4th of July Sales

july4salesThis weekend is a big one for deep discounts…here’s a roundup of some sales going on in beauty, fashion, and home. I hope you have a great holiday!

Ann Taylor: Extra 50% sale styles with code HAPPY50

Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items with code SALEAWAY

BeautyBridge: Save 15% sitewide & get free shipping on orders $49+ during our Friends & Family Sale

Bloomingdales: Save 20-65% on select items in the 4th of July Sale.

Crate & Barrel: Up to 40% off outdoor furniture (no code needed)

DHC: Get $25 off orders $100 or more

e.l.f. cosmetics: 40% off summer staples with code SIZZLE (orders $25+ only)

The Honest Co.: $10 off $25+ with code AMBASSADOR10 (first-time customers only)

J.Crew: Extra 40-60% off sale styles with code LONGWEEKEND

J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything plus extra 20% off with code HOTSALE

Juice Beauty: Spend $75, get a Juice Box with $76 of free product plus free shipping with code MYSTERY1

Laura Geller Beauty: Free Shipping on orders over $50 at laurageller.com

Loft: Extra 60% off sale items

Macy’s: Extra 20% off 4th of July Sale with code FOURTH

Marc Jacobs Beauty: Free shipping on any order with code SHIP

Milly: Extra 20% off sale & final sale with code HAPPY4TH (savings up to 60% off)

Net-a-Porter: Additional 20% off selected items with code SALE20

Nordstrom: Save up to 60% on designer clearance

Nourish Organic: Save 25% on Skincare Essentials for Summer and get Free Shipping

Ole Henriksen: Free $100 gift bag with $50 purchase. Use code 100SURPRISEBAG

Ouidad: 5 Free Samples + 2.5 oz Curl Quencher Conditioner + widetooth comb with $75+ purchase. Use code HAPPPY4TH

Pottery Barn: Extra 15% off clearance with code EXTRA15

ShopBop: Holiday sale (various discounts)

Shu Uemura: Get 4 cleansing oil samples with orders over $40 with code FIREWORKS

Terrain: Tag & Garden Sale – various discounts (prices as marked)

Too Faced: Buy one Better Than Sex mascara, get the second free with code BIGLASHES

Vince Camuto: Extra 30% off sale & clearance with code EXTRA30

West Elm: Extra 20% off clearance with code SPARKED

Williams-Sonoma: 20% off products made in the USA with code USA20

Williams-Sonoma Home: Save an extra 20% on clearance with code EXTRA20

Z Gallerie: 15% off furniture with code SPARK15

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MAC x Giambattista Valli

mac giambattista valli1This summer, MAC teams up with Italian fashion designer Giambattista Valli to release a curated collection of lipsticks and a gloss. The collection is small and only includes lip products, but the packaging and colors are so pretty, I wanted to share.mac giambattista valli promomac giambattista lipsticksLipstick ($17.50), from left: Bianca B (pale cool pink), Margherita (yellow-based peach), Tats (hot pink), Charlotte (yellow-based red), and Eugenie (brick cherry). All finishes are Matte.

mac valli glossCrystal Glaze Gloss ($23) in Lena (clear with pearl)

All items are limited edition.

The collection debuts at select North American MAC counters, stores, and online on July 9, 2015, and later in July internationally.

Images via MAC

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Tarte Poppy Picnic Palette

tarte-poppy-picnic-paletteYou know those really hot summer days when you feel like doing absolutely nothing in regard to your beauty routine, but you need a little something to look pulled-together? Tarte’s new Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($38, LE) has you covered. Part of the brand’s new summer collection, this mirrored palette brings together matte neutrals that make your face look sculpted, defined, and polished. Included are six eyeshadows and an Amazonian Clay Blush, all in cool and warm neutral shades. This kit is perfect for when you don’t want to look made up, but want to define your features. It’s going to be your best friend on those hot days when you just don’t feel like putting on a full face of makeup.

All shades are limited edition and only appear in this palette. Shadows, left side of palette, from top: Summer Breeze (light cream), Sweet Tea (midtone tan), Ice Cream Cone (chocolate brown). Right side, from top: Barefoot in the Grass (nude), Peach Poppy (peach), Picnic Basket (brown with red undertones).

Image via Tarte

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Bach Rescue Pastilles

bach-rescue-pastillesSometimes, when you’re really stressed out or facing a wave (or worse) of anxiety, you need something to calm you down fast. For a natural solution, Bach Rescue Pastilles ($8) are little gummy-like candies that you chew when you’re feeling overwhelmed with tension, worry, or panic. They’re an all-natural, herbal remedy used to combat the effects of anxiety. Each candy includes a blend of Star of Bethlehem (to counteract mental trauma or shock), impatiens (to combat a fidgety, nervous feeling), rock rose (to soothe panic), cherry plum (to ease anger and nerves), and clematis (for mental clarity). While I haven’t been using them long enough to definitively say they do or do not work, it’s nice to be able to pop something natural in the hopes of calming myself and getting back on track. With most types of anxiety, sometimes the ritual itself can be just enough to help ease your mind.

I keep a tin of these in my desk drawer at work. I like that I can reach for them when I’m facing deadlines and piles of paper clutter my desk.

I am not a doctor and this post is not intended to treat any type of condition…I just wanted to share something that could possibly help ease life’s more stressful moments.

If you want to check out more options, Bach also offers several flavors of Rescue Pastilles,  Rescue Remedy in various other forms, and 38 natural flower remedies to help deal with life’s challenges.

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A Little Piece of Amalfi: Acqua di Positano

acqua-di-positanoAs I posted yesterday, my husband & I recently returned from our honeymoon in Italy. One of my favorite parts of the trip was the gorgeous seaside town of Positano, nestled into a cliff on the Amalfi Coast. The region is known for growing amazing lemon crops, and most of their products incorporate the famous lemons — everything from limoncello to artfully carved hand soaps. I wanted something lemony to remember the trip, but everything I saw was just a little too touristy.

Giant lemons in Positano{Giant lemons in Positano}

While walking the windy cliffside streets, I stumbled upon Sapori e Profumi di Positano. The chic shop was the opposite of the kitschy souvenir stops that were a dime a dozen. In there, I found their signature fragrance, Acqui di Positano. Available in three sizes and starting at 15 Euros, the fragrance is a blend of famous Amalfi Coast lemons, citrus, and sea air. It’s light, airy, and doesn’t smell like food (a quality I don’t like in scents). A spritz on the wrist and the collarbone will always remind me of this beautiful place, and how it felt to soak up the sun on its pebbly beach.DSC00912


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Italian Honeymoon

DSC00883{beautiful Positano}

When I was planning our wedding last year, I knew I didn’t want to go on a honeymoon immediately after the wedding for several reasons. Once we decided on Italy, we planned for a May departure (we got married in late October, and November starts the rainy season in Italy, so we wanted to wait for better weather). We returned two weeks ago, and it was nothing short of wonderful. We spent half of the trip in Rome, and the other half traveling along the Amalfi Coast. It was gorgeous: perfect warm weather, beautiful scenery, and so much fun. We can’t wait to go back someday.

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MAC Holiday ’15: MAC X Ellie Goulding

mac-ellie-gouldingI normally wouldn’t post so early about a holiday collection, but this looks like a good one! MAC is teaming up with pop star Ellie Goulding for a limited-edition collection due out this autumn for Holiday ’15. Judging by the teaser photo below, there seem to be some new products in this collection, and not just the standard-issue lineup I’ve come to expect from MAC. Time will tell, as details will be released in the coming months.mac-ellie-goulding2Images via MAC

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{Repost:} Fighting Makeup Meltdown

It’s been a few weeks since I blogged consistently. Last month, I started a new job, and I was in Italy for my honeymoon for two weeks (post coming next week). We just returned a few days ago, and I’ve finally recovered from jetlag and gotten back into my routine. A more regular blog schedule will resume soon! Since we’re experiencing the first heatwave of the summer in Philly, I wanted to share this post from last summer on fighting makeup meltdown. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week!

makeup-meltdownThis intense heatwave has got me thinking about how impossible it is to look half decent when you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Time for a post on fighting makeup meltdown! Let me start by saying that nothing — no product, technique, or miracle from the heavens above — will stop your makeup from slipping if you’re sweating. But there are products that can help, and steps you can take to prevent your face from turning into a Slip N’ Slide after two minutes outdoors.

smashbox-primerStart by applying a primer all over your face. It smooths out your complexion and gives makeup a base to which to adhere. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36) is a classic because it works beautifully and makes makeup go the distance.

garnier-bb-creamIn the heat, nobody wants to pile on makeup that’s just going to cake anyway. Skip the foundation and opt for something lighter, like a BB cream. Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream ($13) is a hardworking option that won’t break the bank. The creamy formula glides on skin to even out tone and conceal imperfections, and it’s a multitasker, so you can cut down on using other skincare products. Another great option: tinted moisturizer. For an allover glow, mix in a dab or two of a cream or liquid luminizer before applying.

mac-pro-longwear-concealerConcealer is one of the trickiest products to work with in hot weather. Chances are, it’s going to move, and you’re going to have to occasionally touch it up (dabbing it lightly with your fingertip will do). Maximize its potential by picking a long-wear formula like MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (18), which comes in all of the shades of MAC’s foundations.

mac-longwear-bronzerIn summer, bronzer is essential for a sun-kissed look. A long-lasting powder will help your bronzer stay exactly where you applied it, even when you start to wilt in the heat. MAC Temperature Rising Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder ($30) is a gorgeous, finely-milled powder with almost no shimmer, so you can use it to contour, too.

Read on for more tips on weather-proofing your look.

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Bridal Beauty Tips on Philly In Love

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 10.43.42 AMkristendan2014I shared my top 10 bridal beauty tips over at Philly in Love! Check out the post to see what I recommend for all brides.

Photo by Love Me Do Photography

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MAC Summer ’15: Wash & Dry

mac-wash-dry-3MAC’s summer ’15 collection, Wash & Dry, has inspired heated debate online. Some love it, others hate it. Personally, I don’t love it, but there are some solid staples in this roundup, which is great if you’re running low on bronzer, brow products, and the like. It does feel a little tired to me, and the holographic packaging is not my thing. But I’m really into the HiLight powder and the Studio Sculpt Bronzers.mac-wash-dry2Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set ($17):

  • Emphatically Blonde (soft muted beige taupe)
  • Toasted Blonde (dirty blonde)
  • Bold Brunette (muted blackish brown)
  • Red Chestnut (gold brown with gold shimmer)
  • Quiet Brunette (muted mid-tone grey)
  • Brown Ebony (asphalt black)
  • Clear

Fluidline Brow Gelcreme ($16):

  • Ash Blonde (pale soft taupe)
  • Dirty Blonde (soft taupe-brown)
  • Redhead (muted golden brown)
  • True Brunette (soft brown)
  • Deep Dark Brunette (rich brunette)

Eyebrows Brow Pencil ($16):

  • Delineated (cork/taupe)
  • Tapered (red-brown)
  • Accentuated (ashy grey brown)
  • Stylized (brown)

mac-wash-dry-hiliteHiLight Powder ($35.50): Ombre shimmery powder ranging from coral to neutral.

mac-studio-sculptStudio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder ($35.50): Golden Rinse (pale bronze with fine shimmer), Delicates (neutral deep bronze with fine shimmer).

bronzing-powderBronzing Powder ($27.50): These are the two standard bronzers MAC releases every year in their summer collections: Refined Golden and Matte Bronze.

.Lipglass ($16.50):

  • Domestic Diva (frosty pink)
  • Girl On Board (pale creamy nude)
  • Hot/Cold (true red)
  • Laundry List (vivid orange)

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