I lust after Chanel so much that any day I can get my hands on a product of theirs is a good day. Especially their nail colors, which are almost always unique and stunning and a must buy. And now I can add their new for fall Vertigo shade to that list.
It’s such an interesting shade that I’m having a hard time trying to describe it. Basically, it’s a mix of grey, black and purple, but that’s a very boring description for a very beautiful shade. It also has these teeny tiny sparkly particles that only seem to come out at certain angles (and I think, in the sunlight). So, so pretty. And perfect to wear as we transition into fall shades from the pastels and brights of summer. It’s always around this time of year that I get really sick of all my pinks and light blues, etc… and can’t wait to start wearing dark shades again, so Vertigo comes at the perfect time. But like all Chanel polishes, it stands a good chance of selling out, so if you have your eye on this one, snatch it up quickly before your chance goes away. Don’t let that happen!
Since my nail polish obsession seems to show no signs of slowing down, I’m loving all some of their summer colors that I’ve finally gotten a chance to play around with. (Don’t even get me started on the fact that the fall ones are already out too. That’s unacceptable! It’s 104 degrees in Los Angeles as I’m typing this. Way too early to think about fall!) Julep is a brand that I discovered fairly recently and I’m loving all their new brights and fun pastels for the hot weather. Here are a few of my favorites from their new collection. READ MORE
With all the hoopla about the London Olympics lately, I’m even more bummed that I couldn’t make it across the pond for any of the events. (Jobs really do get in the way of everything fun, don’t they?) Luckily, right when I was lamenting the lack of British things in my everyday life, Eyeko sent over a few of their mascaras for me to try and even just the fact that the package came from London cheered me up. (Sad, I know, but I LOVE London more than any place in the world, so I’ll take whatever I can get). I actually hadn’t tried anything from Eyeko in years and now I wish they had a wider selection because the mascaras are really great. Here are the three that I tried:
I was really, really impressed with these three. I liked them all, but my favorite was the Curvy Brush one just because I felt it worked the best on me. (Also, I’m a total klutz and big mascara brushes always spell disaster for me. This is not the case for any of my friends though, so take it for what it’s worth…) I also love that when you pull the brushes out of the tubes, none of them come out with mascara dripping off the brushes. I hate that because not only does it waste mascara, it also makes it much more likely to smudge or get on your face and that never happened with any of these. I just had fabulously long, thick, dark lashes that lasted all day. They also come with this really cool thing called the Eyeko Shield. It looks like a guitar pick and you put it behind your lashes when you apply your mascara and it really helps you coat every lash. Fantastic idea, right? I’m really glad I got the opportunity to try these – I’ll be using them every morning and smiling at the tiny piece of London that they’re bringing into my life.
To check out all of Eyeko’s products, visit www.eyeko.com.
How is Stila’s fall collection already making an appearance online?! I just finished playing around with some pieces from the summer collection! Time is going by too fast this year and someone needs to put a stop to it! I haven’t even been to an official beach party yet and it’s already almost August. Unacceptable!
Stila’s new Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara is the perfect summer choice for a mascara because it’ll last through humidity and sweat, which I’m loving because of the uber hot days we’ve had in Los Angeles in the past month or so. I can honestly say that I haven’t looked very put together at all when I’m running around outside, but my mascara’s looked great! I like the applicator a lot – it’s a 3-D triangular brush that has three rows of combing bristles that are meant to lift, lengthen, and define all of your lashes. READ MORE
You know, the thing I really, really love about Deborah Lippman‘s polishes, even more than the great formula, is how unique the shades are. I almost never pick up a bottle of her polish without thinking it and it always gets me super excited to see her new collections when they come out. The new summer shades are no exception. I haven’t gotten my hands on a ton of them yet and I’m planning a trip to my nearest Nordstrom soon to remedy to that, but in the meantime, here are the fabulous new shades I have had a chance to play around with.
I also tried out the new Nails of Steel Magnetic Wave Design set. Love this one! It comes with two polishes and a magnet for making the waves (which I’ve gotten a lot better at doing, if I can just pat myself on the back a little here). The shades in this set are Physical Attraction (a hazelnut wave) and Big Red Machine (a sherry wave). They’re both much more subtle than Ray of Light and Mermaid’s Dream, but they’re equally pretty in their own way. I especially love the shimmery neutral of Physical Attraction – it looks good both alone and with the use of the magnet to add a design to it. You can check out all Deborah’s new shades and order some for yourself here.
I’m normally more of a dark shade on my nails kinda person, although I do like playing around with fun colors on my toes a lot of the time, just because I think they’re easier to pull off. But as we head into the hot summer months, I inevitably get the itch to wear funkier shades on my fingers too. It just feels right to be sporting them when you’re running around in shorts and sandals. That’s why China Glaze‘s new Summer Neons collection is so perfect. It’s twelve shades of brights, perfect for when you know you want to go bold, but aren’t sure exactly which shade to choose. Honestly, there isn’t a loser in the bunch (although of course I have some favorites!) Here are the ones I’ll be using in heavy rotation this summer:
I could probably go on and on about all of the other shades too, but then you wouldn’t want to go out and see them for yourself and you’d miss out on a great collection. (I’m just thinking of you here!) If you can’t wait another second though, you can check out all of the shades online at www.chinaglaze.com.
Recently, I looked in the mirror and had that moment of horror that always hits when you realize your roots have gotten out of control. I’d just been super busy at work and somehow had managed to miss the phase where they grew out a little and instead hadn’t noticed until they’d gone right into Defcon 5 (also known as “Get yourself to a salon IMMEDIATELY). Luckily, I’d been hearing great things about the new Aloxxi hair color and had gotten an invitation to go try it out at the Román Salon in West Hollywood, so I booked a cut and color and off I went.
The Román Salon is a delightful escape from the hectic world of Los Angeles. It might be located right in the middle of a busy area, but when you step into the outside courtyard in the back of the salon, you almost feel like you’re out in the country. It’s adorable and I wish I’d had more time that day to hang out there for awhile, drinking an iced tea and reading a novel. (Okay, fine, a glass of Pinot Noir and a People Magazine. I’m very shallow when I’m relaxing!) Everyone at the salon was super sweet and helpful, making it such an enjoyable experience to be pampered there. I can’t wait to go back! READ MORE
For someone who doesn’t really like the beach, I have a crazy love for beachy fragrances. I can’t get enough of them, especially once summer rolls around and they’re even more perfect for every day wear. At the moment, one of my favorites is Calvin Klein’s Eternity Summer. It’s a really light, feminine fragrance, but it’s fragrant enough to wear it during the day or at night – it doesn’t fade away immediately like some lighter scents. I love the fact that it’s a fruity-floral – I’m not a fan of straight florals, but when you mix them with fruity scents, I almost always love them. It has notes of Japanese Pear, White Peony and Comforting Musks, so it has a warm undertone that blends nicely with the pear notes. It’s very fresh and clean and reminds me a lot of the smell of the ocean breeze during the summer. Delightful!
MAKE UP FOR EVER has slowly but surely become one of my favorite brands. I love the bright colors they come out with and their formulas are always fabulous. New for summer, the Aqua Shadows continue the trend of making me want every single shade of a product release.
I’m a big fan of shadow sticks because they’re the perfect all-in-one product. You can use them for liner or for shadow, draw a thick or thin line, and either leave them as is or blend them for a different finish. The Aqua Shadows come in 12 different shades; I tried a light one (30E, a pearly pink beige) and a dark one (0E, a matte black) and found them both easy to apply and long-lasting. The matte black shade is perfect for creating a smoky eye – you can use it to line below your bottom lashes and then draw a thick line above your top lashes, blend, and poof – you’re ready to go! I liked the lighter shade a lot too – it really made my green eyes stand out and was super easy to apply. At $20 apiece, they’re easy to justify, especially if you’re planning a trip somewhere since they’re so portable. I might have to pick up some of the brightly colored ones next!
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