Sunday, June 29, 2008
Soooo, moving on... the best dancer I know, Katie Hill, just opened up her very own dance studio and is teaching about a million classes there. She's literally amazing. The studio is in Bristol, NH and classes are very affordable.
You can also visit her studio's website--it has oodles of info about the goings on. Check it out: http://www.dancingfeetstudios.com.
Like I said, she's definitely the best dancer I know and she's taught tons of classes in the past at different studios. I highly recommend checking out the website and taking lessons from her. she pretty much rocks at life <3.
Ciao lovies! Stay fabbity fab!
Posted by Alana Burr at 3:20 AM
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I don't know whether to be proud or ashamed! I'm addicted to makeup. There, I said it. Do they have AA for makeup addicts?
Posted by Alana Burr at 1:13 AM
I'm so tired of plain black pumps, and pink is my absulitley fave color, so I figured that this time around I'd go for a patent "leather" strappy peep toe. Payless' Hollis Peep Toe jumped out at me right when I walked into the store. I knew that I had to have them. Even though they are a tough color to match, I think that these shoes will go with a lot more than most people would think. I can see wearing these with some denim carpis and pretty much any tee or tank top as long as I throw on some sort of pink accessory (even pink stud earrings). I also love the idea of wearing a monochromatic black outfit and then adding a punch of color with these bad boys.
Either way, they're available for a mere $22.99, and don't forget that it's BOGO season (Buy One Get One half off) until the end of July!
Posted by Alana Burr at 1:01 AM
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The new LipFusion Micro-Injected Collagen Lip Plump Color Shine comes in one shade at the moment--Beach Baby. The color is pretty much the perfect pink for any skin tone. It looks natural, but still gives lips a fresh pink plumped look that is perfect for summertime and lounging at the beach.
The part that I'm most excited about? The wand. It is actually glammed up with pink crystal studs. This is the type of thing that I would keep even after I used all of the product. It's like an art piece!
Unfortunately, there is a downside for us frugal beauties. The plumper is $49. I know, I know...It's kind of steep for a lip gloss. But how cute is it??!! Check your couch cushions for spare change. Maybe you'll find a $50.
Posted by Alana Burr at 2:34 PM
That's why I love Forever 21's Alicia Rose Tunic. Flowy tops are always more comfortable when the weather is less than ideal, and they flatter nearly everyone. A top like this can work for almost any occasion. Pair it with some denim capris and flip flops for day, or wear with a pair of jeans (dark wash) and heels for night.
This gorgey top is $24.80 and can be bought in stores or online.
Posted by Alana Burr at 2:07 PM
Saturday, June 21, 2008
So you can probably see why I'm in love with this huge kabuki brush by IsaDora. It's perfect to use for adding a touch of shimmer to your face or body. And just think of how cute it'll look on your bathroom sink!
Since my skin is practically see-through it's so white, I usually can't use bronzers without looking ridiculous. So I generally go for a light gold or silver shimmer powder to lightly apply above my cheekbones, over my shoulders, and down the center of my legs. It makes my skin look as close to flawless as possible. Plus the rest of you normal girls who have regular color skin can do this too with bronzers and whatnot.
Anyway, the brush is $19 and is very well-made so it'll last you practically forever. And did I mention that it's pink?
Posted by Alana Burr at 1:38 PM
The whitener has proven to whiten up to 8 shades in just 14 days and also doubles as a minty breath refresher. Tarte's gloss, like all of their others, is awesome as well. Both shades have blue undertones, which help your teeth look even whiter, and both are mint-infused.
If you think it can't get any better, read this: with the purchase of every Tarte's enbrightenmint, you’ll be supporting Sambazon’s Sustainable Acai Project , which helps to preserve the Amazon Rainforest.
How can you refuse?
Posted by Alana Burr at 12:06 PM
Friday, June 20, 2008
Now I'm prepared! Let me know what you think about a product I recommend, or share a funny story, or just say hi. Write whatever you want (within reason, of course). BUT if you leave a bitchy comment, be prepared to get one back from me!
Ciao all you gorgey gals!
Posted by Alana Burr at 3:57 PM
In the morning, start off by applying an eye shadow base (or do what I do and apply a light layer of concealer to your eyelid). Next, brush the lightest blue shade (top left) over your entire lid--from lashes to brow. Apply the shade beneath it (light grey-green) only on your lash line and outer corner of your eye. This is a pastel smokey eye. Add a swipe of mascara, a pinch of blush, and maybe some lip gloss and you're set for work.
When 5pm comes around, you can brush on either the royal purple shade, or the blue/black shade (depending on how daring you are) as an eyeliner for the top lid only. You can get as crazy as you want, or keep it simple. Either way, it will pump up your look from day to night with little effort and it won't ruin your day makeup--it will merely enhance it. Not bad, huh?
Posted by Alana Burr at 3:26 PM
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
So you can see that commas and I go way back. Which is why I think a comma necklace is the best thing since sliced bread. Made by FinnishDesignShop, the necklace costs 75 Euros (roughly $116). That's pretty pricey in my book, so I'm hoping that other designers take note (hint hint: Target) so that I can always be safe and have a condom, whoops I mean COMMA with me at all times.
Posted by Alana Burr at 6:35 PM
Last summer, thick headbands were all the rage--especially those designed to look like scarves that you'd just tied around your head. I think that those are classic for the most part, especially if you own a black or white one. But this season, skinny headbands are all the rage.
The benefit of wearing a skinny headband is that you don't have to limit your other accessories. The headband doesn't steal the spotlight, so it's okay to pair it with a pair of cute earrings or a necklace.
Ann Taylor has a great zebra print headband that would go great with some gold hoop earrings (which, by the way, are always in style). The headband retails for $12, but I suggest that you check out your local dollar store before shelling out more than $10. I've seen tons of them by me and I probably own more than is socially acceptable. But they are all fabbity fab, so it's okay as far as I'm concerned...
Posted by Alana Burr at 6:13 PM
Monday, June 16, 2008
Dr. Justin Shroyer, a doctoral student in biomechanics at Auburn, found that the toes take a beating every time you flip or flop. "When you wear flip-flops, you kind of scrunch your toes to keep the flip-flop on your foot," Shroyer says. That constant pressure often adds up to throbbing and tenderness in the toes. "The body is an amazing machine," Shroyer explains. "When you do one thing, other things turn off and on. By engaging the muscles that scrunch your toes, you are turning off the muscles that would bring your toes up."
Wearing flip flops can also cause more stress on the body due to this--that could mean a higher risk of muscle and joint pain in the legs.
This is pretty scary stuff. I can already feel my toes cramping up just thinking about it!
Posted by Alana Burr at 8:53 PM
Sunday, June 15, 2008
My fave? The Peggy Wedge Sandal. These are great wedges to have because they can be worn nearly year round. Hell, I'd wear these puppies in the middle of a snow storm, they're so cute.
The sandals come in navy or tan, both of which are classic colors that match practically anything, and they retail for a mere $24.99. What's not to love?
Posted by Alana Burr at 5:50 PM
Monday, June 9, 2008
Embrace has found the solution! They've created a "fully detachable bra accessory that converts any bra into a cross back style". They come in one size only, but they are easy to adjust since you just slip them over your bra straps and adjust those to whatever suits you.
In stores, the product is only available in Canada--BUT you can order online at the Embrace website ($8.50 Canadian dollars each).
Posted by Alana Burr at 8:30 PM
Right now, Nordstrom is offering a spectacular gift when you spend $100 on any beauty or fragrance products. I know that may seem a bit steep, but why not kill two birds with one stone and find a nice cologne for your dad (Father's Day is this weekend) or stock up on some of your beauty basics.
Here's the breakdown of what comes in the gorgey tote:
Anastasia Brow Gel
Anthony Logistics for Men® Self-Tanner with Anti-Aging Complex
Clarins Sunscreen Soothing Cream SPF 20 (0.28 oz.)
Cover FX 'Skin Prep FX' Treatment & Priming Serum sample
Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (0.1 oz.)
Freeze 24.7® IceCrystals™
Anti-Aging Prep & Polish sample
Hanae Mori 'Butteryfly' Eau de Parfum (0.04 oz.)
John Varvatos Eau de Parfum (0.05 oz.)
KORRES Natural Products Guava Body Butter (0.85 oz.)
Lancôme Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara (0.07 oz.)
Laura Mercier Eye Colour in Sandstone (0.03 oz.)
Origins 'A Perfect World™' White Tea Skin Guardian (0.17 oz.)
PHYTO Phytodéfrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm (0.5 oz.)
TanTowel Self-Tan Towelette (1 application)
Not too bad, huh? The deal is available on the Nordstrom website or in their stores until supplies run out.
Posted by Alana Burr at 8:10 PM
Thursday, June 5, 2008
First off--J.Crew has a great simple tote that makes a great beach bag; the Small Madaket tote. for $39.50, you can have one of your very own. But you can get similar beach bags pretty much anywhere. Even Walmart has a large mix of 'em.
So here are a few of the most important things that I think every gal should have in her beach bag:
1) Sunscreen for your face. Stila has a great one out now. Their sheer color tinted moisturizer SPF 30 ($36) is tinted and you can choose from oodles of shades. I'd even use this as part of my normal makeup routine since even walking in the sun makes my pale skin go crazy. But you can throw a tube in your bag and refresh whenever you get the urge. Don't forget to bring a mirror to avoid any mishaps!
2) Of course, you obviously need a body sun screen. La Fresh Sunscreen SPF30 sells travel-size packets of sun screen, so you don't have to lug around a huge bottle.$4.50 will get you 4 individual full-body packs of sun screen.
3) A small pallette of makeup is always a good idea. Mainly, you only need a bit of concealer and mascara, but for the bold, there are many tiny pallettes just for this occasion. Hard Candy has s Take Out Makeup Kit that has everything you need to touch up your makeup. The kit has 6 Lip Glosses, plus two lips brushes. It also includes 8 eye shadows, mascara, eye liner, bronzer blush, and every brush you might need to apply all of the makeup. You can get this at Sephora (my home away from home) or on Sephora's website.
4) Last, but not least, make sure to pack a couple bottles of water to keep yourself hydrated, and help your skin look fabbity fabulous,
Of course there are about a million other things that I pack: magazines, books, my ipod, a digital camera (hey, you never know what you'll see!), and a bunch more that I can;t even recall at the moment. Simply use this list as a starting p0int and add your own beach bag items that you might need during the day.
I'm so ready to pack up my beach bag and run to the nearest lake by me, but alas I cannot as I've spent a ton of money just a few days ago. But that's a story for another time.
TTFN! (ta ta for now!)
Posted by Alana Burr at 10:16 PM
Orange is a huge color for summer. Most skin tones can pull it off and Jaffa 3 Free nail lacquer by Butter London has created a great shade of orange that I can't wait to try out.
I know it looks scary, but just think: Your pretty little toe nails could be painted bright orange while you and your true love smooch while watching the sunset. Talk about a perfect match!
The polish retails for $12. It's described as being "A juicy orange colour, seedless, but potent as Hell." So I'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not to take the risk.
Posted by Alana Burr at 10:00 PM
Well Vincent Longo (who I usually am a huge fan of) has decided that red is the new black apparently and I just don't get it! The Vibrant Eye Waterproof Mascara by Vincent Longo is a mascara much like the others offered on the site--clump free, waterproof, and all-around good quality. There are a number of decent colors on the site. Why not try an electric blue? It makes the whites of your eyes appear clear and fab.
So anyway, if you're in the mood to look like you have pink eye for a day, you can pick up the mascara for $24 on the Vincent Longo website. But I do not approve!
Posted by Alana Burr at 9:45 PM
Sunday, June 1, 2008
The best part is that it tingles while you wear it. The gloss is minty fresh and totally fab. You can buy it at Bath and Body Works, or C.O. Bigelow's site for &7.50. In fact, Bath and Body Works is offering a special--buy 2 C.O. Bigelow products, get one free--plus a groovy tee shirt for $5. Not bad, eh?
Posted by Alana Burr at 5:24 PM
My main squeeze? Claire's metallic eye shadows. For $5.50 you get 10 glam shades of highly-pigmented glam color. I gave 'em a test run today and was quite impressed. The only downside is that you cannot order online. So look for a local Claire's by you and give them a try--you won't be disappointed!
Posted by Alana Burr at 5:17 PM
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