29 January 2010

Hard Candy - Back In A Big Way

When I was younger, I was obsessed with Hard Candy. I wanted their products so badly, and was envious of those who were lucky enough to have some. It was more expensive than the makeup you bought in the drugstore, so in teenage-girl logic, it was cooler and better. I used to save all the money I could just to buy an eyeshadow here or a blush there - I treasured that makeup so much!

They had wild colors and edgy names like "Hypnotic", "Rumor Mill", "Dimple", "Fringe", "Old Skool" and "Envy". They were trendy & showed how you knew your stuff when it came to what was cool. I had this bright blue nail polish, I can't remember the name, but I cannot tell you how awesome I felt when I wore it. I cherished that bottle. I just knew that people wanted my nail color. They also had amazing eye shadows and blush kits, as well as lip items & foundations. They were in all the fun magazines (Teen, CosmoGirl, etc.)

....Then they disappeared. You kind of stopped hearing about them. Such things happen in fashion as in life and you have to pick yourself up, dust off your shoulders and soldier on. Reinvention is key.

And did they ever!!! Hard Candy just re-launched with a new full line of cosmetics & it is STELLAR! They have many kinds of new products:

Eye Shadows (glitter gel, glitter cream, cream sticks, pressed powder shadow, press on, & duo kits)

Mascaras (lengthening, curling, glitter & volumizing)

Eye Liners (duos, liquid & brights)

Face (bronzer, blush, concealers, highlighters, moisturizers & primers)

Nails (sixteen colors & counting)

Lips (gloss, balm, liquid lipstick, lip shine, painted lady lipcolor & pencils)

Body (glitter crayons, body spray, body powder & body glitter)

Now for the kicker...you can get them at WAL-MART! The prices are amazing and the collection is beautiful!! Most Wal-Mart stores are in the process of stocking the full line in their cosmetic departments. If your store does not currently have it in stock, you have two options:

1-Email your local store or ask your manager to stock it.

2-Order it online with 97 cent shipping to your home!

What are YOUR favorite Hard Candy products? Post & let me know!

28 January 2010

Easy Peasy - The Messy Up-Do.

My dear friends,

If you work early in the morning like I do, or even if you're just having one of "those" days where you don't want to spend a lot of time on your hair (but don't want to look like you didn't spend a lot of time)....here is a simple and easy solution. Albeit, this is not technically a "new" hairstyle, but there are quite a few fun things you can do to spice up your do'.

The messy up-do is perfect for bad hair days, lazy days, and pretty much any day you want! They look great during the day, at night, at work, school, whatever you want!

Lets Begin:
Start off by sweeping the front part of your hair to one side as to create a fuller crown area. Use your fingers and/or a brush to direct both sides to the back of the head.
Gather your hair into a loose ponytail and tie with an ponytail holder. Right now you should have a ponytail in the middle area of the back of your head. (You can also push your ponytail up slightly to create some fullness at the top of your head if you'd like but be sure to add hairspray for hold.)

(NOTE: If you are running short on time, don't curl the hair. Just start from the ponytail and take the one inch sections in your hand, twirl the hair and pin! This look will be slightly more edgy if your hair is straight, but very stylish all the same!)

Separate the ponytail into one inch sections, curling each section loosely. The size of the barrel of your curling iron will depend on how "messy" your hair will look - a larger barrel will create waves while a smaller barrel will make ringlets.

After each section is curled, use a bobby pin to secure the curl loosely against your scalp. When pinning the curls, make sure that you pin some at the top as to form an even and balanced shape. Finish your creation by adding hairspray to keep your hold. You're ready to go!


♥ Use decorative or colorful bobby pins to spice it up!
♥ Pin a flower or brooch in your hair for a touch of elegance!
♥ Add a couple small braids in between curls for a texture difference!
♥ Weave in a few small headbands for a look of soft romanticism!

Sephora + Alice In Wonderland -- YES, PLEASE!

My Dear Friends,

Today's post has me terribly excited for many reasons. I am dying to see the new Tim Burton film, "Alice In Wonderland". It opens nationwide on March 5, 2010 and you can bet this chick will be there. I love Tim Burton. He's eccentric and he marches to his own crazy drummer. I was ecstatic when I heard about the pairing of Tim Burton & Sephora/Urban Decay to create a palate of eyeshadows based on the movie. In this limited edition collection, dubbed "The Book of Shadows", are SIXTEEN eyeshadows colored and named for all things Wonderland. You are also given a bottle of eyeshadow primer and two 24/7 eye pencils.

When you open your "book", you are greeted by a detailed pop-up scene of Alice in the mushroom forest. This kit also comes with a handy mirror for on the go application, and contains NO sulfates.

Here is a detailed listing of the contents:

This set contains:
(16) Eyeshadows:
-Underland (Flash)
-Alice (Painkiller)
-Oraculum (Baked)
-Queen (Last Call)
-Chessur (Chopper)
-White Rabbit (Polyester Bride)
-Wonderland (Maui Wowie)
-Curiouser (Grifter)
-Muchness (X)
-Mushroom (Mushroom)
-Midnight Tea Party (Midnight Cowboy Rides Again)
-Vorpal (S&M)
-Absolem (Homegrown)
-Drink Me Eat Me (Sin)
-Mad Hatter (Twice Baked)
-Jabberwocky (Oil Slick)
-Travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero and Flipside
-Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin

This item retails for $52 and ships for FREE. Anytime you order from Sephora.com, you get THREE free samples that you get to pick out yourselves!

Because I love you, I'm going to give you a little bonus. After you've placed your order, enter any one of the promo codes below to get an extra little something in your order!

GLITTER - one FREE Sephora Collection Shimmer Pot

CUPCAKE - one FREE Sephora Brand Vanilla Cupcake Bath & Shower Bubbles

TOTE09 - one FREE Kat Von D Tote (14.5" x 15" x 6")

...........Isn't free stuff great?

27 January 2010

Shiekh Shoes - Affordable & Awesome!

My dear friends,

I have to tell you about Shiekh Shoes. Let's being with the fact that there is ALWAYS free shipping & come with a 100% Price Guarantee. They sell it all...dress, casual, athletic, boots & more. Their main brand is their own, Shiekh; as well as well known favorites like Pastry, Wild Diva, Anne Michelle, Chinese Laundry, Converse, Ecko, Ed Hardy, K Swiss, Puma, Steve Madden (and the list goes on). Many of their styles are similar to the monthly selections that ShoeDazzle offers, but at a lower price.

In addition, they sell a variety of accessories including cosmetics, apparel, handbags & head wear.

Their prices are VERY affordable and be sure to check out their sale section. Shoes starting at $9.99!

ONE LAST THING - enter the code "MIL30" at checkout for an additional 15% off! So that's free shipping, 100% price guarantee and 15% off! You can't beat that!

The Shiekh Finella - only $17!

The Shiekh Fearless - only $25!


I live in the rural South. Our roads are bad, our cities are small. For a lot of people around here, fashion doesn't mean much. People around here like sweats, camo, and big hair. That's just not me. I get this delicious feeling when I find THOSE shoes, or THE bag, or THAT dress (you get the picture!) and I just want to share it. Who knows, I might not be a good blogger. In fact, I could be the most boring blogger on the planet and you might never come back to see what I'm rambling on about ever again. But then again....you might. So this is for you, future readers. My adventures on finding Fashion in the Forest.