Lipgloss Break: November 2012

Get Clean with Clarisonic

Have you ever tried a new product and thought, 'how did I live without this for so many years?' Well, that is what went through my mind when I first tried out my Clarisonic. My skin has never felt so clean!

This review is way overdue. I started using my Brazilliant Orange Clarisonic Mia 2 during the extremely hot NYC summer. The hubby and I would spend all day on the weekends exploring the city, going in and out of the steamy subway system and hitting the hot pavement. By the end of the day, the little makeup I wore would be totally erased from my face from sweat. I could not get the greasy or dusty polution feeling off of my skin with cleanser or a wash cloth alone. Using the Clarisonic made my skin feel squeaky clean. My skin looked brighter with only a couple of days of using it.

I have ultra sensitive skin, so I was a little timid to use the Mia at first. I purchased the Delicate brush head to use and haven't had any irritation. The Mia comes with the Sensitive brush, which I let my husband use (he loves my Mia too!). I wash my face two times a day, but only use my Clarisonic about 5-7 times a week.

The Clarisonic Mia 2 comes with the following:
*Universal Voltage Charger
*Sensitive Brush Head
*1 oz. trial size cleanser
*Protective travel case
Retails at $149 at Clarisonic.com

The Mia and Mia 2 are great for traveling and every day use. If you are looking to take your skincare routine to the next level, this is it. I always tell my husband, you only get one skin, so take care of it!

A Clarisonic is also a great gift for any special lady on your Holiday shopping list. It's a higher price point than most, so round up your siblings and go in on this for mom. It's the gift that keeps giving!
Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.


Cyber Monday Deals

Loft.com
50% off everything!

Piperlime.com
20% off, use code CYBER

Coach Factory outlet
Additional 30% off and 10% off at checkout.

TINte Cosmetics
30% off, enter CYBER at checkout

Nordstrom.com
Special Cyber Monday markdowns

Shoebuy.com
30% off plus free s&h

Barneys.com
Women's Sale & Men's Sale

Soap.com
30% off, use code SBATTLE

OldNavy.com & Gap.com
30% off entire order, use code CYBER

Per-fekt Beauty
Discount kids, use code HOLIDAY10

Bath & Body Works
25% off entire site, code CYBER2012

Shoes.com
20% off, use code CYBER

Bloomingdales.com
Up to 50% off select items, and $50 off for every $250 spent

UrbanDecay.com
1/2 off select makeup kits

JCrew Factory outlet
50% off everything + Free S/H

Ulta.com
Free gifts with purchase & additional sale items

Loehmanns.com
40% off everything! Use code CYBER40 at checkout.

Bloom.com
Up to 50% off your purchase. Use code THANKFUL35

StephanieJohnson.com
40% off. Use code MONDAY.






A Magazine Subscription, the Gift that Keeps Giving

My friend Dan owns a magazine subscription website, Deekins.com, and is offering Lipgloss Break readers a special holiday discount (you may remember the same sale last year as well). Thanks Dan!

Magazines are the gift that keeps giving all year around. There's a magazine for everyone on your list at Deekins.com. Here are the deals he's offering:


For the Fitness & Healthy Living lover...

Yoga Journal - coupon code: lipglossyoga 
Final price - $2.99

Weight Watchers - coupon: breakweight 
Final price - $2.49

For the Fashion lover...
Elle - coupon: elle4lgb 
Final price - $6.99

And everyone in between...
20% off any purchase - coupon: lpbreak20

I hope this helps you cross a few more names off your list! 


Dark Chocolate Espresso Granola Bars Recipe

Now that I'm back in Michigan I realized how much I missed my big kitchen. I love prepping clean meals and snacks on the weekends, to eat throughout the week. I get a lot of my recipes from the lovely Tosca Reno Eat Clean Diet cookbook and site and Oxygen Magazine. The latest snack recipe I tried was for  Dark Chocolate Espresso Granola bars, from Oxygen. I know, they sound sinful, but they are clean and so delicious!

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup whole-grain flour
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp raw honey
2 oz dark chocolate-covered espresso beans (70% or higher coca content).
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 tsp sea salt (I left this out)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract

1 - Preheat oven to 325F
2 - Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
3 - Spread mixture evenly in a 9x9 inch baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden around the edges. Let cool and slice into 8 bars. Serve or refrigerate for later.

These are perfect to grab on your way out the door for an early morning workout or a mid morning pick me up snack. Enjoy!



CND Shellac in Cityscape

This was my Thanksgiving Day manicure. I would normally go a bit darker for Fall but because it was a bit warmer, I thought I'd do a lighter color.

This is from CND Shellac's newest line of colors. It's called Cityscape, and it's a light, creamy gray. I love colors like this...they go with practically everything, and I don't have to spend extra time planning my outfits around my manicure (yes, sometimes I do this!). 


Black Friday & Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

Biggest shopping weekend ever is here. Here are some sales to check out...


Ouidad.com

Black Friday Weekend - Friday through Sunday, head to Ouidad.com to receive 25% off all orders by using the code FFCURL during check out.
Cyber Monday - Still get 25% using the code FFCURL at checkout and receive 2 days of free shipping on all orders.

Murad.com

Cyber Monday - get $25 off all purchases over $100. Use promo code CYBERMONDAY.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

Friends & Family (25% Off) is also going on Nov 24-27th.

BobbiBrown.com

11/21-11/25: Black Friday Exclusive! Enjoy a beauty trio of your choice and a free specially-sized Lip Gloss with every order. Plus receive free standard shipping.
COOLAsuncare.com
COOLA will offer a 25% discount this Cyber Monday on all products (excluding MineralBaby and the Sun essentials kit) on coolasuncare.com. Enter the code happymonday and get all of your favorite sun and skin care products in time for the holidays!

Clinique.comBlack Friday is here! Get 3 FREE Minis with any $25 purchase. Plus, all orders ship FREE. Use code SMOKY

Sephora.comThis Friday, rise and shine early to grab their $10 Black Friday Doorbusters including full-size favorites from their best-selling brands. Supplies are limited so get them while you can. To celebrate Cyber Monday, pick up their Mystery Sample Bag goodies and get Free Shipping with any $25 purchase.


BEAUTYSAGE.COM
Offering 20% site wide from Wednesday November, 22rd – Saturday, November 24th.

C.O. BIGELOW (BIGELOWCHEMISTS.COM)
Offering 20% off site wide now through Tuesday, November 27th.

Nov 22-26. Free shipping on every purchase and free Eiffel Power mascara with every $100 purchase.

BobbiBrown.com
Beginning Wednesday, November 21st, enjoy Black Friday with a beauty trio of deluxe sized samples, free shipping AND a specially sized lip gloss with every purchase through Sunday, November 25th. Then, on Monday, November 26th, Bobbi Brown celebrates Cyber Monday by offering 5 samples of your choice AND free shipping with any order.

Natures-gate.com
Nature’s Gate is offering 40% off any product(s) in their NEW Facial Care collection in honor of the brand’s 40th anniversary. Shoppers simply enter discount code CYB40 at checkout. Nature’s Gate Facial Care Collection includes 7 facial care products – from cleansers to serums—each containing gentle, dermatologist-tested formulas and a wide variety of anti-aging benefits.


Beauty.com
- Buy $40 in Origins products at Beauty.com and receive a free Liquid Lip Duo in Hot Date & Juicy Details ($24 value!). While supplies last. 
- Buy $40 in Peter Thomas Roth products at Beauty.com and receive a free Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Creme ($37.50 value!). While supplies last.
- Free Shipping
Lumene.com
In honor of Black Friday, Walgreens is offering 40% off all Lumene products! All good things must come to an end, though. Be sure to head to your Walgreens (or Walgreens.com) by 11:59pm as promotion ends after November 23rd.


BeautyBar.com
Black Friday Offer (enter code BBGWPBF at checkout) - Shoppers who spend $50 at Beauty Bar will receive an ultra-pampering gift with purchase from Philosophy. This exclusive gift set includes three ofPhilosophy’s newest offerings ($20 value):
·         Purity Made Simple Foaming 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel for Face and Eyes
·         Eyes Wide Open Instant Refreshing and Depuffing Eye Gel
·         The Microdelivery Exfoliating Body Wash

Cyber Monday Offer (enter code BBCYBERMONDAY at checkout)
Shoppers who spend $100 will receive $20 off their purchase for one day only.

In addition, from November 23rd – November 30th, all WrinkleMD products will be 20% off, and shoppers will receive free refill patch treatments with any WrinkleMD purchase.
Skip the long lines at department stores and still save with Smashbox’s Black Friday Friends & Family deal! Enjoy 20% off orders on Smashbox.com for purchases of $50 or more. To receive the discount, enter the code FRIENDS2012 when checking out. (Discount Dates: November 21st – November 26th)

MallyBeauty.com/cyber-monday

MallyBeauty.com is going to kick off “Pink Monday” (Monday, November 26th, 2012 starting at 12amEST) by offering 25% off all face products. If you are a Mally Beauty email subscriber, you will receive 25% off all site items. The Promo code for 25% off all face products is 25FACE. Please visit: www.mallybeauty.com/cyber-monday to redeem the 25% off site wide if you sign up for Mally Beauty emails.

On Tuesday, November 27th, 2012, the 25% off site wide sale will apply for any users that “Like” the Mally Beauty’s Facebook page! Not a fan? Join in on the deal by clicking here: www.mallybeauty.com/cyber-monday and to redeem the 25% off all site items.

On Wednesday, November 28th, 2012, the sale will be extended to Mally Beauty’s Twitter followers. All of Mally Beauty’s Twitter followers will receive 25% off all site items. Not following Mally Beauty on Twitter? Click here: www.mallybeauty.com/cyber-monday and to redeem the 25% off all site items.

UniqueVintage.com

From Black Friday all the way through Cyber MondayUniqueVintage.com will be discounting 25% off of EVERYTHING on the site. It's the perfect time to shop for everyone on your holiday gift list, including yourself! 




Beauty Blogazon Holiday Giveaway


Your favorite beauty bloggers have joined together to offer an amazing Holiday Giveaway. Enter to one of five $100 Visa gift cards. Perfect timing for holiday shopping and treating yourself to something nice this year! 

Enter to win by following the instructions on the rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway begins at midnight EST the morning of November 21, 2012 and ends December 21, 2012. Good luck!


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Carly Rae Jepsen at 2012 AMAs

Photo provided by Votre Vu
Carly Rae won best new artist last night at the American Music Awards - so happy for her! Not only did she win but she also performed her new song last night, 'This Kiss,' and then of course, ended it with her hit, 'Call Me, Maybe?'

Carly got all dolled up by celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow. Tina used one of my favorite lines on Carly, Votre Vu. Here's what she did to create her soft, feminine, sexy look...

For her face: Prepped with Votre Vu Attentive Serum Delicat Pour Le Visage first, and then the Attentive Creme du Jour over to provide a moisturized base for the foundation. 

For her eyes: First applied Votre Vu Lingerie Pour Le Yeux to create an event base. I personally love this product. I swipe it on when I'm wearing minimal makeup to help brighten my eyes.

To create her soft, defined eyes, she linked them with the Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon in Charbon, and smudged it up and out with the sponge tip to create a smokey cat-eye effect. I think Carly Rae is born to wear a smokey look. It looks so good on her! Lastly for her eyes, Tina used Votre Vu Eiffel Power Mascara (another favorite of mine from this line!).

For her cheeks: Tina applied the Votre Vu Vu-On Rouge Cheek and Lip tint in Bouquet Rose to her cheeks, which gave her a natural flush. 

To set the entire look, Tina used Votre Vu A Votre Sante misting spray. Carly Rae looked flawless on the red carpet and while performing. 

What do you think of Carly Rae's look? Which celebrity topped your list for best dressed and all dolled up? 

Photo from Zap2It.com









Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup



Birchbox Launches Limited Edition Home Box & Online Shop

I'm a huge fan of Birchbox, the monthly beauty sampling program. They just announced that they are launching a Limited Edition Birchbox Home box and online shop, featuring decor and entertaining products from premier lifestyles brands such as a Jonathan Adler, Dean & Deluca and C. Wonder. 

It's priced at $58 with a value of over $140. It's stuffed with cocktail party accessories, kitchen tools, gourmet foodie finds and more! 
Customers can purchase the box and explore the Birchbox home shop at www.birchbox.com/home. If you are into home decor or entertaining, this should be on your holiday wish list!




Kristen Stewart at Twilight Part 2 Premiere

Where are all of my Twilight fans at!? I read the entire series but I'm two movies behind. I plan on having a marathon movie night this weekend so I can go see the finale in theaters. 

The Twilight cast got spiffied up for the premiere, including the usual tom-boyish Kristen Stewart. I thought she looked stunning in her dress. It was see-thru, yes, but still had an elegance to it. I thought it gave her an 'elegant edge.' It could have been worse, she could have worn her Converse shoes...
Below is how you can get her Veronica Lake-inspired style with a modern, deconstructed twist, by Adir Abergal for Frederic Fekkai.

HOW TO:
  1. Begin by applying Fekkai COIFF Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel from roots to ends to create texture and memory.
  2. Next, hand-dry the hair until it is completely dry to enhance your natural texture and create volume before making a deep side part.
  3. After the part is created, take 1" sections of hair, spray them with Fekkai COIFF Sheer Hold Hairspray and curl them around a 1" barrel curling iron. Pin the curls in place and allow hair to cool. Continue this process around the entire head.
  4. Once you’ve finished curling your hair, gently brush out the curls with the Fekkai Classic Brush and apply Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream to the ends to create separation and give hair a high-shine effect.
  5. Add a modern twist and some edge to the style by slicking back one side of the hair and pinning it in place. Finish your style withFekkai COIFF Sheer Hold Hairspray to ensure for touchable hold. 
All products by Fekkai. Fekkai COIFF Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel ($25), Fekkai COIFF Sheer Hold Hair Spray ($23), Fekkai Classic Brush ($95) and Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream ($25). All products available at Fekkai.com, ULTA.com, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

*Photo compliments of Devries PR


Giveaway Break - Jon Bon Jovi Unplugged for Him and Her

We've all sang 'Living on a Prayer' on the top of our lungs before, usually with a huge group of friends. Jon Bon Jovi hits, like 'Living on a Prayer' and 'Dead or Alive,' are classics. If you're a Jon Bon Jovi fan, you'll want to check out Avon's latest celebrity fragrance launch with him!

The new fragrance line, Unplugged, just launched for both him and her. Read more about their notes below...
Unplugged for Him is a woody floral musk is a rich blend of spicy pepper bourbon, seductive black dahlia and warm cashmere woods. Retails at $29
Unplugged for Her is inspired by the natural effortless sensuality of the muse, which draws in the most charismatic men, leaving them always wanting more. It's a floral oriental, sultry melange of sparkling saturated plum, rich black dahlia and creamy woods. Retail at $30

***Giveaway***

Want to try try out this rock star scent? Enter to win the set!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , follow me on Pinterest or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Thursday, December 13th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!




Beauty Blogger Coalition Roundup



  • Destany at Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom is loving Zoya Gia!
  • Blushing Noir uses the Guerlain Les Ombres Turandot Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette to create the perfect holiday eye look!
  • Pink, Purple, and Red Gradient Sugar Spun Nails & Tips
  • Will Christina Aguilera's Red Sin fragrance be your holiday pick? Alison Blackman of the Advice Sisters is " on the scent" of this new product!
  • Are you a nudist? Then check out Dior Grege at Cosmetics Aficionado
  • Sheila from Painted Ladies review and demos a look from Make-Up Secrets, a new beauty book from makeup pro Jemma Kidd.
  • BeautyTidbits gives you the skinny on the new Coola Plant UV Face SPF 30 Unscented Moisturizer. Find out why this all-natural sunscreen has been a welcome addition to her skincare arsenal!
  • Say no to racoon eyes and yes to Chanel Stylo Yuex Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner! Hop on over to The Stepford Witch's blog to read her review & swatches of this amazing product.
  • Mama Fashionista has Great Gift Giving Ideas for the Men that Make your World Go Round!
  • NEVO Hydra Pearls are said to be power shots of Drops of the Amazon. Always a fan of hair serums, Christina from Curls N Pearls shares her opinion of the NEVO Hydra Pearls this week.
  • If you are looking for high quality makeup that is budget friendly, then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog urges you to take a look at Prestige Cosmetics!
  • Flawless skin never looked sweeter! Check out these 6 SPAtacular tips -- plus an amazing DIY at-home facial and raw honey facial mask -- to melt those environmental blues!
  • TheFabZilla shares how you can achieve smokey eyes using only one shade.
  • With this year's Victoria's Secret fashion show just finished, Sarah from Scottish Beauty Blog finds out how to copy the Angels' glowing gorgeous look with Sara Hill from The Academy of Makeup Scotland.
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty's Holiday Shopping Guide 2012 series continues with her review of Laura Mercier's beautiful Color-To-Go Palette.
  • Looking for a new matte lipstick? The Beauty Professor swatches all 12 shades of Burberry's beautiful recent release, Lip Velvet.
  • Shalini from Be Beautilicious shows her new found love for Red MAC lipstick in Eden Rouge from MAC Style Seeker Collection.
  • Want the most awesome and easiest curls ever? Check out the Verge Bubble wand at Beauty Info Zone.
  • Angela from Lipgloss Break shares her splurge and steal options for bold red nail colors.
  • Mai over at Portrait of Mai does a thorough post on the Anastasia Holiday Kisses on my List Kit, check out the swatches and her review!
  • Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog shows us her makeup through her first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Elena from Endless Summer found an eye makeup remover which doubles up as a facial toner. Is your makeup remover versatile like that?
  • Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful Shows the New L'Oreal Infallible Shade in Blinged & Brilliant Dupe Alert & Comparisons!
  • Mimi's Mani's shows some gorgeous polishes in time for Christmas nails


  • Currently Loving...

    Coffee pics. I love coffee in general, but fun cups and mugs make it that much better. This one put a smile on my face even though I had a 5 minute wait for the train. It's from the W 87th and Broadway bodega I stop at when I want to treat myself on the way into work.

    I love fun chairs. These aren't practical for my house, but fun to see out and about. This one is at the Hotel Palomar Chicago (which has a complimentary coffee bar every morning, which I also love). 

    I love sushi, but healthy sushi rocks my world. Imi Sushi on 92nd and Amsterdam makes mean brown rice rolls. They even take it up enough with cucumber wrapped rolls. They are my go to restaurant when I get grubhub.com to deliver.

    I'm currently loving accessories. Big, chunky necklaces...can't get enough. I about fell over when I walked into Pink accessories in Midtown. 

    I love views from high up. This one is of Chicago and Lake Michigan, from the John Hancock building. Note the shadows of the buildings on the water. Kinda eerie.

     
    See what other fabulous bloggers are Loving Lately....



    And the Winners are...

    Congrats to the ladies who won the latest giveaways...

    Argan Oil giveaway - lmariegrimm
    Playboy VIP fragrance gift set giveaway - dfox111359

    Be sure to continue to enter the Faith Hill fragrance giveaway here


    Waxelene - a Petroleum Jelly Alternative

    I'm pretty much obsessed with lip balm. If I don't have one within reach at all times I go into panic mode. I normally just settle for petroleum based jelly balms, but recently discovered a new petroleum jelly alternative, Waxelene.

    Waxelene contains no petroleum, parabens or artificial ingredients, they don't use animal testing and it's made in the USA. You can use it for anything you would use petroleum jelly for. I've been using it on my lips at night, to remove eye makeup from underneath my eyes, and as a cuticle moisturizer. It's not greasy and has only a slight hint of a beeswax smell. I love the way it feels on my lips, and when I use it on my face and cuticles it soaks in fast and doesn't leave a greasy finish. 
    I always look for products and foods with the least amount of ingredients, which means they are that much closer to being natural. Waxelene contains the following: Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Natural Vitamin E Oil, Organic Rosemary Oil. Normally I don't like wax based balms, but it's not a hardened wax, but more like jelly and easy to spread. The 2 oz. & 9 oz. jars retail for $5.99 and $15.99. You can find them at Bed Bath & Beyond and several other retail locations. Find the location nearest you here. Waxelene is a must for everyone's nightstand and vanity - I'm now a petroleum jelly alternative believer! 


    Patriotic Reds for Election Day

    Looking for a new fiery red? Below are some Splurge and Steal options!


    SPLURGE
    CND Shellac in Hollywood is a bold red with light gold specs in it. Make sure that the salon you choose for CND Shellac applications is a certified CND salon. If not, you will not be getting your money's worth out of your Shellac mani!

    SEMI-STEAL
    Jessica Nails nail colour in Scarlett. I am a huge fan of Jessica polish. The colors are always rich and it wears really well.

    MAJOR STEAL
    Essence Colour & Go in Fame Fatale is a bright and shiny red and super affordable. Available at Ulta stores and Ulta.com for only $1.99.

    Now go out and VOTE!


    Mandarin Tilapia Spinach Salad Recipe

    Tonight I tried a new recipe from Oxygen magazine, Mandarin Tilapia Spinach Salad. I think Mike told me about 5 different times how good it was. Here's the recipe with the modifications I used.

    Ingredients:
    2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    1/2 cup sliced almonds (I used pecans I had left over from a salad I made last week)
    1 mandarine orange, halved, unpeeled (local market didn't have mandarins, so I used 3 tangerines)
    1 tbsp white vinegar
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    1/4 cup parsley, chopped
    6 oz tilapia
    Red pepper flakes
    2 cups of baby spinach
    2 cups mixed greens
    Sea salt and ground pepper to taste (I didn't use salt, I normally don't ever add it to my recipes)

    1. Heat oil in a skillet and brown almonds over medium heat, about 5 minutes.
    2. Squeeze juice from the orange halves into a small bowl.
    3. Add orange juice and in vinegar to skillet. Stir in chopped celery and parsley. Mix all ingredients together and remove from pan; leave the heat on.
    A good way to test if Tilapia is done is to rub the top with a fork. If it flakes, than it's done!
    4. Brush tilapia fillets with olive oil and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
    5. Combine spinach and mixed greens in a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked fish and pour almond mixture overtop. Garnish with extra orange slices, and season to taste.

    Voila! Finished product. I was wishing we had big salad bowls in our apartment for this meal. I was surprised at how much the tangerine juice covered the salad. No extra dressing needed. This was a quick recipe. Took me less than 30 minutes to make. It will definitely become a staple for when I need to whip up a quick, clean meal!




    Paul Mitchell Event at Caru Salon


    I was a lucky girl and was able to participate in a Glamour event at Caru Salon in Hoboken NJ.  Glamour partnered with Paul Mitchell to help launch their new lines: Curls and Blonde. Of course, I was in it for the Blonde line. I’m already a huge fan of Paul Mitchell styling products and color, so I was excited to learn more about the Blonde line.

    All of the bloggers who attended received a complimentary blowout from one of Caru’s talented and trendy stylists. I was paired with Andrea and couldn’t have been happier. She did an awesome job with my hair! After a shampoo and mini scalp massage, I gave her free reign over my hair and she decided to curl it after giving me a volume blowout. I was so happy with the way this turned out. I’ve always wanted to be able to try the ‘beach waves’ look and she showed me how I can achieve it at home with a curling iron and Paul Mitchell Curl products. Even if you have straight hair, you can use Paul Mitchell Curls line to achieve this look!

    Caru Salon is definitely designed for the working woman, which I love. It’s right off the PATH train so it’s very easy to get to. They are open until 10pm at night (love) and are all about creating a relaxing environment and pampering experience for their clients (double love).  

    We parted with fun goody bags filled with Paul Mitchell products and a surprise gift card from Caru Salon. I have been faithfully using the sample of Paul Mitchell’s Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair before blow-drying my hair to help keep moisture in my color treated hair. An added benefit to all Paul Mitchell products is that they smell great too!

    I would definitely visit Caru again for a haircut or highlights. The staff is super friendly and talented, and I love that they use Paul Mitchell products! Many thanks to Kim at Fashionably Petite for being the hostess with the most-ess! 


    Beautysets - Glamour & Paul Mitchell







    Essie School of Hard Rocks

    This is Essie School of Hard Rocks. Depending on the color of clothing you wear, this shade will change on you. It ranges from a stone gray to an army green. 


    What's Your Favorite Piece of Clothing?

    My favorite piece of clothing is also my staple piece: my black Tinley Road blazer from Piperlime. It transitions well from work to night, with jeans or over a dress. It's a staple in my suitcase for every trip I go on. I especially love the cut of this particular blazer: cropped in the back and lifted shoulders is flattering to my figure.

    What's your favorite piece of clothing in your wardrobe right now? Please share below!