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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall....when you need a new look, who will you call?

I know that fashion repeats itself, but it seems that the trends are cycling too quickly. Hollywood glam is one of the looks for Fall, and here I am, trying to find the perfect red lipstick......again. It almost seems that the industry is lacking in the creativity department. I'm ready for something dramatic!

So, this year, I'm setting my own new trend. It's called, "Made you look!". The idea is to get an inspiration, and run with it. Be yourself, be fun and above all, be bold. Now, I'm not going to parade around town looking like a peacock, but I want people to take notice.

I'm ditching the traditional black and gray smokey eye, and I'm throwing in purple, copper, green, and any other lovely deep color I have in my kit. Maybe I'll add a swirl at the end of my eyeliner. :) Who's going to tell me I can't?

I want to know what you think of this idea of individuality. Post a comment, or a link to a photo. I'll be posting some ideas later, but first, I want to hear from you!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

How to Score the Best Prices on Cosmetics

The recession feels like it's still in full swing, but that's no reason to look un-fabulous! Here are a few money-saving tips that will keep you looking great, without making your wallet look ugly.

TIP 1) Revisit the drugstore! So many brands have upgraded their formulas. Here are a few I've recently tried:

Foundation: Mabelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Liquid Foundation. It is good for normal to dry skin, and comes in a large variety of colors. It retails for a little over $8 on drugstore.com, and right now they have a BOGO (Buy One, Get One 1/2 off-any Mabelline product) sale!

Foundation: L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup. I love this one in the summer months, or for someone with year-round oily skin. It also works well on a normal to dry skintype, but sometimes it's best to apply a little extra moisturizer. It retails for $10.95 at drugstore.com, and it's also part of their BOGO sale!

** MUA tip: Apply these foundations with a kabuki brush for an airbrushed application. I love this one from the Too Faced Teddybear Hair Collection:

TIP 2) Shop the soon-to-be discontinued, and sale sections of your favorite high-end brands. Many brands will sell products that they will no longer carry for up to 75% off on their sites. Visit these brand sites to view what's on sale.

Bare Escentuals
Sephora variety sale

If your favorite brand isn't here, go directly to their site and look for sales and discontinued items.

TIP 3) Join a site that allows you to sell or swap items with other makeup fanatics. Sites like Makeupgeek.com or Makeupalley.com. Just be careful. Be sure to clean products carefully after receiving them. Also, check the seller/swapper rating before completing any transaction, and follow site guidelines.

Do you have more tips that I have not listed? Feel free to post them below!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Best Of- Products You May Not Know About

Natural Body Butter
Winter months are fast approaching, and along with them, they promise dry-skin issues for many of us. I have to introduce Korres to those of you that may not have heard of it. It is a natural product with no - Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs or Triclosan. My favorite scent is the Guava. It's tropical, but with warm undertones, to reduce the sweetness. It is AWESOME! I got my bottle at Sephora. Put a little on right after the shower, and you're good to go!
It retails for $29 for the large, and $9.50 for the Sephora "beauty-to-go" size. I must tell you that the small size lasted me for a long time, since a little goes a long way!
Click here to view.

Truest Red Lipstick
These days, many are reaching for that Hollywood Glam face, and hit a brick wall when trying to find the right shade of red. You know the one, fiery-but not too orange, pigmented-and not pink or blue. Well, I must say that Makeup Forever has one of the very best. # 206 (Hollywood Red) is the truest color of red I've seen. Click here to see it.
I actually used it in a photo shoot. Beautiful, and it works on so many skin tones without turning to an unwanted pink or orange.

Facial Cleanser for Refreshed Skin
I have fallen in love with Fresh Soy Face Cleanser! It is perfect to remove the daily grime from your face, and it won't dry it out. The scent is so light and refreshing. It is soap-free, so sensitive skin types usually love it. It is even safe to use around the eye area! Sephora has the beauty-to-go size for $15. It's a steal because a little goes a long way, and it's a really good makeup remover and cleanser in one! Click here.
If you have tried any of these products, let us know about it. Leave a comment!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Makeup Deal for LORAC products!

I am always trying to find deals on products, since I am a MUA and have to restock my kit frequently. I have rarely found a deal as good as this one. I don't know how familiar you guys are with LORAC, but you probably have heard of it if you shop at Sephora like I do. It's the VIP starter set with FULL Sized products! (All except the bronzer), and it's only $18.50! (Valued at $160). http://www.loraccosmetics.com/p-120-font-colorcb0000-size1new-vip-discountfontbrvip-starter-setbrfont-colorcb0000only-1850fontbrfont-colorcb0000-size1a-16000-valuefontbr.aspx

If you guys would like to know about more discounts I find on the web, let me know, and I will post them here!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009