Sunday, December 28, 2008

Beauty Giveaway: Murad Evening Renewal Regimen

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Time for another giveaway here at The Beauty of Life! This time I'm giving away a four-step regimen by Murad that's sure to make your skin glow brighter than the sunniest day. One lucky winner will receive the Evening Renewal Regimen, which has a retail value of $56 and contains four amazing products:

Renewing Cleansing Cream
Age-Diffusing Serum
Age-Balancing Night Cream
Hydrating Toner

Entering is easy. Simply enter your name and email address in the box below. The winner will be selected on Friday, January 2 and notified by email. It's that simple!



This giveaway is open to US residents only. Giveaway runs until Thursday, January 1 at 11:55pm EST. One entry per person, email address and IP address. Multiple entries will be disqualified.

Editor's note: The entry box should be up and running again. Please give the page time for it to load -- and remember there is only one entry per IP address, so you may not be able to see the box if you have already entered. Thank you again for your patience and good luck!

Beauty Questions: What's Your Favorite Nail Polish Trend of 2008?

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2008 has seen tons of big nail polish trends hitting the runway and the red carpet. Models and celebs have rocked everything from bright orange nail polish (think Rihanna) to black and purple (like Gwyneth Paltrow and Lauren Conrad). What's your favorite nail polish trend of 2008? Click your fave in the poll below, or let me know in the comments!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Beauty Questions: What's Your Favorite Hair Trend of 2008?

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2008 has seen tons of big hair trends hitting the runway and the red carpet. Models and celebs have rocked everything from side braids to huge hair. What's your favorite hair trend of 2008? Click your fave in the poll below, or let me know in the comments!

First Look Fridays: Nicky Kinnaird of Space NK

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Chances are you've heard of the fabulousness that is Space NK. But just in case you're not aware of this outpost that's taken over the beauty world ... you can find brands like By Terry, Laura Mercier, NARS and so much more at this modern version of an old-time apothecary. Not to mention the house line, which has myriad lovely scents that are available in candles, body washes and lotions. And the mastermind behind it all? Beauty genius Nicky Kinnaird. Born in Belfast, she graduated from Reading University as a Chartered Surveyor and moved to London to begin her career in property investment. Soon enough, her passion for shopping led to her working as a consultant for the retail industry -- and in 1993, she opened her first Space NK location in Covent Garden. Read on to discover even more about the fabulous Nicky Kinnaird.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Beauty Questions: What's Your Favorite Lip Trend of 2008?

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2008 has seen tons of big lip trends hitting the runway and the red carpet. Models and celebs have rocked everything from peach lipgloss to stained red pouts. What's your favorite lip trend of 2008? Click your fave in the poll below, or let me know in the comments!

Trend-Filled Thursdays: Pewter-Colored Products

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The smoky eye continues to flourish on the runways, on the red carpet and in real life. And what better way to accomplish it than with pewter eye makeup? This color is showing up in everything from liners to shadows, like the gorgeous Dior 1-Couleur Powder Mono Eyeshadow in Silver Dust ($24.50 at sephora.com) at left. But it's not just eye makeup! No, it's popped up in nail polish too.

Check out the best of the best after the jump.



Sephora Brand Colorful Duo Eyeshadow in No. 8 ($16 at sephora.com): This duo rocks not only because of the gorgeous dark grey shade held within a lacquered black compact, but because it's paired with a paler shade of grey that's perfect for highlighting your browbones.

Tarte Lock & Roll Creaseless Eyeshadow Duo in Slate and Gunmetal ($17 each at tartecosmetics.com): These duos contain both cream and powder formulas to really make your eyeshadow last all day. Go for Gunmetal during the day, and punch up your nighttime look with Slate. Just don't forget your primer to lock in the color!

Essie Steel-Ing The Scene Nail Polish ($8 at essieshop.com): Worried about pairing your silver nails with gold jewelry? Well, never fear -- this polish contains some gold flecks that make it okay to wear with anything! Be sure to keep your nails short so the color doesn't overpower your hands.

ck Calvin Klein Tempting Glance Intense Eyeshadow in 110 Smokey Grey ($16 at sephora.com): The great thing about this shadow is that it's incredibly blendable. Use just a light sweep across the lid for a subtle wash of color, or go with a heavier hand for added drama.

M.A.C Paint Pot in Blackground ($16.50 at maccosmetics.com): I've gotta admit, I was a bit scared to try this one -- it looks quite formidable in the tub. But IT IS AMAZING. It's thick but not goopy, so you can use it either as a liner or shadow over the entire lid (I like to use it as the latter). And trust me, you'll get compliments every single time you wear it!

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Freja ($6 at zoya.com): I have talked about this color ad nauseum. And I must say that I really, really like it! There's an intense amount of shimmer packed into the small bottle that just makes nails look unbelievable ... not to mention it lasts for over a week with minimal chipping!

Givenchy Prisme Again! Eyeshadow Quartet in Precious Shimmer ($49.50 at sephora.com): Shimmer? Oh yeah, this palette's got it in spades. The deep charcoalish pewter is paired with a light shimmery grey and two coordinating lavender and cream shades that really work to make your eyes stand out in a crowd.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Beautiful Belles: Rita Hayworth

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A series focusing on beautiful women throughout history with important contributions to the arts and entertainment industry and charity -- and a fabulous sense of beauty, inside and out!

Does it GET more divine than Rita Hayworth? The icon of the 1940s was famous for her perfectly flowing hair, perfectly red lips, perfectly curvy figure ... are you sensing a pattern here?

Wallet-Friendly Wednesdays: Bonne Bell Strawberry Lip Smacker Original & Best Trio Collection

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Loyal readers already know how much I love my Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. I just can't get enough! They're in every single room of my apartment, not to mention scattered throughout every purse and all over my desk at work. A day doesn't go by without my slicking at least three different flavors over my lips.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Two-For Tuesdays: Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box

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Ten eyeshadows, complete with shadow brush, reside within a totally gorgeous palette from Urban Decay. The Sustainable Shadow Box might just be one of my new favorite things. But you know what makes it even better? The fact that it doesn't stand alone. No, this palette comes complete with its own miniature UDPP! (That's Urban Decay Primer Potion for anyone who hasn't been fortunate enough to hear about it ad nauseum from this beauty chick.)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Must-Have Mondays: Clean Warm Cotton Eau de Parfum Spray

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The scent of fresh laundry? It's always been somewhat intoxicating to me. Every time I walk by a laundromat, I just have to draw in a deep breath and enjoy the loveliness that wafts out. And since I discovered CLEAN Warm Cotton Eau de Parfum Spray, I have to say I feel as though I've died and gone to heaven!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Beauty Giveaway: Lancome Juicy Tubes Holiday Gift Set

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Have you finished your holiday shopping? Well, whether you're looking for that last perfect gift or just want to give yourself something special, the Lancome Juicy Tubes Holiday Gift Set totally fits the bill. And one lucky winner will receive the set absolutely free! Valued at $39.50, this set includes eight Juicy Tubes in the following utterly gorgeous shades:

Juicy Tubes Smoothie -- Spring Fling
Juicy Tubes Jelly -- Grand Café Crème Brulee
Juicy Tubes Smoothie -- Simmer
Juicy Tubes Smoothie -- Fifth Avenue Frosting
Juicy Tubes Smoothie -- Ginger Palace
Juicy Tubes Smoothie -- Maharani Jewels
Juicy Tubes Smoothie -- Pink Horizon
Juicy Tubes Smoothie -- Sun Bronze

Entering is easy. Simply enter your name and email address in the box below, and check back on Friday, December 26 to see if you've won. It's that simple!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. Giveaway runs until Thursday, December 25 at 11:55pm EST. One entry per person, email address and IP address. Multiple entries will be disqualified.

Holiday Gifts: The Lipgloss Edition

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Can't decide on a single lipgloss to gift your bestie? Well, now you don't have to ... because tons of fabulous gift sets have popped up just in time for the holidays! You'll not only want to give these to others ... you'll so want to gift yourself a few too.



NARS Lip Gloss Collection ($45 at narscosmetics.com): Five of the brand's bestsellers, including Striptease, Bloodwork, Harlow, Triple X and -- of course -- Orgasm, are guaranteed to make your pout pucker with the best of 'em ... while keeping each and every one of your color whims happy.

Stila Lip Glaze Stick Set ($25 at stilacosmetics.com): I totally heart Stila Lip Glaze Sticks -- because they've got the same great colors and lasting power of the normal Lip Glaze, but it's in a conditioning and moisturizing formula that just slicks on ever so neatly. So how could I not go for this set of five gorgeous shades?

Tarte Purse Your Lips Limited-Edition Super Fruit Lipgloss Clutch ($39 at tartecosmetics.com): Nine lipglosses -- yes, nine! -- are packed into a super-glam gold-flecked purple clutch that you could so take to your next holiday party. The only problem is deciding which shade you want to wear every day!

Fusion Beauty Be Kissed Lip Plumper Gift Set ($49 at blissworld.com): Not only does this set contain a clear gloss that just plumps up your lips and makes them look really gorgeous and natural ... it's got five sheer peaches and reds that will totally make you feel just like Angelina Jolie.

Dianne Brill Lip Lingerie Panties in a Bunch ($47 at beautyhabit.com): Have your bon-bons and eat them too ... or wear them in this case, as each individually wrapped bon-bon contains a truly gorgeous, shimmery gloss that will really make your pout pucker.

Benefit Peace, Love & Glossiness Lip Gloss Set ($26 at benefitcosmetics.com): Three double-ended glosses in six unbelievably fabulous shades totally have me panting. I'm happy to bring some peace and love to the world as long as I have this set waiting for me under the tree.

ck Calvin Klein Delicious Pout Flavored Lip Gloss Mini Collection ($25 at sephora.com): Cupid. Sparkle. Dew Drop. Atomic. Silverado. Such fab names, n'est ce pas? I just can't get enough of the five glosses in this set, which all sparkle and shimmer to no end -- and taste delish, to boot!

Chanel Mini Glossimer Trio ($50 at nordstrom.com): Glossimer might just be one of my favorite products in the entire world. It slicks on effortlessly, leaving only shine, glimmer and glitter in its wake. And the fact that three of them now come in an adorable little pouch? Too good to be true!

This article originally appeared on stylebakeryteen.com.

First Look Fridays: The Green Celebrity Manicurist Jenna Hipp

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Jessica Simpson. Nicole Richie. Hayden Panettiere. Just a few of the many celebrities whose nails have been manicured by the fabulous Jenna Hipp. Her manicures have been seen on everything from America's Next Top Model to the pages of magazines like Seventeen and Harper's Bazaar. And interestingly enough, she's a green manicurist -- which means she's sure to use earth-friendly products like the line SpaRitual on each and every hand and nail. And she's an impressive 26 years old -- which means she's accomplished quite a bit in her few years! Read on to discover more about the fabulous Jenna Hipp.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday Gifts: La Mer The Signature Travel Collection

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The Eye Concentrate. The Lifting Face Serum. And, of course, Creme de la Mer. All part of The Signature Travel Collection from coveted skincare brand La Mer, rolling out this holiday season in airports only. What does this mean? Why, when you're traveling to your holiday destinations next week, you can pick up a set, of course!

Lusts of the Week

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Ahh, I love the holidays. Tons of guiltless eating, appropriate daytime sequins and lots of parties. It's a wonder I've found the time to lust after new products ... but somehow I have! Check out what I'm totally loving this week.

Trend-Filled Thursdays: Holiday Gifts $25 and Under

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Admit it -- the economy is kicking your perky little behind. It's hard enough to find the money to spend on milk, let alone beauty products. (Though this beauty chick would definitely forego the milk in order to purchase another shimmery peach lipgloss.) And shopping for another human being right now? When every penny counts, how is that even doable? Well, luckily, there is a veritable plethora of gift options under $25 -- all of which are super cute and bound to grant reactions of the utmost pleasure and gratitude. See my favorites after the jump.



Shu Uemura 24K Gold Eyelash Curler ($24 at sephora.com): It's limited edition, it's plated with real gold and it curls lashes like no other. Plus it comes in the prettiest red box. What's not to love?


ck Calvin Klein Splendid Glam Mini Nail Enamel Collection ($25 at sephora.com): Four polishes in some of the most gorgeous colors I've seen all year are nestled in a convenient little case. My fave is Twilight Spell, natch -- anything to make me feel a little closer to Robert Pattinson!

Too Faced Mirror Mirror Set ($21 at ulta.com): Who's the fairest of them all? You are, of course ... especially with this foursome of lippies, which keep your lips glossed and polished for hours on end!


Smashbox Best of Smashbox Kit ($19 at smashbox.com): This set not only has a retail value of $42, but contains three of the brand's bestsellers! Check out trial sizes of Bionic Mascara, Fusion Soft Lights and Lip Enhancing Gloss. Sure to entice the beauty chick in all of us!

Philosophy The Recipe Box ($18 at philosophy.com): Red Velvet Cake. Strawberry Shortcake. Sweet Creamy Frosting. Not only does this box come packed with all three of these scents in the brand's famous 3-in-1s, but it even includes recipe cards so you can test out the three recipes and write out your own!

Gianna Rose Atelier Three Monkeys ($21 at giannarose.com): The adorableness of Hear No Evil, See No Evil and Speak No Evil now comes in three miniature soaps! I'm betting you'll want to keep this one all for yourself.


M.A.C Little Darlings Softsparkle Eye Pencils ($22.13 at maccosmetics.com): Your eyes will glisten, glitter and gleam like never before when you swipe them with any of the five pencils in this gorgeous set. The deep brown Chocolight is my fave, though the other four will definitely do your eyes justice.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wallet-Friendly Wednesdays: Bath & Body Works Holiday Traditions Deep Cleansing Soap with Snowman Bottle

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Longest name in the world aside, this might just be one of the most adorable soaps I've ever seen. Bath & Body Works Holiday Traditions Deep Cleansing Soap with Snowman Bottle is just so perfect for the holiday season, it might as well just walk its way into my bathroom and stay there.

Seriously, how cute is this little snowman? His top hat doubles as the soap dispenser, while his round body is accented with little black buttons and contains soap in the sweet Vanilla Bean Noel scent. (More about that in a moment.) He even gets to wear adorable red mittens! He just looks so happy to be giving out pump after pump of soap, it would be a shame not to let him do his job during the holiday season.

The soap itself is a delectable scent of vanilla, formulated with caramel and cream to make it heady, deep and deliciously rich. And it makes skin unbelievably soft, what with its infusion of Vitamins B and E to moisturize and nourish. Better still, it contains cleansing beads that not only smooth rough patches but just feel, well, cool.

And the best part? He doesn't melt.

Available for $10 at bathandbodyworks.com.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Two-For Tuesdays: Origins Beyond the Fringe

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I've already succumbed to the amazingness of eyeshadow primer. (Click here for the proof.) But mascara primer? I've never seen the point ... until coming across the Origins Beyond the Fringe duo, that is. Because not only does this duo contain a tube of Fringe Benefits Lash-Loving Mascara, but a tube of Underwear for Lashes as well.

And what is this mythical Underwear for Lashes, you may ask? None other than the most fabulous product I've come across since I don't know when! The unassuming tube looks just like a tube of mascara -- but it goes on with a whitish tinge and coats the lashes with a primer that actually lengthens and separates them better than just applying a couple coats of mascara!

Not only that, but the Fringe Benefits mascara is pretty darned great. It curls, it defines, it lengthens ... not to mention it makes my dark brown lashes just look sincerely dark and gorgeous! I also like that it's not super thick, so you can wear one coat for daytime and then add a coat or two before you go out for cocktails.

At the end of the day, this is definitely a duo to stash in your purse. You'll be surprised at how long your mascara holds up without flaking, clumping or smudging. And at $21 on origins.com, how can you go wrong?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday Gifts: The Fragrance Edition

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Want to find the most fabulous fragrance gifts around? Your nose will most certainly be clambering after these. You'll not only want to give these to others -- you'll so want to gift yourself a bit too.



Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Refillable Purse Spray Set ($50 at sephora.com):
The sweet and sexy fragrance -- infused with notes of honeysuckle, jasmine, amber, caramel and vanilla -- takes on a new twist in a set of three purse sprays and a refillable atomizer. You'll be good to go for months -- and best of all, the atomizer will look beautiful when you pull it out of your clutch!

Clean Rollerball Fragrance Set ($48 at cleanperfume.com): Shower Fresh. Ultimate. Warm Cotton. One smells better than the next in this set of three rollerball fragrances -- though my fave is definitely Warm Cotton, which smells exactly like fresh laundry.

Vera Wang Look Eau de Parfum ($70-$90 at bloomingdales.com): The bottle is modern and refreshingly uncluttered. The scent is fresh and clean, thanks to notes like lychee, golden apple and watery greens. It looks fabulous displayed on a vanity and it smells unbelievable on the skin. What's not to love?

Philosophy Grace Amazing Grace Layering Collection ($55 at philosophy.com): My fave scent from Philosophy now comes in three fab products -- their signature 3-in-1, a fragranced shimmer lotion and a bottle of perfume, natch. And it's all packaged in such a pretty box that it would be a shame not to keep this one for yourself!

Harajuku Lovers Solid Coffret ($60 at sephora.com): Love. Lil' Angel. Music. Baby. Gwen herself. Is it any shock that these little solid fragrances are the absolute cutest things this side of Gwen's stage? Each is sweet and sassy, reflecting the Harajuku girl it represents. And you've gotta admit, they're pretty darned adorable!

Stella McCartney Stella Holiday Gift Set ($87 at nordstrom.com): One of my all-time fave fragrances has now become a unique giftable for the holidays. The heady perfume finds its way into a scrub and body lotion, as well as the aforementioned fragrance, to create a gift set that makes me all tingly with delight.

Sula Roll-On Perfume Collection ($36 at ulta.com): Perfect for satisfying each and every fragrance craving, the six scents in this rollerball set include the sweet Vanilla Blossom, zesty Sun-Kissed Citrus, heady Blackberry Blush, succulent Champagne Sugar, intriguing Butterfly Kiss and hearty Stiletto Musk.

Jo Malone Tasting Kit ($110 at jomalone.com): One of the brand's most-loved fragrances -- Pomegranate Noir -- is held within a beautiful leather box along with tiny bottles of three of its best notes, Raspberry, Casablanca Lily and Guaiacwood. The end result is a fun experiment in combining fragrances that helps you make this one all your own.

This article originally appeared on stylebakeryteen.com.

Must-Have Mondays: Philosophy The Gingerbread House

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Did you ever create a gingerbread house as a kid? I remember having to find all the components in fourth grade, from graham crackers to marshmallows, that would really make mine stand out in the classroom. (It was a school assignment that we were actually graded on, can you believe it?) The idea of the gingerbread house has always intrigued and excited me, so when I came across Philosophy's The Gingerbread House, I just knew it had to be mine.

Why? Because not only does the actual packaging really convey a gingerbread house -- come on, it's an actual house that opens up! -- but inside are four delectably scented 3-in-1s (high-foaming shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath) in the scents that actually make up the house! Check out what's waiting for you inside:

Spicy Gumdrop
Gingerbread
Sweet Creamy Frosting
Cinnamon Hot Dots

Each of these four scents is unbelievable. I really do want all of them lined up in my shower so I can mix it up every day! Gingerbread and Sweet Creamy Frosting are both utterly scrumptious and mouthwatering, while Spicy Gumdrop and Cinnamon Hot Dots are tangy and zesty. And Philosophy just continues its trend of creating scents that just smell exactly right and real.

At only $30 on philosophy.com, this is definitely a house in anyone's price range!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Holiday Gifts: The Hair Edition

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Dying for sleek, shiny tresses? Want to check out the latest and greatest flat iron, but don't want to spend the moolah? Well, what better way to do that than ask for these fab hair products for the holidays! Check out the ones you just simply can't live without. You might even see something you want to give someone else.



Bumble and bumble Creme de Coco Gift Box ($50 at bumbleandbumble.com): Want hair that's smooth, soft, silky and more manageable than you ever thought possible ... not to mention tresses that smell utterly fantastic? Then this gift set is definitely the way to go. One box contains Creme de Coco Shampoo, Creme de Coco Conditioner and Brilliantine Shine -- all so that your hair will be delightfully, delectably beautiful.

ghd Dark IV Styler ($270 at ghdhair.com): Sleek, shiny locks don't just happen (unfortunately). But with the help of this little miracle worker, yours will be red carpet worthy in no time! This limited-edition flat iron sleekens, straightens and otherwise turns hair into a glistening mass of lusciousness. And it does all that while making you feel just a wee bit dark and mysterious!

Ted Gibson Travel Essentials Kit ($38 at beauty.com): Daily Cleanse. Daily Nourish. Beautiful Hold. Hair Sheets. Yes, you can get all of the above in this fancy-schmancy kit of goodies, all of which are packaged in a pretty pink box to make you feel girly and totally fun!


Stacey Lapidus Nude Headwrap with Sequin Flower Motif ($100 at staceylapidus.com): It's all glitter and glitz with this glam headband -- one that will take you from work to cocktails to every holiday party in style. I'm totally jonesing for this one, which brings out the Blair Waldorf in all of us!

Aveda Steeped in Smoothness ($60 at aveda.com): I am a huge fan of the brand's Smooth infusion line, which really and truly delivers sleek and shiny tresses. So a boxed set of three products from the line -- Shampoo, Conditioner and my fave Style-Prep Smoother, in addition to a tube of Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser -- has me all in a tizzy!

Pureology Natural Beauties ($25.99 at sleekhair.com): Treat your hair absolutely fabulously -- especially if it needs a little help in the volume department -- with this Volume Travel Set, complete with a shampoo, conditioner and even a blowdry amplifier that will take your locks from drab to fab!

This article originally appeared on stylebakeryteen.com.

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