Beauty biz – Money well spent??

Women are obsessed with these CULT BEAUTY PRODUCTS…cult

Are you willing to spend two months rent on a face cream? Money can’t buy everything, but as it turns out it can buy the prettiest nails, best anti-aging products and most over-the-top eyelashes. Shop (or just gawk) at the most outrageously priced beauty products on the market and decide for yourself if looking like a million bucks is worth spending just under that.

From 24k-gold eyelashes to a platinum-infused moisturizer, these luxury beauty products are by far the most expensive picks on our wish list.


This is how grown-ups do press-on nails. These engraved brass nail shields will set you back $450, not including the cost of hiring a professional to apply them. Are they practical? Not exactly, but since when did we let being practical get in the way of being fabulous?


Even we know to invest in a good set of makeup brushes, but this collection blows ours out of the water. This 14-piece set tackles everything from application to blending, as it should with a $650 price tag.


What does 865 dollars smell like? We’ll tell you: *Tahitian vanilla and rose. Promising to make a woman radiate as if she were wearing a diamond necklace, this big-ticket perfume is not far off from the price of actual diamonds.


Platinumthe rarest element on earth—can now be applied topically to your face. This anti-aging cream puts into action advanced skin science that promises climate-activated hydration and protection of the skin’s DNA. All we know is $1,080 for a face cream is no joke.


The most luxury our lashes have ever experienced is a trip to the salon for a set of extensions. Looking to up your game a little? Try giving your eyes a $1,350 makeover. These 18k white gold and .2 carat diamond lashes take the windows to your soul to a whole new level.

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With a staggering $1,500 price tag, this 24k gold-infused night elixir hydrates skin, leaving behind a radiant and youthful glow. Using this blend of essential oils improves the appearance of aging, which means you can turn back the hands of time, but it’ll cost you—natch.


It’s no secret *La Mer’s face cream has a cult following, but this superluxe option is only for the truly beauty obsessed. Promising to increase firmness and diminish wrinkles, this moisturizer comes in at a whopping 2K.


Got 28 days and $1,520? That’s all you need to get rid of wrinkles and revitalize your skin. This at-home treatment focuses on the regeneration of skin with a four-week process. (Note: It’s recommended you do it every 6 months.)

*Tahitian Vanilla & Rose – I love these two aromas and used them as part of the mix in creating my own perfume from scratch. It was fun trying to tailor a personalized scent but it is a science and there is a formula to follow. Even though I was happy with the first time results I’m still trying to perfect the end result so that it turns out to be more of an eau de parfum rather than an eau de cologne.  The one from Clive Christian is obviously more concentrated.

Has anyone else tried doing this at home??


*La Mer – FYI you can buy a 30ml for approx. $200.  I did that once and found it a bit too rich for my skin. Most people find it amazing though. Unfortunately it felt a little heavy.

Source: Zoe Beautiful


Beauty with Benefits – Cuticle Care 101

Well girls….our job is never done!HealthyNails-636

Last week I posted about the latest trends in nail polish because when most people think of nail care they think of nail polish, or fingernail problems like peeling, chipping, and cracking. But your cuticles also contribute to nail health and a neat appearance. Uncared-for cuticles are prone to hangnails and dryness, while badly cut or bitten cuticles put the skin around the fingers at a risk of infection.  My cuticles have always been troublesome until recently, now that I’ve found the perfect solution – see below for product reviews.

By following these cuticle-care guidelines, you can prevent cuticle disasters & help maximize your manicure’s good looks at the same time.


No matter how well you think you moisturize your hands, your cuticles are especially thirsty for hydration. They’re soaked and dried every time you wash your hands, they’re exposed to chemicals when you clean or work without gloves. If you’re not already rubbing a good quality moisturizer (see below) into your nails and fingertips every day, start doing it. If you do moisturize, and you still get hangnails or dryness, start to do it twice.

Never cut your cuticles

Your cuticles perform a valuable job: protecting the roots of your nails from invasion by harmful bacteria. If you cut them away, they won’t be able to do their job. Same if you cut them poorly. Instead, push the cuticles back with a non-metal tool, such as a rosewood stick. However, bear in mind…

Don’t Push Back Dry Cuticles. Cuticles are not only easier to nudge back when they’re moist, it’s also safer. Pushing on a wet, flexible cuticle is much less likely to lead to tears or other damage. Try pushing back your cuticles right after you get out of the shower, or soak your fingertips for a short time in a bowl of warm water.

Push Back Cuticles Like a Pro. There are three steps to the push-back: One, apply a cuticle remover (balm works better than an oil or cream – see below). Two, use an orange stick to gently push back your nice moist cuticles. Finally, move the orange stick in tiny circles at the base of the nail to remove any clinging dead skin that’s there. Repeat the last step as necessary.

Trim Hangnails Carefully. While it’s not a good idea to cut your cuticles, it’s fine to cut your hangnails. Just go about it with caution: again, you’re trying to avoid causing infection. Use a sharp cuticle nipper (I recommend Tweezerman) that you’ve cleaned with alcohol or peroxide beforehand, and apply antibacterial ointment to the cut areas immediately afterwards—especially if you slip up and draw blood (ouch!).

Choose Nail Care Products Wisely.  Acetone-based nail polish removers and polishes and treatments with formaldehyde, including formaldehyde resins, are just as bad for your cuticles as they are for your nails. Dump any nail polishes or nail treatment products made before the end of 2007, which are likely to contain formaldehyde, and look for removers that are labeled acetone-free. Both of these chemicals, in addition to being toxic, cause dryness and irritation of cuticle skin.

I love a nice cuticle oil like this from Island Girl - from Hawaii ABC shop.
This floral scented cuticle oil from Island Girl is best for finishing off your manicure with a swipe after polish. Available at ABC stores – Hawaii + Las Vegas.

It’s simple: healthy cuticles look better than unhealthy ones. And healthy cuticles help keep nails healthy too. My TOP picks:Eye Get Spoil

This 20% shea butter and cream from L'Occitane is great.
Don’t forget the hands.  This 20% shea butter  in a tube from L’Occitane is one of the best hand creams ever invented.

 The one in the blue jar is called BALMshell & it works best of all. Infused with healing essential oils my nails have never been  healthier, seriously!

It’s a NEW miracle 3 in 1 beauty balm that works equally well to help soften around the eyes + lips. Available only online at

Personal Post-it – Product Review

Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover – a Wonderful Product and makes life easier.sephoraI don’t know about you but I’m always taking off nail polish because it consistently chips.  Have you ever spilled nail polish remover in your bathroom?  It’s not a good thing.  Worse is spilling a bottle of bright red nail polish on your white ceramic sink but that’s another story.  A friend once brought me back from Japan a very similar product that I remember thinking was brilliant.  Then once it was finished I forgot all about it – until Sephora came out with this one.  Easy to use because you just dip each nail one by one into the jar and presto – nail polish dissolves in seconds.  Hard to get off glitter polish too although you might have to do it twice or leave it for a few seconds longer.  Great for travelling, lasts a long time (surprisingly I’ve had mine for a few months) and it’s inexpensive. Thanks Sephora!

Note: you cannot use this for removing gel polish