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Beach Vacation Style Pick: Affordable Active Swimwear

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 | Fashion, Photos, Style Picks | 1 Comment

Meilily is on vacation in Kauai this week…
I probably won’t be updating as much when I’m away, and instead hope to do as much snorkeling, hiking, beach-sitting, photo-taking, ooh-ing and aaah-ing as possible…

Meilily Style Pick:  Merona Olive Swim Tankini & Swim Skirt

Meilily Style Pick: Merona Olive Swim Tankini & Swim Skirt

Meilily Beach Vacation Style Pick!

In line with the beach vacation theme, here is a great swimsuit find from… Target (of all places) that works great for active beach vacations. I just tried it out during a day full of snorkeling and wandering about town, so this style pick is tried and true!

While many of you may not consider stores like Target a one-stop vacation wear shop, I found a good-coverage two-piece tankini swimsuit with swim skirt from Target’s Merona clothing line for only $19.99 each piece. Given that all the swimsuits I had been looking at (J.Crew, Athleta, Victoria’s Secret) were either too expensive for my current budget (over $40 per piece), oddly patterned, or too skimpy (think “coming-off-in-the-next-wave“), this Merona swim outfit was a lucky find! It’s perfect for transitioning easily from street to swim, especially since the swim skirt has an attached bikini bottom!

Happy Swimming! from Meilily

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IMATS Haul: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Cruelty-Free Brushes & More!

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 | Makeup, Photos, Tools and Brushes | 1 Comment

Meilily IMATS Haularama!
Just wanted to share my haul from IMATS 2009, the International Makeup Artists Trade Show held in Los Angeles. I was there on Day 2 and picked up a satisfying budget-friendly haul. It’s a small haul by any means, but, I didn’t want to go overboard, given the economy right now! You should be proud!

Meilily: IMATS Makeup Haul

Meilily: IMATS Makeup Haul

Make Up For Ever (MUFE) offered 40% off at the show, and most exhibitors offered at least 20-30% off! So here’s what I picked up:

  • MUFE Diamond Cream in shade 4 Flesh
  • MUFE Empty 3 Pan Palette
  • MUFE Diamond Eye Shadow in 308 Diamond Night Blue
  • MUFE Eye Shadow in 167 True Blue
  • MUFE Eye Shadow in 144 Periwinkle Blue
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour in Glisten (“pale peach/coral shimmer”)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour in Burning(“bright coral with subtle violet shimmer”)
  • Mehron Cheek Cream in Bronze (~50% off!)
  • Royal & Langnickel Tri-color Nylon Kabuki Brush – Small Dome (50% off!)
  • Royal & Langnickel Tri-color Nylon Kabuki Brush -Medium Angle (60% off!)

Keep Reading for More Meilily Haul Photos… › Continue reading

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IMATS Photos Part 2: The Makeup Show LA

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 | Hot Happenings, Makeup, Photos | Comments Off on IMATS Photos Part 2: The Makeup Show LA

More Photos from IMATS 2009 (Day 2)…
Continuing the coverage of Meilily’s visit to Los Angeles for IMATS, the International Makeup Artists Trade Show:  Here are more photos from IMATS Day 2, with a focus on film makeup and some disturbing but fascinating oddities from the show!

*Don’t forget to check out Meilily’s Part 1: IMATS Highlights & Photos, with MAC Pro body art!

Note: I placed these photos in order of oddness, starting with a normal makeup photo…

Meilily: Make Up For Ever Display at IMATS

Meilily: Make Up For Ever Display at IMATS

Found lovely little synthetic kabuki brushes for only $6 from Royal & Langnickel’s booth- They totally remind me of my beloved Stript Taklon Kabuki Brush! › Continue reading

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IMATS Highlights & Photos: At the Makeup Show LA

Monday, June 22nd, 2009 | Hot Happenings, Makeup, Photos, Sales | 3 Comments

Meilily traveled to Los Angeles for IMATS, the International Makeup Artists Trade Show, and was there for Day 2 of the makeup trade show. There were tons of great brands and supply stores touting their wares, including MAC Pro, Make Up For Ever, Bobbi Brown, Obsessive Compulsive Makeup, and Mehron, as well as Royal Langnickel Brushes, Namies, Nigel Beauty Emporium, and tons of others.

Here are some highlights from IMATS Day 2:

Meilily at IMATS: MAC Pro Body Makeup

Meilily at IMATS: MAC Pro Body Makeup

It was fantastic to see all the body painting and special effects makeovers going on!

Keep reading for more photos from IMATS… › Continue reading

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Lipstick Queen: New Chinatown Glossy Pencils

Thursday, June 18th, 2009 | Makeup, Photos, Stores | 5 Comments

Why I haven’t written about Lipstick Queen products yet, I don’t know!
Available at high-end department store Barneys New York, the Lipstick Queen cosmetics line by Poppy King seems to have developed from a mixture of luxury noir glamour and tongue-in-cheek vision.  (The line first become known for its fascinating Saint and Sinner lipsticks, light and intense versions of the same lipstick shade.)

Now, the latest example of why Lipstick Queen products so effectively capture our imagination is their new product, the Chinatown Glossy Pencil, inspired by both the Roman Polanski film, Chinatown, and also by New York’s Chinatown.  The minute I found out that the pencil has “Lipstick Queen” written on it in Chinese, I knew I had to try it!

The Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencils currently come in 5 bright-but-sheer colors, and these jumbo pencils even come with their own sharpener.

More Details, Review and Photos of Chinatown Chase Glossy Pencil › Continue reading

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Product Photos & Swatches: tarte eyeQuatic Waterproof Summer Essentials Set

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 | Free Stuff, Makeup, Photos, Swatches | 3 Comments

Meilily: tarte eyeQuatic summer makeup set

Meilily Product Photos & Swatches: tarte eyeQuatic
Check out these exclusive tarte eyeQuatic product photos! (Don’t forget to enter to win one of these summer makeup sets from tarte starting June 3 here at Meilily!)

tarte eyeQuatic Waterproof Summer Essentials Set Contains… Three lock & roll eyeshadows in turquoise, citrine, tanzanite; a deluxe travel-size lights, camera, splashes! waterproof mascara; and a full-size aquatic-mod head scarf.

Meilily’s tarte eyeQuatic Product Photos:

Meilily Product Photos: tarte lock & roll cream eyeshadow closeup

Meilily Product Photos: tarte lock & roll cream eyeshadow closeup

(Keep reading for more of Meilily’s photos and swatches…)  › Continue reading

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Product Pick: Pacifica Avalon Juniper Perfume

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 | Fragrance, Photos, Product Picks, Stores | 3 Comments

Meilily Product Pick:  Pacifica Avalon Juniper Perfume

Meilily Product Pick: Pacifica Avalon Juniper Perfume

What do books and natural perfumes have in common? Well, not much, I thought, until I discovered that Borders Bookstores now carry products by Pacifica, a surf-inspired brand of natural fragrances, candles, and body care.

Pacifica has artfully placed their perfumes in the limelight recently, their products garnering a spot near the front of Borders bookstores (and in Sephora stores), no longer sitting meekly on the shelves of small locals-only grocery stores.  Keep reading for more on Pacifica’s latest fragrance, Avalon Juniper.

Meilily Product Review & Photos: Pacifica Avalon Juniper Perfume

I thought I had found my favorite Pacifica fragrance › Continue reading

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New MAX Factor: Vivid Impact Lipcolor & 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 | Makeup, Photos | Comments Off on New MAX Factor: Vivid Impact Lipcolor & 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara

Meilily Product Testdrive!
Just tried two of the latest makeup items from MAX Factor

MAX Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor in Rose Rage
Made with shea butter, MAX Factor’s new semi-sheer Vivid Impact Lipcolor comes in a range of pure pigment shades designed by P&G Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath. According to MAX Factor, “The ultra rich, pure pigment lipcolor offers head-turning looks from classic to bold, but always vivid.”

I tried this lipstick in Rose Rage, a pretty mauve rose shade with a subtle and trendy hint of fuschia. The creamy and moisturizing color starts out a sheer pink, and is buildable for more oomph. If you want to wear the latest bright pink lipstick featured by magazines and on runways but you just want to head to the grocery store, this is a lipstick shade for you.

MAX Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara › Continue reading

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Product Photos: Spring Bridal Makeup from Benefit Cosmetics

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 | Contests, Makeup, Photos | 2 Comments

Meilily Product Photos! Benefit Cosmetics Spring Bridal Makeup
Check out these exclusive Benefit Cosmetics product photos, and don’t forget to enter our May giveaway to win these three products from Meilily!

Benefit Creaseless Cream ShadowLiner in Marry Up…

Benefit Silky Powder Eye Shadow in Blushing Bride… › Continue reading

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Gabriel Cosmetics Lipstick – 100% Natural Ingredients

Monday, May 4th, 2009 | Makeup, Product Picks, Swatches | 7 Comments

Meilily Featured Product!  Gabriel Cosmetics Lipstick

Meilily: Gabriel Cosmetics Lipstick Raisin Maple Shimmer

Meilily: Gabriel Cosmetics Lipstick Raisin Maple Shimmer

Attention Whole Foods Shoppers! Check out Gabriel Cosmetics Lipstick in the beauty aisle for a natural lip treat!

I recently sought out Gabriel Cosmetics products because I had heard good things about their lead-free lipstick, and because I liked their no-animal-testing and natural ingredient philosophy.  Hey, we could all use a good natural lipstick these days!

The founder of Gabriel Cosmetics, Gabriel DeSantino, developed the line of natural animal-friendly beauty products based on homeopathic family traditions that incorporated marine-derived botanicals.  The products are made from 100% natural ingredients, and according to Gabriel Cosmetics, “No synthetic chemicals or animal by-products are utilized and no testing is ever done on animals.”

Details on Gabriel Cosmetics Lipstick, Another Photo, & Swatches

The first thing I noticed when I tried my first Gabriel Cosmetics Lipstick was that the texture was extremely smooth and the color (Raisin) was › Continue reading

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Anti-aging Cream in the News Again: Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense – Scientifically Tested, Proven to Increase Demand

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 | Beauty and Science, Photos, Skincare | 10 Comments

Beauty & Science News! from Meilily

Scientifically tested, and proven to…  increase demand?

Boots No 7 skincare is in the news again!   New research apparently confirms the efficacy of yet another Boots No 7 anti-aging product, and reminds us of what happened the last time Boots skincare was in the news…

Boots is the UK beauty product manufacturer that fueled the desire of women everywhere two years ago when their extremely popular Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum (a.k.a Restore & Renew in the US) was shown to increase the youthful appearance of skin. [Remember how that very same Boots anti-aging serum sold out everywhere immediately following a BBC television show announcing its positive anti-aging results?]

This time it won’t be Boots’ Protect & Perfect serum flying off the shelves. Instead, the mass-market product at the center of the latest scientific study is the Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum.

Results from a new year-long scientific double-blind study funded by Boots and published online today in the British Journal of Dermatology showed the anti-aging efficacy of the Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum, demonstrating “for the first time, that a commercially available over-the-counter ‘anti-ageing’ product improves the appearance of facial wrinkles when used in the long term.”

The same research team has apparently found that both the original Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum and the Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum can stimulate production of a protein that promotes skin elasticity called fibrillin-1. The latest study links the improvement of facial wrinkles in photo-aged skin to the serum’s ability to restore this fibrillin-1 protein, but does not specifically breakdown the particular contribution of key ingredients to this effect.

Meilily’s Thoughts on the Study Results and  Product Comparisons

Meilily posits that the new scientific results may be part of an extremely smart marketing strategy for Boots…  › Continue reading

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OPI Breathe Life Lung Cancer Awareness Nail Polish Photos & Swatches

Monday, April 20th, 2009 | Beauty and Awareness, Nail Polish, Photos | 4 Comments

Meilily Product Photos & Swatches – OPI Breathe Life Nail Polish!

Meilily: OPI Breathe Life Nail Polish Bottle

Meilily: OPI Breathe Life Nail Polish Bottle

As you might remember, Meilily announced the launch of OPI’s new Lung Cancer Foundation of America nail polish called Breathe Life about a month ago, with links to several great blog swatches.

OPI’s Breathe Life nail polish has since been generating some buzz online, so in order to help satisfy the demand for real-life swatches of OPI’s Breathe Life lung cancer awareness nail polish, Meilily now has new swatches and photos of OPI’s Breathe Life nail polish

[You’ll have to pardon the application! In contrast to the amazingly perfect swatches of those expert nail polish bloggers, Meilily’s sophomore swatches show how nail polish will look when applied by, say, your seven year old niece. So, these could help some of you!]

Meilily: OPI Breathe Life Nail Polish Swatch

Meilily: OPI Breathe Life Nail Polish Swatch


More Details and Another Photo… › Continue reading

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