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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Beauty and All That February 2009 Posts

Here are the February 2009 posts that you can see on Beauty and All That @ http://igknowidea.blogspot.com

Original posts by Beauty and All That
* Kenneth Cole 43% off- Today Only!
* Celebrate Valentine's Day with Godiva
* Mario Badescu products
* February 3 is National Carrot Day!
* H&M 20% off coupon
* Mario Badescu Free Shipping until February 12
* Theory Sample Sale in NY- February 9-13, 2009
* Celebrate Valentine's Day with Magazines
* Valentine's Day goodies with Martha Stewart
* Deals/Discounts This Weekend
* Alexander McQueen for Target in NYC- February 14-15, 2009
* Banana Republic & Benefit Cosmetics presents City Sounds Tour- February 26, 2009
* Product Review: Venus® Embrace®
* Bare Escentuals Spring looks

Lovely TotalBeauty.com posts
* Keep Your Beauty Look All Day!
* Skin care for your budget!
* Body Washes Product Reviews
* Celebrity Hairstyles!
* 2009 Beauty Products Predictions
* Hairstyles for your Valentines Day Date!
* Straighten your Hair!
* Happy Valentine's Day!
* Smart ways to use your beauty products
* Beauty Bargains
* Best Beauty Products
* What's your Skin type?
* NY Fashion Week Celebrities
* Mineral Makeup Favorites

Bare Escentuals Spring looks

Looking for spring looks? Bare Escentuals recently sent out an email on three different looks depending on the amount of time you have in the morning. Try either the 5, 10 or 15 minute look using their products and you're ready to go! If you don't have their products, you can use substitue colors that you already have in your collection. Right now is a good time to maximize the usage of your beauty products and still look beautiful!

Read my review on one of my favorite Bare Escentuals products: i.d. bareMinerals All-Over Face Color

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Mineral Makeup Favorites

Readers' Choice: Top 18 Mineral Makeup Products

These reviews tell which foundations and powders are best in their class

From powders to liquids, these mineral makeup formulas were voted most impressive (and least irritating) by TotalBeauty.com users. Find the perfect match for your skin -- and your budget.

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No. 18: Joppa Minerals Morning Dew Foundation, $16

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.2*

Why it's great: "It doesn't make me itch and it stays in place all day long..."

No. 17: Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation, $18

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.2*

Why it's great: "It is easy to apply, it blends in with my skin, it stays all day, and it looks natural..."

No. 16: Arbonne About Face Mineral Powder Foundation, $34

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.2*

Why it's great: "I have some issues with acne scars and this covers [them] right up. There's a good selection of colors as well so you're sure to find your color..."

Want to see what's #1? Click here!

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Friday, February 27, 2009

NY Fashion Week Celebrities

Spotted! Celebrities We Saw at New York Fashion Week

See who was sitting in the front row of the hottest shows

OK, OK, so New York Fashion Week is really about the designers and their clothes, but we can't help but get excited about all the celebrities! It was hard to say who was the coolest (but we tried anyway). Check out our picks.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Product Review: Venus® Embrace®

The Venus® Embrace® is by far one of the best shavers I have used ever! Why? It is conveniently located on my bathroom shower wall and it's easy to hold the handle to maneuver the 5 bladed razor across my legs. My legs feel smooth after shaving with this razor and I haven't experienced any razor burns. This has a slim handle which makes it easy to put back in its ShowerPod™ (it can also store extra cartridges). I don't like to have to use any messy shaving creams or gels, so I appreciate that the ribbon around the blades is moisturizing.

Read my review on TotalBeauty.com

The colors are just so bold and pretty- purple and light turquoise! The handle has a soft grip which, like I said earlier, makes it easier to handle in the shower, so it is good for the accident-prone. It has five blades to ensure that all the hairs in bumpy areas like the knees gets shaved off. After using this, my legs feel noticeably smoother and I don't have to shave as often.

You can find the Venus Embrace at a local drug or grocery store and it is affordable too. It costs about $9.99-$11.99 for the shower kit, which includes the refillable razor, two cartridges (one is already on the razor) and the ShowerPod. You definitely save money from not having to buy any extra shaving cream lotion because they already have it as part of the razor. Great deal!

My favorite part of the kit is the ShowerPod™ because of its multi-purpose usage. Not only can you use it for the razor, but you can use it to store other things in the bathroom if you have an extra one, like a loofah (with a string). You can also store cotton balls or shampoo/conditioner samples- anything that is light so be creative! :)

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Quiz: What's your Skin type?

Your Skin Challenges -- Solved!

Take this quiz to get customized tips on winning your skin battles, from acne and wrinkles to chronic dryness

Does it feel like your skin is conspiring against you, sprouting pimples or fine lines when your back is turned? It may seem impossible but you can overcome any skin challenge and have a flawless complexion. Take this quiz to identify your enemies and get tips on how to conquer them.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Best Beauty Products

10 Best Beauty Breakthroughs

These products have changed the way we color our hair, erase wrinkles, zap brown spots and more

Thousands of beauty products debut each year so it takes something special for a product to stand out from the crowd. These are the goods we think deserve a prime spot on your bathroom counter. So without further ado...

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Banana Republic & Benefit Cosmetics presents City Sounds Tour- February 26, 2009

On February 26, join Banana Republic and Benefit Cosmetics for a night of fun, fashion and beauty. Check out: http://bananarepublic.p.delivery.net/m/p/bna/lux/rsvp/index.asp
to RSVP at a select Banana Republic store near you!

You will get 30% off the Spring line, get makeup tips from Benefit makeup artists and also get a limited edition gift bag, while supplies last!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Beauty Bargains

20 Best Drugstore Buys

Save money with cheaper (but just as effective) beauty products!

Aiming to improve your look and cut your budget? Do it wisely with honest feedback from your fellow shoppers. According to their beauty product reviews, these budget-friendly buys are your means to cosmetic and financial bliss.

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20. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $8.09

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9*

Why it's great: "I bought these wipes to do a 'once over' before cleansing and I will never be without them again!"

19. Maybelline New York Full 'N Soft Washable Mascara, $5.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.1*

Why it's great: "I've spent top dollar on mascaras -- but I keep coming back to this."

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Alexander McQueen for Target in NYC- February 14-15, 2009

So this President's Day/Valentine's Day weekend, I went and braved the cold (standing in line for almost an hour) for the unveiling of Alexander McQueen's line for Target. (It officially hits stores on March 1, 2009) This weekend event was insane, the lines were ridiculously long, and once inside it felt like the lines for the changing rooms were even longer. People even bought their DOGS and BABIES there.

The design inside this market was unique but did not make it easy for the crowds. Granted that groups of people were being let in at a time and that there were about 5 sections located around the walls of the are and one area of racks in the middle, people were dashing back and forth to grab the clothes off the racks. Each section was poorly designed, in my opinion, because the racks were in a U-shape, which meant once you were inside that area and choosing the items you wanted, people were coming in and surrounding you. It wasn't too bad but in certain areas where people knew specifically what they wanted (think the grey jacket- one of the more sought after items), it was gone very quickly! Occasionally, they would refill the racks with other clothing but they didn't restock the grey jackets...

I couldn't help but take numerous photos of the artwork within the market. Brilliant and well done advertising pieces for the Alexander McQ line for Target. I absolutely adore the doll-face and was really hoping they would sell the dolls or something but if anyone knows where I can get them, please let me know!

So the second picture on the first row below, I was deciding between these three pieces. They are all basic tees/tanks but much edgier and stylish. I really like the blue/grey-based pattern because it has all sorts of images such as skulls and mermaids which you can't tell what they are until you look at them close-up. They had a basic tee just on the pattern but I thought it was too plain (plus I have too many tees!) The black tee was nice because it has a net fabric for the shoulders and also for half of the back part of the shirt. But I decided to just purchase the black tank with blue/grey pattern. :) That item costs $26.99 and they threw in a CD of an artist whose music was playing throughout the time I was there.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Smart ways to use your beauty products

Ah-ha Uses for Beauty Products

Consider this the MacGyver guide to beauty. These "off-label" tricks will solve last-minute emergencies and more

Instead of chucking products that don't work quite like you had hoped, find out what else they can do for you. These tips, culled from blog confessions, expert advice and our own personal experiments, will have you reusing your makeup in no time, not to mention save you money and get you out of emergencies.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day! <3

Less vs. Luxe Lipsticks (Happy Valentine's Day!)

See how to get the look of your favorite Nars, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks at drugstore prices

Why spend $30 on a lipstick when you can spend $3 and get the exact same look? We asked celebrity makeup artists Molly Stern and Fiona Stiles to share their favorite lipstick look-a-likes -- and they delivered exact shade and texture matches (no one will be able to tell the difference). Now you can get the look of a Chanel lipstick and still afford a night out.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Deals/Discounts This Weekend

To celebrate Valentine's Day AND President's Day this long weekend, there are some special free shipping offers.

1)Clinique is offering FREE Shipping all weekend long from Friday, February 13 — Monday, February 16. Use the code: WEEKEND*

2)Martin & Osa is also offering FREE Shipping until Monday, February 16. No Code needed! They used to offer free shipping and free returns but they had started to charge for shipping under orders of ~$125 I believe. So take advantage of this now!!

3)Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is offering free shipping until TONIGHT, Friday, February 13(midnight ET). Use the code: SPARKLE (They say one-time use only) so whoever uses it first, congratulations! :)

4)Eyes Lips Face (e.l.f.) is offering 50% off their MINERALS. Use the code: MINERALHALF on orders over $25. See my ELF brushes order here!

*Offer valid until 11:59 PM (EST) Monday, February 16, 2009. Offer valid on orders shipped via Standard Shipping only. Offer available to U.S. residents only. Promotional offers and discounts may not be applied to the purchase of clinique.com eGift Cards. The value of clinique.com eGift Cards purchases are not used to determine promotional thresholds. Offer applies to authorized purchases. Only authorized orders will be processed and shipped. We reserve the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered, or ineligible use of offer and to modify or cancel this promotion due to system error or unforeseen problems.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Straighten your Hair!

Top 12 Flat Irons (Plus One Awful Hair Straightener)

See the straighteners that topped the list, and the one 50 readers threw in the trash

We think you should embrace your curls, but sometimes a girl's got to go sleek. We don't blame you but we do insist you use a good flat iron. A quality (but not necessarily expensive) straightener works quickly, damages hair less and gives strands a smooth, shiny finish. Bad flat irons? Well, they leave you a frizzy, damaged mess. Check out the irons TotalBeauty.com readers love (er, and one they hated).

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hairstyles for your Valentines Day Date!

15 Date-Night Hairstyles

Copy the romantic looks seen on the cast of "He's Just Not That Into You"

Break out the little black dress and dust off the stilettos -- you've got a date! All you need now is the perfect hairstyle to complete your ensemble. Get inspired by these date-worthy looks from the cast of "He's Just Not That Into You" (and a few other celebrities we love) and get tips on recreating the styles at home. Any of these will definitely have your guy so into you -- and if he isn't, well ... that's his problem.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Day this weekend!

It's Valentine's Day this weekend and however you will be celebrating, I hope there will be wonderful crafts involved. I was lucky to be an audience member of the Martha Stewart Show last week and it was an amazing experience. There were several taped segments including making a heart box and beautiful jeweled-like cookies!

The Valentine Heart Box is very simple and easy to make. To make yours, get the directions here: Valentine Treat Box

Source: www.marthastewart.com

You can also make these gorgeous cookies using this recipe here. This cookie recipe belongs to the Jewels of New York, a partnership between two friends who enjoy design and cooking! You can't help but notice the rich berry colors on the cookies! They are actually made of raspberry jam and to add more flavor and taste, lychee puree and prosecco is used. Yummy!

It's a simple sugar cookie and even Martha Stewart was surprised that there was no baking powder used (Apparently she uses it a lot for her own recipes.)

They sell these cookies (4 for $25) on their website, Jewels of New York if you are interested. But I think if you have the ingredients at home and have the patience to make them yourself, it will be a fun project! They will also be homemade and a wonderful gift for your loved one.

So after browsing the website a bit more, I found some great videos and features that they offer. If you remember my earlier post on Martha Stewart's favorite Mario Badescu products (Read more about it here), I saw the video in her Video Archive.

Not only is her video collection on past shows up-to-date, she has recipes, crafts, gardening tips, and so much more. My favorite is her Cookie of the Day feature.

Each day you will see a recipe of a yummy cookie dessert! Last Saturday's was a Creamy Fudge Heart, and the ingredients are so simple. It's basically milk, lots of sugar, and butter. They also have a Chocolate Mint Cookie (January 27) and it looks good and easy to make. If I can master this, maybe I won't need to buy those Girl Scout mint cookies anymore!

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Monday, February 09, 2009

2009 Beauty Products Predictions

2009 Predictions: The Beauty Edition

The products and treatments that will take the beauty world by storm

Thousands of beauty products debut each year, so it takes something special for a product to stand out from the crowd. These are the 10 breakthroughs in the industry we think deserve a prime spot on your bathroom counter. So without further ado...

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Magazines

I subscribe to many magazines (see post on my DIY masks from February's Woman's Day Magazine) because I enjoy reading and learning new tips and tricks on beauty, fashion and health. I also like to keep up with current events/business news with some of my other mags as well. Here is a picture of the March and some February issues that I received in just two days:

In order to share my passion for magazines, I had to share this deal I received in my inbox!

This offer is valid for only new subscribers, so if you have a friend or sibling that is waiting to read one of these mags, you can give them a gift subscription as well!

To redeem your offer...
Get your magazines here: Hearst Magazine Valentines Day Offer
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Theory Sample Sale in NY- February 9-13, 2009

Theory is having a sample sale at Clothingline on February 9 - February 13, 2009.

Here are the hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

According to their website, Theory sample sale will be selling only Women's clothing and include stock, samples & slight irregulars.

Clothingline, 261 W 36th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave), 2nd Floor,
New York, NY 10018

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Mario Badescu Free Shipping until February 12

*Minimum purchase of $30

Read my earlier post on favorite Mario Badescu products!

Product Reviews:
Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion (for acne)
Mario Badescu Honey Moisturizer

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

H&M 20% off coupon

From now until February 13, H&M is offering a 20% off coupon on a single item. To get yours, go here.

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