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Stila Spring 2012 Giveaway

sarah lucero Stila Spring 2012 GiveawayAttention, local ladies. If you’re in the Philadelphia area,here’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss. On Saturday (March 24),   makeup artist, Sarah Lucero, will be at the Sephora at the King of Prussia Mall. As Stila’s Global Director of Education, Sarah spends half her time traveling and training Stila’s field team on how to use and sell the latest Stila products. The other half of her time is spent as the lead artist at top fashion shows, helping A-listers like Victoria Beckham and Brooke Shields get red-carpet ready.
From noon until 7:00 p.m., Sarah will be sharing tips and tricks on everything from how to achieve a cat eye swoop to how to best rock a bold lip.
Speaking cat eyes and bold lips, Stila just launched some fabulous new products for Spring that can help you rock those looks. (more…)

L’Oreal Paris EverCreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System

LOreal Paris EverCreme LOreal Paris EverCreme Sulfate Free Moisture SystemBecause my hair is overprocessed, dry and damaged, I only wash it about once a week. Which means that when I “do” it, I better do it right – or else my hair will look jacked for the next seven days. Forget a bad hair day; it’s more like a bad hair week for me.

So when I receive hair product samples to review, I’m usually nervous – especially if they’re not from a brand I normally use (e.g., Moroccanoil, Ojon, Phyto, Fekkai, Leonor Greyl). I’m also a hair product snob and I don’t typically shop at mass market retailers for those items. So when a box showed up on my doorstep, filled with the new L’Oreal Paris EverCreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System, I almost dismissed the products altogether and gave them to my friend, Alyssa, to review. (more…)

Winners of the Skinnygirl Face and Body Gift Set Giveaway!

skinnygirl vitamin c scrub Winners of the Skinnygirl Face and Body Gift Set Giveaway!Congratulations to the lucky winners of the Skinnygirl Face and Body Gift Set Giveaway!

Lovely Glamor won the Margarita Gift Set, Gmhennessy won the Face Solutions Gift Set and Phetsadavone will recieve the Mommy Gift Set.

If you didn’t win doesn’t mean you’ve missed out. Just pop on over to your local Walmart (or walmart.com), where you can shop the entire Skinnygirl Face and Body collection (which includes 21 products and five fabulous gift sets). Prices start at a very reasonable $4.97. (more…)

Tarte Miracle of Maracuja Skin Smart Collection

tarte qvc maracuja kit Tarte Miracle of Maracuja Skin Smart CollectionOne of tarte‘s biggest launches is only a few days away!

QVC‘s exclusive kit from tarte, the miracle of maracuja skin smart collection, is infused with their amazing maracuja oil, also known as nature’s “pure milagro” or pure miracle. Each naturally harvested maracuja fruit is hand pressed to guarantee the purest dose, delivering brighter, firmer and smoother results.

The miracle of maracuja skin smart collection is valued at over $200, but for one day only – Friday, March 16 – you can snag the entire 8-piece set for under $60! The collection includes:

airbrush finish bamboo blush brush (retail price: $28)
Apply new airblushmaracuja bouncy blush with this skin-perfecting brush for an air-brushed finish

airblushmaracujablush (retail price: $25)
Infused with maracuja oil, this weightless blush acts like a second skin that floats on skin rather than settling into fine lines. “Amused” (a shimmering poppy) is a QVC exclusive shade.

maracuja waterproof creaseless concealer (retail price:$24)
This concealer delivers rejuvenating and hydrating vitamin C and essential fatty acids derived from maracuja oil for a rich, creamy texture that leaves a dewy, luminous finish. Available in 5 shade options: fair, light, medium, tan and deep. (more…)

Polished: L’Oreal He Red My Mind + China Glaze Electrify

loreal colour riche he red my mind Polished: LOreal He Red My Mind + China Glaze ElectrifyL’Oreal Paris recently redesigned all of their cosmetics packaging, and their Colour Riche nail polishes now reside in sleek glass and gold containers.

I was drawn to He Red My Mind, billed as a metallic Valentine Red. This color went on thinly, and did not have the best coverage. A second coat covered the flaws in the first, but then did not dry evenly. I like the color, though, a bright red with pink undertones and a slight gold sheen.

loreal colour riche he red my mind1 Polished: LOreal He Red My Mind + China Glaze Electrify

I then put a layer of glitter over the red. I chose Electrify, from the China Glaze Capitol Colors Collection – inspired by The Hunger Games. As a fan of the books, I was really looking forward to what China Glaze would come up with to accurately represent the Districts. A quick plot point without any spoilers – there are 12 Districts in Panem, the world in which The Hunger Games take place. Each of these Districts has a specialty, like fishing, agriculture, or technology. (more…)

Skinnygirl Face and Body Gift Set Giveaway!

bethenny frankel Skinnygirl Face and Body Gift Set Giveaway!Bethenny Frankel is my CBFFIMH (Celebrity Best Friend Forever in My Head) – along with Kathy Griffin and Wendy Williams.

Bethenny and I were introduced back in March of 2008 when The Real Housewives of New York premiered. She quickly won me over with her unpretentious personality and quick wit, and we’ve been BFF’s (again, in my head) ever since. Bethenny and I even had our children around the same time (Bethenny gave birth to Bryn in May of 2010 and Westley arrived in August of that year). I remember even more of a kinship with Bethenny as I watched her juggle marriage and motherhood, on the first season of Bethenny Getting Married?

Now I learn that me and my gal pal have even more in common. The reality-star-turned-entrepreneur has ventured into beauty, launching her Skinnygirl Face and Body collection. (more…)

OPI I Have a Herring Problem

OPI I Have a Herring Problem2 OPI I Have a Herring ProblemAfter my gorgeous Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? manicure started looking a little jacked (after weeks of abuse), I decided to follow it up with another polish from OPI’s Holland Collection. It was a difficult choice, as OPI sent me the entire set for review AND every bottle is a beauty. I considered painting every piggy in a different polish, but decided that would look a lil’ cray cray. So after much deliberation, the finalists were I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! and I Have a Herring Problem – two shimmer-laced blues. I decided on the latter because it’s darker and reads a little more gray (gray nails are my everything!) against my skin tone.

Over the years, I’ve amassed quite a collection of nail polishes (I probably own 200+ shades) and I don’t have anything quite like I Have a Herring Problem. In the bottle, it’s kind of a green blue. But worn, it’s looks more gray. And depending on the light, it either reads more blue or more gray. And the subtle, silver micro-shimmer makes it special without venturing into disco ball territory. (more…)

Get Red-y

mac russian red lipstick Get Red yRed lipstick used to really intimidate me. It was something I saw on the runways of New York City, Milan, and Paris; the red carpet; or on Dita Von Teese. I rarely saw anyone attempt this look in real life, which did not help my anxiety!

A few months ago, I instituted a personal beauty rule, to help overcome my fear. This rule is: on Wednesdays, we wear red lipstick. Yes, I was directly inspired by the movie Mean Girls, and their “On Wednesdays we wear pink” rule, and yes, I am totally okay with admitting that. (more…)

OPI Holland Collection: Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI?

opi holland collection nail polish OPI Holland Collection: Dutch Ya Just Love OPI?One of my New Years resolutions is to step up my manicure game. Last year, taking care of nails took a back seat to taking care of Westley. But now that my son is 18 months old and a little more equipped at occupying himself with the tons of toys I lavish upon him (he is truly a spoiled pretty baby), I have more opportunities to stick to the game plan.

Last month, OPI was nice enough to feed my polish addiction by sending me all twelve shades from their new Holland Collection. I was excited by the press release and images OPI sent me in advance of the actual samples, but seeing the colors in person gave me a newfound respect for the genius of Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. If ever there was a polish collection to purchase in its entirety, it’s this one. STUNNING – every single shade! (more…)

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