Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


  Take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.com until Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:59 PST. Enter code 25EXTRA at checkout. You're CONTINUE READING

StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and - of course - we have a great time catching up and reminiscing!  Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became "of age" to wear it.  Now CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014: 20 Can't Miss Beauty Exclusives!


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. July 18th through August 3rd, shoppers nationwide will participate in what has been an annual ritual since the 1960’s. Vacation days are planned around it, lines form in anticipation of it – and it’s not only for the pre-season savings on fall fashion and accessories. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetics department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from CONTINUE READING

Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry


One of my all-time favorite products is Dermadoctor KP Duty, a dual action body exfoliator that combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion. It was developed to treat chicken skin - those little red bumps that many people get on their upper arms. But, for years, I've been using it to exfoliate my legs pre-shave.  There's really no body exfoliator 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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