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Visit Credo Beauty Boutique for Truly Natural Beauty & Skincare

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 | Beauty and Awareness, Featured Shops, Makeup, Skincare, Stores | Comments Off

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I recently stumbled upon one of my favorite spots in San Francisco, Credo Beauty, a natural beauty boutique and mini Tata Harper spa in the Fillmore district of SF. Credo Beauty carries a wonderful assortment of natural and organic beauty and skincare brands, all of which are held to strict natural ingredient requirements.

Credo Beauty SF is my kind of store: It carries a variety of harder-to-find natural beauty and skincare brands, has beautiful displays in a small clean store, and best of all, it is located near another favorite spot, the International Orange spa. › Continue reading

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Julep Glow in the Dark Nail Polish in Nicola. Looking for a little Glow?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 | Beauty and Science, Nail Polish, Photos, Product Launches, Swatches | Comments Off

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Whether it’s that time of year when the sky glows orange, leaves fall, and we plan elaborate costumes, or whether it’s just time for a fun club night, nothing catches our attention like stuff that glows in the dark.  Glow sticks, glow paint, and now glow in the dark nail polish!

Meilily tested out a hot new glow-in-the-dark nail polish by Julep, a beauty company that specializes in delighting subscribers, or Mavens, with monthly 5-free and vegan nail treats.

Check out these photos and swatches for the lo-down on Julep’s Nicola glow in the dark nail polish!

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Handwritten Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Love Letter

Saturday, June 29th, 2013 | Nail Polish, Product Picks, Swatches | 2 Comments

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Meilily Photos & Swatches: Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips in Love Letter

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

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Sheswai Nail Lacquer in Stoned – Sustainable Wood & Swatches

Saturday, May 25th, 2013 | Nail Polish, Product Picks, Swatches | Comments Off

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Meilily Photos & Swatches: Sheswai Nail Lacquer in Stoned!  3 Free & So Pretty!

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

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Sephora + Pantone Color IQ: Foundation Matching Made Easier

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 | Beauty and Science, Collaborations, Hot Happenings, Makeup | Comments Off

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Meilily Beauty & Technology: Sephora + Pantone Color IQ Foundation Matching System Tested

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

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The PopSugar “Must Have” September Box Details

Friday, October 5th, 2012 | Hot Happenings, Makeup, Photos | 1 Comment

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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

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More Cat Makeup by Paul & Joe: Spring Cat Blusher Stick Photos & Details

Sunday, April 8th, 2012 | Makeup, Photos, Product Launches, Product Picks | Comments Off

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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

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At Home Gel Manicure? Red Carpet Manicure LED Gel Kit Review & Photos

Monday, February 20th, 2012 | Nail Polish, Product Testing | Comments Off

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Meilily Product Review & Photos: Red Carpet Manicure LED Gel Kit!

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

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Nars Danmari Cheek Palette: Limited Edition and All About Cheeks!

Saturday, December 10th, 2011 | Makeup, Photos, Product Launches, Product Picks | Comments Off

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Meilily Product Pick & Photos + Review: Limited Edition Nars Danmari Blush & Bronzer Palette!

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 SephoraGreat 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

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Nail Polish Strips that Work? Sally Hansen Nail Effects Strips

Thursday, November 24th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Product Picks, Swatches | Comments Off

Meilily Swatches: Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips - Fishnet
Meilily Product Pick & Swatches: Sally Hansen Nail Effects Strips – Fishnet Design!

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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Gel Nail Polish Removal: Long Lasting Shellac Manicure for Natural Nails – Photos & Details

Monday, August 1st, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing | 2 Comments

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Meilily Photos & Swatches: Shellac Gel Manicure Removal: After Week 3!

Concluding the first ever Meilily gel manicure photo and swatch series, which tracks one gel manicure over three weeks, this finale explains how to remove a gel manicure, at home, by yourself. It’s not pretty, folks, but it can be done!

The Meilily Guide to Removing Gel Polish at Home

They say you need to go to a salon to remove your gel manicure and, while it is true that there are special products for removing gel polish currently only available to salons, where salon removal consists of wrapping, soaking, and sliding the gel off, removal can also be done, perhaps less gracefully, at home.

Meilily Gel Manicure Removal DIY How-To:

1) Find the loose edges around the gel polish on each nail - By week 2 or 3 you should start to see a lot of nail growth and possibly a few loose edges on the gel polish. Identify the areas around the edge of the polish on each nail that you may be able to loosen. › Continue reading

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Bite Beauty: High Pigment Matte Pencil with Resveratrol – Good Enough to Eat?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 | Makeup, Photos, Product Launches, Swatches | Comments Off

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Meilily Product Review, Photos & Swatches: Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Honey Berry!

Bite Beauty is a new Sephora-exclusive product line that immediately turned my head, in part because of the elegant simplicity of the textured grey packaging with glossy red lettering, but also because of the alluring range of shades and textures – all just for lips. Also, the fact that Bite Beauty lip products contain food-grade ingredients and the resveratrol equivalent of five glasses of red wine is kinda cool too.

To try out the Bite Beauty line, I picked up a Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Honey Berry, because it looked gorgeously mauve-nude swiped on my hand and because it reminded me of my beloved Nars Velvet Matte Pencil formula. How did it stack up?

More on Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil, Photos & Swatches… › Continue reading

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