Eyes by Design Airing on HSN Tonight and Tomorrow

Tune into HSN this week to learn about a new, first-to-market prestige cosmetics and treatment line created exclusively for the eyes that I am LOVING called Eyes by Design. Eyes by Design is a new everything-eyes-focused brand that provides step-by-step guidance on how to play up your peepers and become your own eye expert. Their Transforming Eye Palettes (they come in shades corresponding to your own eye color – brown, blue, green, and hazel) make it easy for makeup novices (or those who are just out of practice – or in a makeup rut, namely ME) to create several wearable looks (with varying degrees of formality) in an instant. The brand launched this month exclusively on HSN and HSN.com.

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Lancôme’s Fall Collection: Maharani Jewels

Lancôme’s new collection, Maharani Jewels, pays homage to India and is a reflection of the country’s alluring colors and elaborate designs. As the great Diana Vreeland said, “Hot pink is the navy blue of India!”

From the fragrant spices, to the natural hues of India’s landscape, to the beautiful colored jewels that adorn the neck of a Maharani, or princess, all of these unique elements highly influenced Lancôme’s fall color palette. The elephant bronzer is my fave of the collection. It’s a chic bronzing compact embossed with an iconic symbol of India, the elephant, which signifies royalty and internal strength.

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Fashion Binge is Giving Away a LUSH Retro Gift Box

My gals Tamron Lohan and Mary-Kate Hopkinson over at Fashion Binge are giving away a six-piece gift set from LUSH. It includes:

Uluru Bath Bomb
Bon Bomb Bath Bomb
Pineapple Grunt Soap
Red Rooster Soap
Slammer Shower Gel
Freeze Shower Gel

The whole thing is worth $49.95, but FREE to the ONE lucky Binger who, in the comments section of this post, provides them with the most amusing example of something that smells good to you and why. According to Tamron, “it should be interesting and novel. Like ‘my cat’s tummy’ or ‘inflatable beach toys’ or ‘croque madame.’ Not like ‘yummy baked cookies’ because that’s the obvious, low-hanging fruit shit.”

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80s Ladies Week: Nothing Comes Between me and my… L’Oreal HIP Liner.

In the early 80s, back even before Banana Republic boasted a safari theme and stores were adorned with Jeeps and giraffes, there was Jordache, Sassoon, Sergio Valente, and, obv, Calvin Klein.

The inspired product is L’Oreal HIP Color Rich Cream Eyeliner in Midnight Blue ($12). It’s a rich, designer jeans blue, most akin to a superhero hue. Perhaps even a Voltron blue. Like the D jeans trend itself, it lasts a while. Its creamy texture allows for ease of application, while the high intensity pigments deliver true color deposit. It comes with its own slanty brush for professional application.

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80s Ladies Week: iGel, but Only in my Dreams

Picture it: 1987. I have one idol and her name is DEBBIE GIBSON. Enjoy my fave song of hers, if you will:

The summer this was the it song, I was at Spring House Day Camp in suburban PA. The first time I heard it, I was at this weekend sleepover where we were supposed to play SPIN THE BOTTLE. I was seven at the time, and totally and utterly scared to kiss a boy (wouldn’t you be at seven? This camp was mildly fachachta, to say the least.) I distinctly remember telling my counselor that I wasn’t down with kissing the boys right this MINUTE, but I was so very down with allowing her to swipe me down with some lipstick (which she was applying for all of us, pre-boy kissing.) Even at seven, even at CAMP, I still wanted in on the makeup.

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Mariah on the Cover of ELLE

I’m not typically Mariah fan (although I have always thought her voice is phenomenal ESPESH in the “Vision of Love” days.) But I have to admit, Mariah’s looking pretty fab lately with her toned divalicious bod and her Nick Cannon arm candy. “When I was in an unhappy place In my life,” Carey says of her past, “I always wanted to be kidnapped. I just wanted a way out, but I didn’t have one.” Ten years after her split with [Tommy] Mottola, handsome young prince Nick Cannon has come to the rescue. “He sort of kidnapped me and took me on a helicopter ride. Then he re-proposed.” The August issue of ELLE features a Mariah Carey cover story, where she discusses her new album, her banging new body and, of course, her adorable young husband Nick Cannon–who happens to appear in the editorial, with Mimi.

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ELF Partners with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

You guys. I LOVED the first Traveling Pants movie and have plans to see the second with Jamie on opening day. I am 13 on the inside.

Anyway, ELF is supporting the movie in two fun ways:

1. ELF has created two SISTERHOOD KITS. Now, friends, and sisters, can share a gloss (or two or three or four) wherever their journey may lead. On the left, is a six gloss set complete with professional makeup artist train case priced at $15 and on the right are six wearable shades complete with a free mesh sack for easy carrying!

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T3 Promotion: Buy Boost or Plump; Get the Other FREE

Great news, gals! Buy Boost or Plump online at t3micro.com/julydeals/ and get the other FREE (a $38 savings!). T3 is also doing a special with their new ColorLock Pressing Spray, which is designed to lock and seal in color to prevent color fading and improve the condition of color-treated hair.

Also? There is a section to check out some of my FAVORITE hair guru, Orlando Pita‘s tips and tricks. You’re welcome.

Photo credit: t3micro.com

Carol’s Column: A Hair Odyssey

By Carol (my mother)

I hesitate to write about my hair. Thin, fine, wavy/curly with a tendency to frizz, it has always been my nemesis. It seems to have a maddening mind of its own – in a contrarian way. For example, at a major social event, it will inevitably look only so-so at best. Lolling home alone, however, it can be suddenly, bafflingly, spectacular. The spectacular, of course, is relative and depressingly brief.

Astrologically, I am mane-less in Leo, a catastrophe for a lioness’s pride. Just when I think my hair’s okay, I can walk down a street and a mere breeze will flatten and undo it. Watching other women walk by, perfectly coiffed and serenely confident in their tresses, my heart starts to sink. Why cannot I, a mature woman, get it together ? Channeling Nora Ephron, I am forced to declare, I feel bad about my hair.

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