Lipgloss Break: December 2011
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CND Shellac Rock Royalty

My NYE nails! CND Shellac in Rock Royalty with Zillionaire glitter on my ring finger.

I've been noticing reality show stars, magazine pictures and Pinterest trends with one finger nail different than the rest. I don't like totally opposite colors, but I do like the glitter look on just one. I've seen Rihanna do this a lot as well.

Check out my other CND Shellac swatch posts. 

CND Shellac Decadence

I chose CND Shellac Decadence for my holiday nail color. It's a lot brighter than what it looks like in the bottle. It's a pretty 'Christmas' red, more warm, unlike Hollywood or Wildfire, which are cooler toned reds, more like '4th of July' reds.

I just purchased Masquerade and Fedora at the beauty supply store. Swatches to come soon!

Giveaway Break - Shine by Heidi Klum

Shine by Heidi Klum is an effervescent floral oriental fusion, Shine perfectly reflects Heidi’s sparkling vivacity and soft sensuality. The elegant fragrance opens with fresh, juicy notes of mandarin and pear, enhanced with spicy pink peppercorn to invigorate the senses. This melts into a beautifully feminine bouquet of exquisite mimosa absolute, lily-of-the-valley and sunflower, exuding a delicious joie-de-vivre.  At its base, warm notes of vanilla, tonka bean and musk create seductive, sensual undertones, making this fragrance wonderfully addictive. Shine by Heidi Klum ranges in price from $14.99 to $35.


Enter to win a bottle Shine by Heidi Klum!

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 , 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 Friday, January 27th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Total Beauty Post - 4 Easy Tricks to Camouflage Tired Eyes

See our tricks to get your eyes looking awake and well-rested -- even if you're not
4 Easy Makeup Tricks to Camouflage Tired Eyes
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Does clocking in a full eight hours of sleep feel like a pipe dream these days? Whether you drank too much eggnog at last night's holiday party, or your baby refused to fall asleep, these easy makeup tricks will help cover up puffy, tired eyes. Coffee will do the rest.  

After Christmas Sales!

Now the sales really start! The day after Christmas is when stores prepare for your returns and exchanges, but also want to get rid of excess inventory, which they usually mark down. Time to shop for what you didn't get from Santa!
Extra 20% off at checkout. Enter EXTRA code at checkout.

Huge after Christmas Sale!! Don't go in a store without a coupon in hand! There are plenty across the internet you can print out, like this one 
Extra 20% off final sale prices, use code MUSTSHOP.
50% off Christmas items. Stock up for next year!
$2 for $25 gift certificates. Use code 'SALE' at checkout.

4 deluxe samples at checkout. Use code CYSNEWYEAR at checkout.

50% off winter clearance and double reward points!
Stock up on personalized stationery! Up to 60% off,  use code MADNESS.
25% off sale item. Use code SALE25 at checkout.

15% off everything you can fit in this bag in store. You have to print off the coupon and bring it to the store.
30% off all orders - use code WINTERSALE

40% off holiday gifts!

Splurge vs. Steal...Sears Style

If you live in Michigan or anywhere else that experiences four full seasons, you need to drastically change your wardrobe from summer to winter. And if you have a job where you have to look somewhat professional, that means you need two new wardrobes: one for work, and one for play. This can get pricey! My advice: go somewhere you can get the most for your money. The big name department stores will drain your wallet and you'll only come out with one new outfit! I recently hit the fashion jackpot at Sears, where I found 2 dresses, for both work and night, and accessories, all for under $65!

I'm sure everyone has seen ads for Sears Kardashian Kollection which is pretty trendy, but they also have several other great lines like Apostrophe, UK Style by French Connection and Bongo. I was on the hunt for fun dresses that I can wear to work during the day with a blazer, and then transfer to night time with bling accessories. I hit the jackpot with 2 Apostrophe dresses.

The first one is a black tunic dress. I've been wanting a tunic dress with a tie belt forever! To the right is a picture of me in the new dress, along with gray tights from Apostrophe. Now check out this black tunic for $84, not much difference besides the leggy model :) This Apostrophe dress was $19.99, and the tights were only $6...score!

The next dress I purchased was a wrap dress (left). It looks cute with a jean jacket over it for during the day, and then heels and bling for at night. I purchased a ring from the Kardashian Kollection specifically for this dress ($14.99), that really shines. I can also wear the Apostrophe gray tights with this dress.

Compare this dress on sale for $24 (regularly $48) to this wrap dress. Again, not much different but the price.

Ladies - let this be a lesson, if you need a wardrobe refresh, check out Sears, and help your dollar go further!

I received a gift card from searsStyle to help review as part of the Glam Trendsetter Program. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears. 

Total Beauty Post - No More Bad Hair Days

You won't have to deal with another frizzy, dull, fill-in-the-blank hair day again. See our 5 surefire bad-hair-day solutions now
Never Have a Bad Hair Day Again
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Do your co-workers think you're a huge Giants fan because you wear your baseball cap all year round -- but you're really just hiding your bad hair? We've got the secrets to fix all your bad hair day issues. You know, so you don't have to wear that hat on non-game days again.  

Thicker, Fuller Hair For Free!

This holiday season, Nioxin would love to gift you thicker, fuller hair- for free!

Nioxin’s revolutionary new hair thickening treatment, DiaMax, is clinically proven to increase the diameter of each hair strand from the very first use, and now through January 2nd, Nioxin is giving away $1 million worth of product! Visit to receive your own full-sized sample, and hurry, because the supply is depleting quickly!

About DiaMax:
· Hair thickness is as dependent on each strand’s diameter as it is on the total number of hair strands.
· Each person has an average of 100,000 hair fibers on their head. DiaMax is proven to increase each strand’s diameter by about 4% – that’s like adding 4,000 hair strands!
· The first of its kind, this miracle technology was bred from ingredients commonly found in skincare and providesimmediate results you can see.

DiaMax doesn’t officially launch until February 2012 but Nioxin is providing thousands of consumers with an advanced sample!

John Frieda video shoot debut!

Drum roll's finally in, my final makeover video from John Frieda! I'm so excited to share it with everyone. Please check it out! 

And for all of you who are wondering, I'm still sporting the cropped short hair. I was nervous about the extreme side part at first but it's almost like I trained my hair to do it, and now it naturally parts to the side. And Harry was right, it's super easy maintance and easy to recreate before work. 

Before Harry and the John Frieda stylists got a hold of my hair, it was very dull from washing it every day and from using shampoos made especially for combating well water. Harry's advice to me was: don't wash hair every day. I always felt like my hair was super greasy the next morning if I didn't wash it, but with a little John Frieda Luxurious Volume dry shampoo, my hair looks freshly styled, and I'm good skipping a day of washing. Overall, my hair is looking healthier and less dry from so much washing, and I get to sleep in a little later on the days I don't wash my hair! 

I've also continued using John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Glaze about 3 days a week. I can't get over how healthy my hair looks after using the glaze. I apply it to my hair, in the shower, after shampooing and conditioning, and leave it for about 3 minutes, and then rinse. Its just a clear glaze so it works on all colors, to help give hair a shine boost! 

I had an amazing time in NYC with the John Frieda and Glam team, and I want to thank them all for my makeover. It was just what I needed now that I've left my '20s' this year. And for the dress they styled me's going to be making an appearance on New Years Eve this year!

Other bloggers who experienced this opportunity used Precision Foam Colour as part of their make over. Precision Foam Colour is the first ever premium permanent home hair colour from the John Frieda® Hair Care Experts that uses foam technology to deliver a luxurious at-home colouring experience.  Demand gorgeous, salon-quality results -- 100% grey coverage and vibrant shine.  With 20 flattering shades to choose from, achieving natural-looking hair colour perfection is in your hands. 
The product reviewed in this post was provided gratis by the John Frieda® Hair Care team. The
opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or
positions of the John Frieda® Hair Care team.

Total Beauty Post - Gorgeous Eye Makeup for the Holidays
Gorgeous Eye Makeup Looks for Your Holiday Parties

Got an office holiday party or a coffee date with your crush? These new looks are perfect for every occasion

Gorgeous Eye Makeup Looks for Your Holiday Parties

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Just because your makeup is "office appropriate" doesn't mean it has to be boring. Whatever the festive occasion, we've got new, stunning looks that are sure to snag you the attention you deserve.

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Happy Free Shipping Day!

Today is Free Shipping Day! For a lot of retailers, it's the last day you can order items with regular shipping to get here by Christmas Eve. Check out for all participating stores!

China Glaze Colours from the Capital

Here are swatches from China Glaze's "Color From the Capital" collection inspired by The Hunger Games. If you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend it! It's a great item to add to your holiday wish list and an entertaining holiday vacation read. First movie based on the first book comes out in March! Check out the trailer.

Giveaway Break - Hard Candy Lipgloss Ring Set

The perfect stocking stuff this holiday season: Hard Candy has 5 piece lipgloss ring sets. They are only $5 at Walmart stores. They have a slight sheen to them with sparkles. Peppermint, grape, strawberry, cherry and vanilla flavors that you can definitely taste and smell once applied. They are fun for all ages. Younger girls will love to wear them and girls my age will love to have one in every purse they own! These are fun conversation pieces!


Enter to win 1 out of 3 Hard Candy Lipgloss Ring Sets!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for mymailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , 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 Sunday, January 15th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them onLipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Holiday Party Prep Tips

'Tis the season of shopping, eating parties! Here are some holiday prep tips for two extreme parties, 'ugly sweater' and 'work party.'

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Please let your sweater be the only ugly thing you are wearing! Try out Jessica Cosmetic's Shine On nail set to match your loud obnoxious sweater (these also make fun stocking stuffers and hostess gifts!). Here's a swatch of Superstar, a golden shimmer.

Hard Candy has a limited edition set of $1 glitter nail polishes that come with huge, over the top rings that will probably match your sweater to a tee. Also, you can sport one (or 2 or 3!) of their lipgloss rings which are sure to be a conversation piece. Here's an idea: wear all 5 rings ($5 for 5 piece set) and give them away to friends throughout the night :)

Formal Work Holiday Party
Make your appointments! If you plan on getting your hair, makeup or nails done, make your appointment early! I'm a huge fan of getting my makeup done at MAC. You can book an appointment at a MAC counter or store. You have to commit to spending at least $50 in MAC products in order to get your makeup done, but that's pretty easy to do.

For your nails, try out Shellac! There's nothing worse then having your hair, makeup, nails done, new dress on, on your way to your party, and you chip a nail. Try out Shellac so you don't have to worry about messing your nails up for the party, and since it lasts 10-14 days, depending on when you get them done, your manicure can last throughout the holidays!
Check out Goody Glam line of hair accessories to dress up your look. These super sparkly headbands come in a ton of colors are affordable. You can find them at your local Walmart store.

And most important tip of all...have fun!

And the Winners Are....

Make-up Matte - shopmark01
Minus417 nail care kit - whirlygirly77
Head to Toe Beauty - sahairah

ONE Bath & Body Launches at Ulta

ONE will be offering their unique eco-friendly products at ULTA Beauty stores now! To celebrate, customers will receive free music downloads from five up and coming artists. These up-and-coming artists - including Erika Jayne, The M.I.D.S and Tori Kelly - will each contribute 2,000 music downloads as a free giveaway to serve as a thank you to loyal users.

Just log onto and click the "ONE Artist of the Month" tab to check out the artists and their musical offerings! Housed in eco-conscious, recyclable packaging, ONE's luxurious essentials let you look and feel good.

Beauty Sales

Tarte Cosmetics Friends & Family sale - 30% off and free shipping $40+. Use code FFDEC, valid through December 12th.

HUGE Philosophy sale, bubble bath, lip glosses, Amazing Grace, Eye Hope and more!
MOR Cosmetics soaps

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CND Shellac Hollywood

Here's a swatch of CND Shellac in Hollywood. Similar to Wildfire, but with a shimmer. In some lights, the shimmery gold undertone made the color look a little red-orange. It's a beautiful color for holiday festivities.

Total Beauty Post - Best Highlights for your Hair Color
Best Highlights for Your Specific Hair Color

Find out which shades complement your hair color best

Best Highlights for Your Specific Hair Color

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How do you know which highlights will match your hair color? What's the difference between highlights and lowlights? We answer all of your coloring questions here and tell you exactly which shades suit your hair color best.

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