First CVS Opens in Washington State!

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I never thought I would be writing about a new drug store opening up in my area but here I am… doing it and I’m pretty excited about. For years, the chain most of you know and love known as CVS, eluded the NW. I remember going to LA years ago and stepping into a CVS for the first time and wondering why it had carpet and wishing I had one near me.

Now I somewhat do have a CVS near me! I was invited to check out the store that opened last week in Renton, WA (also home to the Seattle Seahawks training camp) and I have to admit, I was excited. One of the big reasons I was excited? Finally having local access to actress Salma Hayek’s NUANCE line. I’ve seen my beauty blogging friends playing with this line and now I finally can… and can easily restock if I want more.

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I learned a few things about CVS that I thought were pretty cool during my visit. The first being that the chain really wants to give women in particular, a great shopping experience. They do this in a few ways that are immediately noticeable when you walk in the store. The first is the carpet I mentioned earlier.  With the busy woman in mind, particularly for women in heels, carpet makes the sales floor more comfortable to be on.

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Looks That Rock MTV Pre-VMA Viewing Party

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Every year I watch the MTV Video Music Awards, something always happens on that show and I’m sure this year will not be any different. At the very least, there’s some awesome style and beauty inspiration on display. Tonight I’ll be watching the show with all of you and chiming in on Twitter as part of the #LOOKSTHATROCK red carpet Twitter party at 5pm PST.

CVS asked me to host a pre-VMA party to come up with our own #LOOKSTHATROCK so I had a view friends over, served up some chicken piccata  and some wine then gave each of my guests a gift bag with a CVS gift card and some Cover Girl, Olay, Gillette and Crest products to play with. When there’s good food, good wine and beauty products on the table, a good time is had by all. :)

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JINsoon’s Blue Waves of Summer Nail Art

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Why is it that when you bite all your nails off, you suddenly want to get all artistic with them? I saw this design from Jin Soon Choi, founder of the JINsoon line, and instantly wanted to reach for some nail polish but alas… I have no nails to speak of at this moment, but I will soon. ;)

As summer comes to an end, Jin Soon Choi gives an Impressionistic nod to the blue waves of summer with a simple, DIY design. Here’s how you can create this look:

  1. Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat
  2. Apply JINsoon Cool Blue to the entire nail
  3. Apply an irregular wavy line of JINsoon Poppy Blue diagonally across the nail
  4. Apply JINsoon Blue Iris and JINsoon Kookie White the same way, alternating the order and size of the line.
  5. Finish with a glossy top coat like JINsoon Top Gloss

Expert Tip: Don’t be afraid to smudge/touch the color you applied previously— it’s part of the look!

JINsoon’s Blue Iris is one of the most beautiful blues I have ever seen and one of those shades you just have to see in person to appreciate, it’s hard to capture such a gorgeous shade like this with a lens. Her entire line is amazing and you can find it online and in SpaceNK stores.

Versatile and Durable Leather Duffel Bags

Leather duffel bags put an elegant twist on traditional satchels. The unquestionable quality of workmanship and the unique designs available make this perfect business and casual accessory. With an extensive selection and numerous sizes to choose from, such as rolling duffels and those that meet carry-on requirements, it is truly the best friend of the professional traveler. Old world style and high-quality leather make each bag handsome and unique.

Multipurpose Functionality

When the occasion calls for packing light in something that will easily slide into the back seat of your car or that you can effortlessly sling comfortably over your shoulder, the versatility of a duffel bag stands out from the alternatives. Available in a vast array of designs, finding an unassuming, sleek, and contemporary bag is a snap. In addition, going old school with a slight touch of modern flair ensures that your duffel will always be in style.

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Five Great Yoga Poses for Beginners

There is a reason that yoga is becoming more and more popular, as there are new yoga classes seemingly springing up at any given moment. This is because yoga is a great way for people of any fitness level to become healthier and more grounded through this ancient art. Read on to find five great yoga poses that are the absolutely perfect way for you to get started. 

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

This pose is excellent for improving your posture while also enhancing the clarity of your mind and your sense of center. Most yoga poses, when done properly, serve as great breathing exercise as well.

To perform this pose, stand with your weight distributed evenly over your feet, which should be hip-width apart. Keeping your arms at your side, breathe evenly and with great depth while lifting your arms skyward.

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Must-Have Sportswear for Family Vacations

When families go away for holiday-trips, having the right lat sportswear to pack into suitcases will make a big difference. Arriving at the beach, at Grandma’s house, or at a cabin in the forest can be the perfect time to relax, as long as everyone has the right wardrobe. No one wants to be uncomfortable in the wrong wardrobe while they’re trying to rest, relax, and enjoy the ambiance of their vacation destinations.

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Staying Fresh & Confident This Summer

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Seattle is in the middle of some warm weather right now and frankly, I just wish it was over. I like this cool and breezy, not hot and humid. When it is this hot out, I focus on staying fresh and confident in this weather. I teamed up with She Knows to share my tips for staying fresh this summer. Pay them a visit for some easy tips you can put to use now.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives 2014

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives unveiled earlier this month are almost coming to an end so I thought I should share my picks from the sale before it ends this weekend, the things I’m lusting over as we speak.

You probably know by now that Nordstrom does not have sales on beauty but what they do instead is offer fantastic values with sets from brands we all know and love. Some items are discounted (more on that below) but most are value priced, not to mention exclusive to Nordstrom for the time being.

Ready? Here we go!

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How to Shop for a Pearl Bracelet

Bracelets are incredibly versatile pieces of jewelry that can be dressed up or down, depending on complementing pieces of jewelry and even a chosen outfit and cosmetics. Bracelets make excellent gifts or treats to indulge yourself with, and you can’t go wrong by selecting a pearl as your gem of choice. Pearls, which are found naturally all over the world and are also lab-created and refined, are a timeless classic that look beautiful no matter how they are worn. Pearls can be set into necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches, and even hair clips. Bracelets are a popular choice due to their ease of wear and seamless blending with other jewelry.

When shopping for a pearl bracelet, consider first and foremost the length of the bracelet. A traditional length is seven inches, but smaller women may need a five or six inch bracelet, while larger-boned women may appreciate or even need an eight or nine inch bracelet. Next, think of the type of pearl bracelet you’d like to purchase and wear. A chain bracelet is most popular, but usually requires the presence of pearls strung back to back, which can be rather costly. Finally, there are bangles, which are made up of solid metal with one or two pearls placed strategically on either side; and charm bracelets, which allow pearls to dangle from metal rings.

If you’re looking for examples of pearl bracelets, consider the ones found at http://www.thepearlsource.com/pearl-bracelets.php. As you can see, there are many types of pearl bracelets available, but what they all have in common is the pearl that is present on all of them. Some pearl bracelets feature clusters of pearls, while others may offer just one or two pearls. Sometimes other gems, such as diamonds or rubies, may be placed around the pearl to help enhance the overall look. And the pearls themselves can vary in size, shape, color, and luster. Natural pearls are usually cream, opal, pink, or black in color; while cultured pearls may have certain hues enhanced for a more breathtaking finish. A pearl’s luster refers to its shine and the clarity of reflections on its surface, and this too can vary from one pearl to the next.

In the end, don’t limit yourself to a certain type of pearl or a certain grade of luster. Instead, browse around a website such as thepearlsource.com to find examples of the types of pearls and pearl jewelry that you really like, and make your selection based on that criteria.

NARS Fall 2014 Night Caller Collection

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NARS FALL 2014 COLOR COLLECTION NIGHT CALLER
A bold, yet tender palette, dramatic enough to seduce the darkest hour – NARS Cosmetics introduces the captivating scene of the Fall 2014 Color Collection and the new Night Series Eyeliners.
Eyes shine in amethyst and quartz shadows while intense black liners flecked with rich purple, gold, and green pearl provide intriguing depth. Lips smolder in warm reds and cheeks are softened with a wash of glistening pink.
The Night Series eyeliners glide on smooth with ultra-saturated color in a single swipe while luminous micro-pearls set in jet black color light up the night.
SHADES INCLUDE:

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Jardin Perdu Duo Eyeshadow, $35
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(L) metallic dove grey, (R) metallic amethyst
Dolomites Duo Eyeshadow, $35
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(L) shiny rose quartz, (R) chocolate

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Bansar Satin Lip Pencil, $25
focus item rose brown
Mondore Satin Lip Pencil, $25
limited edition cranberry

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Mauritanie Matte Multiple , $39
limited edition strawberry red

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Night Flight Eyeliner , $24
black with cobalt blue pearl
Night Bird Eyeliner , $24
black with purple pearl
Night Clubbing Eyeliner, $24
black with gold pearl
Night Porter Eyeliner , $24
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black with green pearl

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Unlawful Blush, $30
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amber pink with silver pearls

Available July 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and on narscosmetics.com; Available August 1, 2014 at Sephora, Dept./Specialty Stores