Sunday, November 30, 2008

I Owe You an Explaination...

I'm sorry that I have been m.i.a. for the last few weeks. I recently got a new job in the LA area, which I love, but the drive is killing me! I live in a Los Angeles suburb, about 48 miles away from the city (I technically work in West Hollywood--if you are unfamilar with Southern California, it's where The Hills is based), but with traffic I have about a 4 hour round trip drive. I hope to move out to the area soon!

I apologize for not posting more frequently and for not visiting any of your blogs to comment. I will try to read all of your posts on the weekend from now on; I do miss you all =(

As for my new job, it's at an event planning company that partners up with non-profit organizations to put on walk, bike rides, and other marathons that work to raise money for cancer research. I haven't been there for a full week yet, but it already feels good to know that I am working to help others, and potentially be a part of the cure for cancer.

So, once again, I am sorry! I promise to try harder to keep up with this blog, as well as yours.

Photo courtesty of: Dave's Travel Corner

Monday, November 24, 2008

Viva La Juicy!

If you are looking for a great gift, I recommend the Juicy Couture "Viva La Juicy" Holiday Set. I recently bought this for one of my good friends, and really should have gotten myself a set as well.

The fragrance smells heavenly! It's a magical perfume made of many fantastic scents including wild berries,
mandarins, honeysuckle, gardenia, jasmine, amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline.

And the packaging is so adorable!

Comprised of Eau de Parfum Spray (3.4 oz.), Body Lotion (4.2 oz.) and Shower Gel (4.2 oz.), it's priced just right at Nordstrom for $79; howe
ver, I made the mistake of buying a set at Macys and was charged $98. So go to Nordstrom if you're going to buy the set!!

Any gift ideas you care to share?

Photo courtesy of: Nordstrom

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Body Shop Winner is...

ZARA! Congrats =)

Thank you to all who entered the giveaway. I wish I could have chosen you all as winners. It was great hearing about all of your favorite beauty products; I'll have to try some of them out!

Be sure to check back for future giveaway here on Join the Gossip!

*The winner will be contacted and thereafter has until Sunday, December 7, 2008 to claim their prize. If I don't receive a reply by that date, another winner will be selected*

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Body Shop Review and Giveaway

I am all about trying new cosmetics. So, when I was able to test The Body Shop's new Mineral Makeup Line: Nature's Minerals, I was immediately excited. I have to say, this is my first experience with the brand and I was thoroughly impressed. 

I am not really a big fan on most mineral makeup. I feel that it doesn't provide enough coverage for my personal needs. However, Nature's Minerals foundation works to conceal blemishes without looking too thick. I tested Shade 02, which was a bit dark for my complexion. But still a great color. 

The blush was just as great as the foundation. Once again I chose a beautiful color, Golden Terracotta. This blush is versatile; for a daytime look only a light amount of the powder is needed, and for nighttime glam, I use a little more on my cheeks.

As for my favorite makeup item, eyeshadow, I was beyond pleased with the look that the Radiant Graphite provided. I am addicted to this shadow and wear it almost every single day. It's a flattering hue that will work magnificently on various skin tones. 

I loved all of this makeup so much that I wore it to a job interview...which I landed! Perhaps due to my flawless cosmetics ; ) (more on the job to come!)

So The Body Shop Mineral Makeup sounds fabulous huh? That's because it is! So fabulous, in fact, that I want you to try it out for yourself.  You can win foundation, blush, and eyeshadow--in your favorite shades--right here on Join the Gossip.

Please leave a comment explaining your favorite makeup item (whether it be lipstick, mascara, etc.), and why you just gotta wear it. One winner will randomly be selected, as long as they have answered the question, and announced on Friday, November 21.

Good luck =D

Photos courtesy of: The Body Shop and my camera

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My Vintage Inspired Headband

Recently, I posted a blog about Kenley's hair accessories and came across an Esty account that sells breathtaking headbands. Well, after drooling over the gorgeous items sold by VieModerne, I decided to make a purchase: an AUDREY Black and White Feather and Leather Flower Headband.

I asked that my headband be made with a red flower and the seller obliged.

The feathers are gorgeous!

It was a bit over $40 with shipping, pretty pricey for me, but it's so fantastic that I couldn't pass it up.

There are many 20s-inspired items featured in VieModerne's shop. Certainly worth a visit!

Photos courtesy of: Esty and my camera

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Urban Decay Ammo

I just bought an awesome-looking Urban Decay Shadow Box Palette in Ammo on

The following 10 shades come in a mirrored compact:

-Oil Slick
-Last Call
-Maui Wowie
-Polyester Bride

The colors look beautiful, I can't wait to test them all out!

I received free shipping, a 20% discount as a PayPal member, and wasn't charged sales tax. The item sells for $34, but with my discounts my total came out to be $27.20.

This was my first purchase from Has anyone else ever bought anything from this site? I always get a little worried buying things online...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Belated Halloween Fun!

So, I just had to post some pictures of the fabulous outfits that everyone wore this year!

I was a flapper =) Found the dress at H&M!

Stephanie of Beauty Chat and moi

Group photo!

Hope everyone had an amazing Halloween >=0

Monday, November 3, 2008

Lucky Magazine's My Denim Transformation Challenge

Hello all! I a back from my short hiatus, sorry!

I wanted you all to know about the Lucky Style Spotter contest (that's Lucky mag) that my friend, Good Girl Gone Shopping, has entered. She had to create a going out outfit revolving around jeans.

Doesn't she look adorable?!

This lovely lady pieced together some great items to create a look perfect for a night out on the town. As a personal shopper, she's great at all of the fashion choices she makes.

To check Good Girl Gone Shopping's page, head over to the Lucky Magazine Denim Transformation Challenge and create a profile, it only takes a minute or two and the site is pretty cool--especially if you're into fashion.

Please vote for Good Girl Gone Shopping...a 5 is the top score. Top winners get to style a Lucky fashion shoot, a personal shopper's dream.

Hurry because voting ends on Tuesday, November 4! Thanks everyone =D

Photo courtesy of: Good Girl Gone Shopping