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

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

Nail Polish

Milani Nail Lacquer in Diamond Dazzle

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 Milani Nail Lacquer in Diamond Dazzle

This pic is proof that pretty polish needn’t break the bank. My co-worker, Alyssa, is sporting Milani Nail Lacquer in Diamond Dazzle ($3.50). Above is two coats of the polish and below is Diamond Dazzle paired with OPI’s Black Shatter.

milani+diamond+dazzle+with+opi+black+shatter Milani Nail Lacquer in Diamond Dazzle

Kardashian Kollection for OPI?

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A few days ago, Kim Kardashian tweeted:

“Were shooting our ad campaign today 4 our new GLAM line of nail polish for Nicole by OPI. You guys are gonna faint when u see our new polish”

kim kardashian red nails leopard print trend 040611 1 Kardashian Kollection for OPI? By we, I’m assuming Kim is referring to her partners in krime: Khloe and Kourtney.

No release date has been set for the Kardashian nail collection, but I’m excited. OPI is one of my favorite polish brands, and they never cease to impress me. I mean, I initially scoffed at the The One Less Lonely Girl (Justin Bieber) collection  – but immediately changed my (pun intended) tune once I saw the shades in person and tested them out (I’m sporting a “Baby” Blue pedicure right now).

So tell me, will you be keeping an eye out for the Kardashian polishes?

Peep My Polish: Essie Sew Psyched

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sew+psyched+essie+nail+polish Peep My Polish: Essie Sew Psyched

So today, I headed to the nail salon for a loooooong overdue (and much needed) manicure. I had planned on picking a bright shade, but when I came across Essie’s Sew Psyched, it spoke to me. As soon as I laid eyes on its “cashmere-soft sage pewter” gorgeousness, I immediately picked up the bottle and stopped perusing the polish selection. I have to say that it looks a little more pewter in the bottle and more sage on my skin, but I am beyond pleased with my choice. I guess you could say I’m soooooo psyched! LOL. I just crack myself up. Hopefully, you’re mildly amused by my lame attempts at humor too.

For some reason, Sew Psyched and a whole bunch of other shades are on sale at essie.com for just $3.80. I don’t know why – but who cares?!? Just consider yourself lucky and fill up your virtual cart before the folks at Essie come to their senses.

So, what do you think of my polish? Would you wear a green shade on your nails?

Essie+Sew+Psyched Peep My Polish: Essie Sew Psyched

Peep My Polish: Ginger + Liz Swagger

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ginger+%252B+liz+swagger+nail+polish Peep My Polish: Ginger + Liz Swagger
This week, I’m rocking Swagger by Ginger + Liz, a “soft, sexy metallic with rose gold undertones.”

swagger+nail+polish+ginger+%252B+liz Peep My Polish: Ginger + Liz Swagger

The formula is pigmented as all get-out, so it only took two coats to achieve this gilded gorge-osity. And it’s so hot, every time I peep my own polish, this starts playing in my head:

No one on the corner have swagger like us
Swagger like us, swagger swagger like us…

 

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.

OPI Texas Collection

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opi+texas OPI Texas Collection
For its Spring/Summer 2011, OPI comes “home” to the USA with timeless style in the Texas Collection. “Texas provided the inspiration for this season, with bright colors and classic neutrals that draw from the American spirit,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Taking cues from the state’s naturally beautiful backdrop, the Texas Collection features warm tones from honey and tangerine to dazzling hues of violet and sky blue.”
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The Texas Collection includes:
San Tan-tonio
A “honey” of a ten-gallon tan!

Suzi Loves Cowboys
But she loves this campfire chocolate shade s’more!
It’s Totally Fort Worth It
A shimmery lavender grey that’s so worthy of you
Don’t Mess with OPI
A lean, mean, kick-grass forest green
Austin-tatious Turquoise
Cowgirls love this bodacious blue-green.
I Vant to Be A-Lone Star
You won’t want to share this starry Texas-sky blue.
Y’all Come Back Ya Hear?
This Texas tangerine will be waitin’ for ya!
Big Hair…Big Nails
A rosy pageant peach
Guy Meets Gal-veston
An “engaging” coastal coral
Too Hot Pink to Hold ‘Em
A red-hot pink-red that deals a winning hand
Do You Think I’m Tex-y?
A “berry” sexy bloom of Dallas dahlia
Houston We Have a Purple
A galactic red-violet that’s ready to “rocket roll”!

 OPI Texas Collection
My friend/co-worker/hand model, Angela, is rocking I Vant To Be A-Lone Star, my current favorite shade of the collection. But all of the colors are so gorge, I’m sure I’ll have a new pet polish next week.

Six of the shades (Guy Meets Gal-veston, Ya’ll Come Back Ya Hear?, Too Hot Pink to Hold ‘Em, Big Hair…Big Nails, Do You Think I’m Tex-y? and Houston We Have a Purple) have a semi-transparent finish that OPI is calling sorbet. “These sorbet-style formulas for nails will be in full swing by 2012, but women can get a jump start on this trend with colors in the Texas Collection,” says Weiss-Fischmann. “Unlike thicker creams or light sheers, these twelve shades are slightly translucent – similar to the look of icy, water-based sorbet!”

Watch the video below to learn how to apply the sorbet formula and to see the finished result!

 

*Samples were provided by the brand for review.

Peep My Polish: OPI Lucene-tainly Look Marvelous

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lucerne tainly+look+marvelous+opi+nail+polish Peep My Polish: OPI Lucene tainly Look Marvelous

These days, most of the time I have my hands full with Westley – who recently turned 6-months old! Anyway, last week, I had a rare opportunity to get a manicure. I got out of work early and my fabulous co-worker, Alyssa, and I got our nails did.

OPI+Lucerne tainly+Look+Marvelous Peep My Polish: OPI Lucene tainly Look Marvelous

I decided on OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous (from the Swiss Collection). It’s a stunning pewter shade that almost takes on a blueish cast in the light.

Alyssa+OPI+Manicure Peep My Polish: OPI Lucene tainly Look Marvelous

 Alyssa also opted for OPI. I can’t recall the name, though…but isn’t it glitterrific?

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