Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

Polished, But A Bit Rough Around The Edges

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sehorabuffer Polished, But A Bit Rough Around The EdgesI’m a woman who likes to look polished, but never seems to have the time to pull it off. So on a trip to Sephora last week, I picked up their Professionnel Electrical Buffer. This battery-operated, nail buffer promises professional, salon quality results at home. It includes three detachable buffing pads: a heavier grit for shaping, a super-fine grit for smoothing, and a foam pad for adding luster.

This gadget is ideal for smoothing nails in preparation for polish, and for creating a natural buffed shine. Unfortunately, the filing attachment leaves much to be desired; with this tool, it might take you all day to file down a snagged nail – so don’t throw out your trusty emery board just yet.

All things considered, it was $20 well spent…and used in tandem with my OPI Ridge Filler, my nail routine is going to be smooth sailing.

Hola From Orlando

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 Hola From Orlando
By the time you read this, I’ll probably be back in Philadelphia – but I had to report on my fabulous beauty finds in Florida. I’m here on business, but I had some downtime – which I chose to fill with a trip to the Orlando Premium Outlets. I visited the Philadelphia Premium Outlets on Monday, so I guess you could say that I’m addicted.

Anyway, I stopped by The Cosmetics Company Store, and it didn’t disappoint. Like the one in Philadelphia, the outlet carried Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Estee Lauder, MAC, Origins, and Prescriptives. But they also sell select products from Stila (including some discontinued, yet gorgeous, shades of Lip Glaze).

mactendertone Hola From OrlandoI picked up three MAC Eye Shadows for $10 each (normally $14) and two MAC Tendertone Lip Balms for $11.25 each (usually $14.50). Tendertone is a lipcolor that combines the shine of a gloss with the soft emollient feel of a lip conditioner. Moisturizing and non-sticky in wear, they smell like a candy apple. I highly recommend Deep Sigh (sheer bronze pearl) and Pucker (sheer raspberry).

Feed Your Face

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juice beauty Feed Your FaceDid you know that our skin absorbs up to 64% of what we put on it? It’s a scary statistic, considering the ingredients found in most cosmetic products. Juice Beauty prefers to do things the natural way, using certified organic ingredients in their paraben-, fragrance-, and petroleum-free formulas. This line of cleansers, moisturizers, masks, and treatments uses freshly-squeezed organic juice concentrates as its base, not water – so products are rich in potent antioxidants, essential vitamins, phytonutrients and hydroxy acids. Juice Beauty gets your skin glowing while leaving you with peace of mind.

juicepeel Feed Your FaceMy favorite Juice Beauty product is the Green Apple Peel – Sensitive Skin. This powerful (yet gentle) hydroxy acid complex of certified organic apple, lemon, grape juices, and raw cane sugar exfoliates and brightens for visibly improved skin tone and texture – and it smells good enough to eat!

If you’re a bit hesitant to spend $39 for 2 ounces of the Green Apple Peel, go to juicebeauty.com and pick up a sample for $4.75. Trust me, you’ll be back for more.

Their motto is: “Try it because it’s organic. Use it because it works.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Juice Beauty is available at Sephora, hsn.com, and juicebeauty.com.

What Are You Thankful For?

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 What Are You Thankful For?In honor of Thanksgiving, Jaqua encourages you to make a list of everything you are thankful for. Not only will it make you feel great, it will also give you a chance to win one of three Jaqua gifts.

The first prize gift is: Buttercream Frosting Body Butter, Pink Buttercream Shower Crème and Pink Buttercream Exfoliating Body Polish. Second prize is: Pink Buttercream Shower Crème and Pink Buttercream Exfoliating Body Polish. Third prize is: Pink Buttercream Exfoliating Body Polish.

So share a poem, a simple list, an essay, or whatever form you feel best communicates all the things you’re grateful for, and why. Click here to submit your entry.

Good luck!

Entries must be received by November 21, 2007. The winning entries will appear on Jaqua’s website.

Cocktail Napkins Raise the Bar

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Don’t you just hate how, after removing your nail polish with remover and cotton balls, it leaves annoying fuzzies behind? The most exasperating part about it is that I never seem to notice the cotton fibers until I’ve applied fresh polish; and suddenly, there they are – wrecking my brand new paint job.

nailtini Cocktail Napkins Raise the BarWell, I just found the solution – Nailtini Cocktail Napkins. These convenient squares, soaked in acetone-free polish remover and cuticle conditioners, are fuzz-free – so you can easily nail your manicure (ba-dum-bum, ching).

For $12, you get 40 lime-scented squares in each travel-friendly pack.

The End Of The (Real) World As We Know It?

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trw The End Of The (Real) World As We Know It?There’s no beauty-related element to this post, but humor me for a second. I just saw a commercial for next week’s episode of The Real World: Sydney. Apparently, Parisa and Trisha are gonna get into it again. But this time, one of them will “cross the line and be sent home”, which means that three of the seven strangers will have left early (Shauvon returned to her controlling boyfriend two weeks ago, and Isaac took off yesterday after having acid-trip flashbacks of blackbirds). Three down – and they haven’t even gone on their vacation yet!

I thought that this might spell the end of an era…but Wikipedia has informed me that season 20 is already in production. The location? Hollywood, California – cuz it doesn’t get any more real than Hollywood.

Cover Girl

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heidi lucky Cover Girl

luckymag sweepstakes Cover GirlHeidi Klum is Lucky Magazine‘s December 2007 cover girl – looking gorgeous in gold. In the issue, Klum says, “With makeup, I have two obsessions: plum colored eyeshadow, because it’s the best for bringing out green eyes, and light, girly pink lip gloss.”

Enter to win Heidi Klum’s cover outfit and makeup —worth more than $4,000! Plus: The first 50 to register will receive a Victoria’s Secret The Heidi Collection Very Sexy Makeup Lip Gloss in Hot Cocoa.

No purchase necessary.