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!
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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
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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.
Who is it for? All skin types can use this product, but it is especially useful for anyone with tired, dull skin.
What it does: Arctic lingonberry seed oil works together with vitamin C to brighten skin’s appearance, while Arctic cloudberry seed oil helps strengthens and protect skin from environmental factors. The formula slowly releases the Vitamin C into the skin, for long-lasting effects.
How to use: For external use only; do not attempt to consume the capsules (even though they look like goldfish crackers). One beauty drops should be used per day, over the course of 28 days. The capsules twist open easily, and you just have to give it a light squeeze to reveal its silky-smooth, citrus-smelling contents. Apply to a cleansed face and neck before applying moisturizer or sunscreen.
The Result: Although I can’t say my skin looks more radiant than ever before, it does feel smoother and the ritual alone makes me want to continue to use the product. Since its summer, it has actually replaced my night moisturizer since it makes my skin feel smooth and supple.
Bottom line: Treat yourself to this product if you like feeling like you’re using something luxurious and special.
The Cost: $21.99 at Ulta.com
No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories, but not every woman can afford to stock up on multiple pieces of jewelry to adorn herself with. Enter At Style 24/7, a new accessory website that fuses trendy costume jewelry with savvy prices. The website features a versatile collection of watches, bracelets, rings, earrings, brooches and necklaces for the budget conscious fashionista that wants to look great 24/7. The collection includes statement pieces that are sure to make anyone stand out, while vamping up bland outfits. Check out some of my top picks below, and visit their website to see more.
1. Women’s Fashion Watch, $70.00
2. Thick Black Leather Bracelet with Gold Metal Lock, $35.00
3. Pave Crystal Stretch Bracelet with Two Jaguar Heads Connected with a Metal Texture Circle, $35.00
4. Necklace and Earring Set with Multi Colored Flowers in Various Sizes, $63.00
5. Jaguar Hinged Ring with Black Epoxy and Pave Crystals, $19.25
Hailing a cab never looked so good. For a chic, but casual look, steal the style of actress Olivia Munn, who wore stretchy black jeggings with a grey t-shirt, as she tried to catch a cab in NYC in July. A red leather bag pack added a pop of color and elastic band booties dressed up the full ensemble. Below are suggestions on how to use the time-tested method of combining really cheap items, with at least one high-end piece for an understated glamorous look.
On July 19th, actress Minka Kelly attended the “Almost Human” Press Room during Comic-Con International 2013 wearing a casual striped dress. Get the look with Lacoste’s L!VE Half Sleeve Stripe Scoopneck Pique Dress (pictured below) for $74.99.
Steal her shoes with these Nude leather pumps from Casadei.
At the beginning of this year I decided to get laser hair removal done on my lower legs. It was winter, so the rule of having no sun exposure two weeks before and after treatment, didn’t phase me. But, not that it is summer, I realized I have a problem. I can’t have sun exposure to my legs during the months when it’s over 90 degrees outside. So, what’s a girl to do? Look for alternatives! I think I found a good solution with these sheer maxi skirts, which are lightweight and offer sun protection.
Whether you will be spending the summer laying on the beach or fashionably strutting yourself to and from work, I’ve got you covered with the perfect summer handbags for every price point.
Sorial Ava Beach Totes
Make a statement, while keeping everything you need for the beach organized in one of these bold totes.
Kate Spade ‘grove court floral – tenley’ crossbody bag
Nothing says summer more than florals. Plus, the added pop of color makes this bag a showstopper.
For less money…
Forever 21 Studded Clear Tote
This very stylish tote, featuring faux patent trim with pyramid stud accents, looks more expensive than it really is.
Nine West 9 Jacquard Hobo
This slouchy-chic Nine West bag boasts plenty of pockets for your summer essentials. The teal color alone, reminds me of bright blue skies and refreshing beach waters.
XOXO New Horizon Hobo
This hobo just screams warm summer sunshine and is sure to brighten up any outfit.
While it may not be possible for everyone to experience fashion week in-person, Tweezerman has made it possible to carry around the trendy prints seen on the runway with stylish must-have accessories for any make up bag with its Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints Collection. Available exclusively at Sephora, the collection includes:
Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints Unbreakable Mirrors: $15.00 each – The perfect size for travel, the vibrant chvron print pattern comes in two color choices of Pink and Blue.
Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints Filemates: $5.00 - This nail file features 100/180 grit to file down and shape any type of nail, and comes with a snap close case so it’s always clean and protected.
Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints SoleMates Foot File & Smoother: $22.00 – A two-in-one product, the stainless steel Micro-File aims to remove dead skin and calluses, while the Finishing File makes skin touchably soft.
Find them at Sephora»
Let’s face it. Weddings can seem like celebrity red carpet affairs with everyone decked out to the nines, with the hope of being crowed best dressed. Stand out in the crowd by taking a cue from two stars that know how to wear flattering styles and make heads turn.
The Outdoor Wedding: Celebspiration – Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton stunned in a long lace-chiffon gown at the 2012 “Our Greatest Team Rises -BOA Olympic Concert” in London, England. The chiffon material flows dreamily while keeping you cool, so it’s a great choice for an outdoor special event. Kate accessorized her outfit with strappy silver sandals and a clutch to match her gown. (Source of Kate Middleton Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe)
1. Embellished Lace & Silk Chiffon Gown, $292.80
2. Caparros Zarielle, $62.00
3. Amanda Logo Clutch Bag, Light Blue, $297.00
4. Jody Coyote Sterling Silver Earrings, Glass Teardrop, $18.90
The Black-Tie Wedding: Celebspiration - Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston appeared sophisticated and polished in a black and white formal gown at the 26th American Cinematheque Award Gala. She accessorized her look with a white clutch (and handsome man). Take the look up a notch by adding a little sparkle to your neckline. (Source of Jennifer Aniston photo: Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
1. Black and White Column Long Bridesmaid Dress, $179.00
2. 5 Row V Shaped Estate Freshwater Pearl Bridal Necklace, $49.99
3. French Connection Nina Sandal, $84.00
4. BCBGMAXAZRIA Lizard Envelope Clutch, $78.00
Show off your patriotism this 4th of July by wearing the stars and stripes of the American flag. Below are a few ideas.
My very first lip gloss was a strawberry flavored Smackers roller-ball gloss that tasted just as good as it smelled. Now that I’m older, I haven’t exactly been on a quest for my childhood lip product, but Estee Lauder has awoken my memories with the adult version of the rollerball gloss as part of their new Bronze Goddess collection. The collection features two colors: Succulent (orange) and Squeeze (red).
At first, I was scared to use the colors out of fear that the hues would clash with my outfits, but these are very sheer and only deposit a slight tint. The glosses have sweet, mouth-watering fruity scents that make me conjure up images in my head of summertime and tropical islands. I love the old-school rollerball metal tip which glides on smoothly and delivers just the right amount of product. You don’t even need a mirror to apply it, so it’s perfect to use on-the-go. It would be a great lip gloss to take to the beach, because of the cooling sensation the metal rollerball has on the lips and the lightness of the gloss. If you do wear it out in the sun, be sure to apply a lip balm with spf underneath, as shiny glosses can reflect the light and burn your precious pout.
Price: $18. 50
Where to buy? esteelauder.com
Last week I had the opportunity to preview the 2013 holiday collection by Kensie jewelry. The collection features triangular shapes, monograms and celestial-inspired pieces. My favorite accessories are the sparkly moon necklaces, which is sure illuminate any outfit, regardless of the time of day. As a special treat, bloggers were treated to complementary tarot card readings; according my tarot card reader, 2013 will be the most exciting year of my life. Check out some of the photos I took at the event below.
This is a guest post by Caroline Elliott, a freelance beauty writer.
Living an all-natural lifestyle requires a lot of effort, but gluten-free makeup is making life simpler.
Gluten-sensitive people say that their lips react to even the smallest amounts of gluten in their lipstick. And with this group of individuals increasing in number, this is a growing area of makeup to watch.
But what if you’re not gluten-sensitive?
If you’re interested in healthy alternatives to apply to your skin, gluten-free products might just be your beauty potions.
Facial skin is super absorbent, so you want to watch what you put over your precious pores. This is especially important if you’re someone who is concerned about what you eat because there’s a good chance that you’ll lick off some of your lipstick or breathe in some blush. And if you apply your makeup everyday, that’s a lot of gluten that you’re ingesting over time.
Gluten-free makeup companies are also pushing the health boundaries for the better. Makeup companies like Red Apple Lipstick are paraben free, soy free, dairy free and allergen free; oh, and also vegan, natural and cruelty free. Talk about health conscious.
Other companies are actively participating in their communities. For example, Afterglow Cosmetics signed the The Breast Cancer Fund’s Compact for Safe Cosmetics. Another gluten-free makeup company, Mineral Fusion, has officially partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to help women in need.
For many people, gluten-free makeup is a natural next step to complete a wholesome lifestyle. So glam up, and show off your new look.
Sephora Favorites Bottled Dreams: Fragrance Impressions Sampler for Her – $50
This collection features six deluxe samples of Sephora’s most popular women’s scents, plus a full-size Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in What Aura Gonna Wear?. Your mom can choose her favorite scent, then take the enclosed certificate to any Sephora store in the U.S. to redeem it for a free full-size bottle of the fragrance of her choice (the voucher cannot be redeemed online).
The set includes:
- 0.25 oz BALENCIAGA Florabotanica
- 0.22 oz Coach Love
- 0.16 oz Gucci Guilty
- 0.17 oz Juicy Couture Couture La La
- 0.14 oz Lancôme La vie est belle
- 0.25 oz MARCHESA PARFUM D’EXTASE
- Bonus 0.5 oz Sephora By OPI Nail Colour in What Aura Gonna Wear?
Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden Facial In-a-Box – $39.99
Give mom the ultimate pampering with a relaxing, anti-aging facial she can do in the comfort of home. Designed by the UK’s #1 day spa, Sanctuary Spa, the professional-grade skin treatment takes just 30 minutes, perfect for the busy mom who doesn’t make time for herself.
Mother’s Day Mirrored Compact, $5.00
Mommy to be pendants; $32.15
Give a special gift to an expecting mom. How could this cute pendant not make you smile?
The manbag: once a most unfairly maligned accessory that was reserved for the more, let’s say, sartorially serious gent. ‘Real men’, of the kind of butch masculinity heralded by Yorkie chocolate bars and McCoy crisps, would never be seen with anything so fey and useful , instead preferring to stock their pockets or maybe condescend to use a natty skate backpack, at a push.
But that would be me showing my age, for in recent years, the manbag has undergone a reputation overhaul and now is the accepted accessory of nary a man, regardless of personal style or degrees of butch, with everything from satchels to duffle bags thrown over shoulders.
Personally, I’m all for a good man bag: why should men be so heartlessly deprived of life’s greatest pastime (namely, bag shopping) while simultaneously forced to ruin the line of their trousers with overstuffed pockets? Tsk, this is an age of equality we live in and it is only right and proper that men should be able to enjoy the finer aspects of life just as we women do. But just as the most unyielding have come round to this way of thinking and begrudgingly accept that it’s possible for something other than the briefcase to be carried, Burberry have challenged us anew with the latest update to the manbag: the man clutch. I see those questioning looks on your faces; this isn’t a return of the murse, but rather streamlined bags to be carried much in the way you might your iPad, which can no doubt be handily stored inside. Burberry’s offerings included those in brightly coloured metallics (which could work with this season’s skater boy trend, in theory) but the early adopters of the trend on the street often tend to favour oversized, slouchy leather versions in simple black or brown leather, which are more ideal for those wishing to ease themselves in. There are even some to be found that come with a slim chain, so, when you tire of carrying it, you may causally adorn your shoulder. But I see I’m losing you again.
Now, this isn’t going to be for everyone, I grant you, and it may take a few more seasons for the majority to come round, but if you can pull this one off with aplomb, why you’ll look the height of sartorial elegance.
And if anyone questions your choice of accessory, simply throw them a withering look of pity, deprived as they are of the wonder of the manbag. Or failing that, pretend like it’s your girlfriend’s…
Amy Lavelle is a journalist from UK fashion comparison site Style in View. She’s contributed to a number of publications including Spindle magazine.