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Wednesday
Apr162008

NYC Visit to Dashing Diva.

I have been wanting to chronicle my second day in NYC with Glam in one post, but I think it makes more sense to just highlight the different visits. Ironically, this stop at Dashing Diva was my last stop before taking off for the train, but it is one that needs highlighting.

Dashing Diva is not just your average nail salon. It is a social experience mixed in with a salon offering manicure and pedicure services. The atmosphere is inviting and open, with a large pedicure section in which us beauty bloggers were treated to a heavenly pedicure - complete with leg massage.

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The salon carries it's own line of polishes, even offering a selection of  "Extra-Virgin" polishes that contain no DBP, toluene or formaldehyde - perfect for the sensitive or pregnant gal.

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After my beautiful pedicure, I became intrigued with their Virtual Nail Service, and knew I had to give these nails a try. These nails are revolutionary. They are a full nail that covers from cuticle to tip, almost like acrylics, but they are simply glues on with their special glue. The nails come in a large pack with a huge variety of sizes, making for a perfect fit.

I selected a twist on the French manicure for my nails, and I left with gorgeous natural pearly pink nails, but instead of a white tip, my tips were dipped in silver glitter. I have had so many compliments on these nails since I had them done.  

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Virtual nails can be removed by soaking in acetone, but as two of mine actually just sort off popped off yesterday, which was day 12, I decided to try and get them off on my own. So, to get the rest off, I gently lifted the false nail at my cuticle with a cuticle/orange stick, and after the air got to them for a few minutes, I could easily remove the nail from mine. They are in perfect shape, and I actually have enough in my set to do my nails again, but this time on my own. Wish me luck!!!

If you are in NYC or near one of their other locations you have to stop in. There is nothing like it.

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Tuesday
Apr152008

MAX Factor ColorGenius Blush.

What a fabulous concept. Not just one blush color or two, but three complimentary shades of mineral blush powder in one single compact.

MAX Factor ColorGenius Blush comes in three color palettes, perfect for Spring. There is the Roses Palette, Peaches Palette, or Spices Palette. I am loving the Peaches palette right now, but will up the color quotient to the Spices Palette as I start my self-tanning (which should be happening any day now!).

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You know how well this blush worked because the super-star makeup artist Pat McGrath developed this product for the models during Spring/Summer 2008 New York Fashion Week. And you know those girls looked great.

The mineral formula is made up of ultra-fine pigments and colorants that it is so very easy to blend. The formula even contains emollients for a more natural look, as it makes for a soft and even application.

Of course, ColorGenius Blush, along with all the other great MAX Factor products can easily be picked up at your favorite drugstore or mass merchandiser like Target or Walmart for $8.49. 

 

Tuesday
Apr152008

Beauty Duty for April 15th.

graphic_beauty_duty_image.jpgGet out from under the stress of tax day by doing some beautiful reading from some of my favorite beauty blogs. Enjoy!

A Touch of Blusher is putting gold on the lips.

KRiSTOPHER secretly loves the Uggs of sandals.

Makeup Moxie conceals her beauty boo-boo's with Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector.

Product Girl asks the question... to prime or not to prime?

SugarShock Beauty is channelling her inner feisty screen siren with Glamour Glaze LipGloss by Pink Beauty.

TheMakeupGirl has partnered with Milani Cosmetics for a giveaway of massive proportions!

WE LOVE BEAUTY.com got a sneak peek at Benefit Cosmetics new fragrance - B Spot - and boy does it smell good!

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