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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

All I Want for Christmas!

Are you ready to start Christmas shopping? Check out these 5 Awesome Holiday finds from Cybele Says.



It seems like the holiday season arrives earlier and earlier each year, dontcha think? Or do I just say that each year? Since we are all so inundated, I don’t begin my holiday gift coverage until the day after Thanksgiving but I have been known to run an early post here and there, so consider this one of those posts.

So how did I pick these? I really looked at each selection as a, “would I love to receive this as a gift?” So below are ones that I so approve for anyone on your list.

1. BUXOM Stone Cold Babe Set ($42 @ sephora.com) – I’ve always said that if you are looking to buy yourself some new makeup, the holidays are some of the best times to do it and you can really score some serious deals like this set from Buxom. This set contains their limited edition Fire & Frost Eyeshadow Palette with 12 gorgeous shades and a Mini Buxom Lash Mascara.

2. ARTIS Palm Brush ($65 @ artisbrush.com, dillards.com, spacenk.com) – really any brush from the Artis line would be considered a gourmet gift to me. The latest release is this brush that can be used to apply lotion, self-tanner, face cream, really anything that needs max coverage. It was designed to fit comfortably in your hand and feels so luxe on the skin, like you’d expect only from Artis.

3. PIXI BEAUTY Rose Oil Blend ($24/1oz @ pixibeauty.com, target.com) – anything with roses is always an acceptable gift and this one is just so good for the skin. It contains almond, jojoba, rosehips, rose geranium, orange peel and pomegranate seed oils, among others. Use this as an additive to your existing moisturizer.  

4. J.O.I. Spotlite HD ($59.95) Spotlite HD Professional ($89.95) – what you use to put on your makeup is just as important as the makeup you use. Believe me, I know. I grew up with one of those 3-tiered poorly lighted  mirrors that probably did more harm than good! This J.O.I. portable mirror I wrote about a few months ago will make sure you to always have the right lighting at the tip of your fingers. Both @ wearejoi.com

5. MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Mini Lipstick Kit ($35 @ maccosmetics.com, dillards.com, nordstrom.com) – no makeup brand does holidays better than MAC! And every recipient on your list is sure to open this cute box with 4 lippies in it and say, “ohhhh!”. Guaranteed winning set here.

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

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Friday, November 04, 2016

A New Line of Brushes from Cult Fave, Artis!

Cybele Says shares a review of the Brushcraft line of brushes from popular makeup brush brand Artis.
Have you heard of the new BRUSHCRAFT line that came out last month? It was put out by Artis brush brand, which I’m sure you’ve seen by now as they are seen everywhere, and I was surprised by the release. I mean, they have a solid line already with quite a few different designs so I’m kind of thinking of each like this: Artis is the Varsity team and BrushCraft is the Junior Varsity team. Things that make you go hmmm... But in the name of beauty, I bought all 4 up to try out. 

Brushcraft from Artis

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Get a Flawless Cat Eye Every Time

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It seems that Makeup Artist Beth Bender has made it her mission to help women easily create different eye looks. I wrote about these eye stencils a little while back and she’s back with a new product that’s getting a lot of attention right now.

BETH BENDER BEAUTY Eye Candy Starter Pack ($9.99/14 pairs) and Eye Candy Pro Pack ($19.99/36 pairs) and I’d say these are the easiest of all her products to use.

What it is: And eyeliner stencil made from a gentle adhesive material that is hypoallergenic, fits any eye shape or size, and made in the USA.

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And they are super easy to use – peel off one eyeliner stencil at a time, pulling it off from the outer rounded edge part or tear away the perforated piece located on the eye liner stencil sheet. Stick the adhesive side down on your eyelid keeping in mind how thick or thin you want the line to be. Smooth the whole stencil down with your finger so there are no gaps or lifts. They recommend applying both stencils before applying any color.

What I like: This is especially great for those with hooded eyelids, like me, since getting the perfect cat eye can be super difficult! Yeah, finally, I won’t have to struggle with getting the best looking cat eye I can as one eye always looks better than the other.

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As far as what the easiest way to apply the stencils to your eye? For the first time on this site, it’s hard to say since everyone’s eye shape is different. I’ve used these about 5 times and I don’t think I’ve applied them the same way each time.

I tried using these stencils with a powder, a cream, liquid and a gel and these work with all of them, so would I recommend these? A big YES!  Pick yours up @ bethbenderbeauty.com.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

5 Beauty Tools You Need

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5 Beauty Tools You Need


1.
ARTIS Elite Oval 7 ($65 @ artisbrush.comspacenk.com) – A new addition to the brand, this one is a little bit smaller than my beloved Oval 8 so it's a tad easier to maneuver and I've almost exclusively been using it to applying my liquid foundation these days.

2. BEAUTY BLENDER Sur.face Simple ($30 @ beautyblender.com) – known for their cult-favorite sponges, I’m really hot on this palette to mix my Cover FX Cover Drops with its medium, tap out some mineral powders out of their tubes, or play around with some different creams to create a new shade for my lids or face.

3. MUA MAKEUP ACADEMY Lash Separator ($10.50 @ cvs.com and CVS stores nationwide) – I recently broke my Holy Grail lash separator but glad I found this one in its place. It is curved the same as your eye so easy to quickly run it through lashes.

4. URBAN DECAY Iconic Eyeshadow Brush ($24 @ urbandecay.com, nordstrom.com) – if you get one eye brush in your collection, make it a great one like this. It’s the perfect width and length and can handle a lot of different products.

5. REAL TECHINQUES #301 Flat Contour Brush ($21 @ kohls.com) from the Bold Metals Collection – this short, compact, and dense brush is great for applying liquid or cream foundations, blush and bronzers.

And I think I'm ready to add one of these to my Holy Grail list! Yup, it's the MUA Makeup Academy Lash Separator. I had one just like it on my list but this one is less expensive than that one and easier to get hold of. As you read above, I was ready for a new one so help me welcome MUA Makeup Academy Lash Separator to the Holy Grail list of beauty products! What's on your list? 

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

Monday, August 08, 2016

5 Drugstore Favorites

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1.
MUA MAKEUP ACADEMY Double Ended Foundation & Concealer Brush ($14 @ cvs.com) – Every once in a while a brush comes along that just becomes a staple in your collection, and that’s this one. Both sides of this brush can be used to apply both creams and liquids and the size of each head, especially the foundation size, is just perfect! This brand is on a roll for me lately.

2. CERAVE Moisturizing Cream with Pump ($17.99/16oz @ walgreens.com) – you ever just want a super basic cream with no strong perfume or scent? Yup, this one is it and it contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid. And how convenient is this pump? Love it.

3. PANTENE Air Spray Alcohol Free Hairspray ($5.49/7oz @ walgreens.com) – this one is starting to rival this one as one of my favorites. I mean, it is for the summer, for sure though. It acts sort of the same in that it gives great hold yet it’s brushable. And this one is alcohol-free.

4. COVERGIRL Lash Blast Plumpify Mascara ($11.99 @ target.com) – I’m tough on mascara and pass on probably 80% of the ones I try. This one, however, gets some high marks from me as it really does plump-ify each lash.

5. MAYBELLINE Super Stay 24 Lip Color in Very Cranberry ($10.49 @ maybelline.com, target.com) – remember in this post how I mentioned how all colors are not created equal, even when they are in the same collection? Yup, that is the case here. I can’t stop wearing this shade of rosy rose. Great for a summer day!

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

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Latest Technology In Makeup Mirrors

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Whyyyy do I get so darn excited by beauty accessories? Hair tools, styling tools, nail accessories, it’s all so much fun to try out! So with that said, I’m here to introduce you to the latest one to hit the market. I think all of us have applied a full face of makeup and gone outside and saw that the foundation-shade was way off. Oops! Well this one can help put an end to that ever happening again.  

The J.O.I. Just Own It Spotlite HD Personal and the Spotlite HD Professional are lighted makeup mirrors that mimic natural daylight and claim to be 10 times brighter light than other illuminated makeup mirrors. Wowza, that’s a lotta time brighter!

So what are the benefits of this mirror? Here is the breakdown of each model:

  • Portable
  • Cordless (comes with recharge plug)
  • Dimmable
  • Premium LEDs for econ power consumption
  • 360° Mirror Rotation
  • Flexible makeup tray
  • 5x magnification mirror
  • Neoprene travel pouch (Professional)
  • Rechargeable batteries (Professional)
  • 10x magnification mirror (Professional)
  • Power adapter (Personal)
  • Power charger (Professional)
  • Glossy Chrome hardware (Personal)
  • Trending Rose Gold hardware (Professional)

And you can choose from three different colors of the body – 50 Shades, Blush (shown here) and Pearly.

The inside 1x magnification mirror is 6” tall x 7.5” wide and because you really need to see super up-close sometimes to tweeze that stray brow hair, they include a magnification mirror that has a magnet in the back and sticks directly to the main mirror. So cool.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Get Your Makeup Brushes Really Clean, Finally!

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Ok, I’m done. Done with being Joe-Jentle with my makeup brushes. I’ve been suffering from a bought of dermatitis brought on by bacteria in my makeup brush. Mind you, this has never happened before in my 20+ years of using makeup brushes to apply makeup.

The culprit? My beloved Artis Oval 8. Yes, everyone is bowing down to these brushes like they are Gods, and they are, but have you heard anyone discussing how to clean them? I know cleaning brushes is not that popular a topic besides the standard, “I need to clean mine more often,” however, I don't think the brands that make these brushes are being very informative on how to take care of them.

I noticed the ones shown here were performing as well as they could after a while and were due for a cleaning and not just a light cleaning. I’m pretty religious about cleaning mine but these denser ones are for sure more of a challenge. 

 

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Friday, May 13, 2016

iHome Gets Into the Beauty Game

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There’s a new makeup mirror in town and it comes from the electronics giants, iHOME. They just came out with 2 different Vanity Mirror Speakers. Yup, it has speakers! It’s is just crazy how far this mirror shows us we have come. Not to mention how connected we are to our cel phones.

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Monday, May 09, 2016

Sedona Lace Makeup Brush & Belt Giveaway

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Remember this makeup brush set from Sedona Lace I featured a few weeks ago? Well I've got a set and the makeup brush belt to giveaway! 

The Votex Synthetic Brush Set includes all the essential makeup brushes you could ever need to do your makeup! In addition to the 13 brushes, one winner will also receive the Makeup Artist Brush Belt. It's a great way to store your brushes and also have them at-the-ready when doing your makeup. 

Both together are a $134.90 retail value!

Since the last contest I ran a few weeks ago created some nice awareness around distracted driving, let's keep it going! Enter below and good luck!

Friday, April 08, 2016

Step into Spring with Burt's Bees and EcoTools #ad

So it’s officially Spring! Are you ready? I always gravitate towards a lighter everything in these warmer months, especially when it comes to my makeup and what I put on my face.

With the help of Burt’s Bees® and EcoTools®, I wanted to create a Fresh Spring Beauty Look using some of their products.

Here is the breakdown:

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