Mummy Manicure?

wrinkled+fingers+and+gaudy+nail+art Mummy Manicure?

When I first saw this photo, I thought to myself, “Surely this is proof that the ancient Egyptians rocked nail art.” But this is no mummy manicure. Sadly, these hands belong to a real live human being – with tacky taste, access to a digital camera and, apparently, no hand cream.

So my question to you is this: if your fingers were this wrinkled, would you draw attention to them with gaudy nail art?

I Saved $141 On My New Coat!

Ellen+Tracy+Double+Breasted+Coat+with+Ruched+Collar I Saved $141 On My New Coat!Check out the super cute coat I just bought at Lord & Taylor. It may look pretty tame in the photo, but trust me…when you pop the collar, it is to die!

Every fall, I buy an inexpensive, nondescript winter coat…and I’m always irritated when, come March, it’s looking haggard and I hate it. So this year, I decided to spend some serious money (it’s a worthwhile investment, considering I’ll wear it every day for 4.5 months of the year) – and I was shocked by how much I saved.

This Ellen Tracy Double Breasted Coat With Ruched Collar* was originally $360 (it’s $453 at Bloomingdale’s). Lord & Taylor is currently having a sale, so I saved 30%. Then, thanks to some Internet sleuthing, I also had a printable coupon for an additional 15% off. So all in all, I saved $141.

Go, me!

*The black, petite version of this coat that I purchased isn’t available online, so check your local Lord & Taylor store. The link above is for the regular sized, camel colored version.

Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

light+and+dark+manicures Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

I’m in the market for some new nail polish, so I enlisted the advice of the DailyMakeover.com Beauty Bloggerati. Read on for some fab light and dark nail polish picks:

opi+aragon Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“My favorite go to color is OPI’s Bubble Bath. It goes with any outfit and it’s the perfect shade of white/pink! For dark polish, I am currently obsessed with OPI’s Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow from the España line. It’s is a deep deep forresty emerald green and totally fun for the fall!” -Lisa, These Lips Are Made For Glossin’

sally+hansen+Blazing+Blue Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“I found two new polishes backstage at Fashion Week that I’m loving right now. CND Putty is an a very light beige. Sally Hansen Insta Dry in Blazing Blue…a deep midnight blue.” -Rachel, DailyMakeover.com

nars+chinatown+nail+polish Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“My favorite light polish is the mix of Essie Marshmallow and Ballet Slippers (Marshmallow goes on first). It’s the famed combo that all the editors wore in The Devil Wears Prada (the book), and I have yet to find a light polish that makes my nails look as lit from within. My favorite dark is NARS Chinatown. It’s a much deeper maroon than the bold Mr.-Big-red-wall-red you’d expect from the name.” -Amber, Beauty Blogging Junkie

essie+ballet+slippers Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“I love Essie Ballet Slippers for a pretty, sophisticated look! I just purchased my first dark polish in about 15 years today and I love it. It’s Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Cinna-Snap. It reminds me of a glass of super dark merlot.” -Sarah, Hair Thursday

Sephora+by+OPI+212 Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“For dark, I like the Sephora by OPI 212-Sephora. It’s black, but has sparkles, so it’s not totally goth. For light, I think it’s hard to top the classic Essie Ballet Slippers.” -Anne, The Jet Set Girls

sephora+brunette+on+the+internet Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“I’m not a huge fan of light colors but recently I picked up Sephora by OPI’s Under My Trench Coat. This is as light as I get, this shade is a very pretty beigey-grey with some gold shimmer. For my dark color, lately I’ve found myself going with another Sephora by OPI shade Brunette on the Internet. It’s a really rich, dark burgundy brown-red. Totally vampy.” -Carla, Product Girl

 Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“For light I love Essie’s Adore-a-Ball or Revlon’s #910 Barely Peach. They hold up very well if you cook a lot. For dark, I am still in love with OPI’s Eiffel for this Color from their Fall 2009 Parisian color collection.” -Julia, All About The Pretty

mac+Nocturnelle Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“Light: Essie is Waltz the perfect white nail polish, it has no pink undertones what so ever. The pigment is not too thick so it doesn’t look like you have a white-out on. The classic white. Dark: MAC in Nocturnelle is the perfect pure black shade. You can’t get more black than this one. The classic black.” -Marta, Talking Makeup

essie+mademoiselle Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“Favorite dark: CND Nail Noir – I almost cried during FW when I found out it’s going away. I came home and bought 6 bottles online. LOVE this color. Favorite light: Essie Mademoiselle – a favorite of mine since forever! Now my daughter Bailey’s hooked on it and my bottle disappears twice as fast!” -Erika, Makeup Bag

neutrogena+nail+enhancer Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“I do a “faux-French” manicure. I use something cheap (like N.Y.C. Color white nail polish) to paint a quick, easy French manicure tip, and then use a little bit of cuticle oil cream (or lip
gloss or olive oil) over top create the “shine effect” of a top coat (it takes seconds to do). I also love Neutrogena’s Instant Nail Enhancer to give a quick, healthy shine. I only use dark colors on my toes. I really want to try those Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens, because they look like big, portable markers – so you can paint your toes in a flash.” -Bailey, Makeover Momma

opi+lincoln+park+after+dark Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

“OPI Lincoln Park After Dark is my go-to dark shade. It looks great on a mani or pedi – and really, when is dark purple not an option for Fall/Winter? It’s classic! Revlon Sheer Pink is my everyday nude. It adds only a touch of color along with a really great shine.” -Tammy, A Mom In Red High Heels

Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Shower Cream and Body Cream

bath+and+body+works+triple+moisture+shower+and+body+cream Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Shower Cream and Body CreamAs I reported a few weeks back, Bath & Body Works recently reformulated their Shower Cream and Body Cream, with a triple moisture complex moisturizes skin all day and also shows visible improvement in skin’s radiance and feel. This week, the new stock makes its way to real and virtual shelves.

The new Triple Moisture Shower Cream is the ultimate luxuriously hydrating body cleanser. With rich, creamy moisture and a gentle kiss of fragrance, this pampering treatment works hard to nourish skin while you shower. With natural soybean oil, milk proteins, rice bran oil and acai berry, it leaves your skin feeling deeply moisturized and soft as silk.

The new Triple Moisture Body Cream is fortified with an exclusive Triple Moisture Complex of conditioning milk proteins, hydrating rice bran oil and protective acai berry extract, our Signature Triple Moisture Body Cream provides deep, 24-hour moisture that softens even the driest skin. And the non-greasy formula deeply conditions, leaving skin moisturized, fragrant, and more beautiful than ever before.

Right now, buy two and get one free…or buy three and get two free! I don’t know about you, but I’m going to take this opportunity to replenish my stock. For dry skin, I really don’t think it gets better than this body wash and lotion (Japanese Cherry Blossom, Butterfly Flower and Moonlight Path are my personal faves).

Halloween Treats from Philosophy

philosophy+candy+corn+shower+gel Halloween Treats from PhilosophyI Love Candy Corn High-foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $16
Calling all candy corn lovers! This oh-so-sweet candy corn scented Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath is sure to be a fall favorite for the whole family. The high-foaming formula provides an ultra-rich, moisturizing lather from head to toe to gently cleanse and condition skin and hair.

Trick or Treat High-foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath Duo
, $20
Philosophy’s trick-or-treat set includes Pumpkin Spice Muffin and Caramel Apple scented Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Baths for a surprisingly spirited treat for your senses! Enjoy an ultra-rich lather with these high-foaming formulas created to gently cleanse and condition skin and hair.

Black Licorice Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $20
For all you black licorice fans, here is a bath and shower treat you don’t want to pass up! Philosophy infused the unmistakable scent of black licorice in a high foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath. Lather it up from your hair down to your toes or immerse yourself into a bath full of black licorice scented suds. Not only is this shower gel ideal for black licorice lovers, scientific research has shown that the scent of black licorice can increase arousal in men and women. Even those who aren’t crazy about black licorice might want to give this shower gel a try.

philosophy+haunted+house Halloween Treats from PhilosophyThe Haunted House Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath Trio, $30
Philosophy’s haunted house is packed full of delicious treats! the haunted house includes 6 oz. bottles of black licorice, caramel apple and pumpkin spice muffin high foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Baths. Celebrate bath time with these delicious seasonal scents. These high foaming formulas gently cleanse skin to leave it feeling soft, and they smell positively scrumptious.

Caramel Apple High-foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $16
Dip into the delectable scent of caramel apple with Philosophy’s high foaming shampoo, shower Gel and Bubble Bath. the unique formula provides a rich, foaming lather and a delicious bubble bath experience. The caramel apple scent is the perfect fusion of a juicy apple and rich, creamy caramel. You won’t be able to resist bath time!

Caramel Apple Flavored Lip Shine, $12
A flavorful fall fusion. Philosophy blends a juicy apple and rich, creamy caramel in this high-gloss lip shine. Caramel apple lip shine goes on smooth to help soften and sweeten lips, while enhancing natural tint and providing a glossy finish.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Launches Skin Care Line

anastasia+line+erasing+serum Anastasia Beverly Hills Launches Skin Care LineAnastasia Soare, the Definitive Brow and Eye Expert, introduces two new skin care products to the popular Anastasia Beverly Hills line. Following the success of her cosmetics line, Anastasia debuted the Line Erasing Serum in August. This lightweight serum is designed for all skin types and promises to soothe, soften, hydrate and lift your eyes without fillers or invasive surgery.

In January 2010, the second skin care product – Sheer Moisture Crème SPF 30 – will launch exclusively at Nordstrom.

Line Erasing Serum ($45) is now available at Sephora and anastasia.net.

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog

princess+and+the+frog+poster Disneys The Princess and the Frog

Finally…72 years after Disney introduced its first princess (Snow White), a Black princess is born. I haven’t seen a Disney princess movie in the theater since 1989’s The Little Mermaid, but you best believe I’m gonna have my butt in a seat on December 11, 2009 for the motion picture debut of Tiana in The Princess and the Frog.

disney+princess+timeline Disneys The Princess and the Frog

Sonia Kashuk Curl for a Cause Eyelash Curler

Sonia+Kashuk+BCRF+Curl+for+a+Cause+Eyelash+Curler Sonia Kashuk Curl for a Cause Eyelash CurlerThey say you should always curl your lashes before applying mascara for doe eyed, fabulous fringe. I must admit that I hardly ever curl my lashes…but I probably would if I had this eyelash curler in my makeup kit.

Breast cancer survivor and professional makeup artist Sonia Kashuk and Target are joining forces to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. With 15% of the purchase price of the Curl for a Cause Eyelash Curler ($9.99) going to support BCRF’s mission to prevent and find a cure in our lifetime, it’s one more beautiful way to fight the fight against breast cancer.

This item is available online and in Target stores.

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