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Get Personalized Jewelry Recommendations with Jewelmint

Recently I was asked to give JewelMint a try, a members-only jewelry club started by fashion icon and actress Kate Bosworth and stylist Cher Coulter. JewelMint chooses top styles for you based on a fashion personality and style quiz you take when you sign up. Based on your answers, JewelMint will show you their pick in the site’s showroom. In the showroom you can mark options as favorites or remove them letting JewelMint know why you dislike the piece. This helps JewelMint refine the pieces that they show you as options. Don’t like the style options you’re seeing? You can re-take the quiz at any time and get a whole new set of options in your showroom. Also, each month new jewelry designs are added.

Had I not been asked to try JewelMint, I don’t think I would have ever signed up for it on my own. I’m glad I was given this opportunity because the jewelry surprised me with its quality. I was also surprised with the presentation with each piece. It comes in a box with a bow around it and when you open it, it is thoughtfully presented with a little background on the specific piece. I loved this because it also makes a piece totally gift-able.

I was sent a variety of pieces to play with ranging from earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets in different styles and you can really see that each piece is handmade. It’s also unique and affordable, I didn’t see the same type of pieces I see at the same price range in different stores. Affordability is key though, how often do you see on trend, handmade pieces retailing for $29.99?

 JewelMint has given me a promo code to share with all of you! To get 50% off your first purchase, just use PGIRL50 during check out. This is valid for new members only and expires 10/31. Are you joining? I saw go for then come back and let’s chat about the pieces you hauled. ;)

Introducing Be a Bombshell Cosmetics

This is a sponsored post written by Be a Bombshell Cosmetics.

Be a Bombshell Cosmetics is in a new approach to buying cosmetics. Our beauty advisers will pick a look for you based upon your beauty questionnaire. We will then e-mail our suggested look to you. For the product junkies that need instant gratification, you can go to the shop now section of our website. This will show you the current looks that are available and you can choose products from these looks.

This company was co-founded by two product junkies. We loved the quality of department store products, but that is an expensive habit to keep up. We both had experience as buyers and brand managers, so we decided we could use our experience to produce a line of cosmetics that were affordable, yet high quality. We only use the best ingredients for all of our products.

The Bombshell Experience:

We love our Bombshells! We believe that every woman is beautiful and we want to enhance your beauty. We would love to show you great products each to bring out your inner Bombshell! Getting started is easy and there is absolutely no obligation at any time. Our beauty experts will send you personalized product selections that YOU want. Let us introduce you to your inner BOMBSHELL!

The average woman buys 3 cosmetic products a month. So why not buy them at a great price? Bombshells can purchase 2 products for $19.95. This includes shipping! All Bombshell products are the same quality that you would buy at any department store and are far less expensive than drug store prices. These products are delivered straight to your doorstep. Our experts customize the products to fit your unique Beauty Profile. This is a fun and inexpensive way to update your look!

Option 1:

  1. Fill out your information and the Beauty Profile.
  2. You will receive an e-mail with recommendations from our Beauty Experts based on your Bombshell Beauty Profile.
  3. Visit your Makeup Counter and choose the products you like.
  4. Start the Bombshell transformation!

Option 2:

  • Go to our website to the shop now page and choose products from your favorite look!

Today is the day . . . Be a Bombshell! Come see us now at www.beabombshellcosmetics.com!

Until midnight on October 1st all new Bombshells will receive a FREE full size Eyeliner in Onyx with any purchase. This is a Bombshell favorite and compliments every look!

VPL for Beauty.com Gift with Purchase

My hometown beauty retailer Beauty.com just launched a gift with purchasing that is seriously tempting me since I have a makeup bag hoarder disorder. Beauty.com partnered with New York–based designer Victoria Bartlett of VPL to offer the new “VPL Travel Bag.”

Starting today, visit www.Beauty.com/vpl  and spend $100 to get this VPL nude mini-satchel with 16 interior compartments and a detachable pouch. VPL created the bag to be functional but at the same time keep items secure.  The elastic strap allows you to hang the bag on the bathroom door. This might just be the perfect travel makeup bag…

Items in the bag include:

  • NUXE Crème Fraiche
  • bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask
  • Caudalíe Pulpe Vitaminée Eye and Lip Cream
  • bareMinerals Foundation in Medium Beige
  • Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner
  • Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Dewy Finish
  • Jurlique Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Greed
  • Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer
  • Amika Obliphica Oil Treatment
  • dr. Brandt Dark Circles Away
  • Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Duo—Repair Moisturizer & Eye Treatment
  • Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Plump ‘N Thick Thickening Hair Spray
  • $5 Shopping Card for Beauty.com

Visit the Beauty.com video library to watch the VPL backstage makeup and hair videos for the fall 2011 season. And don’t forget to follow @beautydotcom on Twitter!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusives: Fragrance

Last but certainly not least, there are the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale fragrance exclusives. This is the time of year that I would normally stock up on my Donna Karan Cashmere Mist deos but they are so popular that they are no longer exclusives and available year round. What is now a DK exclusive is the Cashmere Mist Jumbo Lotion. I love layering myself in this scent.

Here are the rest of the fragrance exclusives:

Miss Dior Cherie Blooming Bouquet ($64) Product Girl Pick!
Elegant, exuberant, luscious—the Dior spirit in a modern couture fragrance. A blend of classic chic and sophistication, with a touch of irreverence, this scent has a personality all its own. Miss Dior Cherie Blooming Bouquet is a blooming bouquet of emotions and notes, a summer interpretation of Miss Dior Cherie. 1.7 oz Eau de Toilette.

Angel Seduction Metamorphosis Set ($122)
To reward our passionate ANGEL customers at Nordstrom, Thierry Mugler will enhance the Metamorphosis Gallery with an exclusive spring offer to tempt the senses. Beauty and fragrance offered together –an extraordinary signature black mascara, a refillable ANGEL star and a Perfuming Body Lotion –to dazzle and delight.

Angel Double Indulgence ($80)
This indulgent offer will envelop the skin with the delicious scent of ANGEL. Back by popular demand, the luxuriously silky ANGEL Perfuming Body Lotion is available in a decadent double dose of heavenly softness. Loyal customers can layer their fragrance with the Perfuming Body Lotion for a long-lasting scent, thanks to Intense Diffusion System® technology.

Burberry Brit Sheer Eau de Toilette Purse Spray ($46)
Discover the fresh, fruity, light-hearted floral fragrance of Burberry Brit Sheer in a special purse spray size that can be used anytime, anywhere. Embodying the youthful spirit of Burberry Brit, this fragrance represents a girl who is joyful, adventurous and playful. Set includes Burberry atomizer and three refills (0.5 fl oz each).

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Jumbo Lotion ($98)
A fragrance to seduce the senses. The sheer floral scent of Cashmere Mist combines essences of Moroccan jasmine, lily of the valley and bergamot with warm undertones of sandalwood, amber and musk. Because nothing feels like cashmere against bare skin.
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusives: Skincare

One of the perks of the Nordstrom Anniverasary Sale Beauty Exclusives is value. This particularly rings true in skincare — there are some amazing sets to be had with super-sized product and extras included. Generally, these sets are pricier but there’s no denying the value. If you’re on a regimen or even if you want to give something a try for the first time, this sale is a great way to start!

Here’s the scoop on the skincare exclusives:

3Lab Perfect Kit ($135)
Includes 2oz f/s Perfect Neck Cream, .5oz f/s Perfect Eye Cream, 6ml Perfect M Cream tube, 6ml Perfect Cream tube, 3ml Perfect C Serum, 2g Super H Sachet and an Individual Perfect Mask.

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream ($20, 2 for 1) Product Girl pick!
This extremely rich cream provides your hands with deep nourishment and hydration, instantly soothing chapped, dry surfaces and imparting healthy, satiny softness for increased comfort throughout the day.

Anastasia Best of the Best Kit ($75)
Full Size Line Erasing Serum, Clear Brow Gel and Brow Enhancing Serum

Clarins Time to Choose GWP (Free with any 2 item purchase – 1 must be skincare) Product Girl pick!

  • Super Restorative (Wake-up Lotion, Neck Cream, Night Wear, Mask)
  • Extra-Firming (Cleansing Milk, Toning Lotion, Extra-Firm Night Cream)
  • Vital Light (Vital Light Day Cream, Vital Light Night Cream, UV Plus SPF 40, Beauty Flash Balm)
  • Multi-Active (One-Step Water Comfort, Multi-Active Night, Multi-Active Serum, Gentle Exfoliating Refiner)

Clarins UV Plus SPF Double Edition ($55)
Protect against sun, pollution and daily stresses, so you can face the day without a care

Clarins Feed 15 ($30)
Discovery sizes of Moisture Rich Body Lotion, Hand and Nail Cream and a trial size of Instant Lip Protector. Feed 15 Bag=15 School Meals through United Nations World Food Programme(WFP)

Dr. T’s Supergoop Jumbo Value Set ($68)
24oz SPF 30 EVERYDAY Face & Body Lotion & SPF 30+ and 3oz EVERYDAY UV Lotion Spray

CHANEL Eau Douceur ($45)
Fresh and crystal-clear, EAU DOUCEUR helps rid the skin of pollutants, impurities and light makeup. It cleanses gently, leaving your skin more supple, wonderfully velvety and feeling silky soft again.

Clinique 3 Step Set 1 and 2 ($59)
Jumbo 3 Step in Clarifyer#2, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion and Liquid Soap plus a mini set of 3 step

Clinique 3 Step Set 3 and 4 ($59)
Jumbo 3 Step in Clarifyer#3, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and Liquid Soap plus a mini set of 3 step

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusives: Makeup

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is just a week away. Like Christmas in July, this sale not only debuts fall fashions and trends at a discounted price, there are a ton of beauty exclusives that make this the best two weeks ever. When Laurie and I were in New York in May, we got a sneak peek at some of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale exclusives coming our way in just a few weeks. We were all over the NARS trio of nail polishes and fun multi-colored MAC Brush Sets.

Mark your calendars for Friday July 15, the first day of the sale! Here’s what you can expect to see in the way of makeup:

Bare Escentuals In Fashion Kit ($49)
Includes small Santorini Eye Color, Small Muse Eye Color, Big & Bright Eye Liner in Ink, Flawless Volumizing Mascara in Black, Medium Blush in Promise, 100% Natural Lipgloss in Heartcake, Tapered Blush Brush, Full Tapered Eye Shadow Brush in a bag

Bobbi Brown Bobbi Beauty Favorites ($80) Product Girl pick!
Includes Beach Shimmer Brick, Face Blender Brush, Full size Extreme Party Mascara, Black Ink Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Gold and Creamy Lip Color in Toffee

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Beauty Ticket's Summer of Cosmetic Cocktails Party

Beauty Ticket has partnered with Tini Beauty for their  Summer of Cosmetic Cocktails Party! Each week they will be offering an exclusive cocktail mix from  for discounts around 50% off regular pricing. This week’s cocktail is the Paradise Pink Cocktail and a new cocktail will be introduced each week:

  • July 6th -  Mini Bar Campagne Spritzer Gloss Trio, $8.99 regularly $18.00
  • July 13 – Crème Brulee Cocktail, $9.99 regularly $18.00
  • July 20 – Pink on the Rocks, $19.99 regularly $39.00
  • July 27 – Mulberry Matador, $9.99 regularly $18.00
  • August 3 – Tiffiny Tini, $19.99 regularly $30.00
  • August 10 – Double Shot Double Ended Mascara and Eyeliner in “Shooting Star”
  • August 17 – Double Shot Double Ended Mascara and Eyeliner in “Black and Tan”
  • August 24 – Lip Sugar Shot Mini Set $14.99 regularly $24.00

To help celebrate our summer of cocktails we are also hosting a giveaway!

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Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas

You’ve probably guessed by now that I’m very much the last minute shopper when it comes to gifts. For Mother’s Day this year, I have some last minute gift ideas that I would give my own mother. Except I’m not telling you what I got my mother, she might be reading! ;)

I have to tell you, I feel a little guilty that my mother has a beauty blogger for a daughter and she has yet to use a Clarisonic so I’ve been debating getting her one just because. This is the one I’ve been thinking about giving her. Isn’t this Clarisonic Mia in Tangerine adorable? I am smitten. This set makes a fantastic gift. It comes with a normal and sensitive brush head, Clarisonic’s Gentle Hydro Cleanser and charge in a floral print bag that is perfect for spring and Mother’s Day. This set retails for $149.00.

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Save the Date: Bobbi Brown Friends & Family Event April 11-13

Happy Friday everyone! We have some good news to end your week, and potentially give you a reason to look forward to Monday. Bobbi Brown will be holding a Friends & Family Event Monday, April 11 – Wednesday, April 13 on www.BobbiBrown.com. You can save 20% off on your order, and receive free shipping if you spend $65.  To boot, Bobbi Brown will be donating $10,000 this month to Dress for Success.

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