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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

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

Manicure

Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer

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 Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer

My natural nails, sans polish, are so dull that I’m kind of embarassed to go without polish. So when I saw Revlon’s new Crazy Shine Nail Buffer at my local CVS, I snatched it up. And, let me tell you…the name is accurate. Crazy accurate, in fact. My iPhone photo above doesn’t do the shine justice.

The double sided buffer smoothes and evens out the nail surface – creating an outrageous, mirror-like finish. The tool promises to create 400% more shine than bare nails. To be honest, I couldn’t tell you the difference between a 100% and 400% increase in shine, but I will say that it looks like I’m wearing a clear topcoat on my nails. And this was achieved in about three minutes (all 10 nails) – no drying time necessary. What I also love is that you can use the white side on polished nails – to restore shine when your mani is looking a lil murky.

Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer retails for $3.99 – but right now it’s on sale at CVS for $2.99.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

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sally+hansen+salon+effects+real+nail+polish+strips Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips If you’ve perused the beauty aisle at your local drugstore, you’ve likely spied the new Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips from Sally Hansen. As a big fan of their Nail Art Pens that launched a few years back, I expected to love these. But after trying them, I have to admit that my feelings were a lukewarm like.

Like a moth to a flame, I’m inexplicably drawn to anything leopard print – so it’s a no-brainer that I chose to outfit my nails in the Kitty, Kitty style. Following the instructions, I affixed the stickers to each nail and became very frustrated with the fit. It was a Goldilocks kind of situation – the strips were either too narrow or too wide for my nail bed. And when I tried to stretch the sticker for a perfect fit (the directions suggests doing this), the sticker ripped several times.

 Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

Peep my polish. The finished results look pretty damn impressive in the photo. But close up, it’s actually kind of messy…Cher Horowitz might characterize my mani as a “full-on Monet.” On some of my fingers, parts of my nail are clearly visible. And on others, the design overlaps my cuticle and the skin on the sides of my nails. Granted, I don’t think anyone will be scrutinizing my hands with a critical eye. But, to me, it doesn’t matter if others notice the minor imperfections…what matters most is that I do.

 Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

My friend, Alyssa, had a better experience than me (see above), though she did have some of the same complaints – namely that the strips don’t apply as smoothly as she had hoped. However, she praised the product’s staying power. Her mani lasted for about a week and might have worn longer, had it not been for an unfortunate run-in with an errant Ped Egg. 

Maybe I’m too much of a perfectionist or perhaps my application technique could use some practice. Bottom line: when it comes to my manicure, it better be wow-worthy. Otherwise, I’d rather sport nekkid nails.

If you’re looking for a quick, DIY alternative to the Minx mani, the Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips are a decent bet. I’d recommend the High-Fashion Designs (Wild Child, Kitty Kitty, Fly With Me, Girl Flower, Misbehaved, Laced Up, Booty Camp and Collide-o-Scope, Cut it Out, Check it Out , Skinny Jeans) and High-Shine Metallics (Frock Star, Bling it On, Glitz Bitz, Raise a Glass, Blue Ice) over the Shiny Neons (Cry Baby, It Girl, Violet Night, Teal With It, Groove, Electric Shock, Squeezed!, Red-y for Trouble) because I’ve heard the neons really exaggerate nail imperfections and the result doesn’t look as – pun intended – polished.

But at $10 a box, I’d rather spend two more bucks and indulge in a professional manicure at my local nail salon.

Diamonds Are Katy Perry’s Best Friend

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katy+perry+diamond+manicure Diamonds Are Katy Perrys Best Friend

Check out Katy Perry‘s blinged out manicure! Nail the look with Zoya Nail Polish in Trixie and Urban Decay Rocks.

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Seal Wore Black Nail Polish to the 2009 Oscars!

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seal+black+manicure+oscars+2009 Seal Wore Black Nail Polish to the 2009 Oscars!
Upon closer inspection of Heidi Klum’s 2009 Oscar red carpet photos, I noticed that while Heidi opted for a nude nail, her husband decided to go goth. Check out Seal’s inky mani.

seal black nails oscars 2009 Seal Wore Black Nail Polish to the 2009 Oscars!
Photos: Wireimage

Rihanna Dashes Outta Dashing Diva With Wet Nails

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Rihanna+Dashing+Diva Rihanna Dashes Outta Dashing Diva With Wet Nails
Last Thursday, nail trendsetter Rihanna got a white hot mani/pedi at the 8th Street Dashing Diva nail salon. Girlfriend is a gal on the go – as you can see, she dashed out of Dashing Diva with wet toenails.

Rihanna+pedicure Rihanna Dashes Outta Dashing Diva With Wet Nails

Source: Young, Black & Fabulous

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