Beauty | SIMA

Currently Exciting/Inspiring Me: Femininity

The new Chanel campaign for Coco Rouge features a perfectly polished Vanessa Paradis, who was chosen, in part, because she embodies “modern elegance.” I’m obsessed with her overall look in the ad, especially those pinks lip! She oozes femininity in the photo, something I’m currently craving. I’m so sick of wearing jeans and solid colored sweaters everyday! Bring on florals, ruffles, dresses, heels and, of course, ladylike makeup.

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I love everything about this look… the slouchy clothing… the crafty floral necklace… the summer fedora… the bright red lips. Wonder if I could pull it off?

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Nearly a year ago I received a $100 gift certificate to a local day spa that I’ve yet to use. Why? I guess I was waiting for the “perfect” occasion. Well, now seems as good a time as any to cash it for a facial or a massage. I’ve been feeling pretty down since J left on December 13 and think that indulging in some pampering might help to cheer me up.

I’m leaning towards getting a facial since I’ve never had one. The O24U sounds particularly interesting:

Oxygen therapy is used to deliver antioxidants to the skin, and protects the epidermis from sun damage, pollution and stress. It is scientifically proven to eliminate erythma (redness) and irritation, and fights the bacteria associated with acne.

A full hour costs exactly $100, whereas a Signature Facial is $85/1 hour and a Deluxe Facial is $115/1 hour and 15 minutes.

To all the spa-addicts who read my blog: Have you ever had an oxygen facial? Did you love it? Hate it? Have no opinion one way or the other? Please share!

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Lancome’s new vibrating powermascara, Oscillation, won’t be available to the public until the end of the year, but until the end of today you can buy a limited first-edition tube at and

Have you heard of this product? It immediately made me think of Spin Pops, those candy/toy hybrids from the early 90s. Battery operated, Spin Pops spun your lollipop around in your mouth so you didn’t have to do the laborious work of actually licking it. Tell me you remember Spin Pops!

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Anyway, back to the makeup… With a press of a button, Oscillation:

  • Provides 7,000 oscillations per minute
  • Wraps every lash up to 360 degrees
  • Produces lashes that appear “extraordinarily extended, separated and multiplied”

How do you feel about the idea of putting a vibrating mascara wand near your eyes? Would you try this product?

philosophy’s ‘purity made simple’ is quite possibly my favorite beauty product of all time. A facial cleanser with a subtle scent, it takes off everything – foundation, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick. You won’t need to use separate eye makeup remover or toner. It’s gentle enough for all skin types and, I like to think, non-gender specific; J loves it as much as I do.

I buy a bottle every year during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. They sell an exclusive limited edition 32 oz bottle (with a pump) for $42.50 that I guarantee will last you until the following year’s Anniversary Sale. For comparison’s sake, the largest size bottle you can buy at Sephora is 24 oz, that’ll set you back $40. You do the math.