Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful: July 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge: Exclusive V.I.P. Release of Firebird!

48 Hour V.I.P. Pre-Order
Starts Friday July 29th at 11am EST
Ends Sunday July 31st at 11am EST

Finding a home away from home is not an easy feat, but my husband and I located ours in St. Barts. In the off-season, sans jetsetters, this is a serene island—pure paradise. Last August, we rented a villa and indulged in our outdoor grill obsession with a zesty appetite we lack at home. We cooked insouciantly, ran to the early morning local fish market, devoured our books, enjoyed leisurely swims, and walked the tranquil empty beach while watching the sunset.

During our last week on our own patch of azure, we drove to the supermarket for a routine shop, but something was in the air. There was a frantic energy that we had never before witnessed. I felt the scattered chaotic rhythms of energy throughout the island. The line at the gas station was alarmingly insane. There were speeding cars everywhere. The supermarket parking lot was overflowing and carts emerging from the store were fully loaded with cases of wine, cartons of cigarettes, wheels of cheese, and spears of baguettes. Indoors, the fracas continued and we were informed that Hurricane Earl was coming. We both said in unison, "Here?"

At that very moment, I envisioned scenes from CNN: boarded-up plywood, evacuations, and my husband and I clinging to the top of a roof somewhere. I am the epitome of a cowardly Manhattanite and my inner dramatic stage director’s heart started to beat to the rhythms of Igor Stravinsky's L'Oiseau de Feu (The Fire Bird). The opening of his riveting ballet has a hypnotic syncopation of unpredictable beats with the trilling of flutes and piccolos coupled with a chatter-like string section. The honking brass section mirrored the hysteria of this once peaceful island. I had to curb my dramatic imagination as our survival mode kicked in and we joined the fracas to shop like the French.

Once back at the villa, the owner greeted us with emergency necessities and instructions. Clearly, we were lucky to experience the hurricane in St.Barts because they are the hurricane specialists. All the metal gates in the villa were on a remote. We only had one exit door from the kitchen where the electricity was out. The wind started to howl irksomely, just like Stravinsky’s French horns and bassoons. Sheepishly, I peeked out the door and the beauty of the storm startled me.

I was mesmerized by the colors of a romantic and moody sky, the exotic rhythms of the wind, the nuance of different cadences as well as the unpredictable tempo of the raindrops. In my mind, a serenade by The Firebird kept me company. I stood for hours just absorbing the perpetual metamorphosis of colors that changed in the sky.

I envisioned my first color—Pizzicato— inspired by the gentle tiny taps of rain droplets as they hit the tin roof, reminiscent of plucked strings. A misty white with the faintest hint of lavender, Pizzicato has a shimmer that acts like prisms of light in a sun shower.

When the wind picked up, I saw
Poco a Poco, "little by little." This is a shade that changes from moment to moment. It’s the stunning, sparkling pink of a fanning cloud when the red and orange rays of the sun are trying to burst through.

Later, the ominous dark clouds bled into the sky with a fast-moving wind.
Piú Mosso is an inky, blue-black that shoots through a flash of orange, the last glow of sunlight.

At last, when the light left the sky and the wind started to roar, the sky turned into a shade beyond description—a dark greenish, blackish, brown, leading to a powerful
Fortissimo, the finale chord of The Fire Bird.

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Random Ebay Nail Art, all $1.50 or less!

Check them out, so happy with my cheapppppp purchases! I use these all the time on vacations and sometimes for special occasions. My favorite are the leopard print, they're wild!

Do you ever use nail art stickers?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

How to Get Rid of Nail Discoloration

It happens to everyone at some point I think. You use a cheap polish or a certain color without a good base and you end up with discolored nails. Red, green, and blue are common culprits but it can happen with just about any color. Recently, I swatched some colors and then went to bed before removing them. I didn't use a base coat. They happened to be blue and green. It didn't go so well. After removing the polish, some color remained as you can see below. Wasn't pretty. Please keep in mind my thumb nail is going to look messed up because I used nail glue to repair it awhile ago and its still growing out. I wanted these pictures to be 100% honest so forgive me for how dreadful it looks haha.

 Bleck, aren't they awful? Blue on my thumb and green on multiple fingers. So how do I go about getting rid of these? Its actually really cheap and super easy!

What You'll Need:
Olive Oil (or similar)
Cotton Balls/Swabs
A small bottle/dish
Nail File
Clean workspace to place your hands such as on top of a plastic lid, paper towels, etc.

Personally, I like to use a small bottle. I always have it on hand. Take vinegar and fill up your bottle or dish. You don't need much for one application. Then I add about a tablespoon of olive oil. I don't know if anyone else does this, but I do! I find it works well to keep the vinegar on my nails while not being harsh. It actually moisturizes your cuticles and nails, just remember to remove all excess before applying nail polish!

Let's Get Started!
Step 1: Soak your cotton balls in the vinegar/oil mixture or if you are using a dish, simply place your fingers in it. Place cotton balls over affected nails and let soak for a while. You can remove it in between to see how its doing. 

Step 2: When you're nails are good and saturated, start rubbing them with the cotton balls. I also like to use a q-tip for harder to reach areas, like around my cuticles. They also work well for an especially tough area. 

Step 3: By this point, any minor discoloration should be taken care of. If you still have some, break out a very fine nail file. I gently file away any heavy duty staining, taking care not to be too vigorous. In between, I use the q-tip on the spot because you remove the stubborn stuff as you file. I apply more vinegar/oil mixture throughout this process to get deep down. You will not create damage from this light filing. You might panic with the filing when your nail looks a bit scuff, but simply run the saturated cotton ball over it and it will completely vanish. 

You won't even be able to see staining anymore by the end! Check it out my naked nails below! Remember my thumb has been glued so it is still a bit discolored, but not from nail polish!

Hope this helps answer some of the questions I have been receiving! 
What are your discoloration tips?

Mani of the Day: Sinful Colors in Unicorn

I will be the first to tell you I'm not a huge yellow fan. I love it when I marble and do designs, but alone it very rarely is a standout in my collection. Then again, Unicorn isn't your average yellow. I find that on my lighter skin, fluorescent yellow looks really hard. With the pale tones I think it comes off very fresh and different. Its a lovely cream that I can see myself rocking next spring with some flowery decorations for sure!

Sinful Colors in Unicorn.
Base: Nail Life Hide Ridges Ridge Filler
2 Coats of Unicorn, Clean Application
Top Coat: Nail Life Speed Demon Polish Dryer

Check out these nail polishes on Amazon for something similar!


Rave Review: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Let me start off with: You need this mask. It is the most effective mask for clogged pores/breakouts I've EVER used, and I've used a lot of them. Keep reading for the details!

 What Origins says about this product:
When environmental toxins, dirt and debris get under your skin, its waste-filtering system gets jammed, pores get clogged, skin looks cloudy. Nature's complexion clean-up crew gets to the bottom of skins overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best. Activated Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Without all that "stuff" down there, skin "breathes a sigh of relief."

How to use: Once a week or as often as needed, open pores with warm, moist towel and layer mask on. Allow to dry, rinse well. Watch your skin shake off the shroud of dullness and take on a new clarity.

Best for all skin types

My Take: They have come up with a miracle mask. I loved the way the Boscia charcoal mask worked, but its pretty steep. I'll compare those below as always! Anyways, I opened the top to check the consistancy. When you hear charcoal, you think dry, scrubby, or grimy. This is completely the opposite. It is thick and rich, reminding me of a mix of a super-thick body butter and toothpaste. Yes, that thick. I first tested it on my wrist. You should always do this with products if you are prone to allergies or have sensitive skin! It was easy to manuever, the thick mask easily smoothed over my skin. Tested beautifully, so onto my face it went! Its a really neat dark navy/gray color!

How I used it:
Going on, it was cool and refreshing. This doesn't have a strong scent at all, which I actually find very pleasant. You guys are probably going to laugh at me, but it smelled like sourdough bread straight from the oven, not like the fire pit I had envisioned. 
Here comes the good part: watching it work. I felt it starting to tug a bit, the perfect signal its working. If you feel nothing on your skin when you apply a mask, I feel like it doesn't get deep enough. As it kept penetrating my skin, it tightened a lot. It felt amazing, not painful at all. Here are the pictures right before I washed it off:

Did it work?: So, this is going to be a bit TMI, but I had to tell you guys. It got so deep into my pores that it extracted a blemish. Yes. I'm serious. It literally pulled it out of my face. I have NEVER experienced anything like this. I was in shock and overjoyed. My nose looked visibly cleared and my skin was very smooth and soft. I thought with how strong the mask was my skin might be upset with me, but I guess it liked it as much as I do!

Verdict: Amazing. Absolutely and completely a must-have for me now. I am also going to try this as a spot treatment! I'm not the only one who thinks it works great either. Origins is one of the awesome websites that allows you to review products and this one is 5/5 stars and 95% of customers would recommend it! If you research products like me, then you know how rare that is! Looking at my skin today, I even think it has brightened my skin tone up. I've been sick so I've been breaking out, thanks to this my skin is absolutely on the road to recovery!

Where to purchase and specifics: You can pick this up in an Origins store or online HERE. You get this mask in a 3.4oz size, it doesn't take much so this is many applications. The price is $21.00 for this size.  If you have been hearing the buzz about Boscia's Luminizing Black Mask, then I bet you've wanted to try it. Now let's compare!

Boscia's Luminizing Black Mask: $34 for 2.8oz
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: $21 for 3.4oz

Big difference in ounces and price! WOO! 

Have you used this product? Do you plan on trying it? What other Origins products are you wondering about?

* I was sent this product for review, however that in no way impact this or any other product I review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy above!

Beauty for a Cause: Color Club Presents Pride Collection

COLOR CLUB LAUNCHES PRIDE: Raise Your Hand if You Believe in Life in Color

New York, NY – July 2011 - What makes us proud: Being bold. Making a statement. Living life to the fullest. Equality for all. From New York-based Color Club, the new PRIDE Collection—vibrant polishes in every color of the rainbow, from red to violet—captures what it means to live your life in color and express your true self (or just your mood du jour). Seven formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, and paraben-free shades celebrate equality with cheeky names like “Not Just for Kelly, Green” and “Boys Wear Blue,” while a portion of proceeds from the sale of the collection benefit New York-based AIDS-related charities. Life comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and preferences. At the very least, shouldn’t your nail polish?

From left to right: P is for Pride, Polish For All, Dress For The Parade, Not Just For Kelly, Green, Boys Wear Blue, Express Yourself, 0-60 Speedy Topcoat

Ready for the most spirited manicure in town? The PRIDE Collection is available at

I am SO excited for this guys! These are adorable bottles, high quality polish, and I love beauty for a good cause! What do you guys think?

Beauty for a Cause: Color Club Presents 2 Shades to Benefit OCRF

OCRF and Super Saturday Teal to Benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

New York, NY – July 2011 Color Club, a New York based cosmetic brand specializing in nail and lip products announced today a limited edition nail polish collection developed exclusively for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF).  The new shades – OCRF and Super Saturday Teal – are sophisticated yet playful teal blue shades created exclusively for OCRF and Super Saturday 14. The polishes will be available beginning in July 2011 as part of the OCRF Super Saturday 14 event and sold though September 2011, which is Ovarian Cancer Research month. The polishes are available on and 10% of all proceeds will benefit OCRF. Color Club is also the official nail sponsor of Super Saturday 14 and will be offering manicures and nail art at the event on July 30, 2011 in the Hamptons.

Color Club is renowned for its high performance rich shades and exceptionally safe products. All nail colors are vegan, Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and paraben-free - and made in New York, NY with the best raw materials. Color Club products are made in the USA and are not tested on animals. Products are available at

Super Saturday Teal (right)
OCRF Teal (left)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wet n Wild Beauty Train Case! Only $9.99!

So you guys now I've been loving everything Wet n Wild, and this is no exception! Check out this awesome beauty train case I spotted (and picked up!) from CVS for a whopping $9.99! At a $50 value and with some awesome travel sizes as well! I have been needing a new purse mascara and I can ALWAYS use more travel size nail polishes! Great variety, great price, great idea. Please Make more of these! The case isn't glass (c'mon guys its $9.99!) but it is durable enough for me to use! I haven't decided what I'm going to store/display in this yet, but I'll let you know!

Wet n Wild Color Icon Trios in Sweet as Candy & Don't Steal My Thunder
FYI this doesn't have the hard packaging, but has almost like packaging material base and top. Better than nothing, drives down the cost, and is perfect for a Z-Palettes! Blushes are also the same packaging!

Wet n Wild Color Icon Blushers in Pearlescent Pink and Heather Silk. As you can see, I didn't need to swipe much at all for high-impact pigmentation. I love that they included both a matte and a shimmer, very smart.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Colors in Stoplight Red and Think Pink. I love these! Perfect sizes, nice large amount, and two must have shades.  Both matte which I also love. The only issue for me is they don't have the name of the colors on the lipstick base, just on the packaging.

Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Color in Sugar Coat and Caught Red Handed. Adorable names right? Perfect travel sizes, and (once again) perfect colors because everyone should have one of each.

 Wet n Wild MegaPlump Mascara and Wet n Wild MegaLength Mascara in mini size. Both in Black. Please do notice that the BRUSH is FULL-SIZED because that is super important. Only the wand is shortened so you'll still get the nice full brush for your lashes

Anyone else pick these up???

Bath and Body Works Haul! Lots of Lippies!

I got all of these lippies buy 2 get 1 free.
Top to bottom: Liplicious Frozen Daiquiri, Liplicious Strawberry Lemonade, Liplicious Watermelon Sorbet.

Top to bottom:  Liplicious Strawberry Lemonade,Liplicious Frozen Daiquiri, Liplicious Watermelon Sorbet.

First picture without flash in natural light and second with flash so you can see the shimmer and pigmentation. 

Top to bottom: Tinted Lip Balm in Lemon & Blackberry, Tinted Lip Balm in Lemon & Ginger, Tinted Lip Balm in Lemon & Strawberry.

Top to bottom:Tinted Lip Balm in Lemon & Ginger, Tinted Lip Balm in Lemon & Strawberry, Tinted Lip Balm in Lemon & Blackberry.
No flash, natural light.

Top to bottom: Mentha Supreme Lip Shine 2X, Mentha Lip Shine in Vanilla Mint, Lemon & Pomegranate Lip Cream 100% Natural.
No swatches because they are all clear. They smell AND taste incredible!

Mini Candles (3 for $5) and PocketBac Cases, love the new colors! I picked up two Mint Chocolate candles that my husband totally fell in love with, they smell like Andes mints! & a creamy pumpkin, I am such a pumpkin face. These are the perfect little sizes.

All of the lotion minis, soap minis, and mist minis in the 3oz sizes were 3 for $10. Sorry I didn't like the country scent, but Carried Away is AMAZING! These are my favorite lotions to throw in my bag and go.

If you caught my Guava post (HERE) then you know how wild I am about these!!! These were 5 for $5, normally $1.50 each.

Bath & Body Works is one of those stores I can't walk out of empty handed!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Walgreens Heads Up! Jordana + WnW

Lots of Jordana Discounts! Lip pencils were 25 cents and glosses for 50 cents. Here's a snap of my local Walgreens set up! 

Have you guys seen these yet? They were in a random little nook, almost missed them!!! These are the last few from this line that I wanted to pick I was thrilled!

 Hannah Pinktana

 Sage in the City

 Teal of Fortune
 Top to bottom Jordana Pretty Shine Lipglosses in: Dazzling, Lovely, Gorgeous, & Delightful.

Jordana Kohl Lipliners in Natural and Petal. Lighter shade is Natural, Darker shade is Petal. Natural is one of my favorites, so I grabbed two.

  1st is no flash, 2nd with flash so you can see the incredible colors.
 Top to bottom Jordana Pretty Shine Lipglosses in: Dazzling, Lovely, Delightful, & Gorgeous.
Bottom two are Jordana Kohl Lipliners in Natural and Petal.
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