Awakening The Sleeping Giant

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This blog, was started with the hunger for greatness. Started with the intent of bringing every girl (and boy) a fresh take on what’s happening in the fashion and beauty industry. Due to unforeseen economic strife and lack of inspiration, everything came to a screeching halt. What you haven’t seen is that the past few months we have been diligently working to resurrect the dream – expanding it. All upgrades and changes will be made known here, first. What can you expect? Well, for one, it won’t be a whole year before we blog again (even though we do share things on the Facebook page). There will be far more interaction – we’re going to blog and tweet harder than anyone has or ever will. Giveaways, tutorials and a little something extra we’re going to keep mum until it’s ready. So stay tuned. Your patience and dedication keeps the blood pumping in this operation.

XX, Danielle

When Celebrities Tweet

Curious as to what your favorite celebrity has in their makeup case? Look no further than the ultra-voyeuristic site, Twitter. Khloe Kardashian-Odom dishes on how she gets that glow (and here we thought it was genetic or all that Miami sun). Says the youngest of the Kardashian trio:

“I just read a comment left on my blog asking what kind of bronzer I use — Smashbox matte bronzer and Dior bronzer. I mix them 🙂 1:51 PM Mar 31st via web”

Thanks Khlo!

XX, Danielle

Spring (Fashion) FWD

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It’s that time of the year again. Sandals are available in abundance and the color palettes are bright and vibrant. Feel free to pack away your apple bottom jeans and boots with the fur. (Yeah, I said it.)  Spring 2010 is all about candy-coated colors, neutrals and metallics. Try a bold lip like in the Prada ad above paired with a bronze/smokey eye or if you’re unsure how to use color in your new Spring wardrobe, go neutral with khaki, gray or white and add a pop of color with an accessory. Interested in snagging some of our picks? See below.

1. Yves Saint Laurent, Rouge Volupte lipstick in “Sweet Honey” (#4 ) – $34 This lipstick is a universally perfect neutral shade. It’s moisturizing but not thin or too runny. It also has a subtle shimmer to it which I love. It’s a splurge but any makeup that is long-lasting and has professional yet wear n’ go appeal is worth it.

2. Sephora by OPI in “Cover Me in Petals” – $9 This shade is not for the timid. In the recent issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, a survey answered by men said that they all preferred their girl’s mani/pedi in classic red. We say, shake things up. This color is an update of your staple red polish. It’s more of a blood orange. Try it out and let us know if you’ve turned some extra heads!

3. Fossil (watch) Women’s white resin bracelet –$95 On sale at Macy’s: $70 Even if you’re like me and you check your Blackberry for the time, after a point, it’s just the grown up thing to do. Make responsibility chic and opt for this cute and inexpensive watch from Fossil.

4. Kate Spade Tinsbury clutch – $70 – $200 This adorable clutch is a great example of “less is more”. This wicker/straw clutch comes in a few different colors; green, silver, gold, white and red. It’s not a new item but a favorite. Great for both Spring and Summer. Try eBay or a plethora of online stores.

5. Forever 21 Solid Floral Dress – $34.80 The perfect Spring dress – it’s a fresh shade of green with little peek-a-boo embroidered detail on the sleeves, pockets (all dresses should have pockets but that’s another story for another entry) and a removable sash. You could play the waiting game and try to buy it in a few weeks when it’s marked down to $10 but good luck finding it in your size or…. at all. Our advice? Go grab one now and dress it up or down. You’ll get your money’s worth.

Tip: Dress it up with a cute cardigan and heels or a jeweled flat. For a sexier night look, soft waves in the hair and a wide studded belt in place of the sash, heals and bangles will take it to another level. / Dress it down by pulling the hair back, some cute sandals, simple accessories and brown tinted aviators.

6. Vans “Era” sneaker in herringbone – $52 Seemingly a nod to old school Keds, these sneaks have a retro look and the metallic factor.

7. Blowfish (Malibu) “Life Gladiators” sandal – $39 @ DSW These sandals are identical to the ones I purchased last year (same manufacturer/company) and let me be square with you – the MOST comfortable gladiator ever. I also got a lot of compliments on them because they were unlike a lot of the mass-produced gladiators that were popping up all over the place. In this almost neutral tone, they’ll pair beautifully with most anything.

8. Betsey Johnson “Petal Pusher” demi bra swimsuit – $126 Keep the girls shelved high while working on getting your tan back in this adorable two piece.

9. & 10. Tory Burch metallic “Reva” clutch – $12 a week & Chanel patent flap handbag – $85 a week online at BagBorrowOrSteal. Not everyone can afford to mix high and low into their wardrobe, right? Wrong, my little Stylistas. You can use this site and feel like a celebrity even without celebrity money.

There you have it. Our take on Spring 2010!

XX, Danielle

[Retraction] MAC Won’t Like this One Bit…

BUT WE LOVE IT!!! Brought to our attention is a little internet treasure. If you aspire to work behind that MAC counter and haven’t made it yet, your head is about to explode. Building your kit whether personal or professional can be is costly. Take a gander at this. Your eyes don’t deceive you, everything on that site is crazily discounted! The brands they carry are: MAC, Benefit, Chanel, Nars, O.P.I., Dior, Lancome, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Tous Touch, Louis Vuitton, YSL, Gucci, Armani, Guerlain, Calvin Klein, Givenchy and Clinique. Sure, a lot of the products are past season but who cares?!?! Even better for those of you who are dedicated to certain brands and can’t find certain discontinued products. Shipping is a little steep but think of it this way, the same $20 would only buy you one product. We’re awaiting our order. ; ) Of course, you’ll be the first to know about our review. You’re welcome my little Stylistas!

XX, Danielle

So it’s been brought to my attention that this site could be a total sham. Not in a rob your account blind kind of way, but in a “We sell fake MAC” kind of way. Walk of shame for this blogger but you live and you learn. In our defense there wasn’t one complaint available and the web was scoured for it. Our bad. Please do NOT purchase anything until we have investigated further.

XX, Danielle

UPDATE: After some fine-tooth combing, the site is definitely fake. Fake products are usually really decent quality but you don’t want to risk using makeup that could be potentially harmful due to material content/lack of regulation/etc. How could I tell? While a few eyeshadow pots on the site were completely deceptive with perfect labeling and appropriate shade names and placement of decals, others I neglected to look at were off. For example, MAC single shadows not now or ever have come equipped with a sponge applicator. We’re heartbroken. We feel swindled, bamboozled, hood-winked and tricked! It was almost certain that the previously discontinued potted MAC cake liner was within our grasp as well as the opportunity to try several other brands/lines at a discount. Be careful when shopping online. That is today’s lesson. Too many counterfeit cosmetics out there and its a shame. What next? People buying makeup out of some guy’s trunk? *tisk tisk* – Oh, also feel free to add brushes111.com and sybestbuy.com to your list of fake name brand cosmetic peddlers.