Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Posted by Alana at 8:05 PM
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Every single mother I know loves to be pampered. Anthropoligie's Garden Party Soap Trilogy ($24) does just that. The soaps are made with shea butter, cocoa butter and vitamin E. Plus the box is gorgey and is ready just the way it is to give as a gift! (Or, fine. You can keep a set for yourself!)
Posted by Alana at 11:31 AM
Saturday, April 26, 2008
You can only get 'em at Marc by Marc Jacobs stores, but they're only $1.50 each--not bad for a hilarious find. This is great for a gag gift for a girlfriend, or even just to keep in your purse.
Glad to see that Marc supports safe sex!
Posted by Alana at 12:48 PM
I've never seen anything like them. I think that I am in love. They are almost too cute to use.
Grab a pair for $20 at Pylones.
Posted by Alana at 10:30 AM
Even though I love applying my own makeup, there are definitely some days when I just don't have the time to get everything perfect. Blending eye shadow is usually what takes me the longest amount of time.
Innovative ColorOn Professional Instant Eye Shadow Applicators make eye shadow ridiculously simple for everyone. They are little oval strips of shadow that come in a huge range of colors. Personally, I like the Smokey Classics collection.
To apply, peel back the applicator from the card, and center the pad on your closed eyelid. Hold in place at each corner of the eye, making a "peace sign," and gently rub the back of the applicator with the index finger of your free hand. Remove and dispose. Each kit also comes with setting powder to apply on top for extra staying power.
This process literally takes about 5 seconds and many of the shades look very natural--other than the unfortunate animal print shadows (yes, they have Leopard and Zebra printed shadow for the fearless). Each applicator does both eyes.
The kits cost between $18-$30 and includes 10-20 applications, as well as the setting powder.
Posted by Alana at 9:57 AM
Friday, April 25, 2008
Posted by Alana at 5:09 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The saddest thing of all is that many of the people who walk around like this are not fat. In an outfit that fits properly, they would look amazing. That is the real tragedy. I mean, even the skinniest of gals can't fit into the same pants they wore when they were kids.
So, ladies--please stop clinging to your past and go up a size if need be. It's more humiliating to walk around with a muffin top; not to mention the constant pain of your pants cutting into your waist. Thanks.
Posted by Alana at 3:39 PM
Monday, April 21, 2008
Walmart has a great line of organic cotton totes that are 13" by 15"--small enough to use as a purse (for people like me who carry around practically everything they own constantly), but it's large enough to use for picking up a few things at the grocery store (no plastic!)
When I first saw this bag, I was really surprised that Walmart carried it. The other ones that they have are great too. Every once in a while they really do awesome stuff.
So support your planet and look fabulous--it only costs $9.96. What a steal!
Posted by Alana at 5:16 PM
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Rather than just throw on a pair of black or brown flops, I like to opt for something unexpected for a bit of flair. These animal print sandals by Express ($29.50) do just the trick. In addition to the great animal prints that just barely can be seen when you wear 'em, the thong portion of the sandal is metallic--a trend that we'll still be seeing this season in moderation.
Posted by Alana at 12:57 AM
Subtle lip gloss is definitely the way to go. Swipe on some waterproof mascara and some light pink gloss, and you're good to go. Mark's new Caribbean Shine Lip Gloss in the Kiss On The Beach shade is the perfect natural pink, slightly shimmery gloss. It goes well with virtually ever skin tone (But there are two other fab colors to try), and it is super moisturizing. Plus the tube is fabulously cute.
The gloss retails for $6 at meetmark.com.
Posted by Alana at 12:46 AM
Friday, April 18, 2008
Only a little is needed and it makes a huge difference--it has now become part of my everyday makeup routine. Dip a small eye shadow brush into whatever shadow you choose and brush it onto the inside corners of your eyes. Make sure to blend, otherwise the result is not natural at all. Sometimes I even apply a little tinted moisturizer on top of the shadow. This creates an even more natural look and the shimmery shadow looks gorgey just barely peeking out.
I have two superb shadows that I use and love. The first is from The Body Shop (a great unexpected place to buy makeup, by the way). It's simply called Eye Shimmer ($11) and the best shade for this is Silver. It is not really silver, more of a shimmery white. .
My other pick is by FLIRT! and can be found at Kohls. The I'M WHIPPED Eyeshadow Mousse ($12) glides on smoothly and even acts as a great base for other shadows. The Snow Angel shade is a perfect shimmery color for highlighting.
Both of these are highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Now no one will know you went out clubbing last night!
Posted by Alana at 4:03 PM
The best product I've found so far is the "Cheer Up" all-over healthy color. It comes in one fabulous hue, "one shade fits all" and from what i can tell, it is flattering on most skin tones including my practically transparent skin. it adds just enough color and a bit of shimmer without looking unnatural. It really lives up to it's name and makes skin look very healthy and alive.
You can get "Cheer Up" for $16.
Posted by Alana at 3:53 PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
An added plus is that the mascara itself works very well; it lengthens and plumps up lashes without clumps. Each color retails for $17.
Posted by Alana at 4:43 PM
A few years ago, a few different websites tried to make their own virtual makeover programs, but it was tricky to do because the makeup never lined up perfectly with your face. Taaz somehow automatically picks up on where your eyes, lips, head, cheeks, and everything else is in the picture. For best results, upload a picture of yourself with your hair pulled back facing the camera head on. I actually tested the website and uploaded a photo of myself with my head tilted to the side just to see what would happen and the program still found my eyes and everything!
If, for some reason, the program doesn't correctly select your features, you can actually move the makeup around. The best part? There are oodles of makeup colors to try and the site has the brands and shades listed of what you are using. The possibilities are endless. This is also a good place to try different hair styles before you do something drastic to avoid looking like a fool. Hooray!
Posted by Alana at 2:44 PM
Monday, April 14, 2008
The best part is that you can either use the mascara that comes with this brush (which comes in either black or brownish black), or you can use your own mascara--any brand will do. This mascara brush pretty much makes your fave mascara work even better (can you believe it???). Also, because it constantly spins, you can skip the eyelash curler when using it; the brush alone gives you quite an uplifting set of lashes.
I'm actually kind of surprised that no one has come up with this until now. it seems so simple and it makes such a difference. The SPINLASH costs $14.95 and can be purchased at spinlash.com.
Posted by Alana at 6:21 PM
Butterflies are big for Spring, and these little beauties go with almost any outfit. They have a great antique look to them, and the detail is fabbity fabulous. Wear 'em with a pretty Spring dress, a pair of strappy sandals, and be prepared to look absolutely divine!
Posted by Alana at 5:48 PM
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
My new love is Mark's Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint. I like the "Cheeky" shade because it looks quite natural against my so-pale-it-is-almost-transparent skin. There are three other shades to pick from for peeps who have normal skin tones, too.
The great thing is that this blush is so blendable, yet stays in place all day. That is a rare find. For $6 it's worth a try!
Posted by Alana at 3:36 PM
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Posted by Alana at 4:46 PM
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