Nailing It: OPI Pompeii Purple

nailing+it+opi+pompeii+purple Nailing It: OPI Pompeii Purple
My friend, Angela, has the most fabulous nails.

pompeii+purple Nailing It: OPI Pompeii PurpleEvery two weeks, she visits her local nail salon and emerges with the most marvelous manicure. And Angela doesn’t play coy when it comes to color. With nail polish, she goes for the gusto. Right now, Ange is rocking OPI’s Pompeii Purple – a shimmery magenta. Oooh…pretty!

Since I’m lazy when it comes to doing my own nails, I will be featuring Angela’s on a regular basis. Check back in early July for the next edition of Nailing It. I can’t wait to see what shade she chooses next!

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes Luscious Pink

luscious+pink First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes Luscious Pink
This August, Mariah Carey will unveil Luscious Pink, her second fragrance with Elizabeth Arden.

“This scent is feminine, flirtatious and fun, and truly reflects where I am in my life now, after an incredible year,” Mariah says. “The response from my fans with my debut scent was overwhelming, and I can’t wait to see what happens with my second Luscious fragrance.”

Luscious Pink, a sparkling floral, has top notes of Sicilian bergamot, Ocean Breeze accord and sparkling Bellini accord; a heart of Tahitian Tiare petals, lily of the valley and pink peony, and a drydown of bright blond woods, creamy sandalwood and white musk, which has been described as “a floral melody that is as enveloping as Mariah’s voice.”

The collection includes eau de parfum sprays in three sizes: 1 oz. ($39.50), 1.7 oz. ($55) and 3.3 oz. ($65) — as well as a 6.8-oz. body lotion ($28). Luscious Pink will be sold in 2,000 U.S, department stores, and will also be available in Japan.

I’m a big fan of M, Mariah’s first fragrance – so I’m anxious to get a whiff of her sophmore scent.

Stila Fans, Listen up…

Stila+Pre order Stila Fans, Listen up…
Coming soon from Stila: Hydrating Primer SPF 15 and Hydrating Finishing Powder.

The Hydrating Primer SPF 15 provides time-released skincare benefits and maintains hydration levels in the skin for a perfectly-prepped palette. The innovative formula contains Dermaxyl for anti-aging and hydration benefits, and time-released Hyaluronic Acid spheres that plump the skin for a soft, moisturized feel.

The Hydrating Finishing Powder is finely milled and ideal for all skin types. It is formulated to absorb oil and protect the skin while providing supreme translucency for lightweight sheer coverage. It contains micro-encapsulated ectoin for time-released hydration as well as Meadow Seed Extract for anti-oxidant protection.

Though these new products won’t be available for 2-3 weeks, you can pre-order them now. And your credit card won’t be charged until your complete order is shipped…which means no need to wait until your next payday.

If your order comes to $50 or more, take $10 off and get free shipping my using coupon code THK6TU6E at checkout. This offer expires on Friday, June 27th, 2008.

Your Fave Beauty Blogs On One Page:

woman+on+laptop Your Fave Beauty Blogs On One Page:
Are you addicted to beauty blogs? Just can’t get enough? Me too. But some days, I forget to check my favorite sites…or I open too many windows and get confused about where I’ve been and where I’m going. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have all of your fave blogs’ posts all on the same page? Yes, I realize I could go the Google Reader route, but I’m just not in the mood.

So do what I do…surf on over to It’s like a “digital magazine rack” for “all the top” stories. Go ahead…I’ll still be here when you get back.

Concealers For All Complexions

murad+concealer Concealers For All Complexions
Twenty-some odd years ago, I was swinging on a metal gate at the playground near my house. I vaguely remember some adult telling me to stop, but I was having a blast making myself dizzy. So I ignored them. After a few minutes of swinging, I was riding that thin line between euphoria and nausea, so I hopped off. Before I realized what was happening, the gate swung back at me, hit me in the face, and knocked me out cold.

When I came to, I still had all of my teeth – thank heavens – but I also had one hell of a shiner. My mom was extremely upset…not just because her child had been injured and subsequently rendered unconscious due to her own stupidity. My First Holy Communion was mere days away, and a black eye just doesn’t go well with a white dress and veil.

There weren’t too many concealer options (or foundations, for that matter) for women of color, circa 1985. But whatcha gonna do when your 7-year-old daughter looks like she’s been moonlighting as a cage fighter?

I don’t remember the name or brand of the concealer my mom used to mask my bruise – but it came in a tube, smelled like Play-Doh, and was crazy pasty. Seriously, the label may have said “tan” – but the color was straight up brownish gray (I really don’t think the color exists in nature). But that’s all we had…so my mom made it work as best she could.

The 80’s was a great decade, but the dearth of makeup shades for women of color (with the exception of Fashion Fair) was definitely a low point. Thinking back on my mom’s chalky concealer really makes me appreciate the limitless options that are available today.

For example, I recently discovered (and fell in love with) Murad’s Acne Treatment Concealer. Usually, I’m just too lazy to use concealer, although my skin could certainly use some. But this concealer has the dual benefit of treating blemishes with acne-fighting medication (which really works) and concealing them with an oil-free tinted formula. It’s also a breeze to apply – just dot on and go. But my favorite thing about this concealer stick is that the Medium Dark shade is spot-on perfect for my typically hard-to-match complexion.

We’ve come a long way, baby!

Murad Acne Treatment Concealer is available at Sephora and

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