Beauty Bubbles: Best Liners for Your Lips
Best Liners for Your Lips

From MAC and Smashbox to Wet n Wild, the pencils that got top ratings and product reviews

Not too hard or soft, these lip liners appealed to editors and members for a variety of really good reasons. Find out if you should upgrade the pencil you have at home or add another color to your collection.

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Beauty Bubbles: Best Hair and Makeup From the Golden Globes
Best Hair and Makeup from the 2009 Golden Globes

See all the glamorous looks and learn how to easily recreate them at home

The Golden Globes are a great way to kick off awards season. We love watching stars like Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lopez get all glammed up. But who says these styles are just for the red carpet? Not us. Use our tips to recreate these hair and makeup looks for yourself. (No reason celebrities should be the only ones looking fab.) Bonus: There was only one major hairstyle disaster of the night -- can you guess who? See her photo revealed at the end.

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Review and Giveaway: Sheer Organic Shine by Kiss My Face

There are some lip glosses that I just don't expect much out of, especially tinted ones. But I was very pleasantly surprised when I tried out each color of the Sheer Organic Shine from Kiss My Face.

These glosses are actually quite pigmented and have a lovely minty smell. They also have a slight tingling sensation on the lips, but it isn't unpleasant. I'm assuming it's due to the peppermint oil in the ingredients.

My personal favorite right now is the Garnet shade - it gives me a great red tint without being overwhelming, and stays on a decent amount of time. I never find any gloss that lasts forever, but this one is about average in that regard, which is pretty much all I expect out of a gloss.

I want one of my readers to try these out, too. So I'm giving away all four colors that I have to one lucky winner. Enter now, and I'll draw the winner's name on 1/30/09. I promise I'll be prompt about it, I know I have a tendency to forget. Good luck!

New Post at Beautiful! Fabulous!

Come visit us over at the online community, Beautiful! Fabulous! It's a great group of women who are incredibly knowledgeable in so many things.

And while you are there, check out my article Controlling Oily Skin Without Cakey Powder!

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual Winners!

Congratulations to our five winners of Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual! I know you will all love it. I've sent each of you emails, and I'll make sure the books go out ASAP! Congratulations!



Fuschia Now: Spring 09 by Estee Lauder

I think the Fleur de Lys Shimmer Powder up there is gorgeous, don't you? Part of Estee Lauder's Spring 09 collection called Fuschia Now. You can wear this shimmer powder alone or over makeup, and it is supposed to deliver a sheer color to the skin.

Along with this beautiful pressed powder compact, we have their Signature Silky Eye Duo in shades of Indigo and Aubergine and the gorgeous Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Rich Berry, Pure Color Nail Laquer in Fuschia, and Pure Color Gloss in Fresh Berry.

I've seen these in person at the Estee counter at Nordstrom, and they are just as gorgeous as they are in this photo. Go check them out and let me know if you purchase any!

Help Me! Nars Duo in Blade Runner

This is a swatch of NARS Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Blade Runner. I'm having a heck of a time with it. I bought it last fall, and it's been sitting in my makeup basket just waiting for me to use it. I tried it last year, and just couldn't get a decent look with it. I tried again today, and it was just a big huge mess.

I'm not sure what possessed me to buy this combo, as I don't normally wear a lot of this particular shade of brown. I'm good with greens, though, so I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.

I tried to find any kind of tutorial online, but didn't come up with anything. So, how would you wear it? I'm desperate for ideas!

Absolutely Fabulous Giveaway: Karmin Titanium Hair Iron from! is sponsoring a giveaway with Daily Dose of Coffee, and this is an amazing contest! They are giving away one Karmin Titanium Hair Straightening Iron to a lucky winner! And you get to choose between pink, blue, or black.

If you don't know about the Karmin, here is a great description:

Introducing an amazing breakthrough in technology; The Karmin Professional Titanium Flat Iron. This straightening iron takes the amazing benefits of ceramic heat, ionic technology and combines them with Titanium.

Product Features:

  1. Ultra hard, mirror smooth titanium plate surfaces
  2. Negative Ions and Infrared Heat (removes static) for Silky Shiny Hair.
  3. Ion field technology (seals in natural oils)
  4. Micro-porous technology (locks in moisture)
  5. Won't damage hair like other straighteners.
  6. Straight-Curl-Flip-Style
  7. Unparalleled Infrared heat for deep, long lasting straightness.
  8. Micro Chip Temperature Control Infrared Heat, Flash Quick Heating.
  9. Variable temperature settings for all hair types. The maxium temperature is 200°C (410°F) , and the minium temperature is 80°C (176°F).
  10. Tangle-free 3 meter, 360° swivel cord.
I don't know about anyone else, but an excellent flat iron can make or break my entire hairstyle. I rely on high end styling tools to help me cope with my crazy hair, and this one really fits the bill.

And not only that, but I have some amazing coupon codes for you too. Enter BLOG25 for 25% off the Karmin Titanium Hair Iron at, as well as BLOG10 for $10 off a $20 purchase. And if you can't find something to spend $20 (or $10, as the case may be) on this site, contact me immediately so we can do some serious shopping!

The contest is open to US and Canadian residents only, please. Good luck!

More About That Bra of Yours...

I've talked before about how important really good undergarments are. If you haven't made it to Nordstroms for a fitting, Women's Health has a great article to help you choose the right one. Head over and check it out at Find Your Best Bra.

They also had a fascinating survey recently, and I had to laugh at some of the results. 700 men answered a survey on, and here are the responses:

Celebrity fantasy partner:
Please note: Jennifer Aniston beat out Angelina Jolie
28% of the 866 respondents chose Jessica Alba
18% - Jessica Biel
15% - Scarlett Johansson
13% - Jennifer Aniston
11% - Angelina Jolie

Sexiest part of a woman’s body:
42 % of the 902 respondents chose BUTT
21% - Anywhere around the belly button
20.6% - Arch of the back
12.6% - Back of the neck’
1.4% - Arch of the foot
1.1% - Ear lobes
0.7% - Back of the knees

Sexiest form of foreplay:
51.9% of the 902 respondents said taking a bath or shower together
18.7% - A back rub
15.6% - Talking dirty
7% - A candlelit dinner
6.8% - X-rated movie

Sexiest cocktail a woman can order:
27% of the 849 respondents said martini
18% - Margarita
16% - Beer
16% - Tequila shot
12% - Champagne
11% - Vodka and tonic

Sexiest scent a women can wear:
30.1% of the 861 respondents said something sweet, like vanilla
26.1% - A fresh beachy scent
25.7% - Floral scents, like rose and jasmine
10.6% - An exotic musk
7.5% - A citrus scent, like grapefruit

When it comes to spicing up your sex life…
43% of the 703 respondents used sex toys
30% - Whipped cream
15% - Blindfolds
12% - Handcuffs

Sexiest place for a woman to have a tattoo:
48% of the 783 respondents said lower back
22.3% - Ankle
14.5% - Butt
15.2% - Shoulder

The biggest turn-on:
35.1% of the 871 respondents said undressing a woman
33.2% - Having her strip for you
31.7% - Having her undress you

Best background music for makeup sex:
40.1% of the 833 respondents chose Barry White
34.9% - Frank Sinatra
25% - Al Green

Sexiest thing for a woman to wear to bed:
24% of the 915 respondents said one of your button-down shirts and nothing else
17.9% - Just panties
17.3% - Sleeveless T-shirt and panties
16.1% - Nothing
14% - Bra and panties
10% - Satin teddy

Women's Health promises us a new year with more of a focus on fashion and beauty. I'll keep my eye out and see if they have any goodies that you can't miss!

Lazy Sunday Music: Human by the Killers

I've long been a fan of the Killers, and I can't wait to get the new album.

Download it at The Killers - Day & Age (Deluxe Version) - Human.

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