New MAX Factor: Vivid Impact Lipcolor & 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 | Makeup, Photos | Comments Off

Meilily Product Testdrive!
Just tried two of the latest makeup items from MAX Factor

MAX Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor in Rose Rage
Made with shea butter, MAX Factor’s new semi-sheer Vivid Impact Lipcolor comes in a range of pure pigment shades designed by P&G Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath. According to MAX Factor, “The ultra rich, pure pigment lipcolor offers head-turning looks from classic to bold, but always vivid.”

I tried this lipstick in Rose Rage, a pretty mauve rose shade with a subtle and trendy hint of fuschia. The creamy and moisturizing color starts out a sheer pink, and is buildable for more oomph. If you want to wear the latest bright pink lipstick featured by magazines and on runways but you just want to head to the grocery store, this is a lipstick shade for you.

MAX Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara › Continue reading

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Product Photos: Spring Bridal Makeup from Benefit Cosmetics

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 | Contests, Makeup, Photos | 2 Comments

Meilily Product Photos! Benefit Cosmetics Spring Bridal Makeup
Check out these exclusive Benefit Cosmetics product photos, and don’t forget to enter our May giveaway to win these three products from Meilily!

Benefit Creaseless Cream ShadowLiner in Marry Up…

Benefit Silky Powder Eye Shadow in Blushing Bride… › Continue reading

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Anti-aging Cream in the News Again: Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense – Scientifically Tested, Proven to Increase Demand

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 | Beauty and Science, Photos, Skincare | 10 Comments

Beauty & Science News! from Meilily

Scientifically tested, and proven to…  increase demand?

Boots No 7 skincare is in the news again!   New research apparently confirms the efficacy of yet another Boots No 7 anti-aging product, and reminds us of what happened the last time Boots skincare was in the news…

Boots is the UK beauty product manufacturer that fueled the desire of women everywhere two years ago when their extremely popular Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum (a.k.a Restore & Renew in the US) was shown to increase the youthful appearance of skin. [Remember how that very same Boots anti-aging serum sold out everywhere immediately following a BBC television show announcing its positive anti-aging results?]

This time it won’t be Boots’ Protect & Perfect serum flying off the shelves. Instead, the mass-market product at the center of the latest scientific study is the Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum.

Results from a new year-long scientific double-blind study funded by Boots and published online today in the British Journal of Dermatology showed the anti-aging efficacy of the Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum, demonstrating “for the first time, that a commercially available over-the-counter ‘anti-ageing’ product improves the appearance of facial wrinkles when used in the long term.”

The same research team has apparently found that both the original Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum and the Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum can stimulate production of a protein that promotes skin elasticity called fibrillin-1. The latest study links the improvement of facial wrinkles in photo-aged skin to the serum’s ability to restore this fibrillin-1 protein, but does not specifically breakdown the particular contribution of key ingredients to this effect.

Meilily’s Thoughts on the Study Results and  Product Comparisons

Meilily posits that the new scientific results may be part of an extremely smart marketing strategy for Boots…  › Continue reading

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OPI Breathe Life Lung Cancer Awareness Nail Polish Photos & Swatches

Monday, April 20th, 2009 | Beauty and Awareness, Nail Polish, Photos | 4 Comments

Meilily Product Photos & Swatches – OPI Breathe Life Nail Polish!

Meilily: OPI Breathe Life Nail Polish Bottle

Meilily: OPI Breathe Life Nail Polish Bottle

As you might remember, Meilily announced the launch of OPI’s new Lung Cancer Foundation of America nail polish called Breathe Life about a month ago, with links to several great blog swatches.

OPI’s Breathe Life nail polish has since been generating some buzz online, so in order to help satisfy the demand for real-life swatches of OPI’s Breathe Life lung cancer awareness nail polish, Meilily now has new swatches and photos of OPI’s Breathe Life nail polish

[You'll have to pardon the application! In contrast to the amazingly perfect swatches of those expert nail polish bloggers, Meilily's sophomore swatches show how nail polish will look when applied by, say, your seven year old niece. So, these could help some of you!]

Meilily: OPI Breathe Life Nail Polish Swatch

Meilily: OPI Breathe Life Nail Polish Swatch

More Details and Another Photo… › Continue reading

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Hot Happenings: Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon Back in Stock at Epaulet!

Friday, April 17th, 2009 | Hot Happenings, Photos, Product Picks, Shoes | 1 Comment

Meilily Product Pick:  Melissa & Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon Heels in Pearl

Meilily Product Pick: Melissa & Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon Heels in Pearl

Meilily Hot Happenings Alert!

For those of you waiting to get your hands on the amazing Lady Dragon heels by Melissa and Vivienne Westwood, you’re in luck!  Epaulet in New York (the shop where Meilily found the Lady Dragon in Pearl featured here) just re-stocked their Lady Dragon heart slingback heel inventory in three colors:  light blue, pearl, and yellow!

If you haven’t heard about the Lady Dragon by Melissa & Vivienne Westwood, one of the hottest shoes around, you’ve got to check out Meilily’s exclusive photos of the Lady Dragon in Pearl to get all the juicy details!

Happy Shopping! from Meilily

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Stylish Hi-tech Jawbone Headsets on Sale at!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 | Hot Happenings, Photos, Product Picks, Sales, Style and Technology | Comments Off

Meilily Sale Alert!

I’ve written before about the amazing invite-only designer sales at (Gilt Groupe), but now I’m letting you in on a rare sale...

This week has a sale on stylish, hi-tech Jawbone headsets. Perhaps the sexiest gadgets around, Jawbone bluetooth headsets feature innovative NoiseAssassin noise elimination technology combined with distinctive product design.

So, if you can’t find anything you like at the various Final Sales going on this week (featuring designer brands like Rachel Roy, Shoshanna, Ports 1961, Cosabella, and Vera Wang), check out the Jawbone headset sale while it lasts!

What: Jawbone Headset Sale
When:  Thursday, April 16, 2009 starting 12pm EST
(limited time, or when sold out)
How:  You must be a member to shop the sales…

*If you need an invitation, Meilily invites you to join Gilt Groupe at

*Don’t forget, most sales last 36 hours, but many items sell out quickly!  The prices are that good!

Check out Meilily’s Jawbone headset product review and exclusive photos here! A great gift idea for mom or a significant other!

Happy Shopping! from Meilily

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Meilily Product Pick: Stylish Hi-tech Jawbone Headset

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 | Photos, Product Picks, Style and Technology | 1 Comment

Check out Meilily’s product review and exclusive Jawbone headset photos …

Meilily: Jawbone Headset Black

Meilily: Jawbone Headset in Black

Meilily says: Hi-tech hands-free headsets can be stylish too!

While geeky gadgets don’t typically fit in the realm of fashion and style, Jawbone headsets made by Aliph are changing that.  While other bluetooth headset makers have started targeting fashion-conscious female consumers with girly colors and blinged-out carrying cases, Jawbone is really the first headset to truly turn heads, both male and female, based on good product design alone.

Jawbone headsets originally rose to stardom in the gadget world for their patented NoiseAssassin noise elimination technology (once developed for military use), however the original Jawbone headsets were a bit large and clunky. The second generation re-designed Jawbone headsets (a.k.a. Jawbone II) were smaller, sturdier, and used different ear hooks, and unfortunately they started making them in market-pressured metallic-frost colors like Rambling Rose and Babbling Blue. IMHO the basic black Jawbone looks just fine!

*Now, Aliph is launching their newest re-designed Jawbone headset, the Jawbone PRIME, available (in candy colors) in stores May 2, 2009 or by pre-order online.

Does Jawbone NoiseAssassin Technology Work? › Continue reading

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Product Pick & Photos: Harajuku Lovers Fragrance in Love

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 | Fragrance, Photos, Product Picks | 10 Comments

Meilily Product Pick:  Harajuku Lovers Fragrance in Love

Meilily Product Pick: Harajuku Lovers Fragrance in Love

Meilily Product Pick and Product Photos!

Harajuku Lovers is an award-winning fragrance line by Gwen Stefani and Coty, inspired by playful girlish street styles from Japan’s fashionable Harajuku district and by Gwen Stefani’s backup dancers. The Harajuku Lovers fragrance line includes six unique fragrances bottled in sugary cute packaging, each representing a unique girl and a unique style. The scents are named Love, Lil’ Angel, Music, Baby, and G.

My favorite scent from Harajuku Lovers is Love, a light yet complex musky fruity-floral. Keep reading for my more detailed review of the scent….

The best part is that the Harajuku Lovers Love bottle is extremely cute as you can see in these additional photos of the 10ml (.33 oz.) bottle… › Continue reading

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First Lady Michelle Obama on the Cover of Vogue March 2009

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 | General, Photos | 1 Comment

Meilily: Michelle Obama on the Cover of Vogue March 2009

Meilily: Michelle Obama on the Cover of Vogue March 2009

The March 2009 issue of Vogue Magazine features an historic and inspirational cover photograph of First Lady Michelle Obama, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.  Looking relaxed, confident and real in the cover photograph, Michelle Obama is poised and calm in repose, wearing a beautiful magenta silk dress by Jason Wu.

It just might be true that Michelle Obama really is “the First Lady the world’s been waiting for” as Vogue Magazine has dubbed her.  Michelle Obama, who can pull off wearing both designer fashions as well as off-the-rack clothing from J. Crew and White House | Black Market, does not come across as stiff or guarded as First Ladies sometimes can.  We just can’t seem to get enough of First Lady Michelle Obama’s reachable style and down-to-earth presence.

Moreover, if the Michelle Obama March Vogue cover is any indication, this spring we are in for a treat, recession or not.  I expect that magentas, fuscias, and wines will be fashionable shades for spring, and that Taiwanese designer Jason Wu, › Continue reading

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Product Pick: MAC Brow Set – Photos & Free Shipping

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 | Free Stuff, Makeup, Photos, Product Picks | Comments Off

Meilily Product Pick, Product Photos & Free Shipping Alert!

Meilily:  MAC Brow Set (in Showoff)

Meilily: MAC Brow Set (in Showoff)

By now you may have heard the buzz about the new MAC Cosmetics Collection, “Brunette Blonde Redhead” (BBR), featuring makeup that is “formulated to be coiffure-complimentary.”

While all the hubbub has been about the Limited Edition BBR Mineralize Skinfinishes, I have discovered a quietly brilliant standout product from the collection – MAC Brow Set in Showoff for brunettes.

MAC Brow Set in Showoff is a unique tinted brow gel that grooms and sets brows (or other facial hair) in place while adding some shine and subtle color.  The formula lasts a long time with no flaking, and really holds brows in place.

*Oh, before I forget, MAC is offering free shipping on any order from February 24-March 1, 2009! No code needed.*

Showoff is a dark brown shade with subtle coppery-bronze shimmer, and on the brows it is much darker than it appears in the tube and in the photos.  Don’t be afraid of the color!

MAC Brow Set is the first brow product that has truly worked for my thick dark brows, and it comes in several flattering shades.

Check out more of Meilily’s photos of MAC Brow Set in Showoff… › Continue reading

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Product Pick Recap: Gifts for Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Friday, February 13th, 2009 | Photos, Product Picks, Shoes, Skincare, Tools and Brushes | Comments Off

Meilily Recaps the Latest Product Picks and Gift Ideas!

Meilily Product Pick Recap:  Gift Idea Collage

Meilily Product Pick Recap: Gift Idea Collage

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and if your significant other expects a gift but you haven’t gotten anything yet, you may be in trouble, especially if flowers from Safeway just won’t cut it.

In case you’re still looking for a gift that says “It took me forever, but I got you something really cool,” check out the links below to some of Meilily’s past Product Picks and Gift Ideas that are sure to please.  Products shown clockwise from top-left:

Melissa & Vivienne Westwood – Lady Dragon Slingback Heels
Crabtree & Evelyn – Naturals Revitalizing Travel Essentials Set
L’Occitane – Men’s Cade Shaving Soap & Bowl Set
Stript Makeup – Cruelty-free Vegan Kabuki Brush

Happy Valentine’s Day! from Meilily

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Product Pick: L’Occitane Cade Men’s Shaving Soap & Bowl – Great Gift Idea!

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 | Photos, Product Picks, Skincare | 2 Comments

Meilily Product Pick:  Shaving Soap in a Bowl

Meilily Product Pick: Shaving Soap in a Bowl

Meilily Product Pick & Gift Idea for Him!

If you’re looking for a great men’s gift idea, look no further.  L’Occitane’s Cade Shaving Soap and Bowl set makes a fantastic gift!  The solid shaving soap is subtly scented with Cade juniper and lathers up really well with a shaving brush.  This shaving soap set comes with a sturdy metal bowl with lid that looks great on a countertop.  At $44 for the set (or $16 for the soap, $28 for the bowl) the L’Occitane Cade Shaving Soap and Bowl are both worth paying a little more for and are high quality products.

Buy L`Occitane CADE Shaving Bowl with Soap; Buy L`Occitane CADE Shaving Soap Refill

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