Meg here and it's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not the holidays. I'm not crazy for those. Spa Week has arrived and jut in time! My bones are a creakin'. I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with Spa Week. Tons of beauty providers (spas, hair stylists, facialists and masseuse's) all put some great servieces on special. Really amazing (and normally pricey) treatments all get marked down to $50. How can you beat that?
To kick off the celebration, I headed to the OC. Huntington Beach to be exact, and met Amy Ven De Vanter at CloudMover Day Spa. Voted #1 Massage SPot on the OC Hotlist I was very tempted to go in for a rub down. However, I was in serious need of some facial work. I was one more blackhead away from freaking and becoming a face butcher. I know, I know, you need to leave the extractions to the pro's, I was a good girl and that's exactly what I did. Do you know how hard it is for me to walk away from a good pimple to pop? Hard. But I know I'm not the only one out there that suffers from this sick compulsive behavior!
My lifestyle (shocker) had been less than healthy this past month and I was needing a deep detox. Anna welcomed me, handed me a plush robe and sent me off to the sauna. It was step one in trying to clean out my poisonous body. Second step? Cut to lying on a massage table while Anna began applying a gel like, detoxifying seaweed potion to my body. Both sides. From the neck down. It was a little chilly at first but no worries. I was soon wrapped heas to toe in what can only be described as a human version of Reynolds Wrap. Yes, I was wraped like a mummy, like leftovers from your favorite restaurant. It was very relaxing and I began to "cook." I was fine in my heated cocoon state but I woud not suggest this treatment if you suffer from claustrophobia or you may have a bit of anxiety.
Anna had the body covered, it was time to start on the place that was starting to revolt! It was time to start fixing my face! For the next hour I was facially massaged, cremed, hydrated, buffed, scrubbed, extracted and moisturized. Sound good? It was. It was great.
By the end of my treatment, I was a new women. My face and body were refreshed and revitalized and all set for me for me to begin a fresh month of destructive behavior and not look any worse for the wear! Being bad was feeling beautiful.
You too want to be back in tip top shape? Do a little face spring cleaning? You can. Take advantage of Spa Week. Just sign up and put your zip code in and you'll be taken to the amazing deals page! Totally great, top notch services at great prices. I'm planning on booking more than a few of these babies!
So tell me, have you ever participated in Spa Week? What are your favorite services to get? What did you think?
Meg here! Yes, yes we know "stay out of the sun!" Got it! That doesn't mean I'm giving you a pass to show up to your evening cocktails poolside looking like an albino. I'm not. I'm giving you an easy peasy way to mimic a golden sun kissed tan without putting yourself at wrinkle risk.
Aero Minerale's Hydrating Mineral Bronzer in Malibu gives you an even, natural spray tan that is not only simple to apply but brings instant results. That's one of the genius attributes of this product. There's no messy creams that go on clear and leave you wondering about the results after they dry. We all know what a P.I.A. it is to do damage control the day after a bad self tan application. Painstakingly trying to fill in streaks is just not fun and it rarely turns out the way that you want it to.
I love that with "Malibu" I see instant results. There's no guess work. TIP-For Best Results Really Really Shake That Thang-(the can) but if you want to shake your thing as well by all means!) I was wearing Go With The Flow and I needed a little color. I threw on my little towel with straps (do you all have one of those? They look like this. I was easily able to spray my legs and arms and decolletage. I wanted to get my back though so a little Megsroomie action was needed. It took her 30 seconds. I was left with a great "tan" without any guesswork, dried in less than a minute and I was out the door with a healthy glow.
You can get several leg, arm, back, decolletage shots out of this perfect pink can and it's $14.99. Not bad. Downright fabulous when I factor in that my one spray tan used to cost me $35.00. I also like that I can shake and spray on my sponge if I want to add to precise areas, it makes it fool proof.
Yolanda Halston, is the creator of Classified Cosmetics ERA Spray foundations, primers and fabulous body and face highlighters. This is Hollywood's go-to brand that delivers an airbrush finish that stands up to the lights, camera and the fear inducing HD! Halston wanted to get her products into the masses so she entered the mass market with her Aero Minerale line which is in drugstores everywhere-for easy reference I'm linking CVS.COM. I am a huge fan of this line, I know I'm going to catch heat for this but I like this formula even better than their pricier counterpart. I can tell you that I'm not the only huge fan of this particular line. The makeup artist from Twilight ordered 1,000 bottles to use on the entire cast of the movie to get maximum coverage with zero streaking. Yolanda INVENTED AND HAS THE PATENT on spray makeup so you know she has the experience and wisdom on making sure you give yourself an even spray. I've been helping Classified Cosmetics get the word out on their Aero Minerale line so I have sent quite a few of you the fantastic bronzer in "Malibu" that I'm raving over! Let me know! What do you think? Have we saved you from premature wrinkles?
I am here to admit that when it comes to certain things, I am a snob: Goddess Granny couldn't care less about the label on my jeans anymore because I've actually found less expensive brands that make my butt look better and my huge tub of "Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Creme" makes my skin so nice that someone actually told me I "had a glow" recently and it's very inexpensive at any drugstore! I care about things like quality food, plush towels that you can cuddle into and most recently lingerie that makes me feel extraordinary regardless of what's on top! (Obsessed with anything Marleis Dekkers creates and swear to replace every item in my drawer with her pretties! )I'd rather wear a bit of bling a favorite gal-pal gifts to me than pricey jewelry without meaning and I'd rather enjoy a good movie at home with popcorn than to fight touchy-feely hands in an overdressed and overpriced crowded club for sure!
Little things seem to make me the most content lately and I have decided that what I wear on my nails "matters": I am not a small girl and built like a Barbie on steroids so my clothes tend to be simple and mostly neutral in color therefore I add my own touch with color on my nails and I never fail to receive compliments: nothing is "off limits" when it comes to toes and I'm not a fan of "nail art" (although I admire it on others!) and my fingertips are usually painted with a shade that makes me "seasonally" happy! I have three favorite brands and all are in my opinion, the "best of the bunch" because I have tried SO many and keep coming back to and paying a bit more for these: Deborah Lippmann, Rescue Beauty Lounge and Butter London. All three endlessly satisfy me with new and unique to the market shades and all three have NONE of the nasty chemicals like formaldehyde or toluene! The formulas are rich and some are even resin-based which add to the wearability and I love all three brands equally depending on which color I'm feeling at mani/pedi time!
Since 2005, UK based "Butter London" has translated current and very high fashion runway trends into shades of nail lacquer that are not only cutting edge but actually designed to compliment and become a part of a great outfit or look! Their "fashionable friends" like Betsey Johnson, Victoria Beckham,and Rachel Zoe among many others rely on Butter London to translate their designs into TRUE fashionable shades so that Butter London's clients actually do get to experience their sensational fashion-sense in a small but important way!
Their lacquer's are "3-free" of chemicals and their unique "waterless formulas" (now available as well!) were created for backstage high performance use where water isn't an option when it comes to quick spruce-up of a model's nails! Details "matter" people and I believe that even if you're in a white t-shirt,jeans,and flip-flops that if your nails are flawless and colored in a gorgeous shade, you've also nailed what being "well presented" is all about!
I am in love…no…I'm over the MOON about one of the newest Spring/Summer Butter London shades named (and I giggle every time I say it!) "Trout Pout!" If you don't get the cultural reference,that's okay: it's slang used to describe women who've OBVIOUSLY had WAY too much "filler" injected into their lips, usually the upper one as many derma-docs are afraid to line the lower as well and the result is…..a "trout pout!" Some of the names Butter London uses to describe their nail lacquers are so entertaining and even a bit cheeky at times and I love when a brand can laugh at itself,when you're this good you can! "Trout Pout" is a creamy, opaque, like NOTHING ELSE OUT THERE rather 60-70's retro shade of cantaloupe-pink that is SO pretty and feminine on it's breathtaking! It's got this old-school Playmate kind of vibe and I cannot tell you how many compliments I've had since I put it on last week,men love it and women want to know what it is! The ultimate girly- shade for Spring 2012 in my book and I'm not changing it any time soon!
The square bottle takes a bit of getting used to but the brush is dense and rich and the lacquer flows on effortlessly with great coverage! Experts "say" that one should always use two coats in order to get the true depth of a color but you'll notice the glam-factor after one with this shade! It's dressy without being formal and although I LOVE dark nail colors, "Trout Pout" is making me smile every time I see it and it's such fun to tell people the name when they ask…and they will!
Buy it here! I love the colorful fantasy-design of the Butter London site and be sure to browse the other shades as well! "No More Waity Katie" is another favorite of mine, again a VERY different shade of grey'd lilac with sparkle that's also perfect for the season!
I also think the collection can be found at some "Ulta's" as well: I JUST discovered that several of the incredible shades of nail lacquer can ALSO be had in a "LIPPY???"Be still my heart and I just ordered "Trout Pout" and "Snog" as fast as my fingers could hit the "Buy" button!
The "Lippys" are rumored to be more like a pigmented and quite incredible liquid-lipstick rather than a sheer gloss, free of all the bad-stuff, and from what I can determine, destined to be as famous as their nail-painting sister shades and I will report to you on them asap!
Find them here! Do you also get excited about new nail colors and don't you agree that the little details are what result in one helluva' fabulous look? What are you dying to wear on your nails for Spring 2012?
Stacy B here! This week it's all about getting clean. My son and husband had that terrible stomach bug that's been going around and it was a bad one. Short, but nasty. They were both fine after a day or so, but our house was a germ factory and I can't afford to get sick and dehydrated at 31 weeks pregnant! There was a lot of Lysol and antibacterial wipes in between loads of laundry. I kept washing my hands and had the overwhelming need to shower many times a day just to get rid of any germs that may have leapt from my hands to my face or body or something.
Luckily, it worked, and 4 days later I am still bug-free. But, with a lot of scrubbing and cleaning I needed a body wash that wouldn't dry out my skin. Dove to the rescue! You can't get much better than Dove right now. It's inexpensive, works well, easy to use and does what it says it's going to. Is it the best money can buy? Maybe not, it is after all, still a drugstore product but in some cases I'd chose the under $10 product that works over something insanely expensive that does the same thing. Ladies on a budget, Dove should be your best friend right now!
This review will be short and sweet because it's great, it works, I love it and it's cheap.
First, for about $8, this bottle is HUGE. It dwarfs everything in my shower right now, and there is no shortage of products in there! This is going to last me forever. And I can use it for bicep curls when the baby is born and I'm trying to get back in shape.
The product comes out really creamy and thick. It looked oily and I was worried about that, and also worried how much lather I'd get if it was more creamy than a regular liquid soap/body wash. I loaded up my pouf and was almost instantly overwhelmed with bubbles. I really used too much! Just a quarter sized amount is enough for your whole body (including my giant baby belly!). My skin washed away so clean and easily and there was nothing left. No oily residue, no dry patches, nothing. Just soft, smooth skin. I barely had to use lotion.
It smells soap-y and mild, more like a clean smell than a fragrance. There's no other flavor or scent to it, which I like. I have a great lotion that is a mixed berry scent that hubby loves so I was happy that I could use that after and not have any lingering soap smell to mask it. And, I needed less lotion, too, so thumbs up for saving me a little money on lotion, Dove.
Once again, a very easy review to right, a great product and a regular in my shower routine. Thanks Dove, you keep putting out good, quality products for those of us 'regular gals' that love coupons, deals and drugstores.
"A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future…" Coco Chanel and Goddess Granny who also believes that a woman simply must stand for AND smell like "something" at all times! There are a lot of things I will go without and/or sacrifice but even when I'm at my very worst, usually in the middle of a bout with the flu or totally ticked off but even then,a spritz of an amazing scent revives, restores, and re-creates the "me" who I need to believe is always at her best even when I'm not!
There is something about scent that creates amazing sensory imagery and that has SUCH powers to invoke and excite: I can't think of anyone who doesn't have a certain scent they associate with a person, place, times in their lives, or memory: it's what defines those we love most and that we avoid when heartache hits!
I adore perfume: My first “real” perfume was presented to me by my Mom on the occasion of my first “grown up dance” in a cellophane wrapped pink and gold cameo- embossed box that held a small spray vial of the heady floral, “White Shoulders”by Evyan which was and remains HER favorite scent! Money was tight but I knew she intended this unexpected gift to signal the arrival of things to come and hoped that they might all be “sweet.” I don’t remember if I actually loved the scent myself but I do remember my first spritz and how it made me feel.This scent remains very associative for me and I still sniff shabby bottles of it which can be found on discount store shelves, cast aside for newer, more modern scents by the next generation...
I could not remain faithful to a scent for most of my “formative years” and preferred to dab and dose with whatever seemed appropriate for the day or event! I went though most of the “classics” in record time and when I worked in fine department stores, I was allowed to sample whatever was taking the fragrance world by storm at the time! Estee Lauder’s “Youth Dew” (1953 as a bath oil/fragrance) remains one of my most memorable scents ever because it literally lasted for hours on me AND on my dates, my first "naughty girl" non-squeeky clean scent…
In 1992, while visiting Hong Kong, I stumbled upon the fragrance launch in progress near my hotel that would define me for years to come: “Angel” by Thierry Mugler. It literally smelled like heaven on me with notes of chocolate, vanilla and fruits and I wore this scent, which at the time had not yet even launched in the US for almost 15 years at a rather staggering price-point for the time. It was MINE and all who knew me knew my scent, men swooned, women begged for the name! Then as with most things that begin as original and amazing, it became mainstream and a bit diluted by overexposure so day that I caught a whiff as one of the few women in the world I truly dislike walked by, I knew my crystal blue-star bottle needed to be buried deep, never to be worn by me again I do still admire it on others however for their impeccable taste alone!
I mourned the loss of this reliable friend and today, I continue my scent journey with perhaps less abandon but with a renewed sense of wonder! There are SO many incredible scents to choose from but my taste still drifts towards the also-rans, the divas in fancy bottles, and the ones that few either dare to wear or cannot readily find...I scour, I read reviews, I beg far-traveling friends to “bring me back a bottle” of this or that but recently and for now, I have again settled on a scent that once worn, knocked me to my knees, the incredible “Tubereuse Criminelle” by Serge Lutens. Until VERY recently, this deadly female, show stopping creation of one of the most sensational perfumer’s in the world was ONLY available in Paris! It was not to be exported to us mere mortals outside of the hallowed Palais Royal until one of my very favorite vendors, “Luckyscent” brought it to the US. It immediately sold out while I was fumbling to get my credit card out of my wallet! I snagged it on the first re-stock and everything whispered about and even hated by some was true: this is a floral like NO other and I have been complimented, cursed, or accused of seduction every day I’ve worn it since it arrived at my gate!
Defined as a “slap then a kiss” it pretty much suits how I feel most days! While I have no intention of ceasing my hunt for my next “it” perfume, this bold rare and intoxicating floral- beauty with a intriguing start, slow burn middle, and an almost illegal sensual bite while it lasts belongs to ME for now at least!
Buy it while you can here and if you've never visited the INCREDIBLE site that is "Luckyscent", plan to be there for quite a while!
I adore “Luckyscent” and you will too if you crave those unusual, unique, precious, or perhaps even controversial scents: I intend to try the entire “Etat Libre d’Orange” collection for the rather shocking (in a good way) descriptions alone! Explore scent and whatever you do, insure your “future” by never being without perfume!
What scent is your "signature" or like me, are you faithful to few while always looking to love another?
Meg here and I'm bringing you love and beauty and it's Valentine's Day soon! Here's the thing, the media (wait, that's me but not really) I'm "media light." Valentine's Day is the day where romance=money. Big money, I'm sorry if you're single. So is the market. 15.7 BILLION was spent on Valentine's Day last year. The average man spent $116.21 to woo his honey in 2011. It's a money making machine this crazy little thing we call love.
The weirdest part? The gift most woman want is just an "I love you" and not counting emotions into dollars but, the last time I checked that was free. That's all 87% of woman wanted to hear on the great V-day, but yeah, he's a little screwed if he doesn't follow it up with roses so I don't mean "screwed' in the positive way.
I've always bought my own flowers, I'm more into peonies then roses anyhow. I am a stickler for jewelry though. I mean, flowers die after a week.
I had the weirdest conversation with my Gram. I know she reads the site but she's so old school it hurts my brain to try to wrap around what she says. I'm sure she thinks the same. "Oh Meg, I visited Dad and told him you're not with the same boy anymore. I think he got rid of you for asking for that expensive bag." What? It was like Charlie Brown's teacher's "blah, blah, wha, wha." I guess back in her day you didn't say things you wanted. Maybe it's a depression era thing. Maybe "The Greatest Generation" was super great because they just smiled and nodded. I'm not that Great. Never claimed to be.
If you're looking for a material item to make you feel better I can tell you the truth, it will. It will for maybe an hour. A glorious, heart-dizzying hour. But it will fade. It will fade unless the person that gave it to you wants to give you a glorious item because he thinks you're that special and that amazing and he has the means to give it to you. Then it doesn't fade, then you feel special every time you wear it, spray it or clasp it around your neck. And yes, sorry Gram, sorry "Greatest Generation" but you, "This Generation" are that great. You bring a lot to the table, you deserve to feel special because you are. The minute someone whisper's in your ear "blah, blah waah, waah." Tune out. You deserve all that and an "I love you" on top. If a fabulous bag is thrown into the mix then HOORAY!
My last relationship didn't work out the way I wanted. It had nothing to do with the bag I desired. There were a lot of factor's that culminated to its demise. However, I am happy to say, I really love him and we talk everyday (as I tend to keep a positive relationship with all of my serious ex's. Why not? There was something about them that you loved at one point.)
I've always been outgoing. I can talk to anyone. I am a total people person. Life laughs at you, takes these qualities into consideration and says "You'll work alone in a room in your back bedroom." Because Life is a mean bitch sometimes. So, believe it or not, I don't meet a lot of people in my back bedroom.
I have never tried online dating. I thought it was for people that couldn't talk to people in real life. But what about me? I can talk to anyone and just don't ever have the chance to. I can talk at events and if I were a gay man I would clean up that scene and be a dating machine!...But I'm not.
So I took (after several friends suggestion) the plunge. I signed up for an OK Cupid dating profile. What could it hurt?
It hasn't hurt, however it has made me consider a nunnery. I was still trying to figure out my profile and had 50 dates emailing me. They were not people I would date. They were nuts. However, I've been on for a day now and sifted through 200+ emails and I've found 3. I've found three guys I would be willing to go out with. Three I would have never found if I didn't try. So there's that. I don't know if I'll find a future there but I may find a few witty dinner companions.Editor's side note (that's me) Meg is off OK Cupid. The freak factor was a bit too high. Back to square one.
There's a fabulous new collaboration between MOR COSMETICS (We love them, their stuff is gorgeous) and a new movie out starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum called "The Vow" hitting theaters Feb. 10th. In collaboration with the film, MOR has created The Vow Limited Edition Gift Set. Housed in a heart-shaped tin, each limited edition set features a Little Luxuries Hand Cream and Soapette in our beloved Lychee Flower. The Vow Limited Edition Gift Set will be available exclusively on morcosmetics.com and from MOR's partners at bloom.com. It will retail for $17.00.
In conjunction with The Vow Limited Edition Gift set, MOR is currently holding a “Celebration of Love” Facebook Sweepstakes from Jan 30th – Feb 5th with the winner announced on the 6th. U.S. fans, over the age of 18, can enter for a chance to win a private hometown screening of The Vow for 100 friends and a $500 shopping spree on morcosmetics.com. Here’s a link!
I don't know how someone really defines "love." But I feel it every single day. I don't need it to be material but it's definitely nice when a little "sum sumthing" is added. I LOVE cuddling up to my dog. I love when a girlfriend is there to wipe away any tears. I love knowing that even though a romantic relationship dies a friendship doesn't.
I guess, not to be corny, but to be corny, I love that I love myself. I love that, even though I'm a bit weird or as my Gram likes to say "March to the beat of my own drum" I own it. I love that. Because it doesn't matter how rich, it doesn't matter how handsome/hot/kind/successful someone else is in your life, if you don't love yourself, you wont be happy. You'll just resent it and them and you.
So here is what I want. I want three (3 things Genie!) 1. I want to know what you would spend $116.21 on yourself for. 2. I want to know how you feel love without outside validation, what makes your heart sing! 3. I want to know how you meet people!
Can you do that? Go enter MOR'S Facebook and like them and you're up for a free Limited Edition THE VOW SET! Here we'll have 3 winners for the best replies! We bring you all that and MOR!
Stacy B here! I think I'm in the minority, even for my section of the country, but I want some SNOW! We're on track for one of the least snowiest winters in history here in the Boston area and I just don't like it. Last year we had record snowfalls and 4 or 5 major storms/blizzards and while I'm not looking for that much, a few inches on the ground would be very welcome. Yesterday was February 1st and some towns near me saw 60 degrees! That's just not right for my New England bones!
Especially since this year, my son is old enough and big enough to really get out and enjoy the snow and the new sled he got for Christmas. We had one snow fall that was about 4 inches and he played outside for hours, and LOVED it! Last year with 30 + inches on the ground we couldn't do much since I would have lost the poor kid, but this year there's nothing! A good 6-8 incher would be great. It is winter after all....
I guess I'll just have to fake it. I'll make myself hot chocolate, crack a window to get a chill in the air and watch footage from Canadian ski resorts or something. I guess I can't complain too much since without all the snow, cold and dry weather my skin is behaving nicely. The pregnancy has mixed things up a bit, I have some funny dry spots here and there, and some bumps that need exfoliating pretty frequently but I'm not dry and cracking like I could be. To get smooth skin (and that hot chocolate aroma that I'm craving) I'm been using Giovanni's Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub.
Yes, it smells as delicious as it sounds.
I feel like I'm actually using cocoa on my skin, which is probably pretty close to true, since Givoanni is almost purely organic. This aroma fills the shower and smells so good I want to eat it. I have an exfoliating glove that I use and I scoop about a tablespoon or so per appendage. I concentrate heavily on knees and elbow and those few odd dry patches on my outer thighs. I also attack the backs of my arms that can get bumpy in the cold. This is rough, but not too rough and sometimes I like to feel some good scraping, makes me feel like it's working. And it is!
After using this a few times a week for about a month, those dry patches are gone, the backs of my arms are smooth and my skin feels really soft. It has some moisturizing elements to it and after a really good scrub in a warm shower I barely need lotion.
It says it's warming, too, but I can't tell because I'm already in a hot shower. And sorry ladies, I'm not jumping into a cold shower to test that claim. I'll take their word for it. I really love this stuff and would recommend it to anyone. The best part is it has a little buddy, the Cool Mint Lemonade salt scrub which you better believe will be getting it's shot come spring. I have that one too and it's like a margarita in a tub. Yum. They are big tubs, too. I've been using this for months and I'm barely halfway there. Most sites sell it for about $12-15. Definitely worth it.
It's no snowy day, hot chocolate by the fire, but it fills my bathroom with the smell of chocolate which is never bad! What body scrub gets you going?
I love black anything: it's easy to buy, works for travel, and goes from day to night effortlessly! Goddess Granny's wardrobe currently looks like a sea of black and although it's a struggle,I am really trying to break away from so much darkness this year! I am not a "small girl" and feel that bright colors proclaim things about me better left hidden but there needs to be a bit more color in my life! Working on it...baby steps and starting with accessories and as the "look" this Spring 2012 is ALL about the glam inspired by the era of the Roaring 20's, I'm going to actually enjoy adding a few things that aren't quite so dark and heavy so I too can feel like a dolled up flapper-girl!
It really all has "been done before" in one incarnation or another: I read constantly and have file after file saved to my "reading list" if I even suspect that a designer or brand as hit on something fresh: I've sure been around long enough to know what's what by now so "new" really has to be just that to grab me anymore! What I am seeing that I LOVE is "pops if color used in unusual ways..." Yes, the classic red lip/ winged eyeliner rules for Spring and of course, I'm not sure a nude lip/smudgy shadow will EVER be "wrong" again but I am noticing some new uses of products like a shot of turquoise at the outer corner of the eye and a dab of fuchsia in the center of the lips on an otherwise neutral face.I like this because it's unexpected and really does give one cause to pause and notice the beauty of the wearer! It also says that someone IS on top of what's current and that's cool too...beauty re-defined for a new year. Color used as an accessory if you will...
Dior: just the name reeks of class, exquisite chiffon couture gowns,flawlessly- fragile females representing the brand (Natalie Portman currently...) divine scents, and a history of getting it right in everything this design-house creates! Their 5-color eyeshadow's are on everyone's "best" list and who among us hasn't tried "Diorshow" mascara and proclaimed it's THE best even at an elevated price? Their stuff is just that good! I LOVE The new very recently released collection of cosmetics for Spring 2012 named "Garden Party": these are not the delicate dewdrop shades that you have to pack on for any real effect but newly formulated colors for eyes and lips that scream with brilliance even for all their lightness! I have these new pastel but vibrant eyeshadow's on their way to me and think that with this collection, Dior has set a new bar for their use of color and feel it will be a sellout all the way around.
Dior Nail Lacquer is not one of the "brands" that people generally are willing to get on a "wait list" for but I think that's changed with the two new shades for Spring! One is an unusual rosy-lilac named "Forget Me Not" and the other is "Waterlily" shown above and it has everyone talking and ordering! It isn't a "dupe" for anything else around because of the shade and finish: it's a shimmered,pearlized Spring-grassy shade of elegant green that is also....rose scented! Dior's applicator brushes are a manicurist's dream as they are wide and perfectly tapered,aka foolproof! This lacquer glides on and actually covers in one coat but two are always best for proper opacity:it's not a "shiny finish" and you'll need a topcoat if you like that look but more of a satin...think Duchesse satin,the fabric of high-end wedding gowns that flatters because it creates an unmistakable gleam of light that flatters perfectly! The product is rose-scented as well after it dries and it's said that the scent lasts "up to four days..." It's not a plasticky-rose scent or anything cloying or heavy, just a gentle breeze of rose that says,"Yes,I'm sexy and I know it!" when you wave your hands around...beautiful butterfly that you are!
I think the reason I ordered this immediately is because it IS "different" especially if you wear it with a classic makeup look which for me is one of the noted above applications and it seems to look "best" paired with a simple outfit and minimal accessories but boy does it get attention and compliments! Pedicure-proper for the less daring but this is truly a headliner for Spring 2012 and destined to be desired by many! So while I'm still deciding exactly how to get a more colorful wardrobe, I'm to ally going with "Waterlily" to keep things fresh while I evolve! I think a daring 1920's female would approve!
The insanely elegant Dior website is just a dream to browse and you can see how the colors in this exciting collection work together as well as buying your own own rose-scented "Waterlily" while you still can!
I use, love, and buy all brands but sometimes, "couture" is the only way to go: these designers tend to set the trends that others are quick to follow but the shades are never quite as fabulous! Do you also indulge in a bit of "the best" when it comes to an incredible color or product?
Stacy B here! I'm itching for some snow. Really. I love it, it make the cold worth it. It's so pretty and peaceful and fun to play in and we haven't had any this year! This is New England! Last year at this time, we had already had a blizzard and the snow drifts were almost as tall as I am! I want some snow days! My poor son is finally old enough to really play in the snow and enjoy the sled he got for Christmas and each morning we have to look out the window and see dead grass.
Instead of fluffy white snow, rosy cheeks and Sunday afternoons by the fire with some hot chocolate, we've had fairly mild temperatures, a couple of almost 60 degree days, little rain and very dry air. My hair is starting to get static-y even though it's very hydrated and my skin has some dry spots too. I've used some lotions that have kept my hands from looking like I got attacked by million sheets of paper but my nails have been short and brittle and easily breakable.
First...I have never met a Sally Hansen product I didn't like. Their nail colors could use some work, but whoever Sally is, the woman knows nails. This one is no exception. Second....Anything with green tea in it is great. Green tea is so good for you in so may ways and I love products with green tea in it. They always work for me.
Basically, I loved this before I even tried it. Good thing it lived up to the promise. You use this every other day and the olive leaf, green tea and bamboo antioxidants strengthen your nails, making them less likely to bend and break. They are well hydrated, not brittle and the treatment itself acts like a sheild over your nails. You can use this as a base coat too and your polish stays on longer. I used it with another Sally Hansen favorite, Hard as Nail Xtreme Wear (http://www.sallyhansen.com/products/nails/nail-color/hard-nails-xtreme-wear) and my nails stayed chip free and strong for almost a week! And, when I took off the polish, they were strong, long and so healthy looking. I swear, they grew a quarter of an inch. OK maybe not that long, but there was a noticible growth. I knew when I started to see them growing out a little at the base of my nail before I even saw a chip I was in business.
The polish goes on very easily and dries fast. It's a very light white-ish shade going on but dries clear. After a few rounds I did find the polish started to get heavy and flake off so I found that it works best for me if I put on a coat, wait a day, put on another, wait a day, then remove the polish and start over. It mostly soaks in so removing it is barely a swipe with a cotton ball, takes 30 seconds.
My nails are strong, even and I keep staring at them. I haven't broken one all week and I bang away on a computer keyboard all day. This stuff is great. If you think you can't grow strong, healthy nails in the winter, try this. It's under $8 and you will love it!
Anyone tried and LOVE Sally Hansen nail products? Which one is a favorite?
Meg here! I love meeting the creators of fabulous lines. Meeting Rosie from Rosie Jane Cosmetics was no exception. Usually, before I meet someone for the first time I use "the google" to see what they look like. Rosie and I were meeting for a morning coffee and I was in a mad dash to be on time. I called Rosie's publicist to ask what she looked like. Her lovely publicist said "She's your age, she has red hair. I'll email you a link with her pic." As luck would have it, it must have been "redhead day" at Urth Cafe. I swear, every woman in there was a shade of ginger, my phone was starting to die and I was table hopping "Rosie?!"
Soon after, I spotted an adorable redhead carrying a "Leila Lou" bag. Something told me I had found my lady! I know, I'm a regular Columbo.
The only other Rosie Jane product I was familiar with was her amazing cheek tints, we reviewed them here quite a while back. That was her lines staple, Rosie has a background as a top Hollywood makeup artist, and that little cheek tint was being scooped up left and right. "I didn't want to make any other products I wasn't passionate about, it took a little bit but I got together with my girlfriend who is a fragrance expert and we got to work." Rosie continued "We came up with the Leila Lou fragrance and I just started wearing it personally. I was always being asked what scent I had on. From my makeup clients to waiter's at restaurants, everyone wanted to know where they could get what I had on."
Rosie knew she (literally) had a winner on her hands. "The first fragrance launch from Rosie Jane Cosmetics, this perfume oil is dripping with innocence and freshness. Truly irresistible, Leila Lou is made with 100% essential oils.
With top notes of nectarine & fresh cut grass, heart notes of pear blossom & jasmine and base notes of vanilla and cotton musk this scent will embrace and seduce you as an original and refreshing signature scent."
I completely enjoyed my time with Rosie, she's interesting, has fabulous style and a wonderful laugh. I knew that even if her creation was only a hint of her personality, I was going to love it. I couldn't wait to try it!
Here's the issue, my darn sinuses have been a hot mess lately and my sense of smell is GONE. Yup, so this experiment actually worked out better then I thought. It's great when other people tell you how amazing you smell. I got 3 compliments when I was wearing the roll-on oil matched with the body lotion. I love that the roll-on oil is small and compact and when I go visit my boyfriend in NYC I don't have to travel with a full, glass perfume bottle.
I had a dinner party, I'm having another one tonight. All I have been doing lately are dinner parties, anyhow, the Leila Lou candle is lit and set in the powder room because it has a great, clean fresh (a little soap kick, I've been told) scent to it. Both my roommates and my guests have commented how good the loo smells! It is the perfect, clean fresh scent.
If you're looking for a great fragrance, I'd encourage you to check out Leila Lou.
Don't trust me, I have no sniffer. Trust the people raving about how great I smell!