Archive of ‘Beauty & Style’ category

Pretty in Pink Returns to Chicago!

It’s that delightful time of year when Chicago gals can snag $31 spa and beauty treatments while also supporting Bright Pink. That’s right…Pretty in Pink has returned! To catch you up to speed, has teamed up with local spas for the month of October to raise awarness about breast cancer while scoring some major bargains for you.

Seriously, some of these deals are unreal. $31 for teeth whitening, or a color treatment, or even a chemical peel? Unreal, in an absolutely amazing kind of way.

To check out the specials for yourself, head on over to And, to learn more about the amazing work that Bright Pink is doing, visit their site


It’s So Much Fun Being Pink

Maybe you’ve heard me say it often…maybe you’ve never heard me say it, but I have a confession to make. I have always been scared to rock a bold color on my lips because I they are so full. That is until I strutted into the MAC store hellbent on finding an amazing hot pink lip color that would flatter my skin and not make me look like a clown.

Insert MAC’s “Girl About Town.” I instantly fell in love with the shade and much to my relief, it looks GREAT on me. I wore it a couple of weekend ago to the “Tickled Pink” fundraising event at the River East Art Center and it was a big hit. At least, I like to think so! I felt and looked great while supporting an event that has helped to raise over $800,000 for Y-ME and breast cancer research.

For a recap, check out the lovely Candid Candace’s blog post.

Below is a picture of me from the event. I’m definitely sold on pink lips…My next shade to tackle will be Nicki’s VIVA Glam pink lipstick. The jury is still out on whether or not I can pull that one off. You know that I want to try…Especially since 100% of the proceeds will benefit the MAC AIDS Fund!

KB a.k.a. A "Girl About Town"

Do you like bold lipstick colors or are you more of a neutral kind of gal?


P.S. Thanks to Cheeky Chicago for the “Tickled Pink” tickets!

New Viva Glam Lipstick In Stores Now

Yesterday, Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin stopped by GMA to discuss their role as the newest spokespeople for the M.A.C. Viva Glam campaign. While I am currently off the Nicki train due to her performance at the Grammy’s*, I’m enjoyed watching this video of her and Ricky where they give some background into the campaign and photoshoot.

I stopped by my local M.A.C. store yesterday and one of the artists showed me the pink shade of lipstick. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to pull it off but I will definitely purchase it. I think it’ll be easier for me to wear than the nude Lady Gaga lipstick. Maybe? Perhaps? I don’t know.

The new color is available now. What do you think of the pink shade? Are you planning to purchase?


*I don’t get down with the occult, exorcisms, and such.

Give the Gift of (Viva) Glam This Holiday

If you’re still on the prowl for a stocking stuffer, why not give someone the gift of glam? The M.A.C. Viva Glam Melt Your Heart Away Bag contains two shades of the fan-favorite Gaga Glam lipsticks: the rose-colored Glam Gaga 1 and the nude Glam Gaga 2. Like all of the Viva Glam products, 100% of the purchase will benefit the M.A.C. AIDS Fund.

Also available is the Kids Helping Kids Tree Teddy Holiday Ornament. The adorable ornament includes a tube of one-of-a-kind red lipglass which I think would be perfect for your next holiday soiree!

The site is offering free shipping on orders over $50, so head on over to and get your glam on!


P.S. Does anyone own the Glam Gaga 2 nude lipstick? I love nude lips but have been on the fence with this shade since it launched. I went to the M.A.C. counter and had an artist apply it on me…I think she did a good job but am STILL not wholly convinced to buy it. Should I just let it go??? Thoughts???

“Empower” Your Nails While Supporting Women

FACT: One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

While October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this is something that we need to be talking about year-round. Avon is an avid supporter of organizations and programs that not only support breast cancer research but also those that work to prevent violence against women. As part of their efforts, they have created a special line of “Empowerment” products which donate 100% of net proceeds to the Avon Foundation for Women to support these programs.

NAILWEAR PRO Nail Enamel in Empower, $2.99

One of my favorite products in this line is the rich blue nail color, “Empower.” Dark blue is one of my favorite colors to wear on my nails in the fall/winter, so I had to click “Order.” Plus it’s pretty hard to resist a price point of $2.99. For more products and to learn more about the work being done by the AVON Foundation for Women, visit


OPI Announces Pink Shatter Polish for Breast Cancer

Personally, I’m a little over the “shattered nail” trend…By the time I went to get my first mani with the polish, it was everywhere and then I just got bored with the thought. But, you all know that I love a good beauty produt that benefits a worthy cause SO I will get over myself to share this news.

OPI is launching the limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  The 2011 Pink of Hearts edition will follow in the footsteps of its namesake 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 polishes to  raise awareness of breast cancer for the fifth year in a row.

Each bottle of Pink Shatter has a special pink-ribbon tag and pink cap wrap to call attention to breast cancer awareness. OPI will also be making its annual donation of $25,000 to Komen for the Cure. The polish will retail for $8.50 and will be available at outlets like ULTA during the months of September and October.

Maybe I’ll give this polish a whirl next month…It could be fun with a white polish underneath. What are your thoughts on the shatter polish trend? Have any of you tried it?


I’m Not My Hair…Until I Am

Selita Eubanks, Cassie, and (sister in my head) Solange Knowles were recently named as the new faces of Carol’s Daughter hair and skincare line. I’m a fan of Carol’s Daughter body products but have never tried the hair products even with all the rave reviews. As the summer time gets here and I go back to rocking the wash ‘n go curly style, I’m sure that I will be all about the conditioners and hair cremes.

The three ladies recently sat down and discussed their personal relationships with their hair. I loved the openness in the video and am looking forward to the rest of the videos in the series! They all look gorgeous…Check it out below.

P.S. If you head on over to the Carol’s Daughter website, you can purchase a 2oz container of the I’m Power Shea Souffle for $10 and support The Foundation for the Advancement of Women (FFAWN).


Trish McEvoy “Be Prepared” Lip Gloss

It’s my personal philosophy that a girl should always leave the house with her wallet, earrings, lip gloss, and cell phone. While I’m usually good with three out of the four, lip gloss is one of the things that I’m always forgetting. Sad…very sad. Lip gloss is the one things that I tend to forget and it drives me crazy!

Check out this cute lip gloss compact from Trish McEvoy, which includes eight different colors. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Girl Scouts of America…The original “Be Prepared” gals. I want this compact because of the colors and the cause, but I’m worried that I will still forget it at home. And, then what would be the point?

While I figure that out, you can order the gloss online or purchase in-stores.


Last Day to Shop and Give with Carol’s Daughter

Yesterday on Oprah, Mary J. Blige announced a partnership between her nonprofit organization, Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now , and beauty brand Carol’s Daughter. In celebration, Carol’s Daughter is donating 30% of online sales to FFAWN. FFAWN aims to inspire women to fulfill their potential, and helps us through scholarships, grants and programs. The two-day promotion ends today at midnight! Join the ranks of celebs like Jada Pinkett Smith and Brad Pitt (for Zahara), and get your hands on some of these goodies.

I don’t know what I want to order. In the past, I’ve used the body scrubs and butters, along with a blemish cream. I think that I’m going to buy Some of Marguerite Magic (below). I’m obsessed with growing my hair these days and that means going back to curly hair for the majority of the summer. I need to make sure that my curls are moisturized and strong, and I think this product could do the trick.

Some of Marguerite's Magic, $16.50


Generational Glamour: Inside and Out


Every now and then, I come across a charity/nonprofit that makes me super giddy, keeps me smiling, and turns me into a lifetime fan/supporter. Glamour Gals is definitely one of those organizations. Launched 10 years ago by Rachel Doyle, the mission of Glamour Gals is to inspire and organize teens to provide ongoing complimentary beauty makeovers to elderly women in nursing homes. *HUGE smile* There are so many positive elements to this organization: the volunteerism, the inter-generational interaction, the belief that beauty knows no age…I could literally go on for awhile.

Rachel and a true glamour gal

Rachel and a true glamour gal

Rachel started Glamour Gals when she was 17 as a way to honor her grandmother who’d recently passed. And, ever since then, she and the organization have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Glamour Magazine, Cosmo Girl, and Newsday. She’s even been on The Oprah Winfrey Show! Glamour Gals continues its work through the participation of many chapters across the country and some awesome volunteers. If you’re in LA, then you should check out GG’s 10th Anniversary Party. Even if you aren’t in sunny LA, the website has a list of ways that you can get involved and show your support.

I spent over two years visiting my mom in a nursing home, and always loved interacting with the other residents. It’s amazing what a visit, kind words, and/or a beauty treatment can do to lift the spirits of those who live in nursing homes. I love, love, love everything about Glamour Gals and look forward to staying in touch with everything this organization has up its beautiful sleeve!


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