Hey everyone, it's time again for the awesome Stila Warehouse Sale!!! If you live in LA, you cannot miss this amazing event - it's always crazy good sales on everything you love from Stila. See you there!
I fell in love with the Cos Bar display at my Target and thought it was super-cool that Target is now featuring smaller shops which have become staples in various US Cities. Unfortunately my love-fest with Cos Bar ended as soon as I actually tried what I bought. Their facial cleansing wipes smell amazing (cucumber!) but don't take off anything at all. I was shocked they didn't even take off foundation which is always the easiest thing to get off my skin! Forget even trying to remove mascara or eyeliner. What an utter waste of my 5.00. I can only wonder - the products at their Aspen shop must be amazing and they lost something in the translation to Target, right?!
I know I've said it a bunch of times here, but just because it bears repeating - I like glitter nail polish way more now that I'm older than I ever did when I was a kid. I don't know if it's because I'm more into nail polish now than I was then or that I'm trying to recapture some youthful glory or maybe that's it just, I don't know... adorable, but I cannot get enough of sparkly shades. So you can imagine my delight when I walked into Sephora this past weekend and stumbled upon the new Nail Jewelry shades from nails inc. How fabulous is Burlington Arcade (the one above)? It's SO glittery and sparkly, it really is like wearing jewelry on your nails. (Except without the threat of losing it, which is good news for me because I misplace jewelry like it's going out of style). There are three different shades besides the one above - Emerald, Sapphire and Pink Diamond - and they're all equally full of color and glitter. I'm sure they're a pain in the ass to get off because glitter always is, but if you think that's going to stop me from using Burlington Arcade on my toes at my next pedicure, you really don't know me at all because I'm already counting down the minutes. Saturday can't come fast enough!
Pureology's Precious Oil is my hair's new best friend. Serious this multi-tasker of an oil reduces frizz, gives my hair amazing shine and has seriously prolonged my color (I'm not even kidding, it's incredible!). I thought it might weigh my hair down, but it does the opposite. You only need a few smal drops to make an amazing difference in both shine and texture of your hair. And if that wasn't enough to run right out and buy the stuff, it smells yummy (think beachy coconut smell). Best hair oil EVER! Thanks, Pureology!!
Note: A sample of this product was sent to me by a PR representative working with Pureology.
I have been so into the new trend of bold hair color streaks. Every time I see a celebrity with one of the new colored 'do's in a magazine, I want it. But let's face it, most of us can't jump on the bandwagon for a lot of reasons - time, maintenance, expense... I may work in a creative field, but as much as I loved Kate Bosworth's blue dipped streaks, I don't know if I can pull them off on a permanent basis, or how they'd go over at work. (Plus, I have to admit, after my traumatic Sun-In experience in 7th grade, I am loathe to play around with anything permanent that isn't done by a professional or even if it is, that could potentially really mess up my normal dark brown shade). That's why I'm loving Milani Hair's Clip In Hair Extensions. They're available in five different funky shades - Purple, Blue, Green, Fuchsia and Red - and at only $14.99, they couldn't be more affordable. Each package has two strips of 20" length hair in it - it's a good length for those of us with long hair, but if your hair is shorter, it's easy to cut to your perfect length. Even better is how easy they are to use. So, so simple. The top of each strip has a clip on it that functions exactly like a barrette - you snap it open, then position it in your hair, then just snap it closed. It is literally impossible to mess up. I'm terrible at doing my own hair (seriously, if I try to do anything fancy, it looks like I let a kindergartner wield the brush) and even I mastered this in under a minute. The shades themselves are super bright and fun too. I tried Purple and Red and I love the way they complement my dark brown locks and give it a fun pop of color. Plus, the fact that they're temporary makes them even more fun to play with. I can throw them in my bag and just clip them in after work if I'm going to happy hour or out with friends. I might have to pick up the rest of the shades and keep them around, just because you never know when you're gonna want to channel your inner wild child. So fun!
Note: A sample of this product was sent to me by a PR representative working with Milani Hair
True story - one of my best friends in college wore Angel, back when it first came out and you could only get it at a few stores, and the first time I smelled it on her, I instantly fell in love with the scent. But we hung out all the time and not only didn't I want to copy her, I'm sure she really didn't want me to hop on her fabulous fragrance bandwagon. But once we were out of college and not seeing each other every day, I got right on board and wore it all the time. For years. I loved, loved, loved it. Even when I stopped wearing it every day, I didn't do it because I got sick of it, it was really just that there were so many other scents I liked too, I wanted to wear them sometimes. But I still love it just as much as I ever did, which is why I got way too excited when I just saw that there's a new, slightly different Angel scent out called Angel Aqua Chic. The name is kinda weird because, uh, what exactly is "aqua chic" anyway? But the description of the scent totally intrigues me. Apparently, it's the first scent ever to be infused with aromatic waters. I have no idea what aromatic waters actually smell like, but since I love fresh, clean fragrances, it sounds like something I would be all over. And these are the notes in it - Bergamot, Hedione, Helional, Honey, Dewberry, Red Berries, Vanilla, Caramel, Patchouli, Chocolate, Coumarin. Sounds amazing, right? It's apparently a lighter version of the original scent, which is great because a obsessed as I am with it, Angel is a little heavy. It doesn't always fit when it's hot out, but this one sounds like it would be perfect for the summer months. I'm going to make it my mission this weekend to hunt down a bottle and smell it so I can hopefully find my next fragrance obsession. Don't let me down, Sephora!
You guys, I've become a hand cream aficionado lately. My hands have just been really dry for some reason so I've been using it by the tube full. My new recent favorite is Clinique's Even Better hand cream. (Its full name is actually Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15, but since that's a ridiculously long name to say, I'm declaring the two words enough). I haven't been using it nearly long enough to attest to its possible dark spot correcting properties, but as a regular ol' hand cream, I'm really loving it. It's thick, but not greasy, and it keeps my hands soft for hours after I use it. I'm especially enjoying the fact that it has an SPF 15 in it. For someone who wouldn't even think about leaving the house without sunscreen on my face, I'm woefully neglectful of protecting my body if I'm not wearing a bathing suit. I kind of feel like I spend so much time indoors, even the California sun can't affect my body in so few minutes a day, but the truth is, those minutes add up and I don't want to get old lady hands before my time. My only issue with Even Better (see - isn't two words easier?) is that it's pretty expensive at $35 a tube. That's not easy to justify if you're on a budget... or even if you're not, really. But if you're in the market for a good hand cream and have some extra money burning a hole in your pocket, this is a great choice. Just wait for a gift with purchase offer so you can snag some free stuff at the same time!
Note: A sample of this product was sent to me by a PR representative working with Clinique
So we all know of my huge love for London (which has recently been kicked up a notch due to my viewing of the new show "Selling London" this week on HGTV. I want to live in the place they showed that costs the equivalent of $50 million so I could swim in my indoor lap pool before I headed out to Harrod's to pick up some ham and cheddar scones. How is that not my life, people?!) So of course, when I was at ULTA yesterday and saw Stila's five new travel palettes, I had to grab the Lovely in London one before it sold out. (There were only three out of the five left, but luckily it was one of them). The travel palettes are more expensive than they were last year at $16, and they also flip open now instead of opening like a book, but they're still every bit as delightful as they have been in prior years. Each comes with five Eye Shadows and a Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream, and the shades are inside each are named after the city on the front. The shades in Lovely in London are called Tower Bridge, Duchess, Castle, Notting Hill and High Street and the Convertible Color is called Primrose. Very British names, right? It's a pretty basic neutral collection with shimmer in one of the shadows, so it's a palette almost anyone can use. Plus, how cute is the cover? If I'm being honest, even if the shades inside were hideous, I'd probably have bought it anyway just for the cover, but luckily that's not the case. (I know. I have a makeup buying problem). Although looking at it sitting next to me is really, really making me want to book a ticket to London, even more than I usually do, so maybe this purchase wasn't such a good idea. Don't forget me, London! I'll see you as soon as I can!
Are you a person who likes to takes surveys? Because my secret confession is that I kinda am. Even if it's some silly one question poll on like, People.com about Jennifer Aniston's hair, more often than not I'll click on my answer. I have no idea why. I guess I just enjoy a good poll! If you're like me, you'll be interested to hear about L'Oreal's new "2012 Hair Color Census." Here's all the official info on it:
Have you ever wondered if blondes really do have more fun OR if brunettes truly are the brainiest? In hopes of getting to the bottom of these hair color stereotypes once and for all, L’Oréal Paris is asking women of ALL hair hues to take the “2012 Hair Color Census,” presented by the brand’s Healthy Look Crème Gloss Hair Color.
Designed to take natural hair color up a notch, Healthy Look Crème Gloss’ digital and interactive “Turn It Up” Facebook campaign invites readers to express their hair color identity by …
Taking the Hair Color Census – Stand up for your shade by answering a short series of questions. In the coming months, L’Oréal Paris will reveal the findings and set the record straight! Find out which hair color group is deemed to be the wildest, the most trust-worthy and what else (besides at-home hair color) everyone wishes could be achieved in 10 minutes …
Enhancing Your Facebook Page– Just like natural hair color can always use a little boost, so can our Facebook photos! Add some glamour to your “social” life thanks to tools for creating customized cover photos, wallpaper and poster images, including editing options for adding a touch of sparkle and cool quotes/artwork to celebrate your hair shade (i.e. Life is Better Blonde).
Experiencing Shade Inspiration AND Entering to Win – Upload “Before & After” images of your Healthy Look Crème Gloss Color experience for a chance to win a year’s worth of FREE hair color. Plus, check out the “Who’s Turned It Up?” image gallery for hair color inspiration and find the Healthy Look Crème Gloss shade that’s right for you. Bonus: a downloadable $2-off coupon is the perfect excuse to get coloring.
As far as the results, L'Oreal will be getting out the headlines at a later date, but in the meantime, you can click here to check out the app and take the census. Enjoy, fellow poll people!
Uch, why am I not at the Queen's Jubilee celebration in London right now? It's my favorite place in the world (as I've said here many, many times) and all the news coverage of the concerts and the parties looks like so much fun. And don't even get me started on how upset I am that I can't go for the Olympics either. How fun would that be? I would even agree not to bitch about the ridiculously long flight it would take to get there from Los Angeles (and that would require a lot of restraint on my part because that flight SUCKS). Since I can't go, I'm consoling myself with Butter London's new Heavy Medal Trio. It's a limited-edition set in honor of the Olympics with three metallic polishes in shades of gold, silver and bronze. (They're shades you can buy individually too - the set contains The Old Bill, The Full Monty and Diamond Geezer. All awesome names, right?) I guess if I can't hop a flight to the UK, I'll have to content myself with playing around with these. Sigh...