Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pucker up!

Hi everybody! I don't know about you, but licking my lips at that delicious Halloween candy has left me with a chapped kisser! The dryness sneaks up on me every year. Naturally, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to counteract this cold weather nightmare.

Rosebud salve is a multipurpose miracle to relieve and protect against dryness. It is only six dollars at Sephora! You can put it on dry elbows, knees and of course, LIPS. It even treats diaper rash! Caution: This product will melt everywhere if left in the cup holder of your car in the Texas heat. Don't make the same mistake I did. I promise, It is not as much fun to clean up as it is to put it on. 

Looking for a touch of color in your lip fix? The Korres Mango Butter Lipstick has Sephora's natural seal of approval and comes twelve fabulous shades! It is only $18 and it is SPF 10. Make sure to protect your lips from those rays in the winter, too. They can be even more harmful during these months, especially if you're out in the snow!

After a few long, sickly nights of nose blowing and mouth breathing, my skin is in need of some serious healing. To save myself from the post-sickness blues I turn to my aquaphor healing ointment. It's a little sticky, but it does the trick and little goes a long way!

>>Tip: Having a skin care routine especially for winter is a must. Try going for a thicker moisturizer at night and pay extra attention to your lips. Start this habit early and your skin will thank you.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Walk the line

Hi again! So, I recently made a purchase (or two) at Sephora, of course. Even when I am only going in to replenish my stock, I always seem to end up with something on the receipt I wasn't planning on buying. It's an addiction, people. Anyways, since I do know how to pick 'em, I ended up with some superb eye liner. 

This stuff is incredible. It is so easy to use and once it is dry, it isn't moving for anything. Last night, I decided to fashion some dramatic winged liner. I am embarrassed to admit that this usually takes me forever to pull off, but with the Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner (in Midnight Black) I was done in no time! 

Once I was finished and looking fabulous, I went to clean off my brush. After uselessly running it under water for a considerable length of time, I made the mistake of using the bottom of my sink for assistance. Due to my makeup removal faux pas, the belly of my sink is currently sporting the smudged look. Although my bath fixtures might not adore this astounding discovery, I certainly do! Conclusion: This stuff is immune to water. However, with a little cold cream it comes right off! (phew! I was a little concerned..)

>>Tip: To make any eye liner stay put longer, take a flat liner brush and go over it with eyeshadow in the same color. Happy lining! 

Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Beauty Movement

Doing their part, one blush at a time.."The Beauty Movement provides beauty and personal hygiene products as well as education and resources to women nationwide." 

What do they do, you ask? 
They collect beauty products and personal hygiene items that can be passed on to women whose current situation does not allow them to purchase these little luxuries. Volunteers sterilize and sanitize gently used donations. The items are then sorted into packages to be shipped to women and womens' organizations across the country!  
But, that's not all.. 
They also teach one-on-one and group classes:
  • Beauty 101: Hair and Makeup Tips for total confidence!
  • Workforce Woman: attire, hair, makeup, and coaching for women who are looking to enter or re-enter the workforce! 
"The reward was immediate. She teared up and smiled the biggest smile. I knew I had to help out more women like her. And so the Beauty Movement was born!"
To read more of the story behind this wonderful cause, click here. They are currently hosting a nationwide product drive through November 30, 2010, in an attempt to fill 1000 boxes to be donated this holiday season. During the drive they are holding a raffle with some awesome prizes that are up for grabs!
View the event page here!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

(Almost) free falling

Hello loyal readers! I know it has been a while, but I regret to inform you that my posts may continue to be few and far between for the next couple of months. School has been kicking my cosmetics loving behind! If only blogging about makeup and skin care would give me some course credit.. in my dreams, right? Anywho, without further adieu..

I have recently tried this amazing Nude facial scrub. It is not too harsh on sensitive skin, but it still works wonders. It takes my dull, exhausted skin after a very late night of studying and makes it look like I spent the evening getting a facial. It leaves my skin radiant and it has Sephora's natural seal of approval! (now that's impressive.) 

There are so many great Fall deals right now on gift sets, which I'm sure you know makes us ladies very happy. Fresh has two sets that have a little bit of everything. The first one is called the "Sugar Plum Let it Glow!" set. It has the Sugar plum tinted lip balm, which moisturizes and exfoliates with a hint of color, plus it is SPF 15. Talk about efficient! It also has a small tube of the Supernova Mascara, some twilight Freshface glow, and a sample perfume! The twilight Freshface glow is perfect for giving your skin a subtle radiant glow. You can get all of this awesome stuff for $28. How great is that?! 

Our second Fresh set on the line also has a Sugar lip balm, it is the same as the tinted, but is.. well, not tinted. It has brown sugar body cream and perfume. It even comes in its own cute metallic makeup tote! All for $28 as well. Both of these can be found at

Last, but certainly not least is a gift set by, yes you guessed it.. Benefit!  This deal is incredible. I actually think I may be dreaming..
The 'Some Beauty to Love' set comes with a full size Coralista blush AND a full size eye bright! I know, you're thinking.."SOLD!" But, there's more.. it also comes with some 'That gal' face primer (my favorite) and some Badgal mascara. All for only.. drum roll please.. $29! Oh mylanta. That is just a dollar more than the Coralista blush is sold for on its own. I'm going to go buy mine right now!

>>Tip: Halloween is a great time to show off your craziest makeup techniques. So, start thinking of your costumes now so you can stock up on your favorite brands for a night of fun!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I love you, Fiona.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tool time

Ten brushes that will give you any look you want!

Large Foundation brush- Sonia Kashuk
1. When it comes to basic face makeup, you want to start on areas that need the most attention and blend. Start with a maximum-coverage concealer brush on areas that need the most concentration of makeup. I use the one that was included in my bare minerals starter kit and I love it!

2. If you are having a good skin day or you are just that lucky that you don't have blemishes to cover, you can start with this brush! It is basically a larger version of brush #1. It is great to use on any areas with unwanted redness or to conceal dark under-eye circles. I love flat brushes! They have impeccable coverage because the hairs are sown tightly together. This allows the brush to hold a lot of makeup, but still blend easily.

3. After brush #2, I use my handy buki face brush to blend my powder foundation for a completely natural look. Use it to blend up into your hairline and down your neck. Remember: the idea is to look flawless without looking like you are wearing any makeup. It's possible, I promise!

Flat blusher brush-Sonia Kashuk
4. Next I use a flat topped, or an angled brush with my Hoola bronzer to contour under my cheekbones, around my forehead, and down my neck. Contouring can slim your face and give you incredible cheekbones in seconds!

5. After contouring, use a fluffy blusher brush to apply your favorite blush to the apples of your cheeks.

6. Once your basic face is done, use an eye shadow that is close you your hair color and fill in your eyebrows with an angled brow brush. This step can really make your eyes pop!

Lash and brow groomer-Sonia Kashuk
7. This brush is perfect because you can use it for your eyebrows and your eyelashes. So functional! Use it after applying eyebrow color to blend and smooth out your brows. You can also use it after your mascara to separate lashes.

8. After you are done with your eyebrows, you can start with your eye shadow. Brushes 8,9, and 10 are my favorite brushes for eye shadow and eyeliner. When applying my eyeshadow, I always start with a large fluffy eyeshadow brush to dust neutral color from my lash line up to my brow bone. 

Smudge brush-Sonia Kashuk

9. Next, I use a smudge brush to apply any darker eye shadow I am using. This brush is great for contouring your eyelids to give the illusion of bigger eyes. Go back and forth between brushes 8 and 9 to blend and get the eye shadow look you want before applying any eye liner.

Get bent liner brush-Benefit

 10. This brush is great because its 'bent' design allows you to apply your eye liner and still see what you are doing! It works best with gel liners but can also be used with liquid. The 'get bent' liner brush works great with Benefit's babe cake eye lining kit! Once your eye liner is dry, apply mascara and you're done!

>>Tip: Use a smudge brush like brush number 9 to go over your liquid or gel eye liner with a black eye shadow so it stays put all day (and night!)

Enjoy and thanks for reading!
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