January 29, 2011

Swatch Time!

Product description: Creamy color that shapes and defines lips. Wider coverage for easier application. Nonfeathering moisturizing formula. (Intense shades are great for deeper skin tones.)

I am not a lipstick girl, but I do like the Ultra Color RIch collection from Avon. The are creamy and very moisturizing. The go on well and the colors are awesome.

Tangerine (not available yet...rep advantage)
Burnished gold (available)

Still haven't figured out why it's called tangerine when it is clearly pink. LOL!  But it is still a nice color.

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January 27, 2011

Makeup 101 (for beginners): BRUSHES

Makeup Brushes

Applying makeup is not just another thing on your todo list for the day. Whether you’re applying it to yourself or another person, it is a form of art and expression. Makeup should be used to enhance you natural beauty. Having the proper tools, to assist in the application whether it’s personal or professional will make all the difference!

Makeup brushes come in a plethora of types and styles. The bristles can be synthetic or natural (badger, goat hair).They each serve a specific purpose.

To get your hands on my favorite brushes click here


Foundation brush: Used to apply liquid foundation to face and neck. Usually with long and flat bristles which taper at the end.

Powder Brush: Used for a variety of things including a shimmer to cheeks or a bronzer. Also in applying loose powder over foundation, to set it. Has fluffy bristles.

Concealer Brush: Used to apply concealer to imperfections on the face. (A smaller version of the foundation)

Blusher Brush: Used to apply blush on the cheeks. Two types, it can be angled or big & fluffy.

LIP BRUSH: Used to apply lipgloss or lipstick to the lips.


Eyeliner brush: used to line the eyes with precision. (really thin brush)

Shading (eyeshadow) brush: used to apply pigments or pressed shadows to lid,

Crease brush (pencil): for applying color to the crease, and outer V, and lower lash line.

Blending brush: used to blend colors in the crease.

Eyebrow Brush (spoolie): used to help shape the brows giving it a defined and precise arch.

Kabuki Brush: used to apply powered makeup such as blush, foundation and bronzer. It has a short handle and flat or sometimes rounded head.

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January 21, 2011

FOTD Naked Palette

Well I was going to do a tutorial but the lighting was totally off, as I watched I could hardly see anything I was putting on. So I made it my FOTD.

This is what I use on sundays. My Sunday staple is my Urban Decay NAKED palette. I try to keep it simple and natural (for me that is anything gold, copper, bronze) I love my shimmer...

Tinted Moisturizer
NYX gloss in Tanned

M.A.C paint pot in Indianwood as base
Smog e/s on lid
Sidecar above crease
Hustle lower lash line
24/7 Pencil Whiskey upper lashline & waterline
L'OReal Voluminous

You can kick it up a notch by using a bright colored pencil on lower lash line. I have used, teal, purple, blue. On days when I need to fake being awake, I use a white or silver liner in my water line.

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January 19, 2011

Pink kiss

Another post that has been lingering as a draft, I have been neglecting my blog. Sorry!
My daughter was upset that i never use pink...so I did this for the day for her!

Collection of palettes part 2

NYX have come out with some really awesome palette collections. They vary in size product and price.  These can be purchased on their website or on http://www.amazon.com/

These two are some of my favorites because they are combos.
The smokey is awesome because it combines 4 of NYX's small individual "smokey look" palettes along with blush, bronzer, cream glitters and lip gloss. Yeah its a lot.  But for the price of only 2 small smokey palettes. $22 (Do you hear the angels singing). The Golden Goddess is also great for all that is in there; bronzers, highlights, eyeshadows etc. They are also great for traveling.
Box of Smokey Look Collection & Golden Goddess

Glitter Cream Palettes
These will run you any where from $1.99 to @3.99
Ocean Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Paradise
Bronze Goddess, Fresh Greens

                                                   Purple Smokey Look Box $9.00
Purple Smokey Look Box

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January 18, 2011

Collection of Palettes Part 1

Coastal Scents

I get a lot of questions on the best makeup products to invest in. If you are just beginning, or just don’t want to spend a lot of money, I believe palettes are the way to go.

As I stated in the video, palettes give you a lot of product for a great price. You can get a variety of palettes:

Eyeshadow // Blush // LipGloss // Concealer // Foundation // COMBO

I placed combo in caps because this is the best one for your pocket. In a combo palette, you get not just more than one product but more than one type of product i.e. eyeshadow & lipgloss OR lipgloss and blush OR blush & bronzer etc.

So as requested, every day this week I will post pictures of my palette collection by brand. In no particular order of course.

Coastal Scents
Products vary in price.  You can get pre-made palettes ($) or customize your own ($$).

88 Prism, 88 Matte, 32 lipgloss, 28 Neutral

10 concealer, 10 blush
42 double stack Matte, 36 Smokey

Forever Natural,Fall Festivals
Think Pink, Winterberry
Custom, Creative me 1

Eclipse (15 concealer)

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January 13, 2011

Swatch Time

Avon True Color Shadow Stick
These sticks are very pigmented. they are cream-to-powder buildable matte coverage with a hint of shimmer. I have to say they are not well to wear alone. They work best as a base for your eyeshadow, and that's how I use them.

Some complain of creasing, but I haven't had that problem!

Colors are
Sparkling Sapphire,Purple Lapis
Aquamarine, Pink Ruby

swatched without a base.
 These are no longer available :-( I need to restock

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January 11, 2011


Hey beauties,
I posted my first tutorial using my two favorite colors from M.A.C. As promised, here are pics and list of products used!

Stars n Rockets e/s M.A.C (purple)
Aquadisiac e/s M.A.C (teal)
Honey Lust e/s M.A.C (gold)
L'OREAL Voluminous Mascara
UDPP in Sin
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Yogurt(lid only)
mark. gloss in Thrill
MUFE HD Foundation #173

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January 08, 2011

Swatch Time!

Product description: A limited-edition palette of eight richly pigmented eyeshadow shades, from tattoo artist Kat Von D.

A smoky eye adds an instant air of mystery—create your own, from angelic to devilish, with the Adora Eyeshadow Palette. Designed by reality television star Kat Von D especially for Sephora, this artistic spectrum of shades brings an edgy-glam creativity to your makeup. Adora fuses love and fury—two sides of color reflect two distinct facets of Kat. One side has an assortment of frosty whites and silvers; the other includes a range of sexy black and maroon shades.
The versatile shadows come three in cream and three in powder. The sleek black eyeshadow palette is stenciled with passionate red roses and speaks to a romantic soul, with an edge

Shadows are swatched without a base.
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January 07, 2011

EOTD feeling a little blue

At home with my sick baby, thought I'd try a little blue. Here you go!

Products used:   
Coastal Scents 36 Smokey Palette
Coastal Scents Blush palette
Revlon Photo Ready foundation
NYC bronzer
L'OREAL Voluminous Mascara
L'OREAL HiP Cream Eyeliner in midnight blue
E.L.F eyebrow treat & tame
mark. (by avon) glow baby glow gloss in sugar luxe

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January 04, 2011

Out With The Old

Hey beauties, as we have entered a new year, it is time to do a cosmetic overhaul.

Just like food makeup and skin care products do EXPIRE; some sooner than others. Here is a simple breakdown.

Mascara expires fast: Throw out after 4-6 months. NOTE: don't pump the wand in and out -- you're only exposing the product to air which will cause it to dry out faster

     My faves: Maybelline falsies and L’OREAL Voluminous

Eyeshadow will last you up to 3 years, (there is no water so bacteria can’t grow) NOTE when used on a damp flat angled brush, eyeshadow can be used as an eyeliner!

     My faves: Urban Decay, Coastal Scents, Smashbox, NYX

Pencil Eye/Lip Liner trash after 3 years. NOTE: Sanitize with a spritz of alcohol after sharpening.

     My faves: MUFE (MakeUp ForEver), NYX, Urban Decay, Sephora

Foundation: water based goes up to 12 months, oil based goes to 18 months. Note: Shake regularly to limit separation of product!

     My faves: MUFE HD, Revlon Photo ready

Powders, blushes, bronzers: up to 2 years, like eyeshadows they lack water, the favorite playing ground for bacteria!

     My fave: E.L.F (Eyes Lips Face) HD Powder, MUFE HD Powder, NARS blush

LipStick: can go up to 14-16 months. NOTE: Sanitize with a spritz of alcohol.

     My faves: NYX, Chanel

LipGloss: Like mascara can expire quickly, toss after 6 months, especially if color begins to change or it has a foul odor.

     My faves: NYX, AVON, E.L.F.

Always keep your makeup brushes, sponges and applicators clean. It will be hygienic for you and your clients, also it will help extend the shelf life of your makeup. Wash your makeup brushes very often in warm soapy water with a brush cleaner or with baby shampoo. If possible keep  separate sets of brushes; one for personal one for professional. Sponges should be washed every week and rinsed in cool water but replaced every few months. Of course pro brushes should be cleaned after every client!!!

Hope This Helps
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