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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Minerals Mate: 25% off until end of May

Because MineralsMate is offering a generous 25% off discount through June, I’m going to pushe the giveaway out until after that time.  In case you missed the video, MineralsMate is a convenient and stylish mixing tray for mineral makeup for the face and nails.  I LOVED the sample sent to me.  Especially convenient is that there are caps for the tray to keep your favorite mixes ready and convenient.  Use 2468MineralsMate at checkout at

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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

I’ve long been a Schiaparelli fan, and who doesn’t like Prada?  So it was with great interest I read last fall about Impossible Conversations: Schiaparelli and Prada, an imaginary thread woven to link two that have made fashion history.  Schiaparelli, unfortunately, had her path shadowed by Coco Chanel, who was said to have taken much of Schiaparelli’s work and made it more mainstream.  Prada was said to have been disapproving of the way the exhibit, so I’m even more intrigued!  Open now through August 19th, it’s just another reason to get to New York before Fashion Week.

On View May 10–August 19, 2012

The Met’s Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias’s “Impossible Interviews” for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, the exhibition features orchestrated conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of their most innovative work. Iconic ensembles are presented with videos of simulated conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada directed by Baz Luhrmann, focusing on how both women explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches.

The exhibition showcases approximately ninety designs and thirty accessories by Schiaparelli (1890–1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s and by Prada from the late 1980s to the present. Drawn from The Costume Institute’s collection and the Prada Archive, as well as other institutions and private collections, signature objects by both designers are arranged in seven themed galleries: “Waist Up/Waist Down,” “Ugly Chic,” “Hard Chic,” “Naïf Chic,” “The Classical Body,” “The Exotic Body,” and “The Surreal Body.”

Schiaparelli, who worked in Paris from the 1920s until her house closed in 1954, was closely associated with the Surrealist movement and created such iconic pieces as the “Tear” dress, the “Shoe” hat, and the “Bug” necklace. Prada, who holds a degree in political science, took over her family’s Milan-based business in 1978, and focuses on fashion that reflects the eclectic nature of Postmodernism.

Have you gone? What did you think?

My Schiaparelli Shocking perfume bottles (and Gaultier, which appears to have been inspired by)



Here’s the other reason, for the kid: Spiderman: Turn off the Dark (but I hear a spoof is coming soon too!)

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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Minerals Mate Application and Mixing Tray + 25% off code & GIVEAWAY

Make a happy little cloud of mixed colors with Minerals Mate Application & Mixing Tray

Less mess and waste! Bob Ross shows us how to get happy nails with delectable colors using CND Additives with Brisa gel on the new Minerals Mate tray.

This attractive, lightweight makeup palette is perfect for mixing custom colors with pigments, then capping them to preserve.

Mix to make awesome nails like this CND Brisa with Additives look

Not only useful for nail art, but also mineral foundations and makeup.

The best part? This attractive, lightweight palette is top rack dishwasher safe.

Love what you mixed up?  You can also cap your creations in the individual wells of the Minerals Mate.

Use code 2468MineralsMate at checkout on and receive 25% off of your order. WOWOWOWOWOW Want to win a set? Like this video and Facebook page for a chance to win your own. Drawing May 30th.

Product was sent for review consideration.  I loved it so much I featured it.  Minerals Mate has generously provided an additional item for giveaway.

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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Solessence named Top Polish Site

Thanks to for listing in the top 50 polish websites. has been mentioned in the New York Times, Fast Company, Mashable, and much more. Here’s what they say about Solessence:

“Solessence offers readers a large collection of articles, posts, and tips related to nail polish, nail care and beauty care. Visitors will find that many of the posts are written based on professional news leads and expert reviews. Interactive links available through Solessence allows readers to find a calendar of events, Fashion Week updates, nail polish and design swatches, and full-length tutorials on creating unique designs at home.
Popular Post: Sneak Peek: Six New Spring 2012 CND Shellac Colors & Salon Certification Program”

Thanks again,!

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