Barr + Barr Winner Announced!

Barr + Barr WinnerCongratulations Gertrude! Thank you to everyone who logged on to Facebook to enter the handbag giveaway! There will be more giveaways coming soon!

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Gray the H&M Way

MyOwnJudge - H&M Nail PolishThe new H&M polishes are bigger in size and offer more support and surface area for those with adult digits. I grabbed a couple of colors and am using this time of post-cold to catch up with images and posts. Being able to breathe through your nose is fantastic y’all.MyOwnJudge - H&M Nail Polish MyOwnJudge - H&M Nail PolishLeft image is without flash and right is with flash. I have an endless appreciation for these polishes (and all other polishes who do this) because of their flawless carryover from color delivery at first look to different lighting. That and I have a thing for 90 degree angles on polishes!

What do you think? Have you tried any?
 

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Colors Mandatory in Resort 2012

MyOwnJudge Resort Collections 2012 Summer Fridays may be official starting today, but fashion is in overdrive as always. The Resort 2012 collections (yes 2012) are debuting some bright colors. It seems like across the board, clothing requirements are: lightweight airy fabrics and cuts, bright or pastel colors, hats and sunglasses. Makeup? Optional. A bright lip made a guest appearance here and there, but suffice it to say, a vacation requires little work.

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Which collections caught your eye?

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Respect the OG

MyOwnJudge - Diane KeatonWhen I was younger, I would also try to prove to my mother how great the evolution of fashion made the youth, and how much more knowledge we possessed. As I grew up, I realized that the situation was out of my reach. I was talking foolishness to the Original Gangsters (fashionwise at least) and trying to claim the youth played a part in reinventing the wheel. Now I know that everything I get excited about has already come full circle in the cycle that is trending, and even all the new concepts pay homage to predecessors.

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So it was to no surprise of mine when I spotted pictures of Diane Keaton walking the streets of New York reprising her Annie Hall wardrobe, high waist wide leg pants and turtle neck belted just right. But what was this? Do I spy no one (not two), but three leopard print bangles? (looks a lot like Dannijo) And is that a contrasting red clutch with an uber cute (and super popular Kate Spade Large Dots iPhone case?). Yes, indeed I did. And it just reminded me – she’s an OG and we’re the students. Let’s all tip a hat to Annie err… Diane!

p.s. Her walk and shots came out as though intended for a personal style blog!

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Lip Service

MyOwnJudge - Lip TrendsThe magazines and websites are ablaze with lip colors that are trending this season. The truth of the matter is that anything bright is on par with the trends. The standout colors shouldn’t be too surprising, as they always peek their heads out as soon as the sun comes out to play for real. Case in point: orange and pink. A newcomer to the popular table is the lilac and purple lipstick. Let’s blame it on the gals who take the stage in costumes your mother would never advise you wear. As far as the red – well that one never goes out of style. A bright red lip is a bad-mamajama all year, come rain sleet or snow (and unlike the postal service, it doesn’t take days off).

I love the orange trend the most because a lot of the times it comes off as a red depending on what shade you get it in, and how you wear it, and it makes your teeth look brighter than your toothpaste ever could. Though I have favorite lipsticks for all of the shades, the hands down winner is the selection of colors by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics with their Lip Tars. The best thing with them is that you can even mix them to customize your own color.

p.s. I had to add a celebrity example in a variety of skin tones because I don’t want to hear anyone say the color doesn’t look good on their skin. Retire that mindset!

Which color tickles your fancy the most?

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Kiss A Mani

MyOwnJudge - Kiss Everlasting Nails
Being that I just wrapped up my final exams, you could rightfully expect my nails to be on the.. well… mend. It seems that though my nail biting habit went out the door, the presence of exams and wanting to do well and just be over with the madness – well that brought the chompers and the nails together again.

Thankfully, I had a product to review that would save me from the mess. As a side note, let me just say it’s not that I dislike the look of short nails (okay maybe I kind of do), but it’s the feeling! It feels so awkward to have a newly short nail when I touch things, it’s almost like it was never meant to feel like that (does that make sense or is that just me?).

Kiss Everlasting Nails were patiently waiting for me to have an aha moment and break them out. Now, I’m pretty familiar with how the faux nails work by now, are you? It’s a simple pick the nail, use the glue, and voila process. I’m sure if the package had a voice it’d be just waiting to say “I told you so” after everything was over.MyOwnJudge - Kiss Everlasting NailsThe changes? Let’s call them updates. The nails come with application tabs, and though that may seem like nothing special, consider the fact that the other nails that have numbers on the back of each nail are tiny, and usually blend in with the nail, and then deciphering if it’s a 6 or a 9 is a pain (and you always end up needing those two sizes!!). It’s also just easier overall because it’s right there before your eyes. Simple and efficient. I was also digging the short size, because my nail beds aren’t as long as I would’ve like them to be and most nails are a little too long for comfort (especially when logging time behind a computer screen or using a touch screen phone – both a constant in my life!).MyOwnJudge - Kiss Everlasting NailsMyOwnJudge - Kiss Everlasting NailsThe other thing that I noticed with these is that I had almost no – I’m talking 1 out of 10, nails with glue related bubbles under the nails. I had a problem with making it look spiffy on my thumb but my other nails came out darn near flawless (even if I say so myself). That’s not an easy feat for nails that have a clear or almost clear majority.MyOwnJudge - Kiss Everlasting NailsRemoving the tabs is easy, fold them all down (learning from experience, folding up messes with the nail) and file the remainder.MyOwnJudge - Kiss Everlasting NailsThere are small chips from the remainders of the tabs that need to be filed off. If you have a mosquito bite or an itch, keep these on for some instant relief and then file off promptly thereafter.
MyOwnJudge - Kiss Everlasting NailsMyOwnJudge - Kiss Everlasting NailsFile in an underneath type of motion. This will keep the nail file from scratching your nail design and handle the excess from the back of the nail.MyOwnJudge - Kiss Everlasting NailsTa da! I tried to spiffy up my mani a bit with some leftover
Kissstickers from past holidays (it’s kind of like being green – as well as removing clutter in my house!)MyOwnJudge - Kiss Everlasting NailsMyOwnJudge - Kiss Everlasting NailsI kept it simple with just one sticker on my ring finger, and topped it with a clear polish to secure it.

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Disclaimer: This productwas sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on MOJ remain unbiased and unpaid. For more info, feel free to contact the author.
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Pop the Cork!

Fred Flare at ShopStyle

The cork trend has been weaving in and out of spring arrivals (and has been sticking around for summer) for several years now. Every single year there is another brand jumping on the wagon and allowing for more choices.

Sure the cork trend is cute, but you can’t just glue your wine bottle corks together and walk on ’em right? This year has embraced the cork and it has come in various shapes and sizes. It even got the red sole treatment (in different variations too)!

Cork shoes and accessories are perfect for warmer weather due to their light weight and casual feel. Depending on what material and color is used along with the product, you can wear it into the night. The neutral coloring of the cork blends well with all skin tones and all outfits. Dress it up with bright color accessories, clothing, or makeup. It really serves as a blank canvas for you to work your creative side. I’d love to see y’all display some royal blue toesies peeping out of a cork sandal, or a neon green tank with a cork clutch. You can even match up the accessories in shoes, handbags, and jewelry without it going too overboard. When the trend is over and you stop feeling the style, remember you can just use pushpins in ’em and have stylish paperweights. 🙂 

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You Can Find Me At The…

MyOwnJudgeSpring showers and May flowers also bring with them the warm comfort of leaving your house more frequently than you did the last couple of months. So it’s no surprise that events are starting to pop up everywhere. Today and tomorrow, StyleFixx will be hosting an event in Manhattan where attendees can shop, drink, and be merry. I’m using the event as a way to meet up with a college friend I haven’t seen in years (though we live in the same city!), and wanted to give everyone a heads up so that maybe we can meet there too.

To check out a list of the vendors present or past shows click here. Not in NY? They have shows touring the states in locations like Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Will I see you there?

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Giveaway Time!

MyOwnJudge - Barr + Barr GiveawayBarr + Barr handbags are embarking on their second decade of producing quality handbags with handwoven details among many other standout features. Helen Barr, brand designer and owner uses her fine arts degrees to create memorable designs in both construction and aesthetics. The brand’s success and popularity earned them a spot on the Home Shopping Network’s (HSN) roster.

The brand has been kind enough to provide fans of MyOwnJudge a luxury handbag (retails for $279). Excited?!

To enter:
-‘Like’ MyOwnJudge on Facebook.
-‘Like’ Barr + Barr on Facebook.

Once you ‘Like’ both, leave a comment on the Barr + Barr page (in 20 words or less) saying why you should win. Anything from needing a new bag to match your makeover to being the perfect foray into luxury handbags!

EDIT: Because of Blogger’s refusal to post my giveaway on 3pm 5/20 as expected, the giveaway will end 5/28 – a day later. The winner will be announced after the weekend by Barr + Barr.

Good luck!

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The Makeup Show NYC 2011

MyOwnJudge - The Makeup Show 2011I have been a bit remiss in actively posting updates about my whereabouts. Why? I’ve been trying to build up the MOJ channels across the social network world. The YouTube channel had a significant boost in the last week (I double the amount of videos!), I’m on Twitter for darn near all day with y’all, and I’m working to improve Facebook.

This past weekend I got the chance to go to The Makeup Show NYC. This year it was the most amped up and interactive show I have been to, to date. The educational seminars and workshops were stepped up, the brand presence and communication was upgraded, and the show had a kickoff party the night before to raise morale and really get everyone excited and amped to spend money. (The above image is Makeup Forever artists working their magic).

I spent a hefty chunk of money and am looking forward to reviewing the products I got. I also feel like I got inspiration and motivation to push my career out of the plateau I have unwittingly placed it into. Check out the Facebook album for photos from the show, and the YouTube playlist below and let me know what you think and if you want any different coverage from these kinds of shows. Do you want more products? Interviews? More footage? More chat? Let me know!

http://www.youtube.com/p/8FAB0E60A4121D95?hl=en_US&fs=1

P.s. If you’re in the Chicago area, the Makeup Show is headed your way in less than a month (and Europe in three). Click here to get the details.

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