My Very First Red


Pictured above are Fabulista (left) and Dana (right).

by Dana Michaelson

My fabu friend Fabulista invited me as her plus one to an event thrown by TotalBeauty.com at Space NK. Being a part of corporate America and having absolutely no experience in the beauty world, (other than the makeup I wear Friday and Saturday nights) I was overwhelmed by the knowledge that these women had to offer. I was strongly encouraged by Fabulista and Ann from Blogdorf Goodman to try red lipstick. I had reservations: I associated lipstick (especially red lipstick) with my mother’s and grandmother’s generation. But I have to say, I was seduced by the sophistication that ensued after I applied. With a bit of encouragement, I slathered my lips up with Nars’ “Dragon Girl” Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and then completed “the look” with Nars’ Triple X, a clear lip gloss. Within moments I transformed from an ordinary brown-haired, brown-eyed girl into a young woman who was ready to hit the big city. The compliments that flew were profuse and I attribute them all to my red lips.

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Smooth Operator: Whish Shave Crave

Hi dolls!

Happy New! I hope your 2008 is off to a splendid start, as mine is. I was considering waiting until next week to kick off Smooth Operator Week, but know what? I think scaly, dry, far shaves (you know… the opposite of close shaves?) are SO 2007 and you should think so as well. So for that reason, Smooth Operator Week will last from today, January 2 through Tuesday, January 8. Because when you have a blog, you can design your own week that goes Wed-Tues.

I’ve been using Whish Shave Crave for the past couple of weeks and I adore it. I specifically enjoy the Papaya Coconut-scented version. It smells sublime – like a vacation with no scheduled activities other than beach time and relaxation. It’s comprised of coconut and papaya essential oil infused with natural ingredient (apparently secret, because it’s not mentioned on the Whish website) base of Shave Crave to create a moisturizing, restorative cream. It’s also hypoallergenic and not tested on animals.

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Favorite Things 2007!

It’s been an eventful, good year, although not my best year ever. According to VH1, that title went to Rehab. I kind of agree, when my 14 year old cousin found out that his grandfather was in rehab (as in, physical therapy), he was WILDLY impressed because he’d only heard rehab associated with celebrities. Meanwhile, his grandfather slipped and fell, hence the reason for the PT. This is the world in which our children live. Can you even?

I digress. My readership stats have skyrocketed in 2007 thanks to all of YOU! I appreciate the support, advice, hilarious comments, and community that you, the reader, bring to this site. I’ve made so many friends (both Internet and in real life) as a result of it and have even reconnected with old ones (hi, high school friends!). Thanks to Annie of Blogdorf Goodman for organizing Favorite Things 2007! I’ve included links to the original posts, click them for more info on each product. Have a fantastic holiday season and I hope 2008 is as fab as all of you are.

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Balancing Act

Have you been introduced to Artistry Essentials yet? The line was created for women whose beauty routine is quick and efficient (that’s you, right?). It includes formulas for ALL skins. Of late, I’m loving their Balancing Cleanser. Intended for combination-to-oily skin, it cleanses, clarifies, and mildly exfoliates (sans scrubby particles, its formula is designed to slough off dead skin cells). My sensitive skin is LOVING the lack of oil in its lifestyle (I no longer need to use a separate product to combat T zone shine) and my skin really is clearer.

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New Years Gifts

Hope you all had a delightful holiday! In case you were “surprised” with a gift from someone whom you were NOT expecting to exchange with (as I was), this delightful holiday set of Body Shop body butters is a delightful New Years gift for $25. The Festive and Fabulous Body Butter Gift Set includes seasonal body butters in Cranberry, Rich Plum, and Vanilla Spice — all blended to create intense and creamy body moisturizers. Each of the three is a mini version of the real thing. Perfect for packing for the resort vacas I hope you’re planning.

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Win $300 worth of Make Up For Ever!


Get a new look for the new year with SeenON!’s newest Swag giveaway. Win $300 worth of sassy makeup by Sephora from Make Up For Ever to help you totally glam it up at your New Year’s Eve party and every day after. Register now to win this swag!

Products

Shine On Power

Sens’Eyes – Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser

Eyeshadow

Double Pencil Sharpener

Aqua Creamliner (3 different colors)

Super Matte Loose Powder

False Eyelashes

Aqua Lip Liner (3 different colors)

Aqua Eye Liner (3 different colors)

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Israeli "Appeel"


There is this kiosk in the Montgomery Mall (outside Philadelphia) where both my brother and mother have been suckered into buying these Israeli dead sea products called Obey Your Body (product impulse buys run in the fam). My brother once gave me this manicure set that included the best files I’ve ever used and this phenom body/hand lotion. My mother on a separate occasion purchased the same one unwittingly. Now the sales people are pushy but they demonstrate the use of the products on you mid-mall and I have to say that when I’ve tried them out at my parents’ house, I’m WILDLY impressed. I stay far far away from the Israelis at the kiosk for fear that I’d buy the entire place out. Not only do I adore Israelis, but I have a serious penchant for products made from the Dead Sea. In fact, when I was IN Israel, I had a serious case of eczema that completely disappeared after a cold February dip in the Sea.

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