2.28.2014

{beauty board} white out

Give your nails a sizzling makeover for spring / summer with an attention
commanding white hot hue
. It's fresh, it's clean, and it's ridiculously chic.
white out
Clockwise from Top Right

{1} OPI Soft Shades Nail Lacquer Collection in Alpine Snow {$9.00}

{2} Essie Nail Polish in Blanc {$8.50}

{3} Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in Porcelain Party {$3.99}

{4} SEPHORA COLLECTION Color Hit Nail Polish in 02 Under the Covers {$5.00}

{5} BUTTER LONDON Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds {$15.00}

{6} OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Nail Lacquer in Feathered {$10.00}

{7} Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Extreme Wear Nail Color in White Out {$2.99}


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2.27.2014

$25.00 dd's DISCOUNTS Gift Card Giveaway!

Love ROSS? Then it's a given that you'll adore dd's DISCOUNTS - different name, same concept...amazingly affordable fashions {and housewares} for the whole family. Haven't been there before? Well... today is your lucky day.

dd's DISCOUNTS already has store locations in numerous states {use the store locator to find one near you}; but on Saturday, March 1 @ 9:00am they will be hosting two new store Grand Openings in California. To celebrate the momentous occasion? Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans has partnered with dd's DISCOUNTS to bring one {1} reader a $25.00 Gift Card to the shop of the moment!


I myself have never been to a dd's DISCOUNTS store, so I'm excited to check out one of the new locations:

Sherman Way & Winnetka Ave.
20133 Sherman Way
Winnetka, CA 91306

Valley Blvd. & Sierra Ave.
17059 Valley Blvd. Ste F
Fontana, CA 92316

Remember: Regardless of which US State you live in, you can enter to win {simply use the card at a store location near you}.

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Good luck ladies!


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FTC Disclosure: Two Gift Cards were provided to me by dd's DISCOUNTS for this Giveaway - one for me, and one for the winner. All opinions expressed herein are my own.
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2.26.2014

mark Nail This Look Nail Color and Bracelet Set Review

I have had consistently amazing experiences with mark nail polish; so of course I was excited when mark sent me the latest nail duo for spring / summer. Even better? This season, mark has re-packaged their nail duos as the Nail This Look Nail Color and Bracelet Set - placing two complementary polish shades with a belt / equestrian-inspired bracelet so that you get a little bling to accompany your mani. Also pertinent...the packaging makes it perfect for gifting.


The two colors included in this duo are Pink Truffle {left} and Raspberry Framboise {right} - and yes...the shades and formulas are just as yummy as the names would have you believe.


Pink Truffle is a Dusty / Victorian Rose Cotton Candy Pink. This shade is so girly-meets-flirty. Considering how light this color looks in the bottle, I was expecting to need multiple coats. Wrong. Pink Truffle is opaque in 2 coats and just very rich and gummy looking. I love it. This is 2 coats.

NOTE: The studs used for this mani do not come in this set - or from mark. They are 3D Nail Art Silver Pyramid Studs that I purchased from Nordstrom.

Raspberry Framboise is a Raspberry Wine. This one is darker in real life than it appears in photographs; however, it still has that subtle neon undertone visible here. Perhaps it's just me; but I found that this color darkened slightly with wear. On day 1 it looked more like a very deep pink, but on day 2 it appeared more as a raspberry red. Either way it's vibrant and stunning - it makes me think of summertime picnics. Formula is incredible on this one - especially in terms of dry time {super fast}. This is 1 coat.


Do you have a favorite, or do you love them both?


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FTC Disclosure: The mark Nail This Look Nail Color and Bracelet Set was provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.
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2.25.2014

{beauty board} oh la lilac

Get spring-ready with luscious lilac shades for lips, tips, face, and more!

lilac

Clockwise from Top Right

{1} NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Paimpol {$25.00}

{2} Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whisper Lipcolor in Oh La Lilac {$4.99}

{3} Stila 'Crème Bouquet' Fragrance 1.7 oz. {$50.00}

{4} Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer Gumdrops Collection in I Lilac Gumdrops {$7.99}

{5} MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in 18 Purple {$23.00}

{6} SEPHORA COLLECTION Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof in 31 Lilac Shimmer {$14.00}

{7} ILLAMASQUA Powder Blusher in Chased {$26.00}


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2.24.2014

NOTD: Ciaté Paint Pot in Pillow Fight

Two coats of Ciaté Paint Pot in Pillow Fight. Delicate Gray with Lilac Undertones.

I love a gray polish, and Pillow Fight has definitely become a new favorite {it doesn't hurt that the name is adorable}. In the bottle, the shade looks far darker than it appears on the nail; which was a happy surprise, as pale grays are my preference.

The first coat is streaky; but the color and opacity completely level out after the second coat is applied. In sunlight you will definitely see the presence of the lilac undertones, which add a little more dimension to the shade, and make it even more beautiful to look at. Really love this one!


What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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2.23.2014

OPI Joins Azede Jean-Pierre at New York Fashion Week!


OPI joined designer Azede Jean-Pierre for her eponymous Fall/Winter 2014 presentation on February 10! The nail look featured OPI’s dark grey hue Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! with a silver DS Radiance tip and natural nail half moon. This design complemented the collection’s rich textures and tones, from knobby grey knits to iridescent burnt oranges.





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2.22.2014

Nicole by OPI Announces NEW Limited Edition Roughles Textured Nail Lacquers

Nail Color That Rocks!


This March, Nicole by OPI launches Roughles (“ruffles”) -- 4 new textured nail lacquers featuring speckled, pastel shades of purple, pink, turquoise and yellow. When the lacquer dries, Roughles lacquers reveal a unique pebbled finish. Roughles should be applied without a top coat to achieve a matte effect.

“Chic pastels were a major trend throughout the runway collections at spring/summer 2014 shows and textured, matte nails are going to be one of the hottest looks this spring,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Wearing these feminine shades on fingers and toes is a refreshing take on this trend. Pair these lacquers with candy colored fabrics and flirty floral prints to really make a statement!”

Roughles shades include:

I'm Stucco on You
I terra-"cotta" have this textured purple on my nails!

Rock the Look
The edgy side of girlie...a textured pink all your own.

On What Grounds?
Stop in the name of this textured turquoise beauty!

Sand in My Shoe
I "beacha" just love this grainy golden yellow in me.

Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. The 4 new nail lacquers will be available in stores beginning March 2014 for $7.99 each at retailers including select Duane Reade, Kroger, Kmart, Fred Meyer, CVS locations. In Canada, these shades will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Rexall, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.

For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

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About Nicole by OPI:
Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based on OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers. Known for its celebrity collaborations and partnerships, the brand invites consumers to be creative and confident by expressing themselves through color. Currently, Nicole by OPI range boasts over 120 shades, including retailer-exclusive lacquers, and serves as the color authority for the younger demographic.


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2.21.2014

$25.00 ROSS Gift Card Giveaway!

Calling all shoppers! ROSS has not one, not two, but five Grand Openings happening in Cali on Saturday, March 8 @ 9:00am {store location deets below}; and to celebrate, they're offering one {1} lucky reader a $25.00 Gift Card {perfect for a little spring fling of the shopping variety}.


You all know how I feel about ROSS {love it - their bag and shoe selection is phenom!}; so I am super excited for the five new shopping locations:

Los Angeles, CA
2021 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006

South Gate, CA
4675 Firestone Blvd.
South Gate, CA 90280

Northridge Fashion Center
19330 Plummer St.
Northridge, CA 91324

Ontario Mills
4450 Ontario Mills Parkway
Ontario, CA 91764

Rio Rancho Plaza
723 Rio Rancho Road
Pomona, CA 91766

Of course, if you're not located in one of the above areas, you can still enter to win {simply use the Gift Card at a ROSS location near you}.

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Good luck babes!


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FTC Disclosure: Two Gift Cards were provided to me by ROSS for this Giveaway - one for me, and one for the winner. All opinions expressed herein are my own.
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2.20.2014

denim & white

denim & white
You can never go wrong with denim. It's every bit sophisticated and chic as it is playful and sassy. And when paired with white {a la some of my favorite looks from Rachel Zoe's SS14 Ready-to-Wear Collection}? Well...let's just say it morphs into the perfect nautical duo for spring-into-summer. Here are seven of my top denim and white fashion and beauty discoveries. {Clockwise from Top Right}.

Frame Denim Le Garcon Distressed Slim Boyfriend Jeans {$209.00}

YVES SAINT LAURENT PURE CHROMATICS - 4 Wet & Dry Eye Shadows in 03 {$55.00}

Sole Society Polka Dot and Pom Scarf in Blue {$24.95}

Hunter Boots Original Tall Boots in Denim Blue {$140.00}

FORMULA X FOR SEPHORA New Neutrals in Reckless {$10.50}

GIVENCHY Medium Pandora Bag in Blue Washed-Leather {$1,810.00}

Helmut Lang Ruched-Sleeve Slub-Woven Blazer {$460.00}


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2.19.2014

{beauty board} coral crush

coral
Blush is one of those beauty products that is typically used sparingly - a barely-there, whisper-thin layer dancing across the hollow of the cheek, and moving up towards the temple - to add a perfect, subtle flush to the face; but one of the things I love most for spring {which was perfectly represented at Dolce & Gabbana}? Coral cheeks. It's slightly punchier than your standard pink; but looks incredibly romantic when paired with a tight cat-eye and peachy-nude lips. Here are 5 of my favorite products for achieving the perfect spring-to-summer coral cheek:

coral 2
ONE: Maybelline in CORAL SHEEN {$7.49} TWO: DIOR in 676 CORAL CRUISE {$42.00} THREE: Josie Maran in CORAL {$22.00} FOUR: NARS in TORRID {$30.00} FIVE: Maybelline in CANDY CORAL {$7.99}

Cream blushes are perfect if you haven't had success with powder blushes; or you have dry skin or fine lines. Powder blushes tend to settle into the aforementioned; whereas cream blushes do not {thus, highly recommended}. I love Maybelline Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick in Coral Sheen because it is super pigmented and blends easily; not to mention that it reminds me quite a bit of NARS' The Multiple in Portofino {at a far more affordable price}. Coral Sheen does have visible shimmer; so if you're not a shimmer fan, opt instead for Josie Maran's Argan Color Stick in Coral - which features all of the amazing things found in Maybelline's Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick sans shimmer.

DIOR DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush in 676 Coral Cruise is one of the best everyday blushes I have encountered in a long time - it's very pigmented yet incredibly thin, so you wind up with a gorgeous, lightweight flush. If you're not a makeup brush hoarder, this is a great choice because it actually includes an angled brush that is fantastic for contouring. NARS Blush in Torrid is similar to 676 Coral Cruise; however, it contains very finely milled gold shimmer that adds a luminous finish. Personally, I love a hint of shimmer; but I know it's not everyone's favorite, so...

Like the cream blushes mentioned above, Maybelline's Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral is an amazing choice if you have dry skin or fine lines; plus it is one of the most awesome products on the market - reminiscent of Memory Foam in that, once you touch it, it retains the shape of your touch. Anyway...This product works best when applied with your fingers - using your ring finger or pinky to blend. If you want a truly natural-looking coral flush this is a must.


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2.18.2014

{fashion folio} urbane equestrian

urbane equestrian
VS Collection Quilted Riding Boot in Navy Suede / Poly + L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Collection Privee Nail Polish in 600 Doutzen's Nude + Donna Karan Modern Icons Belted Stretch-Ponte Jacket + Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer in Pink Leopard + mark All In Good Time Watch + American Vintage Copperas Stretch-Jersey Leggings

A textured riding boot in vampy colorblock is an urban take on the classic, equestrian style. Wear yours with a belted ponte jacket featuring waterfall drape and black jersey leggings for a chic-meets-casual uptown look. A mixed metal chain watch doubles as a timekeeper and glam accessory; while a combo highlighter / blush / bronzer provides a healthy, luminous glow for your entire face {not just the cheekbones}. Finish with a nude polish {this one has ballet pink undertones} to make your fingers look long, elegant, and spidery.


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2.17.2014

NOTD: Beautifully Disney Nail Polish in Provincial Mademoiselle

Three coats of Beautifully Disney Provincial Mademoiselle from the Unlock the Spell Collection Mini Set. Yellow Creme.

Disneyland Parks now have their own makeup collection known as Beautifully Disney - they include everything from eyeshadow palettes and blush to lip gloss and, my personal favorite, nail polish; all of which are inspired by Disney Characters - princesses and villains.

Provincial Mademoiselle was inspired by Belle of Beauty and the Beast, and the color could not be more perfect for her character. I'm not a huge fan of yellow polishes, but I actually like this one - it's more of a fall-esque yellow as opposed to a super-bright yellow. The formula here was a bit streaky, but very easy to work with.

If you don't live near a Disneyland or Walt DisneyWorld Resort, you can also view and purchase a {limited selection} of the Beautifully Disney Collection here.


What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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2.16.2014

anatomy of the perfect lazy sunday...


...slouchy, oversize chunky knit sweater + cozy thigh-highs + coffee or hot chocolate + an amazing book.

Happy Sunday lovelies.


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2.15.2014

OPI Partners with JAKKS Pacific to Launch miWorld™ OPI Nail Salon Play Set and Mini Nail Lacquer Set

OPI joins JAKKS Pacific to collaborate on a new line of miWorld™ play environments, including a miniature OPI nail salon. miWorld encourages girls to build and design their own OPI nail salon for an interactive experience. In addition to the basic structure, each OPI miWorld includes nail lacquer bottles, nail tools, product display, a manicure table and two chairs, a gel lamp and light, a spa chair for simulated pedicures and an apron (miWorld doll sold separately). To complement the miWorld play set, OPI announces a custom mini nail lacquer pack featuring bestselling hues Need Sunglasses?, Do You Lilac It?, Princesses Rule! and Funny Bunny.


JAKKS Pacific will also launch the free miWorld DreamPlay app which features patented iD™ recognition technology to bring miWorld play environments to life on iOS devices. Through the app, users can customize their miWorld avatar, shop at virtual miWorld stores, and take their virtual miWorld on-the-go.

“The love for nail color is truly ageless. By partnering with JAKKS Pacific, girls have the opportunity to engage with one of their favorite brands and in one of their favorite activities in a new, authentic way,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “Whether girls see beloved family members going to the nail salon, or they’ve enjoyed the salon experience themselves, they can become both the nail technician and the customer through miWorld.

OPI will also offer a mini lacquer set including four bestselling shades,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “Girls can give and receive manicures and pedicures with tiny accessories – then have their nails painted using the real product!”


The OPI miWorld play set will be sold alongside the mini nail lacquer pack beginning February 2014 at professional salons. The miWorld line will be sold at Walmart, Toys “R” Us and other major retailers. miWorld play environments retail for $14.95 each. Suggested price for the miWorld play set and mini lacquer set is $25.00+.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

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ABOUT OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.


ABOUT JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer of toys and consumer products with a wide range of products that feature popular brands and children's toy licenses. JAKKS’ diverse portfolio includes Action Figures, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play, Halloween Costumes, Kids Furniture, Vehicles, Plush, Art Activity Kits, Seasonal Products, Infant/Pre-School, Construction Toys, Ride-On Vehicles, Wagons, Inflatable Environments and Tents, Impulse Toys and Pet Products sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKS Pacific®, Creative Designs International™, Road Champs®, Funnoodle®, JAKKS Pets™, Plug It In & Play TV Games™, Kids Only!®, Tollytots®, Disguise®, Moose Mountain® and Maui®. JAKKS is also the creator of the underlying Monsuno® property and toy line. JAKKS is an award-winning licensee of several hundred nationally and internationally known trademarks including Nickelodeon®, Warner Bros.®, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Graco® and Cabbage Patch Kids®. DreamPlay Toys, LLC is a joint venture between JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and NantWorks LLC to develop, market and sell toys and related consumer products incorporating NantWorks’ proprietary iD recognition technology.


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2.14.2014

happy valentine's day!


"When love is not madness, it is not love."
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

♥ Happy Valentine's Day, lovelies! ♥


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2.13.2014

Orly Blush 4pc Mini Kit Review

Last month I spotted the Orly Online Only Blush 4pc Mini Kit at Ulta when I was doing a little unnecessary shopping, and I thought ooh, that is the perfect collection to swatch for Valentine's Day! And here we are.

The full Blush Collection actually includes 6 creme and shimmer shades released for Spring / Summer 2014. Those shades include: Naked Canvas, Cheeky, First Blush, Dare to Bare, Classic Contours, and Flawless Flush. The two latter shades are not included in this quartet; but can be purchased in full-size bottles separately.

Naked Canvas is a Nude Creme with Iridescent Purple Shimmer. This is such a fun take on basic nude. In the shade, Naked Canvas looks like a milky-meets-nude creme; but then you go outdoors, or stand under fluorescent lighting and these gorgeous iridescent purple shimmer streaks appear {I only wish they were more discernible in these photographs}. It's a total shape-shifter in terms of color - over a period of two days I had the same person ask me what color nail polish I was wearing three. separate. times. It looked like a different shade each time she saw it! The formula is slightly thin, and can be streaky if you don't allow each coat to dry before moving onto the next. This is 3 coats.


Dare to Bare is a Taupe / Nude Creme. This shade was used on all of the models at the Spring / Summer 2014 Meadham Kirchhoff show at London Fashion Week. I find this shade to be incredibly similar to Deborah Lippmann's Modern Love in that, while a nude, there are dusty rose / mauve undertones that make it a very interesting, unexpected neutral. The formula was beautiful on this one - the perfect consistency and opacity. This is 3 coats {I likely could have gotten away with 2 coats}.


Cheeky is a Coral Creme with Gold Shimmer. China Glaze's Mimosa's Before Mani's is more peach in color and has less shimmer; CoverGirl's Bahama Mama leans more pink and is laced with silver shimmer. Pictures do not do this one justice. Cheeky is an orange-leaning coral with subtle neon tendencies. Cheeky's formula was nearly identical to Dare to Bare in terms of consistency; however, while Dare to Bare could have been perfected with 2 coats {I did, in the end, use 3}, that wasn't a possibility with Cheeky, as VNL was still quite apparent after the first two. This is 3 coats.


First Blush is a Neon Red / Hot Pink Creme. My favorite of the set! If you were to bottle Valentine's Day, I imagine it would look something like First Blush. This. Color. Is. Incredible. Looking at the bottle you think oh, another pink...great. Then you start applying it and it's just mind-blowing. Is it pink? Is it red? No! It's a neon mix of both! The formula here was similar to that of Naked Canvas - a little thin, yet manageable. Being a neon hybrid, it doesn't have as much natural shine as the rest of the colors in this quartet; but the stellar color more than makes up for that! This is 3 coats.


FINAL THOUGHTS:
I'm not sure if Orly intended to make this mini quartet for Valentine's Day; but, the 4 colors included definitely make it feel like they did {the 2 colors excluded from this quartet - Classic Contours and Flawless Flush - fit more with a Spring theme as opposed to a VDay theme}, which only makes me love it more {I'm such a sucker for novelty beauty sets}.

I can do nothing but rave about this collection. While the formula was somewhat thin on most of the shades, it was not difficult to work with, and the end result for all was absolutely beautiful. Though this is technically a spring collection, Dare to Bare and Naked Canvas are year-round essentials due to their relation to the neutral family; and Cheeky and First Blush are such fun and flirty shades for summer {I can't wait to use them for pedicures!}.

Unexpected is the word that most accurately describes this mini collection. And I mean unexpected in a very, very, very good way. This is a collection that proves that you cannot judge a polish color by how it looks in the bottle. Each one of these shades had a special element {hidden shimmer, surprise undertones} mixed in that was undetectable until on the nail; but truly made all the difference in putting each shade in a class of its own. If Blush is any indication of what Orly has in store for the rest of 2014, I will definitely be buying it all.


Which one would you wear for Valentine's Day?


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2.12.2014

{beauty board} red ahead

Prepare your makeup drawer for the season of love with a selection of
crimson goodies sure to make you fall in love at first sight.
red ahead
Clockwise from Top Right

{1} CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in 03 Mightiest Maraschino {$17.00}

{2} KATY PERRY Killer Queen 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray {$49.00}

{3} Napoleon Perdis Lip Pencil in Roccoco Red {$20.00}

{4} OPI Gwen Stefani Signature Shade 'Over & Over A-Gwen' {$14.95}

{5} JOSIE MARAN Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Getaway Red {$22.00}

{6} DIOR Diorific Lipstick in Diva {$36.00}

{7} NARS Blush in Exhibit A {$30.00}


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2.11.2014

Endless Love Film Prize Pack Giveaway

Gabriella Wilde is one of my favorite street style stars {need further proof of her amazing fashion sense? evidence 1, 2, and 3...I know, right?}. And Alex Pettyfer? Seriously now, his level of hotness goes without saying. With a gorgeous duo like that, you know that their upcoming film Endless Love is going to be explosive, steamy, and just...perfect.


ENDLESS LOVE stars Alex Pettyfer {Magic Mike} and Gabriella Wilde {The Three Musketeers} in the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.

In honor of the release of Endless Love, cat eyes & skinny jeans has partnered with Universal Pictures to bring one {1} lucky reader an Endless Love Prize Pack {valued at $57.00} that includes: a $25.00 Sephora Gift Card to get date night ready, an Endless Love Eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, and Endless Love Earrings, T-shirt & Hair Ties. Prizing courtesy of Universal Pictures.


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Enter for your chance to win above, watch the official movie trailer below, and use hashtag #ENDLESSLOVE on social media to connect with other fans!



And...because I love the stills from this film, two more photos that will make you le sigh.




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2.10.2014

NOTD: Revlon Nail Enamel in Urban

One coat of Revlon Nail Enamel Urban from the Bubble Gum Days, Urban Nights Collection. Navy Blue.

I spotted Olivia Wilde wearing this nail shade in the Revlon adverts {rocking gorgeous golden locks btw} and knew I had to have it for two reasons: 1} the name...Urban - so vampy and cosmopolitan; 2} I have very few navy blue shades in my collection {ridic, right?}; and so I made it mine during an impromptu Ulta trip.

Perfect purchase. Urban is one of those elusive one coat wonders. It's opaque, self-leveling, and long-lasting after a single swipe. I found the formula to be fantastic in terms of depth/weight - not too thick; not too thin. This may be my new favorite navy. Highly recommended.


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2.09.2014

valentine's day battle of the sexes

Prezzybox shared this Infographic with me about a week ago, and I had to share it with you as it is almost Valentine's Day {so, of course, totally relevant}; plus, I'm kind of in love with the illustrations. Enjoy babes!



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2.08.2014

OPI Announces New Interactive Lookbook and Nail Art App Featuring Gwen Stefani!

OPI releases two new interactive digital platforms to support the launch of Gwen Stefani for OPI – a collaboration lookbook and an app. The lookbook is hosted at OPI.com/Gwen, where fans can follow the line’s journey from inspiration to execution. The lookbook contains an exclusive behind-the-scenes full-length video from the collection’s photo shoot, never-before-seen interviews with Gwen, and tutorials featuring nail art created by The Illustrated Nail’s Sophie Harris-Greenslade.

Gwen Stefani for OPI also introduces a new iPhone/iPad app where consumers can virtually create their own freehand nail art using the collection’s seven shades – Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby., 4 in the Morning, In True Stefani Fashion, Push And Shove, Over & Over A-Gwen – along with Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes. The app also includes a contest component, where users can create and submit nail looks for the chance to win weekly prizes through February 7.


OPI is excited to announce these two new digital components to enhance Gwen Stefani for OPI,” states Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Founder and Executive VP. “Collaborating with Gwen has been such a thrilling experience, and the lookbook provides consumers with a special glimpse into the partnership – from color development to product naming to shooting the campaign.

“The Gwen for OPI app is unlike any other nail art app available, allowing users to virtually paint their nails, add crystals and studs, and place the final look on a manicured hand – with no templates to curb creative direction,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “Gwen and I will hand-select three contest winners each week, and we are really looking forward to seeing what users create.”

The Gwen Stefani for OPI lookbook can be accessed at opi.com/gwen. The iPhone/iPad app can be found through the App Store by searching Gwen for OPI or by following this link: bit.ly/GwenApp. For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

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ABOUT OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.


ABOUT GWEN STEFANI
A singer since childhood, Gwen has fronted the band No Doubt for the past 22 years. During this time she has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter and recording artist selling almost 50 million albums worldwide. No Doubt’s five genre-blending albums have showcased her adept songwriting and poignant lyrics with number one hits like "Don't Speak", "Just A Girl", and "Hey Baby" along with many others.

After the double-platinum retrospective Singles Collection, featuring the hit "It's My Life," Gwen released two highly successful solo albums. Love.Angel.Music.Baby was released in 2004 and The Sweet Escape was released in 2006. In 2009, after a nearly five-year hiatus, No Doubt completed a 50-plus city North American tour performing for more than 750,000 fans that summer. The following year they were invited to perform for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Paul McCartney and others as part of the annual Kennedy Center Honors. In 2012, No Doubt released their sixth studio album “Push And Shove” which debuted #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The band is currently writing and recording new music to be released this year.

In addition to her singer-songwriter career Gwen’s original sense of style and lifelong passion for creating her own clothing designs culminated in the launch of her fashion label L.A.M.B. (Love, Angel, Music, Baby) in 2003. Gwen is widely recognized as a trendsetter and accomplished designer within the fashion industry L.A.M.B is a luxurious collection of clothing, handbags, shoes and fragrance, based on Stefani's personal style and aesthetic. In 2005, Gwen launched her highly successful second brand Harajuku Lovers. Harajuku Lovers is a playful line of apparel, bags, shoes, fragrance, stationary and electronics that reflects Gwen’s love of Japanese culture and Pop Art. L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers are sold in over 2500 retail doors worldwide. In 2011, Gwen launched Harajuku Mini exclusively for Target in all 1700+ doors. Harajuku Mini is a designer children’s brand that includes shoes, bags, accessories, swimwear, and home.

In 2011, Gwen became actively involved in the relief and recovery effort in Japan. In addition to donating $1,000,000 to Save The Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund, Gwen created a charity auction and limited edition T-shirt with 100% of proceeds benefiting the relief effort.


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2.07.2014

5 beauty products I would buy again {part 6}

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of this series.

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{1} NYX Blush in Pinched {$5.00} I love the NYX Powder Blush line as a whole, as the pigmentation is incredible for the price point, and very comparable to higher-priced brands {NARS and MAC, I'm looking at you}; but my everyday go-to is Pinched. The shimmery golden peach pink adds the perfect glow; plus, it's a super affordable dupe of NARS Blush in Orgasm.

{2} Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whisper Lipcolor in Lust for Blush {$7.49} I love a nude lip, and to achieve my perfect one I've been using Lust for Blush nonstop. The color is a your-lips-but-better nude-meets-pink that virtually works with any makeup look; but, unlike many lipsticks it doesn't feel drying. It's a super moisturizing / hydrating balm that is gorgeous worn alone, but also looks stunning layered - I use it as underwear for Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Pink Pop and Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whisper Lipcolor in Oh La Lilac.

{3} YVES SAINT LAURENT Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll in Black {$30.00} Not too long ago I received a deluxe sample of YVES SAINT LAURENT Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll in Black from Sephora and, ladies, I think I've found my soul mate {lash mate?}. Initially I was iffy about the brush {it's one of those bendable / flexible rubber-type ones}, but ZOMG - the brush is one of the reasons why this mascara is so amazing. It separates, volumizes, defines, and lengthens; not to mention that it works wonders on the lower lashes. Forever in love.

{4} mark Angled Contour Eye Shadow Brush {$8.00} I am continually impressed with the quality of mark makeup brushes. Their Angled Kabuki Face Brush {which I raved about in November} remains one of my faves; but my latest brush crush is their Angled Contour Eye Shadow Brush. This brush makes you feel like a makeup artist. The angle of the tip gets deep into the crease and truly contours the eye perfectly. Buying a backup of this baby!

{5} Julep Beauty Julep™ 'Essential' Cuticle Oil {$18.00} A lot of people here and on Instagram ask me how I keep my nails/cuticles so healthy...this is the answer. I have been using Julep™ 'Essential' Cuticle Oil for over a year, and I will never ever use anything else. This. Stuff. Works. I rub it all around my cuticles, and all over the nail itself two to three times per day. It nourishes like no other, and doesn't require unhealthy pushing back of cuticles. This is one of my most highly recommended beauty musts.


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2.06.2014

{fashion folio} blackout

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Alexander Wang Prisma Skeletal Backpack in Black + Marc by Marc Jacobs Triple Wrap Leather & Chain Bracelet in Black + OAK Cotton-Blend Poncho + Vince Ponte Pants in Black + Stuart Weitzman Nudist Single Band Sandals in Black + Orly Blush Nail Lacquer in Naked Canvas

Ditch the standard sweatshirt for a cotton-blend poncho that is equal parts chic and cozy. Ebony skinny pants and strappy heeled sandals up the comfy casual look up a notch; while a kitschy matte black knapsack adds a trendy, of the moment touch. A leather & chain wrap around the wrist is a simple way to subtly accessorize. Plus, it won't compete with your nearly nude polish {perfect for elongating fingers}.


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2.05.2014

L.A. Girl OMBRE Limited Edition Gradient Polish in Spring Fling Review

I am a huge fan of the ombre nail look, but have never tried it out myself because searching for corresponding colors can be incredibly time-consuming {especially when you own as many nail polish shades as I do}. Plus, I have never felt justified in spending $22.00 for the Ombre 5Pc Nail Set from The New Black {even though I really really really want it}. So when I spotted the L.A. Girl OMBRE Limited Edition Gradient Polish in Spring Fling at Walgreens after Christmas {it was a little over $2.00 - marked down from $5}, it was a no-brainer...I bought. Here are my thoughts:


Included in this set is: 5 individual mini nail polish shades {these range from a dark teal to a baby blue} and 1 mini bottle of top coat. I like to have the glittery accent on my ring finger, so I used the darkest shade on my pinkie, and the lightest shade on my thumb {if you prefer to have your accent on your index finger, you would simply reverse this}.

Color-wise Spring Fling is nearly identical to The New Black's Ombre 5-Piece Nail Polish Set in Wave. Formula-wise, I can't say, as I've never tried The New Black polish; but the shades contained within this set were fairly easy to work with.


I used 2 coats for the three darkest shades {the ones seen on my pinkie, middle finger, and index finger}; 4 coats were needed for the glitter shade; and 3 coats were used for the baby blue shade {thumb}.

Overall, I found the formula here to be good - especially for the three darkest shades. The glitter shade was buildable, and would definitely require less coats if you were using it over a base color {I wasn't}. My main problem was with the baby blue shade. Pastel polishes are notorious for having formula issues, but this one was very thin, runny, streaky, and insisted on pooling around my cuticles {as you can see in the above picture}. Not a deal-breaker, but something to keep in mind.

The top coat, in my opinion, didn't add as much shine as I would have liked; but that's just my personal preference. It did do the job of keeping chips and tip-wear at bay.


FINAL THOUGHTS:
This was my first time trying polish from L.A. Girl. Is it the best quality? Definitely not. In fact, I suspect that L.A. Girl is behind Forever 21's Love & Beauty Nail Polish, as I encountered the same issues with both. That said, at this price point I would definitely re-buy {and recommend} this set, as you can work around the {few} formula probs.


What do you think of the ombre nail trend?


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2.04.2014

february crush list!

There is no better time of year to swoon {after all, this is the season of romance}; thus, I bring you my February Crush List.

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1. perfect flush blush I've only recently begun to dabble in the blush world, so I haven't found one singular color to stay true to; rather, I mix shades or switch back and forth between a few. For this reason, I have fallen in love with the Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush from Too Faced. Each one is a trio of complementary colors that can be worn solo, or swirled together for your perfect flush. Something About Berry is too dark for my light skintone; but Candy Glow and Peach Beach are heaven for my fair complexion.

2. off the shoulder There's something very off-duty casual-meets-sexy about a slouchy, off the shoulder top. I love the effortless fit and flow, and how they can be dressed up or down. Pair Free People's Story Teller Tee with cutoff denim once warmer weather arrives; or style Free People's Terry Sunnyside Hoodie with skinnies and boots for a saucy, rumpled look.

3. ear cuffs I'm admittedly late to the ear cuff party; but they have most definitely caught my eye recently. The fact that they give you that multi-pierced look is obviously a draw; but what makes them so appealing for me is their level of elegance. My top picks are Kismet by Milka's Wonder Ear Crawler, Bing Bang's Baguette Spike Ear Cuff, and Kismet by Milka's Left Honeycomb Ear Cuff.

4. spangled mermaid skirts Being a vertically challenged girl, I have no love for maxi skirts. That said, sequins. change. everything. I've had this outfit photo on my inspiration board for over a year now, and immediately thought of it when I spotted this Free People Sequins for Miles Maxi Skirt. Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe how much I love this skirt. Gorgeous, yes?

5. peep-toe booties Ordinarily my thoughts regarding peep-toe booties are along the lines of why bother? Perhaps I simply needed to find the perfect pair - these DV by Dolce Vita Marana Booties in Cafe and Nude are it. The buckle and perforated detailing keep them on trend without being too trendy; while the neutral hues make them ideal for winter-to-spring transitioning. I'd style them with cuffed skinnies and slouchy tops.


What's on your February Crush List?


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2.03.2014

NOTD: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Twinkle Toes-ty

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Twinkle Toes-ty from the Bling in the New Year Holiday 2013 Collection is a mix of rose gold micro and chunky holographic glitter in a clear base.

Technically, this is a top coat; but I don't use glitter too often, so I wanted a truly opaque look. I found the formula to be slightly thick, but easy to work with. I did have to do some dabbing to get the glittery effect I was going for; but it was worth it. This is 2 coats layered over 2 coats of VS PINK Nail Paint in Never Too Bronzed {a gorgeous metallic rose gold foil}.


What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

Follow me on Instagram @cateyesandskinnyjeans to see more of my favorite nail colors / art.


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FTC Disclosure: Sally Hansen's Twinkle Toes-ty was provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.
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2.02.2014

OPI Launches Brazil Collection For Spring/Summer 2014!

Carnaval of Color!

Brazil by OPI brings the colors of tropical rainforests and warm sandy beaches to nails and toes for Spring/Summer 2014. This new collection features a palette ranging from bright hues of red, pink, coral, orange and yellow to earthy tones of taupe, sienna, mocha and jungle green. In addition to 12 nail lacquers, the Brazil launch includes a set of four limited edition Beach Sandies Liquid Sand™ mini neon nail lacquers in bold purple, pink, turquoise and yellow shades with a textured, matte finish.

“With sun-soaked shores, tropical fruits, and lush flora/fauna, Brazil is such an inspiring locale,” exclaims Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “I wanted women around the world to embrace the energy and playfulness for which Brazilian women are known. Through the Brazil collection, with shades drenched in color and charged with shine, women can express themselves, showing off their sexy, mysterious, fun and exciting natures.

“On spring runways, models were seen wearing lots of black and white, with bold accents of orange and yellow and muted elements of taupe and clay,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “Brazil by OPI provides vivid hues to add a pop of color to a neutral-toned wardrobe, as well as earthy tones that easily transition from day to night.”

Brazil by OPI includes the following shades in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas:

Next Stop…The Bikini Zone
This amethyst-toned pewter suits me just fine.

Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around
Nobody can stop me from wearing this creamy nude!

Taupe-less Beach
There’s nothing optional about wearing this enticing taupe.

I São Paulo Over There
He was sipping coffee with this mocha-toned beauty.

OPI Scores a Goal!
Make your point in this winning shade of rich chocolate.

AmazON…AmazOFF
I’m making the switch to this deep jungle green.

I Just Can’t Cope-acabana
Nothing lifts your spirits like this sunshine yellow.

Where Did Suzi’s Man-go?
He went to fetch her this delicious mango smoothie.

Toucan Do It If You Try
You have talent to achieve anything in this confident orange.

Kiss Me I’m Brazilian
Plant this warm luscious pink on me!

Live.Love.Carnaval
This vibrant and festive coral is the life of the party.

Red Hot Rio
A ruby red as hot as the most exciting city in Brazil.


Brazil Beach Sandies Liquid Sand mini pack includes the following shades:

Samba-dy Loves Purple
Well, who wouldn’t find this vivid textured violet irresistible?

I’m Brazil Nuts Over You
And I’m crazy for this textured matte pink.

What’s a Little Rain Forest?
I’ve got this textured matte blue and an umbrella for two.

You’re So Flippy Floppy
When I found this bright textured yellow, I just flipped!

Brazil nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Liquid Sand nail lacquers should always be worn without top coat. Brazil by OPI will be available in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas beginning February 5, 2014. Nail lacquers will retail for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) each at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com. Beach Sandies Liquid Sand mini pack will retail for $12.95 ($14.95 CAN). GelColor is an in-salon, professional service only. Prices depend on the salon and range from $28 - $38 for a manicure and $35 - $45 for a pedicure.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

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ABOUT OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.


What do you think of the new collection? I'm coveting all of the Liquid Sand shades.


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2.01.2014

a little mascara never hurts...


"It's always great to have a great mascara that makes your lashes look thick and full. That's a definite must have."
Carmen Electra


I've recently fallen in love with Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll in Black.

What mascara currently tops your list?


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