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By now it’s no surprise to all of you that Valentine’s Day is one of my absolute fave nail art holidays. For this Mani of the Week, I’m going to teach you how to do fun lips to compliment all the smiling you’ll be doing! Whether you’re out celebrating with your best girlfriends or your man, a smile is always the best accessory — but a good set of nails doesn’t hurt either!


lips tutorial

Step 1: after applying your base coat, paint 2 thin coats with your light pink polish. Make sure this is completely dry before moving to step 2.

Step 2: using your thin brush, paint lips with red polish. I find it easier to start with the top “curve” and then do the bottom. This doesn’t have to be perfect- I prefer it to be a little more organic so it’s more animated.

Step 3: dab your thin brush in your bright pink polish to create your tongue. Pat it right above the red line of your lower lip.

Step 4: dab your brush in your black and pat it right above your pink.

Step 5: dab your brush in your white and pat it right above your black to create your teeth. The “wavier/ more organic,” the better.

Step 6: wait a few minutes and then seal the deal with your top coat! You can add other fun designs to the rest of your nails (like I did with some hearts) or you can just keep an accent nail of your super cute mouth!

For more nail-spiration, visit theGLITTERY.com and follow @theGLITTERY_ on Instagram! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I’ve never wanted to smell edible until Elixir Charnel Gourmand Coquin by Guerlain.

I’m not really a yummy fragrance kind of girl. That’s never been my scene. Even as a preteen, those bubblegum-y Bonnie Belle scents were wasted on the kid. And as an adult, my fragrance picks generally lean toward masculine choices. I’m an Oud, Musk, Sandalwood kind of gal. But, yoooo — Elixir Charnel Gourmand Coquin by Guerlain has a homie sprung! The oriental vanilla scent with dark chocolate tendencies is THE scent for Valentine’s Day. There is no other choice. Seriously. Buy this. Available at Nordstrom. $260

Guerlain Elixir Charnel Gourmand Coquin

In addition to vanilla and dark chocolate, the scent features a rich accord of rum, cacao, pepper, rose and spices. So you see, it smells edible but in a very balanced and sophisticated way. I’m hooked! I think this is a perfect treat if you’re in search of a Valentine’s Day scent (but I’m also looking forward to wearing Elixir Charnel Gourmand Coquin when it warms up…these notes are going to absolutely radiate on dewy summer skin!)

Happy Valentine’s Day, kids!! Get your LOVE on….

It is no secret that I love polishing my nails. I polish once, sometimes twice per week.  I  often don’t wait for nail polish to chip or lose its luster, if I see a polish I want to try, I simply go for it. Life is too short to deny myself a polish change.  Since it’s actually Valentine’s Day, I am seeing red everywhere and I thought, why not on my nails?! I went through my nail polish stash and pulled all my reds — just for you!

Find Your Perfect Red Nail Polish

A great red polish is timeless and you need not wait for Valentine’s day or Christmas to pull it out.  Trim, file, buff those nails — and get polishing!

Find Your Perfect Shade of Red Below:

For some people Valentine’s Day can be stressful. I’m not among those people.  While some use Valentine’s Day as a way to make grand gestures, I do simple things like prepare a romantic meal for two.  (I know…Epic!)

With the stress of Valentine’s Day and loved ones’ expectations, perfection might be hard to achieve.   But anything is possible with practice and a little bit of help.  If  you want to surprise your boo/baby/honey/sweetheart with a romantic home cooked meal but have little to no experience cooking, why not try Google Helpouts?

How Helpouts Work

With Helpouts you get access to free or paid expert advice anytime, anywhere…on your desktop or mobile device. Help is available across a wide range of topics including chefs to help with a romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner For Two.

Check out the video below for more info…


So, if you’re planning something special this Valentine’s Day and need a helping hand, as is the answer to so many things in life, you simply have to Google it…only now you have Google Helpouts.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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If you are into Valentine’s Day chances are you don’t get up to the day’s activities without the perfect sexy scent. With that in mind, Maree, Felicia and I have selected two fragrances each, including budget friendly options, to share with you. Whatever your budget, there’s an option here for you because smelling sexy doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  6 Sexy Valentine’s Day Scents for Every Budget:

Maree’s Picks

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne

Known for some of the most unique fragrance combinations, Jo Malone is always my go to for special occasions like Valentine’s Day.  The warm and rich notes of the Pomegranate Noir scent make it perfect for the winter time, while the spicy and intense ingredients make it incredibly alluring to wear.  There is not a day that goes by when wearing this that someone doesn’t stop me intrigued by the mixture and how it wears.  With top notes of raspberry, plum and pink pepper, the scent opens very sweet, but the base notes of patchouli and frankincense make it complex and extremely mysterious.  A dark bold lip and little black dress is the perfect complement.  Available at Nordstrom $60 – $115.00.

YSL Parisienne

YSL Parisienne


While most of my makeup colors tend to be the same (neutrals), I love a varied array of fragrance options.  Some sultry, some sweet, some feminine, and some masculine.  Since the previous fragrance was so rich and intriguing, this option is much more feminine and delicate.  Much more floral in its composition, it has a sweet dry down that wears incredibly well.  With notes of rose and blackberry, YSL Parisienne is the perfect scent for the woman who is ultra feminine.  A gorgeous fit and flare dress with lots of elegant detail and a soft makeup look is the a great match for a sophisticated valentine’s day look.  Available at Sephora: $39 –  $65.00.

Felicia’s Picks:

Oud Ispahan

Oud Ispahan


During  2013 I probably used this fragrance more than any other in my collection, it is that amazing.  Truth be told, I am down to only a spritz or two (gasp!). With notes of Labdanum, Indonesian Patchouli, Laotian Oud Essence, Turkish Rose and Sandalwood, Oud Ispahan is bold and intoxicating and never fails to  get complimented. It is a unisex oud that’s part of Christian Dior’s La Collection Privée. You can dress this up, down and sideways and still end the evening on a sexy note. Oud Ispahan $155,  Bergdorf Goodman 212 872 8980 

ESCADA Born in Paradise

Escada Born In Paradise

For me this has become an unlikely favorite…blame it on the Polar Vortex or the spicy notes in the base of the fragrance. I usually lean toward heavier, more masculine scents but something about this vibrant spring, almost summery scent captured me.  See my full review hereAvailable at Macys and Ulta: $59

Christene’s Picks:

The des Vignes

The des Vignes

Caudalie The des Vignes, the dusk fragrance, is the handy work of master perfumer Jaques Cavalier. It combines a few of my favorite scents: jasmine, neroli ginger and white musk. I find this fragrance sensual, alluring and seductive with a bit of mystery. It lingers on my skin and simply transforms into something more amazing with each hour that passes. The finish is that of powdery, gingery, musk. With this scent, you can head out to dinner in a t-shirt, tousled hair and a bright red lip and still be super sexy. Available at Nordstrom: $39.

Love 2 Love Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa

Love 2 Love Collection

Valentine’s Day is all about love, so, a fragrance from the super budget friendly Love2Love collection is perfect! Love2Love ‘s Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa is a part of a four part collection of fragrances where each scent consists of two dominant notes.  Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa starts very fresh with notes of peony, raspberry and sparkling mimosa.  The middle of this fragrance has jasmine, sweet pea and honeysuckle. The sweet notes are anchored with musk and rosewood.  This Eau de Toilette wears for about 3 hours. I think Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa is perfect for the young or young at heart. Pair this scent with a fun flirty dress, light makeup and a pretty pink pout. Available at select Walmart Stores: $9.98 

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At ThisThatBeauty we are nothing if not nail art fanatics,  just check out our Mani of the Week features.  And as our monthly nail art contributor, Ari put it in her latest nail art tutorial, Valentine’s Day is our “favorite nail art holiday.” So, when Jin Soon Choi, manicurist to the stars, whose work frequently appears in top glossy mags, shared her Valentine’s Day nail art with us  naturally we had to share with you.

2014 Valentine's Day Nail Art


1.       File and shape your nails in a natural square or roundish shape.

2.       Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat.

Sweetheart Nail Art Step 3

3.       Apply a pink shade on the entire nail bed (here, Jin Soon gives you a sneak peek of Dolly Pink from her SS14 collection). Alternatively, you may try Teddy Girl from Butter London or Sephora Formula X in Potent.

Sweetheart Nail Art Step 4

4.       Apply JINsoon Coral Peony on one side of the nail, covering about 3/4’s of the nail bed and ending in a subtle curve to create half of the heart shape.  Then repeat on the other side, taking special care to intersect the two sides at the center of the nail.

Sweetheart Nail Art Step 5

5.       Apply JINsoon Coquette on one side of the nail covering about half of the nail bed and ending in the same subtle curve as you did when applying the Coral Peony.  Repeat on the other side, again taking special care to intersect the two sides at the center of the nail.

6.       Finish with a high-shine top coat like JINsoon Top Gloss.

How beautiful and easy does this look?   Show your nails some love this Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day.  The day that can strike fear into the hearts of singles everywhere, create sky-rocketing flower prices or ensure that your favorite restaurant is only prix-fixe for the evening.  However, there is still so much fun to be had surrounding this holiday (well – sorta holiday), that can involve just treating yourself.  If the main purpose of the day is love – then that surely can extend to yourself regardless of what your actual plans. And since we are in the business of talkin’ beauty, let’s jump right in and start at the top – hair.

This year Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday, feel free to extend this pampering and love throughout the entire weekend.  Above are a few hair style trends to try – one for each day, perhaps. (Going left to right)

  • Low Bun with Tight Knot – Stunning, yet simple the low tight knot is definitely a “do” this season for those who crave an elegance that is attainable.  Give your knot an extra boost by using a thickening product such as Aquage Thickening Spray Gel, which will help to thicken and strengthen as hair is styled while delivering long lasting volume and style retention.
  • Deep Side Part – A deep side part adds sophistication to one’s style, whether hair is left loose or tresses are tightly pulled back.  Key to this look is sleek hair, so use a product to help tame frizz while leaving the hair shiny and smooth – try Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray.
  • Scarves – Patterned silk scarves brings the pretty to updos no matter how tousled or tamed.  Adding this bit of feminine flair is sure to create a romantic look.
  • Chic Bed Head – This style resembles a just off the sheets look that is effortless and chic.  Relaxed but deemed fashionable enough to be found on the runways, women can replicate these waves with polished ends without a lot of fuss.  To get tons of body in this look, try Oribe’s Dry Texturing Spray which will help to absorb excess oil without leaving any build-up.

If your dexterity falls short of these super styles, there is always the good, ol’ trusty blow out!  Where would gals be without the blow-out? Stuck in the world with really bad hair – that’s where!  Drybar is going to be your Valentine’s Day savior for sure – as the salon ONLY DOES BLOW OUTS, and does them really well.  I know, all your Valentine’s Day (and any other days for that matter) hair emergencies are solved.   Blow-outs begin at $40.  Book your reservation online at drybar.com.

Whatever you do to your hair this Valentine’s Day, make it fun!

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. Egad! With work, busy schedules, and that thing called “life”…you’ve probably had no time to plan out how you’ll turn on your Valentine’s Day “whip appeal” ala Babyface.

Well worry no more. You are an avid ThisThatBeauty reader which means I’ve got you covered. Behold, ThisThatBeauty’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide. So lets get you ready…

Do not let a pesky protruding pimple ruin your perfect Valentine’s Day plans. Stop that bad boy in it’s tracks with the new ZENO HOT SPOT Blemish Clearing Device ($39.99). This FDA approved and dermatologist recommended doo-hickey works by using thermal based technology to kill the bacteria that causes blemishes to occur. Sized to fit in the palm of your well manicured hand, ZENO HOT SPOT is perfect for on the go treatments. How many times have you looked in the mirror at work around lunch time and caught a dastardly pimple plotting to peak by end if day? Here’s where you need ZENO HOT SPOT. Each treatment lasts for two to three minutes. Most blemishes, if caught early, require only two to three treatments. Add ZENO HOT SPOT to your routine. I’d hate to see a mole hill turned mountain to destroy your sexy Valentine’s Day plans.

Because cleanliness is next to sexiness, add Philosophy Flirty Girl Set ($35) to your Valentine’s Day prep plans! Show him you mean business by pampering your body with this soft, sweet, irresistible scent. The combination of Flirty Girl shower gel and lotion layers the light hearted scent beautifully…not at all overwhelming.

Get your skin rub-a dub ready with Creme of Nature’s new line of affordable hydrating lotions.The collection is formulated with natural ingrdients that deliver intense moisture to parched, dehydrated skin. Trust me, yo man does not want to feel all up on your scaly legs. Moisturize that si-du-a-tion (forgive me for the Jersey Shore refernce) with one of Creme of Nature three emollient blends: African Violet & Chamomille, Olive Oil & Lemon Zest, Sweet Mandarin & Lemongrass. Find a store near you.

For the smaller proportioned bella who struggles to find appropriate V-Day ready lingerie, may I suggest The Little Bra Company, a line of sexy, comfortable and stylish lingerie for women sizes 28A to 36B. The Little Bra company celebrates the fact that “good things do come in small packages™.” The sexy red Lucia ($56) features contoured, deep-plunge styling for the ultimate cleavage enhancement with glamorous, smooth lace that makes any small-busted woman feel gorgeous and confident. Lucia is the perfect choice for a dose of feminine confidence this Valentine’s Day…and beyond! Go on, play up your assets!

Don’t forget the “Fat Free Dressing“….a new collection of shapewear from Maidenform ($22-$30) that’s meant to secretly slim, smooth, and shape the body. This life saving figure flattering collection offers a tank top, tee shirt and boy short to address your shapewear needs. The tops are longer in length so there’s no embarrassing “roll down”. “Fat Free Dressing” is designed to fit comfortably all day long. If you’re wearing a body hugging top, dress or skirt for your Valentine’s Day rendezvous, consider these sexy underpinnings. ADDED BONUS: “Fat Free Dressing” is shapewear that doesn’t look like, you know? Shapewear!

If your cup runneth over, try Elomi lingerie for the fuller figure. The collection has a sexy boudoir feel that oozes glamour. From french inspired floral embroidery to contrasting underlay, the designs artfully combine comfort and support with a dash of naughty and nice!

If your pre Valentine’s Day primp fest leads you to the salon for a hair cut, preserve the integrity of your cut with HerCut ($22-$28), a new line of hair care products designed around your specific haircut….not hair type. Genius! The philosophy of the line is simple: All (most) cuts derive from five basic cuts – bob, pixie, shag, blunt, long layers. It does not take an expert to maintain your straight from the salon style, it merely takes the proper products that support your cut. In a press breakfast with HerCut Ambassador and Emmy Award winner Kyan Douglas, I learned that HerCut employs “catalysts” that work at the molecular level to ensure that hair conforms to the shape of your individual cut. Essentially, HerCut picks up where your stylist leaves off. Each HerCut “catalyst” (a serum to be used prior to blow drying) is customized for the five hair cuts previously mentioned. If you struggle to maintain your style post-salon visit, HerCut might be just what you need. And with Valentine’s Day just ’round the corner, you want to make sure your locks are their absolute best!

Don’t let excessive frizz ruin your dinner plans with Mr. Wonderful. Remington Frizz Therapy 1″ Straightener ($49.99) promises all day anti-frizz protection….even in high humidity! High grade ceramic plates dramatically diminish frizz upon styling. The frizz protection feature helps hair resist the effects of humidity all day, thus insuring a sleek smooth style. And since this a Valentine’s Day beauty guide, might I also suggest tossing this bad boy in your overnight bag for the morning after…if ya know what I mean 😉

This Valentine’s Day send his pulse racing with Kelly Van Gogh Wonderlust Illuminating Hair Tonic ($30). This multi-tasking wonder spray delivers smooth, sexy hair with long-lasting results. With just a quick spritz to damp hair, your locks are transformed into tantalizing tresses without a costly trip trip to the salon. Can we say “frugalista friendly”? Kelly Van Gogh Wonderlust Illuminating Hair Tonic incorporates mica shine technology, keratin proteins and caviar conditioners, to revitalize dry, dull hair and protect it from environmental factors including pollution, heat and water damage. This Valentine’s Day fall in love with Kelly Van Gogh Wonderlust Illuminating Hair Tonic!

Make him starry eyed with Urban Decay Stardust ($20). This eye catching shadow delivers a soft sheer wash of color coupled with the tiniest bits of iridescent sparkle. The glistening effect resembles that of wet snow. Yum…so sexy and McDreamy. Capture his eyes and heart this Valentine’s Day with an alluring pop of Stardust. From go-to basic neutrals like black, grey and brown to bright bursts of of turquoise, green and purple. The wide range of Stardust shades will help you bring out your inner kitten. Purrrrr! Want to know my personal fav? It’s Moon Spoon, described as grey with iridescent sparkle!

If your lip gloss isn’t poppin‘, try this – LORAC Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss ($22). This innovative paraben free gloss contains holographic pigments for multidimensional shine. The formula delivers a high lacquer, glam, glossy, vibrant finish with long lasting color. If you gotta get that BOOM BOOM BOOM for your lips, you gotta get LORAC Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss. My traffic stopping favs include Polished and Vivid. MWAH!

For girls who are short on time and have but a few precious moments to go from “office attire’ to “date ready”, this Valentine’s Day try Stila Yumberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24). When multitasking is a must, a great lip and cheek stain can be your BFF. Conveniently packaged in Stila’s iconic click-able pen, this lip/cheek combo reacts to your personal pH to give you a beautiful, fresh-faced flush in your perfect shade of pink.

If sexy bedroom eyes are on your Valentine’s Day prep list, try L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascara. Frugalistas, breakdance! This drugstore mascara (which performs like a pricey department store formula) retails for $9.49. If you’re smart, you will try to catch it during a BOGO at your local Walgreens, Duane Reade, CVS, etc. The genius technology behind L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascara is the spherical brush and clean formula that lengthens while separating. At first the design of the brush freaked me the heck out, TRUE STORY! But the results were Ah-May-Zing! See for yourself then run out and get your own!

If subtlety is your thing, try Coy, the newest gloss from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Coy is an extremely wearable and versatile shade of nude pink. Don’t let the name fool you…Coy redefines lips for a plumper pout. It is specially formulated with Portulaca Extract, a natural peptide that stimulates hyaluronic acid synthesis to help add volume to lips. But hold up…there’s not irritating tingle or stinging involved. YES! Coy is also non sticky and incorporates Vitamin E to hydrate as it smooths. Say yes to Coy this Valentine’s Day and maybe you’ll be saying “YES” All. Night.Long. We’re all grown…I’m just saying!

Couture Couture ($35-$100), an “it girl” fragrance from Juicy Couture, is a stellar choice for Valentine’s Day. The aromatic blend of pink grape, orange flower, mandarin, blushed plum, honeysuckle, and sandalwood will capture Mr. Wonderful’s senses…the rest is up to you! Couture Couture is available at Bloomingdales.com.

For a little His and Hers action try two irresistible scents by Thierry Mugler. For her: ANGEL is the classic Thierry Mugler fragrance that started it all. Known for its pure, soft, and innocent style, ANGEL boasts notes of Bergamot, Hedione, Helional, Honey, Dewberry, Red Berries, Vanilla, Caramel, Patchouli, Chocolate, and Coumarin. The warm tender scent is sure to keep his attention this Valentine’s Day.

For him: A*Men will have you saying “Amen”. The strength of this fragrance lies in its perfect blend of fire and warmth…the perfect element for pure seduction.

ANGEL and A*Men by Thierry Mugler are available at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomies, Neiman Marcus, and ThieryMugler.com

Simply put – DAY-UM! This aint yo grandmomma’s robe. No ma’am! Jenna Leigh’s Kimono Robe ($96) is for the grown and sexy. Translation: I WANT THIS! I love understated sexy…and while the models boobs are practically 3D in the picture below, I love that the robe offers a touch of modesty in in terms of coverage, but beautifully hugs a woman’s body in all the right places. I see this robe being a “warm up” piece. Its what you wear while preparing your sexy Valentine’s Day dinner at home. The wrap/ kimono style is perfect for a little “oops, my robe keeps coming undone “. After about three accidental slips of the kimono coming undone, dinner should be finished and then on to dessert. You feel me?

If a hot, steamy, sexy bath is on your Valentines Day list try Bath Ice Cream ($8.50). These adorable bath delights are perfect for creating a romantic spa like retreat at home. Bath Ice Cream fizz and melt immediately when submerged in water for an incredibly relaxing and indulgent experience. With over 40 flavors to choose from, the only thing left to do is to light a candle and….

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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Celebrity Face Designer

Make a date with Tim Quinn and learn how to customize
your Valentine’s Day look with beauty secrets and
techniques straight from the runway.

February 12, 13, 14
611 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022


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    Meet Tim Quinn
    Celebrity Face Designer

    Make a date with Tim Quinn and learn how to customize
    your Valentine’s Day look with beauty secrets and
    techniques straight from the runway.

    February 12, 13, 14
    611 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10022


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