Entries from March 29th, 2012

Spotlight on New Products: Benefit sets for Spring!


We’re putting the spotlight on a brand we love: Benefit! They’re new combination sets, available exclusively at Sephora, contain all you need for sparkling Spring Beauty in one convenient place.

This Spring its all about achieving that bright, perky glow. At only $38 you’ll get a mix of Benefits best selling products for glowing skin. Benefits latest limited edition set, Pretty Committee, can universally give all complexions that bright brilliant skin we’re looking for. This 4 piece set includes their popular complexion enhancer, High Beam, best for setting your skin with a luminescent veil. You’ll then score Benefit’s Eye Bright perk me up stick to add an instant lift to eyes with a pop of pink. Don’t forget also included their Bella Bamba face powder, a watermelon colored blush with gold shimmer that will add 3D brightening to the face. Lastly Stay Don’t Stray primer will keep you looking peachy all day long setting the entire look in place.

And if you don’t wish to wait til Summer for a bronzed complexion you can pick up Benefit’s Tan About Town set at $37. You’ll be able to easily achieve a natural looking quick tan with this trio including Some Kind-A Gorgeous, a sheer cream to powder foundation. This lightweight product smooths out imperfections leaving your face with a silky flawless finish. Top that with Hoola, a beautiful bronzing powder infusing skin with a cocoa glow. Sweep across cheeks, chin, and forehead for a healthy complexion all year through. And you’ll finish off your sun-kissed look with BADgal Lash mascara, for exotically long lashes.

Now your skin will be set for Spring with Benefit’s combination sets, helping us to achieve the most beautiful glow on the go. Isn’t it great to have all your favorite products in one place? And they’re great as gifts too!

<3 Stephanie

Our Latest Obsession: Beauty For Real’s Illuminating Light Up Lip Gloss


I am such a huge fan of contraptions when it comes to makeup and this product really has me excited! We have all been in that dark elevator or poorly lit bathroom and tried looking in the mirror to put our makeup on and can’t see a thing! Beauty For Real has created their Illuminating Light Up Lip Gloss that is not only a fantastic gloss, but also has a light and a mirror right on the bottle! The mirror is large enough to actually see your whole mouth and the light is bright enough that you can really see your face in the dark (don’t shine it in your eye!). ย The colors are delicious and the Spring 2012 shades are right on trend for the season with Don’t Stop Red and Go Nude.

The gloss shines beautifully and has great pigmentation. Don’t Stop Red is just red enough to add color to your lips, but is still transparent like gloss should be. Go Nude is the perfect color to keep your lips neutral, yet sexy when you are accentuating your eyes. The texture is thick, but not sticky and has a smooth warm sensation when you put it on.

These are a must have for your purse. They will most definitely come in handy when you find yourself in a situation with no mirror and poor lighting. Aside from the light and mirror, these are worth the investment for the gloss alone. I am a red lip addict and have been wearing the Don’t Stop Red since the day I got it. I feel just as fierce as I do with a full red lip, but it’s so much easier to apply! If you really love the lighted glosses, check out the mascara and nail polish they offer as well.

Beauty For Real’s Illuminating Light Up Lip Gloss can purchased at BeautyForReal.com. The suggested retail is $22 for 7.5 ml (great size!). If you are looking for a fun conversation starter with your girlfriends or just looking for a fantastic new lipgloss, check these out, you will love them!






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Katy Perry at Paris Fashion Week, Copycat her look!


Katy Perry was the first to make blue hair cute and sexy and now she’s taken the bold hair trend to a chic new level. Katy was spotted recently sporting a sleek blue updo in Paris at the Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2012 show for Fashion week. Her super shiny locks paired with the wild blue shade gave her chic bun a funky edge. This pulled back style was accentuated perfectly with a sultry blue eyeshadow and peachy gloss. Her makeup really brought to light her own baby blues, and was ultra sexy.

We were wowed by Katy’s sophisticated look as we are used to the glittery California girl pin-up Perry yet loved every minute of it! Not saying there isn’t a time and place for her usual fun style but she looked absolutely gorgeous and understated (as much as you can be with Blue hair,yet she pulled it off!). I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes the next huge hair trend, the chic blue bun.

Want to copycat Katy’s look? Here’s how:


Lets start with Katyโ€™s smoldering smokey eye. To get her look, apply a blue base all over the eye, like the CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast in Blue Bomb or try Buxom’s creamy Stay-There Eyeshadow in Bull Dog, an intense royal blue. Next darken it up a bit with your favorite dark blues or grays in the outer corners and underneath the eye. Try Givenchy’s Le Prisme Mono eyeshadow compact featuring all the blue shades you’ll need. Finish off with plenty of black eyeliner smudged around the lid, both top and bottom and a coat of your blackest mascara.


If you want to give Katy’s blue hair a go without committing to a total blue makeover, take a look at HairExtensions.com where you’ll find tons of temporary color clip-ins from brands like POP and easihair. Once you’ve got your blue clip ins draw all hair up into a high ponytail trying as best you can to smooth out any bumps and secure tightly with elastic. Use a hair donut to create the perfect bun and place it around the base of your ponytail. Begin to wind hair around the donut, smoothing strands to make it as sleek as possible as you completely cover the donut with your hair. Make sure to spray the entire style with hair spray and shine spray for extra sheen.

Now you’re ready to rock it like Ms. Perry on the streets of your neighborhood.

Talk to us! Let us know your thoughts on her smoldering blue look.


<3 Stephanie

Product Review: Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream


When it comes to eye cream, it’s easy to go wrong. I have found myself canceling an evening out because that expensive name brand eye cream made the skin around my eyes peel off. It was no fun. Thankfully, I have stumbled upon an eye cream that is incredibly gentle, moisturizing and effective. Apothederm is a brand that is known for their gentle products and this eye cream is no exception.

The Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream feels like drinking a huge glass of water, but for your eyes. It’s not oily or cakey, it doesn’t pull or tingle. It is hydrating, smoothing and light enough to wear under makeup without making your concealer run down you face by noon. It minimizes puffiness and dark circles.

It’s an all around fantastic product that covers all the bases. It’s $40 for .5 oz (at Apothederm.com), not a bad price considering your daily usage (morning and night combined) is less than the size of a pea. Really! This stuff goes a long way! I have actually saved money because I am applying my concealer less often because this eye cream doesn’t cause it to run off a greasy under eye area.

I have retired all my other creams and have stuck with the Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream. After about a month of using this, my dark circles are definitely less noticeable and so are my growing wrinkles! Love. Try it, you will see results too!






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