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Steals & Deals - 20% off storewide at Skinterra

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Skinterra is one of Beauty Wonkette's favorite skincare stores. From now until March 3 (midnite EST) Skinterra is offering a 20% STOREWIDE discount. No restrictions! No minimums. Beauty Wonkette suggest you stock up NOW. Use promo code SAVE20 at checkout.

Beauty Wonkette's favorite new toy: the Pilatesstick!

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Beauty Wonkette is a workout fanatic! Not a bad thing, really. I mean, there are worse addictions than a Stairmaster addiction. Over the years, I've found that changing up your workout routine from time to time keeps things fresh and interesting. However, some things are absolute staples in Beauty Wonkette's workout regimen: the classic workout tapes/dvds by the Firm, the Stairmaster, swimming, and YES - Pilates.

Beauty Wonkette was doing Pilates years before it became a craze amongst the chiceria. In fact, even though Pilates really is an instructor-based system (yep - ever after all these years, Beauty Wonkette still takes an occasional Pilates class to check her form, etc), the investment in a her very own studio Reformer was one of the best investments Beauty Wonkette has made. BUT, it takes up an awful lot of room and not everyone has that kind of space.

When Beauty Wonkette was asked to test this new system, she was admittedly skeptical. Surely this could never…

Bat those gorgeous eyelashes....

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The market today is loaded with new products that promise to grow your eyelashes, thicken them, etc. Apparently, some of them even work! Beauty Wonkette learned awhile back that she had alot more eyelash than she thought! DID YOU KNOW THAT THE TIPS OF YOUR EYELASHES ARE TRANSPARENT? ^5s to you if you already knew that. Beauty Wonkette didn't. Once I DID learn it, I also learned to tint my own eyelashes and the results are truly phenomenal. My lashes look longer, thicker, and very glossy.

The very best of all the eyelash tint kits is 1000 Hours Eyelash and Brow Tint. Why 1000 hours? Well, apparently, that's the actual lifespan of a single eyelash. You can figure the rest out. Although I have waited 6 weeks to retint, more often than not, I do it every 4 weeks or so. I especially love this stuff because my eyelashes look sultry even when they are bare of mascara. It means they look good in bed, on the beach, when I go to the pool for a workout swim, and on days tha…

Beauty Wonkette is wiggling her purdy toes!

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Truth be told, Beauty Wonkette is not terribly adventurous when it comes to nail polish on her fingernails. Alot of it is a job thing. Ahhhh but Beauty Wonkette has the HOTTEST toes (wiggling them happily!)

So, what’s hot this Spring?

How about fashion-forward, wearable nail colors for the modern woman who is looking for an effective, safe, environmentally conscious brand?

If this is you, then you are going to LOVE these. These long-lasting, chip-resistant polishes are available in this spring’s 6 hottest shades, ensure flawless results with each application, and their green ingredient list excludes DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde.

Not bad for $9. Sephora by Opi. Available exclusively at Sephora.

Etailer of the Week: Arcadia Aromatics

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Yes, Beauty Wonkette knows that today is Saturday and she promised to do an Etailer of the Week feature every Friday. Sigh. It's just a leeetle bit late though....

This week, I want to call your attention to Arcadia Aromatics. The fact that Beauty Wonkette is obsessed with gorgeous, fragrant, luxurious handmade cold process soaps isn't a secret. I can tell you that Arcadia makes some of the absolute best out there. They're always gorgeous and she really does come up with some truly luscious fragrance blends. I adore her salt bars, which are NOT scrub bars (for the uninitiated), but soap bars to which one adds salt. The result is a harder bar that is just awesome in the bath or shower.

But, what won this etailer this spot is her unique and awesome solid shampoo and conditioner bars. OMG they are sooooo good. I do a fair amount of travelling for both work and play. Transporting a bottle of shampoo and conditioner has always been a pain. It became a mo…

No Scream Cream - from OWWWWWWWWWW to ouch!

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Beauty Wonkette is not a hairy ape, BUT we Mediterranean girls usually do have more than just fine blonde fuzz. Add to that the fact Beauty Wonkette has been an avid swimmer since the age of 8. Ahhh now you're getting the picture. I started out shaving my bikini area. I can't say I loved it, but it did the job (sorta). Then, when Beauty Wonkette was all grown up, waxing became interesting. Except for the excruciating pain, I loved the results. After a time, I went for a full Brazilian. OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW indeed. But Mr. Beauty Wonkette loved the results even more than Beauty Wonkette. Oh me oh my was Beauty Wonkette destined to suffer this pain on a regular basis. Nothing seemed to help. Beauty Wonkette tried several Cadillac Margaritas with shots on the side 30 minutes prior to waxing. It didn't take the edge off the pain, but it got Beauty Wonkette into the waxing studio and also served to dim her memory (useful in g…

ADESIGN Eye 5 - a truly precision (and foolproof) tool

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Adesign has created the ultimate in precision, goof-proof eye lining. (Beauty Wonkette LOVES goof-proof :D )Their Eye 5 brush is angled for easy application. The surface area is wide - much wider than any eye liner brush I've seen - so you can get the job done in fewer swipes. Fewer swipes means fewer mistakes. Believe me! This baby will evenly and smoothly apply both liquid and wet to dry shadows. You can also blend and smudge pencil liners.

At a cost of $18, this one is worth it!

Cancer really SUCKS, but Lindi Skin helps.....

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Unfortunately, most of us know someone who has been stricken with cancer. Even for those fortunate enough to have a cancer that is treatable, the treatment can really take its toll. Yes, chemotherapy, in particular, has come a long way. Sympathetic drugs allow those fighting cancer and undergoing chemo to function far better than ever before. Wawful rashes, dermatitis, leukopenia. And, adding insult to injury, the effects are worsened by traditional skin care products.

Not too long ago, a very dear and longtime friend with absolutely NO risk factors for cancer of any kind, and with absolutely no symptoms, found out by chance that she had stage IV metastatic lung cancer. Needless to say, her prognosis wasn't good. But, she's tough and courageous and told us all that she just wasn't ready to die. She lost one lung to surgery which was followed by high dose radiation therapy. When the cancer metastasized to her brain, she started an incredibly agressive regimen of chemo. It w…

Etailer of the Week: True Radiance for beautiful skin

When Beauty Wonkette makes a promise, Beauty Wonkette delivers. I've been promising a Friday Etailer of the Week review. Well, after my MLAB post, I figured I'd better start giving you some options that won't drive you into bankruptcy!!! And, when it comes to skincare, True Radiance has become a virtual cult favorite in the online skincare and beauty community...

True Radiance was founded by Aleta Medeiros, a registered nurse in California. As is so often the case with etailers, what began as a small and successful hobby for making quality skincare products for friends and patients, became a business. Luck for us that it did, because this is good stuff at a reasonable price.

From the True Radiance site:

"True Radiance is fully focused on bringing you the cutting edge in quality skin creams. Our anti-aging skin creams, for example, utilize modern ingredients. As a result, our products have offered alternative solutions to costly, and sometimes, harmful cosmetic proced…

you are soooo gonna hate Beauty Wonkette...... :)

Beauty Wonkette promises that after this post, which is likely to cost you your lunch $$ for the next couple of weeks, we'll continue with our (brand new) Friday tradition of reviewing a favorite etailer with great prices. Now, fasten your seatbelts for an absolutely amazingly effective skincare line. Uhhhhh forget your seatbelts. Padlock your wallet - this stuff IS pricey, BUT unlike alot of other high end skincare lines, this stuff is amazingly effective. Here's the poop...

Milbar Laboratories has been formulating innovative skin care in the medical market for dermatologists and plastic surgeons for over 25 years. A couple of years ago, they challenged their scientists to create, without limitation, the most efficacious and luxurious anti-aging formulations in the world. The results were truly spectacular. MLAB products were officially born.

The successful action of the M LAB™ products results from an extraordinarily high number of clinically active ingredients designed…

Psssst.....STEAL THIS FROM BLISS

All month long, BlissWorld is giving away a free full size Love Handler ($36 value) with ANY product purchase in spa and on blissworld.com! Is it any good? Who the hell cares?!?!?! It's FREE... Beauty Wonkette is now leaving this site to snag one :D

Curlformers - a hair curling REVOLUTION !!!

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Beauty Wonkette has long, thick, layered, and just a leetle bit wavy hair. If I wash my hair and work some leave in conditioner or my beloved Fekkai stuff that I can never remember the full name of, and let it air dry, it look kind of cool. I only do that when I'm not going anywhere though. It's my messy bedhead look :D

Most of the time, I use a flat iron or a wide barrel brush/curling iron to smooth and straighten my hair and make it all shiny and glossy and I DO love the way my hair looks and feels. Since I was just a junior beauty wonkette, I've been doing stuff to torture the waves out of my hair. How ironic that now I sometimes long for that curly haired girl look! I went out and got myself an Enzo Milano Curling Iron and I've got to tell you, it is really fabulous. The number of things you can do with it is amazing and I've never had anything but fantastic results. I highly recommend this to everyone I know. Buttttttt, this isn't about my Enzo Mil…

Cawf, cawf, ACHOO !!!

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It's peak flu season and for any sick beauty wonkettes out there, nothing is more unsexy (errrr less sexy :D) than Vicks Vapo Rub. Luckily, for those who need to feel pampered and chic while coughing up a lung, Amala's detoxifying bath crystals ($48) and detoxifying body oil ($28 to $48) do just that. A couple of scoops easily dissolves in hot water, doesn't leave any residue on your body or tub, and, most important, the high dose of myrtle opens up your chest and clears out your sinuses almost instantly. Slather on the oil and you can practically sleep through the night. Sweet dreams, baby ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

$28 to $48 at AmalaBeauty.com.

Beauty Wonkette aka THE SCRUB QUEEN

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I've been doing so much scrubbing, polishing, buffing, and marinating lately, I might as well put myself on a rotisserie spit ! I'm sure I'd be succulent and tender!!! If you are thinking that my bathroom must be overflowing with scrubs and polishes, you are absolutely right! I adore scrubs. I adore them so much I often make my own, but I also find any new scrub that seems unique and effective to be irresistible.

Over the weekend, I went back to some old favorites from Ablutions Spa and wondered how on earth I've been living without them! These are THE MOST LUSCIOUS scrubs on the planet. They are also VERY effective. Not a bad combo where I come from!

I think what I like best about them is that they are "big girl scrubs." They're loaded with sumptuous, exotic ingredients and they not only leave my skin all buffed and polished and touchable, they smell sultry. If you are like me, you've often left the "bath & body" board over at Make…

Confessions of a shampoo snob....

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Beauty Wonkette is a complete snob when it comes to haircare. The idea of using drugstore shampoo and conditioner on my lovely locks is just.... well, just forget it! It's not just snobbery though. My hair is long, I color it, and I use hot tools. I want to preserve my color, keep my hair healthy and bouncy and shiney and I don't like harsh detergents, etc. I've been using some great stuff that I buy online, and I have some other favorites as well, but they're costly. I don't care. It's worth it to keep my hair all pretty and stuff...

Unfortunately, I found myself out of town with no shampoo. (Yes, I forgot to pack it. I ALWAYS forget something...sigh) I had read good reviews about L'Oreal's new Everpure line, and they had it at the Target store that I went to to pick up all the other stuff I forgot.

This is GOOD stuff!

I don't think it will totally replace my usual shampoo and conditioner, but I like to switch around anyway. You will NOT f…

Coochie cream on my face???????

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Would ya? The fact is alot of gals probably would. Beauty Wonkette remembers talk of using Preparation H under the eyes even when she was just a baby Beauty Wonkette! Ahhh but seriously, this is NOT "coochie cream." Monistat Chafing Powder Gel (which you will find - yes - where they keep the coochie creams) is, without question THE BEST primer you will ever find. The fact that the most you'll pay for it is $7-8 is a bonus. I'd pay twice as much for what it does...

I read about this on the beauty boards about 18 months ago. I'd never used a primer so I kind of ignored it. I also didn't use foundation because I thought it made my skin look worse, not better. I tried cult favorite Bare Escentuals and I swear that it made me look like an old lady. I figured I was never going to use anything but tinted moisturizer (which is a problem for me because I don't really a daytime moisturizer) and a dusting of loose powder.

Then, Sephora gave me a sample of Sm…

Eureka!!! I have found the ultimate lip plumper....

I am one happy little Beauty Wonkette today! I have found a few decent lip plumpers out there, but to be honest, I'm just not conscientous enough to keep reapplying stuff all day. So, when I read that taking a hyaluronic acid supplement (provided that it also contains BiocellII) would serve as a natural lip plumper, my first response was YAYYYYYY. My second was that this just had to be a load of bull uhhhhh, you know. It just sounded too good to be true. On top of that, Beauty Wonkette is not much of a pill popper. But, curiousity got the better of me. Off I went on my quest for the right supplement.

I found two that seemed to fit the bill. Collagen Type II by Vitamin Research Labs and Source Naturals Skin Eternal HyaluronicAcid (which also contains Biocell II) . Collagen Type II is a smaller capsule; the Skin Eternal HA is a larger tablet. Since capsules tend to make me burp, I went with the Skin Eternal. I started out taking 2 in the am and 2 in the pm (when I remember…