Thursday, October 30, 2008

Magic On Your Skin

Washing your face can be such a chore, so it would help to
find something that does something amazing. Well this is
beyond amazing!

DDF's Brightening Cleanser is more than just a face
wash, it brightens your skin's natural complexion with six
natural natural brighteners that improve your overall tone
and color. It also minimizes your pores, and conceals your
discoloration spots. You can can also use this for your
body. This stuff really makes a difference on your skin.

Available at Beauty Sak for $32.00

FYI:I am not endorsing any product or company, I just enjoy contests
and thats why I am sharing these links.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

October's Must Haves

October is a great time to shop for fun(Halloween costumes), luxe
(cashmere) and decadent gifts for yourself(cosmetic kits) plus
a lot more. With the upcoming holidays you will also find a
variety of special and limited edition items. Here are my
top picks for October.

Cute Halloween Costumes
Who says dressing up is for kids? Halloween is a time for
celebration, plus its a great excuse to dress up as
something fun. And with so many great costumes for
women today you no longer have an excuse to ditch
that Halloween Party. Check out these great
costumes and accessories from Target.

Left to right:Mod Doll, Sassy Sorceress, Pink Lady,and 50's

MAC Halloween Makeup Looks
I am throughly impresses that MAC has fun and unique ideas
for Halloween makeup(amphibian anyone?). Check out the
website for more ideas and they will give you a list
of what to order, the look and just how to do it.

For complete details just check out MAC Halloween.

Ann Taylor's Luxe Cashmere Hoodie
There is the perfect cashmere piece of the season. Its so
casual yet its made of 100% cashmere! And it comes in a
multitude of hot colors such as Snap Dragon as
above, also in black, heather grey and green.

available at Ann Taylor for $169.00

Juicy Couture Timepiece Women's Princess Watch
You cannot buy time, but nobody said you could not buy time in
style. This watch is perfect. Its modern and glam and you'll
always volunteer checking the time to your friends.

available at Bloomingdale'sfor $95

Too Faced World Domination Tour All Access Backstage Beauty Collection
Its a music box and makeup kit all rolled into one. And it
features everything you need to complete your makeup look
including Duo Bronzer and Lip glosses among other Too
Faced favorites!

available at Sephora for $42

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Olive-y Goodness

Okay, so we all already know that olives are tasty, but did
you know they're healthy too? Thats right, at least for
your skin.

The new L'Occitane Olive Lumnious Body Cream
is enriched with
olive butter,
olive oil,
and organic olive tree extract.

Not only nourishes parched and dry skin, it leaves you with a
luminous effect that makes you feel divine. Its also scented
with a lovely fresh perfume that makes you smell as good as
you look(and feel!)

Its also limited edition, so I would definitely recommend
purchasing two of these as they are the most addictive of
body creams.

L'Occitane Olive Lumnious Body Cream is available at L'Occitane for $34

Saturday, October 25, 2008

October's Online Sales

Aeropstale:50% Off Select Styles of Tees
Ann Taylor:20% Off Purchases of $100 or more
Charlotte Russe:BOGO $10 Footwear Sale-Buy 1 Get 1 $10
Hot Topic:50% Off Select Halloween Costumes, Apparel and Accessories
Macy's:Birthday Sale-Save up to 50%
Banana Republic:40% Dresses
Newport News:The Great Fall Sale-Save up to 60%
Old Navy:Clearance and Reductions up to 70% Off

more great sales coming soon....tell me your favorite sales
going on right now!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

1-Start with freshly clean damp hair, and mix a little deep
leave-in conditioner with styling lotion and comb it through
your hair.

2-Make two braids with you hair and secure with rubber bands
(Goody colored bands are best).

3-Leave them in overnight, or run a straight iron over your

4-Once dry, you can spritz on hair style setting spray, then
take out the braids. And there you've got easy waves!

Easy and Healthy Waves
Top Products
Goody Ouchless Colored Hair Elastics-available at drugstores.
TIGI Bedhead Superstar Leave-In Conditoner-available at Trade Secret
Redken Contour 8 Shaping Lotion-Available at Trade Secret
Ergonomic Auto Digital Ceramic Flat Iron-Available at Trade Secret
Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist-Available at Trade Secret

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I love blogging.

In honor of bloggers everywhere, I am going to name my favorite
blogs for you to check out and why you should visit them. Most
of them are fashion and beauty related with a few exceptions.

P.S. these are in no particular order.

Ask Fashion Kitty
Lauren Messiah runs Ask Fashion Kitty, a great blog that offers
style advice and even keeps up with the latest celebrity style.
In fact, she's a bit of a celebrity herself as a fashion

A Girl's Gotta Spa
Shannon's blog tells you all about the latest beauty goodies
to try, and also gives you the scoop on spas and spa treatments.

Couture Carrie
A blog about fashion with a focus on runway style and trends.
If ever you doubt about what you're wearing, check out what CC
has to say first.

If you want to keep up with the beauty trends in Europe, this
is the blog for you. She also talks about shopping, fashion,
gift ideas and even online shopping.

Beauty Addict
Beauty Addict is kind of like a hidden vault of beauty
encyclopedias. There's so many tips, ideas, and reviews
of the realm of cosmetics, skin care, hair care and
much more.

Daily Style Guide
Daily Style Guide gives you all the fashion forward information
you need. Find out what celebs are wearing, or find a cute outfit
that you can actually wear and afford. This blog caters to both
USA and UK.

Miss Virtual Reality
If you want to find out about all things tech, or maybe some
worthy websites, Miss Virtual Reality is the blog to check out.
Sarah also shares information on how to make money on the web.

Miss Tech Today
This blog is also owned by Sarah(Miss Virtual Reality), but this
technology/websites blog has an emphasis on scam alerts and what
to avoid. She also blogs about worthy websites too.

Hostess With The Mostess
If you entertain and like to cook, you'll love Hostess With
The Mostess. She keeps up with food, decor and great ideas to
entertain with a special emphasis on holidays and occassion.
Heck, if you're a mom, you'll love this site because it
features a ton of ideas, recipes and gifts your kids
will love.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

It seems everywhere people are looking for a good cause, and
October is the Pink Ribbon Month for breast cancer awareness.
And companies are making custom and special pink goodies to
purchase, while at least some of the proceeds go to breast
cancer foundations. Here are a few of my picks to buy and

Estee Lauder's Pink Ribbon Collection contains three limited
editon items.

left to right Pink Ribbon Jeweled Brooch($12.50), Elizabeth
Hurley Lip Color Collection($16), Evelyn Lauder Lip Color

available at Estee Lauder

Philosophy's Shower For The Cure Shower Gel($20 thats made with
fruit essences and milk proteins. Best of all: 100% of the
proceeds go to the Women's Cancer Research Fund.

available at Philosophy

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Winter can be a wonderland, but it does not always have that
effect on your skin or hair. Sometimes winter can leave us
with dry skin, limp hair(from the hats you wear to keep
warm) or a mulitude of other issues you may have. Here
are some of the best products to have on hand for the
long, cold days ahead.

MD Skincare Maximum Moisture Treatment-$45.00 at Ulta
This facial moisturizer is perfect for winter as its filled
with Vitamins A, C, and E, which restores balance and all your
natural moisture. It even self-adapts to climate change.

Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion-$38.00 at Sephora
This lotion is so creamy and so rich, you might be a little
tempted to eat it. But use this at least twice a day all-over
to ensure softer skin and soothe the itch.

Honey Trap Lip Balm-$8.75 at Lush
Dry lips are some of the first signs of approaching winter,
so stock up on these tasty lip balms. Made with honey, wild
orange, white chocolate and vanilla absolute, and not to
mention peppermint, you'll want to kiss yourself!

T3 Bespoke Evolution Dryer-$300 at
This is the professional of hairdryers. Enhanced with real
Tourmaline Crystals will lock in moisture, add shine and even
protects the hair cuticle. Now how many hairdryers can do

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bring back the glamour of Old Hollywood with sultry eye makeup
and luscious red lips. Lancome's C'est Magnifique is the new
makeup collection is featuring the sexiest colors you'll
ever see. Check out the Lancome site(see below) for new
looks to create with this wonderful line(among others).

This is the only line that I've seen mix dark vampy shades with
bolder colors to create an outstanding look. Love it!

Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Quads
The finest of eye shadows makes for easy blending, thanks
to the micro-aired powder technology.

There is two quad palettes:Glamour Premiere and Hollywood Seductive.
Glamour Premiere has a midnight blue, pale lavendar, deep yellow,
and cream. Hollywood Seductive has a burgandy brown, rust brown,
deep orange and vanilla cream. Both palettes are limited edtion.

Juicy Tubes
This limited edition of Juicy Tubes feature five diverse yet
extraordinary colors.
The colors-
Showered In Diamonds:Clear
Luscious In Lace:Nude Brown
Icons Of Stage:Deep Berry Red
Pretty In Pink:Light Pink
In All Her Splendor:Cherry Red

Le Vernis Nail Polish
This long-lasting nail laquer also contains MSM, which is
proven to keep nails naturally gorgeous and healthy. They
have two very different limited edition shades.

In All Her Splendor:Cherry Red
Midnight Glam:Midnight Blue

Le Rouge Absolu Lipstick
This lipstick contains SPF and Vitamin E for healthy and
fuller looking lips. There are four shades that are darker
and neutral enough for the line.

Cinema Noir:Deep Plum
Bordeaux:Reddish Brown
Pampered:Baby Pink
Golden Girl:Warm Tan

Sensational Effects Shimmering Eye Stylo
Its a loose powdery eyeshadow that you draw on with a
pen(the one if comes with of course). It glides easily
for a pretty sparkle. It comes in three eye popping

Fashion Flair Bronze:Sparkly Brown
Award Winning Gold:Warm Yellow
Modelesque Plum:Purple with Yellow Flecks

Check out the entire line, beauty tips and ideas and more at Lancome.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Even if you don't get much sleep you can still look well
rested. Try Lumene Premium Beauty Rejuvenating Eye Cream,
and your eyes will feel as rested as they look.

Its a firming cream made with omega fatty acids, vitamins
and antioxidants. Not only does it firm and soften, it
reduces dark circles. All it takes is a small amount
of cream, but remember to use it twice daily for
faster results.

Its amazing!

Its available at Ulta for only $24.99.

Monday, October 13, 2008

I always want to look my best, and at the same time I would
like to keep the ocean at its best as well(I do love little
fishies...) so I very excited about Chantecaille's
Protected Paradise Eye and Face Palettes.

These palettes are embossed with a tiny design of a scenic
ocean life. The face palette contains Pink Sand, Coral,
and Sunrise yellow.

The eye palette contains three diverse but very oceanic
colors of Golden Rose, Aqua blue, and Marine Green.

And as with all Chantecaille products, you can count on
the soft pigments and high quality shimmer. And they
come in a galvanized nickel case with a mirror.

But the best part? When you purchase these two items,
5% of the proceeds go to Pew Institute for Ocean
Science, where they conserve the natural habitat
of the seas.

Chantecaille Palletes are $90 each and are available at Bliss World

Friday, October 10, 2008

Welcome to Shop In Chic's official fall/winter 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.

Fall/Winter Essential List-
Fall is a fun time to dress. The colors, the textures,
the styles, the trends. It can be overwhelming, but
once you know your personal taste ,it makes
shopping much more easy. So take the time
to look through your closet, make a list
of what you have, don’t need or want,
and so forth…

Now here is the of all the fall and winter essentials:

Sweater dress
Sheath dress
Belted dress
Nice party dresses(for the holidays)
Cardigan sweater
Pullover sweater
Button down blouses
Long sleeve(and quarter sleeve) tees
Fun colorful blouses
Denim jacket
Leather jacket
Corduroy pants
Dress pants
Dress skirt
Fun mini skirt(not too short)
Long skirt
Pencil skirt
Puffer coat
Cute outerwear vest
Pea coat
Faux fur coat

Fall/Winter 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.

Black tote bag
Solid bright color handbag
Snakeskin bag
Colorful clutch
Black pumps
Colorful athletic shoes
Ankle boots
Knee-high boots
Snakeskin pumps
Gladiator sandals
Black hat(could be floppy, fedora, etc)
Bold belt
Fine gold or silver jewelry(at least one piece)

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 what’s on
these lists, this is just a small guide to what
flatters you the most.

Thin Figures
Fitted sweaters/blouses, printed tops and dresses,
skinny jeans, pencil skirts

Curvy Figures
Maxi dresses, long flowy caftans and tunics, empire tops
and dresses, moderate to low rider jeans, a-line skirts

Top Heavy
Kimono tops, flowy blouses, loose fitting trousers, wide leg

Bottom Heavy
Maxi dresses, wide leg jeans and pants, flowy knee length
skirts, a-line skirts

Tall figures
Maxi dresses, shrunken fit blouses and jackets, crop pants,
belted tops/dresses

Petite figures
Flowy dresses and tops, low-rise and mid-rise jeans, short
skirts, shrunken fit blouses and jackets

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

Best Selection Cheap-Target
Best Selection Moderate-Dillard’s
Best Selection Pricey-Nordstrom
Best Selection of Jeans-Revolve Clothing
Sexiest Casual Fall/Winter Apparel-Body Central
Sexiest Party/Date Apparel-Rampage
Sexiest Athletic/Lounge Apparel-Bebe Sport
Sexiest Work Apparel-Cache
Choice For Teens-Alloy
Choice For 20 something/30 something-New York and Company
Choice For 40 something and up-Cold Water Creek
Choice For Shoes-Zappos
Choice For Bags-Nine West
Choice For Accessories-eLuxury
Choice For Fashion Jewelry-All The Rage
Choice For Fine Jewelry-Blue Nile

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Miracle Lotion

Today its hard to find lotion without all the unneccesary extras
that you don't need. You know, things like parabens, added color
or even alcohol. Canyon Ranch Restore Intensive Moisturizer does
not have any of that, but it still is the best lotions out there.
It repairs, refreshens and wakes up your skin like no other. Its
also non-comedeogenic and not tested on animals.

Just use this twice a day to heal and repair your skin's flaws.

available at

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Eye Makeup That Lasts

Bobbi Brown has created a new genius eye palette with smudge
proof eye makeup(including eyeliner and shadow). These
palettes contain her Long-Wear Cream Shadows and Long-
Wear Gel Eyeliner, so you know that these will make
terrific gifts for the upcoming holidays, even if
the gift is for yourself! And really, who could
blame you, these kits are just the perfect
thing to create the sexy nighttime look.

There are two palettes in the collection, and both are limited
editon. There is Moon Rock Long Wear Eye Palette and Night Sky
Long Wear Eye Palette.

Moon Rock Palette
This kit comes with two shadows and two eyeliners in rich
colors. You've got the light Gold Drop and the earthy
mineral dust shadows. And complete the look with the
deep brown Espresso and deep purple Black Topaz eye

Night Sky Palette
Like the previous kit above, you get two shadows and two
eyeliners. This time the colors are more dramatic. You've
got the light blue Rockstar and the dark blue Ocean Storm
shadows. And finish off with Black Ink or deep blue
Thunder Storm eyeliners.

What do you think of these wonderful new palettes?

I love shopping(and even just browsing sometimes) online for the
latest and greatest. I also often find oldies but goodies. Here
are some of the staples to check out, these stores are choice
in selection, price and I just plain enjoy these websites.

I hope you will too!

Active Endeavors
This actually sounds like a website that sells active apparel,
but no its not. Active Endeavors sells some of the finest in
apparel, shoes, accessories and more! Some of the highlights
include fun jewelry from Bing Bang and Tarina Tarintino;tanks
from Joie; and jeans from Seven For All Mankind. This is the
place to also find an entire wardrobe on sale.

In case you haven't already guessed, I love you Dallas. Ylang
23 started out in 1985 as Ylang Ylang, a boutique in Dallas.
But you don't have live or visit in Dallas to shop there,
thanks to there wonderful website which sells the finest
jewelry ever. Owners Joanne and Charles Teichman own the
store which not only sells their own desgins as house
brand Ylang 23,but they also sell more fine designs
by Heather Moore, Sidney Evan, and Zasha,among
many others.

All The Rage Online
For more affordable and playful jewelry, All The Rage is your
destination. They sell everything from chokers to earrings,
and many of the items are just plain cute, feather jewelry
anyone? They also sell fabric, beaded and bone pieces. I
love the fact that they have such colorful and fun
pieces, it makes even just browsing that much more

Straight from the catalog, Vivre features only the glamour of style
and home decor. Heck you can do your Christmas shopping here since
they also sell stuff for both kids and men! But what I love about
this website is that they mix trendy with classic, I'm talking
blouses by Vera Wang, sweaters by Michael Kors, and so much
more! Plus, you get tons of shopping advice, including what
to pick for your vacation like L.A. or London! They also
sell accessories and beauty goodies.

W Hotel Store
Speaking of vacations, have you ever stayed at a fine hotel and
wished you could take home the home decor or lush accessories?
Well, the W Hotels have an online shop selling everything you
could want from plush bedding and furnishings. They also sell
gifts like jewelry, music, handbags and even fragrance and
apparel. Now who needs a vacay?

What websites do you love?

Check out more of my favorites Shopping Online

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Floral Motif Shadows

Marimekko has teamed up with Avon to create pretty floral
eye shadow palettes using their famous floral designs.
The two popp-inspired palettes have lots of color,and
with the mod design, it could not be any more glam.
These are limited edition, but they're affordable
at $8.00 a piece, so you can stock up.

Poppy Bouquet features blue-ish shades and light
Poppy Bloom features slate grey and corals.

Available at Avon

In Dallas, shopping is a serious sport. But Dallas also has a
serious heart. And for a limited time you can purchase a
discount card and the proceeds will go help the needy.

Just simply complete list purchase a Chase Partners Card from
certain retailers(or check the website) for $60. You can use
this discount at up to 20% at select retailers and
restaurants from Oct 24 to Nov 2 2008.

Participating retailer and restaurants include:

Ann Taylor
Banana Republic
Bare Escentuals
BCBG Max Azria
Bliss Spa
Bottega Veneta
Crate and Barrel
J. Jill
Kate Spade
Michael Kors
Paper and Chocolate
Pottery Barn
Scoop NYC
and many many more.

Check out the complete list and more information.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Perfume is a quissential beauty product, as scent can transform one's
mind on appearance. It can benefit you not only in the romance
department, it can also help people make judgments on your
personality. And really its true, as your tastes and style
take into account for what you like to wear.

Fragrance is also a great way to change the mood. Some scents
make you more cheerful, others help calm and sedate. All
scents are made up of smaller fragrant compounds called
notes, and each note has diverse scent that helps make
each perfume unique. Notes can be solvents, essential
oils or anything with fragrant nature.

Notes usually come in threes:top notes, middle notes and base
notes. Smelling the notes in a perfume is kind of like playing
with cootie catcher, if you know what I mean. The top notes
are what you smell upon first spray, middle notes are the
emerging notes that come after, and base notes are what
you smell with the middle notes, but this is the scent
that stays.

Perfumes also come in families, or types. The fragrance wheel
divides them into four types:Floral Notes, Oriental Notes,
Woodsy Notes and Fresh Notes. Again, each of these are
divided by three sub-types. Some of these notes are
come from natural deriatives, and other come from
synthetic means. Read further about each type
and scent recommendations.

Floral Notes-These notes come in either Floral, Soft
Floral, or Floral Oriental. The Floral can be either made
from a single flower(such as a Rose) or from a floral mix
(made from several varieties), which is also called a

The Best Picks:Amor Amor by Cacharel, Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Sunflowers
by Elizabeth Arden

Oriental Notes-The most exotic of fragrances, many Orientals
smell rich and deep. They come in Floral Oriental, Soft Oriental,
Oriental, and Woodsy Oriental, and often contain Amber,Musk and

The Best Picks:Crystal Noir by Versace, L for Women by Lolita Lempicka,
Opium by YSL

Woodsy Notes-A mix of deep and fresh, woodsy smells can
come in a variety. There's Woody Oriental, Mossy Woods, and
Dry Woods. These often feature notes of Cinnamon, Sassafras,
Sandalwood, Cedar and Pine.

The Best Picks:Alien for Women by Theirry Mugler, Pleasures by Estee
Lauder, The Beat for Women by Burberry

Fresh Notes-The lightest smells, yet the deepest impact
of natural scents come in Fruity/Citrus, Water, and Green. A
lot of different natural and synthetic notes are used to
make the scents of Lemon or Orange, and is often
combined with Florals.

The Best Picks:Be Delicious for Women by DKNY, Cool Water for Women
by Davidoff, Still by J.Lo