NARS Illuminator-stunning!

While showing me some of her arsenal used for her clients, my makeup artist friend Batya Wiesner of Makeup by Batya pulled out this beauty!

Wearable alone or with makeup, this is a red carpet secret used on celebs for that ever so coveted glow. It can be used on the face or body. Great spots for face use would be wherever the light would hit: forehead, cheekbones, brow bone, down the nose and inner eye corners. For the body it looks gorgeous on the shoulders and décolleté.

It comes in 4 shades: From a sheer sheen in the color Copacabana to sheer colors in Laguna, Orgasm, Super Orgasm. Those of you familiar with NARS products will know these are Continue reading

Nail polish holder – thinking outside the box:)

Here are pix of how I store my nail polishes. It is not a large collection at all but they have to go somewhere! I purchase this tiered plastic tray at The Container Store. It was in the kitchen department, I guess for cabinets or under the sink use, but it’s perfect for finding the polish I’m looking for at a glance! You can find it here. I definitely recommend walking down their aisles if you’re in an “organizing zone” and keep your eyes peeled for using something for your needs as opposed to what its meant for:)

The tray also keeps the polishes safely displayed on my shelf-with the high lip all around it that keeps them all in place. I organized them by placing currently used ones at the bottom, more springy and summery colors in the middle and my daughters’ at the top.

MAC lipstick swatches, M.A.C. Red review plus update on my “red lip” routine!

One benefit of having a friend who is a makeup artist is that I get to see more of a variety of colors per product! Batya Wiesner of Makeup by Batya, showed me a handful of her many MAC lipsticks she uses on her clients. Here is a picture of the swatches with the list of colors. Keep an eye out for the color called M.A.C. red and continue reading below! (Same shades, different lighting).


Crosswires, Ravishing, Lady Danger, Dare you, M.A.C. Red, Rebel, Girl About Town, Chatterbox, Snob, Chic

I also wanted to mention an update on my post on the NARS Matte Lip Pencil I had gotten and been using in the color Cruella. (You can read that post here.)  Basically after searching for “the perfect red” I came across this incredibly smooth pencil and fell in love. The red is a beautiful shade, albeit a tad deeper than the one I had envisioned getting. For an evening out it’s perfect, but I still wanted a brighter, lighter shade for daytime. MAC’s Russian Red, and Ruby Woo, two of the most popular MAC reds for sure, just didn’t look right on me. Maybe it’s the fact that they are Matte so they’re drying and not that easy to put on.

I then started playing around with some lip liners to alter the color of the NARS pencil. Bingo! Instead Continue reading

Custom create your own hair accessories at Headturner Boutique

As many of you know, I sell hair accessories on my website That includes headbands for women, girls and babies as well as hats for each including beanies, fedoras, berets and newsboys.

What sets Headturner Boutique apart from other such stores though, is that not only can you purchase items already created, you can mix and match pretty much any applique you see with any piece of hardware: clip, pony holder hat or band!

With spring/summer 2012 (can you believe it? lol) right around the corner, fresh new appliqués are arriving daily! From little girl’s sequin bows and flowers, to more mature and exquisite beaded appliqués and everything in between! Order them to be placed on any of our colorful pony holders, several clip options, all sorts of hard and soft bands.

Need something to match a particular outfit? Local people can bring their outfit to the boutique for a perfect match (located in Woodmere, NY) and for those of you who live farther convo me for more info on how to find that perfect outfit topper.

We ship worldwide, with US shipping just $5. For more info on national shipping or any other inquiry please do email us at

In this album you can get a sense of what appliqués I have, although remember this is just a sampling! For more picture and sizing on each applique be sure to visit the website and follow us on Facebook for new item updates, sale info and specials.

Get you creative juices flown’ 🙂

Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV review (with swatches)

I just got my UD Book of Shadows IV and I am beyond thrilled! So as you guys know I was less than enthusiastic over the new and much hyped Naked 2 Pallete. (You can read that post here.)

The biggest issue for me was that many of the colors were so similar. I like to change things up a lot so I felt it was kind of a waste.

Well, the Book of Shadows IV definitely fits the bill! Its 16 colors (10 are new!) are a mixed variety so I feel that would allow me to play with more looks while still including the colors gunmetal and lost to produce that more neutral Continue reading

*Update* My challah adventure

If you’ve been a follower for a little while here, you may know I have been trying out different challah recipes. ( You can read the post here.)

I mentioned I was considering meshing two recipes as each had results I loved.

I am thrilled to say (I know it’s just challah lol) I did just that and it came out delicious! I probably will tinker with it a bit more but I really love how it came out.

Here is the recipe and if Continue reading

SALE time!

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again!

Although it may not seem like it, spring will be here in no time!

To make way for my fabulous spring/summer line (pix to come!) you can find super trendy hats and headbands for babies through adults in the “SALE” section at

Everything is 20% off listed price, which will be reflected at checkout.

Custom orders are still available for winter items at the sale price.

For more info and/or questions feel free to contact me at

Trend watch – the ankle strap

Attention shoe lovers: a hot trend seen on the runways and celebrities alike is the ankle strap. They adorn stilettos, sandals and wedges. From chunky to unobtrusive, “the strap” brings a sporty edge to any outfit!

Let’s get right into the photos!

On celebs:

Jennifer Aniston at the 2012 Directors Guild of America Awards  wearing Celine ankle strap sandals

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil review

I love love love this pencil! It reminds me of the NYX jumbo pencils.

The color I have is Cruella, and although it sounds evil, it’s does not look ferocious at all! It’s the perfect red (for me at least)! With the help of my makeup artist friend, Batya Wiesner of Makeup by Batya, we concluded that this is the best “red lip” color for me. It’s not too bright and not too deep.

The quality is perfect as expected from NARS. It’s very pigmented but using a light hand you can apply more of a stained look as opposed to all out red color lipstick look. As Batya explained to me, get a really nice “stained effect” make 2 “dashes” on top lip and 3 on the bottom, then purse lips together until color is evenly distributed. Add some Continue reading