Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Do you need help finding a fabulous swim suit for your trip to Puerto Vallarta? Or are you trying to find a petite tunic? Let me know what you're looking for and I'll do my best to help you find it.
Click here to view the list of participating locations, dates and times. I'll be at the Juut location in St. Paul on March 6th. See you there!
Monday, February 25, 2008
I knew I was in trouble the moment I broke open the package and felt the patent- pending brush. I don't think Cover Girl should waste the money on securing that patent; the bristles are made of plastic, which would be fine - I like a few other brands who are venturing into the plastic bristle brush. They are usually flexible, clinging to each lash and wrapping them in mascara. But Lash Blast's brush is completely inflexible. There's absolutely no give. And the blunt end of the brush attracts globs of the ultra-sticky mascara.
Speaking of the formula - it's this weird slick/sticky goo. My lashes needed some serious attention with an eyelash comb after being given the once-over with this stuff. It smeared all over my eyelids and created the freakiest, spikey lash look ever. Not what I was going for. As for the packaging - I love the bright orange, but the tube is huge. Way too huge - it takes up more than its fair share of space in my already-crammed makeup bag.
If you notice, the reviews on Cover Girl's web site are not exactly raving about Lash Blast. Save your $6.99 for the next "next best thing". I'm sure it's just around the corner.
Photo credit: CoverGirl.com
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Photo credit: WideWidths.com
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Photo Credit- Essie.com
Instead of a cardigan over the dress, you could also layer a tissue-thin t-shirt under it. I'm talking tissue thin, though - that's key. A regular t-shirt will seem bulky and out of proportion. To avoid looking like a 5th grader, choose a long-sleeved tee. I like Mossimo at Target.
Photo Credits: Torrid.com; Target.com; LaneBryant.com
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Photos courtesy of Alloy and Lane Bryant.
Photos courtesy of Clinique.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
The color has to be natural and prettyFormula has to be long-lasting
The pan should be large and generous - I love to have lots of room for swirling my blush brush
CARGO burst onto the scene in the mid-90's with huge pans of lip gloss and blush, but has kept a relatively low-profile since then. The brand commands a pretty good chunk of space at Sephora, though, so it must be doing well. I'm not overly familiar with CARGO, which made it all the more appealing.
CARGO's SuedeBlush in Sunshine Coast is exactly what my face has been searching for - for the past two months most definitely, if not for my whole makeup-wearing life. The powder is a multi-colored mixture of vibrant pink, warm gold and neutral pink. When swirled together with a large brush and dusted over forehead, cheeks and nose, it creates a healthy glow. For an alternative look, I focused the blush on my the apples of my cheeks - which created a gorgeous pop of color. The application isn't glittery, but glowey. Overall, gorgeous. This is $24 that will last and last - just like my happy face.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I love this look from M.A.C. - it's called C-Thru. It's fantastic for so many reasons, such as:
- The smokey eye is not only sultry, but extremely wearable thanks to a neutral combination of muddy purple, rose and gray/brown shadows.
- Muted makeup is a huge trend this spring - this version is trendy without screaming "Look how trendy I am!"
You can use the same products to create a day and night look - I always appreciate makeup that pulls its weight in my bag.
Glossy lips. 'Nuff said.
If you'd like to create this look, product by product, click here. Otherwise, head to your local M.A.C. counter and have one of their makeup artists customize the look for your skin tone.
Photo courtesy of M.A.C.
If you don't want all of your bridesmaids to wear the exact same dress, you'll find a lot of really great options at retail stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Macy's. Now, before you start envisioning yards of beige pleated jersey and matching beaded jackets, take a look at this:
This JS Boutique Beaded Mesh beauty (available in Eggplant, shown, Chocolate and Black) comes in sizes 14-24. Any bridesmaid would be lucky to dance the reception away in this dress. And she might even wear it again!
Here's one more that I love love love - it's a Robbie Bee sleeveless dress in raspberry, with a subtle animal print belted waist. The straps are wide enough to carry a full bra, which is nice for Bombshells with larger busts.
Photos courtesy of David's Bridal and Neiman Marcus. Top wedding dress shown from Igigi.
Monday, February 4, 2008
The lipstick/lip balm hybrid is extremely comfortable to wear. It's jam-packed full of shea butter and other emollients, so it glides on like a balm. The pop of color is sheer but long lasting. I was able to make it through the first three hours of my day (which included a cup of coffee and a bottle of water) before feeling the need to reapply. And it's not so much that I needed to reapply as that I wanted to. There's something about Bobbi's Creamy Lip Color's slim metal capsule that begs to be touched.
My favorite shades are Nectar, which looks like a wash of peachy pink on my lips, and Nude Pink, which polishes and enhances my natural lip color.
If you want to create the sheer lip look without buying a slew of new products, try this technique with a tube of your lipstick: apply the color straight from the tube onto the center of your lower lip. Press lips together until your upper lip has taken on some of the color. Use your fingertip to smudge and swipe the color over the whole of your mouth. Stay within the lines of your mouth, but we're not going for the perfectly-applied look. Top with a very light layer of gloss.
Photo courtesy of Bobbi Brown.