Entries from August 31st, 2012

Labor Day Special: End of Summer Big Beach Day Beauty Must Haves


Ocean City 2012

Welcome back, ABL readers! I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer. I spent the last week down the Jersey shore for a little R & R (no fist pumping). It’s a yearly pilgrimage for my husband’s family filled with tons of family, friends, food (think broccoli rabe stromboli, ravioli, chicken cutlets, and about 100 cookies of assorted flavors..I gain weight just thinking about it) and long days at the beach.

With a young son, it’s hard to stay under an umbrella the whole time to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. However there were some great products that I used that really saved my skin from burning and irritation.


1.  SKIN AUTHORITY SUNSCREEN MOISTURIZER SPF 30, UVA-  Full spectrum coverage, but so lightweight and moisturizing on the skin. I re-applied each time I got out the water and is my favorite all over sunscreen by far! $10-42

2. INSTITUT ESTHEDERM OSMOCLEAN CALMING CLEANSING MILK- Perfect cleanser for skin that might be slightly sensitive after a day of sun exposure. $39

3. ULTRA SHEER LIQUID DAILY SUNBLOCK SPF 70-  Works great alone or under makeup! $11.49

4.  INSTITUT ESTHEDERM TAN ENHANCING BODY LOTION- Looking to extend your post vacation glow? This soothing lightweight lotion moisturizes and prolongs your tan. $62


 Happy Labor Day!!

Butter London Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection


Sequins! Velvet! Satin! Tweed!  This season, the catwalks were abundant with rich texture!  We’ve translated this to nails through the infusion of glitter particles and metallic and holographic finishes. The colour tones speak to “earthiness” but are not specifically earth tones – think rust, shimmering greens and silvers. This collection feels future-forward but not futuristic. This season is all about using texture to add interest and depth to your look!


Fall 2012 Beauty: 6 Easy Nail Trends to Try This Fall


Autumn is right around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about your look of the season! You already know that fall staples like sweaters and skinny jeans will soon be flooding your closet, but how are you going to style your nails for the season? You know you want to ditch the boring designs and same-old polishes of last season, but what new nail trends will break out in fall that you absolutely must try?

Nail Expert and Custom Nail Solutions President Katie Saxton’s got your nails covered, as she has the inside scoop on the hottest nail trends of the Fall season! Drawing upon her experience in researching nail trends for Custom Nail Solutions and being a nail fanatic herself, Katie Saxton knows that crackle polishes and blue hues are out, and new nail colors and designs are in.

According to Katie, the hottest nail trends of autumn are:





If you’ve been wondering for a while how to decorate your nails for the fall season, the above list should help. Don’t forget, you can try out any of the above trends on Custom Nail Solutions’ beautiful, natural-looking, non-chipping, and everlasting custom-fit nails that uniquely fit only your nail beds. They are thinner, stronger, and virtually indestructible. Because they are everlasting, you will save thousands of dollars by not having to make inconvenient and expensive nail appointments. You can have lovely, natural-looking salon-style nails on your own schedule and in the comfort of your own home.

Custom Nail Solutions allows you to customize your nails in regard to length, smile line and shape, depending on the occasion. Choose from styles like Sport, Active, Fashion, Glamour, or Stiletto to express yourself. Bobby Thomas, “The Today Show” Style Editor, recently featured Custom Nail Solutions as one of the latest must-haves for nails, and it’s easy to see why!

For more info on Custom Nail Solutions, call toll free at 877-218-7788 or visit the Custom Nail Solutions blog and website. You can also “like” Custom Nail Solutions on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter (@customnails) and Pinterest.

Fall 2012 Beauty: Lancome Midnight Roses


Right in time for Fall 2012, Lancôme channels the romance and magic of Paris in their new makeup collection, Midnight Roses.

Inspired by the precious purple rose, the collection is infused with shades of purple, the color of majesty, to deliver a uniquely seductive beauty experience. Featuring a mix of blushes, eye shadows, eyeliners and polishes, Midnight Roses brings a touch of sophisticated mystery and glamour using the season’s hottest purple hues and matte textures.


 The star products include:



  • Color Design 5 Pan Shadow and Liner Palette in Violet      Magnetique ($49
  • Le Crayon Khôl in Purple Dusk ($25.50)
  • Liner Design in Intense Violet ($24.50)



  • L’Absolu Nu Lipcolor in Parme Flanelle, Rouge Résille and Prune Mantille ($29.50)
  • NEW! L’Absolu Crème De Mat in Magie Pourpre, Potion D’Amour and Prune Elixir ($29.50): A liquid lipstick with the comfort of a gloss, pigment of a lipstick and a velvety matte finish




  • NEW! Blush Subtil Palette in Rose Flush ($42): All-in-one contour, blush and highlighter palette



  • Vernis in Love in Infusion de Prune ($15)

  • NEW! Vernis In Love Top Coat Mat in Givre Magique
    ($15): A top coat for a matte finish on any nail polish


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