Thursday, November 27, 2008

What Amazing Kits!

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope everyone is having a great holiday!!

So, I'm in love again. This time it's with these amazing kits from NYX Cosmetics. What a great kit to have if you're a makeup artist or just a total beauty junkie! NYX makeup is great quality but also very affordable which is a big bonus. I know there are alot of NYX lovers out there. I really love the pretty packaging as well. Anyway, these kits are packed full of amazing stuff-it's basically a treasure chest full of amazing makeup. A perfect thing for any makeup artist or makeup junkie to own!




Makeup Artist Starter Kit - A

Description: From eyeshadows to concealers to brushes, NYX’s starter kit is every makeup artists' dream! It's perfect for those who are just starting in the business and need a jumpstart gathering their equipment or it’s a necessary and useful addition to any collection.

Includes:
• Eyeshadows
• Lipsticks and lip glosses
• Concealers
• Brushes and sponges
• Pencils
• Face and body powder
• And much, much more!

Price: $603.60




Makeup Artist Starter Kit - B

Description: Need to start building your tool kit but don’t know where to start and are limited on funds? Here is your solution. This makeup kit has everything you need to get the job done and it comes with a stylish professional makeup case. Here are all the products you need to create a beautifully finished look.

Price: $300

See all the colors included in these kits and check out all the other great NYX products Here!

Have a safe and Happy Holiday!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

MAC Collection: Monogram



Another New MAC Collection- aren't we so lucky? The colors look beautiful and the gold packaging is really gorgeous. These would be amazing gifts for a beauty lover in your life! Make sure to check out the whole collection at MAC! Here's a little sneak peak:

Collection Description:Your personal statement of the Holiday season. A collection of such creamy, high-prestige shades and luxurious fragrance, they make their own distinguished look and marque. In the fashionable world, this is the only signature you need...


Description: Exclusive to the Monogram collection. Luxuriously smooth to apply a medium buildable finish. Brings an opulent satiny shine to the lip. High-comfort. With its gold case, red dégradé overspray and M∙A∙C monogram, make this unmistakably one of a kind. Wear alone or pair with Monogram Lipglass. Limited edition

Price: $22




Description: Exclusive to the Monogram collection. Provides a slick shine with high-comfort wear. Lips feel soft and look lustrous. Applies with a doe-foot applicator. Its gold cap features the red dégradé overspray and M∙A∙C monogram of this limited-edition collection. Wear alone or paired with Monogram Lipstick. Limited edition.

Price: $22
Saturday, November 22, 2008

Love Collection

The Love Collection is a very high quality jewelry line made in memory of Queen front man Freddie Mercury. A portion of proceeds go to Pheonix Mercury Trust for AIDs Awareness. Just another way to spread the love this holiday season. Check out the rest of the collection Here.



Description: Capture the essence of Freddie with this versatile, sexy and fabulous 925 silver and leather bracelet. Featuring the word "LOVE" engraved in pink enamel, this bracelet celebrates his universal message of love - in style; the letter "O" is fashioned from a patented stunning double trillion of two deep purple amethysts totaling 2.00ct. The collection's signature "Made in Heaven" is expertly engraved on this bracelet.

Price:
$495


This post is dedicated to my beautiful sister, Erika....



and to the great man who's inspired her so much, Freddie Mercury.
RIP, Freddie: 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991



"Those were the days of our lives
The bad things in life were so few
Those days are all gone now but one thing is true
When I look and I find I still love you"
- Queen
Friday, November 21, 2008

Great Holiday Gifts Part II

More great gifts for the beauty obsessed! I think these amazing collections and palettes would make an incredible gift for any girl who loves beauty! If you have a cosmetic loving friend who's hard to buy for, these would certainly impress her! I know you'll love these as much as I do!



The Quickie Chronicles Mini Collection ($121 Value)

What it is:

A set of eight pocket-sized palettes for eyes, cheeks, and lips.

What it does:
Too Faced The Quickie Chronicles Mini Collection contains eight mini compacts that meet all of your beauty needs. Streamline your routine with these portable palettes that let you play with all your favorite Too Faced products. On the compacts, Too Faced has vintage pictures of Hollywood Pinup Girls for a touch of whimsy and inspiration.

What else you need to know:
The set includes the following eight beauty book palettes: The Temptress, The Plaything of Passion, The Cupcake, The Starlette, 10 Year Anniversary, The Sure Thing, The Beach Bunny, and The Summer Lover.

Price: $59.10

Available at Sephora




Book Of Shadows Palette

What it is:
A palette of sixteen eyeshadows: eight best-sellers and eight exclusive new shades found only in this palette.

What it does:
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Palette is the largest (and most unique) palette Urban Decay has ever offered. Nestled inside a pull-out drawer, there are sixteen eyeshadows, two premium brushes, and a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion. There's also a large mirrored vanity, framed by one-of-a-kind 3D pop-ups of Urban Decay graphics: birds, skulls, and flowers spring forward against a backdrop of flourishes, jewels, and butterflies.

What else you need to know:
This palette contains Perversion (matte black), Last Call (plum punch), Grifter (sheer lavender with lots of silver microglitter), Mayhem (deep purple), Baked (rich bronze), Smog (deep coppery bronze), Sidecar (bronze sparkle), Gridlock (medium brown), Shakedown (shimmering taupe), Roach (deep brown with reddish sheen), Scandal (peachy-pink), Midnight Cowboy (golden beige with gold glitter), Goddess (midnight blue with lots of electric blue microglitter), Shattered (bright green/blue shift), Absinthe (electric green), Protest (dark green).

Price: $45

Also Available at Sephora!


I know my sister would love the Urban Decay Book of Shadows so it's on my shopping list! I hope you enjoyed these gift ideas and I'll be adding more later, with some great fashion lover gifts! Enjoy and thanks for reading!
Monday, November 17, 2008

MAC Face Charts: Red She Said- Which is Your Favorite?

I've posted about the Red She Said collection earlier on and since the Holiday season is upon us, it is the perfect collection to create a gorgeous makeup look for the Holidays! So my question to you guys is-which face chart look from the Red She Said collection is your favorite and which would you most likely try yourself? I'm going to be putting up some great Holiday tutorials so if anyone has any requests, please feel free to let me know! These are a few of my favorites! Check out all the MAC Red She Said Collection Looks here: MAC Cosmetics Looks


Pomposity


"Red" She Said


Soft Pause


Love Alert


So comment and let me know what looks you love and what looks you would do yourself or already have tried yourself and please send tutorial request my way as well!
Friday, November 14, 2008

Check out this Great Contest!

So, Silver Treats is having an awesome jewelry giveaway that you definately need to check out! They're giving away Jewelry sets for the 12 days of Christmas! How cute! Head on over and sign up to win! It's quick, easy and they have some great stuff! It'd also be a great place to get some Christmas gifts for the fashion lovers in your life!

Silver Treats

Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Great Gifts for the Beauty Obsessed!

There are so many amazing gifts available for the beauty/fashion obsessed among us! Since the holidays are coming up, I decided I'll be doing some posts on some great gift ideas to make shopping a little easier! These two great gift ideas featured in this post are two things I know that as a beauty obsessed girl, I would love to have! I know there are plenty of ladies out there who will agree with me, which makes them both amazing gifts! The only challenge is- not keeping them for yourself!


Smashbox Ultimate Beauty Palette


Price: $59

Description:
The ultimate holiday must-have with over 100 shades for eyes, cheeks and lips plus 4 essential brushes. This immense makeup palette puts every product a girl could ever want or need at your fingertips. It’s perfect for travel or for everyday beauty. And, the price is so sweet, you can give one as a gift and keep one for yourself! Also availalbe exclusively at all Ulta stores.

Includes:
70 EYE SHADOWS
8 LIP GLOSSES
8 CREAM EYE LINERS
6 BROW TECH POWDERS
BROW TECH WAX
4 LIP COLORS
2 BLUSHES
SOFT LIGHTS
BRONZE LIGHTS
CREAM LINER BRUSH
BROW TECH BRUSH
EYE SHADOW BRUSH
LIP BRUSH



Tarte: The Vanity Limited Edition Palette


Price: $52


Description:
Tarte The Vanity Limited-Edition Palette is packed with everything you need to create endless makeup looks. As a follow up to last years' best-selling 'we wish you wealth' palette this limited-edition beauty treasure chest is back and better then ever! In addition to eyeshadows, lip glosses, and brushes galore, this year's kit also includes deluxe sizes of Tarte's best-selling Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara and Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess. All products are loaded with skinvigorating™ ingredients: vitamin E, beeswax, rice bran wax, carnauba wax, and mineral pigments. Available at Sephora Stores.


This set features:
- 16 brand-new eyeshadows
- 16 brand-new lipglosses
- Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara
- Deluxe Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
- Deluxe luminizer
- Four powder blushes
- Deluxe eyeshadow
- Eyelining brushes
Monday, November 10, 2008

Personal Style: Sexy Siren/Bombshell

The Sexy Bombshell look is all about glamour and femininity, with a healthy dose of sex appeal. This look is heavily influences by the style and starlets of the 1950s. The focus of the sexy siren/bombshell look is all about shape- curve hugging and curve enhancing fashions. The Bombshell is sexy and she knows it! The Siren dresses up because she wants to and not because she has too. Every day is an occasion to feel and look her best. This look is also saturated with luxury- diamonds are a girls best friend, after all!

Icons:


From Left to Right:
Top Row: Dita Von Teese, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe
Bottom Row: Sophia Loren, Scarlett Johannsen, and Bridgette Bardot.

Key Pieces and Details: Pencil Skirts, A-line Skirts, High waisted skirts and trousers, Corset Tops, Belted/Cinched Waists, Tea Length and Knee Length hemlines, Wrap Dresses, Fitted and A-Line Dresses, Peep Toe Heels, Polka Dots, Lace, Red, Red, Red!, Patent Leather, Red Lipstick, False Lashes, Diamonds, Sparkle!

Here are some great pieces to give you some ideas!:


1) Catherine Malandrino Belted Pencil Skirt, $325, Saks Fifth Avenue
2) Dior A-Line Skirt, $890, Saks Fifth Avenue
3) Donna Karan Trousers, $477, Saks Fifth Avenue
4) Donna Karan Low Back Sequin Dress, $1,995, Saks Fifth Avenue
5) Stop Staring Heather Dress, $99.95, DaddyO's
6) Strop Staring Fitted Katrina Dress, $150, DaddyO's
7) Stop Staring Monica Dress, $95, DaddyO's
8) Stop Staring Red Pencil Skirt, $65, DaddyO's
9) Bettie Page Clothing's Sandy Dress, $139, Pinup Girl Clothing
10) Alec Tie Silk Corset Top, $108, Marciano
11) Sparkle Peep Toe Pump, $219, Bebe
12) Striped Belted Blouse, $22, Charlotte Russe
13) Miss Dior Patent Peep Toe Pump, $590, ELuxury
14) Rocco East West Red Patent Bag, $445, Couture Candy

If this style speaks to you, than you might just be a a Bombshell! So let that inner sexy siren loose and strut your stuff! Enjoy and thank you so much for reading and don't forget to subscribe!
Friday, November 7, 2008

Beauty Obsession: Shu Uemura Palettes



These gorgeous eye shadow palettes are decorated with amazingly gorgeous floral photographs by Mika Ninagawa which I absolutely love! They're so artistic and beautiful, the packaging alone makes them appealing. Open up these three different thin palettes and you see 7 gorgeous eyeshadow shades ranging from metallic shades to bright, vivid colors. All palettes also include a rich, easy to use cream eyeliner and a double ended brush. Shu Uemura has fantastic quality cosmetics and these shadows are no exception. They are completely wearable and will really add to your makeup collection. They are $65 each, but well worth the price tag. I'm in love!



MIKA HOLIDAY COLLECTION EYE COLOR PALETTE - SECRET LUSCIOUS ROSE

Description: Express yourself with this limited-edition eye color palette in Secret Luscious Rose. The subtle combination of dusty rose shades express elegance and mystery.
This palette includes seven pressed eye shadows and one easy to spread cream liner. A double ended applicator (sponge tip and eyeliner brush) is also included.




MIKA HOLIDAY COLLECTION EYE COLOR PALETTE - ADORNED MARGUERITE

Description: Express yourself with this limited-edition eye color palette in Adorned Marguerite. These vivid colors create a sweet and innocent makeup look.
This palette includes seven pressed eye shadows and one easy to spread cream liner. A double ended applicator (sponge tip and eyeliner brush) is also included.



MIKA HOLIDAY COLLECTION EYE COLOR PALETTE - MIDNIGHT WINTER SAKURA

Description: Express yourself with this limited-edition eye color palette in Midnight Winter Sakura. These deep strong colors create a glamorous and feminine impression.
This palette includes seven pressed eye shadows and one easy to spread cream liner. A double ended applicator (sponge tip and eyeliner brush) is also included.


These palettes would be amazing gifts for any beauty lover and they are limited edition so snatch them up for Christmas gifts or maybe a gift for yourself:-) Check them out at Shu Uemura
Thursday, November 6, 2008

How To Create High Cheekbones




High Cheekbones, like lovely model Bianca Balti's here, are a highly coveted feature among women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and races. Some are lucky enough to be born with them, while others of us were unfortunately not blessed with the most defined cheekbones. Never fear though, here are some great tips to contour and highlight those cheeks to fake the look of more prominent cheekbones.

1) After applying your foundation and concealer, use a taupe powder blush or sculpting powder, apply it to the hollows of your cheeks, located right beneath your cheekbone. An easy way to find them is to make a fish face. You can also contour the sides of your nose and along your jaw. Make sure there is no visible lines or stripes by blending exceptionally well.

2) Apply highlighter liquid, cream, or powder to the tops of your cheekbones to draw light there and make them look higher. Other places to highlight: the bridge of your nose, cupids bow, chin, lightly on the forehead and temples.

3) Next, apply some pretty light peachy or pink blush higher up on the apples of your cheeks, lightly sweeping it back along cheekbone.

Product Suggestions:
1) Benefit 10- This little box has a contouring powder and a gorgeous pearl pink powder for highlighting.
2) MAC Cosmetics Pro Sculpt and Shape- Although you have to have a Pro card to get this product, it comes in a few shades and is absolutely perfect for Contouring and highlighting-it was made for that purpose, after all!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Celebrity Style: Beyonce



Beyonce is the cover girl for Instyle this month and she looks amazing! Beyonce is clearly a woman who loves fashion and beauty and she makes good use of it! Her style is highly glamorous-what I noticed most in her cover shoot and layout in Instyle-other than how gorgeous she is- is the incredible big, bold jewelry. It's gorgeous and very rich looking. It looks absolutely fabulous on her. If you haven't picked up your copy of Instyle, do so! It's a great issue with a great cover girl. Enjoy!


A few great shots from the issue:


How bold and beautiful are those jewelry pieces? They immediately got my attention and I examined each piece! Very cool.

Here are some other style moments of Miss Beyonce:


Isn't she gorgeous? She's a true beauty with an amazing body and she's worn some pretty awesome dresses, don't you think?

Thanks for reading everyone!

Great Beauty Buys Under $10

Every girl loves a beauty bargain, but sometimes a product isn't worth your cash. If you're looking to experiment with colors or try a new color, a beauty bargain might be the way to go. That way you can try out makeup trends without breaking the bank. So if a trendy color doesn't quite work for you, you won't have to feel guilty or be frustrated for spending the money. No buyer's remorse, in other words! Here are some of the Beauty Bargains worth looking into:



1)Revlon Colorstay Mineral Lipglaze, $7.79, drugstores
2)Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer, $4.99, drugstores
3)Sally Hansen Salon Nail Color, $4.99, Ulta, Target, Drugstores
4)Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara, $7, drugstores
5)OPI Nail Laquer, $9, Ulta
6)Rimmel Soft Kohl Eye Pencils, $3, drugstores
7)L'Oreal Paris HIP Jelly Balms, $9, drugstores
8)Avon All Over Face Palette, $10, Avon