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August 24, 2010

MAC Venomous Villains Disney Collection

Filed under: Cosmetics — luxebeaute @ 11:06 pm

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Move over Barbie and Hello Kitty, there’s a new gang in town! Next month marks the release of the highly anticipated Venomous Villains collection by MAC Cosmetics. The VV collection is based on the most famous of Disney villians: Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmations), Queen Grimhilde (Snow White), Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), and Dr. Facilier (The Princess and the Frog). Product shades were formulated to reflect both the look of characters and the actual Pantone shades used by Disney animators.

I am excited for this one and plan on getting two of everything! Grab them as soon as you can, they are sure to sell out quick.

U.S. Release Date: September 2010

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August 15, 2010

Cult Product of 1010: Moroccan Miracle Oils

Filed under: Uncategorized — luxebeaute @ 4:51 am

Moroccan oil is often referred to as liquid gold or simply Argan Oil. It is produced from the kernels of the now endangered Moroccan Argan tree, and is one of the rarest oils in the world.  Since ancient times in Moracco it has been reviered  for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. Though reletively new to the Western world, it has become all the rage for the powerful punch of vitamins and omegas it holds as well as its skin moisturizing properties and well documented age defying effects. Those who suffer from  acne, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles also sing its praise… As a hair treatment (be it infused into conditioners or as hair oil), it imparts major shine, bounce, moisture, and protect against damage caused by chemicals as well as excessive heat from styling and environmental abuses.  Moroccan oils are hands down the #1 Luxe Beaute haircare pick of the year.

For Hair: The miriad of antioxidants which are naturally infused into the makeup of Argan oil result in amazing benefits to all hair types, working to restore tresses from outside in. The molecules  are small enough to penetrate the cortex of the hair, therefore while the oil gives hair shine it is also repairing, rejuvenating and moisturizing from inside the hair shaft. …. My #1 “Leave in” pick is Orofluido Oil (abt. $30.00, 3.4 oz). I consider Orofluido the Holy Grail of Morrocan oil for a variety of reasons. First and formost, it contains all ingredients and benefits promised of a Morrocan oil. Secondly, the additional ingredients are pure hair heaven. Orofluido is infused with prized Argan which has kept the hair of Morrocan women strong and beautiful for centuries via vitamin E and essential fatty oils which are similar in composition to our own skin, as well as Cypress oil(a fave of Cleopatra)  and contains concentrated fatty acids and  and tocopherol to give natural protection against free radicals and provides softness and volume, while the addition of Lindseed oil seals and smooths the hair cuticle. Thirdly, Orofluido has the most concentrated scent of any Morrocan oil I have come across thusfar and anyone who has used these oils is already aware of the luxuriously intoxicating fragrance associated with them; while all Moroccan oils possess this trademark sweet Amber scent, Orofluido mixes decedant notes of Amber, Vanilla, Orange Blossom, red pepper and more. Orofluido may be a smidgen pricy ($30) but it has more benefits and comes in a larger size than most and lasts forever (I purchased a bottle in April, use 5X pr wk  and nearly 6 months later, I still have half a bottle). As promised with all Moroccan oils, this brand is suitable for all hair types, BUT I do find it works better than the rest for ethnic and coarse curly types in need of deep control and shine. Orofluido is such a great product, I do not recommned ruining it with additional leave ins; I suggest carrying a small sample size bottle in your purse for touch any necessary ups. Another preferred choice is the Moroccanoilline, which has become the beauty mag favorite. Unlike Orofluido, the Moroccanoil brand offers a full line of products- shampoo, conditioners (light/daily, deep mask), leave in treatments (control, defining and oils), which is great. Another benefit to this brand and its array of options is that one can choose a light or heavy oil or conditioner, a leave in curl definer or one which is specific to curl definition, etc. So in short, the Moroccanoil brand is definately appropriate for all hair types, based on all of these choices. While indeed this brand is my runner up/second choice, I find it somewhat lacking in the shine and control department when it comes to ethnic and thick, coarse, curly or long hair types (such as I have). The leave in oil treatment ($36, 3.4 oz) left my hair soft and smelling great yet did nothing for definition and certainly the shine was nothing to write home about. Likewise the Intense Hydrating Conditioning Mask ( $50, 16.9 oz) gave me zero shine, took my curls completely away and added far too much volume for my hairtype- but certainly it did make my hair as soft as silk. Being that this is the case, I recommend Moroccanoil Brand products more for those with straight and wavy hair looking for repair, strenghtening and volume. For those with thick, frizz prone, long or curly hair, do not fret (esp. if you are dying to try it or have already spent $$$ on it and came out disappointed)-This is still an excellent product provided you keep in mind does not work best as a “wash and go” type line for you. If used as an overnight, you will reep the benefits promised [see my suggestions below]. My 3rd brand choice is a little different from the above, as it doesnt call for a rigerous local huntdown or payday advance and can be found at any local Sally’s Beauty Supply. The One n Only brand carries shampoo, conditioner, a restoirative deep conditioning hair mask, and a leave in oil- each can be purchased for $10. Based on the price, I was highly impressed with these products; while not nearly as excellent as Orofluido, they are practically a doupe of the Moroccanoil brand (in fact I cannot tell the diffenrence). A “one up” they have over Moroccanoil brand, aside from the price difference, is that the frizz/volumizing factor is actually lower and the scenting is stronger (more on par with Orofluido, but lighter). Ingredient wise, pro’s include the omission of sulphates, phosphate and parabens while cons are imho, a pretty long list of additional and dubious uneccessary’s (though to be fair, they aren’t particularly harsh ingredients).  And just like Moroccanoil, there are a lot of cones happening here, which, depending on ones preference can be good or bad (I personally am not on the anti-cone bandwagon, as a simple hair clarifier of shampoo and baking soda every now and again keeps me from buildup suffrage).

Tips:

  • Being that mother nature is really working overtime in her hair miracles through this product, it is important to choose  your Moraccan oil carefully- Go with the purest of the pure, or a brand which also adds other secondary beneficial ingredients, as some products jumping on the Argan bandwagon can somewhat negate the benefits by way of adding unhealthy ingredients or small amounts of Argan. So be aware of Argan in ingredients placement (ie top of list or bottom), and whether additional ingredints work synergistically with Argan or counteract them.
  • Although Moroccan oils do work for all hair types, some obviously are more suited for one type than another. If your hair is thick, curly, dry/coarse, long, ethnic (Hispanic, black, mixed, Indian, etc) and you find you purchased an expensive brand or product that that imparts too much volume or frizz and the like, use it as an overnight treatment instead of as a wash and go. Deep condition, braid or bun twist and leave overnight; or use wash and go method for ultimate softness but top off with your favorite non MO control products.

Skincare: Us ladies, well, we are always on the hunt for a fountain of youth in a bottle aren’t we? While I wouldn’t say Moroccan oils turn back time in regards to the skin, they do hydrate like nobody’s business and are non-comedogenic so they do not clog pores or cause breakouts. In its purest form, Argan oil is an amazing skin moisturizer which serves as an excellent barrier between skin and environmental pollutants. Liz Earle, of Liz Earle Organics in England states “When I first found argan oil, I brought it back to the U.K. to have it analyzed. It was so remarkably high in vitamin E and had these very interesting phytosterols, which are good for scar tissue for and so many other things including that hard-to-define problem of lackluster skin“. Her Superskin Concentrate contains Argan along with the addition of other beneficial skin loving ingredients, such as Camomile, Neroli and Vitamin E. While this is a great choice from an excellent botanically minded company, there are others I prefer. At $70 per ounce plus the addition of other sort of 101 skincare ingredients which while work great, they are simple and certainly do not justify the pricetag in my book. My #1 pick I have to say is Kae Moroccan Argan Oil ($40), a pure Argan oil which also contains Vitamin E, and is 100% Organic, certified Ecocert, vegan, paraben free, fair trade. I have used both of these brands as face and body treatments, and while the heavens did not open up nor did I hear angels sing opon use, both products surely moisturized my dry skin better than most. As opposed to just moisturizing the top layers as creams do, I feel Argan oil soaks in deep and dries fast. Still, It would be unfair for me to sit here and rave over Moroccan oils as the ultimate beauty elixir for the face, being that I personally get more benefits from hyloronic acid and emu oil. So in keeping within honesty here in blogland, I am highly impressed with Moroccan oils for the hair and body; as far as a facial treatment goes, I dont know how different it is from say cocoa butter,end result wise. Of course if absorption, more of a primer effect, or an extra topical “oomph” (such as over Fruition or serums) is on the agenda, you may be more impressed than I.

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