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This Week's Beauty Blog Link Love

theNotice is hosting a New Year's giveaway with lots of discontinued or hard-to-find items, and everyone has three chances to win!

Priminition, an expose on primers - over at Jeweled Thumb

A go-to
neutral purple-beige look from Maggie at The Polka-Dotted Apple!

Krasey Beauty warms it up for winter with a golden
makeup look using Chanel's Spring 2010 collection

This week at I Heart Cosmetics Sarah has been loving Mac's warm and cozy collection

Vex in the City explains why Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream is all she needs to beat her winter blues

Amy over at Yoetke Beauty Blog is taking L'Oreal's 4-Week Lashboost Challenge!

Arianne can't stop raving about her holy grail foundation (OMG!) on Glitter Geek.

Lisa Kate has some Sparkle Approved Mineral Makeup Companies to share with you!

LiAnn asks what beauty products you tried that made you say "meh"

Retrodiva wants to know what your signature fragrance is!

Jellyminx Thinks swatches Sleek Eyeshadow palettes

Hot Beauty Health share some sexy haircolor ideas to start the new year off fresh!

Over at Lipglossiping this week, Charlotte contemplates life with triangle hair.

This week at Get Lippie, Louise tries out a Scarlet Johanssen-style makeover

Stay beautiful, makeup junkies! Hope you all had a great week.

Nail Confessions and a Product Review of Talika's Nail Shaper

It's confession time, beauties. I wear acrylics on my nails.

I know, it's awful. And I should be wearing the new gel type nails, but I can't find anyone in my two-horse town that does them. Also, I keep them pretty short. Why have acrylics if you're going to have short nails? Glad you asked! I have them because my own nails are incredibly weak and thin - they peel and generally give me problems. Plus, I can't keep polish on for more than about a day before it starts to chip and peel off along with layers of my nail. So I have acrylics put on so that I can keep a manicure looking decent for well over a week, and my nails are of a uniform length, and generally look nice.

It's vanity, pure and simple, but I don't really care. A lot of people see my hands at work, and I want them to look nice.

But I really dislike having to run to the nail salon every single time I want a color change or need the length cut down, so I've started looking for ways to do just about everything else myself except the actual application of the acrylic, because I'm not talented enough for that. But one of the biggest challenges has been the shaping of my nails. Because a traditional nail file can take For. Ev. Er. when you're working with acrylics.

Talika Nail Shaper 1 ea

So I was lucky enough to get to try the Talika Nail Shaper, and it was absolutely wonderful on my acrylics. It reminds me of a portable version of the tools they use at my nail salon, and work just as well. There are three interchangeable tips so you can cut, file, and shape your nail any way you please.

This is a fantastic tool to have on hand if you are as fanatical about your manicure and nails as I am.

Talika Nail Shaper, $40 at

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This Week With the Glamarazzi

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Notice anything different? The Glamarazzi has added not 1, not 2, but a boatload of new members this week. Give a welcome to Project Danielle, Hot Beauty Health, Krasey Beauy, Sparkle Crack Central and High End for Your Rear End. We're still looking for fierce style blogs so if you are a fashion blogger and think you're blog is glam enough, do not hesitate to join in the fun.

Sale Alert: Ulta

Ulta is having a pretty awesome sale on many of it's drugstore cosmetics, including Almay, Revlon, Cover Girl, L'Oreal, Rimmel, Japonesque, Physician's Formula, and even Dermalogica brands.

I've been wanting to try out the new Photo Finish from Revlon, definitely, and I'm a huge fan of the L'Oreal mascaras - I can always use a few extra of those. And for these prices, it's worth the trip.

Or, spend $50 and get free shipping. Shop in your jammies.

Buy 2, Get 1 Free on L'Oreal, Neutrogena, Maybelline & More - valid thru 1/23/10

Estee Lauder Pairs with Michael Kors and Brings the Goodness

I'm a sucker for all things Michael Kors. I can't help it - he's just too fabulous for me. And now he's inserted himself into the world of makeup, courtesy of Estee Lauder. This collection is exactly what I would expect from Mr. Kors, although I had figured it would include more gold.

At any rate, the Very Hollywood collection came to be due to the longstanding friendship between the noted American designer and Aerin Lauder, the Senior Vice President and Creative Director at Estee Lauder. The group of products is obviously limited edition, and won't be around long.

The first look is Bel Air Beige, which combines a classic smoky eye with shimmering peachy lips and cheeks.

The second look is Rodeo Pink, and features a raspberry toned cheek and lip, with a defined eye.

Along with both the color stories seen here, there are three additional products that can be used with either palette, such as the Estee Lauder Michael Kors Very Hollywood Shimmering Loose Powder which creates a dewy and luminous glow; and the Estee Lauder Michael Kors Very Hollywood Lip Sheen SPF 15 and Lip Gloss in Hollywood Glow. Wear the two together for golden sun-protected lips, or each on their own.

The limited edition Very Hollywood will be at select Estee Lauder counters nationwide and available at as well.

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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites and 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 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.