Essie Wedding Collection 2014

The Essie Wedding collection for 2014 is so delicate and dainty! I was totally excited when these came in, since I’m planning my own wedding (only 415 days to go woo!), I wanted to swatch these cuties asap!

Essie Love Every Minute

Essie love every minute is a pretty satin rose coral. It’s my favorite color in the collection. It looks like a pastel salmon and it’s a perfect shade for spring.

Essie Meet the Parents

Essie meet the parents is a cool calm blue, a little too calm for the name I think. There’s nothing calm about meeting the parents for the first time! It is however, the perfect something blue for your big day.

Essie Got Engaged

Essie got engaged is a warm nude pink with a “barely there” sparkle effect. I think I found the perfect nude nail polish, it works so well with my complexion because it has the perfect balance of nude and pink.

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Essie she said yes is a sheer white color with a subtle silver shimmer. It’s an interesting shade, it’s not very bright, it’s toned down enough so that’s it’s not clashing with the other pastels in the collection. The formula is creamy, but with the consistency of glue. I had to apply three coats, and I must say that it was hard to work with.

Essie Wedding Collection 2014 offers a good range of colors to choose from, whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid or simply a wedding guest, this collection will get you wedding ready in no time. These colors are also great for spring. Available April 2014.

Essie Weddign Color

*Photos courtesy of essie.

Five Minute Look

Ladies, you know we are always running late in the morning! Whether it’s getting ready for work or school, who has time to get completely dolled up – everyday? I’ll admit I do wake up early enough to get things done. But some days you just need to snooze it 3 or 4 times before you get the motivation to crawl out of bed.

This is when my quick makeup look comes in to save the day! It’s already planned out and fool-proof. Learning how to maximize your beauty routine time will help you look your best when you’re short on time.

Prioritize. Know what’s important. For me it’s camouflaging my bags and sculpting my cheekbones. For others it may be accentuating eyes or covering up blemishes.  Once you’ve narrowed it down, pick products that will help you get the look you want.

Keep it simple and know your level of comfort. If you know that you’re a bit shaky when it comes to eyeliner, then don’t do it. Instead of eyeliner, dab on a few coats of mascara.

Get the job done. I have everything I need ready to go on my bathroom counter. This includes products and brushes.

My quick list includes:

  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Bronzer
  • Eye shadow
  • Mascara
  • Blender brush
  • Face brush
  • Bronzer brush
  • Eye shadow brush

Know what products to use. My quick look is very natural. Look for eye shadow shades that compliment your skin tone. My go-to lid color is Dior 3 Couleurs Glow Nude Glow. It gives me the perfect hint of color without overwhelming my look. I also like to keep my Urban Decay Naked Basics within hands reach, the nude tones are great for a natural look. The bronzer I use is also very subtle and blends in seamlessly I like to use Bobbi Brown in golden light or Laura Geller baked impressions bronzer in medium.

Remember, mastering your quick look takes practice and patience. It won’t be perfect at first and it may take longer to finish at first, but you’ll get there.  You’ll notice that you will tweak your look here and there. There was a time where I couldn’t leave the house without eyeliner on, now I only wear it two or three times during my work week. It’s all about bringing out your natural beauty.

SammyDress

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Lancome J'aime Paris Macy Gift

For a limited time, get a free gift from Lancôme at Macy’s with any Lancôme purchase of $35. This free gift is valued at $86-$112 a includes a lively Paris themed cosmetic bag and a custom 6 piece gift set.

Choices include:

  • Définicils High Definition Mascara
  • Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate
  • Savon Fraîchelle Invigorating Body Cleansing Gel
  • Choice of Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer: Absolue Night Premium ßx Replenishing And Rejuvenating Night Cream, Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Night Lifting And Firming Night Cream OR Bienfait Multi-Vital Night High Potency Night Moisturizing Cream
  • Choice of Cleanser: Crème Radiance Cream-To-Foam Cleanser OR Crème Mousse Confort Creamy Foaming Cleanser
  • Makeup Favorite: Color Design Lipcolor (2 shade choices) OR Blush Subtil Powder Blush (2 shade choices)

(Photo courtesy of Macy’s)

OPI Brazil Collection

The latest OPI collection comes straight from the tropical shorelines of Brazil! It’s a mix of bright fun colors and sexy deep shades. Inspired by the natural beauty of the country’s culture and its famous cities; this collection will have you sizzling this spring or at least for now, longing for hot summer nights!

Brazil OPI Sand Collection

Brazil Collection Beach Sandies by OPI – a collection of matte and sparkly liquid sand lacquers. From left to right: You’re So Flippy Floppy, What’s a Little Rain Forest?, I’m Brazil Nuts Over You, Samba-dy Loves Purple.

OPI Copaca Babies

Brazil Collection Copaca Babies – Gloss and metallic, from left to right: Next Stop… The Bikini Zone, Kiss Me I’m Brazilian, AmazON… AmazOFF, Where did Suzi’s Man-go?

OPI You're So Flippy Floppy

OPI You’re So Flippy Floppy – Bright textured yellow liquid sand

OPI Next Stop... Bikini Zone

OPI Next Stop… Bikini Zone – Metallic Amethyst Pewter

Brazil Collection by OPI

*Photo courtesy of OPI

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so I’ve searched high and low for the best beauty gifts! Here are my top picks! I’ll take one of each please!

VS Valentine

 Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Box $85

As always, Victoria’s Secret is your best bet when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts. This gift box includes; Bombshell 3.4 oz. fragrance, mini fragrance, body lotion, body mist, and body wash all wrapped up in this gorgeous box. This year Victoria’s Secret has over 40 plus beauty gifts to choose from starting at only $15.

Philosophy Hearts and Kisses

Philosophy My Heart to Yours Gift Set $24

This set is sure to make her heart sing! This V-Day git set features Philosophy’s Sweet Citrus Vanilla Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, Body Lotion and High-Gloss, High-Flavor Lip Shine. But how cute is this box though?

Too Faced Valentine

Too Faced Plump, Gloss, and Glow $42

Achieve the perfect Valentine’s Day look with this Kit from Too Faced. Set includes - Deluxe-size Better Than Sex Mascara, Lip Injection Color Bomb! Never Enough Nude, and Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow.

Tory Burch Valentine's Lipstick Case

Tory Burch Printed Heart Lipstick Case $55

This adorable Tory Burch lipstick case is from her new Printed Heart collection. It’s the perfect gift paired with a Tory Burch lipstick or with Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Valentine.

Prada Candy Valentine

Prada Candy Gift Set $88

Prada + Candy + Heart Shaped Box = V-Day Gift Gold! This gift set includes a 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum and 2.5 oz Body Lotion. She’s sure to love it!

Perlier Valentine Gift

Perlier Wild Flower Bath & Body Set $49.50

Prepare for a romantic night with this pamper-perfect gift set from Perlier. Set includes Wild Flower Foaming Cream Bath, Wild Flower Scented Body Water Spray, and pink shower pouf.

Juicy at heart cosmetic bag

Juicy At Heart Cosmetic Bag $48

Inspired by the Hippy Love generation, this lil’ bag from Juicy Couture is ready to get filled with beauty love. Pair it with a Juicy Couture mini fragrance set, or toss in some V-Day beauty treats she’ll love. Try YSL Love And Lacquer Reds Set or BareMinerals Beauty in Bloom Set.

*Photos courtesy of VS Beauty, Prada, Juicy Couture, Perlier, Philosophy, Tory Burch, and Too Faced.

Go Red for Women

February 7th is National Wear Red Day!

Macy’s is inviting customers to wear red to help bring awareness to the #1 killer of women – heart disease.  Customers wearing red (red lipstick counts too!) from February 5 through February 10 or who purchase a $2 Red Dress pin will receive 15 to 20% off select merchandise.

Macy’s is also introducing three exclusive red dresses by Calvin Klein, Kensie and XOXO with 10% of the purchase price benefiting Go Red For Women. Macy’s, together with its customers and associates, have raised $46 million for research and education efforts credited by the American Heart Association with helping save 627,000 women’s lives since 2004.

On February 7th and 8th, Macy’s is also hosting The Go Red Total Makeover event. See if there is an event near you!

Donate now!

As I mentioned before, heart disease is the #1 killer or women, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Most of us don’t know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, they differ from the symptoms of a male heart attack. Please watch this video; Just a Little Heart Attack staring Elizabeth Banks to learn more about women’s heart disease.

Elizabeth Arden

For a limited time, get an Elizabeth Arden Spring Gift at Macy’s with any Elizabeth Arden purchase for $29.50.  This chic oversized tote includes:

◙ 6 Beautiful Color Eye Shadows in Romance, Tempting Taupe Highlighter, Sunset, Mystic Violet, Misty Teal Contour, Classic Khaki Contour, 1 Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Romantic Rose, .17 oz
◙ 1 Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Sunset, .13 fl. oz
◙ 1 Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks in Rosy Shimmer and Desert Rose, .12 oz
◙ 1 Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara in Black, .1 oz
◙ 1 Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Rosy Shimmer
◙ Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Activation Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, .25 oz

Hurry! Offer valid while supplies last!

*Photo courtesy of Macys

ysl-gold

YSL will be debuting a new premium skincare line in February. It’s key ingredient is saffron, a rare spice found in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

Or Rouge, meaning “red gold” in French, also a nickname for saffron, promises to treat fine lines, wrinkles, lack of firmness and dullness, and other signs of aging.

Saffron contains a high amount of a glycan known as crocin. As we age, the amount of natural occurring glycans in our skin diminishes. This causes our skin to lose elasticity and age. Glycans help skin cells communicate, which keeps tissue structure firm and intact. Adding glycans to daily beauty routines may help aid in the fight against aging.

Or Rouge will launch exclusively at Harrods in the U.K. starting in early February, followed by a mid-March prelaunch in the U.S. on yslbeautyus.com. Or Rouge’s pricing is to be $420 for the 50-ml. cream, $240 for the 15-ml. eye cream and $150 for the 200-ml. lotion.

*Photo courtesy of wwd

Juicing Beauty

Juicing – some people do it for weight loss, others do it to help lower cholesterol, but what about juicing for your skin? I always like to start off the year with a juice cleanse. Last year I tried the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse. The plan was doable, but there were only three recipes to choose from and I didn’t love them all.

This year, I decided to try the Reboot with Joe 3 Day Quick Start Plan. The plan has tons of different juice recipes that incorporate fruits and vegetables. You start your day off with a lemon water liver cleanse and drink five juices a day, as well as coconut water and herbal teas. By far this has been the plan with the best recipes. Since I loved them so much, I decided to share some of the best wrinkle fighting, skin brightening recipes from the plan and few I created on my own!

Green Juice

  • 2 Apples
  • 2 Cucumbers
  • 6-8 Kale leaves

Orange Juice

  • 4 Carrots
  • 2 Apples or 2 Oranges or 1 Mango

Red Juice

  • 1/2 of a small Watermelon
  • 2 Pears
  • 4 Strawberries

So how is this good for your skin? Well for starters all of these fresh fruits and veggies have tons of good-for-your-skin vitamins.

Let’s start with kale; dubbed the Queen of Greens by WebMD, it’s a mega house of goodness. Kale has a high concentration of vitamins A, C and K. Vitamin A has been shown to help fight wrinkles and acne. Vitamin C helps brighten the skin and fight free radicals. Vitamin K helps shrink capillaries which causes the appearance of under eye circles and varicose veins.

Cucumbers have been used in beauty treatments for ages. Like kale, cucumbers also contain vitamin C and K. It has magnesium too, magnesium and vitamin C both work together to promote the production of collagen.

Carrots are packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene. Our bodies actually convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, so carrots essentially pack a double dose of this stuff! Carotenoids also helps reduce skin’s sensitivity to UV rays.

Mangoes and watermelons both contain vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that can cause aging. It also helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

There you have it, juicing is rich in essential vitamins that are both good for your body, and good for your skin.

Juice on!

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