Study Shows Botox Users Can’t Read Emotions

Airport boredom led to me purchasing an Allure magazine, and one article really stuck out in my mind. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a psychology major and I’m particularly interested in social behaviors like facial expressions.

According to recent academic research, women who received Botox injections can’t interpret other people’s emotions as well as other women. This seemed really odd to me until I figured out why. When we have a conversation with someone, we figure out how they feel by unconsciously mirroring their facial expressions – something women with Botox can’t do very well.

So stay natural! Love yourself as you age and find new ways to look fresh without going overboard.

What do you think?

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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 Review

2010-06-01I suffer from inordinately dry lips that have a tendency to peel excessively, which is why I’m so picky about lipstick and gloss formulas. I’m always on the hunt for a good lip balm or treatment. I try to stick to drugstore varieties since my lip balm habit could become very expensive otherwise.

After hearing so many wonderful things about the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment ($22.50 for 0.15 oz), I decided it would be worth a shot. Short story: I’m not impressed.

For one thing, it took me about 30 minutes to get the cap off. I felt like a monkey struggling in vain until I realized that unlike other balms, you have to twist the cap off. Then I just felt like a moron. Even though I know it’s been designed to prevent this, I feel really awkward twisting the cap and as though I’m going to smoosh out all the balm. In its favor, I will say that the brushed metal packaging is very luxe despite being heavy and bulky.
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Favorite Products of May 2010

  • 6a00e5536b2ba988330133ec86b8a6970b-500wiShampoo: Head & Shoulders 2-in-1
  • Conditioner: Redken All Soft
  • Styling products: Batiste Dry Shampoo
  • Shower Gel: Bodycology Coconut Lime
  • Night Cream: Alpha Hydrox AHA Souffle
  • Day Cream: Tried one and it was a huge failure
  • Cleanser: Avene Cleansing Gel
  • Makeup Remover: Clinique Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
  • Exfoliator: None – I use the AHA Souffle and my Clarisonic regularly
  • Primer: Still looking…
  • Foundation brush: Fingers only since I use NARS Sheer Glow
  • Concealer: Make Up For Ever Full Cover
  • Powder: Maybelline Dream Matte Powder
  • Blusher: MAC Pink Swoon
  • Highlighter: None – the search continues!
  • Eyeshadow Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Eyeshadows: MAC Wedge, MAC Copperplate
  • Eyeliner: Prestige Total Intensity Liner
  • Mascara: Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara
  • Lipstick: MAC Blow Dry (sheer coral)
  • Lipgloss: YSL Gloss Pur #2 Pure Rose

Thanks to Charlotte of Lipglossiping for this great idea!

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How do you deal with poor customer service?

I had a terrible experience with some salespeople at Nordstrom while visiting my sister this week. They were snooty and rude about me wanting to swatch a few mid-market products and take photos of my arm (despite me asking if it was okay first). Maybe they just wrote me off because they thought I wouldn’t be a good sale – unfortunately for them I was planning to make a purchase after doing my swatches, but decided not to after my poor treatment.


This left me wondering. Although I’ve never experienced that particular situation in my hometown, I have run across cosmetics salespeople who just rubbed me the wrong way. I was once told that I’m “one shade off paper” – this may be true, but there are more polite ways to phrase it. While out shopping with my mother, we had a saleswoman completely ignore our wishes and put on colors we requested she not use. I imagine these are pretty common occurrences.

How do you deal with snooty, rude, or pushy salespeople? What do you do if salespeople follow you around the store and watch your every move? Do you just not buy anything so they don’t get a commission? Do you boycott all the stores if it’s a chain, or do you just avoid that location? What if it’s a department store counter? Do you contact customer service?

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YSL Gloss Pur in #2 Pure Rose Review

ysl-pure-glossOther than the MAC Cremesheen Glasses, Yves Saint Laurent Pure Glosses are the only gloss I’ll wear. They’re sheer, non-sticky, moisturizing, and they have an intoxicating mango scent. Every time I wear these it’s like a having a fruity tropical drink (sans calories). I’m a big fan of the brush applicator and the luxe packaging as well.

YSL promises high shine with these, but it’s easy to apply a thin layer for a more natural look. The only reason these don’t earn an A rating is the whopping $30 cost. As such, I only have #2 Pure Rose. It’s milky pink – everything I wanted MAC Florabundance to be.

YSL recently added several shades to the line; I can’t wait to buy #8 Pure Watermelon (sheer orangey coral). For shimmer lovers, try the YSL Golden Glosses. They have the same great formula with real 24K gold sparkles.

Bottom Line: A perfect treat for when you deserve something nice. I’ll definitely repurchase from this line.

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MAC Creme Anglaise Cremesheen Glass Review

2010-06-014I’m not big on lip gloss. I find most to be sticky and unpleasant, not to mention the inevitable problem of hair-to-lip contact. It’s something you never think about until you’re driving down the highway thrashing around like a madwoman in an attempt to detach your hair from your face. The cute head flip just doesn’t cut it – and you end up looking like Will Ferrell in Night At The Roxbury.

MAC’s regular glosses are (in my opinion) particularly bad for this reason, and I’ve avoided them in the past. I happened to find a Cremesheen Glass ($18.00 for 0.08 fl. oz) on sale at my local Cosmetics Company Outlet (post coming soon) and figured it was worth a shot. I swatched it on my hand and voila! no stickiness! I fell in love with the color Creme Anglaise (discontinued)  and took it home with me.

Apart from the ridiculously high price per ounce, these glosses are almost perfect. There’s no shimmer, which I prefer not to wear on my lips, and they’re moisturizing like a balm. This is great for me because it means less stuff to carry around.

The lasting power isn’t great, but I find the darker ones leave a bit of color behind when they fade. I would say you’d need to reapply every hour or two if you’d like permanently shiny lips, but to be honest I never remember to do that. They smell like all the other MAC lip products – a light vanilla.

Although Creme Anglaise was limited edition, MAC’s recent Too Fabulous collection brought back the Cremesheen Glasses and made them part of the permanent line.

Bottom Line: Lovely glosses but they’ll quickly disappear with frequent use.

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Kiss My Face Moisture Shave Review

As I said yesterday, the skin on my legs is particularly fussy. Since I’m not a huge fan of itchy red razor burn, I try to play nice with it.

I’m particularly fond of Kiss My Face Moisture Shave ($7.95 for 11 fl. oz) because it lathers well, is all natural, and hasn’t caused any type of skin reaction. I also like that the pump dispenser is easy to use in the shower. It rinses away like a body wash and won’t clog your razor.

I can’t say I find it to be particularly moisturizing, but it isn’t drying either. It also leaves my legs very smooth. I’m currently using Peaches & Creme and it smells quite lovely but not overpowering. Other varieties include Fragrance Free, Key Lime, Lavender & Shea, Cool Mint, Peaceful Patchouli, and Vanilla Earth.

Bottom Line: This is a great, natural product for sensitive skin like mine. Try Peaches & Creme for a treat!

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Look: Red Lips Using MAC Lady Bug

I’m a big advocate of playing with makeup. Sure it’s a bit childish, but I enjoy it – I think of it as grownup art time. Tonight I tried a slightly different brow look and MAC Lady Bug lipstick ($14.50), which I got for free with my Back 2 MAC empties.

I’m super excited about my first red lipstick. I’ve been told this is a good ‘beginner’ red because it’s sheer, buildable, and universally flattering. I love it! I can see myself wearing this on a special occasion with a simple dress. It’s very moisturizing and when it wears off you just have a little tinge of red to your lips, sort of like a stain.

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EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream Review, Photos


I have incredibly sensitive skin, and for the most part drugstore shaving creams give me a terrible rash. I’ve found one that works (review coming tomorrow), but sometimes I’m still tempted to try new products. This is how I discovered the EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream in Vanilla Bliss ($4.99 for 7 oz).

I recognized the EOS brand thanks to their cute but slightly awkward spherical lip balms. I was especially attracted to this product’s promise of a rich, moisturizing cream filled with antioxidants and natural shea butter, but no parabens. The price tag didn’t hurt either.

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Batiste Dry Shampoo Review, Photos

Dry shampoo has been a European staple for many years, but only recently has it become popular in America. It’s basically an aerosol powder in an alcohol base. You spray it on your somewhat less than fresh hair, let it dry, and then brush it out. The powder absorbs some oil and the alcohol dries the rest up. Since I normally straighten my hair, I was excited to hear about a product that would keep my hair looking great for longer.

Batiste Dry Shampoo ($7.49 for 5.05 fl. oz) comes in Original and Blush in the U.S. I tried both. I much prefer the Blush scent because it’s sweet and floral, whereas the Original scent smells like traditional aerosol hairspray. Both fragrances are pretty strong, so be careful if you’re allergy prone.

I’m basically in love with this product. It completely revives my second-day hair and (to my relief) the white powder didn’t leave my hair grey after I’d brushed it out. It’s becoming a staple in my cabinet. I’m especially happy with the price. The big bottle contains 5.05 oz of product; I saw a similar 1.4 oz Oscar Blandi product by the checkout selling for $11—so if you buy the Batiste brand you get 5x more product for much less! I love a good bargain.

Bottom Line: If your hair gets limp easily or you need to get through another day before washing, try Batiste. Good value compared to other brands!

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