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Links à la Mode: IFB Fashion Potluck & Hodge Podge

Friday, June 19th, 2009 | Fashion, General | Comments Off on Links à la Mode: IFB Fashion Potluck & Hodge Podge

Dear readers, Meilily has joined forces with Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) to bring you the top 20 editor-selected IFB links this week! Meilily is on the list! Enjoy!

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Fashion Potluck

Edited by Dramtis Personae
This week’s Links á la Mode is a fashion potluck, a hodge podge of politics in fashion, interviews with fabulous designers, bloggers, and photographers, flashbacks in to our fashion past, and great shops and designers to check out. I couldn’t make rhyme or theme of the collection, so just sit back & enjoy some of the best the Independent Fashion Bloggers had to offer this week!

Links à la Mode : June 19th

[*Sorry, the original IFB image was huge; so I updated with a smaller image to help page loading!]

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Fitness Shoe Skepticism: FitFlops & MBTs Glorified Platform Sandals & Sneakers?

Monday, June 15th, 2009 | General, Style and Technology | 25 Comments

Specialized toning fitness shoes are popping up all over the place these days.  Originating with curved sole MBT sneakers and semi-wedge FitFlops, these trendy “fitness shoes” are supposed to help tone muscles, improve posture, and more!  Am I going to jump on the leg-toning fitness shoe bandwagon and buy MBT sneakers or FitFlops (or both)?  I think not!

I find the latest trend selling glorified platform sneakers and flip flops as special fitness shoes disconcerting.  The average toning fitness flip flop seems to cost twice as much as the regular platform flip flop sandals that I wear (by Flojos); the average toning fitness sneaker seems to cost four times the price of my beloved Aldo or Nine West platform wedge sandals.  I hope this trend does not mean that my usual platform sandals are going to cost a lot more from now on because they’ve been toning my legs as I walk!

What Fitness Shoes Can Supposedly Do

FitFlop, for example, claims that their fitness sandals can help › Continue reading

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Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of June 8, 2009

Sunday, June 14th, 2009 | General | Comments Off on Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of June 8, 2009

Meilily Beauty Around the Web! Hope you all had a great week! Here are some links to recap what’s been going on around the web from the Total Beauty community. I think June is shaping up to be a really interesting month on many fronts! Enjoy!

The Informed Makeup Maven talks Kissable Couture, Genie and gives away Diorshow, MAC, Stila and Maybelline!

Beauty Junkies Unite shares an easy guide to sexy summer legs!

Can you lose weight by eating cookies? eye4style invesigates The Cookie Diet. Nom, nom!

Beauty Anonymous reviews Shiseido’s Maquillage Face Creator 3D!

My Makeup Blog answers one reader’s question and gives tips and tricks on monolid eye makeup. Come and take a look!

Makeup Files wants to know: What is your nighttime skincare routine?

Meilily discusses cosmetics ingredients: are they harmful, safe, or who knows?

addicted to lipstick gives us the rundown for the top 2009 Celebrity summer hairstyles.

Beautè Noire is giving away free Max Factor makeup!

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Cosmetics Ingredients: Harmful, Safe, or Who Knows?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 | Beauty and Awareness, General | 1 Comment

Is there lead in your lipstick? Are there harmful chemicals in your skin creams? The answer we all hope for is “No,” but the reality is actually not so simple.

Do we really know what is in our cosmetics? Lead has a sordid history of being used in cosmetics due to its pigment-enhancing properties, but, now despite being known to be a neurotoxin, lead is still making an appearance in cosmetics today.  If you remember the scare over lead in lipstick from a couple years ago, you will understand that we cannot totally rely on cosmetics ingredient labels to tell us everything that is actually in our beauty products.

The lead in lipstick controversy stemmed from a 2007 report, “Poison Kiss,” from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, that tested lead levels in 33 lipsticks, and revealed that lead was detected in two-thirds of those lipsticks, including some made by L’Oreal, Maybelline, and Cover Girl, though lead wasn’t listed as one of the ingredients.  The resulting consumer response to the report and findings of lead in lipstick ranged from fearful outrage to, surprisingly, stiff dismissal.

Those who dismissed the findings as “un-concerning,” cited reasons such as the personal insignificance of the reported lead levels or even a concern that the study was not peer-reviewed by the scientific community. However, it is not hard to understand why many consumers were actually shocked and upset by the findings of lead in popular lipsticks. Regardless of any opinions about the report itself, I’m sure all of us would like to have zero levels of lead in cosmetics rather than some lead, if given a choice.

More on Consumer Choice and Cosmetics Ingredients…

Consumer advocates point out that the US Government › Continue reading

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EDUN Spring-Summer Collection Sale + Win $300 from EDUN

Monday, June 8th, 2009 | General | Comments Off on EDUN Spring-Summer Collection Sale + Win $300 from EDUN

EDUN just reduced their Spring/Summer Collection by 30%! Great time to pick up the amazing EDUN Organic Grass Collar Ainsley V-neck Dressicon, which Meilily loves, and other great fair-trade eco-friendly clothing items from EDUN.

If you register at the EDUN website, you could Win a $300 Gift Certificate to EDUN in their monthly drawing! With $300 you could buy some lovely EDUN items like these Meilily favorites from other collections…

EDUN’s Organic Baby Blanket: for you or for baby – organic cotton inscribed with a truly touching poem, Splendid City, about Africa, brotherhood and hope. (On Meilily’s wishlist!)

OR…
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Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of June 1, 2009

Monday, June 8th, 2009 | General | Comments Off on Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of June 1, 2009

Meilily Beauty Around the Web Welcome to June, lovely readers! Here are some links from the Total Beauty community to help you transition into summer…

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The stars came out for the CoverGirl/MTV Movie Awards event at Byron & Tracey Salon, Beauty Junkies Unite was there!

It’s 3 Custom Color Specialist Week on The Informed Makeup Maven who writes, interviews and reviews 3CCS. Don’t forget to enter IMM’s MAC Pack and Diorshow giveaways, and follow IMM on Twitter.

eye4style has the scoop on Sienna Miller’s totally gorgeous MTV Movie Awards hair! Get the how-to here.

A Beautified Life reviews Summer Shimmer makeup that helps withstand the summer heat!

Boutique Flair features makeup with wonderful waterproof magic.

Meilily is giving away an eyeQuatic waterproof summer makeup set from tarte!

Beauty Anonymous reviews La Mer The SPF30 UV Protecting Fluid.

Celebrate Shawn Johnson’s win on Dancing with the Stars… click here to enter to win a makeup bag full of her favorite goodies over at Beauty in Real Life.

Fabulous Over Forty discusses mens skincare needs and products.

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Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of May 25, 2009

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 | General | Comments Off on Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of May 25, 2009

Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! Meilily brings you Beauty Around the Web, with the latest links from the Total Beauty Community. Enjoy these reads!

The Informed Makeup Maven reviews Luminess’ at home airbrush tanning system, Avon magix skin perfector; does summer Stila style and is giving away Diorshow Mascara and Maybelline Mineral Power Foundation!

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings shares her experience with the online shoe service, ShoeDazzle. Read about it here!

Boutique Flair reviews the Barielle 60 Second Mani-Pedi.

Meilily reviews Pacifica Avalon Juniper Perfume with exclusive product photos and shopping tips.

Beauty Junkies Unite goes to Kinara, gets a fab St. Tropez faux tan and gabs about it!

A Little More Beautiful has two great giveaways Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin and Max Factor Lash Perfection Volume Couture Mascara ending on May 31st at Midnight and June 20th at Midnight! It’s fast and easy to enter!
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Giveaway Winner: Spring Bridal Makeup from Benefit Cosmetics!

Friday, May 29th, 2009 | Contests, General | 1 Comment

Announcing the winner of Meilily’s Giveaway of Benefit Cosmetics Spring Bridal Makeup

Congratulations to Kathy!

What Kathy won:
– Benefit Creaseless Cream ShadowLiner in Marry Up
– Benefit Silky Powder Eye Shadow in Blushing Bride
– Benefit Silky Powder Eye Shadow in Guess Again
Click here to see exclusive product photos of each Benefit product we gave away!

Thanks for all your thoughtful entries!
Stay tuned for more Meilily giveaways and come back and visit again soon!

Enjoy free stuff! from Meilily

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Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of May 11, 2009

Sunday, May 17th, 2009 | General | Comments Off on Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of May 11, 2009

Meilily presents Beauty Around the Web to recap beauty-related reads and contests this week from the Total Beauty community. Enjoy!

P.S. Meilily just signed up on Twitter (@meilily), so feel free to say hi and introduce yourself! Have a good weekend!

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The Informed Makeup Maven talks new products to try this month, reviews Benefit’s Dr Feelgood, Clinique’s High Impact Curling Mascara, The Bodyshop’s Eye, Lip and Cheek Palette, invites you to join the Informed Makeup Maven Facebook group to share and socialise all things beauty, and hosts the Makeup Confessions giveaway (2 double packs of Softlips Raspberry and Strawberry lip balm).

Meredith at Daily Dose of Coffee is looking for ways to economize. Check out her tips for getting a salon-quality hair glossing treatment at home.

Beauty Anonymous reviews Shiseido’s Tiss Deep Off Oil.

This week, The Beauty Couch asks (and answers!) the question: Can wearing sunscreen lead to Vitamin D deficiency?

Check in with Amber at Beauty Junkies Unite as she completes her first month on NutriSystem and is giving away an entire month of the NutriSystem plan and food to one very lucky reader!

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Beauty Quiz: Find Out Which Lip Color Matches You!

Friday, May 8th, 2009 | Quizzes | 2 Comments

Meilily took this fun beauty quiz and scored: Ms. Understood (violet-pink) – Part fashion junkie, part socialite, you love doing your own thing… Hmmm… What’s your score?

TotalBeauty.com
What’s Your Ideal Glam Lip Color?

Take this quiz to find out which lipstick shade reflects your personal taste

Soft on the inside yet bold on the outside, highly pigmented lip colors can speak volumes about your personality — before you’ve uttered a word. Find out which shade of the beauty editor- and consumer-favorite MAX Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor you should be wearing.

Take the quiz

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Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of May 4, 2009

Friday, May 8th, 2009 | Contests, General, Makeup, Skincare | Comments Off on Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of May 4, 2009

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! Treat yourself to Meilily’s Beauty Around the Web,  bringing you the latest online happenings from Total Beauty contributors.

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The Informed Makeup Maven raves about Stila’s #5 brush, Covergirl Smoothers Pressed Powder and Bobbi Brown’s Custom Palettes.

Visit The Beauty Couch to enter the Softlips PURE Giveaway for a chance to win one of four Softlips PURE organic lip balms. Contest expires May 12th at 12am EST.

Beauty Anonymous takes a look at Lavshuca’s new Lip Gloss.

Meilily reviews and swatches Gabriel Cosmetics Lipstick with 100% natural ingredients.

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings is giving away 15 (yes, fifteen) Beautyfix 2 kits! Click here to enter!

Hurry on over to The Makeup Divas blog and enter to win Barielle Sugar Rush Nail Polish Collection.

Fabulous Over Forty talks with dermatologist Dr. Doris Day about what we really need for skincare.

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Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of April 27, 2009

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 | Contests, General, Makeup, Skincare | Comments Off on Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour Week of April 27, 2009

Meilily wishes everyone a beautiful month of May! Enjoy these beauty-related headlines from around the web.

The Informed Makeup Maven covers the beauty show in New York.  Hot exclusives!

Beauty411 is loving the new Bobbi Brown Nautical Collection. Check it out here!

Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog review the No. 1 best fitting jeans in America.

Read all about the new Sebastian collaboration with designer Charlotte Ronson at eye4style!

Fabulous Over Forty takes advantage of Recessionista Tuesday at Ted Gibson Salon.

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings is head over heels for this new drugstore foundation!

It’s a Mother’s Day Giveaway! Enter to Win at Lipgloss Break!

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