Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The only black eyeliner [kit] you need

Whether you are trying to accomplish a thin line

A rimmed eye

 A think-lined eye

A smokey eye

Or a fashion forward look

You'd be happy to have Ultraflesh Black Magic Eyeliner kit in your beauty tool kit!

This kit has five liners:
1 regular black pencil
1 gold-flecked black pencil
A black cream liner with an angled brush
1 black matte powder liner
1 black shimmer powder liner (great for smudging)

Its a bit pricey at $39 (Sephora) but it really works out to be less than $8 per product in the kit, and the compact design of this travel friendly product that can give you versatility in your look might be worth it for those of you that worship the smokey eye!

Great Gift for a Great Girlfriend!

Got a birthday or special event and you need to give a gift for an awesome lady in your life (friend, co-worker, Aunt, grandmother, bridesmaids?!?!!?  etc!)

Here is a gift idea that will NOT disappoint!

Its the Sephora Fragrance Sampler kits, and they aren't just a coffret of scents nobody buys...they are a true deluxe sample of the most popular fragrances purchased at Sephora, and included in the kit is a gift card for the recipient to turn in for a FULL SIZE BOTTLE of their favorite sample!

The kit comes housed in a easy to wrap box, and both available sets are $50

Available kit #1 comes with 10 deluxe samples, a cosmetic case, and a refillable roller ball so samples can transfer easily to the purse!
Best of Fragrance Deluxe Sampler For Her ($100 Value)
This set contains:
- 0.04 oz Calvin Klein euphoria
- 0.03 oz Coach Poppy
- 0.06 oz Flora by Gucci
- 0.04 oz Harajuku Lovers G
- 0.03 oz Flower by Kenzo
- 0.04 oz Marc Jacobs Daisy
- 0.03 oz Michael Kors Very Hollywood
- 0.03 oz Narciso Rodriguez for her
- 0.05 oz Ralph Lauren Romance
- 0.04 oz Vera Wang Princess
- Refillable Rollerball
- Pink Cosmetic Case
Available kit #2 doesn't have the cosmetics case, so you get an additional 2 scents to choose from!
Deluxe Fragrance Sampler For Her ($96 Value)

This set contains:
- 0.03 oz Dior Hypnotic Poison
- 0.05 oz Versace Bright Crystal
- 0.05 oz Bvlgari BVL Eau de Parfum II
- 0.05 oz Juicy Couture Couture Couture
- 0.05 oz Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
- 0.05 oz Clinique Happy
- 0.05 oz DKNY PureDKNY
- 0.04 oz Marc Jacobs Lola
- 0.05 oz Bliss Eau de Toilette
- 0.03 oz Givenchy Ange ou Demon le Secret
- 0.03 oz Pucci Miss Pucci
- 0.04 oz Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne
- Refillable Rollerball

check them out in Sephora stores or search http://www.sephora.com/ for "Sephora Favorites"

Its a gift that gives excitement when she opens it, then excitement to decide which full size bottle she will redeem her voucher for! 

Glamour's Top Haircuts

Glamour Magazine just released their top haircuts for 2011

The Pixie:
The "Hollywood Bob" otherwise known as the "Long Bob" fro my previous post
The Mid-Length Cut
The "Long Layered" cut
Next is the "Blunt Bangs with Long Hair" look

Need a Summer Beauty Product Makeover?

When is the last time you re-vamped some of your makeup items?  (hopefully recently after reading a blog post) If the answer is more than one day ago...then you need this!


Courtesy of "Sephora Favorites"
Set For Summer ($135 Value)
Comes the summer 2011 kit!  This 10pc kit has $135 worth of Sephora fan favorites for only $39!

Two of the products are actually full-size!

Set contains:
- 0.07 oz full-size Sephora Collection Mono Eyeshadow in Choco Excess 19 (dark chocolate with silver glitter)
- 0.13 oz Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Dusk
- 0.08 oz Too Faced Mini Peach Leopard Brightening & Perfecting Bronzer
- 0.125 oz Sephora by OPI nail colour in I'm Wired (opaque electric coral red)
- 0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment (sheer berry rose in pink case)
- 0.18 oz Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold Make-Up Base
- 0.10 oz Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! Mascara in Black
- 0.34 oz Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Make-Up Setting Spray
- 0.20 oz full-size Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Pop (cool pink)
- Sephora signature makeup bag

My favs in the collection:

The Too Faced Mini Leopard bronzer and highlighter

Swirl your brush on this whimsical palette and dust on the apples of cheeks and even on your forehead, etc when you've built up a (SAFE!) tan

And the Urban Decay "All Nighter" makeup spray

Mostly because I best most of your beauty girls wouldn't spring for this product - so this kit is a way to treat yourself, and your friend's photos....because when you snapped at 1am on girl's night, your makeup will look fierce because you used this spray to hold it all in place!

What a great sampler for under $40, limited edition, check it out today at

Friday, May 27, 2011

Splurge vs Steal of the Day

With the emphasis on the lower lash line in fashion as of late

I thought I would do a splurge vs steal of lower lash line mascara!

Givenchy's PhenomenEyes Mascara, $30

The innovative brush promises the ultimate definition for eyelashes, especially the lower lash line.

Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara

Also a tiny applicator to really grab those small lashes and define them
$10 at Macy's Clinique Counters

I didn't want to leave out Givenchy's competition in the brush design, L'Oreal's Telescopic Explosion Mascara, $7 at drug stores

I've tried the Givenchy product and the application was so easy and the product was amazing, but the $30 price tag is just unreasonable in my opinion!  (if it was worth it, I would be fine with the price)

The L'Oreal product was a HUGE disappointment, the wand was too long and the brush head was too clumpy, it really needed those tiny fibers to be longer to grab the lashes better, like the Givenchy

The nice option with the Clinique, is that $10 is a reasonable amount to pay for a 3-month life span product, like mascara.  The brush was not as nice as the Givenchy product, but it did coat the lashes, and its fragrance-free and hypo-allergenic, a nice bonus for the sensitive eye area!

The winner is the Clinique "Bottom Lash" Mascara!
Its like a set of falsies on your lower lash line!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Clumpy Mascara...A Trend?!

Did I really read it right?  "Clumpy" mascara is actually a trend?!

Well, its true, but not nasty clumpy lashes, such as these:

But rather the "Twiggy" mascara that is defined, where sections of lashes "clump" together to create a dramatic eye

In fact, this bolder lash look is being emphasized on the lower lash line as well!

Made possible with new featured mascara products that tend to only the lower lash line, such as Givenchy's PhonemonEyes, sold at Sephora for $30

This trend is catching on in the false eyelash market as well, with popular brands now offering the thicker "clumped together" lash line

How about these false lashes from Illemasqua, sold at Sephora

Celebrities such as Kim K

Christine Aquilara

and Jennifer Lopez

Note Jen in her "On the Floor" video from this year

are straying away from the perfectly defined lashes to the thicker, and bolder lash line...

so what do you think...clump the lashes together or are you still into the ultra defined look of yester-year?