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
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
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
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
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
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
How cute are these mini nail files from Tweezerman?
Tweezerman Matchbox Itty Bitty Files give you a convenient way to shape, smooth, and shine your nails to perfection wherever you may be. These small but mighty tools have a 240/180 grit ratio—the heavier side is for shaping and the lighter for smoothing. Get twelve files in a chic, matchbox-sized case that slips into your purse for no-fuss, on-the-go fixes; the case protects the files and keeps them from scratching your belongings.
Tweezerman Matchbox Itty Bitty Files ($4) are available at Sephora in three punchy prints: Prepster, Pop Princess and Pretty Punk.
Get all of the color, none of shine with MATTEVELVET, Zoya’s exclusive blend of matte base and subtle shimmer resulting in utterly wearable and truly stylish nail polish. Zoya nail lacquers are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, top coat or speed dryer of any kind. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry nail surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear.
MATTEVELVET will be available September 15, 2009. Pre-order now and polishes are only $6 per bottle. In October, the price increases to $7.
For fall 2009, Shades by Barielle and celebrity manicurist Elle extended a hand to guest collaborator (and Spoiled Pretty pal) Michelle Mismas, founder of the top nail beauty blog, All Lacquered Up.
The new collection – aptly named All Lacquered Up – takes trend-making to a new level, offering unexpected color combinations, glitter particle and pearl shimmer effects, and a healthy 3-free formulation.
Black polish gets injected with a shot of colorful shimmer, with Lava Rock - a black and red pearl swirl, and Blackened Bleu - a black polish with sapphire sparkle. Blue and green polishes come in brand new hues, with Falling Star (left) – a marine blue with gold glitter particles, and Polished Princess – a safari green with copper shimmer. Drop-dead reds include Glammed Out Garnet – a ruby-on-ruby sparkle, and Pin Up – a tomato red shimmer. Grey gets glam, with Out-Grey-Geous – a silver shimmer, U-Concrete-Me – a steely gray, Slate of Affairs – a worn denim, Putt-E-On-Me – a classic clay. The ultimate coffee indulgence is Make it a Latte – a chocolate cream with golden highlights. Purple gets even prettier with Get Mauve-ing – a muted mauve.
Michelle Mismas said, “We wanted to infuse the collection with what we saw at Fashion Week: a retro tomato red lip at Tibi; the luxe browns, mauves and steel blues of Reem Acra; the recurring palettes of chic grays from designers like Badgley Mischka.” Celebrity manicurist Elle added, “For this collection, we were excited to collaborate with Michelle on reinventing colors and textures to come up with something totally new for nails—this collection boasts unique twists on colors and combinations that are truly firsts for the industry.”
The polishes are $8 per bottle. And, as always, Barielle has a buy 2 get 1 free promotion. For color swatches, visit All Lacquered Up.
You know how Oprah gives away her favorite things? Well, of course you do – unless you’ve been living under a boulder. Anyway, this week, I’m giving away one of my favorite things…the Stamps ladies’ favorite things, actually (my maiden name is Stamps, by the by).
My sister, Lauren, is a huge fan of Zoya’s Color Lock System Kit. And as I write this, Mama Spoiled Pretty is sporting Zoya’s Renee on her tips and I’m rocking Paz on my toes. So without further ado, I present this week’s contest, sponsored by Zoya.
Three winners will receive Zoya’s TruthandDare Collections.
Truth Collection(above): classic, bright and straightforward Penny – copper gold metallic Kalmia – rose copper metallic Salma – scarlet red metallic Isla – venetian red metallic Anaka – fuchsia metallic glimmer Drew – mauve rose metallic
Dare Collection: edgy, dark and mysterious Vanessa – blue red cream Ciara – burgundy plum cream Demi – purple mauve cream Pinta – inky violet cream Envy – gleaming Jade green Ibiza – gleaming Sapphire blue (with a little shimmer too)
To enter the giveaway, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Zoya Truth and Dare Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, August 16th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, August 17th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents.
YSL Fall 2009 Beauty Collection: Inspired by the YSL Fall RTW Fashion collection of exquisite tailoring with sumptuous textures, a flawless complexion is offset by magnetic pearl grey eyes and intense plum lips.
As a beauty blogger, it’s somewhat embarrassing to admit that my nails are usually a tore up mess. I love the look of freshly manicured nails, but there’s just too much maintenance to keep them looking that way. And I’m a klutz, so I always seem to be breaking or chipping up the manicurist’s handiwork mere hours after she’s completed her masterpiece. Then I end up staring at a jacked up manicure for the next two weeks, silently cursing my inability to make my manicure last.
Which is why I am currently obsessed with Dashing Diva Gelife, a revolutionary new nail service that gives unbeatable gloss and helps maintain the health of the natural nail underneath. Gelife is a super-thin coat of gel painted, just like nail polish, over the natural nail. The gel is then cured under a UV light after each application, which immediately sets the formula. So once you’re done, you’re done. None of this sitting under a dryer for 15 minutes/ blowing on your nails just to be safe/ scared to touch anything for an hour after you leave the salon type of nonsense. And get this…it’s chip-resistant up to two weeks!
I wish my camera could accurately capture the mirror shine of my nails. The photo above just doesn’t do them justice.
Gelife launched with three options: clear, cool pink and warm pink (I chose the cool). The only caveat I have is that the current color options go on very sheer. So when you get any gunk underneath your nail, you can see it and it kinda detracts from the gorgeousness of your nails. But the solution is pretty simple…I’ve just been using my Sephora Brand Nail Scoop Cleaner a little more often to keep my manicure looking so fresh and so clean clean.
I’m really excited for September, when Gelife will be available in the following shades:
Left to right: Darkest Burgundy, Deep Red, Taupe Brown
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