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My CoverGirl Makeover

My night as a CoverGirl was a very exciting night! Now, you get to see my makeover process during the “Primping Party.” I was having technical difficulties after the party and I couldn’t post the video until now. 

My hair was styled by Besma of the Frederic Fekkai Salon and my makeup was done by Toby Fleischman. I felt so glamorous!

Below are the products I received as part of my experience:

 

  1. CG & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer
  2. CG & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush
  3. CG & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation
  4. CoverGirl Clean Oil Control Pressed Powder
  5. CoverGirl Lash Blast Length Mascara
  6. CoverGirl Smokey Shadow Blast
  7. CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eye Liner Pencil 
  8. CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick
  9. CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm
  10. CoverGirl Smokey Shadow Blast

Disclaimer: I was NOT financially compensated for this post, although the products were gifted.

Eliza Parker wants fan photos!

Eliza Parker, the very chic plus size apparel brand, is looking for fan photos wearing their favorite EP pieces! One of their goals with their blog is to inspire you and your wardrobe. And what better way to do that show you “real women, at real events. looking fabulous!”

Submit a photo wearing your favorite Eliza Parker style and they just might feature it on their blog. If you include a quick note telling them about you and how you accessorized you look you’ll get a gift!

Send your photo and note to blog@elizaparker.com

Good luck!

Topshop’s Got it Handled

Move over handbags, the satchel with the handle is making it’s mark as one of my favorite bags of the season! I love all handbags and I don’t discriminate, but this style is definitely on my to-buy list. I found a great selection over at Topshop.


It doesn’t hurt that most of them can be worn as crossbody bags which is a bonus in my book. Especially, since I need my hands free for shopping. The Coral Leather Lock Handle Bag is divine, but for $110, I might need to find a cheaper alternate. Unless I can get my hands on some coupon codes (hint, hint).

Do you love this bag or will you be on the search for a different style? 


Roaman’s New Look and 30% Off!

Roaman’s®, a Redcats USA plus-size women’s apparel brand, announces the launch of their “All About You…All About Savings” campaign. They are featuring a “new look that showcases feminine to glam at affordable prices.”

“We want to be the fashion magazine and website that women go to for must-have products, styling tips and fashion advice,” said Blanca Vera, SVP, General Brand Manager for Roaman’s®.  “Customers will still find all of their favorites, along with a selection of new styles from dressy to casual that fit every woman’s lifestyle.”

And to celebrate they are offering you, the curvy shopper, 30% off one item  when you place an order on their web site using coupon code RD31446 (valid through 2/14/11). Don’t you just love coupons?! What will you buy?

Beauty.com’s Unique Gift with Purchase

Beauty and Fashion lovers rejoice! Spend $150 at Beauty.com and receive this glamourous Marchesa designed beauty bag filled with goodies as a gift with purchase.


Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig designed this luxurious black fabric exterior with tiers of ruffles and a dramatic bow, with a silky ballet-pink interior.


“This season we wanted to create a beauty bag that could double as a chic day or night clutch. The draped bow detail and ruffles are Marchesa signatures and the classic noir finish will go with any outfit.  We also made it roomy enough for even the most extensive beauty collection, so you can carry everything or nothing at all and still look chic regardless of where you go.”

—Marchesa co-founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.

Included in the bag, along with a $10 gift card, is 17 deluxe samples:

1. Juice Beauty® Reflecting Gloss in Organic Fig
2. Urban Decay™ De-Slick in a Tube
3. Fekkai Advanced™ Brilliant Glossing Shampoo
4. Nick Chavez® Amazon Infinity Mist
5. Exuviance® Rejuvenating Treatment Masque
6. Borghese Crema Saponetta Cleansing Face & Body Bar
7. Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
8. GoSmile® Touch Up® Watermelon Mint
9. Laura Geller Wonder Wand Eye Brightener
10. Darphin PREDERMINE Firming Wrinkle Repair Serum
11. bareMinerals® Original Foundation in Medium Beige with Brush
12. Bliss® FatGirlSlim™ Skin Firming Cream
13. Dr. Dennis Gross™ Alpha Beta® Daily Face Peel
14. Clean™ Warm Cotton Eau de Perfume
15. Jonathan Product™ Finish Control™ High Shine Aerosol Hairspray
16. Phyto™ Phytocitrus Restructuring Mask
17. Alterna® Bamboo Smooth Pure Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil

Just My Size…Proving me wrong.

If there’s one thing I love more than anything, it’s getting proven wrong when it comes to clothing. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true. I love that feeling of thinking a clothing brand is one way and then finding out I was completely mistaken. 

I’m kinda ashamed to say that’s how I felt about the Just My Size clothing line. I had this whole idea that because it was sold at Walmart that I wouldn’t like it and the quality wouldn’t be that great. Why do I even judge clothing before I try it? I don’t know! I am so happy to say JMS has proven me wrong!

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to try out a few pieces courtesy of JMS and I am pleasantly surprised at not only the great quality but, the price point.  All the designs above range from $13.99-$19.99 and a lot of them make great basics and layering pieces. I actually have the JMS EasyDressing Sweater Coat in black and I love it!

In fact, I have an extra pair of the Just My Size – Womens Plus Pull-On Denim Jeggings (left) in a size 18/20 to give away! (FYI…these do run 1-2 sizes big)

To Enter: Leave a comment, along with a valid email address, below telling me how you’d style these jeggings.

For an extra entry: “Like” them on Facebook. Leave a separate comment stating you’ve done this.

Rules: Must be a U.S. resident, 18 years or older, and winner will be chosen on 2/2/11 using Random.Org. Only one entry per person, unless using the 1 extra entry.

Disclaimer: I was NOT financially compensated for this post. Although, the items were gifted. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Snow Boots for the Fashionista

As I write this, the snow has already begun to fall in the Northeast. Brrrr…I love the snow, but what I’ve heard about this storm is not appealing. So, what does any fashionista do in the snow? Put on fabulous snow boots of course! As a California girl, I’ve never owned a pair of snow boots. The closest I’ve gotten to any cold weather boots are my trusty Uggs. Sad, I know.


If I had to choose a free pair,  I’d definitely take these Aquatalia boots for a whopping $450 or this Yves Saint Laurent boot that’s on sale for $675! I said if they were free! I wouldn’t pay that much for boots! What’s the most you’ve paid for snow boots? Was it worth it?

Regardless of your snow boot style, just promise me you’ll stay warm out there!

Beauty Buzz: KleanSpa

 

Little did I know a scented mist I received in a swag bag at BlogHer would start a beauty love affair with KleanSpa. First of all,  I’m not a fan of strong over powering scents. I love natural floral and fruity scents and the KleanSpa mist was so yummy!

KleanSpa is a company that is dedicated to sharing their gift of “scentual discovery with others by providing luxurious and refreshing products.” Products that are “high quality, competitively-priced, naturally-focused, while pleasing the body, nose and spirit.”

Of course the mist isn’t the only thing I’ve fallen in love with. Thanks to KleanSpa, I was given a “Taste” of KleanSpa gift set ($34.50) to try out. ((Enter to win your own set below!))  This included the Sugar Body Polish in Let it Snow, the Whipped Shea Body Butter in Perfect Pumpkin, and the Mist in Roasted Nut & Orange Peel. Seriously, I just want to eat it all…BUT YOU CAN’T! It’s not edible. Oh darn!

And you don’t have to buy these products in a set. The Sugar Body Polish ($13.50) , Whipped Shea Body Butter ($12.50), Mist ($10.50), and more are sold separately at delicious prices. I might just have to try out their Bath Syrup ($7) or KleanSpa Candle ($9).

Their ingredients consist of items like shea butter/oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, green tea powder, and more. MOST of their ingredients are natural…but, where it’s impossible to find a substitute, they do use a fragrance oil. And all products are always human tested first and they use a non-paraben preservative.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area you can stop by their Burbank or Santa Monica locations for their monthly Blending Bash where you can “Kreate” your own signature fragrance for only $35!

At the Bash, you will personally work with Jennifer (the owner) to create your own signature fragrance. Then you will make a 1/3oz Roll-on Perfume and a 4oz Lotion (or a bath Syrup in the Santa Monica store). Sounds like fun! Hmmmm…wonder what I’ll call my signature scent?

Sign up for their newsletter today and get an instant 25% off coupon!  

Giveaway: Here’s your chance to win your very own “Taste” of KleanSpa Gift Set valued at $34.50!

To enter, go to the KleanSpa web site HERE and tell me which scents you’ll choose in the polish, butter, and mist if you win as a comment below. Make sure to leave a valid email address or twitter i.d.

For extra entries:

  1. “Like” KleanSpa on Facebook.
  2. Follow KleanSpa on Twitter.

*Make sure you add the extra entries as a separate comment, will not count if they are not a separate comment. This means no more than 3 comments per person. Only open to valid U.S. residents and you must be 18 years or older to enter. Winner will be chosen using Random.org on February 1st, 2011.



Disclaimer: I was NOT financially compensated for this post, although the items were gifted. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Romantically Ruche

 

I don’t know how many times I’ve expressed my love for Anthropologie; only to be so disappointed with their lack of plus sizes. I am such a fan of the vintage and romantic vibe I get from their clothes, but I’m definitely not a fan of their prices.

If you feel the same way I do, then you’re going to love the designs from Ruche! At first glance you think it’s just straight sizes, but they have a “Curvy Plus” section, sizes 1X-3X. Great romantic designs for a romantic dinner with the love of your life! I’m just sayin’!

Ok, I admit I’ve never worn their clothes, but I think I just might make a purchase to find out what the quality and fit is like. Oh…did I mention their price point is super reasonable? If you’ve purchased from Ruche please share!!

Here are my picks below:



My Night as a COVERGIRL

COVERGIRL encompasses beauty and glamour on the inside and out! And as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary, they want you to know that “Every woman is a COVERGIRL!”


I found out exactly what it means to be a true COVERGIRL. All thanks to an exclusive invite to their star studded 50th Anniversary party at BOA in Los Angeles!  And there’s no better way to get red carpet ready, other than an exclusive “primping party” at The London hotel.

With a glass of champagne in hand, Besma from Frederic Fekkai Salon styled my hair with products from the Fekkai luxury product line. She was awesome! I had the chance to chat with a fellow bloggers and enjoy the amazing view from the suite’s patio; all while hosting my first ever Twitter Party!

I made my way over to the amazing make up artist Toby Fleischman. Not only was she crazy talented, she was so nice! She used the new NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, COVERGIRL and Olay Simply Ageless Corrector, COVERGIRL and Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush, LashBlast Fusion Mascara, Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow, and new COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Lipstick on me. I was in love with my look of the night! I honestly didn’t even feel like I was wearing makeup. It was all so light, but it had great coverage and the lipstick was “perfection.”

After the “primping” was over, we made our way to BOA for the party! I was nervous! It was my first red carpet and I don’t think I’ve ever been around so many celebrities. The venue was stunning and the free Godiva chocolate didn’t hurt. Neither did getting greeted at the door with a glass of champagne!

Celebrities on hand were Queen Latifah, Dania Ramirez, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift, Selena Gonzalez, Mario Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Riley, Ana de la Reguera, Cory Monteith, Kendra Wilkinson, Lauren Conrad, Niki Taylor, Portia De Rossi, Rachel Hunter, Sam Ronson, Sophia Bush, and Whitney Port…to name a few. I even bumped into a few celebs unknowingly.

I definitely felt like a true COVERGIRL!

Check out myCOVERGIRL, now featured on facebook.com/covergirl, it offers women the opportunity to star in their own COVERGIRL video or advertisement, with exclusive chances to win free makeup and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah or Drew Barrymore. In addition, COVERGIRL will donate $1 to the U.S. Make A Wish Foundation® for every COVERGIRL who joins – up to a $50,000 donation.

Rock Rihanna’s Pistol Pendant

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I was browsing my favorite celeb site JustJared.com, when I came across this image of Rihanna wearing the Campise Gun Necklace a Ron Herman exclusive ($648).

I can’t say I’m a regular at Fred Segal, like Miss Rihanna here, but I do love that necklace. So of course, I found you all a few alternatives. (Click on the pendant for shopping info)

What do you think? Which necklace would you rock? I love the first one…of course! It’s by Betsey Johnson.