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

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Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesn’t Like Sending Customers Home Empty-Handed

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jin+soon Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa doesn’t like to send customers home empty-handed. During the month of November – visit one of the spa’s three NYC locations, choose one the following NARS Nail Polish shades for your mani or pedi…and you’ll go home with a full-sized bottle in that shade!

Participating shades include:

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Arabesque

bohemia Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Bohemia

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Candy Darling

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Dovima

Edelweiss Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Edelweiss

gimme+shelter Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Gimme Shelter

jungle+red Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Jungle Red

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M Butterfly

saratoga Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Saratoga

Schiap Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Schiap

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Temptation

This promotion is available at all three NYC Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa locations.

Phillies Fan Wears Pride On Her Nails!

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Phillies+Nails Phillies Fan Wears Pride On Her Nails!
My BFF Kristen is a self-proclaimed “gung ho Phillies Phan.” So to celebrate their trip to the World Series, she’s wearing her pride on her nails. Go Phils!

Credits:

Kristen, hand model
Raine, nail artiste
Shannon, photog extraordinare (watch out, Annie Leibowitz)

Scotch Brite Idea For Your Manicure

Posted on by daneen in Coupon Code, Nails | 1 Comment

nail+saver Scotch Brite Idea For Your Manicure
Beauty products don’t have to be impractical. Take, for instance, Scotch-Brite’s new Ultra NailSaver Scrub Sponge. It’s ergonomically shaped and is tough on dirty dishes, yet gentle on your manicure. And, to further appeal to its target audience, the NailSaver Scrub Sponge is available in a handful of cute colors.

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Visit the Scotch-Brite website and download a coupon for $1 off.

Artemis Woman Nail Catcher Will Protect Your Corneas, But Seriously Jack Up Your Toes

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nail+catcher Artemis Woman Nail Catcher Will Protect Your Corneas, But Seriously Jack Up Your Toes
When I was in high school, I had one of the most frightening experiences of my life. I was at home getting ready for the Harvest Moon, a semi-formal dance. And as I was clipping my toenails, in preparation for a fresh coat of polish, one of the clippings flew and landed in my eye. Yes, in my EYE. The sharp edges scratched my eyeball and I was beyond hysterical. Oh, and did I mention that my parents hadn’t arrived home yet? And my sister was only 6…so what could she do? I was DYING! It took me, like, 5 minutes (which felt like an eternity) to remove the nail from my eyeball. And for days, I was convinced that my cornea had suffered permanent damage. Obviously, I’m fine now. But truth be told, I still flinch and squint my eyes every time I clip my nails.

So when I recently received an email announcing the new Artemis Woman Nail Catcher, a “precision toenail nail-clipping device that collects freshly clipped nails inside a plastic chamber and stores them until they are removed,” I got very excited. So I contacted the PR person and requested a sample so that I could test it for the blog.

Does it deliver? Well, the tool does clip nails. And it does collect the clippings and store them until you empty the storage chamber. But I think that Artemis and I have different definitions of the word precision…because my left big toe, the unfortunate guinea pig, is sporting an odd, asymmetrical shape – rather than the typical rounded shape I was going for. The more I tried to correct the contour, the more jacked it looked.

Bottom line: I’d rather revert back to my squint-and-flinch routine than walk around with embarrassingly shaped nails.

Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week: Sephora by OPI

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sephora+by+opi Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: Sephora by OPIYesterday, I paid a visit to my friendly, neighborhood Sephora store to play around with Sephora by OPI, a collection of nail colors, hand treatments, and nail care products by OPI, available exclusively at Sephora stores.

The Sephora by OPI display, with testers of 54 fashion-forward shades, is a veritable polish playground. In the King of Prussia store, the display is situated right next to the registers…so I felt somewhat guilty for polluting the salespeople’s work area with nail polish fumes. But from the look of one cashier’s multi-colored manicure, I realized that not even the staff is immune to the temptation of the Sephora by OPI testers.

At $9 a bottle, these gorgeous polishes pack more of a financial punch than many other brands on the market – including the original OPI collection. But the green formulation (every shade is DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde-free) and saving a trip to another OPI retailer for your nail needs justifies the extra dollars and/or cents.

sephora+opi Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: Sephora by OPIAnd while I think that nail polishes should be judged on the merits of color, finish, ingredients and staying power, I have to give this collection bonus points for its cheeky monikers – such as Sample Sale, Skinny Jeans, Nonfat Soy Half Caff, It’s Somewhere in My Purse, Brunette on the Internet, Never Enough Shoes, and Beauty Junkie.

The Autumn & Eve Collection pays homage to the deeper, darker shades seen on fall 2008 runways.

80s Ladies Week: Laura Mercier 24 Karat Nail Lacquer is a Scene Stealer!

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If you’re a child of the 80s, you probably remember a delightful gem of a spinoff called Just The Ten Of Us. Coach Graham Lubbock, introduced on Growing Pains, moves his super-sized family to California and takes a job at St Augustine’s Academy. The sitcomy twist? It’s an all-boys school, and he has five daughters to enroll.

justthetenofus1 80s Ladies Week: Laura Mercier 24 Karat Nail Lacquer is a Scene Stealer!Why can’t the daughters attend a nearby coed or all-girls school? Shhhhh…don’t ask questions.

Anway, most of the laughs come courtesy of the eldest girls: nun-wannabe Marie, sweet but slow Cindy, Wendy the blond flirt, and snarky intellectual Connie (my fave). Despite their diverse personalities, I think they would have all loved Laura Mercier’s new Nail Lacquer in 24 Karat.

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This long-lasting, quick-dry, formaldehyde-free formula looks amazing…not just on the ten of your fingers – but also on toes! And as you can see, it’s the perfect color to set off your summer sun- (or spray-) tan.

Picture it…it’s Friday night and Cindy and Wendy don’t have much time to get ready for their respective dates. They wrestle and pillow fight over who gets to wear 24 Karat, while Connie jealously schemes to pilfer the polish for herself. All the while, Marie’s praying for her sinful sisters’ salvation. Hilarity ensues.

[Insert laugh track here.]

End scene.

Check out 24 Karat Nail Lacquer and the rest of the Gold Digger Collection at lauramercier.com.

And be sure to check out what 80’s inspired beauty product Amber reviewed today.

MAC Metalist and Neon 8 Nail Lacquer

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mac+nail+polish+018 MAC Metalist and Neon 8 Nail Lacquer
Hello, my pretties. Meet Metalist and Neon 8, two pretty polishes from MAC’s Neo Sci-Fi collection. The former is described as a “neutral coppertone with white pearl,” the latter as “bright orange with matching pearl.”

I’m partial to Metalist – it’s the perfect compliment to my summer tan. Neon 8 is good, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it great. It just didn’t do it for me. But don’t take my word for it…the shade is sold out online, so someone is feeling it.

The formula is long-lasting, and is enriched with conditioners and UV protection.

I’ve been walking around for nearly two weeks with mismatched nails (a running joke at work). What kind of self-respting beauty blogger does that? Anyway, I’ve gotta go…I’m overdue for a date with the polish remover.

Toodeloo!

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