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.

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.

Tropical Eye Makeup Tutorial

A few months ago, when I was nominated as a finalist for the Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger of the Year Awards, I received a fabulous goody bag filled with amazing products from Revlon. I absolutely fell in love with Revlon’s ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Inspired. The pigments are bright, playful, fun and long-lasting. I was preparing to go away on vacation, and the colors in the quad inspired me to create the below eye makeup look. Keep scrolling to learn the steps to follow, so you can get whisked away to the tropical islands with this easy-to-do multi-colored eye makeup look.

Products needed
*Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad, Inspired
*Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener
*Revlon Grow Luscious Lash Liner – 001 Onyx
*Angled liner brush

Step 1: Apply the eye primer all over the eye area

Step 2: Line your upper lids and waterline (optional) carefully with the lash liner

Step 3: Using the wand that comes with the quad or another eye shadow brush, apply the champagne color all over your lids all the way up to the brow bone

Step 4: Using your eyeshadow brush pick up a good amount of the green pigment onto he brush and apply on the inner edge of the eye, stopping before the color reaches the center

Step 4

Step 5: Apply the teal pigment, where the green ends and extend the color to the center of your lids

Step 6: Apply the purple pigment where the teal ends and extend to the outer edge of the upper lid

Step 7: Using an angled brush liner, repeat the same color pattern on the bottom lid right under your eyelashes

Step 7

Step 8: Pick up some more of the champagne color and dab it onto the inner corner of each eye in a V shape

Step 8

Step 9: Apply mascara

When you’re done, your eyes should look like this:

I also have a video tutorial on this look, I can post upon request. xoxo

JAFRA USA Special Holiday Promotion in support of the Beauty Bus Foundation

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

Over a year ago I posted a story called, Donate the products that make you look good, so you can feel good, which featured a list of organizations that accept beauty product donations. Among the list, I featured the Beauty Bus Foundation, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that mobilizes volunteers to provide free beauty and grooming services to chronically and terminally ill patients and their caregivers.

This year, JAFRA USA, a skin care and makeup company dedicated to transforming people’s lives through beauty, is partnering with the Beauty Bus Foundation. From October 1 – December 31, 2012, for every High Pigment Eyeshadow and High Pigment Eyeshaow Offer sold, JAFRA will donate $1 to the organization. So far, the company has raised over $57,000 for the Beauty Bus Foundation, but their support doesn’t stop there. JAFAR is also providing their independent consultants as volunteers to help with in-home visits and pop-up salons; and, they have also donated generous amounts of JAFRA signature skin care, beauty and grooming products for the Bags of Beauty program.

I was given the opportunity to test out all four of the High Pigment Eye shadows:





I had to bang the container a few times on the counter to loosen up the product before using it. Then, I poured a small amount into the lid, and used an eye shadow brush to apply the pigments. I only used about one coat for each color, so be careful, a little bit goes a long way. Each color had a good amount of shimmer, which I loved, and it wasn’t overpowering. These eye shadows are great for a dramatic smokey evening eye, but when applied lightly, they can also be worn during the day to make your eyes pop.

The High Pigment Eyeshadows can be purchased online for $12.00, or by contacting your local JAFRA independent consultant. Not only will these rich pigments make you feel beautiful, but every time you bat your lids you can feel good knowing that your purchase helped someone else feel beautiful, too.

High Performance Pigment Makeup

It’s very difficult to find vivid, rich, long-wearing makeup, especially for women with darker complexions. High pigmented makeup is great for all skin tones because it will show up under harsh photo and camera lights, and usually lasts longer than other types of makeup. If you crave brilliant hues then read on.

Black Up Cosmetics is France’s #1 brand for women with ethnic skin colors. The products are highly pigmented, and were developed in 1999 by a team of professional makeup artists with women of color in mind. Now, the line has a variety of products that look great on different skin tones, regardless of ethnicity.

NYX Cosmetics was started by Toni Ko in 1999, and is now available in 40 international markets. The products are high quality and most importantly, affordable. The eye pigments are offered in an assortment of intense colors including Ocean Blue, Mocha, Lilaz, Pearl, Fanta, Sky Pink and Black to name a few. The brand also has a line of glitter pigments, bronzer, blush, and lips products. NYX is also a cruelty-free makeup line.

Mally Beauty was started by Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal, whose client list includes Beyonce,  Celine Dion, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez. She launched her own brand of makeup in 2004, and is a staple on QVC. The makeup colors are buildable, long lasting and dramatic.

L’Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments are probably the cheapest high performance makeup products you may be able to get your hands on. Unlike the other makeup brands,  you don’t have to travel any further than your local drug store to get them. Personally, I’ve found it hard to find a good variety of the product line available in a lot of the stores in the city. Since the line caters to women with darker complexions, you would have a better chance of finding good options in ethnic neighborhoods. When you do find the L’Oreal HIP line it includes ultra intense shadows and rich color combinations for lips. The high intensity pigments perform well, and are great if you are on a tight budget.