Gel Nail Polish: Long Lasting Shellac Manicure for Natural Nails – Photos & Details Day 5

Friday, February 18th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing, Swatches | 1 Comment

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Meilily Product Pick, Photos & Swatches: Long-lasting Shellac Gel Manicure: Day 5!

So far so good, with only one chip and a whole lot of shine! Check out these photos and swatches from Day 5 of my CND Shellac gel manicure in shade Strawberry Smoothie!

*If you missed it, you can view photos and swatches from Day 1 of my Shellac manicure here, with details on the gel manicure process and where to get it done!  As you may have heard, gel nail polish is supposed to last without chipping between two to three weeks if done right.  Is that true?  Find out here!

Day 5 Shellac Manicure Results & Photos…

I was still very happy with my gel manicure, even on Day 5!  The shine and gloss lasted impeccably without any dulling, and my nails looked freshly manicured.  Amazing!  The only chip to report by Day 5 actually happened on Day 2 of this gel manicure- How embarrassing!

I swear my Day 2 chip resulted from a fluke nail-caught-in-teeth accident that I cannot explain. —› › Continue reading

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Melissa Joy Manning Moonstone Ring: Delicate Charity

Friday, February 4th, 2011 | Jewelry, Photos, Style Picks | 2 Comments

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Meilily Product Pick & Photos: Melissa Joy Manning Moonstone Ring for Red Cross & Haiti!

Way back in March I finally ordered my very first Melissa Joy Manning jewelry piece, though I had been drooling over her jewelry for quite some time. Luckily I had the perfect excuse to shop, since Melissa Joy Manning was giving 100% of Sales of the Moonstone Ring to Red Cross Haiti relief efforts.

Lateness aside, here are some photos of the Melissa Joy Manning Moonstone Ring as shot at the Hog Island Oyster Farm near beautiful Point Reyes, CA. —› › Continue reading

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Gel Nail Polish: Long Lasting Shellac Manicure for Natural Nails – Photos & Details Day 1

Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing, Swatches | 5 Comments

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Meilily Product Pick, Photos & Swatches: Long-lasting CND Shellac Gel Nail Polish Manicure!

If you’re like me and can’t help but mess up a manicure before even leaving the salon chair – painted nails a scraggly mess by day two – then you’re in luck! There is a revolutionary new nail polish, gel nail polish, that is rapidly rising in popularity. It is a cross between a regular polish and gel nails set with UV light.  This gel polish is painted onto natural nails just like regular polish, but cured under UV light layer by layer.

I recently tested out this new gel manicure and came away with my fingernails transformed into glossy, shiny gems of polished goodness, an effect that lasted two whole weeks!

The salon I went to used CND Shellac polish and also Harmony Gelish products. The shade I tried on and photographed is CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie. Love it! —› › Continue reading

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Vegan Eco-Friendly Coats from Vaute Couture: Featuring the Audrey Coat in Camel

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 | Fashion, Photos, Sales, Style Picks | Comments Off

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Meilily Style Pick & Photos: Vaute Couture’s Stylish, Vegan & Eco-Friendly Coats!

When Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart graduated from business school and founded her own company, we all got pretty lucky, because the company she started was Vaute Couture, bringing us drool-worthy vegan coats made from eco-friendly recycled materials. Vaute Couture is now starting to push the concept of vegan clothing to the forefront of fashion consciousness.

Vaute Couture first caught my attention last Fall when I saw their stylish weather-resistant coats online during a pre-sale.  When I found out that I could help finance their new production of Fall coats just by purchasing one in advance at the discounted pre-sale price, I was sold!

*Right now you can get 25% off new Vaute Couture coats with code LOVEYOU2 in celebration of their being named Company of the Year in the 2010 Veggie Awards.

Vaute Couture Audrey coat in Luxe Camel shown above in warm light with flocked Melissa booties.

More Details & Photos of the Vaute Couture Fall 2010 Audrey Coat in Luxe Camel —› › Continue reading

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Alima Pure Mineral Makeup: Holiday Limited Edition Fairy Tale Collections

Friday, December 17th, 2010 | Beauty and Awareness, Makeup, Photos, Product Launches | 1 Comment

Meilily Product Photos & Details: Alima Pure Mineral Makeup Holiday 2010 Fairy Tale Collection Sets!

Even if you don’t believe in fairy tales anymore, you will want to check out mineral cosmetics brand Alima Pure and their Limited Edition Holiday Fairy Tale Collection sets.   I tried the Limited Edition “Once Upon a Time” (shown above) and “Happily Ever After” mineral makeup sets from the Fairy Tale Collection, and am now enchanted with Alima Pure’s high-quality additive-free mineral cosmetics

Not only does Alima Pure know how to make high quality mineral makeup, but they also really know how to package it.  You’ll easily fall in love with Alima Pure’s beautiful pigments and also their whimsical motifs.  (Apparently Alicia Silverstone is a fan too)! Best of all, Alima Pure products are fragrance-free and formulated without irritants like bismuth oxychloride or preservatives. (Btw, they’ve even received a Certified Natural Cosmetics seal under strict European standards!)

The Alima Pure Holiday 2010 Fairy Tale Collection includes —› › Continue reading

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Under $100: Haul from Jeremy’s SF Sale – Structure & Stripes

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 | Fashion, Stores, Style Picks | 4 Comments

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Meilily Under $100: BDG Military Jacket

Meilily Under $100: Haul from Jeremy’s SF Sale!

In the spirit of trying new things and celebrating good finds, I am starting a new “Under $100″ series here at Meilily, featuring hauls and items under $100!

This week’s first ever Under $100 includes an entire sale haul from Jeremy’s Department Store in SF, a veritable treasure trove of designer sample sale goodies, all for less than $100.

Under $100: Jeremy’s Sale Haul – Structure & Stripes…

Catch Jeremy’s on the first day of one of their awesome sales (ie. 40% off already discounted designer items) and you will surely leave there grinning like a Cheshire cat clutching your cherished treasures.

Here’s what I found for less than $100 (and a grin):
- Edun – Straight Leg Jeans ($13.80 ) Probably the best-fitting jeans ever!
- BDG – Dark Green Military Wool Bomber Jacket with Hood ($29.40) On trend & warm!
- Sparkle & Fade – Navy and Gray Striped 3/4 Sleeve Tee with Shoulder Point Detail ($7.80)
- Ecote – Chanel-inspired Grey 3/4 Sleeve Fleece Motorcycle Cardi-Jacket ($23.40) Classy & cute!
Total cost = —› › Continue reading

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday: Sales & Deals!

Thursday, November 25th, 2010 | Hot Happenings, Sales, Stores | Comments Off

Meilily Sale Alert! 2010 Black Friday Sales are plentiful and Cyber Monday sales are here to stay! To get you saving and shopping (again in your PJ’s) … here is a list of worthy 2010 Black Friday and Cyber Monday after-Thanksgiving sales from around the web. (Updated as more details come in!)

Online Sales
- The Perfumed Court – Thanksgiving Day save 20% on perfume decants (noon to midnight EST) with code THANKYOU; Nov. 26-29 save 15% with code PUMPKINPIE

- Yoox – Up to Extra 30% off + free shipping on yoox.com Nov. 22-28! Cyber Monday deal: Up to 40% off + Free Shipping on all orders, only on Cyber Monday!

- Levi’s – Get 40% off and free shipping for 4 hours on Cyber Monday with code CYBER40 (12pm – 4pm EST); or get free shipping on all orders and 30% off $100 with code THANKS until Nov. 29

- Melissa Joy Manning Jewelry – Get 25% off entire site on Cyber Monday with code CYBER (final sale, ends Nov. 30 midnight PST)

- Goldyn – Get 35% off everything at the ShopGoldyn.com Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale with code FRIDAYMONDAY

- Sephora – Use the new Sephora Facebook Beauty Envy app starting Nov. 23 and get a code for a free Tokidoki beauty bag to redeem with any purchase

- Beautyhabit -Get a 6 piece fragrance sampler with $65 order with code WISHLIST until Dec. 3

ShopStyle

- Murad – Save $30 when you spend at least $100 on Murad.com PROMO CODE: GIFTSAVE30

- Bliss – Blowout sale: Save up to 50% from 11.26 through 11.29.

- Benefit Cosmetics – Get 20% off top rated pics from Annie & Maggie. Enter FORDPICS at check out on 11.29.10 only; Get free US standard shipping on any Benefit Cosmetics order. Enter GLAMSHIP at checkout. Offer valid 11.24.10–11.29.10.

- Lucy – Save 30% off all bottoms on Black Friday Nov. 26, and free shipping for Facebook fans; Cyber Monday get 40% off Perfect Core Collection and get free shipping Nov. 29 – Dec. 12

- Bare Necessities – Get $10 OFF orders over $75! Exclusions Apply, offer valid 11.23.10 – 11.30.10

- Skinstore – Save 20% off storewide. Code SNOW20. Ends 12/20

- DHC Skincare – Get 15% off all DHC orders Nov 26-29.

- Ulta -Free shipping on orders $25+ with code 512213 and $10 off $60 with code 52748 (exclusions apply); Cyber Monday get a free 12-piece sample set with online orders of $35

Sales around San Francisco: For the locals
- Jeremy’s – Save an additional 60% off women’s apparel and 50% off everything else (shoes, handbags, accessories, home and men’s) from Nov. 26-28 – Amazing deals on designer goods! *Meilily’s top pick

- Ambience SF – Get an additional 20% off —› › Continue reading

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The Water Secret Gift Bag from Murad: Buy a Book, Get $200 Free Skincare?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 | Free Stuff, Hot Happenings, Photos, Skincare | Comments Off

meilily-murad-skincare-water-secret-book-gift-offerMeilily Free Stuff Alert and Details: The Water Secret Gift from Murad – What’s Inside!

When I came across this special offer where you buy Dr. Howard Murad’s new book, The Water Secret, and then get up to $200 in Murad skincare products in the mail, I was honestly pretty skeptical. Given that the Murad Sleep Reform Serum I was eying cost $97, this offer just sounded too good to be true.

Since I heard about this offer through trusted friends at The Beauty Grapevine (formerly eMakeMeUp Grapevine), I went for it! I bought a copy of The Water Secret (about $10.70 on Amazon), emailed my receipt to Murad by November 2, and then held my breath and waited.

Here is what I got in my Water Secret Gift Bag… —› › Continue reading

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Benefit Cosmetics Comparison Swatches: Girl Meets Pearl, High Beam & Moon Beam

Monday, November 1st, 2010 | Beauty Tips, Makeup, Photos, Swatches | 4 Comments

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Meilily Swatches: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, High Beam, Moon Beam

Meilily Product Swatches: Comparing Three Benefit Cosmetics Highlighters!

As requested, here are some swatches that will help you compare the three Benefit Cosmetics highlighters: Girl Meets Pearl, High Beam, and Moon Beam.

Benefit Cosmetics first pink liquid highlighter, High Beam, quickly became a popular beauty staple, and more recently Benefit created Moon Beam, the next addition to their liquid highlighter family. Now, with the launch of the new Girl Meets Pearl luminizer, it has gotten pretty hard to tell all these Benefit liquid highlighters apart.

Meilily to the rescue! Believe me, after you see these highlighters swatched side by side, you will see a difference… Check out Meilily’s Benefit highlighter comparison swatches: —› › Continue reading

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Sephora Friends & Family Sale & Beauty Insider Birthday Gift!

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 | Free Stuff, Hot Happenings, Makeup, Photos, Sales, Stores | Comments Off

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Meilily Sale & Free Stuff Alert! Sephora Friends & Family Sale 2010 + Free Birthday Gift!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here: the Sephora Friends & Family Sale is on now! Use code FF2010 for 20% off Sephora.com purchases (until November 3).

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On a somewhat related note, Sephora sent me a birthday gift this year, clearly not to be outdone by Anthropologie’s birthday gift! As a Sephora Beauty Insider (free membership) I received a coupon redeemable for a free birthday beauty gift set at Sephora.

The Sephora birthday gift includes a mini powder eyeshadow, mini eyeliner pencil, and a mini mascara. Check out more photos of the Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift Set—› › Continue reading

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What Anthropologie Got Me for My Birthday: Candle Necklace, Card & Coupon!

Monday, October 11th, 2010 | Free Stuff, Hot Happenings, Jewelry, Photos | 4 Comments


Meilily Hot Happenings & Free Stuff Alert: Special Birthday Gift for Anthropologie Members!

During my birthday month, Anthroplogie personally sent me a lovely birthday card and birthday gift. So thoughtful of them to remember my birthday! I know how busy they must be coming up with the cutest clothing every season, but they somehow managed to remember!

Perhaps it helped that I am an Anthropologie “member.” I originally signed up because it’s free and I like to shop there – plus they give you a membership card, the Anthro Card, in a really cute fabric drawstring bag. Since then, I have discovered some nice perks to being an Anthro account holder, including free shipping and now a surprise birthday gift!

What Anthropologie Got Me for My Birthday

Inside a lovely envelope of thick paper, I found a white card with a cupcake motif attached to a cute candle necklace —› › Continue reading

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Featured Look: Camel, Capes, & Jeggings for Fall

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 | Fashion, Featured Looks, Shoes, Style Picks | 2 Comments

Meilily Featured ShopStyle Look: Camel & Capes for Fall!

Gearing up for warm Fall spices, jewel-tones, and soft textures with uber-trendy jeggings.

Judging from the trends at the Fashion’s Night Out runway show (webcast), it looks like Camel is the hot color for Fall fashion! This Look centers around a beautiful Alexander McQueen Wool Kimono Cape in Camel ($3,420). A girl can dream, can’t she?!

The one thing in this look that I probably won’t be wearing anytime soon is the jeggings (jean leggings). Despite the fact that jeggings make my legs look like two fighting elephant seals, I so want them to look good on someone else – perhaps someone wearing a classy camel-colored cape

Browse individual items in this Look: —› › Continue reading

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