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Trim the Tree with Beauty Goodies Courtesy Sephora’s New Nail Polish

  • posted November 30th, 2013
  • Beauty

I’ll admit I was a little disappointed when I heard that Sephora was discontinuing their Sephora by OPI line of nail polishes – I had collected quite a stash of shades over the past several years – but when I saw the makeup megastore’s new line of lacquers, I was whistling a totally different tune. Formula X is definitely a step above their previous nail polish collaboration, with a series of fingertip toppers that focuses on bold, glossy finishes, opalescent metallics, and every kind of textured glitter you could possibly imagine. And just in time for the holidays, Sephora is making it even more fun to try out their new glitzy lacquers, thanks to a holiday ornament that’s perfect for gifting, stocking-stuffing, and even gilding your own tree at home. The polish inside is a glittery gold foil that’s perfect for sprucing up your existing manicure and instantly making it cocktail party appropriate! Maybe it’s jus the beauty addict/shopaholic in me talking, but somehow a Christmas tree is even more beautiful when it’s decked out in makeup goods, am I right?

- Alexandra Gambardella

Estee Lauder Looks to the Stars for Holiday Beauty Inspiration

  • posted November 17th, 2013
  • Beauty

I admittedly flip through to the final pages of a magazine to check out my monthly horoscope (hey, why not?), though I don’t exactly seek the planets’ advice when it comes to making major life decisions. That said, astrology’s influence on the latest fashion and beauty trends is undeniable – from Charlotte Olympia’s whimsical smoking flats to Valentino’s Spring 2014 accessories, and beyond. Beauty brand Estee Lauder isn’t one to let a major trend pass it by, so just in time for the Holiday 2013 gifting season, they’ve unveiled a new limited edition version of their Zodiac Powder Compacts. Redone in matte gold with rhinestone detailing, these sleek, astrology-inspired compacts house the brand’s Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder and are refillable, so you’ll be sure to get plenty of use out of it! Each collectible compact will set you back $50 apiece, which is a small price to pay for something that makes mid-day touch-ups infinitely more glamorous.

- Alexandra Gambardella

All I Want For Christmas is Mariah Carey’s New Holiday Collection for OPI!

  • posted November 5th, 2013
  • Beauty

Sorry, I couldn’t resist the post title. But It’s been almost two decades since the release of Mariah Carey’s first Christmas album, and few holiday albums since then have managed to evoke the same amount of seasonal cheer. You can’t deny it – Mariah definitely has the whole Christmas spirit thing under her Mrs. Claus belt, so it seems only fitting that she’d put her recent partnership with OPI to good use with another aptly-timed nail polish collection! The 18-shade Holiday 2013 collection is heavy on the red shades (though that’s hardly surprising), with some frosty, snow-inspired tones and of course, plenty of glitter. Mariah’s first collaboration line of polishes featured the debut of OPI’s Liquid Sand shades – gritty yet shimmery, ultra-fine glitter formulas – and this time, Mariah is unveiling six more limited-edition Liquid Sands, just in time for stocking-stuffing season! Not glitzy enough for you? Don’t fret – the holiday capsule collection also includes a top coat made out of genuine 18k white gold leaf, which is bound to put you right in cocktail party mood!

- Alexandra Gambardella

Glam Holiday Gifting: Winks by Georgie Lash Compacts

  • posted December 8th, 2012
  • Beauty

As a self-diagnosed lash addict, I’m surprised that I’ve only just recently discovered Winks by Georgie, a line of luxury lashes from sister duo Megan Allen and Abbey Watt. Well, better late than never, and there’s no better time than the holiday season to expand my beauty brand knowledge and maximize my gift-giving experience! To be honest, I usually try to stick to the cheapest drugstore brands when it comes to my own false lash looks (sadly I don’t take good enough care of my falsies to allow myself to splurge), but I’m frequently tempted by more expensive brand’s adorable packaging and more unique lash designs. Needless to say, Georgie’s new lash compacts have my inner shopaholic raging! A series of plush lashes, each housed in their own adorable themed compact (glue included), makes it easy to take your falsies with you and apply on the go, and makes it easy for you to keep them safe and un-squished between wears. Plus, these lashes (and their accompanying compacts) are eco-friendly! At only $28, they make the cutest stocking stuffer for any fellow beauty addict!

- Alexandra Gambardella

Shopping For the Man In Your Life: Affordably Luxe Gifts From Fossil

  • posted November 6th, 2012
  • Fashion

Try as you might to deny it, it’s about that time of year when it becomes a wise idea to kick-start your holiday shopping. Whether you’re really ambitious and want to cross all the names of your list by Thanksgiving (and maybe save Black Friday shopping for your own treats), or just want to make a sizable dent on all those gifts before it gets too late, trust me – you’ll be glad you started early! And in my own experience, men can be some of the toughest people to shop for (or rather, the easiest gifts to over think), so why not get started on the special men in your life – boyfriend/husband, brother, friend, dad, grandfather, uncle, etc. And what’s one thing they likely all have in common? They could probably use an upgrade to their accessories collection – and they don’t even know it – and Fossil is the perfect place to shop for manly digs that’ll help them clean up just a little bit nicer, but won’t make your shopping budget explode. Leather goods (wallets, work bags, etc.) are things almost every guy uses – whether he’s into style or not – but hates to shop for, so do your man a favor by picking something nice that will actually last. Is Uncle Joe always late to family get-togethers? Drop him a hint by gifting one of Fossil’s best-selling watches, like the Machine Leather Watch, which is sturdy and masculine but still stylish. And if you can’t get your boyfriend to wear anything but his fading vintage tees and worn-down sneakers that have definitely seen better days, upgrade his casual look with a solid pair of lace-up boots for the winter ahead, and a casual plaid button-down shirt that’s comfy without verging on sloppy.

Browse the rest of the male-approved gifts in Fossil’s men’s section!

- Alexandra Gambardella

Supermodel Sasha Pivovarova Lends Her Sketching Talents to GAP Body!

  • posted January 26th, 2012
  • Fashion

Beauty, style, an eye for art — some girls just have all the talent, don’t they? But it’s hard to hate Russian supermodel Sasha Pivovarova when her most recently-tapped talent translates to super-cute skivvies for us shoppers! Best known for her piercing looks and frequent appearances on designer runways far and wide, the supermodel also happens to be quite the sketcher and spends much of her backstage and off-the-runway time channeling her inner Picasso. Now her extraordinary side hobby, along with her fashion know-how, has inspired her own capsule collection for GAP Body. The collection, which has just begun rolling out pieces in stores and online, includes satin bralettes, “girl shorts,” and more modest lingerie pieces like camis, and all feature Sasha’s hand-drawn sketches. Aside from being cute, quirky, and unique, these pieces are also a bargain, with undergarments starting at just $19.95! If you aren’t a sucker for affordable designer collabos yourself, they also make the perfect gift for the girl who loves cozy and cute lingerie! If you like what you see so far, be sure to watch out for more pieces that will be gradually released through the new year!

Image Credit: Gap.com and Style.com

- Alexandra Gambardella

Trim The Tree With Festive Beauty Ornaments!

  • posted December 25th, 2011
  • Beauty

‘Tis the season to spread holiday cheer… and for a bona-fide beauty addict, what could possibly be more cheerful than ornaments filled with beauty goodies?! This season’s most gorgeous makeup and beauty gifts come packaged in a super-adorable fashion – nested right inside ornament capsules, or adorned with ribbon – so you deck the halls and trim the tree with darling beauty gifts, for you and your fellow makeup mavens! Of course, these will hardly be keepsake decorations that you can pass along for generations to come, but it is a pretty sweet idea if you’re still looking for the perfect gifts for the beauty junkies on your list! Some of my favorites are the MAC Dazzlespheres, which encase some of the brand’s best-selling seasonal items like Dazzleglass and Cremesheen Lipglasses, shimmery pigments, or limited edition nail lacquers. And for the skincare-obsessed ladies on your list, look no further than Philosophy’s sweet ornament gifts, which house some of the brand’s must-haves like Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser and Hope in a Jar!

Also pictured: Harajuku Lovers Jingle G and Jasmine La Belle Cosmetics Lipstick Ornament.

- Alex Gambardella

Per-fekt Beauty’s Holiday Set, For The No-Nonsense Gal Who Does it All!

  • posted December 21st, 2011
  • Beauty

Just because a girl isn’t a total makeup junkie doesn’t mean she doesn’t appreciate the gift of beautifying. In fact, a busy girl on the go who doesn’t normally have the time to focus on her beauty routine may really appreciate you having her back by introducing her to some quality, no-nonsense beauty must-haves that she wouldn’t necessarily scout out on her own, that will give her that polished look on the outside to match her detail-oriented persona. If this sounds like someone on your list that you still have to shop for, look no further than Per-fekt’s Eye Do It All Holiday Duo. The high-end beauty brand has created a gift set featuring a partnership of their two fan-favorite product essentials – Brow Perfection Gel and Eye Perfection Gel – designed for the gal on the go who isn’t fussy but still appreciates the need to look her best. The clear brow gel tames and conditions unruly brows for a polished look that blends with everyone’s brow tone, while the brightening eye gel conceals dark circles and imperfections for a bright-eyed appearance all day long, no matter how many meetings you’ve powered through!

 

Warm Up to a Good Cause with Scarlett Johansson’s Neff Beanies

  • posted December 9th, 2011
  • Fashion

Scarlett Johansson is probably most known for her girl-next-door appeal, even in her most glamorous moments on the red carpet. She’s the celebrity you want to hate (because your boyfriend has this huge crush on her) but you just can’t, because she just seems so darn… real. Ugh! And if you thought it was hard enough to hate her as it is, she’s now putting her celebrity platform to good use with a collaboration with Neff Headwear to fight cancer in the name of cold-weather wear. Scarlett has teamed up with the sporty brand to create two specially designed beanies, available only at Zappos, with a fraction of the proceeds going to City of Hope – one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers. These cotton beanies are not only just about the coziest stocking stuffer you can hand out this year, but they truly are the gift that keeps giving – up to 5,000 purchased beanies are matched with a beanie donation to City of Hope’s cancer survivors, while every purchase after that earns City of Hope a 10% donation. Hats off to that, Scar-Jo!

- Alex Gambardella

Sugar Plum Lips with Yves Saint Laurent’s Golden Gloss Trio!

  • posted December 2nd, 2011
  • Beauty

Don’t get me wrong, I love Yves Saint Laurent’s non-traditional color choice for their holiday lip gloss set, but… it really wasn’t what I was expecting! The latest Golden Gloss Holiday Trio features three pleasant purple shades (Numbers 2, 10, and 19, to be exact!) – ranging from lavender to deep grape – and while they certainly aren’t colors that I’ve ever decked the halls with, they’re all pretty fabulous! Not only are the shades fresh and unexpected, but they’re also infused with real 24K gold flakes, along with nourishing oils, so they glossify lips with some seriously luxe shimmer, shine, and moisture! And considering it’s a $90 value for only $59, it’s a killer steal, whether you’re shopping for yourself or a friend. So if you’ve got a lip gloss addict on your holiday shopping list – or just know a gal who really loves purple – this is the perfect holiday gift set to set to share some gorgeousness and cheer!

- Alex Gambardella

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