Should your lipstick match your sunglasses? Smashbox and Wildfox think so

Smashbox and Wildfox have collaborated on a cute collection of sunglasses with coordinating lipsticks called the “Perfect Pair”. The collection includes ten stylish Wildfox sunnies, each with a matching  lipstick from the new Be Legendary line of lipsticks by Smashbox.

The collection runs from $169 to $199 and is available exclusively at For a limited time use code BFF to get 25% off your online purchase. Visit to see the entire line of “Be Legendary” lipsticks.


Tickets now on sale for Nordstrom’s 2016 Fall Beauty Trend Show

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione and NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione and NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess

Tickets are now available for Nordstrom’s annual Fall Beauty Trends Show. This event is the perfect opportunity to learn about new products, pick up limited edition gift sets for the holidays and get makeovers by national makeup artists. This year two stores in the DMV area will be holding events, Montgomery Mall and Tysons Corner.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with coffee and tasty treats, followed up by a stage show complete with brand presentations, new product reveals and giveaways from all your favorite brands. Your $20 ticket gets you breakfast, a tote with samples, raffle ticket and $20 towards any beauty purchase on the day of the event. Get your ticket by calling the Nordstrom beauty department or purchase a ticket in store. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. The post-event crowds in the beauty department can be big so you’ll also want to book an appointment with your favorite beauty brand ahead of time.

Nordstrom Montgomery Mall

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at 8 a.m.

Tickets: $20, includes gift bag, breakfast and $20 credit towards any purchase in the beauty department the day of the event.

Phone: (301) 365-4111

Nordstrom Tysons Corner

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at 8 a.m.

Tickets: $20, includes gift bag, breakfast and $20 credit towards any purchase in the beauty department the day of the event.

Phone: (703) 761-1121

Not in the Washington area? Go to to find an event close to you.


Tony Moly Changing Magic Peeling Shoes – a review

tonymolyfootpeelingmaskRemember the ads for those magic baby feet products? They promise to remove layers of skin on your feet making them as smooth as the day you were born. I saw this version by Korean beauty company Tony Moly and decided to give it a try.  You have to give the treatment a hour and a half to work, so get comfortable. I sat down in front of the TV and watched Poldark.


I removed my nail polish (this would probably take it off/mess it up). The product smells good and didn’t irritate my feet. It was easy for me to wash off and it didn’t dry out my feet. Now the waiting begins….

The package said it would take four days before the skin started peeling off, but it took my skin seven days. I did not take a picture of the carnage because it was GROSS, like get a vacuum gross. Skin was coming off every part of my foot, mostly from the bottom. I helped it along by scrubbing my feet with a pumice stone (even though it said not to) in the bathtub to mitigate the peeling. I definitely would not do this treatment mid summer because you will have skin coming off for about a week. The end result was amazing! My feet look 10 years younger and all the ugly calluses were gone.  I definitely will use this again! Get your own treatment at ULTA or Amazon for around $6.50.


MAC Liptensity Lipstick comes out today

Mac Liptensity Lipstick in Eros, $21
Mac Liptensity Lipstick in Eros, $21. Cr: MAC

MAC Cosmetics is a releasing a new line of lipsticks today called “Liptensity”. The new lipstick promises to be highly pigmented, long-lasting and comes in 24 shades.

Matte MAC lipsticks have a tendency to be dry, but this formula is a gel and should be  more resilient.  Liptensity is available online and in boutiques at a cost of $21 per shade.

Blue or Purple, which color shampoo is best for your blonde?

Joico Color Balance Shampoo & Conditioner, Cr: Joico

Keeping blonde highlights beautiful can be a challenge. Color shampoo can make your highlights looking salon fresh while prolonging trips back to said salon. However, all color shampoos are not created equal. The key is to use the right color to counteract your hair’s undertones.  Most brands only offer purple shampoo, but Joico has both blue and purple.

What color should you use?

First you need to know the undertones of your hair. If you have blonde highlights, you most likely have light to dark brown hair. If your hair has more orange or brassy tones, you will need the blue version. If you have more yellow undertones, you’ll need purple. Purple also works for gray hair and was the reason Clairol invented purple shampoo way back when. If you can’t figure it out, ask your colorist or just experiment.

How to use it

You can buy both the shampoo and conditioner or just the shampoo. You won’t be using this all the time so it will last awhile (I had one bottle for a year). When hair starts to look dull or the difference between your roots and the body bothers you, it’s time to use Color Balance. Put a small amount in your palm and work through hair. Don’t worry if some gets on your shower floor, it will wash off. Let it absorb for a few minutes and then wash and condition.  Use it every few shampoos until you can get back to the salon. You can get Joico Color Balance at ULTA and it qualifies for the coupons too!

If this doesn’t solve your problem your blonde might need toned. Visit Sylvia’s ElleBangs channel for some great at-home toning videos.




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