Just Another Mani Monday: OPI Anti-Bleak

OPI Anti-Bleak

This week I’m wearing OPI’s Anti-Bleak, a shade from the Mariah Carey collection. This collection features eight shades, including one glitter and four new “Liquid Sand” shades, but this is the shade I gravitated towards immediately…being a sucker for cremes and all. I’ll have more on the rest of the collection soon but for now, I’m having an Anti-Bleak moment. This rich, deep, creamy purple is just so gorgeous. I didn’t have any issues with the formula, it was great and easy to work with, no dragging and totally opaque in two coats. Next phase of this Anti-Bleak moment is layering it with some various glitters but for now, I’m enjoying this shade in its simplicity.

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Beauty VIP of the Week: Bond No. 9 Chinatown Candle

Bond No. 9 Chinatown Candle

Hi, my name is Carla and I hoard expensive candles. I treat my expensive candles a little differently, I save them for weekends, special occasions or just when the mood hits me. I have a little rotation going; my Tom Ford, Dayna Decker, NARS, Nest and Bond No. 9 candles all get a little burn time. The rest of the time I burn some more affordable candles. :)

This week I’ve shown my Bond No. 9 Chinatown candle some love. It is has been a long, cold week and I’ve been unwinding at night by burning this candle for an hour or two each night. Let me tell you, it smells amazing. Each Bond No. 9 candle I’ve experienced is exquisitely scented, the Scent of Peace is another favorite of mine. Chinatown has notes of patchouli, peach blossom, peony, gardenia, tuberose, and cardamom. I’m obsessed with how the candle fills the room with fragrance and gives it a seductive vibe. It sounds very floral based on the notes but the patchouli and cardamom give it great depth and spice. Chinatown is great date night material.

The Bond No. 9 candles retail for $95. Expensive? Yes. Simply gorgeous as the candle burns and the jar glows in the dark? Absolutely… and the highlight of my week.

Get the Look: Allison Williams at the Girls Season 2 Premiere

Last night Allison Williams walked the red carpet in NYC for the “GIRLS” Season 2 premiere and she looked as gorgeous as ever. I don’t think it’s possible for her to look anything but gorgeous! She wore an Altuzarra gold-embellished bustier top with scalloped embroidery and a black patchwork seamed skirt from their spring 2013 collection. She also had a little help from Celebrity Makeup Artist, Julie Harris, who created her look exclusively with CARGO Cosmetics.

Keep reading to find out how to get the look.

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Coming Soon: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

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We already know and love Clinique Chubby Sticks for our lips. This February get ready for the newest member of the Chubby Stick family, Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes!

These creamy shadow sticks are portable and convenient while providing sheer, buildable, long-wearing colour. The shadow’s unique formula and packaging is easy to use and applies evenly across lids as a silky cream that stays put without dusting or creasing. Soothing Vitamin E infuses the tint with a smooth finish that stays put, leaving lids with a sheer wash of long-lasting colour.

The twelve shades provide a selection of super-wearable colour in Bountiful Beige, Lots O’Latte, Fuller Fudge, Ample Amber, Whopping Willow, Mighty Moss, Pink & Pretty, Curvaceous Coal, Lavish Lilac, Big Blue, Portly Plum, and Massive Midnight. Create a customized look by mixing, matching and layering shades to add texture and dimension.

The new Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes is available in February at Clinique counters nationwide and www.clinique.com for $16.00 each.

Zoya Lovely 2013 Spring Collection

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Spring collections are finally upon us and I have to admit, I’m always a sucker for all the creamy pastel shades…I always pick up a few new ones each spring even though I probably already have something similar. The new Zoya Lovely collection brings us new creamy and metallic pastel shades to fawn over.

Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other….

Shades include:

  • Piaf – Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic
  • GeiGei – Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic
  • Julie – Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic
  • Blu – Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream
  • Neely – Earliest Spring Green Cream
  • Jacqueline – Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream

The collection is available online now and shades retails for $8 each. Any shades you’re coveting this spring?

Join the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy 7-Day Challenge

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So much attention is focused on the ends of our hair but really, a healthy scalp is the foundation for beautiful, strong, healthy hair. This is much like skincare, if you don’t take care of your skin, all the makeup in the world doesn’t matter. So let’s change that!

Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy is issuing us a challenge. Give them 7 days and they will give you stronger, more beautiful hair.They’re betting you’ll be amazed by the results! Just head over to the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Facebook page and enter for a chance to win samples of their products. I’m excited to try the Damage & Repair line. After several years of constant coloring (and lately bleaching), my hair needs some rehabing.

So who’s with me? I’ll be taking the challenge and showing you my hair’s before and after shots at the end of my 7-days. Want to join me? Just post your shots on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #pgclearchallenge and we’ll find them!

Note: This is a sponsored post but all opinions are our own.

It's Zoya Time! Get 3 Free Polishes!

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A new year calls for some new nail polish, don’t you think? Freshen up your nail arsenal with some new additions from Zoya. Starting Monday, January 7th, pick 3 nail polishes and Zoya will give them to you for free, just pay shipping and handling. The promotion starts at 10am EST and goes on until 11:59pm EST. This offer excludes Zoya’s nail treatments and the Gilty Pleasures, Spring 2013 Lovely (more on that coming Monday!) and PixieDust collections. Other than that, just make sure you use code ZOYA2013 during check out.

So what shades will you be picking out? Let’s discuss our plans in the comments.

New! NARS Skincare Travel Sets

NARS Travel Skincare Sets

The new NARS Skincare Travel sets have arrived on narscosmetics.com! NARS introduced their new skincare last summer and there are some great standout products in their new range. If you’ve haven’t had a change to mix things up with NARS and you’re skincare routine just yet, check out the new travel sets. You know we’re a sucker for travel sets…

Each set retails for $140 and includes a travel bag. There are two sets; the Luminous Aqua set and the Luminous Moisture set. The Moisture set is for the gals needing a little more moisture in their routine and the Aqua set is for those of us who like our skincare oil-free. Both sets contain full sized Optimal Brightening Concentrates and Total Replenishing Eye Creams then the rest is travel sized.

Here’s what’s in each set:

LUMINOUS AQUA SET

  • Multi-Action Hydrating Toner
  • Purifying Foam Cleanser
  • Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer
  • Optimal Brightening Concentrate
  • Total Replenishing Eye Cream

LUMINOUS MOISTURE SET

  • Multi-Action Hydrating Toner
  • Gentle Cream Cleanser
  • Luminous Moisture Cream
  • Optimal Brightening Concentrate
  • Total Replenishing Eye Cream

You can find each set on narscosmetics.com now. Stay tuned for product reviews from the NARS skincare line next week!

Having a Bar Soap Moment

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I’ve been a loyal body wash user for so long. Since I was a teenager and made a hobby of visiting the Bath & Body Works practically weekly. Juniper Breeze and Pearberry, anyone? I’ve had a penchant for all wash in a bottle, be it a gel, foam, cream, oil or mouse. It’s accurate to say I all but abandoned perhaps the most classic form of cleanser: a bar of soap. I think I’m making up for lost time. Bar soaps are all the rage in my shower and I have to say getting back to the traditional with body cleansing is a refreshing change in routine. Plus, the bar soaps of today seem so advanced to the drying white bars of my youth.

For those mornings when I just need to be alert, I opt for Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Bodyscrub Bar. Black peppercorns srub away dead cells and the spicy blend of pepper and bergamot is invirograting. I take the time to really enjoy the aroma when I use this. The scent is unisex but be warned: if you buy this for the man in your life, you will end up stealing it back for yourself.

Natural body washes can be light on the lather (due to no sulfates) and sometimes leave you wanting a more thorough cleanse. But that’s not the case for a natural bar of soap. The vegan Metropolis Soap. Co artisan soaps have just a handful of ingredients, including shea butter so you know it’s moisturizing, and essential oils and detoxifying French clay. What I really love is the unexpected combinations and spa-like aromas that result. Plus, they’re under $10 and handmade in Brooklyn!

While I admit that its tempting to leave Fresh Citron de Vigne Soap in its gorgeous outer packaging, it’s just too good of scent not to indulge with during a hot shower. It gives me such a feeling of luxury and I’m addicted to the scent. It literally has notes of every scent I love — rose, grapefruit, neroli, pinot noir and amber. I find it brings me comfort in this cold weather.

We think that bar soap is in the middle of a major comeback, as evidenced by my newfound obsession. What do you think?

New! Dr. Dennis Gross Steamer Solutions Facial Device

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I have only experienced the joys of facials twice in my life (I know, I need more!), but the best part of the last one I had was the steam. The facialist took some lemongrass essential oil and just let that wonderful blast of steam penetrate my skin, it was blissful. Now the amazing Dr. Dennis Gross has introduced his Steamer Solutions’ Facial Device, and available now at Nordstrom.

At $125, this is a professional device that delivers a constant flow of moisture for up to 20 minutes at a time. Aside from being the most relaxing part of a skincare routine that you’ll experience, steam will help clear your pores and hydrate your skin while helping your products do their job even better since the steam helps with penetration.

I love that Dr. Gross has introduced this device. Standing over a boiling tea kettle or boiling pot of water is not my idea of a good time. A device like this that makes the process easy is exactly what I would want. He’s already pushing the envelope with his products and now we have our first tool. I can’t wait to see what he does next. How about a you?