Mom and me, circa 1979
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Mother’s Day is this Sunday and I’m so excited. Not just because Mr. Spoiled Pretty and my son, Westley, are treating me to a decadent brunch. But because it’s an opportunity to celebrate my hero, Andrea Stamps.
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At Christmastime, I agonized over what to get my son's daycare teachers. There are 12 of them - and even though he has his two main teachers, they all have interaction with him and take excellent care of him. So I needed to buy 12 gifts to show my appreciation, without breaking the bank. $10 each seemed doable, except CONTINUE READING
As a beauty expert, I’m embarrassed by how late I am to the BB Cream party. In the past year, so many friends and colleagues have asked me about BB Creams—what’s the buzz, which brands are the best, etc. —and they would look at me funny when I admitted to not having tried BB Creams yet. I mean, they CONTINUE READING
I’m very fickle about my fingernails. Before I paint my nails or get them professionally did, I spend a inordinate amount of time pondering my polish options. I consider the season, recent trends, my wardrobe that week and anywhere special I might go. But despite all of this planning, I’m usually over my polish choice before it even dries.
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After beauty products, handbags are my secondary addiction. But when it comes to arm candy, I have discriminating taste. For me, the perfect handbag seamlessly marries fashion with function, is handcrafted from high-quality materials, has really unique hardware and is classic but edgy - all at the same time. I don't like to carry the of-the-moment "it" bag. I CONTINUE READING
Earlier this month, Kate Spade (aka creator of cuteness and the reason why I can't seem to keep money in my wallet), launched a brand new line called Kate Spade Saturday.
Kate Spade Saturday is a new global lifestyle brand created to channel the spirit of Saturday seven days a week. This younger, more accessible sister to kate spade new CONTINUE READING
Liquid liner is a true beauty icon. Able to transform eyes into miniature works of art with one swipe, it has been the signature look of some of the world’s most legendary beauties. Boasting the ergonomically friendly ease of a felt-tip pen, and the refined pigment quality that NARS is known for, the Eyeliner Stylo ($27) is indispensable for looks both elegant and extreme. The chic, polished black packaging and ultra-fine, marker-style tip makes the Eyeliner Stylo both highly portable and foolproof. The tip is firm but flexible, offering an innovative level of control. That means a precise, even line has never been easier to achieve. One stroke of the quick-drying, waterproof formula is all you need to create immediate femme fatale eyes.
Can’t wait to try this!
Available in the following shades: Blue Bayou, Nabucco, Nuits Blanches
As you probably know, today is the official kickoff of New York Fashion Week, Spring 2010. In fact, I’ll be traveling to NYC on Saturday to attend Fashion Week events and report from backstage. But before we move forward, let’s take a look back to Fashion Week, Fall 2009. Last spring, I went behind the scenes at some of the hottest shows – and noticed some emerging trends.
Last week, I appeared on the NBC 10! Show to talk about five of the fiercest beauty trends for fall – and introduce viewers to must-have products to help them nail the looks.
Watch and learn…
In honor of my latest TV appearance, I’m giving away a selection of the products featured in the segment!!! One lucky winner will receive:
Revlon Brow Specialist Kit: The set includes three brow stencils in varying degrees of arch to fit every shape, tweezers, a universally flattering brow pencil, and brow gel – all in a sleek carrying case.
Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Liner (all six shades!): More precise than a pencil and more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, and buildable coverage than your average liner. The angled liner brush creates a razor sharp line, and the formula lasts all day (or night). Available in six gorgeous colors: Binge (midnight blue), Demolition (brown), Empire (eggplant), Loaded (deep green), Pyrotechnics (iridescent glitter with clear base), and Zero (black).
Goody Resort Glamour Kingston Bobby Slides: These are the next generation of bobby pins. They are some of the most darling bobby pins I’ve ever seen, and come in a selection of shades sure to match your personality, hair color and/or ensemble.
OPI Matte Collection (all six shades!): OPI recently released six of their best-selling shades in non-glossy formulation. The collection includes: Alpine Snow(a fresh crisp white), Gargantuan Green Grape (green kissed by the summer sun), La Paz-itively Hot (a hot pink perfect for when you’re Bo-livia la vida loca), Lincoln Park After Dark (where midnight meets purple), Russian Navy (wait until you see this deep-sea indigo!) and You Don’t Know Jacques! (if you don’t know how trendy this taupe is!).
To enter the giveaway, send an email to email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Fall Trends Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Thursday, September 17th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, September 18th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents.
Inspired by looks created for the first ever Barbie runway show at Fall 2009 New York Fashion Week, the new Barbie™ Loves Stila fall collection has everything you need to get all dolled up. The collection will be available on the Stila Cosmetics site in September, and you can snatch up the ultra-glam Barbie™ Loves Stila Smudge Pot and Barbie™ Loves Stila Lip Glaze NOW on the Stila website, as a special preview.
Barbie™ Loves Stila All Doll’d Up Palette ($28): A must-have for any glam girl, this adorable refillable compact – decorated with a lenticular of the iconic Barbie stare contains four eye shadow trios (TWELVE eye shadow shades!) for endless looks and countless levels of glamour. Available at stilacosmetics.com, Ulta and Sephora.
Barbie™ Loves Stila Lip Enamel Trio ($32): This set of highly-pigmented mega-watt glosses is a true triple threat. The three wearable shades include Joy (red), Happiness (light pink) and Tickled Pink (the Barbie signature power pink exclusive to the Barbie Loves Stila Collection) and feature mood boosting rhodolea rosea and long lasting lip conditioning ingredients. Available at stilacosmetics.com, Ulta and Sephora.
Barbie™ Loves Stila Lip Glaze ($22): Add dimension and shimmer to your lips with just a click of one of these iconic Lip Glaze pens. Choose from universally flattering Pale Pink, a Bright Pink or Red. Available exclusively at Sephora and stilacosmetics.com.
Barbie™ Loves Stila NEW Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner ($20): Created especially for the Barbie collection, this new marker-like pen glides on with precision and ease and won’t smudge or run. The intense carbon black color creates definition for day and drama for night. Available exclusively at Ulta and stilacosmetics.com.
Barbie™ Loves Stila Smudge Pot ($20): Tucked inside jars emblazoned with Barbie’s sparkling stare, these ultra-rich shades of the cult favorite gel-based liner are the first versions to be infused with intense sparkle. Options include eye enhancing Cobalt Clutch (blue with blue shimmer), Purple Pumps (purple with pink shimmer) and the intense Little Black Dress (black with pink shimmer). Each is perfect for lining the eyes and as a stay-put smudge-proof shadow. Available at stilacosmetics.com, Ulta and Sephora.
Infused with the prevailing spirit engendered by its founder that “modes have a right to break rules,” the premier beauty brand, named for its creator Mr. Shu Uemura, introduces “primitribe” (primitive+tribe), its 129th mode make-up collection.
Trained directly under Mr. Shu Uemura, international artistic director Kakuyasu Uchiide, continues to challenge the notions of the expected, taking us on an exploration that goes beyond the traditional borders of “seasonal makeup.”
With his creation of primitribe, Uchiide leads us to a land filled with a unique product mixture that brims with adventurous and vibrant colors, rich textures and elaborately adorned packaging.
Primal Color Stick ($30) – Cream to powder texture glides on easily to create smoky shadows or add shimmering radiance. Unique diagonally cut tip achieves maximum decoration. Available in four limited-edition shades: Blazed Gold, Misty Grove, Rich Earth and Night Maroon
Painting Liner ($40) – Ultra smooth-glide gel-type eyeliner in colors inspired by gems from the wild’s of nature. Decorate your eye line with lucent accents or blend in varying degrees. Match with color stick for a treasure trove of impact. Available in two limited-edition shades: Citrine and Turquoise
Primal Mix Eyelashes ($25) – Long lashes in natural dark colors become amulets for the eyes. Interspersed with flashes of blue, pink, light green and yellow color. Cut into any desired width and apply on top or bottom lashes to enjoy various accents on eyes.
Primal Mix Blush ($24) – Duo-color blush mixes a fresh tone with a soft terracotta tone to create a perfect harmony to add a healthy, warm and natural glow to skin. Available in three limited-edition shades: Rhythm, Soul and Echo For Lips
Rouge Unlimited Lipstick ($23) – An inviting selection of shades inspired by wild fruits at different stages of ripening. Muted colors complement a healthy skin tone. Natural dewy sheer finish. Two new shades!
Nail Enamel Supplement Mineral ($16) – An exquisite face is complemented by nails adorned with a caravan of vibrant colors caressed by the sun. Two new shades!
I don’t know what took me so long to hop on the Stila Kitten bandwagon. But now that I’m all aboard, I’m gonna rock it ’til the wheels fall off.
When Stila introduced the original pearlized Kitten eye shadow in 1997, girls everywhere scooped up the universally flattering pink champagne shade. And now I know why. Just a light dusting of its rose gold goodness on lids instantly makes peepers pop.
And now that I’ve worked myself into a feline frenzy, I’ve got my claws out and I’m ready to pounce on Stila’s Smitten With Kitten collection, coming this fall.
Last month, I had an opportunity to preview these new kitten incarnations, and I’m positively purring for…
Stila Kitten Smudge Pot, $20 The proprietary combination of pearls used to create Kitten are blended into a new Smudge Pot resulting in shimmering champagne. Wear it as an eye shadow primer, a shadow, liner or even a cheek and brow bone highlighter. Like a kitty cat stuck up in a tree, once this product sets, it ain’t goin’ nowhere; it’s smudge-proof, water resistant, long-wearing and simply illuminating, day and night!
Stila Kitten Lip Glaze, $22 The iconic gloss gets infused with the iconic shade, for a smile that looks sprinkled with stardust. Wear it alone for a sophisticated shine or over lipstick for a dazzling effect. The long-lasting, non-sticky formula is enriched with vitamins A, C and E to moisturize and smooth without feathering.
Stila Black Cat Smudge Pot, $20 Forget about the superstition when this black cat crosses your path. Like a little black dress and a flute of champagne, this black gel liner is infused with an unexpected blend of Kitten shimmer and can be used for lining the lashes or blending on the lids. It’s smudge-resistant, precise, modern and darkly lustrous. This product brings totally brings me back to 1990, when a young, badass Janet (Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty) sang:
Black cat, nine lives Short days, long nights Livin’ on the edge Not afraid to die
Stila’s Smitten With Kitten Collection will be available in September – exclusively at stilacosmetics.com.
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