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August 2012 Archives

Mint-Nail-Polish-Essie-RGB.jpgIt’s hard to find that one perfect nail polish color that’s bright and attention-grabbing but not too over the top. One that looks just as good on fingers as it does on toes. As it turns out, mint nail polish is the way to go. These are our two favorite shades.

Essie Mint Candy Apple
Since its inception in 2009, this one has been a cult favorite—and it’s easy to see why. Two coats yield absolute perfection. This polish is neither too bright nor too muted, in some lights looking almost white and others near turquoise! But, no matter what, it’s sophisticated and chic.
$8 at

RGB Minty
There’s no doubt about it, this polish really is minty green. At a recent pedicure appointment, it jumped out at us from the shelves of pinks and reds—and now we’re wearing it on our toes! Even our pedicurist had to confide that she buys bottles and bottles of this color for her personal collection. It’s creamy, it’s gorgeous, it’s completely unique. And, much like our pedicurist, we’re about to start stockpiling.
$16 at
Metallic-Eyeshadow-Summer-2012-Beauty-Trends-Runway.jpgWant to know how to look beautiful and totally on trend this summer? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you the beauty trends you need to know about and incorporate into your routine, stat—and the products that will give you the looks in a flash.

Up this week: metallic eyeshadow! Another eye trend we normally see in colder months, this one is really taking wing with warmer temperatures. But it’s not just your standard sweep of the eyeshadow brush across your lid this season. Instead, think bold takes on gold and silver, like the gold leaf seen at Fendi or the banana-like shape above the lid at 3.1 Phillip Lim. Below, our favorite shadows!

Dior Couleur Ultra Smooth High Impact Eyeshadow in Chrome
An almost graphite-like silver with tons of shimmer, this one can double as a bold eyeliner with the right slanted brush.
$29 at

MAC Eye Shadow in Retrospeck
A taupe/gold hybrid that sparkles and shimmers in the lowest of light. Why not take this one a step further and use it as a highlighter, too?
$15 at

Mark I-Mark Metallics Custom Pick Eyeshadow in Moonshine
The prettiest pale silver that catches the light beautifully. We love the Custom Pick Eyeshadows because you can create your own palette from all the line’s gorgeous colors!
$6 at

Iman Luxury Eyeshadow Duo in Mixed Metals
We love the combination of copper and white shadows. And the honeycomb pattern almost makes this duo too pretty to use! Hey, we said almost.
$8 at

NYX Cream Shadow in Gold
Want a gold shadow that doesn’t beat around the bush? This is it. It applies as a cream, dries as a powder and leaves behind bold, daring shimmer.
$4.99 at
Alicia Keys decided to take her new single’s advice and make every day ‘A New Day’ by cutting of her hair. She took to Twitter, via Instagram, and declared, “Look what I done did!!;-))) its an #aknewday in EVERY way!!!! ;-))))” and showed off her new ‘do. 

In classic Alicia Keys fashion her new hairstyle is completely versatile. As she showed in the pic above, she can rock it wavy, slicked back or styled as classic, sleek bob.
Balenciaga-Paris-Eau-De-Parfum.jpgOh, to be a woman of leisure and luxury. Luckily, you can pretend you’re one, thanks to Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum.

We’ve long been fans of this scent, steeped in heady violet and touched with airy blossom and spicy peppery notes. It’s a fragrance that gets you noticed but isn’t too heavy or cloying, one that makes people stop and turn when you walk into a room. One that has everyone around you saying, “You smell fantastic.”

And, as if that’s not enough, the bottle design is sophisticated and beautiful, with a geometric-printed round stopper that looks perfect on any vanity or dressing table.

Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum retails for $95-$130 at

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