Super Bowl Style

Wardrobe malfunctions, botched Black Eyed Peas songs, talking babies and men in tights – yep, Super Bowl Sunday is just a couple days away.  Can’t decide who to root for but still want to dress for the occasion? Lucky for you the New York Giants and New England Patriots have nearly identical team colors so you can still be in spirit without choosing sides.  Check out my style picks for the most watched TV event of the year and if in doubt, stick to reds and blues. I guarantee no one will know you’re only at their viewing party for the beer and halftime show.

I’m lucky enough to be heading to Indianapolis for the game this weekend and I don’t know which performance I’m most looking forward to – Tom Brady’s or Madonna’s. Either way, I can’t wait!  Will you be watching the game (or at the very least the commercials) this Sunday?

Clockwise from top left: Splendid sweater; Super Ciccio Eyeglasses; J Crew bracelet; J Brand Jeans; Rouge Dior Lipcolor; Butter London in Royal NavyBuxom Mascara in Blue Noir; Rebecca Minkoff MAC

Four Spring Eyeshadow Palettes to Covet

I had hope that it wouldn’t, but winter has arrived. It’s the coldest morning of the season (at least in Chicago — brrr!). What more appropriate time to talk spring? The thrill of using a brand new eye shadow palette is a feeling I crave. And spring beauty gives me something to look foward to – like actual spring weather!  Here are a few palettes in particular that have captivated our early attention.

Christian Dior once said, “After women, flowers are the most heavenly creation.” So it makes sense that the brand’s spring 2012 collection, Garden Party, is inspired by the garden he created in the cliffs of Normandy.And just LOOK at these eyeshadow palettes.  The 5-Couleurs Garden Edition palettes ($59 each) in Garden Pastels and Garden Roses are stunning. I think the greens in the Pastels look so wearable. And the intricate pattern is beautiful.


Bobbi Brown’s Ultra Nude Eye Palette ($45) from the upcoming Neons and Nudes collection is classic Bobbi. I’ve long loved her classic nude eyshadows, and this contains six of the best ((Stone, Chino, Pink Chandelier, Praline, Champagne, and Cocoa Berry.) Pair any of these shadows with a bright neon lip, per Bobbi’s instructions, and you’re set for spring.

The Smashbox “Be Discovered” palette ($44) includes eight shadows (six shimmer + two matte) that give you endless options. I love the bronzey neutrals, but the shimmery purple is what caught my eye most. Like all Smashbox palettes, there’s not a lemon in the bunch!

Anything catch your eye? If you could splurge on just one, which would it be?

It's Official, We're Addicted to the New Dior Addict Lipsticks

The newly-formulated Dior Addict Lipsticks are quite addictive. They’re high on shine, and 25% lower in wax than a classic lipstick. They’re impossibly easy to wear, and give such a juicy plumpness to your lips. This is one sexy lipstick, down to the packaging.

Top-bottom: Singulière 465, Tango 652

There’s nearly 50 shades to choose from, from nude nudes to pink nudes and corals and other bold pops of juicy lip color. The two I’ve been loving are on the bolder side of the spectrum for me normally but don’t feel like it when I’m wearing them. That’s part of the appeal with these I think. They are uber flattering and on the sheer side — but not so sheer that you aren’t getting ample payoff.

From the swatches you can get an idea of the high shine. As for wear, they’re fairly moisturizing but unfortunately, not terribly long-lasting. I can see myself burning through these tubes like, well, an addict. But believe me when I tell you they are worth a splurge, if you feel like splurging. And there’s no denying the similarity to Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine. I’d be hard pressed to recommend one over the other, because in this case, I’m almost split completely down the middle. I love them both! We’re getting a great crop of lipsticks this season ladies!

Dior Diorshow 360 Mascara: Gimmick or Real Deal?

The new Dior Diorshow 360 mascara peaked my curiosity simply because it’s a new Diorshow mascara. The original Diorshow mascara is a favorite of mine, and I’m sure a few of you as well, so why wouldn’t I want to try the new one? Then I learned that this mascara actually rotated, that’s when I opened my wallet and decided to try it… even though I have way too many mascaras right now. It’s almost obscene how many are floating around my apartment right now.

This new Dior mascara is the first mascara that I have tried that actually spins. The brush actually rotates 360 degrees (oh, that’s how they got the name! :)) in both directions to try and mimic the results of a professional makeup artist for perfect lashes. Part of it’s marketing is that it volumizes, lengthens and curls lashes… more on that in a bit.
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Holiday Palette Love: Dior Five Golds

Dior released one heck of a holiday collection this year, and what really caught my eye was the Five Golds Eyeshadow Palette. This is what classic holiday beauty is all about! These shadows are shimmering, perhaps a tad glittery (in a sophisticated way though!) and elegant.

The two shades that I am in love with are the gold and coppery-bronze shimmers. They apply beautifully and light up my blue eyes in a way that only those two colors can. I find that the ivory/light gold (far left swatched) is a great top coat for the lids for when you want a little sparkle. It’s also very pretty on its own with tons of mascara and black eyeliner packed along the lashline.

Let us know your thoughts on this holiday palette stunner. How would you wear it — or how do you, if you snatched this up as well?

Splurge vs. Steal: Dior Creme Abricot & Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage

My cuticles are a constant source of annoyance. I really have to be diligent about cuticle care or my hands end up looking rough and ragged. One easy way to keep cuticles soft is to use a cuticle cream. I’m partial to Dior’s Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream For Nails. It’s got a light apricot smell and it really works wonders on hangnails. I slather this around my nail bed at night and it works its magic by morning. It’s definitely a splurge though at $23.

A more wallet-friendly alternative at $5 is Sally Hansen’s Cuticle Massage Cream. It also contains apricot oil and does a decent job at conditioning cuticles. The formula isn’t as luxe and for me it takes longer to absorb, but it is a worthy steal.

How do you take care of your cuticles – any miracle creams to share? Let us know!

New! Dior Escale Aux Marquises

The makeup on Dior counters may be all about fall but Dior fragrance is living in the now… Still in time for summer, they launched their newest fragrance, Dior Escale Aux Marquises, the third fragrances in the Dior “Escale” line. Previous fragrances include Pondichery and Portofino. This new fragrance is meant to evoke the feeling of an escape to the tropical islands of French Polynesia (wouldn’t that be nice??) and has notes of blood orange essence, Tahitian tiare flower absolute, vanilla absolute and pink pepper extract in it.

When I smelled this fragrance for the first time, I was instantly reminded of sunshine and a nice cool breeze… that always comes to mind when I smell what I think is orange blossom or neroli, it is such a sweet and refreshing fragrance.  In this case I was wrong, it was the blood orange and tiare flower notes I was smelling with a hint of pink pepper, this makes for a very crisp and breezy opening. As the fragrance wears, much of the floral and citrus notes seem to go away and it leaves me with a musky vanilla, making it tanning oil portion of the tropical escape. 😉

Since I’m now a fan of this fragrance, it makes me wonder what Pondichery and Portofino smell like. I’m definitely going to hunt them down and see. In the meantime, you can find Dior Escale Aux Marquises exclusively at Nordstrom for $66.00 for 2.5oz and $87.00 for 4.25oz.

Tomorrow I’ll be mentioning a few of my other favorite fragrances for summer. What are yours? Let us know in the comments.

Sneak Peek: Chanel and Dior Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives

Our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives sneak peek continues. First up, a new Chanel Yeus-Eyes eyeshadow quad. Neutral lovers, rejoice!  This quad is definitely my style, but at $65 it needs to be unique. I haven’t seen in person yet, but will report back. I’m definitely hopeful though. I mean, when Chanel is on, they are on. What do you think? Does this catch your eye?

As for Dior, we’re getting a new palette, Fall Ready to Wear, and an exclusive shade of Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Intimate Bronze. The palette, priced at $54, features four eye shadows, two lip glosses, a blush, a bronzer and three applicators. These types of palettes don’t often excite me, but if these are your thing it’s a great value and the colors look lovely.

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives!

New! Dior Lace Collection for Spring 2010

Dior’s Spring Lace Color Collection is inspired by the soft, feminine lace of the 1920’s and it could not be any more beautifully presented even if it tried. “Dentelle” (French for lace) is embossed all over this collection and it makes me almost hesitant to use my Lace Face Highlighting Powder for fear of ruining the beautiful overlay!

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New! Dior DiorShow Extase Mascara

Dior has launched a new mascara to its DiorShow lineup, meet the new Diorshow Extase Mascara. Currently available as a Sephora Beauty Insider exclusive, this mascara is meant to plump lashes from the inside and out. It is also said to help promote stronger, fuller lashes.

I tried this mascara for the first time yesterday and at the end of the day, I was impressed with the formula. At the 10-hour mark, my mascara was completely in tact and that rarely happens for me. I made it through my work day without a single flake and mascara traveling to my lower eye area giving me racoon eyes. It was even smudge free this morning after I forgot to take my makeup off before bed. This formula hung for dear life! This is how my lashes looked last night:

My lashes still appeared full and thick up until the time I took my makeup off… and this is what my lashes looked like with just one coat applied in my car in the morning while I was in the Starbucks drive-thru. I can’t wait to see what they would look like if I actually had time to spare in the morning! With that said, the brush seemed to pick up a little bit more of the mascara than was needed so my lashes did clump together a little at first. But after cleaning the brush off a little bit, the clumping was a thing of the past. I’m not particularly loyal to one mascara or another but based on yesterday’s trial run, I may be singing a different tune.

Disclosure: a product sample was received for this review.