Stories by: Stacey

Beauty, MakeupTango the Night Away

I’m obsessed with MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Aqua Creams, so I was very excited to get my hands on the new Black Tango Palette.  The palette was inspired by their founder and creative director, Dany Sanz’s, love of Argentine Tango dancing, and contains four new limited-edition Aqua Cream shades – Black with Red Highlights, Black with Green Highlights, Black with Blue Highlights and Ivory.   READ MORE

Beauty, NailsDesigner and Diva

Fall nail polishes are all over the place now and I for one could not be more excited about it.  I’m so ready for all of the darker colors and excited to see all the new shades. There’s really nothing more fun that new colors, is there?  Especially with nail polish because it tends to be cheaper than other products, so you can usually scoop up more colors than if you fell in love with, say, a pricy eyeshadow.  I recently got my hands on the new fall Zoya shades and they are so, so pretty.  They’re literally all worth scooping up – not a bad one in the bunch.  (And how often does that happen?!)  The Designer collection is made up of six cream shades that all just scream “Fall” to me.  READ MORE

Beauty, Makeup, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Chanel Lumiere D’Artifices Beige

Beauty, NailsThe Good Kind of Vertigo

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!

Beauty, NailsCheery Julep

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

Beauty, MakeupEyeko Takes the Gold

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:

  • Fat Brush Mascara – This one has (as you might expect!) a big, fat brush that coats lashes all over to give you tons of volume and fullness.  It’s waterproof and deep, deep black, but it came right off with my usual Almay makeup remover pads.
  • Skinny Brush Mascara – Basically the exact opposite of the Fat Brush Mascara, this one has a much smaller and skinnier brush that lets you easily get to every lash and even coat your bottom lashes without smudging the mascara all over your face.  It’s also waterproof and has great staying power.
  • Curvy Brush Mascara -This brush has three distinct “curves” and the tiered bristle clusters are meant to plump, define and curl your lashes.

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.

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Beauty, MakeupSummer With Stila

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

Beauty, NailsColor Yourself Unique

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.

  • Ray of Light – This is my absolute favorite shade I’ve tried in the past few months and since I’ve turned into somewhat of a nail polish collector this past couple of years, that’s really saying something.  It’s described as a 3D holographic electric indigo, but that doesn’t really do it justice.  It’s this amazing deep blue with glitter pieces in it that seem to change from gold to copper depending on what light I’m looking at them in.  It’s so, so pretty.  I actually squealed a little when I took it out of the box and saw it for the first time, it’s that gorgeous.
  • Mermaid’s Dream – Another shade that fascinates me because I have nothing else that even comes close to it in my polish collection.  It’s an ethereal seafoam shimmer that also has pieces of glitter in it to make it even more sparkly.  It’s such a pretty green (and I’m not normally a person who loves greens).  I also love that it’s both shimmery AND glittery.  Why have one when you can have both, right?

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.

Beauty, NailsSummer Neons

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:

  • Love’s a Beach – This bright pink shimmer is just so fun and girly.  I love it on both my fingers and toes.
  • Splish Splash – A light blue shimmer that just screams “summer” to me.
  • Surfin’ for Boys – A neon coral shimmer, this one was my favorite at first glance and will definitely be my next pedicure shade.
  • Beach Cruise-r – A bright purple/violet shimmer that satisfies my new purple obsession.  So pretty!

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

Beauty, Los Angeles, Spas & SalonsPerfect Color With Aloxxi

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

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