Glitter & Pearls


Tiny Tattoos
December 15, 2011, 9:07 am
Filed under: Beauty, Thoughts On Grown-Upness | Tags: , ,

I am not what you would call a “tattoo person”; in fact, I am the antithesis of a tattoo person.  I mean, I don’t even have my ears pierced (more on that, here).  This is one part fear of messing with my skin, one part fear of “the look” from my parents (yes, I am a grown-up), two parts chicken … wait … how many parts is that?  Okay, a lot of parts chicken.  But these tiny tattoos in small and unexpected places – wrists, fingers, heels, necks – I’m totally smitten.  Temporary tattoos here I come! (bock, bock, bock! – yeah, that’s chicken-speak for “chicken”.)

Images here + Pinterest

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Inspiration: Gold

Currently craving all things dipped in gold. Continue to blame the Holiday bug.  And don’t laugh at my dream pig.  Stare at that little gilded piggy bank, and within minutes, you’ll want one too.  It’s the power of the pig.  But seriously, how fabulous would he look on a mantel or fireplace ledge?  So chic.

1. ASOS Horse Clutch, 2. Jennifer Behr Sailor’s Knot Headband (Similar), 3. AREAWARE Pig Bank, 4. Ted Lapidus Sunglasses, 5. NARS Polish in Kismet, 6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Hobbes Cardigan, 7. Givenchy Gold Cap Ballet Flats (Similar), 8. House of Harlow Feather Row Ring, 9. ASOS Premium Spiked Cuff (Similar), 10. Giles & Brother Railroad Cuff, 11. Bobbi Brown Chocolate and Gold Eye Paint Pallette



Millions of Perfumes
November 1, 2011, 9:18 am
Filed under: Beauty

{image a la Into The Gloss}

Confession:  I don’t throw perfume away, I just buy more.  I think I’m up to 20 bottles.  Is this normal?  Are you a picky perfume chooser or a perfume hoarder?

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Dior Addict Lip Maximizer
March 2, 2011, 6:14 pm
Filed under: Beauty, GLAMOUR, Good Face

{image a la buycosmeticsonline.net}

My favorite Magazine, Glamour, sent over a full-sized bottle of Dior Addict Lip Maximizer.  Yay!

From GLAMOUR + Dior:  This revolutionary product boosts volume instantly thanks to a unique blend of fillers that smooth and moisturize leaving lips irresistably plump.  Apply over lipstick or under gloss for volume and shine.

Let me preface this guinea pig attempt by saying, I am totally wary of lip plumping anything.  For starters, the word “filler” scares me.  And lip plumpers make your lips tingle.   I’m fairly certain your lips weren’t meant to tingle, set to cell phone vibrate.  But I go for it.

The bottle is gorgeous.  I am so taken with the pretty packaging I am tempted to rate this product with five stars and call it a day.

The first thing I notice is the minty taste/smell of the gloss – yum.  The consistency is perfect – thick but in a good way and glossy enough to not need anything over it.  The color is a creamy clear whitish-pink – easy “A” in my book.  My lips are tingling and it’s freaking me out a little.  Then again, if they didn’t tingle, would I think it’s working?  Probably not.  (The tingling eventually subsides and your lips wind up feeling cold – which I actually like.)

BONUS:  Use the code (GLAM1) for free shipping at Dior.com!



Glamorous Gwen
January 27, 2011, 3:39 pm
Filed under: Beauty, Good Face

No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani, was named the newest face of cosmetics line, L’Oréal Paris. She’ll be fronting the brand’s Infallible Le Rouge Lip Color campaign … and with her signature red pout, Infalluble Red should fly off of the shelves.

“I can’t believe I get to be one of the L’Oréal Paris girls. I love playing dress up, on stage or shooting videos, it’s always been one of my favorite parts of being in a band.”

The above black and white shot is one of the first preview shots made available to the public from Gwen’s L’Oréal Paris campaign, and her first television commercial aired at the Golden Globes.

via People



Matte Lip
January 24, 2011, 3:49 pm
Filed under: Beauty, Good Face, On a Budget

{image a la Refinery 29}

I heart Matte everything.  First it was nail polish, and now gloss, er, lipstick. 

NYX just launched Soft Matte Lip Creams that deliver a shine-free lip in one easy swipe, and the liquid formula is lightweight, like a gloss, but creamy enough (think liquid lipstick) to create an easy, plush matte finish.

The collection of eleven shades has it all— from a bright fuchsia (Addis Ababa, anyone?) to a bold red (aptly titled, Amsterdam) —even their nude (called Stockholm) is uber glamorous.

If you have been wary to venture into the land of lipstick (and by all means, do), then try out one of these slick lip creams – not quite a lipstick, not quite a gloss = practically perfect.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, $6 each, available at NYX Cosmetics.



half moon nails
January 8, 2011, 5:44 am
Filed under: Beauty

This is totally doable.  Clearly I will need to cheat … nail polish pens, anyone?

A half moon manicure, also known as a reverse french manicure, starts with a fully painted (often with a darker color polish) with a tiny half-moon left bare or colored lightly at the base of every fingernail.

Fun fact:  the half moon manicure gained its popularity first in the 1920s – worn by Old Hollywood actresses, and then the manicure played a starring role during the burlesque era.

Following suit, Dita Von Teese, burlesque model and actress, has been rocking the glamorous nail-do for years!

a la eplikesthis.com