, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
Since being introduced by my mom a few years ago, HomeGoods and I have grown quite close. HomeGoods has become one of my favorite retail destinations – especially since moving into my new house (movin’ on up, Jeffersons style). Every room in my new abode has somehow been touched by HomeGoods – from the baskets I bought to organize my arsenal of beauty products to the artwork in my bathroom to the jungle-themed growth chart and bookends I bought for Westley’s nursery.
Besides furniture and decorative home accents, Home Goods has some wonderful bath and body products. My favorites are from CST (Commonwealth Soap & Toiletries
), a Massachusetts-based company that develops products for HomeGoods and its sisters, Marshalls
and TJ Maxx
. I’ve been crushing on this company for years, thanks to their high quality/reasonably priced beauty products. I’ve blogged about them before
, but I recently discovered something new that warrants another mention.
A few weeks ago, my mom threw me a fabulous baby shower. We played some fun games, and one of the prizes was this soap set my mom found at HomeGoods. The soaps smelled so divine, I felt greedy for coveting a set of my own…especially considering the generous gifts my guests had given me. After the party ended and everyone went home, I was chatting with my mom about the soaps, and she admitted she kept a set for herself. Now, I was super jeal.
But I must have good kharma because, last weekend, Mom and I went to a random HomeGoods in New Jersey and found a set of the soaps. AND they were marked down to $3.50!
So if you’re in a HomeGoods, TJ Maxx or Marshalls anytime soon, look for a round box of soaps that looks like the one pictured above. Though it’s difficult to accurately describe the scent (I’ve never been great at that), I would say that it has a subtle, floral/powdery, feminine fragrance. Go get you some. You’ll thank me later.
Today, Kim Kardashian finally revealed the mystery behind this photo she posted on her blog a few weeks ago…
“I’ve been keeping you guys in the dark about my big announcement and teasing you with my #karwax tweets… but I can finally reveal that I am getting my own wax figure at Madame Tussauds in NYC!!!!
This is one of the greatest honors ever and I am so thrilled and excited. Now I will never have to leave NYC… I’ve officially gone bi-coastal! LOL”
Okay…you know I love Kim and all, but does she really need a wax figure? I guess the better question is why people create wax figures in the first place. I mean, what is the point? Will you go see Kim’s wax twin next time you’re in NYC?
You know what’s almost as fun as a new beauty product? It’s when you re-discover an oldie but goodie that you forgot that you had.
It imparts the most gorgeous, coral-pink glow that looks ab fab on a multitude of complexions. What I love most about CORALista is how effortless it looks; it applies like a dream and the blush actually looks like it’s coming from within. Another reason to put CORALista on your shopping list? Coral happens to be the it blush shade right now (ladies, if don’t know…you betta ask somebody ).
Oh, and did I mention that the blush – besides looking fantastic – smells fantastic too? It has this light floral scent that, while completely unnecessary, is totally genius. CORALista comes with an applicator brush, but for best results, I like to apply with my ecoTools blush brush.
Fekkai Celebrity Stylist Adir Abergel transformed Kristen Stewart‘s tresses from day to night (for her David Letterman appearance and the New York premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), and collaborated with Marie Robinson to color her hair strawberry blonde.
DAY: Abergel created a feminine and flirty style for Kristen’s David Letterman appearance.
GET THE LOOK: Abergel started by applying the Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume Styling Whip at the roots and working throughout the hair. Using a round brush, he blow-dried the hair straight, and spritzed the Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist for added shine. Adir curled the hair using a 1-inch curling iron, and sprayed with Fekkai Coiff Ocèanique Tousled Wave Spray to create the flirty texture. He then pulled the hair back loosely and secured it by knotting at the nape of the neck. To finish of the look, Adir sprayed Fekkai Advanced Sheer Hold Hairspray.
COLOR: Adir teamed up with Clairol Celebrity Stylist, Marie Robinson, to dye Kristen’s hair strawberry blonde. Abergel encouraged Stewart to return to her natural roots, and pulled images from the 1950′s for inspiration.
GET THE LOOK: To achieve Stewart’s strawberry blonde color, Abergel suggests using the Fekkai Salon Color 6R Copper-Lucy.
NIGHT: Abergel created a soft and romantic braid for Kristen Stewart’s Premiere in New York for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
GET THE LOOK: Abergel started by applying the Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume Styling Whip at the roots and dried her hair with his hands. Next, Adir applied a dime of Fekkai Coiff Nonchalant Piecing & Forming Wax for added texture. Creating a side part, he braided the hair across the side line towards the opposite side of the head. With his fingers, he carefully pulled pieces of hair to soften and shape the face. To secure the look, he tied the hair into a loose knot. Adir sprayed Fekkai Advanced Sheer Hold Hairspray for all night hold.
Fekkai products are available At fekkai.com
, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue.
Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic
is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario
You have a gift that would make any woman feel a little more confident after you’ve worked your ‘magic’.
My question is how come the concealer under my eyes looks fine in the mirror when I put it on, but in photos it looks ghastly white?!? I can’t figure it out.
I use Laura Mercier camo concealer and then pat Makeup Professional translucent powder over to set it. What gives???
A lot of people make the same mistake with going too light under the eyes. It’s no secret that I like to highlight and lighten that area of the face but there’s a pretty fine line between bright and white. Try using a concealer and/or powder that is a shade darker. Also, check to see that your loose powder doesn’t have light-reflecting or shimmery pigment in it. To the human eye, it’s difficult to see – but the bright flash of a camera will catch it and magnify it. Another thing to try is to not use too much product where it’s opaque. Instead, apply with a lighter hand. It’s always good to take pics of yourself with a digital camera to test it out and see how you will look. Hope this helps.
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Makeup artist Fiona Stiles created Nikki Reed’s red carpet look for last night’s Los Angeles premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. On her blog
, Fiona writes:
“Nikki’s Marchesa dress was so beautiful and feminine we went for a soft etherial look, with just a touch of girlish color on the lips. I prepped her skin with moisturizer and then a thin layer of Orlane’s Eclat Absolut for a soft glow. I used a light application of foundation and a dusting of loose powder before adding a little rosy color to the cheeks, just a touch to keep it sweet. I wanted to have a light, easy eye, so I used a very light pink shadow, up just past the crease in the eye, with a little of a lavender grey over it for depth, then popped a little of the light pink into the corners of the eyes to add a little light to the face. Instead of liner I used a creamy taupe color from Ellis Faas (one of my new favorite products) near the lashes for a softer definition, then a little mascara on the top and bottom to finish it off the eyes. A matte pink lipstick gave the look an easy sweetness.”
Yonka Pampelmousse moisturizer
Orlane éclat Absolu (for luminosity)
Armani Luminous Silk #7
Chantecaille Loos Powder in “Ray”
Jouer Mineral Blush in “Rose”
Cle de Peau Satin Eye Eolor #114
Jouer “Parfait” eyeshadow
Ellis Faas “Creamy Eyes #E107″
Lancome Virtouse Mascara in Black
Anastasia Brow Pencil in “Brunette”
Lipstick Queen “Pink Sinner” lipstick
mark Brand Ambassador Ashley Greene and star of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse made her mark last night at the movies LA premiere at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival. Celebrity Makeup Artist Vanessa Scali shared her top makeup tricks for creating Ashley’s stunning look.
“We wanted to create a soft, glowing goddess look to complement her beautiful Alexis Mabille Couture dress. The overall look was golden skin, soft blushed cheeks, champagne shimmer and a softly lined eye.”
“I prepped Ashley’s skin by applying mark Primed for Perfection Face Primer all over Ashley’s face to create a nice, even canvas. I like the skin to look flawless but real, so I always use foundation and concealers sparingly. With Ashley, I used mark Speedway Do Everything Makeup in Natural. I applied it with the mark Foundation Brush and then blended it with my fingers. Using my fingers to blend heats the product just a bit and leaves a seamless finish. Next, I applied mark Good Riddance Hook Up Concealer in Light/Medium under her eyes.”
“I wanted to create a nice luminous glow, so I started by applying just a touch of mark Get Bright Hook Up Highlighter in Natural to the top of her cheekbones, down the center of her nose and the bow of her top lip. Next, I applied mark Bronze Pro Bronzing Powder in Pro Glo to her temples, under her cheekbones and under her jaw line to lightly enhance the bronze in her natural skin tone. Lastly, I used mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Peachy on the apples of her cheeks for the perfect healthy flush.”
“For Ashley’s eyes I started by using mark I-mark Custom Pick Eyeshadow in Nomadic to create a champagne shimmer all over her eyelids and under the bottom lashes. Next, to define and elongate the lash line, I lined her upper eyelids with mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner and Shadow in Entourage (Black Shade). For a touch of added depth, I used mark Get in Line Hook Up Waterproof Eyeliner in Painted Black at the very base of her lashes. I finished with a few generous coats of mark Lash Splash Hook Up Waterproof Mascara in Black.”
“For Ashley’s lips, I started by using a dab of mark Kiss Dry Goodbye Lip Smoother to give her lips a touch of moisture. I then used mark Kissink Liptint Marker in Berry to define the outer edge of her lips and smudged the color into the center.”