Do you remember when Salma Hayek guest starred on a few episodes of 30 Rock a couple seasons ago? She played a caregiver to Jack’s ailing mom, but she and Jack quickly embarked upon a forbidden romance. Forbidden in the “love not meant to be” comedic vein.
Hilarious! Truth be told, as much as I’ve liked Salma, I didn’t see us having much in common. I mean, the woman’s an international sex symbol/movie star, and I spend many days in stretchy pants, and many nights watching TV with my cat.
But then I heard about Salma’s new line of beauty products sold exclusively at CVS/pharmacy stores, and thought, isn’t it great how beauty can bring people together? — sometimes, at the drugstore.
Maybe Salma and I do have a few things in common…
Salma says that her grandma’s homemade beauty recipes, which combined exotic ingredients, inspired her to create the new line. In a weird coincidence, my grandma’s stint as a cosmetology student in the ’80s inspired the awful perm I rocked in kindergarten.
The products are carried at CVS/pharmacy stores, but you can also check ‘em out and purchase them online. The items range from $7.99 – $19.99 each.
Salma’s products, which are all paraben free, weren’t tested on animals. In another weird coincidence, I live with an international kitty supermodel/cat diva who loves cruelty-free lines.
Salma’s Beautiful Blends Eyeshadow Quad looks like an H. R. Giger alien egg. In another weird coincidence, I’ve watched Alien more than a dozen times.
Beautiful Blends Eye Quad in Neutral
Maybe that last one’s a stretch, but you have to admit, it does look a little like one of those things the crew of the Nostromo found on LV-426.
The funky alien egg quad (I’m fairly sure it’s supposed to resemble a flower bulb and petals), is one of six new Nuance products for face, hair and body that I played with in my room last night after Day 1 here at BlogHer.
A few thoughts on the products…
Rose Petal Hydrating Balm ($7.29) — This multitasking balm contains moisturizing evening primrose oil and shea butter, and it reminds me of a souped-up, drugstore version of Rosebud Salve. It’s designed to soothe and moisturize dry spots like lips, elbows and cuticles. Last night before bed I put some on my lips and cuticles could smell and taste the light rose scent as I drifted off to sleep… When I woke up this morning, both areas felt about a million times softer and better. LOVE this so far.
Jojoba Dual Phase Body Oil ($12.99) — Here, jojoba, coconut and passion fruit oils work together in a spray-on body moisturizer to smooth and soothe skin. I applied the lightly coconut scented oil onto my skin last night after my shower; it absorbed quickly and didn’t leave a greasy film.
Nuance Beautiful Blends Eye Quad in Neutral ($8.49) — It’s not the most portable packaging I’ve ever seen, but I like the fine, silky texture of the eyeshadow powders. Ladies who love natural looks when it comes to their eyesahdow might like these sheer, subtle pigments.
Flawless Mineral Cheek trio in Mauve 300 ($12.99) — The powders in this blush trio, like the powders in the eyeshadow quad, feel like spun silk, and they aren’t chintzy on the pigments, either.
Full Effect Ultra- Volumizing Mascara ($9.79) — This is probably my least favorite of the items I’ve tried… A single stroke is supposed to leave you with lavish, long lashes, but my fringe still looked pretty wimpy after I applied a layer.
Quinoa Smooth & Shine Conditioner ($7.99) — I didn’t want to risk using this one until I made it back home to the Bay, but it contains quinoa seed extract, wheat proteins and olive oil to supposedly condition, repair and amplify shine. I hope it works as well as it smells because I like the lemon scent and the plant extracts and oils up high on the ingredient list.
Additional product pictures
Speaking of new obsessions
It’s official: I am bat sh*t crazy for Pinkberry froyo. After I had it for the first time at the airport on Thursday, I felt just so-so about it, but then I had it again after dinner last night, and that’s the one that did it.
You know me… I have a tendency to obsess.
They have this salted caramel flavor that is TO DIE FOR.
Sorry, I’ll stop.
(Have you ever had Pinkberry?)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,