Archive - July 2010

Would You Slather Your Face with Snail Gel in the Name of Beauty?

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Just For Fun, News, Skin Care

Gross and ewww! Add this to the weird beauty product files — De Tuinen Snail Gel, a skincare product made from the slime of Chilean snails (!), supposedly softens, smooths and supports skin elasticity for a more youthful-looking you.

Apparently, these snails ooze a slime high in allantoin, a compound found naturally in most mammals (but not in humans). It’s an active ingredient in many over-the-counter beauty products for its purported moisturizing and exfoliating properties (it’s said to help loosen and shed the outer layers of skin).

Chilean snail farmers (now there’s a phrase you don’t hear often) first discovered the moisturizing power of the slime, and clinical tests have shown that snail secretions high in allantoin can, in fact, plump the skin.

For a mere £20.45 (about $32 US dollars), Britain’s Holland and Barrett, specialists in natural supplements and herbs, will send you your very own jar of snail goo. 🙂

Sorry, US babes — at least for the now, the company only ships to countries in Europe.

For the record, I am totally grossed out by snails, slugs and other slimy things, but I’d probably try almost anything in the name of beauty science.

Well, I don’t know about that. I keep picturing snail butts…

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Stay Awhile, Boots No7 Cheek Tint (Pretty Please?)

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

Boots No7 makeup review

Snooki from MTV’s The Jersey Shore is probably the last person I want to be quoting, but girlfriend’s signature catchphrase perfectly describes my feelings for Boots No7 Cheek Tint in Peach Silk ($10).


My heart gave itself over to Peach Silk from the very first swipe. One of three Boots cream blush colors, it had me at hello, but ’twas a love not meant to be (more on that in a sec). So easy to blend and effortless to apply, it’s a matte peach that I think makes me look like I’m actually blushing, and I’d hoped we’d have many great makeup adventures together.

But trouble started brewing a couple of hours into our first date…
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Wet n Wild Color Icon Singles, Hot Firemen and Wednesday Shenanigans

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

wet n wild color icon singles review swatches photos
Wet n Wild Color Icon Singles clockwise from left: Lagoon, Envy, Kitten

Daily Moment of Mortification


A cute fireman came to my door today!

This being a hilly area surrounded by dry brush, the town’s fire dudes occasionally visit residents to warn/inform them about brush fires.

Right before the doorbell rang, I was swatching and knee face deep in Wet n Wild’s $2 Color Icon Eyeshadow Singles, with Lagoon (a bright, shimmery blue) on my right eye and Envy (a shimmery jade) on my left.

NOTE TO SELF: Next time you’re doing something cray cray with your makeup…just assume someone (perhaps a hot fireman) is going to come to the door.

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Random Acts of iPhone Photography

Published in: Daily Photo

A few pics I’ve taken in the past couple of weeks with my iPhone.

Clockwise from left: Helvetica Neue Ultra Light (aka my current font crush) on a chocolate bar from Whole Foods, the neighbor’s cross-eyed cat (I’m convinced she’s trying to adopt me), breakfast and the neighborhood wild turkey gang.

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