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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

Meilily: CND Gel Manicure 1

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

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

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 on Sephora Friends & Family Sale & Beauty Insider Birthday Gift!

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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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Levi’s Curve ID Jeans Launch: Free Jeans, Photos & Custom Fit Curves!

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 | Fashion, Free Stuff, Photos, Product Launches | 2 Comments

Meilily: Levi's SF Store Curve ID Window Displays

Meilily Hot Happenings & Photos: Levi’s Curve ID Jeans Launch in SF with Free Jeans!

OK, what could be better than free jeans?! How about free Levi’s Curve ID Jeans, a new product from Levi’s specifically designed to fit more than just one type (er shape) of woman.

I recently attended a Levi’s Curve ID launch event in San Francisco at the Union Square Levi’s shop. I got to meet You Nguyen, SVP of Levi’s Women’s Merchandising and Design, who gave a demo that illustrated precisely why women traditionally have such a hard time finding jeans that fit based on size (but not shape). I even got to to try free Curve ID jeans!

*Friday, Sept. 17, 2010 Get a free pair of Levi’s Curve ID jeans at the San Francisco Levi’s store at 300 Post St. Just bring in an old pair of jeans to get free Curve ID jeans! First come first serve!

Photos and Details: How the New Curve ID Jeans Fit Different Women…
Levi’s developed Curve ID jeans after researching body shape variations in women and surveying real women. The new jeans are sized not just by waist size but by the ratio or difference between a woman’s natural waist, upper hip, and butt measurements- her real shape!

The Three Levi’s Curve ID (Lower) Body Shape Types:
Slight Curve (straighter from waist to butt)
Demi Curve (average proportion between waist and butt)
Bold Curve (more difference or curve between waist and butt)

Photos from Meilily: Size 27 Models Wearing Different Curve ID Skinny Jeans
Models wearing, from left to right: Slight Curve, Demi Curve, Bold Curve.

Front view: Size 27 models, each with a different hip shape…

Meilily: Levi's Curve ID models, all size 27 - Front

Side view: Size 27 models, each with a different derriere shape…… wow!

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Paul & Joe Cat Lipstick: Fall Limited Edition Photos & Details

Thursday, September 9th, 2010 | Makeup, Photos | 8 Comments


Meilily Product Pick for Cat-Lovers with Photos: Paul & Joe Cat-Shaped Lipstick!

The latest trend in Fall makeup collections is toward the feline (think MAC Fabulous Felines). So, have you seen the daringly cat-shaped lipstick by Paul & Joe Beaute yet?! It’s THE hot product that seems to have started this latest round of kitty-inspired makeup.

The limited edition cat-shaped Paul & Joe Beaute Lipstick C for Fall 2010 comes in three sheer shades: Claire de Lune (66), Over the Moon (67), and Moon Shadow (68). Shown below, left to right.

Each Paul & Joe Fall Collection Limited Edition Lipstick C is made in Japan and comes in an eco-friendly paper tube, printed with a different design for each shade.

Best part? The lipstick tip is carved into the shape of a cat’s head, perky ears and all! (Sometimes the cat looks to me like it has mustache, but it is a fun product nonetheless.)

More Photos of Paul & Joe Cat Lipstick in Over the Moon… (with a real cat!) › Continue reading

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Benefit Cosmetics Fall Launch Party: Pearls, Prrrowl, & Pretty!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 | Makeup, Photos, Product Launches, Stores | 6 Comments

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Meilily Hot Happenings & Product Launch Details: Benefit Cosmetics Fall 2010!

I recently attended a fun Benefit Cosmetics preview party in San Francisco, and I got to try out and take home new Fall makeup from Benefit. I even got my brows done during the event and loved it! Benefit sure throws a mean party – cupcakes, cocktails, and all!

Now, I’m actually kinda excited about these new Benefit Fall products, because they’re quite fun, and would probably work with a variety of skintones!

Here are the Fall launch details and photos… › Continue reading

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SF Barneys Warehouse Sale & Haul Photos: Suede Marni Heels

Monday, August 23rd, 2010 | Fashion, Hot Happenings, Photos, Sales, Shoes | Comments Off on SF Barneys Warehouse Sale & Haul Photos: Suede Marni Heels

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Meilily: Barneys Warehouse Sale Sign & Shopping Bag

Meilily Hot Happenings & Haul Report: Barneys Sale = Marni Heels!

This year, the Barneys Warehouse Sale in San Francisco coincided with the Renegade Craft Fair, both at Fort Mason Center. Genius! Be sure to check out Meilily’s pics from the Craft Fair here.

SF Barneys Warehouse Sale Highlights:

Not expecting to find much, I headed straight for the Barneys Women’s Shoes section at the back. (The women’s handbag and accessories selection was dismal, btw.) The first Sunday of the SF sale wasn’t too crowded and there was room to sit down and try on shoes. With shoes arranged by size in typical clearance fashion, only the right mate was available on the racks. Note: Each shoe box gets sealed with rope before you can take it over to the registers! Talk about security!

After trying on some ill-fitting Prada wedges and a chic Italian multi-strap zippered heel (just a little too large), I found some super-comfortable and cute Marni suede heels (photo below) that hugged my feet when I put them on. I was immediately sold!

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More on my Barneys Sale Haul Marni Heels… › Continue reading

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