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Friday
Dec272013

How To: The Perfect Winged Out Eye Look.

Looking to master the perfect winged out eye look for New Years Eve or maybe any day you want to just look stylish? It’s not a trend – it’s the iconic lash shape, according to Billy B. L’Oréal Paris Consulting Makeup Artist. Billy B. shared with me his tips to create this look.

How To: Winged Out Eye Look

Every beauty icon, past or present, has worn a flared-out look. Think Marilyn Monroe; think Brigitte Bardot. You’re really creating a more extended, bigger, sexier, elongated eye. To achieve this look, it takes only two products and three steps:

1. Apply L’Oréal Paris The Super Slim Liner by Infallible right along the base of the lashes, from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner. With the ultra-defined felt tip, you can get the rich black liner all into the lash bed, maximizing the look of the lashes.

2. At the outer corner, while the liner is still damp, take your finger and gently but quickly extend the liner up and out with your finger to achieve the perfect angle and extension.

3. Finish with one coat of Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black.

2 products + 3 steps to an easy winged out eye look

Shop for L’Oréal Paris at your favorite drugstore or mass retailer.

Thursday
Dec262013

15 Beauty Products to Buy with Your Christmas Cash.

Now that Christmas is over, it is time to start shopping with those gift cards or holiday cash. I've got some great advice on what to spend those gift cards and Christmas on. Now is the time to think what you need and stock up on basics, or maybe you've up had your eye on that must-have product or want a new makeup palette, I have a few suggestions that will make your shopping decisions easier.

Got Christmas cash? These are the beauty products you should buy!

BASICS

Clarisonic PLUS Skincare Brush Kit - $225.00
Everyone should have a Clarisonic skin cleansing brush. This will do more for your skin than anything else. Period.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser - $10.00 - $50.50
I love this gentle cleanser; it removes makeup, dirt and oils from skin with the just the smallest amount.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + - $14.50 - $38.00
And updated version of the classic, this new moisturizing lotion will keep skin hydrated all day long with the added benefit of anti-aging ingredients.

Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream - $9.00 - $18.00
Use this daily for softer, younger looking hands.

Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes - $12.00
These wipes are thick enough to remove makeup with ease, but they gentle enough for the skin and for the environment.

MUST HAVES

Urban Decay Naked3 - $52.00
This palette features 12 of the newest, hottest neutral rose hued shades. It's a best seller already and it just launched!

MAC Heroine Lipstick - $15.00
A best seller, this beautiful shade was just made part of the permanent line.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - $45.00
This powder will give skin that lit from within look without every looking overly done.

YSL Touche Éclat - $40.00
This is no ordinary highlighter, this is the best and it has a cult following for a reason -- it gives the most beautiful soft look in just the right places when applied right.

NARS Orgasm Blush - $29.00
This blush gives "that" peachy pink golden glow with one stoke of the blush brush. Yes, it really is a must have.

MAKEUP PALETTES

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Hot Cocoa Palette - $80.00
Eight gorgeous shades of shadows and a perfect blush complete this beautiful limited edition palette.

Laura Mercier Color to Go Natural Nudes Eye, Cheek & Lip Palette - $50.00
This palm sized palette contains three shadows, a cake liner, a blush, a bronzer and a lip gloss all tucked inside.

Clarins The Essentials Eye Palette - $45.00
This natural eye shadow palette is one of my favorites with some of the softest and silkiest shadows ever in 10 nude shades.

Clinique All About Shadow Neutral Territory 2 - $36.00
Eight basic nude browns are never boring when they are matte and beautiful in a gorgeous palette from Clinique.

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case - $44.00
This makeup case has everything to create a dramatic look in one kit; it contains five eyeshadows, 2 blush shades, one highlighter, a lip color and an eye liner.

Friday
Dec202013

Last Minute Gifts for the Beauty Girl!

There are just a few days left to get your Christmas shopping done. Stop scratching your head for ideas, I have done the work for you. If you need any last minute gift ideas for the beauty girl, I have them for you. I have seen all the sets, kits, palettes and have a very discerning eye.

Last Minute Gifts for the Beauty Girl

These are great gifts and you will not go wrong with any of these beauties.

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette - $59.00
This luxe palette is loaded with 20 all new totally gorgeous eyeshadow shades in insanely cool brights and sexy smokes, that any makeup girl will love. It's a limited edition sell out every year. *Look for this in store at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy's.

bareMinerals Crystalized Full Face Collection

bareMinerals Crystalized Full Face Collection - $38.00
This kit contains 7 products plus a double ended brush to create shimmering smoky eyes, radiant cheeks, and glitzy lips guaranteed to create a lasting impression. *Look for this in store at Sephora.

butter LONDON Double Take Nail Lacquer Duo

butter LONDON Double Take Nail Lacquer Duo - $24.00
This lacquer duos quickly adds a spark to any fashion wardrobe with a new, innovative overcoat designed to transform lacquer for a festive look. *Look for this in store at Nordstrom.

Algenist The Anti Wrinkle Collection

Algenist The Anti Wrinkle Collection - $52.00
This three-piece set provides everything a gal needs to combat advanced signs of aging. The set includes a full size Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser, a deluxe size Complete Eye Renewal Balm and a half size Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer. *Look for this in store at Sephora.

Pro-X by Olay Cleansing System

Limited-Edition Pro-X by Olay Red Advanced Cleansing System - $29.99
Everyone wants beautiful skin and this set will get the job done. The set includes Pro-X by Olay Facial Cleansing Brush in Red, Pro-X by Olay Exfoliating Renewal Cleanse and one replacement head. *Look for this at drugstores and mass retailers.

philosophy Fruitcake Mix Bath & Body Set

philosophy Fruitcake Mix Bath & Body Set - $26.00
The holidays wouldn't be complete with a traditional fruitcake. Layer this trio of body treats to experience a yummy fruitcake scent from head to toe. *Look for this in store at Sephora, Nordstrom and Macy's.

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 - $59.00

A rainbow of eyeliner shades in the best formula possible is sure to make any girl swoon. This liner set has eight beautiful shades and is one of the most sought after sets of the season. *Look for this in store at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy's.

Finally, gift cards always make a great gift and they are so easy, especially as last minute gifts. Some people think they are impersonal, but teens and twenty-somethings love to receive gift cards as gifts. You never know if they have the new Urban Decay Naked3 Palette on their wish list or use something special on their skin; a gift card will allow them to pick up what they want. I love that fact that you can find most major gift cards right in the grocery store or drugstores like CVS or Walgreens making it super convenient.

Just in case you you haven't seen my gift guide, here that is again for even more great last minute gift ideas:

Friday
Dec202013

Urban Decay Naked 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil.

If you are looking for the perfect eye pencils to pair with your favorite Naked palettes, Urban Decay just launched four 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils to go with each of the Naked palettes. How great is that? And these are not just the ordinary 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, these are double-ended.

Urban Decay Naked 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil

Urban Decay Naked 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil

Designed to pair perfectly with their Naked palettes, these pencils are the ideal go-to to complete any Naked eye look. Each pencil includes two versatile liner shades inspired by its namesake palette; Naked Basics, Naked, Naked2, and Naked3.

Three of the eight shades are already bestsellers, but the others are all new, and are exclusive to just these liners.

Naked Basics: Crave + Venus - deepest, darkest brown-black matte + soft, off-white shimmer

Naked: Zero + Whiskey - zealous black cream + rich brown matte

Naked2: Perversion + Pistol - blackest-black matte + light gray-brown shimmer

Naked3: Blackheart + Darkside - smoky black matte with rosy red micro-glitter + purple-taupe satin

These Naked 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencils are made with the same amazing formula as the original 24/7 Eye Pencils. They are super creamy, glide on with ease, but dry down to a waterproof finish that doesn't budge once set.

Each Naked 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil sells for $16.00 and is available from urbandecay.com, Sephora, ULTA, Macy's and beauty.com.