Re-Tales: confessions of a shopaholic

Earthly Delights

Being that Earth Day is just a few weeks away (Tuesday, April 22nd to be exact), I thought it only fitting that I bring you the very best in organic beauty. From lipstick tubes made entirely out of corn (who knew?), to fizzy bath bombs infused with pine to nearly recycled emerald-hued nail polish (I kid you not!), these eco-friendly finds will prettify you from top-to-toe while preserving the planet.

imageCargo’s colorful line of botanical lipsticks will beautify your pout and the environment! Each tube is made entirely out of corn and the outer carton is made of flower paper embedded with real flower seeds. Simply moisten, plant, and wait for a bouquet of wild flowers to bloom! Choose from 20 shea butter-infused shades for ultra smooth (and sexy!) smackers. Cargo PlantLove™ Botanical Lipstick, $20, available at

imageThe crème de la crème in au natural skincare, Care’s ultra-rich facial moisturizer is packed with five mega-potent organic extracts that firm and hydrate. Completely free of harmful petrochemicals and silicones, this miracle in a bottle promises radiant-looking skin just like that of its creator, Stella McCartney. Care 5 Benefits Moisturising Cream, $76, available at

imageYou don’t have to be the outdoor type to appreciate the benefits of this pine-infused bath bomb. When submerged under water, the Geo Phyzz slowly releases red Hawaiian and coarse sea salts, which soothe and soften even the scaliest skin. And don’t worry, you won’t end up smelling like one of those tacky pine air fresheners. Lush Geo Phyzz Bath Bomb, $7.15, available at

imageGo green with a punchy nail polish! Although not technically organic, Recycle’s ultra dark emerald hue is so much fun to flaunt. Besides, you can at least recycle the bottle! Just don’t forget to nix the bling when wearing polish this bright, as your nails become the accessory. Recycle Nail Polish, $18, available at

imageDust your face, décolletage and shoulders with this decadent, all-over shimmer powder. The hidden value: it’s packed with real jade particles and pure bareMinerals for a hint of good fortunate and a healthy, glowing finish. Although it appears green, the flaxen shimmer shade has a delicate pink undertone that flatters every skin tone. Genuine Jade Beauty Duo, $39, available at

Who ever said it’s not easy being green?

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Fashion Junkie Featured on!

imageIn the shameless act of self-promotion, I thought I’d mention that Fashion Junkie is featured on Store Adore – my favorite new web portal designed for shopaholics, including yours truly. Check out the site’s first-ever “Expert Shopper Feature” (hint: look at the photo on the right-hand side of the homepage) to see what I had to say about… shopping, of course! From the best New York designer clothing spots to buzz-worthy e-boutiques, Fashion Junkie comes clean! 

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Store Adore

imageCraving an online community where you can talk “shop” 24/7? Look no further than – a new web portal designed for shopaholics, including yours truly.

Conceived by Meredith Barnett, a former fashion editor, and Cristina Miller, a management consultant, as a resource to assist avid shoppers and tourists throughout North America, Store Adore profiles new stores as well as long-time favorites in a fun and easy-to-navigate, interactive environment.

Surf the site for exclusive deals from the hottest boutiques in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, as well as the hippest e-stores. Plus, the site’s free membership feature lets you create Shopper Profiles where you can post pictures of items you’ve bought (or want), email messages to other like-minded shoppers, and receive special notices about your favorite stores. I adore the Notepad blog, which features shopping news, obsessions, expert advice and the latest trends from all your favorite boutiques. In fact, today’s post happens to be about Fashion Junkie! 

Visit Store Adore right now for 20% off designer labels at, (an addictive e-boutique), (J Brand jeans to Rag & Bone blouses), (sexy swimwear), (luxe contemporary labels like 3.1. Phillip Lim) and so many others. But don’t take my word for it. Check out to see for yourself!

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M.A.C. Attack!

imageAlthough I only slept 3 hours last night (ahh, the joys of drinking too much wine before bedtime), my face is surprisingly full of life. That’s because my lids are lined with electric blue, glittery eyeliner and my pout is painted a high-shine shade of fuchsia gloss. Admittedly, not the most flattering make-up colors for my complexion, but since they’re part of the new limited edition Heatherette for M.A.C. make-up collection, how could I possibly resist? 

The brainchild of design duo Richie Rich and Traver Rains, Heatherette for M.A.C. is without a doubt, one of the coolest make-up collaborations I’ve ever come across. Having recently met-up with Richie and Traver at New York’s brand new M.A.C. Pro store, I can’t say enough good things about these guys not to mention their groovy make-up collection.

Fashioned into two distinct “Good Girl, Bad Girl” looks that play off the designers’ sense of dress-up and fun, Heatherette’s coloring-book colors and hot pink, disco-esque packaging are just as imaginative and daring as Richie and Traver themselves. A playful, head-turning palette of day-to-night essentials for the ultimate Heatherette face, the 24-piece collection is fun, yet sophisticated with a downtown edge.

Brace yourself for ultra-bright, gender-neutral products that are meant to appeal to club kids as well as corporate types (who knew?), including Beauty Powders (perfect for your face and eyelids), Lipstick (Fleshpot, a barely-there nude is the tamest of the bunch), Eye Shadow Trios (pastel mint green to deep purple), Pigments (peach and pinky shimmers with reflective particles), Glitter (Richie’s nightclub-inspired look), Nail Lacquers (gray is the new black!), Faux Patent-Leather and Fishnet Eye Lashes and Dual-Edge Eye Pencils in a variety of creamy solids and glittery shades – a first for M.A.C.

Well-priced at no more than $39 (for the eye shadow trio), the limited edition Heatherette for M.A.C. make-up collection won’t last long. Having just hit stores, you’d better act fast or you’ll inevitably be eBay bound.

The Retail Details!
Product: Heatherette for M.A.C.
Where To By:
Price Range: $19-$39

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Over Under NYC: Runway Presentation Series

imageIf you live in Manhattan and don’t have plans this Thursday night, why not join me and other fellow fashionistas at Over Under – the first of many runway shows featuring the city’s hottest emerging fashion talent.

Picture a live version of Project Runway (sans the ‘tude) with instant access to industry insiders (tomorrow’s event is sponsored by The Fashion Mini and Fashion Week Daily) and under-the-radar designers such as Linda Loudermilk, Tara Jarmon (my personal fave), Nature vs. Future and Sinner Saint.

This cutting-edge concept was conceived by Jonathan Ressler, co-founder of Underground NYC – a new emerging designer marketplace and style venue in SoHo that you have to check out. 

Following tomorrow’s kick-off event, Over Under will continue to host regular monthly presentations showcasing newcomers in various categories including men’s and women’s designer and contemporary, swimwear, lingerie, eco-friendly and streetwear. Hope to see you there!

The Retail Details!
What: Over Under Runway Presentation Series
Where: Underground-NYC, 440 Broadway (btw Grand & Canal)
When: Thursday, March 20th, 2008
Time: 6:30pm


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