The Bum Slip – how to avoid embarrassment

It’s best to start with a few definitions. The bum slip is not what happens when you accidentally flash a cheek when bending over in a mini-skirt, or have a Marilyn Monroe moment in a flouncy dress on a windy day. The bum slip is a deliberate fashion statement and has been sported by no less fashion royalty than Kate Moss, at Carine Roitfeld’s Paris Fashion Week party. Miley Cyrus has also been seen sporting it out in California, and Eva Longoria on the red carpet.

image from Mail Online

image from Mail Online

image from mail online

image from mail online

The look is created with a pair of high-cut shorts that rise above your upper thighs to show a cheeky bit of lower bum. Clearly, it’s not a look for the faint-hearted. In fact, given that the area it reveals is often the one that most women desperately try to hide, it’s difficult to see how it could work for anyone who doesn’t have a personal trainer and a team of beauty stylists. If this particular look goes wrong, the consequences really are more extreme than if you happened to sport a misjudged winter hat or an overly bright sweater.

So if you really want to try it, it’s important to get it right the first time.

Golden rule number one: get the right pair of shorts. This look can be bold or toned down, so if you’re a first-timer go for a marginally longer pair of black tailored shorts rather than the tiniest pair of daisy dukes available.

Golden rule number two: have the right underwear. If opting for a truly risqué style pick lingerie that will peek out just below the hem of your chosen bum slip shorts, such as a low-leg laced pair of briefs. For those seeking a more modest version of this look, the emphasis should be on avoiding showing any knicker lines at all, so choose a thong or high-legged brief.

Golden rule number three: do it with confidence. It’s a look for those extroverts out there, so have your head held as high as you sport the bum slip!


*article was done in collaboration with Catherine M

More reviews by Marcia

I know you are just dying to read my posts and can’t quite get enough. Even if that’s not the truth, I’m still sharing a few guest posts I did for Prime Beauty.  – Marcia

MAYBELLINE SHOW OFF Nail Polish in Styled Out (I love this!!)

JR Watkins Hand Soaps

An old post on Physician’s Formula gel liners

Thanks for reading!!


Cristophe Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner: great first AND second day hair

My  hair is colored (thank you genetics…I’ve had to get rid of gray since I was 17 years old!) so to keep my color from fading I wash my hair every other day.  Less frequent washing definitely helps keep color vibrant – but it can also result in not-so-fabulous second day hair.  I am always on the lookout for shampoo and conditioner that gives me great first and second day hair.


Enter Cristophe Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner.  I’ll bet you have heard of Cristophe before – he is one of the most famous stylists in America.  He started in Beverly Hills in 1985 and has been a huge success ever since.  He has several different salons in addition to the fabulous Beverly Hills location, and his product line is now available both online and in drug stores like CVS.

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo

I really, really liked the two products I tried in the Glossing line.  The Cristophe Glossing Shampoo ($12) has both Argan and Monoi oils in it, so it makes your hair soft and frizz-free.  It’s designed to make your hair look very glossy and shiny, and it definitely delivers.

Cristophe Glossing Conditioner

Because my hair is pretty thick, I like to do a quick wash with a little shampoo first then follow with a second lather to really clean my hair.  After that, I smooth on some Cristophe Glossing Conditioner ($13) and let it soak in while I finish showering, then I rinse really well.  The conditioner also has Argan and Monoi oils in it, as well as UV protection which is nice especially in the summer when I am outside much more often.  The shampoo and conditioner together make my hair soft and shiny with lots of great body.

What I like even more is that my second day hair is great!  I don’t get that flatness or that dull look that often happens on the second day.  I love this shampoo and conditioner combination and it’s in heavy rotation in my shower.

Can you tell it’s second day hair?

The next time you are shopping for shampoo and conditioner, I highly recommend you give this combo a try – I find it’s excellent, especially if you are an every-other-day shampooer like me.  – Lisa

*pr samples

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo ingredients:  Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Coco-sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Frangance, Argania Spinsoa Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Quaternium-26, Glycerin, Quaternium-95, Propanediol, Ascorbic Acid, Creatine, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-11, PEG/PPG-4/12 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-10, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Orange 4, Yellow 10

Cristophe Glossing Conditioner ingredients:  Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium  Methosulfate, Amodimethicone, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Quaternium-95, Propanediol, Ascorbic Acid, Creatine, Cetrimonium Chloride, Triisostearoyl, Polyglyceryl-3 Dimer Dilinoleate, Cyclcopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearamine Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Citirc Acid, Fragrance, Orange 4

Praying for a miracle – please read

It’s not often that we would ask you for money but this is a very rare and important exception. A blogger friend of ours is doing a fundraiser for a beautiful 5 year old girl with an inoperable brain tumor. Her family has done just about everything including seeking experimental brain surgery in the hopes that their precious baby has a chance. Please visit A Girls Gotta Spa to see how you can help. Shannon has a fundraiser going on and in addition you can donate money towards helping Ava out.

“Which is why I have decided to hold an auction to help raise money for this family. As you can imagine, all of the travel (and expenses that come with that), the time out of work, medical expenses that are not covered, all add up.  I can’t imagine trying to fight for my child’s life all the while wondering how I will make the mortgage payment or how I will pay for gas to get her to her next appointment hours and hours away.”

Donate directly to Ava by going to her website: .She also has a fan page: A Miracle for Ava on Facebook.

Beautiful inside and out: Eve Organics Mineral Blush and Eyeshadow reviews and swatches

After almost two years of blogging, I have come to realize that there are some truly stupendous organic lines out there.  What I was surprised to learn recently was that one of them is practically in my own backyard!

Eve Organics eyeshadow - gawjus!!

Eve Organics is a mineral make up and organic skin care line that can be found online and in select stores and spas.  I was attracted to this line because they have beautiful products and a beautiful message – every quarter, Eve Organics donates 10% of their profits to different charities that support people or communities in need.  They carefully select charities to make sure the donations reach the cause, and not just the pockets of the administrators.

Eve Organics refuses to use toxic ingredients like dyes, synthetic fragrance, and bismuth, so you know what you are putting on your skin is good for you.  They have an extensive skin care line, but today I am writing about their color products.  I recently tested their blush and eyeshadow, and was totally impressed.  And when I saw the bottom of the jar I realized that this wonderful company is in Macomb, Michigan – only about a half hour from where I live!

Eve Organics Mineral Blush in Kisses

Mineral blushes are in loose pigment form, so you can use them for many things besides blush.  All the pigments by Eve Organics are lip and eye safe, so you can use them for blush, eyes, lip color, mixed in with nail polish, or mixed into body lotion.  Their pigments have no fillers, so they have great  intensity and color payoff.

inside Kisses Blush

Kisses ($13.50 for 3 g) is a beautiful pinky-peach, I would say more pink than peach.  It does remind me of Nars Orgasm, but it’s a little more pink and far prettier, I think.

swatch of Kisses - like Nars Orgasm only better

I find that many mineral blushes fade on me very quickly, but these don’t.  The color is so concentrated that it has great lasting power.  And it’s extremely affordable – one jar of color will probably last your whole life, these are big jars and you need just a tiny amount of product.

Eve Organics FOD with Kisses Mineral Blush, caught blinking so you can see the eye look!!

So the blushes are great, but what about the eyeshadows?  Total, complete LOVE.  The colors are deeply pigmented and complex.  Just check out Fanatic ($8.95 for .5 g):

Eve Organics Fanatic eyeshadow

This is a unique purplish/brown/rose/golden shadow, it’s different from anything else in my entire collection (which isn’t as big as Marcia’s, but it’s still pretty big!!)

swatch of Fantatic

Oh my, just looking at the swatch gives me goosebumps.  It is truly outstanding.  I also tried 24K ($8.95 for .5 g), a shimmering gold that I thought would be challenging for my 46-year-old eyelids to wear gracefully:

Eve Organics 24K eyeshadow

Check out the swatch below.  Beautiful, isn’t it?  But would it give me that ‘aging hooker’ look that I try to avoid (except for special occasions, of course)?

swatch of 24K

It’s actually truly gorgeous on, far more subtle than you would think and very easy to work with.  If I want to look like an aging hooker I can pile it on, but normal application gives a fantastic glow that really opens up and brightens my eyes.

Eve Organics eye of the day

I am just so impressed with the pigments from Eve Organics.  They are affordable, super high quality, and most of all just plain beautiful.  I totally recommend this line that is amazing inside and out.  Every purchase brings you beauty and gives back to the community at the same time.  It just doesn’t get any better than that.  – Lisa

*pr samples

Neiman Marcus Beauty Week and Le Metier de Beaute

Beauty Week has begun so it’s time to get decide what amazing products you want. I know I’m a broken record about Le Metier de Beaute but I’m excited about their line and what they have available for you.

Here’s the Neiman Marcus bag that contains a variety of cosmetic and fragrance samples for you with a minimum $100 purchase:

Beauty Bag from

  • Cle de Peau Beaute Le Coton, five sheets.
  • Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum Vaporisateur Spray, 1.5 ml/.05 fl. oz.
  • A Dozen Roses Electron Eau de Parum, .88ml/.03 fl. oz.
  • Kiehl’s Since 1851 Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, 5 ml/0.17 fl. oz.
  • Molton Brown Vitalizing Vitamin AB+C Shower Gel 30mL/1 fl. oz.
  • Fekkai Ageless Rejuvenating Shampoo 9mL/0.3 fl oz
  • Fekkai Restructurizing Conditioner 9mL/0.3 fl. oz.
  • Fekkai All-Day Hair Plump 7mL/.024 fl. oz.
  • Kate Somerville Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pad, two pads.
  • La Mer Bounceback card for a deluxe sample with your future La Mer purchase.

Le Metier de Beaute has a few gifts for you with certain purchases. With a $125 purchase you’ll receive their magnificient Red Velvet Lip Creme.

With a $300 purchase you’ll receive a full size Le Metier cleanser from their innovative Peau Vierage Treatment Collection.

To sweeten the pot Kim McFadden from the Troy, MI has an extra gift with purchase if you call and order Le Metier’s Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Night Creme. This is an amazing night moisturizer that contains .5% Retinol to help stimulate collagen cell rejuvenation and bring elasticity back to your skin; Coenzyme Q10 to help reduce age related wrinkles and protect against photo-aging; L-Carnosine to prevent the keratin degradation that causes rough dry skin; and SNAP 8 which is an power-peptide that helps reduce the expression lines. If you call to order this cream you’ll not only receive the beauty bag, the Lip Cream and the Tissue Off Cleanser but she’ll send an additional gwp if you tell her you’ve been sent by Beauty Info Zone or by Marcia. Here’s the phone number: 248-643-3300 extension 2104. Ask for Kim or Venus to get these specials.

Neiman Marcus has a lot of wonderful gifts from the lines they carry. I’m partial to Le Metier and hope to preorder their new Kaleidoscopes for my beauty purchases. These specials are available until March 4th but the sooner you get in your order, the better your chance is of getting what you want. — Marcia

Tarte is Puttin’ on the Glitz for the holidays

Tarte’s new holiday set Puttin on the Glitz is both beautiful and practical, two adjectives I aspire to be (but, unfortunately, I often fall a little short!!).  At only $48 this set is wonderfully affordable, especially considering what you get:  a gold and silver clutch, three interchangeable eyeshadow/face color palettes that snap into the clutch, a lipgloss, and an instruction card with eye looks for each palette.  If you total up all the products just in the palettes, that’s an incredible 18 eyeshadows, 1 blush, 1 shimmer powder, and 1 bronzer.  Unbelievable!!

Clutch from Puttin' on the Glitz

The clutch is nicely versatile since it’s silver but the chain is gold.

The clutch has four credit card slots and a removable mirror.  There is a holder for the lip gloss, and the palettes clip right into place.

Here it is with the Nine-to-Five palette popped inside.  Purple is my favorite color, so I am totally digging the interior of the clutch.

The lip gloss is a soft, pretty peachy-pink, almost a watermelon color that has a little shimmer.  The bottom twists, and the lip gloss comes out through the lip brush.

Tarte PureOptic lip gloss swatch

The lipgloss has a great feel, not the least bit sticky.  It has a slight ‘fresh’ taste to it, like spearmint.  It’s a very wearable shade that will look great on most people.  You can wear it alone or over a matte color to brighten it up.

Tarte PureOptic lip gloss applied

The three palettes each have six coordinating eyeshadows in both matte and shimmer, and then one larger powder product (blush, shimmer powder, or bronzer).

Tarte Nine-to-Five palette

Pictured above is the Nine-to-Five palette, which has neutral eyeshadows (cool and warm colors) and a soft pink blush.  The eyeshadow colors are from top to bottom:

shimmery golden brown, shimmery deep purple;

shimmery peach, shimmery pink;

matte greyish taupe, shimmery champagne (I love how mine is sideways!!  That’s a lucky sign, I need to go play the lottery…)

And here is the gorgeous Amazonian Clay blush that is also included – I love this blush, it gives the best ‘inner glow’ look.

Nine-to-Five instruction card

Here is the instruction card for the Nine-to-Five palette.  I tried out the look below:

It’s a very pretty daytime look that you can easily ramp up by deepening the colors.  This is probably my most favorite of the three palettes since I tend to be more of a ‘neutral’ gal anyway.

Tarte Girls' Night Out palette

Pictured above is the Girls’ Night Out palette.  This palette has more dramatic jewel toned colors, as well as a shimmery highlighter shade. The eyeshadow colors are from top to bottom:

dark matte green, dark matte purple (this photographed lighter than it is in person);

deep shimmery pinkish-purple-silver, medium green with multi-colored shimmer;

shimmery light brown, light pink champagne shimmer.

Above is the shimmering highlighter powder.  The highlighter is great – you can use this on your eyes, cheeks, brow bones, it’s very versatile.  In terms of use, I would say this palette gets the least amount of play from me because I don’t often do brighter, bolder colors.  However, I do think that the two eyeshadow shades in the middle are truly spectacular and original.  Be sure to click on the photo to see those babies up close.

Tarte Walk in the Park palette

Pictured above is the third palette in the set, this one called Walk in the Park.  The Walk in the Park palette is more natural, with earth-toned shades.  The much beloved Park Avenue Princess bronzer is included in addition to the six eyeshadows. The eyeshadow colors are:

shimmery forest green, matte deep brown;

medium brown with golden shimmer, matte light tan;

neutral light beige, and shimmery light gold.

And then, of course, the Park Avenue Princess bronzer.  This is a medium toned bronzer with golden shimmer.  I use this to contour, to bronze, and to blush for more natural looks.

Walk in the Park instruction card

Above is the instruction card for the Walk in the Park look, which I tried to replicate below.

Walk in the Park eye look

I find that the pigment quality of these eyeshadows is very nice.  I know some people have voiced concern that they are powdery.  Tarte eyeshadows aren’t the type you ‘swipe’ with your brush – you need to ‘pat’ the brush into the shadow to pick up pigment, then pat it onto your eye.  The pigment is terrific using that method.

I wish my pictures weren’t so dark, this is really a pretty combination.  It was very overcast that day, so there wasn’t much natural light, and our indoor lighting is just too yellow to give a true picture.  The clouds parted for just a moment and I was able to get my next picture:

FOD with the Walk in the Park palette

My face of the day using the Tarte Walk in the Park palette.  I used the Park Avenue Princess bronzer as my blush.

Do I really need to bring my eyeshadow palette with me to a party?  Probably not, although the blush/highlighter/bronzer part comes in handy.  And yet…do I ever need to bring an eyeshadow palette to work on days I have a big meeting in the evening, or I am going to go out right after work?  Yes, for sure.  And whether or not you use the clutch to carry a palette, you can still use the clutch just as a purse, and the three palettes and lip gloss are a fabulous value for the price.  This is most definitely a ‘one for you, and one for me’ gift!!  – Lisa

This gift set is available online at Tarte as well as at Sephora.