As a beauty expert, women always ask me for tips on long-lasting, fresh-looking, flawless makeup. And my answer is always the same: make time to prime. It doesn’t matter whether you have 50 minutes or 5 minutes to apply your makeup – you should always take the time to prep your canvas to achieve the best result possible. You wouldn’t apply a saturated, matte lipstick to dry and cracking lips – would you? And you wouldn’t dream of wearing that bodycon dress without slipping into some Spanx, right? The same theory applies to your face.
Now that you understand the importance of prime time—as I like to call it—it’s equally important to find the right priming products for you. Primers aren’t just the product you put on your face before foundation. In fact, my favorite primers are actual skincare products that have priming benefits. As a mom and a businesswoman, I have very little time to mess around – so I appreciate priming products that do double duty, like two of my new favorites from Olay Regenerist. (more…)
Neutrogena announced today that Emmy nominated actress (and my homegirl) Kerry Washington has joined the brand’s current roster of talent. Smart move, right? I mean…just look at this goddess’s face!
Not only will Kerry be one of the faces for Neutrogena – but for the first time ever, she will also serve as a “creative consultant” to the brand, sharing her valuable insights with the marketing, scientific, and retail teams. (more…)
As you probably know, I am a marketing professional by day, a beauty blogger by night and a mom/wife 24/7. But what you may not know is that, after graduating from college, I attended law school. Ultimately, I chose a different path – which makes me much happier. What doesn’t make me happy, however, are the school loans I’ve been paying off for the past 10 years…and I still have a ways to go. Every month, it pains me to pay off an education that I’m not even using.
I’ve often fantasized about how awesome it would be if I had discovered my talents for marketing and communications a few years earlier, so that I could have bypassed law school and saved myself a lot of money. And I’ve sometimes wished that I could go back and make some different decisions – knowing what I know now.
The only snafu with this fantasy is that I met Graham – aka Mr. Spoiled Pretty – on the first day of law school. We became best friends our first year, started dating the second year and we’ve been together ever since (12 years and going strong). So while I sometimes regret going to law school and incurring all of that student loan debt, the truth is that the amazing life I’ve built with Graham is invaluable and I wouldn’t want to change a thing about it. (more…)
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Shopbop.com, one of my favorite online retailers, is having a Friends & Family Sale. Now through October 17, take 25% off your purchase using coupon code INTHEFAMILY25.
Shopbop doesn’t have sales often, so I plan to take advantage of the savings. Here’s what I’ve got in my virtual shopping cart (I won’t get everything, but definitely a few pieces): (more…)
There’s a new member of the Urban Decay Naked family: Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body.
This smooth, silky powder contains a sophisticated, microfine shimmer and light-reflecting particles that give skin a luminous, radiant look. You really have to see it to appreciate how insanely beautiful it is! This lightweight, shimmering powder is baked on a terra cotta disc for 24 hours and then hand-finished, just like our popular Baked Bronzer. Baking the formula gives Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder a high level of just-perfect shimmer (without the metallic look of cheaper formulas). It also provides the color payoff of a loose powder, with the convenience of a pressed powder.
The perfect way to get (or give) Naked, this shimmering powder comes in a gorgeous rose-gold box and makes the perfect gift for any Naked fan. Includes a generous mirror and a brush (housed in a separate compartment underneath the powder).
OPI is partnering with Gwen Stefani on a new, seven-piece limited edition nail polish collection for 2014 – featuring standout color in breakthrough finishes. Highlights from the collection include a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Gwen’s signature lipstick, a new semi-matte satin finish in shades of gold and black, and a mirrored chrome paired with a special base coat.
Gwen’s signature red OPI hue – Over & Over A-Gwen – will be available in a boxed set, which includes Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs, as well as nail glue for easy application. (more…)
The Urban Decay Friends & Family Sale is happening RIGHT NOW at urbandecay.com and ends on 10/12. Which makes now the perfect time to spoil yourself with all of those items that have been lingering on your wish list. Or take this opportunity to start your holiday shopping early. Here are my product picks:
- Naked and Naked2 Palettes (they are the best eyeshadow palettes of ALL. FREAKING. TIME.)
- Eyeshadow Primer Potion
- 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils (Deviant, Stash and Zero are personal faves)
- All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Enter promo code FFHOLIDAY13 at checkout to receive 20% off your entire purchase (yes, girl…EVERYTHING).
Last week, Tory Burch added a new fragrance and beauty collection to her stylish empire.
Tory describes her eponymous fragrance as “a balance of femininity and tomboy, citrus and floral, grounded and graceful.” Floral peony and tuberose blend with crisp citrus notes of grapefruit and neroli — anchored by earthy vetiver.
Back in 2009, I interviewed my fellow Philadelphian and she named Vetiver by Guerlain as her signature scent. So I’m not surprised that vetiver (which her dad, Buddy, also wore) became the signature note for her first fragrance. (more…)
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare is seeking before & after candidates for a QVC photo shoot!
They need to secure some “local talent” who would be willing to have their potential before and after photos appear on-air for facial skincare or hair products.
This shoot will take place at QVC in West Chester, PA on:
- Wednesday, October 2 for Before pictures
- Wednesday, October 16 for After 2 weeks pictures
- Wednesday, October 30 for After 4 weeks pictures
There will be perks included (more details to follow, but free product is definite!) and they will pay up to $20/hour for time at the shoot.
They are looking to secure 20 candidates with the following qualifications: (more…)
Check out this Philosophy Best Sellers Collection Kit that HauteLook has on sale right now. The 6-piece set is packed with travel size essentials that everyone woman must-have on-the-go. You can snatch it up now for just $20 (it’s a $50 value).
I love every sing one of these products! For any of you readers who have never tried Philosophy products before, this would be a great buy. And for the hard-core Philosophy fans out there, this would be a smart purchase too – just save the bottles for your next trip.
The kit includes a pink cosmetic bag and the following Philosophy products:
- Philosophy Purity Made Simple, Travel Size (1.0 fl. oz.): Gently cleanse, tone and melt away all face and eye makeup in one simple step, while lightly hydrating the skin
- Philosophy Hope in a Jar, Travel Size (0.4 fl. oz.): Lightweight daily moisturizer hydrates and provides antioxidant protection, while improving skin texture and tone, leaving it smooth and radiant
- Philosophy Pure Grace Shampoo & Shower Gel, Travel Size ( 2.0 fl. oz.): Wrap yourself in the soap and water scent of pure grace shampoo, bath and shower gel, a 3-in-1 formula
- Philosophy Amazing Grace Shampoo & Shower Gel, Travel Size (2.0 fl. oz.): Amazingly clean, beautifully feminine scent of welcoming bergamot to greet the senses
- Philosophy MD Exfoliating Wash, Travel Size (1.0 fl. oz.): Designed to effectively cleanse and replenish skin, while providing resurfacing benefits
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