Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Review: Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatement


Ok, so while I was in NYC I stopped by a few (ahem, 5) Sephora stores. I know, excessive, but I couldn't help myself. Plus, the Sephora in my area doesn't stock many of the brands that I was fortunate enough to be able to test in Ny. One of those brands was the Kate Somerville skincare brand. For those of you who don't know, Kate Somerville began a skin care clinic in LA and is fairly well known for giving many celebs their great skin. In addition to this, she has her own line of skincare which has been said to be good. The product that I got is the EradiKate acne treatment.

Here's a pic:

The sales assistant at Sephora was kind enough to give me a little booklet which outlines all of the products in the line as well as the skin pyramids which I will share with you later. Now, EradiKate is an acne spot treatment. While I have tried many from high end and drugstore brands, I've never tried a sulfur treatment, only salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide treatments, so I was curious to see how it would compare.


The product is a light pink sediment in a clear solution packaged in a very nice, expensive looking glass bottle. Here's a closer pic:


To apply this, you are supposed to use a cotton swab, dip it into the pink sediment, and then dab on any zits. It dries within a few minutes and is sorta crumbly/powdery/chalky in consistency.



I think it works quite well, but I wouldn't say that this is a product that you really need, simply because there are plenty drugstore products that will give you the same result, but for a lot less $. Off the top of my head, Neutrogena's Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Spot Gel retails for around $8 and will give you the same result. Plus, the Neutrogena gel is clear and absorbs quickly. With the EradiKate, it sits on your skin for hours and actually starts to crumble off of your skin after a while, which is kind of gross, especially since it doesn't work any faster.

Another downside to this product is the amount of product that you end up using with each application-or should I say, not using. I don't know if you can see it well, but the entire head of the cotton swab is covered in sediment, but in reality, I only used maybe a fifth of that amount. If the bottle was clear, it would be a lot easier to moderate the amount that you use. however, as it is not, I see myself going through this product fairly quickly, as every time you dip the cotton swab into the sediment, a HOLE is left in it!!! And it comes in a glass jar, which, while it makes it feel high-end, isn't very practical because dropping it even once on the right floor can shatter it. Overall, for a product that doesn't have any significant advantages over drugstore brands, I would say that the price isn't worth it.


Price:$22 (for 1oz)

Ingredients: Sulphur, Isopropyl Alcohol, Zinc Oxide, Camphor, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Salicylic Acid, Iron Oxides.

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was bought by me for the purpose of my personal use. If you have any further questions about disclosure, don't hesitate to ask in the comments.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Guerlain Fall 2009 'Russian Beauty' Collection

Being Russian, this collection definitely draws my attention! I'm forever collecting things that either have the word "Russian" in the name (eg, Mac lipstick in Russian Red, eye liner in Black Russian, OPI Russian Collection polishes-have them all, etc...), haha, and that's not changing anytime soon! The collection is filled with very rich, warm shades of violet, bronze, ideal for many skin tones. The true star of the collection is definitely the quad! The packaging is almost prettier than the actual product!

Eyes and Lips Palette ($69.00)
>Volga Princess

Ombre Eclat 4 Shades Eye Shadow ($56.00)
>406 "Tsarina"
441 “Brun MordorĂ©”

Radiant Blush
>Russian Doll

Rouge G de Guerlain

Retractable Eye Pencil

Le 2 de Guerlain
Nuit 3 Boheme

Parure Compact Foundation ($45.00)
>14 “Rose Intense”

Here's what the "Tsarina" quad looks like:

Giorgio Armani Fall 2009 'Manta Ray' Collection

Another collection that's been drawing a lot of attention. I'm not totally sold on this one, though. The colors look pretty, but nothing that I don't already have. I'm really liking the nail color though. But I don't think that it's part of the collection. Bummer... The shadow duo's might be worth checking out, though, especially number three.

Manta Ray Eye Duo Palettes ($38.00)
>N° 1- charcoal and Greige
>N° 2- deep ocean blue and intense ocean green
>N° 3- pale lilac grey and luminous fuchsia
>N° 4- light blue stone and sandy beige
>N° 5- shimmering lilac pearl and pale green pearl

Liquid Silk Eye Liner ($30.00)
>N° 1
>N° 2

Armani Silk Lipstick ($25.00)
>N° 92

The people over at GA were kind enough to include a few instructions on how to create the "Greige" eye look!

The "Greige Eye Look (By Linda Cantello)

“Eye shadow is about shading. Rather than adding shadows, these muted tones contour and define, accentuating the eye and the pupil; the focus is actually on the eye itself. My favorite is the Greige and charcoal duo shade palette, but the pale lilac grey and fuchsia offer a really beautiful pop of color.”

Use the Greige shade to contour the eye by sweeping the shadow along the crease of the eye. Follow by sweeping the shade under the lower lash line and over the upper lash line. Use charcoal to add intensity. A second option is to sweep the charcoal shadow over the whole lid and use the Greige to blend. For added intensity, apply midnight blue eyeliner along the upper lid lash line.

NARS Cosmetics Lolita Collection for Fall 2009

This is definitely my favorite up and coming collection. The colors are perfect for fall, smokey, yet subtly warm.

Eyeshadow Duos ($32.00)
>Indian Summer
>Silk Road
>Brousse (New)
>Eurydice (New)
>Taiga (New)

Single Eyeshadow ($22.00)

Lipstick ($24.00)
>Fast Ride

Nail Polish ($16.00)
>Tokaido Express