November 13, 2015

Fashion Pulse Flash

It’s Friday, and I’m TIRED. And it’s all because I’ve spent all week running around like a mad woman, checking out holiday and spring collections, so that I can tell you all about them. I also tested a ton of products, and are bringing you my favorites of the week here, in today’s Fashion Pulse Flash edition.

Stay tuned for a big roundup of holiday collections, gift-giving ideas, and more on the blog next week, and in the meanwhile, please check out my feature/personal memoir about growing up freckly, on The Today Show‘s website (spoiler alert: lots of cute pics of my younger self will be found there!).

maybelline lip palette
Maybelline’s limited edition Irresistible Lip Gloss Palette ($11.99) is pretty AMAZING. The eight shades come in a lovely compact, and ranges from that nude lip look to a more prominent pout. I’m not afraid to veer on the bright side, so the last two shades are certainly my favorite. You can pick one up during the month of November at select mass market retailers Ulta, nationwide.

essie luxe effects polish

Could it get any more holiday than these? I didn’t think so either! The latest essie luxeffects collection takes a strong nod from fringe seen on the runways, and is hence dubbed “fringe luxeffects” for its movement and dramatic flare. The four shades move through metallic and iridescent iterations, mixing metals and colors together for a unique color burst. They are (pictured): Tassel Shaker (copper and bronze), Fashion Flares (maroon glitter), Fringe Factor (gunmetal and pink), and Frilling Me Softly (platinum and cobalt). As always, they retail for $8.50, available this month (November) at, fine salons, and beauty destinations nationwide.

lump of coal soap bare soaps
I love, love, love natural, handmade soaps, and the only way that it gets any better than that is 1) if they are super affordable, and 2) if they do good beyond just cleaning your body. I’m so glad that my friend Nadia Murdock introduced me to b.a.r.e. soaps, and I tested out a trio of holiday-centric scents (pictured above; they go on sale November 14th). I do have to say that Lump of Coal is a crowd pleaser, but what could be great than this: 20% of proceeds from purchases is invested in vaccines, vitamins, soap, and other needs in Kaberamaido, Uganda? Plus, the packaging is actually plantable paper, which can bloom into wildflowers. I’m really enjoying these soaps, which can make a nice gift this holiday season for your hostess (priced from $6.49 each).

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