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We're Experiencing Some Downtime

Sorry for the lack of updates on Product Girl lately. On Friday, our hosting company Dreamhost experienced an issue with the hard drive Product Girl’s data is housed on. This has causes the downtime we have been experiencing since then. Dreamhost has been in the process of migrating the data to a new hard drive but we have still experienced some bouts of downtime since then. We may be in the clear now since we’ve been back online since yesterday afternoon but our host has yet to confirm that the move is complete. Until then, don’t be surprised if you try to visit us and can’t reach us but we’ll be back in action soon!

Housekeeping!

We are in the process of making some changes around Product Girl. We’re moving to a new host to try and resolve the problem with the errors we have run into recently. If you’re reading this post, that means you are reading Product Girl on its new server.

We will also be making some changes to the design in an attempt to clean it up and make it less cluttered, I hope you’ll like it. Until that happens, things make look a little odd for awhile but I am working on changing that so please bear with us.

In the meantime, if you notice anything, please feel free to holler and let me know. I hope things are speedier on this new server. If not, please do tell me. I need to know these kinds of things. :)

We'll Be Back Soon!

I’m so sorry for the lack of updates around here lately! I sort of left you hanging with our We Love Nars week, didn’t I? Well, we’ll be back to pick that up very soon. Sorry about that gals!

Up until today, I’ve been laying down almost all day since last Thursday with vertigo and haven’t really felt up using a computer for more than a few minutes until today… it’s kind of difficult to do right now with the spins, ya know. So the moral of this story is, we’ll be back on Monday and pick up right where we left off.

In the meantime, I want say thank you to my gal Laurie for all her help. She’s an amazing Product Girl contributor. Didn’t you love her Nars posts from last week? She’s helped Product Girl grow since she came on board and I can’t thank her enough for it.

And if you have a few minutes to spare, we’d love your feedback in our survey. Each person who completes the survey will have the chance to win a $50 Sephora gift card from me!

Do Us a Favor! Please Take Our Survey

Do you have a few minutes to spare? If so, then Product Girl would really appreciate your help. We’re working on making a few changes around here in terms of content and design and we wanted to get your input on a few things. We have created a survey with a few questions that we’d like you to fill out. Your feedback would be very helpful to us.

The survey will be open for the next 30 days. As a token of our appreciation, each person who completes the survey will have a chance to win a $50 gift card to Sephora. All you have to do is complete the survey with your email address for a chance to win.

Easy enough… right? I hope so! Good luck!

New! Kim Kardashian Eau de Parfum

Kim Kardashian’s perfume is finally here! The perfume is titled Kim Kardashian and to be honest, I expected something a little more “in your face” than the scent I received a sample of. I expected something woody with tons of vanilla on it but instead what I smelled was a fresh floral fragrance… quite unexpected and I like it.

The fragrance is composed of notes of  mandarin, honeysuckle, orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose, spice, gardenia, jacaranda wood, tonka bean, vanilla orchid, musk and sandalwood. The opening is very crisp and lush with the gardenia note seeming to be the most prominent of the bunch. Before long, the fragrance settles in and the base notes start making their entrance and warming up the fragrance but not too much.

Overall, this is a very pretty floral for spring but… there’s something I can’t put my finger on. This reminds me of something and it is driving me crazy that I cannot figure it out. It is like when you know who sings a certain song, it’s probably on your iPod but can’t remember the name. That’s what I’m dealing with here. :)  If you smell Kim Kardashian’s new perfume and figure it out, you have to let me know.

The New FTC Regulations & Product Girl

As you may know, the FTC recently enacted regulations that require bloggers to disclose if they received payment for endorsement of a product. Even though the same standard is not held for print media, the FTC considers samples sent to a blogger by a PR company or a brand to be a form of payment. Because of this, Product Girl will be now be disclosing how a product mentioned in a review or post with product picks was obtained.

I wanted to take a moment and talk about this because I want all of you to know where Product Girl is coming from. I have never raved about a product on Product Girl that I did not like simply because I received it as a sample and I never will. The same applies to any contributors featured on Product Girl. That’s just not how we do things around here. I started blogging about the products I was buying and using before PR companies and manufacturers became involved with beauty blogging and will continue to if they decide to stop working with us.

With the disclosure of how a product is obtained, my biggest concern is that your faith in what it is we are saying about a product, is not affected. As I mentioned, we will not say something is good just because we received it as a sample. While we tend to focus on products we like and enjoy using, receiving a sample will not deter us from speaking honestly about a product. My hope is that how Product Girl obtained a product does not matter because in the end, we may disagree from time to time but we will always be honest with you.

To comply with the new regulations, we’ll be adding a footnote to each post explaining how the product was obtained (if at all, sometimes we blog about products we are simply wanting at the time). We’ll also be taking time to go through older posts to note this as well. If applicable, the post will be marked with the product being supplied as a sample from PR or the brand, supplied as a sample with a purchase, purchased with our own money or given as a gift.

You can find our disclosure policy here and if at any time you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me (email is best). I’d be happy to answer your questions.

Ashley Greene at New Moon LA Premiere

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The plan was to go to a local over-21 movie theater tonight to see New Moon but stupid Carla only thought of buying tickets for the movie the other day and sadly, by then it was sold out. So my plan is still to go to the local over-21 movie theater after work. At least this way I can have some deep fried pickles and sangria during the movie. ;)

I just love Ashley Greene’s look at the LA premiere of New Moon. Celebrity makeup artist Vanessa Scali gave Ashley a classic 60’s look with well-defined eyes with lots of lashes, a strong brow, clean skin and subtle pink/coral on lips and cheeks. Don’t you just love the white liner on her waterline?

To start, Vanessa evened out Ashley’s “nearly flawless skin” with Lancôme’s Effacernes concealer in Light Bisque underneath the eyes. “It gives clean, fresh, flawless coverage,” she said. Bobbi Brown’s Foundation Stick followed. Lancôme’s Blush Subtil in Shimmer Pink Pool topped the apples of the cheeks.

For Ashley’s dramatic eyes, Vanessa swept YSL’s Fard Lumiére Aquarésistant Cream Eyeshadow in Pink Sands over the entire eye. To define and elongate the lash line, Vanessa used Lancôme’s Artliner in Black and lined the inner rims with Shu Uemura’s Painting Liner in White. The finishing touch: a few generous coats of Lancôme’s Ôscillation Mascara in Black for “seductively lengthy lashes,” says Vanessa. Ashley’s brows were sculpted with Lancôme’s Le Crayon Poudre in Brunet.

Finally, Lancôme’s hot new lipstick from the Pout-á-Porter series—L’Absolu Rouge in Chris & Tell—made a sneak peek appearance. The gorgeous hue, which was created for designer Chris Benz’s Spring show, will be available in February. The Chris & Tell waiting list is open at the Saks Fifth Avenue New York counter. Call 212-940-2033 to be added to the waiting list.

Help Wanted: Product Girl Seeking Contributors!

Do you love beauty products as much as I do? Right now I’m looking for writers to contribute to Product Girl.

This is currently an unpaid position but what we lack in a salary, we can try to make up for with free beauty products and opportunity to attend beauty events depending on your location.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Basic familiarity with various beauty brands.
  • Ability to write in a casual, breezy manner.
  • Willingness to test and review beauty products within a specified time frame.
  • Ability to contribute 3 to 5 posts per week.
  • Interest in helping to manage Product Girl is a plus!
  • Knowledge of basic HTML and familiarity with WordPress is a plus!

Interested? Then send me an email with a writing sample. We’d love to have you write for Product Girl!

Join Our Facebook Group!

Carla Maganinho's Facebook profile Want to get advance notice of our giveaways and interact with other beauty junkies? Join our Facebook group!

We finally have our group set up and we’re getting ready to do lots of fun things with it including Facebook group only giveaways. We will also be using the group to give Product Girl readers a heads up on new giveaways so you have a chance to enter before anyone else does. We hope to see you there!

It's Official, I'm Obsessed with Twilight

I swear, I have good intentions when I say things here… I really, really do. I intend to do the things I say but then life gets in the way. :) Something happened over Thanksgiving weekend though, I got some news that was a little unpleasant so I decided to distract myself and my distraction was reading Twilight. Oh my god, this one hell of a distraction!

Twilight: Edward's Crooked SmileI’m normally a slow reader but since that weekend, I’ve spent all of my free time reading the series. I’m a little more than halfway through Breaking Dawn now and all I can think about at work is going home to read! I think it’s safe to say I’m officially obsessed with Twilight now. I’ve put the books aside long enough to see the movie a few times, browse some websites and begin obsessing over Robert Pattinson. I think I only like him in character though. I mean, how could you not? Look at this smile… After I’m done reading Breaking Dawn, I’m moving on to Midnight Sun but that’s not that long in comparison. ;)

So the moral of this story is things will be back to normal here very soon. So bear with me, ok? :) Things will get back to normal soon and we’ll be resuming the rest of the giveaways on Monday, now extending into January to make up for the delay this new obsession has caused. Anyone else obsessed with Twilight? Let’s obsess together. :)