Monday, September 29, 2008
Christina Aguilera is not only a talented singer, she also knows
what a girl wants when it comes to perfume. Her newest fragrance
Inspire is a sweet smelling perfume that reminds me vaguely of
This fun scent is essentially a floral fragance made with notes
of Mango, Citrus, Tuberose, Valencia Orange Flower, Gardenia,
Freesia, Musk and Sandalwood. I cannot think of a more feminine
scent, even the pretty pink bottle is distinctly girly.
Available at Macy's
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Check out previous installments of my Fall Fashion Trend Guides.
Fall Fashion 2008:Purple Reign
Fall Fashion 2008:Flower Power
Fall Fashion 2008:Bold Rocker Chic
This fall, prints are everywhere. Big and small, colorful and
neutral, it does not matter what you choose as long as its a
print. Some of the hottest prints include animal print and
plaids, but this season includes floral(see above) and
graphic art prints. Prints can be fun and bold, while
others are a little more subdued. Try them all.
That said, you should be careful when wearing a print.Larger
prints have a tendency to be flattering, particularly when
the garment is structured. Never wear something with a
large print that not structured, as it flatters no one.
Smaller prints can work, too. Here's a few additional
rules to help.
1-I've said it once, I'll say it again, never wear two
prints at the same time!
2-When wearing stripes, its okay for them to be horizontal
as long as the stripes are wide. Oh and add a belt to
cinch at the waist.
3-If you are wearing a bright print, make sure everything
else is more subdued. If you are wearing a darker print,
add some colorful accessories.
4-Except for pin-stripes and the occassional plaid, don't
wear printed pants unless they are your pajama bottoms.
However any skirt can have any print.
5-Invest in bold printed scarves. Start a collection of
different colors and styles. They are key.
6-A few printed items to avoid:
leggings/tights(unless they're striped)
turtleneck sweaters(should be avoided at all costs)
Here's some of my printed essentials:
More coming...stay tuned.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Aeropostale:Hoodie Sale:Select Styles are 50% Off!
American Eagle Outfitters:Tops and Tees,Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off!
Ann Taylor:Big Fall Sale,Up To 60% Off!
Macy's:Major Fall Sale
Victoria's Secret Beauty:Secret Garden Beauty Sale
Bliss World:10% Off and FREE SHIPPING on All Bliss Exclusive Gift Sets
If you know of anymore good sales online anywhere, please
let me know.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Not everyone likes or wears foundation. And there are plenty
of us who wear it even though we don't want to. Rest assure,
here are a few of my favorite alternatives. You don't need
foundation if you know what other products to use
Smashbox has long ago created their famous Photo Finish Primer.
Its not only a base for foundation, choose the right formula
and you won't even need foundation. It fills in fine lines
and rights every wrong the mother nature endowed on you.
There are different formulas including clear and
Another good alternative is the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening
Set. You've got a highlighter to accent your best features and
loose powder to conceal all flaws. This is good for those who
don't like to cake on makeup.
Products are available at Bliss and Sephora.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Target is always on key with the changing needs of the
modern day consumer. And, unlike most discount chains,
they like to keep up with the latest designers in
makeup and clothes(among other things). Recently
Target added three new designer makeup lines.
How do they stack up? What are the best picks?
JK Jemma Kidd-
Jemma Kidd cosmetics could be compared to MAC cosmetics in many ways.
For one, they have similiarly modern, yet undenibly feminine
packaging. Second, the cosmetics contain high intensity
pigments. The one thing thats different is price, JK is
They've also got a wide range of cosmetics that bring out the
glamour girl in all of us. Like the Sheer Vanity Gloss and
Glaze Collection which is like a moisture rich lipstick.
For those who want something like the old-school mood
lipstick, check out Lip-ID Color Adapt Lip Gloss,
which contains an innovative formula that reacts
to your lips natural pH system and customs that
perfect shade for you. And if you want intense
eyes, try the Hi-Design Eye Color collection.
Pixi is what happens when you reinvent classic cosmetics with
a new and innovative twist. Like the Sheer Cheek Gel, its
translucent and hydrating liquid blush. And the Gel Eye
Liner. Made with vitamin E, this liquid eye liner goes
on smudge free and easy. And don't forget my favorite,
the Pixi Eye Beauty Kit, each kit contains eight
shimmery shades to complement your eye liner and
add natural intensity. Oh and don't forget Lip
Booster, not only does it plump your lips, it
also moisturizes with Vitamin E and Jojoba.
NP Set should actually be called Jet Set, as their cosmetics
are geared toward traveling fashionistas. They have a wide
range of products that will work even for those who stay
at home. Some of their highlights include Liquid Veil,
which is a highlighting liquid foundation. And Pasarella
Mascara which conditions and volumizes your eyelashes.
Has anyone else tried these products or anything else from
these three lines? What do you think? Please leave your
Saturday, September 20, 2008
You already know Essie's Fall 2008 nail line, now for OPI's Fall/
Winter 2008 La Collection de France. Again the larger nail color
collection(with 12 shades) contains deep reds and rich purples
with seriously cute names like Yes! I Can-Can and
Bastille My Heart. And while most of the colors are more
neutral based, there are definitely a few outstanding shades.
All the shades are deep and romantic.
Here is the color chart. Go ahead and click on it for a better
1:Louvre Me Louvre Me Not-A vivid hue of the royal color.
2:Parlez-Vous OPI?-A tamer and lighter purple color.
3:You Don't Know Jacques!-A deep dark brownish taupe.
4:Tickle My France-Y-A pale shade of light violet.
5:Bastille My Heart-A dark shade of scarlett red.
6:I'm Fondue Of You-A warm chocolate brown shade.
7:A Oui Bit Of Red-A very bright and vivid red.
8:We'll Always Have Paris-A deep and dark brown hue.
9:Eiffel For This Color-A rich shade of wine.
10:Baguette Me Not-A richly warm shade of red.
11:Crepes Suzi-Ette-A toasty red and caramel brown.
12:Yes! I Can-Can!-A deep purple shade.
OPI La Collection De France
Essie's Fall 2008 Collection is going to warm up your nails
with bold shades. And we all know Essie makes legendary
nail polish that is not only chip resistant but also
long lasting. With six diverse yet feminine colors,
you will want to mix and match for your fingers
The collection contains warm reds and deep purples to complete
your fall look. Check out the color chart(click on it for
a better look):
1:Lacy Not Racy-This elegant rich burgandy shade is perfect
for both work and nights out in the town.
2:No Boundaries-This is such a rebel purple that is pure fun.
3:Forever Young-If you want a bright punch of color then wear
this daring red shade.
4:Big Spender-Talk about ultra-violet, this is a luminious
purple that will be the shade of the season.
5:Tomboy No More-A subdued yet still very cherry red. A classic.
6:Swept Off My Feet-A purely rosy shade of red, but too trendy
to be your mother's rose red nail polish.
Essie Nail Polish
Friday, September 19, 2008
Fall is already here if you ask me. And while I am not particualarly
a huge fan of fall, I am excited about the items that will make the
seasonal transistion much easier. Everything from unique beauty
goodies to luxe outerwear and chic accessories is in this list.
What are some of your must haves this month?
bcbg Max Azria Tie Cardgian Wrap-
There is nothing better than a cute little cardigan to mix
up your wardrobe. But as you know, most cardigans are a
bit granny style. Not this one by BCBG. Its more like
a wrap that you tie in the front, but it is still the
must have cardgian of the season.
Supersmile Whitening Gum-
Wait! Before you freak out and ask "Why is there gum in your
must-have list?!". This is no ordinary gum, it whitens your
teeth so you can continue you gum addiction(you know who you
are!). Perfect! Did I forget to mention that it also is all
natural and sugar free? AND it fights cavities and bad
breath! Now you know why its on my list.
Mark Dew Drenched Moisturlicious Lip Color-
Looks and goes on like a lipstick, yet it moisturizes like
a lip balm. And the shade selection is deep enough for a
warm autumn glow. Its tiny tiny but it works like a dream. It
also contains shea butter and palm oil for natural moisture.
Puffy Pockets Jacket-
This long zip up jacket will keep you warm for the entire fall
and then some. Such a chic cover up. It has two front pockets,
and a smocked coller. It only comes in black but it goes with
everything and can carry you day and night.
Jeffery Campbell Kimi Suede Heel-
This purple suede and leather heel with a four and 1/2 inch
heel is everything and more. The luscious purple hue is
perfect and decadent all in one. And don't get me
started on the fringe ankle strap.....
Chanel Large Black Tote-
This large drawstring tote is a new favorite from Chanel. With
its patent leather, silver chain handsles and drawstring sides
it is most definitely a unique design from the classic house
Mark and Lauren Conrad Collection Sweeps
Win $600 gift certficate to Lauren Conrad's clothing collection,Mark cosmetics and even more!
Harajuku Lovers Giveaway
Win the complete set of Harajuku lovers perfumes.
Oprah's O Magazine and Neutrogena Giveaway
Win a gift basket of Neutrogena goodies and other items from the O List.
Neiman Marcus and Manolo Blahnik Giveaway
Win a $3000 Manolo Blahnik Shopping Spree only at Neiman Marcus
Macy's and Style & Co Shopping Spree with Clinton Kelly
Win a $1,000 Macy's Shopping Spree in New York City with the style guidance of Clinton Kelly.
Shopping Spree at Bergdorf Goodman
Win a $5,000 shopping spree at Bergdorf Goodman.
Juicy Couture Shopping Spree
Win a $1,500 Juicy Couture Shopping spree.
Pur Minerals Shopping Spree
Win a $500 Pur Minerals Shopping Spree.
Sephora and Real Simple magazine Sweepstakes
Win a shopping spree and makeover from Sephora in New York City
Leave links to more sweeps and giveaways.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Have you ever imagined living on a farm? Have you ever dreamt
of all the natural plants and herbs you could grow just
create new beauty products? Well, Brenda Brock(a 7th
generation Texan farmer) did more than that. Her new
Farmaesthetics line is based on the same holistic
and beauty methods that have been around for
centuries. These products also contain
organic herbs. And a lot of Grapefruit
and Lavender based products.
Sweet Soy Oil Pink Grapefruit and Lavender
This bath soak and massage oil is also detoxifying,
brightens your skin, and restores moisture.
High Vibration Mineral Salts in Lavender and Pink Grapefruit
This is more than just a holistic soak, they contain
essential oils that purify.
It looks and smells a lot like a fragrance, yet they
act like a lotion. Its a hydration mist that also acts
as a protective barrier. It comes both in Lavendar and
Hand to Heel Softening Salve
Made with Vitamin E, Carrot Oil, and Essential Oils,
this softens hands, feet, elbows, and knees. You can
also use this as a regular body lotion.
These new products are available at Origins
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Here is a state-of-the art line of organic hair products that
was created by Philip Pelusi, who is a well known hair
stylist and creater of innovative beauty products.
His newest venture is Tela Beauty Organics. There are a
variety of shampoos, conditoners, and other styling
products for every single hair type. And they all
contain the Tela Organic Core Blend that is made
up of 35 naturally organic ingredients.
Harmony-Restoration fo Aging Hair
Made with Pomegranate, Reishi Mushroom, and Sea Buckthorn Berry.
Harmony protects your hair through the aging process from the sun,
and free radicals that damage your hair from scalp to tip. It also
strengthen hair and is safe to use on dyed hair.
Color Atura-Color Enhancement for Chemically Treated
This not only freshens up your color, it protects your
hair from potential damage, as your colored hair is more
prone to chemical or enviromental reactions. Its made
with Milk Thistle, Chinese Foxglove, Wolfberry and
Measure-For Stronger and Healthier Hair
To keep your hair healthy, this formula contains Horsetail,
Sprouted Soy, Red Sage, and Reishi Mushroom. It strengthens
your hair's natural structure all while promoting natural
Melody-Hydration for Dry and Curly Hair
If your hair is curly or even chemically treated,chances are
hair is dry. To revive and correct your hair's will to be
unruly, this contains Solomon's Seal, Plaintain, and
Marshmallow Root. It leaves your hair soft and clean
as well as hydrated.
Tela Beauty Organics includes shampoos and conditioners for
aging hair(Harmony line), colored hair(Color Atura), longer
and stronger hair(Measure line), and dry and curly hair
(Melody). Each of these lines contain special formulas
that are crucial to hair repair and care.
Now they have four styling products,Healer(which repairs
your hair that was damaged from themal stylin and hair
dryers), Guardian(sun protection for hair with SPF 18),
Composer(manages curly locks) and Encore(helps achieve
the sleek look).
Out of all these products, Healer is the only all 100%
Organic USDA Certified. Still, all these products are
good for your hair and with the natural nourishment
you get from using these products, you hair will
Tela Beauty Organics
Friday, September 12, 2008
Every single month I post up links to the most informative reads
in the realm of beauty and style.
Allure Magazine's Confessions
of the Beauty Editors
Why they won't go anywhere without sunscreen and cheat nature
to look good.
Everyting You Want To Know
About Fashion Week
The designers collections, the hottest parties and so much
The Latest Trend:Models Eating Real Food
Hair...check. Clothes...check. Makeup...check. Food...check..what?!
The Only Guide To Hairstyles You'll Need
And best of all there is something for everyone.
Anna Sui Celebrates 10 Years
Whats new from her 10 year anniversary makeup line?
The Secret to Saving Dough
A really great and easy idea.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I love, love, love music! And so given that I was a child of the 80's!
I collected cassette tapes(remember those?). And while I can't fathom
going back to cassettes anytime soon, I am excited that Hard Candy has Mix Tapes. They look like tiny tapes, but these makeup kits contain all your favorite Hard Candy essentials. There is three different "mixes", so collect them all!
Feeling blue or were you just dumped? Either way these beautiful
colors will definitely brighten up your day. It comes with blue,
purple, and warm iridescent shadows;and warm glosses in pink,
wine and neutral.
Its a party! Well not really, but these colors are just as
fun. It comes with two green eyeshadows in rich green and
a light green;beige eyeshadows and three reddish glosses.
I really don't know why they named this Workout mix, I
thought workouts were supposed to make you glow? Anyways
these neutral brown shadows and cooler neutral shades of
lip glosses will work as a substitute well for a fresh
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Benefit has a new red lip balm with SPF 15. Just in time for winter too!
Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15 is originally based on Benetint, but this adds Vitamin E and a rose petal fragrance. And its easy
and portable enough to carry anywhere and everywhere.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Don't forget to check out these previous articles about
Fall Fashion Trends.
Fall Fashion 2008:Flower Power
Fall Fashion 2008:Bold Rocker Chic
What could be a more luscious color for fall than purple?
It could not be any more luxe either. A bold color for
fall could be the biggest way to brighten up any cold
winter day. Some people might actually be a little
intimidated and not know what to do, but today's
guide will show you not only wearable purple
trends, but ideas you could use. So lets
The Best Ways To Wear Anything Purple-
The easiest way to make purple look sophisticated
is to add something black. Examples include wearing
a purple dress and black stockings, or a purple
blouse with a black skirt or pants.
If you're wearing a purple ruffled dress(two trends
in one), then go easy on everything else. Stick to
neutrals and simple jewelry. But yes, you can keep
Wear one bold color at a time. Purple will not
look good with something red or gold(unless its
gold jewlery). And that includes shoes and bags.
The best items to get if you can only get a few
are a purple sweater or blouse,dress and a purple
accessory like a bag.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
There is a new scent from Bath and Body Works called Black Amethyst.
If confidence has a scent it would be Black Amethyst, with its
layers of musk and fruity florals. Its sexy,sleek and will
give you confidence.
Fragrance starts with base notes of Vanilla, Musk, Patchouli,
Veviter and Sandalwood. The mid notes include Freesia, Lily
of the Valley, Camellia, Tuberose, Peony Petals, Magnolia
Blossom, and Sheer Gardenia. And the top notes include
Juicy Mandarin, Crisp Melon, Waterfruits, Zesty Orange,
Bergamot Italian Oprur and Sparkling Tangerine.
You can buy the fragrance in perfume, lotion, shower gel,
body splash, body butter and bubble bath.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Just in time for the holidays.
If you crave coffee(or at least the smell),then this is
for you. The Philosophy Coffee House Shower Gel trio is
a kit that contains three of their multi-purpose shower
gels(which can also be used as bubble bath or shampoo).
You've got Eggnog Latte, Caramel Mocha Latte, and Cafe
Au Lait scented super shower gels that lather just the
same as all Philosophy Shower Gels. Wondeful stuff:)
Now you and your bathroom can smell as good as Starbucks...
P.S. Please check out my newest blog at Today.com:
Chic And Fabulous
Labels: bath and shower
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The MTV VMAs are on September 7 2008,and are being hosted
by Britney Spears.....
But I know you wanted to know what the stars are getting at
MTV Video Music Awards this upcoming Sunday, so here it is!
Ultrasone of America headphones
Andy Warhol watches
2 Boblbee bags
Dunlop Manafacturing boxes of guitar strings
Farouk Systems hairstyling ceramic iron
CHI Nano Ceramic hairdryer
Frederick Fekkai haircare
Five Four Clothing top and jacket
Cosmic Navigato:Design Your Reality by Gahl Eden Sasson(book)
Gypsy 05 Maxi Dress
Rock Band 2 game
Jour and Nuit Sandals
Apparel from Kings and Queens of Glory
KRK Systems Studio monitor
Hat by Mill Valley Hatbox
Rhapsody Digital Music Subscription for a year
Portable Red Carpet Experience @ 2008 MTV VMAs
Qi Cashmere accessories
Quasser Light Therapy Baby Quassar
Sonya Dakkar skincare products
Taverniti So Denim Jeans
UGO CACCIATORI limited editon pendant
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Even with fall approaching,its never too late to work on
a perfect tan. Here a 2 new products that will help you
Mystic Tan Perfect Tan Kit for Face
If you know and love Mystic Tan(but even if you don't)
this is the kit for you. It comes with three products
and a bag. All their products are made with naturally
derived tanning chemical agents.
Sunless Condtioning Complex Face- This is made with a
pH balancing system that helps work as a primer for
Sunless Tanning Spray Face + Body- This can work for
an even all-over glow. Believe it or not, spray this
on and don't even rub it in. The bottle was specially
designed for an even spray.
Shimmer Face- Its a shimmer cream that will highlight
and compliment your glow.
Tarte Glam Gams Bronzing Stick
Just because you still wear mini-skirts in the fall
does not mean you have to wear tights. Don't cover
your pasty legs, this easy bronze stick gives you
a glowing color to your gams. Its looks natural
smell lovely and contains natural ingredients!
Heck you can even use this on your arms......