Friday, February 26, 2010

Take it OFF!

Ok, ladies I have officially found the best eye makeup remover!!!! I usually would just use cetaphil when washing my face to take off my eye makeup since it is very gentle and doesn't hurt your eyes. I hate the oily feeling some removers leave, so to me Cetaphil was the best thing to use....

Until I found Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads- they are oil-free and since they are little pads with the remover on them, they completely wipe off all eye makeup and better yet- they don't sting your eyes! I bought two packs (80 per pack) for $6 at Target just the other day.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wet is the new Dry

Today's tip is great and it doesn't cost a thing if you already have whats needed(even better!).

If you are looking for a surge of color from your eye shadows, try wetting the eyeshadow applicator with water before dipping it in the shadow and then apply to your lids. Especially if it is a shimmer eyeshadow, the color will POP on your eyes and give you a different look. I think it works best with Lorac and MAC Eye Pigment eye shadows. It is a GREAT trick for night time glam makeup ;)

If you do not have any eyeshadow applicators, you can usually find about 10 of them in a pack for around $2-3 at ULTA or Target.

Lorac eye shadows ($18) can be found at Sephora and MAC Eye Pigment (19.50) can be found at Nordstrom/Bloomie's/MAC stores. The MAC Eye Pigment is definitely a great investment- I use mine almost everyday and it still looks as full as it did when I bought it about a year ago. Since it is a colored powder and applies easily, a lot goes a long way.

Random Fact: Sephora is named after the Greek word for beauty “sephos” and the wife of Moses known for her elegance “Zipphora.”


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"I wouldn't know how to find eBay on the computer if my life depended on it." -Marc Jacobs

This weekend I was visiting a best friend and while getting ready to go out, she asked me to do her eye makeup for her. Of course I agreed, so I asked to see what makeup she had so I could start to play around. When she pulled out her makeup bag, I noticed about 4 Bobbi Brown professional makeup brushes- two of them are normally about $40! I asked where she got them, and she said she bought them all on eBay for half the original cost!

I had heard enough- I went online to check this out for myself. She was right- simply search "Bobbi Brown makeup brushes," or "MAC Makeup," or the specific makeup you want into the search on the eBay home page and there are tons of brushes/makeup to chose from that are much cheaper than if you buy them in the store!

Now you can have a little extra $ to treat yourself to a nice strong Martini with dinner/HH the next time you go out ;)


Monday, February 22, 2010

"We wander for distraction, but we TRAVEL for fulfillment." -Hilaire Belloc

Today I had to fly- while I normally don't mind traveling, I hate crowded airports and hate being cramped on airplanes- and, since it was a Monday, I had to battle both. Below are some tips I always follow when flying:

1- Wear something comfortable! Wearing comfortable clothing will help make you more relaxed on the flight- wearing something uncomfortable is a HUGE no-no. I like to wear yoga pants/leggings/jeans, flats and some kind of flowly top. Also always bring a cardigan or scarf you can cover yourself with if you get cold.

2- Wear flats or sandals- something that is easy to get on/off since you have to take them off when you go through security. No one likes sneaker shoe girl holding up the security line because she has to completely unlace her shoes before going through the scanner.

3- Wear a watch. Even if you do not like to wear them- this way you can track how much time you have left on the flight and know if you are cutting it close to a connecting flight!

4-Carry all your cosmetics/makeup with you on the flight. Yes, you will have to put all your lip gloss/lotion/mascara in a 1 quart bag, but if your luggage gets lost and you won't get it for a day or two, you will still look good since you have your makeup with you. You can always find a place to find clothes to get you through until they bring your luggage. I NEVER check my makeup bag! Also, if you fall asleep during the flight you can check your eye makeup in a compact to be sure it didn't run while you were napping.

5-Bring your iPod fully charged! Listening to relaxing music- like The Fray or Coldplay (as long as you aren't going through a horrible break-up) helps calm you down and relax during the flight. IF you can splurge- the BOSE Noise Cancelling Headphones work wonders- esp if a cranky little kid is sitting near your seat!

Happy travels!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Crystal Clear

I once read somewhere that the best kind of makeup bags are the clear ones. Now, not to sound like a complete snob but when I think of clear bags all I can think of are those hideous clear purses that were in style for awhile and I always wondered WHY anyone would want a clear purse because anyone could see what you had in it.

While I still do not agree with clear purses, using a clear makeup bag works really well. Have you ever gotten annoyed trying to find your eyeliner and you search for 2 minutes in your makeup bag before you find it? When you have a clear makeup bag, you can see inside so you can find that eyeliner just by looking at the sides or bottom of the bag!

I use the Sephora Collection Signature Clear Makeup Bag ($4-12). It comes in three sizes- the small one is great for your brushes to keep them separate from the rest of your makeup to avoid bacteria growth. I use the largest bag for all of my makeup- plus it's great when you travel because it's very spacious so you can throw your moisturizers in it too. And for $12, you can't go wrong! (

On a side note: In need of new luggage? Run- seriously- RUN to T.J. Maxx because I just bought a Diane von Furstenberg suitcase today!!!!! I know styles vary per store, but if in the DC area there are a bunch of different styles and three different prints at the T.J. Maxx near Bailey's Crossroads. The original price tag on the one I bought is $335 and I got it for $80! Now that's a GREAT deal for a DVF suitcase!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"I love the smell of NAIL POLISH in the morning. " -Jason Stackhouse, True Blood HBO Series

If you are anything like me, you hate waiting for your nails to dry after you have just painted them. There is something about knowing you can't touch things that makes you want to do it more....Well, ladies- good news- there are some nail polishes that dry within minutes of application!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color ($5). A friend recommended this to me and it works wonders! The line has some really good colors- my favorite is "09 Rapid Red" and will look good on all skin tones and can wear it year round! The brush is really thick, so you can cover your entire nail with only 2 strokes and they dry very fast so you can do a top coat and be done with the whole process in less than 10 minutes! I swear by this polish now!

Rimmel 60 Second Nail Polish ($5). I have read reviews on this and it is supposed to be very good and it was even featured on Yahoo's Shine page as a best nail polish! You may need to apply a few coats, according to reviews.

OPI DripDry, RapiDry Spray or RapiDry Top Coat- These are good to apply to colors that do not have the quick dry in them. I have been a fan of OPI since I can remember, so I highly recommend ANYTHING from their line.

On a side note: TRUE BLOOD is an amazing HBO series- not as amazing as Sex and the City- but still awesome! If you haven't had the pleasure of watching the past 2 seasons, rent them and watch them before Season 3 starts this summer!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Don't cry over SPILLED MAKEUP

Yesterday at the grocery store while standing in the check-out line I spotted a magazine that I hadn't heard of before called "Real Simple- Life Made Easier," and based on the name and cover I decided to buy it (hey, who doesn't want life to be simple?). I have not fully read it yet- but I came across something that caught my eye while flipping through the pages: an article on removing lipstick stains from your purse lining.

Constantly carrying makeup in your handbag has it's up and it's downs: while you can always look good after work meeting some of the girls for martini's at HH, it can also spill and stain the lining in your purse which is a pain and can ruin the insides of the bag. Especially if it is eyeliner or lip liner- ugh the worst! I had to toss a bag (thank goodness it was a cheap clutch!!!) because the top of my eyeliner came off at a party one night and I didn't notice until the morning. I was shocked when I opened the clutch to find the eyeliner tip completely broken off from all the damage it had done to the inside of the bag!

According to the article, here is a great way to remove makeup stains, and while it mostly highlights lipstick/liner, I bet it will work with all makeup stains:
"Grab the liquid detergent! Standard liquid dish detergent can help safely remove lipstick and lip liner stains from most cotton or polyester handbag linings. For all other materials, it's best to take the bag to a dry cleaner.

How to apply it: Dilute a cap full of dish detergent with an equal amount of warm water. Pull the lining as far out of the bag as you can. Then, using a cotton swab, apply the mixture to the stain in a circular motion. Switch swabs often so you don't rub the pigment back into the fabric. Allow the bag to air-dry. Repeat until the stain is removed."
-Real Simple Magazine (page 58), March 2010

If you like to read magazines, pick this one up the next time you are at the store. It's $4.99 and is loaded with beauty, fashion, decorating tips, health and even has easy recipes!


Monday, February 15, 2010

"My LIP GLOSS is poppin" -Lil Mama

Lip gloss- the one thing I have too much of in my makeup collection. I can't help it- lip gloss is a downfall of mine! I think lip gloss is better than lipstick- only because it adds shimmer and makes them look really pretty and eye catching.

Since lip gloss is not as dense as lipstick is in color, you should first line your lips with a lip pencil and fully color them in prior to applying the gloss. It should be a similar color to the gloss. For daytime, get a lip pencil in one shade lighter than the gloss and for night, use a lip pencil darker than the gloss for a more dramatic effect.

To make your lips look fuller you can find a gloss that has the "plump" in it, or you can take some shimmery eye shadow and apply it to the middle of your bottom lip after you have put on the gloss. It's a trick a lot of makeup artists do to make the illusion of fuller lips and it works! I use a very light gold since I mostly wear pinks. I also use a lip primer that plumps your lips to prepare them for gloss.

My fav's:
Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish by Bare Escentuals ($18). They have wonderful colors and the gloss lasts a very long time and is not thick. These are my favorite! Pair it with Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick. Apply the lip stick first to line the lips. I wear this combo almost every day! Find at Sephora.

MAC Tinted Lipglass ($14). The best color is Nymphette. ANYONE can wear this color- it is fantastic! It is a shimmery pink with gold undertones, which makes it work for all skin tones. When I wear Nymphette, I pair it with MAC Lipliner in Spice. You can find these at MAC stores or Nordstrom/Bloomingdales.

Benefit Lip Plump ($22). I wear this every single day before applying my lip color. It neutralizes your lip color and plumps them so when you put on the liner and gloss is gives them an extra oomph! You can find it in Sephora.

Random fact:
I got a big heart shaped box of Godiva Chocolates from my Dad yesterday. Inside the box is a little booklet that has a index of the chocolates. Now, I'm sure they all have this but I've never read them because let's face it- it's GODIVA chocolate- so they're all good. But, yesterday I decided to open it up and look at it. Not only does it have the chocolate index, but it has a little blurb about the Godiva Legacy- which I had never though of before, I just figured it was the owner's last name. Apparently, hundreds of years ago, there was a woman named Lady Godiva who was married to Lord Leofric, a ruler who was trying to tax the people in his city. Lady Godiva fought this and did not want him to raise the taxes. He challenged her to ride naked on a horse throughout the streets and if the people of the city remained, he would not charge the tax. She complied- and rode naked through the streets, but the people did not stay. Godiva Chocolates is named after Lady Godiva for her passion, style, sensuality and boldness.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

"There is no way back for me now. I am going to take you on journeys you’ve never dreamed were possible" -Alexander McQueen

Sadly, one of the most creative designers in fashion history- the legendary Lee Alexander McQueen past away on Thursday at the young age of 40. It is rumored that it was suicide because he was greatly depressed by the death of his mother just 9 days before. His incredible fashion design statements will forever be remembered in the fashion world.

His first name is Lee, however he dropped his first name and went by Alexander McQueen throughout his career. He worked at Givenchy as the Head Designer before partnering with Gucci for the Alexander McQueen label as the Creative Director and had boutiques throughout the world.

Although his designs are outrageous, shocking and sometimes weird- they are so creative and amazing you cannot help but stare at his pieces in awe. That, ladies, is a stunning designer. His outlandish runway shows are what people in the fashion industry lived for- I only WISH I could have seen one of his shows in person. Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna are all wearers of Alexander McQueen.

He made the skull image famous and featured leggings and skinny jeans once in a show and now look around- EVERYONE is wearing them. Alexander McQueen is a true inspiration and icon.

Check out his Spring 2010 Ready-To-Wear to see his marvelous, genius designs:

I can only imagine how high the cost of his pieces will rise in his boutiques now. When I win the lotto, I'll let you know ;)


Friday, February 12, 2010

Black is the new....Black

At work today we had a Chili Cook-Off and in attempts to help out in the workforce (it was a voluntary event) I decided to make chili (gasp!) and even better, it turned out GOOD (even bigger gasp!). So- my point about this chili story is, it's photographed to be put on the work website for all to see- YIKES. Naturally I had to think of what to wear this morning getting dressed and I immediately thought- BLACK.

Black is by far the BEST color to wear if you are feeling a little sluggish- it hides everything and is VERY flattering on. Be it a black skirt, shirt, pants- anything, I guarantee you it will almost always look good. When you wear a light color or white, it shows all. Especially when taking pics, black is by far the best choice.

A few staple pieces in your wardrobe should include a black dress (ooh la la- the LBD), a black skirt, a black pair of pants and a classic black cardigan. You can wear these items with anything! Plus- they will always look good being photographed ;) Just one thing- if wearing a black shirt, wear a black bra- or else the flash on a camera will make the shirt look see-thru!

"Wear" to look for these pieces- Banana Republic, INC or Tahari at Bloomingdales- you can usually find these brands on sale. AND Banana Republic has an awesome outlet!!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010


SNOWMAGEDDON has been upon us since last Friday and it is only getting worse with a snow storm tonight.UGH. While you are stranded indoors, take some time to do some beautifying!

I haven't worn makeup since Sunday night- yes, as much as I love makeup I decided to "detox" my skin from products for awhile since I won't be going anywhere. Still wash your face in the morning/evening and apply tons of moisturizer, since there are frigid degrees outside. Sometimes its good to give your skin a break from makeup and what better time than now, while you are couped up indoors.

Give yourself a mani/pedi! Since you have loads of time on your hands- give yourself a detailed polish- do the full deal- cut, file, buff, treat cuticles, and polish.

Organize your makeup. Go through all of your beauty products/makeup and toss anything you have had longer than 6 months you haven't used. You may even find something you forgot you have! I did this the other day and I found some eyeshadow I had misplaced and a few sample perfumes (which are great for travelling!).

Clean your closet. Yes- I hate doing this too, but with nothing else to do it's not as bad as it normally is. Put any unwanted clothes or clothes you cannot remember the last time you wore in a pile and donate them to Goodwill/Salvation Army/Church for people who really need them. If you haven't worn a sweater in over a's probably time to give it up. Doing this will make more space for all the pretty, colorful spring clothes that are waiting for us right around the corner ;).

Read up- reading makes you smarter. Even if you have a book you've read before, try re-reading it. You may pick something up you missed the first time.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Cinderella is proof that a pair of SHOES can change your life"

Shoes. Every girl loves them. They are the one thing that are reliable in fashion- because even if you may have gained a few lbs around the holidays (hello, we ARE human), you know they will ALWAYS fit ;)

The smart way to buying shoes, like all other things is figuring out if you really need it and what you need. When you go shoe shopping, have some kind of idea of what exactly you are looking for- be it flats, work shoes, party shoes, etc. If you are buying a shoe for a specific outfit or dress, at least know the color you want before going shopping. It can be overwhelming trying to decide on everything in the store, so this way you will be a little more prepared and know what to be looking for. TIP: If you don't know what shoe to wear with an outfit, do some reasearch (fashion mags, online) to see what the celebs are wearing to get a few ideas.

Shoes you need: every woman should own a pair of classic black pumps, a comfortable pair of flats, a versitale boot, a stunning party shoe, a pretty summer sandal, and a pair of rain boots/snow shoes. These, to me, are must-have's.

Classic black pumps (round or pointy toe)- you can wear pumps to work with any suit, dress, slack, skirt- you name it, it will look good. They will always be in style- just don't over do it on the heel. For the summer, buy a pair of black open-toed pumps.

A comfortable flat- flats are great to wear out instead of sneakers. I LIVE in flats on the weekend- they can be paired with anything and can even be worn to work. Just make sure they are comfortable- uncomfortable flats can be very painful! Black, red, animal print and silver/gold are great colors for flats.

A versitale boot- this can be worn day to night- be it an ankle or knee high. Don't opt for the pointy toed 4 inch stileto heel, because you can't wear that to work! Opt for a pointy/rounded toe with a 2-3 inch heel- and they should be either leather or suede. I wear my knee highs ALL THE TIME. They look great with skirts!

A stunning party shoe- invest in a party shoe that you can wear with numerous outfits. Great colors are hot pink (if you tend to wear a lot of black, like me), red, bright blue/green or metallics. Nine West, Steve Madden and Aldo always have gorgeous options.

A summer sandal- ok, as much as I love flip-flops, there are some sun dresses that need something a little fancier. Find a pair of flat sandals that you like- there are tons of options (ones with jewels, metallics, flowers, etc). I live in my Jack Rogers 'Navajo' Thong in the summer. Steve Madden and DV by Dolce Vita are also great.

Rain/Snow boot- it's pretty obvious...and when the snow or pouring rain hits, you'll be glad you have something that keep your feet dry!

The NO-NO's of shoe shopping:
1. So you find a gorgeous pair of shoes, try them on and can barely walk.....leave them. If you can't walk in them in the store or they already hurt you feet, think of a night of standing/dancing or the staircase you will have to walk down- slipping down a flight of stairs because you cannot handle your shoes is not attractive. Yes ladies, no matter how stunning they are or how much they are on sale (which is prob the reason they are on sale), do not waste your money. You will wear them once and then they will retire to you closet, where they will never be worn again because you will remember the pain they caused you. I had a pair of sky high red peep toes I just got rid of recently due to this.

2. NEVER buy shoes online. I just had an issue with this last week. Buy the shoes in person, this way you can try them on and check them to see if they have any damages.

Shopping hints:
Discount stores- T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Lowman's and DSW Shoe Warehouse- all of these stores have good brands of shoes like Nine West, Steve Madden, BCBG and more! I scored a gorgeous pair of peep-toe booties by MAXSTUDIO the other day for $50!

Designer store outlets- Filene's Basement, Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Off 5th- even though they are still a little pricey, you can find designer shoes for cheaper than their orignial cost!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010


If you live in the Washington DC Metro area, check out Crystal Couture going on THIS WEEK in Crystal City ( I went with some co-workers last night and it was pretty cool. The event runs from 6pm-10pm until this Saturday, February 6- which is the "Big" night as everyone was saying last night.

The show offers vendors with the latest fashions, jewelry, swimwear, handbags and more-You can even get your makeup done by some local makeup artisits! There are Runway shows that happen every 15 minutes featuring the designs of the vendors you see on the floor. My favorite was the jewelry- if you go, be sure to check out Nicky B Designs and Stella Dot.

Since last night was the opening, Aly from Mix 107 Fix was the host and I made it in her promo video for the event! Check me at the 2 minute mark and at the end!

If you have the time, definitely check it out ;) When events like these come up, take advantage of them since it is something new and differnt you wouldn't necessarily do. Grab some dinner and a Martini before hand and it's a great night out with the girls!