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StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


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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

Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry


One of my all-time favorite products is Dermadoctor KP Duty, a dual action body exfoliator that combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion. It was developed to treat chicken skin - those little red bumps that many people get on their upper arms. But, for years, I've been using it to exfoliate my legs pre-shave.  There's really no body exfoliator CONTINUE READING

Nails

Polished: Milani Fresh Teal

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 Polished: Milani Fresh Teal

Whenever I am in a drug store, I end up wandering down the beauty aisles just in case there is something new that I need. Milani is one of my go-to drug store brands, as they always have a nice range of fun colors. Last week, Fresh Teal jumped out at me.

Pretty much every magazine listed teal as a trend color for the fall, and this is a great one. It is bright and fun without being too neon or obnoxious. I also really like Milani’s brush – it is thin enough to get right into the corners of the nail without running over onto your cuticles. I’m not usually one to attempt any sort of nail art, but I feel like this polish would pair perfectly with polka dots or a stripe of of OPI’s That’s Berry Daring. And at $4.49 a bottle, this is a great way to try out a trend color in an affordable way.

-Alyssa

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Polished: How To Remove Glitter Nail Polish

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 Polished: How To Remove Glitter Nail Polish

I love glitter nail polish. It is sparkly and fun and statement-making and just so nice to look at while I type all day. I do not love removing said glitter nail polish. I usually apply 2-3 coats to get maximum sparkle impact, but then am stuck scrubbing and scraping it off when I decide it is time for a new manicure. Personally, I do not think it is right to spend more time removing nail polish than it took to apply it in the first place.

Enter my glitter fairy godmother at a nearby beauty store. I had a bottle of Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance in my hand – it is a gorgeous color, but I was complaining about what a pain it is to remove glitter nail polish.

She suggested placing a nail-polish remover soaked cotton ball on the polished nail, wrapping the tip of your finger and cotton ball in aluminum foil, waiting a few minutes, and the glitter would come right off.

I was skeptical but intrigued. After Google-ing “nail polish remover + aluminum foil interactions” and deciding that this method would not make my fingers fall off, I gave it a try.

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HOLY CRAP, did it work. I made myself little alien fingers, waited about 5 minutes, and voila! The nail polish came almost completely off, and the leftover edges came off after another swipe. I am beyond excited to have a foolproof way to remove my most glittery polish!

-Alyssa

Polished: Nails Inc. Fitzroy Square 3D Glitter

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Hello, readers!

My name is Alyssa, and I am lucky enough to be one of Daneen’s coworkers. As you may have noticed, I like a good manicure (looky here and here).

Since Daneen literally has her hands full with one-year-old Westley, I get the chance to bring you the latest nail news.

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Recently, a batch of nails inc. colors came into the office, and I was immediately taken with nails inc. Fitzroy Square 3D glitter, which is described as clear with green glitter and chunky teal glitter. Swoon. Though I work in a business casual office, envelope-pushing nail polish is acceptable, so I knew this was my next manicure.

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of glitter that this polish contains. Most glitter nail polish has a few flecks with mostly clear, but this was saturated, which was great. Here is what three coats looks like…

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This polish is definitely not for the faint of heart, but I got a lot of compliments on it. I absolutely recommend this polish for anyone looking for a little sparkle!

nails inc. is available at Sephora, for $9.50 a bottle.

-Alyssa

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.

Kardashian Kolors: Nicole by OPI’s Holiday 2011 Collection

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 Kardashian Kolors: Nicole by OPI’s Holiday 2011 Collection
Photo credit: OPI/Michael Simon

Nicole by OPI is teaming up with the Kardashian/Jenner family for Kardashian Kolors, a collection of 14 new nail lacquer shades inspired by these six small screen stars. Kris Jenner and her five daughters – Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Kylie and Kendall Jenner – are known for their head-to-toe unique style, which now includes nails.

“We are so excited to work with everyone’s favorite TV family – the Kardashians – to share a diverse collection of fashion-forward shades,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With lacquers ranging from high-shine and sparkly hues to neutral taupe and pinkish coral, Kardashian Kolors offers the perfect accessory for every woman – from teens to moms and everyone in between.”

 

Kardashian Kolors includes:
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Shimmering-white glitz for the glamorous gal!
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Finally! The pink of her dreams has arrived.
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Powder your nose and get some pink on those toes!
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Glitter-ly the prettiest pink ever!
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Handle with care: This klassy red is top-of-the-line!
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Girls just wanna have…glitter in every color!
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Glittery gold glam gone wild!
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A head-turning blue-green with a “sparkling” personality!
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Listen to your Momager!
If you don’t, you’ll never see this fabulous blue again!
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A glittery deep gray that always has something to say!
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My Empire…My Rules
This take-charge taupe is always on-trend.
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A deep dark emerald worth falling for.
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This delicious deep brown is the chicest hue in town!
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And this captivating coral looks “fab” on everyone!

At the Kardashian Kolors launch on July 11 in NYC, Khloe and Kourtney showed off their signature shades: Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam and Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi (photo above).

Kardashian Kolors will be available Holiday 2011 for $7.99 each.

I’m digging Wear Something Spar-Kylie, Listen to your Momager!, Follow Me on Glitter, My Empire…My Rules, and Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam. Which Kardashian Kolors will you be keeping up with this fall? Tell me in the comments…

OPI Shorts Story

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 OPI Shorts Story

Peep my polish. It’s OPI Shorts Story. I have my friend/co-worker, Alyssa, to thank for this discovery. She’s been wearing it for the past week and after she caught me coveting her pedi like a thousand times, she benevolently bought me a bottle. This lovely lacquer is a bright, blue based pink that covers perfectly with 2 coats. It’s the perfect summer shade for me, as it pops against my tan skin – without looking garish. Though I don’t work in a corporate environment that frowns on trendy nail colors, I imagine that this would be a great shade for girls who wanna have fun with their manicures, but also need to look business class-y (provided that you keep your nails short).

Happy Independence Day!

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4th+july Happy Independence Day!
All the women who are independent, throw your hands up at me!

Happy Independence Day, dolls! I hope that you are enjoying a fun and relaxing holiday. If you’re just chilling at home and looking for something festive to do, might I suggest that you try out this 4th of July Splatter Manicure I spotted on Clumps of Mascara?

4th+of+july+splatter+manicure Happy Independence Day!

Have a great one! See you back here tomorrow!

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