Monthly Archives: February 2011

Just Another Mani Monday: Lancome Violet Groove & Le 54

I was going to do my nails with Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter in the Air but I’m saving that mani for later in the week because I want it to be as fresh as possible when I meet the Deborah Lippman on Saturday (at the Nordstrom downtown Seattle spring trend show). I decided on the Lancome Ultra Lavande spring collection polishes together, taking a page out of the All Lacquered Up playbook. Violet Groove is gorgeous on its own and right up my alley but adding some of the Le 54 shades on top just took it over the top for me.

Violet Groove is well pigmented and applies really easily. I didn’t want to pile on the coats of nail polish with this manicure so I only used one coat of Violet Groove and it almost gave me solid, opaque coverage. One more coat would have been perfection but since I was adding on some Le 54 on top, I figured I wouldn’t need to since the glitter shade also has some color to it. Sure enough, I can’t even find the few sheerer spots I saw on my nails earlier. Le 54 is really sheer purple with fine blue glitter and it adds a nice pearlized look to the nails in the midst of all the glitter that I really am loving.

This was my first time playing with both shades and I’m really curious about how 3 or 4 coats of Le 54 will look. I really like packing the color on with glitter shades. How about you? What’s on your nails this week?

Nutrisystem Nation: Week 1

Week 1 on Nutrisystem was a complete success. I weighed in last Monday and stepped off the scale in complete awe, I couldn’t believe the number the scale read… I lost 7.4lbs my first week on the program. I had planned on having a bit of a splurge for dinner as a reward for behaving during the week but when I saw the results, I changed my tune a bit. I didn’t want to undo all my hard work for that week. It definitely had me excited about what I could accomplish with the time I have left on Nutrisystem, which is is 3 months and 3 weeks. At first, I really questioned if I could really do this. Could I go 4 months eating packaged food? I wasn’t really sure initially but this first week on the program answered that question. I feel confident that I can do this for a few reasons.

The first is that I’m not relying solely on Nutrisystem’s food and I didn’t understand that until I received my chosen entrees and read through all the materials that came with my first delivery. I add fresh fruits, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates and fat (small amounts) to every meal. The first week my additions were mostly raw but I have started to change things up by steaming broccoli and roasting asparagus here and there. Sometimes it feels like it’s too much food but the good thing about that is I honestly am never hungry, which is a good thing because the portion size of the entries leaves a little to be desired but that’s also because we’re just use to much larger portions these days. This is also a bit of re-training for me.

The other reason I feel I can do this is because I can go out and enjoy myself with friends and family at a restaurant if I want to, it just involves making different choices. I imagined having to bring an entree with me if I went to a family dinner at my moms as I often do and that thought made me a little sad. I really enjoy food and the thought of missing out on my mom’s amazing cooking for 4 months just seems so hard! I have yet to test my resolve against mom’s cooking but I like that I can bring an entree to my mom’s house one weekend and then indulge a bit the next. Nutrisystem realizes that it is not realistic to expect that those on the program stick to their meals 100% of the time.

If you’re wondering how the food tastes, I’m happy to report that it is good and I’m enjoying it. There has only been 1 entree that I decided I would not finish, it was their Cream of Broccoli soup but it was a matter of my personal taste. I’m sure there are others who would probably enjoy that soup. I received a mix of pantry stables and frozen entrees. I have been alternating the pantry and frozen items for dinner and have liked everything I’ve tried so far. The Macaroni & Cheese with Salisbury Steak impressed me because I did not expect any flavor from this entree but it was there, as it has been in the other entrees. I had not tried any of the frozen breakfast or lunch items yet but I will get there. I’m assuming they taste better than the dry pantry items so I’m saving them for the end of the month. ;)

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Dove Close-Up Challenge Twitter Party

Get ready for the Dove Close-Up Challenge Twitter Party Monday February 28! Will you be joining?

You’re all invited to a Twitter Party I’m hosting with @Dove and @RocketXL this Monday, February 28th from 8 – 9 pm EST to celebrate the debut of the revolutionary new Dove VisibleCare Crème Body Washes along with the launch of the Dove Close-Up Challenge!

To launch the new VisibleCare Crème Body Washes, Dove is partnering up with one of my favorite dance shows, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, to offer one real woman a shot at her ultimate close-up moment: a chance to dance in a Dove-sponsored TV spot that will air during the season finale of DANCING WITH THE STARS Monday, May 23 (8:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network, receive confidence coaching by former ABC DANCING WITH THE STARS contestant Jennie Garth and more!  Jennie (@JennieGarth) will also be answering select questions from the Twitter Party via her personal handle a little later, so now’s your chance to ask her how she keeps her skin looking so fab, along with any other questions you have!

During the party, we’ll also share how you can enter for your chance to win the challenge as well as talk about how to keep your skin beautiful with Dove VisibleCare body wash, this season’s DANCING WITH THE STARS cast airing on ABC and much more.   We’ll also be giving out amazing Dove VisibleCare prize packages full of goodies every 15 minutes. You won’t want to miss it! You can join in on the conversation and fun using the hashtag #CloseUpMoment.

About the Dove Close-Up Challenge Twitter Party:

Date: Monday, February 28th, 2011
Time:
8pm EST – 9pm EST
Party host:
Follow @productgirl, @Dove and @RocketXL
Follow the link here to join the conversation:
http://bit.ly/gpROhM
Hashtag
: #CloseUpMoment

How to enter for a chance to win: By joining the #CloseUpMoment hour-long conversation with me, you are automatically entered for a chance to win a prize pack.

Prize: Four (4) Dove VisibleCare prize packages will be given away every 15 minutes. The prize package includes everything you need for a perfect movie night at home, including: a Blue-ray DVD player, ten (10) Blue-ray DVD’s of each film nominated for best picture, a basket of gourmet goodies to snack on and the new Dove VisibleCare product!

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Win $500 Worth of Jessica Simpson's Hairdo Extensions!

Jessica Simpson graced the cover of New York Magazine’s spring fashion issue released this week receiving a nod from the publication as a fashion mogul and coined the “$1 Billion Girl”. But it’s her outrageously high hair that clearly steals the show in this picture, leaving us to wonder, how did she get this look? Jessica’s secret to her heightened hair is, of course, extensions. Her line, Hairdo Clip-In Extensions, is filled with hair additions from volumizing products, to styles that add length and color.

Her hairstyle for the shoot is Bardot-done-big but Hairdo wants your help naming the style you think helped achieve her cover look. Just head over to Hairdo’s Facebook page today and vote on the Hairdo Clip-In Extension you think was used on her look. The first ten to correctly choose the style will win a Hairdo 21” Human Hair Clip-In Extension, valuing at $500 or any Hairdo Extensions of their choosing. Here are a few of the other extensions available:

If you’re not a winner in this contest, have no fear! Five lucky Product Girl readers will have a chance to win a style of their choosing. Just leave a comment below with your favorite style from their Facebook page… and spread the word! The winner will be chosen at random next Saturday. Good luck!

Beauty VIP of the Week: L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes

We don’t often talk about self-tanner on Product Girl. We more or less embrace our pale-ness. But I had to go and get myself a farmer’s tan while in Florida last week and it is none too cute if you’re planning on exposing your bare shoulders. Which I am planning to do this weekend with a one-shouldered dress.

To back up just a moment, before it was a farmer’s tan it was a sunburn. I scold people all the time for not using sunscreen, so I’m a little embarrassed that it happened.

Exhibit A: The farmer’s burn

It was really painful for a few days, which is enough of a reminder to never ever go without the SPF again. Regardless of my recklessness, I needed to rectify the farmer’s tan. I picked up L’Oreal’s Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes and they’ve been slowly evening out my skin tone. I’ve been using them at night because I don’t like to sit all day with the scent. They work really well without turning me orange or streaky. I’ve even been using them semi-unevenly since my main concern is to remove the white strip along my right shoulder, and it has been foolproof.

Now that I’m dabbling in the self-tanner, would love to know what everyone’s favorites are? I have to admit, being tan in the winter is exciting.

Nordstrom Spring Trend Shows Coming to a Store Near You

Next Saturday Nordstrom in downtown Seattle is holding their Spring Trend Show and I am super, super excited. Nordstrom always has a special guest at their Seattle area shows and next Saturday, I am hoping I get to meet none other than the Ms. Deborah Lippmann. I must do a Glitter in the Air mani for this occasion. The show in Seattle is on Saturday, March 5th and is from 8am to 6pm. Smashbox celebrity artist Lori Taylor will also be at the event and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn about the upcoming season’s newest trends in beauty while updating your look before heading out for the weekend!

After the show, shop from a collection of limited-edition products and promotions available exclusively at Nordstrom for the Spring 2011 Cosmetics Trend Shows. Below is a sampling of some of the exclusive products available:

Smashbox Sultry/Sweet Glambox ($68)
Smashbox offers the ultimate makeup collection to keep your makeup bag armed with the essentials for spring. Whether you want to show your sweeter side or go full-on glam, this set has everything you need to create gorgeous looks, whatever your mood. This eight-piece collection features Smashbox’s most lust-worthy products including Eye Shadow Quad in Softly Seductive, Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss, Hyperlash Mascara in Blackout and Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer.

Trish McEvoy Must-Have Stay Nude Collection ($85)
Trish’s Must-Have Stay Nude Collection features six long-wear makeup essentials that deliver a look of natural enhancement. The combined power of evening out skin’s tone above the eye, a long-wear eye liner that brightens while it defines, and Trish’s superlative mascara beautifully bring out eyes. A state-of-the-art cosmetic bronzer delivers the flawless, no-commitment tan you’ve been waiting for while lips beam with the perfect balance of color and shine.

Laura Mercier Tightline Trio ($39.50)
This trio of Tightline Cake Eye Liners includes two new, exclusive shades, gunmetal smoke and turquoise ink, plus the best selling bleu marine. Use Laura’s technique to create a “tightline” for the ultimate glam look. “Take the enclosed Flat Eye Liner Brush and dip the brush into clean water, then work the Tightline Cake Eye Liner into a thick paste. Apply underneath the root of the upper lash line by wiggling the brush between individual lashes. Reapply for added intensity.”

Remember my post about the new Beauty Stylist program? Nordstrom is now introducing wedding fashion and beauty stylists at their downtown Seattle, Scottsdale Fashion Square and Dallas NorthOark Center stores, They’ll share beauty ideas from several of their key brands for each event—from the engagement party and rehearsal dinner to the big day.

Tickets for the Nordstrom Spring 2011 Cosmetics Trend Shows are $15 and redeemable towards your cosmetics purchase of $15 or more on the day of the event. Plus, receive a free gift for attending the show, while supplies last. To purchase a ticket for a show near you, call 1-800-7-BEAUTY or visit your favorite Nordstrom cosmetics counter.

Ten or Less: Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Wash

What do Aveeno, Recyclebank and the Independent Spirit Awards have in common? This weekend, the shared thread is Product Girl! I’ll be heading to Los Angeles with a team of bloggers and Aveeno to attend the Independent Spirit Awards. We’ll be meeting with experts from Aveeno and learning more about their eco-initatives. So it’s only fitting that today’s Ten or Less focus on one of my favorite Aveeno products: Postively Nourishing Calming Body Wash.

This is one of my go-to evening body washes. I take a lot of baths in the wintertime or a hot shower before bed to warm up and relax, and this helps put me in a zen state. It contains natural ingredients ylang ylang, chamomile and lavender and smells fabulous. Truly relaxation in a bottle. A recyclable bottle at that!

The other factor in this equation is Recyclebank, a partner of Aveeno’s that works to encourage a green lifestyle and rewards you with points for doing so. I’m excited to head out west this weekend, and will provide a full recap when I return. My one wish at the Independent Spirit Awards? To see Mark Ruffalo. I adore him! He’s actually from my home town, and his family owns a hair cuttery called Ruffalo’s that I used to go to when I was a kid.

His movie “The Kids Are All Right” is a frontrunner for a few Independent Spirit Awards, so good luck to him!

New from NARS: Illuminators in Iconic Shades

I’ve been highly anticipating the launch of NARS illuminators in shades beyond Orgasm. And with the release of Illuminators in Super Orgasm, Copacabana and Laguna, NARS did not disappoint! I spent some time with the new shades last night at Nordstrom, and it was such a tease because they had the display and testers but no stock yet. In that short time, I came to the conclusion that these are all must-haves.

If you’re a glow-addict, like myself and Carla, you will really appreciate this product. They just seem to melt into your skin. Key ingredients include Polar Berries, known for their antioxidant properties; Bisabolo, obtained from Chamomile plant – a known anti-inflammatory; and Indian Frankincense, also known for its soothing and comforting properties.

While I love my NARS Multiples, I think the Illuminators are even more versatile. I’m already envisioning how I’m going to mix Laguna and Copacabana with my body moisturizer. And Super Orgasm is a beautiful peachy-gold – it’s stunning. They’ll be making their ways to stores soon, but for now you can get these on NARScosmetics.com — they retail for $29.

Coveting: Sparkling Eyelids, a la Lancome Ombre Magnétique

I’m all about the blinged-out eyelid for spring, accompanied by black liquid liner along the lashline and tons of mascara. I think it’s a fresh, mod look and very easy to create. While a shimmery shadow will do, I cannot get enough of Lancome’s Ombre Magnetiques: a sparkly sensation in a pot. Literally, your eyes twinkle and catch the light with each blink of the eye.

Lancome introduced three new shades with its Ultra Lavande Collection for spring: Disco Silver, Disco Gold and, my favorite, Ultra-Lavande. These are a bit of an enigma – not quite creamy, yet not powdery. They’re best used patted on the lid — no sweeping though because there is a chance for sparkles to fly.We first saw these with Lancome’s Fall 2010 collection, so I’m happy to see their return. Bring on the bling!

Neiman Marcus Spring 2011 Beauty Awards


Neiman Marcus is holding their Spring 2011 Beauty Awards
right now and it’s a chance for you to vote on your favorite beauty products. Voting has already started and will end on Tuesday, March 8th at 8:00am CT. There are 12 different categories including tools and fixes, face makeup, fragrances, and face treatments. Each beauty product page on neimanmarcus.com will also include a link to vote. By voting and filling out the enter-to-win form you will be automatically entered into a chance to win all the top picks during the Beauty Awards event.

Also, this weekend is a good time to pay Neiman Marcus a visit. Customers who purchase $100 or more in cosmetics or fragrance will receive a chic tote filled with goodies. This is a good time for me to indulge in that Le Metier de Beaute Splendid Frost Kaleidoscope I’ve been wanting. I’ve also heard Neiman’s will be the first to debut some new Kate Somerville products this weekend.

Are you stocking up during the sale? The goodie bag is very tempting!