OPI's Absolutely Alice


In preparation for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, I'm blogging from my iPhone to make sure everything is working as it should, and I'm also sporting OPI's new blue shade inspired by Alice in Wonderland - Absolutely Alice.

As you can hopefully see in the picture attached, it's definitely a glitter shade and I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but a few hours of having it on and I love it.

I've decided that while I am in New York I will use only my Alice-inspired makeup from Urban Decay and the nail polishes I grabbed from OPI. I'll be documenting all my looks, so stay tuned!

This Week's Beauty Blog Link Love



Rae falls in love with an amazingly pigmented violet eyeshadow -- for under $5! -- and tries it on as a blush.

Jeweled Thumb gives you the deets regarding a brand new line that may be popping up at your CVS by the ever famous Salma Hayek!

Feast your eyes on this two-parter from Lipglossiping and see what happened when IMATS rolled into London Town last weekend.

In her constant search for a flawless complexion, Beautyjunkielondon reviews the latest foundation launch from Maybelline.

Check out "The EOTD Series: Color of the week" at xLovelyMakeupx.

Vex in the City shares her experience of the 2010 London IMATS.

Sophie from Melovemakeup talks about her collection of Sleek Palettes.

Maggie gets her rave on with these Rimmel blushes!

Krasey Beauty whips out Essie's matte topcoat and lets the nail polish fun begin.

Hell Candy Make Up attended the London IMATS show last weekend. Check out the various MUAs looks from the show.

purple smoky eye with a pop tutorial from Lisa Kate at Sparkle is my Crack!

This week GlossQueen tells us how she loves her By Candlelight MSF.

Come discover 32 different nail colors in 32 days with Audrey.

This week at Get Lippie, Louise tries out a Kevyn Aucoin-influenced makeover.

Lisamarie at Beauty Crazed tests out eyerollers to see if they live up to the hype!



Susan Posnick Part Two: ColorMe Blush and Color

Moving on to Susan Posnick's ColorMe blush and color - she is an expert when it comes to mineral makeup application, and I learned a lot that Sunday.




Smashbox's Spring Collection: Heartbreaker

This collection has a fun, flirty vibe. And I'm not sure, but I've never seen a fragrance with a Smashbox collection, but there is one here, so that might be worth looking at as well. Let's dive in!



Heartbreaker Baked Fusion Soft Lights
 is this season's answer to the bronzer. This baked powder gives you a glow-from-within look.




Heartbreaker Eye Shadow Palette
. Two different sets of six to choose from: Hot Date (below), which is shades of tan and teal. Kiss 'n Tell (above) ranges from white to pink, to purple to black. 




Heartbreaker Lash DNA Mascara
: I'm not really sure what the difference is between this product and the regular Lash DNA mascara that I've already reviewed. I'm going to assume it's just in a pretty box.




Heartbreaker Liquid Liner Pen
. I am of the firm opinion that no one should be without a fabulous black pen liner. They are usually much easier to handle than a regular liquid liner, and you can use it to achieve a variety of looks, from precise cat eye to smudgy smoky eye.



Heartbreaker Lip Shine. Glossy lip shine in two colors for this collection, Berry Hot and Melon Drama.




Heartbreaker Rollerball Lip Gloss
. There is always one product in any collection that really catches my eye, and this is the one for the Heartbreaker set, and the only reason is because it's a rollerball. It brings back memories of my rollerball glosses back in middle school that tasted of bubble gum. This one comes in one shade only, Pink Sugar, and contains vitamin E.





Hearbreaker Eau de Parfum
. Smashbox has finally released their very first fragrance, and it's made up of forget-me-not florals and spices. Notes include gardenia, blue violet, musk, and vanilla. This is a perfect travel size with a rollerball applicator.

See anything you are dying for? Have you tried any of these? Tell me all about it!


A Video Tour of Susan Posnick Cosmetics: Part One

While in Dallas last month, I had the amazing opportunity to visit Susan Posnick's office and studio. You may best know her as the amazing mineral cosmetic line, and I had the chance to get the insider's view, along with a fabulous makeover. There are several videos in this series, and this one begins, well, at the beginning. Enjoy!



Dior's Spring Look Channels the 1920s



Are you like me and expect lots of floral pastel in your spring colors? I suppose I've just grown used to it - after the dreary gray winter, we all want some pretty in our spring colors. Dior, however, wants you to forget about that nonsense and look hot this spring.

Don't get me wrong, the pastels are still there, but they are mixed with a touch of black lace, reminding you that you can be both naughty AND nice, that there can be an edge to your floral goodness. This collection is inspired by the beauty of the 1920s, and you can see elements of it throughout.

The piece de resistance is most certainly Poudrer Dentelle, a compact with pink on pink tones that leaves a soft veil over the face.




Also included in the collection is the Five Couleurs Edition Dentelle, a lace-embossed palette of five shadows in beautiful shades of mauve:


The Creme de Rose lip balm in the collection comes infused with Damask Rose essential oil, vitamins, and shea butter to moisturize lips.


Dior's new Addict Lip Polish features a new spin-on applicator, and the formula is a new "stretch" formulation with amino acids and certain oils. The color in this collection is Petal Pink, and is gorgeous.



There is also a Diorblush Edition Dentelle in Vintage Pink with the trademark lace embossing:


Also of note are the nail polishes, Dior Vernis, which we see above on the model in Silver Pearl. It's interesting to see another gray during spring, but I like it.

See anything you have to have? Be sure to check out the entire collection at Christian Dior online.

The Veronicas Named Flirt! Style Ambassador for Rock and Rebel Fragrance


The Veronicas have teamed up with Flirt! Cosmetics to spread the word about their new fragrance, Flirt! Rock 'n Rebel. Their first order of business? Host a super-cool contest called "Flirt! Show Us Your Inner Rock Star."

Beginning today, fans can enter a picture of what "rock-star style" means to them for a chance to win a full on rockstar makeover day with The Veronicas and a package of Flirt! Cosmetics including the new Flirt! Rock 'n Rebel spray. Visit Flirt! Cosmetics for more information or to enter to win! 

Be sure to visit Flirt! on Facebook to stay connected.

Get Red Carpet Curls at Home Easily


No doubt about it, curls are all the rage right now. It's such a nice change from the stick straight hair we've been seeing the past few years, it's positively refreshing. 

It's super easy to get this look at home. Start by using Samy Curl Constructor Activating Mousse on wet hair to boost natural texture. It will help provide lift and volume throughout the hair. Dry hair in sections using a good round brush. Next, set hair in large hot rollers such as Remington Ceramic Ionic Jumbo Hair Rollers:

Remington H0747 Women's Ceramic, Ionic Jumbo Hair Rollers

Alternate the two sizes for a more natural curl pattern. Then you can either pin your hair up or leave it down, as you wish. Finish off your style with Samy Skyscraper Volumizing Hairspray for lift that holds all day.

You can find Samy products at Walgreens, Rite Aid, and better drugstores across the US. The Remington hair roller set is available at Wal-Mart.


Katy Perry Sports Hipper Version of Bettie Paige Look at Grammys


Danilo, the celeb stylist for Pantene, styled Katy Perry's hair for last night's Grammy awards, and wanted to move away from a retro perfect look. To get started, Danilo started by combing in Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Split End Prevention Leave-in Cream to condition and prepare for styling. Then he blow dried individual sections using Pantene Pro-V Volume Root Lifter Gel for extra lift and definition. Then he used a medium curling iron to create soft spiral curls. He then tousled them and sprayed with Pantene Pro-V Texture Hairspray to finish.

He described her bangs as "bumper perfection," and used Pantene Pro-V Restoratives Frizz Control Extra Strength Serum before drying straight and creating a curvature around the brow.

Estee Lauder Releases Love Your Lips Collection in Time for Valentines Day


This special limited edition collection of 12 Signature Hydra Luster lipsticks and four new Kissable Lip Gloss shades will be available in February at Estee Lauder counters and online as well.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, thes lipstick feature a special LOVE stamp on each bullet and the glosses have the same unique design on each vial.

The Signature Lipstick is available in the following shades:

  • Lustrous Pink
  • Lush Rose
  • Cherry Kiss (New for this collection)
  • Perfect Pink
  • Pink Kiss (New for this collection)
  • Radiant Wine
  • Rich Berry
  • Chelsea Rose
  • Radiant Rose
  • Coral Kiss (New to this collection)
  • Portofino Coral
  • Spanish Red
The Kissable Lip Gloss is designed to give you a sheer wash of color on it's own, or you can layer it over the Signature Lipstick for extra shine and is available in four new colors:
  • Sweet Kiss
  • Cherry Kiss
  • Pink Kiss
  • Coral Kiss
The Signature Lipstick retails for $19.50, and the Kissable Lip Gloss retails for $18.


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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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