Sale Alert: Bliss Blowout Sale On Now!

Friday, June 12th, 2009 | Hot Happenings, Makeup, Sales, Skincare, Stores | Comments Off on Sale Alert: Bliss Blowout Sale On Now!


Meilily Sale Alert!
I highly recommend checking out the Bliss Blowout Sale going on now at -You can get up to 50% off hard-to-find beauty products, including those from Rodial, YonKa, Bliss, Chantecaille, MBT, and even Wolford! I’ve personally picked up lots of amazing deals on cosmetics and skincare products during previous Bliss sales. I love a good Bliss sale!

Meilily suggests checking out these sale items…

Chantecaille Bengali Palette (Was: $117 – On Sale: $58.50)

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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cited reasons such as the personal insignificance of the reported lead levels or even a concern that the study was not peer-reviewed by the scientific community.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…

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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!)

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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…


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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New Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon II Heels Now at Epaulet!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 | Hot Happenings, Product Launches, Shoes, Stores | 2 Comments

Meilily Hot Happenings & New Product Images!

The Fall ’09 Lady Dragon heels by Melissa & Vivienne Westwood Anglomania are now available, and Epaulet in New York just got an exclusive early delivery! They are apparently the only online retailer in the US to have these right now!!

If you’re familiar with Meilily’s love of the amazing Lady Dragon rubber heart heels by Melissa & Vivienne Westwood, you’ll know that Epaulet is Meilily’s go-to shop for getting these and other hard-to-find Melissa shoes here in the US. (Btw – Epaulet ships free and quickly within the US, and they also ship internationally!)

The New Fall ’09 Lady Dragon II Shoes

The new Fall ’09 Lady Dragon II slingback heels are still made with Melissa’s signature scented rubber material (and still run a bit large), but this time they feature a rubber bow in the front instead of a rubber heart. Also for Fall ’09, these new Lady Dragons come in darker colors, such as black and red. Oooh, who doesn’t like red shoes?!

And… if you prefer cute flats, Epaulet also just got a shipment of the new Melissa & Vivienne Westwood Fall ’09 Ultragirl flats with bow!

More Product Images of Melissa’s Ultragirl & Original Lady Dragon with Heart…

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Meilily Giveaway: Win a Tarte EyeQuatic Waterproof Summer Essentials Set!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 | Contests, Free Stuff, Makeup | 58 Comments

[Update June 12, 2009: The winner of this giveaway is Trude! Congrats!]

Meilily Summer Makeup Giveaway! With the popularity of our last giveaway, has now teamed up with tarte cosmetics to give away one tarte eyeQuatic waterproof summer makeup set starting June 3, 2009!  Check back to see who wins!

Win a tarte eyeQuatic Waterproof Summer Essentials Set ($35 value):
– Three lock & roll eyeshadows in new jewel-toned sea-inspired shades: tourquoise, citrine, tanzanite
– A deluxe travel-size lights, camera, splashes! 4-in-1 natural waterproof mascara
– A full-size aquatic-mod head scarf in matching shades
Check out Meilily’s swatches and photos of these summer giveaway items here!

To enter, simply do the following: [One entry per person please]
– Subscribe to the Meilily RSS feed here.
– Post a comment on this post below telling Meilily why you want to win!

All complete entries must be received by June 11, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST.   Giveaway open to US Residents only. (Sorry international readers!  Meilily hopes to include you soon.)  Void where prohibited by law.  A winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email.  The winner must timely respond with their address, so that the prize can be shipped to them by tarte.  Please check out our Privacy Policy before entering.

Good Luck!  from Meilily * Live Beautifully

P.S. Even if you don’t win, you can still score 20% off tarte waterproof items with code WATER20!
P.P.S. Here’s our tarte giveaway link on Prizey!

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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

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J.Crew Weddings: Dress Sale! Sophia Bridesmaid Dress on Sale!

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 | Sales, Stores, Weddings | Comments Off on J.Crew Weddings: Dress Sale! Sophia Bridesmaid Dress on Sale!

Meilily Sale Alert & Shopping Tips: J.Crew Sophia Dress!

Spring wedding season is already underway, but if you are still looking for bridesmaid dresses, look no further – J.Crew’s popular silk Sophia dress is currently on sale for only $100 in select colors (and only $59.99 in Kelly Green)! I’ve kept my eye on the price of J.Crew bridesmaid dresses for a friend, and I think now is a fantastic time to stock up on select J.Crew wedding attire!

Read on for more about the J.Crew dress styles on sale and for Meilily’s important tips for shopping J.Crew Weddings.

J.Crew Sophia Short Dress in Silk Tricotine:
Regularly $150, the J.Crew Sophia Short Dress in Silk Tricotine is a great value as an elegant, classy, and pretty dress for bridesmaids or brides. —› › Continue reading

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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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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

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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.

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