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If you're still reading this --- you're on the wrong blog! We moved! http://simplyprettyinspiration.blogspot.com/ Please come over for a visit. And if you like the new spot, please make sure to subscribe, so you don't miss a thing. :) xoxo, jen Continue reading
Summer here smells like chlorine and water, freshly cut grass, sweat, suntan lotion, sidewalk chalk, and popsicles. I enjoy fig fragrances in the Summer, plus citruses (citri?), of course. I also really like anything cool and green, like No. 19. Of course, I'm hard-pressed to identify a time I don't like No. 19! :)
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2011 on Aftelier Haute Claire Giveaway at Bois de Jasmin
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Happy Sunday, BSB readers! I'm here with some important, somewhat bittersweet news: I'm closing up shop here at BSB. I've been writing a beauty blog for several years now, and I have loved every minute of it. I enjoy makeup still, love being a makeup artist, and really have a great time talking to all of you about cosmetics and beauty products. But I'm a little burned out and have been for awhile. I need to stretch myself a bit. For fans and friends, please keep reading! I have started a new blog called Simply Pretty. Naturally, it will have some beauty 'postings, but there's more... I'll be covering some style and fashion and home decor. I'll cover some family and kids topics. I'll spend time talking about art and handmade products, and so much more! I hope you'll join me over at my new home. I want it to... Continue reading
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I have a crazy affection for smoky eye looks. I also have a mad love for taupe shadows. Hullo, how did I think I'd escape the lure of NARS Dogon, a taupe and charcoal eye shadow duo that came out for this Summer. Smoky eyes for Summer? Ah, who cares? I love this palette. I will use the hell out of it! On the left, a taupe. But what a taupe! It's a little tan-leaning (rather than grey), with an incredible duotone. The greenish nuance really adds bounce, light, and appeal! Similar to MAC Club? Nope, not really. But I will say if you like Club, you'll probably like this color. The "charcoal" is a slightly blue-green black. Smooth. Pigmented. So very incredibly easy to build-up. I've worn this duo a zillion ways. Above is one easy one: the dark shade on the lid, the taupe above and through the... Continue reading
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I just got a lovely bright pink package holding a set of Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman brushes! Has anyone reading this tried these, yet? You know Sam Chapman, right? From Pixiwoo? YouTuber extraordinaire... makeup artist...? I'm putting these brushes to the test over the next few days and I'll let you know what I think. Meanwhile, if anyone has tried 'em, chime in and let me know what you think! Continue reading
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LUSH FIGHTS TO WIN MARRIAGE FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES 100% of Proceeds from Freedom Foamer support Freedom to Marry "Here at LUSH we believe that all of our employees, customers and communities are valued and should be protected equally. Because of this, we want to end the ongoing discrimination against tens of thousands of same-sex couples and their families across America. This means everyone – gay and non-gay – having the freedom to marry, with the same responsibilities, dignity, security and expression of love and equality. For two weeks starting on June 13th, LUSH is turning its shops across North America into ‘freedom to marry campaign centers’ where customers can learn about the 1,138 rights denied to same-sex couples and sign a postcard petition urging the federal government to take action and overturn the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). We are also asking customers to take a bath and help... Continue reading
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I'll be honest with you, Mr. Armani. Your shadows are amazing. And when British Beauty Blogger posted these pictures, I nearly passed out. The glowing, velvety-looking texture... the cozy-but sexy neutrals... the deep and sultry accent colors at the bottom... Well, they're pretty damned brilliant, Sir. Like BBB, I love that you've put these colors in one pan. Well, two pans. But not 8 pans, like you could have! Two compact sets of complimentary shades in just-right doses of trendtastic brillance. What else should I have expected from such a stellar line?! Can't wait to see what else you've got planned for us this Fall and Winter... Continue reading
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I went to Bobbi Brown seasonal school yesterday, to learn about the upcoming collections. Pretty nifty! Not all freelancers get to go, so I was thrilled to be there. We got to see the new products Bobbi's team has put together for Fall and Winter (yes, this includes the Holiday collections!). We played with them, learned some new techniques, and swatched away. Want to learn what's in store? Click the jump below! You clicked! That must mean you want to know which products are going to be on the counter. Which lippies! Which shadows! Will there be glosses? Palettes?! WHAT ABOUT HOLIDAY!? Sorry, ya'll. I totally fibbed. I'm not going to tell you details. I can't. I love my job! I have to keep the secrets. Are you mad? What I can tell you, though, is... YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT. It's Bobbi. Of course you're going to love it!... Continue reading
1. DSH 2. I'd ask her to elaborate on the ties between the visual and olfactory. It's one of the things that intrigues me most about her work!
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2011 on Le Labo Santal 33 Giveaway at Bois de Jasmin
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I love a fab white manicure! It's super chic in the Winter, of course, but just as stunning (maybe more!?) in the heat of Summer. White hot heat! White nails remind me of the 60's. Tres mod! This particular polish is from China Glaze's Winter '11 collection. It's called Snow! I loved that this went on nice and opaque, and this is only 2 coats, girls. Two coats! I placed the first coat on fairly slowly and thin. The second coat was thicker, and it self-leveled nicely (I had my doubts for a few minutes, though). I wore this bright white for 4 days before I started seeing minor tip-wear, and no chips. And guess what? It stayed nice and bright white. Can you believe it? Do you do white manis? Pedis? What is your favorite Summer polish look? Continue reading
OK, in a nutshell, "Bobbi thinks..." (we're trained to say it like that) - "Bobbi thinks everyone needs a yellow-based foundation because everyone has yellow tones to their skin." Ahem. Well, I know most of us have a degree of yellow, but many fair-fair gals have very little! In Bobbi's world, you put the yellow-based product on and then balance the warmth found in your neck, throat with a "color-corrective bronzer". Actually, the system works really well and ends up with a fabulous natural look (the one Bobbi is known for). That said, the Alabaster isn't too yellow at all. It's damn-near white. If you're finding the right depth-of-color in foundations, but not the pink tones you need, try going to Bobbbi and having them show you the bronzer technique. I know, I know! Bronzer on a pale chick? I felt the same way, and in my training they showed me and WOW! I was sold. I use one daily now. It's not meant to turn you orange, tan, or Jersey Shore. All it does, when applied lightly (read: correctly) is bring back the warmth that the yellow tones in the foundation take away. Ask me more if this wasn't clear! PS: Love your blog!!!
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Excellent subject; one of my favorite flowers! When I worked at a florist, I was told to sell freesia for bouquets based on not only the pretty colors but the scent, which can be likened to Fruit Loops! Always gives me a chuckle when I smell them.
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Maybe I was inspired by the blue hues at the community pool, but I had an itch to wear some green-tinged blues the other day. And here they are... Still loving my Bobbi Tinted Moisturizer! And there's more Bobbi in the recipe for this look, too: Bronzed Pink shadow all over the lid and through the crease (Bobbi Brown) Flipside 24/7 Liner on the top lashline (Urban Decay) A shimmery pale teal from a palette on the lower lashline (Shu Uemura) A soft pink cream blush topped with cool pink shimmer (Lies - Illamasqua; Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick - Bobbi Brown) Lilac lipstick -it's really a blue-pink- topped with a sparkling nudey-pink gloss (Lilac Rich Color Lipstick and Bellini High Shimmer Lip Gloss, both by Bobbi Brown) 2 lip swatches. The 1st shows the shimmer correctly, the 2nd shows the right color. I like the natural, glowing result. Perfect for... Continue reading
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I don't like anything fussy during the hot Summer months. This sleek dress looks so comfortable - and pretty! I love the asymmetrical hem. I'd throw on some vintage-style sunglasses and bedazzled espadrilles for easy, breezy chic. Piling on some jewelry inspired by nature or with that handmade, hand-knotted appearance, seems just right... 1. Chan Luu Crystal Grey Mix Leather Wrap Bracelet; 2. Eternal Youth Bracelets; 3. Chan Luu Multi-Stone Wrap Bracelet in Brown Leather; 4. Chan Luu Cotton and Leather 5-Wrap Bracelet; 5. Honeybee Bracelet; 6. Chan Luu Dark Purple Jade Wrap Bracelet; 7. Cascading Feather Earrings. Continue reading
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What are you wearing on your nails today? I'm sporting Nfu-Oh GS05 over OPI DS Coronation - a sparkly sprinkle of silver sunshine! Continue reading
Undina, I haven't tried the LM, but am going to attempt to beg a sample the next time I work somewhere with a LM counter. I'll update then! Minou, I miss you! Glad you love the BB concealer. It's a solid line of products, though I prefer other lines for color products! :) Email me and let me know how you're doing! *j
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Deetzi, I appreciate your comment. Glad you came to read the article, which I meant as lighthearted banter - not a serious "rebuttal". Just trying to make the point that there *is* a place for this product. Clearly, people are free to disagree, as you and Christine do. Viva la difference!
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Fun list! 1) Kohl Gris, Ubar, Lyric Women 2) Cheesecake or berry cobbler w/ icecream 3) RELAX and have fun; and also reconceptualize and redo my blog.
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I have these pesky little freckles. A lot of the time, I think they're super cute. But sometimes I want a flawlessly even complexion. Because of that, I always figured I needed a full-coverage foundation, or at least close to it. WRONG! Working for Bobbi Brown recently, I've been using their Tinted Moisturizers (TM) on customers and have been very impressed. Bobbi's Tinted Moisture products Their oil-free TM is new, and the original version has been recently repackaged. Both now come in a sleek black squeeze tube. The oil-free version is gel-based and perfect for oily skins - or those of us with oily bits; the original version has jojoba in it and leaves skin soft and hydrated - which is great for normal and dry skins. Guess what? There's a third product in this line! It comes in a pot rather than a tube and it's rich and moisturizing;... Continue reading
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This is not a fashion or style blog. I can't help myself, though. These clothes (and a tote!) by Mary Meyer have me hooked! I love that long skirt which, by the way, you are meant to trim to the correct length (the hemline is raw). And the color blocking, block prints, and tie dye make me swoon. I'm a little obsessed. Tell me, what do you think? Continue reading
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Seriously. Is this A Thing? Men in headbands. I don't like it. Your thoughts? Will you be buying your brother, father, or mane main man a headband any time soon? Continue reading
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I have no idea how Christine (AKA Temptalia) does it. She reviews aproximately one gazillion products a month in a thorough, fair, and entertaining way. She covers just about everything and always makes sure there's something for everyone to find there. I read every one of her posts, and I almost always agree with her. What can I say? Great minds think alike! However... I read Christine's review of MAC's Pro Eye Makeup Remover with disappointment when it scrolled up on my Google Reader. She didn't rank it the way she does other product (she usually awards a letter grade after breaking-down aspects of the product). I think maybe that's a good thing, because she panned it! Here's a quote: "MAC's Pro Eye Makeup Remover ($18.00 for 3.4 fl. oz.) is touted as a gentle eye makeup remover that is “mega-effective” but will still “calm, hydrate, and soothe skin.” It’s... Continue reading
I have to sample Kenzos. Every time I randomly sniff-test them in the store, they all smell vaguely similar. I'm sure that's just due to an overwhelmed nose!
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OK, it's a helluva long product name. I guess all the short ones were taken? Regardless, this mascara is my new go-to. Super dark black ink, soft curl, nice hold, and a decent length boost, all without flaking? Um, no brainer, right? Here's the really cool part: Bobbi Brown's newest mascara, Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening, has a nifty little (patented) channel that acts as an ink well, holding extra mascara. Who cares? You do, if you like multiple coats of mascara like I do! Every time you dip your wand back into the mascara tube, you introduce bacteria and air. With a typical mascara brush, this results in a drastic increase in the yuck factor, and also means you have to pitch your mascara frequently. With this brush, the smooth formula can be swept on each eye, multiple times, with no double-dipping. Sweet. Bonus points for no smudging and perfect... Continue reading