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Saturday, November 29, 2014

4 Quality Makeup Palettes for Under $25

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We’re all on the budget so you have to make your dollars go far. I found some great quality makeup palettes, and one set of eye colors that I think qualify, that are all under $25. Which one do you like best?

1. SEPHORA All Access Glam Gold and Silver Eye and Face Palette - $15 @ sephora.com

2. TOO FACED Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette - $12.50 @ toofaced.com

3. SMASHBOX Full Exposure Travel Palette - $22 @ sephora.com and smashbox.com

4. BARE ESCENTUALS bareMinerals Party Starters - $15 only @ ulta.com

Friday, December 20, 2013

Gift Pick: When You Have No Idea What to Get Her or Him!

What It Is: SEPHORA Fragrance Rollerball Sampler for Her - $24 @ sephora.com

Why I Like It: Sephora is so right on when it comes to their fragrance sampler sets. I mean, who doesn’t need to try any scent before investing in the bigger version of it? That’s why I’m recommending their Fragrance Rollerball Sampler for Her and I will probably always recommend their fragrance samplers for any gift giving occasion! I mean the scents are current and ones that are quite popular like this particular one contains my favorite Flowerbomb and Chloé’s Chloé See, Gucci Flora, Juicy Couture: Viva La Juicy and Marc Jacobs: Dot. This particular sampler redeems for a rollerball version of one of these.

And like I said in the title, they have a Fragrance Sampler for Him too that you can see here.

And the best trait is that the gift seems personal because scents tend to be but it really isn’t personal at the same time. 

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gift Pick: For the Frequent Flyer

What They Are:

ORLA KIELY ‘Graphite’ Large Hanging Organizer - $29.99 @ target.com
SEPHORA COLLECTION Deluxe Airless Travel Kit
- $38 @ sephora.com
KESTREL 'Grid' Small Beauty Pouch
- $54 @ anthropology.com

Why I Like These: Any kind of organization or travel bags always makes for a nice gift as we can always use them. This one from Orla Kiely is like this one I wrote about in October and just so convenient for travel! Just pack up the compartments and when you arrive at your destination, unroll it and hang it from any door with the attached hanger and you’ll have everything inside at your fingertips.

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With this Sephora container set, all the sizes of containers are airline approved and is an enhanced version of this one that I wrote about a while ago here. This set contains 2 x 1.69oz airless pump tubes, 2 x 1oz airless pump tubes and a .51oz airless pump tube, a .51oz jar, 1 Piston push stick to put product in the containers, spatula and waterproof pre-printed labels so you know which is which and they come tucked in their own see through mesh bag. Choose from two different color sets – Silver and Multi.

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The Kestrel makeup case is the perfect triangle shape of 7ish” x 3.5” x 4” for inside your purse to tuck those items you need to take with you on the plane. It's coated canvas so it's sturdy and will resist getting ruined should anything inside spill. 

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So who on your list would love these ones? 

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What I’m Using … Right Now!

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WATER JEL Burn Jel Plus ($9.99/4oz @ burnjel.com) – yup I burned myself with my curling iron. And just last week I was scoffing at this product that protects against burns on the ears! Well mine was on my neck so I’m glad I had this on hand to not only to soothe it right after it happened but to help it heal.

CUCCIO Sugar Scrub in Vanilla Bean & Sugar ($29.98/19.5oz @ bebeautiful.com) – Maybe it’s my sweet tooth but I seem to gravitate towards sugar scrubs over salt scrubs. And this Vanilla Bean & Sugar smells like a cupcake. Yum!

B-LEVE b impeccable Foundation Brush ($7.49 @ b-leve.com) – I just picked up Armani’s Maestro Foundation to try out and have been using it with this great foundation brush. It’s just the right width and fits comfortably in my hand. And the best part? The price!

DERMORGANIC Daily Conditioning Shampoo ($5.99/3oz, $16/12oz @ dermorganic.com) – this one is sulfate-free and safe for color-treated hair (it’s not a color support(it) shampoo though), and it contains nutrients both hair and skin depend on, it can be used from head to toe. Yup, the hair and then on the skin. Now that’s a first!

LOLITA LEMPICKA Elle L’Aime EDP ($100/2.5oz @ neimanmarcus.com) – this scent, meaning “She Loves” en Francois, is certainly not a one note kinda scent. It’s multi-dimentional with top notes of Bergamot, Neroli, and lime, coconut, ylang-ylang and jasmine as the middle notes, all on a base of Myrrh,  vanilla and sandalwood. Very unique.

SEBASTIAN SIGNS Purusa Dream Extract ($28/1oz @ sebastiansigns.com) – what a great way to help you fall asleep. This luxury pillow spray combines sandalwood, organic clary sage and bergamot to make drifting off into lala land enjoyable and soothing. This smells so good, I would wear it as an everyday fragrance.

SEPHORA + Pantone Universe Jumbo Waterproof Eye Pencil Elemental Energy in Earth – Shark (shimmering shark gray) ($17 @ sephora.com) – this collection was inspired by the four elements (quick, name them!!) and this shimmery gray is wonderful by itself or when used to blend two colors together. 

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Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Who Makes the Best Eyelash Comb?


What-Makes-for-a-Good-smallOk, ok, we’ve all used the plastic lash combs but can we get serious?? They suck!! Really. Truly. Suck! The plastic teeth are just too thick to get through lashes when they are coated with mascara and when I do get them through, the teeth seem to clump together 3, 4 or 5 eyelashes together. Done with that and believe me!

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So I have to ask ... 

What Makes for a Great Eyelash Comb?

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Here are my selling points for making eyelash comb with metal teeth the only ones in existence!

  • The teeth in metal combs are thinner so they are able to get in-between each lash easier.
  • The metal teeth clean up easier with a little makeup remover.
  • The metal teeth don’t break.

Here are a few that get my stamp of approval:

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PERFECT LASH COMB ($15.95 @ perfectlash.com) – This one isn’t in my Hall of Fame for nothing! And the added bonus of curving to the shape of your eye makes using this one quick and oh so easy. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Brow Comb #21 ($14 @ sephora.com)

MAKE UP FOR EVER #276 Eyelash Comb & Brush ($28 @ sephora.com)

ARDELL Lash Comb ($1.65 @ madamemadeline.com)

What kind of lash comb do you currently use? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

What You Need for a Weekend Getaway

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What-Makes-for-a-Good-smallNow that summer has wound down, so have the vacations. But we still want to go on those getaways, if only for a weekend but how many times have you forgotten something?

Here are some essentials you should pack before hitting the road next time:

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Makeup Bag - SEPHORA COLLECTION The High Roller ($48 @ sephora.com) – this one had velcro’d in see-through makeup bags inside that you can store all your weekend items. Unroll it and hang it from the door with its built-in hanger to see all your items at one time.

Hair Volumizer - TAYA Amazon White Clay & Acacia Collagen Hair Plumper ($24/8oz @ tayabeauty.com) – no matter where I travel, I seem to bring my flat hair with me but this one seem to keep the case of the permanent flatsies at bay. The combo of a mousse and hairspray in one helps give hair volume and hold.

Nude Lippie - HOURGLASS COSMETICS Femme Nude Lip Stylo in Nude No. 5 ($30 @ hourglasscosmetics.com) – I love a lip balm when I’m traveling but I also need a little color or rather polish to my look, so what better way then with a nude lippie?

Sun Protection for Hair - L’OREAL Everpure UV Protect Spray in Rosemary Mint ($8.99/8.5oz @ amazon.com and drugstores nationwide) – since going full on red, as in redhead, I am super protective from keep it true as long as possible. The sun can wreak havoc on hair color, so do yourself a favor, if you’re not wearing a hat, spray on this protective “hat” of sunscreen. You spend good money on your hair color so shouldn’t you make it last?

Sun Protection for Skin - COPPERTONE Faces Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 ($9.89/2oz @ coppertone.com) – no matter what time of year it is, You. Need. Sunscreen! Sometimes sunscreens can sting but this one is formulated for sensitive skins and doesn’t leave a white hue behind.

Deodorant/Antiperspirant - CERTAIN DRI Antiperspirant Roll-On for Excessive Perspiration ($6.29/1.2oz @ certaindri.com) – I’ve tried sooooo many out there and at the end of the day, this seems to be the only one that works and works consistently.

Cheek Color - NARS Multiple in Portofino ($39 @ narscosmetics.com) – I find that a medium coral on cheeks looks swell any time of year and is unexpected in the fall to winter months. And it makes me look wide awake than I may be feeling.  

Face Mist - NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES White Tea Facial Mist ($19/1.52oz @ nyrorganic.com) - to soothe skin with the possible climate changes. No matter what time of year, I like to have a face mist on hand and this contains 92% organic ingredients. 

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Best Makeup Pencil Sharpeners

After running this feature on Smashbox’s new eye liners and seeing all the makeup sharpeners I owned, it got me thinking. What makes for a good one? As in, what makes for a good makeup pencil sharpener or what makes for a good anything really? After trying and playing with products for the past 12+ years, I think I have a bit of expertise when it comes to specific topics and what makes for a good something.

So I decided to start a new on-going feature called …

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and in these features I will discuss what I think makes for a good product or way of doing something beauty-related.

This first one will investigate what I think makes for a good makeup sharpener, so let’s get to it!!

What Makes for a Good Makeup Sharpener?

Like the ones shown in this picture I took of the ones I own, they all fill a purpose. Since there is no set size for any pencil for lips or eyes, you will probably find yourself having to own quite a few different ones.

If you are just going to invest in one or two of them, here is what you should look for in a good one. I like a duo sharpener like this one from Pixi Beauty I recently featured. Also, since I don’t have a trashcan next to my makeup table, a case that surrounds the sharpener to catch the shavings is also convenient. And with all the ones I’ve tried, that small pokey thing to poke color and shavings away from the blade is totally underrated. Believe it or not, only some include this pokey thing.

Here are some good ones that can get you by.

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  • URBAN DECAY Grind House Double Barrel Sharpener ($10 @ urbandecay.com)
  • JAPONESQUE Dual Sharpener ($10.99 @ amazon.com)
  • SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Dual Antibacterial Sharpener ($4 @ sephora.com)
  • ULTA Cosmetic Pencil Sharpener ($2.50 @ ulta.com

But if you really want the best of the best, I’ve tried a bunch and these ones below are the best as they meet the key criteria:

  1. Should be able to sharpen two different sizes; so make it a duo, please.
  2. Should have a blade-cleaning pick with it. This is so useful!
  3. Should be encased to catch the pencil shavings.
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So do you have a favorite makeup pencil sharpener? Let me know in the comments!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Review+Swatches - Sephora + Pantone Universe Elemental Energy Lacquers

The SEPHORA + Pantone Universe just put out some really interesting nail polishes adding to the Elemental Energy Lacquers that already exist, bringing the total to 8 different shades.

These lacquers are all about four dimensional effects: earthly chrome, watery shimmer, airy sparkle and fiery glitter. Wear each by themselves or layer them! And with the swatches I took, I only applied one coat of the orange. It's that good!

Shown here: Earth Confetti and Fire Jaffa Orange $10 @ sephora.com

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Start Your Palette Collection with Sephora's Artist Color Box

I always tell people that if they are just starting to build their makeup collection, a great quality eye palette is a great place to start. Not only will it give you a lot of color options but the values are really great. One that I’ve been using quite a bit is SEPHORA’s Artist Color Box makeup palette and it has pretty much everything you can imagine that you’d need to create some great looks:

  • 24 Waterproof Eye Shadows (mattes, shimmers and metallic finishes)
  • 6 Lip Glosses (reds, pinks and neutrals)
  • 5 Eye Pencils (matte and metallics)
  • Double-ended lip gloss/eye shadow applicator

A bargain at $34 (a $145 value) @ sephora.com.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fun with Sephora's Tattoo Me!

 Sephora-Stamp-Me-mainWhen I saw SEPHORA’s Tattoo Me!, I knew it was a must have. The pens come in 3 different designs: anchor, skull and the one I bought, a star. I put a star next to my eye, on my knuckles, and a bracelets that I adorned with Swarovski crystals. I might do an anklet and even stamp some stars up the back of my legs like faux nylons. So fun ! I only wish this came in different size stars but maybe these are just the beginning and next will be a full set of interchangeable heads and colors... one can wish and through ideas out there in case they see this! As far as how long the designs lasted before fading, I’d say about 48 hours but I was able to prolong it by giving a light shot of hairspray after applying. $8 each @ sephora.com.

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