Cuepido Cosmetics

When it comes to makeup, I prefer a look that is natural, simple and that enhances instead of covering or transforming, which is exactly why Cuepido Cosmetics peaked my interest. Cuepido Cosmetics champions the idea of an absolute clean appearance by just putting on what you think is necessary and not overdoing Read more

Block Island Organics Review

Block Island - a gorgeous island located in Rhode Island. Yes, many people get confused - "isn't Rhode Island an island?" they ask me. I go on to list many islands found in Rhode Island - Patience, Goat, Aquidneck, Hog, Hope, Prudence Island... and so many more. My grandparents Read more

Pre-Natal Massage at The Lodge at Woodloch

Your aching back, your swollen cankles, your sore shoulders... if you are in your third trimester of pregnancy, I'm sure you can relate. There's so many things to look forward to with your impending arrival, but feeling like your body is falling apart is not one of them. As someone Read more

Makeup Wars: KEUNE So Pure (and so awesome)

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; KEUNE's So Pure products should simply be called "bottle of awesome." I had never tried this line prior to being sent them a few months Read more

CIRCA Beauty

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; I absolutely love getting new makeup. Trying the different colors and products, choosing a favorite, bringing it home and opening that pretty new package. It's Read more

Find Your Inner Celebutante

celbutante_beautyFind your inner Celebutante this holiday season. This season’s style is all about sparkle, shine and glittery glam! I know that Thanksgiving hasn’t yet arrived, but it’s not too early to prepare for holiday merry making, mischief and mirth! I’ve rounded up a few fab beauty products to get you in the mood and inspired for fabulous fetes ahead… Read more

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Beauty Advice: Beauty Tips for the First Date

Beauty Blogger's First Date #Beauty Tips

A first date can happen at any time in your life. Whether you are 16 or 34, we all are nervous;mainly about meeting him, but also about the right makeup to wear and beauty products to use. So I rallied up some of my favorite beauty bloggers to give you their first date beauty tips.

Shannon from A Girl’s Gotta Spa! says: If you’re going on a first date, then your makeup depends on what kind of date you want it to be.  If you want it to turn into a second date, then go for the flawless non-makeup look. Accentuate your best features, but do not use too much. Look naturally beautiful.

Julie from I Heart Heels says: The trick is to keep it simple and don’t forget to apply some type of lip shine. It’s amazing how great your lips look with a little sheen. Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Cream is my fav (it has a built-in plumper!)

Erika from Makeup Bag says: Go easy on the foundation and lipstick. Anything that might rub off on the napkin (or leave marks on your wine glass) might scare him! Also, a teeny bit of shimmer (think glow not sparkle) looks great in low lighting or candlelight.

Carla from Product Girl says: I like to go with a “you only better” look for these types of occasions, nothing too dramatic or done up. One of my favorite things to do is use Laura Mercier’s tightline eyeliner technique. By using eyeliner from underneath the lashes, it gives a great defined look without being obvious.

Joi from Beauty Blvd says: Clean relatively short nails with a pretty but sheer color always looks nice and neat. Make sure you have on some hand cream and he won’t be able to resist holding your hand!

Christine from Temptalia says: Wear exactly what represents you! If you normally wear bold and dramatic makeup, go for a nice smoky eye for your dinner date. But if you’re normally wearing no makeup? Try light foundation, define eyes with a natural mascara, and wear your favorite non-sticky gloss!

Alison from Advice Sisters: I have always downplayed too much makeup on a first date. Most men really don’t care or focus on the color of type of makeup you apply as long as it isn’t too much.

Eileen from MissWhoever You Are says: While red is the color of the holidays and bold and sexy for a first date it can be a bit overwhelming for some guys. A nice nude or something with a bit of shimmer. You want to seem approachable and beautiful; save the red for the second date!

Carleen from Beauty and Fashion Tech says: Less is more. Instead of regular foundation, try a more sheer mineral makeup. Aim for neutral shades on the eyes and lips, and wear very little blush. That way he will see the pretty you as opposed to creative bright makeup. Save that bright look for clubbing with your friends!

Latoicha from Luxe Tips says: Wow him with a beautiful scent. Men love when women smell good. I love Lancome’s Magnifique.

Other beauty tips:

If I were on a first date, I would keep my face simple,soft and luminous by using just a little foundation mixed with a small amount of a luminizer. Kohl on my eyes, coral / peach blush and gloss. The other important thing would be a wonderful perfume! This works!

Rule of thumb: it’s lips or eyes, not both! If you want your eyes to really pop, do a nude or toned down lip. If you want the attention to be on your lips, then keep your eye makeup soft and simple.

Keep your hair soft and touchable. No crazy complicated hairdos tonight ladies. He wants to be able to think he can run his fingers through your hair; not get stuck in the process.

Wear a scent that works for your body chemistry, but make sure it’s not overpowering. And remember, ylang ylang and heroli are two of the oldest aphrodisiacs in the world. You might want to stay away from them on a first date!

Have a beauty tip for the first date? Leave it in the comments!

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Ruth Wassinger: Breast Cancer Survivor



Ruth Wassinger New 08Name: Ruth K. Wassinger
Age: 59

A Surviving “Affair”

My husband had four different women in his life for almost a year. Their names were Zsa Zsa, Rachelle, Ava, and Sassy. Sassy was actually only a “one-day stand.” Most women wouldn’t be tolerant of their husbands having these “affairs,” but I was perfectly content.

My bilateral mastectomy December 11, 2007 was followed by six sessions of chemotherapy from January 4-April 18, 2008. There was little that I was in control of other than my make-up, dress, and hair (or lack of). So, I decided early on that I would be in control of my hair styles by purchasing wigs that took on personalities… Read more

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5 Beauty Must-Haves for a DIY Pedicure

DIY-pedicureI hope you aren’t one of those people who neglects their feet all winter long simply because you can hide them in your socks. (You’re not, right?) Nothing is worse than letting your heels dry up and crack (and snag on the flannel sheets…or worse, your favorite guy) and letting the polish on your toes flake and chip.  I found 5 products that are affordable and easy to use to keep your feet silky and smooth all season long so that by the time spring rolls around, your feet are sandal ready.

1. Ms. Pedicure Smooth Talker: Banish scaly skin on heels and soles with this 2-in-1 callus reducer that takes aim at thick, rough skin with a few easy strokes! There is a coarse side to exfoliate and a fine side for smoothing. Each metal piece detaches from the handle so that you can empty the debris right into the trashcan and easily clean it with no mess. I loved this product and exfoliating is the first step in prepping your feet to look awesome. It’s available at Walgreens and Ulta.

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