Luxe gifts from Julep‏

I love the Julep nail line, the long bottles are easy to hold during application and the colors have so much shine even without a topcoat. I am wearing Catherine a beautiful red, one of my favorite Julep colors by far.

If you suffer from dry skin in winter the Julep Essential Cuticle Oil is a life saver.  I keep it by my bed and roll it over my nail and cuticle at night before bed. Keeps my manicure and fingers soft smooth and looking good.

The Girlfriend’s Essential Nail Vernis Gift Set, $28
Celebrate with two of the most popular Julep Nail Vernis shades along with our decadent Essential Cuticle Oil.

· Jennifer Nail Vernis: Beautiful, sheer polish with just a hint of pink. Effortless elegance.
· Catherine Nail Vernis: THE classic, go-to red. Perfect for date night
· Julep Essential Cuticle Oil: All-natural blend of essential oils and Vitamin E hydrates and strengthens nails and cuticles

Deck the Halls Holiday Polish Collection, $36

Vanessa: Glitter in a clear base. A touch of sparkle for girly fun. Wear alone or as a topcoat to add glitter over any color.
Helena: Ultra-saturated fuchsia. Looks great on all skin tones. A favorite of Seattle Magazine’s beauty editors.
Julep Nail Therapy: Use alone or as a basecoat for strong, beautiful nails. Hydrates and protects dry, brittle, peeling nails. Nourishes nails with Vitamin E. Dramatic results in just three days.

Glowing Hands Gift Set, $48
Share this ultimate treatment set for complete age defying nail and mani care. Exfoliate, protect and moisturize hands finishing with ultra-pigmented color.

· Julep Makeup Bag: Essential for every season
· Facial for Hands: Potent glycolic acid combined with apricot seeds provides powerful double exfoliation that leaves your hands feeling noticeably softer and looking younger after just one use
· Jennifer Nail Vernis: Beautiful, sheer polish with just a hint of pink. Effortless elegance.
· Catherine Nail Vernis: THE classic, go-to red. Perfect for date night
· Julep Essential Cuticle Oil: All-natural blend of essential oils and Vitamin E hydrates and strengthens nails and cuticles
· Julep Crystal Nail File: Simply the best nail file because it lasts forever

 

All Julep Nail Vernis features 4-Free formulas developed without carcinogens such as formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin, toluene and DBP. Julep’s Holiday Gift Sets are available beginning October 2011 at www.julep.com. Follow Julep at Facebook.com/Julep.

 

Disclosure: MHU was sent complimentary samples to review the above mentioned products, our opinion our 100% own.


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SearsStyle: Splurge Vs. Steal

STEAL: Apostrophe scarf, $12.99

Erin and I recently went to Sears on a Christmas shopping trip, and we spent about an hour going through some of Sears top brands! We browsed through the Kardashian Kollection, Apostrophe, Bongo and more! I immediately fell in love with this gorgeous blue scarf by Apostrophe, and knew I had to have it!

The scarf above was only $12.99 at Sears. If you ask me – that’s a STEAL! If I were to buy a similar scarf elsewhere, it would cost quite a bit more!

Check out this similar scarf I found below!

SPLURGE: Emilio Pucci scarf, $99

While we were shopping at Sears, check out some of the other pieces we found that we really liked. Including a clutch and sunglasses from the Kardashian Kollection, and more!

STEAL! Kardashian Sequin Clutch: $58.50

The gorgeous clutch above – is very similar to the Prada clutch below. And only a fraction of the cost!

SPLURGE! Prada clutch, $1,020!!

And check out this Splurge vs. Steal! Erin got these awesome sunglasses, which were only $21. Check out the similar splurge item – for $395!

STEAL! Kardashian sunglasses, $21!!

SPLURGE! Balenciaga Sunglasses, $395!

FOR MORE INFORMATION on the Kardashian KollectionApostrophe or any other Sears brand, visit searsStyle.com!

I received samples from the searsStyle Kardashian Kollection to review as part of the Glam Trendsetter Program.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears. 


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Emily Blunt on her YSL Opium Campaign: “They made a terrible, terrible mistake”

Emily Blunt landed herself one of fashions hottest campaigns, and she’s incredibly humble about the honor.

When she was recently asked why she was chosen as the face of YSL’s Opium fragrance, Blunt told The Telegraph:

‘I don’t know. I’ve no idea,’ she says, wheezing with laughter. ‘There was no one else? They made a mistake, a terrible mistake.’

She says she suggested wearing a dress in the advert rather than the classic Yves Saint Laurent tux. ‘But I got word back, ’ she continues in a perfect French accent, ‘that the leopard trainer says, “If you have flowing fabric around the leopard the leopard will go crazy .” So I said yes to the tux. ’

The ad, which you can watch above, is interesting to me. I think that Emily is very beautiful, don’t get me wrong. But she’s a comedy actress, so it’s hard to see her being seductive. I kept waiting for her to do a flip – and make me laugh…. or something. It looks like it’s on the verge of being something funny (to me).

Watch the video below – what do you think?

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MUST SEE: This Taylor Swift CoverGirl Mascara ad was banned!

Take a look at this new ad by CoverGirl. Can you figure out why the US’s National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus Claims (NAD) has chosen to ban it?

Excessive photoshopping!

Business Insider reports that the NAD has banned print ads for CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara, including the spots featuring celeb spokesmodel Taylor Swift. According to the NAD, the ads made “superior performance claims” such as “2X more volume” and “20 percent lighter” that simply couldn’t be substantiated.

The NAD specifically noted that the Swift ad had a disclaimer printed on the bottom that clearly stated, “lashes enhanced in post production.”

“You can’t use a photograph to demonstrate how a cosmetic will look after it is applied to a woman’s face and then — in the mice type — have a disclosure that says ‘okay, not really,’ ” NAD director Andrea Levine told Business Insider.

RELATED: Check out Dakota Fanning’s BANNED Marc Jacobs ad!

I think it’s about time something was done about this. This issue of false advertising has bothered me for YEARS. As beauty bloggers, Erin and I are CONSTANTLY being sent products to try out with the promise of this – and that. We see the ads, we read all the claims of “longer lashes” or “fuller lashes” and 9 times out of 10, nothing ever really lives up to the promise! It has gotten to the point (with me) that I really don’t pay much attention to beauty ads at all, because who really believes that stuff anymore? Don’t we all just see it as fake?

Maybelline was made to address an similar Photoshop issue earlier this year, when an ad for its anti-aging “Eraser” product used Photoshop instead of the product itself to erase spokesmodel Christy Turlington’s dark circles. Britain’s ASA banned the ad for misleading consumers.

In fact, Business Insider notes that in banning the Taylor Swift spot, the NAD is specifically trying to follow the ASA’s lead. Does that mean we should expect a banned-ad-of-the-week in the US to match Great Britain? Could this be the end of Photoshopping Disasters?

I’m really happy something is finally being done about this trend in advertising. You should not be able to photoshop results.  The UK has been banning ads for years, and they take a much more critical stand on false advertising. Hopefully the U.S. will crack down on ads here as strongly!

Who’s with me?


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