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Product Photos & Swatches: Paul & Joe Nail Enamel

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Picks, Sales, Swatches | Comments Off on Product Photos & Swatches: Paul & Joe Nail Enamel

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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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Product Pick & Photos: Nature-Inspired Bird Vine Jewelry Stand

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 | Organization, Photos, Product Picks | 3 Comments

Meilily: Bird Vine Jewelry Stand

Meilily: Bird Vine Jewelry Stand

Meilily Product Pick & Photos! Bird Vine Jewelry Stand from Urban Outfitters!

I’ve been on the lookout for nature-inspired jewelry stands – you know, the ones shaped like twigs and branches – ever since I discovered the variety of jewelry stands available at UrbanOutfitters.com. I recently picked up this lovely Bird Vine Jewelry Stand from Urban Outfitters, and love it! It is made of sturdy metal with an antique gold finish, and has branches, leaves, and two cute birds – all to hold and neatly display all sorts of baubles.

More Jewelry Stand Photos & Details… › Continue reading

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Product Pick: Aveda Comforting Tea

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 | Photos, Product Picks | 1 Comment

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Meilily: Aveda Comforting Tea

Meilily Product Pick! Aveda Tea!

If it is anywhere as cold where you are as it is here, you may enjoy curling up and drinking lots of hot Aveda Tea. This is one of my favorite teas out there from one of my favorite beauty brands, Aveda. While I will admit it’s a little odd to be drinking tea from a company that is best known for its natural haircare and skincare products, I have gotten past the point of caring. Aveda Comforting Tea – and they only make one kind – is a unique tea that, I’ve heard, can get even coffee lovers hooked!

Aveda Tea has a warm and naturally sweet flavor that is not overly herbal or astringent, and it instead manages to taste nothing like the typically overdone flavors of mass-market caffeine-free tea.  It tastes more like a unique beverage that fits somewhere between asian loose leaf tea, mellow kona coffee, and Guiness. Ok, perhaps it is far from tasting anything like Guiness or coffee, but I would say Aveda Tea is to tea as Guiness is to beer. It’s just › Continue reading

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Swatches of Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 | Makeup, Swatches | Comments Off on Swatches of Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move

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Meilily Product Swatches! Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move!

Previously featured as a Meilily Product Pick, the Intense Lipgloss from UK beauty brand Illamasqua definitely requires some good swatches. All the shades of Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss are pretty unique and unconventional, and often look quite different from their color in the tube when applied to the skin.

So, here are several swatches of Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move, a dusty mauve shade with hints of violet, swatched in different lighting.

Meilily Swatch (above top) with natural shadow and light (left:thick, right:sheer)–  shows how Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move › Continue reading

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My Thi Cosmetics Halloween Contest Makeover!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 | Contests, Fashion, Makeovers, Makeup, Photos | 1 Comment

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On a whim, I entered an online Halloween Costume Contest posted on the blog of one of my favorite beauty brands, Thi Cosmetics, and… I won a makeover by super-talented makeup artist Taylor Pham!

Check out more photos of my very special makeover on the Thi Cosmetics blog (and additional photos by Kandidlight Photography)! It was an amazing experience (hair, brows, makeup, lashes), and I loved every minute of it! Thank you so much, Taylor and Mimi!

My costume entry: A handmade replica of the swan dress that Bjork wore to the Oscars. I later paired my swan dress with some Lady Dragon heart heels to complete the whimsical look!

About Thi Cosmetics: Taylor Pham started Thi Cosmetics with business partner and multi-talented friend Mimi Tran Rickett, and since then they have opened a gorgeous makeup studio in downtown Palo Alto, CA. If you’re in the area, definitely stop by – you’ll be hooked!

Read about all the details of my Thi Cosmetics Halloween Contest Makeover up next…

*See more about Thi Cosmetics on Meilily here.

[Photos shown above, clockwise from top right: studio chandelier, my makeover and costume, inside the Thi Make-up Studio Thanks to Mimi for manning the camera while I was getting made over!]

Meilily * Live Beautifully!

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Product Pick: Sula Paint & Peel Nail Color Mini Sets

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Launches, Product Picks | Comments Off on Product Pick: Sula Paint & Peel Nail Color Mini Sets

meilily-sula-paint&peel-nail-set-pale-vintageMeilily Product Pick: Sula Paint & Peel Non-toxic Nail Colors!

Sula Paint & Peel nail colors are fun and safe non-toxic nail polish alternatives that come in modern and fun shades. Now, Canadian company Sula has come out with fantastic new mini sets that allow you to try three different shades of peel-off Paint & Peel nail colors for little more than the price of one.

I highly recommend these cute new Sula Paint & Peel mini sets, especially if you are new to these non-toxic peel-off nail paints. You get to try three Sula minis for $12.50 (instead of $9 for one full size)! I’d also suggest getting one of the two available top coats ($9) to extend the wear longer than a few hours.

More Details and Photos of Sula Paint & Peel sets… › Continue reading

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Work Product Pick: United Nude Fold Elastic Bootie – Comfortable & Unique

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 | Fashion, Photos, Shoes, Style Picks, Work Product Picks | 3 Comments

meilily-shoes-united-nude-fold-elastic-bootsMeilily: In search of the most comfortable and stylish shoes for the office…

In this Work Product series, I try to find the best work shoe of all worlds: a stylish and flattering office-friendly shoe that is, very importantly, comfortable to walk in (and I do mean walk not hobble). Brownie points for head-turning or compliment-inducing capabilities!

Most working professional women out there have a dilemma: wear stylish leg-flattering (yet crippling) heels or wear comfortable leg-shortening flats, or gasp even consider wearing 80’s era mid-heel pumps? What is a gal to do?!

The first shoe worth selecting as a Meilily Work Product Pick is… the “Fold” Elastic Bootie by United Nude! This shoe is amazing!

Check out these product photos and thoughts on the Fold Elastic Bootie…

I got the United Nude Fold elastic bootie in Grey Fade › Continue reading

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Product Pick & Photos: Designer Totes by Jason Wu & Brian Reyes – Proceeds Benefit Dress for Success

Saturday, October 24th, 2009 | Fashion, Photos, Product Picks, Style Picks | 3 Comments

Meilily: Fashion Gives Back Designer Totes

Meilily: Fashion Gives Back Designer Totes

Meilily Product Pick & Photos! Special Charitable Designer Totes by Jason Wu & Brian Reyes!

Earlier this month, Meilily highlighted Glamour’s “Fashion Gives Back” Collaboration, which combines the design talent of today’s hottest young designers with a shared philanthropic goal.  As a result, a collection of tote bags designed by this select group of designers is now on sale, and all proceeds from the Fashion Gives Back totes benefit Dress for Success!

Now here are several photos of and more details on Meilily’s favorite Glamour Fashion Gives Back designer tote bags – the black gradient tote designed by Jason Wu and the red floral tote designed by Brian Reyes

Fashion Gives Back Tote Designed by Brian Reyes:
*Meilily will be giving away one designer tote by Brian Reyes to a lucky reader – Keep an eye out for contest details!  › Continue reading

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Product Photos: ck Calvin Klein Beauty – Eyeshadow Duo

Thursday, October 1st, 2009 | Makeup, Photos, Product Picks | Comments Off on Product Photos: ck Calvin Klein Beauty – Eyeshadow Duo

meilily-ck-calvin-klein-tempting-duo-velvet-morning-eyeshadowMeilily Product Photos! ck Calvin Klein Intense Duo Eyeshadow!

Here’s a special treat for you- ck Calvin Klein makeup photos! As you may have heard, ck Calvin Klein beauty has been deeply discounted at Sephora for a while now. Not a good sign for the line.

Sadly, under-appreciated makeup line, ck Calvin Klein beauty, which grew from the ashes of a previous Calvin Klein cosmetics line, actually has fantastic lucite packaging and wearable colors. At any rate, check out ck Calvin Klein makeup while you can!

ck Calvin Klein Intense Duo Eyeshadow (Velvet Morning) Details & Photos… › Continue reading

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Product Pick: Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss – Long-lasting Bold Color

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 | Makeup, Photos, Product Picks | 1 Comment

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Finally, bold UK makeup brand, Illamasqua, has arrived in the States! If you haven’t yet heard, Illamasqua makes professional-quality makeup designed in London to embolden nighttime self-expression, with influences from theatrical drama and alternative lifestyles. If you’re looking for fun and daring evening makeup, Illamasqua is a must-try! (Plus, Illamasqua is now available at Sephora.com)

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Details

After Google-ing for Illamasqua swatches like these fom Krasey Beautiful, I knew I had to try Illamasqua’s Intense Lipgloss, specifically in a shade called “Move.” Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move is described on the Sephora website as › Continue reading

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Free Clarins Wrinkle Correction Cream from Sephora and Lucky Magazine

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 | Free Stuff, Hot Happenings, Photos, Skincare | Comments Off on Free Clarins Wrinkle Correction Cream from Sephora and Lucky Magazine

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Meilily Free Stuff Alert! Free Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream!
This is one of my favorite free offers yet- Free Clarins!

Right now get a free 15 ml deluxe sample of Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream at Sephora, both in store and online! Here’s how…

In Store: To pick up your perfectly free Clarins sample in store, just bring the tear-off coupon found inside the October 2009 issue of Lucky Magazine to a Sephora store. So easy! No purchase required! (Coupon should be near page 102 of Lucky mag.)
Online: Use code CLARINS online at Sephora.com to get the free Clarins sample (Sephora order required).
Offer available from September 8 until October 31, 2009.

Wanna see a product photo of the Clarins Multi-Active Day cream freebie? Find out more about Clarins! › Continue reading

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Giorgio Armani Beauty Event Gift from Neiman Marcus

Friday, September 18th, 2009 | Free Stuff, Hot Happenings, Makeup, Photos, Skincare, Stores | 2 Comments

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Meilily Product Pick and Photos! Giorgio Armani Beauty Gift with Purchase!
As promised, here are more details and photos of the Giorgio Armani gift with purchase from The Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus.

During The Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus, get a Giorgio Armani makeup and skincare gift when you spend at least $100 $150* at the Giorgio Armani counter. (Combine this with other Neiman Marcus Beauty Event gift offers, and you could end up with multiple gifts with purchase!)

*Note: Neiman Marcus just changed the Giorgio Armani offer, raising the minimum purchase (from $100 to $150) and also changing the gift items. Apparently the original Armani beauty gift was too good to last!

The Original Giorgio Armani Gift with Purchase (Shown) Includes:
– Shine Lipstick (Shade 50, mauve rose) full size
– Eyes to Kill Mascara deluxe sample 0.06 fl. oz.
– Crema Nera Cream sample 1 gram. › Continue reading

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