Archive for December, 2011

Friday Fashion Poll – NYE

What are your thoughts on New Year’s Eve? Greatest excuse ever to get dressed up and have a blast? Or is it overrated and comfy clothes at home are preferable?

I fall somewhere in the middle. I want to look cute but I don’t want to actually go anywhere. Crowds and craziness aren’t my scene but you better believe that I’ll be at home with friends sporting curled hair, sparkly nails (FingerPaints Fun-Fetti), and red lips (Femme Couture Prime Wear in Black Cherry is a new favorite).

So, dear readers. How will you be spending your New Year’s Eve? Be sure to vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

We hope you have a very happy 2012!

New Year's Eve

  • I'd rather stay in and avoid the fuss (70%, 55 Votes)
  • It's not NYE unless I'm out and about looking fabulous (30%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 79

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Getting ready for NYE

Christmas was wonderful, but the holidays are not over yet! This is the perfect day to take stock of the rest of the week. 

 Hmmm…. I’ve got a dinner with friends, an ice skating event with my son, and a New Year’s Eve gathering to look forward to! 

Perfect dress? Check! Killer shoes (as in they look fabulous, but they kill me)? Check! But what will I do with my long, red hair?

Whether I wear it up or down, one thing I know for sure is that I want plenty of shine.  And I have the ideal solution: Ion Color Defense Intensive Shine Treatment. This quick and easy weekly treatment adds moisture, revitalizes my hair color and gives my hair instant, intense shine! I simply apply it after shampooing, leave in for 3-5 minutes, then rinse.

I know my hair will look brilliant and feel soft and silky—the perfect finish to any look.

Friday Fashion Poll

I’ve been watching a lot of holiday movies of the “Made for TV” variety lately (don’t judge!) and I’ve noticed a common theme – everyone looks really fancy on Christmas day.

In my house this is so not the case. We stay in our (matching) pajamas as long as possible and believe me, no one looks put together. At all.

This got me curious about your Christmas day beauty tradition. Would your look be right at home in a holiday movie? Or do you give your beauty tools and products a break on the 25th?

Please vote and tell us about your tradition in the comments!

Holiday Beauty

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A few of our favorite things…

For the holiday we thought it would be fun to take a peek into the minds of some of our favorite beauty bloggers and get their thoughts on Christmas style.

Here’s what they had to say!

What’s your favorite holiday beauty routine?

What’s the best part about the holiday season?

My holiday style is…

 

Santa and his elves

Last year, I painted Santa heads on my nails and all my friends thought it was so cool. So, I thought this year I would change it up a bit and paint Santa with four of his little helpers. This takes a steady hand (don’t look too close) and a little bit of time, but they can really turn out cute.

Let’s get started.

Supplies:

Nail Polish Remover                      
Yellow Nail Polish                           
Polish Remover Pads                    
Black Striping Polish      
Clear Base Coat                               
White Striping Polish    
White Nail Polish                            
Red Striping Polish         
Green Nail Polish                           
Wax Paper        
Blue Nail Polish                               
Dotting Tool or Toothpick
Clear Top Coat                                                                  

Remove your old polish, file and buff your nails. Apply a clear basecoat and let dry.

Paint a French tip of white on your thumb and while it is drying, paint a red swatch across your nail at the nail bed. You have just painted Santa’s beard and the top of his cap. Next, take the white striping paint and add the white “fur” to his cap and add two small curved lines for his mustache. Drip a red drop of polish onto the wax paper and with a toothpick or dotting tool, and add his mouth. Repeat the same with blue paint for his eyes. Add two eyebrows with white striping paint and you are finished.

Again, paint a white French tip for the elf’s shirt and paint a green swatch across the nail at the nail bed for his cap. With red striping polish, paint two crescent shapes at the top of the white shirt for a collar. Drop yellow paint on the wax paper and add a tassel to his cap. Again, add a drop of red for his mouth, and two black drops for eyes and a button on his shirt. With white striping polish, add two eyebrows. For a little of dimension, add some white polka-dots and black lines on his cap and make a pointy ear… and there is elf #1.

Continue painting elves with any colors that you choose, or if you like, use the colors that I used below.  When you have finished, let all nails dry for at least 30 minutes, then apply two clear topcoats.

And now you have all these cute little guys at your fingertips. I hope you give them a try, because they do seem to cause quite a stir. Have a fun and happy holiday season. See you next year.

Until next time…..keep those nails covered.

Sure, I’m freezing, but don’t I look marvelous?

I’ve always liked this snapshot. It shows my dad in his Jeep, plowing the snow from our driveway.

It’s a typical December scene in the winter wonderland known as Michigan.

It got me to thinking about dressing for cold weather.

Our parents taught us to cover up from head to toe and insulate every square inch of ourselves with thick clothing.

But there are always those who sacrifice themselves for fashion.

You know these folks. You might even be one! They’re the ones who say, “No, an insulated coat makes me look heavy, so I’ll take the lighter one.” Or “I just styled my hair and it looks marvelous, so there’s no way I’m putting on a hat.”

Where do you stand on this issue?

Vote below and please feel free to comment.

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Childhood Christmas Curls

One of the most powerful memories I have of Christmas as a little girl, was the hours and hours it took getting my hair ready for the all important Christmas family reunion.  It wasn’t enough that you had your special red velvet dress with the satin bow and your black patent Mary Jane shoes, you also had to have CURLS (with a capital C.) 

What you have to know is that my hair is naturally stick straight, but it was the fashion to have Shirley Temple curls!! My mother would wash my hair and roll it on wire rollers – these torture instruments are thankfully no longer for sale!!  After sitting under the hair dryer for an eternity to dry my hair, I then had to sleep all night with the wire rollers making dents in my head.  When mother took the rollers out the next day, VOILA! …. I had curls… for about 20 minutes. 

I am happy to report that for girls of all ages with even the straightest of hair, there is a modern solution for quick lasting curls.  The miracle is the Caruso Professional ProSet Steam Hairsetter.  The secret to perfect curls is the steam process that literally locks in the curls while moisturizing and adding body and shine to the hair.

Isn’t technology wonderful?  Does anyone have stories about childhood hair traumas to share?

Great Gifts

The countdown begins! We are only 13 days out from Christmas!  Still have a few names on that shopping list?  Yeah, me too. As much as everyone longs for a Christmas kitty sweater, may I suggest a few more practical gifts:

Eye-Vac Electric Dustpan Vacuum
This is honestly on my wish list and perfect for anyone with hardwood floors or tile. This unassuming little black machine sits in the corner eagerly awaiting you to sweep dirt and dust its way. When the Eye-Vac’s sensor detects the debris it turns on, sucks it all up and then shuts off.  No more fumbling with a dust pan.

Hot Shot Tools 3 Barrel Waver
Since I know my kids don’t read this blog…one of them has this all wrapped up and under the tree. For those who lived through the 80’s, this works just like a crimper but creates waves instead.  And to spare mom the grief of burnt fingers and singed bathroom countertops, she also received the Heat Protection Styling Glove and the Silicon Heat Styling Mat (on sale for only $5).

Mircro Touch Max Hair Remover
I purchased this as a stocking stuffer for my husband.  I almost gave it to him early as I watched him maneuver a cuticle nipper up his nose this morning. Seriously, I can’t make that up.

But enough of what my family is getting. Our gifts page has an abundance of great recommendations that are sure to make the recipient way more excited than that kitty sweater.

Pantone Color of the Year

The Pantone Color of the Year is…drumroll please…

TANGERINE TANGO!

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® describes Tangerine Tango as, “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

What do you think? Love it? Think Pantone was off? Vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Tangerine Tango

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Recipe for Holiday Beauty

For me, the holidays equal parties! I love nothing more than getting together with friends and family, wearing some festive clothing (or maybe an Ugly Christmas Sweater) and celebrating the season.

In the spirit of giving, I thought I’d share my Recipe for Holiday Beauty. It’s super simple to follow – you take a dash of gold eye shadow, some candy-coated lips, a swipe of liquid liner, a few twists of a wand, sprinkle in some sparkly accessories and you’re done.

Do you have a holiday go-to look? Please share your “recipe” in the comments!

1. Femme Couture Prime Wear Lip Creme in Black Cherry
2. Plugged In Pink Lace Cone Curling Wand
3. Sally Girl Mini Baked Eyeshadow in Gold
4. DCNL Jewels Headband with Bow
5. FingerPaints Limited Edition Fun-Fetti
6. Ardell Fashion Lashes #109
7. Palladio Liquid Liner in Black