Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer Sale on the Hottest Hair Tools!

Now that summer is officially here, it's time to get your hands on the tools that will keep your tresses looking terrific all season long. Folica.com is home to some of the hottest hair styling tools on the market. From the popular Sedu flat iron to tourmaline hair dryers, you are bound to find the right tool for your 'do at Folica.com.

Are you doing anything different with your hair this summer? Perhaps you've been thinking about shaving one side of your head like Cassie, or going for a big, curly, bouncy look a la Alicia Keys or maybe you're low-maintenance and will opt for a short crew cut like Kanye West's main-squeeze, Amber Rose!

Here are a few of the sales that Folica.com are running so you can keep your locks looking lovely:

Versati Red Hot Straightening Set available at www.folica.com for $39.99 (a $192.93 value). This set includes: the Versati 1 inch Power Styler, 8oz Sedu Smoothing Boost, a Heat Proof Pouch and a travel size pop-up brush and travel bag.

Chi Beach Blue Straightening Set available at www.folica.com for $99.99 (a $248.95 value). This set includes: a CHI Limited Edition In Love Aqua Blue Blush 1" Flat Iron, 8.5 oz. bottle of CHI 44 Iron Guard, 2 oz. bottle of CHI Silk Infusion and a Folica Heat Proof Iron Holder

Sedu Pink Revolution Sleek & Straight Set available at www.folica.com for $99. This set includes a pink Sedu Revolution Pro Nano Ceramic Tourmaline 1 Inch Styling Set, a Sedu Professional Straightening Accessory Comb, a Folica Pop-Up Brush and Travel Bag, and a Vera Bradley Signature Bag

BaByliss Summer Vacation Styling Set available at www.folica.com for $99.99 (a $246.99 value). This set includes: Babyliss PRO Nano Titanium Ionic Dryer, BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Mini Flat Iron 1/2", Babyliss Pro TT Tourmaline Travel Dryer, and Babyliss Pro Silicone Heat Mat

**One lucky reader will win this Sedu Summer Styling Set, which includes: Sedu Revolution Pro Tourmaline Ionic TGR 4000i Hair Dryer, Sedu Revolution Pro Ionic Finger Diffuser, Sedu Beach Beauty Sea Salt Spray, ESCA 3-3/4" 5X Lighted Travel Mirror, Folica Pop-Up Brush and Travel Bag (a $312.98 value). Just leave a comment and a winner will be selected randomly and announced tomorrow.

Friday, June 26, 2009

A Legend Lost: Michael Jackson 1958-2009

The man who brought us some of the best pop songs in music history, Michael Jackson, has died. The King of Pop, 50, died from cardiac arrest on Thursday, June 25th.

Please share your favorite Michael Jackson songs, moments, etc. I must say, one of my favorite MJ moments was seeing him dance with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, a few years ago on the BET Awards. I have many others, but that one stands out to me the most right now.

Rest in peace, Michael Jackson.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Get Kissable!

Kissable Couture, one of the hottest lip gloss lines on the market has three new shades to get your puckers ready for the summer! Their new Le Fleur collection consists of 3 brilliant shades: hyacinth, peony and rose gardenia. The hyacinth and peony gives lips a pinkish/mauve tint, while the rose gardenia works as a great mix for a luxurious iridescent hue. The great thing about Kissable Couture glosses is that they are never too sticky and the perfect consistency allows for smooth application.

Each gloss is available at www.kissablecouture.com for $22

One lucky winner will win the entire Le Fleur collection (3 shades, a value of $66). Please be aware that unlike my previous contests, Kissable Couture would like for you to leave your name in the "contact" section at their site www.kissablecouture.comfor a chance to win. However, comments are still very welcome here! Also, all readers can receive 30% off all Kissable Couture products. Simply enter the code BGG during checkout at www.kissablecouture.com.

Have you ever tried Kissable Couture glosses?

Also, if you're in the D.C. area, there's an event that's raising HIV/AIDS awareness that you should definitely try to attend. See below:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Beauty with a Purpose!

There are hundreds of products on the market that promise to make you look and feel better, but there are far too few products that do that and actually give back to those who help create those very products. That's why I find Shea Yeleen to be a great example of a high-quality beauty product with a purpose.

This shea butter-based company was founded by Rahama Wright, 29, to empower women through organizing and training them to produce, market and sell high-quality shea butter. Fifty percent of the profits go right back to these African communities to further empower these women to sustain livings and provide for their families.

Shea Yeleen boasts a host of different products including body butters, body balms and lip balms. Check website for pricing sheayeleen.org.

Do you seek products that give back?

Monday, June 22, 2009

Chic & Simple T-Shirt Dresses for the Summer!

This summer why not keep cool in a casual t-shirt dress that can be perfect for weekend brunches or shopping with friends. Paired with ornate sandals and appropriate accessories, a t-shirt dress can be the ideal alternative to summer staples such as a sun-dress or the popular shorts and tank combo.

Would you wear a t-shirt dress?

Jersey T-Shirt Dress available at www.bananarepublic.com for $44.99

Diane Von Furstenberg Silk Jersey Dress available at www.bloomingdales.com for $365

Catherine Maladrino Silk Jersey T-Shirt Dress available at www.netaporter.com for $190.40

Pastry Tiger Love Dress available at www.shoppastrykicks.com for $20.80

Silence & Noise Silk Print Dress available at www.urbanoutfitters.com for $68

T-Shirt Dress available at www.gap.com for $22.99

Bebe Tab Sleeve Shirt Dress available at www.bebe.com for $59

L.A.M.B. T-Shirt available at www.neimanmarcus.com for $95

Three Dots Scoop Neck Dress available at www.nordstrom.com for $49.90

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Great Gifts for Dad!

Why not treat the man who taught you how to ride a bike, cheered you on from the sidelines at your sporting events or walked you down the aisle, with a gift that he will enjoy and cherish. Whether he's a true techie or a grill-master dad, there are always great gifts to suit his manly desires.

Check out some of these:

Amazon Kindle 2.0 available at www.amazon.com for $359

4PC Premium Barbecue Grilling Tools available at www.costsaving2u.com for $39.49

One Dozen Hand-Dipped Chocolate Covered Strawberries available at www.redenvelope.com for $49.95

Apple iPhone 3G available at www.apple.com for $199

Magwear Magnetic Wristband available at www.redenvelope.com for $19.95

Monogrammable Men's Leather Watch Case available at www.redenvelope.com for $49.95

Pop-Up Leather Card Case available at www.redenvelope.com for $29.95

Rolling Razor available at www.rollingrazor.com for $14.95

Poker Set available at www.tradecommerce.com for $57.99

Have you already purchased your Father's Day Gift?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Wiz Returns!

Last night, I was invited to take a stroll down the yellow brick road to see The Wiz starring pop/R&B songstress Ashanti. I have always been a huge fan of the 1978 film version with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson so I was excited to see the live production. If you're wondering if Ashanti was able to hold her own with powerhouse cast mates such as LaChanze (she won a Tony for her role in the Broadway production of The Color Purple), Tichina Arnold and Dawnn Lewis, you'd be pleasantly surprised to learn that Ms. "Aw Baby" herself did a wonderful job! The male cast was excellent too, but for me the Tin Man played by Joshua Henry stole the show with his unbelievable vocals.

Overall, the show is a must-see for those who love the spin on the classic L. Frank Baum tale. Although, the costumes seemed a bit lack-luster, it was still a feel-good production that's great for the entire family. If you're in the New York City area and would like to see the play, it will be showing until July 5th at The New York City Center located 131 W. 55th Street.

Are you a fan of The Wiz?

Pop the Cork!

This summer don't let Champagne corks be the only corks popping at your summer soirees. Why not rock a pair of cute cork shoes this season to add a fashionable, yet comfy flair to your flirty frocks, shorts and skirt ensembles. The versatility of cork shoes are endless and the natural texture and hue works with just about any color palette.

Do you own a pair of cork shoes?

Natural Cork Madera Platform Sandals available at www.bluefly.com for $126.90

Steve Madden Multi-Brown Women's Sandal Wedge available at www.stevemadden.com for $99.99

Chinese Laundry Okinawa Sandals available at www.zappos.com for $69.02

Carrie Corked Woven Sandal available at www.bebe.com for $80.49

Franco Sarto Patent Cork Wedges available at www.zappos.com for $88.95

Metallic Fancy Cork Platform Sandals available at www.shopbop.com for $87.50

Michael Kors Trellis Cork Wedge Sandals available at www.neimanmarcus.com for $298

Marc by Marc Jacobs Woven Metallic Wedges available at www.netaporter.com for $175.20

Prada Cork Platform Sandals available at www.neimanmarcus.com for $485.90

Also, for you makeup mavens, MAC is having a sale!! Click here for more details.

**The winner of the Bliss Naked Body Butter Lite is Barbara! Congrats and please email me your mailing address info!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer Bliss!

Just in time for the summer, Bliss, has come up with a lighter formula of its popular Body Butter! Although the consistency of this luxurious lotion is thinner, it still packs a powerful punch of moisturizing agents. It provides the ultimate hydration without the heavy, greasy feeling of other body butters. Bliss is definitely one of my favorite bath & body lines.

Bliss Naked Body Butter Lite available at www.sephora.com for $29

Are you a fan of Bliss products? Would you like to try this product? If so, leave a comment and a lucky reader will win a bottle. The winner will be selected randomly and announced tomorrow.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Curlicious Lashes!

Any professional makeup artist will tell you that one of the key factors to making eyes stand out is to curl your lashes! Using an eyelash curler can instantly add that extra va-va-voom and length to your lashes that will make your peepers pop! Many people are afraid to use the clunky, cosmetic contraption, but it really is easy to use. Here are a few tips:

1. Use on mascara-free eyes
2. Use a blow-dryer to heat the curler to ensure curling power
3. Open the curler and clamp lashes near the root...apply for 10-30 seconds
4. Apply mascara

Tarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler available at www.sephora.com for $15. I have this eyelash curler and it works well when I remember to curl my lashes!

Have you ever curled your lashes?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Who Wears Short Shorts?

Now that it's getting warmer, it's time to bare your gorgeous gams in a chic pair of shorts! From cuffed khakis to drapey full shorts, this summer it's all about showing off your legs in sexy shorts that suit your style. Plus, this season more and more women are dressing up their shorts with cute camisoles and hot accessories for a fun night out on the town.

Do you wear shorts in the summer or are you shorts-shy? Would you wear shorts for a night out?

Crisp Cotton Shorts available at www.jcrew.com for $49.50

Lockhart Shorts available at www.frenchconnection.com for $78

Diesel Sesenta Brown Shorts available at www.diesel.com for $144

Grey Antics God Bless America Shorts available at www.urbanoutfitters.com for $58

Horizon Stripe Short available at www.jcrew.com for $58

Cuffed Shorts available at www.wetseal.com for $21.50

Silence & Noise Drapey Full Short available at www.urbanoutfitters.com for $38

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Margate Cuffed Shorts available at www.dillards.com for $35.70

Maje Shorts available at www.yoox.com for $69

Rojas Hi-Waisted Shorts available at www.emoda.com for $194

Retro Chambray Bermuda Shorts available at www.jcrew.com for $49.99

Shirred Twill Shorts available at www.charlotterusse.com for $19.99