Archive for the ‘Beauty’ Category

Things I Bought That I Love

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

best fudge

I bought some things recently that I LOVE, so I wanted to share some info about them with you guys. After all, a store clerk will easily lie to you, but someone who spent their own hard-earned money to buy something will be straight-up honest with you about a product. No doubt! Yo. Uh, do I sound gangsta now? Moving on…

I bought: Fudge! For: My dear Dad. From: KandyKettleKitchen on Etsy. Specifically what I got: Creamy Fudge, Four Flavor Box – 1 lb in Chocolate and Peanut Butter Layer, Chocolate, Raspberry & Cream,¬† and Heath English Toffee (Check other fudge flavors here.) Price: $10.79 + S&H Thoughts: I knew I wanted to get my Dad fudge for Christmas. Not only am I not a fan of eating fudge, I’m a pretty laughable baker. So I decided handmade fudge would be perfect. The hardest decision was trying to decide which of the many flavors to get. I tried to secretly quiz my Dad about what his preferences for c ... Read More

Beija Flor Naturals Review & Giveaway

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Whipped or Raw Organic Shea Butter (8oz)

Agave Aloe Polisher (4oz)

Beija Flor Naturals is a line of vegan & vegetarian body treatments made in California from inspired minds who seek to create primo products. It’s a company that could easily make the list of “Secret Favorite Beauty Lines” for top celebrity’s known for being beauty savvy and nurturing their skin (see: Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Bilson) . Beija Flor Naturals sent us some of their products to review. I was beyond pleased with the results of everything, so let me share with you guys what I tried. And we also have a giveaway of one of the Beija Flor Naturals products for you! Time for organic beauty product reviews!

Agave Aloe Polisher (4oz)

The Agave Aloe Polisher has active ingredients that sound good enough to eat (don’t eat this!) like agave nectar, finely ground raw sugars and V ... Read More

The Bombshell Manual of Style

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Jean Harlow

“The perfect little book for anyone who wants to fulfill her own Bombshell aspirations. Just grab your favorite baby doll pajamas, a glass of champagne, and sink right in!” -Marisa Tomei

I spotted The Bombshell Manual of Style by Lauren Stover in a Waldo’s Bookstore, years ago. I was pulled to the book, and even when my practical friend insisted we leave (without the book) I lingered with the book in my hands until I woman-ed up and bought it. I was in high school at this point, so buying random books wasn’t a luxury I could usually afford. But I was in too-deep, already a loyal subscriber to the ways of Grace Kelly and Veronica Lake. And luckily, I wasn’t disappointed by this book. To this day I’m glad I have it in my personal library. It’s not the kind of book you just want to read, it’s the kind you want to ... Read More

Be a Woman who Cuts Through Red Tape

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

red patent heels

Dictionary.com defines Red Tape as: “excessive formality and routine required before official action can be taken.” I was thinking about red tape as I was listening to the Cake song “Short Skirt, Long Jacket”. It’s an incredibly upbeat, fun song. And the lyrics are great. The color red is inspiring to me because it’s such a bold, powerful color. Like WHAZZOM – I’m here, I’ve ARRIVED! Wearing red items can help you feel confident, weird as that might sound. And I know I say some PRETTY weird things sometimes, but this I’m serious about! So get on board, and wear some red.

I love poppies. Poppy picture by asjaboros on Flickr.

I want a girl with a mind like a diamond I want a girl who knows what’s best I want a girl with shoes that cut And eyes that burn like cigarettes

I want a girl who gets up early I want a girl who stays up late I want a g ... Read More

Kristen Bell Gives Us a Hairdo Idea

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

kristen bell when in rome hair

I used to have a scrapbook of cute hair ideas using magazine pulls that I’d arrange in a binder. Yea…I’m kind of weird. (Is it weird I also had fashion, decor, and makeup idea binders?) But, whatever! It’s helpful. Sometimes you forget what to do with your hair other than the basic things you ALWAYS do. One hairdo I like that is SO easy to do is something that Kristen Bell has actually worn on the illustrious red carpet.

The technique for the hairstyle is to pull up the middle front section of your hair and clip it – either to the side or straight back. (This is a great hairstyle to use for showing off earrings.) Then you collect the remaining hair and pull it all over to the side and loop it there. You can make it really casual by just using an elastic band and looping your hair in a half pony-tail. If you curl your hair first the entire effect will look a bit fancier. And you can also use one of those fabric flowers on an elastic band to make it look great.

A variation on this is to pull your hair back in a clip as I already said, and then separate the remaining hair into low pigtails anchored to the front, under your ears.

Yet ANOTHER variation is to use a headband instead of clipping the top part of your hair back. Follow as ... Read More

Get Metallic Eyes

Friday, July 31st, 2009

metallic eyes

Become a Hollywood glamazon by adding some shimmer to your eyes. And this means¬† MORE than just some shimmery white eyeshadow highlighting your browbone . That’s amateur hour. What I’m talking about is something with WOW effect.

I know that with holiday parties coming just around the corner you’ll want to do something different with your eyes. Rather than labor in front of the mirror for hours and come up with nothing different – or having tried to go SO different that it looks so bad you have to wash your face and start over – I’ve come with some tips to get metallic eyes.

Just do a swipe of a liquid eyeliner on your top lids for some pizzaz. Or use new Mascaras from Cover Girl that have the slightest hint of metallic in them to make your eyes POP. Want more drama? Try doing your entire top lid in gold shadow! A cheaper brand that has HIGH pigment in their eye products is the L’Oreal HIP line. I’ve used many of their products and I really like them. Whether you’re using metallic eyeshadow, metallic eyeliner or metallic eye makeup of any kind…you’re going to look stunning.

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Steep or Cheap? Guess Which Look Costs More

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

ruffled dresses on sale

I have put together two party looks based on the idea of a ruffled dresses. Each look contains black cocktail rings, lip gloss, and black platform pumps.

Expensive Look:

Lipsy Bustier Ruffled Dress @ Oli L70

Black Cocktail Ring @ Shopthetrend

Black Patent Pumps @ Piper Lime $200

Yves Saint Laurent Shimmering Lip Gloss @ YesStyle.com $28

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50% OFF! Christian Siriano for Payless

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

christian siriano payless

Important EDIT: Christian Siriano just announced on Oprah that everything he has done for Payless is 50% off. Go to Oprah.com to find the Payless store nearest you and to get the coupon. There ARE a few things that might be nice but a smart shopper knows that even though something is suddenly only $15.00 doesn’t make it a good purchase if you still don’t love it. I suspect this coupon rouse might be because his items aren’t selling.

Christian Siriano is doing shoes for Payless, which is instantly a mood-lifter. (He was the winner of Project Runway, remember?) Except…well, until you SEE the shoes. I’m torn. First off, the shoes and boots Siriano has done look very much like the ones designer Rodarte did a while ago. But my biggest problem is that I’m not sure if many of these shoe designs are wearab ... Read More

Anna Sui: Target Collection Picks

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

anna sui dresses

Anna Sui for Target Mohair Cardigan – Heather Grey $50. But is it too shapeless? It looks cute, but you can’t really belt it… or can you?

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Look Thinner with Colorblock Dresses and Colorblock Skirts

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

colorblock dresses on sale

The use of colorblock in clothing is genius. It can really trick the eye into making you look a lot more thin and shapely than you are. I was realizing this the other day when Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) was wearing a colorblock dress on Gossip Girl and it made her waist look so nipped and fit. When you type or say colorblocking enough times, it starts looking and sounding weird. But the actual color blocking effect? It’s genius!

How does colorblocking work? Visual magic! It uses blocks of color to shape you. As you know, white looks larger and black makes things look smaller. But more than that, you can actually sculpt the form using wide lines or thin lines of color down the middle of a dress. Be smart: color block!

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