Beauty Breakthroughs...

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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A Life of Style: First Lady in Curls & Kai Milla


First Lady Michelle Obama looked stunning last night at an In Performance at the White House event honoring the legendary Stevie Wonder.

Mrs. Obama wore a silk emerald green dress by designer
Kai Milla, Stevie Wonder's wife.

The dress...gorgeous.

The hair...fabulous.

The makeup...flawless.

The shoes...too cute!!!!

Stevie Wonder, In Performance at the White House

Kai Milla

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A Life of Style: Park 52 The First Lady Martini


Park 52 is a very chic and hip restaurant in Hyde Park, the neighborhood President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama lived before the White House became their new home. And yours truly is a Hyde Park resident as well.

I've enjoyed every dining experience at Park 52. If you're ever in the area check it out. The food is amazing and the desserts are worth cheating on your diet ;)

A couple of weeks ago, my friend celebrated her birthday at Park 52. There were two new drinks on the menu, The Commander in Chief and The First Lady martini.

I ordered the First Lady and here's the recipe so you can try it at home:

* 1 1/2 ounce of Stoli Raspberry Vodka
* 2/3 ounce Triple Sec
* 1 ounce White Cranberry Juice

Shake well and serve in a chilled martini glass...Cheers!!!!

A Life of Style: Farewell Domino Magazine


My blogging buddy, Jamie texted me a few weeks ago with the sad news that Domino magazine was ceasing publication. I was too upset! I love this magazine and got so many great ideas from the articles and pictures over the years. Darn this economy! Not one industry is safe from layoffs and cut backs. Hopefully the Domino staffers will be able to find positions within other Condé Nast publications.

Well I guess I'll head over to and order, Domino: The Book of Decorating: A room-by-room guide to creating a home that makes you happy

March 2009 Domino cover picture courtesy of

A Life of Style: Sally Hansen Lip Inflation EXTREME

Hello Beautiful People! This week at Walgreens, Sally Hansen lip products are 40% off. I clipped two $1.50 Sally Hansen coupons last month and I've been waiting to use them.

I decided to try the Lip Inflation Extreme in Clear and Sheer Bare. They rang up $5.09 and with my coupons they were $3.59!!! Whoo-hoo!!! Love it when I save a little money =)

My thoughts...
Very tingly, not Lip Venom tingly but tingly, lol! Very cinnamon-y flavor. My pucker was a lot fuller and it was a nice amount of natural looking fullness - not exactly Angelina Jolie but definitely not Lisa Rinna (Ugh! Lol!)

I tried the clear on its own and over another gloss. It worked great both ways. I paired Sheer Bare with my MAC lip pencil in Chestnut today and that was a winner too.

This is a great drugstore lip plumper that delivers.

According to the Sally Hansen website the special ingredients are:
Hydro-Collagen Complex with Marine Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid capture and retain moisture contributing to the immediate dramatic effect.

A Life of Style: Jewelry

This post is dedicated to a good friend who has her heart set on a very expensive 1 carat diamond pendant necklace which even on sale is totally out of her budget. She's prepared to go on a diet of Ramen Noodles and cereal in order to afford the necklace. Her goal is to make it her signature accessory. As crazy as the economy is, luxury purchases should be placed on the back burner until things turn around.

In an attempt to save my friend from a college undergrad diet, I found a few classic alternatives that are a little more wallet friendly:

QVC Diamonique 14k Gold 1ct Princess Cut Solitaire - $53.25

Return to Tiffany Round Tag Pendant in Sterling Silver - $100

Overstock 10k White Gold Diamond Double-heart Necklace - $89.99

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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How to Avoid Makeup Meltdown

Pro tips on keeping a fresh face - all day long

Making makeup last all day doesn't have to be a high-maintenance hassle. Follow these tips from pro makeup artists Charlie Green and Molly Stern and your look, whether natural or dramatic, won't melt away before you finish showing it off.

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A Life of Style: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara


Last Thursday I went to CVS (I'm such the drugstore junkie). Several of the sales associates were unpacking crates of new products in the makeup aisle. I must admit I got very excited and wanted to see what they were putting out but I didn't want to be underfoot so I went down another aisle. The Physicians Formula Organic Wear display caught my eye. The mascara just leaped into my hand - honest it did!!!

The package boasts:
  • 100% Free of Harsh Chemicals

  • 100% Free of Synthetic Preservatives

  • 100% Free of Parabens

  • 100% Free of Genetically Modified Organisms

  • 100% Free of Synthetic Colors

  • 100% Free Synthetic Fragrances

  • 100% Cruelty Free

  • No clumping or flaking

  • 5x Lash Boosting - Lengthens, Volumizes, and Defines

The mascara had me at free of harsh chemicals. My eyes tend to be somewhat sensitive and certain mascaras cause them to water and sting. So was Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara in Ultra Black worth my $9.99 + 10.25% sales tax? Was the volume all that and then some?


Now when I opened the mascara I noticed a somewhat faint earthy smell, kind of like fresh cut grass. They really took it all the way there with the green thing, lol. Don't worry, the scent doesn't linger at all. The volume I got was very impressive and if I had better digi cam skills I could show you. All the pics I took were kinda odd looking. I'll get the self portrait thing down sooner or later. But I digress, I've been wearing this mascara everyday since I got it and it's great. It really delivers what it states on the package and the organic cred is a big plus.

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Joe's Jeans Loves A Life of Style


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Luxe vs. Less Skin Care

Find out what products to splurge on and when to save your hard-earned dollars

Luxe vs. Less Skin Care

You don't have to spend half your paycheck on skincare products to stay wrinkle and pimple-free. That said, slathering household condiments on your face to avoid paying for the good stuff isn't a smart idea either. We'll show you which bargain products really work and when you should kick in some extra cash.

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