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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 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.


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

I’ve always had a difficult time finding a foundation to match my skin tone (read my foundation horror story here).  My mixed ethnic background has produced a shade that’s darker than medium, but lighter than olive. Even when I tan, I still find it hard to find a foundation that matches, which is why I tend to stick to tinted moisturizers. My quest for a perfect match foundation may be drawing to and end with SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ, a new technology that uses a device to scan the surface of the skin and reveal a foundation shade within Sephora that matches the skin precisely.

The exclusive color matching technology launched at Sephora on June 26th.

I practically ran to Sephora in Time Square, giddy with anticipation at the thought of finally meeting “the one.” I dreamt of how it would feel to look in the mirror at my flawless complexion, while holding the smooth surface of a bottle that held my liquid skin. I arrived amongst the bright neon light of Times Square, dashed into the store, and bee-lined for the SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ counter.

A helpful consultant held the Pantone’s CAPSURE™ up to my forehead, cheek and neck, and produced my unique PANTONE® SkinTone™ number. He then punched in the number into a fancy iPad® that houses SEPHORA’s Universal SkinTone Library, which was to reveal all my foundation matches. It took about 30 seconds, and during that wait time he explained that some people had hundreds of matches in a variety of coverage and formulas. We both eagerly leaned in close to the screen as my matches began to appear one by…one? One. Literally. I knew my skin was hard to match, so I wasn’t surprised to see that out of thousands of foundations that are sold by Sephora, only one shade from one brand is my perfect long-awaited skin mate. It turned out to be Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Lasting Foundation with SPF 15 in 410 Bisque W. Unfortunately, this product was out of stock at the Times Square location, so I was not able to test the match. I was able, however, to e-mail myself the foundation so I can order it online.

Unable to be discouraged, the Sephora consultant showed me that the SkinTone Library gives you the option to select shades that are darker or lighter than your natural hue. I chose darker since I tan a lot in the summer, and it produced Sephora Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer Medium 28 Camel SPF 20. This choice matched me very well, so it looks like I’m back to wearing tinted moisturizers – at least until the Lancôme foundation arrives in the mail for testing.

Foundations can be narrowed down by searching by brand, desired coverage, finish, skin type, formulation, ingredients and spf.

*I should note that my sister went into the store the day after me, and her PANTONE® SkinTone™ number produced several different perfect matches, so I think my skin tone really is “special.” They told my sister to ask me to return, since they are constantly updating the system.

** The exclusive SEPHORA foundation service is only available at SEPHORA 5 Times Square in Manhattan and SEPHORA Powell Street in San Francisco.

***The service is free of charge, and no purchase is necessary.

Chocolate Indulgence

My name is Delialicious, and I’m a chocoholic. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I consume so much chocolate, that I have considered joining a chocolate addicts support group (such groups do exist; I’ve Googled it), but if loving chocolate is wrong, then I don’t want to be right. Heck, I’m eating chocolate right now as I write this blog post. There are many people out there who proudly admit their chocoholism, and on the flip side, there are many people I know who claim that they never touch the stuff. I call them “closet chocoholics.” My sister, for example, claims she doesn’t eat chocolate, but whenever it’s in the house, it mysteriously goes missing and evidence of the candy’s wrappers reside in her purse (and around the circumference of her mouth). Not many people can resist the delectable aroma of velvety, smooth, melt-in-your mouth chocolate. Admit it; you’re taste buds are being tantalized right now. If you are on a diet or watching your sugar intake, don’t fret because you can still indulge…in chocolate beauty products. Check them out below, but please note, although it may be tempting, none of the products show below are for consumption.

1. Bellaboo Sweet Sin Chocolate Mask, $7.50
2. Dark Chocolate Espresso Bean Lip Balm, $3.95
3. Women’s Delicious Chocolat by Gale Hayman Eau de Toilette Spray – 3.3 oz., $29.99
4. Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder, $29.00
5. Chocolate Milk Body Wash & Bubble Bath, $35.00
6. Fruit Pigmented Mascara – Dark Chocolate, $18.00
7. Bella Luccè’s Peruvian Chocolate Sugar Scrub, $10.50

Blog Anniversary Giveaway – Arrojo Salon Gift Basket

It’s so hard to believe that Delialicious Picks will be celebrating its one-year anniversary on October 31st. It’s been an amazing year, and to celebrate the blog’s anniversary, I’m so excited to announce that Arrojo Salons will be sponsoring our next giveaway – a gift basket of beauty products worth $100!

***This contest is closed to new entries***The #52 was selected by Congratulations to Lori Hart!!!***

Included in the gift basket are:

1. ARROJO Moisturizing shampoo & conditioner (8.5oz)

2. Set & Style Spray

3. Volume Foam

4. Thermal Protector

5. Hair Cream

6. Refreshing Rhubarb Body Wash

Here are the rules to enter:

1. Leave us a comment here with your email (= 1 entry).

For Additional entries to increase your chance of winning:

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

3. “Follow” Arrojo on Twitter 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 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 chances of winning. You are only allowed one comment for each entry method.

Additional Rules: This giveaway is open to residents of the US only. You must be 18+ to enter. One winner will be chosen at random on October 31, 2011. All entries must be received by October 30th 11:59pm EST.

Visit Arrojo:

180 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-7786

Go For the Gold: Makeup that Glitters

What I love about gold is its ability to spruce up anything boring with its shimmery brilliance. Used sparingly, gold makeup adds a touch of sparkle to highlight your inner radiance. And, with the gloomy, winter weather fast approaching, it just might be the perfect thing to add that extra boost of sunshine to your day.

Get 50% off at top spas and salons

This week only (November 1st-November 7th), is offering everyone the chance to get pampered at some of Manhattan’s highest rated spas and salons for half-off original the prices. But, you have to know the “secret password” to lock in the 50 percent off deal. When you call to book an appointment at one of the participating spas and salons, you must mention the “Hot on Yelp” promo in order to get the special pricing offer. Then, you can go ahead and book an appointment as some of the most luxurious spas NYC has to offer.