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Lucha Keys: Fred & Friends Luchador Inspired Kitsch for Your Keys

Monday, May 3rd, 2010 | General, Photos, Style Picks | Comments Off

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Meilily Off-Beat Product Pick & Photos: Lucha Keys, Stretch Pants for Keys!

I have been on a Luchador kick lately, so I just couldn’t resist showing these luchador-inspired key jackets by Fred & Friends, though key jackets are a far cry from the beauty and style products typically featured on Meilily. To be fair, Lucha Keys are described as “stretch pants for keys,” so keys can be stylish too!

Inspired by the distinctive masks of luchadores or Mexican wrestlers, Lucha Keys, made in blue-red and green-lime rubber, stretch over › Continue reading

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For a Cause: Kiehl’s Limited Edition Celebrity-Designed Acai Toning Mists Benefit the Rainforest Alliance

Saturday, April 17th, 2010 | Beauty and Awareness, Photos, Product Launches, Skincare | Comments Off

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Meilily Product Photos: Kiehl’s Celebrity-Designed Acai Toning Mists!

What do recording artist Pharrell Williams, actress Julianne Moore, artist Jeff Koons, and model Malia Jones have in common? They have all designed limited edition labels for Kiehl’s Acai Damage-Protecting Toning Mist, with up to $200,000 of net profits from the sale of the celebrity Toning Mists going to the Rainforest Alliance.

These 100% organic Limited Edition Acai Toning Mists are available in Kiehl’s stores now for $26 for a 6 fl. oz. spray bottle (same price as the regular bottles). These lavender-scented toning face mists are are my current “hot product” picks for Spring and Summer. The limited editions may also be slight reformulations of the regular Acai Toning Mist, which also contains “100% natural origin ingredients” but do not say they are “100% organic.”

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Sublime Balkiss Fragrance by The Different Company: Product Photos & Details

Saturday, April 10th, 2010 | Fragrance, Photos | 2 Comments

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Meilily Product Photos: Sublime Balkiss Parfum by The Different Company!

I purchased a bottle of Sublime Balkiss by The Different Company on a whim during a trip to Barneys, likely feeling overwhelmed by their selection of fragrances and by the over-attentiveness of their staff. In the end, I am actually quite pleased with Sublime Balkiss: the subtle complexity and uniqueness of the perfume and the quality of The Different Company’s products and packaging.

The Different Company is a luxury fragrance brand that uses a high concentration of natural ingredients with the nose of perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, who has created fragrances for brands like Hermes, Cartier, and Van Cleef & Arpels, along with his perfumer daughter Celine. Their fragrance creations are unconventionally unisex and each is designed to have a different desired overall “olfactory effect.”   The Different Company has even been awarded a Green label by Greenpeace!

More photos and descriptions of Sublime Balkiss from The Different Company› Continue reading

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Product Photos: Ineke Perfumes Deluxe Sample Collection

Monday, March 8th, 2010 | Fragrance, Photos | Comments Off

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Meilily Product Photos: Ineke Perfumes Sample Collection!

Nothing makes me happier than a good sampler set, and I was in heaven when I discovered that Ineke Perfumes has a fantastic and affordable sample collection of Ineke Eau de Parfum Sprays.

The Ineke Deluxe Sample Collection is extremely well done and packaged amazingly. You get six unique deluxe samples of fragrance (A-F), each mini spray bottle (1.5 ml) individually packaged in a little matchstick size box and then placed in a beautiful pull-out box decorated with lovely calligraphy.

More Photos of Ineke Deluxe Sample Collection… › Continue reading

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Product Photos: Lipstick Queen – Butterfly Ball Lipstick

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 | Makeup, Photos | 1 Comment

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Lipstick Queen’s Butterfly Ball collection of lipsticks has gotten some buzz, particularly since this collection is inspired by the famous quote from legendary boxer Mohammed Ali, “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”

These lipsticks seem to be an exercise in juxtaposition – like sweet and sour or butterfly wings and bee stings – with the “sting” coming from the turquoise blue-purple flash of shimmer in each lipstick.

[fyi: Lipstick Queen is currently on sale at Gilt including the Chinatown Glossy Pencils, but unfortunately Butterfly Ball is not part of the sale!]

More Product Photos of Butterfly Ball in Goodbye… › Continue reading

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Product Photos: Space Snacks Boots by Irregular Choice – Retro Whimsy

Thursday, February 4th, 2010 | Fashion, Photos, Product Picks, Shoes | Comments Off

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Check out these super unique “Space Snacks” boots by Irregular Choice. If you can get your hands on some, they are sure to get you tons of compliments when you wear them!

These whimsical Irregular Choice Space Snacks Boots were a rare find on Endless.com last season, and their blue retro space-cowboy design with red patterned soles made me an instant fan of Irregular Choice shoes.

More Photos and Details: Irregular Choice Space Snacks Boots…

The Irregular Choice Space Snacks Boots come in a retro navy blue color, with metallic gold trim both at the top and in the star-shaped cutouts on the sides. › Continue reading

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Gift Pick & Photos: Tarte Crown Jewels Mini Lip Gloss Value Set

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 | Photos, Product Picks | Comments Off

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Meilily Gift Pick & Photos! Tarte Cosmetics Crown Jewels Lip Gloss Set

When I saw that tarte cosmetics was offering a new lip gloss value set specifically for gifting, I was impressed. As a huge fan of tarte cosmetics and of value sets, I decided I had to get my hands on one of these sets!*

Each tarte Crown Jewels Lip Gloss Set comes with three individually packaged and “giftable” boxes, each containing five mini lip glosses. In total, the set comes with fifteen paraben-free lip glosses, which contain tarte’s customary natural ingredients and smell a little like warm sugar.

Photos & More Details: Tarte Crown Jewels Lip Gloss Set › Continue reading

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Product Photos & Swatches: Paul & Joe Nail Enamel

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Picks, Sales, Swatches | Comments Off

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Meilily Product Pick, Photos & Swatches! Paul & Joe Nail Enamel!

Ever since Meilily was introduced to the wide world of Paul & Joe Beaute, a Parisian cosmetics and skincare line created by Sophie Albou that is much loved throughout the globe, an intense Paul & Joe beauty addiction began to smolder. After receiving a Paul & Joe Beaute product from one of the ladies at eMakeMeUp.com, this addiction was set ablaze, and… hauling commenced immediately.

Paul & Joe Nail Enamel: Scented & So Feminine!

One of the most interesting products from Paul & Joe Beaute, and one of the products I first hauled, is actually the Paul & Joe Nail Enamel, not just because of its unique floral glass bottle but also because it is a scented nail polish! It applies just like any good nail polish, but then it also smells quite nice when dry – like soft fruity flowers – with no yucky chemical smell! Amazing!

Swatches & More Photos of Paul & Joe Nail Enamel › Continue reading

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Product Pick & Photos: Nature-Inspired Bird Vine Jewelry Stand

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 | Organization, Photos, Product Picks | 3 Comments

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Meilily: Bird Vine Jewelry Stand

Meilily Product Pick & Photos! Bird Vine Jewelry Stand from Urban Outfitters!

I’ve been on the lookout for nature-inspired jewelry stands – you know, the ones shaped like twigs and branches – ever since I discovered the variety of jewelry stands available at UrbanOutfitters.com. I recently picked up this lovely Bird Vine Jewelry Stand from Urban Outfitters, and love it! It is made of sturdy metal with an antique gold finish, and has branches, leaves, and two cute birds – all to hold and neatly display all sorts of baubles.

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Product Pick: Aveda Comforting Tea

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 | Photos, Product Picks | 1 Comment

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Meilily: Aveda Comforting Tea

Meilily Product Pick! Aveda Tea!

If it is anywhere as cold where you are as it is here, you may enjoy curling up and drinking lots of hot Aveda Tea. This is one of my favorite teas out there from one of my favorite beauty brands, Aveda. While I will admit it’s a little odd to be drinking tea from a company that is best known for its natural haircare and skincare products, I have gotten past the point of caring. Aveda Comforting Tea – and they only make one kind – is a unique tea that, I’ve heard, can get even coffee lovers hooked!

Aveda Tea has a warm and naturally sweet flavor that is not overly herbal or astringent, and it instead manages to taste nothing like the typically overdone flavors of mass-market caffeine-free tea.  It tastes more like a unique beverage that fits somewhere between asian loose leaf tea, mellow kona coffee, and Guiness. Ok, perhaps it is far from tasting anything like Guiness or coffee, but I would say Aveda Tea is to tea as Guiness is to beer. It’s just › Continue reading

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My Thi Cosmetics Halloween Contest Makeover!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 | Contests, Fashion, Makeovers, Makeup, Photos | 1 Comment

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On a whim, I entered an online Halloween Costume Contest posted on the blog of one of my favorite beauty brands, Thi Cosmetics, and… I won a makeover by super-talented makeup artist Taylor Pham!

Check out more photos of my very special makeover on the Thi Cosmetics blog (and additional photos by Kandidlight Photography)! It was an amazing experience (hair, brows, makeup, lashes), and I loved every minute of it! Thank you so much, Taylor and Mimi!

My costume entry: A handmade replica of the swan dress that Bjork wore to the Oscars. I later paired my swan dress with some Lady Dragon heart heels to complete the whimsical look!

About Thi Cosmetics: Taylor Pham started Thi Cosmetics with business partner and multi-talented friend Mimi Tran Rickett, and since then they have opened a gorgeous makeup studio in downtown Palo Alto, CA. If you’re in the area, definitely stop by – you’ll be hooked!

Read about all the details of my Thi Cosmetics Halloween Contest Makeover up next…

*See more about Thi Cosmetics on Meilily here.

[Photos shown above, clockwise from top right: studio chandelier, my makeover and costume, inside the Thi Make-up Studio Thanks to Mimi for manning the camera while I was getting made over!]

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Product Pick: Sula Paint & Peel Nail Color Mini Sets

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Launches, Product Picks | Comments Off

meilily-sula-paint&peel-nail-set-pale-vintageMeilily Product Pick: Sula Paint & Peel Non-toxic Nail Colors!

Sula Paint & Peel nail colors are fun and safe non-toxic nail polish alternatives that come in modern and fun shades. Now, Canadian company Sula has come out with fantastic new mini sets that allow you to try three different shades of peel-off Paint & Peel nail colors for little more than the price of one.

I highly recommend these cute new Sula Paint & Peel mini sets, especially if you are new to these non-toxic peel-off nail paints. You get to try three Sula minis for $12.50 (instead of $9 for one full size)! I’d also suggest getting one of the two available top coats ($9) to extend the wear longer than a few hours.

More Details and Photos of Sula Paint & Peel sets… › Continue reading

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