essie How-To: Mathieu Mirano FW ’14‏

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Runway inspiration:

Inspired by Mathieu Mirano’s sharp leather styles and Christian Louboutin shoes from the runway, Miss Pop for essie created an edgy yet feminine black and red nail look.

essie nail products used:
first base base coat
bordeaux
licorice
good to go top coat

Get the look:
1. Apply first base base coat to clean, filed nails
2. Next, apply two coats of bordeaux to the right side of the nail, covering a quarter of the nail
3. Then, apply two coats of licorice to fill in the remaining left side of the nail
4. Follow with good to go top coat

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The gorgeous Allison Williams featured in this month’s Glamour Magazine!

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Allison Williams is featured in the March issue of Glamour Magazine, and the ‘Girls’ actress looks gorgeous! I think she is drop-dead-beautiful, but not everyone will agree with me. I find her mesmerizing on ‘Girls,’ she’s just sooooooo pretty. I find her character Marnie a bit annoying, but aren’t ALL the characters on Girls annoying? I have said since the beginning that Adam is my favorite character on Girls – I can almost do without the rest of them. I’m secretly hoping Shoshanna gets killed off this season. Man, I cannot STAND her character!

Anyway, in the interview that goes with these gorgeous pics, Allison opens up about wanting a family of her own, and how she would throw away her acting career in a second for a chance at having babies. I can respect that. I don’t really believe her, but I respect it if it’s true. I don’t think she’s done enough acting to feel like she’s able to move on and start a family. I know I don’t KNOW her personally, but what else has she done besides Girls? Not much. I think she has many years of acting to come before she gives it up to be a stay-at-home-mom.

Career vs. motherhood: “My goal is to create a career I can walk away from and become a mom. I’d love to be a mom – and not have to bring my kids into my trailer. That’s my long-term thinking. You gotta call it on the fly to a certain extent.”

She just wants to act, not be “famous”: “If you go into acting for love of the craft, and you dodge the fame aspect, it’s more sustainable.”

Her personal style: “In college I wore a lot of layers, jewelry, and makeup. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten more control of the simple. A typical look is pants and a blazer, or a dress. On the red carpet, it has to be comfortable.”

Lena Dunham vs. Tina Fey: “[Tina] is humble and efficient. That exact combination was everything to me. Tina knows everyone’s name. It’s funny, [Girls creator and star] Lena Dunham is the same way. It’s hard to misbehave when your boss is so gracious.”

On GIRLS: “I root for Hannah and Marnie more than I do for Hannah and Adam. Marnie needs a close female friend. Who doesn’t? I’d be nowhere without my girlfriends.”

What she looks for in a friend: “I think the qualities I look for are loyalty, honesty and I think empathy is huge, because as a girl I am entitled to say often we think we want honesty but we want is for someone to say ”No, no you look great.’”

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Emilie M. Handbag and Essentials Box Valentine’s Day Giveaway

 

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I’ve written previously about Emilie M. handbags and how much I love them. On top of being really well made bags, they are gorgeous and stand up to all the wear and tear I inflict on them. One of my favorite bags to carry I get compliments every time I carry my Emilie M. handbag.

What’s better than the perfect handbag?  The perfect accessories to compliment that bag!

The Emilie M. Essentials Box is a gift box filled with 5 branded accessories designed to coordinate perfectly with any Emilie M. handbag. This season’s Essentials Box is made up of an ultra-chic wallet with a removable shoulder strap, a cosmetic bag, a key ring holder with a snap-clasp loop, a ruffle-embellished umbrella and a femme floral scarf.

Inside the Essentials Box:

  • Wallet with Detachable Shoulder Strap ($50 MSRP)
  • Cosmetic Case ($40 MSRP)
  • Key Ring Holder ($20 MSRP)
  • Umbrella with Nylon Pouch ($20 MSRP)
  • Scarf ($25 MSRP)

Pair it and wear it with any bag in your collection and feel confident that you have all the essentials covered. With a total value of $155, you can get the Essentials Box for only $25 with any handbag purchase!

Head over to www.emiliemshop.com and treat yourself to a Valentine’s present (or send the link to your significant other)!

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CONTEST:

Emilie M. is offering an extremely generous giveaway for Valentine’s Day!

First Prize: One lucky winner will receive their choice of an Emilie M. handbag, plus an Essentials Box!

Second Prize: Fifty (yes, 50) winners will receive a code for $20 off any Emilie M. handbag (cannot be used for the Essentials Box). Code expires March 1, 2014.

With a total of 51 winners your chances of winning something are huge! Enter now through the Rafflecopter form below.

 

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New Contest: Total Beauty Beautiful You Collection

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Total Beauty Shops is celebrating their 1 year anniversary with the launch of the Beautiful You Collection. Total Beauty Collection has put together an box full of amazing products to help you feel beautiful inside and out in a great assortment of their favorite skin care and wellness products including anti-aging formulas, ingredients that boost your skin’s elasticity and luxe body products to create a pro spa experience at home. Valued at over $80, the Beautiful You Collection is available for only $30.

Here’s a peek at what you’ll find inside:

Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover by Mandy Ingber ($20)
This is a New York Times Best Seller written by yoga and fitness instructor to the stars Mandy Ingber. Her clients include Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Brooke Shields and Helen Hunt. The book has an easy to follow day to day guide gives you inspiration, workouts, shopping lists and recipes, and more. I found this book very engaging to read and I have been having fun learning some new yoga moves and perfecting some of my old favorites.

Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream (Deluxe sample, valued at $10)
This is a really rich lotion that is specially formulated using Apothederm’s patented technology to help reduce the appearance of both red and silver stretch marks. The cream is really rich and you just need a bit for coverage. Within the first few uses I could see a definite improvement in my skin tone and texture.

Amala Detoxifying Body Butter (Sample packet, valued at $2.70)
Amala sources their ingredients from global fair trade partners and uses a custom distill method to ensure their organic plant ingredients retain their full value. This rich body butter is made with Myrtle, Fig, and Olive Oil. The inclusion of Myrtle is what gives it the detoxifying property that helps remove impurities from skin while it heals, softens, and protects.

REN Glyco Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask (Delux sample, valued at $19)
Using Natural Fruit Acids and Papain, this peel mask works to diminish fine lines and improve skin tone. It’s even won an award for best instant brightening! All their products are made without synthetics and use 100% plant and mineral derived ingredients.

Acure Organics Cell Stimulating Body Wash (Deluxe sample, valued at $4)
Made with Moroccan Argan Stem Cells, Organic Argan Oil, CoQ10, Sea Buckthorn Oil, and Pumpkin Seed Oil it smells fantastic! Acure is a great family-owned company that has a wide selection of organic, fair trade, and natural beauty and personal products. I love how great this body wash smells and it feels fantastic on my skin.

Daily Concepts Body Scrubber ($10)
The body scrubber has a little tag on it with a message that fades away over time, signifying time for it to be replaced. Its packaging is multi-purpose, too! You store the scrubber in the packaging using the included suction cup.  It does a great job of exfoliating  my skin without irritating it.

Nature’s Dynamics Body Boost Bone & Calcium Gummy ($30)
I got the Bone & Calcium version, these gummies include spinach, kale, broccoli, and parsley! With all the greens included I thought the taste might be off putting but they actually taste great. Such an easy and yummy way to add vitamins to my diet.

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