Review & Swatches: Nails Inc. London Glitterati Nail Polish Collection Gift Set


‘Tis the season for sparkling nails (and quick gift ideas)! London-based nails inc. knows that both are essential this time of year. The Glitterati Collection is a trio of twinkling polishes for tips and toes; perfect for gifting as a set, or for breaking up as individual gifts. Adorn a festively-wrapped package with one of the shades, or pop them in a few stockings! Check ‘em out…

Hatton Garden (clear with silver micro-glitter and holographic glitter), Buckingham Street (sheer blue with purple glitter), Chelsea Embankment (gold micro-glitter)

 

(three coats)

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Review & Swatches: Stila Dream in Full Color Palette for Holiday 2011


A take on last year’s Color Wheel Palette for the holidays from Stila—you’ll find the Dream in Full Color Palette ready for gifting for 2011. With some aesthetic differences, new shades, and a few bonuses—I actually prefer Dream in Full Color. Let’s see why!

 

Dream in Full Color is complete with 29 eyeshadow shades, seven blushes, and one full-size Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Stingray. (Love the Smudge Sticks!)  [Read more...]

3 Easy Tips for Holiday Hairstyles and a Little Inspiration for a Stunning Look


One of the things that stresses me out about holiday parties is, of all things, my hair. A close second would be my outfit choice—but really—it’s my hair! Luckily, it seems like the most popular hairstyles for holiday 2011 look relatively easy. Whew! With a little inspiration, a few good products, and some simple tips—we’re well on our way to having festive tresses.

1. Pick your style ahead of time. While this seems like a complete no-brainer, some of us wait until the day before (or even the day of) the event to select a ‘do. Don’t be that girl! Each of these styles are easy-peasy. (If you can’t braid, check with a friend who can! Some salons are now offering inexpensive ‘braid bar’ services, like Nine Zero One Salon in Los Angeles. Ask around!)

2. Never underestimate the power of a simple accessory. Adding a glitzy barrette to a simple style you put together in a few minutes can take any hair from ho-hum to glam in flash. And a black headband? It suddenly has super-powers when you put it on a relaxed hairstyle that’s completely off your face. We like these from Nordstrom; vine barretteTasha, braided headbandL.Erikson  [Read more...]

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving


Gobble gobble! It’s time to give thanks, and I have many things to be thankful for—so I want to share a few of those things with you.

I’m thankful that I have you as a reader, you keep me inspired day after day. Thank you for reading this little beauty blog I have here!

I’m thankful to have two loving kitties that snuggle with me during naps as one purrs loudly by my head, while the other makes my feet vibrate with his little motor. They keep me on my toes and offer so much unconditional love.

I’m thankful for my husband who is all the things I ever dreamed about—he’s compassionate, kind, nurturing, and a great provider. He insists that I follow my heart and chase my dreams, no matter how big they might seem.

I’m thankful for my many friends, they bring out the best in me and they always allow me to be comfortable by accepting me as I am. I’ve finally managed to surround myself with people who are never too quick to judge.

Dear reader, I’d love for you to share a few things you’re thankful for in the comments section if you’d like. I wish we spent more than one day a year counting our blessings! Because they certainly are many. I wish you a happy Thanksgiving and a beautiful start to the holiday season. Enjoy your day with your family and friends!

xo
Amber

Review & Swatches: Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors Collection for Holiday 2011


Say what you will about America’s current most famous TV family, but you have to admit—those Kardashian girls do have some style. Nicole by OPI recognizes their fashion savviness with 14 shades of their own nail polish, aptly dubbed—the Kardashian Kolors Collection.

 “We are so excited to work with everyone’s favorite TV family – the Kardashians – to share a diverse collection of fashion-forward shades,” declares Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With lacquers ranging from high-shine and sparkly hues to neutral taupe and pinkish coral, Kardashian Kolors offers the perfect accessory for every woman – from teens to moms and everyone in between.”

This post is very pic-heavy, but there are definitely some shades worth taking a gander at in-person too. This collection is a Walmart exclusive, and something tells me these will go rather quickly. If you see a shade you want, don’t wait!

Swatches and color descriptions…

Kourt is Red-y For a Pedi is a vibrant poppy red cream, which turned out to be my favorite of the bunch.  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Palette for Holiday 2011


It’s probably not easy for Laura Mercier to be the Queen of the Flawless Face, her complexion products are consistently top notch! Her eyeshadows are just another way for your look to reign supreme—like this limited edition Baked Eye Colour Palette for holiday 2011. With five baked eyeshadows, each is long-wearing and can be used wet or dry. Since metallic eye looks so popular around this time of year, these shades are easily amped up with a wet brush to give a foiled effect.

Shades included:

Sienna — chocolate brown
Terracotta — warm copper
Ballet Pink — soft peachy-pink
Pink Petal — baby pink
Lilac — soft lavender

Also included — mini eye colour/creme eye detail brush

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Make Your Mark With a Little Metallic Holiday Bling!


Metallics have always been a hot holiday trend, and this year is no exception. Check out some of the newest (and really affordable) products from mark. With each under $15, I thought these were great picks for gifting your favorite beauty junkies.

mark Glitz & Gloss Mini Purse & Go

Hold your tiny treasures in this coin purse with an attached chain, which holds one of the included Glow Baby Glow lip glosses. Contains four gloss shades; Sun Luxe, Lotus Luxe, Girly Girl, and Sweet Talk. $14  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette


Have you always wanted an Urban Decay Book of Shadows Palette but could never bring yourself to shell out the big bucks? The Mariposa Palette for Holiday 2011 just might be your cup of tea! This 10-shade eyeshadow wardrobe contains four colors, exclusive to the Mariposa Palette—and six tried and true Urban decay shades with a mini brush. Housed in a butterfly-embossed tin, this is a durable, travel-friendly palette that’s about 4 ½ inches square.

Shades included:

Gunmetal — dark grey with silver glitter
Haight — mermaid blue-green shimmer
Infamous — magenta shimmer with slight duo-chrome (Mariposa exclusive)
Money — pale green shimmer
Mushroom — medium shimmering grey with brown undertones
Skimp — pale nude shimmer
Spotlight — medium taupe sparkle (Mariposa exclusive)
Limelight — bronze shimmer with subtle gold glitter (Mariposa exclusive)
Wreckage — medium brown shimmer (Mariposa exclusive)
Rockstar — dark metallic eggplant

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These Benefit Crescent Row Cuties Make Perfect Holiday Scents


A tisket, a tasket, I spy a cute Crescent Row coffret set in my basket! Mini fragrances and roll-ons are my favorite way to experience new perfumes, like the four deluxe minis inside of this limited edition set from Benefit. At just $36, it’s a great way to treat yourself or give the gift of stylish scents…because it just makes sense! (Pun intended. I know, I know.)

Inside these irresistible mini martini shakers, you’ll find .34 fl. oz. of eau de toilettes in My Place or Yours Gina, Laugh With Me Lee Lee, Ring My Bella, and Garden of Good & Eva[Read more...]