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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.


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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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)


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.


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).


Get Perfect Arches: Tweezerman’s Bold Brow Beauty Tutorial

Want to know the secrets behind Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn’s perfect brows? Watch the below tutorial, where Makeup Artist Joanna Bernacka shares tips on how to get the perfect shape using the best tools from Tweezerman. Vonn, who is Tweezerman’s Brand Ambassador, follows this easy step by step guide when doing her own brows.


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»


Event Alert: Discover the Must-Have colors of the Seasons at Sephora

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WHO: This Spring, Sephora offers everyone a variety of ways to feel, learn about, wear and love color, encouraging you to ignite your COLOR VISION.

WHAT: Open your eyes to the many ways the hottest colors of the season – Infrared Rouge, Lucid Lilac and Majestic Cobalt – can be incorporated into any look with help from Sephora. Stop into your nearest Sephora location to enjoy complimentary makeovers in these shades from brands like NARS, Laura Mercier, Make Up For Ever, Hourglass, Dior, Smashbox, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Buxom, Givenchy, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Urban Decay and Stila. Learn how to tune in – and stand out – with bold effects for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails this Spring.

WHEN: Every Friday – Sunday from March 29th – April 28th
12pm – 6pm

WHERE: All Sephora locations. For locations nearest you, please visit http://www.sephora.com.

WHY: There’s no better way to usher in the new season than with a new, bold look. Sephora COLOR VISION forecasts the must-have colors of the season so you can amplify your beauty look with multi-dimensional tones that bring color to a whole new wavelength.


Get Glowing Skin this Spring with Per-fekt Beauty

This weekend in NYC I was in disbelief as I peered out the window and saw snowflakes softly falling from the sky. The good news is, the weather was too warm for it to stick. Do you know what that means? Spring is coming! And soon after, summer, summer, summertime (cue Will Smith from his Fresh Prince days). Anyway, what better way to prepare for the advent of skin-bearing clothing than to make sure your body is glowing from head to toe with a hot new beauty kit from per-fekt beauty.

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Rihanna’s makeup artist, Mylah Morales, has used some of per-fekt beauty’s products to create the singer’s sexy glow, and now you too will have everything you need to look like a superstar with the newly launched Ready, Set, Glow Kit. The products, according to Morales, “are unique in that they act as a modern multi-use alternative to traditional foundations and powder bronzers and blushes, creating a healthy and youthful look to boost your natural skin color.”

The kit (a $100 value) includes per-fekt’s body perfection gel in matte tan ($45), cheek perfection gel in bronzed ($28) and lip perfection gel in sunset ($24). Get it now for $45 by using the code “GLOWKIT” at checkout (P.S. If you sign up for their newsletter you can save 25%).

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Product Review: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

I have no idea where Bobbi Brown’s Foundation Stick has been all my life, but I’m glad I found it. This creamy foundation blends seamlessly, for a natural looking matte finish.

What is it? A foundation stick designed for portability and adjustable coverage

Price: $42.00

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What I like? It comes in a compact tube, which is easy to carry around all day, without the worry of foundation spilling inside your bag. It’s buildable – you can add layers of the product until you get our desired look. The coverage looks natural and works wonders on covering up my dark circles (see before and after picture below). I wear the shade Natural Tan 4.25.

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Bobbi Brown’s Foundation Stick does an amazing job at covering my undereye circles. (On the left: without the foundation; On the right: After the foundation)

Bottom line: It’s a beauty bag must-have. It offers great coverage, is long-lasting and gives skin a flawless complexion.


Wet n’ Wild’s Beauty Blogger Event 2013

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Wet n’ Wild introduced its Spring 2013 collection and Fergie Center Stage Collection to bloggers in NYC on Thursday, February 28th, 2013.

Last week I attended Wet n’ Wild’s beauty blogger event in New York City, held at a penthouse in the luxurious Smyth hotel in Lower Manhattan. Wet n’ Wild has always held a special place in my makeup-obsessed heart, since it was the first brand of beauty products I was ever able to purchase. I’ve always been amazed at how they have been able to offer products at low costs (everything is under $5), without sacrificing quality.

At the blogger event, Wet n’ Wild showcased its new 2013 line, Fergie Center Stage Collection, and even had some products from 2012 on display. The room  was a beauty-lovers dream; every inch of the space filled with tons of colorful lip glosses, nail polishes, eye shadows and more, all for grabs.

The Fergie collection is the embodiment of the “Glamorous” singer’s style. Almost all of the products feature shimmer and ultra-pigmented, long-lasting colors. Fergie’s line is definitely meant for the type of girl who loves to make a statement and be a little flashy.

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Just like Center Stage, Wet n Wild’s new 2013 collection is amazing. I’ve been wearing the new COVERALL® Cream Foundation with matching Pressed Powder since the event, and love it! It has a very natural-looking finish and lasts all day. I’ve also become a huge fan of the MEGA LAST® liquid lip colors, which glides on smoothly and lasts up to 8-hours.

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Wet n Wild’s 2012 Collection


Backstage Beauty: Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan Fall 2013

On February 10th, I went backstage at Emerson’s Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center. The team of Red Door Spa, led by National Creative Director and Master Stylist Zahir Ziani, was responsible for the teased up-do seen on the runway. The hair, as described by Ziani, was created to look effortless and natural, “as if the model put her hair up in the pony-tail herself.” Tousled curls were created first to add volume, and hair was wrapped around the base of the pony-tail and secured with bobby pins. Only one product was used, a dry spray by Kérastase, which allowed Ziani to apply the spray repeatedly while avoiding a greasy-weighed down look.

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Stylist Zahir Ziani didn’t use any rubber bands to hold the base of the hair in place. Instead, he used the model’s own hair, which was secured with bobby pins.

Stylist Zahir Ziani didn’t use any rubber bands to hold the base of the hair in place. Instead, he used the model’s own hair, which was secured with bobby pins.

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All of the make-up used for the show was by Bobbi Brown. Dark, rocker-chic cat eyes were created using Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in black. And, the top of brows here highlighted using Bobbi’s limited edition Sparkle Eye Shadow, a combination of shimmering pearls and fine glitter. Similar to the hair, the makeup was done to look as if the model did it herself.

The final makeup look backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Emerson Fall 2013 show

The final makeup look backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Emerson Fall 2013 show

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The nails were just as edgy as the makeup. Inspired by the black lace used in Emerson’s collection, ORLY Nail Lacquer in Pure Porcelain and ORLY Nail Lacquer in After Party was used to create the fabulous nail detail seen below.

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ORLY Nail Lacquer in Pure Porcelain and ORLY Nail Lacquer in After Party

The nail art was inspired by the fabrics used in Emerson’s fall 2013 collection

The nail art was inspired by the fabrics used in Emerson’s fall 2013 collection


MAKE UP FOREVER PRO FINISH REVIEW

FTC Disclosure: These products were provided by a pr firm for review.

What is it?: MAKE UP FOREVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

Price: $36.00 at sephora.com

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Pro Finish in #127 Golden Sand

What it does: This high-performance, versatile foundation creates a flawless complexion, and lets you customize your foundation result.

The Formula: An innovative formula that can be applied wet for a sheer, satin finish or dry for a full, matte finish.

The Effect: Take a look at the pictures below. The foundation evens out skin texture, covers imperfections and has a suprising natural finish.

What I like? A sleek compact makes carrying this foundation a no-mess solution for on-the-go touch-ups. During the day, I prefer a barely-there look, but at night I like heavier coverage, so it’s a great foundation to take you from day-to-night, without getting cakey in between applications.

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MAKEUP FOREVER Pro Finish application wet.

MAKE UP FOREVER Pro Finish wet application technique. I like the wet application the best because it lets my skin show through and doesn’t look like I have on any makeup at all.

Bottom line: A 2013 beauty bag must-have for a perfect complexion.


Super Bowl Sunday Makeup

Super Bowl XLVII is just days away and whether you are proudly rooting for the San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens, beauty brand Violent Lips has got you covered with temporary lip and eye appliques that help you show off your team spirit. The lip appliques have a glossy finish and lasts up to 8 hours, so you can munch on all you favorite Super Bowl snacks all night long without worry. Not rooting for either of the competing teams? Check out Violent Lips entire Game Day Collection.

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Smokey Purple Eye by VoltiMUA
Game Day – Purple & Yellow Lips, $7.99
Violent Eyes – Violet Glitteratti, $9.99

Pictured on the right:
Game Day – Red, White & Yellow Lips, $7.99
Violent Eyes – Bronze Glitteratti, $9.99


Giveaway: bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara

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***This contest is closed.***The winners are: Mandy Haynes,Vicki Neulinger & Autum C. Congrats!!!!

So, on Friday, I told you about the amazing results I got when I used bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara. Now, with he help of planetbeauty.com, I am giving 3 lucky winners, yes, 3, the opportunity to win their very own tube for dramatic, luscious lashes.

Here are the rules to enter:

1. “Like” Planet Beauty on Facebook (= 1 entry).

For 3 more additional entries to increase your chance of winning (optional):

2.  “Follow” Delialicious Picks on Twitter, then leave a comment here letting us know that you did (= 1 entry).

3.  “Follow”  Planet Beauty on Twitter, then leave a comment here letting us know that you did (= 1 entry).

4. “Follow” Planet Beauty on Instagram (@planet_beauty), then leave a comment here letting us know that you did (= 1 entry).

Each comment counts as an entry. The winner will be chosen using random.org. For example if the number 4 is selected and your comment is the 4th one down, you will be the winner, so multiple comments increase your chance of winning. Good luck!

Rules: This giveaway is open to residents of the US only. You must be 18+ to enter. One winner will be chosen using random.org on February 4, 2013. All entries must be received by February 3rd 11:59pm EST.

*Please do not post the same comment 2x. Some comments end up in the que if there are a lot of links associated with it, and I will do my best to approve them in a timely manner.


bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara Review

What is it?: bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara

Price: $18.00

What it does: After just two coats, its Exclusive NutriPlumpTM formula dramatically plumps lashes up to 600%* for unheard-of thickness, fullness and flutter.

The Brush: It’s a very soft bristle brush that expertly picks up just enough of the product that you need, without having to remove off too much excess.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Effect: Va VA VOOM! Check out my before and after photo below. My lashes were instantly fuller, longer and darker. I didn’t even curl my lashes before applying the mascara. It also gave my lashes great depth. I don’t have any eyeliner on in the photo below.

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Bottom Line: An absolute must-have for a dramatic look without having to apply false lashes.

Disclourse: I received this mascara for review from planetbeauty.com. They will be sponsoring a giveaway of this mascara on Monday with 3 luck winners, so stay tuned.

xoxo


MAKE UP FOR EVER LAUNCHES MOBILE MAKE UP SCHOOL

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I’ll admit it, I own a cluster of beauty products that I haven’t the slightest idea what to do with. If it comes is shiny packaging or has sparkles, I must have it; but, the problem is, once I do add it to the overflowing avalanche of beauty products I own, it goes unused since I don’t know how to use it properly. So, I was super excited to learn that MAKE UP FOR EVER is launching its first-ever mobile tour, where professional make-up artists will take a look inside consumer’s bags and teach them how to use all the products they currently own, regardless of the brand. They will also perform a beauty overhaul to get rid of products that aren’t right for the individual.

Starting today, January 23rd, consumers can book 30 minute one-on-one make up bag evaluations inside the Make Up School online at www.facebook.com/MAKEUPFOREVERUSA. Sessions are available from 12:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am – 7:00pm on Sunday.

What you get:
*30 minute one-on-one make up bag evaluations inside the Make Up School
*Hands-on lesson explaining how to apply makeup
*A custom face chart detailing how to use your products
*A list of any additional products recommended by the artist
*A professional photographer will also be on-site to capture each client’s “after” look, which will be uploaded to an album on the MAKE UP FOR EVER USA Facebook page.
*The opportunity to purchase a limited edition Remix Make Up Bag by Christina Ricci for MAKE UP FOR EVER. The bag retails for $30, or $45 with a Pro Finish Multi-Use Compact Foundation (a $66 value).

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This limited edition make up bag by Christina Ricci will be available at MAKEUP FOREVER’s nationwide mobile tour.

The initiative is part of the Make Up Bag Remix concept and will travel to the following cities in early 2013:

· Los Angeles, CA: February 1st – 3rd
· San Francisco, CA: February 9th – 10th
· Las Vegas, NV: February 16th – 17th
· Dallas, TX: February 23rd – 24th
· Miami, FL: March 2nd – 3rd
· New York, NY: March 9th – 10th
· Boston, MA: March 23rd – 24th
· Chicago, IL: April 6th – 7th
· Toronto, ON: April 13th – 14th

Additionally, MAKE UP FOR EVER will have make up stations dedicated to quick lip and complexion touch ups featuring Pro Finish, the brand’s innovative new multi-use compact foundation. My review of the foundation will be posted next week, so stay tuned.

xoxo


Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara Review

What is it?: Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara

Price: $26.00

What it does: The mascara claims to give lashes a doll-like, wide-eyed voluminous effect. An exclusive FiberShineTM formula sculpts, curls and adds shine to lashes, as it lifts and thickens.

The Formula: The mascara formula is very thick and goopy. It took over 20 swipes to remove the excess product, and even after all that effort, there was still too much on the brush. I wish they designed the bottle better to remove most of the excess as you pull the wand out. It also clumps very easily, which is a pain when you are in a rush.

The Brush: I like the way the wand is designed; its cone-shaped brush makes it easy to get to the hard-to-reach corners and bottom lashes. It’s honestly one of the best mascara brushes I’ve ever used.

The Effect: My eyelashes were definitely lifted, spread-out, and slightly lengthened. But, I didn’t feel like they achieved doll-like proportions, nor did it give my lashes any volume.

My lashes before applying the mascara

My lashes before applying the mascara

My eyelashes after a few coats - you can see how much it clumps.

My eyelashes after a few coats – you can see how much it clumps.

Bottom Line: I’m torn, because it’s a good mascara that does a nice job at thickening and lengthening. However, the effect wasn’t impressive enough for me to want to pay the high cost for the product (I got mine as a free sample from Sephora). For a daytime look, I would use it, but that’s only because I already have it. For dramatic nighttime lashes, I’ll stick to my other brands


Illuminating Light Up Lip Gloss by Beauty for Real

Illuminating Light Up Lip Gloss

FTC Disclosure: These products were provided by a pr firm for review.

Illuminating Light Up Lip Gloss

Ladies, we’ve all been there before. We’re out late at night and try to do one thing: reapply our lip gloss. In theory, this should be an easy feat, but when you can’t see to make sure you are carefully filling in the contours of your pout perfectly, the result can be disastrous. The last thing you want is to have someone say, “You look like you put your makeup on in the dark!”

So, when I was sent a sample of Illuminating Light Up Lip Gloss by Beauty for Real, the clouds parted, harps started playing, and I decided that it would be absolutely sinful if I didn’t share it with you. The Illuminating Light Up Lip Gloss is a fantastic high-tech product in terms of exterior design and formula. The lip gloss is loaded with plant derived antioxidants, essential vitamins, and marine collagen for super plump lips. The bottle has a small mirror attached to its exterior, and the wand has a LED light in the lid to illuminate lips when applying. The lid can also be used a s a small flashlight to see inside your purse, making it the ultimate must-have staple for your handbag.

I tested out the Just Lust shade ($22), which is a perfect rose gold hue, and looks amazing against my olive skin tone. The color is rich, yet felt lightweight, and lasted about 4 hours before I needed a retouch.

Swatch of Just Lust

Before applying the lip gloss, I lined my lips with The Perfect Pencil in Nude ($14) by Beauty for Real. The company only makes the lip pencil in one universally flattering shade to take the guesswork out of finding the perfect color.

Here are my results after applying one coat:

Below, I’ve included a short video on how easy it is to use the Illuminating Light Up Lip Gloss in the dark. Check it out:


Lips like a Material Girl

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to stealing my mom’s red lipstick as a kid and singing into a hair brush to Madonna’s “Material Girl” in front of a mirror. Even though I didn’t have a comparable Marlin Monroe pink dress Madonna replicated in the video, I did have the iconic red lips. The only problem was, my mom’s crimson lipstick didn’t exactly match well with my skin tone. Yes, even at eight, I knew what colors looked best on me. Red is a tricky shade to wear, but Madonna’s makeup artist, Gina Brooke, has collaborated with MAKE UP FOR EVER to create a shade that is universally flattering, high-pigmented, smudge-proof and long-lasting. The hue called Aqua Rouge #8 is the official lip color for Madonna’s MDNA tour, and is double-ended lip stain and gloss stick, so you get two products for the price of one. Anxious to get your sexy red pout? Aqua Rouge #8 is available in stores now.


Getting Organized – Why I love my Caboodles

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My Caboodles when it closed. The handle allowed me to transport it easily from my room to another floor in my house to take this photo.

I’m not exactly the most organized person when it comes to my makeup. When I first started accumulating beauty products in large amounts, I began storing them in a very large suitcase with a lock, out of the fear that my two sisters would steal from me when I wasn’t looking – not that I would even notice. But, I am greedy when it comes to my makeup, and remain in the toddler possessive phase declaring everything mine and unwilling to share. The only problem with my giant suitcase is that it sits vertically so that it doesn’t take up too much space in my room, and to tell you the truth, I haven’t the slightest idea what’s in there. When I need blush, I stick my hand down into its depths and retrieve the first color my hands can locate, and that is how I select what shade my cheeks will be on that days. Thankfully, the madness has come to an end since I’ve discovered Caboodles, super chic cosmetic case organizers. I received a Grande Train Case from Caboodles during Nolcha Fashion Week’s Blogger Brunch. Since then, it has simplified organizing my makeup and now cuts my beauty routine in half, because I no longer have to spend ten minutes reaching down into a deep black hole just to find a blush.

I have my most used lip glosses, concealers, eye shadows, blushes, foundations, and other products in their own separate compartments within one organizer that pulls out to reveal all my goodies. When I’m finished with my makeup, I simply close the organizer and it decreases to half the size so that I’m able to store it underneath a small chair in my room. It also has a handle, so I’m able to carry all my makeup around whenever I need to.

My Caboodles opened halfway.

My Caboodles fully opened. I bet you weren't expecting that!

In addition to the classics, the cases are also available in really cool designs – my Caboodles is purple with black lace. Check out more on their website»