Julianna Margulies joins L’Oreal team

MyOwnJudge - Julianna Margulies joins L'Oreal
Star of The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies is joining a long list of spokespeople on team L’Oreal. As of 2011 you will be seeing advertisements featuring the new L’Oreal Beauty Ambassador.

Photo Credit: L’Oreal and USAToday 
Graphics Courtesy of MyOwnJudge.net

Who was your favorite spokesperson so far? Who would you like to see represent the brand?

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Chanukah Giveaway Day 6

PhotobucketSometimes I walk through the drugstore and read the names of some of the products and I wonder where their creative team went (maybe on vacation like I did lol). There are few companies out there that like to experiment with the titles of everything. Nothing makes me happier than a product name that makes me actually stand and smile and say out loud to no one in particular ‘ooohhh that’s clever’!

If someone looks at me funny, I just explain to them what makes it so spectacular (and most of the time they walk away even more perplexed). So today, you get to put on your creative hats and shoes! Six winners will get their choice of L’Oreal H.I.P Eyeshadow Duos (one per winner).


 What color duo do you want to win and what would you rename it? Six lucky comments will win their choice pick!

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L’Oreal HIP Kohl Liners Review

PhotobucketL’Oreal is turning 100 this year. From Eugène Schueller, creating hair products and dyes in 1907, to the registered company Société Française de Teintures Inoffensives pour Cheveux (“Safe Hair Dye Company of France” a la Wiki) comes one of our drugstore staple brands. I figured in honor of their anniversary, the least I could do is throw in some reviews. First up is the HIP Kohl Liner.

You must know by now that the brand is vast in its offerings of beauty products. You can really undertake a makeover project while limited to one brand. My focus to the HIP line (High Intensity Pigments) is because I’m quite the fan of high intensity pigments.

Honestly, this isn’t a brand I’ve been messing around with for too long. Between cheaper drugstore brands (when I was younger, my budget was more for snacks), and growing into higher end brands, I think I might have skipped over the wonders of the drugstore.

PhotobucketI am usually attracted to liners that are in pencil form. Liquid liners and I don’t agree often because they require high maintenance (I’m anal about making both eyes even so it takes forever), and loose kohl seems to be asking for trouble.

Tough luck for me then! I was set on a mission to test these out, as these babies are often on a BOGO deal in a drugstore. CVS & Walgreens are the best with L’Oreal sales. They usually sell for $10.99, but Tarjay the great sells them for a buck and change cheaper here.

L'Oreal HiP Kohl Liner - Navy L'Oreal HiP Kohl Liner - Brown

Currently the liners are available in only six shades. 1-Black 2-Brown 3-Burgundy 4-Navy 5-Teal 6-Gold.

This is what the colors looked like:
The order of the colors are the same in each picture (with different lighting).

This picture is pretty true to color.

The liners are pretty vibrant in color, but still more fall shades than the bright rainbow colors I see in my head when I try to imagine high intensity pigments (but that’d be my fault for assuming the word “bright” was in there!).

The Claim:

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Packaging: 4 out of 5
Price: 3.5 out of 5 ($10.99)
Quality: 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

I have some qualms with this product. Though I appreciate the diversity that it brings to kohl liners, I am not won over.

The packaging makes it look like a mini mascara or a pen. There is a hole at the top, which serves for lots of twirling on my pinky finger, and could be used for a key-chain I suppose (though you’d have to be careful with your keys afterward). It’s pretty, but after a while you start looking at it and wonder what the point is.

Then there’s the applicator. That is 100% true to claim. It is loose kohl powder. It is vibrant. It’s everything they said!

The staying power? Womp womp womp. If you don’t use a sealant, don’t expect this bad boy to be smudge proof or wear proof at all.

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Image on left is a smudge test 15 min after application, and image on right is smudge test an hour after application.

The directions to do a smokey eye and cat eye, etc. above are instructions from L’Oreal. As far as I’ve tested though, this product is well suite for those who want smudged/smokey looks. The liner applies very lightly and is soft on your eyes, so you can build it up or smudge until you get your desired look. But if you want a precise and unmovable liner? I suggest you head for the HIP liners (especially the chrome!) instead.

Have you tried these? Like them? Hate them? Let me know!

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What A Lime-a Bean!

I have to admit something – every time I see a shade of Lime for nail polish, I usually snatch it off the shelves immediately. So as I was looking over my purchases for the past couple of months, I realized I have started to collect nearly every darn shade of it! What a lima bean I am! 🙂 I figured I’d share my findings and let y’all know which shades are out there and how much they go for!

To compare, I have (left to right) NYX Nail Polish in (73) Lime, OCC in Wasabi, and L’Oreal in (932) Shocking Green


And in real life:

The L’Oreal Pro polish has a shimmer to it that I couldn’t capture on photo for the life of me.

NYX Nail Polish in (73) Lime ($2.99) – the perfect shade for me – has more yellow than OCC
OCC in Wasabi ($8), – a cute vibrant color – has more green than NYX
and L’Oreal Pro in (932) Shocking Green ($4.99) – has way more green than the others, and also has shimmer

Do you like this color? Which is your fave?

On a side note, I am totally rocking the NYX on my toesies with a purple french pedi twist with a Zorro like design on one toe (I kept trying to do something creative and it was all a FAIL…)


and the close up:


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Allure’s Best of Beauty & Breakthrough Products ’08

So maybe March is a little late to hop on the wagon – BUT yaya has always had her own schedule!

Every year, though I don’t subscribe to Allure (I mean how many subscriptions can my mailbox take?) I always vote in the Best of the Year and if I miss that (followed by heartbreak) I always make sure to see what made the list.

Did you check it out for this year?To check it out, click here; but if ya want to download the Master list, kindly click here.

Here’s what I have in common with the best of list (all info regarding products is listed courtesy of Allure.com):

nada – would ya believe it? They have mostly lipsticks though, and I’m more of a gloss girl.


OPI Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark

$8.50, 800-341-9999, opi.com

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

$4.29, CVS/Pharmacy, Walgreens, Duane Reade, drugstore.com; sallyhansen.com


Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow
$19, Bloomingdale’s (bloomingdales.com), Macy’s (macys.com), Sephora (sephora.com); benefitcosmetics.com

Shiseido The Makeup Hydro-Powder Eye Shadow in Clover Dew (not in Clober Dew but I have it in Proenza Schouler Blue, Whitelights, and Aqua Shimmer)

$23, Nordstrom (nordstrom.com), Sephora (sephora.com)


Nars Blush $25, Nordstrom (nordstrom.com), Henri Bendel (800-H-BENDEL), Sephora (sephora.com); narscosmetics.com


Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder
$30, Sephora (sephora.com)

Top Splurges:
nada. Well that kinda makes my wallet feel good though.

Cheap Thrills:

Garnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray

$3.99, CVS/Pharmacy, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Kmart, drugstore.com

Tresemmé Tres Two Extra Hold Hair Spray

$3.99, CVS/Pharmacy, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Kmart

Nothing in the following categories:
Natural Selections,
Men’s Stuff, Skin, Body


Fine Hair- L’Oréal Paris Vive Pro Glossy Volume Shampoo

$4.99, CVS/Pharmacy, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Kmart, drugstore.com

Dove Frizz Control Therapy Taming Cream

$3.78, CVS/Pharmacy, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Kmart, drugstore.com


Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

$57.50 to $85, depending on size, Nordstrom (nordstrom.com), Bloomingdales (bloomingdales.com), Saks Fifth Avenue (saks.com), Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com), Macy’s (macys.com)


Beautyblender makeup sponge

$20, 888-474-5369, beautyblender.net (I got mine from Sephora – they had a 2 pack w/the cleaner for $39.95)

Less vs Luxe – Dupe Guide?

After much needed inbox cleanup, I found a possible dupe guide. TotalBeauty.com wrote an article about Less vs. Luxe lip products (that I may have to test out for meself in the future), but I saw it as a dupe guide where they just tell ya which cheapie is like which wallet buster.

Chanel Rouge Hydrabase in Fire, $28.50
Styli-Style Hipstick in Happy, $8.49

Givenchy Rouge Interdit in Only Beige, $26.50
Napoleon Perdis NP Set Lipstick in Washington, $15

Benefit Benetint Lip Balm, $20
Flirt! Tint-a-Licious Lip Sheer in Lover, $10

Giorgio Armani Sheer Lipstick in Plum, $25
CoverGirl TruShine Lip Color in Plum Shine, $5.66

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $14
Neutrogena MoistureShine Soothing Lip Sheers in Ruby Bliss, $8.99

Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur in Pure Coral, $29
CoverGirl Amazemint Lip Gloss in Freedom of Peach, $5.79

Cle de Peau Lip Gloss in No. 11, $47
L’Oreal Paris Bare Naturale Gentle Lip Conditioner in Soft Bloom, $8.96

Lipstick Queen Sinner Pink, $18
CoverGirl Incredifull Lipcolor in Warm & Rosy, $6.99

Nars Lipstick in Kiss, $24
Boots No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Velvet Kiss, $9.99

Lancome Juicy Tubes Sparkling Night in Sky Diamond, $18
Mark Juice Gems in Juicy Cherry Pop, $6