Express and the Fashion Show Mall host fashion show for hopefuls.

The 2012 Miss America Pageant is just one week away. The contestants have been a part of a whirlwind through Las Vegas. On Saturday night all 53 women walked the runway in a pre-pageant fashion show. Stylists personally fit each contestant with evening dresses and accessories from Express, the official clothing sponsor of the Miss America pageant.
This fashion show was one of the fun events before the preliminary contests begin on Monday, January 9th. The competitions will include interview, talent, swimsuit, evening wear and onstage question. The winner of Miss America will have Express as her official clothing sponsor throughout her reign. Miss America winners also receive a package of goodies including a $50,000 scholarship.
You can vote for your favorite at MissAmerica.org or on Facebook. Miss America will air live, Saturday, January 14th, hosted by Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke-Charvet, 9:00 EST on ABC.

Backstage (underground) at the Miss America Fashion Show.

The crown keeper – every contestant carries her crown in one of these cases.
Beginning of the show, with emcee Lynn Weidner
Miss Nevada, Alana Lee
Alana Lee’s family cheering her on.

Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta

I was curious about the waxing services by Benefit at ULTA so I went in to check out the Brow Bar. The bar is actually separate from the ULTA Salon, performed by the standards of Benefit Cosmetics. A brow wax is $20 and a brow tweeze is $22. They also take care of other facial waxing as well as faux eyelash applications. If you buy their lashes ($15), application is $5, otherwise you’ll pay $10.

10 beauty gifts under $10


Nails Inc 3D Nail Polish, $9.50 at Sephora.com
Lashlight Mascara by Too Faced has an LED light attached to the wand so you can see even the tiniest lashes, $8.97 at Nordstrom Rack.
Nails Skins by butter London are nail stickers that come in 3 designs, $10.
Leg Shine To Go by Michael Kors. This moisturizing solid has a touch of shimmer to make your legs look Red Carpet ready, $10.
From the Lipstick Queen, Poppy King comes a special lipstick in the Boots No. 7 line. Available in seven different colors and about half the price, $9.99. BootsUsa
This eco-friendly honey coconut  handcreme can be found in Whole Foods stores and Skins 6|2 in the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, $9. Love & Toast
The Body Shop’s Earth Lover’s Watermelon and Eucalyptus Shower Gel smells great, is eco-friendly and puts any bubble bath to shame, $10. The Body Shop
Pow Wow Lip Scrub by Lush is made with Pop Rocks and caffeine to liven up the lips, $8.95 LushUSA.com
This glass nail file lasts forever, just run it under water and it will be good as new, available in pink and purple, $8 at Sephora.
Pink Sugar Whipped Sugar Scrub is paraben free, SLS free and smells great! You will also be supporting a small business. $10 at Bungalow Bath and Body on Etsy.

Love & Toast is eco-friendly, soothing beauty

 

At the Cosmoprof Las Vegas show this year, I stopped by the Love & Toast booth. It had to be the cutest one there! Love & Toast is a cosmetics company out of Colorado. The creator, Margot Elena, is the founder of other great brands like Oprah’s favorite, Lollia.
Love & Toast is a line of great smelling, eco-friendly bath and body products. The products contain no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, mineral oil, propylene glycol, retinol, sulfates, or synthetic color. They are not tested on animals and are free of animal products. They even pass the seal of approval of Whole Foods and are carried in certain locations.

As the temperatures get colder and the sir gets drier, it has taken a toll on my hands. My favorite Love & Toast product, Sugar Grapefruit Handcreme has helped  a lot. It smells of of fresh, sweet grapefruit and the Shea butter, Macadamia nut, Olive, Avocado & Sunflower oils keeps your hands moisturized. I also love the aluminum tube it comes in. Small plastic bottles and tubes that other  hand lotions come in can be difficult to dispense. The price is also great, $9.

 You can find the entire Love & Toast collection online, or locally at Skins 6|2 inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Hopefully we will soon see it in local Whole Foods locations!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is the best

I have used a lot of eyeshadow primers but this one beats them all hands down. They also recently changed the packaging from a wand to tube, which makes application easier and more sanitary. You can apply this primer and then wait for it to dry, or just put your shadow right over it. It makes your shadow last all day and concentrates the pigments. It is also great with creme shadow. It gave my Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream shadow a more uniform, smoother look.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer is available in four colors, original (nude), Sin (Shimmering Champagne),  Greed (Gold) and Eden (Matte Tawny). Eden is great if you have “stained” eyelids, it will cover and prime at the same time. Available at Sephora and UrbanDecay.com, $19.

All things beauty from in and around Washington, D.C.

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