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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

No Smudge No Budge  

If you are like me, and can not stand the sight of your eyeliner smeared under your eyes, by the end of the day, then this one is for you.
Ever since I gave birth to Ethan, I have stopped wearing eyeliner on my bottom lids.
I wonder sometimes why I look half dead, and then I realize I am not wearing eyeliner.  I just do not have time to keep checking my make-up in the mirror, and I refuse to look like a raccoon all day long! Well, I am sick of looking the way I do.. 

I was at my hair salon the other day, complaining to my stylist Barry about my eyeliner issues. I told him that I stopped wearing eye liner on my bottom lid, and my reasoning. 
That is when he told me about an eyeliner by MAC that is water-proof and does not run all over the place!

Skeptical, I went to Nordstrom and tried some on, wore it through dinner, and was amazed that when I got home it was still where it was supposed to be! 
So, of course I ran out and bought it the next day! 
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil is amazing! It's easy to apply and does not smudge! 
I suggest you try it! It's only $14.50.

Of course if you want the dramatic look of smokey eyes, this is not the product for you! It's perfect for your daytime looks...

Monday, March 29, 2010

To Dye For..  

Tie dye, the hippie-inspired trend is a Spring/Summer 2010 must have!  From the red carpet to the office this print is popping up everywhere.  
Calvin Klein is using this technique on neutral colored dresses while Proenza Schouler is amazing the fashion world with it's bright neon toned creations.

I went on a search for some tie dye that we can add to our mom wardrobes!

                              Accessory Street Tie Dye Infinity Scarf- $24
Wear this fun scarf with white jeans to complete your chic summer look!

Banana Republic Silk Tie Dye Dress- $110
Wear this silk, a-line silhouette day or night, and you will be right on trend!

 American Eagle Tie Dye Tank- $19.50
An easy and affordable way to add the trend to your everyday look! Perfect way to add a pop to your playdate attire!

C&C California Tie Dye Surf Tee- $55
Another great everyday tee, although not as affordable! 
A splurge...but you deserve it!

Lucy Tie Dye Spa Hoodie- $58
Yes, you can look fashionable when you work out too!!
I love this super soft hoodie! Perfect for the cool spring mornings.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


A friend of mine told me about this site, and it is WAY too good not to share!!
The Outnet.Com is an exclusive designer online outlet, where everyone is invited to shop! The site is a spin off of the award-winning designer fashion site Net-A-Porter.Com.
This fabulous site is devoted to selling deeply discounted designer womenswear, shoes and accessories! From Christian Louboutin to Diane Von Furstenberg to Vince, you can find amazing deals. They feature a section called "Dress Me" where you choose from;
Jet-Set Go, Got a date?, The Perfect You, and they will help narrow down your options, and tailor your shopping experience to what your needs are! You can also shop by size and color.  This site is VERY easy to shop...scary easy!! ENJOY!!
Check it out ASAP!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The power of Oxy!!  

At the risk of sounding like an infomercial...I have to share this story and the amazing power of Oxy Clean!
My husband and I took Ethan with us to happy hour on Saturday. It was a beautiful evening so, naturally I dressed him in a new spring outfit.  We each had a glass of vino and then saw that all of our friends were in the park, across the street, with the kiddos and wine!  We decided to head over, however, I was a little hesitant, due to the "new spring outfit".  Let me explain this outfit- Ethan had on a BRAND NEW pink argyle polo shirt, with BRAND NEW white sneakers!
All was going well, as I tried really hard to keep Ethan out of the mud/dirt. A few glasses of wine in, I lost track of him for a second, and realized he was trying to get himself a cup of what he thought was "wadu"(Ethan's version of water)!  Much to our surprise, the cup that he reached for and proceeded to dump on himself was full of RED WINE!!!
Now, if you know me, you can guess my reaction!! I FREAKED!
All I could think of was "the poor pink polo"!! The wine had spilled all down the front of him and of course onto his new sneaks too!
My good friend tried to calm me down by telling me that "oxy clean will get it out"!
From a prior episode with red wine (those of you at my wedding know what I am referring to) I thought that the polo was toast!
I took my friends advice and followed her back to her house, where we sprayed a good amount of Oxy Clean on the polo and then washed it immediately.
Guess what...IT WORKED!! There was not a trace of red wine on the pink polo!!!
I was such a skeptic, and now I am a believer! That stuff really works!
So Moms, if you do not have a stain remover that you can me and go get some Oxy Clean!!
Oh BTW- the sneakers are ok too...thanks to my Clorox Wipes!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Beauty Regimen Help!  

This topic is a request from a friend/ old co-worker of mine!  I think it's actually good timing to discuss a beauty regimen, as the weather is changing and so is our skin! Here are the steps that I typically follow and some products that I believe in!

I follow this 4 step process:
Apply Sunscreen

1. Cleanse
I have found that you do not need to spend a lot on a cleanser. Just find one that works with your skin type, and stick with it! AVOID bar soap!  Choose a creamy cleanser if you have dry skin and a clear one if you have oily skin. Just use a dime size amount and ALWAYS use lukewarm water!  If you have really dry skin, try using a cold cream, that you just wipe off, without water.  Do not over wash your face. Experts say once a day is fine.

Skin care professionals and doctors recommend this product.
Specifically designed for dry sensitive skin, but works for most types.
Under $10

2. Exfoliate
A lot of women forget this step in their weekly routines. Men exfoliate everyday when they shave, which explains why my husband's skin looks so good!
I say exfoliate 3 times a week with a gentle scrub that uses tiny grains (large grains can tear your skin). Scrubs will manually remove dead skin cells, that cause your skin to look dull. Make sure you moisturize immediately following the use of a scrub. The scrub below is called "daily" however I found "daily" to be too much for my skin, so I use it 3 times a week.

Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
This daily facial scrub helps improve skin tone, texture and clarity to reveal brighter, more radiant skin. This unique formula combines moisture-rich Soy extract with smooth, round microbeads to gently exfoliate while you cleanse, leaving skin soft, smooth and even-looking. Its soap-free, oil-free, hypoallergenic ingredients are good for everyday use and gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Under $10

2.a To tone or not to tone?
I personally like using a toner to remove the excess make-up or oil after cleansing.  Experts say "if you like it use it".  So try one and see if it works for you.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner
This mild yet effective toner for all skin types helps refine surface texture while providing the ideal preparation for classic Ultra Facial Moisturizer. Made with effective emollients squalane, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil and vitamin E, this nonalcoholic toning formula gently removes surface debris and remaining residue while hydrating and comforting skin.
Under $20

3. Moisturize
This is the most important (well besides #4) step in your routine. Moisturizing locks in the moisture in your skin. Even if you have oily skin, you should still moisturize.  If your skin feels tight, as mine often does, then your skin is literally begging for more moisture.
When choosing a moisturizer, the perfect one will fit three requirements: It smells best, feels best and goes on without feeling greasy. A quality moisturizer should never irritate or burn skin.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
Inspired by the original, beloved Ultra Facial Moisturizer, this 24-hour, light-textured daily hydrator leaves skin comfortable and visibly well-balanced. The unique combination of ingredients helps reduce moisture loss while drawing and absorbing moisture from the air. With continuous water replenishment throughout the day, skin is smooth, healthy-looking and 'moisture-even.'
Under $30

3b. Eye Creams
The skin around our eyes is so thin, that it is prone to wrinkles and fine lines.  Squinting is one of the worst things for our eyes. Best thing to do for our eyes is wear a pair of good, protective sunglasses when we are in the sun.  When shopping for an eye cream, look for creams with one of these three ingredients: retinoids which will stimulate cell growth, peptides which will boost collagen production and antioxidants, which will fix free radical damage caused by sun and other environmental factors.

Bliss multi-vitamin energizing All-Around Eye Cream™ depuffs, highly-hydrates, protects, and lessens the appearance of fine lines with soft-focus diffusers, collagen boosters, and anti-wrinkle warriors of ceramides, nutralipids, grapeseed extract, and vitamins C + E.
Under $30

4. Apply Sunscreen
This step is one that I did not find important until well into my twenties!  Now, I do not leave the house without a layer of sunscreen on my face.
The #1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage. It's so important to use sunscreen everyday, even during the winter and on cloudy days. A good trick is to purchase two moisturizers: One for at night and one for during the day with UV protection. Do not use moisturizers with SPF at night, the ingredients are not meant to be used 27/7 and can irritate your skin.

Suggestion:  Aveeno Positively Radiant with SPF 30
This unique facial moisturizer goes beyond moisturizing to provide twice the level of sun protection against aging UVA rays to take your skin to a whole new level of healthy radiance. Its breakthrough formula with exclusive Total Soy Complex, is clinically proven to even skin tone and Active Photobarrier Complex™ to provide superior sun protection.
Under $20

Monday, March 15, 2010

Fantastic Plastic  

                                       photo courtesy of Lucky Magazine

If you look on the cover of Lucky Magazine this month you will see one of the trends for Spring 2010, a resin(lucite)cuff. 
Lucite is an acrylic resin that has been used for costume jewelry since the 1940's. It has been on trend now for a couple of years. My husband will be pleased to know that I already have a few from years past...phew one less thing to purchase this season!
This trend is fun to wear day or night. If you are lucky your mother or grandmother saved a few vintage pieces for you, but if not, I found a few that I think are fabulous! As always I have a few different price points to show ya!

Marc by Marc Jacobs Into the Wild Resin Bangle
Multicolored resin bangle with animal print. Marc by Marc Jacobs bangle has a blue interior, a gold-tone designer-embossed stud and simply slips on.



Kate Spade "candy dot" bangle
Bold, chunky bangle in clear plastic is accented with bold color for a fun and striking accessory.
was $55 now $35.90

Bisou Paisley Motif Resin Arm Bangle
Gorgeous, fun and fabulous! Aqua-shaded, paisley motif, resin bangle is chic and sexy. This arm piece will give your handbag some competition! 

Forever 21 Rose Embossed Bangle
Thick, solid color lucite bangle embossed with roses all around.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Flirty Florals  

Nothing says spring like a floral print! This season little floral prints are popping up everywhere. From dresses to scarves you can add this trend to your wardrobe easily and affordably.

Start your spring fling early with this stylishly sunny cotton dress! A radiant floral print and pretty pleated trim make it a fresh look for your wardrobe. 
Blue Ditsy Floral
$24.99- Old Navy

Floral Two Layer Lightweight Scarf
Two airy panels are attached at the center to create a unique scarf—one half colored with dégradé shading, the second with a delicate floral print. 
$38.00- Tarnish 

Floral Sweater
A pretty retro-style draped sweater knit top featuring floral print all over, 3/4 sleeves, an 8-button placket, and ribbed trim.
$22.80- Forever 21

Pretty Posy Headband
My personal fave! An elastic headband coupled with two flowers perched lightly on top to soften up your face. 
$3.80- Forever 21

Whichever way you to choose to go, make sure you add floral prints to your wardrobe asap! They will not only soften up your closet, they will also perk up your mood! Happy SPRING!!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Yummie Tummie  

I just got back from Miami, the city where everyone is 6 feet tall and SKINNY!!
I swear those amazons could not have had any children yet! I was feeling really good about my post baby bod, until I arrived in SOBE!  However, after a few cocktails poolside, I got over it!  
I am back home now and wondering how much more I need to work out to look THAT good! And then I turned on Martha Stewart!
The fashion segment yesterday featured a product called Yummie Tummie. I was instantly intrigued!
This fabulous item slims your mid section and camouflages all lumps and bumps!  They claim to eliminate approximately 5 pounds! From body suits to panties to simple tanks, Yummie Tummies come in a ton of slimming and sexy colors and prints.
Prices range from about $42 to $100. A little pricey, but we are talking 5 pounds slimmer!!

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