Phantastic Products Inspired by the 2009 World Series

For the second consecutive year, my Philadelphia Phillies have made it to the World Series. So to mark the occasion, Amber from Beauty Blogging Junkie – a native Philadelphian, who happens to live in the land of the Yankees – and I have teamed up for a baseball-inspired, beauty double header.

We’re shining a spotlight on big league beauty products that step up to the plate and knock the cover off the ball. Since there are nine dudes on a baseball field, Amber and I have chosen nine categories – and we’re giving shout-outs to products that hit it out of the park.

So get your head in the game and read on for some phantastic product recommendations…

Face: Back in September at the Lela Rose Spring 2010 New York Fashion Week show, I asked Sarah Lucero (Key Makeup Artist for Stila) to recommend one Stila product that every woman should buy. She quickly answered Stila’s One Step Makeup Foundation, and now I know why. Stila just launched their Makeup Player – and right now, it’s the only way to get your hands on this miraculous product. One Step Makeup Foundation is a primer, foundation, concealer and powder all in one – to cover all of your proverbial bases. The consistency is kind of surprising; it almost looks/feels like colored foundation primer…that’s the texture. But it looks fantastic on…not too sheer, not too opaque. Plus, when my sebaceous glands try to throw me a curve ball and sabotage my makeup, One Step makeup Foundation keeps my combination skin from getting shiny – so my face looks as flawless in the homestretch as it did at the beginning of the day/night. Pick up this switch hitter at stilacosmetics.com.

Eyes: The old adage goes, “Keep your eyes on the ball.” So what should you keep on your eyes? Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, of course. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Urban Decay’s main ingredient must be crack, or some other controlled substance…because that’s the only explanation I can find to rationalize my addiction to their products – particularly their eye pencils. Velvety-soft, the formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge. If, at this stage of the game, you don’t own at least one of these pencils – well, you have seriously dropped the ball. Lucky for you, Urban Decay just released – a set of nine mini-sized 24/7 pencils, including four new, limited-edition shades. Buy this immediately. It’s a good call.

Lips: My new lipgloss love is Phiff!, a new Dazzleglass from MAC’s Magic, Mirth, & Mischief holiday collection. Alone, it imparts a peachy shimmer to lips. But it’s also a team player; layer it on top of your favorite lipstick and it’s a whole nother ball game.

Nails: When it comes to nail polishes, Zoya is in a league of their own. They are the longest lasting polishes I’ve ever used; expect knockout nails that go into extra innings (two weeks – with minimal upkeep). And they’re free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects. Just when I thought Zoya couldn’t get any better, they hit it out of the ballpark with their limited-edition ULTRAGLITTER collection for winter 2009/2010. Luna (silver glitter), Astra (rose glitter) and Nova (magenta glitter) provide full coverage in just two coats for ultra-intense, ultra-gorgeous, glitterrific color. Astra (on my nails in the above pic) is the Dottie Hinson of the collection – but, honestly, this trio is so amazingly beautiful that, in comparison, they make most of my other polishes look like Marla Hooch.

Hair: Before I wash my hair, I like to indulge in a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment. But I don’t always have 15-30 minutes to let that mess marinate…which is why I am so thankful for Ojon’s Restorative Pre-Cleansing Treatment. It’s that pinch hitter I need when what I want is immediate gratification. Perfect for gals on the go – in just 5 minutes, this intensive daily treatment prepares hair to absorb the ingredients of your shampoo, conditioner and products. If you want homerun hair, I suggest you run your behind to Sephora or ojon.com and pick up a tube.

Skin Care: I used to be very dismissive of natural and organic beauty products – particularly skin care. I thought that I needed to patronize products with harsh chemicals to get my problem skin to act like it had some sense. In fact, I would often joke that I didn’t care what damage a product did to my insides, as long as my outsides were looking good. But I’ve done a complete 180 since discovering Amala, a luxurious collection of skin care and body care products with 100% natural formulas. Since April, I’ve been using their Purify line – a collection of products formulated for oily and acnegenic skin types – which help control excess oil and shine, clear clogged pores, and prevent and heal blemishes and blackheads with treatments inspired by the healing plants and flowers of Eastern Asia. And just when I thought Amala couldn’t get any better, their new Purifying Blemish Treatment came outta left field . Using Blue Lotus, Tea Tree and ginger, it gently treats blemishes while playing hardball with acne-causing excess sebum. If your battle with breakouts has you ready to throw in the towel, I highly recommend you add Amala’s Purifying Blemish Treatment to your anti-acne lineup. Seeing that it’s all-natural, I’d call it the Roy Hobbs of skin care.

Bath and Body: I’d be way off-base if I failed to include DERMAdoctor’s KP Duty Body Scrub on this list. It has got to be the best body scrub ever. KP Duty is a dual-action chemical and physical exfoliator that blends the best of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion into a single, easy-to-use treatment. Dermatologist-recommended chemical exfoliants dissolve the glue that cements epidermal cells together, while non-abrasive synthetic beads lift away dead skin cells without inflicting trauma to the epidermis. So, in layman’s terms, this product runs circles around that scrub you’ve got sitting on the edge of your tub. DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub is a game changer.

Fragrance: Forget Jack. All I need is Jil, the newest fragrance from Jil Sander. “An elegantly structured floral amber composition, Jil reflects the true spirit of Jil Sander. A clear focus and a subtle fusion, to define a totally contemporary simplicity and sensuality.” With notes of Pink Pepper, Lavender, fresh tangerine, Lily-of-the-Valley, Heliotrope, musk, and warm vanilla bean, this perfume scored points with me – right off the bat. Starting this month, Jil will be available exclusively at Dillard’s.

Beauty Tool: I’m not quite sure how I lived without MAC’s 219 Pencil Brush. I am an eyelining fool, so I absolutely adore how this brush allows me to turn any of my powder shadows into a smoky eyeliner; so, considering my eyeshadow stash, my smoky eye options are endless. The 219 Pencil Brush is also perfect for smudging pencil eyeliners, without erasing the line. The pencil retails for $23…but if I had to give you a ballpark figure for its actual value, I’d say it’s priceless.

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The Beauty Girls Weekend Read

Amber from Beauty Blogging Junkie recommends you give yourself a Magical Mystery ‘Cure.

Daneen from Spoiled Pretty is giving away the CUTEST hair accessories, from Goody’s Midnight Glamour collection. Don’t miss out – enter today!

Makeup Loves Me gets you in the Halloween weekend spirit with on the market this fall.

Who doesn’t love a good kohl eyeliner? Teri from Beautiful Makeup Search shares her picks for the best of the best in kohl liners.

Lianne from The Makeup Girl has all the information on the Estee Lauder Holiday Collection and says that red is back.

Erika from Makeup Bag is back with her monthly feature sharing which products have garnered shelf space in her shower.

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Your Halloween Photos!

Last night, I asked you to share your Halloween photos. Boy, you ladies act fast!

Spoiled Pretty reader, Sharon (above), was a porcelain doll for Halloween. To create the look, she used:

Smasbox primer
MAC Studio Sculpt foundation in NC15
L’Oreal Color Juice Stick in Island Punch
Covergirl LashBlast Length mascara in Very Black (On top of CVS false lashes)
Maybelline Superstay 24 HR concealer in Ivory
Make Up For Ever Flash Color Pot in Fuschia 5

I even had people sending me photos on Twitter. @rockinhair7 blew my mind with her Edward Scissorhands look.

Can you even get over this “unzipped” look from Spoiled Pretty reader, Lee? She threw this makeup together in one hour, using products purchased at Hot Topic and Target. “The shiny gore bit is made out of red pigment mixed with clear lip gloss,” she says. “But hey, Halloween is for being creative!”

SP reader, Ashleigh, was Sookie Stackhouse for Halloween. In the second pic, you can see her “Bill bites!”

Thanks for all the great photos, everyone!

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