I’ve always been fascinated by mermaids – legendary underwater creatures said to be are part human, part fish. From Disney’s The Little Mermaid to Brooklyn’s Coney Island costume parade these mythical creatures make a splash thought out the world in various ways. Here are ways you can rock this sea creature as a fashion accessory.
I remember a time when flats were considered casual. Women wouldn’t dare attend a cocktail party wearing shoes that didn’t contain at least a tiny heel. Flats were the footwear women secretly changed out of before walking into a major event, and then changed back into when the night was over. Now, flats are in, and can look just as stylish as a fabulous pair of heels. Here are some flats that will keep you looking glam while wearing that cocktail dress. Try pointy flats that add a bit of sophistication to the casual flat, or solid colorblocking to spice it up a bit.
Taylor Swift looked amazing as she entered a NYC gym on June 14th wearing a classic black romper, a perfect outfit for a warm summer day. Steal her look with one of these sleek one-pieces.
Now that summer is finally here, you can wear your best outfits for all to admire, but no outfit is ever complete without the right accessories. Jazz up your wardrobe with one of the below statement necklaces from Paula and Chlo, a Michigan based online e-tailer started by 52-year old Paula Slof, who developed the website for the modern contemporary woman to shop for everything from handbags to handmade soaps. These top necklace picks from the site conjure up summertime with gorgeous floral designs.
If you’re like me and suffer for skin irritations such as eczema, you’re always on the lookout for gentle products that won’t cause any kind of skin discomfort, especially when it comes to showering. This is why I’m excited to have discovered Pura Botania’s All Natural Cleansing Bars, which are made with organic ingredients and essential oils. The soap bars lather nicely and rinse off cleanly, leaving behind baby soft skin.
My favorite so far is the Chai Vanilla soap bar, which uses finely ground vanilla beans to gently exfoliate the skin, while botanical ingredients nourishes and leaves behind the sweet aromas of vanilla and chai.
What I like most about the ingredients in the bar, is that I can actually pronounce everything on the label.
The Natural Cleansing Bars retail for $7.00 on puraproducts.com.
This week I will be attending a Kentucky Derby themed party, so naturally, I had to begin looking for the fashion accessory that’s most associated with the women who attend the event – the big, fancy, hat. The extravagant hat tradition dates back to 1711 when Queen Anne enforced a strict dress code which mandated the public wear hats in her presence. Years later, headwear still remains a staple at the event, and steals more attention than the races. Below are some of the hats I think would be perfect for the special occasion.
So we’ve all been there: after applying flawless makeup you go to set everything with finishing power and you are left with a powdery mess all over your face that settles into fine lines and looks unnatural. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new HD Pressed Powder eliminates the possibility of ruining your makeup with cakey residue with a mess-free, lightweight finishing powder that goes on virtually invisible and sets makeup without leaving behind any trace of color.
What is does:
A combination of hyaluronic acid, synthetic mica, silicone powders and silica, the powder aims to instantly blur the appearance of fine lines, large pores, shine and other skin imperfections.
How it feels:
It’s silky and lightweight.
Why I like it:
No matter how many time a day I use oil blotting sheets, my oily skin just doesn’t behave, so I’ve been apply this transparent powder throughout the day to keep shine away. No matter how often I reapply it, the product never builds up, blends seamlessly, and instantly matifies my skin for a naturally flawless and airbrushed look. I can use it over foundation to create a luminous finish or by itself for a smooth out imperfections.
Because the product is pressed it’s easy to carry around in your purse, without having to worry about tit spilling inside your bag. It also comes with a handy mirror, making quick touch ups a breeze.
A little bit goes a long way. It helps to use the right kind of brush such as MAKE UP FOR EVER’s #124 Medium Kabuki Brush.
$36 (available exclusively at Sephora)
Now that the weather is wearing up and summer is fast approaching, it’s time to begin searching for the perfect swimsuit to show off that gorgeous body you’ve been hiding under layers of winter clothing. If you’re looking for swimwear that will give you a trendy edge check out Kalimera, the latest collection from Catatsis Swimwear. Designed by Carolina Bagg, the swimsuits in the collection were inspired by Bagg’s trip to the Greek islands and incorporate everything from Greek architecture to the color of the sunsets. The bottoms are available in a Brazilian, Italian and moderate cuts, offering a variety of different options for every woman’s comfort level. The tops are beautifully designed and feature flirty cuts and intricate details. Check out some of the bikinis available in the collection below and click here to learn more.
What: Unleash your inner radiance with the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Collection in Radiant Orchid. Be among the first to experience Radiant Orchid’s deeply flattering flush and ravishing glow:
- Reveal your radiance: Receive a custom Radiant Orchid makeover for eyes, lips, and cheeks from our expert artistry team
- Get creative: Learn personalized tricks and techniques to incorporate the exclusive, limited-edition Color of the Year Collection into your look
- Get educated: Take home a complimentary look book with a professional step by step guide to master exhilarating new looks at home*
- Beauty Insiders Get Rewarded: Leave with an official SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Pouch—free with your personalized Color of the Year consultation and any $25 purchase.**
When: Friday, March 14th to Sunday, March 16th/ 12pm – 6pm
Where: ALL SEPHORA STORES
*While supplies last.
**Sign up for a complimentary Beauty Insider account at your local Sephora or by logging on to Sephora.com.
Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome.
MAKE UP FOR EVER and Bliss want to help you perfect your pout and define your lip style with a complimentary spa treatment for your lips with the NEW Bliss Fabulips ‘Pout’-o-Matic, a spa-powered lip-perfecting tool. Attendees will also have the chance to meet with a MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist for a personalized lip lesson including a color consultation to identify a signature lip shade from the MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist collection. Appointments will finally be finished off with a 3 step lip lining technique tutorial.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutique in Sephora
New York, NY 10012
Book your complimentary appointment today and receive a special treat with any purchase. Appointments can be booked by calling the boutique directly.
Have you ever looked at a pair of shoes and thought “I wish I could store my candy, flowers or business cards in them?” Me, neither; but, when I saw these fabulous creations on Esty by SoleSensations I had to share them with you. Check out some of the “Fantasy Shoe Creations” below that are not just works of art, but also function as more than just personality for your home décor.
Looking for you next fashionable outfit? Check out the new arrivals at Liveinfashion.com , an online boutique launched in December 2009 by Michelle Akers. The website features unusual, daring and bold pieces for the woman who dares to be different and is a reflection of Akers’ unique style. The new winter collection includes feisty jewelry pieces, sultry peek-a-boo black garments, and metallic gold and silver fashions at affordable prices. Check out some of the new items available now below.
What do you get the name brand aficionado in your life who has everything? How about a limited edition brown and beige monogram Louis Vuitton teddy bear? The bear named DouDou, is the only teddy bear made by Louis Vuitton in 150 years, and recently became available at NYC’s Toy Tokyo for a whopping $8,999.99, a steep price to pay for a toy stuffed with cotton. The bear was first offered to the top 500 Louis Vuitton VIPs worldwide during the 2004-05 Fall/Winter mens runway collection. Now, DouDou is available for regular non-VIP folk who have enough bank to spend on this exclusive item. Interested snagging one? Click here.
Even though there are thousands of nail polish colors out on the market, it can still be hard to find the perfect shade you are looking for, whether it’s a glittering red to wear on the holidays or a subdued nude to wear to the office. If you find it challenging to find the perfect shade for your nails or, if you just like to have fun playing with nail polish, then read on. There are a variety of kits available that you can use to create your very own customized nail blend of colors, effects, labels and more.
Ciaté Nail Lab
Newly launched this winter, Ciaté’s Nail Lab kit contains everything you need to create the ultimate nail polish at-home. Featuring salon-quality nail colors, glitter pots, ombre sponge, dotting tool, funnel, and much more, this kit will have you competing with the professionals in no time. And, if you’re feeling overwhelmed the kit comes with a handy recipe cards and instructions so you can easily create the perfect look.
Have you ever thought of a perfect name for a nail polish? Or, if you’re looking for personalized gift to give a nail enthusiast, then check out Pretty Please’s website. First, you select one of 20 colors; then, you get to name the polish whatever you like (there is room for up to 25 characters).
Inspired by coktails, ‘Tini Beauty Lounge, allows customers to create their own custom blends by “cocktailing” colors and effects. You choose your own Mixer (shade altering base coat), Straight Up Color (nail lacquers) and Topper (special effects) to combine in order to create your own signature cocktail color.
On November 29th, customers at Fresh retail stores throughout the city will receive a FREE Fresh Life Eau de Parfum Rollerball with any $100 purchase. Use #FreshLifeFriday to tweet about your experience on November 29th!
MAKE UP FOR EVER
Black Friday AND Cyber Monday: Purchase two full size Aqua Shadows available in two shade variations (20E & 28E and 2E & 30E), for $10 (a 75% discount) at Sephora/Sephora.com from 11/29 – 12/1
‘GREEN’ Friday: 50% off all Nourish Organic products using promo code “GREEN50” at check out on www.NourishOrganic.com
Cyber Monday: 25% off all Nourish Organic products using promo code “CYBER25” at check out on www.NourishOrganic.com
Vapour Organic Beauty
Black Friday AND Cyber Monday: 30% off all Vapour Organic Beauty products (excluding samples) from Wednesday, 11/27 through midnight Monday, 12/2 using promo code “BLACKFRIDAY13” at check out on www.VapourBeauty.com
- Stylebell.com Sitewide Promotion: From now until 12/22/13, receive 20% off all orders over $100 + Free Shipping over $25 using the Coupon Code: HOLIDAY20
- Babyliss Appliance Promotion: Purchase the brand new Babyliss MiraCurl Nano Titanium Curl Machine from Black Friday (11/29/13)—Cyber Tuesday (12/3/13) and receive all 5 After Care Products FREE including:
- Babyliss Pro MiraCurl Curl Prep 8 oz.
- Babyliss Pro MiraCurl Curl Foundation 6 oz.
- Babyliss Pro MiraCurl Defining Spray 8 oz.
- Babyliss Pro MiraCurl Hair Spray 10 oz.
- Babyliss Pro MiraCurl Thermal Shine Spray 4 oz.
- Maijan Promotion: Purchase the new Maijan Pure Argan Oil & Mint Hydrating Shampoo 12 oz. and receive the Maijan Pure Argan Oil & Mint Hydrating Conditioner 12 oz. for FREE! Cyber Monday 12/2.
- One Day Maijan Promotion: Take 30% off all Maijan Products including Argan Oils, New Shampoos & Conditioners,& Facial Steamers on Cyber Monday 12/2/13.
- Keratin Complex Promotion: All Keratin Complex products including shampoos, conditioners, after care products, and appliances will be 20% off Black Friday 11/29/13 through Cyber Tuesday 12/3/13.
Post by Jolevette
Gel polish has become a must-have beauty item. With long-wearing staying power, a variety of colors, and the ability to do it yourself at home, it’s hard to resist the allure of this perfect manicure. This week, I am reviewing the Nailene Gel Kit with the French manicure.
NOTE: Please follow the instructions in the kit properly. Too much primer and gel base will cause the gel not to form properly on your nail and hold.
Step 1 – Clean and buff your nail; a self-manicure essentially. I do this with my mini-manicure kit that I purchased at Sephora for $5.00.
Step 2 – Use the gel primer. Do not over use as a little bit goes along way. To avoid putting too much on, dab the brush against the inside of the bottle.
Step 3 – Time to start cooking! Place your hands in the provided LED lamp for 2 minutes. Do thumbs last.
Step 4 – Next, the gel base coat. Again, place a thin layer on your nail and place your hands under the LED lamp for another 2 minutes.
At this point, you should be able to see your nail start to shine. Feel free to touch the nail. It should be glossy and smooth.
Step 5 – As in Step 4, brush on the gel polish of choice. For me, it was the French Pink. Place hands under LED lamp.
Step 6 – Apply second coat and replace hands under lamp for 2 minutes.
By now, this might be redundant to place your hands in and out of the LED lamp so many times, but this is order for the gel to set and give you that shiny gel perfection.
Step 7 – Last time! Please the gel top coat and get back under the LED lamp for your final 2 minutes of baking.
Step 8 – Using some rubbing alcohol or the one provided, take a cotton ball or a napkin and gently rub your nail. This removes any excess coating and creates that shine. This also ensures that the gel has set properly. If you find the gel still wet, go back under the LED lamp for two more minutes.
Now, I have given instructions for the normal color. I am going to add the extra steps for the French.
The French kit comes with separate tips that must be applied after the gel has set. If you are doing French, DO NOT follow Step 6. Go right into applying the white tips. The tips are rather sticky; you must be very careful when using them….they stick to anything! They stuck to the table that I was working on and they are very hard to remove. So, be sure you have paper towels or a newspaper under our hands when working. It was very difficult to select the right size tip for my nail which caused me to have to trim and take extra time to get the French just right. After you have selected your tips and they are on (hopefully you didn’t create a sticky mess like me!) you can apply the top coat.
Overall, this is a great product when using a solid color. I would re-think the French kit. The tips should not be so sticky or add a small bottle of white polish so that the user can pick their own size and have less stickiness to worry about.
What is it: Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss asserts that it is 1st Ever Lip Gloss with pH Power Complex designed to transform into your perfect shade within 60 seconds of application. The product also claims to last up to 10 hours.
How it works: Under controlled conditions, fluorescein Based Dye-senses the pH level of your skin & adjusts to your personalized color. Photochronic powders use light adjusting pigments to adapt to your environment so color looks the same indoors & outside.
Special Features: LED-powered wand lights up to allow for easy application in dim lightning and also features and a mirror or the side of the bottle, making quick touch-ups a breeze.
What I like: The gloss goes on clear, but really does change color right before your eyes. The hue matched well with my skin tone and was surprisingly pigmented. The color also lasts a long time; after I wiped away the gloss to get a more matte effect, my pout was still tinted with the color. The gloss feels silky and conditioning, and isn’t sticky.
Cost: $9.99 at physiciansformula.com and drugstores.
A couple of months ago I was introduced to a fabulous new handbag line, Comes With Baggage, designed by NYC style maven Lori Levine. The sassy line features vintage handbags with bold expressions in a variety of colors and textures for the woman who wants to make a statement without having to say a word. Some examples of the sayings on the bags include, What Are You Bitches Lookin’ At? and my personal favorite, Protect Me from What I Want. In addition to the audacious one-liners, Comes With Baggage also features a bridal line with charming taglines such as Happily Ever After, @Wifey, and Old New Borrowed & Blue.
Okay, let me start by saying I realize this review is long overview. The Pink Friday Nicki Minaj Fragrance came out light-years ago, but, I’ve never been one to jump on the celebrity fragrance bandwagon. So, when I received the perfume as a gift, I let it sit on my vanity untouched and in the box (mainly because the statue of Nikki scared me so I wanted to keep it hidden). Anyway, my latest fragrance ran its course and I finally decided to give Minaj’s a try, and I was pleasantly surprised.
The scent: The sweet pink floral notes mixed with the warmth of creamy vanilla, skin musks and sheer woods makes for an intoxicating scent that not only smells amazing, but lingers through the day. Be prepared to turn heads as you walk into the room as people’s noses turn in your direction wondering where that sweet smell is coming from. It’s a bold, fresh fragrance that will make you feel as confident as Minaj herself.
The packaging: It’s supposed to be a replica of the superstar, with pink hair and pink lips, and a cute little necklace. I just wish she had a pink little bra, because the random blue lines across her chest is a question mark to me. Also, you have to decapitate her in order to open the bottle, which is a little unnerving, but still, a cool design.
Cost: $49.50 for 1.7 oz at Macys and other department stores
I recently tested out three lip products from Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, and am now completed obsessed with all the lip products in this makeup line. Founded by the late make-up artist and visionary Kevyn Aucoin, the cosmetics line offers the everyday woman products to achieve glamorous looks with high-performance formulas. Below are the swatches of the three lip colors I tried.
Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color
Color Tested: Thelmadora
Formula: This product has an ultra-moisturizing formula, proven to repair damaged lips. In the picture below I didn’t apply lip balm before using the product, nor did I top it off with gloss, and you can see how hydrated my lips look. The creamy product glides on effortlessly.
Packaging: A sleek black and burgundy square tube holds the contents of lip color perfection.
Why I like it: The perfect natural lip hue, Thelmadora is a rosy nude shade with a slight golden tint that isn’t too overpowering. Yet, its minimalist nature is somehow able to be bold on the lips, and gives the illusion of a fuller pout.
Cost: $35 at Neiman Marcus
Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Lip Color
Color Tested: Relentless
Formula: Velvety-smooth, this lipstick contains ingredients that aim to soften lips and minimize wrinkles.
Packaging: A long tube with a magnetic component unravels to reveal the luminous color housed inside.
Why I like it: It applies so smoothly and lasts all day. The color is heavily-pigmented, with a nice matte finish.
Cost: $33.00 at Neiman Marcus
Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss
Color Tested: Hydraa
Formula: A non-sickly formula made up of vitamins extracted from sunflower seed oil, castor oil and lanolin oil.
Packaging: The products is able to glide on easily and precisely with the help of a u-shaped sponge tip applicator attached to the cap. The rectangular shape is a nice change from traditional cylindrical glosses.
Why I like it: It’s a great shade that looks great during the day, especially when the light hits the color and shows off the shimmer particles; but, it also transfers into the night easily and is a perfect night-out-on-the-town gloss.
Cost: $30 at Neiman Marcus
Last week I had the opportunity to view the collections of Jade & Jasper, a trendy accessories company based in New York City offering incredible jewelry at great prices. Whether your style is European vintage or urban grunge, there is something in the collection that appeals to every woman. The stylish pieces are made out of the finest materials with extraordinary attention detail, so it’s not surprising that celebrities have snatched up various items in the collection. Check out some of the jewelry below and visit jadeandjasper.com to learn more.
The Wait is Over: MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Arrives at SEPHORA
Break the rules. Push the boundaries. Create your own style. Sephora invites you to indulge in the iconic designer’s debut cosmetics line: Marc Jacobs Beauty. Head to the Sephora Beauty Studio to be one of the first to see this assortment of 16 innovative complexion and color cosmetics, and four chic and luxurious makeup brushes and experiment with provocative colors. Receive one of the exclusive Marc Jacobs Beauty looks from a Sephora makeup artist and take home a limited-edition Marc Jacobs Beauty collectable Look Book after your makeover.*
*While supplies last.
WHEN: Thursday, September 5th to Wednesday, October 9th
WHERE: ALL SEPHORA LOCATIONS
Please visit Sephora.com for your nearest event location and time.
Nicole Kidman was spotted leaving the Creative Artists Agency after a meeting in Century City, California in early August, wearing a tight-fitting blue dress, which featured cutout shoulders. There must be something in the air, because Kristin Cavallari wore a shoulder bearing outfit that same day. Show off your saucy side by stealing their look with one of these similar dresses.