Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Since I'm always on the hunt for a good potion to zap the odd zit or whitehead, I was glad to get this cult-y concoction, which came with a few other Mario Badescu skin care treats. The key ingredients are calamine and salicylic acid and although I haven't tried it yet, it appears my days of toothpaste-on-zit might be coming to a close. 

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Urbanears headphones

Maybe it's a rule of thumb that Scandinavian design companies produce products that are strictly clean, simple and functional (hi, Ikea), and these new headphones from Stockholm design collective Urbanears are no exception. They come in three styles: Plattan (a classic stereo 'phone that folds down to the size of a fist), Tanto (an updated 80s walkman-style) and Medis, an earbud with a fabric cord.  
I'm now the owner of the Plattan, which comes with a cool "Zound Plug" feature, a hole on the ear cap so your mates can plug in and share your music. The coolest part? They come in 14 Pantone-esque colors. I'm rocking the black, but I'm sooo coveting a pair in white, red or chartreuse. Check out their design-y website

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hip Hop Dog

Written by award-winning children's book scribe, Chris Raschka, this book is described as a "doggy allegory." From the jacket: "Can dogs rap? Of course they can. We've all seen them throwing it down, tossing it up, hounding, pointing, beagling and boxing in our back streets and front parks. Here's the story, told in his own words, of one rising dog star." Plus, any book that says "I'm the top-est, never stop-est, Boston Pop-est," is cool in my book. Best. kid's. book. ever.  Check it

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Veuve Clicquot Rosé Sakura Collection

Cheeeeeers to this divine bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé that encased in a special-edition Sakura Blossom ice jacket designed by Ateliers LZC, a Paris-based design studio. The very pink scuba-style jacket keeps the booze fresh and cool for two hours and comes with any bottle of Veuve Rosé through the summer. C'est magnifique!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lipstick Queen 'Fired Up' Power Gloss

Poppy King, the founder of Lipstick Queen and staunch red lipstick advocate, has introduced this sheer, fire-engine red glossy gloss that gives gals a hint of color without committing to a full-on matte red lip. And, 100 percent of profits from online sales of the $14 gloss go to "Count Me In," a non-profit provider of resources for women entrepreneurs. Available last summer, it's being re-introduced in February at Barneys, Bendel and at Lipstickqueen.com. If you're inclined to exchange Valentine's Day gifties, this beats the hell out of a sad box of chocolates or heart-clutching teddy bear

Urban Decay 'Alice in Wonderland' Book of Shadows

Yet another limited-edition UD palette with the brand's signature pop-up design that's sure to inspire eyeshadow junkies to bid astronomical amounts of money on on eBay. This one — a collabo with Disney to promote Tim Burton's upcoming take on the classic tale — includes 16 best-selling (and temporarily renamed) shadows ("Curiouser," "Mad Hatter," "White Rabbit," etc.), a primer potion and two eye pencils. It's apparently very nearly sold out, but check it here.  

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Benefit Bathina 'Take A Picture, It Lasts Longer'

Love love love any product that promises to make me "glow" or make me "luminous," despite the fact that I always forget to use them and often resemble a pasty shut-in, especially in the winter. Howevvva, this silky body balm — an update on Benefit's cult fave "Body So Fine," is light and shiny and I'd totes use it if I were inclined to look, well, light and shiny.  Side note: It's won't be available until April, ya'll.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Grow Your Own Drugs

Despite its colorful cover with a smattering of trippy butterflies and flowers, I'm sorry to report that the "drugs" this book highlights are strictly of the legal variety. In fact, they're not really drugs but natural remedies and beauty fixes, so the title might a bit of an attention-grabbing ploy (kinda like those birthday cards whose cover says "BEER!" or "SEX!" and the inside says "now that I've got your attention ... happy birthday!"). Inside, there are DIY remedies for scores of common ailments (heartburn, bug bites, eczema) although some struck me as nonsensical. An example? An alleged "memory booster," which involves fresh rosemary and a bottle of wine. Now, maybe I'm being cynical, but if wine really boosted one's memory, I imagine the age-old question of "what the fuck happened last night?!?" would have been all but eradicated. In like, 4000 BC.  Cook your own stuff. 

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Balm

Bloggers and beauty junkies really seem to be dying over the Feb. 1 release of this body balm, which is apparently the newest addition to Jo Malone's cult-y vitamin e line of products. While I don't typically get all that excited over lotions and what have you, I'll admit this particular highly-concentrated cream was a pleasant surprise. It's being billed as a cold weather savior of sorts, with its many antioxidants and ingredients (shea butter, cocoa butter, wheat protein) helping to fortify skin and keep it hydrated throughout the winter. Scent-wise, it's rich and slightly vanilla-y without being cloying. A small (or, at $75, not-so-small) winter luxury. This hits shelves Feb. 1 at Jo Malone stores and site, as well as finer department stores. 

Saturday, January 9, 2010

'Maggie' Bra Bag

I'll start out by saying that when this box appeared at my desk, I was deep in the throes of a conversation with a colleague about bra sizes and fittings. It was, by all accounts, one of the more bizarre coincidences I've had. Anyway, I thought it was a bra at first, but it turned out to be a bra bag.  Not to carry around to a party, but to serve as a means of keeping your bras in good shape while traveling.  I'm not certain a $50 bra bag is a necessary expense, primarily because I don't buy good lingerie (my bras usually come from here), but hey, everyone's gotta have a gimmick.  Each bag can hold anywhere from 1 to 6 bras, in sizes up to 36C/32D.  What, your boobs are bigger that that? No problem! There are also "buxom" bra bags that accomodate up to 36G/38Fs. Incidentially, attached to the bag was an invite for a fitting on the Upper East Side. I'm totes going, so I can find out I've been wearing the wrong bra size since the early '90s. Keep those bras safe!