Ulta Sale!

Hey beauty babes (and fellas), Ulta stores are having a huge sale right now on various beauty and grooming products. At this time, all  Bourjois Paris cosmetics are $4.99 +tax, as Ulta will no longer carry the products. I filled my cart with Piggly Wiggly Toenail Polish (.49), Ulta Brand Nail Polish(,99), as well as the Bourjois Gloss Effet 3-D Max Lipgloss.  I tried the gloss and fell in LOVE with the texture (silky, not greasy), super shine (has subtle shimmer), and the applicator! I’ve never seen a flat, plastic, non-bristled gloss applicator before but I loved the reservoir areas that allowed total control over how much product I could apply.

Head out to your nearest Ulta or check them out online at http://www.ulta.com


Overhaul For the New Year!

Have you been wearing the same lip/eye colors since the Egyptians used plants and henna to create colors? If so, it’s time for you to do a makeup overhaul for the new year!  Guess what?  Nothing bad is going to happen if you change up your look every now and again.  MAC makes great, highly pigmented lip colors and eye shadows that allow you to control the intensity of the colors, just by using a good brush. If you ALWAYS wear the same “natural”  lipsticks, lip glosses, and eye shadows, it’s time to break out of your beauty rut and try something new. Sometimes, we get so used to our beauty routine that we don’t always see that our “look” might not only be boring, but also not as flattering as we think. I think of our Dear Great-Aunt who has worn electric green eyeshadow, fuchsia pink lipstick, and tangerine colored cheeks for as long as I can remember. Note: the actual products may have been purchased in the 1970’s and she still uses them!  Not only is my Aunt’s look more suitable for a circus act, but it’s just not flattering.  We love our Great-Aunt but we don’t love her beauty choices!  If this sounds like you, then it’s definitely time for a change! 2011 is all about trying new things in the beauty world. Bright eye shadows and lush lips in colors like gold and orange were featured for the Spring 2011.  Step up your game, step outside of your comfort zone and try out bronzers along with your golden/natural colored eye shadows to give your face a glow.  Maybe you’ve seen looks on the runway or magazines that you liked but you’v been hesitant to duplicate the looks. All I know is that ultimately, change comes from within, and real growth doesn’t occur until we look at ourselves objectively. 

Real or Fake?

I’ve been bantering back and forth with my Twitter Beauty Babes about something that is really disturbing: the false advertisement of cosmetic companies and their mascara brands. Sure, many of the currently available mascaras have formulas that help add length, thickness, or both to your eyelashes. The problem is not with the products, but with the commercials that show women with extremely long, thick, lush eyelashes that are clump-free, black, and silky!

The lashes of the pretty models on those commercials (both television and print) are generally FAKE!  Now honestly, false lashes (full or individual) are a great way to add a little extra flair or even a dramatic boost when you want to try something new. I love a good set of false lashes just as much as the next beauty babe, but I also know that to make them really stand out, I must apply a good mascara.  Everyone has their favorite mascara and because there are so many to choose from, you must try what works for you.  I’ve bought tons of mascaras over the years and I like different ones for different reasons. Maybelline Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara makes my lashes look a mile long, but don’t do much for volume. I like Dior Show for the inky black color and the volume I desire,  but it’s a bit too clumpy for my taste.  When I’ve exhausted my quest for the perfect mascara, I realize that my old standby will never fall me, so I reach for the pretty pink and green tube that our Mothers and Grandmothers relied upon for realistic, fluttery eyelashes!  I know the difference between natural lashes that have been coated with mascara and false lashes that have been added to natural ones. I know this difference because I am a makeup artist. A less savvy person who is not familiar with tricks and tools of the industry and cosmetics may not know that the model in the commercial has enhanced eyelashes. It’s just not fair to insinuate that a brand is the ultimate solution for skimpy or short eyelashes.

If companies want us to shell out our hard-earned cash for their mascaras, then they must also be truthful with consumers.  We want the option to be real or fake!

Expand Your Beauty Horizon!

To my beauty babes who love a good deal, I have found the perfect palette for you! Sephora is now selling a FABULOUS palette of eyeshadows, blushers, liners,  and lip colors for only $48!  The “Endless Color Blockbuster” contains over $400 worth of makeup in colors real people actually use, versus those weird colors that only look good on (insert celebrity here). I bought another version of this kit last year, and the only difference I noticed was that mascara was included in the new kit.

If you’ve never tried the Sephora line of cosmetics, you are missing out. Their products are made with the same quality ingredients as other major retail brands, except you probably save a bit more money by purchasing the Sephora line. Check out the kit at http://www.sephora.com or in a Sephora store near you. Word to the wise: don’t let the small size of the kit fool you. The sliding trays expand to showcase almost 100 eyeshadows (separated by “cool” colors and “warm” colors), 70 lip colors, cream eye liners, lip liners, mascara, and applicators. Take advantage of such a great offer, and expand your beauty horizon!