Monday, December 14, 2009
Finding your perfect match can be difficult. This is true in the search for love and the search for foundation. I went to the Estee Lauder counter at Nordstrom recently to try their new iMatch system. I was promised that this would be, "the easy, fail-proof way to find my perfect foundation match."
I must say, the process lived up to its promise. I am a dedicated Smashbox High Definition girl, so I was skeptical that anything would else would live up to that. I arrived bare-faced, and after layering on serum and moisturizer, Leslie, my Estee Lauder expert used a handy little tool to find just the right intensity, shade and texture for my needs. Three different shades/formulas were "striped" onto my cheek, and it was determined that Nutritious #1 was my perfect match.
It blended perfectly into my skin and was the perfect "foundation" for the rest of the makeup that Leslie used to complete my look. This included Soft Matte bronzer and Pink Kiss blush. She lined my eyes and coated my lashes in Sumptuous Black. We then perfected my smoky eyes with the Gold Opulence Quad.
All in all, I'd say that Leslie did a better job matching me to a foundation than Patti the Millionaire Matchmaker does in most of her shows. I'd like to think that I am at least as discerning about my makeup as some of those guys are about their dates. While I still love my Smashbox, I now have a new makeup suitor to add to the rotation. -g.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The simple black pencil skirt is professional, but the material is an unexpected black denim. The cami shows enough skin to be sexy; the addition of the cardigan keeps it appropriate for a work function. Gold silk lurex, accented with the gold jewelry is a festive deviation from overplayed red and green.
Of course the office holiday party that I am attending is not taking place on the beach, and I'm not planning on lying down like this unless I have far too many glasses of bubbly. But it's nice to know that I will still look chic should the need to recline arise.
There are a lot of great looks in the latest Lauren by Ralph Lauren Collection. Take a look here. Have a special event and not sure what to wear (perhaps you scored a legit invite to a party at the White House or are already planning your perfect outfit to ring in 2010)? You can chat live online with a Glamour Fashion Expert through Friday any time from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Outfit details: Black denim skirt with zip pockets, $69.50 Lauren Jeans Co. by Ralph Lauren. All other items are from the Lauren by Ralph Lauren Collection. Gold Silk with Lurex Texture Long Sleeve v-neck cardigan $149.00; Gold Silk Jersey with Lurex Scoopneck Tank $89.50; Gold Hoop Earrings $44.00; Gold Long Necklace with Chain Link Motif $58.00; Gold Chunky Link Bracelet $68.00. Available at Macy's and other department stores.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
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Friday, November 27, 2009
Free Shipping at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Piperlime (on purchases of $50 or more) through December 15. (Just select free shipping at checkout). Old Navy has some great "doorbusters" that you can also get online Thursday, Friday and Saturday only, but at the time of writing this blog entry, it looked like their website was down. (Major problem on the biggest shopping weekend of the year.) My Old Navy favorites are oxford shirts for work, pajama pants and the cute dog collars and treats that they have for the various seasons. Banana Republic has outerwear and sweaters for women and men (in case you want to shop for someone other than yourself...) at 30% off for 4 days only, and this is available only online.
Express has several deals from their holiday savings booklet. If you shop in-store or online today before noon, you will get 30% off your purchase (online promo code 1081002754944801; in-store code 4755). Shop after noon to get 25% off (online promo code 1081002754944805; in-store code 4766). Outerwear is already marked down 20%, so combined with these offers, you can save big on what could otherwise be a large chunk of change for a new coat. (We just picked up a new pea coat for my husband and saved $100 off of the original price.)
Steve Madden is offering free shipping online (use code SMFREESHIP) and running their Scratch & Shop promotion (only in-store). Visit a Steve Madden store before December 7 and you will receive a scratch off card (almost like a lottery ticket, but you're guaranteed to win something--even if it is just a discount on shoes) revealing how much you will save on your purchase. Upon reading the fine print, it's only valid on purchases of $59.95 or more and some exclusions apply. I like the variety of colors they offer in their platform pump (especially the gray suede and the blush leather).
Smashbox is hosting their Friends and Family sale, offering 20% off through December 1 (use code SBFF9 at checkout). If you've never tried them before, their Best of Smashbox Sampler would be a fantastic introduction to their line. At $35 (plus an additional 20% off and free shipping), it's a steal. You might even pick one up as a gift.
Speaking of gifts, Bath and Body Works is a gift mecca. Honestly, do any one of you not receive something from this store as a gift during the holidays? The candles are my favorite, as well as their hand soaps, ScentPortables and Tahiti Sweetie body lotion that I have previously raved about. They always have great coupons, too. They are offering $10 off your $30 purchase (just ask one of the employees nicely and I bet they will give you the coupon if you don't already have it) or use this one for a free item of your choice (up to $13) with any $10 purchase, good through December 24.
20% off at South Moon Under (Okay, so it looks like you actually have to go to the store for this one, but giving them a call to see if they would honor it on a phone order can't hurt, right? I'm out of town!)
I am loving the jewelry options here right now. Here are some of my favorites:
Yochi Small Key Pendant Necklace
Looks like the one I've had my eye on at Tiffany, but for a (very small) fraction of the price. (hint, hint!)
Amrita Singh Cabochon Facet Pearl Bib Necklace
This would look amazing with a gold dress (i.e. Michelle Obama's dress for the White House State Dinner this week). More practically speaking, it would make a simple strapless black dress look new for a holiday party. Add some gold stilettos and no one would ever suspect you had on the same dress you wore under your cardigan at the office all day.
Amrita Singh Shelter Island Cabachon Necklace
I love the versatility of this one. It comes with an extender, so you can vary the length. Shorter, it would be a nice length to have peeking out of a crisp white blouse. Worn longer, it would dress up a casual gray t-shirt.
That's just a small sampling. I also like the charm necklaces (these would be great gifts for friends) and though I'm not completely sold on the ribbon "collar necklaces" that have been all over the place this season, there are a few cute ones that are reasonably priced (and for trendy pieces like those, I wouldn't spend more than $20 or $30 per piece).
Finally, there aren't many shoes to choose from, but these are super-cute, on-trend with the addition of the stones and with the super high heels, platform and red-soled bottoms, they might just be mistaken for Loubies.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
While I'm there, I'm going to do some shopping, so it's a multi-purpose trip. Right now they have a holiday gift card special: Purchase a gift card of $225 or more and receive a $25 service gift card free. Purcase a gift card of $350 or more and receive a $50 service gift card free. I might just pick up one of those for my own stocking...
They are also offering some other specials, available if you use the coupons below.
I feel better already. -g.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Just add the Pocket Pal to your shopping cart and enter code DCPOCKET at checkout. Spend more than $50 and enter PRETTY50 to receive free standard U.S. shipping as well.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I am very happy to say that I have found a great massage therapist at Natural Body Spa in Arlington. They are offering 20% off on some of their most popular services this month. Granted, the offer is only good Monday through Thursday during hours where most of us are obliged to slave away at our desks...but if you're planning a day off or happen to work nearby and can scoot away for a long lunch or find yourself not obligated to work and can treat yourself, you can do so for 20% less using the coupons below. -g.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
My absolute favorite line for (powder) bronzers is Physicians Formula. They have so many color choices, finishes (matte or shimmer), and formulas (mineral wear if you prefer mineral formulas, organic wear that's great for sensitive skin, even a formula with SPF 20 for added sun protection).
All of their compacts come with a mirror and small brush which make them very portable. And the price just can't be beat. They're all around $10-$14 and as good if not better quality than department store brands I've tried before. They have $1 off coupons in the Sunday paper all the time, and CVS (and other drugstores) often have them on special for buy one, get the second half off. It's a great excuse to buy two! There are even a few "Try Free" offers for the Mineral Wear and Bronze Booxter formulas. Now go get glowing! - g.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I'm a big fan of most things Aveda. The quality is consistent, they're eco-conscious and the scents are energizing...I'm also a fan of small travel-friendly-sized products, especially when they're free.
Visit Aveda's website and get a coupon for Aveda hand relief sample. This will be perfect for my travel bag! -g.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
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Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Up for Renewal is such yummy fun--like double-chocolate Oreo gelato but without the calories. Enjoy the whole thing in one sitting--guilt-free! -g.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
You can buy Phyto products online at Sephora or Beauty.com. I also got a great deal on a shampoo/conditioner/phyto 7/travel case at PR at Partners in Chevy Chase, MD. -g.