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Holiday 2015 Beauty Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers

By on December 3, 2015
in Essie, OPI, Sponsored with 3 Comments
Holiday 2015 Gift Guide - Stocking Stuffers

Holiday 2015 Beauty Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers

When it comes to holiday shopping, I feel like it’s the little things that always stump me. I can usually come up with one big thing for my family and friends, but it’s the little stocking stuffers or gift exchange items that give me pause. I’m always on the lookout for unique and fun ways to share my love of beauty with the people I adore. If you’re like me, and shopping for the beauty lover in your life, take a peek at my picks for Holiday 2015 Beauty Stocking Stuffers.
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Having a Treat Yo Self Moment. Help Me Choose

By on November 25, 2015
in Deals and Discounts with 3 Comments
Shopbop Black Friday 2015

Shopbop Buy More, Save More Sale

Hi everyone! I’ve been in end-of-semester hell, but I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I haven’t painted my nails in weeks, (it’s a scary sitch, you guys), I have no polish on my toes (the horror!), and I’m avoiding all the Black Friday madness, but knowing that I’m rocking my classes makes it all worthwhile. So, I’ve decided to treat myself by indulging in the Shopbop Buy More, Save More Sale (CODE: GOBIG15), going on now through Cyber Monday, 11/30.

My rain/winter boot situation is in dire need of an upgrade, but I have all the ones pictured above in my cart, and can’t afford to treat myself that well. Please help me narrow things down. The Superga Wool Slip-Ons are a no-brainer, but I also want a bootie and a rain boot.

The options (clockwise from top left): MICHAEL Michael Kors Charm Stretch Booties, Madewell Chelsea Rain Booties, DAV Moto Quilted Boots, MICHAEL Michael Kors Whitaker Booties, DVF Whitney Rain Boots, Tretorn Kelly Winter Boots, Sorel Toronto Lace Wedge Booties.

I was all set to get the Sorel booties, but the fuzzy trim on the Michael Kors ones keep catching my eye. And I like that the Tretorn boots have a furry lining and the quilt pattern on the Davs, but the stretch on the Kors rain boots will be so much easier to get on when I’m running late (aka every day of my life). I could go on and on with my internal debate dialog, but I would rather hear what you have to say.

Which ones are you loving? Do you own any boots/booties from these brands, any raves/complaints? Are you planning to take advantage of the Shopbop sale?

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“No Time for That” Beauty – Time-Saving Products

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Spray

“No Time for That” Beauty – Fall Edition

Going back to school has left me with even less time to get ready in the morning. Late night studying coupled with early morning classes means my go-to, 5-Minute Makeup look is out the door. It’s more like One-Minute Makeup. Enough to look alive and like I didn’t just roll out of bed. To cope, I’ve changed up my routine, replacing my “No Time for That” rituals with products/techniques that I actually have time for.
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JINsoon Fall 2015 Operetta Collection Swatches & Review

By on October 26, 2015
in Fall 2015, JINsoon with 17 Comments
JINsoon Fall 2015 - Operetta

JINsoon Fall 2015 – Operetta

With her Fall 2015 collection, Jin Soon Choi has proven herself a master of the secret shimmer, that subtle glimmer you can see in direct light, but is less noticeable to the casual viewer. It’s like you’re in on a secret that only other nail fanatics know. The five, rich shades of the JINsoon Operetta collection draw inspiration from Art Deco designer Erté and the opulent costumes he designed for operas.
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TPHP in Nail Polish, Dangerous or Scare Tactic?

By on October 21, 2015
in News with 43 Comments
TPHP in Nail Polish

TPHP in Nail Polish

A number of click bait articles appeared in my “nail polish” google alert this morning. Things like, “Your Nail Polish Might Be Making You Gain Weight” and “Toxic Nail Polish Ingredient Found in Women’s Bodies.” OMG, you guys, we’re all going to die!! I mean, if we’re going to buy into those melodramatic headlines, we may as well have the proper freak-out response, no? Now I can blame weight gain on my affection for sparkle, and any illness on the need for pretty nails. All jokes aside, let’s break down what is happening.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit research group dedicated to helping people live a healthier life by knowing more about their environment. They are claiming that an ingredient, TPHP, a suspected endocrine-disrupting chemical, is entering the bloodstream through nail polish, that a number of mainstream brands include the ingredient, and some don’t even list it. The problem is their research has been somewhat alarmist in the past. Like when they reported that 3-Free polishes actually contained Toluene or DBP, and everyone freaked out until it was revealed to be in brands very few people had heard of.

According to the EWG, brands containing TPHP include: Beauty Without Cruelty, butter LONDON, Essie, Maybelline, Milani, Nuance by Salma Hayek, OPI, Orly, Revlon, Sally Hansen, SpaRitual, theBalm, Wet n Wild. The EWG started a petition to ask the brands to remove the ingredient.

To get a different point of view, I turned to Doug Schoon, scientist and nail industry expert/consultant. He’s a go-to expert for the professional nail industry and I knew he would have a take on this situation. Turns out, he has a very lengthy take on it all based on reading the actual research and his 30+ years of experience. You can read ALL of his preliminary findings HERE. My boiled-down take is that the levels of TPHP in the system from nail polish exposure is no more significant than the level found in our bodies from everyday exposure to other environmental factors, and the EWG is blowing things out of proportion.

Finally, there is at least one reporter getting a different perspective instead of just taking the EWG at face value. WWD consulted with a medical expert and a scientist from the Personal Care Product Council, in addition to contacting the named brands (who referred to the PCPC). Their piece is well balanced and informative.

The point of all this… I don’t want you putting down the bottle when you see those alarming headlines, and I want you to educate yourself about both points of view. I personally think additional research is needed to prove that TPHP in nail polish is actually harmful, though I’m totally expecting brands not listed above to add another number to their “Free” list. What are we at now, 25-Free? We’ll soon be polishing our nails with colored water and calling it “50-Free.”

I’d love to hear your take on all of this. Has the crackdown on ingredients gone too far? Do you care about anything over 3-Free?

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