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Thursday
Apr192007

Getting My Glow On!

Being it is school vacation a.k.a. Spring Break in our household, I am getting my glow on by starting my self-tanning ritual. Yes - I am a bit early this year. Hey, just because I didn't get to St. Bart's this week doesn't mean I can't look like I have been there - right?

So far I have only been using a few products. You know, the self-tanners mixed into a moisturizer for the most gradual sun kissed glow.

jergens_glow_face.jpgI started with the Jergens new Natural Glow FACE Daily Moisturizer ($6.99) on my face, neck, and chest, while I am using their Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer ($6.99) on the rest of my body. I initially started with the Fair for my face, and the medium for most of my body. I just purchased the medium for my face as well, and will begin to use that to see a little faster results.

I like the gradual results, but I hate the smell. It stinks - but if you can get past that,  the color is even, very natural, and gradual. I only use it at night before bed so I can wash off the starchy smell first thing in the morning.

bare_bronze.jpgFor the day I have been alternating the Jergen products with those of Victoria's Secret Bare Bronze Collection. Now these Bare Bronze products all smell heavenly - like a refreshing pina colada.

I have been using the Bare Bronze Daily Glow Facial Moisturizer ($17.50)on my face, neck, and chest - and I love the way it has just enough moisture for my skin to get me through the day. I plan to use their Bare Bronze Gleaming Self-Tan Body Tint ($18) later this week, when I am ready for a more deep bronzed glow.

While this only begins my self-tanning rituals, I am excited to discover new self-tanners, and get to know my old favorites a little better.  Look for my ongoing reviews as we progress into warmer weather.

Wednesday
Apr182007

Selling Beauty: Online through Video.

QVC has started to add some application videos next to it's most popular beauty products. I think it is a conceptual idea!

Watch this clip from QVC.com. It features Leslie Blodgett (creator of Bare Escentuals) telling us about one of her items, bareMinerals Natural Light.

I am sure it is just an experiment into how much it can boost a products sales. I think that it would definitely increase the number of sales, don't you?

The only other place I have seen this done is from the lovely Trish of Principessa Beauty. Here is that clip. She basically tells you about the product, as her products do not need application information.

What do you think? 

Wednesday
Apr182007

Eye Makeup Mistakes.

Mistakes.

Oh yes, we make them. And makeup mistakes. We make them too. Not the ones where we can simply wipe the mistake away. I am talking overall makeup mistakes.

bb.jpgBobbi Brown has drilled down the most 6 common eye makeup mistakes. for us, so hopefully, we won't keep making them over and over again.

Kaleidoscope eyes: Bright, shocking mismatched colors don't belong on the eyelid -- unless you're dressing as a clown for Halloween! Choose muted colors in the same family and blend them well.

Blush as shadow: Sweeping your blush color across your lids sounds like a useful time-saver (lots of makeup artists make this suggestion). I find that the rosy coloration of most blushes is wrong for the eye area and can cause eyes to appear red or pink. Instead, do the same one-color technique with shadow shades like toast or pale pink.

Unfinished liner: Lining only the outside half of the eye has a minimizing effect. You can choose to do only the top lid, but be sure to apply color all the way from the inside corner of the eye, continuing along the entire lash line to the outermost corner.

Shadow matching: It's almost never a good idea to match your eye shadow color to your eye color -- especially if you have blue or green eyes. Blue eyes look amazing with navy liner but disappear with blue shadow. In general, neutral colors that contrast with eye color work better.

Mascara clumps: It was the look in the 1960s, but it doesn't work today. The best way to achieve thick lashes is to do several thin coats of mascara. If you experience clumping, wipe the excess mascara from your brush with a tissue.

Also, be sure to check out Bobbi's newest eye makeup products, including that beautiful Surf & Sand Eye Palette, pictured above.