Category Archives: Beauty

Shortcut to Fabulous Blogger with the Best Hair Tutorials

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Despite all appearances I am extremely lazy when it comes to putting myself together. I love looking fabulous, but if it takes too long I am soooo not into it. I am always looking for a quick way to look polished and “it.” Well, I found a website that will give you lots of great picture and video tutorials for fabulous hair in under 10 minutes. The blogger, Abby from My Yellow Sandbox, gives amazingly easy to-do hairstyles that truly anyone could create.  What I love is that you see her doing the style in real-time. I tried a few out and they are fab…in fact, I wore the Chignon to a wedding this weekend and got lots of compliments. My sister-in-law thought I had my hair done at a salon…I was shocked because I am just not very dexterous with my hands…you should see my handwriting and my attempts to draw. Anyhow, I digress. The point is this is a great resource when you don’t have time or money for a salon visit or your favorite blow dry bar. You will definitely need a lot of bobby pins for just about all of these styles, but you should find a few that can be done quickly and work with your hair. Be warned that if you have layers, you will not get through a metal detector with the amount of bobby pins you will have to use.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Lips worth their weight in Gold

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Okay so your lips wont be gold plated but they will be flecked with gold if you are sporting YSL’s Shimmering Lip Gloss. This gloss is not the newest or latest thing on the market, but it IS one of the best and perfect for spring and summer. A tube is $30, but lasts forever. It is a super high shine lip gloss with real 24-carat-gold flecks and mother of pearl. This is THE lip gloss to have in your make-up bag and you can layer it over any lipstick or even lipliner for a quick pick me up. Every stylist and freelance make-up artists I know has this in their “kit,” and so should you. Get it at Sephora by clicking here.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Cruelty Free Make Up Brushes

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I have felt these brushes with my own two hands and let me tell you that they are soft, smooth, plush and high quality. They don’t feel like synthetic brushes at all. Two make-up artists created this line called Antonym that features all natural make up and brushes. The brushes are made out of bamboo, aluminum ferules (no plastic!) and use top quality synthetic bristles that are comparable in softness and pickup make-up like the best of animal hair bristles. Their make-up is made with all natural ingredient and comes in earth friendly bamboo packaging that is really pretty! Right now their 8 piece brush set is on sale for $65…that is a $20 dollar savings! Brush set includes: Powder, contour, foundation, large eye shader, medium angled shading, small eye shader, small angled, mascara/brow. Click here to get them. This is a small make-up line worth trying!!

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Shortcut to Fabulous New Nail Trend

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Textured 3-D nails is the new spring nail trend. Dipping wet nails in micro-beads will get the look, but starting Wednesday, you can buy a fab kit from Sephora that will get you a multi-dimensional nail look with ease. The kit is called Caviar Nails and it is made by a British company called Ciate and sells for $25. It comes with everything you need for a fun manicure, complete with a tray to catch excess beads and funnel to put unused beads back in the container.

I have a strange feeling these kits are going to sell out fast once available stateside (they are sold out on the Ciate website online), so get your alarm clock ready and high-tail it to Sephora on April 10th!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Fast Facial Cleanser

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I am coming “clean” about the fact that I am a gal who doesn’t always wash her face in the p.m. I have lots of fabulous facial cleansers, but for some reason Shahs of Sunset and Jerseylicious seem like such a better idea than washing off the day’s make-up. Somewhere between a discussion of leopard print and Persian pool parties, I fall asleep on the couch like a total geriatric with a full face of make-up!

A month ago I read some article that indicated that not washing off your make-up ages you. I went into full panic mode, drove to Target and purchased $80 worth of cleansing wipes. I got an assortment of brands and I figured over the next few months that I would see what worked for me. Well, after months of playing “product test lab for lazy women,” I have chosen my favorite cleansing wipes…Neutrogena Pink Grapfruit Cleansing Wipes. The smell grows on you, it cleans all the make-up off with the least amount of effort (yes, I am that lazy) and it helps curb the pubescent acne problems I have developed in the last few years. I now keep the cleansing wipes on my coffee table and I am happy to report that several nights of the week, I actually use them! Here’s hoping that my new found practical solution saves me a little money on the back-end on botox and fillers! Click here
to purchase from Amazon (25 wipes for 6.97).

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Shortcut to Fabulous New Skincare Line

bothbottles2There is a new skincare product out on the market called Helix D. I say, the new year is as good a time as any to try some new products and start afresh with a new skincare routine! Helix D send me a sample and I am now a fan. They have an eye serum and a face serum. I really loved the face serum. This product tightens pores and made my skin look nice and clear. I don’t have wrinkles so I can’t opine on the effects to wrinkles, but check out some reviews here. All the reviews indicate that it works great for fine lines and wrinkles. The face cream is $99 and the eye cream is $79. You can buy the product here.


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Shortcut to Fabulous Stocking Stuffers and Gifts for your Girlfriends

There are about as many websites outlining the Black Friday and holiday deals on big ticket items as there are calories in the food I consumed yesterday. So, I will spare you another sales rundown and give you my list of favs for holiday gift giving and stocking stuffing. If you are looking for the weekend and cyber Monday deals, check out my friends over at Fantabulously Frugal.

Winks by Georgie Lash Compact $25

Winks by Georgie Lash Compact $25

1. Winks by George False Lash Compact- Winks by Georgie is a false eyelash collection featuring three styles to wear from morning latte to midnight soirée. All false eyelashes are 100% natural and weightlessly voluminous. There are no synthetic products in the lashes which means that they wont be uncomfortable and irritate your eyes.  Winks are easy to apply and convenient to store in their eco-chic compacts. Each pair of false lashes can be worn multiple times, and our recycled compacts can be refilled with Winks adhesive and any Winks style. Most gals I know are intimidated by False lashes, but I gave Winks a whirl a few weeks ago and they are truly fab and after a few tries pretty easy to apply. Every fabulous girl needs a nice set of false lashes for when she needs to amp up her look and I think these lash compacts make the absolute perfect gift for your girlfriends. Winks by Georgie are available at select Neiman Marcus stores and at neimanmarcus.com. Click on the picture to purchase.

Limited Edition Golden Beauty Elixir $16.

Limited Edition Golden Beauty Elixir $16.

2. This elixir is a limited edition bottle of something that has become a part of my beauty routine and is an absolute savior in the winter when my skin gets dry! This product was inspired by the “elixir of youth” used by the Queen of Hungary, this elixir tightens pores, smooths features and adds a little moisture and a dewy glow to your skin. I apply it before my make-up and it helps my make-up stay on longer and gives my skin a shot of moisture. The bottle is only $16 and lasts a really long time. This is the perfect gift for your gal pals that live in colder climates or travel frequently because a sprtiz of this elixir will give your skin refreshing boost and it feels luxurious as you spritz it on. Click on the picture to purchase.

Iphone 4 Cover that fits Iphone 4s $58.

Iphone 4 Cover that fits Iphone 4s $58.

3. Henri Bendel has the cutest chicest gifts and accessories,b ut this iphone cover is one of my favorites. You may not know this, but not all Iphone 4 covers fit the new 4s phone. Bendels covers do and that is they top my Christmas gifting list because they will be perfect for the gal who as the 4 and plans to upgrade to the 4s or the girl who just got the 4s and is looking for the perfect cover. Click on the picture to purchase.

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