Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Have you been Crossed by Cupid?

This Valentine's Day, NewPark Mall is pulling out its heart-shaped bow and arrow to make amends to shoppers who were Crossed by Cupid at some point in their lives. From January 17 - January 31, shoppers can enter the Crossed by Cupid contest on Facebook - Contestants must "like" the page and submit their story of a past Valentine's Day gone wrong.
A panel of judges will narrow down all the entries to 10 finalists. On February 4 the top 10 entries will go live for a national, public vote on NewPark Mall's Facebook pages. The Grand Prize winner will be notified on February 14, 2011 and win a trip through Apple Vacations and a $1,000 Shop Etc. gift card. Second place winner will receive a $500 Shop Etc. gift card. Third place will be rewarded a $250 Shop Etc. gift card.

Gorgeous Valentine's Day Style

If you are looking to snag Ryan Seacrest, too bad he is taken. However, you can get the look of his gorgeous girl, Julianne Hough, with Koh Gen Do Cosmetics, one of her favorite beauty brands. And, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the brand is offering a fabulous limited time offere d Valentine’s Day gift set you too are sure to fall in love with.

On sale now through February 14th, Koh Gen Do, the brand favored by makeup professionals is offering a Valentine’s Day Lips and Cheeks gift set with your choice of Maifanshi Lipstick (SRP: $35) and Fresh Face Cheek Color (SRP: $38). Housed in a fashion-forward metallic quilted case, the gift set also includes a set of Blotting Papers (not sold separately)—a Valentine’s Day essential for those date night touch-ups. With the soft subtle colors found in Koh Gen Do’s Valentine’

s Day Lips and Cheeks gift set, you can create a natural, flawless look you and your date will love!

Julianne Hough on Koh Gen Do Cosmetics: “I love the Koh Gen Do Lipsticks. The Nude Beige Lipstick looks so natural because it is so sheer,” said Julianne, gushing over her favorite products.

This limited time web-only promotion is available NOW through February 14th so get it while you can!

The Koh Gen Do Valentine’s Day Lips and Cheeks Gift Set retails for $73.00 and is available at

Koh Gen Do products are also available at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas & Boston.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Great Find. For the Price of Good!

You know the old saying, "you get what you pay for"? Well, in most cases, that is exactly true. Like the time I got a fantastically fabulous too-good-to-be-true deal on a set of 800-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets...which turned into a giant ball of lint the first time I laundered them. This is why I now purchase my bedding through reputable retail sources instead of the back of a truck (Hey! I was young, naive and new in town. But I am a quick study).

Anyhoo, this doesn't mean that I am not ever watchful for that once-in-a-lifetime fabulous find, because they are definitely out there my little chick-a-dees! For instance, I have had my little heart set on a gorgeous leather designer hobo bag for the past six months. This particular bag is a timeless classic and will be in style ten years from now, so honestly, it would be an investment, right? Exactly! However, the price point was a bit beyond (like a mortgage payment beyond) what I felt comfortable paying for said designer bag, so I found myself wistfully gazing through the shop window at my bag every time I walked by. I yearned for this bag. I ached for this bag. I could actually visualize this bag hanging from my shoulder at a jaunty angle, instantly marking me as a highly successful and ├╝ber-chic style maven (sigh). But I also felt it was important to retain a roof over my head and perhaps more than a jar of peanut butter and a carton of milk in the larder, so I suffered in silence. Actually, I whined and complained on a daily basis to Girly, Pretty Mama and Shop Girl and it's a wonder they are still speaking to me. But I digress...

Anyhoo, as you know I am an avid/rabid online shopper and deal-finder, and lo and behold what should appear on one of my favorite designer discount sites? MY handbag!!! And at an incredible discount! You can't even imagine how fast my little fingers clicked that "buy" button, and in just a matter of days I was sashaying down the street with my exquisite designer handbag dangling at a jaunty angle from my shoulder. And not only did it give me that lovely air of the chic and stylish, but I also had the satisfaction of knowing that I was a pretty savvy shopper as well.

And speaking of savvy, here is one of those amazing deals. When you enter the world of budget-priced compact cars, there is no need to sacrifice style and sophistication in the name of affordability. Not with the all-new 2011 VW Jetta. This chic and stylish car has the quality, style and performance that you would expect of a German luxury sedan, without the luxury price tag. It's a great car. VW has just priced it like a good one. Like they say, "It's Great. For the price of good."

The all-new 2011 Jetta comes nicely equipped at a surprising new price. Which means, German engineering, more rear legroom, enough trunk space for just about anything and, above all, more looks from everybody on the road. It’s great. For the price of good.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by VW via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of VW.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Steal Nicole Ritchie's Wedding Glow

She’s certainly not living “The Simple Life” anymore! Nicole Richie looked radiant as she made her recent trip down the aisle to now-hubby Joel Madden. To get flawless skin like the beaming bride, turn to Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, a cult favorite of the stars that tones and exfoliates, preparing skin for further treatment. When incorporated into a daily regimen, you can glow like a socialite yourself!

The now Mrs. Madden is no stranger to Biologique Recherche, thanks to celebrity makeup artist Efrat Acharkan, who has used the line on the designer and mother of two to achieve a “perfect canvas” before applying makeup. This amazing vitamin-enriched exfoliating lotion gently purifies, hydrates, and tones the skin.

Even after her big day, Biologique Recherche will help keep Nicole’s wedding glow!

Biologique Recherche products are used and sold in exclusive spas and medical practices in over 40 countries worldwide.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Go Au Natural with Koh Gen Do Cosmetics!

Going au natural is more popular than ever, and not just natural ingredients. Muted, natural looking colors can be seen throughout this very New Year from nude platform pumps to “greige” nails and everything in between. This new color palette boasts shades of tan, camel, cement, clay, stone and many other muted tones in between giving the traditional Roy G. Biv a run for its money.

For a simple take on the trend without totally committing to going “greige” try Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Lip Gloss in Juicy Beige. This silky lip gloss offers the treatment benefits of a lip balm plus sheer, shimmering light beige color. If you prefer a more matte looking lip try the Maifanshi Lipstick in Nude Beige.

Koh Gen Do’s Fresh Face Cheek Color in Caramel Bronze is another great product to help you get into the nude. The ultra-fine, natural powder provides just enough pigment for healthy looking bronzed skin—perfect for a winter pick-me-up or a summer sun-kissed glow.

  • Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Lip Gloss in Juicy Beige ……………..…. SRP $21
  • Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Lipstick in Nude Beige ………………….. SRP $35
  • Koh Gen Do Fresh Face Cheek Color in Caramel Bronze ……. SRP $38

Koh Gen Do products are available online at www.kohgendocosmetics or at Barneys New York and Beverly Hills.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Whitney Port sports all tarte cosmetics at premier!

Using all tarte products, celebrity makeup artist Amy Nadine created Whitney Port's look for the premiere of "Genuine Ken--the Search for the Great American Boyfriend."

Makeup-cheeks: "For a soft glow, I accented Whitney's cheek bones with a light pink shade."

Makeup-lips: "This look is all about the bright hot pink lip. It's such a fun way to really make a statement and by opting for tarte's LipSurgence™, it's more modern and fresh."

Makeup-eyes: "To compliment the lip, I drew a thick line across her upper lashline with tarte's indigo blue liner instead of the typical black. Then I coated her lashes twice."

Additional tarte products Amy used to create Whitney's look:
  • smooth operator™ tinted moisturizer in Agent 08
  • smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder
  • mineral powder bronzer in park ave princess
  • emphasEYES™ Amazonian clay brow mousse in taupe
  • multiplEYE™ clinically-proven natural lash enhancing mascara in black

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Red Carpet Radiance

A radiant red carpet look is within reach. The key, according to makeup artists to A-listers including Kirsten Dunst, Leighton Meester, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Tyra Banks, Brooke Shields, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson and Teri Hatcher, is a warm glow from head-to-toe. Their secret weapon? The JK Jemma Kidd Show Stopper Collection consisting of the Water-Resistant Bronzer and Year Round Body Glow. These leading makeup mavense have been sending in rave reviews:

Brett Freedman, who works with Kelly Clarkson, Kirsten Dunst, Leighton Meester and Vanessa Hudgens, exclaims: “I love, love, love JK’s Show Stopper bronzer. Genius that it’s a large disc allowing me to use a bigger brush to sweep over sun starved shoulders, arms and legs. Just the right amount of soft shimmer and a formula that really hold up under the lights on the red carpet.”

Jim Crawford, who works with Elizabeth Moss, Halle Barry and Jennifer Lopez, confesses: “I’ve been using Jemma Kidd and now I have most of my kit transformed into the Jemma Kidd kit…The body glow, whether I am using it on the entire body, the decollate, or an area of the face, works great for the summer trends…and you know I love the glow.”

Jeffery Paul, who has created memorable looks for Brandy, Frieda Pinto and Tyra Banks, says: “This versatile bronzer (Year Round Body Glow) is a transparent bit of color with a slight shimmer. I love it for pale skin; it gives it a wash of summer sun kissed skin. On darker skin, the skimmer makes the skin radiant. Again, another product that is dreamy and fun to play with. The bronzer doesn’t look orange as if you have been baking in a tanning bed. It does the work of the sun without the damage of over sun exposure.”

Nicole Bryl, who works with Brooke Shields, Ivanka and Melania Trump and Maria Menounos, gushes: “It (Year Round Body Glow) really is such a super products and makes those blessed beautiful legs of all the hotties of the world look even sexier if it’s even possible. It’s so amazing. I use it on people’s faces too.”

Steeve Daviault, who works Enrique Iglesias, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson, Teri Hatcher and Tom Cruise, raves: “Show Stopper rocks. It can be used on the body, cheeks and bridges of the nose. I used it on Enrique Iglesias in his last video and we loved it.”

The secrets out...for an award winning, red carpet ready look the obvious choice is the JK Jemma Kidd Show Stopper collection.