Happy New Year 2011, and many thanks…


In 2010, Beauty Junkies Unite celebrated it’s 2nd birthday—that never would have happened without YOU.  A huge thank you goes out to everyone from my entire lip gloss-filled heart!  I hope 2010 brought great things your way, and that your 2011 is even better.

Happy New Year!

xo
Amber

4 Perfect-for-New-Year’s-Eve Glittery Nail Polishes




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4 Perfect-for-New-Year’s-Eve Glittery Nail Polishes

Try this sparkly trend for the new year. I’m here to share the lacquers I love now

4 Perfect-for-New-Year's-Eve Glittery Nail Polishes

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I recently waxed poetic about the possibility of wearing glittery eyeliner or eyeshadow for the holidays, which I totally did, BTW. And, I’ll admit, it looked quite smashing and not nearly as tween-y as expected. But now it’s time for glittery nails, here’s how I’m getting them …

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Sneak Peek: philosophy New Year’s Resolution Trio; Live, Laugh, & Learn 3-in-1 Shower Gels


If you’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution that you’ve been able to keep, you’re on somewhat of a short list with those who have managed to do the same thing.  Lucky you!  Sometimes, we pick unrealistic things for our goals—when all we needed to do was make a resolution to be consistent with something simple all along.  Those small changes (that are pretty much no-brainers) will inevitably lead us in the right direction…and give us the power to tackle those big resolutions after all!

This year, philosophy is helping us start 2011 on the right foot, with three of the best (and easiest) New Year’s resolutions you could ever make.  Meet the three resolutions you can actually keep in 2011; to Live, Laugh, and Learn:

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Review & Swatches: Stila Color Wheel Eyeshadow Palette


I just came to the realization that I’ve been a Stila girl for over a decade!  I was thinking about all the vintage Stila products I was hooked on back then—the Rose Shine lip gloss that came in a small silver paint tube (remember those?), the lipsticks that came in silver cardboard tubes…the memories!  And what about the original Stila nail polishes?  I couldn’t keep those things on my nails for anything, but I kept buying them because the colors were pretty and the bottles were so darn cute!

Things may have changed over the years, but I’m still very much a Stila girl at heart.  So out with the old, and in with the new!  As part of their holiday collection this year, Stila introduced the Color Wheel Eye Shadow Palette, 37 shades of eyeshadow in complementary colors that work great within their little color stories, or for mixing and matching.  When I first sat down with this palette, I honestly played with it for HOURS.  I would have kept going, but it was late and I had to get to bed!  I don’t think my husband even bats an eye anymore when I’m prancing around the house with one eyeshadow shade on my left eye, and then my right is a totally different color.  If you could have seen me though, you probably would have laughed.  Every time I was finished creating, I would use a wipe to take it off, only to apply another look all over again!  So it goes without saying, the options within this palette are practically endless.

The palette itself is slim, considering the length and width of it’s exterior is about the size of a dinner plate (imagine a rectangle one).  I don’t think it’s too bulky—especially with holding 37 shadows, it’s just right.  The large shadows are a tad larger than a quarter, with the smaller shadows ranging in size from about the size of a dime, and then get smaller from that point. [Read more…]

5 Fab Gifts Under $25


Need a holiday gift on a bah-humbug budget, but that’s still merry and bright?  Time is totally running out my friends, get on it!  Here are five fab gifts under $25 to knock out the rest of your gift list.

NYX Cosmetics Box of Smokey Look Collection, $22

This comprehensive kit boasts over 36 eyeshadows, 3 blushes, 16 lip colors, and more!  A complete steal at just $22, the recipient will never get bored creating smokey eye looks from a choice of purple, bronze, natural, and classic color combinations.

nyxcosmetics.com, cherryculture.com

Tocca Crema Mani Viaggio Hand Cream Gift Set, $18

A trio of incredible smelling, luxurious hand creams—these make an affordable (and nice) gift for holiday hostesses!  In three of Tocca’s most-treasured fragrances, this paraben-free formula is enriched with coconut, avocado, and jojoba seed oils to soften hands.  Scented after their famous fine fragrances; Cleopatra (grapefruit cucumber), Stella (blood orange), and Florence (Orris rose), these might be hard to give away.  Better get two!

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Fave Picks: China Glaze “‘Tis The Season To Be Naughty & Nice” Collection


Weighing in with an impressive 16 shades, China Glaze rocked it out with their holiday collection this year!  Just to quickly recap “Tis The Season To Be Naughty And Nice”, you’ll find some that are plays on the standard shades we’ve come to expect around the holidays—but they’re still very nice.  You have your reds and greens, glitters, some nice metallics/shimmers…and then there are the foils!  It’s a pretty comprehensive collection actually; the reds range from bright cherry to vampy red, the greens go from olive to emerald, and there are a few surprises.

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9 Women’s Fragrances For Happy Holiday Gifting


A trip to the fragrance counter can be a little overwhelming, but during the holidays it can be even more confusing!  With so many choices (and SO many shoppers), it’s easy to develop tunnel vision.  Check out these women’s fragrance suggestions that are ideal for happy holiday gifting.

New in 2010

Island Michael Kors Palm Beach — The latest from Michael Kors is an exotic blend of fresh and airy notes, jazzed up with pink pepper, rum, and sweet Florida oranges.  Very beachy, laid-back, and crisp!  Macy’s, beauty.com; $62

Vera Wang Anniversary — This sophisticated fragrance is comprised of sparkling citrus, white flowers, and soft, silky musks.  This is the special-occasion perfume that can be worn every day.  Harmonious, elegant, and romantic.  sephora.com; $92

Paco Rabanne Lady Million — Super sexy and confident, Lady Million becomes the center of attention with heady neroli, vibrant citrus, and raspberry in a warm honey base.  Alluring and luxurious, it doesn’t get any more sultry.  Sephora, sephora.com; $65

The latest in celebrity-inspired fragrances

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Currently Loving: Smashbox WISH The Gold List Collection For Holiday 2010


To say I’m currently loving this holiday collection from Smashbox would be an understatement.  At first glance, I thought—oh, that’s really pretty!  But I wasn’t exactly rip-roaring with excitement for some reason, and I can’t really understand why not.  Once I started trying out all of the items inside The Gold List Collection, I changed my tune though!  I discovered that I could use all four of the products included to achieve one of my main makeup goals on a daily basis: finding areas of light on my face.  And…I could use all four at the same time without looking like a glittery disco ball.

What’s included:

  • O-Gloss Gold
  • Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst
  • Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer
  • Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
  • Woven gold makeup bag

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