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Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Round-Up: Weekend of July 26th




Channing Tatum anyone? Perilously Pale shares a preview of the Pur Mineral Jupiter Ascending Collection. Maybe there will be a bit of Channing around too.

Phyrra is giving away the Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending Collection. Now that you've seen it, you'll want to enter.

Prime Beauty is part of an EPIC blogger giveaway! Enter to win an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with each blogger's favorite shade!!

Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves delectable rose-infused skincare products, and here are her top picks!

It's the perfect time for neon polish and polish insomniac has some beauties from Salon Perfect.

Mostly Sunny leaves her comfort zone with Dior Rosy Glow. See why this was a great move.

Don't forget to give your hands a little loving like Pammy Blogs Beauty does with Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream.

Summer hair getting you down? Or rather up with all that frizz? Find out what 15 Minute Beauty can teach you about Frizz Fighters.

Shower or bath? Whichever it is Beauty Info Zone says follow up with A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion. The fragrance is divine.

Pink Sith wants to know what it would take for you to buy a $50 nail polish.

Next to cosmetic shopping what do you like best? Carrie from eyeliner on a cat thinks shoes make a great choice.

The Painted Rogue has some favorite You Tube Channels. Are any of these on your list?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pre-Fall Shoe Shopping at Reef!

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It's once again time for me to get perilously over-excited and semi-panicky about shoe shopping. This only happens to me twice a year: Pre-Fall and Pre-Spring (you know, those weird seasons that only exist in the fashion world). This means that:

1. Sandal season is NOT over, nor will it ever be, really, because it's always feasible inside.
2. Loafers, oxfords, flats and sneakers are necessities and on my list for sure, but I'd rather croak than put off boot shopping one minute longer.

So, with enthusiasm reaching critical levels of rainbows spilling out of my ears, I'm looking to Reef for my inspiration. Reef's laid-back, West Coast vibe suits my biker/multicultural personal style perfectly. The shoe styles and construction runs a bit on the pleasantly rough-hewn side with visible seams and X stitches, and the colors and natural materials are great. Visual interest is never lacking in any Reef shoe-- you always get a little bit of something special even in the most basic style, such as a ballet flat. The flashes of multi-colored ethnic prints, fabrics and patterns are the epitome of Bohemian.

Two-by-two, read on to find out which pairs have their spots on the ark assured...

First up are two of the coolest pairs of women's sandals I've seen. What can't you wear these with? I really love the texture of the materials that were used to construct them, and also the special attention paid to the padded, stitched insoles. Chicago's weather is historically unpredictable, and when we have our hot days in the Fall, I'll be so glad to have these to wear with loose capris cinched at the calves, maxi tank dresses and various layers up top.


Reef Guatemalan Slide $60 





Reef Shaded Palms $56 




The killer mint green oxford sneaks below might just be one of my favorite pairs that Reef has to offer at the moment. Pastel mint is a surprisingly versatile color for accessories- even if your closet is packed mostly with black, gray and white. These are so much more stylish than many true sneakers and can function in a multitude of ways. They will become the baddest pair of comfortable shoes you own. I'd pair them with a black maxi skirt, white tee and a black blazer-- sleeves rolled up with a cool contrasting lining. And that's just the beginning. 


Girls Deckhand 2 $55 



These Tropic Sea flats are incredible. Comfortable, nicely curved almond/round toe with a splash of multi-colored fabric in the back. These take the notion of a classic pair of black ballet flats and take it to the next level. You can do classic with your accessories and still have some personality in them. These babies are the proof.


Reef Tropic Sea $74



BOOTS! Sorry, didn't mean to shout. The High Desert Boot in gray is the ultimate, perfect Fall boot. They are the precise shade of gray I love the most- a very cool, light ash-gray. Suede is the perfect material for them, and I just happen to be mad about suede. These are ultra-flattering and cut a slender profile with some architectural interest around the heel. Little silver hardware details and adjustable straps at the top complete them. They are truly beautiful. 


Reef High Desert Boot $145


Last, the Native Shore Boot- which has a wonderful slender wedge heel and an almond toe. They are done in black leather with that great X-stitching detail on both sides of the boot. The heel is hugged by a narrow stripe of black and white tribal print fabric. One of my favorite features with the Native Shore Boot is the amazing vertical piping stitched on each side. Absolutely stunning, and the kitten-wedge gives you just a little bit of height. I actually wouldn't mind  having a version of these in an ankle-length as well. 



Reef Native Shore Boot $180

What kind of shoes are you dreaming about at the moment? Are you thinking ahead to Fall or still very much in the heat of Summer?


[all images from shop.reef.com]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Open letter to the artist working at Le Labo on Fillmore Street in San Francisco

To the creative soul at Le Labo San Francisco who drew this slightly ratty benevolent catty wearing liquid eyeliner on my envelope containing my perfume samples:

Thank you for your heavenly doodle-- it made my day. And if you would be interested in designing a logo for this blog or a tattoo for me, shoot me an email at eyeliner on a cat at gmail dot com.


Untitled Cat, by Unknown Artist at Le Labo, Fillmore St. in SF

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Round-up: Weekend of 7/18/14



Beauty Info Zone shares beauties from a name we haven't heard from in a long time Vincent Longo. They've developed gorgeous new products and reformulated many of our old favorites. With a discount code too, you can't help but love Vincent Longo Cosmetics.

OPI has been doing awesome collaboration lately, and this one doesn't disappoint! Check out polish insomniac's swatches of the shades inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang!

Do you have hooded eyes? Phyrra shows you the perfect way to flatter them with her Saucebox Etude Palette Tutorial!

15 Minute Beauty is on the hunt for a new facial cleanser, so she asked around for recommendations. Here are the favorite facial cleansers of dermatologists.

Prime Beauty is not very adept in the kitchen, but she can make BECCA's Beach Tint Shimmering Souffle present beautifully!

Fun fact: Mostly Sunny needs all the corals in the world! When Hourglass launched a lip liner and gloss in their popular coral shade, Muse, she had to grab them! Did they live happily ever after?

The Pink Sith Blog is giving away a full size BVLGARI Omnia Coral EdT to one lucky US reader. There is still time to enter so do it today!

The new Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Liner in Empress is such a stunning Deep Aubergine that it truly is fit for royalty, but it is also perfect with their vibrant pink Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Ballet! Lola's Secret Beauty Blog thinks that together they constitute the perfect pink pout!

Perilously Pale reviews the new Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection. Does it live up to it's iconic movie inspiration? Check out her review to find out!

In need of a multi-tasking Antioxidant serum? Look no further than Radical Skincare's Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum. Pammy Blogs Beauty tests it out and shares her love for this amazing serum!

The Painted Rogue has been exploring magical desert lands in search of new and interesting brands...and Five beautiful lip treasures from Ana Hilwa are the fruits of her quest! Also: spreadsheets, anyone?

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat likes her fashion with a side of skin care...check out her ode to the open road, featuring True Religion and Adventuress skin care.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Biker Gypsy Style with True Religion + Adventuress + Jane Tran [sponsored]

[post sponsored by True Religion]

I've never been too obsessed with trends when it comes to what I wear, that is, unless we're talking about the classics. Things go in and out of style, but a few incredible pieces are worth investing in, and they will only get better and more comfortable with time. The spirit of True Religion as a brand fits this, just like a pair of their sleek skinnies.

I'm a longtime devotee of biker style with a twist. One could say there is a "uniform" for biker chic, but most who love it place their own personal stamp on it. Take True Religion's Moto Jacket in off-white (below). I don't personally need yet another black leather moto jacket, but white... white is so hot. Its versatility in color, design and style is staggering. I love it with their women's Moto Jean in black, paired with their Hamsa-adorned Crescent Heights Muscle Tank in tango red (shown) or black.

Moto Jacket  in off-white ($695)



Moto Women's Jean in black ($228)



Crescent Heights Muscle Tank in Tango Red ($68)


Then, there has to be a couple of maxi-dress options, because I love them dearly. True Religion's Gypsy Printed Maxi Dress (below) has the kind of worn-in softness that usually only a favorite garment decades old might have. One of the things I love about the brand is that you don't have to fret about things feeling too new and waiting and washing for your pieces to feel more worn in. The Gypsy dress pairs perfectly with the Shelby Studded Western Vest in Optic White, and would also be very smart with the Moto Jacket for evening. In the summertime, you want easy, you need easy. You can neatly fold this lightweight dress into an impossibly tiny bundle and carry it in a bag to take with you anywhere. Toss some little sandals in there too, and you can jump off your bike and into your cool and breezy beach party clothes.

 Gypsy Printed Maxi Dress (on sale for $99.99!)

Shelby Studded Western Vest in optic white ($228)

The Indigo Knit Maxi Dress (below) reminds me so much of my friend Angela, who moved from Brooklyn to Southern California about 8 months ago, and she's been loving it. She is the girl you know who looks amazing in everything, and that's because her smile makes you forget your name or what you were just supposed to be doing... her energy is infectious. The dress has the quiet cool of simplicity and topped with the Shelby Studded Western Vest or the White Moto Jacket, would make the sort of outfit you could really live in all Summer. 

Indigo Knit Women's Maxi Dress ($148)

All of these pieces are mix-and-match-- you just can't go wrong. Of course, the jackets and pants sail straight through Summer and into the Fall season.

Now that we've got the clothes, you may need something specially suited to your skin's needs if you're going to be traveling on the open road or exposing your skin to the elements in any way. Adventuress Skin Care is a company which directly addresses that need. Their products are all portable, all formulated with the traveler in mind, and all designed to protect and nourish your skin. I recently had the pleasure of attending a webinar all about Adventuress and its founder, Michele Carter, who is an avid biker herself. She had the ingenuity and foresight to see a gap in the market for a very niche group of people, but what Adventuress' collection of products turned out to be is something that everyone can use-- especially frequent travelers by any method.

Sunscreen Swipes, Facial Wipes, Cleanser, Skin Purifier (like a toner/serum) and Moisturizer comprise their well-priced introduction kit. It all comes inside a really (REALLY) cute bag that you can stash anywhere. I love the idea of Adventuress and also the practicality of their offerings.

Intro Offer Collection ($85)
Includes: Cleanser, Skin Purifier, Moisturizer, You Vee's Sunscreen Wipes and Facial Wipes.

Adventuress Intro Offer Collection

Here are a few quick features of  the products:

The Naturally Liberating Cleanser has hempseed and olive oils.

The Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier has quince, willowbark and sugar maple.

The Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer contains a host of micronutrients, antioxidants and vitamins.

You Vees Sunscreen Swipes have 4% micronized titanium dioxide and 3% octinoxate to protect against UVA and UVB rays with sunflower oil and vitamin E to hydrate and soothe.

The Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes contain gentle, soothing natural ingredients to comfort reddened, sensitive and rosacea skin, removing dirt and debris without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Also available on the Adventuress website (but not in the Intro Offer Collection) is the Wickedly Protective EnviroBalm, which contains ingredients like aloe, beeswax, jojoba and olive to act as a skin protectant for your face (and other areas too!).

And for a finishing touch, how about a fabulous hair accessory you can use once you take off your helmet (or hat, etc.)? I absolutely love Jane Tran's hair accessories.Something you can wear as jewelry and then put your hair up with it is the order of the day. A perfect, pretty, fuss-free accessory with major points for coolness. You can wear all three of the options below as bracelets, with the headbands wrapped 2 or 3 times around the wrist.




Beaded Mosaic Stretch Headband: $65


Beaded Array Headband: $47.50


I love how just a few key pieces invite so many cool combinations, proving that low-maintenance can translate into high style.

[All photos are property of their respective brands. This post was sponsored by True Religion. Adventuress Skin Care and Jane Tran are not sponsors.]

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Jessika from Polish Insomniac shares a favorite collection



When Jessika from polish insomniac was asked to share one of her favorite collections, she stared around her room, wondering how she would decide. Nail polish? How many? Which brand? Can't show them all! Blush? Lipsticks? As her eyes wandered around her room, she silently started counting her pieces of IKEA storage. Yes, she thought, that's a collection worth sharing.


Click HERE for the story!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Round-Up: Weekend of 6/20/14





The Painted Rogue has been gadding about in the desert, and as such has had to give some serious thought to the best travel skincare for parched skin - wouldn't want to end up like one of the mummified undead, now, would we?

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat gives us her list of 5 Problem-Solving Skin Care Products You Need Right Now...and they're all under $40!

Looking for your perfect eye cream? Pammy Blogs Beauty shares her Top 10 Eye Creams as part of the collaborative Top 10 Tuesdays blog series.

Sunny from Mostly Sunny had a real déjà vu moment when she sprayed Jo Malone's latest limited edition creation, Silk Blossom Cologne, on herself. The fruity/floral/mossy scent reminds her so much of her beloved (and discontinued) Miss Dior Chérie!

Want to know how to fake great skin? Check out Phyrra's Current Complexion Routine!

Prime Beauty pumps up the volume (or lack there of) of her fine tresses with the new Kérastase line of Couture Styling Products. See the before and after pics!

If creamy-dreamy powder blushes with superior texture and pigmentation are your thing, and if you have a penchant for pink blush-- then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog highly recommends Surratt Artistique Blush in Guimauve! It's the game-changer that you have been waiting for!

It was discovery time at Beauty Info Zone when Marcia uncovered Josie Maran's Coconut Water Eyeshadow among the other treasures at Sephora.

Pale beauties have to stick together! Jessika from polish insomniac shares with us The Best Bronzers for Pale Skin.

Dislike limited edition collections? Perilously Pale shares the fabulous L'Oreal Collection Exclusive Nudes that L'Oreal has brought back due to popular demand.

All of us can use a refresher. Join 15 Minute Beauty to read Makeup 101. Face products, color makeup and application order are all covered.