Category Archives: Top Picks

Erase those spots

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 12.47.19 PMBy Elle Finney

I’ve always been a simple bronzer and mascara girl . . . until I was introduced to . I never thought I had dark circles under my eyes or that the sparse dark spots I had needed to be covered up, and for most of us they don’t need to be. But there is a huge difference once the Erase Paste is applied.

It’s exactly what it sounds like.  It’s thick and pasty.  Don’t let that scare you — a little will go a long way and it takes a lot of wear and tear for it to fade away.  Just a little dab under your eyes brightens them right up.

Unlike other concealers, any powder you put on top of it won’t clump. It blends right in. Erase Paste is the ultimate finishing touch to your makeup application.

Final Tip: I recommend getting a lighter color than usual.  It will bring more dimension to your face and enhance the brightness of your eyes.

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The perfect pair

Rag-Bone-Newbury-boots-5By Jenna Veldhuis                     Photo: Mel & Elle

Booties have been on the fashion scene for quite some time.  However, with so many options, it can be difficult to find the perfect pair.  The Rag & Bone’s “Newbury” style are my pick for your “wear with anything” booties.  The Newbury is one of the brand’s classic styles of footwear.  The bootie is available each season in neutral leather, suede or canvas as well as a new style, such as the navy suede for spring 2014. Despite the slight heel, the Newbury’s are incredibly comfortable once the boots are broken in, making them ideal to wear for a night out or all day long.  What truly makes this footwear so unique, however, is how versatile they are.  Whether you’re wearing them with jeans in the winter or a sundress in the summer, the Newbury goes with anything.


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YSL Touche Eclat

By Grace Merck

Don’t we all wish we could snap our fingers and look refreshed and well-rested after a long night or an early morning? Well, YSL is making our dream come true.  Its new complexion highlighter, Touche Eclat, will truly change your idea of beauty sleep. This  new tool illuminates strategic areas of the face to eliminate the bags under sleepy eyes as well as washed-out, tired faces.

Sure, we’ve all heard about miracle substitues for a good night’s rest before, but I can tell you from experience this cure really does what it claims.  I first heard about the product during a trip to NorthPark Center with friends.   After flocking to the YSL beauty counter, one after the other began raving about the new product,  and how “everyone I know uses that now” and “it really does work.”  Of course, after hearing all the hype, I had to try it.  I bought the highlighter that day – and have used it ever since.



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All of the Lights

By Alexa Malevitis

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Who knew little white lights could bring so much joy during the holidays? There is no better place to get in the holiday spirit than Dallas’ Highland Park. Take a ride with Threejays Carriages on their famous holiday carriage rides and marvel at the beautifully lit homes and trees. Feel as though you have stepped into an enchanted winter wonderland with the sound of horses’ hooves, sleigh bells and holiday carols. Marvel at the stylishly decorated homes complete with a life-size Santa, wrapped packages neatly presented on the lawn, and lights framing every sidewalk, walkway and tree. So grab your friends, a blanket and a gingerbread latte and indulge in the magic of the holiday season.

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Laura Mercier’s BB Cream

By Samantha Peltier


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The beauty world is obsessed with Laura Mercier’s BB cream — to the point where other brands are trying to one up this easy-to-apply wonder by introducing “CC” cream. I’m just waiting for the “DD” creams.

But for now, I’ll continue to use my favorite of Mercier’s BB creams — the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – on a daily basis. It is light on the skin.  And just a dab on the face, along with some eyeliner and mascara, and you’ll look perfect for a long day at work.

The tinted moisturizer has only a hint of a sunscreen scent, which is a lot less than the over-powering odor of most creams, and it covers up all of the red, acne-scared spots on my face.

The best part about the cream is that I barely notice it throughout the day, unless of course I look in a mirror.  It’s the perfect lightweight foundation.

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The Perfect Pick-Me-Up

By Brielle Kuhn


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If I were stranded on an island and I could take only one beauty item with me, it would definitely be Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. The perfect pick-me-up for your face, this is the best beauty product I have ever tried.  All you need is a little dab. Just rub it between your fingers and softly press it into your skin—voilà! Pure refreshment for your face. If you really want to treat yourself, try a quick zap in the microwave and prepare for a soothing warmth that leaves you feeling completely calm.

I love it so much that I use it all day—to brighten my sleepy eyes in the morning, or to prime my makeup and restore my skin before bedtime after a long day. It’s the best $45 you will ever spend, trust me!

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The Perfect Trio

By Hayley Harrison

With the holidays just around the corner, tis the season of gift giving.


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A Sephora exclusive, Yves Saint Laurent‘s Love and Lacquer Reds Set features a trio of coveted products, including Glossy Stain No. 9 in Rogue Laque, Laque No. 1 nail lacquer in Pop Art and Baby Doll Mascara in Fetish Black.

The Glossy Stain combines the shine and texture of a gloss with a long-lasting stain in a bold red color. The nail lacquer shares the stain’s cherry red color and comes in Saint Laurent’s no-chip, strengthening formula. Lastly, the Baby Doll Mascara comes in the perfect blackest black with a no-clump wand.

With products totaling $74, the set will only set you back $58, making this exclusive holiday set the perfect gift for any lucky lady on your holiday list, yourself included.

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Larger Than Life

By Bailey Wilson


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Finding the right eyeliner can be a difficult task. Finding one that lasts all day without smearing can be even harder. With the Larger Than Life Long-Wear eyeliner by NARS, you can have a smudge free look that will last for hours.

This eyeliner is a creamy pencil that allows for precise application. Available in a variety of colors, this pencil is sure to please any skin tone. No need for a sharpener though, because the sharpener is built in! Just twist the top and the tip is sharpened. Easy and less messy!

NARS products can be found at various retailers and beauty stores such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and many others. At the reasonable price of $24, everyone can have perfect eye makeup that lasts all day.

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Winter Must Have

By Jaclyn Castaldo


Winter Leggings from American Apparel are a necessity this fall and winter season. Why? Because once you wear these you will never want to wear those other thin, see-through spandex leggings ever again.

These classic leggings are warm and cozy which makes this a winter must-have. They are stretchy, completely opaque and basically everything you would want in leggings. The leggings are 91 percent cotton and 9 percent spandex and come in a variety of colors. They keep you significantly warmer than the average pair of leggings.

With the cold weather upon us, you’ll be happy you have these to sport to class every day and will quickly become a fashion staple in all your winter outfits.

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No, it’s not dog food!

By Ashley Gross


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The holidays are here! And what better way to get into the spirit than munching on a yummy treat? There are many options out there. Sweet? Salty? It’s always a hard choice.

Puppy chow is the perfect solution. But don’t let the name turn you off.  It certainly is not made for baby canines. Puppy chow is a mix of bite-size rice Chex pieceIs, covered in a melted chocolate and peanut butter paste, and coated in snowy, powdered sugar.

It’s as addictive as it sounds. Pick your favorite holiday dish and serve to your friends at any of your upcoming holiday events. It’s the perfect snack. Follow this link for more puppy chow recipes! Happy Munching and Happy Holidays!

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