28 October 2010

Nail Junkie: Orly | Plastix Collection

Orly's Plastix Collection originally debuted earlier this year during the summer months. Call it a fashion sin if you want to, but I'm the type of girl who adores bold colors all year long! ( Who's with me? Don't be shy! ) The collection features retro bright colors with a matte like finish.

Old School Orange
A classic light/medium orange with a semi matte finish

Retro Red
A traditional red with coral tones and a semi matte finish. 

Purple Pleather
A shiny blue based purple with a semi matte finish.

 Viridian Vinyl
A glossy medium blue/green with a semi matte finish. 

Glow: I loved that this collection is very true to color. My favorite out of the bunch is definitely Retro Red because it has a beautiful coral tone to it.

Glare: I can't particularly say that I'm a fan of the whole matte look just yet because it gives off such a dry look and I like a lot of shine, which is why I topped the polish with a shiny clear coat.

Would I Recommend It? Yes! They are nice bold colors and not over the top!

Overall Glam: These shades are perfect for the girl who likes to make a subtly bold statement ;o)

* The Plastic Collection can be purchased for $7.50 a bottle at www.orlybeauty.com .

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27 October 2010

Cardigans Love

I absolutely love cardigans, so I had to share a few cuties for you to pick up this season and just get some inspiration to go out and try a few on at your favorite store. Here is a little nerdy tidbit about cardigans, it's named after James Burdenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British military commander. Cardigan became popular back in 17th century France, where fisherman adopted a hand-knitted wool apparel to stay warm!

Wool-cashmere sequined cardigan

Give off-duty staples a glamorous finish with Bird by Juicy Couture's pink sequined wool-blend cardigan. Layer this sparkling style over a simple tee with a ruched mini skirt and elevate the look with ankle boots.
www.net-a-porter.com )

Jersey tie-front cardigan

Wrap up new-season cool with Rick Owens Lilies' dust jersey tie-front cardigan. Perfect the brand's urban aesthetic by wearing it over luxe layers in a muted color scheme. ( www.net-a-porter.com )

Knitted Cardigan

This distinctive lavender knitted cardigan with side button fastening from McQ by Alexander McQueen is guaranteed to keep you warm in directional style. ( www.matchesfashion.com )


Renacres cashmere-blend striped cardigan

Aubin & Wills' caramel and red-striped cashmere-blend cardigan is the perfect way to infuse your day look with preppy chic. Throw it on over a loosely fitted tee and boyfriend jeans for dressed-down cool.
www.net-a-porter.com )


 $30.00 | www.topshop.com


22 October 2010

Winter Lips

Winter is here, it’s time to embrace the extreme cold air. With the newly changed weather dynamic, dropping temperatures will become a daily occurrence. Outfit choices will begin to include layers of clothing and scarves covering up virtually everything. It’s the perfect time to wear your sexy through your lips. Lips are one of the focal points of your face; it’s your calling card to the world. Let your lips be your fashion statement. Take some time and try different looks that show your personality and speak a language all its own. As the season gets more intense, try out three great looks for your lips to bring the heat and attention to you. This winter red, coral and nude lips are the perfect fit for day and night events.


Red lips are sexy and timeless. No matter the season, red lips have made it on the runway to the club. Since the day Marilyn Monroe took her first professional picture, always in a ruby shade; the popularity of red lips has grown.

Red is daring and draws all the attention to your luscious lips and beautiful face in every setting. With a natural look, you can't go wrong with a bold choice of red. Pick a red that has the same undertones of your skin. Red lips will heat up the cold nights to come.

Tip: Make sure to use a lip liner, red tends to get a little messy at times.

Red Lip Picks:

Givenchy Printed Lips. Rose Impression. $24.50 (parfumsgivenchy.com) Easy application with a great matte finish.

Dior Serum De Rouge Luminous Color Lip Treatment. Res Serum 850. $32 (beauty.dior.com) Dior Serum De Rouge has an easy application with a rich creamy look. It's enriched with mango butter, giving nourishing treatment with SPF 20 protection.

Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick. $18 (sephora.com) Kate Von D has a great collection of reds for all your special looks, specifically Hellbent.

Cover Girl Shineblast Lip Gloss. (covergirl.com) Covergirl Shineblast "Fire" gives a high gloss, along with the breakthrough application, which helps give off the perfect shimmer.


Coral lips are making a comeback for fall this year. It's great for fashionistas not interested in red, but looking for a little more than a nude lip. Coral gives off a radiant look to a season known for destroying lips.

This is one great color that virtually looks regal on most skin types. With so many shades ranging from bold to bright you can't go wrong with coral. If you have warm undertones try more orange and pink traditional corals, while cooler tones should go for the darker hues of coral. With a natural look or tinted moisturizer, coral is a great look for day or night.

Coral Lip Picks:

Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen $22 (sephora.com) Tarantino has creamy lip color with satin finish in many shades of coral.

Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur. $30 (yslbeauty.com) Try out Yves in Pure Coral. Gloss Pur gives a luminous glossy sheen.

Mac's Tinted Lip Glass. $14 (maccosmetics.com) Mac has created a high gloss, with glass like finish. It not only creates a shine but includes jojoba oil to soften and condition lips. Try out Lip Glass in Pink Lemonade.


For you ladies who love the natural look, nude is the way to go. You can still have the neutral look while giving your lips a basic shine. Be careful, picking the wrong hue can be disastrous for your face. Lighter skin should stick to peachy and totally nude; while darker skin can go more with light browns and tans.

Nude Lip Picks:

Revlon Color Burst. (revlon.com) ColorBurst has great neutral colors. Try Revlon out in Hazelnut.

Make Up For Ever Lipstick. $19 (sephora.com) Make Up For Ever has a collection of pearly, cream, transparent, and matte colors. Try out the great line of neutral browns.

Dior Serum De Rouge Luminous Color Lip Treatment $32. Try out Nude Serum 510.


21 October 2010

Steelo Cosmetics | Mineral Foundation x Eyeshadow x Lip Gloss | Review

Steelo Cosmetics is a trendy makeup line specifically designed for diverse skin tones. They specialize in Flawless Coverage Mineral Foundations that have a unique undertone system that addresses the needs of Women of Asian, Latin, African American, and Middle Eastern descent. Steelo's foundations are pure, chemical and irritant free with a natural SPF 15 coverage. They offer a full line of cosmetics including high pigment colors and shades to enhance natural beauty. 

Their mineral foundations go beyond the "tan, dark and deep" categories to provide over 20 shades for a perfect match. 

Flawless Coverage Mineral Foundation | Highlights

• Over 20 shades
• Chemical-free
• Hypoallergenic
• Complete coverage of blemishes
• Talc-free, Dye-free
• Doubles as a concealer
• SPF 15
• Helps to heal and calm inflammations

Products & Shades used include:

• Flawless Coverage Mineral Foundation [ MD 40 ] 
• Liquid Pearl Lipgloss [ Exhale ]
• Mineral Eye Shimmer [ Dream ]
• Mineral Eye Shimmer [ Cranberry ]

I'm a tad bit shiny in these pics, I have incredibly oily skin :-/ 

Glow: I really like the Flawless Coverage Mineral Foundation and the shade complimented my complexion really well, it gave me a really natural looking feel. And the best part is that it wasn't heavy at all! The Liquid Pearl Lip Gloss was another favorite, very sparkly and gave me just enough coverage. I also liked the color, it gave my lips a nude look.

Glare: My only gripe which is kinda an in general thing. While I love Mineral Foundation, I've never been really fond of Mineral Eyeshadow and my opinion was really no different with these. Most Mineral Shadows are too sheer & glittery for my liking, while they are pretty to look at I've never had a good experience with them and the fall out & removal process is quite annoying to me.  While I'm sure a good base would keep the shadow in place it's just not my cup of tea. In the photos above, I actually mixed the Mineral Shadows with a more solid Eye Shadow that I already owned.

Would I Recommend It? Definitely, especially the Mineral Foundation!

Overall Glam: I love the fact that Steelo Cosmetics focuses on diverse skin tones, there are so many companies & popular brands out there that don't necessarily cater to women of color. They offer a variety of shades that are not only complimentary but also very fashion forward.

The Flawless Coverage Mineral Foundation is currently retailed at $25, Liquid Pearl Lip Gloss $13 and the Mineral Eye Shimmers are $13.50. To purchase or to learn more about Steelo Cosmetics, please visit their website http://www.steelocosmetics.com .

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20 October 2010

Own The Look: Halloween

Check out this Halloween look I created. This is more for the ladies who don't want to do a traditional costume, but want to do something sexy and funky. Find some pieces you wouldn't normally wear and make it work and enjoy your Halloween!

Items In This Look:

                                       • EARRING BY ACCESSORIZE 
                                       • SHOULDERBAG BY MOSCHINO 
                                       • RING BY BLIMEY 
                                       • MINI DRESS BY VIKTOR HJERTÉN 
                                       • BOOTS BY CHRISTIAN LACROIX 
                                       • TIGHTS BY RODEBJER 


19 October 2010

Estée Lauder Introduces Pure Color Extravagant Holiday 2010 Collection

This holiday season, Estée Lauder invites you to experience the intensely lavish, new luxury in cosmetics with Pure Color Extravagant by Tom Pecheux. Taking cue from the sophistication and contemporary glamour of the upcoming holiday season, Tom Pecheux created new looks for eyes, lips and nails that are layered with dramatic style and color. Luscious reds and opulent golds set the stage for a bold range of textures that wrap your features in alluring holiday elegance. Introducing Estée Lauder Pure Color Extravagant.

Eyes Glisten in Opulent, Shimmering Shades

This season, the limited edition Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette is gilded in luxe metal shades to celebrate the extravagance and modern grace of the holiday season. The Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Extravagant Gold is a delightfully festive sequence of illuminating shades that capture the smoldering allure of crisp, winter days and warm, snowy nights by the fire. Five shades of copper, gold and silver drape the eyes to highlight and define with three textures of matte, shimmer and metallic to create endless opportunities for playful and seductive eye looks. Housed in the new, iconic Pure Color golden mirrored compact with oversized Estée Lauder cartouche, this enticing palette is the perfect beauty accessory. Layer and combine the different shades and textures for the ideal intensity.

Lips Are Veiled in Rich Reds and Berries

Expertly create a look from a neutral nude to a bold berry to a classic crimson with the debut of the limited edition Pure Color Five Color Lip Palette in Extravagant. This multi-faceted palette holds shades of Pure Color Lipstick and Pure Color Gloss in a range of hues and finishes that are designed to work together for any celebration. This dynamic new, golden mirrored palette contains five mesmerizing lip shades: two shimmering glosses in glistening gold and iridescent nude, two sparkling lipsticks in a crimson coral and a ruby bronze and one perfect satin red lipstick for infinite options in mixing and combining shades and textures.

Pure Color Gloss in Electric Ginger, Star Ruby and Extravagant Plum embellish lips with the exclusive True VisionTM Technology that wraps pigments in a crystal-like coating to provide intense, brilliant color and shine. From a soft, sparkling nude to a deep, red wine these limited edition shades will be the enviable finishing touch to your holiday pout.

Adorn the lips in graceful majesty with glistening, limited edition shades of Pure Color Lipstick in Extravagant Berry and Extravagant Red. Pamper lips in a rich, medium-to-full coverage lipstick that contains Vitamin C and E for the ultimate high-impact look with comfortable application and wear. Special for the holiday season, the lipstick bullets are wrapped in a vivacious gold overlay that adds a unique signature style.

Nails are Superbly Chic in Metallic Splendor

Finish off the look with pure luxury on the fingers and toes. Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Extravagant Pearl and Extravagant Night are drenched in metallic glamour to perfectly compliment a festively sparkling outfit. These limited edition holiday shades are infused with a soft glitter that imparts a radiant shimmer on the nails.

For a holiday look of modern drama and brilliant color, the Pure Color Extravagant Collection is available for a limited time at Estée Lauder counters nationwide and on www.esteelauder.com.

Suggested Retail Price

Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Extravagant Gold $42.00

Pure Color Five Color Lip Palette in Extravagant $42.00
Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Extravagant Red $22.00
Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Extravagant Berry $22.00
Pure Color Gloss in Extravagant Plum $20.00
Pure Color Gloss in Star Ruby $20.00
Pure Color Gloss in Electric Ginger $20.00

Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Extravagant Pearl $18.00
Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Extravagant Night $18.00


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