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November 26, 2001

It's back to reviews this week, with some new bath and body choices, plus a look at holiday colors from our Panelist Holly. Next week I'll have new reviews of online stores for your holiday shopping needs. Enjoy!

SKINMARKET deliciousness brown sugar bath & body collection
Adding to their original orange-vanilla brown sugar body scrub, SKINMARKET has expanded the brown sugar line to include some new goodies that smell just as incredible (and tasty enough to eat!) as the scrub. For the shower, creamy body wash ($9.95) is a great way to enjoy this scent every day. It has generous lather and is lightly moisturizing. If you like to indulge in the occasional soak, a couple of scoops of bath ($14.95) will help you feel relaxed. This milk bath powder has bits of brown sugar that make the bath smell delish! Post-shower/bath, you have a choice of body creme brulee ($14.95) rich cream (my personal favorite) or body oil mist ($14.95) dry oil spray. If you are really into the orange-vanilla scent, you can layer with fragrance spray ($12.95). Personally I think it's a bit much, but if you want it to last all day, go for it!

You can find these and other tempting SKINMARKET goodies at SKINMARKET.com.

bc:Bellisima Custom Total Body Recovery
If you are looking for seriously exfoliated skin, your search is over. Bellisima has just introduced this two step system that will have your skin glowing in no time. Step 1 ($45 for 16oz) is a high-powered body scrub with micro-symmetrical walnut shell granules in a gentle liquid cleanser. The paste lightly foams as you scrub and really stays on your skin, unlike some scrubs that slide off and down the drain. Bamboo and lemongrass add to the exfoliating power and invigorating scent. Step 2 ($22.50 for 8oz) is a rich lotion with shea butter, orange wax, lavender hydrosol, aloe vera gel and vitamins A, C & E. When used together, your skin will be incredibly smooth.

You can find the bc:Bellisima Custom Total Body Recovery system at Bellisima.com.

Smashbox Holiday 2001 Colors
report by Holly of the Cosmetic Connection Product Panel

I recently tried out Smashbox's Holiday 2001 color palette. The theme for this color group is Hollywood on Fire! and they've certainly been a hit with me!

Lipstick ($16)
The two featured colors in this holiday collection are Spark and Flame. Spark is essentially a clear stick with a TON of silver glitter in it. Used alone, I thought it made my lips look like I'd just eaten a powdered doughnut rather messily. Applied on top of other colors though, it's a lot of fun. Spark is a great way to jazz up your favorite lip color for the holidays. The only real drawback is that I can feel the glitter on my lips - it kind of feels like I've got sand stuck in my lipgloss. Flame is an oh-so-glam shade of red. It is a fairly moisturizing lipstick that leaves a nice stain on the lips that lasts all day. My favorite of the colors in this group is one called Burn. It's a dramatic red with just a hint of gold shimmer in it. This will be the "new classic" of my lipstick case. It also fades to a subtle stain over the course of the day, so my lips never look bare. Smashbox lipsticks contain Vitamin E to help nourish parched lips. They are available in a nice array of 35 shades (in addition to the new holiday colors).

Lip Gloss ($16)
Smashbox Lip Gloss comes in a 1.6-ounce tube with a wand applicator. Star is one featured holiday color. It is basically the lip-gloss version of Spark - a clear gloss with some silver glitter going on in it. Unlike Spark, this one does not feel like gravel on the lips. However, applying it just once over my favorite lipstick resulted in tainting the wand and entire tube with the color of my lipstick. Bummer! The other new holiday shade is Fire, a nice plum-y red. All these lip-glosses are thick and a little on the goopy side, but have a dazzlingly shiny finish. They need to be re-applied a couple of times to keep the color and shine going through the day, but are very hydrating. Smashbox lip glosses come in 12 shades ranging from Crystal, which is clear, to Finale - a deep, dramatic red.

Blush ($24)
This compact powder blush comes packaged in a small round tub with a screw-on lid. The new holiday shade here is called Shock. It is a bright, orange-y red. This blush is very intensely pigmented, so go lightly or your cheeks may be in for more of a shock than you anticipated! This shade is a bit bright for my fair wintertime complexion, but I'll keep it around for use with next year's tan. Smashbox blush comes in 7 other (much more subtle) shades. The powder formula goes on smoothly and blends fairly easily. The color holds up well all day.

Skin Tints ($28)
These color sticks are my favorite of the Smashbox line. They are stain sticks for adding color to your cheeks, lips, eyes…wherever you want a little extra glow. They come packaged in what looks like an oversized lipstick tube. I'll admit that on first sight, I was a little bit afraid of these sticks. They come in four colors: Heat (a peach-y orange), Lit (a taupe-y brown), Ultraviolet (a violet shade - what else?), and Infrared (you guessed it - red). All four look very dark and foreboding in the tube. However, when applied, they are surprisingly subtle and translucent, adding just a hint of color wherever they go. I like them best as blush sticks - the color is soft and very easy to blend. I have used Lit and Heat as eye shadow base also and the effect is a nice one. The color is too sheer to be of much use on the lips, unless you want just the slightest suggestion of color. These sticks are water-based and feel rather cool when applied. They are meant to be soothing, so each stick contains vitamins A, C, and E; aloe and echinacea. The color doesn't quite last throughout the workday, but they are terrific for evenings out!

Fingerpaints ($24, set of 6)
Smashbox has packaged six bold, shimmery nail colors together for the holidays. In keeping with their Hollywood theme, they have named each after a star of the silver screen. We have Marilyn (a dark, sexy red), Grace (a middle-of-the-road violet), Sophia (a very dark crimson), Ginger (metallic gold), Greta (mossy green), and Bette (dark purple). All six shades are shimmery and very dramatic! Don't expect a long-lasting manicure or pedicure with these beauties. They tend to chip within a day (in some cases, within an hour!) but they carry all the drama that this Hollywood collection intended. I have shimmery green toenails as I write this and I love 'em!

Smashbox Cosmetics are available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Sephora and at Smashbox.com.



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