December 31, 2011

Beauty Sales: Week of January 1st

  • Amore Pacifica (Sale begins Noon ET 1/3)
  • Mario Badescu (Sale begins Noon ET 1/6)
  • Clean Start: Skincare Secrets from Dr. Copeland Skincare, Caudalie, & More (Sale begins Noon ET 1/7)

  • Caroline Chu, Valera (Sale begins 8am PT 1/2)
  • Terax Hair Care, TruDerma (Sale begins 8am PT 1/3)
  • LightStim (Sale begins 8am PT 1/4)
  • Amal Oils, Cures by Avance (Sale begins 8am PT 1/5)
  • Immoral Tanning, RapidLash (Sale begins 8am PT 1/6)

    • Strixaderm (Sale begins 11am ET 1/1)
    • GMJ Beauty (Sale begins 11am ET 1/4)

    • Michael Todd Cosmetics (Sale begins 9am PT 1/2)
    • Goldfaden: New Year, New Skin (Sale begins 9am PT 1/4)
    • Best Beauty Picks of 2012 (Sale begins 9am PT 1/6)

    December 27, 2011

    Shopping Savvy

    Shopping can be an addiction to say the least, so here are a few of my tips I [try to] use when shopping. Enjoy!

    1) When you shop online, use ebates. You can earn back a small percentage of your order when you shop through their website. On their website you can also find coupon codes for your favorite websites. Note that not every shopping site under the sun is on ebates, but you're bound to find a few of your favorite e-tailers on ebates.

    2) Price match before you buy. In the words of Cher Horowitz "Let's do a lap before we commit to a location." If you have the time, browse all the stores you want to go to before buying. You may think that the gray cardigan at H&M for $25 is a great deal, until you find one you like even better at Forever 21 for $15.

    3) Set a budget for yourself at the beginning of every month. Plan out how much money you expect to take in and how much you plan to spend every month. Divide your budget into various sections ie. clothing, food, entertainment...etc. and set limits for each section. If you plan before you buy you will be less likely to come home with impulse purchases.

    4) Buy what you need, not what you want. Of course, little impulse indulgences are ok every once and a while, but this should not make up a majority of your spending. Think of cost-per-wear. Which sounds more effective to you- a $200 dress you can wear once to a party, or a $200 "staple piece" you can wear multiple times?

    5) Keep track of store sales. While the Lush holiday line may be tempting to scoop up, did you know they have a sale of buy 1 get 1 free of nearly their entire holiday line that starts the day after Christmas? Pay attention to when stores hold their semi-annual and annual sales and save your coupons until then for maximum savings!

    December 26, 2011

    Beauty Sales: Week of December 25th

    • Clairins (Sale begins Noon ET 12/27)

    • e.l.f. Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 12/27)
    • Skinn Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 12/28)
    • Kinerase, Proliss (Sale begins 8am PT 12/29)
    • Being True, TanTowel (Sale begins 8am PT 12/30)

    • NuME Styling Tools (Sale begins 9am PT 12/26)
    • Bionova Lab Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 12/28)

    December 23, 2011

    Quote du Jour: Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olson

    Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olson in Grease.

    "Tell me about it, stud."

    "You're a fake and a phony and I wish I never laid eyes on you."

    "Are you making fun of me, Riz?"

    December 21, 2011

    Review: December 2011 Birchbox

    This month's box includes:
    Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional- Camouflage visible pores with this velvety face primer. This translucent formula works wonders beneath makeup.

    Harvey Prince Yogini- Take a deep breath and relax with this calming scent. Notes of sandalwood, Egyptian myrrh, and grapefruit will help you feel as good as you smell.

    Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink- We teamed up with one of our favorite brands to create this custom fuchsia shade. Apply one coat for semi-sheer pigment, or build it up for a hot pink pout.

    Olie Biologique 004 Huile Moderne- Five organic essential oils - including argan, rosehip, and bergamot - team up to moisturize face, body, and hair. A true superhero product for the winter months.

    Birchbox Treat: ShowStoppers Designer Fashion Tape- Celeb stylists swear by these double-sided tape strips, which will ensure that your party dress stays perfectly in place.

    Birchbox Treat: EBOOST Orange Natural Energy Booster- Bounce back post-party with this tangy citrus energy booster, packed with a mega-dose of nutrients.

    Check out Birchbox:

    December 19, 2011

    Beauty Sales: Week of December 19th

    • Dr. Hauschka (Sale begins Noon ET 12/22)

    • NYX Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 12/19)
    • Pixi & Pop Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 12/20)
    • JEAN-MICHELLE Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 12/21)
    • Hairdo by Jessica Simpson, NuME Style (Sale begins 8am PT 12/22)
    • Barielle (Sale begins 8am PT 12/23)

      • Dermanew, ghd, Peter Lamas (Sale begins 11am ET 12/19)
      • AHAVA Deadsea products, Beauty Must Have Events, Pomega5 (Sale begins 11am ET 12/20)
      • epilady, La Bella Donna, Panier Des Sens (Sale begins 11am ET 12/21)
      • Best Tressed Event (Sale begins 11am ET 12/23)
      • Belli Skincare for Pregnancy and Motherhood, Pangea Organics, The Perfect Hair: Best Appliances (Sale begins 9am PT 12/21)

      December 17, 2011

      Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Under $50

      Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50
      1. JAYSON HOME Cabebe Shell Dish $44
      2. ASOS Long Leaf Pendant $27.27
      4. MARC BY MARC JACOBS Earbuds Heart Earbuds $42
      6. Zara Leather Gloves $39.90
      7. Pier 1 Animal Print Clock $49.95
      8. Madewell Puddlejump Circle Scarf $34.50
      9. Deborah Lippmann 'Get This Party Started' Set $42
      10. Diptyque Perdigone Mini Candle $32

      December 15, 2011

      Recipe: Homestyle Mac&Cheese

      Mac&Cheese has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. This version is slightly more grown-up and tastes better than Kraft from a box. Next time I make this, I am probably going to add in another cheese and a little less nutmeg.

      December 14, 2011

      Pantene Live Hair Problems Chat

      Follow @Pantene using the hashtag #FixMyHair to have your burning hair questions answered by Dr. Jeni Thomas and Dr. Emily Overton tomorrow from 2-3 pm ET.

      December 13, 2011

      Review: Borba Skin Balance Gummi Bears

      I have never been one to like taking vitamins and medications, but gummy candies- sign me up! That's how I felt when I heard about these vitamins by Borba. The Borba Skin Balance Gummi Bears are $14.99 for 90 gummies. These gummies smell sweet and delicious, but they leave the weirdest after taste which I do not like at all, they are also really sticky. As for the aspect of clearing your skin, I didn't see that much of a difference in my skin.
      I did notice that my skin was breaking out a little bit, and I don't know if that was the vitamins cleansing out my skin or a reaction to the vitamins.

      Have you ever tried a beauty supplement before? Has it worked for you?

      December 12, 2011

      WWD Beauty Biz Awards 2011: Full Winner List

      The Manhattan Four Seasons was filled with some of the top Beauty Exec's in the Industry in December 8th from the 10th Annual WWD Beauty Biz Awards.

      Here is a full winner list:

      Visionary Award
      Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, Honorary Chairman, L'Oreal
      Newcomer of the Year
      Alexander Bolen, Chief Executive Officer, Oscar de la Renta (Prestige)
      Julia Goldin, Executive Vice President & Global Chief Marketing Officer (Mass)
      Corporate Social Responsibility Award
      Evelyn Lauder & The Est
      ée Lauder Companies Inc.

      Eco Awareness Award
      Pantene Nature Fusion

      Creative Influencer Award
      Peter Phillips, Global Creative Director for Makeup, Chanel

      Digital Innovative of the Year
      Birchbox (Prestige)
      Neutrogena (Mass)

      Product of the Year
      Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector (Prestige, Skin Care)
      Physicians Formula Skin Care (Mass, Skin Care)
      Clairol Nice 'N Easy Color Blend Foam (Mass, Hair Care)
      Bumble and bumble The Straight Line (Prestige, Hair Care)
      Justin Bieber Someday (Prestige, Fragrance)
      Avon (Mass)
      Ad Campaign of the Year
      Paco Rabanne Black XS (Prestige)
      John Frieda Precision Foam Color (Mass)
      Launch of the Year
      Dior Addict Lipstick (Prestige)
      Tom Ford Beauty (Prestige)
      Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (Mass)
      Nuance Salma Hayek (Mass)
      Retailers of the Year
      Sephora (Specialty)
      Macy's (Prestige)
      Duane Reade (Mass)

      Read all about this year's winners on

      photo credits: John Aquino/WWD Beauty Inc

      December 11, 2011

      Beauty Sales: Week of December 12th

      • Bring the Spa Home: Caudalie Skincare & More (Sale begins Noon ET 12/15)

      • Jane Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 12/12)
      • Stila (Sale begins 8am PT 12/13)
      • GO SMiLE, Mirabella Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 12/14)
      • gloProfessional (Sale begins 8am PT 12/15)
      • Crown Brush, Iso Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 12/16)
      • Senna Cosmetics (Sale begins 11am ET 12/13)
      • Lava Tech (Sale begins 11am ET 12/14)
      • 360 Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 12/12)
      • 29 Cosmetics (Sale begins 9am PT 12/13)
      • Beaute de Maman Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 12/17)

      • Corioliss Hair Products (Sale begins 3pm ET 12/12)

      December 7, 2011

      Gossip Girl "Riding In Town Cars With Boys" Fashion Round-Up

      Elie Tahari Bria Booties

      Badgley Mischka Fall 2011 Beaded Cowl Neck Gown
      Badgley Mischka Tiered Deco Earrings

      Luisa Beccaria Fall 2011 RTW Gold Wrap Dress

      Marchesa Ombre Fringed Dress
      Maison Martin Margiela Wool Moto Jacket

      Balenciaga Indienne Dress
      Diane von Furstenberg Yamika Jacket

      December 5, 2011

      Beauty Sales: Week of December 5th

      • TRIA Beauty Laser Hair Removal System (Sale begins Noon ET 12/6)

      • philosophy, theBalm (Sale begins 8am PT 12/5)
      • MOR Cosmetics, Urban Decay (Sale begins 8am PT 12/6)
      • Jemma Kidd, lifetherapy (Sale begins 8am PT 12/7)
      • JUARA, taste, Twist & Pout (Sale begins 8am PT 12/8)
      • StriVectin (Sale begins 8am PT 12/9)
      • Cosmesis Skincare (Sale begins 11am ET 12/5)
      • Basq (Sale begins 11am ET 12/7)
      • Carol's Daughter, chi (Sale begins 11am ET 12/9)
      • Freeze 24-7 (Sale begins 3pm ET 12/5)