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GUESS what I bought? August 13, 2008

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“Watch out boy, she’ll chew you up!” After doing my research, I learned that this fragrance (new for ’08: Guess by Marciano, $49 for 1.7 oz; $65 for 3.4 oz) is for the sexy, trendsetting single glamorama. Aka: yours truly. I fell in love with this when I smelled it in a magazine months ago and had to make it mine. I’m a big fan of sweet/musky scents but this one is just right and not too overpowering. It’s interesting what your fragrance choice can say about your personality. Apparently I’m one hot bitch.

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Top notes – star fruit, grapefruit, orange curacao (an orange-flavored liquour) and cardamom (an herb belonging to the ginger family)
Middle notes – pink honeysuckle, peony and jasmine
Base notes – wood, vanilla, musk and dulce de leche (caramel)

It’s altogether glamorous and sensual. Can’t wait to wear it on my birthday night. Meow.

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bed head March 10, 2008

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lulupowder.jpg Unwashed hair is a definite glamour don’t, but for those days you just want to hit the snooze, or maybe a morning-after “walk of shame,” there’s more than a few treatments that can help with the oily buildup that ruins your look. Our picks: For the bohemian girl: Lulu Organic’s Hair Powder. Just rub through your roots and you can extend your time between shampoos. And of course, since talc is completely carcinogenic (ha), it’s talc-free and completely all-natural: It’s made of cornstarch, rice powder, clay, horsetail powder (?!), baking soda, and essential oils — so it’s totally safe. Sold in four scents (lavender and sage, jasmine, patchouli and amber, and tuberose), the stuff comes in uber-gorgeous packaging (at least that’s what I love) and works miracles on grease. Purchase for $40 (yikes!) here.
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For the glamour girl on the go, Cake Beauty makes a less expensive ($18) powder in the yummy scent of lemon cookies. Not only that, but you get to choose from a light and a dark shade, depending on your haircolor; as well as a separate sweet-smelling refreshing mist, any of which can be purchased here. Brilliant!

in Heidi Klum’s bag October 14, 2007

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What type of bag are you carrying right now?
Dior.
Which items do you always have in your bag?

A wallet with lots of pictures of my children, lip balm, Nars powder in Beach, MAC bronzing powder no. A24, perfume, keys, and Michael Kors aviator sunglasses.
Which fragrance and lip gloss do you carry?
Orlane lip gloss no. 40—and my signature scent is “Heidi Klum.” Check it out on my website, HeidiKlum.com.
What should a woman always carry with her?
Breath mints—because you never know…
For women such as yourself who are always on the go, do you recommend carrying snacks in your bag?
Absolutely. You have to keep your body nourished when you’re running around. I always carry protein bars and shakes made by my trainer, David Kirsch.

With Love October 13, 2007

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Though not new, I’m so in love with With Love, Hilary Duff’s fragrance. Not a Duff fan per se, but her perfume is definitely amazing–I’m always complimented on it. Highly recommend that you smell it; it’s a perfect autumn-to winter fragrance. ♥

With Love…Hilary Duff is an expression of love in all its forms and dimensions: the unconditional love of family, the generosity of friendship, and the breathtaking excitement of romance. Exotic fruits add an intriguing sparkle to the rich woods and sultry ambers of this effervescent, oriental fragrance.

Notes:
Mangosteen Fruit, Exotic Spice Blend, Chai Latte, Mangosteen Blossoms, Cocobolo Wood, Amber Milk, Amber Musk, Balsam, Incense.

Style:
Sparkling. Sensual. Warm.

8 drugstore scores August 18, 2007

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Most college students and young professionals are living on a budget. But of course, we all want to look our best at all times. I’m a self-described “high-maintenance” girl, but that does not necessarily equate to high-cost. I’ve always been a firm believer (and living proof) that you don’t need to be a slave to high-end, costly products to look really pretty. Here are 8 of my most recent favorite (and old standby) drugstore products, and why they’re so good.

1. Rimmel Clear Complexion Coverstick ($4) I never used to use concealer until this. It’s amazing and so simple; as well as dual purpose to help heal blemishes. I have a lot of acne on my jawline, and as I’ve started to use this it’s mostly just to cover up scars rather than new blemishes. For a bargain products it’s great underneath makeup and over as a touch-up as needed.

2. Physician’s Formula Summer Eclipse Bronzing & Shimmery Face Powder in Sunlight ($11) I’m tan year-round so I’m an addict for bronzers, I have so many. My usual gripe with bronzers is they either contain too much shimmer or glitter (makes you look like a disco ball) or none at all (which gives a flat, muddy appearance). This bronzer has the right balance of both, with a light gold glitter that’s very finely milled. You can always add highlighter or shimmer powder for a fiercer, brighter nighttime look.

3. Tresseme Tres Two Hairspray ($4) I used to swear by Joico’s Joimist, now I only use this. It’s about $10 cheaper and it does the same thing. You want a microfine mist with a light hold, this is the stuff you want–you’d be crazy to spend a penny more.

4. Softlips Lip Balm in Vanilla ($3 for two) I keep this stuff everywhere. It smells amazing. Guys like it. My mom always wants to borrow it. It’s a staple, you shouldn’t go anywhere without it.

5. Max Factor Lash Lift Mascara ($7) I keep a bunch of these on hand, too. I’m always getting compliments on my lashes when people see me. I use the black–and it’s amazing. When I find a good mascara, I stick with it. I don’t see how any department store brand could outperform this product considering its price.

6. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque ($5) This stuff is so good, I read about it in Allure last year; it’s been around forever. It’s a beauty classic, like a “goopy dreen Dyson for pores.” It tightens skin right up and sucks up oil like no tomorrow. I love it!

7. Bonne Bell Lip Lites in Vanilla Swirl ($3) I’ve been using this stuff since I was 13, no joke. Use it alone and it’s way too frosty and light, but tone it down with a slick of lip balm before or a clear gloss and it’s amazing. A bit extra on the center of lips makes them look fuller (not that I need the help)!

8. Revlon Bedroom Eyes Powder Liner in Smokin’ ($11) I think they already discontinued this, which depresses me. It was a limited time product that I hope they bring back because I swear by it. No more need to smudge that liner. I only use it on my upper lashline and it is just so sultry and sexy. It can be tricky to learn to apply without the powder migrating to your cheeks or giving you “racoon eyes,” but I’ve perfected a head-tilt technique and it comes out awesome everytime; this stuff really makes my eyes pop! The best thing is that it’s automatically imperfect, smudgy, sultry–and it’s just the most genius move for eyeliner in so long.

Versace Bright Crystal August 5, 2007

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Inspired by a mixture of Donatella Versace’s favorite floral fragrances, Bright Crystal is a fresh, sensual blend of refreshing chilled yuzu and pomegranate mingled with soothing blossoms of peony, magnolia, and lotus flower, warmed with notes of musk and amber.
Notes:
Iced Accord, Yuzu, Pomegranate, Peony, Magnolia, Lotus Flower, Acajou, Vegetal Amber, Musk.
Style:
Sheer. Sensual. Luminous.


I liked it, it’s very light and pretty, great for everyday. It was $62 but worth it I think.

sex kitten July 28, 2007

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Modern starlets are one thing, but in order to evolve, we have to sometimes look at the beauties of the past. One of my personal favorites: Brigitte Bardot. French sexpot model/actress popular in the late 1950s and early 60s idealized and set the stage for a coy, come-hither beauty that was loose at the same time completely staged: Undeniably blonde, undone hair, tan, smoldering eyes and nude lips. Reprised regularly by new-millenium bombshells (Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton) this look will never go out of style.

Get the look with one of Too Faced’s fun palette collections; we like Bathing Beauty:

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The Bathing Beauty knew she needed a man to bankroll her leisurely, luxurious lifestyle, but she couldn’t decide what sort. He, of course, had to be willing to buy her diamonds for absolutely no reason at all, and she positively had to have beach houses in Malibu, Maui, St. Barths, The Rivera, and Monaco so she could work on her beautifully bronzed glow year round – and this kit was always at her side to help her lure in the bait.

Palette includes three 0.21 oz eyeshadows in teal, champagne, and pink shimmers; four 0.14 oz lip colors in champagne shimmer, golden pink shimmer, pink, and bronze shimmer; and a 0.22 oz cheek color in peach, plus a double-ended brush and shadow applicators.

What could be more fun than that? And of course, no bombshell look would be complete without smelling completely delicious. We’re all over Benefit’s classic Maybe Baby, a light floral with hints of light ginger and warm peach. ♥

Maybe Baby