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Contouring Tutorial with Tweezerman Brush iQ

Tweezerman’s new Brush iQ collection officially landed in stores last month. Here, Celebrity Makeup Artist Jackie Gomez shares pro-tips to contouring, using the new brush collection. Watch the below video to learn how to create chiseled cheek bones, a perfectly highlighted the face and an overall sculpted look.


Mineral Fusion Beauty Balm Review

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So, you know that Whole Foods is packed with yummy, good-for-you food, but did you know that you can get some amazing beauty products there? Case and point: Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF 9.

I’ve tended to stay away for BB creams, because no matter how many of them I’ve tried nothing really seem to match my skin perfectly. I also don’t feel like most BB creams live up to the hype – I am able to get a flawless look from the same tinted moisturizer I’ve been using since the 10th grade. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon Mineral Fusion’s Illuminating Beauty Balm, a hypo-allergenic, fragrance free all-in-one BB cream.

The product comes in one universal shade that matches all skin tones. At first, I didn’t believe this product stood a chance in matching my olive complexion when I saw the light beige color emerge from the tube, but when I put it on, it blended in seamlessly and felt weightless. My large pores were masked, my skin tone was even, and I was glowing. Although it is a BB cream, the coverage seems more like a light foundation, as it literally provided me with a flawless complexion.

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One color matches all skin tones

The BB cream is formulated with skin-soothing aloe and nourishing botanicals to provide long-lasting hydration, and also includes a unique mineral-peptide blend and natural anti-oxidants to promote younger looking skin. It also contains SPF to protect against the sun’s harmful rays.

What is it: All-in-one: Makeup + moisturizer + age-defying treatment + sun protection.

Cost: $24.99 at mineralfusion.com or Whole Foods.


New Product Must-Have: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder

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So we’ve all been there: after applying flawless makeup you go to set everything with finishing power and you are left with a powdery mess all over your face that settles into fine lines and looks unnatural. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new HD Pressed Powder eliminates the possibility of ruining your makeup with cakey residue with a mess-free, lightweight finishing powder that goes on virtually invisible and sets makeup without leaving behind any trace of color.

What is does:
A combination of hyaluronic acid, synthetic mica, silicone powders and silica, the powder aims to instantly blur the appearance of fine lines, large pores, shine and other skin imperfections.

How it feels:
It’s silky and lightweight.

Why I like it:
No matter how many time a day I use oil blotting sheets, my oily skin just doesn’t behave, so I’ve been apply this transparent powder throughout the day to keep shine away. No matter how often I reapply it, the product never builds up, blends seamlessly, and instantly matifies my skin for a naturally flawless and airbrushed look. I can use it over foundation to create a luminous finish or by itself for a smooth out imperfections.

Packaging:
Because the product is pressed it’s easy to carry around in your purse, without having to worry about tit spilling inside your bag. It also comes with a handy mirror, making quick touch ups a breeze.

Tips:
A little bit goes a long way. It helps to use the right kind of brush such as MAKE UP FOR EVER’s #124 Medium Kabuki Brush.

Cost:
$36 (available exclusively at Sephora)


GET THE LOOK: Jessica Biel’s Oscars Makeup

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Ck one color global makeup artist Kayleen McAdams, gave Jessica Biel her girl-next-door simple makeup look on the red carpet. “I wanted to do something really fresh, light and feminine” said McAdams. “There were so many beautiful pastels in her dress, so I played with those tones.” Here’s how to get the look:

KAYLEEN’S STEP-BY-STEP:
1. I prepped Jessica’ skin with moisturizing face and eye products, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, to give her makeup a good base to stick to.
2. Then, I used a damp Beauty Blender to apply ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200, followed by ck one 3-in-1 concealer in light 1 underneath the eyes, around the nose, and along the edges of her mouth to even out her skin.
3. I used Charlotte Tilbury Sculpt and Highlight Powder on the tops of Jessica’s cheekbones, down her nose, and on her cupid’s bow.
4. I finished her skin with ck one cream + powder blush duo in breath 100 right on the apples of her cheeks and set it with the powder side of the product to give the look staying power throughout the night.
5. For Jessica’s eyes, I started by using a fluffy brush to apply ck one cream + powder bronzer duo in deeply bronzed 400 all over the lid.
6. Then, I used ck one powder eyeshadow in expose and evolved on the inner corners of the eye and along the lash line at the outer corners.
7. I completed her eye with two coats of ck one volumizing mascara on the top lashes to pump up the lashes.
8. Then, I applied the same mascara onto an eyelash comb and combed through the bottom lashes to slightly darken them.
9. For Jessica’s lips, I used Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky to cover her whole lip with a matte pink; I also used this product in the center of her lips to give dimension and add moisture to her look.
10. Lastly, I gave Jessica’s lips a good coating of Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Lip Balm to soak in while I did her eyes.

THE PRODUCTS AT-A-GLANCE:
EYE CREAM: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
MOISTURIZER: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration
FOUNDATION: ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200
CONCEALER: ck one 3-in-1 concealer in light 1
BRONZER: ck one cream + powder bronzer duo in deeply bronzed 400
EYE SHADOWS: ck one powder eyeshadow in expose and evolve
MASCARA: ck one volumizing mascara in extreme black
LIP TINT: Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky
LIP BALM: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm


Event Alert: Perfect Your Pout At Make Up For Ever

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WHAT:
MAKE UP FOR EVER and Bliss want to help you perfect your pout and define your lip style with a complimentary spa treatment for your lips with the NEW Bliss Fabulips ‘Pout’-o-Matic, a spa-powered lip-perfecting tool. Attendees will also have the chance to meet with a MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist for a personalized lip lesson including a color consultation to identify a signature lip shade from the MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist collection. Appointments will finally be finished off with a 3 step lip lining technique tutorial.

WHEN:
Saturday, March 1stbliss
12:00 – 6:00pm

WHERE:
MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutique in Sephora
555 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

MORE INFO:
Book your complimentary appointment today and receive a special treat with any purchase. Appointments can be booked by calling the boutique directly.


MAKE UP FOR EVER Wants To Know What Makes You Blush?

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MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush

This month MAKE UP FOR EVER introduced the company’s latest innovation in the iconic HD range: HD Blush. The professional quality product features silicone oils, dry oils and waxes for seamless blending and maximum staying power. The formula also includes mother-of-pearl and pigments that give skin a natural flush of color, as well as silica powders and synthetic mica for a satin-smooth finish. The lightweight compact features a mirror for on-the-go touch-up in the sleek black packaging MAKE UP FOR EVER is known for.

Available in 16 shades ranging from light to medium to tan, there is a color in the line for every skin tone. Pick one up at Sephora.com or MAKE UP FOREVER boutiques for $26.


Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss

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Product Tested: pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss – Light Pink 7598
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What is it: Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss asserts that it is 1st Ever Lip Gloss with pH Power Complex designed to transform into your perfect shade within 60 seconds of application. The product also claims to last up to 10 hours.

How it works: Under controlled conditions, fluorescein Based Dye-senses the pH level of your skin & adjusts to your personalized color. Photochronic powders use light adjusting pigments to adapt to your environment so color looks the same indoors & outside.

Special Features: LED-powered wand lights up to allow for easy application in dim lightning and also features and a mirror or the side of the bottle, making quick touch-ups a breeze.

What I like: The gloss goes on clear, but really does change color right before your eyes. The hue matched well with my skin tone and was surprisingly pigmented. The color also lasts a long time; after I wiped away the gloss to get a more matte effect, my pout was still tinted with the color. The gloss feels silky and conditioning, and isn’t sticky.

Cost: $9.99 at physiciansformula.com and drugstores.

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Get Halloween Touch-Ups From MAKE UP FOR EVER

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So you’ve got the perfect costume to wear on All Hallows’ Eve, but have you got the perfect makeup look figured out to complement your goulish getup? If not, head on over to Make Up For Ever’s free-standing boutiques, located within Sephora stores across the country, and get a fabulous makeup applications to add artistic flair for any look, whether it be a fairytale princess or wicked witch.

After Halloween is over, the fun will continue, as the makeup services will be offered through November 2nd. Check out the flyer below to learn more.

Note: Services are offered by appointment only.

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Get The Gatsby Look For Halloween

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Thanks to the blockbuster hit The Great Gatsby and the TV series Boardwalk Empire, the roaring 20s has become a major trend for Halloween in 2013. For those of you donning a chic flapper dress, here’s how to get the perfect makeup look and hair.

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How to Get the Look

  1. Spritz a two-inch section of hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Hairspray.  Using a one-inch barrel curling iron, curl the section away from your face.
  2. Gently slide curl off the iron so it holds the shape of the barrel, and pin. Repeat over entire head. Let curls set for at least 30 minutes.
  3. While curls set, prep skin with moisturizer, and then apply COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation with a foundation brush for even coverage. Set with pressed powder.
  4. Dust cheekbones with bronzer for definition, then apply rosy-pink blush to the apples of cheeks.
  5. Use bronzer and pressed powder to create a neutral smoky eye. Sweep pressed powder over the entire lid and blend bronzer in the crease.
  6. Apply COVERGIRL Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus in Black eyeliner to upper and lower lashlines, extending the line slightly beyond the outer corners of eyes. Coat top and bottom lashes generously with mascara.
  7. Finish with a red lipstick like COVERGIRL LipPerfection Lip Color in Hot and layer with COVERGIRL Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm in Tweet Me for a glossy look.
  8. Release curls and brush to create subtle waves. Smooth flyaways with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extreme SMOOTH Combing Crème.

Ardell® Lashes Limited Edition Villains Collection

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This Halloween, give your lashes a spooktacular makeover with one of the bewitching limited edition Disney villain inspired false eyelashes collection from Ardell® Lashes. Each set comes with three lash styles, lash adhesive and step-by-step tutorials on how to get-the-look the seductively evil villain selected. Options range from the Evil Queen in Snow White to The Little Mermaid’s Ursla.

The Villains Collection from Ardell® is available exclusively at select Walgreens stores nationwide in for $7.99.


Kevyn Aucoin Lip Colors Review

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FTC Disclosure: These products were provided for review

FTC Disclosure: These products were provided for review

I recently tested out three lip products from Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, and am now completed obsessed with all the lip products in this makeup line. Founded by the late make-up artist and visionary Kevyn Aucoin, the cosmetics line offers the everyday woman products to achieve glamorous looks with high-performance formulas. Below are the swatches of the three lip colors I tried.

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Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color

Color Tested: Thelmadora

Formula: This product has an ultra-moisturizing formula, proven to repair damaged lips. In the picture below I didn’t apply lip balm before using the product, nor did I top it off with gloss, and you can see how hydrated my lips look. The creamy product glides on effortlessly.

Packaging: A sleek black and burgundy square tube holds the contents of lip color perfection.

Why I like it: The perfect natural lip hue, Thelmadora is a rosy nude shade with a slight golden tint that isn’t too overpowering. Yet, its minimalist nature is somehow able to be bold on the lips, and gives the illusion of a fuller pout.

Cost: $35 at Neiman Marcus

Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color, Thelmadora (Rosy Nude)

Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color, Thelmadora (Rosy Nude)

Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Lip Color

Color Tested: Relentless

Formula: Velvety-smooth, this lipstick contains ingredients that aim to soften lips and minimize wrinkles.

Packaging: A long tube with a magnetic component unravels to reveal the luminous color housed inside.

Why I like it:
 It applies so smoothly and lasts all day. The color is heavily-pigmented, with a nice matte finish.

Cost: $33.00 at Neiman Marcus

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Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Lip Color – Relentless (pinky nude)

Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss

Color Tested: Hydraa

Formula: A non-sickly formula made up of vitamins extracted from sunflower seed oil, castor oil and lanolin oil.

Packaging: The products is able to glide on easily and precisely with the help of a u-shaped sponge tip applicator attached to the cap. The rectangular shape is a nice change from traditional cylindrical glosses.

Why I like it: It’s a great shade that looks great during the day, especially when the light hits the color and shows off the shimmer particles; but, it also transfers into the night easily and is a perfect night-out-on-the-town gloss.

Cost: $30 at Neiman Marcus

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Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss – Hydraa (raspberry shimmer)


Event Alert: Celebrate the Launch of Illamasqua at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street

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WHAT:
Illamasqua invites you to join Creative Director Alex Box in celebrating the launch of the cult British makeup brand at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, hosted by Brand Founder Julian Kynaston. Guests will have the rare opportunity to watch Alex Box live at work, recreating some of the most definitive looks from the brand’s history.

WHO:
Alex Box, Creative Director for Illamasqua, is instrumental in shaping the brand’s captivating imagery and creative vision. A pioneer in experimental beauty, Alex Box continues to make an everlasting impact on the beauty, art and fashion industries. Box is the chosen make-up artist for top designers including Karl Lagerfield, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood while her celebrity clients include Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and Rosie Huntington-Whitely.

WHEN:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:30pm – 8:00pm

WHERE:
Bloomingdale’s
1000 Third Avenue at 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
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MAKE UP FOR EVER To Host Free Foundation Lessons Nationwide

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FNC-Poster_18x24_lowresOne major topic I’ve talked about on this blog has been my quest to find the perfect foundation shade.

Let’s recap shall we?

Makeup Felony: Mismatched Foundation

Social Etiquette: Do you tell someone they are wearing the wrong foundation shade?

Perfectly Matched: Custom Blended Foundation

In search of “The One” – Sephora + Pantone Color IQ Review

I literally once has a makeup artist say to me, “You have that ‘special’ kind of skin tone, no one has quite perfected yet.”

So, I was excited to learn that MAKE UP FOR EVER commissioned a study from The NPD Group to find out why so many women have a hard time finding the right foundation shade.

Here are some key findings from the survey:

  • 73% of women say finding the right foundation is challenging (with over 500 foundation products on the market it’s not surprising women are overwhelmed!)
  • 72% of women DO NOT change their foundation seasonally (even though skin shade can change up to 4-5 times a year)
  • 62% of women had difficulty applying foundation
  • 54% of women say finding the right shade is the most difficult

In order to help women solve their foundation challenges, MAKE UP FOR EVER will be hosting more than 100 FREE Foundation Nation events at SEPHORA stores and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques in the U.S. and Canada from September 20th – October 5th. During free 15-minute one-on-one sessions, attendees will have their biggest foundation issues addressed, get perfectly matched with the correct shade, and taught proper application techniques. Makeup artists will do one half of the client’s face, and then have the client do the other half so that they can learn how to do it on their own – a teaching technique currently taught in the brand’s makeup schools across the county.

For full event listings and details click here.


EVENT ALERT: Celebrate MARC JACOBS BEAUTY at SEPHORA!

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The Wait is Over: MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Arrives at SEPHORA 

Break the rules. Push the boundaries. Create your own style. Sephora invites you to indulge in the iconic designer’s debut cosmetics line: Marc Jacobs Beauty. Head to the Sephora Beauty Studio to be one of the first to see this assortment of 16 innovative complexion and color cosmetics, and four chic and luxurious makeup brushes and experiment with provocative colors. Receive one of the exclusive Marc Jacobs Beauty looks from a Sephora makeup artist and take home a limited-edition Marc Jacobs Beauty collectable Look Book after your makeover.*

*While supplies last.

WHEN: Thursday, September 5th to Wednesday, October 9th

WHERE: ALL SEPHORA LOCATIONS

 Please visit Sephora.com for your nearest event location and time.

 

 


Get the Look: Subdued Lips & Natural Makeup at the 2013 MTV VMAs

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At this year’s 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, I couldn’t help but notice the number of starlets that opted for barely-there makeup looks and natural toned lips. Defined brows and thin eyeliner stood out against flawless complexions and light touches of highlighter. Here’s how to get the look:

1. Perfect your canvas: Make sure to exfoliate your face so that your foundation will apply easily. Follow with moisturizer, then, apply a primer to fill in pores. Using a damp makeup sponge, apply liquid foundation all over your face and blend down to the neck (it may not look like it, but I assure you these gals pictured below have layers upon layers of foundation). If you have naturally gorgeous skin, you can use a bb cream or tinted moisturizer. Then, use a concealer to hide any imperfections.

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Katy Perry (August 24, 2013 – Source: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images North America)

2. Perfect Your Arches: Fill in sparse areas in your brows and create a natural looking arch by using a pencil or brow powder. I like Anastasia Perfect Brow Powder ($23.00), which comes with two shades, ensuring you get the perfect color. Set your brows with a small amount of brow wax or gel, such as Marc Jacob Beauty’s Brow Tamer Grooming Gel ($24) to keep them in place.

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Ariana Grande (August 24, 2013 – Source: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images North America)

3. Make eyes pop: Apply a thin liner of black eyeliner to the top eyelid, then heap loads of mascara. For lashes that stand out try Tarte’s Lights, Cameras, Lashes ($19). Choose a champagne or light gold eye shadow such as Stilla’s eye shadow trio: champagne glow.

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Erin Wasson (August 24, 2013 – Source: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images North America)

4. Get your inner glow on – Apply a highlighter or bronzer and apply to the areas of the face that the light will naturally hit such as the top of the forehead, bridge of the nose, temples, chin and cheekbones. Also use a tiny bit of the highlighter on top of the cupid’s bow on the lip.

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Ciara (August 24, 2013 – Source: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images North America)

5. Downplay the lips – At the VMAs, the women who chose a natural makeup look selected lip hues that were brown hued or that closely matched their natural lip tone. For a shade similar to what Katy Perry is wearing, try Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipcolor in Barely Brown #240. For Ariana Grande’s lip look, try Tarte’s LipSurgence™ matte lip tint in Exposed (24.00).


Tips to make your lips look fuller!

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You don’t have to be Angelina Jolie to get that full, luscious pout. Heck, it’s about as simple as acing simple makeup tricks to make your lips look fuller without having to go through the trouble of going under the needle.

Shimmery highlighter

You use a highlighter to add contours to your face. So use a highlighter to add fullness to your lips. Dab a tiny amount on your ring finger and pat it on the skin right above your cupid’s bow and another dot right at the center of your lip. Blend it in with your lipstick with your finger. The light reflecting on your lips make them appear plump.

Make your lips pop with beige eyeshadow

Beige eyeshadow sure does make your eyes pop, but it does the same for your lips as well. Lightly brush a fine coating of beige eyeshadow along the edge of your upper lip. This will not only bring out the color of your lipstick, but will also give your lips a plumper appearance.

Champagne highlighter pencil

Use a champagne colored lip highlighter pencil and draw a fine line alone your upper lip starting from your cupid’s bow to the corners of your mouth. Blend it in with your finger so that the highlighter pencil merges with your lipstick well.

Lip liner

I always insist on women applying lip liner when using darker shades of lipstick for two reasons:

One- lip liner keeps your lipstick from bleeding.
Two- it makes your lips look fuller.

It’s simple, really. If you’re a first timer, line your lips with tiny dots. Next, using the lip liner, connect these dots to line your lips. Use your ring finger to smudge the line to make it look less artificial. Fill in with the lipstick of your choice, blot and you’re good to go! 82541_B_900px_100011

Sheer lip gloss

A great way to make your lips look plump is by coating them in clear lip gloss. The sheer lip gloss enhances the fullness of your lips, making them look soft and pillowy. Apply a generous coat of gloss to your lips for a fuller effect. ELF Glossy Gloss (pictured) is a personal favorite, but really, feel free to experiment and find one you like the most.

Exfoliate your lips

Exfoliate your lips with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rub the bristles against your lips to slough away the dead skin. This sloughs away dead skin and smoothens out the skin below, plumping the lips. Once you’re done exfoliating your lips with a toothbrush, use a moisturizing lip balm to keep them soft and supple.

The thing about makeup is that you needn’t take drastic steps to look and feel good. Once you start applying makeup, you learn a few tricks about highlighting your features and working it to accentuate them in the best way possible. And if it’s soft, plump, pouty lips that you shall crave, then it’s soft, plump, pouty lips that you shall have!

This is a guest post by Evelyn Walker. From the age of 10, Evelyn knew she wanted to pursue a successful career in the beauty industry. She followed her passion and completed a course from one of the most prestigious beauty schools. At the age of 24, she now has her own beauty salon and happily writes articles to help eager aspirants into the beauty industry achieve success. Eager to learn more and continually update her knowledge, Evelyn keeps in step with the latest trends in skin care, cosmetology, hair design, and massage therapy.


Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection by SEPHORA

This month, Sephora released its Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection, an assortment of beauty products including color cosmetics, a signature fragrance, nail polish and princess-worthy accessories inspired by Ariel from the classic Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid.
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The collection includes:

Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette ($30)
The eye shadow features four vibrant shades, including What’s-It (matte clay grey) and three glittery shades: Who’s-It (glittering white), Dinglehopper (iridescent light teal), and Snarfblat (violet with iridescent glitter).

Mermaid Song Lipgloss Set ($38)
The set features four pigmented, glistening glosses with flirty shades inspired by Ursula’s earrings, Ariel’s pink dress and iconic red hair, and her sisters’ darling shells: Dream Girl (perky pink), Sea Witch (bold berry), Redhead (rich red), Mermaid (courageous coral).

Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum
Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum is an invigorating new fragrance inspired by the magical moment of true love’s first kiss. Available in a Eau de Parfum Spray, 50 mL ($58), and a Roll On Eau de Parfum ($19), this captivating scent opens with a refreshing burst of bergamot, wet cucumber, and ozonic accord that is brought to life with a splash of water notes, wild lilac and starfruit, all fused together with warm sandalwood and sensual velvet sensations of ambergris to make the moment last forever.

Set the Mood Compact Mirror ($20)
Bat your eyes and pucker your lips with this beautifully designed deep-sea treasure.

Whatcha-Nail-Callit 6 Piece Nail Set
A six-piece set of miniature nail lacquers featuring sea-inspired shades: Life Is In The Bubbles (iridescent glittery shimmer), Ariel (glittery turquoise), Off The Hook (pearly silver chrome), Devotin’ to Floatin’ (pearlescent teal), We Are In Luck Here (creamy coral red), and Hotter Under the Water (creamy plum)

The Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection by SEPHORA will be available for a limited time beginning in July 2013 in all SEPHORA stores, as well as by calling 1-877-SEPHORA or logging on to sephora.com via computer or smartphone.


Estee Lauder Rollerball Lip Gloss – Spring-2013

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YEGN01_410x410My very first lip gloss was a strawberry flavored Smackers roller-ball gloss that tasted just as good as it smelled. Now that I’m older, I haven’t exactly been on a quest for my childhood lip product, but Estee Lauder has awoken my memories with the adult version of the rollerball gloss as part of their new Bronze Goddess collection. The collection features two colors: Succulent (orange) and Squeeze (red).

At first, I was scared to use the colors out of fear that the hues would clash with my outfits, but these are very sheer and only deposit a slight tint. The glosses have sweet, mouth-watering fruity scents that make me conjure up images in my head of summertime and tropical islands. I love the old-school rollerball metal tip which glides on smoothly and delivers just the right amount of product. You don’t even need a mirror to apply it, so it’s perfect to use on-the-go. It would be a great lip gloss to take to the beach, because of the cooling sensation the metal rollerball has on the lips and the lightness of the gloss. If you do wear it out in the sun, be sure to apply a lip balm with spf underneath, as shiny glosses can reflect the light and burn your precious pout.

Price: $18. 50

Where to buy? esteelauder.com

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Review: SEPHORA COLLECTION Microsmooth Foundation Face Powder

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When the weather starts to get warm, I immediately switch from my traditional liquid foundation to a powder for an ultra-light undetectable makeup look. This summer, I have found my new powder foundation with Sephora’s Microsmooth Foundation Face Primer. According the Sephora’s website, the foundation is “slowly baked to achieve a unique airy texture that perfectly melts into the skin.” The foundation is very light and covers very similar to a tinted moisturizer; however, multiple layers of application will give you full coverage. I like to use a wide fluff brush to apply it since I prefer a light application, and it offers a more even coverage than using a sponge. The only thing I don’t like about this product is that it doesn’t include a mirror, so it’s not the best choice to carry out with you for on-the-go touchups. Thankfully, the coverage lasts most of the day, so the need for reapplying is minimal.

Cost: $22

Where to Buy: Sephora or Sephora.com

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Eddie Funkhouser for Rite-Aid

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Products from Eddie Funkhouser’s new cosmetics line. FTC Disclosure: These products were provided for review.

This Spring, Makeup Artist and Product Development Expert, Eddie Funkhouser, launched a new cosmetics line, which bears his name, allowing everyone access to professional-quality makeup products, without breaking the bank. The line, currently available at Rite-Aid, is a fusion of the artist’s creative edge and vibrant personality meets studio-grade beauty formulas. The result: modern packaging, bold hues, and innovative formulas. Below are some of the products I tired.

Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze (metallic electric purple)

What is it? A hologram-inspired liquid liner that provides vibrant dual-chrome pigments for fashion forward eyes.

What I liked: Loaded with multidimensional shine, the bold color highlighted my eyes every time I blinked. The smooth formula glided on easily and lasted throughout the entire night without reapplying.

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Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

What is it? A 4-level application mascara that adjusts at the base to provide varying lash effects.

What I like: Using the mascara was a playful experience. As you turn the dial, the tip of the wand twists to enhance, separate, curl and lengthen, depending on your desired lash look. My lashes looked stunning; they were full, elongated and I looked like I was wearing falsies.

EDDIE FUNKHOUSER

Results after using Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

Learn more about Eddie here»


Why is Gluten-Free Makeup for Me?

This is a guest post by Caroline Elliott, a freelance beauty writer.

Living an all-natural lifestyle requires a lot of effort, but gluten-free makeup is making life simpler.

Gluten-sensitive people say that their lips react to even the smallest amounts of gluten in their lipstick. And with this group of individuals increasing in number, this is a growing area of makeup to watch.

But what if you’re not gluten-sensitive?

If you’re interested in healthy alternatives to apply to your skin, gluten-free products might just be your beauty potions.

Facial skin is super absorbent, so you want to watch what you put over your precious pores. This is especially important if you’re someone who is concerned about what you eat because there’s a good chance that you’ll lick off some of your lipstick or breathe in some blush. And if you apply your makeup everyday, that’s a lot of gluten that you’re ingesting over time.

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Gluten-free makeup companies are also pushing the health boundaries for the better. Makeup companies like Red Apple Lipstick are paraben free, soy free, dairy free and allergen free; oh, and also vegan, natural and cruelty free. Talk about health conscious.

Other companies are actively participating in their communities. For example, Afterglow Cosmetics signed the The Breast Cancer Fund’s Compact for Safe Cosmetics. Another gluten-free makeup company, Mineral Fusion, has officially partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to help women in need.

For many people, gluten-free makeup is a natural next step to complete a wholesome lifestyle. So glam up, and show off your new look.

Caroline Elliott is a freelance writer with interests ranging from fashion to travel. When she is not writing, she enjoys making ceramic teapots and spending time with her family. 

 


Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream Review

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As summer approaches, and we eagerly anticipate the transition from cold winds to warm sunshine, it is important to make sure we have everything we need to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Summer weather means it’s time to beef up your SPF protection and switch from heavy foundations that may streak and look oily, to more lightweight products like tinted moisturizers and BB creams. Stay protected while maintaining a fresh complexion with Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream, an oil-free flesh-tinted BB Cream loaded with SPF 30 UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. It’s a 3-in-1 product that works a moisturizer, sunblock, and makeup primer, saving you time and money. You don’t have to worry about the color not matching your skin, since the moisturizer, which comes in one shade, is formulated with Dr. Denese’s Pro Melanin Technology™, and imparts an undetectable self-adjusting sheer tint for a flawless completion.

Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day

FTC Disclosure: This product was provided for review

Cost:  $34.00 for 1.5 oz and $75 for 4oz

How to use: Apply a generous amount of the day cream every morning to the face and neck. The product is safe enough to use around the eyes, including the upper eyelid. Reapply every few hours if you’re spending the day outdoors.

What I like: The cream blends into the skin smoothly and leaves behind a nice, matte finish. You should wear SPF year round, so it’s a nice option as a multi-tasking primer when using foundation during the cooler months. It doesn’t have a strong odor, nor does it or leave behind white residue, characteristic of most sunscreens.

Extra Info: The product is not pigmented enough to cover flaws, but it will give you a smooth canvas. Hide your imperfections by placing concealer only in the areas you need it, after applying the cream.

Where to buy: drdenese.com


Wet n’ Wild beauty’s Extraordinary #MOMents campaign

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This year, Mother’s Day is May 12th, and Wet n’ Wild beauty is celebrating by collaborating with the Noreen Fraser Foundation (NFF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness of women’s cancer research and the importance of early detection. Through the Extraordinary #MOMents campaign, individuals can post a photo of their mom on Wet n’ Wild’s Facebook page with a special memory of what makes her amazing. For each #MOMent shared, Wet n’ Wild will donate $1 to NFF to support women’s cancer research.

Entries will be evaluated by a panel of influential judges including: Entertainment Tonight’s Brooke Anderson; Variety Magazine Publisher, Michelle Sobrino; Stella & Dot CEO, Jessica Herrin; Owner of Pur-lisse, Jennifer Yen; and, Celebrity make-up artist, Amy Rittiner. The winner and their mom will each receive a year supply of Wet n’ Wild makeup and a $100 Walgreens shopping spree. Two runners-up will receive Wet n’ Wild gift packages worth $100, and $25 Walgreens gift cards.

The campaign will run from May 1st through Mother’s Day, May 12th, 2013. Enter now here»


New – Illamasqua’s Paranormal collection

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On Tuesday, April 23rd, I attended a preview of Illamasqua’s new exciting collection, Paranormal, which features unexpected textures and formulas. US Nail Ambassador and Nail Artist Fleury Rose and Brand Ambassador and Makeup Artist Josh Heald, were on hand to introduce the innovative products set to launch at Sephora and Sephora.com on April 30th.

Never before have I experienced a makeup collection that ignites the physical senses, and provides the opportunity for play and experimentation. Below is a sampling of some of the otherworldly products that will be available.

New Paranormal UV Nail Varnish Ltd Edition $17.00

New Nail Varnishes

3 new nail varnishes (Paranormal Bright Green Ouija; Paranormal Bright Pink and Paranormal Bright Violet Geist) offer a vivid burst of color. When combined with Illamasqua’s new top coat, Paranormal Clear/Glow, the polishes glow under UV Black Light, serving as undercover nail art, invisible to the naked eye until the sun goes down and your nails begin to illuminate.

New Paranormal Palette $46.50

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The unique eye shadow palette features four shades: Paranormal: Vivid Cerise Aura and Warm Coppe; Possession:  Cool green Trance and Soft Violet. The texture of the shadows is unusual and surprising – it feels soft and rubbery, similar to play dough. The formula is water-resistant and can be applied to create a soft barely-there look, or layered for a bold pop of color.

New Gleam in Supernatural $26.00

Gleam in Supernatural

This iridescent highlighter is available in one universal shade, Supernatural – Warm Bronze, and is faltering on all skin tones. Lighter skins can use it to fake a golden glow, and darker skin beauties can use it to highlight different areas of the face including under the eye brows and the cupid’s bow.

Learn more about the collection: www.Illamasqua.com/paranormal