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Amber’s Obsession: Love + Toast Sugar Grapefruit Hand Cream

Love+Toast Sugar Grapefruit Hand Cream has changed my lifestyle. I know: It’s a bold claim.

This portable, gorgeously-designed tube of fabulosity smells of fairies and divinity with sparkling citrus notes without veering into sickly sweet territory. Candied grapefruit if you will, but subtly sophisticated. I don’t like sickly sweet; I was raised in a no-sugar household. I’m planning to buy the brand’s Sugar Grapefruit Eau de Parfum (only $9!) as well.  And it absorbs instantly and leaves no greasy, wet feel, so you can go back to living your life (just a little more moisturized) in mere seconds.  (more…)

January 4, 2010 at 5:00 am 12 comments

Amber’s Obsession: Nettiescrub, A Winning Indie Product

A great body scrub manages to look and feel like powdery granules with no runny oil to speak of UNTIL you apply it and realize its formula boasts just the right amount of slipperiness to adhere the granules together and let it slough against your skin without pulling it too hard. But great body scrubs with the exact perfect ratio of scrub to oil are rare. (more…)

December 7, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Amber’s Obsession: Essie Mint Candy Apple Polish

essie-mint-candy-appleSo while I sort of take issue with the aggressive seasonal marketing apparent in this polish’s name, I absolutely adore its crisp, opaque, refreshing hue. Essie Mint Candy Apple is the perfect complement to the darker, earthier fabrics of autumn. In a sea of vampy plums and rustic browns, my Mint Candy Apple mani is the varnish equivalent of lemon sorbet. Best of all, it’s not shimmery, which I find vulgar in a polish (and I realize I’m in the minority there).

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November 16, 2009 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Amber’s Obsession: Borba Replenishing Antioxidant Powder Drink Mix

borba-skin-care-drink-mixI’ve waxed poetic about all the ways to make drinking water more fun in this post. I thought I’d cornered the how-to-make-water-more-fun market. But I recently encountered something to add to my fairly long list of water companions: Borba Replenishing Antioxidant Powder Drink Mix* ($28). This lychee flavored powder punches up your water to make getting in a few cups easy peasy during work. And, it’s an excellent way to get in your antioxidants without having to worry about strategic fruit and vegetable consumption at meals. (more…)

November 2, 2009 at 11:01 am 4 comments

Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer

clinique-even-better-skin-tone-correcting-moisturizer-spf-20Fall is my favorite season in New York, though it’s pretty short. It consists of October and maybe half of November before full-on freezing cold winter begins and I need to bust out my wind-proof skin care regimen. But, I find hydration of medium intensity is harder to identify in the beauty space. The world is your oyster if you’re looking for super light oil free formulas or, at the other end of the spectrum:  rich, anti-aging or deeply moisturizing creams. (more…)

October 12, 2009 at 5:00 am 25 comments

Worth Doing “Pot”: Korres Jasmine Lip Butter

I tend to avoid lip products that live in a pot.

korres-lip-butter-quince-1I simply can’t deal with the “messy on my finger” thing that happens. Because then, there’s the inevitable need to wipe your finger somewhere, lest you ruin your white shirt, freak someone out when you shake their hand, or grossest of all, attract dirt and debris to stickily-coated hand.

Continue Reading September 28, 2009 at 4:00 am 4 comments


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