Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candles: 2 for $22

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At Christmastime, I agonized over what to get my son’s daycare teachers. There are 12 of them – and even though he has his two main teachers, they all have interaction with him and take excellent care of him. So I needed to buy 12 gifts to show my appreciation, without breaking the bank. $10 each seemed doable, except that most gifts under $10 are utter crap and you’d rather give nothing at all than give someone a $10 junk present.

After almost settling on an uninspired gift (it was so blah, I can’t even remember what it was), Bath & Body Works had a sale on its 3-Wick Candles: 2 for $22. The 3 Wick Candles are a good size (14.5 oz) and usually $20 each, so this was a steal. I snatched up 12 candles in holiday scents for $132—and saved $108! It’s true that I went over my $10 per gift limit (only by $1), but it was okay because I also scored free shipping—and the candles conveniently showed up on my doorstep in mint condition. So it all evened out. But most important, the teachers LOVED their candles and raved for months about how wonderful they smell and how long they last.

So why am I running my mouth and telling you this old story? Well, Bath & Body Works is having the same sale now and I wanted to share the great news.

Mother’s Day is coming up. It’s also prime time for baby and bridal showers right about now. Better yet, why not treat yourself? You deserve it. There are a lot of new spring/summer scents that sound amazing—like Gelato, Lemon Mint Leaf, Garden Bouquet, Peach Bellini, Lakeside, Caribbean Escape and Sicilian Orange—to name a few.

Get free shipping with any purchase of $50 or more. Enter promo code BURN50—but, hurry, because that deal is only good today. The 2 for $22, 3-Wick Candles deal ends on April 21, 2013. No coupon needed for that.

IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Creme SPF 15

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As a beauty expert, I’m embarrassed by how late I am to the BB Cream party. In the past year, so many friends and colleagues have asked me about BB Creams—what’s the buzz, which brands are the best, etc. —and they would look at me funny when I admitted to not having tried BB Creams yet. I mean, they were so incredulous that you would’ve thought I told them I was still using a flip phone or had a Hotmail account. But it’s really not my fault that I was stuck in a time warp and unfamiliar with the biggest beauty trend of 2012.

I started hearing about BB Creams in late 2011 and was very excited to hitch a ride on the proverbial bandwagon. But until recently, it’s been difficult—if not damn near impossible—to find a BB Cream in my shade. I was shocked. The beauty business has come so far in the past 15-20 years, in terms of shade options and embracing a multi-hued consumer base. But in my BB Cream search, I felt like I was 16 years old all over again and limited to a few brands that recognized my pigment.

Anyway, I’m here to tell any brown-skinned beauties out there that just because we don’t have infinite options doesn’t mean that we should settle and walk around with BB Cream-ed up faces that don’t match our necks. IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Crème SPF 15 is so amazing that I almost stopped throwing shade on some of those other beauty brands that offer 1 or 2 shades. I’m all about the love now because I absolutely LOVE this BB Crème.

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CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss in Vio-last

CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss in Vio last1 CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss in Vio lastI’m very fickle about my fingernails. Before I paint my nails or get them professionally did, I spend a inordinate amount of time pondering my polish options. I consider the season, recent trends, my wardrobe that week and anywhere special I might go. But despite all of this planning, I’m usually over my polish choice before it even dries.

Not so this week. I’m currently rocking CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss in Vio-last, and I’m as smitten with it as when I bought the bottle this weekend. For the last few weeks, I’d wanted to wear a cool purple cream nail polish. I assumed that I had one in my nail polish arsenal – but if you can believe it, I couldn’t find anything close among my 300+ bottles. All of my purples were too dark, pastel or shimmery. It seemed silly (not to mention excessive) to buy a new bottle of polish on a whim when I already own so many, so I abandoned my pursuit. But as fate would have it, just as I purged purple polish from my brain, my dream shade found me at Walmart.

On Sunday, while shopping for boring household items, I walked through the cosmetics section on my way to the register and spied CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine in Vio-last in my peripheral vision. It’s exactly what I had been looking for: the right shade at the right price. Plus it has a built-in base coat, boasts great coverage (one coat completely covers, though I painted on two as directed) and dries to a really nice shine that negates the need for a topcoat. I painted my nails on Sunday and they’re still shining (bright like a diamond, in the immortal words of Rihanna) today. Another benefit is that—if you don’t abuse your hands—you can make it 5 to 7 days without a chip.

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Excuse the sloppy application. My son was having a hissy-fit while I was painting my nails
because he wanted to “play action figures” with me – hence the rush job.

Vio-last is my second CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss (I also have Peaches and Cream, below, which I wore last month), but it won’t be my last. There are 45 gorgeous shades and I’m already eying up Ever Reddy, Mint Mojito and Out of the Blue.

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Check Out My New Arm Candy: Rebecca Minkoff Swing Bag

rebecca minkoff swing1 Check Out My New Arm Candy: Rebecca Minkoff Swing BagAfter beauty products, handbags are my secondary addiction. But when it comes to arm candy, I have discriminating taste. For me, the perfect handbag seamlessly marries fashion with function, is handcrafted from high-quality materials, has really unique hardware and is classic but edgy – all at the same time. I don’t like to carry the of-the-moment “it” bag. I actually like to be somewhat of a tease…I get a kick out when strangers approach me to ask about my bag and who designed it. Nine times out of ten, the answer to that question is Rebecca Minkoff.

Rebecca Minkoff’s handbags are my dreams made reality. I don’t know how she does it, but she must have a window into my soul – because every time I’m in the market for a new purse, I find that she’s designed exactly what I’m looking for. She also seems extremely cool and down to earth, plus she’s a new-ish mom, like me…so we’re totally BFIMH (Best Friends in My Head) – along with Kerry Washington, Kathy Griffin and Wendy Williams.

Anyway, so I’ve been rocking my Lodis Dahlia Joelle Hobo since December. But now that it’s spring, I’ve been itching for a brighter bag. Something that’s work appropriate but that I can also work on the weekends. And it’s gotta be crossbody because my hands are always full. My search lead me to the Rebecca Minkoff Swing Bag (in Sunny), which I just purchased (if my husband is reading this, don’t worry – I used a gift card).

rebecca minkoff swing3 Check Out My New Arm Candy: Rebecca Minkoff Swing BagPolished hardware accents the soft pebbled leather of this Rebecca Minkoff handbag. A zip pocket details the exterior, and the gusseted sides unzip to expand the silhouette. Metal studs rest at the base, while the snap top opens to a divided 4-pocket interior. The leather-laced chain strap can be doubled, singled, or tucked inside for 3 stylish options: cross-body, shoulder bag, or clutch.

Gorgeous, no? I CAN’T WAIT for the Shopbop stork to drop this baby on my doorstep. And here’s what else is coming with it (I had a little extra $ on my gift card):

 

michael kors large orbital whisper hoops Check Out My New Arm Candy: Rebecca Minkoff Swing BagMichael Kors Large Orbital Whisper Hoops in Rose Gold

Both are available for purchase now at Shopbop.com.

Bust a Move On Over to Saturday.com

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Earlier this month, Kate Spade (aka creator of cuteness and the reason why I can’t seem to keep money in my wallet), launched a brand new line called Kate Spade Saturday.

Kate Spade Saturday is a new global lifestyle brand created to channel the spirit of Saturday seven days a week. This younger, more accessible sister to kate spade new york shares the same DNA: it’s colorful, optimistic and bold, but it expresses these values in a more casual way. Saturday offers simple shapes and go-anywhere silhouettes. Functionality and utility are key. The collection is crafted with honest materials like crisp cotton, canvas and natural vachetta, brightened with bold colors and strong prints. The line includes apparel, handbags, accessories and items for the home.

After browsing around Saturday.com, I have to say that it’s everything I hoped it would be. The line is polished but fun – retaining Kate Spade’s cheekiness – but at a more affordable price point. Here are just a few of the fashionista-friendly items I’m eyeing up:

 

Kate Spade Saturday Dont Forget To Be Awesome Wallet 11 Bust a Move On Over to Saturday.comKate Spade Saturday Dont Forget To Be Awesome Wallet 21 Bust a Move On Over to Saturday.comDon’t Forget to Be Awesome Wallet, $120

 

 

Kate Spade Saturday Slip Neck Tee Bust a Move On Over to Saturday.comSplit Neck Tee, $30 (available in Black, Heather Gray, White and Yellow)

 

 

Kate Spade Saturday Let Loose Dress in Stripe Bust a Move On Over to Saturday.comLet Loose Dress in Stripe, $180

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Corioliss White Microphone Paddle Brush

Corioliss White Microphone Paddle Brush1 Corioliss White Microphone Paddle BrushHow adorbs is this Corioliss White Microphone Paddle Brush? It normally costs $25, but Rue La La has it on sale (in white and black) now for $15.50.

  • This brush has a perfect body shape for detangling and straightening out long hair types
  • The cushioned soft ball tip quills gently massage the scalp whilst brushing and the soft fluted handle molds to the hand
  • Anti-static rubber cushioned pad prevents fly-away hair
  • Unique, detachable flexible section pin allows easy sections with one hand

Rue La La membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

Nifty Home Cosmetic Carousels are Back at ideeli!

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Nifty Home Cosmetic Carousels are back on sale at ideeli. Last time they were available, I posted about them and then clean forgot to snag a few before the sale was over. Don’t be scatterbrained like me and miss out. The carousels hold cosmetics and accessories, with a space-saving design takes up very little of your precious counter space. It’s originally $29.99 but Ideeli has it on sale for $19.99. It’s available in six colors: black, white, silver, cream, rose and pink (seen above). This will be the perfect purchase to get you in the mood for a little spring cleaning, no?

ideeli membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Collection

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Fabulous products are available at every price point. And by that, I don’t mean that you can find some fairly decent prestige knockoffs at your local Target or drugstore. What I do mean is that there are many mass market beauty products that rival ones 10x their price. Case in point: L’Oreal’s new Advanced Haircare collection. Frankly, I think these products are in a league of their own.

I didn’t request samples from L’Oreal, so when a box of shampoos, conditioners and styling products showed up on my doorstep, I didn’t know what to make of them or what made them different/special…until I introduced them to my overprocessed tresses. Last weekend, I tested the following products:

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Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Rush Mask: Instantly infuses moisture into every strand. This mask, with its light and luxurious gel-like texture, transforms even dry, dehydrated hair into silky, soft and manageable strands. (more…)

Nivea Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss Lip Butter

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I need another lip balm like I need a hole in the head. But when I saw Nivea’s Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss Lip Butter while picking up some essentials at CVS, I couldn’t resist tossing a little non-essential treat into my basket. The name is perfectly apt – it goes on like butta and smells like (you guessed it) a vanilla-macadamia mashup. Imparts good moisture and gives the lips a healthy sheen. It’s packaged into a slim tin that conveniently stows in your pocket or the smallest of handbags (I keep mine in the car console)…although I kind of wish it came in stick form. I’m no germaphobe, but sticks just seem more sanitary.

Nivea Lip Butter is also available in Smooth Kiss, Raspberry Rose Kiss, Caramel Cream Kiss and retails for around $4.

DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer

DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer DDF Discoloration Reversal MoisturizerLate last year, my friends started to remark about how fabulous my skin looked. I quickly dismissed the first few compliments, thinking my pals were just being kind. But the flattery just kept coming and I started to wonder what all the fuss was about. Then one morning, I looked in the mirror and finally saw what everyone else was seeing. The dark marks around my jawline that have plagued me for years were almost gone – and my complexion was positively radiant. That’s when it all clicked…and my new moisturizer instantly achieved holy grail status.

DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer promises to “effectively hydrate skin during the nighttime sleep cycle to help reduce the appearance of melanin build up, and help to achieve younger looking skin.” And boy does it ever. I’ve struggled with hyperpigmentation since puberty and have tested a ridiculous amount of products to minimize my the dark marks that acne and other blemishes have left in their wake. I’ve had good results with a handful of those products, but nothing comes close to the transformation I’ve witnessed with DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer.

Not only did it practically obliterate my dark marks, it evened out my entire skin tone and imparted a glow that – up until now – I’ve only been able to achieve with makeup. What a welcome surprise! And the funny thing is that even though you’re supposed to use it twice a day, I only use it in the morning (I didn’t read the directions when DDF first sent me a bottle to review) and my friends noticed an improvement in my skin after just two weeks of using the product. Just imagine how quick you could see results if you actually use as directed! (more…)

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