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Exclusive to Sephora.

How do I start my day?

After dropping off my little girl, I come to the office and have a date with my computer and my coffee. I start by reading the bevy of beauty blogs and surf on over to and few other beauty sites.

Sephora has negotiated some excellent exclusive's this season, and I thought I would share a few of my favorites here with you.

Philosophy The Ski House - A wonderful little gift in the cutest ski house box. Indoors you will find everything to keep you warm: Double Rich Hot Cocoa 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath, a Marshmallow Body Souffle, and a Kiss Me Pink peppermint lip balm. $35

Smashbox Swingin' Scene Ultimate Beauty Collection  - What is there not to love about this $140 value from Smashbox. IT IS ONLY $59!!! Inside a chic carry-all bag is: a  layer lash primer,  that's a wrap mascara in black, the travel size Photo Finish Foundation Primer,  Blush/Soft Lights Duo in Action/Shot, 2 Lip Glosses in Location and Illuminate, and an Eye Shadow Trio in Freeze Frame. $59

Bare Escentuals Shake Your Tail Feather  - Another superb value ($131) from one of my favorite lines, Bare Escentuals. Shake Your Tail Feather is about luminous colors, and here is what is included in the beautiful bronze bag: All Over Face Color in Pure Radiance, bareMinerals Glimpse in Peacock, bareMinerals Eyeshadow in Pure Spice, a Big Tease Mascara in Blackest Black, Beautifully Luminous Lashes in gold, and a Lip Gloss in Dolly Buxom. This coupled with 2 full size brushes to help you apply makes this a generous offer. $55



An Introduction.

While Teri is super busy finishing up a great feature for you that will be posted here on Wednesday, I thought I would lend a hand and write a few posts while she continues being the busy little worker bee.

But first, let me take a moment and introduce myself to you.

My name is Cindi, and around here I am the "assistant". 

I am a maniac makeup addict. I get so excited about makeup it is scary. When I attended my first CEW Beauty Awards Demonstration a few years ago, I went back to my hotel room and cried. I had two tote bags full of makeup, skin care, and fragrance products that I needed to try and vote on. And I am proud to say that I did try each and every single product I received. And I found something to love about everything I tried.

For the fun facts. I am 30 years old, married, with one little girl. I have very fair Irish skin with some freckles, medium golden blonde hair (more reddish gold than blonde), and green eyes. My facial skin is usually on the normal side, but I battle with a few dry spots in the winter. The rest of my body tends to be very dry, especially my legs. I am on a never-ending quest to find a body cream that keeps my legs soft and smooth with only one application in the day.

I absolutely adore mineral makeup. I use either Illuminare liquid foundation, Bare Escentuals, or Sheer Cover for my foundation every day.  I find that the minerals cover my redness and last all through the day. Ooooh - and I just got to try some newness from Jane Iredale, and I will be sure to report on that really soon. Beside that, I am game to just about anything.  I love trying new products and colors and am never afraid. I may cause a bit of rubber-necking from passers-by in the school line or at the grocery store. But hey, what can I say - I love to experiment with bold colors. And it is only makeup. I can wash it away at the end of the day and start with a fresh new canvas tomorrow.

I look forward to your comments, and hope to bring you a little insight into my passion for makeup and everything beautiful!


NEW Catalog from Benefit.

bene_catalog.jpgSo what does appear in my mail today? The latest Benefit catalog, that's what!

In the back of the cute catalog, there is this special little holiday section gleaming with pictures of their 6 holiday sets.

Here is a quick rundown.

Valley of the Stars. $28
A mini iridescence kit containing High Beam, Moon Beam, Her Glossiness and 2 eye shadows.

Benetint $28 & Pocket Pal $18.
The perfect little stocking stuffers to help bring our one's natural beauty.

Dallas Palette $28.
For the perfect Dallas look all in one, this palette features the following: 2 eye shadows, 2 lip creams, Dallas -the powder, and 3 brushes to put it all on.

V.I.P. Glosses $26.
3 double-ended high-shine lip glosses,making 6 shades. All packed together in a cute box.

Show Offs! $28.
A trio of Show Offs eye powder - shimmery fun, full of pigment. Sparkling in a gold box, great for giving.

Best of Benefit $42.
This is the perfect gift to give any Benefit lover, or to give a makeup lover that you need to introduce to the great line. This gift set includes: Benetint, Dandelion, and BADgal Lash.

Look for this and more from Benefit in our Holiday Gift Guide premiering November 23rd.