Saturday, December 31, 2011

YAY!! I Finally Have the Internet Back (For Real!!)

Yes, it's true. After about a month sans internet, I FINALLY have it all set up in my new apartment! To all my lovely readers, I'm super sorry that I haven't kept you entertained with my sassy scribbles for this long!

I have oodles of stuff to write about--TONS of giveaways, reviews and other fabulous things. Stay tuned, ladies!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sorry, Ladies!

I've had no internet for the past couple of weeks!  Needless to say, I've been basically dying without my internet fix. Everything should be running smoothly now though!

You can look forward to oodles of giveaways (some Kamibashi String Dolls might be in the mix!) and tons of reviews.

Stay tuned!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sealed With a Kiss!

Wrapping gifts is absolutely my fave part of the holiday season.  Well, other than the shopping and the actual giving of the gifts...

I love getting all creative with it.  I'm seriously so obsessed with wrapping gifts that often times, my fam will unload their unwrapped gifts on me for some fabulous Alana-style wrapping.  In the past, I've even wrapped gifts that were for me. That's how awesome I am at gift wrapping. [End of bragging sesh].

This year I was super excited when I found these adorable Glossful Greetings Gift Tags from Avon..Each set includes five gift tags with one application of their gorgey Glazewear Lip Gloss in Iced Pink (a shade that looks great on nearly all skintones).  It's great to keep in your purse for lip gloss emergencies, which are quite a normal occurrence in my life, and the tag itself is super cute!

Each pack of five gift cards is $4.99.  So that's like $1 a pop (I'm such an amazing mathematician, right?!), for a really unique touch to any gift.  That said, I'd prob go with something different for your dad's gift...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Michael Kors and Estee Lauder Team up for a Fab GWP!


If there are two things I love in this world, they are makeup and designer bags. Put them together and chances are, I'll have a seizure of delight!

This holiday season, Estee Lauder and Michael Kors have come up with this amazing gift with purchase.  The bag itself is incredibly gorgeous--I'd probably spend over $100 for that alone.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I'd sell my soul for it. It's the perfect clutch for a night out. 

The makeup that comes with it is gorgeous too.  Estee Lauder's cosmetics are always of the best quality and this set is no exception.  All of the colors are universally flattering and look super fabulous on every skintone.  The packaging is even super pretty.  Who doesn't love makeup that comes in adorable gold casing??

So to get the set, all you need to do is spend $50 on an Estee Lauder fragrance purchase (which is super easy and nearly all of their scents are incredible).  Then the set is under $40.  It sounds like a hefty chunk of change, but for what you get it's definitely worth it.

Here's what comes in the set:

  • Golden Eye & Face Compact (Pure Color EyeShadow in Pretty Penny, Nude Fresco, Sugar Biscuit, Safari Green, Hot Cinnamon and Kenyan Copper, plus Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer)
  • Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick (full-size, in Tiger Eye)
  • Pure Color Gloss (in Wired Copper)
  • Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil (great for smoky eyes, in Onyx)
  • 2 Deluxe Makeup Brushes (Blush and Eyeshadow)
  • Michael Kors Signature Cosmetic Bag
You can also choose the color of the bag.  It comes in gold (my personal fave), silver, and pewter.  I might just have to somehow get them all.

My game plan?  Buy a bottle of lovely perfume as a Christmas gift for someone, and keep the gift set as a gift for moi! Win-win! Not bad, right?!

As always, quantities are limited.  So get shopping, ladies!!

(Oh, and P.S.: the set is worth OVER $170!)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Add This to Your Christmas List: OPI's New Muppet Collection



I absolutely love the Muppets.  And now that they've got a new movie out (eeee!), OPI has come out with an amazing new polish collection that's completely Muppet-inspired!
The polishes are super cute--they're all chock full of chunky glitter, which is fabulous for the holidays.  Here are a few of my fave hues:





















Divine Swine
is, hands down, my fave shade in the entire collection! It has everything I could possibly want in a nail color.  It's full of gorgey pinkish-purple chunks of glitter, with a bit of silver mixed in.  It looks great on it's own (though I did need to use three coats for this result), or layered over a bright pink polish.






















Fresh Frog of Bel Air
is basically Kermit in a bottle. The shade of green is fantastic.  I can definitely see wearing this out for an evening on the town.  It's unique, fabulous and looks surprisingly great on everyone.






















Gone Gonzo!
is the perfect bright blue shade. It's similar to the other polishes in the collection, but I found that I actually got more color with fewer coats, for some reason.  This is another shade that looks great over other blue polishes.  I actually tried it over white and loved the results, as it made the blue stand out and look even brighter.






















Rainbow Connection
is def the most wearable in the set.  It's full of different-sized chunks of glitter in every color imaginable. This is my top pick for a New Years Eve polish!

The whole collection is amazing.  Who doesn't love chunky glitter??

The polishes are available at professional salons and spas nationwide including national chains Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA for about $8 each.

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

Monday, November 28, 2011

My Latest Obsession: Dressbarn (AND a giveaway!)

So remember how Dressbarn used to be for middle-aged women who wanted a new sack-like floral-print dress? Well the store has definitely kicked it up a notch (or a million).  Believe me, I was shocked!

After checking out their fab website, I'm ridiculously obsessed with oodles of their frocks, handbags, jewelry and adorable scarves!  My fave find so far?  This super cute Sequin Bodice Party Dress.  It's perfect for any holiday party.  Pink and black look amazingly gorgeous together and the sequins at the top of the dress add just enough bling to make the dress fancy enough for nearly any occasion.  I'm also a huge fan of the big pink bow that ties in the back. I mean, how can you not love a big pink bow??! It's just the perfect little cocktail dress--I can't get over it!  The dress is around $50, which is really decent for the quality and fabulousity it has.

Their Gloves with Beaded and Bow Trim are def on my wish list too (hint, hint, Santa). Not only are they toasty warm, they're also super ladylike and ultra chic.  The bow detail is classic and I absolutely love the beading.  A pair of gloves like this never go out of style.  They'd make a great Christmas gift for all the ladies in your life.  And since they're under $15, you can even afford to grab yourself a pair (or five)!

The store has so many goodies--I can tell a shopping spree there is in my future.

Here's the exciting part:  I have one $25 Dressbarn gift card to give away to a lucky reader!! You can use it towards a gorgey party dress, or on some amazing gifts. 

To enter the giveaway, send an email to sassyalana@gmail.com with the subject line reading "DRESSBARN".  The giveaway ends 12/5 and the winner will be alerted via email.

AND I have a fab coupon to share:






















Awesome, right??! Good luck, ladies! Even if you don't win, check out the site! You'll be amazed at all the cute things they've got to offer.

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Press On Nails that Work!

My nails are awful.  They're brittle, jagged and I can't stop biting them.  So I usually have incredibly short nails that I try to wear polish over, but honestly nothing covers up the fact that my nails simply suck at life.

When I was younger, I used to try press on nails.  Back then, I remember having my mom put them on for me, only to have them immediately fall off the second I touched anything.  The glue was horrible and the nails themselves looked super fake.

As I got older, I went back and forth between having acrylics put on, but my nails grow so fast that I needed to get them filled practically every week and that can get pretty pricey.  Just getting the nails themselves put on can cost about $60. 

Well, my problem has been solved!  My amazingly fabulous pseudo-sister, Lauren, introduced me to these Kiss Everlasting French Nails.  I saw her the other day and her nails looked amazing so I asked where/if she had gotten them done.  When she told me that they were from this kit, I was SHOCKED.  They looked so natural, gorgeous and chic!

I tried them myself last night (with her assistance) and really love the results. The little tab on the top makes applying them really easy--you just use it to hold the nail while you apply glue, slide it onto your nail, hold it for a few seconds and then break it off.  I suggest filing a little afterward because the tab does leave behind a slightly jagged tip.

These things are seriously amazing though.  I've been cleaning, doing dishes, typing, eating, writing, applying makeup...basically everything--and these nails have not come off or even budged the tiniest bit!

The best part:  You can buy a pack of 'em for under $7!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

For Anyone Who Loves Shoes!

I don't know what's getting into me, but I've got Christmas on my mind.  Big time.  So forgive me in advance for going on a holiday season tangent.

I realize that we still have to get through the daunting family fun fest of Thanksgiving before we make it there, but seeing this super adorable Dazzling Heels Ornament set from Avon makes getting ready for the holiday oh so exciting!

The set comes with four gorgeous mini heel ornaments (each is about 7/16" W x 2 5/8" H).  To be honest, I wouldn't limit myself to using these doodads to decorate my Christmas tree--they'd look great almost anywhere.  Some examples?  In place of a bow on a gift, dangling over your desk, as a stocking stuffer, or even as a decorative fashion-y trinket anywhere in your home (just remove the string).  The colors do look a little holiday-esque, but the silver and gold shoes look like they could be used year-round.

Each set is only about $10.  These are def great to stock up on and give to all your fashionista friends (and of course keep some for yourself).  Avon has oodles of other fab ornaments like their Cosmetic Ornaments (the lipstick is my fave!!!), their Knit Sweater Ornaments, and their Dress Ornaments.  All of them are fairly inexpensive and really add a bit of fashion to the season!

Friday, November 18, 2011

I see Paris, I see France! I see...Weight Loss Underpants?

Umm...I have to be honest.  This is kind of the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen.

Japan has come out with these Calorie Shaper "panties" (the site is in Japanese, so good luck reading it!)  Apparently there's some sort of product inside the underwear that makes burning calories easier.  Personally?  I think it's a huge rip off.

ABC did a little investigating on the product, an the video confirmed my suspicions...the whole idea is just weird and the commercial is pretty hilarious (it's included on the ABC video).

If you feel the need to try them out, you can get a pair for under $40.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Best Idea Ever: Hem Gems


Buying pants really sucks when you're short (I'm 5ft even!)  Sometimes I can find a cute pair of petite pants, but they're usually too short to wear with heels, and "normal" length pants are always waaaay too long on me.  I usually end up hemming them myself by hand with a needle and thread, but it takes so much time and is just ridiculously irritating to do.

Now there's a quick, stylish solution (cue cheesy infomercial music), Hem Gems. Adorable name, right?! They work like little pins to hold pant legs at your desired length.  And they're super cute, to boot!  Each pack of Gems contains 8 pins--enough to quickly change the length of one pair of pants.  They also come in a few different styles (I'm partial to the pyramid studs).

The best part is that they don't actually alter the pants, so you can adjust them based on whatever footwear you choose for the day.

Here's a quick video showing how they're used:



Super easy, right? And they look incredibly chic. You can get a pack for about $20. Love it!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Gorgey Holiday Dress for Under $40!

I know, I know...it's still the beginning of November and even thinking about the holidays is ridiculously depressing.  BUT the one thing that's awesome about this time of year is that you get to buy pretty dresses for going out to all your amazing holiday parties!

I'm always on the lookout for dresses that are on sale (believe it or not, I am crazily poor and writing doesn't pay well!)

So I found this fabulous American Living V-Neck Satin Dress from JC Penney. And it's only $40. I can't get over it!!

The sapphire blue hue is flattering on nearly all skintones and is def an in color for the season.  I'm so in love with this dress--I want to buy five of 'em just so I have backups and can constantly wear them.  The style is great because it's totally timeless and can be worn for virtually any event.

You can pick up the dress in stores or online.  Get shopping, ladies, before they're all sold out!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Victoria's Secret Goodie Bag for $25!!

So my lovely mom actually tipped me off to this.  She is quite the fashionista ;).

Victoria's Secret has this adorable bag 'o delight (or as they prefer to call it, their Must-Have Essentials Beauty Bag) and I'm crazily obsessed with it.

As most of you know, I'm a huge sucker for mini makeup bags filled to the brim with awesomeness. This is pretty much on the top of my list.

Here's what you get in the set:
  • Love Spell® Hydrating Body Lotion, 2 oz.
  • Victoria's Secret Bombshell™ Body Eau de Parfum, .25 oz.
  • Beauty Rush® Lip Gloss in Strawberry Fizz, .46 oz.
  • Clarins Instant Smooth Line-correcting Concentrate, .04 oz.
  • skyn ICELAND® Icelandic Relief Eye Cream™, .06 oz
  • StriVectin-SD® Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles 3-week supply, .75 oz.
  • VS Pro Air Brush Primer, .14 fl. oz.
  • Booty Parlor Flirty Little Secret Firming Cream, Bronze Firming Cream and Luminizing Body Butter with pheromones, .17 oz. each.
 It's got to be worth at least $100.  StriVectin alone is super expensive. So spend the 25 bucks and get yourself lookin' gorgeous!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nicole by OPI Holiday Glitters!


















I know that Halloween was just yesterday, but I'm already in the Christmas spirit!! The latest Nicole Holiday collection is right up my alley and is totally getting me ready for the holiday season ahead!

The collection contains four gorgeous glitter hues.  They're a bit sheer, so they work perfectly on top of other colors, or even on their own.  Here's what the new shades look like:






















Snow-Man of my Dreams  is a really pretty blue and silver (and even a tiny bit of red) glitter polish.  It's probably the sheerest of the bunch, so I'd definitely layer it on top of a solid blue shade for maximum bling power.  The blue is cool-toned and looks fab on all skinones.






















Glitter in my Stocking is a yellow-gold glitter with tiny flecks of tomato-red in it.  It's my fave color in the collection and is great for dressing up an outfit for a holiday party.  It's a bit more thick than the other hues, so it looks fabulous on its own.























My Sleigh's in the Shop is without a doubt my fave color in the collection.  It's a great color to wear now and fabulous for the Fall to Winter transition.  Since this one is a bit sheer as well, I like to layer it over deep plum shades.  it looks super pretty!























Orna-Ment for Eachother is THE perfect holiday red.  It's got fiery-red glitter, mixed with some gold and orange bits.  The quality of the shade is great and this hue in particular makes me want to bust out some Christmas carols!

Look for the line in Walmart, Target, and Ulta!

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


Monday, October 31, 2011

Miss Piggy's Most Hilarious Beauty Tips


















Miss Piggy is currently the most stylish puppet ever to live.  From her new MAC line to the latest OPI Mupet-inspired collection, she's taking over the beauty world!

Here are a few of her fabulous beauty tips:
  • "Never purchase beauty products in a hardware store." — As featured in Neverisms: A Quotation Lover's Guide to Things You Should Never Do, Never
  • "It's a good idea to apply an all-over facial pack once or twice a month, but I never, never use mud. (Frankly, it brings up unpleasant memories.)" — Miss Piggy's Guide to Life
  • "Beauty is a blessing and a burden. One must celebrate the blessing of being beautiful, and yet bear the burden of attracting freaks who want to sunbathe in the reflected gorgeousity of moi's porcine pulchritude. But, then again, who can blame them?" — As told to Pop Magazine.
  • [On men:] "Ask yourself if he's such a hunk that he's worth it. If so, get more mirrors. If not, dump him . . . but get more mirrors anyway. After all, narcissism isn't a bad thing if it's about vous." — The Diva Code: Miss Piggy on Life, Love, and the 10,000 Idiotic Things Men Frogs Do
  • "Especially for the Christmas season I use a champagne shampoo, followed by an eggnog rinse. It gives my hair extra body. And if I take a bath in the stuff, it gives my body extra body, too." — As quoted in McCall's December 1980 issue
Source: IMDB

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Give Cancer the Kiss Off!

For Breast Cancer Awareness month (all of October), Elf is giving 100% of the profits from their Twinkle Pink Glitter Gloss and their Wild Watermelon Glossy Gloss to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Awesome, right?!

I'm already a HUGE fan of Elf's lip glosses.  They're highly pigmented, shiny (not sticky), and last forever.  Their studio glosses are only $3 a pop and they honestly work just as well as a $20 gloss--in some cases, even better!

The two hues that benefit BCA research are both beautiful pink shades.  Personally, I love the Wild Watermelon Glossy Gloss.  It's a darker, brighter pink that flatters all skintones.

So buy a gloss, or two (or a bunch)!  It's cheap and for a good cause.  At least that's my excuse for adding more lip gloss to my already-huge collection.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Miss Piggy for MAC!

Oh Miss Piggy, how I love thee!

For as long as I can remember, I've had a soft spot for Miss Piggy.  She's sassy, loves fashion and has a cute curvy figure! What's not to love?!

In Honor of Disney's The Muppets hitting theaters November 23, MAC has created a fabulous collection around the iconic Miss Piggy.  You can get her diva look by using the collection's three super wearable products. 

The eye set consists of Miss Piggy Pink eye shadow, a blue-pink frost ($18); Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack ($21); and a full set of falsies, Lashes #36 ($18).

Very exciting, no?
















The collection is available online only, starting November 14th.  Ugh...I can't possibly wait that long!!!  Well, this set is definitely on my Christmas wish list!

New Pink Shatter by OPI

There's a special place in my heart for OPI Shatters.  I love the fact that once you've applied them, you can literally watch the shade crackle over your nails.  And the effect is really funky (in a good way). Shatter polish is just so fun to play around with.  I love mixing different color combos.

Their latest Pink Shatter is exactly what I've been waiting for!  By now, you should all know that pink is by far my favorite color.  So why shouldn't it come in the form of a shatter nail polish??  Clearly OPI agrees with me on this.

Over the years OPI has released pink polishes exclusively for the month of October to raise funds for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer. OPI now intends to raise $25,000 to contribute to the NBCF. Throughout September and October OPI Pink Shatter will be on sale, 100% of profits will be donated! Huzzah!

Pink Shatter came to be for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  They always do something great for BCA, but I think this year is the best so far.

The Pink Shatter polish isn't exactly a straight, bright pink.  Rather, it has a bit of a coral finish to it, and is even a little sheer. It actually takes on a neon look in the sun.  It's a really unique color and I'm hoping that they come out with something similar in a solid shade.  The polish also has the tiniest bit of a shimmer to it, though it definitely is not a glitter or shimmer polish. 

I tried it with a light pink base and really liked the results.  It's like a wonderful pink explosion all over my nails!!

You can buy Pink Shatter wherever OPI polish is sold; at salons and spas nationwide including chains like Beauty Express, JC Penney, Regis, Trade Secret and ULTA. Each bottle is around $8.50.

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, October 18, 2011

Amazing Makeup Palette For $3.50 (ONLY TILL MONDAY!!)

Right now, E.l.f. is running an incredible deal:  their Studio 83-piece Essential Makeup Collection is only $3.50 until Monday (10/24).  Usually, the palette is $35, which still isn't a bad price--but of course $3.50 is waaaay better!

The makeup set is fantastic.  It has everything you need for day looks, night looks, events...literally everything you could possibly need is in this kit. AND it conveniently folds down into a 6.5" square, so it's super portable.

Here's the rundown on what you get:
  • 64 Eyeshadow Shades
  • 8 Lip Gloss Shades
  • 4 Blush Shades
  • 4 Bronzer Shades
  • 1 Lip Brush
  • 1 Eye Brush
  • 1 Face Brush
Great, right?! I'd get it for the plethora of eyeshadow alone! I actually own this set, so I know how great all the products are.  The eyeshadows are highly-pigmented, and the colors are fabulous.  The majority of the kit can be used on every skin tone out there.

All you have to do is add the set to your shopping bag.  At the checkout screen, enter the code "83FOR350" to get the deal.

Friday, October 14, 2011

New Fall Issue of Applaud Women Online!

Hey, Ladies!  Just wanted to give you a heads up that Applaud Women magazine's latest issue is up online!

There are some fab articles about fall beauty and fashion (and oodles of other great stuff), so check it out.

My article in the issue, Frugal Fashion Finds for Fall can be found on pages 44-45.  Take a look for some great tips!  Here's a screen shot of it:















Happy weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Chic & Spooky Halloween Headband

With Halloween right around the corner, I've been trying to find holiday appropriate accessories that aren't tacky.  And that's practically impossible.

I did, however, manage to find this super cute headband on Etsy.

I love headbands with a little flair to them, so the flowers on the headband really tickle my fancy.  They have a bit of a shabby chic look to them, which is really adorable and stylish to boot.

The only thing that makes this headband look Halloween-fabulous (as opposed to regular-type-fabulous) is the fact that the flowers are black and orange. Which is great.  It's not over-the-top, but it gives a little nod to the holiday.

You can get your own Halloween headband for $11.  Check out the designer's other headbands too for some fun year-round looks!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fashion Faux Pas: Jean Legwarmers

I stumbled upon this gem of an outfit from People of Walmart.  It's a great site to check out for hideous fashion mistakes that people should really be murdered for making.

My latest find, a girl wearing denim shorts along with handmade jean legwarmers (how crafty!), practically made me vomit.

I just don't get it.  If your legs are cold, wear a pair of pants like a normal person!  If not, then fine--just rock a pair of shorts!!

I'd just love to hear the girl defend this look.  She probably thought it was pretty cutting-edge and that wearing the bottom half of her pant legs made her look edgy.  Perhaps she even thought of herself as a bit of a trend setter since I doubt anyone else has had the same idea (although I could be wrong).

Even so, I have the give the girl a little credit.  With this look, she can use every part of her dungarees; make cut-off shorts, or cut-off legwarmers--OR BOTH!!  She could even use the same pair to do it!

In all seriousness, I just can't even begin to imagine what is wrong with this girl.  Because clearly something is wrong with her if she throws on the bottoms of her discarded jeans, takes a look in the mirror and decides that she looks fabulous enough to venture out into the real world.

So unless you're insane, I don't recommend this look.  Ever.  And actually even if you are insane, that doesn't make it okay.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jamberry Nails Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

I'm always on the lookout for new nail products, so when I heard about Jamberry Nails, I was super excited!  They work a bit like the press-on nail polishes that have been popular recently, so I was a bit skeptical at first.  But the results were fab!

The "polish" comes is oodles of different colors and patterns.  It's so tough to choose a favorite.  There are some adorable polka dot prints, plaid designs and even solid metallic shades.

In each pack, you get a sheet of nail stickers that are good for 2-3 sets of fingers or toes.  The huge difference between Jamberry Nails and other stick-on polish sheets is the formula and application.

Here's how to apply them:
  • Clean nails with nail polish remover or alcohol.
  • Cut nails and file however you want.
  • Buff the top of the nail and push back the cuticle.
  • Match your nail to the nail shield that fits best.
  • Peel off the sticker and warm with a blow dryer for 10-15 seconds until it is soft and flexible.
  • When warm, press the shield onto your nail. Apply firm pressure around the edges to adhere the shield to the nail.
  • Use a rubber cuticle pusher to seal everything around the cuticle.
  • Trim the top off and file off the remaining sticker in a downward motion to remove the excess.
  • Apply heat and pressure again until it is completely sealed to the nail.
I think what makes the product so much more unique than others of it's kind is the heat factor.  You literally fuse the nail sticker onto your actual nail bed.  They last for days and can be removed with any nail polish remover.

They're perfect since there's no drying time, or any painstaking design painting that can take hours.  The result is fantastic!

Jamberry Nails teamed up with Sassy Fashionista for a delightful giveaway!! I have one set of these fab Blue Leopard print polish strips to give away to a super lucky reader!

To enter the giveaway, send an email to sassyalana@gmail.com with the subject line reading "JAMBERRY".  The giveaway ends 10/18 and the winner will be alerted via email.

Good luck, ladies! If you want to try out any of the other styles, you can get them for $15 a pop.

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

Saturday, October 8, 2011

New Clinique GWP at Macy's!

Huzzah!  Clinique has yet another gift with purchase, this time at Macy's!

I know I constantly go on and on about how much I love Clinique and how their GWPs are the best, but it's really true.  Their latest one is fabulous as ever.

All you have to do is spend $21.50 on Clinique products and you get all this:

  • Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad and Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in a palette of Pinks or Nudes
  • 7-day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula
  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
  • Lash Doubling Mascara in Black
  • Cosmetics bag set (which is super cute!)
Awesome, right?  Wondering what to buy in order to get the GWP?  Try their Limited Edition Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Not only is the product amazing, you also get an adorable mini photo frame keychain with a Breast Cancer Awareness charm!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Charmed, I'm Sure...

I love love love when Bath and Body Works comes out with cute little gift sets.  I'm such a sucker for them.  Their latest one for their new fragrance, Charmed Life, is utterly adorable.

The fragrance on its own smells super yummy.  It's made with a blend of juicy guava, sparkling pear and creamy vanilla musk.  The site states that it's "inspired by taking chances, having fun and savoring life's fabulous moments".  That's exactly the feeling I got when I first tried out the scent!

The mini gift set for the fragrance comes in a pretty little cosmetic bag (with polka dots!! I'm sold!!)  In the bag, you get:
  • a mini fragrance mist
  • a mini shower gel
  • a mini body lotion
The best part?  The set is only $10 with any Charmed Life purchase!  Huzzah!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fashion Faux Pas: Furry Feet

Okay.  So I have to start off by saying that I'm a HUGE Victoria's Secret fan.  I absolutely love all of their fragrances, makeup, clothing and everything else they sell.  But these ridiculous Faux Fur Trim Booties just are not on my wish list.

I don't know what would possess anyone to create shoes like this.  Even the concept doesn't make sense.  Sandals are worn generally when the weather is warm...so adding a crazy amount of faux fur to a pair baffles me.

Honestly, if the sandals didn't have the fur, I'd actually love them.  The faux fur ruins everything.  It makes you look like you have furry feet, to be blunt.  I don't know what it is about this season, but ugly faux fur is everywhere!  I just can't believe that Victoria's Secret jumped in on this.

If for some reason you want to purchase these God forsaken sandals, they are an astounding $129 a pair.  A little ridiculous, no?

Oh and p.s.: if I see anyone wearing these, I will punch them in the face repeatedly. I'm sorry, but I simply cannot tolerate this.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Breaking News: Jason Wu Is The Next Designer for Target!

Oh, Lord.  Target is rapidly becoming my absolute favorite store to shop for clothing.  Everytime a big-name designer does a collection there, it's a huge hit!  The pieces are usually gorgeous, trendy and totally affordable.

This season, we can look forward to a fab collection from Jason Wu.  His collections are usually classic, but with a unique vintage-esque quality to them.  All I have to go on for now is a fabric swatch, but I just know that the collection is sure to be full of stunning pieces!

Even seeing only that tiny pattern, I just know that I'll fall in love with the entire collection.

To check out Jason Wu's usual collections and to get a feel for his designs, check out his website.  If the Target collection is anything like what his usual looks are, I have a feeling that I'll be jumping up and down with delight!!

No word yet as to when his Target collection will launch, but it should be by the end of the month, if I had to guess.  Super exciting, no?

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Cutest Trench for Fall

If you buy one jacket or coat in your life, make sure that it's a trench coat.  They are the classiest outerwear item you can possibly own.

It's also important to make sure that the trench coat you choose is of good quality.  Getting a cheap coat not only leaves you freezing in the cold, it also looks, well, cheap!

New York and Company has the most adorable trench coat ever. (Nice plug for my other place of employment! haha).  It comes in black and tan (tan is the better choice, as it goes with nearly every outfit).  Their Ruffle Trim Classic Trench has the cutest ruffle hem along the bottom.  It's fabulous because the ruffle adds a unique detail, but the overall look of the trench remains classic.

You can buy one of these adorable coats for under $90, which is really a steal.  This is definitely a purchase that will last for years!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hello, Gorgeous!

Oh Victoria's Secret, how I love thee! Their latest fragrance, Gorgeous, is currently tickling my fancy big time.

The scent is fabulous (and boyfriend approved!) The fragrance is super yummy, with notes of strawberry, sheer jasmine and sandalwood.  It definitely smells gorgeous and makes you feel like a movie star. I'm in love with it!

The best thing to do, I've found, is to apply the Gorgeous Fragrance Lotion immediately after showering (to lock in the scent) and then apply the Fragrance Mist after for a scrumptious scent that lasts all day.

You can get the lotion for $20 and the fragrance mist for $25.  They also have an adorable Eau de Partum in a cute bottle for $49 (seriously worth it, even just for the bottle alone) and a Deluxe Gift Set (which includes the perfume, a perfume mini perfect for your purse, lotion and body wash) for $65.

This is definitely my go-to fragrance for fall!

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.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Designer Accessories on the Cheap!

Oh, Target!  I want to shout my love for you from the highest building in New England!  The store has always been my top pick for basics, but ever since they started getting awesome designers to do collections for them, I'm even more addicted to the place.

Currently for sale?  Accessories and clothing by Missoni for Target.  I love love love Missoni.  The Italian fashion company has always left me drooling over their latest collections.  The colors and patterns used in their designs just tickle my fancy. The problem?  Prices.  Even a simple scarf by Missoni is a steep $175.  This near-identical (ish) scarf by Missoni for Target is under $25! And I actually think I like it more! Eeeee!!

What I was surprised to find in the collection was hair accessories.  I literally have a huge basket dedicated to hair doodads, so upon seeing some Missoni/Conair bundles, I almost had a seizure of delight.  There are a couple different sets, but the black and white bundle looks classiest to me--plus the accessories will match virtually everything.  Each combo set comes with a thick headband, bobby pins, and barrettes and is under $25. 

The sad thing is that most of the Missoni for Target products are sold out online, so you need to find a Target near you to look for any Missoni scraps. The collection should be available until mid-October.

Yippee!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Freeze Your Jeans!

I found a random tip that I thought I'd share with you lovely readers.

Here's the dilemma:  you find a pair of kick-ass jeans and you want to wear them constantly, but washing them all the time makes them fade and lose their awesomeness.  With enough washing, your gorgeous dark denim can end up looking like farmer's dungarees.  You def want to make them last as long as possible, so stretching time between washings is super important.

The solution?  Freeze 'em. 

Neatly fold and put them in a super-sized ziplock bag and freeze them for 24-36 hours.  Freezing the denim will kill all the germs, eliminate odor and shrink the stretched areas back down to size.  No washing needed!

How cool is that?!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hair Salon Defends Domestic Violence-y Ad

This ad for Fluid hair salon in Alberta, Canada has been written about virtually everywhere.  It's crazily controversial and everyone seems to have an opinion about it.

Generally speaking, "Look good in all you do", is not a slogan you'd expect to see next to an image of a woman with a funky hairdo and a black eye sitting on a couch, while an attractive man in a suit stands behind her holding a diamond necklace. It's basically saying that even if you're in an abusive relationship, you can still have fabulous hair.

That's really not okay. As a side note, the gal's 'do isn't even attractive.  It's frizzy and she's got a good inch or so of roots. It's not a look anyone should strive for (hair-wise, or visible abuse-wise).

The salon is now defending itself.  Owner, Sarah Cameron told the Edmonton Sun, "Everyone is getting so sensitive.  Anyone who has a connection or a story behind anything can be upset or have an opinion. We are not trying to attack anyone. Please interpret the ad as freedom dictates --that is your right --just as artistic expression is our right. If survivors of abuse interpret this ad to make light of any abusive situation, we sincerely apologize.”

She's right, of course.  But the ad is still unacceptable in my eyes.  And anytime “artistic expression” is thrown around, it usually means that there's no real defense.

In the end though, I'm pretty sure the ad did exactly what the salon wanted:  got people talking about them.

Monday, September 19, 2011

OPI Glam Slam US Collection

I've been LOVING OPI's Serena Williams Glam Slam collections. The latest one, Glam Slam US, contains a couple of gorgeous colors!



















Love is a Racket is a fab candy apple red with fuschia-like shimmer.  It's a truly unique color and is perfect for fall.  It's a red that flatters most skin tones (even my ridiculously pale skin!) In some light, the shade looks almost florescent.  The picture doesn't do it justice. After a couple coats, I found the polish to be extremely well-pigmented.  The hue is my new go-to red!




















Pros & Bronze is an orange-ish/gold/bronze shimmer.  Almost pumpkin-esque.  There's a lot of color and shimmer packed into this polish.  I'm absolutely in love with it! It looks really crazily cool on. I found that you can wear it a few different ways.  One coat leaves you with a really pretty sheer shimmer, and three coats gives you a highly pigmented look.  You can also use it as a top coat over other polishes.

Both colors are super pretty and I'll def be using them tons this season!

The polishes are available at professional salons and spas nationwide including national chains Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA for about $8 each.

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

Friday, September 16, 2011

Scent Screw Up: Justin Bieber's Someday

You've GOT to be kidding me.

I was lounging around the other day, reading the new Cosmo, and stumbled upon this ad for Justin Bieber's perfume, Someday.

This kid is ridiculous!! First, he had his own nail polish collection, and now this?!! I'll be the first to say that I hate Justin Bieber.  I don't really have a particular reason--I just find him annoying.  And I hate the fact that he makes women's products. 

It'd be one thing if he was just making a men's cologne; everyone's doing that lately.  But to make a sultry scent for women is beyond crazy.

I don't know what the deal is, but if one more girly Justin Bieber product comes out, I'm officially declaring him gay.

If you want to try out the scent, I'll hate you forever.  But you can get it at Sephora for $18-$45.

That is all.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My New Fave Read: Classy

Even though I'm sassy,  I still like to think that I'm classy.  From the quiz at the beginning of Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady, I am literally defined as classy (yay!)

The book is absolutely fabulous and has everything you need to know about everything classy.  It provides everything you need to know about fashion, socializing, dating, and etiquette.  There are oodles of tips and tools for learning how to flaunt what you've got, loads of how-to's and tons of blunders that even the smartest girls make.

Because the book is written by a man, the perspective is different from your normal fashion read.  Derek Blasberg really knows his stuff.  I thought that I knew everything there was to know about fashion and class, but I actually learned a lot from this book.  It's also set up a bit like a magazine, so it's a super easy read.

You can get a copy of this fab book for under $10!  Def a worthy buy!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fashion Faux Pas: White Leggings

As most of you know, I don't make millions of dollars writing (gasp!), so I work in retail part-time for some extra cash.  The other day, someone came into my store looking for WHITE LEGGINGS.

WHAT??!!?

Take a moment to think about that.

Okay.  So, I'm basically over leggings in general, but I understand black leggings.  They make your legs look slim and are great to wear with short skirts or tunics.  Black is just a slimming color, so it makes sense.

But white?  Well, it adds bulk for starters.  It shows every imperfection that you might have and makes your legs look five times larger.  If you wear white leggings, be prepared to get a new nickname:  Thunder Thighs.  And that's regardless of your body shape.

The only time white leggings or tights are acceptable are on little girls for Easter.  Other than that, the world simply doesn't need white leggings.  If you own a pair, please throw them out!! 

And finally, if I see anyone wearing them, I might just have to punch them in the face.  Just a warning.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Stay Frizz Free with Living Proof's Straight!

When it gets humid out, like it's been the last few days, my hair seriously turns into an afro.  It's horrible and totally cringe-worthy.  Sometimes I try to throw in a bunch of curling products, which only makes the frizz worse, or I brave it out and flat iron it only to have my hard work ruined within an hour! My hair has constantly been an issue for me, so I'm always looking for new ways to "fix" it.

My latest find?  Living Proof's Straight.  It's a ling-lasting, sleek making, style extending hairspray.  And it's my new fave hair product.

I used it yesterday, which was a particularly humid day and there was no frizz to be found.  I sprayed the product on after flat ironing my hair, and the result lasted all day!  My hair still feels amazing and I don't feel any of the build-up that you usually get with a hair product (especially sprays).

Straight is anti-build up with no oils, silicones, or resins to weigh hair down (yippee!!!). The PolyfluoroEster it contains repels dirt and debris, so you can go longer between shampoos (double yippee!!!). Best of all, Straight is SAFE, it contains no toxic chemicals and will not damage your hair.

All in all--it's Sassy Fashionista approved!

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.

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