Monday, March 12, 2012

Random Drug Store Purchase - New York Color, Love + Toast, and Sula Products

On a recent trip to my local Duane Reade, a few things caught my eye that I wanted to share with you.  The first is the New York Color (NYC) Sun 'n' Bronze Bronzing Powder in Hamptons Radiance.

This product comes in 4 shades: Hamptons Radiance, Fire Island Tan, Coney Island Glow, and Montauk Bronze (Retail price: $4.99, 12 g).  I couldn't help but notice how much this resembled Chanel Lucky Stripes Highlighter from the recent Las Vegas Collection (review to follow).


Here are some swatches:

Overall rating: Booyah! for the price and quality; Boo-boo! as it left me wanting a bit more pigmentation.

As I perused the aisles, I noticed some Sula Products and purchased a Lip & Cheek Tint, a Creaseless Creme Shadow, and a lipgloss.  Sula Beauty is a division of Susanne Lang Fragrance Inc., a Toronto-based company with distribution in Canada, the US and the UK.  It can be purchased online at and is also available in Ulta stores.  The line is free from parabens, phthalates and petroleum by-products and is not tested on animals.  Here are 
some photos of the items I purchased:

Creaseless Creme Shadow (Retail price: $8.00, 4.5 g), In Your Dreams (a golden shade)

Sula says: Sula Beauty offers cream shadows in gorgeous on-trend colors. Easy to line, shade, blend and contour eyes, this formula is made with natural 

Lip & Cheek Tint (Retail price: $8.00, 6 g), Run The World (a berry/coral shade)

Sula says: Sula Beauty offers playfully pretty lip & cheek tints in gorgeous on-trend colors that are long lasting, moisturizing and made with natural ingredients.

Lipgloss (Retail price: $8.00 2.69 g), It's About Me (a sheer peach shade)

Sula says: Sula Beauty offers playfully pretty lip glosses in gorgeous on-trend colors that are long lasting, moisturizing and made with natural ingredients.

Overall ratings: Booyah! for all three items.  The products are of good quality and offer decent pigmentation for the price.

The last item I purchased was Love & Toast Handcreme in Honey Coconut.  The handcreme is paraben-free, never animal tested nor does it contain animal ingredients nor artificial colors!

Love & Toast says:

Happy Hydration.  Natural super-softeners shea butter, macadamia nut, and olive fruits team up with pore pleasing avocado and sunflower oils to create a dream cream.  Love & Toast can't live without its botanical perfume blend in the perfect lightweight and luxurious lotion.  I was pleased to find that this company (by Margot Elena) has a philosophy behind it.  "Pretty is as Pretty does. At the heart of Love+Toast is the simple philosophy: it is just as important to do good, as it is do look good.  So it's good to know that with every Love+Toast purchase, you are doing both.  A portion of every Love+Toast sale goes directly to Regional Affiliates of Girls Inc.  We believe there is more than just being a pretty face.  Along with Girls Inc., we encourage girls everywhere to be 'strong, smart, and bold.'"

This true feel-good product retails for $8.99 (35 g).  I can't wait to try other scents and products.

Overall rating:  Booyah!  Nothing works better for me than a cruelty-free beauty product that gives back and I just love the little cut-outs on the package flaps.

Have you tried any of these items?  Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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