Happy (almost!) Thanksgiving! Makeup tips for Thanksgiving

Last year I put together a guide to Thanksgiving makeup and beauty. From helping your makeup to last all day from assuring you don’t break out from overindulging from all the rich goodies, it’s worth a quick read again this year!

Thanksgiving Beauty Tips

Have a fun, safe and thankful day on Thursday!


Happy Halloween Gorgeous Gals!

Happy Halloween! Thanks for being a reader of Everyday Lipstick. Enjoy your treats tonight!




Sephora VIB Rouge: OMG what does this mean?

Hey lovely ladies,

I am so sorry you haven’t heard from me for a few weeks. “Real life”, as opposed to my beauty life, sometimes gets in the way! But I’m back with another post and a revelation from a recent purchase. That revelation is: OMG. I was shopping at Sephora online and during checkout received a notice that I had almost hit “Rouge” status. At first I thought, “Awesome!” And then I thought, “Oh wow, I wonder how much you have to spend to get Rouge status. $1000 in a calendar year, that’s how much. And I got there on exactly October 1 with two months to spare.

Are there any other readers out there who have recently discovered (via Sephora Rouge) how much they actually are spending on beauty products?

If so, let me know in the comments and check back soon for some great reviews from my recent Sephora purchase!


Sephora Flash: Amazon Prime for Beauty

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from Sephora inviting me to try their new shipping program called Sephora Flash. It sounds exactly like Amazon Prime for beauty. Pay a little bit up front in an annual fee ($25), then get free, fast shipping for the year. I’m not going to lie, more than once I’ve ordered a new product, be it a lipstick or otherwise, that I’ve wanted immediately and I’ve paid an exorbitant fee to have it shipped two-day service.

So, I think I’m going to pull the $25 trigger and buy it. Plus, in the past, you have had to spend $50 on Sephora.com to get their free standard shipping and Sephora Flash has no minimum.

If you did not get the invite e-mail, for being an Everyday Lipstick reader, click here and request your invite from Sephora.

How long does it take for your toenail to grow out?

Okay, so I promise this post will not contain a picture and it will not contain TMI about my toes. However, I have happy news to share! After 7 months, 11 days and an undetermined number of hours, my toenail grew completely out. Why does this matter you might ask? Well, on October 19 before the rehearsal dinner for our wedding, I dropped my blow dryer on my toe. I think I was trying to save my blow dryer and in retrospect, probably should have saved my toe instead.

The dryer landed right at the base of the nail and created a half-dime size bruise under the nail that was black and red and gross. Luckily I didn’t have to puncture the nail (GROSS) or anything of that nature, but it took quite literally forever to grow out. While we think we have to trim our toenails or get pedicures so often, it takes much, much longer than I ever would have thought to grow all the way out.

I could not possibly be more excited about light-colored summer polishes and getting pedicures without explaining what happened! So, if you’ve ever wanted to know, it takes more than 6 months for your toenail to grow completely out.

The end.

Happy Friday!

Summer shoe shopping

Hello lovely ladies and sorry for the delayed posting! I don’t know what it has been with this beautiful weather but it has given

me the shopping bug and I’ve been shoe shopping instead of beauty shopping! But, since ’tis the season for fun summer footwear and a chance to bare your latest pedi colors (mine is OPI Green, similar to the one shown at right) I thought I’d share some of my fun shoe finds.

I actually walk to work each day and walk home for lunch so I HAVE to have a pair of shoes that will be comfy for about a mile a day. No heels here. I just can’t stand orthopedic sandals (not until I’m 75 at least) so when I saw these on Nordstrom and the reviews raved about the comfort, I had to try them. They are almost as comfortable as slippers! Couldn’t be happier with them.

Sam Edelman Trina Sandal, comes in about a dozen colors, $99

I also have my eye on these Tory Burch wedges. I love the color and the heel and think they’d also be a good walking to work shoe, although I haven’t made the purchase yet. I need to decide soon because they are on sale from $190 down to $130!

And finally, with the Coach sale going on, I have my eye on a few great deals from Coach. Granted, it doesn’t look like any good daily wear shoes, but could you really say no to these when they are marked down to $150 from $225?

I also totally love these from Coach but wonder if they would slip off too easily. What do you think?

Well, there you have it. My latest shoe shopping picks. What are you wearing this summer? What polish do you have on your toes? Leave it in the comments! And next time, promise, I’ll be back to beauty. 😉

Men and Beauty Routines

Teeth brushed. Check! The end. For about 90% of the guys I know, that is the beginning, middle and end of their nightly beauty routine. And don’t you feel so sorry for men? If they have a blemish, they can’t use concealer. If they have dark circles, they rarely turn to under eye cream. If they are feeling pale or needing a tan, bronzer isn’t for them. Poor men!

So yes, they don’t have near the upkeep that we women do, but they’re missing out on so many amazing products for men along the way. It’s high time we touted some men’s products, so here are my top beauty products for the guys. Ladies, click the link and upgrade your man’s routine with any of these products.

1. Sunscreen for men. Men have no time for daintily pouring out liquid-y lotions. Plus, the thought of rubbing in sunscreen on one of their bros probably makes them squirm. Philosophy Here Comes the Sun spray has built-in age defense so he is getting a double-whammy of protection.

If the frou-frou sayings on the Philosophy bottles are too much, Hampton Sun makes mists in SPF 35, 55 and 70 plus a spray aloe for after sun. What’s easier than that?

2. Shaving products. No company does shaving better for the refined man than The Art of Shaving. Come on guys, you’re a grown up. No more Neutrogena and Gillette. Plus, you get what you pay for. My husband switched to the full line of The Art of Shaving about a year and a half ago and will never go back. Mostly because guys don’t like to try new products, but also because it works.

Unscented shave cream, which also comes in Lavender, Sandalwood and Lemon, $25.

The full kit, with travel sizes of all products so he can use them for business trips or just test the brand to see if it’s his new perfect shave:

3. A quick zit fighter for men. Too often, men just pile on the Clean and Clear products to fight a zit, ending up drying it out and making it worse by irritating the skin. They also can be guilty (no offense guys) of leaving it be. This zit fighter can be dotted on the spot and will kill the bacteria without irritating the skin. Plus, since it’s clear, it doesn’t need any concealer over it. Kate Somerville, EradiKate acne treatment.

Bobbi Brown Friends and Family Event- ENDS TODAY

Have you been waiting for the right  moment to try Bobbi Brown products? That moment is here! 20% off ends today!

The three Bobbi Brown products I’m currently using are the Skin Foundation in Warm Beige, the Shimmer Brick blush and the high shine gloss in Pink Sequin. Honestly, they are all amazing. I am becoming a huge fan of Bobbi Brown and a convert from Dior with every BB product I try.

But here are some things I’m lusting after on their website:

The Lilac Rose Eye Palette, amazing! Click here to get it 20% off today.

Brow kit with perfect brow brush. It comes in light and dark shades. Find it here.

Sephora 500-point Clinique Reward

You might have seen the e-mail…but Sephora has a new 500-point reward! It’s a 4-item Clinique sampler, which I cashed in for during my last Sephora trip for two reasons: I had over 1,000 points and I really wanted to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to the Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick. You can find the full tube here from Sephora for $15.

By the way, for clarity sake, I noticed this reward is not available online, so if you’d like to give it a try, you’ll have to head to the mall and pick it up in person.

Overall, I can see how this lipstick is touted as a color for everyone, but I thought it needed a little more. More shine, more subtle sparkle, more something. It seemed too matte on my lips, despite the pretty color.

The whole tube is only $15 but I’m not sure I’d buy it. It is just missing something.

As for the other products in the 500-point reward, my favorite is the anti-puff eye roller. It’s called the All About Eyes Serum and you can buy the full-sized product here from Nordstrom for $28. I really like the light, cooling feel of the serum and I think it actually does de-puff your eyes. It’s something for night use because during the day it can make the skin around your eyes a little tight.

Overall, while nothing in the Clinique kit wowed me, it was fun to try a few samples of new things. And that’s the good thing about Sephora rewards! It’s a risk-free way to add a few new products to your drawer. Are you a fan of Clinique products? What’s your favorite? Leave it in the comments!

The secret beauty treatment we don’t like to talk about

Hair removal. We all have to do it but we sure don’t like to talk about it. Who wants to be hairy? Our boyfriends and husbands are hairy but we aren’t. We shave discretely in the shower and come out of the bathroom hairless and moisturized. Now I’ll be the first to admit I got laser hair removal last year on my bikini line. Best. Decision. Ever. But now…my upper lip? I have just a tiny bit of hair on my upper lip that I can’t wait to zap off. Since I’m a blonde, it’s even really light hair but nothing says “not womanly” like a ‘stash on a woman.

So while I’ve tried using hair removal creams I decided it’s time for a permanent solution. My first appointment is today and after a few sessions, no more upper lip hair. Hallelujah!