Lipgloss Break

Bloomingdale Adventures

How cute are these 'Little Brown Mug's???
I heart Bloomingdale's. I spent a solid 3 hours straight there on my first day off this week, and could have spent double that if I had the time. There are about 9 levels of fun to see at the Upper East Side location (on 3rd Avenue). I spent the most time looking at accessories, handbags, cosmetics and women's fashions.

My adventures at Bloomie's...

I discovered Bloomingdale's own line of women clothing called Aqua. Affordable and chic. I bought this strapless dress with pockets. Everything was 40% off on this line, I couldn't resist.

Next, cosmetics. I got my make up done by NiFlame at Estee Lauder. She did an amazing job giving me a pop of color smokey eye. I decided on committing to the Estee Lauder Cooling Eye Illuminator with a ceramic tip. I loved (and was amazed by) how the tip felt so cool and soothing on my skin! The translucent color makes for an easy application, and an immediate noticeable difference.

I went in and out of each handbag designer boutique about 3 times. I loved picking up and trying on all of the designer bags. And finally, I purchased the Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac clutch I've been drooling over for about a year now. It's tricky to find Mini Macs with silver hardware so I was super excited that they had this one in stock. This bag deserves a whole separate post. More to come.

VISITORS FYI: Thank you to Niflame for pointing this out to me. If you are visiting from out of state you can get a visitor's pass. This gives you an extra 10% for the day, AND a free gift if you spend a certain amount (easy to do, unfortunately). I was able to use it on my new purse...#awesomeday.




Collection Inspired by HBO's True Blood

HBO has announced the launch of Forsaken, a unique collection of beauty products inspired by its Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning hit series True Blood. The collection will launch exclusively on HSN on August 9th.

As a fan of True Blood, I'm really looking forward to this line launching!


Forsaken by True Blood
Forsaken Eau de Parfum 50 mL, 1.7 oz.
HSN Price: $59.50
Available on HSN/HSN.com on August 9, 2012

Forsaken by True Blood
Shimmering Body Veil With Poof
HSN Price: $31.00
Available on HSN/HSN.com on August 9, 2012

Forsaken by True Blood
Body Cream
HSN Price: $42.00
Available on HSN/HSN.com on August 9, 2012

Forsaken by True Blood
Fairy Dust and Human Nature Nail Polish
HSN Price: $25.00
Available on HSN/HSN.com on August 9, 2012

Forsaken by True Blood
Let It Bleed Nail Polish and Bite Me Lip Color
HSN Price: $28.00
Available on HSN/HSN.com on August 9, 2012

Forsaken by True Blood
Bad Blood, Strange Love and New Flesh Nail Polish
HSN Price: $25.00
Available on HSN/HSN.com on August 9, 2012

Forsaken by True Blood
Candle With Fang Lid
HSN Price: $58.00
Available on HSN/HSN.com on August 9, 2012

Forsaken by True Blood
Diffuser/Candle Set
HSN Price: $48.00
Available on HSN/HSN.com on August 9, 2012

Forsaken by True Blood
Diffuser
HSN Price: $48.00
Available on HSN/HSN.com on August 9, 2012


Get Lacey's Balayage Look

Colorist Sherry Ratay had the pleasure to get Lacey Chabert ready to go for the summer and her 30th birthday with the 'All American Balayage.' Here are the steps she took to get Lacey's look:

STEP 1: Start in the bottom nape working towards the top of the head, move forward to the front hairline alternating with multiple shades to create shade on shade.

STEP 2:  Paint the desired shade onto the hair and secure it inside a foil vertically. Create a slightly darker re-growth by placing a terracotta shade on the first 3-5 inches of lighter brighter pieces floating 4-6 inches down the hair. While having the front frame being kissed by lighter brighter golden shades.

MAINTAIN THE LOOK:

Home care- Use Minardi luxury color care wash #3. Saturate mid lengths and ends with Minardi pre-wash and wrap in and go on with the day.
Strengthening and nourishing the hair fiber during a busy day.

Color Refresh- Needs to be every 4-6 weeks in the salon.


Hamptons Bound

I've had nothing but fun so far in NYC. The shopping, eating and sightseeing has been amazing, but there is one thing I've been missing...the water! I know I'm surrounded by it here, but it's different. I miss the Michigan Lakes! I think Mike was missing it too. So we decided to go on a road trip to get an H2O fix. We were Hamptons bound...

Sunny-side up skillet
First stop, breakfast. Once we picked up our sweet Malibu rental car (ha!) we stopped at Thomas's Ham & Eggery Diner. SO GOOD. This place was rocking so we took a seat at the bar. Great service, food and prices. All egg dishes are served in a skillet (pictured) and fresh muffins baked daily. Loved this touch of home cooking to kick off our road trip.
'Be a cow tipper' was on their tip jar
Second stop was for lunch (only a few hours later from breakfast :) We stopped at the Townline BBQ restaurant. You order at the counter and they bring you your food, fast. Highly recommend the pulled BBQ chicken sandwich. 

Next stop, Napeague Beach. I swear this was a private beach we snuck on to. We parked of the high way and walked about .25 miles to the shore. We laid our towels down, covered ourselves in sunscreen, laid out until we couldn't stand the heat any longer, and then jumped into the water. Splashing in the waves reminded me of going to the Jersey Shore growing up. 

Next stop was a ridiculous cool roadside restaurant called the Clam Bar. Fresh seafood served daily. I've been on such a seafood kick lately! We had the grilled tuna and lobster salad. SO FRESH. You can't get lobster like that in Michigan. Next stop...Montauk!!! I HAD to visit Montauk for all of my Revenge junkies!

Montauk Lighthouse
Montauk is a cute little beach time that turns into a party town at night. It's on very end of Long Island is super narrow. Arenas and boats on each side. As soon as we stepped out of the car I smelled salt water and I loved it. 

After we indulged ourselves with Ben & Jerry's ice cream, we left Montauk to head home around 7pm and made it back to the Upper West Side in about 3 hours. It was an awesome trip to get a fix for some water fun, and to also see what the Hamptons hype was all about. Huge beautiful houses on the water, fun beachy restaurants with fresh seafood, and a fun flip flop-attire nightlife. I'd love to spend a weekend here again. Mike and I decided that it reminded us a lot of Up North Michigan, except 10 times more expensive to live...I think I'll stick with the Michigan Lakes for my water fix.


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Yves Rocher Nail Polish

Yves Rocher mini nail polishes are cute and full of color. Great for summer toes and fingers and perfect size for traveling. They retail at $3/bottle. Below are swatches by Tina.
Soleil Bleu
Vert de Gris
Pourpre


Nivea Celebrates National PDA Day


Nivea celebrated National PDA Day on June 20th in Herald Square. Swag, kissing booths and personalized Nivea Cream cans (my personal favorite) were shared, as well as guest appearances from America's sweethearts Bill & Giuliana Rancic, Grammy Award winning artist NE-YO and Emmy Award winning talk show host Wendy Williams!




Ann Taylor Loft Sale & my Purple Skinny Jeans

Ann Taylor Loft has been on quite the sale kick. I went from being anti-skinny jeans to buying a pair of purple skinnies from Loft last week. It was 40% the whole store!! If you need business casual clothes or want to brighten up your wardrobe, I definitely suggest checking on the sale.


MAC Nail Lacquers


MAC Nail Lacquers. I want every creamy pink and coral color in this collection! Available online and in store.


4th of July Nails

Be extra patriotic this 4th of July and paint your nails red, white or blue! Check out some of these looks that Tina and I put together :)

Bottom coat: OPI Last Friday Night, Top coat: OPI Blue Shatter

Jessica Blue Blast

Jessica Scarlet (2 coats)

Bottom coat: Jessica Scarlet, Top coat: OPI Navy Shatter (Tina calls these 'Spiderman nails'!)

Jessica Blue Blast and ring finger nail in Jessica Superstar