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Posted by 08.10.12

TV shopping for a long time was a staple of comedy sketch writers with shaky walls and product offers that could only be described as cut rate.

Not anymore. During the past several years, QVC and HSN, not to mention ShopNBC, have gone from strength to strength. But more specifically, the combination of TV and beauty has become very successful: in the US it is a $1.2 billion business and up 5.3% from 2009. Brands on QVC, for example, include Bobbi Brown, Nicky Kinnaird from SpaceNK—to whom we will return later—Bareminerals, Perricone MD, Clarisonic, Ojon, philosophy, Laura Geller and Smashbox to name a few. HSN offers Lancôme, Benefit and Elizabeth Arden and ShopNBC offe

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Posted by 07.09.12

With the Olympic trials over and the chosen athletes on their way to the Summer Olympics in London, Beautyinthebag takes a look at some of our favorite skincare and body brands originating from across the merry old pond. The British may have a reputation for being buttoned up, but these products will definitely enliven your beauty regimen.

St. Tropez

Just in time for the summer, sunless tanning products from St. Tropez put the bronze in safe tanning. We love that it’s a gradual tan which means it looks natural and not orange and streaky like some other self-tanners. St. Tropez’s main tanning agent is dihydroxyacetone – a colorless sugar that interacts with the amino acids

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Posted by 07.11.11

PRODUCT: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser ($24.50) is the award winning, cult-status cleanser from this UK botanical beauty brand that was recently sold to Avon and is now available in the US too.  I’ve seen this on a lot of beauty award lists and I finally had the chance to try it myself.

The cream contains tingly eucalyptus, which produces a cooling and lovely aromatic effect. It also has soothing cocoa butter in a formulation that can be used on your eyes to remove multiple coats of waterproof mascara - the ultimate multitasker. Mineral oil free, the cleanser has gentle purging power for pores and dead cells. Other naturally active ingredients include hops extract for toning, rosemary essential oil for fighting free radicals, and chamomile essential oil and beeswax for soothing reactive or tired skin.

The two-phase cleansing process is easy to do in the morning and at night time and takes just a few minutes. First massage the cleanser onto dry skin over the face and neck - decollete too if you choose. Next, rinse the pure muslin cloth in hot-to-the-touch water and wring it out before gently polishing off the cream in a circular motion.

The ritual of applying the cream, followed by washing with a hot, steaming muslin cloth over your sink, is so beautifully simple. It reminds you that clean skin is not about scrubbing layers off with harsh foaming cleansers -rather it’s about removing impurities, opening pores, gently sloughing off dead cells, and also about the relaxing experience of it all. Plus, you can wash and reuse the cloth, unlike that bottle of scrub you just threw out.

The cleanser is appropriate for all skin type and ages - and it can even help skin with acne that benefits from daily exfoliation. It is great for dry or dull complexions in need of brightening booster. Liz Earle offers such a refreshing experience on so many levels - it's no wonder that this cleanser is an all time fave of so many women around the world.  Treat yourself to a facial experience at home for under $25.



Would you buy it again? YES

Would you recommend it to a friend? YES


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