NEW LAUNCH Shadow Sticks – Merle Norman Cosmetics

A hot launch for fall/winter ’16, Merle Norman Shadow Sticks were JUST released in 10 gorgeous shades and make applying long-wearing shadow as easy as signing your name. The fun, easy-to-use stick is crease-resistant and designed for versatility. They’re perfect to use as your main shadow, a base or even a liner with a buildable formula designed to go from sheer to full-on color. They even have a special key ingredient, microspheres, which impart a silky texture while absorbing oil to keep lids sebum free.

No matter what color is trending this season from matte to shimmer, you’ll find what you need in Merle Norman Shadow Sticks.

unnamed will Kick Off 12 Days of Deals has kicked off 12 Days of Deals (, offering great prices on holiday gifts for everyone. There will be hundreds of deals December 4 – 15, starting at midnight PT. Each day will feature a specific theme, including:

–          December 4: Gifts for kids

–          December 5: Books and media

–          December 6: Gifts for entertaining/gifts for foodies

–          December 7: Gifts for gamers

–          December 8: Fashion

–          December 9: Tools and DIY

–          December 10: Gifts for travelers

–          December 11: Fitness and activity

–          December 12: Tech and gadgets

–          December 13: Gifts for crafters and hobbyists

–          December 14: Gifts for pets

–          December 15: Stocking Stuffers


Mobile-only Deals:

In addition to themed daily deals, Amazon is also offering flash sales December 7 – 20 available on the mobile app only.

Sunday, December 4: Kids

–          $10 off Kindle for Kids Bundle

–          Save up to 50% on select life-sized toys – for a limited time, save on select toys that are the size of a kid, including:

  • Star Wars Episode VII Massive BB-8 Deluxe Feature Action Figure
  • Star Wars Big Figs Rogue One Massive 31″  K-2SO Action Figure
  • Meccano – Meccanoid XL 2.0
  • K’NEX Thrill Rides – Big Ball Factory Building Set
  • K’NEX Sorcerer’s Eclipse Roller Coaster Building Set

–          Save over 25% on select instruments for kids from top brands like Epiphone, Gammon, and more, including:

  • Gammon 5-Piece Junior Starter Drum Kit with Cymbals, Hardware, Sticks, & Throne – Various Colors
  • Epiphone LP Junior Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Vintage Sunburst
  • Music Alley MA34-N Classical Junior Guitar
  • AirJamz App-Enabled Bluetooth Music Toy, Electric Air Guitar and more for your iOS or Android Mobile Phone or Tablet, Black, Powered by Zivix
  • Mahalo Rainbow Series Soprano Ukulele Starter Pack
  • RockJam Electronic Roll Up Drum Kit with Built in Speakers, Pedals, Drumsticks, and Power Supply

–          Save up to 50% on Kids’ Sports Products, including:

  • Skywalker Trampolines 8-Feet Jump N’ Dunk Trampoline with Safety Enclosure and Basketball Hoop
  • Lifetime 90040 Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch Backboard
  • Lifetime Ace Flyer Airplane Teeter Totter
  • Champion Sports Rhino Skin Dodgeball Set

Monday, December 5: Entertainment/Media

–          $80 off Amazon Tap + Fire tablet Bundle

Thursday, December 8: Fashion

–          Deal on Levi’s Must-Haves including bestsellers like the 501 Original, 511 Slim, and 711 Skinny, which make the perfect gift for any denim lover

–          Save up to 60% on Cold-Weather Accessories


Saturday, December 10: Travel

–          Save up to 60% on select luggage from Travelpro

Affordable, On Trend Jeans You’ll Love to Wear this Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, many people will be scrambling to figure out what they will wear for holiday parties, events and special celebrations. Those leading the fashion trends say now is the time to kick-start your holiday wardrobe with the perfect pair of on trend jeans and for all those holiday events

“Opting for a cool pair of jeans to wear for holiday functions will BE the fashion trend, this holiday season,” explains Elizabeth Collier, designer STS Blue line of jeans.  “You’ll save money and wear them again and again. When you pair your comfortable, but sexy STS Blue jeans with holiday sparkle, you will be on trend.”

The fashion world is changing and occasions are becoming more casual, with girls using their everyday wardrobe to attend special events. STS Blue focuses on helping people feel good in their jeans. The LA-inspired denim line gives girls on trend and trendy clothing that doesn’t break the bank. Some of the reasons their line of jeans is so sought after this holiday season include:

• Girls are able to finally get affordable jeans that are also on trend. The STS Blue line of jeans is all Southern California inspired in design, so girls all over the country can take home a piece of LA, the leader in casual fashion.

• Their line of jeans focuses on comfort, giving girls clothing that is as flattering on their body as it is comfortable.

• The STS Blue selection offers something for everyone, such as patches and pearls, embroidery, and athletic stripes. They also offer such styles as  Piper skinnies, The boyfriend jean, and jeans that are super soft, and perfectly deconstructed.

• An average price point of only $50 per pair, gives girls the ability to obtain high quality fashion jeans, but at an affordable price.


“We get feedback often about what you girls love about our LA-inspired jeans,” says STS Blue creative director Evelyn Ober. “This season they are in hot demand. People want to give them as gifts, as well as make a fashion statement at the holiday parties they attend. We are thrilled to help them do it!”

STS Blue line of jeans has become a favorite of millennials because it gives them the chance to wear affordable Southern California style fashion no matter where in the country they may live. It hits the trend, while still allowing girls to still feel like themselves. They also help spread the movement through social media sites like Instagram, where their fans are referred to as “denim dolls” (#DenimDolls). Get inspired @STS_Blue.

About STS Blue:
The STS Blue denim line is inspired by the casual LA and Southern California vibe. They live, breathe and love denim! STS Blue styles are true to size, and are made in a variety of fabrics to execute perfectly authentic washes while maintaining a flattering fit. They offer cotton, polyester, spandex and rayon blends for that comfortable, laid back, and effortlessly chic So Cal look. STS Blue is sold at Nordstrom, Dillard’s, and Von Maur, as well as online at Styles include skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, denim shorts, and more; all with a friendly price point averaging $50.


Great Wine Options For Your Holiday Table

Christmas and New Year’s is just around the corner and it is time to talk about food and wine pairings!

Buying wine for dinner can be a challenge but I have compiled a few delicious options to choose from:

Fernando Pighin & Figli: Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave 2015v (SRP: $17.99)

  • This wine is a great option to start off the evening and drink through dinner. The Old World Italian wine pairs perfectly with seafood, soft cheeses, vegetarian dishes and of course turkey. This medium-bodied Pinot Grigio has aromas of white fruit and minerality from the Friuli Grave terroir. It is produced without oak or malolactic to keep the grape’s freshness and bright acidity. This wine is light and refreshing, leaving room to taste the many dishes served during the holiday.


Sequoia Grove Winery: Chardonnay 2014v (SRP: $27.99)

  • If guests love a delicious Chardonnay from Napa Valley, Sequoia Grove would be the perfect choice. This 100% food-friendly Chardonnay will pair well with most dishes, from appetizers to soups to main courses. It has aromas of pear, lychee, citrus zest, lightly toasted almonds, and fresh bread. The aroma and palate characteristics are derived from 10 months of oak aging in French oak barrels. Sequoia Grove’s well-integrated oak Chardonnay will refresh the palate and won’t overpower the delicious spices in the Thanksgiving dishes.


Maison Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013v  (SRP: $19.99)

  • Louis Jadot’s affordable red Burgundy is a classic holiday wine pairing. It is a versatile wine that complements many meats and soft cheeses like Camembert and Brie. The 2013 vintage produced mature wines with intense aromas of red cherries, black blackberries, blackcurrants. Its well-integrated tannins are supported by a vibrant freshness in the finish.


Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2013v  (SRP: $44.99)

  • Craggy Range Winery produces beautiful deep brick red colored, single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from the Martinborough wine region of New Zealand. This New World wine has vibrant aromatics of red and black cherries, rose petal, sandalwood and wet earth. It is fruit forward with fine, dry tannins that provides a soft yet complex finish. This is another delicious wine option to serve throughout your holiday meal.


Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Pairing –

This year, I hosted Thanksgiving dinner and served a bottle of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  To make our pairing more festive, I created a cheese platter to enhance the wine flavorings.

Salty – Assortment of Crackers

Protein – Prosciutto & Nuts

Flavor Enhancement – Sharp Cheddar Cheese

next time, I will add a variety of cheese, fruit, and olives 


The in-home tasting was a fun opportunity for enthusiast to try new flavors and expand their palate!



Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016 – Paris

For the first time ever, the Victoria’s Secret Angels are strutting down the runway in Paris, France! Be sure to tune in to CBS All Access on Monday, 12/5 @ 10/9c to stream the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show!

The all-star line-up of Victoria’s Secret Angels will include returning favorites Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill, as well as new faces.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris!

It’s no secret that the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris is streaming on CBS All Access! Watch with 1 week FREE!

Kendall Jenner’s 2016 VS After Party Look Last Night

It’s that time of year again when we watch the most gorgeous women strut their stuff down the Victoria’s Secret Show runway! Now, you too, can achieve the look that Kendall Jenner sported last night at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after party at-home with help from celebrity hairstylist, Sarah Potempa, and official hair partner, The Beachwaver Co. (all products available at


Get The Look:

Step 1) Create a natural center part and start bisectioning the back from the bottom up with The Beachwaver Co. Limited Edition Swarovski-embellished Darby Clips.

Step 2) Using The Beachwaver Co. Limited Edition White BEACHWAVER S1, curl the hair away from the face throughout the entire back and side section.

TIP: The Beachwaver Co. BEACHWAVER S1 rotates to make it easy to curl!

Step 3) Smooth the front pieces with The Beachwaver Co. Coast Pro Ceramic Styling Iron.

Step 4) Spray the Ouai Texture Spray throughout the back and the smooth the front with the Ouai Finishing Crème.