Friday, November 9th, 2007

What’s your favorite facial sunscreen? What’s the best one you’ve found for your face? What makes it so good?

I’ve been using Oil of Olay’s Complete (SPF15), but I just ordered Shisheido’s Face/Body sunscreen (SPF55), so I hope that one works out! The Olay one has lasted me forever, and if Shiseido’s does the same I’ll be happy to pay the price difference.

P.S. – What are your weekend plans? I have a take-home final exam, so I’ll be busy doing that. In fact, I have to start it as soon as it’s distributed at noon today, because I’m headin’ out bright and early Saturday morning to meet up with my girl, Karen, for Nordstrom’s Trend Show. Then, off to my parents’ house to babysit my sister and write the rest of my memo.

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Winner: Janis | She wins… MAC Earthly Riches mineralize eyeshadow and Brew lipstick!

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Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Embrace your femininity this holiday season in a stunning pink-beige wrap dress with a demure length and puffy sleeves. If you haven’t heard of NARS’ famous Orgasm blush, then we are happy to enlighten you! Orgasm is a cult beauty favorite, and The Multiple in Orgasm is taking that cult favorite to the next level. Apply this cream stick on the apples of the cheeks for a lovely winter flush, just a touch pink with subdued shimmer. We love the eyes with a wash of pink eyeshadow all over the lid, deep warm brown in the crease, and a light yellow-beige to highlight the browbone–all acn be accomplished in Smashbox’s Head Shot trio. It’s time to be a bit bold with the lips, and we are loving Cardinal lipstick from MAC’s Red Lip palette. Finish with the accompanying gloss (peachy-beige) for a great downplayed glossy red.

1. ECI Blouson Sleeve Metallic Dress @ Nordstrom for $158.00icon
2. NARS The Multiple in Orgasm @ Sephora for $36.50
3. Smashbox Eyeshadow Trio in Head Shot @ Sephora for $28.00
4. MAC Red Lip Palette @ Nordstrom for $22.50icon

Of course, there are always alternative ways to beautify a dress, and we were nearly so torn on what to do with this lovely number. A sultry smoky eye would do no injustice to it, especially when paired with pink-nude lips with lots of glossiness. If red lips are too much, try blotting after applying the lipstick, then add the lipgloss–you’ll have a pink-stained pout with just a hint of red underlying it. Neutral dresses like these really suit a variety of looks, and we have only given you two variations.

How would you wear your makeup with this dress?

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Are you intimidated by beauty sales people? Do you hate going to the makeup counter/store because the makeup artists or salespeople intimidate you? If you aren’t, have you been before? If so, how did you get over it?

When I first started to get into MAC, the makeup artists would intimidate me a bit, only because I felt like such a beginner. It definitely doesn’t help that it’s not unusual to encounter a few snobby artists and sales people during visits to the store or counter. How did I get over it? I realized it wasn’t worth the trepidation – I loved makeup, and that should count for something. It did help that I was getting better at applying makeup, but honestly, I’ve gone without makeup a lot in the past year, without feeling uncomfortable. They’re there to help me, and if they don’t want to help me, I can bring my business somewhere else!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Winter-white matched with feminity for a perfect combination of beauty. Pair this gorgeous coat (at a greatprice, if I do say so myself!) with smokey eyes, soft pink lips, and cheeks that are just a touch rosy, with gold undertones. Laura Mercier’s Mosaic Shimmer Block Blush offers a darling quad with shimmery white, beige, taupe, and rose. Apply the rose hue to apples of cheeks and highilght with the beige color on cheeks, forehead, and chin. For eyes, MAC’s Smoky Eye Palette is a great way to go about doing it. Try any of the lighter colors all over the lid, and use one of the deepest colors for the very outer crease and lid, and blend to perfection. For lips, we like a neutral, slightly shimmery lipstick, like Shu Uemura’s Lolishine lipstick.

1. Frenchi Boiled Wool Hooded Coat @ Nordstrom for $88.00icon
2. Laura Mercier Mosaic Shimmer Block Blush @ Nordstrom for $38.00icon
3. MAC Metallic Eyes Palette @ Nordstrom for $36.00icon
4. Shu Uemura Lolishine Lipstick @ Nordstrom for $20.00icon

The coat says it all; you’re bound to attract eyes with such a light colored coat. It needs little makeup to complete the look, but you can always add a bold red lip with lots of black mascara for a more dramatic, night-on-the-town kind of face. Just a slight smokey eye can be perfect for both day and night, which is why we chose to go for versatile rather than aimed at a particular time in the day. Just be careful what you eat, where you sit, and where you lay this coat!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

NORDSTROM.com Women's Half-Yearly Sale

Nordstrom’s Women’s Half Yearly Sale for Women (and kids) started today, so get your shoppin’ on! Thought I should give everybody a leg up — get your shopping for the holidays going (or maybe even finish it!). Head on over to Nordstrom.com.

Tell us what you’ve bought in the comments!