Spoon Fed Art

Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? Spoon Fed Art began when designer Karin Collins started experimenting with collage while in therapy for an eating disorder. Those experimentations turned into beautiful, wearable art. Karin has even designed a logo pendant for the National Eating Disorders Association, and it's absolutely gorgeous, like everything else she does.

The pendant seen here is one of my favorites, but I'm not sure I would be able to choose. I've long been a fan, but have not yet purchased one. I must figure out which one suits me the best!

And right now, they are sponsoring a giveaway, because it is the giveaway season, I think. Join the mailing list before June 1, and be automatically entered to win a pendant. Buy a pendant and get an extra entry. Good luck, and do share which pendant you won! At the very least, help me decide which one I want!

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Kitiya from Mischo Beauty discusses hair texture in her “Mischo Beauty School: Hair Texture 101”post!

Beauty's Spot is giving away a huge swag bag from the LA Beauty Tour!

Beauty Anonymous is very tempted by the Hair Spray from Anna Sui!

Want to win a whopping $824 in products? Then head to The Beauty of Life immediately for a supremely fantastic giveaway!

Joy from Makeup Junkie shares Prom beauty trends and tips!

The Muse checks up on jolly old England and brings you the latest news on Eyeko's Summer Collection 2008!

A Mom in Red High Heels visits 4 LA Beauty Hot Spots. Find out which is like a piece of Heaven to her!

Beauty411 opens her little black beauty book and reports on her facial at the ARCONA Studio in Santa Monica.

Karen of Periodic Style undergoes a transformation of her own with a Japanese straight perm.

Looking for a new flat iron? Monique at Beauty Girl Musings has tried a new one and thinks you will love it!

Jennifer at Beauty in Real Life has some great tips for de-frying your hair.

Meet Victoria Rowe Talking Makeup's Expert contributor!

Toya's started a new series: "Bronzers for Brown Girls" where she'll be discussing the best bronzers for those of us who have deeper skintones. First up: Stila Sun Bronzer SPF 15 !


Just say no to Crocs. Please.

becklaces :: blue brocade bracelet

becklaces :: blue brocade bracelet

I think this is absolutely darling, and I'm wishing that I had something that blue color to wear this with! No matter, I just may buy it anyway.

the season of giveaways

I can think of no other explanation of why there are so many going on right now, but hey - everyone loves a giveaway, right? Some of my favorite bloggers are hosting giveaways on their site right now, and I would be remiss if I didn't share them with you.

Good luck! And do comment on the great stuff you won!

Two Cover Girl Product Reviews

I really enjoy playing with Photo Booth on my Mac. I never really used it before, now I'm always opening it up.

So, last night as I'm waiting for my prescriptions (anyone else suffering from allergies? holy crap.) I meandered through the makeup section, because that's just how I do. I haven't bought anything Cover Girl in a million years, but I've been hearing rumblings out in the blogosphere about how great their new mascaras are. What the heck, I thought. Let's grab one and see. I'm out of my DiorShow, with no Sephora trip in sight, so I need something, and that something turned out to be Cover Girl Volume Exact Mascara in Very Black. But of course they were having a buy one get one free (Rite Aid, for you girls who love a good deal), so I grabbed the LineExact Liquid Liner in Smoke as well.

The Volume Exact mascara was surprisingly good. The brush is a plastic type material versus a hair brush type, with something called "microchambers" which are supposed to help with plumping and seperating, although I have no idea what a "microchamber" is. While I normally don't have much luck with the plastic/silicone brushes, this one didn't create a huge clumpfest on my lashes. The picture above is with two coats, although I could have easily done three with no clumps at all. Gives a nice definition to my lashes and the price is certainly right. I'm impressed with this fiber mascara from Cover Girl. I've had a full day so far and I'm not seeing any flaking, caking, or smudging at all. Note that I did choose the waterproof version, because I am convinced that waterproof mascaras don't smudge as much, and I can't stand racoon eyes at the end of the day.

Next up, and in the photo above is the LineExact Liquid Liner in Smoke. Another impressive product. The brush is of the harder variety, not a soft brush that you end up smearing all over your eyelids. I know, no one likes to play with liquid liner because those soft brushes are hard to control. The LineExact might be a good starting point for those who don't use liquid liner often because it's easy to control. It is a matte liner, so you're not going to find any shimmer here at all. But it goes on very smoothly, you can make your line as bold or as small as you want it, and it doesn't smudge throughout the day. They don't have a ton of color choices, so if you're looking for something exciting, don't look here. But for your basic black, gray, and brown, you'll be set. I found this liner to be very easy to use and didn't make a huge mess all over my lids. Well worth the purchase price.

I have to say, I'm fairly impressed by my recent Cover Girl purchases. Perhaps I've gotten too snotty with my high end makeup purchases, but I think these products would make a great addition to any makeup bag. It certainly would be great for those just starting on the whole makeup journey, and excellent for those who want to experiment with fiber mascaras and liquid liners without paying a small fortune. I'd recommend them based on that. Would a beauty junkie find these products helpful? Chances are you probably already have something similar in your bag and wouldn't need these basics, but I wouldn't turn my nose up at them.

Red and White

So, I've been thinking about my current obsessions lately. Namely the Charles David poppy sandals and the neutral eye with a heavy black eyeliner. Maybe combined with false lashes? Definitely.
But I needed to see how versatile those sandals were before I dropped my hard earned cash on them. Surprisingly, I was able to put together several looks that I could manage without spending any more money, and tons more if I wanted to invest in a couple of cute red dresses. This set above is my favorite, with the shoes front and center. Do you ever build a look based on one thing like shoes? A favorite sweater? A necklace?

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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.