Beauty On The Inside: The Three Day Juice Fast

I really want a slice of pizza right now.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to ‘detox’ physically, mentally and spiritually. I’ve been taking each endeavor one day at a time.

Now, I’m still recovering from the effects of too many Glutathione shots (my skin will never forgive me), so I decided to clean out the old pipes the old fashioned way: with juice.

Here in Los Angeles, it seems like there’s a juice bar on every corner… and everyone is claiming to change your life with just one swig of their mystery elixir. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t wasting my time (or my money), so I did a little research.

I hit up some of the majors (BluePrint and the newly formed/celebrity driven GLO Bio)… and for about 300+ they’ll promise to change you from the inside out. I looked for lesser (read: cheaper) known companies, and found Pressed Juicery… but there’s so much controversy about the fact that it’s not 100% organic and ‘when’ they press their juices (they are pressed off site), that I passed it by.

Then I found The Real Juice:

The first thing that got my attention was the process. The juices are 100% organic, cold pressed (never heated) and unpasturized. The second thing that got my attention was the size. Each bottle is 16 ounces (not 8 ounces like some of the others). The third thing that got my attention was the price.

I caught a fantastic deal on Gilt.com and got a 3 day cleanse (which I’m told is the most practical… more effective than a one day cleanse and not as excessive as a five day cleanse) for little more than $100. And the best part about The Real Juice… is the owner. Shila is quick to respond by phone or email, and offers unlimited support while you cleanse.

So I told her I would chronicle my journey, and she says she’s happy to answer any questions for the blog or the magazine as needed.

I chose the second level cleanse, because I’m no stranger to juicing. But, I’ve never done a complete fast in this fashion, so this extreme cleansing process is new to me. The difference between a first level and second level cleanse, is the amount of ‘green’ juice that you have to drink. For me, it’s 3 bottles a day.
They arrived on my doorstep with more freezer packs than one will ever need, and a lovely little freezer bag to carry the juices with me when I travel.

The first day was pretty easy. It’s a LOT of juice — and you drink a bottle every couple of hours. I was not hungry… not once. In fact, I couldn’t finish all of the bottles. I did polish off the last bottle this morning during yoga. My energy level hasn’t changed, and I’m still not hungry.

I’m now at the end of Day 2. Today was a little more difficult. I really did NOT want to drink any more of the green juice after about a bottle an a half (there is still a bottle and a half in the fridge as I type this. I will likely polish off half a bottle before bed and leave the other for tomorrow when I work out.

I’m still not hungry. I’m not thirsty either. I’m not… anything. I have absolutely no appetite. But I do want some pizza. At this point,  I think it’s more of a texture thing.

There is the wonderful side effect of an utterly flat belly, a few pounds and maybe half an inch… but I’ll wait until after Day 3 for a full assessment.

So far, so good. I’ll report back when it’s done!

Lip Service: UMA PARO (Le Metier de Beaute)

I believe I’ve found my perfect Spring shade:

This lipstick color is so perfect for my warm skin tone. I am head over heels in love. And the formula isn’t so dense that you can’t wear it with a little mascara and go. You can sheer it out or wear it full on. Love.

You can find out more about Le Metier de Beaute lipstick in Uma Paro HERE.

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Eye Adore: Chantecaille Single Eyeshadow (Sel)

This is one of those staple colors that you have no idea how you lived so long without…

The Chantecaille Eyeshadow in Sel is so versatile, that I’m trying to figure out why I didn’t discover this color sooner. It’s a pale taupe/beige… that looks different on every skintone. On fair skin, it’s a lovely dark beige… almost brown shimmer. On medium tone skin it nearly imitates a ‘flesh’ color, and just lights up the eye area. On darker skin it’s a pale shimmer taupe that’s more gorgeous than garish.

Color me completely in love.

This color can be applied sheer or dense. If you apply it sheer, it adds a sheen to the skin, and makes the lid look ‘wet.’ If you apply it dense, it does something totally different.

You can find out more about Chantecaille Single Eyeshadow in Sel HERE.

Eye Adore: Le Metier de Beaute Indelible Ink (Castalia)

 

Le Metier de Beaute wants to paint the world with color this Spring… with Indelible Inks.

The two colors are Artemis (midnight navy re-release), and Castalia (deep purple). I found the formula dense, and the color rich and opaque (not thin or sheer, like some liquid liners tend to be). One swipe and you’re good to go!

Indelible Ink Eye Liner in Castalia
I’m typically not a fan of liquid eyeliners (I find them messy and hard to control), but this product is doing a spectacular job of changing my mind. The formula is dense enough to manipulate like a gel liner, but still thin enough to apply like a traditional liquid. And once it sets, it doesn’t budge. I had to wash this swipe off with makeup remover. Totally awesome.
You can find out more about Le Metier Indelible Ink Eyeliner HERE.

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Product Review: Beaute Cosmetics Luxury Brush Collection

Well, you can’t be good at everything.

Beaute Cosmetics, the brand that brought you the most amazing weightless lip creme and liqui-gel stains, also offers a brush collection.

Maybe they should have stuck with lip products.

The Luxury Brush Collection features 14 brushes, and retails at a not so cheap $380. I caught the 40% off sale, so I ended up paying $240 (including shipping) for the brushes. Considering the fact that I prefer top of the line brands like Hakuhodo, I was up for a ‘synthetic’ challenge if the craftmanship was up to par.
It’s not.
The brushes arrived in a really nice wrap. In fact, I’d say that the wrap is the best part of this collection. I was so excited at the quality of the wrap, that I did a a bit of a double take when I opened it and saw the brushes inside.
 The first problem with these brushes is the weight. They’re so light… the handles feel like they’re made out of cardboard or something… just awful. They feel like they’ll just float off of your hands, and they’re really hard to grip because the handles are thick and rather clumsy feeling. That’s a really bad idea, when it comes to accuracy and precision. The brush needs to fit in the hand and be weighted properly for perfect application. These remind me of jumbo crayons in a kindergarten playroom. The third (and most important) problem is the brush heads. For comparison, I took pictures of each brush next to a consumer grade brush, and a top of the line professional brush.
Beaute Powder Brush
Bobbi Brown (middle)
Hakuhodo (bottom)
Beaute Blush Brush
Bobbi Brown (middle)
Hakuhodo (bottom)
The foundation brush is fairly standard. It looks just like the MAC version, without the proper weight and handle shape.
Hakuhodo (top)
Beaute Contour Brush
Chanel (bottom)
Beaute Large Shadow Brush
Bobbi Brown (middle)
Hakuhodo (bottom)
Beaute Eye Shadow Brush
Armani (middle)
Hakuhodo (bottom)
Beaute Crease/Blender Brush
Armani (middle)
Becca (bottom)
This is probably the worst brush in the collection. The brush head completely impractical, and not dense enough to make any real impact. I have no idea what they were thinking when they fashioned this brush. It’s simply awful. Now, I really hate the Becca version too (and meant to return it… but missed the deadline), but in its defense… it cost me about $7.
Beaute Concealer/Corrector Brush
Bobbi Brown (middle)
Armani (bottom)
Beaute (top)
Hakuhodo (middle)
Beaute (bottom)
I put both of the Beaute Brushes in the same shot with Hakuhodo because they serve the same spot/treatment function. They just have different head sizes. These brushes are actually not completely atrocious. But the weight (or lack thereof) is still a problem.
Beaute Angled Brush
MAC (middle)
Armani (bottom)
Beaute Small Eyeshadow Brush
Hakuhodo (bottom)
Beaute Lip Brush
Shu Uemura (middle)
Armani (bottom)
So, considering the fact that I have absolutely no use for these brushes (other than to maybe gift them to my 15 year old niece as she experiments with makeup. Actually, she might not like these either), I should return them, right?
WRONG.
I send them an email. No response. So I send another email. NO RESPONSE. So I took it to twitter… and I finally got an email response:
“Hi Shahada,
Thank you for your order and we are sorry to hear that you are enquiring about our return policy on luxury products.  Our Return policies are listed on our website under the “Terms & Conditions” at www.beaute-cosmetics.com .  Due to the nature of the products (cosmetics) you can hopefully appreciate and understand that we do not take returns other than for damaged or defective products which this is not the situation since you indicated no damage or defect as you did not touch the items and any product we take back could never, nor would ever, be brought back into inventory and/or resold due to our high standards to our customers as well as health, safety and quality control issues. 
Wishing you and your loved ones the very best New Years!”
So…
 
I’m stuck with these brushes. I cannot in good conscience sell them, because I don’t feel that they are worth any real amount of money. A couple of these brushes are okay, but certainly not worth the asking price. I feel you’d be much better served with BDellium Tools, or EcoTools for a fraction of the price. Even THOSE brushes are weighted properly, and you can basically get them for a song. If you’re just heading into the ‘professional grade’ realm and don’t want to drop a small fortune on Hakuhodo, brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown, Armani and Laura Mercier would be much better options. If you want to stay with synthetic brushes (all of the Beaute brushes are synthetic), Illamasqua is is a great alternative.
 
My biggest issue is that because this is a mostly online based company, there is no way to test Beaute Brushes ahead of time. Otherwise, I would have made a different decision. And BECAUSE this is an online business, you’d think there would be a more logical return, or exchange policy. But no. You buy it, you’re stuck with it. And that policy makes these brushes just a bit more horrid.
 
Grade: F
 

Eye Adore: Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener

Bobbi Brown says: You spoke… she listened.

The company has repackaged their Tinted Eye Brightener, to make it more user friendly.
 
Now, instead of a click pen, the formula comes in a lip gloss looking container, with a doe foot applicator. It looks like there’s actually more product to in this container. This looks a lot like the new NARS concealers, but who’s keeping track… hmm?
Like the color correctors, these come in shades of bisque and peach… from lightest to darkest. The colors that best suit my needs run in the peach family.
Light to Medium Peach is on the top, and Dark Peach is on the bottom. There is also a basic Peach shade offered on the website… which is a mix of these two colors.
Dark Peach                         Light to Medium Peach
When you apply these products, you’re supposed to ‘tap’ them under the eye (never rub). Eventually, the the formula warms and spreads under the eye area, adding a bit of light without looking like you’ve used a ton of concealer.
Eventually I mixed the two colors to get the full effect:
The formula covers and adds light, but still allows the skin to show through. Put me down as a fan. You can find out more about Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brighteners HERE.

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Golden Globe Gorgeous: Red Carpet Faves

The Golden Globe Awards are now underway…

The carpet did not disappoint. Some people tried something new (I’m not really sure what Marion Cotillard was thinking, and Nicole Kidman… just NO), and some stuck to what they know (Halle… really?)…

Still, there were some standouts this year. Here are the ensembles that caught me eye:

Jennifer Lopez rarely disappoints. Every now and then, she steps away from what she knows works for her, and the results have not always been good. But tonight, she was on point. The ‘wedding style’ dress ended up looking less matrimonial than it might have on someone else. The hair and makeup were perfectly JLo, and the purse just brought it all together. Love it. Now… how much do you want to bet that someone will have this designed for their wedding? Watch…
Stacy Keibler kept it simple (when your accessory is George Clooney, you can afford to keep it simple) in a strapless number that worked, even with the horizontal stripes. She looked easygoing and effortless, and really drove home the point that you look best when you don’t look like you’re trying too hard.
I was initially on the fence about this look. Kerry Washington has been wearing a lot of ‘shifts’ lately to accommodate her very tiny frame. Tonight, she opted for a shimmery version of what is in reality a very boring cut. And the hair is not helping her cause. I felt like it almost took away from the details on the dress. But in the end, the whole thing kind of worked with the sparkling embellishment and sheer bottom. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it. And then when Kerry took the stage and I saw it in motion, I liked it even more.
I kind of thought that I wasn’t going to like this look on Julianna Margulies, but it actually comes together very nicely. She got the memo on pulling the hair back, so that the dress really shines. She looks effortless, even with that embellishment on the dress. And I really like her makeup for this look. Overall, it’s dressy but not overdone. It works.
Halle Berry is in this post… not because she’s among the best… but because I really want her to get a new look. This cut was fabulous the first time, and even the second… and the third. But now… it’s kind of played. You’re a gorgeous woman, and we can’t remember a fashion miss in in recent history. You’re typically on the mark… except when it comes to this freakin’ dress. We know you love Elie Saab (I’m assuming this is also Elie Saab), we know you love this cut. I’m not sure what’s going on with the hip hanging out and that god-awful print… but Halle, it’s time to try something different. 
That’s it! Those are my picks from the Golden Globes Red Carpet. Ciao for now!