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Sephora Gift with Purchase: Hello Kitty Sephora Originals Bag & Samples

Sunday, January 15th, 2012 | Collaborations, Free Stuff, Photos | 4 Comments

Meilily: Sephora Hello Kitty Gift with Purchase Bag & Samples
Meilily Free Stuff Alert & Photos: Hello Kitty Sephora Cosmetics Bag with Samples!

As one of their limited time offers, Sephora.com has been giving away gift with purchase bags with $25 orders, including a great little Hello Kitty Cosmetics Bag full of nice samples. From among three Sephora gift bag options, this clear Hello Kitty bag was my pick, because it’s Hello Kitty done right (and makes a great travel bag).

Unlike the traditional uber-pink Hello Kitty products that we girls used to adore as pre-adolescents, this Hello Kitty Sephora Originals bag seems designed for Hello Kitty girls who have grown up (and gotten jobs). Though this clear Hello Kitty cosmetics bag has a few touches of pale pink, it mostly features a subtle silver Hello Kitty print that will make you look twice.

More Details on the Hello Kitty Sephora Gift Bag… › Continue reading

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Nars Danmari Cheek Palette: Limited Edition and All About Cheeks!

Saturday, December 10th, 2011 | Makeup, Photos, Product Launches, Product Picks | Comments Off on Nars Danmari Cheek Palette: Limited Edition and All About Cheeks!

Meilily: NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Blush Palette
Meilily Product Pick & Photos + Review: Limited Edition Nars Danmari Blush & Bronzer Palette!

The Nars Danmari Palette is a gorgeous limited edition set of six NARS Cosmetics blushes and bronzers.  This kabuki-inspired cheek palette is just in time for the holidays and currently exclusive to SephoraGreat gift!

Why buy just one Nars blush (for $27) when you can get all six of these beautiful blushes (and bronzers) for only $65?!

Nars Danmari Blush & Bronzer Palette Shades:
Orgasm Blush: Peach pink with gold shimmer – A cult favorite!
Super Orgasm Blush: Peach pink with gold glitter – Party girl glam!
Desire Blush: Bright pink – Don’t be scared!
Sin Blush: Muted deep berry with golden shimmer – Nicely neutral and deep!
Casino Bronzer: Medium-dark brown with slight golden shimmer – Coffee with your cream?
Hungry Heart (1) Highlighter: Golden ivory with gold shimmer – Not your mother’s ivory!

The Nars Danmari Palette is a great gift idea for anyone who loves makeup!!!  Overall, this is a well-curated blush and bronzer set- perfect for the single gal… or any gal in fact.

More Details & Descriptions: Nars Danmari All About Cheeks Palette… › Continue reading

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Nail Polish Strips that Work? Sally Hansen Nail Effects Strips

Thursday, November 24th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Product Picks, Swatches | Comments Off on Nail Polish Strips that Work? Sally Hansen Nail Effects Strips

Meilily Swatches: Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips - Fishnet
Meilily Product Pick & Swatches: Sally Hansen Nail Effects Strips – Fishnet Design!

Need a fun gift idea – for yourself? While everyone else is out fighting holiday crowds, get yourself to the drugstore and pick up some Sally Hansen nail polish strips!

Sally Hansen Nail Effects nail polish strips come in a fun array of patterns, and the fishnet design in particular is fresh, modern and stylish. These nail polish strips are long-lasting and actually stay nearly perfect for one full week! Best of all, applying the Sally Hansen nail strips is cleaner and less error-prone than bottled nail polish.

More Photos, Swatches & Details of Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips…

My favorite of the nail polish designs, shown here, is called Misbehaved. › Continue reading

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

Monday, August 1st, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing | 2 Comments

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Meilily Photos & Swatches: Shellac Gel Manicure Removal: After Week 3!

Concluding the first ever Meilily gel manicure photo and swatch series, which tracks one gel manicure over three weeks, this finale explains how to remove a gel manicure, at home, by yourself. It’s not pretty, folks, but it can be done!

The Meilily Guide to Removing Gel Polish at Home

They say you need to go to a salon to remove your gel manicure and, while it is true that there are special products for removing gel polish currently only available to salons, where salon removal consists of wrapping, soaking, and sliding the gel off, removal can also be done, perhaps less gracefully, at home.

Meilily Gel Manicure Removal DIY How-To:

1) Find the loose edges around the gel polish on each nail – By week 2 or 3 you should start to see a lot of nail growth and possibly a few loose edges on the gel polish. Identify the areas around the edge of the polish on each nail that you may be able to loosen. › Continue reading

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Bite Beauty: High Pigment Matte Pencil with Resveratrol – Good Enough to Eat?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 | Makeup, Photos, Product Launches, Swatches | Comments Off on Bite Beauty: High Pigment Matte Pencil with Resveratrol – Good Enough to Eat?

Meilily: Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil
Meilily Product Review, Photos & Swatches: Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Honey Berry!

Bite Beauty is a new Sephora-exclusive product line that immediately turned my head, in part because of the elegant simplicity of the textured grey packaging with glossy red lettering, but also because of the alluring range of shades and textures – all just for lips. Also, the fact that Bite Beauty lip products contain food-grade ingredients and the resveratrol equivalent of five glasses of red wine is kinda cool too.

To try out the Bite Beauty line, I picked up a Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Honey Berry, because it looked gorgeously mauve-nude swiped on my hand and because it reminded me of my beloved Nars Velvet Matte Pencil formula. How did it stack up?

More on Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil, Photos & Swatches… › Continue reading

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Gel Nail Polish: Long Lasting Shellac Manicure for Natural Nails – Photos & Details Week 3

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing, Swatches | Comments Off on Gel Nail Polish: Long Lasting Shellac Manicure for Natural Nails – Photos & Details Week 3

Meilily: Gel Manicure Week 3 - CND Strawberry Smoothie Gloss
Meilily Product Pick, Photos & Swatches: Long-lasting Shellac Gel Manicure: Week 3!

Wondering how a Shellac gel manicure looks by week 3? Well, so far so good, with one random chip from earlier, some nail growth, and still a whole lot of shine! Check out these photos and swatches from Week 3 of my CND Shellac gel manicure in shade Strawberry Smoothie!

In general, my gel manicure still looks great a full three weeks later – › Continue reading

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Priti NYC Non-Toxic Nail Polish in Sweet Sultan: Photos & Swatches

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Product Picks, Swatches | 2 Comments

Meilily: Priti Nail Polish Sweet Sultan
Meilily Product Pick, Photos & Swatches: Priti NYC Nail Polish in Sweet Sultan!

Given how much I “heart” Priti Soy Nail Polish Remover, I’m rather surprised that is has taken me this long to try Priti Nail Polish, a non-toxic, 3 Free nail polish developed to be safe for children and expectant moms.

As part of my very first Priti Nail Polish haul, I picked up an intriguing neutral shade called Sweet Sultan, described as a “matted gray rose” on the Priti website. Sweet Sultan by Priti NYC has since become one of my favorite nail polish shades ever, a really great work-to-play neutral polish. It’s even up there with my favorite Paul & Joe Beaute Nail Enamel in 05 Teacup.

Tons More Photos & Swatches of Priti Nail Polish in Sweet Sultan…

The first photo above shows Sweet Sultan applied in 1-2 coats: › Continue reading

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Benefit b.Right! Radiant Skincare: Facial Polish & Foaming Cleanser

Monday, April 11th, 2011 | Photos, Product Launches, Product Picks, Skincare, Swatches | 1 Comment

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Meilily Product Pick: New b.Right! Radiant Skincare by Benefit – Cleansers

Started out a doubter, but now I’m a lover…

When I received a few products from the new Benefit Cosmetics b.Right! skincare line in my mailbox, I didn’t actually expect to be that impressed, since makeup, in my opinion, has always been Benefit’s strongest suit.

Well, I was wrong to doubt Benefit’s ability to bring it with b.Right! I am absolutely loving the two Benefit b.Right! cleansers that I’ve tried, the Refined Finish Facial Polish and the Foamingly Clean Facial Wash. They make me feel more girly and more… clean.

The thing I love the most about the new Benefit b.Right! Radiant Skincare line is the fragrance: a fresh, pretty, and well-groomed bright floral that has just enough sparkle to make it interesting and modern. I want to say the scent is “perky,” › Continue reading

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Meilily Giveaway: Spring Bronzing Essentials from Josie Maran & Clarins

Sunday, March 27th, 2011 | Contests, Free Stuff, Makeup, Photos, Skincare | 22 Comments

Meilily Giveaway: Spring Bronzing - Clarins Self Tanning Mousse & Josie Maran Cream Bronzer
Meilily Spring Bronzing Giveaway: Josie Maran & Clarins Beauty & Skincare!

[The winner is…. Kayleigh! Congratulations!]

To celebrate Spring and to thank our readers, Meilily is giving away a set of Spring Bronzing Essentials with products from Josie Maran & Clarins! Enter to win this week until April 1 – we’ll post the winner here!

Giveaway Product Details:
– One Josie Maran Cream Bronzer in Beach No. 1 (full size, mirrored compact).
– One Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse SPF 15 (15 ml deluxe travel size tube)

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Alima Pure Mineral Makeup: Rainforest Limited Edition Collection – Photos & Swatches

Thursday, March 10th, 2011 | Beauty and Awareness, Makeup, Photos, Swatches | Comments Off on Alima Pure Mineral Makeup: Rainforest Limited Edition Collection – Photos & Swatches

Meilily: Alima Pure Rainforest Collection Shades
Meilily Product Photos & Swatches: Alima Pure Mineral Makeup Rainforest Collection!

If you’re looking to brighten up your color palette for Spring and you haven’t yet checked out mineral cosmetics brand Alima Pure, I am certain you will enjoy this peek at their new Limited Edition Rainforest Collection set. (For soft romantic shades, be sure to check out the Alima Pure Fairy Tale collection.)

The new Alima Pure Spring 2011 Rainforest Collection includes four finely milled mineral eye shadows inspired by the “jewels of the earth,” the rainforest. (Shown above clockwise from top left: Kapok, Macaw, Bromeliad, Jaguar).

More Photos & Swatches of the Rainforest Collection Mineral Eyeshadows… › Continue reading

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Under $100: ModCloth Haul – Little Dipper Dress & Fox Earrings – Blue & Gold

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 | Fashion, Photos, Style Picks | 4 Comments

Meilily: Modcloth Little Dipper Dress & Fox Earrings
Meilily Under $100: First Modcloth Haul – Little Dipper Dress & Fox Earrings!

Bringing you yet another Under $100 haul… this time from indie clothing sensation, ModCloth.com! For my first-ever ModCloth purchase, I managed to pick up some pretty fantastic items, if I may say so myself, all for under $100.

ModCloth – Little Dipper Dress ($57.99)
ModCloth – Fox Head Stud Earrings ($14.99)

Total cost = › Continue reading

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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

Meilily: CND Shellac gel manicure
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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