Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat

Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat ($6.99, Sally Beauty Supply)

Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat ($6.99, Sally Beauty Supply)

My recent post about Sally Hansen ‘Salon’ nail polish got me thinking about mastering painting my nails on my own. And I’ve just added a new tool to my DIY manicure arsenal!

Orly Top 2 Bottom Basecoat and Topcoat is amazing. The first coat, which you apply before using color, provides a solid base that allows you to apply a smooth, even coat of color. After your color has dried, apply a second coat of Top 2 Bottom. It provides a transparent seal that prevents chipping, helping your manicure last longer.

I was amazed at what a neat job I was able to do. After a little help from a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover, which I used to clean up any excess polish from the cuticles, I felt like I may never need to go for a professional manicure again!

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Jessica Simpson ‘Fancy Love’ Fragrance: New Must-Have Perfume

Jessica Simpson 'Fancy Love' Fragrance ($49-$59)

Jessica Simpson 'Fancy Love' Fragrance ($49-$59)

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that I’ve never done a perfume review before. I absolutely love perfume and don’t leave home without it under any circumstances. I shy away from covering fragrances because when it comes to eloquently describing a scent like so many beauty writers brilliantly do, I’m at a loss for words–no pun intended.

Jessica Simpson’s ‘Fancy Love’ smells so good that I had to tell you about it. Well, I’ll take a stab at trying to describe it: it’s musky with some subtle floral notes. There, that’s the most literary creativity you’ll get from me. But seriously, though, Fancy Love is irresistible. There a lot of perfumes that I love but have to be in the mood for. Fancy Love, on the other hand, I know I’ll wear whenever and whatever the weather.

As always, I really appreciate how reasonably priced Jessica Simpson’s products are. And how pretty is that bottle?!

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Palmer’s Lip Butter: Beauty on a Budget at Its Best

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Butter Dark Chocolate & Peppermint ($1.99, www.drugstore.com)

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Butter Dark Chocolate & Peppermint ($1.99, www.drugstore.com)

Palmer’s cocoa butter skin products are second to none, in this beauty addict’s opinion. It’s that good, you ask? Yes. So good that my friends and I would always stock up on Palmer’s  during visits home before heading back to college overseas, where Palmer’s products were not available.

I still squeal with delight every time I cover my lips in Palmer’s Lip Butter. It provides dry lips with instant relief in the form of a velvety-smooth ointment that has a hint of shine to it. What else do I love about it? For someone who is so sick of the artificial strawberry scent so common in today’s lip treatments, it’s refreshing to finally see some  ‘grown-up’  flavors–Dark Chocolate & Peppermint and Dark Chocolate & Cherry.

Palmer’s Lip Butter is probably the most budget-friendly product StealThisDress! has reviewed yet. At $1.99, it truly deserves a rating of 5 luscious lips!

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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5 Instant Fashion/Beauty Pick-Me-Ups

All women go through a style rut at one time or another. Many think that they have nothing to wear as they stare at a closet full of clothes. Others feel bored of their beauty routine and overall look. Some feel like they have no person or occasion to look good for.

The good news? You don’t need to go under the knife or get a $500 haircut to revamp your look. There are many simple yet effective things that women can do in order to feel great about their appearance, none of which need to involve spending big bucks. [Read more…]

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