posted on March 05, 2013 by
I’ve been meaning to write this post since Christmas – that’s how far behind I am!! I had never heard of the brand TokyoMilk before my friend gave me one of their Lip Elixirs as a gift, but now I’m totally obsessed. You know I’m a total lip gloss junkie and this one is definitely my new fave. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, TokyoMilk is a line of fragrances (perfumes, body lotions and candles) created by renowned perfumer Margot Elena. She combines unexpected elements to create a daring, handcrafted, edgy and evocative sensory experience. The Lip Elixirs are part of the new TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale collection.
I tend to prefer lip balms that come in a tube rather than having to use your fingers, but I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. I love the black embossed tin with the pop of color. It feels handcrafted yet modern and feminine. The formula is very moisturizing and goes on smoothly with no sticky residue. And did I mention the flavors? So yum! They are like gourmet sweet treats for your lips!
posted on January 25, 2013 by
Happy Friday!! Friday’s are a good day for giveaways, don’t you think? If you saw my review of Urban Decay’s new Naked Skin Beauty Balm, you know that I am totally obsessed! So obsessed that I have to share the love with one of my readers, so I’m giving one away! You can enter the contest using the Rafflecopter widget below, or by clicking here. A winner will be drawn at random on February 2nd.
Thanks for entering and good luck!
posted on January 22, 2013 by
I’ve been wanting to try a beauty balm (aka BB) for a while now, but none of my trusted skin care brands offered one. And knowing the problems I have with my skin, I’m not going to put just anything on my face! So obviously I was thrilled when I ordered the Naked Basics palette and it came with a sample of their brand new Naked Skin Beauty Balm! I love anything from Urban Decay, especially their Naked line, and since I went through the sample so quickly, I knew I needed to buy full the size product. And that I also needed to give one away to one of my readers! (Stay tuned.) And…I love it so much that I actually posted an un-Photoshopped picture of my makeup-fee face for a before and after. Now that’s a testimonial, ladies!
If you don’t know anything about beauty balms, they come with a lot of claims – miracle retouchers in a tube! And you would think that after trying almost every “miracle” product on the market (and working in advertising), that I wouldn’t buy into the hype. But I do! I’m a total sucker for claims!
posted on December 06, 2012 by
Hi everyone! I have a super fabulous giveaway to go with todays beauty-themed Girly Gift Guide post, just in time for the holidays! As you know, I love my Urban Decay Naked palettes, so I was beyond excited when they announced the newest addition to the line, the Naked Basics palette. This palette is the perfect companion to the other two Naked collections, and contains six gorgeous MATTE neutrals, including four new and exclusive shades. I love Urban Decay’s eye shadows. They are highly pigmented and are easy to blend with their smooth finish. This palette is small and compact yet contains full-size shadow pans, and has everything you need for the perfect neutral matte eye!
So of course I snagged one the day they came out to give away to one of my readers! I’m also including the Triple Threat Travel Eyeliner set, which contains three of their most popular shades: Rockstar (dark eggplant shimmer), Zero (black cream) and Demolition (deep brown matte). I own all of these and use them all the time! And of course, I can’t give away eyeshadow without including one of my fave makeup essentials, a travel size version of the Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
This would make the perfect gift for any girl on your list, or keep it as a gift for yourself! You deserve it! There are many ways to enter using the Rafflecopter widget below, or by clicking here. Thanks for entering and good luck!
[ A huge thanks to all who entered! Congrats to Kellie Rose for being the winner! ]
posted on December 06, 2012 by
Hi everyone! Sorry for the sporadic posts, but you know how it is this time of year! Crazy busy at work, and with holiday shopping, decorating, baking…I feel like the season is flying by and I haven’t had a chance to take a breather and enjoy it!! Anyone else feeling the holiday crunch? Well, one good way to take a moment for yourself is to treat yourself to a frivolous beauty purchase, like anything from this page of the Holiday 2012 Girly Gift Guide! Sometimes it’s nice to just pamper yourself and feel pretty! BTW, my clipless curling iron is my new best friend. (See #12.) You can see the full guide below the collection, or by clicking here. Happy girly gifting!
posted on November 01, 2012 by
I’ve mentioned this before, but I have really annoying skin: super sensitive, dry, acne prone. I’m frustrated and feel self-conscious that I’m in my 30′s and still suffer from breakouts. But most acne treatments are either too drying, too harsh, or I’m allergic to them. I’ve tried everything to help with the breakouts, reduce old scarring, and improve my skin’s texture and tone, from drugstore cleansers to high-end creams to prescription antibiotics. The only thing that ever really worked with very few side effects was Accutane. Which is weird because it’s a very harsh medication and most people experience horrible side effects. But since I’ve already been on it twice, and it’s a major hassle as woman to get it prescribed, I need to find other solutions.
If I could put all the money in the bank that I’ve spent on my skin over the years, I’d be rich. Or at least have a lot more boots! My latest obsession that actually seems to be working is Glow by Dr. Brandt. I received samples sizes of the Ruby Crystal Retinol Hydracrème and the Overnight Resurfacing Serum, and after two weeks of daily use I felt like the texture of my skin had improved. It was softer and more glowy, and redness from acne scarring seemed to be reduced.
Both products contain retinol, and I was able to use them daily without any irritation. Retinol is a retinoid (a form of Vitamin A), as is isotretinoin (the generic name for Accutane), so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that it works. Although I’ve tried Retin-A (also a retinoid) in the past and that was too harsh.
posted on October 29, 2012 by
I’ve been totally lacking in Halloween spirit this year. Honestly, it’s not my favorite holiday. I feel like as a creative there is just too much pressure to come up with clever costume ideas and carve amazing pumpkins. Neither of which I do. But what I do love about Halloween is the CANDY. And luckily, if Sandy turns off our power, we have plenty of non-perishable Nerds and Candy Corn to survive on. So to try to get in the mood to give away my candy instead of keeping it, I’ve used the quintessential Halloween treat as inspiration for some spirited nails! (I actually made my own Candy Corn, so I’ll post that tomorrow.)
Also, I’ve been wanting to try Maybelline’s Color Show Nail Lacquer, and this was the perfect opportunity since it comes in every color imaginable. The colors are bold and saturated and the creamy formula goes on smoothly. And so far, no chipping!! I used Sweet Clementine, Fierce N Tangy, and Porcelain Party. For only $5 a bottle, I would definitely buy again! So check out the easy step-by-step process for Candy Corn inspired nails! Just don’t be tempted to chew on your nails after painting them!
posted on October 18, 2012 by
I was at Sephora this weekend when I saw a flyer for the Disney Reigning Beauties Collections. Loving all things sparkly and princessy (or anything with a tiara), and being a huge fan of Disney classics, I was so excited about this collaboration (maybe even more than the Pantone one)! Sephora is releasing the first of the limited edition Disney princess inspired collections this October, starting with Cinderella. The timing coordinates with the movie being released from the Disney Vault earlier this month.
How can you not love this collection? It has all the enchanting, magical essentials:
1. Use the Midnight Hour eye shadow palette for a stunning, smoky eye.
2. A Brush With Fate is a spellbinding collection of sparkly, shimmery nail polish.
3. The Storylook Palette contains 20 eye shadows customized to match the original colors of the movie, including Gus Gus!!! So cute!
4. An elegant compact, designed after the iconic clock, is for touching up your looks.
5. Create a perfect pout for Prince Charming’s kiss with the Moonlit Kiss Lipstick Set.
6 + 7. So This is Love is a romantic, dreamy, delicate perfume that lasts long after the stroke of midnight, and comes in an optional Swaroski crysatal studded bottle.
posted on October 08, 2012 by
I think I say this about all the makeup I own, but I REALLY don’t need any more eye shadow. Like I probably have enough to last the rest of my life. And I especially don’t need any more Naked-esque palettes since I already own both of those. But, as you know, obsessions are not always (actually almost never) practical, and I really just couldn’t resist all the fabulous shades Too Faced is offering in their eye shadow collections. I’m also a sucker for the adorable packaging.
There are six palettes in the eye shadow collection: Naked Eye, Matte Eye, Natural Eye, Smokey Eye, Natural at Night, and Romantic Eye. Truly, something for everyone, or in my case, two somethings. I bought the Naked and Matte, and I LOVE both. Surprisingly enough, there isn’t a ton of crossover with my other palettes. And I love that, unlike my other palettes, they are compact enough to be thrown into a purse for eye shadow emergencies (and yes, those exist).
Each palette contains nine complimentary shades that come with a set of three how-to cards for creating different looks. The shadows have a smooth texture with great pigment and lasting power, and can be blended and layered to achieve your desired look. Each palette is $36, and for 9 shadows where a little goes a long way, that is a total bargain! You really only need one to fulfill all of your eye shadow needs!
Does anyone else have any of the Too Faced eye shadow collections? If so, which ones, and do you love them as much as I do? Here is a closer look at the colors in each collection:
posted on August 30, 2012 by
Hi everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway and I’m excited to have a fabulous for you today! Nicky, a consultant for Daisy Blue Naturals has been kind enough to offer some great products to one of our readers (and Facebook fans).
Daisy Blue was started in 1998 by Jena Thompson, who once worked as a chemist testing the estrogen levels of horse pee. (Seriously!) She wanted to make sure she ONLY used healthy, natural products on her new baby and herself. Through her passion for educating people on natural skin care, she also saw a need to help women grow and experience success owning a home based business, so she took the leap and started DAISY BLUE!” It’s a great company that empowers women and sells truly all-natural products. Everything made fresh by hand, in small batches. The products are free of all the bad stuff, and some are even so natural you can eat them! And they smell so good you might want to!
Included in this giveaway is the peppermint foot butter, the grapefruit sugar scrub, and lavender soap (which I could smell from the box when it arrived at my house, yum!!) Click here (or the banner) to enter. The winner will be chosen at random on September 7th and will be announced as an update to this post. Good luck!! (And thanks again, Nicky!)