Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays

Friday, December 14, 2007

Fashion: Fragrance "Can Can"

Paris Hilton has launched a new fragrance called "can can", inspired by the famous dance-hall girls of the Moulin Rouge.

I can't tell you much about the fragrance yet.  But the photos and video and very cute and girly.
One thing about Paris Hilton. She sure has a great ability to market herself!
Enjoy the videos.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Beauty: Fragrance

The Holiday season is a wonderful time to give the gift of gorgeous fragrance sets. Some of my favorites:




A beautiful four piece set in a beautiful train case: Eau de Parfum Spray, Hypnotizing Body Lotion, Hypnotizing Shower Gel, Deluxe Miniature Eau de Parfum. $78.00 www.Lancome.com







A three piece set based on Clinique's Happy Heart fregrance: a Happy Heart Perfume Spray, a Happy Heart Richly hydrating Body Cream, and a duo Perfume Rollerball/Glosswear For Lips in Kissyfit in a pretty pink gift box.  $47.50   www.Clinique.com







Limited-time collection includes all her favorite ways to love the fragrance of a thousand flowers, all in an exclusive gift box:
- Eau de Parfum Spray 2.5 oz.
- Perfumed Body Lotion 3.4 oz.
- Bath and Shower Gelée 3.4 oz.
- Perfumed Body Powder with Puff 1 oz.
    $78.00  www.esteelauder.com




Chanel No. 5 is one of the best known perfumes in the world. It was the first fragrance from Parisian couturier, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. Coco Chanel commissioned Ernest Beaux to make six perfumes. They were labelled No. 1, No. 2, etc. through No. 6. It was bottle No.5 that was to Chanel's liking and became the chosen formula. The number "5" was also her lucky number. 
In 1953, when asked what she wore in bed, Monroe famously replied, "Two drops of Chanel No. 5". Chanel herself is quoted as saying, "A woman should wear fragrance wherever she expects to be kissed."  www.chanel.com

"andrea nicole baker"

Monday, December 10, 2007

Fashion: Flared Skirts

Slightly fitted up top and playfully swingy on the bottom, these minis have a flirty appeal. They are especially fun with opaque tights and chunky heels. These skirts are perfect for showing off a sexy pair of legs.


Houndstooth Tunic Top & Seamed Flared Skirt
Charm and flirty cuts in the season's hottest color combination.

• Houndstooth Tunic Top: Black and ivory houndstooth. Scoop neckline. Short sleeves. Belt not included. 51% cotton, 49% wool.
• Seamed Flared Skirt: Black. 97% virgin wool, 3% Lycra®








Asymmetric Jacket & Seamed Flared Skirt


Derek Lam Asymmetric Jacket & Seamed Flared Skirt in Skirts. 

This Asymmetric Jacket & Seamed Flared Skirt features Polished whimsya playful asymmetric jacket with a seamed skirt. Asymmetric Jacket: Navy with black trim. Oversized spread collar. Hidden front zip with button placket. Elbow sleeves. Gathered waist.







The yellow pleated flared miniskirt has soft pleats and a very curvy shape. It looks great paired with the lacy blue top and chunky open toed heels.


"andrea nicole baker"



Friday, December 7, 2007

Beauty: Lipstick

Lipstick is, arguably, the most essential part of a woman's makeup kit. Most women won't leave the house without first applying lipstick, and for some, it is the only makeup they wear. Lip color may be bright and bold, or soft and subtle. Associated with sexiness and desirability, it comes in shades ranging from bright red to subtle pink, with everything in between. Most women, from age 16 to 90, will agree that lipstick is just plain indispensable.


Lip color comes in many forms. Among them are:

Lip Liner - Available in pencils and automatic applicators, used to define lips. It also helps in improving lipstick's staying power and preventing "bleeding", particularly with older women.

Lipstick - The main component in lip color, used to shade the majority of the lip surface. May be frosted, glossy, or matte; available in thousands of shades.

Lip Gloss - A shiny lip covering, either colored, frosted, or clear. Gloss may be applied alone or to add shine to traditional lip color.


Application
Apply your lip liner first. Liner should be the same color or a shade slightly lighter than your main lip color -- never darker. Outline your natural lip line. Next, fill in your lips with your lip color. Using a lip brush will help your lipstick stay longer. Add gloss, if desired, and blot your lips with a tissue to remove excess color. Utilize your mirror, everytime, to avoid a rushed, clown-like look.


Virtually all makeup lines include lipstick, from drugstore brands, such as Revlon or L'Oreal, to expensive department store makeup counter brands, such as Charles of the Ritz or Lancome. In addition, makeup stores, like Sephora, offer a one-stop emporium of several brands and thousands of shades. If you know which color you like, you might also try buying lip color online through the makeup manufacturer or one of the many web-based makeup stores.



My favorite brand of lipstick is Chanel Rouge Allure. It combines fabulously wearable, lustrous colour and sensational comfort and is subtly etched with the world-renowned CHANEL logo. There are 40 different shades of beautiful color.

"andrea nicole baker"

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Beauty: Best Beauty Blogs

I've been searching the web for interesting and fun beauty blogs. Enjoy!



Beauty Addict 
Blogger Kristen Kelly of Brooklyn is a self-described beauty product addict. We love her fresh approach to product reviews, her breezy writing and her ... honesty. If she doesn't like a product, she says so. Kelly also throws in fun celeb sightings and personal notes.


Ebeautydaily
Christina Jones offers lively product reviews, dos & don'ts, how-tos & more on her eBeautyDaily blog.
The urban girl's guide to makeup and beauty. This beauty blog is based out of British Columbia. Product reviews, hot new makeup and bath items and much more.

"A Southern girl's guide to all things 'beautimous.'"

A classic beauty blog for the makeup-obsessed. The blogger is a mother of four, living in Nevada, who "spends way too much money on beauty products."

When life gives you lemons, cut them in half and rub them on your elbows and knees." A self-described "product junkie," blogger Lianne is a professional makeup artist and former model.

A day in the life of celebrity makeup artist. Blogger Elke Von Freudenberg writes about the products she actually plays with.

"What do you get when you throw a true beauty obsessive in Europe together with a veteran beauty journalist in LA? Not much room on the bathroom shelves, that's for sure." Check out this blog for fun reviews of makeup, fashion and beauty news.

A practical site full of product reviews, focusing on makeup.

Lina Hanson's blog is chock full of fun beauty news and makeup tips with a few celebrities throw in the mix. A trained makeup artist, Lina's not just product-obsessed, she actually works with makeup every day -- a bonus in a blogging community that's growing more and more each day.

"andrea nicole baker"

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Tis the Season -To go shopping


It's early December, the malls are crowded and the stores are open late. What's a girl to do in order to complete her shopping on-time and also not become totally worn out and frustrated? Here are some great time and money saving  tips.
"andrea nicole baker"

Beauty: YSL Quad Shadow




OMBRES QUADRILUMIERES
4 Colour Harmony for Eyes

These eye palettes of colour have been Inspired by Yves Saint Laurent's “Mondrian’s Collection” created in 1965. Each harmony is composed of four shades: a soft pearly shade to illuminate the eye, two deeper shades to structure and underline, and the last shade is a shade booster to make the eyes sparkle.The OMBRES QUADRILUMIÈRES formula glides on the skin beautifying the eyelids with velvety mattness, luminosity, exceptional hold and comfort.


These quads are not only gorgeous but what stands out is that the soft pearly shade (which is used the most) is 75% of the quad.  

They come in 6 shades: 
  • Sienna
  • Lavender
  • Absinthe Green
  • Nude
  • Tawny
  • Pastel

"andrea nicole baker"


Saturday, December 1, 2007

How to be the best dressed girl at the party

Check out these gorgeous Holiday dresses for 2007-08 at edressme.com.
These are a few of my favorites:


Sexy red sequined short cocktail dress
by Jovani



Sweetheart neckline
Spaghetti straps
Red chiffon around high-waist













Black Lace Party Dress
by eDressMe


Short party dress
Spaghetti strap
Black lace over gold fabric
Gathered skirt



For the best in strappy glam shoes, to go with these dresses, see Nordstrom Special Occasion.

Lastly, go for the perfect party girl "glam diva make-up".