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Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Cat Eyes

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I’m no pro makeup artist. But there’s one beauty technique that I’ve got down pat – the elusive cat eye. It requires patience and a steady paw…but once you put in a little practice, a ferosh fe-lined eye isn’t far off.

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Besides practice, high-quality/easy-to-use products are the key to this look. I used three CoverGirl products to achieve this purr-fect cat eye.  It was easy, breezy and beautiful – if I do say so myself. Here’s how I did it:

1)      Apply the silver end of CoverGirl Smokey ShadowBlast – Onyx Smoke all over your lid – from the lash line and up past the crease. Also use it to trace the inner corner of your eye to make your peepers pop.

2)      Line the top lid using CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner – Black Fire. At the outer corner of the eye, curve the line up slightly. Figuring out the angle of the “flick” can be kind of tricky, so here’s a tip: aim for the point where your brow ends.

3)      Apply CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner – Black Fire to the waterline of the lower lid.

4)      Create fierce fringe with CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara. This mascara is amazing, y’all. It features an innovative curved brush that lets you load up the volume without the clumps, even after 30 strokes!

See how simple it is? With these three CoverGirl products, you can go from “I don’t know how” to MEOW!

Wanna re-create my look? Shop the P&G eStore and get $3 off two CoverGirl products OR get a FREE Cat Eye Look (which includes LiquilineBlast Eyeliner – Black Fire, Smokey ShadowBlast – Onyx Smoke, and LashBlast Volume Mascara – Very Black), when you spend $69.

And check out additional offers on CoverGirl’s Facebook page.

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by CoverGirl, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Get Those Naturalizer Boots Already!

naturalizer boot sale Get Those Naturalizer Boots Already!

Last week, I waxed poetic about Naturalizer boots and shared a 20% off coupon code so that you could affordably adopt a pair (or two).

This week, Naturalizer decided to top themselves by offering 20% off all boots – PLUS an extra 15% off AND free shipping!!!

The Juletta boots (above) were originally priced at $179.99. With the 20% off, they are 143.99. But by entering promo code UWINT29A at checkout, you save another $21 for a grand total of $122.39!

Seriously, what are you waiting for? Be a dear and give some Naturalizer boots a good home.

Paul Mitchell Offers 1,440 Minutes of Mane Fame

paul mitchell curls ad Paul Mitchell Offers 1,440 Minutes of Mane Fame

Ever heard the expression 15 minutes of fame?  The expression was coined in 1968 by Andy Warhol, who said that “In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.”

Well, forget 15 minutes. That’s so 1968 (when Andy Warhol coined the expression). Paul Mitchell is seriously upping the ante by offering the curly girls of the world 1,440 minutes (24 hours) of mane fame!

Upload a picture of your Curl Confession on the Truth About Curls Facebook app, using the hashtag #curlconfession (and after you submit, enter your information for a chance to win the entire full-sized Curls product line, which will be awarded weekly). You can also submit your confession by posting your #curlconfession on Twitter or Instagram anytime before 11:59 EST on 11/14.

These Curl Confession photos will be projected on the hippest locales in New York and Los Angeles on November 15.  People who see the projections in-person (locations will be posted on the Paul Mitchell Facebook page) will be able to scan a QR code to enter for a chance to win fabulous prizes. If you can’t see it in person, projections will be streamed live, starting at 6pm EST on 11/15 for the NYC spectacle, and 6pm PST for the sister event in LA.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Paul Mitchell, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips and Salon GelPolish

The at-home alternative to a salon mainstay: the gel manicure. Professional, high-shine, no dry time and long-wear—these are the qualities that have made millions of women gel manicure converts. But as any gel manicure devotee can attest, these perks are also what make the manicures so expensive—and time-consuming.

That’s why the innovators at Sally Hansen are taking the manicurist out of the equation and putting professional results at your fingertips with the new Salon InstaGel Strips™ and Salon GelPolish™, two unique systems that equip you with everything you need to replicate a state-of-the-art gel manicure. Delivering mirror shine, no dry time and indestructible, chip-free wear for up to 14 days, each easy-to-apply system makes you your own manicurist at a fraction of the price. With Sally Hansen, you can effortlessly get the salon manicure you covet without leaving home—or breaking the bank.

Salon InstaGel Strips™

Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips Kit1 1024x851 Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips and Salon GelPolishSpeed up your gel manicure and get the same lasting results with the Salon InstaGel Strips™, a breakthrough, easy-to-use innovation exclusive to Sally Hansen featuring UV-cured real nail polish appliqués. The two-step gel manicure is quick and simple: Just cleanse nails and apply the nail polish strips, then apply the gel top coat. Cure nails under the Mini LED light, swipe nails with the cleaning pad, and voila—maximum shine and wear. Available in 16 solid colors and 8 designs and infused with nourishing Vitamin E, the easy-apply strips come off fuss-free with Acetone polish remover. The Starter Kit features everything you need for a complete Salon InstaGel Strips™ manicure, including:

  • 16 V-cured real nail polish appliqués (8 size choices for the perfect fit)
  • Quick-Cure gel top coat
  • Mini LED Light
  • Application Accessories: Cuticle stick, buffer and alcohol cleaning pad

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MAC Cosmetics Marilyn Monroe Collection

MarilynMonroe LineUp 72 MAC Cosmetics Marilyn Monroe Collection“Pure platinum Hollywood glamour. Channel the legend’s luster & sex appeal in a colour collection distinctively Marilyn. It’s everything you need to capture the MM look. Specially designed packaging features imagery from The Black Sitting.” -MAC Cosmetics

As a girl who is a huge fan of big lashes and red lipstick, I was really looking forward to the Marilyn Monroe collection that MAC Cosmetics put together. Apparently, me and every other girl who considers herself a fan of makeup! A few days after the release of the collection, everything was sold out in the two stores by me. Luckily, Daneen received some products for me to test out.

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First, there was eyeshadow in How To Marry. This is a great, shimmery base shadow – I love to use it when I’m going for big lashes and heavy black eyeliner. I also had a lip liner in Beet, which was a nice creamy shade of reddish pink. I did not have any lipsticks from this collection, so I paired the Beet lip liner with the quintessential matte Russian Red lipstick.

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Next, there was an eye kohl in Fascinating (bright white), and  Dazzleglass in Little Rock (sheer white with pearl). For effect, I lined my inner lids with the kohl in Fascinating, added mascara to both top and bottom lashes, and added a thick line of MAC eyeshadow in Marvel. I then used the dazzleglass in Little Rock, for a very 60’s fresh face with full lashes look. This one was hard to capture on film, as the shimmer is subtle (thank goodness, none of us need to go back to the middle school roll on glitter look) but it looks really fun in person.

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Overall, this is a great collection. The pieces I got are great additions to my arsenal, and all of the shades are classic and chic. Keep up the good work, MAC!

50% Off Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

If you’re a fan of Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, now is the time to stock up. And if you’ve been thinking about trying this customer fave, you’re also in luck – because Good Morning America’s Steals and Deals just announced a coupon code for 50% off!

Kiehls Creme de Corps Soy Milk Honey Whipped Body Butter 50% Off Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

Kiehl’s Since 1851: Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter
Original: $38 (8oz jar) to $48 (12 oz jar)
GMA Exclusive Deal: $19 to $24
Valid: 10/25/12
(Promo code: GMA50)

A must-have to keep skin feeling softer and hydrated, Kiehl’s Whipped Body Butter quickly absorbs into the skin and will have you feeling moisturized all day. Inspired by the Crème de Corps body cream, a customer favorite for decades, this luxurious air-whipped body butter delivers rich hydration for up to 24 hours. Ideal as an everyday body cream, instantly restore, protect and soften skin with the ultra-light formula. Choose from an 8 oz or 12 oz jar. Shipping is $7 and free for orders of $60 or more.

This stuff NEVER goes on sale, so act fast. The offer is only good today – October 25 – at Kiehls.com.

Naturalizer Boots: Fashion-Forward Footwear That Fit!

Naturalizer boots Naturalizer Boots: Fashion Forward Footwear That Fit!If you’re in the market for some new boots, I highly suggest you check out Naturalizer. Yes, Naturalizer.

I know that the brand name evokes old lady, orthapedic-looking shoes, but Naturalizer’s shoe and boots styles are anything but. The designs are classic (with a nod to current trends), versatile and super comfy.

 Naturalizer Boots: Fashion Forward Footwear That Fit!

My beloved Naturalizer Arness Boots

Last winter, I bought a pair of black riding boots and I’ve worn them at least 3 or 4 times a week through the spring. Now that it’s getting colder, they again have become my go-to footwear for fall. They look chic paired with a dress or skirt, and also with skinny jeans or leggings tucked in.

And for those of you with “athletic” calves or who wear a narrow or wide width shoe, you’re in luck because Naturalizer offers all of these options. Personally, I have wide feet and need a wide shaft boot – and I can tell you that it’s damn near impossible to find a cute boot that fits. But Naturalizer sells several.

I’m so happy with my black riding boots that I’m going to buy a brown pair…and my decision comes at the perfect time because they’re having a sale! Now through November 25, 2012, take 20% off your order at Naturalizer.com using promo code UWINT32A.

Naturalizer Juletta Boot Naturalizer Boots: Fashion Forward Footwear That Fit!

The “Juletta” boot (above) has been marked down to a very reasonable $179.99 – but with the coupon, it’s an even better $143.99!

Update: Use coupon code UWINT29A for 20% off all boots, plus an extra 15% and free shipping!

 

BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!

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I love cute jewelry. Like the kind that makes other women say, “OMG…that is soooooooo cute! Where did you get that?” Yeah, that kind. But I hate spending a lot of money on jewelry. Which is why I am so obsessed with BaubleBar.

They sell bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings that are unique and luxe looking, but won’t break the bank. BaubleBar even has personalized pieces and does fabulous collaborations with stylemakers like Nina Garcia.

Here are some of my current faves:

BaubleBar Pave Duo Spike Collar BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!Pave Duo Spike Collar, $32

BaubleBar Fawn Avalon Drops Earrings BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!Fawn Avalon Drops, $26

BaubleBar Gem Ring Trio BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!Gem Ring Trio, $24

BaubleBar Tangerine Boho Drops Earrings BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!Tangerine Boho Drops, $34

BaubleBar Dew Drop Bib Necklace BaubleBar Friends & Family Sale: Get 25% Off!Dew Drop Bib, $32 (more…)

Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

target neiman marcus holiday collection Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday CollectionJust in time for the holidays, the highly anticipated Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection offers a diverse mix of gifting items for everyone on your list, as well as dressing options to get through the season with style and grace—all at affordable prices!

Target and Neiman Marcus are partnering with 24 of America’s most talented designers—all members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)—for a revolutionary, limited-edition holiday collection spanning multiple categories including fashion and accessories for women, men and kids, home goods, stationery, sporting goods and pet accessories.

Items range from $7.99 to $499.99, with most pieces less than $60, and will be available Dec. 1 at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as on Target.com and NeimanMarcus.com.

The Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection includes:


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Alice + Olivia
Bike, $499.99
Luggage, $179.99

 

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Double Old Fashioned Glasses (set of 4), $49.99
Shaker, $49.99
Tray, $79.99

 

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Cookie Cutters (set of 5), $29.99
Hats (set of 2), $29.99

 

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Sunglasses, $39.99
Leather Gloves (sizes S/M-L/XL), $49.99

 

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Travel Bags (set of 3), $39.99
Stationery Set (set of 3), $19.99

 

 

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Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo

olay smooth finish hair removal duo medium to coarse Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal DuoMy preferred method of hair removal is threading–on my face, anyway. Up until a few years ago, I frequented a lovely threading salon in downtown Philly. But then it closed, which is a real shame because there aren’t a lot of threading places near me. Since then, I’ve been patronizing those threading kiosks at the mall. They do a great (and cheap) job. However, it’s one thing to get your brows shaped in the middle of the mall and it’s an entirely different thing (aka mortifying experience) to have your upper lip and chinny chin chin hairs ripped out in front of passersby.

I tried to suck it up, close my eyes and pretend that onlookers weren’t snickering at me. But I’m much too self-conscious for that kind of public humiliation. So I had to come up with a more private method of hair removal. Luckily, I didn’t have to search very hard because Olay did the work for me.

I was recently sent a sample of Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo and it’s so genius that I couldn’t wait to write this review. The simple two-step system gently, yet effectively, removes even stubborn facial hair. (more…)

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