Monday, March 31, 2008

I Want Your Questions

Okay,its your turn to contibute to my blog. I want you to
e-mail me your questions about beauty. I will answer them
in tommorrow's blog:Ask Shop In Chic

The Rules
If you got a question send an e-mail to

It can be about makeup,hair,nails,anything in the beauty
realm. Please leave your name or alias when you send an e-mail.

Depending on how many questions I get I will try and answer
every question I can. If I don't answer yours don't take it
personally,it was because there were too many and I could not
answer each and every single one.

I will officially start my Q and A next Wednesday.

Start sending!

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

I don't know about you but I love citrus fragrances.
Maybe thats because I like citrus fruits,but as I
smell Pure White Linen Light Breeze by Estee Lauder,
I wonder what is it I love about citrus-infused perfumes.

Estee Lauder's Pure White Linen Light Breeze contains
notes of darjeeling tea,bergamot,white grapefruit,orange
zest and watery kumquat to give in a sexy exotic scent.
Middle notes include yellow fressia,linden flowers,osamanthus
and silken rose petals. The final ingredients are
teak wood,cedarwood and a little bit of acacia honey.
All together these notes equate a sensual purity and it
shows up in the name. This is a scent of fresh air,warm
weather and lazy beach days. Some could even say its got
a bit of innocence to it.

Now as I was writing this I did figure out what it was
that I love about citrus fragrances:they're light,feminine,
sexy. Everything a girl could want from a fragrance.

Estee Lauder

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Sunglasses have been around for a long time,but it was not
until the 1950's the became important in the fashion world,
according to Wikipedia. But sunglasses have been happening
with celebrities for a long time,and for some they become
a trademark,like the large white round shades worn the the
late fashion icon and former first Lady Jackie O. Also the
smaller round shades worn by legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne
(the same type of glasses worn by the late legend John Lennon).

Other than fashion,another purpose for sunglasses is
protectionfrom the sun,UVA and UVB rays. But remember
that not all expensive designer sunglasses have the
mandatory protection you should have. Please check
out Wikipedia for the standards.

Back to the fashion,I have noted some particular styles. I will
list my favorite trends and show you the best sunglasses. Its
all about rimless for a minimalist look,but on the other end
of the spectrum,bold styles are exciting for summer. Aviators
are another of my favorite style for the more sporty chic look.

Check these out.Click on the picture to find out
where to buy.

Nine West

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ask Shop In Chic

I am a big researcher on anything beauty,and I have also learned
about beauty no-nos just by experiencing them. So who is better
suited for starting Ask Shop In Chic? I am starting a weekly advice
column on this blog,sharing my knowledge with everyone.

The Rules
If you got a question send an e-mail to

It can be about makeup,hair,nails,anything in the beauty
realm. Please leave your name or alias when you send an e-mail.

Depending on how many questions I get I will try and answer
every question I can. If I don't answer yours don't take it
personally,it was because there were too many and I could not
answer each and every single one.

I will officially start my Q and A next Wednesday.

Start sending!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Magic Bronzer

Moisturizers are good,bronze is great and moisturizing bronzers
are terrific! New Clinique's Self Sun Touch of Bronze does all
of that. Its formula is streak-proof that is designed to elminate
embarrassing mistakes that occur with most self-tanners. The best
thing about this product though is that is leaves your skin smooth.
Most bronzers don't do that. Its a bit pricey but definitly worth it.

P.S. you'll still need sunscreen.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

Happy Easter,y'all:)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

On The Soap Box

Looking much more like a stick of butter, "Lily Savon"
soap from Lush,lathers really well for a soap. Made with
jasmine,ylang ylang,neroli,and of course lillies,this
soap has a sweet flowery scent.

Also from Lush,is this great soap called "I Should Coco"
Its got coconut bits that are perfect for exfoilaition.
Its also got orange oil for a sexy,exotic scent.

With these 2 soaps,showering will never be the same.

Who needs a spa,now?

Both soaps are available at Lush

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Friday, March 21, 2008

There is one type of blouse that flatters everyone,or actually
every woman. Its fresh and beautiful and can be worn many
different styles and occasions.

It is the tunic.

New York and Company
Caftan Tunic can be worn with jeans,cotton pants and khakis.
Cinch this with belt you can wear these over leggings.

Twelth St. By Cynthia Vincent
Tunic dress makes a great layering piece that can be seasonally
tranisitional. Wear under sweaters and jackets for winter,and
over pants for summer.

Allen B.
Halter tunic is a piece perfect for day and night. Wear under
a jacket for day,and at night wear with black pants and sandals.

Jill Stuart
Tunic camisole can be worn similarly to the halter tunic.

Stock up on these summer essentials.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

What is sexy without being too sexy? I mean a subdued hot,thats
sexy,right? Of course you can go on full throttle with what that
I am about to discuss,and thats okay. Go ahead those are your
nails anyway.

What am I talking about? Unless you skipped reading the title
you know I am talking about mani-pedis:manicures and pedicures.
This is a full guide that tells you how to get(and give)a perfect
ten. Oops I mean twenty!

The tools
Nail polishes
Top coat
Bottom coat
Nail clippers
Cuticule clippers
Cuticule cream
Nail buffer
Nail files
Nail cleaner
Nail tool case

For Manicures
Hand lotion
Finger separaters

For pedicures
Foot lotion
Foot scrub
Pumice stone

How To
Start with fresh clean tools. Use an antibacterial soap
to clean them,pat them dry with a towel and let them finish
air drying for 15 minutes before using them. Do this after
and keep them in a chic storage case.

Trim your finger nails,and clean then using the cleaner.
Then buff your fingernails in a circular motion until your
nails become shiny. After all that use a nail file,and shape
your nails. Space out your fingers with a finger separator.
Start with a clear bottom coat and let dry. Paint to your
nailpolish starting with a small coat,once that dries add
a second coat. Once all coats of polish is dry add the top
coat to seal inthe color. After all that rub a lotion on
your hands and your mainicure is complete.

To do the pedicure soak your feet in a tub of warm water for
about 10 minutes(rose petals optional). Take them out and scrub
with a foot scrub and pumice stone then rinse your feet off.
Place your feet on a soft surface like a towel. Trim,clean,and
buff your nails. Trim your cuticles with a cuticle clipper and
shapedthem with a nail file. Use separators or tissue paper to
separate your toes,start again with a bottom coat and let dry.
Add a coat of polish to dry then add a second coat of nail polish.
After that dries,finish with a top coat and let dry.
Finish the pedicure with some foot lotion and you're good to go.

Hot Nail Colors
Pale Skintone-Rose and medium pinks
Medium Skintone-Light and deep browns,orange based shades
Dark Skintone-Deep reds and pinks

Day colors-Neutral tones,pinks and browns
Night colors-Deeps reds and burgandies

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Alert-Awesome Sales

Here are some currently hot sales.

Pink Mascara30% to 70% off select items.

White House/Black MarketFree Shipping on all orders this week.

New York And CompanyBuy 1 Get 1 50% Off
Select Items.

Macy'sToday One Day Sale and Web Busters.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I like ruby red(slippers? no)grapefruit,its American yet
exotic at the same time. Its fresh,fruity and fun. Something
you would eat at a 4th of July cookout. I also love the way
it smells. Unfortunatly you can't take a grapefruit and squeeze
its juices into a bottle to save and rub onto your skin whenever
you feel like it.

I found the next best thing,Clinique Happy. Infused with Boysenberry,Hawaiian Wedding and Bush flowers you will smell just as fresh as the produce aisle at your local grocery store.


You can buy this at fine department stores.

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Yet another weekly round-up of the latest beauty sales going
on at these drug and chain stores.

Buy 2 Get 1 Free of Almay cosmetics and makeup removers.
Buy 2 Get 1 Free Maybelline New York cosmetics.
Buy Any Rimmel or Rimmel Underground cosmetics for $10,Get A Free Lip Gloss.
20% Off Select Hair Appliances and Tools.
Buy 5 Select Beauty Items And Get A Free Easter Basket in yellow or pink.

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Neutrogena Suncare and Sunless Tanning products.
Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Paradise Gold Suncare products.
25% Off Clearasil Ultra Skincare products.
40% Off Physicians Formula cosmetics.
Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Bonne Bell cosmetics.
$2.00 Sale on Dove Deodorant.

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Loreal Studio and Loreal Vive hair products.
3 For $5.00 Suave Hair and Body care products.
Buy 1 Get 1 Free Revlon Lipcolor.
Buy 1 Get 1 50% off Revlon Eye Shadows,Liners and Mascaras.

Rite Aid
$10.00 Off Select Designer Fragrances.
2 for $6.00 Sunsilk haircare products.
30% off Clean and Clear skincare products.
30% off Jane and Prestige cosmetics.

$29.99 Sale Crest Whitestrips or Aquafresh White Trays.
10% of Neutrogena acne and skincare products.

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Loreal haircolor.
Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Conair and Scunci hair accessories.

Check out your local ads for additional sales.

Got any questions,leave a comment.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Welcome to Shop In Chic's first ever official shopping
guide. Every season I will post a new shopping guide
to help you sort out what you have,what you need,and
find where to get the essentials. I will cover clothes,
shoes,bags and accessories. This will guide you in every
aspect of style,trends and what looks best on you.

Spring Essential List-
Go through your closet and check to see if you have
some of these items. Check what you have,what condition
they're in and what you don't have. From there on make
a shopping list,go ahead and get a little extra things
you may already have (no one can have to many camisoles).
Remember that this here is just a general list of what
everyone should have regardless of color or style
of the garments.

Long sundresses/Maxi dresses
Tee shirts
Sweatpants/Cotton pants
Capri pants

Spring/Summer 2008 Trends
To give you a better feel of what's out there,I have
compiled this list of the trends. You don't have to
follow these trends if you don't want,but this will
let you know what is out there and what to expect.

Bold Prints/Florals
Bright Colors
Safari Style
Wide Leg Pants

Remember that if you use trends,try and only use one
at a time. The same applies with accessories. Like you
don't want to wear a safari inspired jacket with bright
bangles. You don't want to look like you're trying too

Smart choices-
Wide leg pants with a snug fitting tank.
A colorblock blouse and dark blue jeans.
A bright print dress with black flats.

Spring Accessory List
You may have some of these,but you may not have all of
the accessories mentioned here. Unlike the first list
you don't need everything on this list,but at least one
pair of each of the shoes mention here,and several of
small accessories. Small accessories won't cost as much
as the the others so you can buy cheap stuff and have
fun with it.

Straw tote bag
Solid bright color handbag
Semi-clear/Semi-print plastic tote
White handbag
Plain white tennis shoes
Solid bright pumps
Gladiater sandals
Bright print scarfs
Bright color scarfs

What Works For You
Everyone one is different looks and taste-wise. And while
I don't know what you like,I do know what looks best
on what body type. While almost anyone can wear whats on these
lists,this is just a small guide to what flatters you the most.

Thin Figures
Babydoll tops and dresses,rompers and shortalls,empire
tops and dresses

Curvy Figures
Maxi sundresses,long flowy caftans and tunics,empire tops
and dresses,moderate to low rider jeans

Top Heavy
Kimono tops,flowy caftans and tunics

Bottom Heavy
Maxi sundresses,wide leg jeans and pants,flowy knee length

Tall figures
Maxi sundresses,bermuda shorts,crop pants,belted tops/dresses

Petite figures
Empire dresses and tops,shorts,short skirts,rompers and shortalls

Where To Buy
Now I will leave links to the best websites to find the fashions
you want for spring.

Best Selection Cheap-Target
Best Selection Moderate-Dillards
Best Selection Pricey-Pink Mascara
Best Selection of Jeans-Revolve Clothing
Sexiest Spring Apparel-Body Central
Sexiest Athletic/Lounge Apparel-Bebe Sport
Sexiest Summer Dresses-Victoria's Secret
Choice For Teens-Alloy
Choice For 20 something/30 something-New York and

Choice For 40 something and up-Cold Water Creek
Choice For Shoes-Zappos
Choice For Bags-Nine West
Choice For Accessories-eLuxury

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

I like lipstick,but I do prefer lipgloss and lipbalm. Thats only
because my lips get really dry,particularly during the winter.
And I'm not saying that lipstick actually makes my lips dryer,
but it does feel very cake-y when I wear it.

Soooo,I discovered Almay Hydracolor Lipstick,and I was a bit
skeptical. They claim it has 100% more water than most lip colors,I thought water dries out your skin even more. No thats just hot water. But anyway it also has SPF(really good thing),plant extracts,and vitamin E.

No I just tried it today and I like it. It feels somewhat cool. And it doesn't feel or look caked on,it makes my lips feel the way they should,soft. This stuff works. And like gloss it ,leaves a shiny color. I tried the Pink Pearl shade,a pinkish coral shade.
Its more color than gloss but its definitly not an overkill.

This is a must have.

Recommended colors(left to right)-
Dark Skin-Bronzed,Caramel,Nude
Medium Skin-Raisin,Rose,Soft Orchid
Pale Skin-Apricot,Peach,Pink Pearl

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I have two hobbies,entering contests and trying new
beauty products,so it would not surprise you that
I love to enter contests to win beauty products. I
scoured the web for the best beauty contests to win
and though I would share some of my favorites. If you
know of a good contest,leave a comment with the link.

WinLORAC cosmetics.

What you win-the hot ticket Croc Palette(four neutral
eyeshadowsand peach blush),Lotsa Lash Mascara,and Co-Stars
French Kiss lipcolor. This Sephora exclusive is a bronze color.

Win American Beauty cosmetic.

What you win-Perfect Mineral Powder.

WinMake Up For Ever's Lash Pimpin Contest.

What you win- A trip to Paris,a visit the
Make Up For Ever academy and get a private makeup
lesson,win $1000 worth of cosmetics.Three second
prize winners will win $500 worth of cosmetics.

Win Clinque shopping spree

What you win- A $200 Clinique shopping spree
and a Kodak EasyShare camera.

Win Mario Badescu shopping spree

What you win-Mario Badescu gift card for $250.

WinWin A Spa Gift Certificate and much more.

What you win-$5,000 SpaFinder Gift Certificate,$6,000
travel voucher,$5,000 cash.
First prize-One year membership to Bally Total
Second prize-$50 SpaFinder gift certificate.
Third prize-$25 Barnes
and Noble gift card.
Fourth Prize-$25 Lady Foot Locker gift card.

Win Cookie Magazine's
bag of beauty products

What you win-The bag of $570 worth of beauty products.

Have fun entering these contests!

Shannon's Blog-
Host of Works For Me Wednesday

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

This week's sales from the newspaper ads.

Earn VacationCash just by purchasing eligible
Revlon and Almay products at Walgreens. Click
for details.

$1.00 Sally Hansen Nail Products.

33% off Neutrogena Bath products.

50% off Calgon Bath products.

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Jane Cosmetics.

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sunsilk Hair care.

Buy 1 Get 1 50% off Suave and Rave Hair care.

CVS Pharmacy-
.88 cents VO5 Shampoo or Conditioner.

$2.00 of Lubriderm Lotions.

Buy 2 Get 1 Free Essence of Beauty Bath products.

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Loreal Lipcolor.

Buy 1 Get 1 50% off Loreal face and eye cosmetics.

Buy any Neutrogena foundation,get a free Neutrogena
powder,blush or concealer.

By 1 Get 1 50% of select desginer fragrances.

Rite Aid-
30% off NYC Cosmetics.

30% off of Cover Girl cosmetics.

30% off of Prestige Cosmetics.

30% off of Sally Hansen nail enamles.

30% off of Sally Hansen leg,foot and hand products.

2 for $5.00 Aussie Hair care products.

Free $5.00 Target Gift Card with a purchase of any
2 Boots No. 7 or Time Dimension products.

$13.99 Loreal Advance Revitalift gel and cream.

$2.99 Herbal Essence or Tresseme hair care products.

Check your local ads for more sales.
Happy shopping;)

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Avon's newest parfum spray is kind of like autumn. TrueGlow's
bottle is reminiscent of the sun setting over falling colorful
leaves. And it smells just like a warm fall day. The light notes
of citrus mixed in with the rich scents of warm woods and
golden amber for an overall warm, almost innocent smell.

This perfume is light enough for an everyday scent.

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

This upcoming September, Allure readers will have something to rejoice about:Allure Spa. A spinoff from Allure magazine this will be the guide to the luxury spas. The first issue will be distributed across the United Stated at spas and salons for free. It will be a yearly publication.

With the help of beauty insiders this will be a guide to day,destination,and medical spas. This will also feature articles and information about beauty and skin treatments,nutrition and fitness,and,lifestyles of the spa goer. As a publication of Conde Nast this will be targeted to upscale women.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

No matter what goes in and out of style,jeans will always remain
trendy. They may get updated looks from time to time,like lowriders
changed into high wasted styles. Maybe its because they are tried
and true,comfortable,versatile-whatever the reason jeans are a must
for your closet.

You also need to be aware of the different styles,washes and
details, so you'll be well informed when you shop. This is a
guide to teach you all things jean-ology 101. Ahead is a little
dictionary of the terms and a photo with information to buy
the jeans.

Bootcut-These jeans have a slight flare to them,just enough
to come over the boot,hence the bootcut name.

Flare-Similar to bootcut,they have a wider flare for a more retro
look. Inspired by 1970's bell bottoms.

Skinny-These are form fitted to the leg,and taper at the bottom.
Although favored by celebrities and models, this style is unfor-
givingon most.

Straight-Streamline in design,they are more forgiving and are
looser at the bottom of the legs.

Wide Leg-Comfortable,but can be intimidating because they have
a wider silhouetTE.

left to right-Chip and Pepper Stella Boot,7 For All Mankind Super
Flare,Joe's Jeans Trouser Cigarette,True Religion Billy,Catalina
Birkin Wide Leg.

High Rise-Have a higher length and inseam. Fomerly considered
"mom" jeans are now back in style.

Mid Rise-These are perfect for those who don't feel comfortable
with low,but don't like high either.

Low-Rise and Super Low-For those who dare,I will admit,these
are the most flattering jeans. At least in my experience. For
those not comfortable,I recommend a long tunic to wear over
these jean.

left to right-Kass Super High Rise Belted,Tri Colored A Pocket,
Paige Premium Pico Low Rise,Deisel Matic Pants In White

Black-This along with dark is the most dressy denim you can
get away with.

Dark Denim-Dressy,causal,and is a versatile must have for
any jeans collector.

Light Denim-Best as one shade of a lighter blue,but the patchy
white spots are not exactly chic unless you're going for the
painter look or you had a bad bleach job

Medium Denim-Typical denim causal.

Colored-Yes,even denim can be in non-traditional colors than
blue. Best for super casual looks.

White-White denim is perfect for spring and summer,but you
can wear them in winter too.

Left to right-True Religion Bobby Velvet,Monroe 22 Inch
Trouser,Basic Bootcut,Soophia Round pocket trousers,Dagger
Slimboot,Rich and Skinny Vivid

Jeans pictured hear from Revolve Clothing

So print out this guide when shopping for jeans.
And please leave a comment.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Beauty Article Links

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Skinny On Lipgloss

For those who have tried(and even those who have not)Fuze Slenderize energy
soft drinks,Too Faced cosmetics have got a lipgloss for you.
Fuze Slenderize Guilt Free Lipgloss included fruit flavors
and some of the same indredients the beverage contains.
It comes in three yummy flavors:Strawberry-Melon,Dragon
Fruit Lime,and Blueberry Rasberry.

Available at Sephora.

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Tennis Dresses

Now I have never played tennis,even though I do want
to try it one day. But I am a fan of tennis dresses.
I have been so since one day I read a piece in
Lucky magazine
few years back,lo and behold there were some pretty
tennis dresses.Since then I have been searching for
pretty tennis dresses online,but no such luck.Sure
some stores might have 1 or 2,but thats it.

Now tracking off topic for a mere second,remember
the original movie of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate
Factory? And remember when his mother said "Good
things happen when you least expect them?",well she
was right. Today I was just browsing Google and I
was searching under for "women's apparel" and I
found this on the second page, Tennis-Warehouse.

They have a good selection of tennis apparel,
including tennis dresses! They have all the
brands like Fila,Adidas,Puma and Nike. These
dresses are sexy and perfect for summer/spring.
And no you don't need to play tennis to wear
them,just pair them with espadrialles and a
fun print scarf and you got something perfect
for a date.

Trust me on this one;)

Dress by Fila

Dress by Nike

Dress by Yonex

Dress by Yonex

Sunday, March 2, 2008

One of the things I love about spring the most is how
everything seems so new and fresh. I mean the colors
are brighter and crisper,the air seems light and new,
and the smells are incredible. When else can you smell
fresh cut grass,the sun beating down on your hair,and
flowers growing everywhere you turn?

This is also the best time to look for fragrance,
particularly if you like fresh fruit-inspired and
floral scents. Here are some new perfumes I deem
worthy of springs arrival.

Island Michael Kors Fiji Spray
This is the newest scent from the line of Michael
Kors Island perfumes,Island Capri and Hawaii.Fresh
and fruity,Fiji was inspired by the waters of Polynesia.
Contains scents of blossoms and Fijian Tiare flowers.

Marc Jacobs Daisy
Feminine and fun,after all you would not expect anything
less from design guru Marc Jacobs. This lovely scent includes
but is not limited to the following notes-gardenia,strawberry,
vanilla and jasmine. PS,I know Daisy is not that new,
but still.

DKNY Delicious Night
This scent is a sexy version of the orignal sweet scent of
DKNY Delicious. True to its name,this includes notes of
purple freesia,crushed ginger,frozen pomelo and even goes
the extra mile of chilled blackberry martini accord.

Ralph Lauren Wild
Resembling Hawaiian Punch,Ralph Lauren's latest sounds
as good as it looks. Notes mix wild strawberries and
watermelon with cherry blossom and sandalwood for a
unbridled experience.

What do you all think of these fragrances and am I
forgetting any scent you favor? Leave me a comment.

All fragrances can be purchased at Sephora.