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Lip Gloss and Laptops is the thinking woman's health, cosmetics, and beauty podcast. Hosts Airdrie and Kerry Anne are from Vancouver, Canada. [Read more...]

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Episode #57 - Secret Clinical, Nair Cire Divine and much more

Here is the latest episode of Lip Gloss and Laptops (you can also get the MP3 file directly).

1. Secret Clinical Strength

We tried the Powder Protection scent, which settles into a fresh fragrance that is actually not too powdery. This antiperspirant is for women who sweat heavily. The product is to be applied at night, when the body's sweat prodcution slows down, and it keeps you fresh through the next day. We found that it really is an effective product, but does not stop underarm perspiration completely. Unlike some other prescription strength antiperspirants, it doesn't sting. Two thumbs up! It retails for $7.99 to $9.99US and is also available in Light and Fresh scent.

2. Benefit Ooh La Lift

Benefit claims this product feels like an instant eye lift. I beg to differ. This is an eye "depuffer" that I found ineffective in that capacity. What I do like about it is that it serves as a terrific substitute for concealer when combined with an illuminating stick like Benefit's eye bright or CoverGirl's CG Smoothers Concealer-Illuminator. I generally have problems with concealer, which settles into the fine lines around my eyes. This product is a great alternative. Unfortunately, I can't recommend the product to be used alone as it serves little purpose, particularly with a price tag of $20US/$25CA.

3. Lancome Fatale Mascara

Lancome has a pretty good track record for mascara. Their Definicils is a classic. Fatale? Perhaps more trouble than it is worth.
Fatale is touted as an "exceptional Volume Sculpting 3D Comb-Mascara". The applicator for this mascara is a three-sided plastic comb. It isn't easy to apply, and easily creates a clumped-up "monolash" look. When I use it, I have to comb my lashes out afterward with a clean mascara brush, which is inconvenient and a bit counter-productive. The thing is, after I do this, I really love how my lashes look; long, thick and rather striking. The formula didn't budge during daily wear, but did smudge after an hour at the gym in the evening. I'm willing to work with this one to see if I can perfect the application process. The goopiness and and the fact that it isn't very user-friendly prevent me from recommending this. It is available in two colours, Brown and Black, and retails for $23US/$29CA.

4. Nair "Cire Divine" No Strip Wax ($15.99 CDN)

This microwaveable wax comes with a temperature indicator wand, to check that the product is not too hot before you apply it. Cool science! The warm wax applies easily, and to my pleasure, does not hurt a lot when removed. I was surprised to see how effective it is. I had never used a no-strip wax before, and was a little curious. I was not disappointed. I used this product to touch-up my professional bikini-wax. Listen to the show for an in-depth discussion on "taming the bush".

5. L'Oreal ReFinish Micro-Dermabrasion Kit (≈$30 CDN)

This two-step drugstore micro-dermabrasion kit is wonderful and addictive. Kerry Anne states that micro-dermabrasion is good for the self-esteem! Listen to the show for a complete review. I am sad to say that the L' website is a little complicated and does not let me provide a direct link to this product. You can navigate the page yourself if you so desire.

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Anonymous Chey said...

Hmmm, I can't seem to find an email link on the website here, so I will go this route instead.

I was just in Edmonton over the weekend and perhaps this is old news, but Sephora is opening up very soon in West Ed. Mall. I was sad to see that it wasn't open yet. I would have loved to have checked it out.

I also wanted to share my favorite products. Covergirl True Blend Foundation. Covergirl Waterproof Mascara. These are two tried and true products that I will try in different brands but I always come back to the Cover Girl Foundation and Mascara. I just love them. For Shadows and blush I use whatever catches my eye. Currently I am using a Maybeline Ivory shimmer shadow, I am on my 3rd pallete of this colour, so I guess it would be a favourite. For blush I have been using a pearl shimmer powder, and layering over it a deep rose blush, both by Wet n Wild, and costing just a few dollars a peice.

My favourite lipgloss for the past 4 years has been Rimmell Vinyl Shine in the Colour East End Snob. A self proclaimed "glossaholic" this is one gloss that I can't get enough of. For "fruity" gloss, I have recently stumbled accross the Dessert Line by Jessica Simpson, however I have the feeling that the entire line has been nixed, so finding the products is very difficult, but when you do they are often on sale for cheap cheap cheap.

For moisturisers I have been stuck on Olay for about 10 years, and in terms of cleansers I absolutey LOVE Noxema.

I need to exfoliate at least weekly and am still having a tough time finding something that I LOVE, but occasionally I do use a superfine pumice scrub that I keep around, I have no idea of the brand, but it works well on my t-zone. I plan on trying the L'Oreal microdermabrasion kit very soon.

Shampoo and Conditioner, for professional products, Biolage is my favorite, and for drug store brands I am a sucker for Pantene, it smells great, leaves my hair feeling clean, and the conditioner does it's job. I have long thick hair and conditioning is always a challenge for me.

Okay, I think that about covers it!!


Thu Apr 19, 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Hiyas Ladies,

Thank you for mentioning animal testing in your episode i am sorry i came across rude but the topic upsets me, thanks again.
I am seriously thinking about trying the Micro-Dermabrasion kit i think it would benefit my acne scared skin from years of breaking out. I was also curious what you think of the mineral make-up that is out? it's becoming a more popular way to go, i have purchased quite a few mineral makeup items and for some reason it does not look very good on acne scared skin, My celebrity crush is Harrison ford and Paul and Paul Jr tuttles from the American chopper tv show, i think there the cats meoow lol:) OH i was also wondering how you apply the cover girl true blend cream foundation to your skin?

Thu Apr 19, 02:46:00 PM  
Blogger Kerry Anne said...


Thanks for your faves list. I think it's only a matter of time before we get a Sephora here in Vancouver. With the Olympics coming in 2010, I bet we'll get some new stores opening here. I already see it happening.


I'm not sure how well the home kits for microdermabrasion will work for acne-scarred skin. You might need a more heavy-duty treatment from a professional. It can't hurt to give it a try though. They aren't too expensive, and have other benefits. I've got some permanent spots from zits, and honestly, have not noticed a difference.
I'm not too sure about the mineral makeup, maybe we can read the question on the show, and see if any of our listeners who use it regularly can give you any tips.
As for the TruBlend foundation, I dot in on my face, and apply it similar to how I would a moisturizer. The product really lets you blend, so it should look fairly natural, otherwise you are using the wrong shade.

Thu Apr 19, 04:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Chey said...

ohhh, I forgot all about my Celeb crushes. I probably don't realllly have one right now, though I sure had a thing for Chris Daughtry during the last season of American Idol, not only is he super yummy, his voice makes

I dot the TruBlend on my cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, and eyelids then blend with a sponge. I too love that it allows you to blend blend blend. I was a makeup artist many moons ago, and the cardinal rule is blend until it looks natural then blend a little more :o)

I'm glad Amy brought up the mineral makeup. I had actually been meaning to ask you both about it as well. I have never tried it, it just looks messy to me. Everyone I know who uses it likes it, but I am just skeptical myself.

I bought a new tube of the Rimmel gloss yesterday too and they have changed it slightly. It used to be much more opaque and glossy, now it reminds me of 80's frosted lipstick. It is still nice but I have been putting the Jessica Simpson gloss over it to dilute it a bit and like it much better that way.

You're so right about Sephora coming to Vancouver. I totally agree that by 2010 it will most likely be open in Vancouver. Yay, since I come to Vancouver far more than I go to Edmonton :o)

OK, that's it this time, for real. Thanks for another great show, I have been a faithful listener since the very first episode.

Thu Apr 19, 08:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Thanks Kerry Anne for the great advice, I still have to order though a Sephora catalog online myself to get cosmetics, i am located in Alaska lol maybe someday we will have one here as well, my favorite store is the body shop there is 1 Body shop in Alaska and that's in anchorage i would have to travel 8 hours to get there so i don't go often, i think i have all there products, there make-up is amazing i have all of the shimmer cubes they have out as well as all the body butters well except there new grapefruit lol, when i travel to the 48's i make sure i stock up on all the new goodies. take care

Thu Apr 19, 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a new listener and I have to tell you guys that this is just a hoot.....I listen to you on the way to work and on the way home and sometimes I just laugh out loud. It is like you are sitting right there in the car with me and we are chatting. I love all the umm and ahs and it is like shatting with my girlfriends. You two are my two new best friends....Oh and how is Derrick doing? Keep up the great podcasts

Sat Apr 21, 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Hi, ladies,
This is the first time I've ever commented on a podcast/blog! Anyway, I love listening to your show and love your takes on various real-life stuff--one of which I have to comment on here. I wear my jeans TO DEATH before I wash them. As I do with sweaters and some shirts, I guess I don't sweat that much. So there is nothing wrong with multiple wearings, in my universe. The other comment I have is to agree with your co-worker on Fatale. I bought this when it first came out with high hopes but it is just the messiest mess in the world, it does run, and it clumps. I gave up and returned to my old standby, Covergirl.
Amy (different from amy above)

Tue Apr 24, 11:56:00 AM  
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Anonymous Terri said...

Regarding "Fatale" mascara - MUA had a great answer as to how to use this - you hold it up to your eye - and blink into the wand - it works perfectly!!!

Mon May 07, 08:27:00 PM  
Blogger Pavlina said...

I really want to try this wax! I don't think it is available in the US so I will have to look during my next trip up north.

Wed Jun 06, 03:04:00 PM  

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