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.
I must admit that until two years ago, Mother’s Day was just another CONTINUE READING
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
Limited Edition Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Bamboo Pink ($25): Four coordinating shades of velvety, shimmery colour to create the looks you want, from natural to dramatic. Creamy, intense shadows build quickly, blend easily for lasting colour. Wear them alone, as duos and trios, or layered together. Ophthalmologist tested.
Limited Edition Powder Brush ($30): Large, plush face brush dusts on loose or pressed powder for smooth, even application. Unique antibacterial technology helps ensure the highest level of hygiene, keep brush irritant-free.
“Nothing says summer to me like healthy skin with a bit of shimmer. It’s gorgeous and super sexy – and who doesn’t want to look like that?” -Bobbi Brown
This summer, Bobbi Brown is making it easier than ever to get the look of healthy, sun-kissed skin without the damaging effects of the sun. Take your pick from a flattering array of options, designed for all complexions from fair to dark.
The Illuminating Bronze Collection includes: Shimmer Brick for Body ($75) Create head-to-toe glamour with Shimmer Brick for Body. Lightweight, silky powder can be used on arms, legs, décolleté, or anywhere you want to glow. The deluxe oversized compact features three shimmering bars of color.
All Over Body Brush ($85) The softest, most luxurious brush imaginable. The perfect companion to the Shimmer Brick for Body, this brush was designed with ultra soft bristles that feel amazing on the skin and offer sheer, even application.
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All Over Bronzing Gel SPF 15 ($28) Bobbi’s unique gel-based bronzer instantly gives the face a healthy, natural-looking glow with the added benefit of sun protection. Now available in a new shade requested by makeup artists and customers alike: Golden Sun.
With quality beauty tools, you get more out of your makeup. And with some TLC, a good set will last a long time. Great makeup brushes come at all price points, and some of my favorites are from a brand called ecoTools.
ecoTools’ brushes are easy on the wallet and on the earth – they feature bamboo handles (which are highly sustainable), vegan bristles, metal from recycled aluminum cans, and reusable pouches printed with plant-based ink.
I am a big fan of the ecoTools Bamboo 5 Piece Brush Set ($9.99), which includes a Powder Brush, Concealer Brush, Eye Shading Brush, Baby Kabuki Brush, and a linen/hemp cosmetics bag.
These tools rival prestige brushes that cost six or seven times as much. And you will be absolutely blown away by the softness of the bristles and how well they apply your makeup. They make all other brushes green with envy.
I’m going to be perfectly honest. This coral-inspired Hidden Treasure Brush Set by Sonia Kashuk is so damn pretty that I wouldn’t care if the brushes weren’t very good. Not that they’re bad. Actually, I really don’t know because I haven’t bought them yet. But for just $19.99, I intend to find out.
The sparkly coral handles just beg to be displayed. These brushes would look so chic splayed out on the vanity in a beach house bedroom. Right? Much classier than the nautical bric-à-brac nonsense that typically clutters vacation home counters.
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Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder A lightweight, colourless, loose powder that works well on any skin tone. It is formulated with special optics and ingredients that help add dimension and create a blurring effect. The silky powder helps set and stabilize makeup and works well with all MAC foundations. It is dermatologist-tested, non-acnegenic, and safe for use by contact lens wearers. Suggested Retail Price: $21.00 Brush 129SH – Short Handle Blush/Powder brush with travel case. Suggested Retail Price: $34.00
Grand Duos splits MAC’s popular Mineralize Blushes in two: one side is marbleized with tri-color veining, to enhance and glorify cheekbones. The other is a complimentary mono shade, to add a pop of color. A soft, shimmery pearl on both sides gives skin a subtle glow.
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Brush 188 Small Duo Fibre Face: Flat-topped, full circular brush for application and blending of Blush and Powder. Suggested Retail Price: $34.00
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