Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

This tutorial is designed to walk you through, step-by-step, a bold green and blue makeup look.

Skill Level: Beginner


Eyes: Blue pigment (blue), Overgrown eyeshadow (bright yellow-green), Shimmermoss (shimmery teal), A Bluer Blue eyeshadow (deep blue with green undertones), Juxt (pastel green with yellow undertones), Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow (gold with green undertones), Blue Herizon liquidlast liner (blue), Freshwater eyeshadow (true blue), Feline kohl power (black kohl liner), and black mascara.
Face: If you’d like to compliment the eyes, Cantaloupe blush (peachy-orange) on apples of cheeks with Peach Haze beauty powder (peachy-gold) to highlight and Emote blush to contour cheeks.
Lips: For matching lips, Style It Up lipstick (nude) with Guava pro gloss (orange with purple undertones) and Reflects Bronze glitter (bronzy gold).
Tools: MAC 249 firm shadow brush, 239 shadow brush, 219 detailed crease brush

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Have a Va Va Voom Vacation Introducing theBalm’s NEW Limited Edition BalmVoyage Kits

Jet-setting beauty junkies can say au revoir to their bulky makeup and bonjour to theBalm’s NEW BalmVoyage. These kits include mini versions of theBalm’s cult favorites along with luggage tags that effortlessly snap onto any bag; perfect for any glamour girl on-the-go. Give the gift of luscious lips and glittering eyes this holiday season. theBalm introduces two travel-friendly limited edition gift sets that are perfect way to keep your stockings stuffed.

The Eye Kit (for the girl who arrives batting her lashes) includes:
Smaller versions of the popular shadyLady shadow and shadow liner, and Hot Mama blush to give a smoldering holiday glow.

The Lip Kit (for the girl who arrives puckering her pout) contains:
A miniature sized Stainiac in Beauty Queen, BalmShelter SPF 17 lip gloss, and the Plump Your Pucker gloss for kissable lips under the mistletoe.

Whether spending this holiday season sailing the Caribbean or skiing the Alps, the NEW BalmVoyage is a perfect fit.

Price: $18.50 each

Available at select Sephora stores and www.sephora.com.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

French Art of Flirting | $36 ($49.50 value)
This holiday season, let your eyes say it all. The French Art of Flirting has never been easier than with this set of three Regard Effet Metallis  Waterproof Eyeliners and the always essential Volume Glamour Ultra Black Mascara.

Regard Effet Metallis Waterproof Eyeliners in Noir Effet Miroir- intense black, Feuille de Cuivre – radiant copper
Vert Pepite – luminous green, Volume Glamour Ultra Black Mascara – jet black

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Saturday, October 27th, 2007

LA PRAIRIE HOLIDAY SKIN CAVIAR

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream (Limited Edition): The most extravagant gift you can give your face.

La Prairie, a name synonymous with luxury, reinvents utter indulgence, bringing the ultimate in luxury to unprecedented heights with Skin Caviar Luxe Cream. When only the utmost in luxury will do, La Prairie offers the answer: the supremely elegant experience of lifting and firming in a limited-edition size jar, when a little is simply not enough.

Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is a superior concentration of caviar extracts, unique sea proteins, phytotherapy and bioengineering technologies. Your senses feel caressed by an extravagant gift of energy and moisture, beyond ordinary luxury into the ultimate Caviar experience. This experience allows lifted, illuminated satin to replace the tired skin of moments ago. 5.2 oz.

Now, I know La Prairie is a pricey skincare line; one most mortals cannot afford to try nor fall in love with. This is a special holiday edition size (5.2 oz), and the price tag? Oh, a mere $900.00! So let me ask you dear readers, have any of you tried La Prairie’s products? What was your experience? I keep thinking for $900.00, why don’t I save up for a face lift? Botox?

Friday, October 26th, 2007

ANTIQUITEASE CRACKLE NAILS

I was jonesing to try out those interesting nails featured in the Antiquitease promotional photos: white base with gold overlay. Now, luckily I didn’t have to really bother with experimentation and delving into my creative mind, because Carleen explained how to do it! I didn’t quite follow it step for step, as I’m absentminded and tend to recreate without remembering to look at what I’m trying to copycat.

So how did I do it? I used two coats of a white (creme finish) polish then put one coat of Gold Veneer polish on top. I would add the gold polish to one nail at a time. You have to add the texture/swirls/crackling before the polish dries, so it’s better to do one or two at a time, crackle, then move on. I personally tried to do two at a time and found the second one ended up already being a bit too dry!

For the crackling, I ripped off a small square of paper towel, maybe four inches on each side. Mine is textured (at least somewhat) as Carleen suggests, but I ended up using the edge of the paper towel to create better variance across each nail. Just pressing the paper towel ended up giving me the pattern on the paper towel, which was very uniform.

Now that I’ve done it once and experienced first hand how easy it is, I’m definitely going to try again to make them resemble the original Antiquitease photo. What do you think of these kinds of nails?  Love ‘em, hate ‘em? My boyfriend said they look dirty!

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

HALLOWEEN MAKEUP TIPS

Halloween is a little under two weeks away, which means it is definitely getting to be crunch time to have your fabulous costume in order, right? Well, what about your makeup? Halloween makeup is all sorts of fun because you can be over the top and crazy, without anyone thinking you’ve lost your mind. You really get a chance to be creative and let your inner artist come out and play.

False lashes are an amazing way to make your eyes pop and finish off flawless makeup. During the haunting season, all kinds of crazy lashes come out – you can find a good variety at your local drugstore for $4-10 a pop. Make Up Forever also makes an incredible selection of false lashes for all times of the year (pictured above), and you can find them at Sephora (www.sephora.com); they’re really quite reasonably priced for their quality and how different their lashes can be.

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