Someone is after my own heart


Because they created a graph in Word about one of my favorite song. Can you figure out what it is? See more of this hilarity at A Clever Cookie.

Charles by Charles David Bloum Sandal

Charles by Charles David Bloum Sandal

I love anything with poppies on it, and these sandals are just screaming my name. I'm not sure exactly what I'll wear them with, but I know that I must have them. 4 inch wedge heel with 1 1/2 inch platform, so these aren't shoes for work. But they will look adorable with summer dresses, don't you think?


Going Out Eye: False Eyelashes


I thought I'd share my "going out" eyes for you while my husband finishes getting ready. Yes, I can get ready before he does; amazing, isn't it?
So, here is what I have going on this evening:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay in Sin all over lid
  • Urban Decay in Green Goddess on lower lid and under eyes
  • MAC Fluidline in Blitz and Glitz
  • LORAC Lotsa Lashes mascara
  • Revlon false eyelashes
  • Too Faced Brownies eyebrow pencil
I adore using false eyelashes. I started this practice of mine in high school when I accidentally pulled most of my eyelashes out while trying to curl them (ouch, seriously, it was painful). So I can get them on in a flash, but they really look out of place anywhere except with "going out" makeup. I don't wear them on a daily basis.
I don't really have any favorite brands, I will use them all. Make Up Forever and Mac are at the top of my list, although these are by Revlon, and I like them just as well.
You just have to practice, practice, practice!

FOTD: It's all about the teal mascara

It's a Chanel day today. With the exception of my NARS Orgasm Blush, of course. But the product that is really getting me going lately is the teal mascara from Chanel's summer collection. Yes, it's teal. No, I'm not kidding, and yes, I'm wearing it. No worries - it's not the crazy colors you remember from the 80s (if you're my age, anyway - some of you won't remember the shocking yellow mascara we all wore for about two days).

ANYWAY. It's Chanel's Inimitable Mascara in emeraude. And I really like it. Here is how I use it:

  • Apply two coats of Lorac Lotsa Lash Mascara in Black and let dry throughly.
  • Apply one coat of the Chanel. Brush out well, or else you might have a clumpathon going on, I usually do.
  • Let it dry completely and apply another coat of Chanel if you really want the teal to pop.
The Emeraude works really well with the waterproof eyeliner that goes with this collection as well as one of the shadows in the quad. You may think this set is all about the bronze, but surprise! It's really all about this golden green that shows up in just about every eye product in the collection. Really, every time I use it I like it even more.

On my lips I'm wearing Gazelle, the gloss from the same collection, which I love. Don't look for lasting power, though. But it's super fab while it lasts.

And as a final touch, I'm wearing Bobbi Brown Beach EDP Fragrance Spray.

What to Wear to Work: Target and Old Navy




I love to utilize Target and Old Navy for my basics, and I often find great work clothes in there as well. Target especially has many flattering dresses, and I have several of them in heavy rotation for my work wear. Here is a basic cobalt dress accessorized with Old Navy shoes (which I own and are amazingly versatile and always get compliments) and cardigan. A few makeup picks for good measure as well!

Total Beauty Web Tour

It's that time of week again to check in with my fellow Total Beauty bloggers and see what the buzz is. Check them out!

The Daily Cookie
loves the Urban Decay Ammo Eye Palette to help her travel light!

reviews Stila Kitten Eye Shadow Wash and gives some tips on how to use it.

Jeanne from Periodic Style tells you how to get full salon service at little to no cost -- be a hair model!

Marta from Talking Makeup introduces the Global
Chic Collection
by IMAN.

Beauty Anonymous shares with you her first impressions of Chanel Summer 2008 Makeup Collection!

Want a review of one of the newest self-tan products out there? Look no further, Canadian Beauty delivers!

The Muse shares a review on Shimmer Shine Liquid Eye Shadow from Bourjois Paris!

discusses a busy woman's concern with her morning routine. Find out the time saving, confidence- boosting tips!

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings finds .

The girls at Beauty in Real Life, score their first ever interview with celeb makeup artist and Passport to Beauty author, Shalini Vadhera.

Nars takes Joy from Makeup Junkie to South Beach thanks to The Multiple in South Beach!

Toya does her Mother's Day FOTD with products from the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty line (inspired by Carmindy)!

What to Wear While Walking the Boardwalk

Flight of the Conchords - Ladies of the World

Do you love Flight of the Conchords? I totally do. My husband just sent me this video saying, "this one is for you!" Love it.

Product Review: Neutrogena MicroMist Tanning Sunless Spray

I picked this up while browsing Target recently (yes, I'm always there, thanks) and realized that I had never tried it. I'm a huge fan of Neutrogena products as my faithful readers well know, but I have never used their sunless tanning products. High time to rectify that situation.
So after work today, I popped in the shower and did a through exfoliation. Afterwards, I proceeded to spray myself into a bronze goddess. A few notes:

  • They recommend using in a well ventilated area. I completely concur. My bathroom is fairly small, and after two legs even my dog was coughing.
  • No need to stop spraying after each pass, as they mention on the can. Just keep moving it along and you will be fine. Don't linger in any specific area, just keep in constant motion.
  • It recommends spraying on hands then wiping your hands on your face. If you do this, make sure your cuticles are in good shape and your hands have a bit of moisturizing lotion on them before doing this, or you might end up with orange cuticles. Trust me, I know. You will probably be better off doing a even light spray over your face.
Overall, this was a very good product for the price, exactly as I expected. The color is natural, if a bit on the light side for my taste, and I was amazed at the lack of smell. This might be the least smelliest tanning product I have used thus far. And as a bonus, it is supposed to be completely non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog up those pores. Plus, the can works at all angles, so you can easily get those difficult to reach areas like your back very evenly.

Bright Fingernails

I'm really loving this color, although I'm a bit behind the times. It came out in 2006 as part of OPI's Brights collection for the summer. I just picked it up at Trade Secret while browsing because I thought it looked quite fun. It takes at least two coats to get a good consistent color without streaking, and three would probably look best. I wouldn't buy this again because I will probably never use this whole bottle (I'm not sure I've ever finished an entire bottle of nail polish), but OPI almost always has a good product for the price.

Is It Possible?

Look what I saw at the mall today! Is it possible that Sephora is finally coming to my remote outpost in the world? Will I finally have a place to go when I'm ducking out of work early and don't have anything else to do? How long do you think it will take for every employee to know me by name? And what will I have to complain about, now that Sephora is moving into town?

I've Been Tagged!

The fabulous Monique at Beauty Girl Musings tagged me on this one! I have so many favorites, it's hard for me to narrow them down, but I'm going to try!

My foundation: Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation. I also have a fondness for Laura Geller's Phenomenal Foundation.
My mascara: DiorShow Mascara. Still my favorite after all this time.
My blush: NARS Orgasm. I'm one of those people that swears by it, especially in the summer.
My eye shadow: Chanel and Urban Decay.
My day cream: Clean and Clear Oil Free Dual Action Moisturizer
My lipstick: L'Oreal Infallible is my current favorite
My beauty product brand: Make Up For Ever, Urban Decay, Benefit, Dior - oh, was I supposed to choose just one?
My essential beauty product: mascara, lipgloss
My favorite makeup product: right now it's my CARGO bronzer, but this changes at least every month
My perfume: Bond No. 9, Monyette Paris, Tom Ford Black Orchid, Bobbi Brown Beach
My nails: China Glaze, OPI
My feet: Lush's Lemony Flutter cuticle cream
My hands: Helping Hands by Lush
Three products to bring on a desert island: My Clarins sunscreen, Smith's Rosebud Salve, Ojon Hair Treatment
Women I adore for their beauty: The woman being kissed in Francesco Hayez's painting Il Bacio. My mom. My daughter, who looks like my mom. Women who are comfortable in their own skin.
Woman with the best sense of style: Jackie O. She always looked effortlessly pulled together.
My ultimate dream: I'm so lucky to be living most of my dream. But I'd still like to see Italy, own a summer home on the Greek isle of Rhodos, and write the great American novel.
How do I define womanhood: The ability to do a million things at once while simultaneously feeling love, joy, fear, sadness, anger, and rage all at the same time. Endless contradictions.
My favorite fashion publication: Allure, Marie Claire, Bust

Now I'm tagging YOU, my dear readers! Please share your favorites with us - maybe we'll find some new ones!

Summer Loves: Soap and Glory Flake Away Spa Body Polish

We all know I am obsessed with exfoliation, specifically body scrubs. There are so many reasons for a good scrub, especially if you use self-tanners on any sort of regular basis. It also keeps your skin super soft, and keeps that ashy look away. But it can be hard finding a good scrub that isn't too rough on skin or that actually exfoliates anything at all - I'm always searching for that middle ground.

I picked up Soap and Glory's Flake Away Spa Body Polish at Target a while back, remembering some of the excellent reviews that I have seen on this company's product line. The founder of Soap and Glory is Marcia Kilgore, who also founded Bliss, a beauty line that I bet you might have heard about. Originally, Soap and Glory was to be a mass market line in the UK, but has found it's way to our shoes, fortunately for us.

This scrub is nice and thick, with salt as the underlying exfoliant. Unlike other scrubs I have used before, the salt isn't overly large or coarse, making it easy to apply and rub in. It has a base of excellent oils, which linger long after you have toweled off without being overly greasy. I think the scent will be the main point of contention for many, as it's the type of scent that you will either love or hate, with not much of a middle ground. According to Boots.com (which is the only place online I was able to find Flake Away), the listed notes are leafy greens, bergamot and mandarin, with floral and fruity middle notes, and a soft, sexy, musk, oakmoss, amber and woody drydown. Regardless if this is up your alley or not, you might be relieved to know that the scent doesn't linger overlong after the shower. And if you follow the advice on the back of the jar that encourages you to apply another layer of body oil after your shower, you may not notice it at all. (I used Bobbi Brown's Beach body oil, and found that the two scents complimented each other perfectly.)

Overall, I found this scrub to be excellent, especially given it's price point, which was less than $12. I have rarely found a drugstore type scrub that works this well for this kind of price. I will certainly be interested in trying out more of this brand after having such a good experience with Flake Away.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned, I was unable to find Flake Away online anywhere, with the exception of Boots online. Because the dollar is so weak, you may find that paying 6 pounds for this item not to your liking. Try popping over to your local Target and seeing if they have it in the cosmetics section. While it wasn't at Target online, there were quite a few in stock at my Target. Good luck! It's worth it!

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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites RetrodivasBeauty.com and RetrodivasCloset.com. She is also known as @retrodiva on Twitter. She specializes in drinking large amounts of espresso, shopping, and enjoying social media. In all of her free time she writes for StyleBakeryMom.com twice a week, and does various other freelance gigs involving writing, designing, and generally being awesome. While she believes that success is indeed a job in New York, she currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, two children, and two cats and has hung on to her day job.
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