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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Thi Cosmetics Makeover: Product Breakdown

Saturday, February 13th, 2010 | Makeovers, Makeup | Comments Off

meilily-makeover-thi Meilily Makeover Report!

Remember the makeover I won in last October’s Thi Cosmetics Halloween Costume Contest? Well, I’m finally getting around to providing details on the makeover by one of my favorite makeup artists, Taylor Pham, founder of Thi Cosmetics!

Here’s a look at what the whole makeover entailed and the products used (at least what I can recall). Unfortunately, I was so busy enjoying getting made over by Taylor Pham, I forgot to check on many of the products she used on me…

Hair Prep
- Taylor started by prepping my hair: dried it with a blow drier, curled it with a curling iron, and then placed it all in rollers (particularly big rollers up top). Then she let it set throughout the rest of the makeover.

Brows
- Next up: brow waxing and plucking. I could tell this was an important step in Taylor’s recommended beauty regimen, but I definitely had not been maintaining my brows! Tsk tsk!

Finally, makeup…
- Taylor started —› › Continue reading

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Emporio Armani 40% Off Fall-Winter Sale: Zipper Booties & More!

Saturday, February 6th, 2010 | Fashion, Hot Happenings, Sales, Shoes | Comments Off

Meilily Sale Alert: Emporio Armani’s Fall-Winter 40% Off Sale – Ending Soon!

Meilily hasn’t had a Sale Alert in a while, but the Emporio Armani 40% Off Fall-Winter Sale is worth mentioning just for the great selection of sale shoes and accessories this time around! Don’t forget, the sale ends February 15.

Meilily’s Sale Pick:
Who doesn’t love a good high-heel black ankle boot, especially one decorated with zippers?! Emporio Armani’s Golden Zip Shoe is decorated with three gold zippers. (Was $780, now $468)

More Emporio Armani Sale Picks…
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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

meilily-irregular-choice-boots-space-snacksMeilily Product Pick and Photos: Space Snacks Boots by Irregular Choice!

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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Wedding Stories: Ring Shopping Stage 1 – Trying on Rings, Finding the Right Style (Part 2)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 | General | 4 Comments

Down the Aisle: Wedding Stories Tales from real-life as this bride reluctantly navigates the wedding industry and heads down the aisle toward perfect bliss… oh, and perfect flowers, the perfect dress, the perfect ceremony…

Meilily: Wedding Stories

Meilily: Wedding Stories

Ring Shopping: Stage 1. Trying on rings and finding the right style (Part 2)

Continuing the ring shopping adventures from Part 1: A lot learned…

Random acts of desperation:
- Shreve & Co - We stop by the San Francisco store near closing time out of desperation to find something interesting. Shreve & Co has a decent selection of higher end brand name rings for women and men, however many of the rings look alike and do not jump out at me. The service is polite and the rings are pretty nice, but they aren’t quite my style – too classic, if that is possible. (Stopping by Shreve & Co in Palo Alto on a different day,  staff there did not offer to help at all and largely ignored us. Wow!)
- Tiffany & Co. - I enter reluctantly, as my impression of Tiffany & Co is that they mostly have sterling silver baubles. Turns out they do have gold and platinum engagement rings, but the Tiffany’s experience leaves an odd taste in my mouth. Theirs is mostly a small selection of large diamonds on thick prongs (boring!), plus, sales staff seems oddly bored and reluctant to help.

Back to Cartier to Try a Ring in my Size!
- Cartier – Definitely less in awe the second time around, I confirm that my ring size is indeed European size “tiny,” but also realize that proportion and size both matter a lot. Proportional sizing can really change a ring remarkably. —› › Continue reading

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Product Testing: RapidLash – Thicker Lashes & Brows? TBD

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 | Beauty and Science, Product Testing | 6 Comments

Meilily: RapidLash Eyelash Renewal Serum

Meilily: RapidLash Eyelash Renewal Serum

Meilily Product Testing: Will using RapidLash result in thicker lashes?

With all the fuss and controversy over prescription and non-prescription lash growth serums and their potential side-effects, it is often difficult to tell truth from fiction, good products from bad products. Meilily is here to get you the real scoop on the popular non-prescription lash growth serum, RapidLash, by testing it out over the next several weeks to see if it really works.

The controversy over lash growth products started with the possible iris-discoloring side effects of the first FDA-approved eyelash growth product, prescription-only Latisse. Latisse contains the same active ingredient level of lash-growing prostaglandin as a drug that was used to treat glaucoma but which left some glaucoma patients with permanent iris darkening. Apparently Latisse helped patients in a clinical study grow their lashes about 25 percent longer and about twice the fullness! Would you trade lush lashes for stained irises? —› › Continue reading

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Wedding Stories: Ring Shopping Stage 1 – Trying on Rings, Finding the Right Style (Part 1)

Monday, January 18th, 2010 | Jewelry, Weddings | 5 Comments

Down the Aisle: Wedding Stories Tales from real-life as this bride reluctantly navigates the wedding industry and heads down the aisle toward perfect bliss… oh, and perfect flowers, the perfect dress, the perfect ceremony…

Meilily: Wedding Stories

Ring Shopping: Stage 1. Trying on rings and finding the right style (Part 1)

First stop: Wilkes Bashford (for Diamond in the Rough rings)
- I first noticed Diamond in the Rough brand rings in a Neiman Marcus catalog and fell in love. Searching the Diamond in the Rough site, I discover that their only local retailer is Wilkes Bashford, who just started carrying them. The rings are beautiful! Just what I am looking for – uncut, raw, and natural! My (first) favorite – a small white rough diamond in the “classic” halo style, set in white gold with a delicate pave band. I want it, but I won’t buy the very first engagement ring I try on! Plus, it comes in a different color, slightly larger. I will wait to see the other ring, but this could be true love! *More on Diamond in the Rough later… (Their rings actually appear in March 2010 on The Bride’s Guide, the Martha Stewart Weddings Blog.)

Next stop: Cartier Boutique (because I’ve always wanted to go in but never had a reason to)
- Oooh! I finally have a reason to open the huge Cartier boutique double-doors and step inside. As expected, the Cartier “bouncer” eyes me warily. The selection of Cartier engagement-style rings feels surprisingly small, but I do at least find one interesting ring style, the Ballerine band, which is different from your typical giant-gem-on-a-prong rings. There is only one in my size available in the country (yikes), but they offer to ship it over for me to try on. How nice! The Ballerine band is my 2nd choice ring, though, it is also one of the few rings I have tried on so far.

Surprise Stop: Shane Company
- Fully expecting a mall-type cheesy jeweler, I venture into Shane Company based on several recommendations, —› › 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

Meilily: Tarte Crown Jewels Lip Gloss Gift Boxes

Meilily: Tarte Crown Jewels Lip Gloss Gift Boxes

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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Best Nail Polish Remover Ever? Priti Soy Polish Remover

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 | Nail Polish, Product Picks | 3 Comments

Meilily: Priti Soy Polish Remover

Meilily: Priti Soy Polish Remover

Meilily Product Pick: Priti Soy Polish Remover!

Move over acetone! Hello, soy! Start out the new year with a resolution to avoid harsh chemicals in your beauty routine. One of the easiest ways to get a healthier beauty routine is to change your nail polish remover.

These days there are a growing number of plant-based better-for-you nail polish removers, and the hands down best polish remover I have tried so far is the Soy Polish Remover by Priti….

Not only does Priti’s Soy Polish Remover smell great (like sweet herb flowers), but it also contains biodegradable ingredients and essential oils, without yucky chemicals like acetone. This polish remover just melts away nail polish but doesn’t strip the nails of moisture! Instead, it feels slightly oily and seems to help prevent nails from looking dry and brittle after removing polish.

Personally, I think Priti Soy Polish Remover is the absolute best thing out there for removing nail polish in a not-so-toxic way! —› › Continue reading

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Ring in the New Year with Delicate Rings!

Friday, January 1st, 2010 | Jewelry, Weddings | Comments Off

Happy New Year! from Meilily
Welcome to 2010! Celebrate the new year with this collection of delicate rings selected by Meilily – symbols of unity, permanence, and eternity…

Ice.com at ShopStyle

Rings shown from top to bottom, left to right:
Column 1:
- Miera T Diamond and Morganite Ring $563 at Max & Chloe
- 1/2 Carat Brown Diamond and White Diamond 14K Yellow Gold Ring $395 at Ice.com
- 14K Gold Diamond Floral Ring $125 at Ice.com
- 10K White Gold Diamond Ring $95 at Ice.com
Column 2:
- Demitasse Diamond Dot Ring in Gold $599 at Otte NY
- Monique Pean Diamond Slice Ring $1,360 at Barneys New York
- Joannes Treasure Hunt Tiny Yellow Diamond Stack Rings $400 at Ylang 23
- Wouters & Hendrix Gold Single Diamond Ring $375 at La Garconne
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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: Paul & Joe Nail Enamel 05

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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