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Urban Decay Unveils Three New Ways to Get Naked

  • posted May 31st, 2014
  • Beauty



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I know I’m not alone when I say I’m a big fan of Urban Decay’s Naked line — from their lightweight Naked Skin foundation to all three of their stunning Naked Eyeshadow Palettes. So it should come as no surprise that I was super stoked to hear about the addition of three new Naked Flushed Palettes to help expand my ever-growing UD makeup “wardrobe.” Just in time for the summer months ahead — or better yet, NOW, before we’ve gotten a chance to get our real summer glow on — Urban Decay has expanded their tricolor bronzing cheek palette to include three new combinations in Native, Streak, and Strip. Each slim, sleek palette includes a blush, highlighter, and bronzer in one, which can be used separately or blended to create your own hotter-than-hot custom flush. Aside from the gorgeous color combos, it’s hard not to love the powder’s featherlight, silky finish, which is just subtle enough to convince some that you’re really going “commando” with your makeup routine!

Mother’s Day: DIY Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day will be here before we know it. If you’re running low on unique gift ideas, consider a DIY project that will show mom your appreciation with an extra dose of sentimental value.


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-       Breakfast in Bed: Making sure your mom gets to relax in the morning is a perfect way to start off the day and breakfast in bed is a classic staple. First step, decide if you are preparing a decadent meal like BBC Good Food’s smoked salmon benedict with mimosas or a lighter meal like homemade juice, fruit salad and a veggie omelet courtesy of Martha Stewart’s perfect omelet recipe. Next task, make sure you have all the ingredients you need and stock up on anything you may be missing. On Mother’s Day, wake up early, prepare breakfast and serve it on a breakfast tray so your mom can eat and enjoy comfortably. For an extra special touch, place a few freshly cut flowers along with a small family photo on the breakfast tray.


-       Spa Day: Treat mom to some rest, relaxation and TLC with a DIY spa day. It’s important to prepare all of your spa treatments before the big day to keep things stress-free. After breakfast, set up a spa station complete with lavender soy candles and spa music in your living room or even on the patio if the weather permits. Consider pampering mom with the following gifts:

  • Homemade Body Scrub – Soak mom’s feet in a large tub or foot spa and have her use this homemade body scrub from Martha Stewart’s list. To create the invigorating scrub, combine one cup of body oil with two cups of Epsom, sea salts or organic cane sugar. Add desired amount of lemon zest for color and fragrance, place in a container, label and use.
  • Homemade Brightening Face Mask – In a bowl, combine two tablespoons of sour cream, two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Apply on clean face and let sit for twenty minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water followed by a splash of cool water. We recommend making this around the time of use to keep it as fresh as possible.
  • DIY Cooling Coconut Body Lotion – All you need for this luscious body lotion is coconut oil, aloe vera gel, essential oils and a container with a lid. Whip the coconut oil until solid (you can also refrigerate to help solidify) and then mix it with an electric beater for 6-9 minutes or until fluffy.  Next, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils (think lavender, rose etc.) and a tablespoon or more of aloe vera gel. Place in your container, label appropriately and voila.


-       Movie Night: Spend some bonding time together with a stay-in movie night. Rather than buying a new movie, consider watching your mom’s favorite flick. You can also get creative and place handmade “movie tickets” in your Mother’s Day card. Don’t forget to have treats such as popcorn, cookies and her favorite candy on-hand.


-       DIY Vases & Planters: We love the idea of recycling old fashioned glass bottles and cans by turning them into vases and planters. Try the following:

  • Bottle Vase: Collect a few glass bottles of your choice, wash them inside and out and let dry. Use a fast-drying spray paint of your color choice and apply directly to bottle, coating evenly. Don’t forget to spray paint the bottom of your bottles when they are ready to be dried upside down. Helpful tip: Insert a sturdy stick into the mouth of the bottle to allow the underside to dry.
  • Can Planter: Using a hammer and nail, poke a few holes in the bottom of your selected recycled cans. Use acrylic paint or fast-drying spray paint (we vote for a few fun, vibrant colors) to cover them evenly on all sides. Once you’ve allowed the cans to dry completely, place your flower seeds or seedlings in the new planter with some soil and water as needed. Be careful of where you place your cans, as the holes will allow excess water to drip out.


-       Coupon Book: If you are still stumped on what to give mom this Mother’s Day, we recommend going with an “I Owe You” coupon book. You can create custom coupons for chores, favors and treats that your mom can redeem at a later time. She will get a kick out of the various freebies promised and you will feel good helping her when she needs an extra hand.




Celebrate Earth Day With Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Vegan Skin Care Collection

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What better way to spend Earth Day than with a natural new skincare line from Paula’s Choice?  The Earth Sourced Collection is a natural and vegan line of skin-care products that are formulated without the use of irritating, drying ingredients.  Instead, they contain gentle yet effective natural ingredients that have been proven to restore and protect the skin.  These beneficial products were created based on special technology that  captures the best of nature fused with science. This line of environmentally friendly products feels luxurious and offers visible, healthy results without harmful fragrances or plant-based irritants. The Earth Sourced Collection for all skin types includes:

These products are perfect for those with sensitive skin, including baby!  They can be purchased individually or as a set.


Nails & Makeup Fit For Spring

Complete your Spring style with these nail and makeup trends we spotted on Cosmopolitan and Glamour:




-       Blush Pinks: A blush shade of pink is not too dark or light, making it perfect for the spring season – plus it looks great with all skin tones.

-       Baby Blues: Light blue shades give off a relaxed, resort vibe that anyone will be eager to wear after a long winter. The cool blue also helps minimize the appearance of redness on your skin that is more likely to occur in the warmer weather.

-       Coral-Peach Combos: This orange-tinted shade is nice because it works with most skin tones and is a subtle way to work orange into your wardrobe.

-       Bold Berries: For a dark shade that is still spring appropriate, go with a subtle berry polish like the Chanel Nail Vernis in Coup De Coeur. The color is the perfect dark shade for spring because it still has brightness to it.


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-       Soft Berry Lips: A light berry shade like the Michael Kors Lip lacquer in Dame provides a soft and neutral look – try it with minimal makeup for a natural, spring-appropriate appearance.

-       Blue Eyeshadow: Rich, solid blue from the lash to the crease creates a stunning appearance. To create the look, apply a shimmering cream eye color like the Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Ice onto the lids, creating a crescent shape just above the creases and finish it off with a layer of vibrant blue.

-       Cat-Eyes: Chic cat-eyes are especially big for spring, so bust out the black liquid liner. To ensure a clean line, apply a thin cotton swab dipped in eye-makeup remover.

-       Ethereal White Eye-Shadow and Liner: A wash of iridescent whites and pinks gives your lids a dewy freshness ideal for spring. Complete the look with white eyeliner and rim the inner corner of your eyes with white eye shadow.

Derek Lam’s Collection for Estee Lauder Has Finally Arrived!

  • posted April 12th, 2014
  • Beauty

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The wait is over, beauty addicts! Derek Lam’s much-anticipated collaboration line with Estee Lauder has finally arrived, and you can have it all for $85. The collection actually isn’t a range, but rather consists of just one stylish set – a chic minaudiere clutch filled with midnight-inspired makeup hues like Kajal Crayon in Near Night, eyeshadow in Smoked Gold, and a universally flattering lip color in Smoked Blush. Derek Lam worked directly with Estee Lauder creative director Tom Pecheux to come up with a set of makeup must-haves inspired by the textures and tones of Lam’s Spring 2014 collection. Designed to be versatile enough to suit both the subtle and the statement-making beauty maven – and to create looks for both day or night – the collection consists of more wearable hues that can be used to create a stronger, sexier look when desired. It would have been a great addition to my Christmas wishlist, but hey – now I have something to spend one of my many gift cards on!

Top Products for Your Hair

Whether your hair is curly, straight, long or short, the below products we spotted on Real Simple can help you tame it.



John Frieda Salon Shape Air Brush: This handy tool is nice because it combines a bunch of styling tools in one. Air flows through vents in the brush so you can dry and style your hair with one hand. The tool even works as a hot-curler when used on dry hair.

Twistband Headbands: These fashion-forward headbands are convenient because they go with everything, suit any hairstyle and length and provide maximum comfort with their elasticity. Available in a variety of colors and prints, there is one for every style.

Cricket Ultra Smooth Comb Collection: For those that suffer from difficult knots, the Cricket Comb is for you. The teeth of the comb are infused with argan and olive oils that make detangling easy while smoothing hair without tearing.

T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers: If you struggle with using curling irons, consider getting these voluminous hot rollers instead for gorgeous curls. They warm up in 3 minutes and retain heat for up to 20, allowing you to go about your business while your style sets – nonslip clips ensure they stay in place.

Jonathan Product Green Rootine Dry Shampoo: If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to wash your hair, get rid of grease with Jonathan Product Dry Shampoo. The portable brush-on applicator is packed with oil-absorbing powder for quick and easy freshening on the go.

Sray KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry: Avoid long, 45-minute blow-dries with this speedy blow-dry spray. Simply apply it to towel-dried hair and it cuts your drying time in half. The formula includes water-repelling silicone and also softens strands.

Would You Splurge on Essie’s At-Home Gel Manicure System?

  • posted April 5th, 2014
  • Beauty

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Although it doesn’t leave my nails in the best condition, I love me a gel mani! I quickly got hooked on gel manicures after finally taking the plunge and popping my Shellac ”cherry” last summer, after too many years of wasted money on insufficient, chip-prone “regular” manicures. And then last fall, like it was meant to be, one of my favorite nail polish brands Essie released their own professional LED gel system. Essie’s system boasts a gentler, care-conscious take on the traditional in-salon gel manicure that won’t leave nails in crappy condition when it’s time to take them off, and also comes equipped with a line of 36 gel shades to keep your nail game on-point! Of course, a salon-worthy tool like this doesn’t come cheap; the lamp itself will cost you a pretty penny ($199 to be exact), but think of all the money you’ll save on salon manis in the future!

Have you tried Essie’s at-home LED gel system? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Bold Brows Made Easy Thanks to Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

  • posted March 29th, 2014
  • Beauty


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As someone who has been cursed with sadly sparse yet fiercely coarse brows, I’ve more or less made it my mission to defy my God-given features and somehow achieve awesome arches, even if that means faking it. I don’t have too many outlandish or unrealistic requests; I like my brows clean and precise without looking Sharpie’d on, and I like hairs to look groomed without appearing cemented into place. So far, I’ve tried a bevy of brow-shading and arch-taming projects — from pencils and gels to eyeshadows and even brow markers — but until recently, I had yet to find a “holy grail” of brow products that would shade, shape, and keep hairs in place throughout the day. Figures Anastasia Beverly Hills would come to the rescue! The brow mecca’s latest product ventures into a product variety I had not yet seen before: brow pomade! Dipbrow Pomade is highly-concentrated and buildable, so you can shape, define, and “carve” brows with the utmost precision, and also expertly blend color to create a more natural appearance. As for wayward strands, the waxy formula also keeps hairs in place, but won’t smudge or smear, even on oily skin.

Have you tried Anastasia’s Dipbrow Pomade yet? What are YOUR favorite brow products? Let us know in the comments below!

CLEAN Rollerball Collection Celebrates the Simple Scents in Life

  • posted March 22nd, 2014
  • Beauty


Maybe it’s my relatively weak sense of smell, or maybe it’s just that my overzealous obsession with makeup leaves little room for perfume-buying… either way, I’ve never been much of a fragrance girl. Sure, I like to smell nice (who doesn’t?), but I’ve never really considered the act of choosing a fragrance to be a can’t-miss step in completing my overall beauty look or “identity.” So, for all the girls who want to just-plain-smell-nice without the fuss, CLEAN has created a 5-piece rollerball set dedicated to the simplest, freshest, purest fragrance pleasures in life. The result? Light, wearable scents in fragrances like Fresh Laundry, Rain, and Warm Cotton. I know, I know, they sound a little too literal and not, well, pretty… but mixed with your own natural scent and skin chemistry, they’re addictively fresh and even a little floral. Keep them on-hand to freshen up mid-day at the office, after the gym, or just as a light, clean, everyday scent that’s never overpowering.

BB Cream For Your Body? Jergens Delivers!

  • posted March 15th, 2014
  • Beauty


Just when you thought you’d seen it all, the ever-popular alphabet beauty trend shows no signs of stopping! Nearly all of our favorite makeup and skincare brands have jumped on the BB bandwagon, but few have expanded into developing BB creams that aren’t just for your face! That is, until Jergens’ latest moisturizer! After all, with spring around the corner and miniskirt weather not too far away on the horizon, skin-perfecting from head-to-toe is essential for prepping for the stylish, sunny days ahead! Available in two different shades (light-medium skin tones, and medium-deep skin tones), Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream boasts 5 skin-boosting perks: it hydrates, illuminates skin with a subtle sheen, evens redness and discoloration, firms, and corrects tone while blurring the appearance of imperfections. It goes on sheer and dries quickly, improving skin with each use while also creating the immediate appearance of a more perfect complexion. And at only $12 a bottle, you’ll be ready for shorts season in no time!