In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Everyday Bag

The average weight of the contents of a woman’s purse has skyrocketed over the past five years. Exactly how much does the typical gal lug around? More than five pounds of crap – that’s how much! Researchers predict that by 2018, the average handbag will weigh more than 6.6 pounds. High-tech gadgets have been blamed for the 38 percent increase…but lets be real, ladies. Those eight lip products add up.

If you’re anything like me, your purse is chock-full of nonsense…old shopping receipts, gum wrappers, enough Starbucks napkins to last a lifetime, and seven dollars in coins lining the bottom of the bag. I’m not going to be a hypocrite and tell you to throw that mess out. But I do have some suggestions for how you can pare down your beauty stash this summer, and lighten your load by at least a couple of ounces. Summer heat is oppressive enough…and let’s face it – Scoliosis isn’t sexy.

* Instead of tossing your regular hairbrush and comb into your purse, opt for a purse-sized set. But make sure that you invest in quality products…I don’t know about you, but those “nifty” pop-up purse brushes never work for me. And if it doesn’t work, you might as well not carry it. Right?

* Palettes and multi-purpose products are great options…they offer innumerable options without sacrificing space.

* If you’re prone to t-zone oiliness, you could carry around a translucent powder compact. But powder tends to cake in the heat, so you’re better off carrying some blotting papers. Plus you’ll shed some weight.

Today is day three of our In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week, and to get you over the hump, I’m spoiling you pretty with this handbag from Creations By Kage.

The “Stormy” tote is, in two words, effortlessly sumptuous. The bag is like buttah – all Kage creations are made of the finest Italian leathers. The line is geared towards the girl with very sophisticated taste who wants a really unique bag made of finest materials and the highest quality, but doesn’t necessarily have to own a “name” brand. Designer Kristin Holstein says her bags have a certain elegance to them, as they are clean in design, with simple pleats and the Kage signature horseshoe detail. “The symbol of the horseshoe means so much to me. Not only does it represent good luck, but it reminds me of my mother and her love of horses. They constantly give me inspiration, and will always be a significant theme in my design process.”

For the winner, this bag will be accompanied by the following goodies:

Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara: Get a blast of lush, volumized lashes! LashBlast’s patented volume-boosting formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max-out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big lash look. This happens to be my Holy Grail mascara.

Goody Mosaic Ouchless Purse Brush: The ultimate in snagless styling. This brush is smaller sized – perfect for travel or on the go styling.

Goody Mosaic Mini Versa Comb: This 3-in-1 comb is small enough to fit in your purse, but large enough to maintain your style.

Tarte Infinite Glow Bestsellers Palette: Get a natural, radiant glow with this chic palette that has everything you need to tan, glow and pout in minutes flat! This bestsellers palette includes Park Ave Princess Mineral Powder Bronzer, award-winning Gel Cheek Stain in Tipsy and a moisturizing 24.7 Lip Sheer in a new shade May Flowers. This luxe faux-croc, compact with mirror is perfect for on-the-go application!

MAX Factor Vivid Impact Eyeshadow Duos in Domino Effect, Emerald Coast, and Peach Basket: Sweep on these loose powder eye shadows for a subtle shimmer or lay it on thick for a metallic effect. The couture-color combinations let you create vibrant shadow effects with the brilliant artistry of a pro.

DentaBurst “Be Ready To Shine” Kit: DentaBurst Freshening Teeth Cleaners are an effective way to clean teeth and freshen breath on-the-go. Unlike mints or gum, they remove plaque from the surfaces of teeth, leaving them feeling smooth and clean. The kit contains 72 individually-wrapped Dentaburst, a business card case, and a calendar/planner.

RoC Retinol Correxion Hand Repair Cream SPF15: This revolutionary formula not only moisturizes but has been scientifically shown to fortify the outer layer of skin and is clinically shown to even out the look of discolorations and age spots for more youthful looking hands. In addition, its SPF 15 UVA/UVB sunscreen protects hands from damaging UVA rays that may contribute to skin damage and premature aging of the skin. Allure Magazine Best of Beauty winner.

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets: Oil-Absorbing Sheets soak up excess oil and remove shine from your face, without smudging makeup or leaving behind a residue. Use them anytime, anywhere to remove oil and shine throughout the day.

Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner SPF 15: This unique lip treatment provides essential long-lasting moisturization to help condition and protect dry, chapped lips. With an exclusive combination of natural oatmeal and natural skin conditioners, including jojoba oil and shea butter, it restores moisture and locks it in long after applying. It contains UVA/UVB sunscreens to protect lips from the sun and is good for daily use.

To enter, send an email to Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Creations By Kage Handbag Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, July 1st. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, July 2nd, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

And be sure to check out the other bag giveaways. You can enter all of the giveaways, but you can only win once. Good luck!

Join the Clinique Insider’s Club!

Clinique is starting up an awesome program called the Clinique Insider’s Club – they will be selecting 20 women from the submitted applications.

As an insider, you’ll get an exclusive sneak peek at the latest Clinique skincare, and makeup products and will have the opportunity to give product reviews and opinions which will be seen, heard and read on Insiders will also have access to special upcoming events and will receive a special welcome kit which includes full-size Clinique products and a flip video digital camcorder!

Click here for more information, and to apply. Hurry…the submission period ends on July 17, 2008 at 11:59 PM (EST).

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Gym Bag

If you read my last post, you know that, this afternoon, I took a trip to TJ Maxx. What you probably don’t know is that I went there on a mission to find new athletic attire.

You see, I recently joined a gym. After a long hiatus, I’m back on the scene – and I have to admit that I’m feeling a little zafdig next to all of the resident hard bodies. So until I slim and trim my body, I’ve resorted to hiding underneath some sporty outfits. Trying on the gear was a workout in and of itself cuz I’m majorly sore from my personal training sesh yesterday. But I found some cute separates, so I’m ready to head back tomorrow.

What I didn’t need to buy, however, was a stylish gym bag. More on that in a minute…

So what are the necessities for your gym bag this summer? Obviously, you’ll want to pack items like a towel and an mp3 player. But I also recommend that you also include a few key beauty essentials…so that, post-gym, you won’t have to take your sweaty, smelly self straight home. Give your credit card a little workout and stock up on the following:

* If your hair is normal to oily, I’d recommend taking along travel-sized shampoo and conditioner. If your hair is dry/damaged/color-treated, then you might want to carry a dry shampoo or a product that revives your style.

* If you shower at the gym, you’ll need some sort body wash and facial cleanser. Many gyms have those basic amenities. But if you’re reading this, you’re a beauty junkie…and you don’t want no generic toiletries. You’re better off bringing along some deep-cleaning products that will clear your pores of dirt, oil, and sweat.

* Odor may be a sign of an effective workout, but I think you’ll agree that it’s far from fetching. Deodorant is a no brainer. No?

*Spritzing on a light, fresh fragrance is also a nice precautionary measure – especially if you forgo a splish splash in the gym shower.

* A reusable water bottle is an excellent idea. I advocate aluminum (like those from SIGG) over plastic. But whatever you choose – you might want to pour your agua into a cup. Recent reports have shown that quenching your thirst straight from the bottle leads to “water bottle lips” – which are fine wrinkles around the mouth. Quel horror!

Today is day two of our In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week, so I’m spoiling you pretty with this lovely Lug gym bag.

The Puddle Jumper Gym Bag was featured on Oprahs “O List” and is a must-have for any active individual. Stuff it solid with items galore! From your ipod, glasses, pens, papers, clothing, bottles, cosmetics, etc., even throw your stinky sneakers in the back separated ventilated pocket! This bag represents functionality at its best while not compromising your sense of style!

For the winner, this bag will be accompanied by the following goodies:

st: This alcohol-free, leave-in conditioner detangles, refreshes and reactivate your style without washing. With a revitalizing fragrance, it neutralizes odor as it moisturizes and preps the hair for restyling. It’s also a great moisturizer for the skin!

Neutrogena Rainbath Shower & Shave
: As a body wash, this fresh, marine-scented gel is enriched with ingredients that clean and moisturize your skin without leaving behind a heavy residue. As a shave gel, the silky lubrication helps your razor glide smoothly over your skin while soothing aloe helps prevent dryness and irritation. This clean-rinsing formula won’t build up on your razor—or your skin.

Clean & Clear Deep Action Refreshing Gel Cleanser: The icy gel turns into a foaming lather that instantly cools and invigorates your skin as it dissolves dirt and oil trapped deep in your pores.
After washing, it leaves your skin feeling refreshed and revived, with the unmistakable tingle of a really deep clean. Completely oil-free, rinses clean, and won’t clog pores.

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets: Softer than paper, these silky sheets leave your skin feeling refreshed by instantly removing excess oil and shine from your face, without smudging makeup or leaving behind powder.

Bath & Body Works Body Splash in Enchanted Orchid: This lighter, casual fragrance is perfect for fragrance layering or enhancing the fragrance effect of previously applied products, such as body lotion. Notes include Calypso Orchid, Pink Grapefruit, Waterlily, Crisp Apple, Fresh Gardenia, Vanilla Orchid, Heliotrope, and Creamy Amber.

Goody Ouchless Detangling Comb: Flexible teeth slide through wet or dry hair without snags or pulls. Easy does it with this gentle approach to soft, manageable hair.

Secret Flawless Antiperspirant/Deodorant: Performs in more ways than any other anti-perspirant. It has strong protection, goes on clear, has self-renewing fragrances, it’s smooth and lightweight, and has skin-nurturing conditioners.

To enter, send an email to Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Lug Gym Bag Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Monday, June 30th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Tuesday, July 1st, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

And be sure to check out the other bag giveaways. You can enter all of the giveaways, but you can only win once. Good luck!

Comptoir Sud Pacifique at TJ Maxx!!!

Guess what I found at TJ Maxx? If you read the title of the post, you already know. But I’m super excited – so let’s play a game. I’m going to ask you the question again…and this time, you’re going to pretend you don’t know the answer. M’kay?

Guess what I found at TJ Maxx today? Comptoir Sud Pacifique!!! Yay!!!

Before anyone could get wise to my serendipitous discovery, I hastily threw Aloha Tiare Exotically Rich Body Butter and Vanilla Abricot Transporting Bath and Shower Gel into my cart. As you can see from the price tag, I only paid $5.99 each!

If you live near the Jenkintown, PA location…go get you some. I left a few on the shelf for you. I also spied Frederic Fekkai shampoos and conditioners (for $14) and Tan For All Seasons Scrub + Color Self-Tanning Set (for the low, low price of $16!).

Shu Uemura’s Summer Collection, Plus 20% Off!

Since the opening of the shu uemura’s first Beauty Boutique in Tokyo in 1983, each year a limited edition Boutique Birthday Collection of the season’s most festive beauty items is created in celebration.

This year, to mark the 25th anniversary, the late Mr. Uemura created the most special and unique collection yet. HANA-BI is inspired by the three fundamental elements in nature: terre (earth), rose (flower), and source (water). The collection includes a series of 100% natural origin fragrances formulated with Depsea water, three color palettes, and two shimmering liquid eye liners.

My favorite of the HANA-BI bunch is the Fleur de Source Palette. These powder shadows feel cool and creamy on the skin. Lightly apply to create a soft and natural effect or layer them for a more dramatic look.

And, as if this new limited-edition collection wasn’t exciting enough, shu uemura is offering all their “friends & families” 20% off all orders and FREE standard shipping! The promotion will begin on Thursday, June 26th and end on Sunday, June 29th*. Enter promo code SHUSUMMER** at checkout.

*Valid: from 6/26–6/29 at 11:59pm EST.
**You must be signed in and enter promo code to receive the discount.

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