Monday, January 31, 2011

Tamara's blog

The super cool Tamara from the blog The Collective Musings of Tamara is having a giveaway!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hot Handbag: Mary Frances Graceland

I have been lusting after Mary Frances handbags for awhile now, so when I got this super cute bag above, the aptly titled Graceland, I was beyond thrilled. I love cute bags, and Mary Frances is known and loved for creating unique and exquisite handbags that are both eye catching and versatile. Each hand bag is handmade and beaded and jeweled until it resembles something that you'd LOVE to wear on your arm. When I saw the Mary Frances Graceland on the website, I thought it was so pretty and I liked the cute little playful Elvis tie-tin with the name, but once I saw the handbag in person I literally gasped. It truly looks like a work of art! I took a few photos to try and give you an idea of what this bag looks like in person rather than in a stock photograph.

With the shoulder strap that looks like a guitar strap!
See the beautiful shine an sparkle of the beads and jewels!
Looks just like a guitar - notice the jeweled pick-ups, the strings, the tuners.
Inside view of the bag, comes with sleeves and plenty of room for goodies to take for a night out on the town!
The bag is beautiful, it's very intricately designed, and each jewel and detail is so pretty. I feel really luxurious when i use this bag and everyone comments on it. The bag comes with an Card of Authenticity to show that it is indeed an original Mary Frances bag, it comes with a Mary Frances dust bag to store the Graceland, it comes with a small packet of beads just in case one of the beads on the bag falls off. The back of the bag, you'll find a magnetic closure that is hidden by what is supposed to be the neck of the "guitar". If you open the magnetic flap, the bag opens up to give you plenty of room for your wallet, makeup, and other essentials. It has a pocket inside too, which is perfect for storing your cellphone or cash, concert tickets, or metrocard. I adore this bag! I am seriously hooked on all things Mary Frances now. She really goes beyond making handbags, in my opinion, she makes wearable art! Check out a few of her other bags below. I've yet to get any more Mary Frances bags, but when I do I'll be sure to share photos and my opinion with all of my fashion loving readers. By the way, Mary Frances also makes mini handbags and accessories like belts and necklaces.

Mary Frances "Social Butterfly" Belt
Mary Frances "Rockin Romance" Necklace
Mary Frances "Mini Random Act" Mini Handbag
Mary Frances "Happy Hour" Handbag
Super cute, right? Unlike any other hand bags on the market. I love all of the detail that goes into making each bag a one of a kind piece of art. Fashionable, stylish, and ahead of it's time, Mary Frances designs are stunning! I want to collect them all! ;) Mary Frances bags are big with celebs too, with celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears wearing her bags.

Check out the entire Mary Frances Handbag Collection at, the bags are in the hundreds price range with most being around $200-ish. Honestly for how amazing these bags are, they are worth it. I've seen bags on the market that are a lot less artistic and unique go for double that, so Mary Frances, you now have a new fan. My wardrobe thanks you!!

Clarisonic Pro review

I've had my eye on the Clarisonic line of skin care brushes for awhile now. Lets face it, ladies, our skin could use much more pampering than we give it. We put makeup on it, we moisturize it, but it needs some good deep cleansing also that is both gentle and effective. That was the main reason I was interested in the Clarisonic skincare brush. I have a thyroid condition that gives me some facial redness on my cheeks as well as some dry facial skin. I've tried nearly everything to help improve the texture and color, and have even gone to the dermatologist about it, and was given some useless cream that didn't do a darn thing. So what's a girl to do? Clarisonic was my last hope at this point. So I recently got my hands on the Clarisonic Pro Skin Care System, which comes with the Clarisonic Pro Brush, Charging cradle, Clarisonic cleanser to be used with the brush, and three brush heads including sensitive, gentle, and Spot Therapy Brush. This specific model of the Clarisonic Pro can be used on the face, and then while using the Spot Therapy brush, it can be used on rough patches of skin on the body like knees, ankles, and feet. I love the brushes! The Delicate brush head is soft to the touch and is great for gentle cleansing on the face for more sensitive or gentle skin types, and the Sensitive brush head which works great on the most hard to please skin that is normal or sensitive. The Normal brush head is a little bit firmer and is good for skin prep, and even for men pre-shaving! This Clarisonic Pro system is the newest model, for 2010, and this specific Clarisonic brush offers a 4th speed (which is only available through skin professionals and spas/salons!). Awesome! Here are a few photos of the brush.

The Clarisonic Pro, Skin Refining Gel, and the charging cradle with the Spot Therapy Brush head.      
See how soft the bristles look?

Clarisonic Pro with Delicate Brush head, and Spot Therapy brush to the left. Two buttons, larger is power, smaller is speed.

I love this system, it comes with everything you need to pamper your skin on both body and face. You can also buy the Clarisonic Pro without the Spot Therapy and extra brushes, if you just want to use the brush on your face. Each brush will last you for 3 months, then it's time to toss the brush head and buy a replacement brush head. The Clarisonic Brush is easy to use, easy to charge, and it's waterproof so you can even use it in the shower! I got my entire family hooked on the Clarisonic and my mom even got one now. Upon first getting your brush, you need to charge it over night to fully charge it. Once fully charged it will give you a few days worth of use. I like to use my Clarisonic Pro twice a day, once during the day and once before bed. I also love the feel of the Clarisonic cleanser, it lathers well and it smells nice too. So how do you use the Clarisonic?

After charging the brush, you're all set. Simply pick the brush up off the charging base, attach the brush head of choice, then moisten the brush end of the Clarisonic under the faucet of warm water, once moistened add a little bit of cleanser (you can use *any* facial cleanser that you'd like, but Clarisonic does make some nice cleanser) then press the power button. The brush head will begin to vibrate. You want to hold the brush against your forehead,and move the brush in a circular scrubbing motion, as the brush head vibrates. You'll focus on your forehead until the Clarisonic beeps, then you focus on the nose, upper lips, and chin until it beeps again. It's about 20 seconds each. Then you focus on one cheek, after 10 seconds the unit will beep again so you can switch to the other cheek, then it will beep once more and the vibration will stop, then you're all done! Simply rinse your face off, pat it dry with a towel, and then apply your favorite facial moisturizer. Be sure to wash your brush head after use also. Rinse it well with warm water and a little bit of anti-bacterial soap to remove any icky residue that the brush may have picked up from your face. The Clarisonic is awesome and removing excess makeup. After having washed my face and thinking my makeup was completely gone, I used the Clarisonic and it removed *more* makeup that I couldn't even see! I love the feel of the brush on my skin, it's luxurious and makes me feel like I'm at a spa. I also used the Spot Therapy brush head on my ankles and heels and it makde my feet super smooth and soft. My mom has diabetes and her Clarisonic Pro with Spot Therapy was the only thing that helped to improve the texture of her feet.

So how did the brush work on my face? Pretty awesome! I am seriously impressed. Upon first use, I immediately noticed my skin felt healthier, cleaner, and had a healthy glow. Also, usually after washing ym face, my face is red due to my thyroid, it wasn't red after using the Clarisonic and I am beginning to notice a change in the amount of facial redness that I have. I am going to keep using this system and see how much it improves my skin over time. For right now, I am hooked! This is one of the best treats I've ever used on my skin.

You can get the Clarisonic Pro Skin Care System for $172 at, or you can get the Clarisonic Pro Spot Therapy System that I got, which can be used on the body, and has the extra 4th speed for $209. This is an AWESOME investment that I am truly loving right now, so I highly recommend this brush to anyone who was curious about it. Also, offers super fast and FREE shipping, great customer service, and they carry the Clarisonic cleansers and brush heads too.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Funny Face Beauty's blog giveway

Check out the super cute goodies being given away at Funny Face Beauty's blog!

Falsie Love's getting ready for Valentines Day!

The super cool ladies over at Falsie Love are having a cool giveway for Valentines Day next month, so check it out!