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Monday, June 18, 2012

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cool beauty storage from the Conatiner Store

Las Vegas now has a Container Store! I was invited to the Blogger Sneak Peek at the new store and got the 411 on all their great products. It has everything you need to organize any room of your home. I was quite impressed with all the items made just for organizing cosmetics. The clear acrylic organizers for nail polish, lipstick and makeup brushes look so great you can keep them on top of the counter. They are also reasonably priced around $6 each.

Nail Polish Organizer

Lipstick Organizer

Acrylic Makeup Brush Cube
I did not see these when I was in the store - but what a great idea! If you have those days when you can't wear your contacts, these makeup glasses are just the thing!

Makeup glasses, $3.99
A couple of other mentions:
 The Gal Pal Ice Bag - sometimes the gel ice packs don't cut it.

For a different look - The Grassy Organizer for a different look for your countertop.

The Container Store is located at Town Square Las Vegas.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Santa Margherita promotes namesake nail polish at the Beauty Bar

My favorite wine in the world has to be Santa Margherita's Pinot Grigio. I would hang out in a closet so I wouldn't have share! Now the famous winemaker has created a nail polish line inspired by their wines. The polishes come in shades that mimic their popular vintages of Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, Sparkling Rose and Chianti Classico. They are not available is stores, but you can sign up to win one of 200 limited-edition Santa Margherita custom nail polish kits on their Facebook page.

If you are in Vegas, you are in luck! You can attend the "Primp and Pour" event, June 1st at the Beauty Bar, downtown. Enjoy music, wine and a manicure (appointments limited) and receive a complimentary nail polish with the purchase of a Santa Margherita glass of wine! To RSVP and sign up for a manicure, click here. The event starts at 5:00 pm at the Beauty Bar, 517 Fremont.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Revlon beauty mini-haul at ULTA

I stopped into ULTA to use my coupon and decided to look for eyeshadow palette. I had been reading about the collection makeup artist Gucci Westman created for Revlon, so I picked up the palette. I absolutely love it. I have trouble wearing greys and blacks because of my fair complexion without looking like a raccoon.
It comes with four shadows and a liner. The back has diagram directions. It works okay without an eye primer, but I would recommend using one. The liner works great, especially if you are in a hurry and just want something easy. Revlon was buy 1 get 1 half off that day and with my ULTA coupon and a Revlon Coupon I found in the store, I got the palette and a Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter for $9!

Revlon Custom Eyes in Beach Beauty

Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Get a 30 Day supply of StriVectin-SD™ Intensive Concentrate for free

Hey Beauties!

StriVectin, the anti-aging science and skin care company is giving you a chance to try their new StriVectin-SD™ Intensive Concentrate for free! 

From now until June 1st, you can take advantage of this amazing 30-day trial offer of their clinically proven StriVectin-SD ($34.50 retail value) for only $6.50 shipping and handling at

Recently mentioned on Dr. Oz, one tube of StriVectin-SD is sold every 1.6 minutes!

While you are there - enter "The Power to Change" contest. You could win $30,000 dollars to use any way you want. Just fill out the online form and answer the question, "What would you change with $30,000."

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dark Shadows beauty sets

Dark Shadows, a Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp is being released tomorrow. The movie is based on the 1970's Vampire series of the same name ( if you want  to take a look, you can find it on Netflix.).  Orly and NYX have released collections inspired by the new movie.

The Orly Collection includes Mysterious Curse, Grave Mistake, Buried Alive and Decades of Dysfunction. Available at Sally Beauty, $6.99 each.

NYX created the Crimson Amulet collection. This palette includes 24 matte and shimmery lush eye shadows, 5 intoxicating blushers, 1 luminous highlighter, 4 lip colors, 1 HD Studio eye shadow base for a more intense eye shadow hue, and 1 extreme black liquid eye liner. $25 at or ULTA. Win one by entering the Dark Shadows and NYX Cosmetics Sweepstakes!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mother's Day beauty gift ideas

Mother's Day is May 13, 2012. Here are some great beauty gift ideas.

Sun Safety Kit from Sephora, $30

The New Black Typography Nail Polish Set

Candy Store Silicone Cosmetic Case, $19.99
Chocomania Body Scrub, $18
Pink Frosted Animal Cracker Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $16 at Nordstrom

La Boehme Baked Eye Shadow Kit by Make Up For Ever, $39 (Sephora)

Monday, April 30, 2012

It's so Bronzy!

If you haven't jumped on the bronzer bandwagon yet, here is an easy, inexpensive way. Most of us think bronzer is for adding all over color to combat paleface. That is not completely true makeup artists have been using it to narrow noses and create cheek bones for eons (okay maybe not eons!).  Actress Jenny Mc Carthy always has notable bronzed cheekbones.  If you are not sure if bronzing is for you - don't buy a spendy one. This NYC Sun 2 Sun has worked great for me. I found it at ULTA for about $4.

For definition, you should use a matte bronzer. For all over color use one with a shimmer. For great bronzing tips from Rain Cosmetic's National Artist go to my Bronzer 101 story.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Yu-Be helps problem areas and gives you pedicure perfect feet

Summer is almost here. Time to get your feet in sandal shape. Exfoliation and moisturizer is the best way to get rid of dry skin and cracked heels. I was approached by Yu-Be, a tried and true Japanese line to try it out and offer a Travel Pak to my readers. Yu-Be is a glycerin based moisturizer with Vitamin E, B2 and camphor. It does not contain any artificial colors or fragrances and has been a favorite in Japan since 1957. 

I tried the Skin Cream, Moisturizing Body Lotion, Foaming Skin Polish and the Heel and Elbow Moisturizing socks. Both the lotion and cream absorb quickly and are not greasy. However, the Camphor makes it smell like Carmex. Yu-Be reminds me of a lighter version of the old cure all, Bag Balm. That heavy petrolatum based ointment cured anything from diaper rash to eczema. But it took forever to absorb and was not pleasant. 

Yu-Be is for dry skin, cracked heals and itchy skin and for people who just want a good moisturizer. There were many happy reviewers on, some it even marveled how it helped with their Eczema. I like everything about it, except for the smell. However, I am always looking for simple products without additives, so I can overlook it. You won't smell like camphor all day - the smell dissipates quickly. The Elbow and Heel Moisturizing socks are great because they are not a full sock. Your toes are free and it keeps your feet from getting overheated under the covers. The Foaming Skin Polish is super-moisturizing. The simple ingredients, rice bran, ginger root, ginseng tone the skin while green tea and camphor help lock in moisture. To win a free Travel Set and try it yourself, read the instructions below.

Win this Yu-Be Travel Set!

All you have to do subscribe to this blog and/or Like my Facebook page, and leave a comment telling me "I want Yu-Be!"

Enter by May 10, 2012. Travel Pak will ship directly from Yu-Be.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Amazing new hair accessories from Amika

 These new hair accessories by Amika are a must have! They come in different shades from blonde to brunette. The Petite Bow is great for girls big and small. You can find six different styles at ULTA stores, $12.95-$44.95.  Get yours quick, at these prices they are going to go fast!

Amika Petit Bow, $12.95

Amika Braided Headband, $14.95

Amika Le Twist, $19.95

Amika Mega Bow, $18.95

Thursday, March 29, 2012

ULTA Mini-Haul

I don't normally post "haul" postings, but I thought this one was a great deal. I got two Revlon scented nail polishes ($4.79 each ) and two Tan Towels ($2.50 each), for $7.20. I used an ULTA $3.50 off coupon and a Revlon $1 off coupon I found in the store.
I am in love with these scented polishes. I got "Not so Blueberry" and "Raspberry Rapture". Revlon products were buy 1 get 1 free. The Tan Towels were buy 1 get one half off.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sneak Peek: The Body Shop Summer Fragrance Collection

From left: Dreams Unlimited Sun Fresh, White Musk Sun Glow and Love Etc..Sun Kiss
The new fragrances are summer versions of The Body Shop's popular fragrance collections. Dreams Unlimited Sun Fresh is a sparkling floral with hints of mandarin, ocean and watermelon. White Musk Sun Glow is a fresh take on the original White Musk fragrances with notes of lemon, peony and musk. Love Etc...Sun Kiss is a fruity floral with sandalwood, amber and jasmine.
Each fragrance is available in a limited edition Eau De Toilette and a limited edition Body Puree. The Body Puree is light combination between a lotion and gel, great for cooling off after a day by the pool.The 1.7 oz sprays are $25 and the 8.4 oz  Body purees are $16.50. Available April 30, 2012.

The Body Shop strives to make products that are save for people and the environment. They say "no" to animal testing and participate in community fair trade all over the world. To view their values and current campaigns, visit

The Body Shop unveiled the first of many remodeled stores in Las Vegas at The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. The next store will be the Fashion Show Mall location.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New site in beta testing has a new website in beta testing. It offers more detailed product searches, enhanced beauty insider account information and on-line inventory information for pick up at a Sephora location near you. Watch videos and read articles on the newest trends and advice in beauty. Launching soon to the public. Many Beauty Insiders have early access, check here for your status.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Revlon Scented Nail Polishes

When I first saw the new Dior Beauty spring line with the scented nail polishes, I thought how cool! And then I thought, $19 - I don't think so. I stumbled across some great Revlon scented polishes at ULTA. I got bubble gum and beach. They both smell great. Beach has that great suntan oil/ ocean smell. I did not put a topcoat on until the scent wore off a couple of days later. They cost around $4.99 each, but Revlon was buy 2 get 1 free. So, with my ULTA coupon I got three polishes for $7.00! The blue glitter polish (radiant) is pretty, but no way near the same quality as a Deborah Lippmann glitter polish.

Bubblegum scented nail polish

Beach scented nail polish


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Topshop Las Vegas: First look

I got a chance to check out the new Topshop store before it opened to the public today.  A lot of glitter, gems and bright colors, just like Vegas! In fact there are literally dozens of items exclusive to Las Vegas including nail polish, beaded tops, playing card headbands and more.  They have a small makeup section with a special Las Vegas purple glitter nail polish. Stop in this weekend to get a mini makeover and then take your picture in the Gold photo booth. Kelly Cardenas Salon will be giving free services all weekend along with other opening activities. All the fun begins March 8 at 4:00 pm.!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chanel releases makeup collection inspired by Las Vegas

Las Vegas has inspired one of the most famous design houses to create a makeup collection in its honor. LAS VEGAS DE CHANEL includes four limited edition products, a lipstick, lip liner, nail polish and an all over powder.The limited edition products are available on-line and in select department stores and boutiques.

Le Vernis Nail Color Gold Fingers (Semi Sheer), $28

Rouge Coco Shine, Hydrating Sheer Lipshine(Sheer Gold), $32.50
Designed to highlight cheeks and eyes, this Lucky Stripes  is embossed with the stars of the legendary “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!” sign. $95

Le Crayon Levres, Presicion Lip Definer in Vegas Gold, $29

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