Beauty Buzz: In the Buff

By |August 6th, 2014|Beauty Buzz|

nude face makeupWe’ve all heard of and possibly thrown around the term, “bedroom eyes.”   This probably implies to most a smokey eye or a red lip (which you can learn how to do HERE and HERE).  However, sometimes the sexiest way a woman can look is when she appears to have done nothing at all.  Like many fashion trends, what women find sexy or stylish is totally unappealing to the opposite sex. There’s a reason I wear red lipstick on first dates (as documented here).  But in the off chance that you are hoping to pucker up with Prince Charming, try going for the “no makeup” makeup look which can be achieved by using neutral shades, glowing bronzes, and soft peaches.  And don’t forget that the first step to any sweet naked face is a steadfast skincare routine.

nude makeup1. Dior Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder, 2. Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush, 3. Bliss Naked Body Butter, 4. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Madere, 5. nails inc., The Perfect Nude, 6. Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb! Moisture Plumping Lip Tint in Never Enough Nude, 7. Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner in Nude Fair, 8. Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo, 9. Leighton Denny Nail Polish in Mirage or Not, 10. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, 11. Tarte Cheeck Stain in Exposed



Beauty Buzz: Overnight Celebrity

By |May 29th, 2014|Beauty Buzz|

kirsten smith smittyAs women of the twenty first century, our responsibilities span far beyond those of merely managing a manor or being ladies in waiting sausaged in organ crushing corsets and starched petticoats on our front porches, sweet tea in delicate gloved hands.  We hold down high powered jobs, raise families, nurture romantic and platonic friendships, lead fruitful social lives and are expected to do so all while keeping up with societal (and sometimes completely unrealistic) beauty standards.  We barely have enough time to squeeze in a workout before fighting our way through our monotonous morning commutes, let alone pamper ourselves the way we definitely deserve having survived a 55 hour work week, complete with tyrant boss and tuna fish eating cube mate.  Since we are so great at multitasking all day long, why wouldn’t we craft up clever ways to put our beauty products to work while we cash in on those six holy hours of sleep before that dreaded alarm sounds and we do it all over again?  Along with slathering my eyelashes and lips with Aquaphor before bed every night (except when I’ve slipped into a wine induced coma), I also have discovered a slew of products designed specifically for all of us sleeping beauties.  And wouldn’t you know?  Sleep happens to be the perfect time to refresh, rehydrate, and recharge both inside and out.

night creams

 1. Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue, 2. Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil, 3. Sarah Chapman Overnight Body Treatment, 4. Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel, 5. Bliss Fat Girl Sleep, 6. Murad Acne Complex Overnight Soothing Gel, 7. Le Couvent Des Minimes Lavender & Acacia Soothing Night Hand Cream, 8. Sachajuan Over Night Hair Repair, 9. James Read Sleep Mask Tan, 10. Mederma Intensive Overnight Scar Cream, 11. Morning Glamour Satin Pillowcases



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Smart Is the New Pretty: It’s Getting Hairy

By |April 11th, 2012|Smart Is the New Pretty, WhyDid Wisdom|

cat bad hair dayI love animals.  I could spend hours upon hours watching cute animal videos on YouTube.  I have even been told that I should probably just be dropped off at a farm or petting zoo and stay there.  And if Fido shared my love for Fendi, I’d say that’s probably true.

It’s a hairy scary world out there.




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Beauty Buzz: I Don’t Want No Scrub

By |January 5th, 2012|Beauty Buzz|

Now that it’s 2012, let’s go ahead and slough off all of what’s left of 2011.  Winter weather has a tendency to wreak havoc on our delicate dermis. At some point during the darkest (and coldest) season of the year, you will come to the realization that moisturizer just isn’t going to cut it.  Rather than go on looking like the alligator from a Lubriderm commercial, why not rid yourself of those frisky skin flakes?  Take matters (literally) into your own hands by exfoliating everything from your face to your feet.  Here are a few of my favorites to get you off to a smooth start:

1.Bliss Super Slough Scrub, $34, 2. StriVectin Instant Retexturizing Scrub, $29, 3. Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish, $22.50, 4. Deborah Lippmann Soul Mission Grapefruit Foot Scrub, $38, 5. Homedics Massaging Shower Loofah, $9.99

Don’t forget to moisturize your newfound glow with a thick nourishing moisturizer.  Don’t you look fresh?



Gift Guide: Beauty Buff

By |December 1st, 2011|Gift Guide|

I don’t know a girl who doesn’t love receiving something not only beautiful, but also beautifying.  While we’ve outgrown the ol’ Bath & Body Works gift sets, it’s still wonderful to give (and receive!) the gift of beauty.  I could have listed a hundred products that would make more than stellar gifts, but I have whittled it down to ten as to not overwhelm you.  Maybe these gifts didn’t tickle your fancy, but they did get you thinking about buying someone special something from the beauty department.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind while shopping:

  1. Don’t give something offensive like a waxing kit (even if she does have a hairy upper lip).
  2. Perfume is way too personal (unless recipient has told you EXACTLY which fragrance she’s wishing for).
  3.  When in doubt, go for something with lots of options, like a kit where she can mix and match to make the perfect shade.

1. Bliss Glow Ho Ho Gift Set, $75, 2. Fresh Sake Ritual Bath Set, $95, 3. Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Trio, $60, 4. Philosophy Holiday Bundle Ornament Set, $15, 5. NARS Kudoki Kabuki Lip Set, $125, 6.  Urban Decay 24/7 Travel Size Pencil Set, $32, 7. Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit with Portable Light, $59.99, 8. NARS Kuroko Kabuki Mini Nail Polish Coffret, $359. Benefit I’m Glam Therefore I Am Gift Set, $36, 10. Estee Lauder Good Fortune Compact, $125