Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Christmas List...

Uggs Classic Short Sparkles
Uggs are quite possibly the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. They're like wearing slippers all day. I have the regular ones above in brown. I feel like black sparkly ones would be perfect for those days when I wanna be comfy, but I want a little more bling.

iPad 2
I had an iPhone. I was on it all of the time, so I switched to a Blackberry. I miss my apps. I feel like this is the perfect gift for me...apps, face time, and web without getting interrupted by calls or texts.

MAC Melt Your Heart Lip Bag
This little bag contains both Lady Gaga shades (nude & blue-pink). After these sell out, you won't ever be able to buy Lady Gaga I ever again. Lady Gaga 2 will be available until February. She's being replaced by Nicki Minaj.

Hello Kitty Intense Perfume
It's not secret, I'm a HUGE Hello Kitty fan...always have been. I loved this bottle online (at Sephora...of course), so I just had to smell it while I was in the store. THIS. SMELLS. AWESOME. With notes of Cassis Sorbet, Italian Mandarin, Apple, Magnolia Blossom, Freesia, Orange Flower, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, & Musk this is a grown up smell in a playful bottle.

Victoria's Secret Pink Campus Pant
When I'm not in jeans, you can find me in my favorite VS sweatpants. Mine are starting to look a teeny bit haggard. If you don't own a pair, go get some. Wear them with your Uggs & you'll be in Heaven!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Spotlight On Miss Piggy...

  "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." ~Miss Piggy

Growing up, I was such a big fan of Miss Piggy. She has such a strong, confident, witty presence. I was so excited to see she's making a huge comeback this fall.

MAC Cosmetics gave the pretty, pink pig her own line of eye products.

The collection consists of 3 products: Faux Lashes (#36...originally launched as Sultress Lashes...$15.00),  Penultimate Eyeliner (Rapidblack....a liquid, pen-style liner in true black...$17.50), and Eye Shadow in Miss Piggy Pink (midtone blue pink...$15.00).
The lashes and the eyeliner are permanent to MAC. The Miss Piggy Pink eye shadow is only available for a limited time, so head over to maccosmetics.com and pick yours up today!!

OPI launched an all Muppets line to help promote the new Muppet's movie. The collection features colors inspired by all of the characters. To see the additional colors, head over to opi.com.
Here are Miss Piggy's colors:

Divine Swine
It's a really pretty medium purple micro glitter packed into a clear base with larger silver hexagonal glitter mixed in.

Excuse Moi
The base is a jelly red with a hint of pink rather than clear. There is microglitter the same shade as the base as well as multi colored glitter mixed in.

Gettin' Miss Piggy With It
This is a true red micro glitter packed into the clear base with large silver hexagonal glitter.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

5 Great Secret Santa Gifts Under $25...

It's getting to be that time of year again!! If you're anything like me, you like to do your Christmas shopping early. If you will be attending a party where you know you'll have to bring a Secret Santa gift, you might wanna keep reading. Sephora has a great gift section on their website. Here are 5 of my favorites (all under $25!!). 

Tokidoki Rollerball Collection ($18.00)
This collection of criminally cute rollerball fragrances features six scents. Each fits in your purse, backpack, or travel bag and is topped with a mischievous tokidoki toy—so you can take a little piece of tokidoki wherever you may go.  
This collection includes: 
- Adieu: Black Berry, Strawberry, Juicy Orange, Tiare Flower, Water Lotus, Creamy Vanilla, Cashmere Woods. 
- Adios: Lemon Leaves, Pink Grapefruit, Cyclamen, Day Lilies, Pink Orchid, Lotus Blossom, White Musk, Peach Skin, Crystallized Woods. 
- Ciao Ciao: Water Hyacinth, Out of the Shower Accord, Muguet, Day Lily, Sheer Jasmine Petals, Musk, Sun-Drenched Woods. 
- Donutella: Raspberry, Bright Bergamot, Muguet, Jasmine Sambac, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Musk. 
- Sandy: Pear Blossom, Freesia, Honeysuckle, Gardenia, Hint of Vanilla, Amber Musk. 
- Siberia: Cool Aldehydes, Muguet Petals, Night Blooming Jasmine, White Orchid, White Musk, Soft Woods.

 Stila Lip Glaze Set ($25.00)
A collection of eight high-shine, deliciously flavored Lip Glazes just in time for the holidays. This limited-edition collection contains Stila's bestselling Lip Glaze in eight exquisite shades. The set includes four topselling shades and four distinctive, limited-edition shades.
This set contains:- 8 x 0.05 oz Lip Glaze in Kitten (nude pink shimmer), Kaleidoscope (sparkling light pink), Apricot (melon nectarine), Grapefruit (frosted pink), Fantasy (sparkling watermelon), Starfruit (shimmering coral), Dreamy (nude beige), Believe (berry plum with gold shimmer) 

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip ($25.00)
A six-piece lip collection that has it all, including lipstick, gloss, and stains. Your arsenal for creating unlimited lip looks, Give Me Some Lip features some of Sephora's bestselling lip products in an array of beautiful shades and textures, all in one set.
This set contains: 
- 0.14 oz Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Fame (true color/ rosy plum sheen)
- 0.05 oz Tarte LipSurgence™ Natural Lip Tint in Moody (deep berry)
- 0.13 oz Benefit Benetint Rose-Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain 
- 0.042 oz Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Celebutard (nude peach beige)
- 0.07 oz Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Leslie (original/ gilded pearl pink)
- 0.33 oz Lancome Juicy Tubes Jelly in Raspberry Ice (sheer pink coral with gold flecks)

 Sephora Collection Nano Eyeliner Set ($20.00)
A box with eight highly pigmented eye pencils. Each of these Nano Eyeliners glides on smoothly and comfortably to create a bold line of color that lasts all day. Shea butter and rosemary extracts make it incredibly smooth and easy to work with.  
This set contains 8 x 0.02 oz Nano Eyeliners in: 
- Precious silver: classic silver 
- Green envy (exclusive): deep jade green 
- Versailles (exclusive): luxe gold 
- Glitter black: black with silver glitter - Nuage: gunmetal silver 
- Chocolate: rich brown 
- Psychedelic purple (exclusive): intense deep violet 
- Azur blue: cobalt blue 

 Sephora Collection Nail Art Kit ($16.00)
An easy-to-use kit with shimmery nail colors, stencils, and rhinestones to create your own nail art. Turn your fingertips and toes into works of art with this kit. It includes three of Sephora's high-shine, quick-drying nail lacquers in black, gold, and silver. Each of the five stencils includes a removable tab to make it easy to apply images on the nails. To find the perfect floral-shaped rhinestones, give a spin to the Rhinestone Wheel and select from a variety of colors.  
This set contains:
 - 0.16 oz nail lacquer in Chic and Rebel (black) 
- 0.16 oz nail lacquer in Mirror Mirror (molten glittery silver) 
- 0.16 oz nail lacquer in Aluminum Gold (gold foil) 
- 5 Stencils - Floral Rhinestone Wheel with rhinestones in 12 colors

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Super Simple Beauty Tips...

Use a bit of foundation on your lips before applying your lipstick. It will help the color stay all day.

A Q-tip dipped in eye cream can easily clean up any mistakes or smudges from your eye makeup application.
Heat your eyelash curler with your blow dryer for a few seconds (don't overdo it!) before you use it. It will help lock in the curl.

A dab of Visine will help take the red out of a pimple.

If your face turns cherry red after exercising use an ice cold towel on the back of your neck for two minutes. This will help reduce the redness in your face.

Vaseline is great for everything from a lip gloss to moisturizing your calluses. You can even use it in lieu of mascara to create a subtle sparkle on your lashes.

Baby oil is great to add to your daily moisturizing routine for a bit of extra sheen. In a pinch, a pea-sized amount can act as a shine hair serum before dashing out the door.

As you're having your morning coffee, place your eyeliner in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. This will prevent it from crumbling as you use it or before you sharpen it.

Before going to bed, dab a bit of toothpaste on a zit to help reduce swelling and redness.

Didn't have time to wash your hair today? Take a big makeup brush and dab it in loose powder (either baby or face powder). Tap it once to remove the excess before applying to your roots. This will help soak up any extra oil and dirt.

Tea bags (with caffeine) will help reduce swollen eyes. Simply soak in water then leave the entire bag on each eye for 5-10 minutes.

If you ran out of your usual shave gel, no worries! Use conditioner—you'll actually get a better shave and your legs will feel unbelievably soft afterward.

The next time you're out, grab a few toilet seat covers to cut up into 2-inch squares. These are great for soaking up excess oil on your face instead of layering on powder.

If you’ve just left the gym and didn’t have time to do your hair before heading out, spritz your tresses with your favorite perfume to mask any gym odor.

If you typically get razor burn after shaving, try hitting those areas affected (including your bikini line) with your favorite deodorant immediately post-shower. It will help prevent those bumps from appearing.
Instead of ripping off a broken nail, use a dab of super glue over the tear, then buff gently with a nail file. Repeat twice, then cover with your favorite nail polish.

If your 12-hour lip stain isn't coming off with soap and water, a bit of makeup remover will do the trick.
Looking to get sexy, soft skin before a date? Mash up a ripe avocado and use it as a paste over your legs. Leave on for 15-minutes, then rinse off. The oil from the avocado it a natural emollient.
To tame flyaways, spritz a round brush with hairspray and work through your hair roots to tip. This way, you'll have hold, bounce, and no frizz.

A dime-sized amount of olive oil is great to use on wet, curly hair. This will help prevent frizz when your locks dry and your hair won't be stiff from too much product.
Olive oil is also great to use on dry skin. To treat areas like your feet, apply generously, put on socks, and then head to bed. By morning, your feet will be super soft.

Celebrity makeup artist Gina Brooke says, "Take a lip gloss in a sheer nude color and add it to the apples of your cheeks. It will instantly illuminate your skin and create the illusion of a healthy glow where you need it most."

Use a fresh toothbrush and a spritz of hairspray to tame unruly eyebrows.

Have an itchy, flaky scalp? Squeeze lemon juice over the crown of your head. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse. The acidity from the lemon juice will naturally exfoliate your skin and clear up any dandruff.

Don't have time to wait, post-DIY manicure? Let nails dry for two minutes, then submerge nails into ice cold water for three minutes. The cold water will help the polish dry completely.

If your eyes are super puffy the morning after a long night out, take a frozen bag of peas, wrap in a paper towel and place on your face. Allow to sit for 10 minutes for full effectiveness.

Hydrocortisone cream works magic on swollen eyebrows or an upper lip post-wax. Use just a dab on affected areas.

If you've recently self-tanned and wound up streaky, you can use a fresh lemon cut in half to rub over affected area, or baking soda mixed with a bit of water to create a paste. Rub in with either method to exfoliate and reveal untanned skin underneath.

The quickest way to dry hair after you shower is to first soak up excess water with a towel. Then, blow dry starting with the hair underneath and work your way to the outer layers.

When rushed in the morning, skip an elaborate makeup routine to save time. Instead, just apply tinted moisturizer to even out skin tone, two coats of mascara, and use a neutral matte lipstick to highlight your cheekbones and lips.

Retinoid creams are overnight superheroes! Not only do they smooth wrinkles, but they literally get rid of zits overnight. Hooray!

Use a satin pillowcase so your hair doesn't turn into a beehive overnight. Satin helps keep strands smooth while you sleep.

Every time you shower, use a washcloth to gently push back your cuticles. You will always look like you have well groomed nails.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Overplucked Brows...

The worst thing one can do is overpluck. (Well, not the worst...but it's definitely up there on the list.) Be careful because once plucked, your eyebrows can take months to eventually grow back. Until that happens, fill in bare spots with a brow powder or pencil. Use light, feathery strokes to create a realistic look, rather then drawing a line. Set the color with brow gel.

Quick tips:
1. Find a pencil color that matches your brows as closely as possible. Brands like Revlon & Rimmel have a wide variety of shades, so it's easy to find the right color for you.

2. Don't have a pencil on hand? Try an eyeshadow that matches your brows, you can fill in color with shadow, although it may not look as realistic. Be sure to use a fully matte eyeshadow. No one wants glitter caked in their brows.

3. Pick up a good brow gel. I haven't seen any at Wal-Mart. Make Up For Ever, Benefit, and Anastasia all make great ones that can be picked up at Sephora. Worst case scenario, try a clear mascara.

4. Keep brows in place with a spritz of hairspray applied to finger or a toothbrush. Brush brows in place.

5. Next time, get brows professionally tweezed, waxed or threaded. Follow the "map" created by the professional with a pair of tweezers in between salon visits. This will help keep you from overplucking again.