Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Then, inspiration struck. Who says I have to wear women's shorts? I popped into Eddie Bauer and started perusing the men's racks. I immediately saw exactly what I wanted, and then freaked out the sales person by trying them on ("Uhm, you know those are men's shorts right? The women's section is over ...okaaay."). Perfection! Check them out here (I promise my legs are not as hairy as the short's model).
So, it's not exactly the outfit I had in mind, but it's pretty cool. And I feel all edgy and cool in it, which counts for something.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
This short sleeved henley over a cotton shell is so much cuter than the average basic tee you'll find over in the Women's World. The kangaroo pocket on the stomach is sporty without calling a ton of attention to the tummy. It comes in a few different colors and would look great under with jeans and a blazer for casual day at work. Or wear it over rugged khakis for an ultra-casual outfit.
This is a casual, easy piece to throw on and go but elevates an otherwise casual look. I'd pair it with crisp white pants or bermuda shorts for a backyard get-together, or with cropped jeans and flip flops for hanging out after work.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
- The plates literally floated over my hair - no snagging or catching on the plates or other mechanisms. I barely applied any pressure to the iron, yet it glided over each strand.
- I use a hair primer and straightening spray before ironing my hair; the Hana Elite didn't gunk up even after repeated exposure to my products.
- For the sake of testing, I straightened my hair a few times without applying my hair primer and spray so I could see if there would be any difference in the end result. Surprisingly, the Hana Elite straightened my hair just as well without any additional product. Color me shocked.
- After using this iron, my hair stays smooth and shinier longer.
This flat iron could work on any hair type because the heat setting adjusts from 140 degrees (for fine or thinner hair) to 450 degrees (for extremely coarse hair). It heats up quickly and can be used on damp to dry hair. I'll admit that I haven't screwed up my courage enough to give that a try. I did like the 1" plate size because I felt like I had more control over the iron - I have bangs and was able to get closer to the root of my hair with this smaller plate. So, that's something to think about when selecting your next iron.
The one problem I have with the Hana Elite Iron is that it doesn't cool down as quickly as other irons I've used. It's a small issue and is kind of resolved by the fact that this iron comes with a heat-proof mat and a heat proof storage pouch. But overall, I really like this flat iron. As I've gotten to know the folks (and the products) over at Misikko, I've come to really trust their recommendations. Head over to their site to find the right flat iron, curling iron, blow dryer that fits your hair type and your paycheck.
Photo credit: Misikko.com
- Having to cease the use of all deodorant products 48 hours prior to the first application of Lavilin. I'm pretty sure my husband was not a fan of that either.
- The ultra dry sensation under my arms. I felt like I was going to become sticky at any moment.
- Becoming smelly after just 12 hours. Yep, downright smelly.
I did like:
- The creamy consistency of the product- it was very thick, like a lotion/paste hybrid. It comes in a small tub that you dip your fingers into and then slather the cream onto your pits.
- Cutting one step out of my daily routine - ok, I like the idea of this since Lavilin didn't live up to it's 7-day promise for me.
If this product sounds interesting to you, I say go for it. You never know how well something like this might work for you until you try it. I appreciate the efforts of any brand to do something innovative, even if that innovation doesn't pan out for me.
This test with Lavilin reinforced my belief that all natural products mean that you will be smelly. I know that's unfair, especially because this is the first natural deodorant that I've ever used. Does anyone have any experience with other brands? Yea or Nay?
In fact, I'm incredibly drawn to this look despite the fact that crisp white shirts usually make me yawn, cheetah prints typically make me shriek (in horror, just to be clear) and ankle-strap heels often make women look stumpy. But for some reason, this works. I know a lot of Bombshells who refuse to tuck in shirts, but I think we could all take a cue from this look. The way the skirt is belted (with a one that matches the skirt's pattern - genius!), creates the illusion of a dress. It's also tucked/belted well above any stomach-issue areas.
The cheetah print skirt is on sale at Macys for less than $30.
Photo credit: Macys.com
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
To celebrate National Pollinators Week, Burt's Bees and I are partnering up to give away 5 free Radiance Kits to Bombshell Beauty readers. The kit is packed full of travel sized products from Burt's Radiance line. It includes: Mini exfoliating bar, Exfoliating body wash, Mini body lotion, Day creme, Night creme, Eye creme, Full size lip shimmer.
A key ingredient in each of these products is royal jelly, which is super-nourishing. Royal jelly is made from nectar, pollen, flower parts, bee hormones and other natural ingredients.If you'll recall from high school biology, bees play an integral role in the pollination process. Pollination is required by nearly 80% of our world's crop plants. That's right - pollinators help put food (and flowers!) on our tables. Without them, humans and ecosystems cannot survive. But thanks to issues like land development and pollution, pollinators are rapidly disappearing. This is a big problem - one that needs our attention and our help. To learn how you can get involved, click on the Pollinator Partnership homepage.
Enter to win the Bee-utiful Giveaway by leaving a comment here between now and 11:59 p.m. on June 28th. Not just any comment, though- share one of your favorite beauty tips and work in the word "bee" somehow. Be brilliant, be cheesy, it doesn't matter. I'll randomly choose 5 winners from those who enter. Go bees!Photo credit: BurtsBees.com
Bee facts obtained from Pollinator.org
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
She's created a selection of 10 foundational products (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, and prepping lotion), including those specifically for Normal to Thin, Normal to Thick, and Wavy. There are also 4 styling products that can be used by all three hair types. I've been using the Style Primer for Normal to Thin Hair, Star Shine, and Shagg Spray. There are a few standout features on this line that really impress me:
- It's virtually impossible to apply too much of Star Shine or Shagg Spray. I was leary of both products, afraid they would weigh down my hair or make it greasy at the roots. Didn't happen, even though I tried.
- All three products have a really pleasant lemongrass scent.
- I never knew I needed a style primer until I used this one. Two pumps of the fluffy lotion/mousse hybrid to my wet chin-length hair is plenty. It takes away the slippery feel of freshly washed and dryed hair; helps hold a style, a ponytail or an updo.
- I don't have a shaggy hair cut, but the Shagg Spray makes my hair feel soft and look perfectly "undone"- a nice relaxed, summer look.
- The line is sold at Wal-greens, and each product is less than $13.
The Sally Hershberger web site is fantastic, too. It includes several How-To videos to show you how to make the most of each styling product. I highly recommend the Sally Hershberger line, and would put it up against any product sold in a salon.
- Your third trimester, when the only shoes that fit are flip flops and you're starting to feel like you've been pregnant for 8 years instead of months, is when you need to treat yourself to a few new pieces of clothing. You deserve it.
- Call a few consignment stores in your neighborhood and see if they have any maternity clothes in your size. I like Clothes Mentor . It's a growing chain of consignment stores that carry misses, petites, plus and maternity. The stores are clean, well-stocked, and full of great deals.
- If the thought of splurging on some new clothes that you might never wear again once baby is born gives you hives, think about the flip side of consignment shopping- selling your maternity clothes to a consignment store will help recoup some of the initial cost.
If you have a friend who is pregnant, think about throwing her a late-pregnancy shower in which you gift her with a few articles of maternity clothing. Baby isn't the only one who deserves new treats!Dress it up, dress it down - whichever way you go, you'll stay cool and look great in this sleeveless colorblock dress. You don't have to forgo style for pregnancy. Have it all in these twill wide-leg trousers. They come in three colors, all of which would be perfect for the office or running errands on the weekend. Bermuda shorts.
Eyelet prints are having a fashion moment right now. And in luscious grape? What could be cuter?
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Everything about this look is so right - the print that is completely proportional to a curvy body; the drapey sash that draws the eye downward and elongates the overall look; the wedge sandals.
Oftentimes, silk tops make me shudder. But this one is well-cut and has some really special details. Check out those knife-pleated cuffs on the sleeves. Gorgeous. And how saucey is that curvy model, with her Cleopatra bangs? I saw a girl at work this week wearing Mary Janes with cropped pants. It looked so fresh. This pair, featuring a 1940's-esque flower detail at the strap, is especially fantastic. Available up to size 12. A gray purse will go with absolutely everything in your closet- depending on what you wear with this bag, it can morph from serious to playful. Up the playful-factor by tying a brightly colored scarf onto the handle.
The upside here is that Bombshells have options nowadays. We don't have to be spoon-fed the stuff featured below and be made to feel grateful that we're being given anything at all. We can laugh at the bad stuff and then bee-line for the good stuff. All right, let the cattiness begin. Even the model isn't quite buying these metallic linen pants, as she self-conciously twirls a strand of hair. Never in a million years would I have thought to combine metallic with linen. For good reason. This look can be purchased at Bloomingdales who, I might note, carries a woefully abbreviated selection of Bombshell looks - none of which are all that great. Silly Bloomingdales.
What is up, Calvin Klein? Seriously. My grandma has a track suit that looks a lot like the print on this dress. And calling this a maxi dress? I don't think so.
Photo credits: Bloomingdales.com; Nordstrom.com
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
- Sally Hershberger, shagalicious hair stylist to the stars, has a line of fantastic hair products. Best part? They're reasonably priced.
- Looking for an all-natural deoderant? I'll tell you all about one I've been testing called Lavillin.
- Total Beauty hooked me up with a few products from L'Oreal - Sublime Bronze self tanning spray, Skin Genesis Serum and SPF Lotion. I'll give you the low-down on whether to buy or pass.
- What Not to Wear's resident makeup artist, Carmindy, has partnered with Sally Hansen on a line of natural makeup. It's getting a lot of buzz on other blogs - I'll let you know which products are worth the trip to CVS.
- Plus, I'll share with you my 5 fool-proof products for getting out the door fast this summer.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Photo credits: LaneBryant.com; Torrid.com; LizClaiborne.com