A Life of Style: Halle by Halle Berry


Halle Berry has always seemed like she would be the cool, stylish friend everyone has. I've been wearing her new signature fragrance, Halle, and I'm very happy with the latest celebrity scent.

The fragrance notes according to the website are:

Head: Sicilian Bergamot, Fig leaves, Pear blossom

Heart: Freesia petals, Hibiscus flower, Ultra mimosa

Base: Sandalwood, Driftwood, Cashmere Musk, Olibanium Absolute, Sensual Amber

There's a lot going on in the bottle but it all blends together perfectly. Halle is a great fragrance. It smells like nothing else on the market right now. Miss Berry created a truly one of a kind fragrance. It's light yet musky and very feminine. I'm always a little leary of musk fragrances in the spring/summer, but there are no worries here. In my opinion, Halle is a year round scent.

Halle can be purchased at JC Penney, Kohls, Sears, Target, and Wal Mart.

For more information:

Halle Berry Fragrances

A Life of Style: Huge Lips, Skinny Hips

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New York, NY – If only thin hips were a lick away. The innovative new cosmetics company Purple Lab has conjured up Huge Lips, Skinny Hips, a ground-breaking lip gloss offering non-invasive access to the lips and hips women have always dreamed about. Chic color, luscious volume and a slimmer figure for those skinny jeans are all just a wave of the lip gloss wand away with an exclusive formulation—including plump-prompting Vitamin B3 and the natural appetite suppressant Hoodia—in six universally-flattering, high-gloss hues.

“Huge Lips, Skinny Hips is the answer to every girl's beauty dreams—sophisticated lip color, plumping performance and a natural way to curb those carb cravings,” says Purple Lab Creatrix, fashion/beauty insider, author and media personality Karen Robinovitz. “It’s the perfect secret weapon for surviving cocktail parties without succumbing to all the hors d’oeuvres.”

Extending beyond the boundaries of traditional lip gloss, Huge Lips, Skinny Hips’ revolutionary formulation features Hoodia Gordoni Extract, which is derived from the cactus-like plant indigenous to South Africa and Namibia and has been used safely for centuries for its appetite-suppressing benefits. The formulation also includes Vitamin B3 to stimulate blood flow to the lip surface, diminish the appearance of unsightly wrinkles around the lip area and comfortably create a plumping effect without stinging or burning. Other lip-conditioning ingredients include natural lipids that bind water to the skin, as well as Meadow Foam to moisturize to perfection and Lemon Peel Oil to offer instant cooling. Committed to a healthy pout, the formulation is paraben-free.

Designed to inspire with every application, the collection’s six hues pay homage to Robinovitz’s favorite icons and philosophies. Red Sole (a sultry red inspired by the bottom of seductive Louboutin heels), Love Your Thighs (a flirty coral and Robinovitz’s personal mantra), Worship Kate (a rich pink glitter tribute to Kate Moss), Lychee Martini (a frothy peach inspired by her favorite fruit), No Panty Lines (a shiny clear) and Kitty Poledancer (the perfect nude and a nickname given to Robinovitz for her love of dancing) are each packaged with colorful anecdotes about the meaning behind the name of the shade. And the packaging is sleek, eye-popping fun—an hourglass-shaped box in glossy ombre dyed purple with metallic hot pink accents.

Purple Lab’s Huge Lips, Skinny Hips will debut in Spring 2009 for $20.00 at Scoop and Space.N.K. Co-Founder of Scoop, Stefani Greenfield, says “Everything that Karen does has a fresh and innovative marketing twist—this is truly ‘sexy yummy’.”

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A Life of Style: Valentino Spring 2009 Couture

A Life of Style: Halle Berry's New Do

Halle Berry has been sporting a very stylish bob and I love it! I think this is my new hair inspiration.

A Life of Style: Catch Boutique


Online retailer introduces a new generation of shopping

Los Angeles, CA – (April 21, 2009) – Ever wish you could shop inside a professional stylist’s closet or receive the personal attention of a brick and mortar store while shopping online? Well look no further, on Thursday, April 30th, international stylist, designer and buying team, Natalie Howell and Matthew Stephenson will be giving a new competitive edge to the online shopping arena with the launch of retailer Catch Boutique, http://www.catchboutique.com/.

Catch Boutique will bring fashionistas a shopping experience that will leave them feeling like VIPs with just a click of their mouse. This interactive online boutique will feature free styling services and video chat capabilities with the owner and her team of stylists. Catch Boutique will also feature fashion, style and beauty tips from the industries’ top experts, trend newsletters updating the fashion addicts with the most up-to-date information on the boutique, designers and special offers. This Los Angeles and London based style-conscious duo will also offer exclusive services to LA residents giving them the opportunity to schedule closet makeovers, styling recommendations and advice on how to re-fill their closets, emergency wardrobe assistance, personal styling sessions, and styling for special events.

Catch Boutique will carry a range of styles from boho to vintage to chic couture from clothing lines including Kova & T, Black Halo, LnA, Mike and Chris, House of Harlow, CC Skye, Laila Azhar, Rachel Gilbert, Jenny Han, Myne, Kay Park, Grace Sun, Jay Godfrey, and Grai. Over the next several months, Catch Boutique will also introduce international labels to the US market. Catch Boutique will also feature their own private label, Twenty-Two Vintage by Catch, a customized line from hand-picked rare designer clothing and jewelry from Los Angeles , New York , Paris , and London .

“I’m so excited to bring my passion for designing, fashion, and styling to an online boutique giving me an outlet to help and guide fashionistas everywhere to look and feel fabulous all the time,” says owner/stylist Natalie Howell. “This is a life-long dream come true.”

For further information please visit http://www.catchboutique.com/

A Life of Style: Christian Dior Spring 2009 Couture


John Galliano, the man behind Dior.

Loving Chanel Iman's feathery hat

Jourdan Dunn (above) is killing it in this suit. The skirt is fabulously impractical.

An upclose look at Jourdan Dunn's makeup.

A Life of Style: No Chip Manicure

Last Saturday I got a No Chip Manicure. This was my first time trying it and so far so good. No chipped polish and no polish fading.

Since it was my first time getting this type of mani, I chose a neutral shade of pink.
I learned about the No Chip Manicure a while ago in a Daily Candy newsletter.

What I liked best is that I didn't have to wait for my nalis to dry. The UVA lamp dried them in a flash. I was able to dig in my bag for my wallet as soon as the last coat of gel dried. I'm notoriously impatient and hate sitting in the nail salon waiting for my nails dry so being able to walk right out was a MAJOR plus for me.
Regular manicures are $15 to $25 at most salons but the no chip mani is a little more expensive.
Honestly I tend to get bored with my polish color after a few days which is why I get manicures every week, but I'll ride this out for the next couple of weeks.

ALOS @ the Movies: Obsessed


Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm not the biggest Beyonce Knowles fan. I like some of her music but the worldwide love affair with her, I really don't get. As a vocalist, I think she's an okay singer. She's definitely not a great singer. I save the description of a great singer for the likes of Whitney Houston, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, and Chrisette Michele. You guys get the point.

Well I went to see Obsessed mainly because I'll go see anything Idris Elba is in. That man is beyond sexy. I would sit through two hours of him reading the dictionary out loud. Obsessed opened in theaters last Friday. When I checked online for reviews of Obsessed, I found there were none. Movie critics were not given the opportunity to preview the movie which I believe contributed to the number one rating. I wonder who decided to not allow the critics a sneak preview? Very. Shady. I don't always agree with the critic's review but I do like reading them just to get their thoughts.

So $17.00 was shelled out for Obsessed this afternoon. This movie was beyond boring. The plot was not developed enough, there was no background story on Ali Larter's character. Why did she become so obsessed with her boss? Idris Elba's character did nothing in my opinion to lead her on for her to become so hell bent on having him.

The movie was so utterly predictable. I can't even understand who thought this story was even necessary. Between Fatal Attraction and various Lifetime movies we've seen it a thousand times over.

I spent much of the movie texting my friends and getting extremely annoyed with each scene. Beyonce's acting wasn't that bad but the tired cliches and the people in the theater calling out what they thought was going to happen next (they were right by the way) made this a waste of my afternoon. The much talked about fight scene between Beyonce and Ali was also boring.

I really wish we had skipped this movie as my friend was quite annoyed and I had to buy him a $3.75 box of Buncha Crunch to keep his mouth shut.

Obsessed was a major thumbs down.

A Life of Style: Elie Saab Spring 2009 Couture

The crystal beading and tiered ruffles here are so haute!!! I adore this dress.

Simply gorgeous...

Ethereal Elegance...

I love the softness of these three Elie Saab designs - the muted pastel gray-blue, the design details, and the flow of each creation.

A Life of Style: Luxe Club One


Luxe Club One is a members-only fashion club featuring discount offers on apparel, accessories, footwear, beauty and jewelry products direct from luxury, premium and contemporary brands. It informs members of these recession-proof offers through easy-to-scan, daily emails. Additionally, Luxe Club One negotiates special offers and free shipping for a number of brands!

A Life of Style readers are getting a Complimentary One-Year VIP Membership at no cost or obligation. Without this special invitation, fashionistas wishing to become VIP Members would have to pay $399.

This introductory offer expires on May 15, 2009. So sign up now!!!

**Click here to sign up**

A Life of Style: The Best & Worst of Wet 'n Wild


I have such fond memories of Wet 'n Wild products. As a pre-teen makeup junkie all my hard earned allowance was spent at my neighborhood Phar-Mor and Cavett drugstores (am I dating myself??? LOL).

I bought Wet 'n Wild lipstick, eye shadow, eye liner, and nail polish. I was too cute and on a major budget. At thirteen years old earning a measly$10 a week for household chores what else could I afford? After I bought my teen mags, Right On! Black Beat, Tiger Beat, and Bop, Wet 'n Wild was my affordable makeup option. That was such a simpler and carefree time in my life.

Read on for the best and worst Wet 'n Wild products according to Total Beauty readers and reviewers.

The Best and Worst Wet n Wild Products

Check out which nail polishes, eye shadows, lipglosses and more our readers love, and, well, love to hate

The Best and Worst Wet n Wild Products

Buying Wet n Wild is an inexpensive way for us get our beauty fix without hurting our wallets. Heck, half the stuff they sell you could buy with change found in your couch cushions. Check out this guide to what's hot and what's not, and then search those couch cushions or bust open that piggy bank.

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The Worst: No. 3: Wet n Wild MegaColors Lipstick, $1.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 6.4*

The Worst: No. 3: Wet n Wild MegaColors Lipstick, $1.99

It's "just overall really mediocre" they say and feels "icky on ..."

No. 2: Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color, $.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 6*

No. 2: Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color, $.99

"The finish is just awful-- no smoothness whatsoever, very chunky, streaky and coarse ..."

The Best: No. 9: Wet n Wild Silk Finish Blush Compact, $3.49

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.6*

The Best: No. 9: Wet n Wild Silk Finish Blush Compact, $3.49

"The pigmentation is dense-- so a little goes a long way" and "it literally stayed on all day ..."

Want to see the rest of the list? Click here!

A Life of Style: Close, Gap's New Fragrance


Yesterday I went to scour the sales racks and take advantage of the additional 25% off at Gap.

There were samples of Close, the new signature fragrance for women throughout the store and the cashier tossed several in my bag. I had really high hopes for Close and couldn't wait to test it.

Close has the following notes:
Top: sparkling watery nuances, salty citrus cocktail accord, and fresh almond blossom.
Middle: spring freesia, jasmine petals, daphne, and heliotrope.
Dry: creamy sandalwood, musk, vanilla nuances, and a touch of amber.

And it is described as a citrus-floral aroma, that balances watery notes against a hint of musk. The result, a perfectly blended scent that's light and wearable.

So, I spritzed Close on today. I sniffed. It was an extremely light scent. If the essence of ethereal could be bottled then Close would be the perfect fit. It's such a delicate fragrance.

The dry down was barely noticeable. I asked my friend what he thought of Close. I extended my wrist. He told me he didn't smell anything. He smelled my neck also and asked if I was sure I put anything on. I sniffed my wrist and could barely smell anything. I'm all for a clean and fresh scent but when the promised dry down is sandalwood, musk, vanilla, and a bit of amber, I expect a little more as those are all significant scents that can be easily detected.

I prefer a scent that has a little kick to it. Close was just okay for me. I don't love it, I don't hate it, but it's just not me.

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A Life of Style: Schick Quattro Trim Style


I bought the Schick Quattro Trim Style after seeing an ad in one of my magazines. The battery operated bikini trimmer is the real gem of this razor. It gives a pretty close and neat trim. best of all the trimmer is very gentle. I was very pleased with the results. After using the trimmer, I followed up with Tend Skin and was all good.

The package comes complete with one AAA Energizer battery. The only issue I have is that the razor is not battery powered. I love my Venus Vibrance razor. If I could merge the Vibrance with Trim Style, I would be happy as lark.

So ladies, now that Trim Style is in stores there is no excuse for being unkept down there.

For more information:
Schick Quattro Trim Style

Click here for a $2 off coupon

A Life of Style: Caress Your Style


Great style begins with beautiful glowing skin. Caress is showing women how to make skin their ultimate fashion statement with the Caress Skinwear Collection of body washes and beauty bars: Daily Silk, Glowing Touch and the NEW Evenly Gorgeous.

Caress cleansers give you gorgeous skin - right out of the shower. You'll want to show off your beautiful skin just like the season's hottest styles. Fashion expert, Carson Kressley, from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and How To Look Good Naked has teamed up with Caress to show women the season's hottest styles and how to flaunt them with skin as the centerpiece of their look.

Check out the the newly launched site Caress Your Style and enter the contest to win an amazing trip to NYC Fashion Week!
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