Monday, May 09, 2011

Moving On

This post has been a long time coming, and is maybe the most difficult one I've ever written. After years of swimming in beauty products, and loving every minute of it, I'll no longer be posting in this space. It's not that I don't still love everything beauty, but my interests and passions have changed and expanded over the years -- which I think is totally normal, and one of the best things about living. Over the past couple of years I've found myself wishing I could blog about cooking, or restaurants, or travel, or my new hobby -- DIY projects and refinishing furniture (I know, I know...that's a HUGE departure from lip glosses!).

I've had an amazing time building Beauty Addict over the past few years; through the blog I've been able to experience some pretty surreal moments, most notably, the first time I stepped backstage at Fashion Week, and being featured in the New York Times. I've had so much fun, learned something new every day, made a little money, and best of all, I've made some honest-to-goodness lifelong friends who I treasure.

From my heart of hearts, I thank all of you who've read, commented, reached out, and encouraged me over the years. The best part about this blog was always the interaction with readers and fellow beauty junkies!

So where do I go from here? Well, many of you know that I've been living part-time in Hawaii the past couple of years. Right now, John and I are working with our landlord to fix up and manage a vacation rental home here in Honolulu, and we're having an amazing time with the process.

We realized we had a unique opportunity to write about our experiences, from documenting our efforts to fix up the house and its furnishings, to sharing local restaurant reviews with our guests and tips on things to do in Hawaii (some features on Hawaiian beauty products are guaranteed to sneak their way in, too).

So we've attached a blog to the website for our vacation rental, which is still in progress -- right now we're waiting for the professional photos of the space, and then we'll be ready to start renting it out. In the meantime we've started to post some updates on our progress, and I have to admit, it feels really good to be blogging again.

I hope you'll check out our vacation rental website at Hillside Hideaway (and consider booking with us if you're ever planning a trip here).

And definitely check out the blog! Things are just getting started, but I promise it'll be a fun collection of DIY projects, decorating ideas, photos, restaurant reviews, recipes, tropical-style beauty features, and local tips.

As for beauty, I'm planning on keeping my original passion alive through Twitter (@beauty_addict) and Pinterest. I'll use Twitter to share my likes and loves just like before, albeit in a shorter format. And if you're not yet familiar with Pinterest, it's an online pinboard where you can document favorite products, ideas, photos and inspirations. Kind of like a "Favorites" folder on steroids. I love it, and have been using it to pin favorite things like clothes and accessories, recipes, home and DIY inspirations, and lately, beauty products -- because even though I'm not blogging here anymore, I'll always be a beauty addict.

Catch me on Pinterest here. If you need an invite, email me at

Keep up with me on Twitter here, at my original Twitter handle.

Again, a huge thank you to each and every one of you who read this blog and helped keep Beauty Addict fun and vibrant over the years. I hope to see many of you over on Twitter or at the Hillside Hideaway blog!

Lots of love and aloha,

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Eye Duo

This isn't such a great week for Avon & Me. First my hopes for the Lotus Shield were dashed, and now I'm disappointed by another product that sounded so good on paper and looked great in the tube.

Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Eye Duo is a GREAT idea -- it combines a shimmery liquid shadow on one end with a coordinating liquid liner on the other. I tried it in White with Jet Black eyeliner.

But, for starters, the "white" liquid shadow isn't white; it's a pinkish champagne with white shimmer -- which is definitely better than straight-up white shadow, but then why not just call it Champagne?

The shadow applies easily with a sponge doefoot applicator and dries quickly; however, it's not very pigmented and it's REALLY pale--if you have a darker skin tone you might want to go with one of the other three shades. I do like the iridescent quality of it, though, and I may reach for it in the future as a highlighter.

The other end, the black liquid liner, was what really disappointed me. The formula is thin and a little watery, so once the first stroke starts to drag out, the liner loses its intensity and opacity. You might need to go in for another dip to finish the job. Additionally, the brush is a little too soft. With liquid liners, a good brush is CRITICAL. If you're new to the medium, this isn't a great one to start with; the soft brush makes it too easy to make the line too thick or lose control of it. I'm a pretty experienced user of liquid liners and I was able to get a nice even line with this, but it's just not the best of the bunch. It also took upwards of 20 seconds to dry fully.

Overall, it was okay, but I'd never buy it and can't really recommend it. Another one I wanted to love but just couldn't. Bummer!

Self-Tanner Review Series: Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Gradual Tan Moisturizer SPF15

I LOVE a tanner with some SPF. You can slather it on in the morning and go about your day knowing that not only are you protected from the sun, but you'll be tan by dinnertime!

Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Daily Glow Gradual Tan Moisturizer SPF15 is the reincarnation of VS's last gradual tanner, Bare Bronze Daily Glow. That one was a favorite of mine for both scent and effectiveness, so I was curious to try the new version and see if anything had changed.

Well, we know there's now SPF 15 in it -- that's a plus. And the scent is the same (praise the beauty gods!). I love the smell of this tanner; it's beachy, tropical and coconutty, and it masks most of the DHA smell without interfering with it and creating some hellish, putrid hybrid.

The one thing that disappoints me is that the potency has changed. It's now absolutely identical to Bath & Body Works Glow & Steady in both texture and potency. This is not necessarily a bad thing on its own; Glow & Steady is one of my favorite gradual self tanners. The problem is that the original Bare Bronze came in two concentrations, and the Medium/Deep was nearly as powerful as a full strength tanner. This new Beach Sexy gets you tan, but not as quickly as the old one (it comes in only one concentration).

Overall, though, a great pick! If you like Glow & Steady but not the scent, try this one instead. Or if you're just looking for a great gradual self tanner that smells fabulous and protects you from the sun's rays, go for it!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Tone Up With Arcona Triad Pads

Let's start out with a little math:

Toner already in a pad > Toner in a bottle that you have to apply to a pad.

ARCONA Triad Pads are soaked with hydrating, toning, cleansing, and excellent-smelling Cranberry Toner. Just pull one out of the jar to remove excess makeup, tone and hydrate after cleansing, or refresh your face after a workout or a good night's sleep.

And why use a toner, you ask? Well, these Triad Pads are packed with a host of skin-loving ingredients: antimicrobial cranberry (containing vitamins, phyto-nutrients and essential fatty acids), Vitamin E tocopherols and tocotrienols, Omegas 3, 6 and 9, and rice milk. Plus, well, they just feel really, really good.

Now, I'm finding this to be the case with every Arcona product I try...I'm in love with the scent. These toner pads smell like candy! More specifically, they have the sweet-tart smell of old fashioned pastilles in a little Victorian tin. Sweet, refreshing, and luxurious.

(One note, though: if you test them out and hate the smell, stop right there. Don't buy them. Because you'll notice the scent on your face for a while after applying. It sticks around a while.)

At $30 for 45 pads, they're not exactly cheap, but you can get a ton of extra mileage out of them by cutting them in half. Seriously, they're so soaked with toner that there was still plenty left over when I finished my face and neck. I would have been fine with just half a pad!

Steals & Deals: 20% Off ULTA; Philosophy Gift with Purchase; BECCA Sale on HauteLook; Free Benefit Eyeshadow; More

Some interesting goods for sale this week, my lovelies. First, can we talk Becca? There's going to be a Becca sale on HauteLook tomorrow (Thursday), and you can bet I'll be stalking the site all morning waiting for the event to go live. Can't wait to see what's on sale! If you haven't signed up for HauteLook yet, click here.

In other news, Philosophy has a pretty sweet GWP available until 9/5, you can snag a free beachy copper eyeshadow from Benefit, and shop til you drop at Ulta for 20% off. Happy shopping!

  • Clinique: Free shipping & free Lash Power mascara mini (one of my faves!) w/ $35 purchase. Code LASH. Valid through 9/30. {Clinique}

  • Laura Mercier: Free shipping with any $50 purchase; plus 3 free deluxe samples with any order--Translucent Loose Setting Powder, Foundation Primer, and Face Polish. {Laura Mercier}

  • Rembrandt: Spend $25 on Rembrandt oral care products at and get a 2 hour whitening kit and full size Rembrant Intense Stain Whitening Toothpaste FREE ($25 value). {}

  • ULTA: 20% off your entire order with code 48173. Valid through 9/4. {}
Sephora Codes:
  • Bliss: Free Bliss Mini Rollerball with any purchase. Beauty Insiders only. Code BLISSFUL. {Sephora}

  • Murad: Free Murad Acne & Wrinkle Reducer sample with any purchase. Code ANTIACNE. {Sephora}
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