Calypso Relaunches Fragrance Collection

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Happy birthday to me! I had the complete privilege to be able to preview the newly-relaunched Calypso St. Barth fragrance collection, which includes their signature scent “mimosa” and two brand new scents, “fig” and “casablanca“. Each one floats on a breeze of effortless chic. “mimosa” smells effervescent, like the signature cocktail, it is lighthearted and whimsical. “Fig” is fresh with a subtle spice running underneath it, and “casablanca” smells like the sunset at an Italian villa full of free spirits.Read & Comment →

Consignment

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As a beauty and style blogger, you know this girl can accumulate quite a fair few treasures. I also have hoarding tendencies, but thanks to my husband’s suggestion and the power of the Luxury Managers via the White Glove service at The RealReal, I’ve managed to select a few treasures from my collection that I want to see in a better home. A home where they can be cherished, loved, and not relegated to one of my closets, packed prettily away, never used. I’m an Editor at heart, and I desperately needed to edit down my collection.Read & Comment →

Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum

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It’s rare that I get up and talk to you about a single product in a blog post, but this deserves to be mentioned. I’m in love with a lotion–and I’m pretty sure it loves me back (at least, my skin thinks so). I’ll bet you didn’t guess it was from Vaseline. Their new serum-based restorative lotion (called Vaseline Intensive Care™ Healing Serum) has my hands clapping in celebration, because finally there is a lotion that 1) sinks in quickly 2) moisturizes deeply 3) doesn’t feel sticky and 4) smells intoxicating. And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get your hands on it (hooray!).Read & Comment →

Casual Date Night & How to Contour Quickly

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Parka – Loft (similar) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Leggings – J.Crew Factory | Boots – Pour La Victoire | Bag – Louis Vuitton (find preowned) | Nails – Shellac Fedora | Beanie – North Face (similar)

Today I wanted to share my typical winter date night outfit and makeup look with you guys. I’ve also found a really great way to highlight thanks to two new Clinique products. When it comes to a casual movie date with my husband, you won’t see any high heels or super tight jeans–I’m much more low-key than most, I guess. I prefer natural makeup (jazzing it up with a quick, easy, and foolproof contour method, more on that below) and a cozy sweater. (Gasp!) leggings round out the casual comfy nature of the outfit. Since it was particularly chilly, I added my army green hooded jacket and North Face beanie. You’ll probably notice that I’m quite short–so to give the illusion of longer legs I try to match my shoe/boot color to my pant, so here I’ve used black biker boots from Pour La Victoria to give some of that illusion. But let’s be honest. My legs are damn short.Read & Comment →

Salon-Inspired Hair Color At Home

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My sister and I decided to take the plunge with box dye, and after reading a ton of your recommendations on my last post about the perils of at-home box dye, I took all of your comments to heart and asked my sister if I could dye her roots next time. I asked because she has slightly darker hair than mine, which means her roots are more visible (sorry sis!) and therefore we would be better able to tell if we could combat the number one issue with box dyes: that is, that roots are categorically treated the same as ends, when they shouldn’t. 

My sister’s hair is naturally thick, medium-to-fine in consistency, and she has a lot of it! She says that her hair tends to frizz in high humidity. She’s been dyeing her hair at home for years, always with the squeezie tubes, and finds that her hair color results in a lackluster finish.

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Let’s Talk About Box Dye…

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Ladies, let’s take a moment to have a discussion. Most of us have been there: the tight budget, the frustration with the current state of the hairunion, the urge to just change it right now. So we run out to the store, pick the box with the most promises and the happiest looking hair model, and take it home, and take a deep breath.

But it never turns out quite like we planned, does it? At least for me, it never has. Most of the time my hair ends up looking brassy and two-toned (my roots always appear to be a different color than the ends of my hair) and slightly, well, flat looking. Not quite what we had in mind for our pick-me-up hair color.

I want to have a discussion with you in the comments. I’ll be doing my sister’s hair here at my home pretty soon, and I’m definitely no professional. I get my hair colored at the salon, but my challenge is to give my sis the same great salon multi-dimensional look, from a box. Can it be done?

What are your experiences with at-home hair dyes?

Beauty Blockbusters

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Every time you grab that tube of Secret deodorant, or Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioner, or coat your lashes with a CoverGirl mascara, or style your hair with Vidal Sassoon mousse, you’re a part of something bigger. That something is parent company, P&G (Procter and Gamble), which includes such blockbuster beauty brands as Pantene, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Clairol, even Herbal Essences under its giant umbrella of beauty aweseomeness

The P&G Beauty Collective

I’m so excited to share with you that I have joined a group of bloggers from Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, & more called the P&G Beauty Collective! Over the next 8 months you’ll be seeing me share awesome products with you on my Instagram–so be sure to head over there and follow me!

It’s important to me that you know that every post, review, item I feature on PSS is endorsed by me because I personally have tried it, recommend it, love it, etc. This partnership will not change that fact.

Save the Date: MICHELE Watches Event This Saturday

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 I’ve been a fan of MICHELE watches for a long time, but it wasn’t until I treated myself to one that I realized just what I had been missing out on: amazing craftsmanship, premium materials, superlative timekeeping, and….(dun dun DUNNN!) the ability to change up your look at any moment. Until I purchased my own MICHELE Watch for myself, I had never known that the bands were interchangeable. Since then, I’ve been having so much fun changing up my look to suit my outfit or my mood that day. 

MICHELE watches must have taken notice, because we’re partnering up this Saturday, November 8th, for a very special event at The Nordstrom store in The Woodlands (part of Houston Metropolitan area). The details are below (including prizes!):

  • Nordstrom The Woodlands, watch department
  • 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 1pm – 4pm
  • Come in and try on different MICHELE watches, customize your favorite piece, I’ll help you! (Hey, I’ll even help drop a hint for your significant other for that Holiday wishlist! *wink wink*)
  • We’ll hang out, gab, have refreshments and sweet treats, take pictures, and I’ll hand out prizes!
  • We will be doing two drawings, and the winner of each drawing will receive a watch head, the matching bracelet and two straps of their choice. Customers must be present to win.
  • Each winner will then have the opportunity to make their perfect MICHELE timepiece with the help of yours truly by choosing from a selection of watch heads and straps
  • During the event, take a picture of the watch you’ve put together and post it with the hashtag #MYSTYLEMYMICHELE on Instagram
  • There’s also an awesome gift with purchase if you decide to splurge right then and there!
  • There’s no obligation to purchase, but every obligation to have fun!!

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My Morning Skincare Routine

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to share my updated morning skincare routine with you. This was a doozy to film (confession: I filmed it twice!) but ultimately I wanted to share how effective the new La Roche-Posay Effaclar Acne Treatment System has been working for me. I love 3-step systems that have active ingredients in every step–so I don’t feel like I’m doing nothing half the time. Even the gel cleanser has some pretty great active ingredients! Bottom line: I’m impressed.

Avoid this system if you have very dry or flaky skin – or at the very least, start slow, maybe 3 times per week. Then build up gradually. This kit is designed for the acne-prone, so if you don’t get spots, this may not be the kit for you. (La Roche-Posay has some seriously great skincare products–even those designed for Rosacea!)

Catch my video above and feel free to shop the products below! Scroll down for an awesome giveaway!

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Win One of Ten Effaclar Acne Treatment System Kits!

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I collaborated with La Roche-Posay to share the acne system kits with you, my readers. It’s a natural, organic partnership that starts with my own love of Effaclar Duo. Thanks for your support so that I can bring you even more great deals and giveaways in the future!

Beauty Recs with Sally Beauty

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In my last Sally Beauty post, I offered my custom beauty consultation services to one winner–and that winner was the lovely Elizabeth. My spending limit was $45 so I opted to multitask items: several eyeshadows (suited to her eye color) in one, as well as a gorgeous blush/bronzer combo. I’m loving the “nude everything” trend these days so of course a dusty rose nail color was in order, as was a nude lip pencil. Plus, through the rest of August, you get a free snazzy tote if you spend $45 at any Sally Beauty store, while supplies last. And trust me, they’re cute.

  1. Femme Couture Velvet Bronzer and Blush Duo
  2. Femme Couture Color Made Easy Shadow Effects Trio
  3. Real Colors Hydra Lips Waterproof Gel Lip Liner
  4. OPI Nail Lacquer in Nomad’s Dream
  5. Ardell Natural Multipack Babies

I hope you like my picks for you, Elizabeth! I thoroughly enjoyed shopping for you! I hope you enjoy your gift card and please let me know how your shopping goes!