Saturday, June 29th, 2013 | Nail Polish, Product Picks, Swatches | 2 Comments
Nail polish is the new lipstick, and if you haven’t been under a rock in the last year you know that creative nail polish art has gone mainstream. Nail product giant Sally Hansen has kept up with the nail art trend and has updated their fun-and-easy nail polish strips line, Salon Effects, to include more patterns like this handwritten love letter polish.
Reminiscent of the cool DIY newsprint nail polish look, these handwritten polish strips combine a DIY modern feel with a hint of old-school paper and ink, but without all the extra steps, paper cuts or consumption.
More swatches of Sally Hansen handwritten Love Letter nail polish strips… —› › Continue reading
Saturday, May 25th, 2013 | Nail Polish, Product Picks, Swatches | Comments Off
To celebrate my first time wearing nail polish after a long hiatus, I thought I’d start off with a new polish I’ve been dying to try by Sheswai Lacquer. What makes Sheswai Lacquer stand out is their gorgeous bottles with custom sustainably harvested wood caps and their beautiful 3 Free color selection. Not only are Sheswai nail polishes free of formaldehyde, DBP and toluene, —› › Continue reading
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 | Beauty and Science, Collaborations, Hot Happenings, Makeup | Comments Off
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to a new era in foundation shopping! Finally recognizing the plight of the modern multicultural foundation shopper, Sephora & Pantone have developed an innovative new system of foundation matching.
The new Sephora + Pantone Color IQ system digitally scans the skin using a handheld imaging device, determines the Pantone color that most closely matches your skin color from a range of 110 skin tone shades, and searches an extensive product database to retrieve the best foundation shade matches.
The Color IQ handheld digital scanner is actually used to take images of the skin at three different areas – forehead, neck, and chest – to calculate the closest Pantone shade match. —› › Continue reading
Friday, October 5th, 2012 | Hot Happenings, Makeup, Photos | 1 Comment
Meilily Hot Happenings: PopSugar’s September 2012 Must Have Box is Here! Get the details!
If you haven’t already signed up for the monthly Must Have box from PopSugar, check out these goodies from the latest September box to see what you’re missing!
Each PopSugar Must Have Box comes with a variety of curated products every month selected by PopSugar editors from categories like beauty, fashion, food, and home. Unlike many other subscription boxes focused on just one category, there’s a good chance this monthly sampler will keep your interest and introduce new products. Try it for just one month ($35), or subscribe and save.
You won’t know what you’re getting until your Must Have Box arrives in the mail!
Spoiler alert… Photos and more details from the PopSugar September Box: —› › Continue reading
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 | Fashion, Featured Looks, Stores, Style Picks | Comments Off
Meilily Featured ShopStyle Look: Paris-inspired Print Blouse & Full Skirt for Summer/Fall!
If you’ve ever been to Paris and found yourself gazing longingly at any of the gorgeously understated shop windows, you’ll understand the inspiration for this Featured Look.
On my first trip to Paris, I stumbled upon an amazing window display for Parisian label, Cotelac. So delightful! Such casual sophistication!
When I soon discovered that an outfit of such understated sophistication as seen in the Cotelac shop window was not to be had for less than US$1,000, I vowed to return home and recreate the look for less.
Here is an admittedly more American take on the print blouse & full skirt combo inspired by Cotelac:
The look centers on a sheer print top in an enchanting woodsy green shade like this Maggie Ward silk blouse or a DKNY chiffon blouse with animal print (if you like that sort of thing). Of course you’ll need a full neutral skirt like this Gun Print skirt by Porcelain (found at Modcloth) or —› › Continue reading
Sunday, July 15th, 2012 | Jewelry, Photos, Product Picks, Style Picks | Comments Off
Erica Weiner is still one of my favorite indie jewelry makers. From the ingenuity and whimsy of her best-selling handcuff lariat necklace, and now to the vintage sweetness of her letterpress lyrics heart necklaces, there’s something extra special about Erica Weiner’s pieces.
Earlier this year, during a sale, I picked up a couple Sweetheart Necklaces by Erica Weiner with custom stamped text on both sides. The one inch brass heart is like a larger and flatter sweetheart candy heart on a 16″ chain, and with custom, slightly imperfect, letterpress lettering it looks rather striking and feels one-of-a-kind.
I chose to customize the necklaces with lyrics —› › Continue reading
Monday, June 11th, 2012 | Fragrance, Product Picks | Comments Off
The Tocca Love Yourself Fragrance Collection mini set is one of the best deluxe sample sets I’ve seen in a long time. If you’ve always wanted to try Tocca fragrances, the Love Yourself Fragrance Collection is a great way to try a variety of Tocca scents in perfectly sized mini spray vials. Give it or get it!
The Tocca Love Yourself Fragrance Collection set includes seven Tocca fragrances in 0.05 oz eau de parfum spray vials:
- Stella – blood orange, spicy lily, white freesia, orchid, musk, sandalwood notes
- Cleopatra – grapefruit, greens, jasmine, tuberose, patchouli, amber, vanilla notes
- Florence – bergamot, blue iris, blonde wood notes —› › Continue reading
Sunday, April 8th, 2012 | Makeup, Photos, Product Launches, Product Picks | Comments Off
Meilily Product Photos & Details: Paul & Joe Beaute Cat Blusher Stick 10th Anniversary Limited Edition!
Parisian beauty brand, Paul & Joe Beaute, started the feline makeup trend last Fall with their adorable cat-shaped lipsticks, and now they’re back with a new Limited Edition Kitten Collection for Spring 2012. This year’s stand-out cat-shaped makeup product is the Paul & Joe Cat Blusher Stick, shown here in shade 002 Minou, a shimmering coral pink.
The fruity-floral scented Paul & Joe Beaute Blusher Sticks come in three shades, —› › Continue reading
Monday, February 20th, 2012 | Nail Polish, Product Testing | Comments Off
Why go to the salon for a gel manicure when you can do it yourself at home?
The new LED gel manicure kit from Red Carpet Manicure promises to get you “gorgeous color and incredible shine, that lasts and lasts,” at home, for about the price of two salon gel manicures. So, how do you apply it, and, more importantly, does it actually work?
Find out how to apply Red Carpet Manicure gel polish and see why you may not want to say goodbye to the salon just yet…
Applying Red Carpet Manicure Polish for an At-Home Gel Manicure
Step 1: Apply Prep – cleans nails
Step 2: Apply Structure base coat, and cure 1 minute
Step 3: Apply LED gel nail color, and cure 2 minutes —› › Continue reading
Sunday, January 15th, 2012 | Collaborations, Free Stuff, Photos | 4 Comments
As one of their limited time offers, Sephora.com has been giving away gift with purchase bags with $25 orders, including a great little Hello Kitty Cosmetics Bag full of nice samples. From among three Sephora gift bag options, this clear Hello Kitty bag was my pick, because it’s Hello Kitty done right (and makes a great travel bag).
Unlike the traditional uber-pink Hello Kitty products that we girls used to adore as pre-adolescents, this Hello Kitty Sephora Originals bag seems designed for Hello Kitty girls who have grown up (and gotten jobs). Though this clear Hello Kitty cosmetics bag has a few touches of pale pink, it mostly features a subtle silver Hello Kitty print that will make you look twice.
More Details on the Hello Kitty Sephora Gift Bag… —› › Continue reading
Saturday, December 10th, 2011 | Makeup, Photos, Product Launches, Product Picks | Comments Off
The Nars Danmari Palette is a gorgeous limited edition set of six NARS Cosmetics blushes and bronzers. This kabuki-inspired cheek palette is just in time for the holidays and currently exclusive to Sephora. Great gift!
Why buy just one Nars blush (for $27) when you can get all six of these beautiful blushes (and bronzers) for only $65?!
Nars Danmari Blush & Bronzer Palette Shades:
- Orgasm Blush: Peach pink with gold shimmer – A cult favorite!
- Super Orgasm Blush: Peach pink with gold glitter – Party girl glam!
- Desire Blush: Bright pink – Don’t be scared!
- Sin Blush: Muted deep berry with golden shimmer – Nicely neutral and deep!
- Casino Bronzer: Medium-dark brown with slight golden shimmer – Coffee with your cream?
- Hungry Heart (1) Highlighter: Golden ivory with gold shimmer – Not your mother’s ivory!
The Nars Danmari Palette is a great gift idea for anyone who loves makeup!!! Overall, this is a well-curated blush and bronzer set- perfect for the single gal… or any gal in fact.
More Details & Descriptions: Nars Danmari All About Cheeks Palette… —› › Continue reading
Thursday, November 24th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Product Picks, Swatches | Comments Off
Need a fun gift idea – for yourself? While everyone else is out fighting holiday crowds, get yourself to the drugstore and pick up some Sally Hansen nail polish strips!
Sally Hansen Nail Effects nail polish strips come in a fun array of patterns, and the fishnet design in particular is fresh, modern and stylish. These nail polish strips are long-lasting and actually stay nearly perfect for one full week! Best of all, applying the Sally Hansen nail strips is cleaner and less error-prone than bottled nail polish.
More Photos, Swatches & Details of Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips…
My favorite of the nail polish designs, shown here, is called Misbehaved. —› › Continue reading
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