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You know what I love about December in Los Angeles? First, it’s finally cold enough for the sweaters and coats that disappear 11 months out of the year. Second, between Chanukah, Christmas, New Years and an insane number of Sagittarius friends and family, there’s always a party to attend. Here are my picks for getting made up quickly and out the door without sacrificing eco-savvy….

As soon as the temps drop so do the color of my nails. Zoya ($7) has dozens of deep reds and browns, and I’m loving a vampy shade called Norra on short, squared nails. For toes I opt for Eve, a fabulous red with a hint of sparkle. In a pinch, Sally Hansen’s new Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color ($4.99) is fabulous in Mochachino or Rapid Red. One coat coverage dries in about a minute.

For face, I always start with Eris Collection’s Foundation Primer ($25). It’s oil and paraben free, evens out my skin and fills in any pores or fine lines. To conceal blemishes or undereye circles I grab MAC Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation ($29.50) and apply where needed. While the tarte treasure chest ($52) is perfect for eyes, cheeks and lips, sadly I can’t throw it in my bag and go. But at home it offers enough combinations for a year’s worth of party looks. For beauty at home or away, I’m layering apricot-hued cushion and sparkly brilliant from tarte’s Three Carats Mini Cheek Stain Set ($25) on my cheeks. The result is sunkissed with a bit of glimmer (not glitter).

I love the versatility of KORRES eye pencils to create sleek lines or smudgy, smoky effects. My favorites are the basic black and metallic grey. For brows I use tarte’s The Toolbox ($18) which includes pencil, gel, powder, wax…everything to define, tame and create the perfect brow. I love tarte lashhugger mascara for a great basic black. Normally $18, tarte currently offers two lash huggers for $20 in this limited edition set. If you want more color, KORRES Abyssian Oil Volumizing Mascara ($20) comes in purple, blue ad brown as well.

I finish off with a neutral lip, with KORRES Cherry Oil gloss in Light Pink or Nude. If I’m going bare legged, I love Michael Kors Leg Shine in Classic ($32). The moisturizing bar offers a bit of shimmer and shine to my pale winter legs (for $10 you can get a smaller version of Leg Shine exclusively at Sephora).

I keep a canister of Physician’s Formula Organic wear® 100% Natural Origin Facial Makeup Remover Towelettes ($9.95) on my nightstand. As , they’re gentle on the earth and your skin. No matter how exhausted I am, they’re incredibly effective for removing eye makeup quickly and easily. After a night of merriment…to all a good night! xo alex.

Drugstore Find: Makeup Remover

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Just in case you still have some makeup left over from Halloween night, this post will come in handy.

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear has created a 100 % natural origin Facial Makeup Remover Towelette and I’m LOVING them. They’re perfect for taking off makeup — non abrasive, non irritating, great for sensitive skin types — and amazing for cleaning makeup brushes as well. I loathe a dirty makeup brush. Not anymore. Use once, wipe on the towelette and I’m good to go. But my favorite part has got to be that these towelettes — 25 in a case — are free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, parabens, synthetic color and fragrance and cruelty free. They’re also infused with organic aloe vera extract to condition the skin, Eco-Olive to shield the skin, OrganiSoy to nourish the skin and Organic Lavender Essential Oil to calm the skin.

The concept also comes in Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Eye Makeup Remover Pads specifically designed with Organic Cucumber Extract to soothe the delicate skin of the eye area while removing makeup without the greasy residue.

I love me a product that’s good for the environment and good for my skin too. Sigh.

PRICE TAG: $9.95


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Don’t miss the opportunity to go green both with your produce AND your makeup!!!

If you live in or around the Los Angeles area, you will not want to miss the fabulous event!

Physicians Formula Organic Wear
is teaming up with well-known organic farmer’s markets across the country so that when consumers are looking for organic produce, etc., they can also find good-for-you makeup.

And Sunday (tomorrow) they’ll be over at Hollywood’s Farmer’s Market (Iva and Selma Avenue between Hollywood and Sunset Blvd) from 9-1 PM, sampling products!

Here’s a word (or several…) from the company:
Physicians Formula Organic Wear is the first brand – prestige or mass – to bring certified organic makeup to consumers – this is huge industry news and Physicians Formula are pioneers in the beauty market. The certification is actually Eco Cert – a certification out of France and Physicians Formula is the first US brand to attain it. The products are 100% free of parabens, GMO’s, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and synthetic colors. So you can feel good about looking good!”

And if you get lost, just look for the model in a head-to-toe leaf suit!!! How fashion-forward!

Summer Face 2008

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We all know how AWFUL the sun is for our faces, so make a vow to yourself… THIS SUMMER, I WILL NOT ALLOW THE SUN TO PENETRATE THROUGH MY FRAGILE FACE. I will take precautions when tanning (use SPF that protects against UVA AND UVB rays), and I will treat my skin with the love and care that it deserves…
So, please, I BEG YOU, use an alternative… bronzer, mystic tan (although I despise the orange hue), buildable color moisturizer, or tinted moisturizer.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Benefit’s You Rebel gives good summer face. It’s a tinted moisturizer with SPF 15 and it adds just the right amount of gold (without looking super fake) to your skin. **TIP** Try mixing it with a touch of foundation for an even, flawless, bronzed complexion with added coverage!

Chanel’s Soleil Lame Tinted Bronzing Gel is lightweight and basic. It’s a gel (which I love… doesn’t cake) that glides onto the skin to produce an even tan sans the sun. The color is natural and the gel absorbs without the shine of tinted moisturizers. Great for oily complexions!

Tarte Hotel Heiress is a long time favorite. It’s a powder bronzer (mineral) and I swear, it gives off the best damn sun-kissed effect. I’ve tried many a bronzers and this one continues to be an everyday must-have. It doesn’t give off that sparkle, fake tan look… this bronzer is way more matte and truly au natural.

Glow Fusion
is another favorite from last year. It’s the closest thing to a mystic tan (that I’ve found) AND you can do it yourself… at home! BONUS: It doesn’t give you that nasty, orange spray-tan look! The color is actually amazingly bronze! And if you follow the directions, it really does give you even, precise color.

Physicians Formula Pearls of Perfection Multi-Colored Bronzer is fantastic for those porcelain skinned folks out there. It has a pink undertone to offset the gold so it doesn’t appear too fake (instead it gives off a “warm” finish). I love the consistency – it’s soft and smooth – and it really leaves skin glowing. The pearls are also incredibly fun to play around with… it’s like a combination of loose powder (very potent) and pressed powder (matte, and not as messy). And you can’t beat the price: $11.95.

Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick Compact is shimmery and glittery and full of iridescent fun! Personally, I don’t like loads of shimmer in my bronzer, but for those of you who do, this is the bronzer to get. It has five shades, all ranging in golden hues, and it mixes together quite brilliantly to produce a healthy, vibrant, glowing face. I do, however, love this product as an added highlighter atop my matte bronzing powder. It really does create a gorgeous, golden dimension to the skin.

Organic Blush Give-Away!!!

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Starting Wednesday, March 26, at 12:00pm EST, Physicians Formula is giving away coupons to redeem a free Organic Wear Blush at any MAJOR retailer that sells the products to the first 1,000 participants who sign up.

I’ve actually tried this blush and it’s pretty amazing, great consistency, nice colors… and to think, it’s PF’s Organic Wear is  the first ever ECOCERT certified makeup line available in the US, the only organic certification for color cosmetics in the US (USDA does not certify for makeup), and it’s the first ever all paper compacts made from recycled paper and fully recyclable – when you’re done with your makeup, simply toss into the recycling bin with your newspaper. 
Way to go Physician’s Formula… we love us some sustainable beauty!!!
Click HERE to redeem your coupon… but remember, contest starts tomorrow, wednesday, at 12:00pm EST!!!
Good Luck!


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The gorgeous and talented Ellen Pompeo (and wife of our friend Chris Ivery) looked absolutely stunning at the SAG Awards last night.

Physicians Formula celebrity makeup artist Joanna Schlip created the look. And here’s what she used:


Foundation: Armani Silk Lumious #4
Concealer: Cle de Peau #2
Powder: Physicians Formula Organic Wear in Translucent Light Organics


Blush: Physicians Formula Organic Wear in Pink Organics


Lips: Physicians Formula Plump Palette in Mauves
Lip Pencil: Sub Culture by MAC


Liner: Physicians Formula Eye Definer Felt-Tip Eye Marker in Warm Black
Eye Shadow: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips for Blue Eyes
Mascara: Prescriptives False Eyelashes in Black (Beauty Banter FAVORITE)
Eye Brow Pencil: Physicians Formula Brow-Tweez 3-in-1 Dark Blonde

INSPIRATION: Christian Lacroix Fashion Show

P.S. We LOVE the hair too… so flirty and whimsical… Ellen’s never looked better!

Whose red carpet beauty did YOU rave about???


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OBSESSED! The one word that explains my current excitement and happiness over my new lip gloss. OBSESSED!

Physicians Formula New Plump Potion Needle-Free Lip Plumping Cocktail is exactly the type of lippy I like. The casing is cool, the wand is bristled instead of foam, the gloss is shiny without being sticky and it plumps my plucker without the “bee sting” pain!

A word (or several…) from the company:

“Get fuller, plumper looking lips, needle-free in 60 seconds!
Lip plumping lacquer formulated with a high-tech cocktail of non-irritating ingredients to transform lip’s appearance, contour, size and color so they look and feel fuller, smoother, sexier.
3x Plumping Effect: 1) Instant Plumping Effect 2) Instant Hydrating & Smoothing Effect 3) Younger, Smoother & Fuller Looking Lips with continued use.”

The lippies come in 5 brilliant shades and a clear gloss (6 all together) and retails for a nice $8.95.

I have 3 of them: Nude, Pink and Rose and I alternate between the three.


Summer Tips

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I just love a good beauty tip…

Like rubbing crushed garlic cloves on a popped pimple.

And now, thanks to Physician’s Formula, celebrity make-up artist, Joanna Schlip (who paints the famous faces of stars like Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, Ellen Pompeo and Hilary Duff), we have some fabulous Summer beauty tips!

***To keep her A-List clients sweat-free, Joanna came up with a clever trick that is ideal for all women in the thick of summer: Schlip applies a clear, solid antiperspirant before applying makeup. Focus on applying it to areas like the upper lip, forehead and hairline to fend of sweat and maintain a matte appearance throughout the day so makeup doesn’t slip off.

***Aside from imparting a natural look and offering an ultra-gentle formula for breakout-prone or sensitive skin, Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Foundation is sweat-resistant making it the ideal choice for your summer foundation. Silicones help to form a protective barrier on the skin’s surface, so it becomes resistant to sweat allowing makeup to stay put all day long.

***Blotting papers are a must for dabbing away sweat and oil over the course of the day, but what’s a girl to do when there is no blotting paper in sight? Use one of those handy paper toilet seat covers of course. Schlip tears a piece of a toilet seat cover off and blots her way to a perfect matte finish.

***Rather than apply lip gloss/stick in the extreme heat that will just melt off, use a stain or even better, lick your lips and then apply cherry Jello – simply dip fingers into the powder packet of cherry jell-o and apply to moist lips for long lasting, sweat proof stain.

What are your beauty tips? Tell us by leaving a comment in the comment box!

Tanning 2007

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Here it is! The big, fun filled tanning 2007 guide to beautiful, sun-kissed skin sans UVA and UVB rays (basically, tanned skin without the sun!)

I have tried a plethora of products in my quest for the best! Here, in no particular order, are a couple of tanning products that I just can’t live without…

GlowFusion Micro-Nutrient Face & Body Natural Protein Tan: The absolute best spray tan that you can do yourself! Like a mystic tan, just at home. It applies evenly and leaves skin bronzed within seconds. I have very sensitive skin and I use this product on my face without fear of break-outs!!! It rocks!!! PRICE: $58.00 (and well worth every last cent!)

It also comes in light, but I use medium because I want a quick, rich tan asap. This is a lotion that you use EVERY day after the shower… it works by gradually enhancing your NATURAL skin color, thus the more you use it, the darker you become. It smells fresh, not like a self-tanner, it doesn’t stain clothes AND it actually moisturizes. I tried many tanning moisturizers and what I found is that most don’t actually moisturize. This one does it all! PRICE: $7.99

NARS Blush & Bronzer Duo – Orgasm & Laguna: The perfect Summer compact: Two of my favorite colors side by side. Laguna is a rich, golden bronzer, while Orgasm is a subtle pinky-peach shimmer blush. Used together, it makes you look like you just left the beach! All sun-kissed and fresh-faced! PRICE: $36.00

Like the Dove moisturizing lotion, this too enhances your natural skin tone, but it also adds a hint of sparkle every time you use it! I like to wear this lotion when I’m going out at night because the shimmer accentuates the tan and also makes my skin look dewy. Available in medium too! PRICE: ON SALE for $8.99

This oil-free, non-comedogenic face lotion with SPF 20 is ideal for sensitive, acne prone skin types. Not only does it enhance your skin’s natural color (building a “tan” the more times you use it), but it is perfect for evening out blothcy, or scarred skin. I love this product and have actually started using it as my primary facial moisturizer! PRICE: ON SALE for $5.78

Tarte Celebutante Dry Oil Shimmer Spray: Most people love the Nars body shimmer but I’ve gotta say, it’s so greasy and always gets all over my clothes. That’s when I found this dry oil product. Essentially, it does the same thing: spray on your body and you have a dewy, bronzed glow. But this one is not greasy AND it dries much faster then Nars (it also smells like coconut… yummy!). It’s not as deep of a tan as Nars, more of a champagne color, but I’ll sacrifice so long as my clothes stay fake-tan free! PRICE: $28.00

Physicians Formula Summer Eclipse Bronzing & Shimmery Face Powder: This bi-colored bronzer provides both a light tan and a golden shimmer! Physicians Formula rules the market in bronzing products – they sent me 23 different bronzers to test! Although I haven’t had a chance to use all of them, this specific bronzer worked really well for my skin because it gave a natural glow and provided that dewy look that I love. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, oil free, non-comedogenic AND dermatologist approved! WOW! PRICE: $11.95

I just can’t write this post without once again discussing my all-time favorite face product, Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer in Sand with SPF 20: I use this product EVER day and it completely evens out my blothcy skin-tone PLUS it adds color to my face! The sun is so bad for your skin, not to mention what it does to scars and brown spots, so by using this product, I look tan, I’m saving my face AND I producing a “perfect palette;” even skin tone! I kid you not, when I wear this product, people tell me that I have fabulous skin! Can oyu imagine?! PRICE: $40.00

Have a favorite faux-tan product?! Let us know by emailing the beauty whore at beautybanter@gmail.com!!!

Tan away, fellow beauty whores!!!

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