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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Featured Shopstyle Look: Sunny Spring-to-Summer by Meilily

Sunday, April 26th, 2009 | Featured Looks, Fragrance, Makeup, Shoes, Wishlist | Comments Off on Featured Shopstyle Look: Sunny Spring-to-Summer by Meilily

J.Crew at ShopStyle

I was inspired by warmer weather, spring sunshine, golden yellow fields of hay and flowers, and the upcoming wedding season to create this Sunny Spring-to-Summer look.

This look includes the following fashion, beauty and jewelry items:
J.Crew – Augusta Peep-toe Pump (Perfect pumps for bridesmaids and wedding guests!)
Le Labo – Neroli 36 Fragrance (Fantastic watery neroli fragrance!)
Cargo PlantLove – Green Goddess Palette (Eco-friendly beauty!)
Zac Posen – Flounce Dress (Isn’t this dress amazing?)
Anna Ruth Henriques – Leaf Cuff (Meilily loves Barneys New York jewelry designers!)
Ten Thousand Things – Sunstone Waterfall Necklace
Fossil – Isabella Embossed Clutch
Miu Miu – Shoulder Bowling Bag

Enjoy! from Meilily

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Beauty Around the Web: Week of April 20, 2009

Friday, April 24th, 2009 | General, Hot Happenings | Comments Off on Beauty Around the Web: Week of April 20, 2009

Check out the latest online happenings from Total Beauty contributors:

Meredith at Daily Dose of Coffee ponders an interesting question: are male and female acne really all that different? Find out more!

Beauty Anonymous brings you Sonia Rykiel Summer 2009 Makeup Collection.

Family portrait in your future? Visit The Beauty Couch for some tips on how to apply makeup for fabulous photos.

Meilily brings you Beauty & Awareness: Check out Meilily’s swatches and photos of OPI’s Breathe Life lung cancer awareness nail polish!

The Informed Makeup Maven raves about Nude Vs Red lips, Nailene, The Best Bronzers, Softlips; reviews Jenova mascara and invites you to join her facebook group. Most of all IMM really wants your opinion for a chance to score a Covergirl makeup pack !

Jamie and Mother Blogger of Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog discovered a plethora of earth-friendly products for Earth Week: Tees for Change, Kiss My Face (plus a giveaway), and much more.

Boutique Flair reviews Vichy’s popular Noraderm Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care lotion.

Good news for fans of Stila! Beauty Junkies Unite finds out after a month of bankruptcy rumors, the makeup brand has been sold and should be back in business soon!

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Celebrate Earth Day Beautifully with Programs from Amazon, Origins, Tarte & More

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 | Beauty and Awareness, Free Stuff, Hot Happenings, Makeup, Sales | 1 Comment

Happy Earth Day! from Meilily – Though Earth Day is now relatively mainstream and commercialized, Earth Day, celebrated on April 22 each year, started back in 1970 as a protest movement to bring environmental issues to light. Nowadays, it’s exciting that we have more and more ways to celebrate Earth Day every day!

Meilily’s Suggestions for Celebrating Earth Day Beautifully:

Origins Online (ELC)Recycle your beauty product packaging through Origins with their Return to Origins Recycling Program. Origins is the first to accept beauty product packaging from any brand!

Get discounts for recycling Tarte Cosmetics packaging through Tarte’s Customer Recycling Incentive Program, as featured here on Meilily.com! Also, celebrate Earth Month with free shipping on all Tarte orders all month!

Check out eco-friendly clothing from Edun – ethical fashion created by Ali Hewson and Bono. African EDUN LIVE tees are all 50% off for Earth Month!

Save 15% on Julie Hewett cosmetics online orders during the Earth Day sale with code PEP15 until May 31, 2009.

Check out Josie Maran Cosmetics‘ special Earth Day kit called Green-on-the-go ($48).

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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


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Hot Happenings: Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon Back in Stock at Epaulet!

Friday, April 17th, 2009 | Hot Happenings, Photos, Product Picks, Shoes | 1 Comment

Meilily Product Pick:  Melissa & Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon Heels in Pearl

Meilily Product Pick: Melissa & Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon Heels in Pearl

Meilily Hot Happenings Alert!

For those of you waiting to get your hands on the amazing Lady Dragon heels by Melissa and Vivienne Westwood, you’re in luck!  Epaulet in New York (the shop where Meilily found the Lady Dragon in Pearl featured here) just re-stocked their Lady Dragon heart slingback heel inventory in three colors:  light blue, pearl, and yellow!

If you haven’t heard about the Lady Dragon by Melissa & Vivienne Westwood, one of the hottest shoes around, you’ve got to check out Meilily’s exclusive photos of the Lady Dragon in Pearl to get all the juicy details!

Happy Shopping! from Meilily

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Stylish Hi-tech Jawbone Headsets on Sale at Gilt.com!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 | Hot Happenings, Photos, Product Picks, Sales, Style and Technology | Comments Off on Stylish Hi-tech Jawbone Headsets on Sale at Gilt.com!

Meilily Sale Alert!

I’ve written before about the amazing invite-only designer sales at Gilt.com (Gilt Groupe), but now I’m letting you in on a rare Gilt.com sale...

This week Gilt.com has a sale on stylish, hi-tech Jawbone headsets. Perhaps the sexiest gadgets around, Jawbone bluetooth headsets feature innovative NoiseAssassin noise elimination technology combined with distinctive product design.

So, if you can’t find anything you like at the various Gilt.com Final Sales going on this week (featuring designer brands like Rachel Roy, Shoshanna, Ports 1961, Cosabella, and Vera Wang), check out the Jawbone headset sale while it lasts!

What:  Gilt.com Jawbone Headset Sale
When:  Thursday, April 16, 2009 starting 12pm EST
(limited time, or when sold out)
How:  You must be a Gilt.com member to shop the sales…

*If you need an invitation, Meilily invites you to join Gilt Groupe at www.gilt.com/invite/meilily

*Don’t forget, most Gilt.com sales last 36 hours, but many items sell out quickly!  The prices are that good!

Check out Meilily’s Jawbone headset product review and exclusive photos here! A great gift idea for mom or a significant other!

Happy Shopping! from Meilily

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Meilily Product Pick: Stylish Hi-tech Jawbone Headset

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 | Photos, Product Picks, Style and Technology | 1 Comment

Check out Meilily’s product review and exclusive Jawbone headset photos …

Meilily: Jawbone Headset Black

Meilily: Jawbone Headset in Black

Meilily says: Hi-tech hands-free headsets can be stylish too!

While geeky gadgets don’t typically fit in the realm of fashion and style, Jawbone headsets made by Aliph are changing that.  While other bluetooth headset makers have started targeting fashion-conscious female consumers with girly colors and blinged-out carrying cases, Jawbone is really the first headset to truly turn heads, both male and female, based on good product design alone.

Jawbone headsets originally rose to stardom in the gadget world for their patented NoiseAssassin noise elimination technology (once developed for military use), however the original Jawbone headsets were a bit large and clunky. The second generation re-designed Jawbone headsets (a.k.a. Jawbone II) were smaller, sturdier, and used different ear hooks, and unfortunately they started making them in market-pressured metallic-frost colors like Rambling Rose and Babbling Blue. IMHO the basic black Jawbone looks just fine!

*Now, Aliph is launching their newest re-designed Jawbone headset, the Jawbone PRIME, available (in candy colors) in stores May 2, 2009 or by pre-order online.

Does Jawbone NoiseAssassin Technology Work? —› › Continue reading

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Tax Day Deals: Sephora, BeautyHabit, Origins, Saks Friends & Family!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 | Free Stuff, Makeup, Sales, Skincare | Comments Off on Tax Day Deals: Sephora, BeautyHabit, Origins, Saks Friends & Family!

In honor of Tax Day in the US, here are some current discounts and deals for saving on Tax Day!

Saks Fifth Avenue Friends & Family Sale is here: Use code SFAFAM9 to get 15% off cosmetics and fragrance, 20% off jewelry, and 25% off everything else, from April 14-19, 2009 online (in-store from April 16-19, 2009). See site for more offer codes!  [Thanks to the ladies at eMakeMeUp.com for the heads up!]

BeautyHabit has a nice free shipping code, 40DEAL, on orders of $40 or more until April 30, 2009!

Sephora is having a special 15% sale with code BD2T9CB5 until April 21, 2009. (Note: The Sephora site has been heavy hit during this sale, so you may need to be patient.)

Origins has a one-day only special for Tax Day: April 15th only! Get a Free Full-Size Cleanser with any Origins.com order. Choose your favorite at checkout, while supplies last. Selection available may vary. Plus, receive Free Standard Shipping with your order of $50 or more.

MAC still has free shipping on any order until April 20, 2009 with code DAZZLE9.

Happy Shopping! from Meilily

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Peacekeeper Cause-metics 6th Year Anniversary Sale: 20% Off

Monday, April 13th, 2009 | Beauty and Awareness, Free Stuff, Makeup, Nail Polish, Sales | Comments Off on Peacekeeper Cause-metics 6th Year Anniversary Sale: 20% Off

Meilily Sale Alert!

Peacekeeper Cause-metics is celebrating their 6th Anniversary with a one week sale ending soon!

From April 7 – 14, 2009, get 20% off Peacekeeper makeup from www.iamapeacekeeper.com, always with free shipping!

I’m a big fan of the Peacekeeper Cause-metics philosophy of producing safer cosmetics while promoting women’s rights.  Did you know Peacekeeper donates all after-tax profits to women’s health and human rights concerns?

I discovered Peacekeeper a while back when looking for a nail polish with not-so-toxic ingredients and also vegan-friendly products.  Now, one of my favorite Peacekeeper products is the Nail Paint, a nail polish (Big 3-Free) that wears like iron, yet removes easily.

Meilily Shopping Tip: Consider ordering a custom gift set (including nail polish, lip gloss, and lipstick) if you’re interested in trying several Peacekeeper products, since you can save a little money that way.

Do check back for Peacekeeper products photos and reviews! from Meilily

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Featured Shopstyle Look: Harajuku Lovers Love by Meilily

Thursday, April 9th, 2009 | Featured Looks, Fragrance | Comments Off on Featured Shopstyle Look: Harajuku Lovers Love by Meilily

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

Meilily brings you another Shopstyle look inspired by Meililly’s favorite Harajuku Lovers Fragrance, Love. This look is inspired by Love’s spunky red sneakers, cute blue jumper, and hearts in her hair.

Don’t forget to check out Meilily’s exclusive photos of the Harajuku Lovers Love fragrance bottle and fragrance review here.

Products featured in this look:
Heart Sunglasses from Fred Flare
Lacquered Heart Earrings from Forever21
Love fragrance by Harajuku Lovers
Graylin Laced Dress by Rugby
Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine by Shu Uemura
Glitter Heart Coin Purse from Forever21
Galow High Sneakers by Creative Recreation
Fold Down Sneakers from See by Chloe

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Meilily Loves: Artisanal Shoe Shopping at farfetch.com

Monday, April 6th, 2009 | Featured Shops, Product Picks, Sales, Shoes, Stores, Wishlist | 1 Comment

Meilily: Farfetch Shoes

Meilily: Farfetch Shoes

Farfetch.com promises to fetch visitors the best and brightest of goodies from around the globe, delivered directly from far-off locales. Therefore, the site features one of the most interesting selections of shoes, clothing, and accessories around.

Though even the sale items at farfetch.com may be too expensive to splurge on at the moment, the sale section, particularly the sale shoe section, is definitely worth an inspirational peek once in a while.

For example, on my last visit, I was awed by the artistic construction of purple suede pumps by Chie Mihara (from Maison Nipi, Vigevano), the angled ergonomics of calf-length boots by Opening Ceremony (from SIX, London), and the scalloped classiness of gray patent leather peep toe heels by Emporio Armani (also from Maison Nipi).

Btw, last time I visited farfetch.com, they even had the Vivienne Westwood + Melissa Lady Dragon shoes featured by Meilily in salmon, but unfortunately they sold out.   Farfetch.com still has other unique Melissa shoes though, like the oddly appealing Mistrey by Melissa rubber gladiator sandals.

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