Want to know what every lip color looks like on you?

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Sephora is launching a new Virtual Artist app that uses facial recognition software to allow you to test lip products sold in their stores right on your face. The software is very similar to Makeup Genius by L’Oréal Paris, and acts like a virtual mirror that automatically moves with your lips so that it actually looks like you are wearing the color.

You’ll then receive information about the product including the name, brand and price, as well as the ability to purchase directly in the app.

Learn more on their website.

Essence’s December 2015 BeautyBox

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At some point in time, even though I am surrounded with tons of free beauty loot, I became a beauty box junkie. From subscription boxes that host all-natural, organic products to boxes filled with “indies” aka the next big thing in beauty, I need them all. The box I am most excited about this month is Essence’s Beauty Box, which is loaded with everything you need to get holiday ready with a gorgeous red lipstick and gold sparking eyeshadow. It also includes a bodywash, all-purpose moisturizer and luxurious hair products. Watch the video below to see the magazine’s beauty editors Deena Campbell and Nykia Spradley ‘unbox’ the December BeautyBox.

Pat McGrath Launches Limited Edition Pigmet

International makeup artist Pat McGrath is officially launching Pat McGrath Labs with its first limited edition product, GOLD 001, which will be available to the public for the first time on Thursday, October 29th at 12pm.The product will retail for $40, but beauty addicts will have to sit with computer mouse in hand as only 1,000 units will be available when the it goes live on patmcgrath.com.

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GOLD 001

Gold 001 is a pigment which features a highly malleable formula, so users can use the product in however many creative ways they would like. The formula features intense color and shine so “the resulting look is liquid-like, a gilded glaze of intense color,” McGrath explains.

McGrath encourages experimentation and fun and advises on the packaging: USE WITHOUT CAUTION Requires unrestrained play and a reckless attitude.

Consumers who purchase GOLD 001, will receive a gold foil bag that contains the pigment and its tools which includes a spatula, mixing liquid, and a second life container, all packed in couture sequins.

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GOLD 001 packaging

Halloween Makeup with Illamasqua

I’m such a procrastinator when it comes to finding a costume for Halloween. And then, once I find the perfect assemble, I have to worry about creating a fabulous makeup look to bring everything together in the most spooktacular way. I found some inspiration from makeup brand llamasqua, which has released how-tos for several different Halloween makeup looks to make sure your scarily glam. Check out the looks below.

Dead Drag

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A glam drag look perfect for all zombies. Highlight and contour with Skin Base Foundation in a lighter shade and create a bold brow using the Precision Gel Liner. Create the illusion of fake blood by drawing blood drips randomly around the eyes using a mixture of Pure Pigment in Berber with Sealing Gel. Top off the look using Lipstick in Box to create a bloody lip.

Dead Graphic

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A ghostly animation. Create a phantom-like base by layering Skin Base Foundation and Loose Power to lighten your complexion. Sculpt comic-style contours using Powder Eye Shadow in Pivot, Anja and apply Lipstick in Eurydice to animate the lip. Lastly use the Precision Gel Liner to outline the Cheeks, Lips, Brows and eyes to bring life to your cartoon-inspired look

Dead Skull

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Add depth to a corpse skull. Create a ghostly base using the Skin Base Foundation and contour deep cheekbones using Powder Eye Shadow in Incubus. Use the Precision Gel Liner to draw sunken eyes and dust Pure Pigment in Berber above and below the eye to set the look. Finish adding stitch-like details to the face using the Precision Ink in Abyss.

Dead Kitty

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A fierce look for those who dare. Begin by blending the Precision Gel Liner to create a deep, smoky eye base. Use the Neutral Palette to add detail to the look and blend to create a feline-shaped eye. Draw with the Precision Gel Liner to a black line extending from the tip of the nose to the bottom lip, fill in the bottom lip and add in whiskers to finish the look.

Beauty Products That Support Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual campaign to increase awards of the disease. Several companies have release limited-edition products that not only make you look good, but feel good too, as proceeds will go towards funding research programs and nonprofits dedicated to educating, supporting, and finding a cure. Below are just some of the beauty products out right now that you can buy now to help.

 

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Jane Iredale’s “Bright Future” eye-shadow compact, $30; 100% of profits from the sale of Bright Future will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer® in support of women affected by breast cancer.

 

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Vapour Organic Beauty Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Honor, $22.00; 30% of the sales of Honor goes towards breast cancer research.

 

Sonia Kashuk® Proudly Pink 5 pc Brush Set, $15.99; Target is donating 15% of the purchase price (excluding sales tax) from the purchases of this item at Target and Target.com to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
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Avon Mega Effects Mascara, $10.00; Avon will donate 20% of net profits to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

 

Product Review: OCC’s Cosplay’s Cha Cha

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (aka OCC cosmetics) recently launched their new Spring/Summer 2015 line featuring neutral shades to pretty pastels to bright, bold hues. All six of the matte lip shades have complimentary nail colors to match so you can take those fun Instagram selfies with your hands in the picture to show that you have a fabulous manicure to match the gorgeous shade on your lips.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a couple of pictures I posted wearing Cha Cha, which the brand describes as “pale tangerine.” After wearing it, I don’t think I would describe the color as pale. Instead it’s a bright, yet soft shade of orange that is bold and in-you-face, and not meant to be worn by the shy and timid. But, if shy and timid describes you, there are other colors such as John Doe, a nude and Memento, a pink/plum neutral.

The nail polish lasted about 5 days before it started to chip and the lip color stayed put for hours. Because the lip color is a liquid, I would recommend using a brush to spread it around nicely around the contours of your lips.

What do you think about the matching nail and lip trend?

Product Review: Iman Second To None Cover Cream in Sand Medium

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I recently bought Iman’s Second To None Cover Cream to compliment the Iman foundation in Sand 3 that I have been using and absolutely love. However, I found the Sand concealer a little too dark for me, but fortunately it matched my sister so I gave it to her to use and the results were amazing. Check out the picture below. On the left is the concealer and on the right we didn’t use anything As you can see, the concealer cream really hid her dark, under-eye circles and redness with a significant amount of coverage. It went on smoothly and was long-lasting. I will definitely try other shades until I find one that matches me, but this stuff is incredibly. The only con is that it did go on cakey and throughout the day she had to pat under her eye as the product settled in fine lines, so I recommend using it with a moisturizer; other than that, it’s great.

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