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Posted by on Jan 30, 2010 in Uncategorized | 26 comments

WWPD? – Pop17’s Sarah Austin

The WWPD (What Would Pros Do) segment gets in your face to find out what is on the faces of people who are on-camera for their profession. If the makeup is good enough for them, it is good enough for us!

“Hot and Not” video –  Polished, fresh, capped off with perfect nails


Let’s talk about those fabulous nails! Are they real?

They are real. I have natural thick, long and strong nails.

Do you do your own nails or go to a salon?  What is your typical routine?

I go to a salon. My typical manicure is french with glitter. I only get the soft rainbow glitter or soft pink glitter. I only get silver or gold glitter on top if I’m going to Las Vegas.


What are your favorite products/colors?

I like OPI the most. Light pink and fire engine red.

What is the look in your “Hot and Not” video?

My hot and not video look is going for that natural roll out of bed look, but in reality it took me a couple hours to achieve. It’s neat and natural. My make up is done by an artist at Benefit and my hair is done by the best stylist, Brooke, at DiPierto Todd salon in Mill Valley, CA.

The secret to great nails?

The secret to great nails is always carrying a nail file in your purse and filing them every day.

Sarah Austin, second from right, recently featured in Vanity Fair. Hot Red Nails.


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Posted by on Jan 29, 2010 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Kim Kardashian’s Shoe Dazzle

kimkardashian_shoedazzleAnd so it begins.  It is brilliant actually.  A shoe purchasing plan that gives to pumpophiles what Bag Borrow and Steal did for luxury handbag rental.  Except you get to own.

Kim Kardashian has found a way to address all of the shoe hungry women in the world by creating shoedazzle, a site that, for $40 a month, provides you with your own personal shoe stylist and a pair of shoes into yesteryear.  Here’s how it works:

  • Take a survey to determine your shoe type
  • A stylist will pick out five (5) pair for you
  • Select your first pair, you are charged and the ‘monthly membership society’ begins

Exchanges are free, and if you are quick enough on the trigger you can skip a purchase on the months you don’t want shoes.

There are definite pluses to this, but my main question is quality.  The shoes pictured looked very Payless.  There is nothing wrong with that, except you could probably get them for half the price in store.


I don’t fault KK for tapping into women’s desires for great footwear and, dare I say, the feeling of luxury in a time when people are scrimping and saving left and right.  But where the quality of luxury handbags was without question in the rental program, ShoeDazzle seems to be showing a lot of obvious pleather. For $40 I would probably enjoy the thrill of the hunt at Marshalls or TJMaxx where I could see the workmanship and try everything on for size.

What do you think of this program?  Have you purchased any of the shoes?

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2010 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Review – Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Body Wash

burtsbees_faulouslyfreshIn winter, I really like my shower gels to pack a bit more of a wallop.  Stuffy noses aside, it just seems to take more effort to pull out that ‘get up and go’ when it is all gloom and doom outside.  My favorite standby, a clove scented concoction, was pushed to the wayside when I found my new love: Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash.

I know, it isn’t an earth shatteringly new blend, but it is a balanced blend, which makes it so inviting.  The peppermint is quality sweet, and there is just enough rosemary to take the sugary edge off.  The wash is also very invigorating, but not so much so that it leaves you in pain.  I am a fan of Dr. Bronner’s, but sometimes the love hurts in all the wrong places (if you know what I mean).

Some like a very thick viscosity with gels.  This is on the thinner side but unlike other formulations, it doesn’t miss a beat in performance.  I feel refreshingly clean and soft.  I am using this 12 oz bottle for everything – shower, hands, cleaning out the tub (omg did my bathroom smell great!).

Another positive for Burt’s Bees?  World domination means you can find the product almost everywhere.

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