Beauty Giveaway: Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light
We’re head over heels for the newest addition to Josie Maran’s stable of multi-purpose oils: 100% Pure Argan Oil Light. Apply it anywhere you could use an extra dose of moisture — your hair, cuticles, elbows, face— it fights dryness while leaving a semi-matte finish.
It has all the same ingredients as Josie Maran’s original argan oil — Vitamin E, emollient fatty acids — in a new lightweight formula that’s ideal for all skin types. Yes, even oily-skinned ladies (and gents) can use it — it actually replicates the sebum produced by your body naturally, so applying it lessens your skin’s need to create its own oils.
Want to give it a try? We’re giving away EIGHT bottles of Argan Oil Light to eight lucky readers!
Makeup primer is a clear or tinted cream that goes on before foundation to create a smooth surface for a more even makeup application. So, is it worth the extra five minutes in the morning? (And the additional cash?) Short answer: Whether or not investing in some primer makes sense for you will depend on the look you’re going for. Read more here.
Herve Leger Made a Lil' Tiny Bandage Dress for Barbie
Mattel teamed up with Herve Leger on a limited-edition Barbie wearing her sexiest look yet — a teensy version of the fashion label’s signature bandage dress. “As you can imagine, the biggest challenge was the scaling down of the knit,” chief creative officer Lubov Azria told WWD of Barbie’s outfit, which is modeled after a fall 2012 runway look. (Meaning, yes, you can buy a matching ensemble, American Girl Doll-style.)
The $150 Barbie comes with an outfit change of a black-and-white jacquard dress, open-toe booties and a studded clutch, just in case she decides that her corset belt and gladiator boots clash with her pink Corvette.
Herve Leger Barbie makes her debut on October 15th at Hervé Léger stores, select Neiman Marcus locations and on barbiecollector.com. Now if only a designer would help Ken step up <i>his</i> style game. That fedora has got to go.
Whoever said money can’t buy happiness obviously never purchased a Petco sailor costume for their cat. Like I did, when I was supposed to be buying cat food. But, in my defense, this matching cap and collar set was right next to the checkout line — prime real estate for impulse buys — and it was only $8. Money well spent, I think! Even if my cat disagrees.
The thing about cat costumes is, at best, your cat will be mildly indifferent to wearing one, and at worst, he or she will scratch the shit out of you and then spend the rest of the day sulking under the couch. But really, it’s worth the risk, if only to snap one (quick!) photo of your grumpy feline suffering the indignity of wearing clothes.
Oh, and if you’re lucky enough to have two kitties, may I suggest buying Petco’s sailor ensemble and their MerCat outfit?
BB Mine: My Top Three BB Creams, at Every Price Point
"BB Creams (short for beauty or blemish creams) are sort of like amped-up tinted moisturizers. In addition to hydrating and providing light-to-medium coverage, BB’s are packed with anti-aging ingredients and SPF. (Oh, and they make your pores look teeny tiny.) But, even though almost every beauty brand has a BB Cream on the market, some are definitely better at giving you that airbrushed look than others. See my top three all-time favorite BB’s, this way!” - The Fashion Hub
Move Over, Phillip Lim: Target’s New Guest Designer Is…
Have you checked out Phillip Lim’s Target collection yet? No? Well, it launched this weekend and if you haven’t scooped up your faux leather Pashli mini satchel by now you’re basically too late, because Target has moved on. To Peter Pilotto!
Yes, the design duo unveiled their upcoming collab with the big box retailer today, via some flashing lights on their London Fashion Week runway — a spectacle the front row dutifully Instagrammed, of course.
The mostly-under-$60 70-piece capsule collection, which is set to launch February 9th, will include women’s apparel, accessories, and swimwear. And, according to this teaser video, it’ll be full of Peter Pilotto’s signature kaleidoscopic prints. (And, we hope, their cropped trousers, structured dresses, and beautifully paneled skirts.)
Fashion week brings out the best clothes, and the most comical one-liners (if you know where to look). We’ve been monitoring FW’s lifeline, twitter, watching and waiting for the wittiest musings. Here are the ten hilarious gems the internet has to offer up so far:
1. “What cleanse are you on?” 2. “This is just a juice. It’s okay to just drink juice.” #overheardatFW
Thank you, designers, for taking the beautiful murky rainbow that happens when gasoline hits water and making it wearable. And non-smelly. There’s something sort of futuristic — and surprisingly neutral — about the iridescent finish designers like Cynthia Rowley and Rebecca Minkoff splashed across their looks this season. Wear these oil-dipped creations like you would black (casually, with anything) and watch them flash from gray to purple to green and back again in the late summer sun.
In between 140-character opinions on Miley twerking and breaking news on Syria, Twitter is hoping to get you to open your wallet and buy things. Shopping embedded in social networks hasn’t historically worked out too well — just three days ago Facebook announced they were shutting down their commerce initiative, Facebook Gifts. That said, the possibility for greatness is there — brands and retailers are on Twitter, people are spend loads of time on Twitter, ostensibly you connect the dots and have the potential to make a lot of money. For the sake of a future Twitter IPO, I’m cautiously optimistic.
Thus far, Twitter Commerce news has largely centered on Nathan Hubbard, the guy Twitter hired to lead the initiative. Very little has been released on what exactly Twitter Commerce is, but, according to a vague statement, it will "get people in the moment to buy and to act on their passions." This could also be the stated vision behind hot dog vendors, all the candy lining checkout lanes, and prostitution, so it’s not tremendously insightful.
While it’s hard to imagine being inspired to buy a new dress from a tweet, there are some categories of commerce that make more sense. Digital music, for one, is a great example of something that could easily be sold via Twitter. There’s long been a movement to let artists distribute directly to their audience — and with some stars like Katy Perry amassing over 41 million Twitter followers, it’s easy to imagine fans purchasing singles from their streams. And is it a coincidence that Nathan Hubbard, a former CEO of Ticketmaster, is also a musician? I think not. Flash sales and daily deals, which use discounts and time pressure to create impulse-shopping-friendly environments are also interesting candidates for Twitter Commerce wins.
In case you were wondering what Twitter Commerce might look like, it will probably build off of the Twitter Product Cards offering that’s been around for a while (though not often seen in the wild):
I’m most interested to see how deeply Twitter will go into commerce. Will they be a surface level player with product ads? Or will they go so far as to build their own cart technology and go head-to-head with PayPal and new entrant Facebook? Time will tell. Until then, I’ll be watching my Twitter stream for more news on Miley. I really haven’t seen enough Miley tweets.
Bow Down to Instagram’s Latest Style Star, Montjiro
Sure, the camera loves Boo, and Grumpy Cat’s fame has transcended the internet, but not since the Ikea monkey have we seen a critter accessorize quite so well as dapper Chihuahua and Instagram sensation, Montjiro.
The Justin Timberlake concert MTV VMAs just wrapped up, and while it was devoid of any major disses and girl-on-girl kisses, it did bring a few former heartthrobs out of retirement, there were some great dresses, and the performances weren’t all bad.
The first thing to note about the evening, is that clearly all the cool girls coordinated beforehand and decided to wear navy. Selena Gomez rocked in Atelier Versace, making moves to shed her Disney good girl image. Her vixen dress is already getting a lot of press for it’s peek-a-boo flap that revealed a sexy lace bustier.
Taylor Swift also donned navy with her newfound bestie Selena by her side (twinsies — they even were seated next to each other during the show). Swift was a strong contender for the best dressed award with her classic 20’s hairdo and fab plunging neckline on her Herve Leger by Max Azria gown.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, Miley stripped down to two strips of vinyl and proceeded to grind up against the always chivalrous Robin Thicke for an off-key rendition of “Blurred Lines”.
Tired of always taking the VMA disses, good girl Taylor Swift proved she could give a VMA pot shot just as well with a meme-worthy response to her ex, Harry Style’s, Moon Man win. Watch carefully, Selena Gomez’s eye roll is priceless.
Jared Leto made an appearance to introduce Yeezy, and dashed every My So Called Life fan’s Jordan Catalono fantasies with his Highlander-esque leather outfit and biblical hair. I’m told that these are $7,000 St. Laurent biker pants, but that doesn’t make me feel any better.
Justin Timberlake was easily the highlight of the evening with an epic 20 minute concert that paid homage to early JT hits like Cry Me A River, My Love, and yes, did reunite the band formerly known as *NSYNC. The reunion was highly anticipated by girls in their 20’s everywhere, until we saw what non-JT *NSYNC guys looked like (time has not been kind to everyone), then we were happy to go back to worshipping JT in his solo career.
(image via MTV)
Justin’s epic performance was capped with an endearing award presentation by Jimmy Fallon, in what was easily the best bromance of the evening (no small feat given all the boy bands in attendance).
"Make a statement with T*Racy’s Space Chain Knotted Necklace. Instead of allowing your wardrobe dictate what you accessorize, allow your accessories (jewelry) take the lead! It is my favorite jewelry statement piece in my collection, and I’m always discovering new ways to style my look in order to incorporate this necklace!” - Jennifer, The Fashion Hub
Get inspired and check out the rest of Jennifer’s fall picks here. #FallStyleMakeover
"It’s becoming clear to all of us that the Summer isn’t going to last forever. I don’t know about you, but it’s about this time every year when I turn my attention from sandals to shoes that I can buy and wear now, but also wear into the Fall. Booties, flats, loafers and closed-toe pumps are all great options…" - Ashley, Pink Julep
Get inspired and check out the rest of Ashley’s fall picks here. #FallStyleMakeover
"This little skincare brush has been praised since it first hit the shelves. Well-loved in the beauty community, the Clarisonic promises to remove dirt, oil and makeup six times better than manual cleansing. Using sonic technology, the bristles oscillate 300 times per second to clean deep and gently exfoliate. The result is cleaner, clearer, smoother skin. It also comes in lots of cute colors and patterns to suit any style." - Francine Derby
Get inspired and check out the rest of Francine’s fall picks here. #FallStyleMakeover
"These three pieces are the epitome of my style. Girly, stylish with a touch of major edge and attitude. The girly Kate Spade dress can be worn several ways and adding a chic and edgy moto vest over it and statement shoes will create the perfect look for Fall." - Jessica, My Style Vita
Get inspired and check out the rest of Jessica’s fall picks here. #FallStyleMakeover
"The sun can cause damage on even your cuticles and nails. Don’t add to that damage with harsh polish removers. Zoya Remove Plus removes polish an treats nails and cuticles at the same time." - Kelly, Set in Lacquer
Get inspired and check out the rest of Kelly’s fall picks here. #FallStyleMakeover
"Of course I have to start with nail polish. The texture trend is hot for the summer and these are top on my list. Gorgeous matte sparkle finish with bright vibrant saturated color for summer." - Victoria, Manicurator
Refresh for summer with Pickie and check out the rest of Victoria’s summer picks here. #SummerStyleMakeover