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Friday, April 30, 2010

FOTD: Satin Taupe, Will You Marry Me?

What I'm Wearing: 
BeneFit Boi-ing concealer in #2
Bare Minerals Matte foundation in Medium Beige
Revlon cream blush in Rosy Glow
MAC Scant e/s
MAC Satin Taupe e/s
L'Oreal Lineur Intense in Black Mica
Covergirl LashBlast Fusion mascara in Very Black

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The LiLash Experiment: Week 2 + Coupon Code!!!

My newly more luscious lashes, au naturale

It's been two weeks now and I'm still LOVING the results LiLash is giving me! I forgot to mention last week that I noticed that my eyes were a little bit bloodshot, but I've yet to experience any redness or puffiness that some other LiLash users have written about. I've only missed one application and am continuing to use it nightly before bed. I've gotten a few compliments from my friends this week and one of them even mentioned that my bottom lashes are getting slightly longer! 

I'm still amazed that this actually works! I'm such a skeptic when it comes to products like this and am often disappointed that I wasted money on something that did absolutely nothing, but if LiLash keeps working the way it has been it's sure to be a part of my "Holy Grail" beauty items!
Shhh... Don't tell anyone these aren't my natural lashes!

***From now til May 31st SAVE 10% & get FREE shipping with coupon code: MATERIALINSTINCT

*To read Week 1, go here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

My Mother's Day Wish List

My "B.E.F.F." (best e-friend forever), Lluvia, recently blogged about her Mother's Day wish list and I thought it was a cute idea to share with my readers!

I only want one thing for Mother's Day this year and since my son is only 2 years old, I guess I'll have to buy it for myself!

Introducing the Dalla Nonna calendar necklace:

I first discovered Dalla Nonna jewelry in the Valentine's Day issue of Teen Vogue and then again in People Style Watch a few weeks later.  I love the vintage feel and the uniqueness of commemorating a date that is special to you. (I would get my son's birthday, March 25th)

They come in 14k rose, yellow and white gold as well as sterling silver and range from $125 to $615. You can customize them with a variety of gemstones and can choose up to two dates in a particular month. They also sell calendar bracelets which are strung on your choice of colorful faux suede.

Mommys - What special treat do you want for Mother's Day this year??

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The LiLash Experiment: Week 1

For those of you who have never heard of LiLash before, it's a fast-acting & powerful eyelash stimulator that claims to "grow the appearance of the longest, fullest lashes you've ever had" in mere weeks!

While there are dozens of lash stimulators on the market now, LiLash is the only one I've consistently heard good reviews about. The instructions say to give it 4-6 weeks to notice a difference, but a week in I'm already seeing results! The $139.97 price tag is less than desirable but personally, I don't mind spending money on a beauty product if it actually does what it's supposed to.

I'll keep you all posted on my progress, but I can already tell this is an amazing product!

What woman doesn't want long, luscious lashes without mascara or falsies?!

*Because eyelashes are simply hairs, they will naturally fall out for new ones to grow in their place, so you do have to keep using it. 

One tube of LiLash will last you 5 months!

Apply the product like you would a liquid eyeliner.

My lashes before using LiLash, with one coat of mascara on.

After a few days of using LiLash every night before bed, my lashes look shinier, healthier & a little fuller!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

YouTube Search Stories!

YouTube Search Stories are short, customized videos that you can create using your own keywords and different types of Google searches. I made one about my summer plans this year:

Want to make your own? Go to youtube.com/searchstories!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Blondes Have More Fun!

So I've been "blonde" since the beginning of February, but I keep forgetting to blog about it. I just got it touched up last week and I made sure to take some pictures for you guys! My stylist Julie Ann (from Cutting Loose salon) is AMAZING! I'll never waste my time/money going to anyone else ever again. If you live in the Sarasota area, you should definitely go see her. 

No one has ever been able to take my hair anywhere near blonde before. It usually ends up some sort of reddish tone or they'll give me white blonde highlights on my black hair (yuck!), but Julie Ann has no problem giving a girl what she wants. She even successfully died the entire underside of my black hair Barbie blonde a few years back when I was going for that whole "two different looks" thing.

I'm gonna dye it black when Fall/Winter rolls around, but for now I'm having fun being as blonde as humanly possible for an Italian girl! I love playing around with different makeup shades and colors of clothing to see what looks best with my new hue! 

On with the pictures!

(My natural hair color. Dark brown & pretty boring.)

(Started to go lighter in Summer 2009...)

(Officially a blonde in February 2010!)

(Right after my touch-up highlights last week.)

Do you go lighter in the Summer & darker in the Winter too?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Magnet Street Coupon Code!

Looking to make memorable, personalized graduation announcements for your child or yourself? Then look no further than MagnetStreet.com! They have everything from Save The Dates to birth announcements & best of all, they have great prices too!

From now til May 31st, they're offering 10% off their popular graduation announcement magnets! Just use code "LMGSALE" during checkout.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Look For Less: Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal

As seen on Kim & Kourtney Kardashian!

Available on Singer22.com for $49.

I got these look-a-likes on ae.com for $14.85! (They're on clearance for $24.95 & all of the clearance items are currently 30% off! I also had a separate 10% coupon from being on their e-mail list.) They're super comfy & I can't wait to wear them with a cute maxi dress!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Alice In Wonderland "Prom-spiration"

Remember last years looks I styled for prom season? Well, I decided to be a bit more creative for 2010. Here are three very different options inspired by Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland:

Marc Jacobs "Garland Edition" Daisy Perfume

Moschino Glamour Perfume

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sephora Coupon Code

Sephora Beauty Insiders get 15% off from April 12-19!

Just use code "BI15" or "MADNESS" when you checkout on Sephora.com.

I ordered the Clarisonic Mia in Pink. It's been on my wish list since I watched Sarah's review on it. With the discount, it was only $126.65 + tax!

What will you be getting with the discount?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I met Rebecca Minkoff!

Today I took a quick trip up to Zoey Bloom boutique in Tampa for a Rebecca Minkoff trunk show. I was lucky enough to shop her new designs and even meet her in person! She was super sweet (and stylish) and even signed my bags and posed for a picture with me!

I was kinda nervous so I didn't say much, but I did find out that her parents live in the area so she visits often. Maybe next time I see her I won't be so shy!

On to the goodies:

I've been lusting after the Pyramid Stud Nikki for a while now, so I had to pick that up!

I also loved these Best Friends pouches so you know I had to get them too!

And here are the Rebecca Minkoff babies I already had:

Zoey Bloom's lovely CEO Jo Anne gave me the adorable Minkette bag charm with my purchase!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Nail Inspiration

I happened to catch a bit of the Real World D.C. reunion show last week and fell in love with cast mate Callie's neon green nails!

After a few days of searching, I found a perfect dupe at CVS:

Milani NEON Totally 80s

I added some white stars using my Essence nail stamping kit.

Would you rock neon nails??

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Urban Decay Friends & Family Coupon Code

Save 30% now through April 19th with code "1SFNF" on UrbanDecay.com!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Sunday Dream Outfit

*I forgot to post this yesterday. Whoops!

Rose Print dress - WetSeal
Flower Cluster Rope necklace - ArdenB
L.A.M.B. Vogul heels
AK Anne Klein Crystal Bezel Watch

Friday, April 2, 2010

Blog Sale For Charity Announcement!

In the midst of my Spring cleaning I decided to purge a la Clean House! I have boxes upon boxes full of... STUFF that Neicy Nash would surely shake her manicured finger at. There are literally pounds of clothing, shoes, makeup & accessories that are doing no one any good. I'm bringing the clothes & shoes to a local woman's shelter, but I thought it would be fun to have a blog sale with the makeup & accessories! Everything will be priced really low & best of all, I'll donate 100% of the proceeds to a charity!

Please vote in the sidebar poll on which type of charity I should choose.

I'd like to have the sale somewhere in the middle of this month, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

ModCloth & Liberty of London Giveaway Winners!

I didn't mean to have both of these giveaways at the same time, but the more the merrier right? Thanks to all of you who entered! Stay tuned for more giveaways on Material Instinct as well as a charity blog sale!

And the winner's are...

ModCloth lip balms: Supergirl43837 & D's Beauty Corner

Liberty of London for Target set of journals: Beauty In The Breakdown

**If you won, be on the lookout for an email from me!