Archive of ‘Beauty & Style’ category

Crazy About The Essie x BaubleBar Collabo

This morning, I became a believer in the goodness that is BaubleBar.com. I was familiar with the site but pretty much wrote it off as a Stella & Dot type of site. And, I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with S&D, but I was confused by it. Someone compared S&D to the Avon or Mary Kay of the jewelry world, which still doesn’t really explain anything. But, I digress.

Anyways, I joined BaubleBar this morning and after lots of “oohs” and “aahs,” I stumbled across an image promoting a new collaboration between the site and Essie Nail Polish. Shut up. I love Essie colors. In full disclosure, only recently have I developed an obsession with nail polish, polka dot manis, and ombré glitter nails. Blame Pinterest.

What REALLY sold me on the collaboration was the fact that I could build a set using Butler Please (aka that amazing blue color below) as my polish. This color gives me wings. I’ve been in love with it for months and now I don’t have any excuse not to purchase it.

If blue isn’t really your thing, don’t worry. There are five other shades that you can choose from.

Head on over to BaubleBar.com to put together your custom nail polish + bangle set NOW. Did I mention that it’s only $50 for everything? Mm hmm. Yes. $50. Excited, yet? You should be.

What color polish are you eyeing?

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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?

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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?

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*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 maccosmetics.com and get your glam on!

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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 http://www.avonfoundation.org/DomesticViolence.

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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).

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Target Gives Back with the Harlem Designer Series

Always pairing with new designers to roll out great lines, Target is now showing Uptown a little love, both literally and with its Harlem Designers Series collection. This limited-edition series, commemorates Target’s first Manhattan store located in East Harlem, and features designs from Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Stephen Burrows and chef and Chicago favorite Marcus Samuelsson.

Tar-jay will be donating 5 percent of each product’s purchase price to a Harlem non-profit of the designer’s choice. The colorful items range in price from $3.99 to $34.99 and will be available for purchase in the East Harlem store beginning July 25, followed by select stores and on Target.com on August 1.

The non-profit selected by the Toledos is El Museo del Barrio. Stephen Burrows selected The Fund for Public Schools in support of the library at The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. Marcus Samuelsson also chose to make a donation to public schools by selecting The Fund for Public Schools in support of the library at Harlem PS 180: Hugo Newman.

Here’s a sample of the collection:

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Placemats designed by Marcus Samuelsson

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Swimwear (and beach towel) designed by Isabel and Ruben Toledo

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Colorful dress designed by Stephen Burrows

That last dress makes me think of West Side Story. I feel like it belongs in the “America” scene.

Are you planning to grab an item from this collection? Please share pics if you do!

Muah! Pucker Up for Charity

Ladies, keep your pout kissable and charitable with one of the following lip glosses or lipsticks!

Afterglow Cosmetics

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This all-organic cosmetic line promises beauty vixens quality makeup without the harsh chemicals that could be found in other products. The Organic Lip Love lipsticks are made with ingredients such as apricot, grape seed, and pomegranate seed extracts. There are 15 available shades with the soft pink Muse (right) representing the brand’s charitable side. Afterglow will donate $2 from each sale of Muse to Young Survival Coalition (YSC). YSC is the premier international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women (40 and under) and breast cancer.

Organic Lip Love Lipstick in Muse, $24

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Bobbi_FEED_glossBobbi Brown has teamed up with world hunger relief organization, FEED, to create the Feed 10 pouch. The sustainable pouch contains three of Brown’s popular lip glosses. With each purchase, the United Nations World Food Program will be able to feed 10 women. The pouches go on sale at Bloomingdale’s in October.

Mary Kay Cosmetics

mkThis classic brand has been an advocate of women since the first woman signed up to start selling products and earning her Pink Cadillac. But, the support didn’t begin and end with the business aspect. Through the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, the company supports causes affecting women. These limited-edition lipsticks are part of the “Beauty That Counts” campaign and will support the foundation’s fight against domestic violence.

Limited-Edition Mary Kay Creme Lipsticks, $13

Bare Escentuals

buxom_charity_glossWhen the product line is called “Buxom,” you know that you’re in for some sexy glosses. Formulated to make your lips seem “voluptuous,” these lip glosses come in 30 flirty shades with names like Candi, Trixie, and Isabella. The star of this post however is Charity, a sizzling red shade benefiting the American Heart Association. Apply this color to get his heart racing and to save someone else’s.

Buxom Lips in Charity, $18

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Look Good…Feel Better Turns 20!

Look Good…Feel Better (LGFB) started in 1989 when a physician “prescribed” a makeover for a cancer patient who experienced depression related to her change in appearance. Twenty years later, the organization has helped many women offset appearance-related changes from cancer treatment through makeovers and one-on-one beauty sessions.

While treatments such as chemotherapy are an essential part of fighting cancer, no one denies that it can and will change your appearance. And, of course, outer beauty isn’t everything, but things like the loss of hair or skin changes definitely have some effect on the way some women see themselves. And, studies have found that addressing the non-medical effects of cancer can be just as important as addressing the actual physical symptoms.

The cornerstone LGFB small group program is offered in all 50 states and DC. There are also international LGFB programs as well! The show doesn’t stop there. In select cities, individuals can also participate in bilingual (Spanish) or teen programs.

Participants spend two hours in a hands-on workshop that includes a 12-step skin care/make-up application lesson, demonstration of options for dealing with hair loss, and nail care techniques. Additionally, the ladies receive advice on wigs and scarves, along with free cosmetics kits! Each year, More than 50,000 individuals participate in the program. That’s a whole lot of beauty for a great cause.

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There are three main organizations which serve as a partners in making all of this happen. There’s the Personal Care Products Council, the nation’s cosmetic industry leaders; the American Cancer Society; and the National Cosmetology Association, which encourages member cosmetologists to volunteer their services. Each year, cosmetic companies, such as Mary Kay, Elizabeth Arden, and Benefit, donate over one million individual products (valued at $10 million) and raise more than $2 million for LGFB.

To celebrate their partnership with LGFB, OPI has designated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of its Bubble Bath Nail Lacquer in July and August to benefit the organization with a minimum $25,000 commitment.

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OPI Bubble Bath Nail Lacquer

LGFB is always looking for volunteers. Whether you’re a licensed cosmetologist or just looking to do more general service, there is an opportunity for you. I could probably go on and on about all the great things that Look Good…Feel Better is doing across the country, but I’ll let you explore it for yourself! If you head on over to http://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org, you will find studies, videos, photos, beauty tips, and MUCH more!

You can also follow LGFB on Twitter at twitter.com/lgfb! Happy 20th birthday to such a great cause!

Bobbi Brown Discusses Giving Back

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Entrepreneur and beauty maven, Bobbi Brown, is involved in many charitable causes, including Dress for Success. She recently chatted with Forbes.com to discuss how she balances her career with giving back, and why it’s important for women to make a difference.

Here’s an excerpt:

Why did you want to get involved?

Just look at what I do for a living and who I am as a person. I can help a woman take care of herself and help her to get a job. Keeping her looking and feeling confident is what I’m all about.

I heard the stories of the women who were involved with the Dress for Success program and how it was really able to help. I saw that I could make a difference.

What do you say to women who claim they simply don’t have the time, energy or money to give back to their community?

I don’t believe in excuses. I believe in choices. It doesn’t matter what you do. Just do it.

You can read the entire interview on Forbes.com by clicking here. While you’re there, make sure you check out the “Busy Woman’s Guide to Volunteering.” There are some great tips in there for all of my busy Queen bees out there!

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