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.

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