Saturday's Cocktails: Vanilla Rose

This is one that I haven't tried yet, although I have all the ingredients. It just sounds yummy, like something I would have for dessert. Here is the recipe:

Vanilla Rose

  • 1 oz Bacardi Vanila
  • 1/2 oz Strawberry Liqueur (or strawberry puree)
  • Splash of grenadine
  • 1/2 oz Cream
  • Garnish: Cherry
Shake and pour into a small glass with ice.

Photo and recipe courtesy of Cocktail Times, which is an excellent resource for adventurous drinkers.

Sephora's Amazing Sweepstakes: Win $5000!
The Sephora Shopping Spree Sweepstakes

Enter for your chance to win a $5,000 Sephora shopping spree - we're giving away two of 'em!

How much stuff could you buy with a $5,000 Sephora Shopping Spree? That's 263 Shu Uemura eyelash curlers. Or 43 T3 hair dryers. Or 50 Go Smile teeth whitening kits. So clearly you'd be winning a glee-inducing pile of beauty loot. So how do you enter to win? It's so easy, just head over to, sign up for the newsletter and/or write a few product reviews. Click on the button for the full details. Good luck!

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Be the Next Style Star With Mandee Clothing

Mandee is looking for the next Style Star! Aspiring fashionistas will be invited to create their own unique look- using all Mandee clothing. The winning stylist will win a $250 gift certificate to complete their look at Mandee! The winner will also be invited to the exclusive Mandee photo shoot taking place in June.

Estee Lauder Introduces Long Wearing Eye Collection

Have trouble keeping your eyeshadow in place? Primers not working well for you? You might want to check out Estee Lauder's new eye collection: Double Wear Stay-In-Place Shadow Creme and Eye Pencil.

The eyeshadows are ultra creamy and deliver stay-true color, and promise not to budge throughout your day. The Eye Pencils glide on smoothly and also have long-wearing properties.

I have a soft spot in my heart for long-wearing makeup, so I'll be playing with this on my next trip to the makeup counter.

Grab them at or your local counter. The shadow retails at $17.50 and the pencils retail for $19.00

Product Review: Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub by Lush

I'm not going to lie: I am addicted to this stuff. In fact, I'm kind of hoarding it. I won't let anyone else in the house use it, and now that I'm getting down to the bottom, I'm a little freaked out because there isn't a Lush store in my town and OMG, what am I going to do?

It smells absolutely divine, slightly citrus-y, a little floral, but not overwhelmingly so. It has sea salt in it, but it's not huge chunks that hurt when you use it. Quite the contrary - you don't even realize that you're using a scrub until you see the effects on your skin afterwards. Don't expect lots of lather, although if you're a Lush fan, you probably don't expect that out of any of their products - and that's a good thing. It's made of natural and/or organic stuff as well as "safe synthetics," if you care about that sort of thing. I personally don't, I just love their products.

Lush says you can use it as a shampoo, "if you're in a hurry," although I haven't. I bet it would get your hair squeaky clean, though.

Grab yours at the Lush online store for $8.95 - $23.95.

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