Saturday, February 28, 2009

Everybody Loves Parfait

Hello Beauty Junkies-

Remember that line from Shrek? Donkey says to Shrek that "Everybody loves Parfait."

Well, in the beauty product world everybody loves Votre Vu's Parfait Nuit (or Perfect Night, in English.) Parfait Nuit is a night creme for dry and aging skin. Badabing. That appeals to me on two counts! I bought it and loved it but just decided to write about it when my friend Julie called me to rave about it also.

Pafait Nuit is said to stimulate cell regeneration with Vitamins E and A, rosewood oil, jojoba oil and wheat germ oil. With all these oils, you might think the creme to be greasy. But, I promise you, it is not. In fact, what Julie and I liked about it was its light texture. Not heavy or thick like La Mer. And, of course, no where expensive as La Mer. The cost is $69 for 50 ml. Preferred members can save 10% to 50%.

You may think this price is still high for Beauty on the Cheap, but remember, that night cremes usually always cost more than day cremes because of the luxe and powerful ingredients found in them. Night cremes work especially well because your body warms up while sleeping, thus helping the product to absorb more deeply into your skin cells. And with Parfait Nuit, you wake up looking like a princess, not Shrek.

So, if you want to give it a try, you can find it on The item number is 2035.

Enjoy this yummy, calorie-free parfait and have sweet dreams!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Eye Shadow that Lasts!

Hello Beauty Junkies-
It has been a while since I have written as I have been in search of a good, reasonably priced eye shadow. I finally found one on the Revlon rack at Walgreen's.
It is called ColorStay Mineral Eye Shadow. It comes in a bunch of different color combos, but I bought Tiger's Eye. It is a domed circle divided into three colors so that you can mix them all together or apply each separately. It doesn't come with a sponge applicator which is fine by me, because those usually stink anyway. And then they get all yucky and germy after using every day. I prefer just to apply with my finger or maybe you are good with brushes. The color does last a long time and because it is made with minerals, it is supposed to be better for your delicate eyelid skin. It was about $8.99 so it is definitely worth a try!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

No More Raccoon Eyes!

Hello Beauty Junkies-

I can't believe it has taken me this long to write about one of the greatest inventions in the cosmetics world: "tube" mascara. I first tried tube mascara about three years ago. It was an English brand packaged in a gorgeous gold tube. If I remember correctly it was about $30 at Sephora. I loved it because it was the first mascara I had found in about 10 years (I am not exaggerating. I literally tried about 20 different brands/kinds of mascara!) that didn't give me raccoon circles under my eyes. It also didn't flake off and bother my very dry eyes. After a while that brand disappeared, but I found a new tube mascara at Sephora called Kiss. Unfortunately, it was still $27. I bought it because I knew the tube technology worked for me; but it still killed me to spend that much on a cosmetic you are supposed to throw away after three months.

Then, about three months ago, I found out Clinique was making a tube mascara. It is called "Lash Power Mascara" and is in a metallic grey tube. It has a tiny little brush that reaches all my tiny little lashes making them longer and fuller. It stays on all day (let's say 10 to 12 hours)and does not rub off. You just remove it (as you do with all tube mascaras) with warm water when you are washing your face. No eye makeup remover needed! Clinique's Lash Power Mascara costs $16.

That's still about $7 or $8 more than the drug store brands, so in the spirit of Beauty on the Cheap, I decided to check out the new L'Oreal brand I had seen on display at Walgreen's. It is called "Double Extend Beauty Tubes Technology." You will find it in a red and white package. What is really cool about the L'Oreal brand is it is basically two products-in-one. One side of the packaging holds a "nourishing basecoat" and the other side holds the "ultra-lengthening tube topcoat." According to the package, this combo gives you 80% longer lashes. I have to say my lashes were certainly thicker using this product vs. the Clinique. However, if you have tiny little lashes you may have a harder time applying the two coats of L'Oreal as the brush is much larger. If you like a larger brush, then L'Oreal's DoubleExtend Beauty Tubes Technology is definitely a winner! And what a great deal especially compared to the earlier tube mascaras priced at $30.

Now, go try some and bat those long beautiful lashes at your significant other this Valentine's Day!