The American Eagle’s latest promotion runs until Aug. 3.
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. is giving away FREE smartphones when you TRY ON a pair of jeans.
Here is the fine print: the new phones, such as the Droid Eris by HTC, the BlackBerry Curve and the LG Ally, are only available with new two-year service plans. This means that if your service plan is about up, this is a great option. More than 40 phones are available across multiple carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. The iPhone is not included. The deal runs until August 3.
The new device will be shipped to the customer along with a $25 American Eagle gift card.
I just discovered the most amazing skin treatment: Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel. Not only does this alpha hydroxy acid peel improve tone and texture of the skin, but most of it’s ingredients are certified organic! Made with fruit juices and raw cane sugar, and without parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals or synthetic ingredients, the green apple peel leaves skin feeling smooth and looking bright, all while boosting cell turnover and treating fine lines. It comes in full strength ($45 for 2 oz.) and a sensitive skin formula ($39 for 2 oz.); tingling and a little redness are common after use and sun screen is a must, but it is fantastic!
Celeb look of the week: Katy Perry. I admit, I’m a little in love with her, (not just because I saw her show for my birthday and it was awesome). Her glitzy style is a fun mix retro-glam with unexpected splashes of color, the staples, of course, being thick, glamorous liner, full lashes, and bright lipstick. Start with a sweep of poppy pink blush along the cheekbones to define the contours of the face; then move to the eyes and generously apply your liquid liner, bringing it out into a long peak. Apply a champagne shadow all over the lid and rim the water line with a bright white pencil to really make the eyes pop. Finish the eyes with several coats of a good, thickening mascara, (or apply false lashes if you really want to go over-the-top). On the lips, apply a hot pink lipstick and the look is done. Product picks: The Balm Down Boy blush, ($20), Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner in Puro Amor ($16), Smashbox eye shadow in Fizz ($16), Make Up For Ever Khol Pencil eyeliner in Matte White ($17), Dior DiorShow mascara in black, ($25), and Kat Von D Painted Love lipstick in Backstage Bambi, ($18).
I have a super cute summer makeup tip for all of my light-eyed ladies out there. Instead of lining your inner rim with black, (too dramatic), or white, (too wide-eyed), try rimming your water line with a soft bronze pencil. Not only will it give you the soft pop of color that looks good on all skin tones, and help you complete your bronzed goddess look that is oh-so-summertime, but bronze makes light eyes pop like no other. Blue eyes become bluer and green eyes become greener! Give it a try; I love the Flashy Waterproof Liner from Sephora Brand—super creamy, yet stays put and are only $8!
One of the best ways to save money is to make the products you have last longer. The easiest way to accomplish this—use less. Now I’ve already suggested thinning out your foundation with moisturizer, but why not forgo base altogether? I mean, do you really want to wear a full face of foundation during the summer? As soon as you step outside, it starts melting off! Plus, it’s so hot under all of that makeup. Instead, try dabbing concealer on the necessary areas, brushing on bronzer to even out skin a bit and provide a glow, and sweep on a few coats of mascara as your summertime look. It saves time, money, and removes the need to buy a separate foundation for you tanned summer skin!
I’ve got an essential investment for your makeup bag, pumpkins, that won’t cost you too much. If you don’t already have one, go out and buy a blending brush for your eye shadow. It should be domed, rounded, made of natural hair, and should only run you $15 – $30 for a good one—it will also last you for years! Blending brushes are invaluable—you can use them to create a smoky eye, contour your crease, or, with a clean one, use it to blend away any harsh edges of your eye shadow. I even have a makeup artist friend who uses hers to apply concealer to get a really nice airbrushed finish!
My product pick of the week is the new Smashbox High Definition concealer ($18). This amazing cover-up blends naturally into skin, yet covers flaws amazingly well. It’s creamy texture is great for the under eye area, as is the tiny pit of crushed pearl that provides some light reflection for brightness. When I put this on, I can’t even tell I’m wearing concealer and yet, as if by magic, my dark circles are gone! The only downside: it only comes in six shades, and the darkest isn’t nearly dark enough.
Want a really easy way to keep your hair from getting so oily? Keep your hands out of it. The amount of dirt and oil we have on the palms of our hands throughout the day is astounding, and every time you run your fingers through your hair, you’re depositing more and more of it at your roots. The easiest way to get your hairstyle to last longer is not to touch it at all; if you have problems with it falling in your face, then maybe you should investigate a new way of styling your ‘do, my dear.
When choosing a concealer for your under eye area, try to pick one that is as hydrating as possible. Using a concealer that is too drying or heavy can emphasize any fine lines or wrinkles. Plus, if the cover-up doesn’t have enough slip, it can be difficult to blend it causing you to rub and tug on the delicate skin under the eye; we all know that pulling on the skin around your eye is the quickest way to sagging skin and premature wrinkles. So get a nice liquid concealer and go easy on your eyes.
I know I mentioned how bad petrochemicals can be for your skin, (sensitivity, blocking moisture, etc.). Would you like another reason to avoid them in your makeup and skincare? Petroleum is a fossil fuel, which, while naturally occurring, is a nonrenewable resource, like coal. Let’s not waste the precious little we have left on fillers in our cosmetics; that means avoiding anything that looks like the following: polyethylene, ethanol, ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, etc.