When it comes to impulse buys, I have a real weakness for lip gloss. In fact, I first was tempted to try this Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother Cooling Hydragel because the cute little tube caught my eye in the cosmetics aisle at Walgreens. I was also curious about the so-called "lip soother" feature. After buying the product in the Gleam shade, I have to say I'm quite pleased with this purchase. The lip gloss has SPF 20, which is good for sunny days, and the color is nice and very subtle. Also, it does create a cooling sensation when applied and feels almost like lip balm, but not as intense. You can buy it here for $6.99.
Posts for September 22nd 2006
I love it when men wear French-cuff dress shirts, because it gives me an excuse to give them a pair of cufflinks as a gift. After all, cufflinks are one of the few places than men can express themselves through accessories, and the designs range from quirky to elegant to hyper-modern. Here are some of my favorite finds.
Sonia Spencer Cuffs, $30, available here.
Scrabble Cufflinks, $34, available in various letter combinations here.
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If makeup is like paint, then your skin is like a plain white wall. So why not prime it first? Thanks to the Spackle line from Laura Geller Makeup, you can now fix the cracks and imperfections on your face before you begin your masterpiece.
The original Spackle is one of one of Geller's signature creations. In essence a primer for your foundation, the formula is intended to smooth and perfect your skin's texture. Full of nourishing botanicals, it's lush, lightweight, and gentle enough for all skin types. Buy it here for $25.
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A San Francisco company called Appel & Frank wants to turn shopping into a party. Much like designer flea markets, Appel & Frank's quarterly shopping events bring together dozens of local designers for a night of eating, drinking, primping, and, of course, buying. The company was founded in 2003 by childhood friends Karen Appel and Jody Frank, who wanted to give women a new kind of girl's night out.
For each event, Appel & Frank rents out a space, then invites local merchants to set up booths peddling clothing, handbags, jewelry, baby clothes, stationery, and other gifts. Guests pay $10 to get in, which gets them a free cocktail, cheap finger food (last time it was amazingly delish sushi), and complimentary beauty treatments from the likes of Benefit Cosmetics and Bliss Spa. It's a helluva lot more fun than shopping at a mall, and you get to support local artisans to boot. So far, Appel & Frank has only hosted events in the Bay Area, but by next year, it plans to roll out to other West Coast cities. The company also just launched a shopping event especially for moms, called Babes and Babies, the first of which will be held in San Francisco Sept. 30.
Photos by Terri Loewenthal
What does this cute, feminine ensemble have to do with Jude Law, you ask? Why, because it's comprised of the Sadie Blouse and Sienna Pants, available for $298 and $248 here. Somehow, in one ensemble, Tahari has managed to reference both Jude's ex Sadie Frost and his on-again-off-again flame Sienna Miller. Considering Jude has been known to cheat with his nanny, perhaps this is the perfect look for his new "manny."
- Georgio Armani uses Kate Moss to push his African AIDS agenda — Reuters
- Color forecasters Pantone unveil the top 10 shades for Spring 2007 — The Budget Fashionista
- People flip over LA's first H&M — Los Angeles Times
- After Madrid's ban, London Fashion Week considers shunning super-skinny models — This Is London
- British Elle celebrates its 21st birthday by auctioning one-of-a-kind items — Fashion Week Daily
- Oscar De La Renta launches the affordable O Oscar line at Macy's — Fashion Week Daily
- Coach inks a deal with Estee Lauder to get into the beauty business — Women's Wear Daily
- Canon auctions off a diamond-encrusted camera for charity — Canon
Ok, so Delia's may not make the highest quality clothes around, but with dozens of styles priced at just $9.99 each, how can you resist? Seriously, some of these clearance deals are pretty damn amazing. Quantities are limited and the sale ends Sept. 28. Oh, and did I mention everything is just $9.99? Here are some of my picks from the sale.
Sailor Jesse Pants, were $48, available here.
Roxi Tank, was $29.50, available here
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If there is one classic wardrobe item you should buy this Fall, it is a tweed skirt. It's hard to get more timeless than this—a tweed skirt would work in almost any fashion moment of the 20th century—and pencil-style skirts in particular are very big this season. Plus, they're hard to wrinkle, they look great with tights and tall boots, and they transition well from the office to dining out. Here are my picks at both designer and non-designer prices.
A. Cheng Tweed Skirt, $242, available here
Trovata Au Pair Pencil Skirt, $178, available here.
Rebecca Taylor Bird's-Eye Tweed Skirt, $262, available here.
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For years I've admired the sleek, minimal packaging of the Modern Organic Products haircare line from afar. But I finally got around to trying one of MOP's styling products—specifically, the C-System Styling Conditioner—and now I'm enamored. I typically think of leave-in conditioners as something you only use occasionally, but this soft creamy lotion is a great everyday styling tool. Made from organic and food-derived ingredients like orange, it's packed with Vitamin C and light on the mysterious chemical ingredients you see in most styling products.
You can use it in place of conditioner, but I prefer to rub the water-activated formula into towel-dried hair to define my waves and keep my hair from looking frizzy as it dries. Plus, it never feels sticky or gooey, and you only use a dab, so the tube lasts forever. Buy it for $12.99 here.
Contradictory to the pink palettes that dominated Spring and Summer, this Fall's beauty trends take you for a walk on the dark side. From black nail polish to bold cherry lips, these new styles are more defined. The most important thing to remember is to get your foundation right, since a bold color palette calls for a flawless canvas. Here are the top five Fall beauty must-haves.
1. Stained berry lips are the number one beauty trend for Fall. Prime your lips with either concealer or a wax-based lip balm to stop color from bleeding around your lip line, then line your lips in either a matching berry color or a nude liner. If you want a softer look in berries or red, dab on color like Benefit Benetint and use your fingers to pat and spread. This will result in a more sheer, less fussy look.
2. Metallic eye shadow is all the rage for fall. Golds, silvers, and bronzes have been mixed into blues, purples, and other vibrant colors to add some heavy metal to the traditional autumn colors.
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