Friday, August 31, 2012

Testing Testing Reviva Labs- AKA: Help! My Skin Is Rebelling!

So yeah... my skin hates me right now. I literally went months without a single blemish, to sprouting big, ugly, painful pimples (that will likely leave scars), one right after the other (and at the moment-several simultaneously). I'm pretty sure it's because I've not been treating it so well lately (ie: the brush head on my Clarisonic needs to be replaced so I haven't been using it, which translated to me not even bothering to get out of bed at night to wash my face, I've just been using various cleansing cloths to get the job done). So I need an intervention, a fresh start. I thought I'd start it out with these two exfoliants from Reviva Labs (I'm hoping that if I get rid of the top layers of skin that hate me, the fresh new layers will be my best friend). Let's call this my mea culpa.

Reviva Labs Non-Chemical Light Skin Peel

Reviva Labs Microdermabrasion Pomegranate Scrub

Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion-AKA: A Curly Girl Chronicle (CGC)

Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion

Product Description: Get the ultimate in styling control for your hair with Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion. Formulated for wrapping and setting, this styling lotion gives hair superior control to create defined curls. Keeps hair looking glam and gorgeous all day long. It is an anti-humectant and provides definition. (Retails for about $5.50 for 8.5 fl oz)

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Polyquaternum-11, Alcohol Denat., PEG-12 Dimethicone, Oleth-20, TEA-Lauroyl Collagen Amino Acids, PEG-75 Lanolin, Cetrimonium Chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance (Parfum), Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Panthenol

sulfate free and paraben free

My Take: I would never have thought to use setting lotion in my hair, I grew up watching my mom use it for roller sets on her relaxed hair, so I didn't think it's use translated over to my natural tresses. I used the Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion in my oldest daughter's transitioning hair. She's determined to go sulfate and paraben free in the products she uses so this was a perfect fit for her roller set. We used a spray bottle of water to dampen her hair (her natural texture is 4b/c) and then used a generous amount of the foam throughout before putting in foam rollers. While I don't exactly like the scent (it's not bad, it's just not good) and the fact that it leaves your hands quite sticky, the results are undeniable. After leaving the rollers in overnight, she woke up with lovely curls that I'm positive will stay in her hair all day, despite the humidity. We did need to apply some cream moisturizer, as her hair did look a bit dry, but the important thing is that her hair will hold, thanks to Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion! I still can't figure out how to use it in my 3b hair, but we will definitely be using it again in hers!

Until next time...

Ciao, XxO


PS-Product was sent for review by the company and NaturallyCurly.com. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own. This post does contain affiliate links-if you choose to click on the picture or text links AND make a purchase, I will receive a small commission :)

I LOVE Brit Speak!-AKA Mama's Mani Madness with butter London's Fall/Winter 2012 Collection

I'm totally enamored with the butter LONDON products that I have in my stash (Rosie Lee, Knackered, and Disco Biscuit) so I'm super excited over their new collection for the Fall (plus I'm a sucker for the awesome British slang they use as names for the equally awesome lacquers). Here's a sneak peek:

Fall 2012 Trends the butter LONDON way:

Sequins! Velvet! Satin! Tweed! This season, the catwalks were abundant with rich texture! We’ve translated this to nails through the infusion of glitter particles and metallic and holographic finishes. The colour tones speak to “earthiness” but are not specifically earth tones – think rust, shimmering greens and silvers. This collection feels future-forward but not futuristic. This season is all about using texture to add interest and depth to your look!

Lovely Jubbly

Lovely Jubbly-(translation: excellent; used when a person hears great news or has a stroke of good luck) The lacquer is a vibrant magenta flecked with red, blue, and gold micro particles for a distinctly retro 70's feel. This sultry glitter gives high impact sparkle, perfect for even modern Disco Divas.


Trustafarian- (translation: a spoiled rich kid who pretends to be a hippy, but still weekend's at Daddy's estate). The lacquer is a delightful sage green with a golden holographic finish that gives it a surprisingly sophisticated edge.


Gobsmacked- (translation: to be totally speechless or unable to think of anything to say). The lacquer is a heavily pigmented charcoal grey glitter with a slightly textured finish. It is a butter LONDON legend in the making and unlike anything seen before!


Shag- (translation: Brit equivalent to "knocking boots"). The lacquer is a high shine metallic in a warm orange burgundy shade. Think fallen Autumn leaves...

Dodgy Barnett

Dodgy Barnett- (translation: a seriously bad hair cut or 'do; the mullet is the perfect example). The lacquer is a highly holographic shade that blurs the line between grey and silver. A must have! 

Backstage with butter LONDON: butter LONDON is a backstage staple at Fashion Week, having created the nail looks for shows including Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, and Yigal Azrouel. Sought after for their innovative design, technique, and custom blended colours, this season the brand created the nail looks for Altuzarra, Kevork, Kaelen, Simone Rocha, JS Lee, Craig Lawrence, Matthew Williamson, Michael van der Ham, and Roland Mouret. Each Lacquer retails for $14 and they are available on butterLONDON.com and select Ulta Beauty stores. 

So it's official, I want them all! Stay tuned for information on the coordinating lipgloss (or "lippies" as the Brits say) collection! What color in the collection is on your wish list? What's your favorite butter London shade? My inquiring mind wants to know! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Until next time...

Ciao, XxO


PS-This press release and the photos are via beautypress.com :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Got 5 Minutes? Put It Towards Your Butt!-AKA GMYMO (With David Kirsch and LookTV)

Alright, alright! I know you lovelies know that I'm a mommy to 3 girls: 2 of which are under 5, and one that is obsessed with breastfeeding. So I don't have to tell you that time is a very precious commodity and I very rarely get to spend any on myself. That makes my quest to get fit a little bit more difficult. That's why I love the idea of these new 5 minute workouts from David Kirsch and LookTV on YouTube (just what I need, another reason to love YouTube)!

LookTV is a new fashion and beauty channel on YouTube brought to you by the creators of Project Runway. They've enlisted fitness and wellness expert and celebrity trainer David Kirsch to share the same sculpting secrets he's used when training clients like Heidi Klum, Liv Tyler, and Dr. Oz. In this premiere episode, David shares quick tips and tricks for targeting the hips and butts (just in time to get ready for those form fitting sweater dresses). These toning moves can be implemented at anytime and anywhere. So enjoy lovelies, make sure to go to YouTube and subscribe to LookTV. And join me in getting your yummy mummy on!

Ciao, XxO


The Game of Beauty-AKA LUSH's Emotional Brilliance Collection

Brilliant Makeup from LUSH!

Just as they've done with skin care, LUSH has taken a fresh and inventive approach to cosmetics with their new Emotional Brilliance collection.In a way that only LUSH can, they have introduced an entirely new concept, in which wearing makeup is less about what's in season or on trend and more about wearing colors to shape your mood-actually matching your psychological needs to which color cosmetics you should e range consists of lip colors, eyeliners, and eyeshadows, as well as skin tints and a translucent powder.  Color choices are made by playing an insightful game, that involve spinning a gorgeous color wheel and picking the shade that immediately stand out to you. Each shade corresponds with a word, such as Confident, Take Control, or Passionate (or in my case-Fantasy, Feeling Secure, and Glamorous), that are significant to your needs at that time. By wearing the color, you are truly using the power of suggestion and in essence, willing the corresponding word into your life.

Call Me June Cleaver-AKA My Hen House Linens Apron

Hen House Linens Cook's Apron in Bargello Grass

Don't judge me, but I've wanted an apron for ages! It's a bit odd, but seeing the resurgence of such an old fashioned style staple in such cute, kitschy ways has had me itching to possess my own. But with so many companies popping up with various adorable takes on the housewife classic, I had a hard time choosing one, so I had none. But then lo and behold, in the mail one day, I received this beauty from Hen House Linens, and I've been rocking it almost daily ever since!

I love its thick, durable construction and modern pattern. It has a handy dandy pocket for me to stick a copious amount of pens, my phone, and lip balm. It's cut in such a manner that it is supremely flattering and super comfortable. Here's the kicker, I love to wear it to cook and clean (obviously, that's what it's made for), but on the days when I just don't feel like being domestic, putting on my apron actually motivates me to fulfill those run of the mill, domestic duties (except for folding the laundry; nothing short of bribery makes me want to fold laundry). And I feel super cute-like a modern day June Cleaver-when I have it on. It's practical and fun!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes-AKA The Greatest Klout Perk Ever!

One of my fave Klout Perks ever!

If you haven't yet, you should definitely go sign up for Klout! They use some kind of magically scientific algorithm or something rather to gauge your social media interaction which they then transfer into measuring your influence or "klout." And depending on your level of klout and the areas in which you are determined influential, you are awarded "perks" from various brands. That's the best I can explain the whole thing-all I know is that it's free, painless, and I've gotten some great goodies because of it. Which brings us to the topic at hand...

We've Got Spirit! AKA-Score an Awesome Deal at Julep

I LOVE football. I even participate in a fantasy football league (and I WON last season, BTdubs). So I was really drawn to this cute idea and awesome, limited time deal from Julep!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MMM: My Tips are California Cool with NCLA

My pretty new lacquers from NCLA

I had the privilege of receiving these AWESOME polishes from NCLA, a new to me brand that features gorgeous nail lacquers and unique nail wraps (stay tuned for a post on those). All of the lacquers are 100% 4 free (no DBP, Camphor, Toluene, or Formaldehyde) and are NEVER tested on animals.

CGC: Carol's Daughter Macadamia Heat Protection Serum

Macadamia Heat Protection Serum
(photo via Naturally Curly)

Product Description: Macadamia Heat Protection Serum harnesses the power of Macadamia Oil’s frizz-shield to smooth the hair cuticle and provide a barrier for heat styling. Hydrolyzed Silk, a moisturizing protein, and pro-vitamin B5, known for its strengthening properties, shield hair from damaging heat styling such as blow-dryers, diffusers, curling irons and flatirons. Apply before heat styling. Product aids in straightening, adds moisture, gives frizz control, and is an anti-humectant.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol Denat., Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Silk, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate),Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum) 

sulfate free, paraben free, glycerin free

My Take: I don't know what took me so long to use this! The consistency was light and not at all greasy or sticky. The smell is fantastic (light and fresh, with not even a hint of nuttines, lol), and most importantly, it worked. Mind you, I used it after a poor hairstylist's failed attempt at a blow out, so I wasn't working with a full head of curls. But, it got my hair sleek, smooth, and shiny without an ounce of grease. I like that I really didn't need a lot of product to get the desired results-just a pump or two for each half of my hair and I was good to go! I will definitely be reaching for this whenever I want to straighten my curls!

We'll call this "before" even though technically it's "after " a blow out.


After! I used the Morroconoil's Frizz Control the night before and CD's Macadamia Heat Protection Serum (purchase here: http://rstyle.me/e4dtz8nade) right before straightening. I used my flat iron from Flat Iron Experts (which I posted about here: http://bit.ly/MnXfDb )

I had to include this picture because I love Kenzie's face and you can really tell how shiny my  hair is!

Ciao, XxO


PS-Product was sent for the purpose of review by Carol's Daughter and Naturally Curly. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own. Click here to purchase from Sephora: http://rstyle.me/e4dtz8nade  This is an affiliate link, if you choose to click it AND make a purchase, I will receive a small commission :)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Maxi-mize Your Style Like Kourtney Kardashian!

Could that title be more pun-tastic (now go back and read that sentence a la Friends' Chandler Bing)?!?! Lol.  One of my favorite all time favorite styles is the maxi dress. I love how effortlessly chic they are and how with accessories you can morph the same exact outfit into an everyday, running errands garment to elevated elegance. Even style maven (and uber chic mommy of two) Kourtney Kardashian is taking advantage of the style to stay fashionable (without drawing negative attention to her post baby figure).

The Iconic Fall Collection by Kate Moss for Rimmel London

I thought it was ironic that the 4 shades I received for review are the same shades featured in the new fall ad! (From left to right: 15, 11, 01, and 06)

The Iconic Fall Collection from Rimmel London is a continuation of their collaboration with uber model, Kate Moss. Encased in an exclusive signature pack, these alluring shades were developed by Kate for Rimmel and capture her unique, sexy and unconventional style.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

It's A Rare Ocassion: My DNA Honeybee Leave-In Conditioner (Revisited)

My well loved bottle of Honeybee Leave-In Conditioner

It is my immense privilege to be able to try out A LOT of products (especially hair products) and then share my experiences with you lovelies. Honestly even before I began blogging, I was sort of a product junkie (well, not really "sort of," more like actually) and I was forever adding to my hair care stash. I don't know if it's just a female thing, or maybe a curly girl thing, but it seems like I was always on the quest to find the perfect product(s) to give me the perfect head of hair. 

Look Flawless Without Makeup

Summer is the time to set your makeup and hair tools aside and embrace your natural beauty, and even though it is technically coming to an end soon, the heat does not seem to want to leave us! So skip the fuss of hot tools, blush, mascara and highlighters and relax already!  Keep in mind that going bare does require a few pointers to look your best without heavy makeup. Here are some tips from some real beauty experts: a model,  a makeup artist and a celebrity hair stylist. I hope that their tips on looking beautiful without all the fuss help you to find your way to simple, natural beauty :)

Tip from the model:
Actress, model and socialite, Byrdie Bell’flawless skin is her best feature and she credits her amazing complexion to the Finnish natural skincare company, Lumene, for which she is Brand Ambassador. For model casting calls, Byrdie is often required to show-up with a fresh, makeup-free face. “When I go on castings and auditions, I can cheat amazing skin by applying some Arctic Aqua 2-in-1 Skin Perfecting Moisture Booster to my temples and cheekbones,” says Byrdie. “You can replace traditional highlighter with a product that actually helps out your skin and still get that dewy look!” Keeping your skin hydrated is the secret to keeping your skin moist and glowy on its own, no make-up necessary!

Lumene Sensitive Touch Arctic Aqua 2-in-1 Skin Perfecting Moisture Booster, $14.99, CVS and cvs.com

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Transition Your Look for Fall with Sally Hansen

Sad as I am to admit it (though not really), summer time (and hopefully its oppressive heat) is swiftly coming to an end. Though I will not be totally giving up the neons and brights I have grown to love wearing on my fingers and toes, the change in season has me seeking to incorporate more nudes, neutrals, and warm tones to my ever expanding polish collection. Enter Sally Hansen and the fabulous Complete Salon Manicure line! With 5 steps in 1 bottle (base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color, and top coat) and patented Vita-Care technology to give you advanced wear, it is the perfect formula for busy ladies who love to change their polish often (like me). There has even been a collaboration between fashion designer and Sally Hansen; for the second time he was created 3 shades in the Complete Salon Manicure line: Pumice (a mint green), Bandage (a light flesh tone), and Ion (a muted gray). In addition to those 3 limited edition must haves, here are some other colors I plan on adding to my roster in the very near future:

Red Zin 
Plum Luck 
Pat On The Black 


Nude Now

I envision using the nudes on my fingers with Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Colors (stay tuned for a post on those with swatches!) on my accent fingers and the darker tones on my toes. And depending on the formulas for the nudes, I can see some jelly sandwiches going on (you lovelies know I love my glitter, so it'll be neat to incorporate it in a new way)! I'm super excited about finding (and acquiring the Alexander Wang colors. All of the polishes pictured above are available at Target for about $5.99 (the pictures are linked to the product if you are inclined to purchase any of them; they are affiliate links so if you do choose to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission). What shades and tones are you excited to incorporate into your fall wardrobe? Are you looking forward to the changing season, or do you wish it was perpetually summertime? What is your favorite season for beauty and fashion and why? My inquiring mind wants to know! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Until next time...

Ciao, XxO


Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

Friday, August 24, 2012

Testing, Testing: Fiafini Skincare

As you lovelies well know, I'm all about skin care nowadays, and oils of all sorts, so when I heard about this new skincare line, Fiafini, and their use of a new to me oil (Marula), I jumped on the chance to try it out. I'm still in the testing phase of using them (I'll post a review after a while), but so far, so good. Here are the deets on Fiafini Skin Care.

We CAN Have It All: My Interview with Josie Maran!!!

Yep, you read it right! I got to interview THE fabulous Josie Maran! I've been writing posts about her and her SPECTACULAR products for ages, so you lovelies know that I'm a fan. Of course I LEAPED at the opportunity to interview her. I hope that you find her answers as inspiring as I did; she is proof positive that women are capable of finding happiness, fulfillment, and success in all avenues of life. It's all about focus and balance...

When the new CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, announced her pregnancy it ignited an instant debate. Mayer, like many other mommy CEO’s, will continue to prove that women can “do it all.” Mayer faces criticism from people like Brian Sullivan from the MSNBC show “Morning Joe” and Anne-Marie Slaughter from The Atlantic’s website, who claim that she should take time off to raise her baby and work on the company, and her career, later.

Many other well-known female CEOs have proved and continue to prove that women can “have it all,” being successful in the business world and as a mom. For example, Josie Maran has found a way to make it work. 

"I started my company when I was pregnant with my first daughter," Maran says, "and I only stopped running it for the four hours it took me to birth my second, earlier this month" (in July). Our company's COO (my husband) was right there with me and the midwives. He caught the baby. It's crazy-making hard sometimes, but so are most things worth doing. I believe that every woman and every man can do it all, and do it all well. I send my love and support to Marissa Mayer. I know what she's going through."

Josie has proven it is possible to balance family and work life – nurse your new baby, build a company and do it all again the next day. More than just the face and founder of her brand, Josie Maran is also the key product developer, working on new products and ensuring that each formulation is made with the safest ingredients and delivers top performance.


Is it difficult balancing a life full of demands as a business woman with being a mother? How do you stay grounded and what advice do you have for working mothers? What does your every day schedule look like?

When you’re ready to take on the world, great things can happen. My advice? Never take “no” for an answer. All my life I had people telling me I couldn’t do it all and have it all. I couldn’t be a model because I’m short, I couldn’t have a business and a family, I couldn’t make natural cosmetics. If I’d listened to them, I wouldn’t be where I am and JMC wouldn’t exist. If there’s something a woman really wants to do, she should just do it! 

My schedule changes from day to day. If I’m in LA, I go to the office. If I’m elsewhere I phone in to conference with my coworkers. My husband Ali and I make our kids a priority. I’m lucky to have a job where I can bring my kids and have them with me at work. Rumi loves seeing all her friends at JMC, and I’m sure Indi will love coming to work soon, too. The best advice I can give to working moms is to be present in all you do. When you’re with your kids, be with your kids. Don’t divide your attention, and savor each moment.

      How does being a mother influence 1) your work ethic, 2) your outlook on life, and 3) your style choices/the way that you dress?

Becoming a mom changed my life. It makes me work harder for a better world and a better future for my kids.  They’re my inspiration for everything I do.  You could say that I’ve perfected the “natural look”—some days I’m lucky if I have time to swipe on some lip gloss! I love makeup and fashion, but my daughters will always come first.

         What is your skincare routine? Hair care? What are your go to products?

My skincare routine is super simple. I use my Argan Cleansing Oil to dissolve dirt and makeup, and follow up by putting my 100% Pure Argan Oil all over my face and body. That’s my beauty must-have. It’s 100% organic, and it keeps my face moisturized all day. Then I put on my Argan DailyMoisturizer SPF 40 to protect my skin from the sun. It protects me from sun damage, which can cause wrinkles and discoloration.

I keep my hair routine simple, too. Less is more in beauty. I don’t wash my hair every day—shampoo can be really drying and stripping. I wash it every other day and keep it moisturized with my Argan Oil and Argan Oil Hair Serum, which adds shine and makes my hair smell amazing. Every week I use an Argan Hot Oil Self Heating Hair Treatment, especially if  I’ve had to heat-style my hair for a photo shoot. It really perks up dry strands.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Rimmel London Glam'Eyes HD Eyeshadows

As you can see, I've already dipped my brush into  Black Cab! In the middle is English Oak and to the right is Purple Reign.

I LOVE eye shadows! One of the things that I love about Rimmel London's Glam'Eyes HD Eyeshadows is that you get 4 shadows-everything you need for a complete look-in one posh little package. There are times when I have to run out of the house and can't finish my makeup application, and a chic little palette like this is perfect for allowing me to put on my face, while literally on the go!

Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now: nuNAAT Brazilian Keratin Daily Care Collection

I've had the privilege of trying out several products from nuNAAT, an internationally known (I can't type that without hearing Rob Base in my head) hair care company that fuses nature with modern technology to offer a vast array of extraordinary products (and I've tried 2 different lines so far and they were both kinda AWESOME!). I'm extremely happy to share this new from nuNAAT with you lovelies...

nuNAAT is promoting that they can give you GREAT hair, every day! If you want straight, frizz-free hair, check out nuNAAT's NAAT Brazilian Keratin collection. Designed to work for ANY hair type to restore and intensify's hair's nutritional balance, leaving it incredibly smooth, strong and flexible.
nuNAAT is giving away three sets of their popular NAAT Brazilian Keratin daily care collection. You have until 12:00 AM Eastern, Friday August 31 to enter to win via the Rafflecopter Widget below! 

I do hope that one of you lovelies win! Stay tuned for my reviews of nuNAAT's Karite Special with Shea Butter Collection, NAAT Treatment Curly Hair with Cupuacu and Keratin Collection, and the NAAT Treatment Repair Care with Acai and Keratin Collection.

nuNAAT Rafflecopter giveaway

Until next time...

Ciao, XxO


Be Chic Literate: Dressing Marilyn (A Book Review)

One of my style inspirations is Marilyn Monroe. To me, she embodies ultimate glamour and femininity. This August actually marks 50 years since her death (there will even be a special memorial for her in Los Angeles). Ever on the look out for good chic lit, I jumped at the chance to preview the new book Dressing Marilyn, by Andrew Hansford with Karen Homer, about the man that styled Marilyn throughout her career, William Travilla. 

About the Book

William Travilla is one of the best costume designers of all time and Marilyn Monroe his most famous client. Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla focuses on the striking dresses that Travilla designed for Marilyn, from his early work on the thrillerDon't Bother to Knock and the gorgeous pink dress in which Marilyn sang “Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend” to the legendary white dress from The Seven Year Itch, which arguably contributed to the collapse of Marilyn's marriage to Joe DiMaggio. Featuring Travilla's original sketches, rare costume test shots, dress patterns, photographs of Marilyn wearing the dresses, plus exclusive and never-before-seen extracts from interviews with Travilla, this book offers a fresh insight into the golden age of Hollywood.

About the Author
Andrew Hansford has been involved in fashion for many years, having worked as a model and established his own business in the beauty industry. However, his life changed dramatically in 2007 when, after a phone call from a friend, a box of dresses designed by William Travilla for the screen legend Marilyn Monroe arrived on his doorstep. Since then, Andrew has worked with the Travilla Estate to help Travilla regain the renown he deserves. Andrew now manages Travilla's archive and has been responsible for six exhibitions showcasing Travilla's stunning work.

This book is the perfect gift for any Marilyn Monroe fan or even those simply interested in old Hollywood glamour and fashion. It is a beautiful book, full of pictures both familiar and new of the fabulous designs of Mr. Travilla. It is truly one of those rare books that can be enjoyed over and over again and is the perfect conversation starter as a coffee table book. Even the hubby was impressed with how beautifully the book is put together and my 12 year old daughter is often thumbing through its pages. 

Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla is now available at many fine retailers, such as Amazon and Target.com

Ciao, XxO


PS-This book was sent for review by the publisher or PR. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own. This post does contain affiliate links-if you choose to click on a link AND make a purchase, I will receive a small commission :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What's New From Smashbox! (A Wish List)

I've already shared my love for Smashbox Cosmetics with you lovelies, so I won't digress; but I am SUPER excited by all the new goodies I'm seeing from them! I'm steadily adding to my wishlist and so that I won't be alone in coveting all of the makeup goodness, I thought I'd share some of the new (and not so new) releases with you!

I'll start with my most wanted item, The Master Class Palette:

Smashbox The Master Class Palette (Sephora Exclusive) $59.00

Via Sephora:

What it is: A superloaded palette inspired by the bags full of product Smashbox pro artists bring on set.

What it does: From cases full of eye shadows to bags brimming with glosses, the amount of products the Smashbox artists bring on set can be overwhelming. Get all your photo-ready essentials in one place with The Master Class Palette by Smashbox, a palette jam-packed with 28 Photo Op Eyeshadows, four brow tech powders, eight cream eyeliners, two blushes, three soft lights, and four lip glosses. Featuring Smashbox's core eye shadow formula for the ultimate in blendability and pigmentation, plus many of our other studio-tested products, this palette contains everything you need to dust, blend, and swipe your way to a multitude of looks.

This set contains:- 28 Eyeshadows (starting at top left corner) in Vanilla, Frost, Butter, Parfait, Ambiant, Frambois, Peacock, Cabernet, Serpent, Aubergine, Azure, Ash, Opal, Linen, Flirt, Nectar, Granite, Golden Orchid, Dusk, Cinnamon Toast, Blacko 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Beauty on the Go

Beauty Must Haves For Travel

Beauty Must Haves For Travel by mamafashionist1 featuring a thick eyeliner

This weekend I had the opportunity to test drive and experiment with my ever growing makeup stash in order to fine tune not only a simple go to look (similar to my Basic Face), but also looks that would last all day (in the Georgia heat), be easy to touch up if necessary, and help me look put together but not overly made up. The arsenal above proved to be exactly what I needed and they will definitely be in my travel beauty bag from now on! 

The only items not pictured that I utilized this weekend are my all time favorite highlight (and HG product) MAC's Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb, Benefit's  The POREfessional primer  and one of my favorite palettes, Smashbox's Click You're It Holiday 2011 Palette (which I also feature here). Here's a breakdown of everything else I used (as pictured above):

After washing my face, Maijan's Argan Oil was my moisturizer of choice. It was perfect for prepping my skin for makeup, but more importantly it left my skin smooth and glowing. Because my skin was in decent shape, I did not need a full face of liquid foundation. I simply smoothed on the Benefit primer, used Smashbox High Definition Concealer in Medium/Dark under my eyes (to brighten and highlight) and on a few blemishes, and apply a light layer of Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation with SPF 20 in Medium/Dark to even out my complexion and eliminate unwanted shine (and the gorgeous rose gold compact the foundation comes in is some of the prettiest packaging I have ever come across). I contoured with NYC New York Color SUN'n'Bronze Bronzing Powder in Montauk Bronze, added MAC Powder Blush in Fleet Fast from the Hey! Sailor Collection to my cheeks, and Superb Skinfinish for the perfect glow and dimension.

Everyday for the eyes, I started with MAC Bamboom Paint as a base. On Friday, I simply used the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black to make an intense cat eye and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Perversion to tightline. On my waterline, in the inner corner of the eye, and on my brow bone, I applied NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. I finished my eyes by curling my lashes and applying a few coats of Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long Wear Mascara in Black to the top and lower lashes (and the applicator in this mascara is perfect for grabbing every single lash, especially in the inner corners and lower lashes, and making the most of them). On Saturday, I went more delicate with the liner on my upper lash, added a bit of #6 from the Smashbox palette, and kept everything else the same. On Sunday, I did my traditional cat eye, used Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24/7 Eyeshadow in Edgy Emerald in the inner third of the lid and along the inner half of the lower lashline, applied #14 from the Smashbox palette in the crease and outer v, and #10 in the center of the lid, and #4 to highlight under my brow bone.

For lips, I kept it simple. Each day I started with my favorite (another HG) eos lipbalm in sweet mint, and used MAC Lipglass in Rebel (on Friday and Saturday when my eye look was simple) and a beautiful sheer, nude cream lipstick from Giorgio Armani on Sunday. 

The best thing about each of the looks was that, with the exception of reapplying balm, lipstick, and/or gloss, the only kind of touch up I needed throughout the long hot days was a bit of Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender to keep shine at bay. Another must that stayed in my purse all weekend long, was Sally Hansen's Gem Crush nail polish. I had Bling-Tastic on my toes and Showgirl Chic on my fingers. I love how adding these sparkle-licious colors to just one finger on each hand and one toe on each foot is enough to add a little extra something to your look! Plus if you chip the polish on any of your other nails, just covering the chip up with a bit of the Gem Crush polish adds a bit of unexpected flair that is really unique.

So that's that. After this weekend, I literally cleaned out my makeup bag and refilled it with these goodies (well, at least the ones that will fit into it). For the most part, I felt polished and put together this weekend, despite the crowds, heat, and my kiddies, and that was due in large part to the products. What's in your makeup bag? What products do you have to have with you where ever you go? My inquiring mind wants to know! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Until next time...

Ciao, XxO


PS-Some of the products mentioned above were provided to me by PR. I was not paid for this post and all opinions stated are 100% honest and my own. This post does contain affiliate links-if you click on a text link AND make a purchase, I will receive a small commission :)

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