Sally Hansen Patent Gloss Review

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I’m a longtime fan of Sally Hansen nail polish. I’ve professed my love of the Sally Hansen No Chip Acrylic Top Coat many times and it remains a Makeup Bag favorite to this day.

A couple weeks ago, I tried the new Sally Hansen Patent Gloss and wasn’t surprised when it held up beautifully a week into my manicure. Available in four limited-edition shades, Sally Hansen Patent Gloss Nail Color has a high-impact shine and patent leather finish.

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This shade is called Moto, a deep blue-based red. It’s also available in the following colors (shown below from left to right): Vinyl, Chic, Moto and Slick.

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International Women’s Day 2015

 

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For the last 23 years, my life has been dedicated to molding, shaping and raising my three daughters into the young women they are today. As a young mother (just 21 years old when I had Bree) I paved my own path to parenting, learning along the way. My way wasn’t necessarily right or wrong, but it was authentic to me. Each success and failure brought me to the next. I had to face the consequences of giving them too many choices (three different dinners for three different appetites) and the challenges of trying to give them everything they wanted (hi credit card debt!). I also witnessed their compassion and selflessness, knowing I had empowered them to be kind.

For 23 years, I have guided and loved these girls of mine. They have given me purpose and an identity. I am Bree, Bailey and Janey’s mom. And because of them, I am so much more.

In honor of International Women’s Day 2015, Gillette Venus wants to celebrate women and their multi-dimensionality by inspiring us to not be limited by labels.

I am a mother. And a businesswoman. And a friend. I am determined, and confident, and sweet. I am a runner. I am kind. I am practical and decisive. I am strong, and thoughtful. I am all of these things and so many more. I am not limited by labels.

 

The Oscars: About Last Night

Here’s the thing. I live in Hawaii where the scenery is gorgeous and the weather is balmy and beautiful year round. I mean, this week half the country was freezing and I’m down here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean taking pictures like this on my iPhone:

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But let me tell you, when it comes to award season and my Twitter Feed is on East Coast Time but my cable service says we are on Hawaii time (read: A FULL FIVE HOURS BEHIND THE REST OF HUMANITY) living in paradise totally blows.

For this reason, I chose to not even look at my Twitter Feed while all the Oscar red carpet excitement was happening yesterday.

Instead, I painted my nails and patiently waited for the show to start here in Hawaii. (How amazing is this Sally Hansen Patent Gloss in Moto?)

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By the time the show started here in Hawaii, everyone in LA was on their third martini at the after parties so I found myself alone in the living room making judgments out loud to no one in particular. They sounded a little something like this:

  • E! You’re making it very very difficult for me to love you. Ross and Kelly are your saving graces, but Ryan and Giuliana have become unbearable. Come on Ryan, if you’re going to ask a question at least let them answer.
  • I can’t with Khloe Kardashian. I mean, really?
  • Thank GOD for Robin Roberts.
  • JLo slays, as per usual. (I’m unsure about the lip, though. Could just be my TV, but it looks lavender.)
  • I’m pretty sure Patricia Arquette is drunk and the show hasn’t even started.
  • I love how Nicole Kidman is back to looking like her gorgeous self. Injectables are the devil, people. THE DEVIL.
  • Speaking of the devil, poor Melanie Griffith.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow looks amazing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, she is perfection.
  • Ball gowns should not have pockets in them. (Ahem, Chloe Grace Moretz.)
  • Call your mom.
  • How long has Jared Leto looked like Jesus?
  • Anna Wintour wears her sunglasses at night. Ugh.
  • Holy purple smoky eye, Jennifer Hudson. Your face is giving me life right now.
  • Who knew NPH looked so good in his underwear?
  • Okay, Patricia Arquette isn’t drunk anymore. That speech!
  • JOHN FUCKING LEGEND
  • Wait, I’m confused. His name isn’t John Legend?
  • Oh no, Im…. falling… asleep.
  • Stay weird. Stay different. I love this.
  • Julianne Moore is a goddess.

I’ll be posting my favorite looks of the night, but here is my most favorite picture of the night. I spotted these beauties on Jennifer Lopez’s Instagram:

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Five Favorites: Lip Balm

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I’ve long said that lip balm is one of my most favorite products of all time. I have a hard time getting anything accomplished without moisture on my lips. There are lip products stocked in every corner of my existence. The car, my desk, the nightstand, gym bag, handbag, work bag, bathroom… you need lip balm? I’ve got you covered.

Today Janey is home sick from school with a sore throat and the poor girl’s lips are dry and cracked but she keeps shooing me and my chapstick away. How can she even stand it? Her dry lips are making me so anxious I’ve reapplied my own lip balm 463 times in the last two hours to compensate.

“Mom, stopppppp! I don’t want anything on my lips. I don’t feel good,” she whines, slapping my hand away from her face every time I come at her with Chapstick.

Because of this, I can’t concentrate. I mean, how can I focus on the piles of paperwork on my desk when my child’s moisture-less lips are sitting on the couch right next to me? I’m rendered useless, for real.

To keep my mind on moisturized lips, here are my five favorite lip balms of the moment starting from the bottom left going clockwise:

  • Carmex Ultra Smooth Lime Twist Lip Balm Stick This fresh lime flavor cools the lips with a slightly less intense version of the original Carmex, and leaves lips feeling fresh and soft. Bonus: Formulated with broad spectrum sunblock for the win.
  • Fresh Sugar Rose Extreme Tinted Lip Treatment I can’t even begin to adequately express my love for the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment line. I’m especially infatuated with the tinted versions like this Sugar Rose Extreme: it comes in the most adorable rose-covered packaging and is enriched with rose oil leaving the most divine scent and rosy tint.
  • Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy  I put some of these rose-scented mini Vaseline jars in the girls’ stockings at Christmas and I think we’ve already gone through them all. This is a better, more luxurious version of everyone’s favorite Vaseline.
  • COVERGIRL Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm This balm is lightly tinted and so moisturizing it could almost pass as a gloss. Either way, it’s easy to apply and reapply all day long. My favorite shade is Sweet Tweet, I rarely leave home without it.
  • Chapstick Total Hydration My love affair with Chapstick runs long and hard. It started in Walla Walla, Washington when I would hide in my great-grandmothers dressing area and take bites off the top of her original flavor Chapstick. I would eat the Cherry Chapstick, too, but the original was my favorite. Now Chapstick has Total Hydration, three flavors of ultra moisturizing botanical complex rich in omegas available only at Target. I’m totally into the Sweet Peach flavor.

Now I need to get some work done with Janey’s chapped lips glaring at me from across the room. Would it be mean to ask her to go watch TV upstairs?

 

Get the Look: Katy Perry at the 2015 Grammy’s

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Celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey created the gorgeous look for Katy Perry at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards last Sunday night and he revealed today on his Instagram how he created her makeup look:

“COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in Natural Beige, Clean powder in Medium Light, Instant Cheekbones in Peach Perfection, Brow Wow in Medium Brown, Eyeshadow Quad in Blooming Blushes, Colorlicious Lipstick in Sultry Sienna, Colorlicious Gloss in Melted Toffee”

Her hair was created by Shon Ju and her dress was by Zuhair Murad. (Katy Perry photo credit: Steve Granitz, WireImage)