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Archive for January, 2013

Feb 1st is National Wear Red Day®,

The Heart Truth: National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 1, 2013. Get Involved! February 1st will mark National Wear Red Day®, a campaign that encourages everyone to wear red to bring awareness to women’s heart health. Heart disease is the #1 leading cause of death among women, and since the red dress has now become synonymous with heart health, I thought I’d look all over the web to find some of my favorite dresses and hopefully, inspire you to wear red on Friday. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so you can recycle your red ensemble for a special date night or anti-Valentine’s Day night out with the girls. Note: Men can participate too by wearing a red tie or shirt.

Ruby Tuesday Red Sequin DressLove it!, $62.00

Ruby Tuesday Red Sequin DressLove it!, $62.00

Sequin and Chiffon Blouson Dress, $39.00

Sequin and Chiffon Blouson Dress, $39.00

American Living Harper Cap-Sleeve Side Ruffle Dress, $50.00

American Living Harper Cap-Sleeve Side Ruffle Dress, $50.00

Tahari Short-Sleeve Lace Dress, $83.40

Tahari Short-Sleeve Lace Dress, $83.40

Cap-sleeve Ponte Dress, $88.00

Cap-sleeve Ponte Dress, $88.00


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.

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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.

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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


NYC Nude York City Lipshine Review

A few months ago I joined Influenster, an online community that links members with brands and offers rewards for participation. In December I received my first task in the form of what Influenster calls Holiday VoxBox ’12. The VoxBox was loaded with full-sized samples of different products including NYC New York Liquid Color Lipshine.

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What I liked? I received the NYC New York Liquid Color Lipshine in the color Nude York City #582 ($2.49 at drugstores nationwide). It’s a high-shine gloss that looks nice alone, but looks even better over lipstick, as it amplifies and adds dimension to solid colors. It has a slight hint of shimmer to it, which I love, without being too dramatic. It also smells yummy – like butterscotch. The flexible application picks up a good amount of the product, and made it easy to apply around the contours of my lips.

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Bottom line: This is a great color to add in the center of your pout when you want to give the illusion of fuller lips. The consistency was very silky and the color lasts a long time, but I do feel that it is a bit sticky, and wish it were more smooth.


GET THE LOOK: Miranda Kerr and Stacy Keibler at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

GET THE LOOK: STACY KEIBLER AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES

(January 12, 2013 - Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America

(January 12, 2013 – Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America

Stacy Keibler looked polished and fresh from head to toe at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 13, 2013. Celebrity Makeup Artist Kathy Jeung accentuated Stacy’s natural beauty with a soft bronzed eye and pretty pink pout using VS Makeup products.

FACE

Prep skin with VS PRO Airbrush FX Oil-Free Face Primer to give skin a smooth canvas to apply makeup. Then, with a flat foundation brush, apply foundation in broad sections over face and neck and blend with water moistened beauty sponge.

Lightly dust VS PRO Flawless FX Translucent Finishing Powder over entire face for a flawless finish.

Brush VS PRO Light FX Eye-Brightening Pen on the concave area under the eye and then blend and set using your ring finger in a tapping motion and also brush along the length of nose.

For glowing skin and added dimension, shade VS Makeup Pressed Mineral Bronzing Powder in Bronze Ambitionjust slightly above the concave of the cheekbone and softly dust under chin, jaw and along her hairline. Last, apply VS Makeup Baked Mineral Bronzing Powder in Goddess on temples and up high on the outer cheeks to add a luminous, bronze glow.

EYES

Use VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact and dust the highlight color all over eye area up to brow bone and then accentuate the crease using the crease shadow. Sweep on the golden bronze shade all over the lid and use the crease shade along the outer part of the lash line. For some extra warmth, add the base shade all along the lower lash line.

Using VS Makeup Kajal Liner in Black Magic, draw along the outer upper lash line and then smudge the line to add soft, subtle dimension.

Last, apply two coats of VS Makeup Extra Lengthening Mascara in Blackest Black on the upper and lower lashes, using brush vertically first to really enhance the inner corner lashes.

CHEEKS

Apply VS Makeup Luminous Mineral Blush Duo in Starlet to the apples of the cheeks to give a flushed glow.

LIPS

Prep lips with VS PRO Pout FX Lip Primer & Definer to keep the lip liner and color in place.

Line lips with VS Makeup Lip Liner in Blushing Nude.

Pat on VS Makeup Color Drama Lipstick in Pulse with her fingertip to add a stain of color to the lip.

Finish with VS Makeup Brilliant Lip Shine Extreme in Sunset Strip for pretty, shimmery pout.

GET THE LOOK: MIRANDA KERR AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES

(January 12, 2013 - Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)

(January 12, 2013 – Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)

Supermodel Miranda Kerr looked right at home on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. To get her showstopping look, follow these easy steps from Celebrity Makeup Artist Lisa Storey.

FACE

Prep skin with VS PRO Airbrush FX Bronzing Primer for a natural, all-over glow.

Lightly dust VS PRO Flawless FX Translucent Finishing Powder over entire face for a flawless finish.

For touchups, dab VS PRO Anti-Shine FX Oil-Free Mattifier on high-shine areas, like the center of the forehead, nose and chin.

EYES

Before applying eye shadow, prep lids with VS PRO Lasting FX Eye Shadow Primer to create a smooth and long-lasting base.

Hide dark shadows under eyes with VS PRO Camouflage FX Universal Concealer Palette. Apply VS PRO Light FX HD Eye Brightening Pen around the entire eye area and blend up into cheekbones to lighten and brighten dark shadows and conceal fine lines.

Using VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact, apply the lid color all over lids, blending up into the crease and out towards the outer corner of the eye.  Use the same color under the bottom lashes. Apply the highlight color under the brow bone and add a touch to the inner corners to open the eyes.

Define upper and lower lashlines with VS Precision Liquid Liner in Black, exaggerating the outer edges for an eye-opening effect.

Using VS Brow Pencil and Brush Duo in Brunette, fill in brows for extra definition.

Finish with two coats of VS Makeup Volume Lift Mascara in Black.

CHEEKS

Apply VS Makeup Luminous Mineral Blush Duo in Meet Up to apples of cheeks for a sexy flush.

LIPS

Prep lips with VS PRO Pout FX Lip Primer and Definer. Complete the red carpet look with a swipe of VS Makeup Color Drama Lipstick in Intensity.

“Get the Look” instructions provided by VS Beauty


Maya Brenner Zodiac Collection Sale

In the past I’ve written about  Maya Brenner Designs, a high-end jewelry collection favorited by some of  the most hottest celebrities. This week the jewelry company is kicking off 2013 by having a celestial sale – 40% off all zodiac necklaces and birthstone rings through Jan. 14. Since the year has just begun, you can buy a special zodiac accessory for someone you know and hold onto it until their birthday. Or, just grab one for yourself – at 40% off why not?

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Rocks and Stones may break my bones, but they will always look fashionable on me

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1. Druzy Necklaces, $40.00
2. Jay King Blue Lace Drusy Sterling Silver Drop Earrings, $89.90
3. Peter Ciesla Necklace, $690.00
4. Liz Larios Black Garnet Nugget Ring, $170.00
5. Raw peridot stud earrings, $14.00
6. Crystal Cave Rock Ring, $20.00


Sebamed Skin Care Review

Disclosure: This product was provided by the company for review

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

For as long as I could remember, I’ve always suffered from hand eczema. This winter, my skin has been doing very well, but, I know that when summertime comes around I will be reaching for a tube of hydrocortisone, and wearing gloves just to wash my face. Whenever I’m approached by a skin care company to review a product, I’m never too excited because of the fear that the items I test may lead to an eczema breakout. But, when I was approached by a representative of Sebamed, a soap-free product line with same pH as healthy skin (pH 5), I was excited to test out the products, which are said to be suitable for people with problematic and sensitive skin.

Most products designed for eczema usually colorless, odorless, and don’t lather very well. This isn’t the case with the Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash. As I poured a small amount onto my washcloth, I was surprised to see a pretty turquoise ribbon of gel emerge from the bottle. The aroma of the wash is clean and fresh, reminiscent of as a lighter version of Irish Spring. Formulated with natural moisturizers allantoin and pentavitin, it lathered nicely and didn’t dry out my skin.

I followed the Liquid Face and Body Wash with the Moisturizing Body Lotion, which is enriched with chamomile extract and allantoin to soothe and moisturize. It was non-greasy, lightweight and moisturized very well. I absolutely adore the smell of the lotion. It has a soft, powdery fragrance that lasts for hours.

The following day, my skin wasn’t irritated, which is a good sign to me. I will defiantly be using this line of products during the summertime, when my skin is at its worst.

Sebamed can be purchased in stores such as CVS and Rite Aid. Click here to view a full list of retailers. And, visit their website to learn how you can receive $3 off your purchase of 2 Sebamed Sensitive Skin & Hair Care Products.


TRESemmé Style Studio

Up until I was in the eighth grade, my mom took the main responsibility for the disaster that is my hair. It took a lot of pulling and smothering palm fulls of Indian Hemp hair products, for her to be able to tame my wild, frizzy coils that always seemed to channel their inner Diana Ross. Then, when I would get my hair straightened, my long hair swallowed me up like Cousin It.  As a result, I have always stuck to a basic can’t-go-wrong ponytail.

My New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to learn how to create a super glamorous hairstyle. I always have the perfect outfit and fabulous makeup look, but I am always completely clueless about how to wear my hair. In order to get ideas, I checked out the TRESemmé Style Studio, a new interactive and customizable step-by-step hair tutorial and tip site of over 100 different hair styles. On the site, you can select your hair type (straight, curly, wavy, with bangs) and hair length (short, medium, long), and occasion (Girls Night, At the Office, Blushing Bride, and Date Night).

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The thing I love the most about this website is that it gives you the ability to upload a photo of yourself and get a complete hair makeover using their Instant Styler. I spent a full hour this weekend trying on different hairstyles and colors. It’s so much fun! Check out one of my results below:

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What is your 2013 hair resolution?