the products that I feel truly are as AH-MAZING as nail polish. Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother certainly belongs in that category.
As you know from my AAAP post about New York Streets, my beauty junkie tendencies go way beyond nails with hair being my next great obsession. And for as long as I can remember, I’ve been an Aveda devotee. When my stylist from childhood moved to an Aveda concept salon, it changed my hair’s lifestyle. I immediately switched everything in my routine to the point that my product drawer looked like I had robbed the salon.
When I first started with Aveda, I was all about the Clove line and Cherry Almond Bark Deep Conditioner. I lived for them. Though at some point in my early 20s I developed a sensitive scalp that can’t tolerate their shampoos without getting itchy. Color me sad.
Over time I’ve tried Damage Control, Anti-Humectant Pomade, Brilliant Emollient Gloss, Light Elements Smoothing Fluid, Hang Straight, Be Curly, Brilliant Universal Styling Creme, Volumizing Tonic, you get the picture. Needless to say, my love affair with Aveda is deep and real.
After years of playing, mixing and testing I finally found a perfect concoction for my everyday straight, round brushed look. A bit of Elixir Leave-on Conditioner combined with Brilliant Emollient Gloss and Anti-Humectant Pomade to tame any frizzies or flyaways. So you can imagine my horror and bitterness when I learned last year that my beloved Elixir was being taken away. Apparently us Midwesterners were the only ones that understood its merits and that wasn’t enough for Aveda to keep putting it out. Boo on that! Or so I thought. Then, last year at a Fashion Week dinner hosted by Aveda, I was introduced to my new BFF, Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother.
Kids, this product is IT! I honestly don’t know what I did before it came into my life. For you fellow Aveda-philes imagine if Elixir and Hang Straight had a baby. Talk about the most perfect love child. Honestly, with the exception of a little bit of Ouidad/Kerastase leave-in to quench my dry ends, all I need is Style Prep and my hair is shiny, smooth and frizz free. My poor pomade has been sitting, untouched, ever since. I just hit the pump three times, emulsify it in my hands and rake through my strands before drying. And I love that the Smooth Infusion line’s lemony botanical scent lingers. Even after a long day, my locks still smell fresh.
I’m telling you if you have hair texture anything like mine, you know thick, coarse, slightly wavy, frizzes at the mere threat of humidity, you MUST MUST MUST give this product a whirl. If you go to an Aveda salon ask your stylist to use it on you or see if they can send you home with a small sample. Your hair will love you for it!
Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother retails for $24.00 for a 3.4 oz bottle and is available at Aveda salons, stores and online at Aveda.com
In honor of World AIDS Day I want to share with you a charity and product line that truly is As Amazing As Polish; the MAC AIDS Fund and Viva Glam lineup of lip color. You may remember that last year I had the privilege of attending a party with Viva Glam spokeswomen Eve and Dita Von Teese to celebrate the MAC AIDS Fund reaching the $100 Million mark. Since then, MAC has raised an additional $30 Million dollars through the sales of Viva Glam & Kids Helping Kids products alone. That is totally ah-mazing!
A little background on the MAC AIDS Fund and Viva Glam:
Established in 1994 by MÂ·AÂ·C Cosmetics, the MÂ·AÂ·C AIDS Fund supports men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. Introducing its first VIVA GLAM lipstick that same year, MÂ·AÂ·C decided that every cent of the selling price of the VIVA GLAM lipsticks would go to the MÂ·AÂ·C AIDS Fund. With a total of six shades of Viva Glam lipstick and two shades of Viva Glam lipglass now sold worldwide, and through the annual Kids Helping Kids Card Program, MÂ·AÂ·C Cosmetics has provided over $130 million (US) to date for the MÂ·AÂ·C AIDS Fund. The MÂ·AÂ·C AIDS Fund is the heart and soul of the company â€“ with its employees giving their time, energy and talent to help those affected by HIV/AIDS worldwide.
Not only is the MAC AIDS Fund a fantastic charity supporting a worthwhile cause, the Viva Glam lippies really are “amazing.” My personal faves are the Viva Glam V & VI lipsticks and their matching lipglasses. I prefer warmer lip shades so those two are the most flattering on me. Both colors come in my favorite MAC lipstick formula, lustre. Lustres are slick, moist and, for a lipstick, give a soft, wet look. Topped with the coordinating lipglass makes them even more lustrous and patent looking.
Viva Glam V is a sparkly nude pink that is perfect for a subtle day look yet it transitions well into night when paired with a smokey eye. Being that the V set hasn’t left my purse since I bought it, it’s my go to look for work.
Viva Glam VI is a pearly browned plum that I love to wear at night. It glides on effortlessly and compliments my typical brown/neutral eye look.
If you can’t decide on the best Viva Glam color for you, check out MAC’s Holiday collection, Passionately Red. It consists of two lip palettes filled with coordinating Viva Glam shades. You can choose from Cool Lips with IV and II lipsticks and VI lipglass or Warm Lips with VI and V lipsticks and V lipglass. Both of the jewel adorned cases include a black-handled 316 SE lip brush. They retail for $22.50 each with all the proceeds going to the MAC AIDS Fund.
In case the colors alone aren’t enough to convince you to pick up a Viva Glam product and help a worthy cause, here are 10 more reasons.
Did you know that the $14 from a Viva Glam lipstick can…
- pay for 14 bus passes for people living with HIV to attend their doctorâ€™s appointment?
- sponsor a prevention workshop for 10 at-risk youth in Russia?
- cover the cost of food and packaging for 7 hot meals for a person living with HIV/AIDS?
- help distribute 100 condoms at community education sessions in Kenya?
- provide round trip transportation for 3 women living with HIV/AIDS to attend programs?
- provide supplies to help volunteers knit 10 baby blankets?
- buy basic school supplies for a child of an HIV/AIDS Client?
- pay for the transportation costs for four HIV patients to come to medical clinics?
- pay for three rapid HIV-testing units?
- provide one person with HIV/AIDS a nutritionally-appropriate and home-delivered breakfast, lunch and dinner?
MAC is offering free shipping from now until midnight when you use the code 4DAY at checkout. So, there really isn’t any reason you can’t place a tiny lippie order, is there? It is Cyber Monday after all. Get to it!
Left it up to its own devices I would have what The Boyfriend describes as “Amazon Hair,” a puffy mess of crazy that only he gets to see. I was cursed with thick, coarse, wavy hair that for some reason rejects almost every low to high end brand of shampoo & conditioner I’ve used and I’ve tried way too many.
For quite some time now, I’ve been in love with Kenra’s Platinum Shampoo and Conditioner for Thick/Coarse hair. It’s a great line but being a typical product junkie, I continue to try new things in hopes of finding the ultimate combo that will produce shiny, bouncy, uber-soft results. All I’ve found is a bunch of losers. Shampoos that make my scalp itchy. Conditioners that weigh my hair down or leave it feeling like straw.
So as hard as it is for me to believe, I’ve finally found something that truly wows – New York Streets Hair Culture Collection. It really is “As Amazing As Polish.” My hair hasn’t felt this smooth and manageable while still maintaining its luster since I was a kid with “virgin hair.” Even The Boyfriend commented on the softness and added movement. That’s right, a GUY noticed! I mean, he’s been well schooled in the world of beauty over the past nine years but he’s still essentially an oblivious boy. So color me overjoyed that New York Streets made that big of a difference!
Now as someone with a sensitive scalp, finding a SLS (Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate) free line is always a top priority. While SLS isn’t terrible, it is harsher than other types of detergents so it can cause scalp irritation. New York Streets uses oil derived cleansers that are gentler and less drying.
Clean shampoo has a warm, foody scent. It reminds me of Healthy Sexy Hair Chocolate Soymilk Shampoo but milder and less chocolate-y. The texture is thin and syrupy, like honey, yet it’s not sticky like other sulfate free shampoos I’ve tried. Even though most SLS-free shampoos don’t lather much, if at all, Clean does give you a bit of that comforting “it’s doing its job” foam action. It rinses clean but not squeaky and even before you grab the conditioner, you can feel the softness happening.
Condition, with the same cozy scent scent as Clean, is a medium viscosity opaque conditioner. It glides on easily, almost like a coating, and doesn’t require a lot of product to get the job done, even for my big old mess of hair. The first time I used it, I squeezed out a giant dollop only to have half of it go to waste. And even though it does contain some smoothing silicones in the ingredients, they appear much lower on the list than the majority of conditioners that rely on ‘cones to tame unruliness.
The overall effect of using both Clean & Condition along with my favorite styling products, Kerastase Ciment Thermique and Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep, makes me beyond happy. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time my hair felt this soft and weightless. There aren’t words for how much I love these products. Even the hipster cool packaging sets it apart from any line I’ve encountered before. And I love that the shampoo and conditioner bottles are the same size. I HATE when the conditioner comes in a smaller bottle. HATE I say!
If you are frustrated with your hair situation and can’t find a solution, I HIGHLY recommend you give these a whirl.
New York Streets Clean ($13.50) and Condition ($15.50) can be purchased directly from their website NewYork-Streets.com. Or you can check out the salon locator to find them locally.