Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nail Love: Essie's Mint Candy Apple


I've been obsessed with my nail varnish in Purity from Illamasqua, but I've been wearing it for weeks and decided it was time to stop being so boring and change it up a little. I bought Essie's Mint Candy Apple last summer and had yet to wear it. Needless to say, it's GORGEOUS. I all about pale pastel colors and this one definitely delivers. It's perfect wear for the summer months and it makes me feels kind of adorable. Haha. I love wearing colors that really stand out and grab attention in the summer and this one definitely catches eyes. Onto the photos...







Retail: $8 at Ulta

This color also feels a little retro to me. Like this kitchen...


Or this adorable toaster:


You can actually purchase this at Target but it's extremely expensive: $239.99! Yikes.. I have a diner themed red kitchen, so if this came in red... we might have a problem.

Have you purchase any nail polish you loved lately?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Vincent Longo Event at Space NK July 21st & July 22nd

Vincent Longo recently had an event at a nearby Space NK on July 21st & July 22nd. I stopped by to check out some of their new products and mingle with a few of their artists. Everyone was super sweet and talented. We talked about Vincent Longo's amazing product line and new collection. I recently reviewed their new Galaxy collection here: part 1/part 2. I left with some new knowledge of the brand and some new products to add to my wishlist. I'm definitely interested in their foundation. We tried some on and then I walked out in the crazy summer heat we've been having and it wore really well. I definitely recommend everyone to check out the next Vincent Longo event near you. Also, check out the brand if you haven't yet. All of their products are really amazing and long wearing. I love the way they look in photos especially. I will featuring a LOTD soon with this brand. You can purchase the full line at Vincent Longo and Space NK.



I met two of Vincent's top makeup artists: Sacha & Jasmin. They were so friendly and very talented! If you ever need your makeup done for any special occasion, Sacha does freelance on the side. Her website is here if you'd love to learn more about her.


Armed with their brushes ;)

Have you tried any of Vincent Longo's products?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Anastasia Beverly Hills Launches & Looks

Anastasia Beverly Hills is easily known as the eyebrow experts. All of their eyebrows products are made to create the perfect brow. From stencils to powders, they've got it all. I use their Brow Wiz in medium ash when I feel that I have to fill my brows (I like a more natural brow), Brow Duality as a highlighter under the brow almost every day in Matte Camille/Sand Shimmer and I've also used Brow Tint in universal deep for a sharper, more defined brow. Anastasia recently launched a new color line with bronzers, eyeshadows and more! I've used the bronzer, reviewed it and LOVED it! Read that review here.

Here are some photos of the new products in the line:






I've been eyeing this brow kit for some time now and I'm so excited that I will be receiving it shortly. It's a great kit to help achieve perfect brows. I also love that it comes with stencils to find the proper shape that works for YOU. Brows are definitely not created equal, so you have to find what works for your brow shape.

Brow kits can be a little confusing for first time users. Below is a great video with helpful tips on using this product:


"Beauty Express" brow-kit instructional video from Anastasia Beverly Hills on Vimeo.

You might be asking yourself... Who is Anastasia?


"Anastasia Soare is widely referred to as a beauty innovator, and for good reason. Long before professional eyebrow shaping became an essential beauty ritual, she was the go-to beauty specialist for top celebrities, and has singlehandedly turned perfect brows and youthful eyes into essential accessories. Anastasia's comprehensive approach to beauty has led to the development of her unique Youthful Synergy™ products, which lift and firm the appearance of skin using innovative ingredients. Discover the beauty of Anastasia combined with the science of skincare."

Here are a few looks you can try out with these new Anastasia products:





Have you ever used Anastasia Beverly Hills products?

MAC MAC Me Over Collection for Fall 2011


A few months ago I received an email from MAC that mentioned a contest for their new MAC Me Over collection. I entered along with thousands of others for a chance to be the face of the new launch. The contest asked the contestants to submit a photo/video and finish this statement: MAC Me Over! Because.. Six of the most creative entries were chosen and given the opportunity to be the face of MAC. I love the looks of everyone they chose and the makeovers are STUNNING. These collection includes a ton of products that I can't wait to try out! Collection will be available August 25th! Here are some photos:





Ooo I can already feel the money draining out of my bank account. Ahhh. I've never wanted so many products from one collection before.

Are you excited for this collection?!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibit at The Met


"I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."
— Alexander McQueen


Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). My girlfriend surprised me with tickets (she's the best!) since I'm kind of a museum junkie and I've been talking about my desire to attend this exhibit for a while. We went on a Sunday and it was extremely crowded. We ended up waiting for an hour just to get in on a HUGE line, but it was definitely worth it. 

We passed this on the line.

It was probably one of the most of the exciting and intriguing exhibits I've ever attended. My girlfriend described it as "creepy". I would describe it as "haunting, enticing and inspiring." Alexander McQueen is known for his high energy fashion shows and his way of taking fashion beyond the point of imagination. 

There are six main areas in total to view. The first area is titled "The Romantic Mind" and is fully made of concrete. It was surrounded by his most famous quotes and famous outfits such as Coat, Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims and his "Bumster Skirt: Highland Rape." For McQueen, the most exciting part of anybody's body was the bottom of the spine. These "bumsters" were all about showcasing that part of the body.



The second area is titled "Romantic Gothic and Cabinet of Curiosities." This was probably one of the darkest rooms of the entire exhibit. As soon as you enter, eerie music plays and a display of McQueen's famous Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious literally blew you away.



Another outfit I found extremely interesting was Dress, No. 13. The creation of this dress was probably one of the most memorable moment of any of his runway shows. Two robots spray-painted a dress worn by the gorgeous Shalom Harlow.


The third area is titled "Romantic Nationalism." This room display Alexander McQueen's love of Scottish heritage with favorites like Dress, Widows of Culloden.

“The reason I’m patriotic about Scotland is because I think it’s been dealt a really hard hand. It’s marketed the world over as . . . haggis . . . bagpipes. But no one ever puts anything back into it.”

The fourth area is titled "Romantic Exoticism." This was one of my favorite rooms because it focused on themes and traditions. He loved the idea of exotic and historicism. This area featured  Ensemble, It's Only a Game and many others.

“I want to be honest about the world that we live in, and sometimes my political persuasions come through in my work. Fashion can be really racist, looking at the clothes of other cultures as costumes. . . . That’s mundane and it’s old hat. Let’s break down some barriers.”

The fifth area is titled "Romantic Primitivism." This room had a feeling of natural and animalistic. It featured his famous latex dress with locusts, his statement on famine, and even pieces that were coated in mud. A few looks featured were Coat, Eshu and Bodysuit, It's a Jungle Out There.


The sixth and final area was titled "Romantic Naturalism." Nature was one of McQueen's most influencing ideas within his work. He loved using raw materials from the natural world for his fashion pieces. This final area, for me, reflected upon the future of fashion and how powerful it can be. His final collection before he passed, Plato's Atlantis, was probably his most famous. Here's how McQueen described his collection -

“[This collection predicted a future in which] the ice cap would melt . . . the waters would rise and . . . life on earth would have to evolve in order to live beneath the sea once more or perish. Humanity [would] go back to the place from whence it came.”


This room was very popular for most as it featured Lady Gaga's famous look in her Bad Romance video.



My question is how on earth did they walk in those heels?! Holy crap.


WOW... I'd probably break my legs... seriously.

I definitely recommend everyone to go see this exhibit if you haven't already BUT It can get extremely crowded. My suggestion would be to attend the exhibit in the morning or on a weekday. The entrance closes at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The do also have special Met Mondays with McQueen where you can view the exhibit after the museum is closed. Also, if you're a member of the Met, you can skip the line (nice...)

Here are some silly photos of my girlfriend at the museum...

"Put your paws up. I'm Lady Gaga."

"Roarrrrrrrr"

Nice buns ;)

Another side note - You HAVE to visit this Sigmund PretzelCart if you go to the Met. Omg. Yummy.


Will you be visiting this exhibit?

Vincent Longo Event at Space NK July 21st & July 22nd

Visit Space BK at Bloomingdales's on 59th Street New York, NY
July 21st & July 22nd
11 AM - 6 PM

Don't forget to book appointments A.S.A.P.

Free Gift with Purchase when buying $75 or more along with Space NK's exclusive
"Goodie Bag."

OPI Launches Pink Shatter for Breast Cancer Awareness


OPI announces the release of their new pink shatter. This shatter called, Pink of Hearts, is to help support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Their slogan? Let's Shatter Breast Cancer! This nail polish supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure in its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The 2011 Pink of Hearts edition is the fifth polish in a row to help raise awareness of breast cancer during the months of September and October.

Here's a look at some of the previous shades:




This is the debut of the OPI's first pink shatter shade.

“We are continuing to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the hopes of increasing breast cancer awareness, while inspiring and empowering women.  The organization’s dedication to this cause is unwavering,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artis tic Director.  OPI is proud to join with Susan G. Komen for the fifth consecutive year to offer Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts.  By launching our first-ever Pink Shatter coat, we hope this exciting new textured hue will generate lots of awareness for this cause.”

Each bottle of Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts has a pink-ribbon tag and pink cap to raise attention. Shatter coat contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and it also features OPI's exclusive ProWide Brush. This shatter is limited edition, so I urge everyone to pick it up as soon as you can. It will be available throughout September and October 2011 at Professional Salons. You can purchase it at Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard's, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis,Trade Secret, and Ulta for $8.50.

Will you picking up this limited edition polish?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Elizabeth Arden Giveaway: Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules Intensive Treatment for Face and Throat - CLOSED


Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules Intensive Treatment for Face and Throat, Total 60 capsules, .95 fl. oz.


"Pure, potent, intensive single dose capsules. Our innovative CLX Complex delivers the restorative power of Ceramides and essential lipids to help strengthen skin's barrier against the visible signs of time."



- Visibly improves skin tone and clarity.

- Supports skin's own natural collagen levels for a firmer, more resilient look.

- Works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

- Retexturizes skin for a noticeably softer, smoother look.

- Fragrance, preservative and emulsifier free.




(Giveaway sponsored by Elizabeth Arden. Package will be sent directly from them!)

Winner will receive box of 60 capsules. Retail value is $68.

TERMS:
Contest ends Sun July 31st, 2011at 11:59 pm Eastern Time Zone
Winner chosen using Random.org
One entry per person
Open to U.S. readers only


Here's how to enter (5 possible entries): You MUST do the first one.

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MAC Myth Lipstick: Gorgeous Nude

By now you probably already know my love of nude lipsticks, right? I'm always on the hunt for the best nude lipstick out there. If you have any suggestions, let me know. I'd love to hear what nude lipsticks you can't live without. I recently repurchased a lipstick that I ran out of called "Myth" from MAC. I love this lipstick. It's probably the lipstick I wear the most out of my whole nude collection. It's described as a "pale muted peachy-beige (satin)." 



Has anyone tried MAC Myth before?






Retail: $14.50 at MAC

Here's a look I wore with MAC Myth...


That's my twin. I know. I know. He's so handsome. Stop drooling ladies ;) We were on our way to a wedding, so I did a soft brown smokey eye, bronzed myself up & threw on some Myth lipstick.

Do you wear nude lipsticks?