Essie's Short Shorts (Neon Pink)

In this picture, I am desperately trying to illustrate that the Essie Short Shorts color is absolutely gorgeous against tanned skin. Since I don't really have nicely tanned skin (it's been awhile since I have used my self-tanner), I needed to use my daughter. She was blessed with the most amazing skin that turns a gorgeous shade of brown.

Total Beauty Web Tour

Some great stuff this week from my fellow Total Beauty bloggers!

Are you ready for a Warm Chill? Roselyn from Makeup Makes Me Happy™ is raving about the latest limited edition collection from MAC Cosmetics. Here she gives us a fabulous makeup tutorial featuring the cool blue hues from MAC's Cool Heat.

Who is the THEVI Woman? Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog introduces you to the new line of cosmetics for the NEW ethnic woman.

Does the T3 Plump Heat-Seeking Liquid Hair Plumper give Makeup Bag hair like Serena Van der Woodsen?

Alison of the Advice Sisters Guide To Life, Success & Happiness Blog visits with Redken's color consultant, David Stanko at the Angelo David Salon in New York, and answers the question: Are In-Salon Treatments Really Worth it?

Viva Woman compares compact, mineral and loose powder foundation and finds out which is better based on coverage, skin type, formulation, convenience and affordability.

The Muse saws open her Urban Decay Potion Primer and finds out how to make the most of it!

Beauty's Spot is tangled up in shades of orange this summer as Nars Lip Lacquer in Capucine has stolen her heart.

Beauty Anonymous reviews Corioliss Pro Black Flat Iron!

Tink at Casual Lavish provides a step by step Beach Waves hair tutorial. Get your summer groove on with some fun waves and have fun!!

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings has discovered a new, more grown-up scent that she adores!

Top 10 Celebrity Hair Stylists Hair Tips by Talking Makeup.

The girls over at Beauty in Real Life got a chance to interview celebrity makeup artist Fatima Olive, click here to read her fabulous makeup tips.

Come join The Life of a Ladybug's no!no! giveaway! All you have to do is enter your name and e-mail address and you have a chance to win a brand new no!no! hair removal device!

Jeanne at Periodic Style is dealing with a self-tanning mishap...

Summer heat doing a number on your skin? Beauty411 shares how the new June Jacobs Cooling and Soothing Masque can help you beat the heat and improve your skin!

Beauty Tyrant is virtually poreless now, thanks to her Pore-fect Idealist. Find out how this product makes it to her Holy Grail

Would You Use Press On Eyeshadow?

Sephora is thinking you might. ColorOn is an all-mineral formulation created by makeup artist Irina Iosilevich. There are six sets, including the one you see here, which is called the Exotic Kit, and includes cammo, zebra stripes, and what looks to be cheetah print.

The other kits don't look quite as crazy. There is a smokey eye kit, and the rest look to be organized by color, such as grays, bronzes, and neutrals.

For $25, you a kit with five pairs of eyeshadow appliques, a brush, and a jar of setting powder.

I'm interested to hear what you think. Is this something you would try? Is the price reasonable for what you get?

iLove the New Millennium


Anyone else watching iLove the New Millennium? I think they are a little ahead of the game, seeing as how this decade isn't over, but it's still way too funny. I think I should be one of those snarky people commenting on everything.

If you haven't caught it yet, just tune in to VH1. They are pretty much playing it all day every day. No need to even TiVO.

Mix it Up



Just another summer outfit. I actually own the shoes, and I've been trying to figure out what to pair them with. I am really loving the brights this season, but what I don't like is the monocromatic dressing that is going on. Mix it up, people! Have fun with it! You know that we are going to be back to boring gray and black soon enough.

Sephora by OPI


Looks like OPI has teamed up with Sephora to bring you six fall shades for $9 each. These will be available in stores early August, and online by late July. The colors are, from left to right: Don't Go There, Meet For Drinks, I'm With Brad, Never Enough Shoes, Metro Chic and Run With It. The line will also include a base coat, top coat, quick dry, and polish remover. What do you think about the shades? I can't wait to see them in person.

In Case You Hadn't Heard

In case you haven't heard the news, this Saturday, June 28, all flip flops at Old Navy will be only $1. So, if you need to indulge in rubber shoes (hopefully just for the beach, or the shower in your dorm, or whatever), this Saturday would definitely be the time to do it. If I can bring myself to face the mall, I might pick up these gold ones to wear to the waterpark.

Eyeshadow Master Class


Eye Shadow Master Class

Sometimes it's good to go back to the basics. I always appreciate a good tutorial - even if you're the best at applying your makeup, I guarantee you can always pick up a tip or two from a good tutorial.

Style Spy Looks at Dior's Resort by Galliano

Isn't that top completely amazing? I know it's a bit hard to see in this photo, but the details are just to die for. The Funky Little Fashion Troll's (who doesn't love The Manolo?) latest collection is up, and I am in love with just about every single piece. Go on over and check out The Style Spy's comments with photos, because I swear I agree with every single little thing she says about them. Long live 1974!

MAC's Tendertones

I know that a person can get MAC Fatigue, what with all the coverage of MAC cosmetics that is out there. While I like MAC, and always stop by the counter to see what their latest offerings are, I don't write about them very often because everyone else covers them extensively and with great skill.

But I recently picked up a little something while browsing the MAC exclusives at Nordstrom (they aren't available yet, but the bright color kits look really fun). It's one of the Tendertones in Sweet & Nice.

I'm not really sure how to describe this product. It's essentially lip gloss in a pot, with a sweet grape-candy smell. While I'm not a huge fan of the smell (I really do not want to run around smelling like candy - I'm not 13), I do really like the gloss itself. It has a nice pigment to it, not overly dark, which is nice considering this no-makeup thing I've had going on while I've been home these past two weeks. It's easily applied with a finger, although you could use a brush if that's your thing - I'm sure the brush would give you a more precise application. But the best part about it is the SPF protection it offers while giving you a nice glossy sheen.

Hurry, though, if you're interested. This is a limited-time only product, and many colors are already sold out online. My local Nordstrom had all of them, though, so it might not be hard to find them locally.

The Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let Me Go

I don't think I'm supposed to like "teeny-bopper" music, but this song is just stuck in my head!



It's called "Shut Up and Let Me Go," and it's by the British pop group The Ting Tings. Grab it at The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing - Shut Up and Let Me Go.

Moving On Up

Virginia Beach is really moving up in the world. Not only are we getting our very own Sephora, but now I discover an Ulta store taking shape at one of our new outdoor shopping centers. I'm stunned! Now all we need is a Trader Joe's, and I'll finally believe that I live in a city, versus a cute little beach town.

Beauty Bytes Web Tour

Happy Wednesday! We're bringing you the best of the beauty bloggers on Wednesday as well as Friday these days. See what the talk of the town is.

Alison of the Advice Sisters Guide to Life, Success & Happiness Blog has discovered Skin Glow Salt Scrub by Tanzotic and a beautiful side to the ugly but amazing, emu!

The Muse reviews Vincent Longo's new Liquid Eye Shadow from the Vincent Longo Beautiful Dream Summer Collection!!

Frappelattes raves about her favorite pink Estee Lauder firming eye cream!

Toya of The Life of A Ladybug continues her "Bronzers for Brown Girls" series with a review of the fabulous NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Sin/Casino!

The girls over at Beauty in Real Life, give you the secret to applying eyeliner like a pro.

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings shares another reason why she is falling in love with Redpoint Cosmetics.

Talking Makeup's Top 10 Celebrity Beauty Secrets!

Vanessa from Nessasary Makeuphits the Pasadena Makeup Convention and shows some seriously awesome photos of the event!

Posietint by Benefit: Now With Free Shipping



This is not a product that I have actually used. However, I'm having a major lemming for it. I was never able to really rock the Benetint, it just didn't seem to work well for me. It was just too tricky for me to deal with, and I ended up looking like I had red stripes on my cheeks. I'm quite sure it was user error, and I just need a bit more practice. In the meantime, the cute pinkness of this product looks like it would be right up my alley, especially for the spring and summer. Here are a few reviews from some beauty bloggers that you should check out, as most of them are quite favorable:

Musings of a Muse: Benefit Posietint Review
Beautyholics Anonymous: Benefit Posietint Review
Reviews on Total Beauty

Free US standard shipping with purchase of posietint. Enter promo code POSIETNT at checkout. Offer valid June 24 to July 1, 2008. Not valid with any other offers.

Report back and let me know if you like it! As soon as my Sephora opens, I'm all over it.

Other Benefit reviews on Daily Dose of Coffee:
That Gal by Benefit
Some Kinda Gorgeous by Benefit

Lazy Sunday Music

Have you heard the new Coldplay album yet? I'm enjoying it on this lazy Sunday afternoon. It's much better than their last one.

Check it out over at Amazon or on Coldplay - Viva la Vida - Viva la Vida.

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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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