December 27, 2009

Review: Fresh Supernova vs. Firebird mascara

I have had the Magic Wands Mini Mascara Duo for about 1.5 weeks, and I have gotten a chance to experiment and play around with them and here is a quick comparison.



Firebird
$26
3.8 out of 5 stars on sephora.com
Sephora Exclusive
Alcohol-Free
Available in: Firebird(jet black)
ACTIVE INGRDEIENTS-
-Seabuckthorn Berry Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides): A rich, nourishing oil enriched with a high concentration of omega-7 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and natural waxes. It helps to condition the lashes and is extracted from the yellow-orange fruits of the seabuckthorn shrub native to Europe and Asia.
-Panthenol (Vitamin B5): Fortifying and moisturizing, it penetrates deep into the hair shaft to strengthen, nourish, and help prevent damage. Panthenol smoothes the hair cuticle, detangles, and enhances shine. It is also known as vitamin B5.
-Red Algae Extract (Hydrolyzed Rhodophycea Extract): Helps to strengthen and protect the lashes. It is rich in minerals from the sea such as magnesium, calcium, manganese, and zinc, which deliver nourishment to the lashes, giving them strength and thickness. Red algae extract is cultivated off the coast of Brittany, France.
ACCORDING TO LAB RESULTS-
-Lashes are 44% fuller (voluminous.)
-Lashes have 34% more eye-opening curve.
-Lashes have 11% more visible length.

Supernova
$25
4.3 out of 5 stars on sephora.com
Alcohol-Free
Available in: black
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS-
-Nourishing Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Conditions the lashes and adds shine.
-Protective Linden Bud Extract: Strengthens lashes.
-Panthenol (Provitamin B5): Fortifies the lashes and prevents breakage.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Sulfate
- Synthetic Dyes
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Phthalates

My thoughts
I really like them both and at first it was difficult to choose what I liked best. One day, I decieded to wear supernova alone, the next firebird alone. Then I layered, did one of each, and that day I saw the difference. Firebird give me much longer lashes, which on me can be good or bad since my lashes are naturaly long. Supernova does a better job at volumizing. I love them both and the winner is....


Overall pick: Supernova

December 20, 2009

Reivew: Ultra CHI flat iron

HighestTemp. 370F
Temp. Control No
Curl & Flip Hair Yes
Ceramic plates Yes
Tourmaline plates No
Weight 1.44lb
Warranty 1 year
Price $119.95
Free gift Pouch 2 CHI polishes

Flat Iron Product Features:


Ceramic Heat
Professional salon model
Moist ceramic heat with ceramic plates and coils
Ceramic will maintain even temperature all the time
Ceramic will produce negative ions
Seals the cuticle
Repels humidity
Locks in hair color and resists fading
Ceramic heat will ensure the penetration of the silk molecules to the hair
Traditional copper coil can cause more damage and dry the hair
Ergonomically Designed

10 foot heavy duty electrical cord
360 degree swivel cord to prevent tangling
On-Off switch on the side for easy access
Lightweight design
Fits in a standard curling iron station
Power

Flash quick heating
Saves energy - CHI only uses 20-25 watts of electricity
Versatile

Versatile "all in one" ergonomic design
For straight looks
Flips
Curls
Crimping

NOTE: Works in USA and Canada with 110 voltage. Converter can NOT be used.

Warnings and Precautions

When not in use, "unplug it." Do not use while bathing. Do not place or store appliance where it can fall or be pulled into a tub or sink. Do not use near, place in, or drop into water or other liquid. If appliance falls into the water, "unplug it" immediately - do NOT reach into the water. Do not use attachments not recommended by the manufacturer. Do not wrap cord around appliance. As with most electrical appliances, electrical parts are electrically live even when the switch is off.

CHI Warranty Details

Farouk Systems Inc, offers a guarantee of one (1) year from date of purchase against defects caused by faulty material or workmanship. Not covered by the guarantee are steel parts, plastic parts, flex cord as well as damages caused by improper handling.

Picture credit: kaboodle.com
Block text info credit: Folica.com

December 14, 2009

Review: Huge Lips Skinny Hips Gloss

As you may know, I recently took a trip to NYC! While I was there, I wanted to go to Scoop NYC because they sell PurpleLabNYC glosses! I went into Scoop, and asked one of the sales associates where they were. She took me to they display of the glosses. Here are the colors:
Kitty Pole Dancer
No Panty Lines
Lychee Martini
Love your thighs
Red Sole
Worship Kate

Each color has a creme brule scent, and a sheer color pay off. You can purchase them for $25 here. Now, if you don't know why it's called Huge Lips Skinny Hips, its because it is a lip plumper with an appetite suppressant called Hoodia. A few key ingredients are:
Meadow foam- binds moisture to your skin
Lemon peel oil- Keeps your lips from stinging, gives off a cooling sensation
Vitamin B3- Stimulates blood flow to the lips, therefore giving you a natural plump
Orange Peel Extract- Natural metabolism booster
Hoodia- All natural plant extract from South Africa and Nambia
P57- In hoodia;targets the part of the brain that tells you when you’re full by mimicking the effects of sugar

Some other important facts:
0.17oz/5g
$25
Paraben Free

Have you ever tried a lip plumper, and what was your experience?

December 7, 2009

Tip du Jour: Clean Makeup Brushes

Hi ladies. Today I am going to take you step by step through cleaning your makeup brushes. There are two different ways to clean your brushes; spot and deep cleaning. I spot clean my eye brushes after each use, and I deep clean all of my brushes once a week. It is a good idea to invest in a good makeup brush spot cleaner. I use the Clinique makeup brush cleanser for spot cleaning, and the Bare Escentuals well-cared for brush conditioning shampoo for deep cleaning. You can purchase them both at Sephora. Purchase the Deep cleanser at Sephora. Purchase the spot cleanser at Clinique. It's not too easy to use my camera to take pictures while cleaning brushes, so I will link you to 2 different videos by juicystar07 and EnKoreMakeup, and I follow the methods they use.

You will need:
Spot cleaner
Deep cleaner (baby shampoo, olive oil, or depp cleaning shampoo)
Sponge
Olive Oil
Dirty brushes
Sink
Paper towel
Wash cloth

Tips to remember:
-When cleaning a dome brush, clean in circular motions.
-You will know your brush is clean when no more product comes off the brush.
-Don't deep clean your brushes right before doing your makeup.
-Make sure you don't get your brush wet below the end of the bristles, because it will rust.


December 3, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide 2009

Bath and Body Works
$6 True Blue Spa Travel Size Body Scrub
- This is especially great for the dry skin I know I get in the winter without spending money on a pricey exfoliator!

Sephora
$15 Sephora Brand Makeup Palette To Go - Warm Tones
- This is a great inexpensive palette for beginners or for a stocking stuffer! It is avilable in warm or cool tones to fit your want!

MAC
$18 Jingle Jangle dazzleglass
- This color will work on any skin tone for every day use, to sultry night looks! It is the perfect pinky red toned gloss that will look great!

Lush
$19.95 Best Wishes Holiday Set
- Perfect for the festive one in your life! This holiday exclusive set comes with four holiday themed bath bombs!

Forever 21
$9.80 Pleated Stripe Scarf
- This warm toned scarf is sure to add that extra something to a tee shirt and jeans!

November 20, 2009

Glam It Yourself: Sugar Lip Scrub



I love doing this to exfoliate the dead skin off my lips. Especially now, since it is getting colder and colder my skin is kind of turning dryer and dryer.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. olive oil
Small dish/bowl to mix
Spoon

Put the sugar and oil together in a small bowl.

Stir together.

Add more of whatever ingredient you need. The consistency should have more sugar then oil.

Gently rub onto your lips, then wash it off, and moisturize with your favorite lip balm!

November 19, 2009

Review: Evian Mineral Water Spray Duo To Go



Over the summer I picked up the Evian Mineral Water Spray Duo To Go for $11. Now, it's $12 and can be purchased at sephora.com I carried one everywhere! To the pool, the beach, the mall, everywhere! It can be used to set makeup, or give you a refreshing spritz of light water. The set has 2 x 1.7 oz Evian Mineral Water Sprays. It even has the Sephora Natural seal, and is TSA-approved! It is free of:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petro-Chemicals
- Phthalates

November 5, 2009

Winter 2010 Trend Report: Feathered Lashes


If you follow the ever elusive and mysterious Lady Gaga, you know that she loves her feathered lashes! November 2nd at the ACE awards, model Agyness Deyn had a pair of intense feathered lashes on her lower lashes. When I looked at the ACE pictures online, I saw this and thought it was Lady Gaga with a wig, or some girl with crazy black liner. Who do you think rocks the feathered lashes look best? Let me know in the comments! For some great lashes if you are into this trend check out Makeup Forever Lashes 116 Jane

November 3, 2009

Review: Rimmel Fix and Perfect Foundation Primer

Priming is a necessity for your face and eyes in order to make your makeup stick onto your face through the day. I am obsessed with Urban Decay Primer Potion, and that is strictly for the eyes. When I bought my first primer, I didn't do much research into what I wanted to use. I purchased Bare Essectuals Prime time foundation primer from Ulta for $21. I did some research as I ran out of the primer, and came across some reviews of Rimmel Fix and Perfect. I picked it up at Ulta on sale for about $4.99 and I have been using it every day for about 1 week. I opened the product and saw the peach color come out, I got nervous that it would make my skin look orange, and I was completely wrong! I blended very nicely into my skin leaving a smooth finish and my skin looked more hydrated. After wearing it through the day, I didn't find my self having to apply my concealer and face powder, but only my bronzer because I feel washed out sometimes through the day. The squeeze tube makes it easy to get the right amount. The thing that really makes me use it every day is the fact that I can start applying my makeup right away after applying the primer. The consistency is more like a mousse then a gel, which most primers are. With the B.E primer I would have to wait for around 10 minutes to get rid of the oily wet feeling.

What is your favorite makeup primer?

October 31, 2009

Review: Glamour Doll Eyes Lip Balms


As you may know I have several Glamour Doll Eyes shadows which I absolutely adore! When Vanessa and Mel put the video up about it on October 16, I ordered right away! I got two emails that day saying that my order was processing, and 5 hours later it was processing my card. The next morning I got an email saying it shipped! Which is great service! Vanessa came together with Mel (makeupbymingles) who are good friends in real life, and, the Goody Balms were born! The 6 shades have an 80s theme! GDE makes all products by hand, and the Goody Balms are all made by Mel! The come in 5g clear jars with adorable cardstock labels. Note that: Shipping is included in the Goody Balm price, so if you order shadows and balms in one cart they will be shipped seperately. They are $5 each which is a great deal, especially because it include shipping. You can also purchase all 6 for $24, and if you buy this set, you can save $6.
The shades are as follows:
Jelly Bracelet light pink, smells like cherries
Lace Glovesbright yellow, made with GDE shade Electric Lemonade, smells like coconut
Leg Warmers rich purple, made with GDE shade Glam Girl, smells like bubble gum
Neon Lights gorgeous green, made with GDE shade Shamrock, smells like vanilla and mint
Material Girl bright pink, smells like sugared strawberries
Roller Rink gorgeous silver and blue, made with GDE shades Melancholy and Makin' A Scene, smells like coconute milk and juicy peaches!

I was so excited when October 21st rolled around, and I had a package from Goody Balm! When I looked at my Goody Balm, it said Leg Warmers, I said hmm? I didn't order this? I contacted Mel and Vanessa and they felt so bad about it they were going to send me Material Girl what I originally ordered, and that I could keep Leg Warmers! This really showed me how great the girls are at what they were doing. I absolutely adore both of them and I truly appreciate Mel and Vanessa for being such amazing people!

The balms have subtle shimmer, and the scent lasts a really long time on your lips, the flavors will make you want to eat it right up! These are tinted, so the pigmentation will depend on your lip shade. For me they show up with a pretty shine. These are not meant to be worn as lipsticks or lipglosses. I can't wait until the new fall ones come out because from what I have seen on twitpic they look great!

Shop here!

October 26, 2009

Tip du Jour: Depot MAC Eye Shadows

Here's a quick and easy method to depot your MAC eyeshadows. You can use this method to depot blushes or any other items in similar packaging.

Supplies:
Magnet sheet
Scissors
Candle
Matches/lighter
Eye shadow
Tweezers

Light your candle
Take your tweezers inbetween the pot and small holder. Gently push it up.

Hold it with the tweezers above the flame until you can see the silver pan.

Gently push it through the black holder.

This is what it should look like after the above step.

Hold the pot over the flame again, and gently remove label. Cut out a small magnet peice and place it over the pan underside.

Put the label over the back, no glue is required because it is still sticky from removing it from the pots bottom.


Place it in your palette and enjoy your shadows! Also, you can turn in any 6 containers from MAC, and at a counter get a lipstick, and at a store an eye shadow, lipgloss, or lipstick.

October 23, 2009

Guru interviews: missyl044

Q;What is your name and username on youtube?
My real name is Melinda But everyone calls me Missy, My youtube user name is missyl044. I first started out just watching videos on youtube and the first person I ever subscribed to was makeupbytiffanyd then I found makeupgeektv. Well I was watching one of Tiffany's videos broke out my 88 palette and did the look that she showed but I did make it my own by adding pink to the look anyways thats when I decided to start my channel. My channel name is makeupbymissyl because thats the name of my company for freelancing. I was going to start a new channel when I realized that I couldn't change my user name but now I'm really glad that I didn't.

Q;How do you balance youtube life and personal life?
I am the first one up and the last one to go to bed so in my free time I make my videos, When my kids are at school is when I film. I edit them in the mornings or late at night. I don't find it hard to balance youtube with my personal life because my kids think it's cool that I'm on youtube and really help me out a lot. If they come home and I'm filming they stay really quite so I can finish. I don't really know how it all works out but it just does. It's like when you become a parent or fall in love..you wonder how you ever lived without that child/person..now I can't imagine my life without making videos or my subscribers. I have some of the best subscribers. I try really hard to answer their questions and comments or when they send me a message. I never want then to feel ignored or like I don't care. I am there to teach and have fun and if I'm not talking with my subscribers then I am failing. I remember when I started watching videos and I would leave a question or a comment and the person didn't respond to me then I didn't want to watch them anymore. To me when you say leave a comment/question or follow me then that means that you are willing to take the time out of your life to talk to people and if you don't then your letting your subscribers down. When I decided to start my channel I talked to my kids and husband and told them that this was going to take up a lot of my time and that I was making a commitment to be there for my subscribers just like I am there for my family. I have a great family who understands that my subscribers are friends/family to me too.

Q;Do you think your daughters will be as into makeup as you are?
I think my daughters will be really into makeup like I am. We are always playing makeup together. When I have a look I want to tryout they are always there to let me play. It's better than having face charts. I have started their makeup collections for them that they will get when they older, it's filled with Sigma brushes and LD products from mac. They were kind of upset that they don't get to use the dazzleglasses but I told them that if they open them then they won't get to keep them for very long. They have all ready started making plains for their youtube channels. 2 of the 3 girls want to be makeup artists when they get older. I love teaching them how to apply their makeup..it's something special between us.

Q;Does your family and friends support your job as a makeup artist?
My friends and family are really supportive of me. My parents are really my biggest fans..lol They have helped me get everything that I needed when I was first starting out. All of my friends and female family members have let me practice on them or have hired me to do their makeup for their weddings and proms. I have to say that I have the best friends and family anyone could have.

Q;What was the most exciting makeup item you ever purchased?
I would have to say that the thing that I bought that I am in love with is my mac 165 brush. It is really one of my staple brushes because you can use it for so many different things. It works for foundation, highlighting, contouring, blush, powder really it works for everything. It's pointed so one thing I love it for is cleaning up & shaping eye shadow. You just put some powder on it and run it around the shadow if you need to clean up unevenness.It's really a must have brush. Every time I use it I still get excited like it's brand new..lol.

Q;What are the top 5 makeup items you need in your kit at all times?
1. fix+ I use it to spray on the face before and after I apply makeup.When you spray it on before it really nourishes the skin, it also softens and helps with oils. I spray it after to help set everything and it really takes away the powdery look that powders can leave and helps give that airbrushed flawless look we all want.
2.Primer for face and eyes because you always want to have a good face & eye primer. I have many different primers because everyone has different skin types and you have to meet their skin needs. It doesn't mater what brand of foundation you use if you don't have a good primer then it will "melt" off your face. The same goes for eyeshadow. You can get good primers anywhere, they don't have to be expensive. Rimmel has a good face primer that I keep in my kit and it really holds it's own with the big name brands.
3. Different types and colors of foundations. The brands I always have in my kit are Revlon colorstay, Mac studio fix fluid and Mac studio sculpt. I will be adding more foundations to my kit from mac. I am testing the studio select from mac, that is a mineral foundation and is for light coverage and studio tech and that is a med to heavy coverage that is a cream to powder.
4.A eyelash curler that really is a must have in your kit.Oh and mascara wands!!! I always find myself checking and then re checking to make sure I have them packed in my kit because you really need them so your not double dipping in mascara when your working on clients. If you use the wand that comes with the mascara you can't use it on other clients and that leaves you having to buy new mascara.
5. Lot's of makeup brushes. If your working on more than 1 person in a day you really need to have enough brushes to do each person so your not reusing brushes. You can spot clean brushes in-between clients but I find that just takes too long (I do it with a few of my brushes but I really try not to) and if I'm using a 190 foundation brush I like to deep clean them after using it because when you spot clean them I find foundation still in the middle of the brush and I wont use it until I give it a good cleaning, so I have a set for each person I'm doing makeup on. I don't book more than 8 girls at a time right now but I'm going to be buying more brushes so I can. I think thats why I love Sigma so much because they sell brushes that are as good (if not better) than mac brushes and they are affordable I buy the complete set without the brush roll. I want to add 1 more thing here because it's about brushes I have to have a brush belt. Right now I am using cups to put my brushes in I have 2 that I set out 1 for the clean brushes and 1 for the used brushes but I will be getting my brush belt within 2 weeks.

Q;What are always in your purse (makeup or not)?
Things that are always in my purse are breath mints, my keys, lip conditioner in petting pink by mac, my wallet, chap stick, a sigma SS150(from the pink travel set) and mineralize skin finish natural in med. for touch ups, whatever lipstick and lip gloss I'm wearing that day, 2 pens, makeup wipes, eyeliner for if I need to touch it up during the day, deodorant, perfume (malaia from hollister), important contact numbers and my cell phone.

Q;Any plans for the future?
I have a lot of plans for the future, I am working on my makeup line and my biggest plan is to move to California and start doing makeup there. I would love to be a celebrity makeup artist or do makeup for tv and movies. But now it's working on my own line. I am so picky about what I put on my face and I know that so many other women & men are too so I am trying to come up with makeup that will work for everyone and sell it at a price that everyone can afford. I would also love to have another baby sometime in the near future. I am going to have seminars teaching all the tips and tricks of being a makeup artist and most important inner beauty. I feel to be beautiful on the outside you have to feel beautiful on the inside. I guess you can say I am going to be one busy person but thats just the way I like it.

Contact Missy:

WATCH!
BLOG!
TWEET!
MYSPACE!

October 22, 2009

Review: Sebastian Whipped Creme

The Sebastian Whipped Creme is $18.95 at Ulta, and it is 5.3 oz. It is a luxurious nourishing styler perfect to define bouncing curls and soft waves. Whips up sensual curvaceous shapes, while conditioning and protecting your hair for a silky soft and gloss, shiny finish, without leaving hair dry or crunchy. I don't have curly hair, but I still use this. I have used it about 4 times, but I don't think I should use it every time after the shower. I use my Redken Blow Dry Lotion before drying my hair, and it makes my hair very soft to the touch, but it can look a little greasy. It is called whipped creme, because it essentially is just for your hair.

October 20, 2009

Review: L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara's


Hey everyone! If you saw an earlier blog post on my favortie mascara, you know it is the L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara, a few months ago after seeing so many raves on the original L'Oreal Telescopic, I headed to CVS. I picked it up, and instantly fell in love! Last month I got the L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara, and it was a toss up!L'Oreal Telescopic Original $9.48 at drugstore.com

Claims to:
Enhance your lashes with intense length
Unique lash seperation brush
Lenghtens lashes up to 60%
Clump-free result

Important facts:
Patented flexible brush
Formula is infused with-
ultra-lengthening polymers
nuturing oils
0.27 fl oz

Downsides:
Flimsy brush
Sometimes weird application
Second coat, or re-applying through day doesn't go well

Colors available:
black
brown
blackest black (the shade I own)

How it works for me: I have naturally long lashes, and this intensifies and draws attention to my eyes. It can tend to look a tad overpowering, but I know my limits. The brush is flexible yet flimsy, and the application can be awkward.



L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion $9.48 (not available online yet, wait until november if you can't get your hands on it now)

Claims to:
Get right into inner corners to precisely get every lash
Useable from any angle for longer looking lashes
Creates a fanned out effect

Important facts:
Globe shaped brush
0.27 fl oz

Downsides:
Words have worn off of my packaging

Colors available:
black
brown
blackest black (the shade I own)

How it works for me: I have naturally long lashes, and this intensifies and draws attention to my eyes. Its rounded brush makes it easy to get every lashe and curve them in one direction.

My overall favorite:
L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion

Lots of Love!

October 16, 2009

Review: Glamour Doll Eyes

Today I got an exciting box in the mail from Glamour Doll Eyes, and I’m so excited! Vanessa is so sweet and includes several adorable business cards and 2 free samples with every order!

Vanessa , a married 20 something year old decided in November 2008 to start making shadows, and eventually Glamour Doll Eyes was born! Since then Vee has expanded to blushes, bronzers, and most recently lip balms! Goody Balms were thought up by Vanessa, and Mel (makeupbymingles on youtube) got together and voila!

The colors I got:
Jealousy- free sample
Ladies Night- free sample
Bare Naked- free full size with coupon code
Violent- sample jar
Secretive- sample jar
He Loves Me not- sample jar
Makin' A Scene- sample jar
Boyfriend Sweater- sample jar

I primed my fore arm with Urban Decay Primer Potion, because I will always use that before shadows. Also, for each color, the swatch on the left is without fix + from MAC, the ones on the right has fix + in the swatch. The swatches aren’t that good, I’m sorry. My camera is broken, so I am taking the pictures on my cell phone. Below are swatches of all the shadows, I hope you enjoy! Links to contact Vanessa will also be below!
L-R; Secretive, Makin' a Scene, Boyfriend Sweater

L-R; He Loves me not, Violent

L-R;Jealousy, Ladies Night, Bare Naked

October 13, 2009

Guru interviews: xXxOnnaxXx


Q; What is your name and username on youtube?
Onna xXxOnnaxXx

Q; How old are you?
18

Q; How did you come across the youtube beauty community?
The first beauty video I ever watched was a red white and black tutorial by Lauren Luke, Panacea81. From there I just starting searching different looks online and realised there we're loads!! Thats when i signed up for an account and starting subscribing to people. One day, I decided to start doing it for myself!


Q; How did you become interested in makeup?
I got bullied as a child and as a result I was extremely self conscious. My dad used to comment on my appearance a lot, it played on my mind! As a result I began experimenting with makeup which helped me feel a lot more confident.

Q; What is your favorite makeup brand and why?
I think any guru who answers that question will usually say MAC. I love MAC, they do some amazing products but at the moment my number one favourite brand is Benefit. I love their quirkiness. There makeup is amazing quality but also fun to use.

Q; Any future goals outside of youtube?
My ultimate goal is to move to North America and work as a freelance makeup artist. I would LOVE to work backstage in fashion shows, photo shoots and movies.

Q; Any favorite inspirational quotes?
"No one was make you feel inferior without your consent" - Eleanor Roosevet

Q; What beauty products do you have at all times?
Lipgloss and eyeliner... the two things I can't leave the house without, and the two things that always need touching up!


Q; Give us 5 fun facts we may not know!
I was born in Sweden and my mother is Swedish
I sometimes dance around my living room while vacuuming!
I am the worlds worst singer
I use to dance a lot, I loved it. I did hip hop, MTV, slow, contemporary, ballet, tap and disco!
I'ved moved house 8 times

Q; Do you ever regret spending so much time/effort/money on makeup?
I don't really spend much money on makeup, at the moment I have no job... but I bargain hunt a lot and always use what I have. As for time and effort NO WAY I love it, its my bread and butter, my hobby and my passion. It makes me feel good, I think anything that makes you happy is never a waste of time!



Check out Onna!

October 12, 2009

Tip du Jour: Cuticle Oil

I am very careful when it comes to nail care and hygiene. I try to keep them as well kept as possible. This goes for nails and toes. Cuticle oil is essential for any mani/pedi especially at home. I love one from Sephora that comes in a pen form. I have the stimulating lavender scent, because I love the scent of lavender! You can check it out on the sephora site. After soaking my nails in water for a little and applying lotion, I squeeze a little oil out onto each finger, then push them back.

October 11, 2009

Sweet Sale: Sephora Friends and Family Sale

Just a heads up to the beauty-holics out there, Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale will begin October 19th and end November 2nd, 2009. With the code FF2009, you will get 20% off almost everything!

What do you want to pick up at the sale?

Fall 2009 Trend Report: Gray eyes

Smoky gray eyes and dark red lips are perfect for Fall 2009. The picture on the right is from the Marc Jacobs S/S 2010 show. Not only is it on the runway, but many major makeup companies are creating quads and duos to go along with this. Check out MACs Tone:Grey quad and Diors JazzClub - Total Eyelook Makeup Clutch in Smoky Jazz 001. MACs fall winter 09 collection has all the items perfect for a fall look! View the collection here.


October 8, 2009

Fall 2009 Trend Report: Top 5 Beauty Trends

1. Dark Matte polishes

2. Dark Lips
3. 'Neutral Color Pop' Eyes


4. Bold brows

5. Hydrating your skin with a creamy foundation

Review: NYX Jumbo eye pencils

NYX pencils are taking the beauty scene by storm! At $3.50, and sold at many beauty supply stores, these are not only easily accessible, but affordable! I have 14 different pencils, which may seem like overkill, but they are so versatile and easy to use I couldn't help it! I passed on the crazy bright red and pink, yellow, and orange, but there are a few more I want to pick up, like the light purple! You don't just have to use them for eye bases. I use Dark Brown and Black Bean a lot for eye line.

Black Bean- true matte black
Gold- pure yellow gold
Cottage cheese- shimmering white
Milk- matte white
Strawberry milk- light pink with silver pearl
Baby Blue- clean sky blue
French Fries- shimmery brown
Yogurt- neutral pink
Pacific- mid tone blue
Iced Mocha- light brown with gold pearl
Pots & Pans- light silver and blue brought together
Dark brown- matte deep brown
Lemon- light green with gold
Rust- deep cranberry with sheen
Horse Raddish- light green with hints of turquoise undertones

What is your favorite eye shadow base?