Grape Manicure

Happy Labor Day to those in the U.S.! Our last big summer holiday Hope you all enjoyed the summer wherever you are! I know that fall has not officially arrived yet, thank goodness, but I’m sorta kinda beginning to think … Continue reading

Wet ‘n Wild Bargains!

Unlike many American girls, I didn’t grow up wearing Wet ‘n Wild. For me, it was Maybelline. And though I have worked as a focus group moderator for other affordable brands, I never got a call from Wet ‘n Wild. … Continue reading

ipsy Beauty Schooled September 2014 Bag

My ipsy bag was a little later than usual this month, which made me one of the last to get it. Grrrrr! But it came and with it was the bonus product that I qualified for, so I am a … Continue reading

Ritual Beauty Daily Perfecting Treatment Serum & GIVEAWAY

At the beginning of the summer, I received an email from the woman behind Ritual Beauty, a beauty brand that was new to me. I am always excited to get acquainted with women who take risks and start their own … Continue reading

Zoya 3-in-1 Formula Remove+ Polish Remover

Gosh, I never thought I’d be reviewing a nail polish remover, but here I am. I took advantage of a recent offer from Zoya. Purchase $10 or more and get free shipping and a full-size bottle of Zoya 3-in-1 Formula … Continue reading

New Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer

Milani sure has been busy lately. In addition to coming out with the brand new Bella Eyes Gel Powder shadow collection (reviewed here), they launched a brand new collection of Color Statement Nail Lacquer. And lucky me, I received them … Continue reading

Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool

Instrument of torture or useful lash lining tool? I tightline my eyes every day, or just about every day. With my blonde lashes, my eyes don’t have enough oomph without eyeliner and mascara. However, I often think that black eyeliner … Continue reading

Jesse’s Girl “The Eyes Have It” Palette

When I was in Atlanta on business a few weeks ago, I forgot my sleeping pills. Major bummer. I ended up with a semi-sleepless night the first night I arrived because I didn’t realize I forgot them till too late … Continue reading

A Trio of Tidbits: Mini-Reviews

Yikes, tomorrow’s Friday already! This time I’m going to do three mini-reviews. On Friday in the summer, everybody seems to already be in weekend mode. Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary 15 Piece Brush Set I managed to score the last set … Continue reading

My Secret Weapon: Skin Script Glycolic and Retinol Pads

Back in February, I got to spend almost a week in Phoenix on business. Because the weather was so iffy in the Boston area, I went out three days before my business actually started. How lucky to have 3 extra … Continue reading

July 2014 Sensationally Sunkissed ipsy Bag

My July ipsy bag arrived last Saturday. The theme this month is “Sensationally Sunkissed”. The makeup bag is hot pink, and it has pinked edges. Another blogger described it as looking like a “ravioli”. That really made me laugh, but I … Continue reading

Just Natural Hair and Skincare

I’ve been trying hard to incorporate more natural and organic products into my skincare and haircare routines over the past year. Since skincare and haircare ingredients are absorbed into the body, I am sometimes a little uneasy about some products … Continue reading

Tarte Picture Perfect Lash Curler

A few months ago, I bought the Tarte CC Matte Be Mattenificent Shadow Palette (reviewed here) on the Tarte website. As usual, I got a deal. I bought it at 20% off for signing up for their email list. In … Continue reading

Fairy Princess Mani

I was inspired by a mani that I saw on Facebook to create my own version of what I’m calling my fairy princess mani.  Maybe it’s more appropriate for an 8 year old, but I don’t care. I love it, … Continue reading

NOTD: Blue Sparkles Mani Inspired by Shanghai Tang Memories

Several years ago, whenever I went to New York, I always visited one of my favorite stores, Shanghai Tang on Madison Avenue. Shanghai Tang is a high-end Chinese clothing, accessories and decor store started by Sir David Tang, that was billed as … Continue reading

Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow: Vintage Plum, Deep Forest

I have no idea why it has taken me so long to write about the Maybelline Color Tattoo line of cream eyeshadows. As you may know, I’m a big fan of cream shadows. I know that not everyone is. I’ve … Continue reading

Giveaway: Makeup Bag with Assorted Products & Samples

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve done a makeup giveaway. So to celebrate Independence Day in the U.S., I’m announcing A MOSTLY MAKEUP GIVEAWAY: a clear makeup bag stuffed with assorted fun makeup products and samples.          … Continue reading

Milani Bella Blue Collection

Milani has a new limited edition collection of gorgeous ocean-inspired makeup, Bella Blue, for Summer 2014. Like all Milani colors, the shades are knock-out amazing! The collection includes: 3 mascaras in different buildable shades of blue: Bella Blue, Mediterranean Blue, … Continue reading

Pretty in Paradise, June 2014 ipsy Bag

Boy, this year is going by so fast! It’s summer now, and I realize I’ve been a subscriber to ipsy for an entire year. (Strange, you think, she measures the passage of time in ipsy bags!). I received my twelfth ipsy … Continue reading

Too Faced Melted Lipstick: Peony

I’ve been getting the email announcements from Too Faced and reading all of the early blogposts about Too Faced’s new Melted Lipstick line. It is a liquified stain lipstick, similar to Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar, but with a somewhat different … Continue reading

Giveaway: Cosmedica Skincare Vitamin C Serum

// Many years ago when I was in college in New York, I somehow got a certificate for a free facial at a salon in midtown. The esthetician (or “saleswoman” might be more appropriate) scared the living daylights out of … Continue reading