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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Choose or Lose

When MAC launches a collection, when do you check it out?

  • Day it launches! (38%, 209 Votes)
  • Whenever I happen to be near a MAC (33%, 182 Votes)
  • A day or two after it launches (21%, 116 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (3%, 19 Votes)
  • A week later (5%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 544

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

LUSH Sweet Japanese Girl Cleanser ($10.25 for 1.2 oz.) is quite possibly my favorite LUSH product of all-time. It’s a “facial massage and exfoliation bar.” I don’t really say it’s a massage bar (though you could, since it’s grooved), but I love it for how it hydrates skin with a buttery goodness feel while gently exfoliating. I prefer to use mine at the end of my shower, so my skin is warmed from the hot water; this product just melts into the skin. I rinse with splashes of warm water, then gently dab my face dry at the end. My face feels moisturized and so, so smooth. Just ridiculously silky soft!

Ingredient List: Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Palm Kernel Oil (Hydrogenated palm), Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Ground Aduki Beans (Phaseolus), Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Juniperberry Oil (Juniperus communis), Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), *Citral, *Limonene, Perfume,.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Here’s that look I mentioned yesterday! :) I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and you know what? I much prefer pigments for my colored bases. I think I would have had better staying power, no fading, and it would have had more *pop* — I will definitely be opting for pigments in the future, methinks!

The weirdest part about this look was how clumsy I felt doing it. I think it turned out fine, but it had been SO long since I had done any makeup–let alone anything this bright or bold–and my hands felt awkward, clumsy. I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing! It all felt so new, LOL.

Oh!  And you can see my new hair in this look.  I got it cut from the same picture as before, but I went “all the way” in terms of length.  To be honest, I preferred the longer, modified version last time.  But it’s okay, because I was able to go this short and be OK with it.  I didn’t cry or feel like I lost a part of me.  It’ll grow out soon enough!

Today I’m off to meet up with a bride I’m doing makeup for in June 2009. Wish me luck :)  What are you all doing this hump day?

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance (base), Silver Ring eyeshadow (silver), Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow (fuchsia-purple), Parfait Amour eyeshadow (cool purple), Climate Blue eyeshadow (dark cool purple), Shale eyeshadow (mauvey-purple), Hush eyeshadow (pink-toned highlighter), Urban Decay Lust 24/7 Liner (dark purple), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Dior Rose Diamond blush (soft pink)
  • Lips: Sweetie lipstick (medium pink), Calvin Klein Knockout Lip Gloss (pink-purple)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Climate Blue = Contrast

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner lid, apply Silver Ring eyeshadow using the 239. Apply Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow to the middle of the lid. Darken the outer lid using Parfait Amour packed on and drag into crease using the 239. Darken crease with Climate Blue eyeshadow using the 239. Blend the harsh line of the crease by overlaying Shale eyeshadow. Sweep Hush underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Lust 24/7 Liner on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Rose Diamond blush using the 129. Apply Sweetie lipstick to lips, and then top with CK Knockout lip gloss for color and shine.

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Carol’s Daughter is doing this cool gift exchange this holiday season. If you’ve received a gift you just absolutely hate, they’re offering you a chance to exchange their new and unused beauty gifts for something from them.

Here are the details:

The first 100 guests to bring their unused drugstore beauty and personal care gifts (up to a $40.00 value) to any of the seven Carol’s Daughter stand-alone stores on Friday December 26th can swap their unwanted gift and go home with a brand new like Carol’s Daughter present!

Customers that bring in a gift set with a value of under $25 can swap for a Bath Bomb, Lip Butter, or Candy Paint. Customers who come in with a gift set over $25 can swap for a Bath Bomb, Bar Soap, or Shea Soufflé

Customers who bring in a Hair item can swap for any 4 oz. Hair Milk, Healthy Hair Butter or Lisa’s Hair Elixer

Customers who bring in a Fragrance can swap for any EDT or Atomizer

Customers who bring in a Body Care item can swap for any Bar Soaps, 4 oz. Shea Soufflés or any Body Scrub.

Customers who bring in a facial skincare item can swap for any available Toner or Candy Paint (excluding Purple Reign)

Customers who come with invalid options will be extended the 20% off friends/family coupon (one time only coupon that expires 1/31/09 valid in CD Homes only) or a gift from Lisa Price: Carol’s Daughter Wet Natural Shine for Lips.

Tis the season to give and receive – but Carol’s Daughter is making your holiday extra special by allowing you to make sure you get the gift you want. Hate the smell of the fragrance Aunt Joyce gave you? Is that skincare set Santa dropped by the fireplace falling flat? Swap your unwanted, unused beauty gift at Carol’s Daughter for the holiday gift you can really be thankful for. While you enjoy beauty by nature, your donated good will be wrapped and sent to a charitable cause benefiting women across the nation. All products are part of the Boxing Day celebration and will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America.

Carol’s Daughter Store Locations:

  • Flagship Store – Harlem, NY
  • Roosevelt Field Mall – Garden City, NY
  • Heritage Store – Brooklyn, NY
  • Brooklyn Atlantic Terminal – Brooklyn, NY
  • Westfield Fox Hills Mall – Culver City, CA
  • Westfield Wheaton Mall – Wheaton, MD
  • Newport Centre Mall – Jersey City, NJ
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

It’s that time of the year — time to nominate your favorite beauty brands, products, and tools!

This year the awards will be done differently than last year. We want you to nominate your favorites before voting actually begins. After two weeks of nominations, the top ten or so nominees for each category plus the obligatory “other” choice will make it onto the actual award ballot.

Please nominate your favorites and help get them on the ballot! Continue reading →