February 27, 2012

Top Three Oscar Gowns & Hilarious Twitter Accounts

Well, the Oscars were a bit of a snoozer for me. Billy Crystal was fine. Just fine. But I wasn't impressed overall. A few notes before I get to my top three gowns:
  • Angelina Jolie's leg pop was ridiculous. So much so that I laughed aloud...especially when one of The Descendants writers poked fun at her while he was accepting his award. Hilarious. 
  • I adore Emma Stone. She did the best she could with a boring show...and she made everyone fall in love with her all over again. 
  • Octavia Spencer is beautiful. So is Viola Davis.
  • Yes, I think the entire world saw JLo's nip slip. A Twitter handle started just minutes after it happened. I'm serious.
  • Same thing with Angie's right leg
In no particular order, below are my top three faves my last night's awards! 

Photo via Kevin Mazur/WireImage
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton. Apparently the color was more coral than red. Regardless, Michelle looks like a beautiful doll. I'm also bananas about her simple accessories. The cut of the dress with the soft peplum is just stunning.

Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty Images
How about Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen and Harry Winston diamonds?! Um, how fresh and lovely does she look? I know some folks weren't crazy about this tapestry-like down, but I absolutely loved it. The soft hair, yellow diamonds and exceptional tailoring of this gown wowed me. Oh, and she brought her grandma to the awards. Class act.

Photo via Kevin Mazur/WireImage
And how about Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford with the removable cape?! I gasped when I saw the first photo of her. It's different, it's edgy and it shows of her devotion to healthy eating and working out. You can't hide *anything* in a tight, white dress. She looks absolutely fantastic.

Those were my top three from last night...whose gown did you love?

February 24, 2012

Fabulous Freakin' Friday: Shut It Down

What's that I hear? I hear cheers...three cheers for Friday! Woot woot woot. Hope everyone is looking forward to a great weekend. To get you started off right, below are three ladies who sported killer ensembles this week...

Photo via: Gilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo
Ok, really, in my book Kate Beckinsale can do no wrong. Girlfriend shuts it down with this lovely and perfectly draped Vivienne Westwood gown. And I'd really like the number of her makeup and hair artists. I imagine that person is chummy with that of Jennifer Lopez...those two ladies kill it with a gorgeous glow.

Photo via: Bauer-Griffin
And how about Christina Ricci in this sparkly Jenny Packham? I love the mixture of the taupe and baby blue sequins. Plus, the fit of this seemingly simple silouhette is to die for. Bravo to the stylist who kept Christina's accessories to a minimum.

Photo via: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/AP
Last but not least is the ever adorable Rachel McAdams in a rawr-some black leather sheath dress. The hemline in perfect, the cut is fantastic, and I love the nude pumps. She looks like such a friendly, happy chick, doesn't she?

That's it for today...have a freakin' fabulous Friday!

February 20, 2012

Product Review: Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum, A-

Ah, the power of Birchbox. Let me tell you, over the past few weeks of 1) being sick and 2) the weather bopping up and down faster than a bobblehead on the highway, my skin has been through the wringer.

I really would prefer *not* to regress to my teenage skin years, so I was pretty pumped when I opened up this month's Birchbox and found a big ole sample of Juice Beauty's Blemish Clearing Serum.

About Juice Beauty's Blemish Clearing Serum: 

A powerful hydroxy-acid complex of certified organic apple, lemon and raw cane sugar blended with vitamin antioxidants and co-enzyme Q10 to help clear blemishes and even out skin tone and texture.

  • Helps clear blemishes 
  • Willowbark helps even out skin tone and texture 
  • Contains hydroxy-acid apple and lemon juices 
For oily, combination, problem skin types.

My Review: 

The Good: This product does as it's told. It works. It calms down any raging blemishes you've got going on (yes, even if you popped it...don't lie, I know you do it too). Plus, it seems to smooth out any underlying issues in the skin. Plus, it's made from all natural ingredients.

The Bad: Like most good things in the world, it doesn't come cheap. Expect to pay in the $25-$30 range for 2 ounces. Also, if you get a bit liberal with application, the product dries a bit sticky.

The Verdict: A- from me. When my skin misbehaves, I'm going to continue to use this one. I liked the sample so much that I sprung for the full size product. You really only need a tiny bit of product (otherwise it gets a bit sticky), so the 2 ounce glass dropper bottle should last a long time.

February 13, 2012

Gorgeous Gals at The Grammy Awards

Happy Monday to all!

If you didn't catch the Grammys last night, you missed a few great performances and a not-so-surprising sweep by Adele. Oh, and you also missed Nick Minaj doing an incredibly weird and uber offensive performance that is sure to send the Catholic church into a tizzy.

I will say, though, I think Jennifer Hudson's short and sweet tribute to Whitney was beautiful. Hey - the folks only had a day to plan something into the show and I'm sure there will be a full blown memorial planned for the future months.

That being said, there were some beautifully dressed ladies at the snazzy show. Below are my top three picks...

First up is the lovely Miss Rihanna...

Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty Images
The Giorgio Armani dress was perfection, as is her adornment is slinky gold jewelry. The back was absolutely stunning, too. You can tell this lady's been hittin' the gym, hard. I will say, though, I'd love to put a shine serum on the tips of those blond tresses, though. They look a bit crunchy.

Next up is Taylor Swift in a breathtaking Zuhair Murad gown...

Photo via Jeff Vespa/WireImage
Um, wow. This dress is quite a departure from Swifty's typical sparkle and shine option. The detail on this dress is out of control. I also loved her understated earrings and soft makeup. On camera, this dress was an absolute stunner. The fit, proportion and sheen all work together beautifully.

And last, but obviously not least, is Adele...also in Giorgio Armani...

Photo via Kyle Rover/Startraks
This shimmery confection is lovely with Adele's alabaster skin and flawless makeup. Whomever handled Adele's makeup and hair last night absolutely nailed it. It looks classic and beautiful. Brava!

Those are my picks...which were your favorites?

February 9, 2012

You know what is NOT in for spring?


Pardon the lack of posts this week but my body and soul have been ravaged by this horrendous virus.

Wash your hands, people, and wash them often. Oh, and invest in a supersized can of Lysol disinfecting spray.

February 6, 2012

Currently Craving: Pale Pink

A few weeks back I caved into a spring trend and purchased a pair of pale pink skinnies. Why? Well, I thought they were pretty. And I'm really diggin' the pale pink and blush tones.

I've never been the "I love pink everywhere, all the time, let's swim in pinky tones" kinda girl. However, I really think I can get some mileage out of my light pink denim. Want to jump on the pale pink skinny bandwagon? My advice: Don't buy them too tight. This color is just a few shades off of white...and no one needs to be sporting uber tight, light colored pantalones. I don't care how sweet your legs are.

Even beyond the denim, pale pink is poppin' up everywhere. My next crush is a sheer, pale pink or blush bow blouse....

What do you think of pink for spring?

February 2, 2012

Product Review: Stila Smudge Crayons, B

Hello hello! Who's ready for some new eye duds? I thought you would be.

My lovely friend Diana suggested I try out Stila's newest goodie, Smudge Crayons. Similar to the new craze over B.B. creams, these handy dandy little eye crayons offer the holy trinity of goodness: waterproof eye primer, shadow and liner. I played with the Smoke color...and found it super smudgey and fun.

Stila at ShopStyle

About this product, via Sephora:

What It Is: A three-in-one gel-based eye primer, shadow, and liner that glides on with ease and stays in place until you say when.

What it does: This advanced, creamy, multi-pearl formula is infused with emollients for smooth, comfortable application. It provides rich, bold color and more than six hours of continuous wear that won't fade or crease over time.

What else you need to know: This product features a pull-out sharpener conveniently hidden in the base.

Size: 0.04 oz, retails for $22

My review:

The Good: The Smoke shade (as with many of the other colors) is lovely. Smokey, pewter prettiness. And true to form, this crayon offers a nice wash of color that stays put. I found that this product works best as a shadow and lower lash line smudger. If you're going to use it strictly as a primer, go easy on the application!

The Bad: As with many other gel or cream based eye shadows, time is sometimes not your friend. You may see a bit of creasing later in the day. Plus, the price tag ($22) may be a bit of a deterrent for some ladies.

The Verdict: B from me! This is a pretty solid product that, for the most part, lives up to its trinity of uses. Definitely check out Kitten, Smoke, and Midnight Blue for a multitude of uses.