Thursday, April 29, 2010

My New Flirty Floral Skirt

The second I saw the Joe Benbasset Floral Challis Skirt at Kohl's, I knew I had to have it.

I owned something similar to it when I was younger--preschool, or kindergarten maybe--and it was one of my fave skirts to wear.  The fact that it's back in style almost brings tears to my eyes!!

The top of the skirt is elastic and goes up a little bit high, which is perfect because it can hold in any little imperfections that you don't want flopping out.  The skirt itself in fully lined for coverage and the shirring at the top makes the skirt full and flowy.

It's the pattern I love most though.  The pink flowers on the black background just look so classic, yet unique.

I've been wearing the skirt with black leggings for now, and if my legs ever look decent enough and the weather warms up, I'll ditch 'em and wear the skirt solo.

Let me take a moment to show you ladies how cute it looks on:



Cute, no?  You can get your very own flouncy floral skirt for $28!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gift Enclosure Cards with Class (and a Little Sass too)

Kate Spade's adorable Gift Enclosure Cards are my new go-to cards for gift giving.  Not only are they the only Kate Spade item that I can afford, they're also cute, classy and have a touch of delectable humor.

Each set features six designs (the set comes with two of each): "you can always return", "i bought one for myself", "you might want to open this in private", “i made it myself”, "happy birthday" (which includes check boxes for 1-20, 21-30, 31-40 and 40 plus) and "remember, it's the thought that counts."

I love these so much and I can't think of anyone who wouldn't.

Save yourself the trouble of writing out a long card for special occasions and buy a set of these cuties for $15.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Put a Little Spring in your Step

Even though I'm only 5ft tall, I tend to stick to flats.  I mean, why not?  They're comfy and stylish. 

I love these Purple Fun and Floral Ballet Flats from Mixx.  The name pretty much says it all; purple and fun are the key ingredients of my lust for them.

The thing about patterned flats is that you can actually wear them with a lot more than you think.  Mixing patterns is fine to do, as long as the patterns are within the same color family.

But if you're wary of that, I could see wearing these flats with a fab plum wrap dress for going out, or a pair of dark-wash jeans for the weekend.  The possibilities are endless.

The best part?  Each pair is only about $25!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Fashion Faux Pas: Making Your Own Skinny Jeans with Rubber Bands

For starters, I'm not a huge fan of skinny jeans to begin with.  Some people can pull them off, but they really don't flatter anyone who has curves whatsoever. They remind me of tapered jeans which also go in at the ankle and end up making you look like you have little tiny ankles and huge everything else.

But if you want to wear skinny jeans--fine.  Just buy an actual pair of them.  The picture is super blurry, but I saw this woman on the T in Boston and immediately pulled out my cell phone to take a picture.  At first I thought, 'oh, they must be reflective for walking around at night or something', but no. Upon closer examination, they're simply multi-colored rubber bands holding in the flare of a pair of boot-cut jeans.

It's hard to tell in the picture, but it basically looks like she's wearing jean scrunchies around her ankle underneath the rows of rubber bands.

I cannot imagine how she came up with this. Did she do this before leaving home, look in the mirror and say 'Damn, I look hot'? Or is this just her everyday look that she wears without a thought?

I would have asked her, but surprisingly, for a girl wearing neon rubber bands around her ankles, she looked pretty badass and I didn't want to get punched in the face.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Kamibashi GIVEAWAY!!!

I'm assuming you all read my declaration of love for Kamibashi last week...if not, check it out.  The brand is amazing and everything is earth friendly.

Kamibashi has been awesome enough to team up with me for a fantastic giveaway!!! Eeeeee!! So exciting!!

Okay, so here's what I've got:
They are all so adorable and I'm sure whoever the three lucky winners are will immediately fall in love with the lil' guys.

To enter the giveaway, just send me an email at sassyalana@gmail.com with the subject line reading "KAMIBASHI GIVEAWAY".  In the email, specify which little critter strikes you fancy (sorry, only one per entry!) The winner will be chosen on 5/1 and alerted via email.

Good luck!!


Disclosure: This post contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR firm. My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! If you have any questions about this, please email me.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Fab Highliter Powder for Pale Gals (and the Rest of you Non-Transparent Peeps too)!

I've always been a fan of E.L.F. (eyes lips face).  They've got some awesome beauty products that are incredibly cheap, yet work amazingly.

Their studio line is my fave.  I recently did a little digging around and found this crazily fab highlighter.  Where did I find it? Oh, you know...just in the "Blush" category.  The product is actually called Studio Blush.  The actual blush colors are great (I tried a few of those too!), but this little hidden gem is the shade Gotta Glow.

I've tried tons of highlighters because I choose to embrace my pale skin and simply make it shimmer and glow rather than slathering on orange bronzer.  So suffice it to say that I know my stuff when it comes to highlighting.

This "blush" applies so smoothly and has great pigmentation.  It highlights just enough and is light enough for my ridiculously pale skin (though I think it would work on most skin types as it's fairly sheer).  I even tried it as an eyeshadow (for highlighting the inner corners of my eyes, of course) and found that it was perfect for that job as well!

The best part? The compact is $3. Yes, really.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hard Candy Beauty Booty

I was so happy when Hard Candy came back. I always loved their nail polishes in the 90's and totally rocked their lime green and neon blue shades.  Now that the brand is at Walmart, I think it's actually gotten better (oddly). They've come out with all sorts of other makeup goodies and still carry the coveted nail polishes I love so much.

This Beauty Bonus Bag is a great way to give the brand a try.  It comes with five full-sized beauty essentials:
  • Glitterazzi Shimmer Body Spray in Tourmaline (clear)
  • Lip Tattoo Lip Stain and Gloss in Petal (pink)
  • Just Nails Nail Polish in Date Night (rose sparkle)
  • Take me Out Eye Liner in Soy (black)
  • Outrageously Delicious Flavored Body Powder in Pink Sugar
  • Hard Candy cosmetic bag in black, pink or white (color of bag varies) 
It's a $40 value, but you can pick one up for $15!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Beauty Beat with Eb: Virtual Makeover

Try before you buy... on the computer? Yes. Cosmetic companies want you to be able to "sample" their cosmetic products while you sit in front of your computer screen. It's like playing with digital paper dolls. (Ooh, idea alert!) 
Use of the site is free and there are 14 varieties of models to use. You can also upload your own picture to see what you would look like with different makeup looks, and get tips on what makeup application and color you should use.  
 
Ebony Looney is the founder of Make Me Over Eb. For more fabulous insight, check out her site at www.makemeovereb.com


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I LOVE KAMIBASHI!

I think it's fair to say that I'm more than a little obsessed with the Kamibashi line that I've just found out about. Everything they've got is handmade and earth friendly (hello, Earth Day...err a day early).  There are about 5678634750984357 little critters all over the site.  I probably spent over an hour perusing the site, falling in love with each and every doodad.

I might be a little bias though.  I have a soft spot for weird little handmade things--I've been sewing my own little weirdly-shaped stuffed animals for years (they're called "Friends"--because everyone needs a friend. hahaha). I'll post a picture sometime.

Anyway back to this fab line.  One of my fave items is the Freak-O-Bags ($15/20 each, pictured top left).  At first glance, they look like a cute little snuggle muffin.  But wait!  They actually unfold to reveal a 16" by 16" reusable tote!  SURPRISE!!

I also am practically having seizures of delight over their String Dolls and their Family Pets (both pictured below).











I mean, come on. How can you look at these little guys and not want to scoop them up and take care of them?  They even come with a name and a little motto. And for only $10, how can you pass it up?!

(P.S.: be on the lookout for a Kamibashi giveaway early next week!!)

Disclosure: This post contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR firm. My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! If you have any questions about this, please email me. 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Hairspray in a Pen

Yes, that's right. There is now hairspray that is literally the size of a pen.  You can take it just about anywhere; it'll even fit in the tiniest of evening bags.

Mega Aero's Hairspray Pen is pretty great. I love the idea.  Although, I usually love when anything is made tinier, it just makes it seem much more cute.  And how many times have we all been out and desperately needed hairspray but had none?  Even the trial size ones from drugstores can be a little bulky when it comes right down to it. This is as small as it gets.

Supposedly you can get about 120 sprays out of it, which sounds like a lot, but when you think of it, most of us use up to 10 sprays per use (or am I the only crazy one?)  Still, it's great to keep in your bag when you're going out, and the price is about right: about $7 for each "pen".

I'd say it's worth it for all the pictures I've seen of myself with weird hair sticking up because I lacked portable hairspray.  Thoughts?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

How to Put Together a Makeup Kit from Scratch

As you ladies probably know by now, I've got quite a large makeup collection.  I'm talking multiple train cases and beauty bags galore here.  I hide most of them under my bathroom sink and simply rotate when I get the urge.

But not everyone is as makeup-crazed as I am.  If you're not really the makeup type but have recently decided to give it a go, it can be tricky to know where to begin.  Walking through drugstores, department stores and full-on makeup stores like Sephora can be super overwhelming.  With billions of tools and products out there, what do you really need?

Think of this kit as a starter kit.  You can always add to it in the future, but what you need to begin with are basics.  I suggest moisturizer, concealer, eye shadows (two should work just fine), eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lip gloss. 

Here's what to look for with each:

Moisturizer- You want something that's light and can be used daily. One with SPF is great (you should wear something with SPF daily).  Olay's Complete All Day Moisture Lotion SPF 15 ($11) is perfect for this.

Concealer- For this, I suggest going into a store where you can try on different shades. Makeup stores like Sephora are great for that because the salespeople generally leave you alone and you can just try on their sample products and see what works. Creams cover up the most, which is generally what I suggest for people. I like the High Definition Concealer by Smashbox ($18).


Eye Shadow- There are a lot of great shadow duos out there, and that's generally the way to go for your basic kit. Everyone's skin has at least a hint of brown in it, so brown eyeshadow never fails. American Beauty's Luxury for Lids Eyeshadow Duo in Afternoon Tea is great.  The shades blend well together and are silky smooth, so they apply easily. 

Eyeliner- For most people, I suggest a simple pencil liner. Black if you have anything above a medium-hued skintone, and brown or charcoal if you're fair-skinned (or transparently white like me). You can find these cheap everywhere, though don't go for the 99 cent ones...Stay somewhere around the $3-5 mark. Milani's Easyliner ($4.50) comes in all three of the colors I mentioned and as an added bonus, it's self-sharpening so you don't even need to buy a sharpener!

Mascara- The same rules apply color-wise here--so you're looking for something that's either black, brown or gray.  There is no magic mascara. That said, CoverGirl's LashBlast ($8) is pretty great. I use it if I'm in a hurry and a couple swipes of this look fab.  It also comes in a waterproof version if you're prone to having that raccoon look we love so much in the middle of the day or are prone to random crying outbursts.

Blush- Powder formulas are best for everyone, I think. They're the easiest to apply, and the easiest to fix if you've put on too much or not enough.  A light pink or peach generally works for everyone.  Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush ($13) does the trick.  It's made up of different little squares of color that blend together to make a great blush that also highlights.  The result is utterly gorgey.  A little advice--never use the brush that is supplied. You need a larger fluffy brush like this to avoid looking streaky.

Lip Gloss-  This is kind of up to you.  There are tons of options; just go to your local drugstore and grab a couple different varieties (even the 99 cent ones are fine!) and have fun playing around! 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Be Good to Your Mother (Earth)

Earth Day is right around the corner, and in celebration, Tarte and Sephora have teamed up to make this fab bag of makeup goodies that are made with natural products.

What you get:
  • Mineral Bronzer in Park Ave Princess (light golden bronze)
  • 4 Day Stay Natural Lash Stain (black)
  • Eyeshadow duo in Damecuta (shimmering copper peach & muted pink with gold sparkle)
  • Double Dose T5™ Berry Boost & High Shine Gloss in Acai Boost (sheer sparkling raspberry)
  • Double Dose T5™ Berry Boost & High Shine Gloss in Pomegranate Punch (sheer sparkling red)
  • T-Zone Travel Shine Control To Go (colorless)
  • a Be Good to Your Mother (Earth) reusable tote bag
Personally, I love it. Per usual, the bag is my fave part. Well, other than the fact that the whole kit is only $42 ($137 value)!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Avon's Newest Skincare Breakthrough: Reversalist Day Cream and Illuminating Eye System

Avon is always cooking up amazing concoctions for making our skin happy.  The latest, their Reversalist Illuminating Eye System and Renewal Day Cream SPF 25, seems to do just that.

I gave them a try for a few days, but my mom quickly scooped them up from under me.  Apparently, she'd wanted the products since she heard of them.

Let me tell you a little about my mom: she's tried every single anti-aging product out there. She knows what she loves and knows what she hates. Her skin is fabulous (with just a few wrinkles here and there). 

So, she gave the pair a try.  First up was the Renewal Day Cream. My mom found that it really seemed to improve the texture and overall tone of your skin.  She felt it made a perfect canvas for applying her usual makeup.  Also, while it worked it that way, she also saw a noticeable change in her skin--her wrinkles had gone down a bit and her face looked "glowy".

Even though that product was great, my mom's fave of the set was the Illuminating Eye System. It actually took her a little bit to figure out that it is a two-step process and that there is a hidden concealer-esque product on top. But she got the hang of it and was amazed. The "concealer" product on top is actually the sheer veil, which she loved most.  It's a tiny bit shimmery and can cover-up and highlight your eyes; basically the outcome is that your eyes look brighter.  

A trick she learned was to apply this on top of her eye lids instead of a normal eye shadow primer. She has a lot of problems with eyeshadow creasing, and so far this has been the only product that has made her eyelids look totally smooth.

The products seem amazing--my mom's already asked me the price and gotten an avon lady!! 

Disclosure: This post contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR firm. My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! If you have any questions about this, please email me. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Too Good to Bo True: a Blog of Beauty GWPs!

So I'm obviously obsessed with beauty gift with purchase deals. To me, the cute little sack of goodies you get for buying a mascara or something is basically like Christmas.  Or the little goodie bags you'd get at birthday parties when you were a kid, except way better. I try to hit them all, but there's no way I can find every single deal.

Wouldn't it be convenient to have someone else traipse all over the place for the best beauty GWPs? Well...there's a blogger who does just that.

MyGiftWithPurchase.com must be run by some sort of underground beauty spy because this lady knows literally everything and every GWP.  I mean, no one loves a good gift with purchase more that I do (or so I thought), and apparently even with my crazed web surfing, the blog finds things that I had no idea were going on.

It's constantly updated, and the coolest thing is that it's also noted when the particular GWP ends, so you don't waste your time trying to get something impossible.

I check it religiously.  And that means something.

Check out the site and pick and choose which GWPs look fab to you. And prepare to be amazed.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jewelry Spotlight: Julia Bristow Jewelry

I'm a huge fan of jewelry that's unique and it's often tough to find. Usually I end up picking through things at flea markets with little success.  And with huge "buy in bulk" stores like Wal-Mart (don't get me wrong, I'm obsessed with places like that for other things), we forget that there are actually some gorgeous pieces out there that are as unique as they are beautiful.

Julia Bristow's jewelry has it all.  The jewelry is handmade, which I'm sometimes wary of--we've all seen certain etsy designers who throw random beads together and try to sell it as art for $100.  This isn't at all the case with Julia Bristow's pieces.

In fact, everything is very wearable, an important factor when it comes to anything artistically handmade.  One of my favorite pieces is the Glass Heart Bead Pendant ($29).  It's one of those pieces that will make people stop, do a double take and ask where you got it. 










There are also some whimsical pieces on the site like these awesome Grape Earrings ($29), pictured above.  Because who the heck doesn't need a pair of grape earrings??!  They're cool because at first glance they look like simple cluster earrings, but oh no--upon further inspection they're much more interesting.

There site has a plethora of jewelry and the prices range from about $29 to around $200, depending on what you're looking for.

It's nice to see that handmade, crafty jewelry doesn't always mean something like this (sorry for the horrible image, but I needed to make a point!)

You can find Julia Bristow on her site, or read her blog for more info.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fashion Faux Pas: Demin Vests

Okay, so I get that the whole '80s trend is still in, but we're grasping at straws to find "new" looks from the decade.

Like the denim vest. 

First of all, I hate vests in general.  If you need an extra layer, wear a sweater or a full-on jacket.  The problem is that people who wear vests are simply doing so because they feel it is a wonderfully fabulous addition to their outfit. FYI: It isn't.

Adding the denim factor makes it a whole other disaster.  Denim on top is difficult to begin with.  You can't really wear it with jeans because then you either look like you're wearing a denim suit, or the denim just doesn't work with the other denim hues you've got.  And it doesn't quite look right with much else either (there are a few exceptions, of course).


The vest combined with the denim makes a hideous hybrid of fashion disgust.

It doesn't help matters at all if the vest is bejeweled, studded or "artfully" ripped.

Let's stick to flattering clothing that has a purpose, k?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

April Showers Bring...Super Cute Rain Boots!

I hate rain.  It doesn't help that I commute into Boston for work and spend a lot of time walking outside.  The worst part of it is that most people look so unstylish while they're stomping around in their huge black boots that do nothing for them.  I say, make the rain a bit more fun and invest in a cute pair of boots! I did some digging around and found some great ones.













These Flair Chihuahua Lemon rain boots are fabulous!  The site actually has oodles of different designs with the same 2-inch heel.  The heel is great--it gives you a little lift so there's less of that clumpy flop that most rain boots are known for, and the fact that the heel is only 2 inches means that they're fairly easy to walk in. Each pair costs $65.













If you're more of an animal-print gal, Urban Outfitters Leopard Print rain boots are perfect for you.  Animal print is always in style, as far as I'm concerned.  The boots also feature a 1-inch heel. They're only a mere $38, but hurry up because they've only got a few sizes left!













These boots are so adorable!! If I hadn't already purchased my own this year, I'd definitely get them. The Chooka Women's Heart Bones rain boot was the first to grab my attention. Obviously; they're pink. and they're adorned with tiny hearts.  These boots are me in rain boot form. At about $50, you get what you pay for (good quality and cuteness), but these are also running out of a few sizes, so you have to get them quickly!














These boots aren't messing around.  They're pretty badass and I love them for it.  This is the most unique pair I've seen in a while. Chooka Women's VooDoo Graphics rain boots are tattoo-inspired, and I doubt anyone will mess with you if you wear them out and about.  In fact, the rain might take one look at 'em and decide to cut it out. The pair is about $40.













Pink!! Sorry guys, I couldn't help myself, I needed to add another pink pair to the list.  These Pinky Plaid rain boots are a bit more toned down than some of the others.  This is a great pair if you're looking for something simple, but stylish. You can grab a pair for about $25! Not a bad deal!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tips from Project Runway on eHow

Have you ever checked out eHow.com?  Basically it's an awesome site that teaches you how to do virtually anything.  Including fashion and beauty related-tasks (of course, I had to check that out).  I poked around on the site and found some amazing tips from some of the fab Project Runway contestants (ummm...I'm obsessed with the show!) and I just wanted to share them with you!


Here's a few of the tips listed on the site:

  • Baggy clothes hide your body and make you appear as if you are not confident. Choose comfortable clothing that lightly skims the body. If you must wear one baggy item, make sure you wear another form-fitting item.
  • Unless it's the dead of winter, try to keep your neckline open. V-necks are particularly flattering.
  • Wrap dresses and skirts cut on the bias flatter just about every body type, and pay homage to curves. Skirts that fall just above the knee are the most attractive length for most women
  • Make color count. Colors are important - from the garment to the makeup an
  • accessories. Make sure you're wearing a complimentary and flattering tone, whether it's subtle, soft or to woo an outfit.
 
There are so many great tips and articled to read on eHow and the Project Runway ones are my faves.  Here are some links to their fabulous articles:

How to Make Old Clothing Look New

How to Be Fashionable in a Hurry

How to Look Fabulous as a Plus-Size Woman

Those are only a little taste of what's available on the site.  Check out eHow for yourself and learn how to do...anything!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Top 10 Worst Drugstore Makeup Products

I tend to have a mixture of both high-end products and drugstore finds in my makeup bag, and for the most part I'm happy.  But are there certain products that you should stay away from?

Here's the top 10 list of the worst:
1. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Cream Powder Makeup SPF 20
    Why it’s worst: This antiquated formula fails to provide sufficient UVA protection, has an unpleasant texture, and not a single shade looks like any woman’s skin color anywhere in the world.
2. Cover Girl Clean Makeup
    Why it’s worst: A dated formula that spreads unevenly and looks pasty on the skin. It comes in mostly terrible colors and contains several potent irritants that give it a strong, medicinal fragrance.
3. Physicians Formula CoverTox Ten50 Wrinkle Therapy Concealer
    Why it’s worst: Where to begin? From the over-the-top claims to the needle-like packaging to the spotty coverage and matte finishes that somehow manages to creep into every large pore and wrinkle, this is simply awful.
4. Cover Girl Cheekers Blush
   Why it’s worst: This powder blush has a terribly dry flaky texture that applies unevenly, creating a blotchy appearance and the fragrance, oh my goodness!
5. Boots No7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder
  Why it’s worst: With a texture that feels dry and waxy at the same time, this difficult-to-apply powder looks heavy on skin and the shades are mostly too pink or peach.
6. Maybelline New York Shadow Stylist Loose Powder
   Why it’s worst: Despite clever packaging and a smooth application, this loose powder eyeshadow tends to flake endlessly even if you dab off the excess from the sponge applicator (which isn’t a good way to apply powder eyeshadow anyway).
7. Rimmel Professional Liquid Eye Liner
   Why it’s worst: The long brush makes application trickier than usual but the real Achilles heel is the formula: it takes far too long to dry and smears easily.
8. Wet ‘n’ Wild Eyeliner Pencils
  Why it’s worst: For less than one dollar, these need-sharpening pencils are the rare cosmetic instance where you really do get what you pay for. The creamy texture stays that way, which invites smudging and smearing all day long.
9. N.Y.C.(New York Color) Lippin’ Large Lip Plumper
  Why it’s worst: Quite possibly the world’s most irritating lip plumper, this shimmer-infused lip gloss plumps lips with several potent irritants, including cinnamon, peppermint, and a menthol derivative. Ouch!
10. Rimmel Volum’ Eyes 5X Volume Comb Mascara
     Why it’s worst: We generally praise Rimmel’s mascaras and their best ones are beauty steals—but not this one. The comb applicator deposits way too much mascara and trying to smooth out the globs results in a huge mess. Who wants clumpy, spiked lashes?



Thanks to Paula Begoun for the info!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

I'm Smitten with Kitten

I honestly can't believe that I haven't written about this before.  But I've recently been reminded of my fave eyeshadow shade, Kitten by Stila, and my wild obsession with it.


This highly-pigmented shade is really the best thing in the world. If I could only have one makeup product, this would be it.

The color is a shimmery nude with a hit of pink in it.  It works well as a base, as a wash over the entire lid, or as a highlighter on the inner corners of your eyes and under the brow.  I use it all over the place, but mainly it saves me from looking super tired in the morning because by placing it on the inner corners of my eyes, my eyes look wider, more awake and prettier.

Okay, so don't freak out, but the shadow itself is $18. And it doesn't come with an actual eyeshadow pot to put it in...that's an additional $2.  So we're looking at a $20 commitment here. But let me tell you--it is so worth it. The shadow pan is about the size of a quarter (or larger actually). And it lasts forever.

BUT I just found this fab deal on HSN: the Stila Universal Colors Collection.  It includes kitten, two other fab shadows, a case for all three shades, and a lipgloss for about $40. HUGE savings!

I'll stop raving about my favorite thing in the world.  But if you can spare the $20 or $40, go for it.  You won't be disappointed.

[photo credit: Makeup and Beauty Blog]

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wanna Glow? Wear JLo's Blue Glow Perfume!

I'm always a little wary of celebrity fragrances.  Some of them are just horrible. So i wasn't sure what to expect when I tried out the new Jennifer Lopez perfume.

But Blue Glow by JLo is fabulous. Per usual, I was first in love with the bottle. It's gorgey and adorned with an anklet (for you to take off and wear, or to ad flair to the bottle--whichever you prefer). Once I actually got over the pretty bottle, I gave the scent a go and found it to be perfect for warm evenings out.

Blue Glow is composed of a mixture of floral, sensual wood and a some fruity orange.  The mix works and I found it to smell more floral and fruity than anything else, but with a bit of a musk feel to it. Once I tried it out, I couldn't stop smelling my wrists!!

This one is a definite winner and is approved by Sassy Fashionista indefinitely.  I plan on wearing it out for summer nights out with my gal pals, while drinking yummy margaritas.  Sounds perfect, no?  

You can buy a bottle for yourself for $32.

Disclosure: This post contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR firm. My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! If you have any questions about this, please email me.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Breath of Fresh Air: the BLOOM Collection from Hillhouse Naturals

I have a bit of a secret:  I'm obsessed with candles.  Pretty much year round, but especially in the springtime because that's when all the flowery lovely scents come out.

I love love love the entire Bloom collection from Hillhouse Naturals--but of course, the soy tin candle is my fave.

First of all, here are a few key points about soy candles in general:
  • Soy wax is all-natural
  • Soy candles last longer
  • Wax spills are easy to clean (great, because I'm a huge klutz as we all know!)
  • Soy candles produce less soot
  • Scented soy candles distribute more scent (yum!)
They're basically The superman of candles.

What's interesting about the Bloom fragrance is that it actually smells like spring. If you could somehow put the season into a bottle and save the scent, this would be it.  It isn't overpowering (though the candle does let off more fragrance than others) and it just smells amazing. It's a floral mixture of water lily, lotus flower and jasmine is underscored with the cool green notes of fresh bamboo and vetiver.

Springtime in a candle? I'm sold.  Check out the rest of this collection and others at Hillhouse Naturals.

Disclosure: This post contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR firm. My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! If you have any questions about this, please email me.

I'm all Better! So I'm Pimping myself out a bit!

Yay! I'm not sick anymore! The daily posts will start back up again today.  But First, I'm pimping myself out a bit.  Here's an interview I did for Chic Galleria.

You should check out the whole site too--it's utterly fab!

Ta-Ta for now!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sorry, Ladies!

I'm broken. Not for long, but I have some weird flu/cold combo that isn't fun, and that's the reason for my delay in posting.

I have some great posts coming up as soon as I get better: a yummy new candle I'm obsessed with, a review of JLo's new perfume and a bunch of rants.

So take the time to read up on some of my old entries! Once I'm feeling better, I'll be sassier than ever!

Xoxo

Blog Archive




reviews Blogs


Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited without prior written permission.


© 2007-2016 Alana Burr - All Rights Reserved