Saturday, May 30, 2009

Clinique Rescue Balm with Aloe Really Saves the Day!

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So you know how sometimes even though you apply sunscreen liberally to your entire body, you still manage to get sunburned? Such was the case on this beauty chick's recent vacation. Even though I used SPF 70, I was still sunburned pretty darn badly. And while I've got some products in my arsenal that usually do the trick, I knew this sunburn really needed some extra-special TLC. That's where Clinique Rescue Balm with Aloe came in.

The Best of Intentions with Bliss Best of Skintentions

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I am always searching for that one elusive moisturizer that makes my skin look dewy, fresh and glowy without leaving behind any greasy residue. This is much harder than it seems! Some moisturizers really make my skin look and feel amazing, but at the same time it's so disgustingly greasy I feel like I've just been working out for the past six hours. Others just make it feel greasy and don't even give it a nice glowy sheen. Not to mention I break out from almost every moisturizer I try because my skin is so darned sensitive. Not so with Bliss Best of Skintentions.

Beauty Giveaway: M.A.C Style Warrior Collection!

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Fellow beauty chicks, listen up. It's very rare that I give away anything from M.A.C, even to my nearest and dearest friends. Seriously, it's like pulling teeth to get even a Lipglass out of me. But today is your lucky day, because I am giving away four amazing producs from the new Style Warrior Collection! Yes, you read that correctly. One lucky winner will receive this amazing prize package valued at $69 with the following products:

Lustre Drops in Bronze Hero ($18.50)
Skinsheen Leg Spray in Deep Dark ($22.50)
Lipglass in Style Warrior ($14)
Lipstick in Tribalist ($14)

Seriously, does it get any better than this? I really, honestly and truly don't think so.

Entering is easy. Simply enter your name and email address in the box below. The winner will be selected on Friday, June 5 and notified by email. It's that simple!



This giveaway is open to US residents only. Giveaway runs until Thursday, June 4 at midnight. One entry per person, email address and IP address. Multiple entries will be disqualified.

Friday, May 29, 2009

First Look Fridays: Manicurist Michina Koide

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Harper's Bazaar. Numero. Vogue. Prada. Dolce & Gabbana. Gisele Bundchen. I'm assuming all of these ring a bell! Well, they happen to have one thing in common -- manicurist Michina Koide. This fascinating gal has worked tirelessly in the business for years. Discover tons of interesting facts and learn about her favorite products after the jump!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Beauty Question: Is the Economy Causing You to Skimp on Salon Treatments?

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Okay, I have a confession to make. I just went seven months without a haircut. And yes, part of the reason was because I only get my hair cut in my hometown and hadn't been back in months and months. But honestly, a major reason was because I just didn't want to pay for it more often! Especially in a big city, it can be a total drain on the wallet -- and in these hard economic times, it's just not something I want to spend the money on. Yes, me, the beauty chick!

So my beauty question is this. Is the economy causing you to skimp on salon treatments? Or do you think the hair gods will keep smiling down upon you and finding a way for you to afford your cut and color? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Beauty Launch: M.A.C Naked Honey Collection

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M.A.C Cosmetics, MAC Cosmetics, M.A.C Naked Honey Collection, beauty launchBees do it ... now M.A.C does it! Honey that is! As ancient and exotic as Kohl, great beauties have long revered the natural restorative powers of the Golden Elixir.

Following the example of their fabled Queen, Cleopatra, Egyptians bathed in honey and milk. Queen Anne of England used it to silken her hair; from the Ancient Greeks to the Roman Empire, honey has never lost its regal, ever-amber luster. Introducing the limited-edition Naked Honey collection: three aspects of golden warmth and sun-made sweetness for the body, layered with two decidedly different honeycomb-derived fragrances -- celebrating the secret lives of Queen Bees.


Get more info and see all the products after the jump.

Trend-Spotting: Crazy Colored Hair

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Spotted: crazy colored hair on the Spring 2009 runways! From Balenciaga to John Galliano (seen above), models were seen walking down the runway with bright locks in all shades of the rainbow. And whether or not you're interested in recreating the look yourself, you've gotta admit it makes things more exciting! Check out more looks and weigh in with your opinions after the jump.



Blue, pink and purple hues are teased into the stratosphere at John Galliano
It's time for Halloween at John Galliano with bright orange curly locks!
Lime green is the order of the day at John Galliano
Models sported bright blue wigs beneath black top hats at Betsey Johnson
Pink tresses are sleek and center-parted at Balenciaga
Touches of bright fuchsia woven into French twists at Yves Saint Laurent

Friday, May 22, 2009

First Look Fridays: Makeup Artist Victoria Stiles

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I'm thrilled to bring you this week's edition of First Look Fridays, featuring the fabulous makeup artist Victoria Stiles. With work on celebs ranging from Jordin Sparks to Olivia Thrilby and tons of magazine and television credits, Stiles has got some real amazing stuff under her belt! Read on to discover her favorite products, one of her most inspirational moments and so much more.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Love at First Sight: M.A.C Love & Friendship Nail Lacquer

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Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
This I tell you brother
You can't have one without the other


For some reason, the name of M.A.C's new nail lacquer, Love & Friendship, just reminds me of that song by Frank Sinatra. You know, the one from Married with Children. But let me tell you one thing. There is NOTHING cheesy about this polish. Ever since I had them painted this shade at Eve over the weekend (review coming soon!), I seriously can't stop staring at my nails.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Beauty Launch: M.A.C Style Warrior Collection

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M.A.C Cosmetics, MAC Cosmetics, M.A.C Style Warrior, makeup collection, beauty launchEmerging from every corner of the glamorous globe, a new style warrior. Made to celebrate the cross-cultural sophistication of the modern Amazon Princess, African Queen, Crouching Tigress...

Never before have we seen the "Wild Things" of the world come together in quite so many bold new combinations. Introducing a dramatically different and deliberately diverse color story, an eclectic and expressive way to exalt and amire the strength and solidarity of beauty with no barriers. A selection of allover summer bronzing shades ... all exotically packaged in stylized zebra and leopard prints to keep it WILD AND FREE -- THE WAY IT ALWAYS OUGHT TO BE.


Check out all the details on the fabulous M.A.C Style Warrior Collection after the jump!

Friday, May 15, 2009

First Look Fridays: Makeup Artist and Beauty Blogger Elke Von Freudenberg

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Have you heard about The Beauty Blog Network? This beauty chick has been a member for the past couple of years, and it's all thanks to the fabulous Elke Von Freudenberg. If you think you can multitask, you ain't seen nothing yet! Elke somehow manages to not only run The Beauty Blog Network, but she also has her own blog, a successful brand of eyebrow products called The Model Brow and she's a full-time makeup artist. Are you tired yet? Well, don't get too exhausted -- because you'll find out some truly amazing stuff about Elke if you keep reading!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Beauty Giveaway: Vera Wang Rock Princess

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It's time for another giveaway here at The Beauty of Life! And this time I'm happy to announce that one winner will receive the following absolutely fabulous prize:

Vera Wang Rock Princess (1oz.)
ITunes Gift Card ($25 value)

Vera Wang Rock Princess is all about the music, the fashion, and the spirit with this edgy yet seductively sweet essence. The dark, fruity scent channels sultry rock-star attitude with a blend of white peach, red raspberry, bergamot, heliotrope, rose, jasmine, lily, cashmere wood, musk, iris and coconut. The Rock Princess bottle is as rebellious and dark as the downtown clubs where she plays, with a smoky glass heart topped by a rhinestone-studded gunmetal crown.

This giveaway has a retail value of $70! Entering is easy. Simply enter your name and email address in the box below. The winner will be selected on Friday, May 22 and notified by email. It's that simple!



This giveaway is open to US residents only. Giveaway runs until Thursday, May 21 at midnight. One entry per person, email address and IP address. Multiple entries will be disqualified.

Friday, May 8, 2009

First Look Fridays: Hairstylist Wendy Iles

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I'm all about finding out how to make my hair better. So when I came across Australian hairstylist Wendy Iles, you'd better believe I asked her tons of questions! Find out what this fascinating stylist had to say after the jump.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sporadic Posting Ahead!

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The beauty chick is taking a much needed vacation over the next 10 days! There will still be some posts going up but it will be quite sporadic as I will be in Hawaii! Until I return ... Aloha!

First Look Fridays: Redken Colorist Tracey Cunningham

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I am super excited to bring you this week's edition of First Look Fridays, featuring Redken's Creative Consultant of Color, Tracey Cunningham. Tracey is the brains behind some of the biggest celebrities' haircolors, including Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Richie and Molly Sims. Her editorial work has spanned magazines from Vogue and Harper's Bazaar to Allure, Elle and InStyle. In short, she's a master colorist with the roster to prove it ... plus she has THE MOST AMAZING auburn hair EVER. I had the pleasure of meeting Tracey at a Redken color event back in February and she not only can tell in about two seconds what color hair every single person should have, but hers is just the most fabulous shade of reddish brown I've ever seen. (And when she said she thought I could pull it off, I thought I might die.) Read on to discover more about the fabulous Tracey Cunningham!

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