The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Other than the giant crystal ball that rings in the New Year in the middle of Times Square, one thing that is always synonymous with the holiday is a glass of champagne. So, what better way to ring in the New Year than with products infused with the bubbly drink? Best of all, these products keep the celebration going all year-long.
FusionBeauty LipFusion Champagne and Caviar Set, $32.00
Caviar Glitterati Sparkling Champagne Spray, $20.00
Victoria’s Secret Strawberries & Champagne Daily Body Wash, $10.00
Bliss Raspberry Champagne Body Butter, $29.00
Sparkling Pink Champagne Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap, $5.50
In just a few short days, the clock will strike midnight on January 1st, 2013. What will you be wearing when it does? I’ve pulled together some of the hottest dresses I could find on the web, that will make you stand out in a crowd of glitter and overdone hair.
Add a little color: If you want to stand out in a crowd, sometimes the only thing you need to do is wear a unique color.
Accentuate your figure: Body-hugging bandage dresses show off your silhouette.
Jazz it up: If you must wear sequins, opt for a style that doesn’t make you compete with the New Year’s crystal ball. Subtle hints of shimmer in unexpected areas of your dress will make heads turn.
Have fun: You don’t always need to bring out the bling at a New Years Eve party. Dresses with fun patters and embellishments show off your personality.
During the winter months, it’s important to exfoliate to get rid of dry, flakey skin. Every year, I make it a point to try a new all-over body exfoliator in search of the perfect one. This year, I decided to purchase Soap Glory’s Pulp-Friction™ Foamy Fruity Body Scrub, $20. I chose this one after testing a variety of different scrubs on the back of my hand at a beauty store, and this one felt the best. It has a very grainy texture thanks to the fine granules of pumice contained in the scrub. Other ingredients include fig powder, peppermint oil, lemonade tree liquid, orange waterjuice™ and vitaminballs™ (A,C,E).
My skin feels squeaky clean after using the scrub and is always baby soft. The only problem is that I find this scrub to be a little painful. The back of the tube does say it’s a little “rough around the edges.” The little pieces of pumice do not dissipate; they stay put and do their job of sloughing off dead skin. However, if you have sensitive skin, this is not the product for you. I find that the best way to have a comfortable experience is to use a small amount per section, as opposed to a handful as the directions suggest.
The smell isn’t incredibly fruity. The product description says it’s scented with Soap & Glory’s exotic citrus Fruitigo™ fragrance, which features notes of frozen yuzu, orange oil, and jungle pomelo. I find the Fruitigo™ fragrance to be light. It doesn’t linger and is unnoticeable, which isn’t a bad thing because men can feel comfortable using this without the worry of smelling “fruity.”
As a fashion blogger, I like to surf around the web and visit different sites to see whats out there, and let me tell you, what’s out there is a lot. During my hunting trips through the forest of fashion content available online, nothing has perplexed and intrigued me more than odd shoes. Remember this piece I did called “Artistic Footwear” when the blog first started? I realized that I haven’t focused on shoes in a while so behold, dear reader, my end of year round-up of the most breathtaking, jaw dropping, and craziest shoes I could find around the web.
Iris Schieferstein’s stuffed dove shoes
German artist Iris Schieferstein has managed to horrify and mesmerize audiences with these sandals made out of real doves. The artist has used animals as raw materials in her art work for years, and gives a whole new meaning to taxidermy.
Aphrodite Project GPS Alert Platform Shoes
The slogan of these platforms is “Helping sex workers protect themselves.” The shoes have an alarm clock that will ring to ward off potential attackers, built-in GPS, and an area to store away keys, money, and other items.
Finn Stone’s LEG-GO Stilettos
Designed for last year’s Affordable Art Fair in London, these completely wearable pumps will run you about $2,600 in debt. Currently the stilettos aren’t available for commercial purposes, but rumor has it that if you contact the artist directly, he is willing to create a custom one for you.
14DS Clowny Boots
Over the summer I had the opportunity to preview Land’s End Holiday 2012 collection. On a hot summer day, the company transformed a building space into a wintery wonderland filled with snowmen, outwear, and holiday décor for the home. Take a look below at some of the offerings for their 2012 Holiday Collection and click here to start shopping.
A few months ago, when I was nominated as a finalist for the Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger of the Year Awards, I received a fabulous goody bag filled with amazing products from Revlon. I absolutely fell in love with Revlon’s ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Inspired. The pigments are bright, playful, fun and long-lasting. I was preparing to go away on vacation, and the colors in the quad inspired me to create the below eye makeup look. Keep scrolling to learn the steps to follow, so you can get whisked away to the tropical islands with this easy-to-do multi-colored eye makeup look.
*Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad, Inspired
*Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener
*Revlon Grow Luscious Lash Liner – 001 Onyx
*Angled liner brush
Step 1: Apply the eye primer all over the eye area
Step 2: Line your upper lids and waterline (optional) carefully with the lash liner
Step 3: Using the wand that comes with the quad or another eye shadow brush, apply the champagne color all over your lids all the way up to the brow bone
Step 4: Using your eyeshadow brush pick up a good amount of the green pigment onto he brush and apply on the inner edge of the eye, stopping before the color reaches the center
Step 5: Apply the teal pigment, where the green ends and extend the color to the center of your lids
Step 6: Apply the purple pigment where the teal ends and extend to the outer edge of the upper lid
Step 7: Using an angled brush liner, repeat the same color pattern on the bottom lid right under your eyelashes
Step 8: Pick up some more of the champagne color and dab it onto the inner corner of each eye in a V shape
Step 9: Apply mascara
When you’re done, your eyes should look like this:
I also have a video tutorial on this look, I can post upon request. xoxo
Every winter, I look forward to the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show. I eagerly await the dazzling display of gorgeous models donning the most amazing lingerie costumes and the big on-stage reveal of the Million-Dollar Fantasy bra. But, other than the oversized wings and sexy undergarments, I mainly watch to look at the fabulous makeup of the models who walk the runway in the hopes of becoming inspired to re-create the looks. This year, makeup artist To Pecheux used products from the VS beauty collection to give the Angels sultry eyes, flawless skin, and sexy lips. Below is a list of products used:
• VS PRO Camouflage FX Universal Concealer Palette
• VS Makeup Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
• VS PRO Flawless FX Translucent Finishing Powder
• VS Makeup Illuminating Face Powder in Next to Nude
• VS Makeup Luminous Mineral Blush Duo in Pleasure
• VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact
• VS Beauty Rush Ultimate Look Shadow Trio
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• VS Beauty Rush Precision Line Eye Pencil in Pitch Black & Foxy
• VS Makeup Extra-lengthening Mascara
• VS Makeup Illuminating Face Powder in Next to Nude
• VS Beauty Rush Glossy Tint Lip Sheen in Better than Bare
Don’t forget to watch the Angels strut their stuff in Sexiest Show on Earth on Tuesday, December 4 at 10/9c on CBS!