January 31, 2012

Quote du Jour: Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson

Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Jane, you did the one thing you're supposed to do when someone threatens you; survive.

Love's a bitch.

I lived in New York all my life, I never needed a car. Then I guess I hit a midlife crisis.

January 28, 2012

Beauty Sales: Week of January 29th

  • Baby Quasar (Sale begins Noon ET 1/30)
  • Kate Somerville (Sale begins Noon ET 2/1)

  • LightStim, myfaceworks, theBalm (Sale begins 8am PT 1/30)
  • Actifirm, TEI Spa (Sale begins 8am PT 1/31)
  • Hairdo by Jessica Simpson, HerStyler, Rsession Tools (Sale begins 8am PT 2/1)
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 2/2)
  • Best Teeth Bleaching (Sale begins 8am PT 2/3)
  • Me! Bath (Sale begins 9am PT 1/30)
  • philosophy (Sale begins 3pm ET 2/1)

January 27, 2012

Review: MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer

Lately, my skin problem has not been active breakouts, but the scars that past breakouts have left behind. Several months ago, I found myself looking for a new concealer and came across the MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer ($30). Sephora is the exclusive retailer for this concealer and it is available in twelve shades.

Although it is slightly thick, it applies nicely to your skin without feeling too cakey, and since it is so thick, a lot of product is not necessary. This concealer is great for covering pretty much anything from hyper pigmentation, to active acne, to scaring. The only area I wouldn't recommend this for is under your eyes.

Quick tip: Apply your concealer first, because applying your foundation afterwards will give your skin a more flawless finish.

January 26, 2012

Gossip Girl "Father and the Bride" Fashion Round-Up

Vena Cava Judy's Coat
Marc by Marc Jacobs Quad Sweater
Haute Hippie Embellished Mini
Rachel Roy Cabrey Boots

Alexandre Birman Python Mary Jane Pumps

Nanette Lepore Local Vine Dress
Bvlgari Serpentini Bag

Sam&Lavi Floral Top
Alexandre Birman Heels
Stephen Dweck Necklace
Stephen Dweck Agate Ring
Bvlgari Bag

Carolina Herrera Spring 2011 Organza Dress
Diane von Furstenberg Milford Alpaca Coat
Stuart Weitzman Time Platform Pumps

January 25, 2012

Style Icons: Marilyn Monroe

Relaxed Chic
  • Although known for her sex symbol status, Marilyn looked beautiful relaxed in a sweater and capri's, her choice of off-set ensembles.
Sex Symbol
  • For a scene in The Seven Year Itch, Monroe donned the most iconic dress in film of all time. A crepe halter dress designed by William Travilla flew around Monroe over a subway grate at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 51st Street in New York City.
  • Monroe flew to New York City on President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday, just three months before her untimely death. Monroe was sewn into a sheer flesh-colored dress by Jean-Louis covered in 2500 rhinestones.

January 23, 2012

Link Love: Jan. 15-21

My Smokey Eye With a Twist [sayanythingbr00ke]

10 Golden Globes Looks for Less [Betty Confidential]

Cindy Crawford's Lookalike Tween Daughter Is Face of Young Versace [Style Ite]

DIY Satsuma Candle [Because I'm Addicted]

How to wear a Fur Gilet / Vest [Fashion Paparazzis]

Sponsored Post: Glam Expert - 5 Style Rules You Should Break [Temptalia]

January 21, 2012

Beauty Sales: Week of January 22nd

  • Hair Care Solutions: Sedu Tools & More (Sale begins Noon ET 1/27)

  • CARGO Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 1/22)
  • Skin Authority, Whitening Lightning (Sale begins 8am PT 1/23)
  • Alison Raffaele, Alterna, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals (Sale begins 8am PT 1/24)
  • Evis MD, Nia 24 (Sale begins 8am PT 1/25)
  • La Fresh, Ricky's NYC Mattese Elite, Strixaderm (Sale begins 8am PT 1/26)
  • Kinerase, Winter Skin Savers (Sale begins 8am PT 1/27)
  • InStyler and TopStyler, NEO Hair Tools, NuBrilliance (Sale begins 8am PT 1/28)

    • NuMe Style (Sale begins 11am ET 1/22)
    • 360 Skincare (Sale begins 11am ET 1/25)
    • Michael Todd Cosmetics (Sale begins 11am ET 1/27)
    • Vincent Longo Cosmetics (Sale begins 9am PT 1/27)

    January 17, 2012

    Gossip Girl "The End Of The Affair?" Fashion Round-Up

    Alice + Olivia Stacey Dress
    Augden NY Brittany Cropped Cardigan
    Mimi So Jackson Ring

    McQ by Alexander McQueen Trompe l'Oeil Blazer
    Aexander McQueen Vest

    Naeem Khan Rosette Dress

    Lorena Sarbu Sequin Scallop Dress

    Gryphone Sherlock Cape
    Diane von Furstenberg Trelodie Tie Top in Curry
    Alice + Olivia Oshi Boucle Skirt
    Fendi Peek-a-Boo Tote
    Miu Miu Patent Platform Loafer Pumps
    Ann-Marie Faulkner Brocade Beret

    January 16, 2012

    Review: January 2012 Birchbox

    This month's box includes:
    Juicy Couture Juicy Couture- Juicy's signature fragrance is a blend of sweet floral notes. Sophisticated and feminine, it's perfect for day or night.

    Jouer Body Butter- Ingredient snobs, take note. This rich formula softens rough patches with pure shea butter, plus olive and avocado oils.

    ORIGINS Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash- What if your skin has dry patches and oily spots? Alleviate both concerns with this multi-tasking cleanser.

    stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner- It's time to put down the black liner. This colorful pigment makes eyes stand out and stays put for hours.

    Tay Safflower Seed Night Cream- An all-natural moisturizer that gives new meaning to the term beauty sleep: organic jojoba and safflower renew skin overnight.

    Lifestyle Extra: LARABAR Mini Bar- You won't find any artificial fillers in these natural bars: just dried fruits, nuts, and other wholesome ingredients. They're as tasty as they are healthy.

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    January 13, 2012

    Beauty Sales: Week of January 15th

    • Valentine Luxury Scent Event (Sale begins 8am PT 1/16)
    • MOR Cosmetics, Zents (Sale begins 8am PT 1/17)
    • Baci Eyelashes, Booty Parlor (Sale begins 8am PT 1/18)
    • Michael Todd Cosmetics, Twist & Pout (Sale begins 8am PT 1/19)
    • Iso Beauty, Somme Institute (Sale begins 8am PT 1/20)
    • BeFine, Beyond the Beauty, GLOSS Moderne (Sale begins 8am PT 1/21)

      • Beauty Must Haves (Sale begins 11am ET 1/18)
      • Megan Miller Nail Polish (Sale begins 11am Et 1/19)
      • Korres Cosmetics (Sale begins 9am PT 1/16)
      • Crystal Peel (Sale begins 9am PT 1/18)
      • Bremenn Research Labs (Sale begins 9am PT 1/20)

      January 11, 2012

      Review: Benefit The POREfessional

      My skin has been less than perfect through my teenage years, so I am always testing new primers and foundations to create a flawless yet natural look for my skin. A product I have been using for about a month is Benefit Cosmetic's The POREfessional ($29). When applied under foundation as a primer, this oil-free translucent silky balm minimizes the appearance of pores.
      Overall, the balm leaves your skin looking better before you even apply your foundation. Note that it isn't meant to minimize your pores over time, but only minimize their appearance once you apply the balm. I typically apply the balm onto my T-zone where my pores appear the largest, over another primer, and a little goes a long way! I recommend this 100% if you want to reduce oil and smooth out your skin.

      January 9, 2012

      Link Love: Jan. 1-7

      Best Beauty Products of 2011 [FleurDeForce]

      10 Worst Beauty Products of 2011 [Temptalia]

      Best of 2011 Winners Roundup: Your Favorites in Fitness, Beauty, Style, Celebrity, & More! [Tres Sugar]

      Kim Kardashian Gets Bangs [Beauty Blogging Junkie]

      Spotting: Great Skin Takes A Lot Of Pate [The Luxury Spot]

      THE NSFW Kid's Clothing Ad: French Fashion Company's Major Faux Pas [Shine from YAHOO]

      January 7, 2012

      Beauty Sales: Week of January 8th

      • Winter Skin Care Solutions Shop (Sale begins Noon ET 1/11)
      • KORRES Natural Products, StriVectin (Sale begins Noon ET 1/12)

      • M LAB (Sale begins 8am PT 1/9)
      • Premier Dead Sea Products (Sale begins 8am PT 1/10)
      • BriteSmile, skyn ICELAND (Sale begins 8am PT 1/11)
      • Booty Parlor, Trend Tweeze (Sale begins 8am PT 1/12)
      • Sedu featuring Jonathon Haircare (Sale begins 11am ET 1/11)
      • Actifirm (Sale begins 9am PT 1/10)
      • Cosmetics from E.L.F. and Naturale Beauty (Sale begins 9am PT 1/12)

      January 5, 2012

      Review: Murad Acne Spot Treatment

      Once in a while, I have a major breakout freakout- and these moments do not typically go over well. The Murad Acne Spot Treatment ($18) combines sulfur, zinc, salicylic acid, and licorice root extract to reduce the appearance of, heal, and soothe acne.

      I have combination skin that feels normal to dry without any makeup, but by the end of the day it is very oily. This product is slightly drying, so only use a little bit on the affected area, but after a few uses you will be able to tell if it will dry out your skin. It feels slightly gritty when you rub it into the affected area, but after you apply moisturizer, you can't tell it's there. I would not recommend using this in the morning unless you do not plan on applying makeup because it may give a streaky appearance to your skin.

      Quick tip: Always apply your strongest product to your skin first, i.e. your acne creams or spot treatments before you moisturize and tone. The first product you apply will penetrate your skin the deepest.

      January 3, 2012

      Yay or Nay? Paula Abdul's Suit

      What do you think of Paula's menswear inspired suit? This Louis Verdad off-white suit with nude stripes was accessorized with oversized gold hoop earrings and a bejeweled Pepsi can purse. Do you like the menswear trend- tell me: Yay or Nay?

      January 1, 2012

      Link Love: Dec. 25-31

      New Year's Eve Makeup Tutorial [DulceCandy87]

      4 Skincare Ingredients to Try (and What to Avoid) [Bella Sugar]

      Our Favorite Body Washes & Lotions For Dry Winter Skin [Beauty High]

      Best Of: Resort 2012 [Who What Wear]

      Tickled Pink (and Red) [Cupcakes and Cashmere]

      Top 10 Fashion Scandals of 2011: Conde Nast, Fur Bans, & More [Style Caster]