Product Review: Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner

Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner

When it comes to Southern humidity, it’s always a battle trying to find eye liner that will hold up through a few blocks walk or a trip to and from the store. Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner doesn’t hold up like a champion but it does serve another purpose- it’s easy to layer and reapply.

Too often liner smudges and rubs to outer eye in the heat and humidity, and are a pain, especially when trying to reapply because the eyeliner has inevitably not worn off evenly. However, Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner’s keen ability to smudge as needed allows one to build a good layer of everyday liner.

The creamy liner does last its promised 8 hours in non humid conditions while I’m not quite prepared to call it completely waterproof.

So, where would I recommend wearing the liner? If you’re going somewhere after work, spending a full day of our the house, or just want something you can use to easily touch up your eyes that won’t leave you with dark lines that you can’t remove without a clinical strength specifically designated eye makeup remover.

image courtesy of Smashbox

12 Times Sarah Jessica Parker Wore Oscar de la Renta Dresses (and Looked Fabulous)

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2014 Met Gala

Fashion Night Out 2009  2003 CFDA Awards  2014 CLIO Image Awards

(left to right) 2009 Fashion Night Out, 2003 CFDA Awards, 2014 CLIO Image Awards

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The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation’s Holiday-Themed Spa Menu Announced

Ritz_ReynoldsPlantationYou can head 75 miles from Atlanta and be wined and dined and… relaxed. This holidays season The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation has a menu of holiday-themed spa services that are perfect add-ons to your festive holiday stay.

Available November 23, 2014-February 15, 2015, each Fire & Ice Spa treatment is designed to indulge your skin with the gift of rich and luxurious pampering with the comfort of seasonal scents and spices.

  • Hot Toddy for the Body – The warmth of whiskey and hot Vichy shower melt away stress in this polishing sugar scrub. While wrapped in a warm honey glaze, a cooling eye treatment soothes and revitalizes. An application of sweet cream lotion leaves you sweet all day. (80 minutes, $235)
  • Spicy Hot Couples Massage – Warm up with that someone special while soaking in a warming bath of pine and spruce while enjoying a cool glass of champagne. A massage with the warming essence of ginger and Arnica relax tired muscles while cool stones relieve soreness. (75 minutes, $375; 105 minutes, $495)
  • Fire and Ice Facial – This detoxifying facial will leave your skin glowing and firm. The hot stimulating mask will speed up the circulation to encourage collagen growth and the cool mask will leave your skin smooth, plump and radiant. (50 minutes, $145)
  • Warm Stone Pedicure – Rejuvenate tired feet with a warming soak in a spruce bath. A massage using cooling peppermint oil and warm and cold stones will revive the entire body. Toes are then primped and polished with your choice of color. (50 minutes, $85)

Don’t want to wait another minute for your Reynolds Plantation spa experience? This autumn guests can indulge in fall at the spa with offerings including:

  • Pumpkin Caramel Body Scrub and Wrap (80 minutes, $235)
  • Pumpkin Hydrating Facial (50 minutes, $145; 80 minutes $205)
  • Caramel Coffee Manicure and Pedicure (50 minute pedicure, $85; 50 minute manicure, $65)

Reservations for your day at the spa can be made at the same time that you make your overnight stay reservation. For complete booking service, call 800-826-1945.

image courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation

Gabriel Cosmetics Launches Southern-Inspired Holiday Nail Collection

Brooke Anderson by Gabriel Cosmetics Holiday Nail CollectionEntertainment Tonight correspondent Brooke Anderson hails from the heart of the south- Savannah, Georgia, and so it’s no surprise that her holiday nail polish collaboration with Garbriel Cosmetics is full of Southern inspiration.

Brooke Anderson by Gabriel Cosmetics Holiday Nail Collection hit stores this week with colors perfect for infusing some sparkle into your holiday season and includes:

  • Blue Belle: Mariner Blue / Shimmer
  • Darlin’: Aqua / Turquoise Glitter
  • Hush Hush: Steel Grey / Shimmer
  • I Do Declare: Graphite / Sparkle
  • Shine Y’all: Chrome / Glitter
  • Southern Belle: Boysenberry / Shimmer

The collection is now available at and retail individually for $8.50.

Coffee Grounds Help Sportswear Keep You Warm

Virus StayWarmHaving a hot cuppa on a cool morning can warm you up from the inside and when you’re exercising, Virus has a line of Stay Warm sportswear that uses coffee technology to keep you warm.

Sportwear in the Virus Stay Warm line uses a specially developed fabric made from Coffee Char- coffee charcoal technology that is designed specifically for use in cold weather. Coffee Char is essentially used coffee beans that are ground up and made into natural fibers using a proprietary process.

When those fibers are worn as a layer of clothing, they can keep your surface temperature up to ten degrees warmer than other fabrics. As an added bonus the fibers wick away sweat and are a microbe deterrent.

Virus also uses other natural fabrics like Bamboo Char to create a soft feel for their products, Bioceramic which was “developed for rejuvenation and to counteract fatigue,” and Cool Jade made from jade shavings which is designed to  reduce skin surface temperatures in high temperatures.


Why Every Woman Should Splurge on a Really Great Haircut

White Salon and SpaThere’s probably scientific evidence backing up the fact that when you have a really great haircut, you feel better about yourself and therefore are generally happier. It’s not that much of a leap.

Instead of spending ridiculous amounts of money on product every few months, why not take some of that money and spend it getting a really great haircut?

Besides, with a truly great haircut you probably won’t need as much product every time you getting ready to greet your public.

Recently I splurged and headed to see stylist to the stars Max Sanchez at White Salon and Spa in Atlanta, Georgia’s posh Buckhead neighborhood and remembered exactly why it’s important to spend a little more money to look your best.

Max spent two hours cutting my hair both dry and wet (that’s another blog post in the works) while discussing his career, our mutual affinity for Denny’s, and celebrity gossip. Two hours of cutting flew by. I was pampered, I was relaxed (not an easy thing to achieve), and I wasn’t worried about checking my email or Twitter.

Getting the VIP treatment at an upscale salon reminds you of what some other salons tend to forget- the focus is on the patron. It wasn’t that Max treated me like a princess. He made me feel inclusive of the process, completely at ease, and like he had no place he’d rather be than in that moment.

On top of all that, I walked out with a fabulous haircut that is practically wash-and-dry-and-wear.

Next time you make your hair appointment, splurge on trying a different salon. Read reviews online before you go and ask your friends where and who they recommend. Make sure that your stylist’s styling expertise matches what you’re going in looking for. On top of it all, speak up and make sure that you leave satisfied, relaxed, and ready to great your public with a fabulous cut.

image courtesy of White Salon and Spa

Can You Get Him to Man-Up for Movember?

MovemberThis November, why not convince your man to man-up and take on the challenge of not shaving? I mean, it’s not like it’s that hard work to participate.

But really, it’s about more than just hair. Globally, more than four million participants have raised over $550 million to date, funding over 832 men’s health programs in 21 countries.

Specifically focused on raising awareness and funds to combat prostate and testicular cancer, Movember also motivates men worldwide to focus on their own health with 62% of Movember participants going to see a medical professional to improve their health because of awareness generated as part of the campaign.

Whether your man forms his own Movember competition team version of The League or goes all in all by himself, all he has to do is register at to get the process officially going. On November 1st, he starts the month clean-shaven and then grows and grooms his mustache all month long.

Throughout the month of Movember, he can actively update his  page at with pictures, videos and status updates of his progress to supplement his fund raising outreach. Also, remember to share on social media. His mom, grandma, and beloved aunt will most likely embrace the cause and his efforts while commenting publicly saying embarrassing things. But, they’ll no doubt share his progress and help raise even more money for the cause so in the long run, it’s totally worth it.

image courtesy of Movember Foundation

Product Review: CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer

CapriClear Spray On MoisturizerWhat if moisturizing was as easy as just spraying on coconut oil? That’s exactly what CapriClear asked me to test.

Over the course of the last few weeks I’ve been regularly using CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer, an all-natural, paraben-free, fragrance-free clear liquid that is made with 100% fractionated coconut oil. That’s right- one single ingredient.

To use, I simply sprayed the liquid on my legs and rubbed the oil into the skin post-shave and post-shower. Then, I waited. Not only was my skin glistening from the oil, it was also dewey. Being that it was oil, that was completely expected.

After application, I took my time greeting ready, noticing that the oil wasn’t absorbing like a cream moisturizer normally would though it wasn’t sopping wet.

The moment of truth came 25 minutes later when it was a necessity for me to pull on pants and leave the house for a meeting. With legs that almost looked like they had been buffed to shine, I pulled on my jeans, hoping that whatever the leftover oil on my legs, it wouldn’t ruin them. It didn’t.

Even after several hours, my legs were feeling well-hydrated and the oil had not rubbed off visibly on any clothing.

I’ve repeatedly used CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer throughout the last month, testing it on humid days, hot days, and low humidity days and always got the same result. Yes, my legs were shiny and slick to the touch for 45-60 minutes post-application but the skin was also moisture rich and never begged to have another round of a different moisturizer added to them.

Also of note, everyone in my immediate family tried the spray at least once and no one, not even those with severe eczema experienced any adverse side effects.

Knowing that the CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer won’t rub off on my clothes makes me especially eager to continue using it into the winter months as the dry air really sets in.

Product Review: Caudalié Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water

Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing WaterDuring my last visit to Bluemercury, they sent me home with a 1 oz sample of Caudalié Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water. It languished on my counter for a month before I figured I would give it a try. Being that it was “water” I had very little expectation it would be able to do much to my eyeliner or mascara except perhaps make a glorious smudge.

After dabbing a bit of the unscented liquid onto a cotton ball, I was surprised when it worked like a charm- perhaps even better than Neutrogena Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads. Unlike the Pads, there was little streaking of the eyeliner in the process to remove it and I felt that it took off the mascara much better on the first swipe.

I was able to do both eyes with one cotton ball and one dab of the liquid which contains grape water, chamomile, and plant extracts.

Several repeated trials over the last few weeks have yielded the same results.

Caudalié Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water sells for $28 for 200 mL on or you can choose from the 100 mL or 200 mL size on for $14 or $28 respectively.

10 Fashion-Infused Museum Exhibits to See This Fall

Grab a special low-price fare and head to at least one of these five fashion-infused museum exhibits this fall:

Exposed Bustier1.)  Exposed: A History of Lingerie at The Museum at FIT (June 3 – November 15, 2014)Tracing the history of lingerie, Exposed: A History of Lingerie showcases intimate apparel from the 18th century to the present. As part of the exhibit guests will see two types of lingerie, hard and soft. Hard lingerie includes corsets, bustles, and structured bras, while soft lingerie consists of unstructured garments, such as slips, nightgowns, and panties. Exposed also explores the relationship between dress and the body that has been redefined over time in addition to the evolution of lingerie from strictly function to fun.

2.) Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe at the Brooklyn Museum (September 10, 2014 – February 15, 2015) – From high platform chopines of sixteenth-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways and red carpets, Killer Heels explores the heel’s rich history that has secured its place in popular fashion and fantasy.      Continue reading