Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

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Wall Letters For My Son’s Nursery

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 Wall Letters For My Sons Nursery

Not at all beauty related, but…

A few weeks ago, I ordered custom hanging wall letters for my son’s nursery. They just came in the mail, and I can’t get over how amazing they turned out! I bought them from Jarrett Creations on Etsy and they personalized them based on my color preferences, animal preferences (West’s room is jungle/safari themed) and the design of my crib bedding set (I sent them a link to a picture).

If you have a little one (or one on the way) and you’re in the market for wall letters, I highly recommend Jarrett Creations. Even personalized, each letter only cost $7. Great product, wonderful customer service and excellent price!

Okay, back to your regularly-scheduled beauty programming…

Mummy Manicure?

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wrinkled+fingers+and+gaudy+nail+art Mummy Manicure?

When I first saw this photo, I thought to myself, “Surely this is proof that the ancient Egyptians rocked nail art.” But this is no mummy manicure. Sadly, these hands belong to a real live human being – with tacky taste, access to a digital camera and, apparently, no hand cream.

So my question to you is this: if your fingers were this wrinkled, would you draw attention to them with gaudy nail art?

A Little Off The Top…And Bottom

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men+in+barber+shop A Little Off The Top...And Bottom

A few weeks ago, Mr. Spoiled Pretty shared a particularly hilarious anecdote from his childhood growing up in Cheney, Washington.

Between the ages of 10 and 12, Graham would travel to downtown Cheney to get his hair cut by a man known as ‘Shorty.’ Shorty charged $3.50 (not $3 or $4) for his signature cut – the flat top. By signature, I mean that the flat top is the only style he knew how to perform. Thanks to his bargain basement prices, Shorty earned a steady clientele of local farmers and young boys.

One detail of Graham’s story that intrigued me (besides the crazy $3.50 flat top price tag) was the fact that Shorty’s barber shop stocked an extensive selection of Playboy magazines. Which got me thinking…

If I were a guy waiting to get my hair cut, wouldn’t I feel weird flipping through a Playboy in public? The answer is a resounding “yes.” But, apparently, Playboy magazines in men’s barber shops are fairly common.

Despite Mr. Spoiled Pretty’s insistence that there are articles in Playboy that men actually read, the phenomenon of men casually perusing Playboy in broad daylight – in a place of business – still strikes me as pervy.

Thoughts?

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Janey Needs Her Own Blog, Erika

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One of my BFF’s (best blogging friends) is the lovely Erika, from Makeup Bag. She has three daughters who are product-obsessed, just like their mama. But her youngest, Janey, takes beauty to a whole nuther level. She might just be the most entertaining 7 year old ever.

This video is absolutely hysterical, so I had to share. Erika, I think it’s time Janey got her own blog.


Heelarious: Her First High Heels

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geranium+baby+bangs Heelarious: Her First High HeelsOkay…so I think we all agree that Baby Bangs is a terrible idea. I’m very relieved to know that I’m not alone in my sanity, though there’s gotta be some looney toons out there keeping this company afloat.

I just can’t wrap my mind around a parent who would slap a toupee on a baby’s head and think she looks cute. The only conceivable use for Baby Bangs would be a day care production of Julius Caesar.

Anyway, I’ve found a much better way to spoil your little one pretty. Heelarious has these absolutely adorable high heel slippers for babies. So cute – in fact – that after perusing their inventory, I immediately started popping folic acid supplements. How precious would Baby Spoiled Pretty look with her lil tootsies in this pair of Brooke heels? Hell, I want an adult-sized pair…just to kick it around the house.

brooke+high+heel Heelarious: Her First High Heels

heelarious+heels Heelarious: Her First High Heels
Hello…luvah!

Baby Bangs: For The Girl Who Has Everything…Except Hair

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baby+bangs+before+and+after Baby Bangs: For The Girl Who Has Everything...Except Hair
Baby Bangs is a real product. Can you even?

Our patent pending HAIR+band accessory combination allows baby girl’s (with little or no hair at all) the opportunity to have a beautifully realistic HAIR style in a SNAP!! It’s quick, easy and baby barely knows it’s there. Each Baby Bangs! HAIR+band has been made using only the finest ribbons and fabrics, PLUS our Baby Bangs! come to you pre-customized & size appropriate, cut, styled and ready for immediate wear. The wispy hair strands have been arranged in the cutest most adorable elfish coiffure!

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Gifted Hands

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cuba+gooding+jr+and+ben+carson Gifted Hands

Anyone happen to catch Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story on TNT? If you didn’t, you really missed out. And if you watched it, I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that it was one of the most uplifting and inspiring films I’ve ever seen. Seriously, just watching it made me want to work harder and be a better person.

I don’t typically watch made-for-tv movies. But when I heard that Ben Carson’s autobiography, Gifted Hands, was being adapted for television, I got very excited. You see, Dr. Carson was the keynote speaker at my college graduation and he has one of the most amazing life stories…

Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. But he grew up in a single-parent home, with dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper and low self-esteem. While that appeared to preclude the realization of his dream, his mother, with only a third-grade education, challenged both of her sons to strive for excellence. Carson persevered and today is a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for nearly a quarter of a century.

Carson’s career highlights include the first separation of craniopagus conjoined twins joined at the back of the head in 1987, the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa and the first successful placement of an intrauterine shunt for a hydrocephalic twin.

Carson holds more than 50 honorary doctorate degrees. In 2001, Carson was named by CNN and Time as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. That same year, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 Living Legends on the occasion of its 200th anniversary. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. In February 2008, Carson was presented with the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal by President Bush at the White House. And in June 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the land. He has literally received hundreds of other awards during his distinguished career.

Gifted Hands was so good that I watched it twice – back to back. If you missed it or are just hearing about it, check the TNT schedule to see when you can catch a re-run. I highly recommend it…if Gifted Hands was a beauty product, it would be a ‘holy grail.’

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