Posts Tagged ‘S.W.A.G.’

Etsy Adoration: 5 Cosmetic Bags That You’ll Want to Throw into Your Purse

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

We’ve given you a whirlwind of beauty products that we recommend, but how about a bag to carry all your makeup essentials? The search for an inexpensive cosmetic bag without the structure of a utility box and tacky pattern is over. Make a statement with these Etsy gems that will hold all your cosmetics in style.

Make a Splash!

Feel free to splash your face as if you were on a Neutrogena commercial every morning, because this water-proof bag will not get damaged sitting on your bathroom counter.

Beth's Medium Black Stripes Oilcloth Cosmetic Bag, $20 (Photo Courtesy of marketbags/Etsy)

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Sure Things: J.R. Watkins Natural Hand and Body Lotion

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

J.R. Watkins Hand and Body Lotion, $9.99 (Photo courtesy of J.R. Watkins)

After sitting in the sun all day, we all want to make sure our delicate skin remains soft and hydrated. It is always hard, however, to find a brand that knows that the last thing we want to feel when applying lotion is that we are rubbing some sort of medical goop on our bodies with a scent that keeps us from taking the bottle out of the cabinet. To avoid this issue without sacrificing our sensitive skin, buy a bottle of J.R. Watkins Hand and Body Lotion and it will be the perfect start to your day.

Since 1868, this once tucked-away Minnesota apothecary has provided customers with high-end and affordable products made with the best all-natural ingredients that guarantee us smooth and refreshed skin. Not only that, but with scents ranging from Lemon Cream to Coconut Milk and Honey, the non-greasy lotion will also leave you smelling delicious (seriously, the Coconut Milk and Honey has side effects of being surrounded by drooling companions, so beware). Find a bottle at your local pharmacy and your skin will thank you.
 Happy Pampering!
- Meghan Furey

Eufora Products: Your Hair Will Thank You

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Aleksie/Shutterstock

So, you think you have a favorite shampoo? I recommend you try Eufora before determining that. 

Eufora hair products are based upon two standards: beauty without compromise and the power of nature. Each of their products upholds these standards by not only providing performance, but also being presented in eco-friendly packaging. 

Most hair products’ base ingredient is water, however Eufora is the game-changer and opted to use Aloe Vera instead. Commonly known as the miracle plant, Aloe is equipped with an array of nutrients, minerals and vitamins–oh, and did I mention that it delivers antibacterial advantages? Needless to say, this is a product that you won’t mind running down your back when you wash it out–it might even help an unruly skin condition in the process!

When I first found out about Eufora, I knew I needed to give it a try–so, keep on reading for a list of my absolute faves!

  • Eufora Volumizing Shampoo: What a bummer it is to be bestowed with fine hair. Lucky for me, Eufora’s volumizing shampoo gives me that extra lift I need without weighing down my hair. At last!
  • Eufora Illuminate Shine Mist: What I love so much about this product is it’s versatility–you can use it as a detangler when your hair is wet, or once it’s dry you can use just a few spritz’s and your hair will be glistening. Oh, and did I mention that it smells like sunflowers and sunshine–seriously, go buy this little beauty! You won’t regret it–promise!
  • Eufora Sculpture Styling Glaze: Do you ever feel like you have to put a million products in your hair just to maintain one look? This styling glaze allows your hair to maintain a style and protect your hair from outside elements.
  • Eufora Fortifi Strengthening Spray: Spray in this miracle product and your hair will regain it’s vibrance–believe me, you’ll notice in just a couple weeks the difference it is making–then again, you’ll notice an overall difference with all of these products and you’ll fall in love with your renewed healthy hair. I also like to use this product as a sort of sun block for my hair; the protein seals and protects the shaft which can be beneficial against chlorine and salt water, so for me it’s a beach bag must have!
  • Eufora Details Dry Spray Wax: It’s essentially a hair spary, but what’s so glorious about this product is how manageable it is. Your hair won’t feel hard or stuck in one style all day–instead it stays in it’s place but it’s completely capable of still being brushed through and re-styled. 
These are just a few of the products that Eufora offers, so I definitely recommend taking a peek at their website or visiting Victoria Station Salon in Vienna to see what you’ve been missing. 

As Don Bewley, the founder of Eufora said, “You can count on Eufora to deliver substance without hype, because when it comes to quality, we believe there are no compromises.”



Happy Shampooing, Conditioning, Styling and Finishing!


–Rebecca Norris

Bewitched by Emma Watson

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, June 24th, 2013

Photo courtesy of Radin

There is no denying that even after the conclusion of the Harry Potter series, Emma Watson still has many fans under her spell, especially when it comes to her eye-catching style. Since her days in witch robes, she has now become a fashion and beauty icon, gracing the ‘Best Dressed List’ after multiple red-carpet moments. Having attended many movie premieres this past year, Watson continuously proves that she is no wallflower in the fashion spectrum.

At one of her latest appearances for the Struck by Lightning premiere, Watson ditches the normal red carpet look for something a bit more casual and fun. By also mixing multiple trends and patterns, she pulls together a look that is both girly and sexy and that is perfect for the spring and summer season. Dressed in head-to-toe Miu Miu, the starlet rocked mismatched floral prints and a leather peplum jacket to add some edginess. Peep-toes, a pink clutch and a slicked back hairdo completed the look. It may sound strange putting all these items together, but Emma Watson is no rookie when it comes to pulling off against-the-grain style with the greatest of ease.

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You would never expect that the witch with an snipey attitude almost as large as her bushy hair would ever grow up with such a sense of what’s hot, but then again, Emma Watson has proven that those who pull off the unexpected are the ones who will never lose the spotlight.
Happy Styling!
- Meghan Furey

Head Over to Blush Bridal Boutique’s Moving Sale!

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, June 24th, 2013

What better way is there to embrace the frenzy of summer weddings than with a store-wide bridal sale?

Photo Courtesy of Blush Bridal Boutique

Blush Bridal Boutique in Gainesville will have a moving sale that will last until the end of June. Shoppers can enjoy 25-50 percent off all merchandise including wedding gowns, mother of the bride dresses, prom dresses, veils, jewelry, shoes, and accessories. The boutique will be relocating to the Haymarket area at the end of the month.

Owner Maureen Chandler says, “We are having this fabulous sale to both thank our loyal and stylish customers and to celebrate Blush Bridal Boutique’s upcoming move to a bigger and more beautiful location! We know our customers will love the new boutique. We are truly designing it for them!”

Be sure to pencil in a shopping trip in your schedule this week for discounts of top designer brands.

Happy Shopping!

- Kristy Ju

Cosmetic Crushes: Beat the Heat with Victoria Stiles

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, June 21st, 2013

Makeup Artist Victoria Stiles (Photo Courtesy of Victoria Stiles)

Flipping through the pages of a glossy magazine and indulging in the latest fashion and beauty trends is one experience in which almost every teenager has taken part. Makeup artist Victoria Stiles is no exception. She distinctively remembers studying in vivid detail the September 1992 issue of “Seventeen,” featuring supermodel Kate Moss. Twenty-one years after the publication, Stiles recounts a spread in which Moss’ “hair was softly swept to the side with little whispys flying about while her makeup was simple, clean, and pretty, something so natural and organic, a look I emulate on many of my current clients.”

Actress Jenna Elfman and Victoria Stiles (Photo Courtesy of Victoria Stiles)

Fast forward from her teenage days of generating makeup looks inspired from the pages of “Seventeen” and “YM,” Stiles is now a professional artist and owner of an event hair and makeup studio in downtown Leesburg. She has worked with numerous public figures such as Joe Biden, Carly Rae Jepson, and the Bush sisters. Her work has graced the pages of “Oprah,” “TIME,” and “The Washington Post” and won her “WeddingWire” Bride’s Choice Award for five consecutive years.

Victoria Stiles with Carly Rae Jepson (Photo Courtesy of Victoria Stiles)

Award-winning artist Stiles shares her insider tips to prevent makeup-meltdowns in the midst of the hot summer season.

Follow her five easy steps to beat the heat:

1. Start off with prepping the skin with an oil control moisturizer, I love the one from M.A.C. Cosmetics.  This will help keep skin fresh looking all day long, not oily. 

2. No-budge eye makeup starts with the perfect base.  Try Urban Decay Eye Shadow potion before applying shadow for an all day hold. 

3. Additionally, Urban Decay’s 24/7 liquid and pencil liners are perfect for pool days or simply playing outside! 

4. Seal the deal with Waterproof L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

5. Instead of a powder blush, try a cheek stain that doubles as lip stain.  My choice is Stila Cherry Crush Cheek and Lip Stain.

Style on,

- Kristy Ju

Head Over to Etsy for All of Your Fourth of July Needs

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, June 20th, 2013

July is just around the corner and America’s favorite holiday is just four days into the month. We’re thinking yet another year of the Old Navy special edition patriotic tees and simple red, white and blue garb just isn’t going to cut it.  

In a world where your fashion choices stay with you long after you wear them, what better way to prepare than by visiting independent sellers on Etsy for all your patriotic needs. From shoes and accessories to red, white and blue decor–Etsy has you covered. 


Gear up for the perfect Fourth of July picnic with this fully-stocked patriotic picnic basket from My Closet Shelf on Etsy.

Vintage Patriotic Traditional Woven Picnic Basket, $44.95 (Photo Courtesy of My Closet Shelf/Etsy)


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Closet Crushes: Blake Lively

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Most of us know her as Serena van der Woodsen on the hit CW show Gossip Girl, however Blake Lively is more than just a prep from the upper east side involved in enough drama for all of us–debuting on the cover of Vogue at 22, modeling as the face of Chanel and Gucci–she has made a name for herself in the fashion world. 

Typically seen sporting bohemian chic threads and representing old Hollywood style on the red carpet, Lively has become hard to miss. 

As an actress, she’s got the dough for that Monique Llhuiller and matching Louboutins. As for us, we love a good bang for our buck. So check out these Lively looks… for less! And, if you don’t mind a little splurge, check out this blog that lists all of Lively’s outfits from Gossip Girl. 

Blake Lively Style


Your Ideal Treasure Chest: Birchbox

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Birchbox Women's Samples (Photo courtesy of Birchbox)

Purchasing makeup sometimes can be so stressful if you do not know what you’re looking for. That’s why you can avoid this trouble by joining Birchbox. Founded in 2010 in New York, Birchbox personalizes one’s experience when purchasing beauty products and helps find items that are perfect for one’s individual needs and style. Since first launching off, makeup brands from all over have jumped at the chance to allow Birchbox subscription users to try their products, so one can discover great finds from high-end brands such as Benefit, Jouer, theBalm, and many more!

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The Wet Brush Makes Tangles a Worry of the Past

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

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Having fine hair certainly has it’s share of downs, from having trouble maintaining volume to incessantly needing to be shampooed–but the worst is the inevitable after-shower tangles. You would think that having fine hair would mean less to work through, however it seems to knot up and consume much more time than necessary and oftentimes leads to aches and split ends.

Women of NoVA, fret no more–The Wet Brush has come to save the day! At first glance, you’ll wonder what I could possibly be talking about because this brush looks as ordinary as any other–however, with just one use you’ll thank your lucky stars that you came across this article that led you to your new favorite after-shower accessory. With it’s specially formulated strong, thin and  super flexible IntelliFlex™ bristles even the toughest tangles can be beat–and better yet, with no tugging. The Wet Brush makes hopping out of the shower and brushing your hair virtually effortless. 

Available in a wide variety of colors for only $14, you can pick up your very own Wet Brush at Victoria Station Salon in Vienna or click your way over to TheWet Brush.Com.  It works for all hair types!

Happy Detangling!


–Rebecca Norris

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