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Sunday, August 10, 2008

How clean are your brushes?!

It's important to keep your makeup brushes clean and sanitized. Brushes that are not regulary cleaned hold millions of swarming germs.
Not only is that completely disgusting, but your brushes also hold onto oil and dirt, so every time you apply makeup you're putting that stuff right back onto your clean face. If you're suffering from breakouts, dirty brushes may just be the culprit.

What you can do: Buy some sanitizing beauty wipes to keep in your makeup bag and give each brush a swipe after every use. I personally like Sephora's brand, they're only $9 and sweep up all the yucky residue.

Doing this will keep germs, oil and dirt residue to a minimum, but you still need to give your brushes a "deep" cleaning. You can purchase brush shampoo, which is basically gentle anti-bacterial soap. If you don't want to spend the extra $10, you can simply use anti-bacterial hand soap instead.

The Steps: Always use tepid (or luke warm) water. Never use hot water! Hot water will destroy your brushes. Run anti-bacterial soap/shampoo through your brushes, kind of like you would while shampooing your hair. Rinse well and reshape while still damp. Let air dry.

You'll see the difference: And here's why, clean brushes cling to makeup better, they also apply it better. Your colors will look fresh again, plus the overall quality of your brushes will last much, much longer.

What you should avoid: Borrowing other people's makeup, even your best friends. Everyone's makeup carries some germs and oils, so every time you use a little bit of their blush or their eyeshadow, their germs are being transferred to your face. Gross, right? So as much fun as it can be, don't share makeup. Ever cruise the makeup counters at the mall and spot a sample product you've been dying to try? Don't. That stuff has been "sampled" by probably a hundred people by the time you get around to it. Do you really want strange germy oils on your lips, face, or eyes? Doing so can lead to nasty infections like pink eye, and that's just gross!

If you really want to try a product before buying it, flip through your magazines for special offers by companies. They often put little cards in there that you can fill out and bring to their makeup counters for a free personal sample of their product. Also, try asking the sale rep if they have any take home samples, they'll understand.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Bernie Mac passed away this morning, at the young age of 50. Mac died Saturday morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital, his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles. She said no other details were available.

RIP Bernie <3

Tonight in honor of Mr. Mac, we will be gathering to watch Badder Santa :(

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Neutogena Visibly Even

I get bored quickly, so I switch face washes more often than I change my sheets. Ew- just kidding, but I recently added a new product to my regimen, and I think I'm seriously in love.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Visibly Even with vitamin C and essential soy, is meant to deliver more even-toned, radiant skin. It has tiny, gentle exfoliating beads which gives you an amazing deep clean feeling. It didn't overdry my skin, which is important because I tend to get dry patches from some harsh medicated cleansers and scrubs. It only cost me about $6 at my local Wal-mart and I am excited to try the other products in the Neutrogena Visibly Even line (they sell SPF moisturizer, concentrated night moisturizer, and even body wash!)
It smells lovely too, which is hard to find in a face cleanser.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Dior DiorShow Iconic Mascara

Fall must be the season for new mascaras, not only did Lancome introduce their new vibrating mascara, but Dior is also introducing a new one. It's called "Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara" and expect to be pleasantly surprised because Dior's new mascara was created backstage for fashion shows and celebrity red carpet events. It claims to be the secret weapon behind alluring eyes, and includes a special Oblique Brush designed to give you thicker, sexier lashes.

Which mascara are you excited to try this season?

Lancome Oscillation Mascara
Dior DiorShow Iconic Mascara
Neither, I'm staying true to my fave
Not sure, I'll wait for more reviews

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Also, if you'd like to be notified when either mascaras become available again, just click here or here and Sephora will e-mail you.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sold Out! Lancome Oscillation Mascara.

Looks like Lancome's Oscillation Mascara was a hit! Beauty And The Blog is reporting that Sephora sold out as early as 6am. Seriously girls? What were you doing up so early? No mascara in the world is going to help you if you've got big bags under your eyes. Fortunately enough for us girls who actually sleep, the mall didn't open until 9, so we had time to pick ours up too!

What's the verdict? It's definitely different, and in a good way. Here's why,
Guéret said he got the idea for an oscillating mascara brush while looking at makeup artists. When applying mascara, makeup artists move the brush in an upward, zig-zag pattern and it really does make a difference! Guéret wanted to recreate the same vibrating effect with a simple brush so that every girl could get professional results.
So is it a must have? Yes, it's worth having in your makeup box. Now go add it to your wish list and hope that Santa stops by Sephora before filling your stocking this year.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Top 7 Cellulite Treatments

If you struggle with cellulite, then you've probably never been to Bliss World, or maybe you have, but you were reluctant to buy anything due to their heavy price tags. Completely understandable, who has money for yet another $30 cream that promises the world and then doesn't deliver? If you somehow stumbled upon this blog looking for a treatment that actually works on cellulite, this is seriously your lucky day because I'm going to post the top treatments so you can quit throwing your money away on stuff that doesn't work.

Top 7 (priced high to low)

-Sampar Go Figure Slimming Gel $80.00 (find it at blissworld.com)

-Murad Firm and Tone Serum $75 (find it on Amazon or Sephora.com)

-Clarins Total Body Lift $60 (find it on Amazon.com or Sephora.com)

-Oligo DX Cellulite Reducing Gel $38 (find it on Amazon.com)

-Bliss fatgirlslim $30 (find it at blissworld.com)

-Neutrogena Anti- Cellulite Treatment $15 (Find it at your local drugstore or online)

- Nivea Body Good-Bye Cellulite Gel-Cream $10 (Check Wal-mart, or Amazon.com)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Vibrating Mascara, Seriously??

Vibrating mascara- yes, that's right, Lancome is launching a "power" mascara that vibrates. It's scheduled to hit stores in December, but Sephora is offering it up for ONE DAY ONLY on July 31st (Yes, this Thursday!)
So get it while it is hot, and please, please don't poke your eyes out using the thing.
Oh, and by the way, this little guy is going to retail for $45.00, so start saving.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Britney makeover

I wanted to mimic Britney Spear's makeup from her Glamour magazine photo shoot, so I did some digging and found the perfect products.
Lips: Dior Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick in Sensation Coral (color pictured is not Sensation Coral, if you want to check out the correct color, visit here.)

Eyes: CARGO Eye Shadow Palette in Ibiza, Dior Crayon Eyeliner in black, Benefit BADgal mascara

Skin: Philosphophy The Present Clear Makeup, Dior Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine (spf 20)
Finish off the look with a chunky brown necklace such as this one here.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Nivea, A Kiss of Moisture

When Nivea introduced their lip care line, I was pretty darn excited. Afterall, Nivea's skin cremes are some of my faves. I purchased some as soon as I could get my hands on a tube, and used it right away. The size of this stuff threw me off, the tube is larger than most, and kind of reminds me of glue sticks- you know, the kind you use in first grade? Yeah, it got me daydreaming about my elementary crush Jacob Campbell- oh la la la, wonder what he's up to now?

Anyway, applying this stuff is fairly nice. It glides well, and isn't too sticky or greasy. I did find that if I pressed too firmly the stuff went right back into it's big ol' tube, so I had to keep twisting it up. It's available in a bunch of different shimmery shades, but unfortunately no flavors (yet!) It's a simple clean smell and taste, just what you can expect from Nivea. It does have a hint of the same smell as their body cremes, which is lovely. It absorbs quickly, but moisturizes well. It only contains an SPF 4, which is not nearly enough protection, but use it at work and it will probably keep you through your lunch break.
Overall 4/10, not a miracle product, but the tube is super cutie and I absolutely can't say no to a Nivea product.

Monday, July 21, 2008

And the winner is...

I asked women of all ages what their favorite facial scrub was, and it became obvious that St. Ives is by far one of the most beloved.An extremely popular brand, and often cheaper than it's competitors such as Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, and Biore. This product is easy to find and simple to use. Simply wet face, gently apply with fingertips and rinse. It also smells amazing.

The most interesting answer (although not very popular) was Buf-Puf Facial Sponges by 3M. Yes, the same people who make post it's (no it wasn't actually Romy and Michele) now make products for your face. 3M claims to gently massage away dead skin cells, and give you smooth, clean, and healthy looking skin. You can use it daily, and the facial sponges come in three textures: Regular (for normal to oily skin,) Gentle (combination and normal skin,) and Extra Gentle (for dry, delicate or sensitive skin.) They're simple to use, just add soap and water. They even come in disposable singles, cool!

Do It Yourself Facial

If you've ever been to a sauna, and liked it, you'll love a facial. Steam is used to open pores, so that dead skin, oil, whiteheads/blackheads can
easily be removed. Facials at a spa can cost you hundreds of dollars, but you can easily get similar great results by giving yourself one at home for a lot less.

What to do:

Wash your face with a mild cleanser to remove any makeup, dirt, or oil buildup on your skins surface.

Boil a large pot of water, you can add eucalyptus or lavender to make it more relaxing.

Once the water is to a boil, let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Using a towel, cover your head and hold you face over the pot. (Make sure the pot it not so close that it will burn your skin- to make it easier, pour the boiling water into your bathroom sink *plugged of course!* Stay there with a towel covering your head for about 5-10 minutes. If you have bad blackheads or large pores, stay the maximum amount of time.

Using a blackhead extractor (also known as a complexion extractor) remove blackheads. Do not attempt to remove blackheads that are not easily released.

Rinse face with warm water. Apply a facial mask for your skin type (I highly recommend Kinerase Clear Skin Regulating Mask.) Let dry, and rinse well with warm water.

Splash your face with cold water, paying close attention oily areas. Pat dry, and moisturize with your favorite facial lotion.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Affordable & Amazing

Nivea Lip Care
Nivea has a new lip care line and of course they make lips super soft for summer.
Olay Mascara & Makeup Remover

Incredibly easy to use, a no rinse formula washes away heavy foundation and even waterproof mascara, but is still gentle enough for daily use.
CoverGirl Lastblast Mascara
It's been all the rave lately, and it has every right to be. It's a tube of wonderful, and you can find it at your local Wal-mart or drugstore. It's high quality
and gives you awesome results for a fraction of the cost.
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation
Evens skin tone and even clarity, and gives you a nice sheer to medium coverage (that's up to you and how much you apply) without looking cakey like other powder foundations sometimes do. Includes handy mirror built right in and it's own brush, so it's easy to apply on the go.
Ardell Brown & Lash Accelerator
Whether you just went tweezer happy or you want to have healthier lashes, this is pretty much your
miracle gel. It's a concentrated serum of proteins
and conditioners that help strengthen and lengthen
weak eyelashes. It also helps restore thickness of
over tweezed or thinning eyebrows.
Suave Naturals Moisturizing Body Wash: Rejuvenating Cucumber Melon
There's not much that feels better than a shower after a long, stressful day.
Suave has some how done it again, and created an awesome body wash that smells
pretty amazing and does exactly what it promises. You'll forget all about your nasty
co-worker as soon as this stuff hits your loofah.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Makeup for Summer Days

When I went outside this morning I was shocked to find how hot it got suddenly. 91 degrees, that's hot enough to melt the makeup right off your face- isn't it? So it got me thinking, what are some really great products to use on a hot summer day?

1. Philosophy: The Supernatural Poreless Flawless Tinted SPF *15*
You'll look amazing and be protected from the

2.NARS mascara, which is available in both water resistant and water proof. (If you're going swimming, stick with water proof, which is designed to stay on even if you're going to be in the water.)

3. Clinique: Quick Eyes Cream Shadow. This stuff lasts up to 10 hours and is incredibly light. Plus, it comes in a bunch of adorable colors.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Benefits of Lemon Water

Why you should drink lemon water:

#1, It's amazing for the skin. It helps eliminate toxins and gives your skin an amazing glow.

#2, Aids in digestion (ew, yeah) but, listen up, because although it may sound gross- last weeks hamburger may be rotting in your stomach RIGHT NOW...so drink up the lemon water, and get rid of it asap. It also helps get rid of heartburn and bloating- so put on those skinny jeans!

#3, The high levels of Vitamin C found in lemons will keep you from catching that cold going around.

#4, It has been shown to improve acne.

#5, Vitamin C is essential for healthy teeth and gums- so keep smiling, and keep drinking!

#6, Helps with nail and hair growth, and what girl doesn't want that?

What to do: It's best to drink lemon water warm, so boil distalled water, squeeze about 1/2 lemon in, and enjoy twice daily. It's pretty yummy too- that's always a plus!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Monday Miracle Product

**Monday Miracle Product**

Coup de Theatre False Lash Illusion - Duo Mascara

Why it's my Monday Miracle Product, this stuff is enriched with B-5 vitamins and make lashes look flawless. The white end uses wax to not only thicken and lengthen your lashes, but actually helps your mascara last longer too. The other end contains highly pigmented color that gives you amazing color and the best part, it doesn't clump! One application of this stuff will last you all day too, so no need to reapply.

$18 ***On sale now at Sephora for $12.60!!***

What products would you like to see featured as a Miracle Monday product? Comment below and tell me all about it!

Makeup Reviews for Acne/Troubled Skin

Acne is a tough thing to beat, and trying to find makeup that agrees with it is even harder. A lot of acne sufferers just try to lay on the foundation in hopes to cover their breakouts, but as we all know, it simply just makes it look worse- and more obvious in my opinion. If you have extremely dry skin, peeling or flaky skin you know that foundations and powders often make your problem areas more noticeable. So what can you do? I'll tell you exactly what products you need, which ones to avoid, and how to use each one to your advantage so you can finally have a radiant, healthy looking complexion and feel confident.

What you'll need:

-Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation

-Clinique Acne Solutions Concealing Stick

-Smashbox Under Eye Brightener

-Benefit Cosmetics Georgia

(Details, prices, an
d where you can buy these items coming up later...)

w to apply:

Start off with a freshly cleansed face. Try
using a mild soap (such as Cliniques) instead of a harsh acne scrub. Scrubs leave your face and your acne red and irritated. Gently apply Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer with your fingertips or with a foundation brush, blend well. Next, use your Clinique Acne Solutions Concealing Stick and apply where needed. Blend in with your fingertips or preferably a concealer brush. Make sure concealer is blended completely. Apply Smashbox Under Eye Brighter under your eyes for an easy lift that will give your face a nice healthy glow. Evenly apply the Benefit Georgia powder (not too much!) A quick sweep across the forehead and cheeks is enough.

About the products:

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a great way to fill in pores, give your skin an even tone, and an overall flawles
s finish. It's works well with acne because it has skin soothing antioxidants and vitamins that work with your skin, not against it. It will also make blending your concealer easier. I recommend purchasing this product in "color adjust" which will help aid in minimizing redness.

Clinique Acne Solutions Concealing Stick is meant to not only cover blemishes, but clear them too. It's oil free, but still blends easily and is of course fragrance free.


Smashbox Under Eye Brightener is one of my faves. I have horrible (genetic) bags under my eyes, and absolutely nothing covered them completely. That was until I met this wonderful product! It works wonders because it contains tons of skin boosting ingredients like vitamin C, red wine extract, peptides and marine collagen. It has a bit
of a shimmer to it too, so expect to be glowing!

Benefit Cosmetics/Georgia Powder is lovely because it gives your skin a sunkissed glow that doesn't look fake. It leaves your face smooth and radiant, and adds light pleasant fragrance.

Where to buy:

You can purchase all of these items at Sephora or Sephora.com. All orders over $50.00 come with free shipping and 3 samples!
* I just want to add for new readers, I do not get paid for writing these reviews or making product recommendations! So everything here is written from true, personal experience.*

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Foundations, recommendations and reviews

One of my readers, Brenda, asked for a recommendation for an affordable foundation that wouldn't leave her skin looking cakey. I completely understand her need to find the perfect one because I've tested quite a few, ranging from drugstore brands to the higher end stuff. It can be difficult and time consuming (let's not forget to mention highly expensive)to find one that is everything you need. Onto the reviews...

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

As soon as you open this little guy up, you'll be a happy camper. The silky feel of this stuff is amazing. It's easy to apply due to its creamy consistency and blends well. If you're looking for a foundation to cover discoloration or just give your skin a little lift, this little jar of magic is well worth the eight bucks...and yeah, it goes on so naturally that people will be asking, was she born with it? **Not recommended for acne suffers. You'll need fairly good skin for this foundation girls- or you'll be left with a cakey mess around your breakouts***

Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Mineral Powder Foundation

If you're looking for an alternative to the expensive Bare Minerals foundation, you should try Neutrogena's version. Good coverage, especially for those of us who want to cover up those ugly bags under our eyes. It gives you a wonderful fresh look to your skin, and doesn't appear cakey at all. The only thing I'd recommend changing would be the packaging. The brush is poor quality, and the powder distributes itself in a very uneven way, forcing you to spend more time and effort on your makeup. Your best bet is to pop off the brush and use your own to apply the powder, which will allow you not only a quicker makeup routine, but give you better coverage. Again, not recommended for people looking for tons of coverage or with acne.

Cover Girl Smoothers SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer


No, it's not a foundation- but once on your face, you'll be amazed. Avoid that cakey melt right off your-face mess this summer by using a tinted moisturizer instead of a heavy foundation. It won't cover up blemishes, but it will even out your tone, cover tiny imperfections, and give you a nice healthy glow. It also doubles as sunscreen, what more could you ask for?

Clinique Almost Makeup SPF 15

A very sheer coverage that is not only waterproof for summer time, but it's also oil free so it won't clog your pores.
Healthier por
es=beautiful skin. It covers very well, goes on smoothly, and of course, doubles as a sunscreen. Perfect for summer!

Sephora Brand Balancing Liquid Foundation SPF 15

I love Sephora products, my neighbors are use to seeing my UPS man drive up and deliver my beloved Sephora boxes. Here's the thing with liquid foundations, if you have oily skin, it's going to not only clog your pores further, but it will melt right off your face. If you have normal or dry skin, liquid foundations are great to use, and Sephora's brand is no different. It feels light and will even out your skin tone, give you good coverage, and protect you from the sun with it's SPF 15.

Loreal True Match- Super Blendable Liquid Makeup

Extremely pure, contains no pore clogging oils or harsh fragrances. It's packed with vitamins B and E that help nourish your skin. Blends very well and offers medium coverage. Recommended for all skin types.

***Note to my readers who suffer from acne, I will be posting a blog dedicated to makeup for your skin type specifically.***