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NewBeauty Website

The New Beauty website is something all of you girls should put on your favorites bar on your browser!

Every day they give out a product on their site and let you preview following week prizes. It is their 365 days of giveaways. If I could do something like that for you I definitely would. It’s always nice to get a new product for free and hey if you don’t like it, at least you didn’t pay for it, right?

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I follow them on facebook and from time to time mention them on my fan page wall.

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Stila Cosmetics – What’s New

Stila!

Today I thought it would be a good idea to pick a company and see what’s new in their line. It’s always fun to see what products have been released, so I decided to go with Stila. Stila has a sale going on right now, so it’s pretty perfect. No, I’m not sponsored by them, so they’re not giving me anything for promoting their sale. Just putting that out there. Sale code, if you’re interested is LEAPYEAR.

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Luxe Gloss Fairy Dust $22

Comes in 4 colors, Fairy dust as state above and:

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Dazzling Luxe Gloss

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Bling Luxe Gloss

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Tiara Luxe Gloss

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Love At First Blush $14 (good price)

 

 

 

 

 

I love the name, the design and the color. I love pretty much anything that has hearts on it. It’s creative and came out around Valentine’s day, which was very good timing.

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Bring Out Your Glam Eyeshadow $24

I am not too big on the colors, but I like the stars. Glam to me is smokey eye of greens and blacks and blues, with matter or shimmery highlights. Starlet – shimmery mauve, Ingénue – matte deep purple, Fame – matte black, Celebrity – soft shimmery silver, Cameo – shimmery nude pink, Heroine -metallic bronze shimmer, Tinsel Town – matte chocolate brown, and Black Tie – matte pink-beige.

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Stay All Day 10-in-1 Beauty Balm $38

I’m not sure, based on description, what color this balm is, if it has any color at all. It does say it has a powdery finish, which could be good. I would have to see it. It’s rather large and therefore I think it’s $38 retail price is pretty affordable.

To see other new products from recently and the past couple of months check out “new stuff.

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The 2012 Oscars!

Did you ladies watch? I’m a fan of Billy Crystal so I made sure to watch. I was so excited haha. I also adore Miss Piggy so I’m glad I didn’t miss her! This blog is just a quick overview of a few of the lovely ladies!

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Michelle Williams

What does everyone thing of Michelle Williams in a coral dress, a bright pink lip, earthy eyes and a soft blush? – I actually think these colors on her make her look dewey and pretty. She has somewhat pasty skin and so it livens her up and the makeup being subtle but giving off a natural glow is perfect. If I were to remake her look without knowing what products were used on her I’d go with Youngblood Cosmetics Mascara, Stila Cosmetics Gel Liner, Josie Maran Cream Blush, Tarte Amazonian Clay in Fair, Youngblood Cosmetics Tinted Moisturizer and Impassioned to Shop from MAC.

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Viola Davis

I loooove that Viola Davis went in her own natural hair! I loooove loooove that! She looks beautiful like this, I mean seriously she should go with this look more often. Also a tealish green is beautiful on her. I.want.her.earrings! For the eye I would get MAC Zoom Lash Mascara, Tarte SmolderEyes Amazonian Clay in black, Turquoise Shimmer 83 from MUFE for eyeshadow, Smashbox HD D1 Foundation, Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer and Dior Dior Addict Lipstick Sheer Peachy Pink.

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Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne went in a nude soft look, which was a nice offset to the black sparkly dress. Don’t you agree? Lips NARS Belle de Jour, NARS Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil in Aigle Noir, MAC Zoom Lash Mascara, Bare Minerals Golden Gate Blush, and Lorac Foundation.

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The Big Winner, Octavia Spencer!!!

Oy! I was so moved by Octavia Spencer’s emotional acceptance speech! She was so adorable, surprised and her world was so obviously amazing at that moment. She couldn’t have a better reaction. I didn’t love her dress, but her face looked flawless. To recreate her look I’d use MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation, Josie Maran Beautiful Eyes Palette Eyeshadow, Lorac Ooh La Lace Baked Shimmer & Matte Eye Shadow Palette, Benefit Cosmetics High Beam, Yves Saint Laurent Créme Blush Silky Praline, and NARS Pure Matte Lip Madere.

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Miss Piggy and Kermit

Miss PIGGY! She looks so pretty. Where do they find these wigs and clothes for her? I mean really she’s stylin’ for a Muppet. ❤

To find the products I mentioned above check out Sephora.com and YBSkin.com

Should I Take a Break from Makeup?

Do you wear makeup everyday? Do you feel unattractive without makeup? Where do you wear makeup to? Should you take a break from your makeup if you use it everyday? Do you wash your face everyday?

YES

I mean guys really let’s think about some of the things I’ve told you! Products all have nasty ingredients! NASTY NASTY NASTY  No wonder our pores are clogged! See image below *cringe*

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Blackheads – Clogged Pores

…Letting you get over that picture and giving you time to stop looking into your compact. Yes yes, I caught you doing that.

So let’s say you put on moisturizer and powder or liquid foundation maybe you even use primer and sunblock (though you just put it on to go to the office and not out to be in the sun *glares at all of you*)…now let’s say you do this EVERY day… Also I’m very aware that a lot of you do NOT wash your face everyday *glares some more* …and then you wonder “Why am I breaking out?” “why is my skin so crappy?” “why are my pores sooo gross?” Well HELLO!!! You a. wear makeup everyday and don’t let the skin just be! Though granted you need some vitamin D among other things, but really you don’t need it from makeup. b. YOU AREN’T WASHING YOUR FACE!
Another thing… you touch your face in the daytime don’t you? Well where else are you putting your hands?

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Wash Your Face

And the old excuse “I’m too tired to wash my face” Well that’s crap, even if you get home late keep some wipe on your night stand. You reach over wipe of your makeup while already in bed. Dump your trash in the morning if there isn’t a trash bin near your bed. Otherwise if you’re going to be home from early on in the evening get accustomed to cleaning off your makeup at around 7pm or 8pm. Make it a habit so that later on at night you aren’t “too tired.” Who are you wearing your makeup for at home at 9pm? And depending on your job or day to day life do you REALLY need to be wearing makeup everyday? My job is pretty relaxed, right now, so I am able to show up without anything but moisturizer on my face. Do your skin a favor and go a few days a week without nothing on. Not only will your skin love you, but so will your water line and tear ducts. They get blocked too! Your optometrist absolutely hates makeup on your water line, because it dries the eye and you can fully block them. If you don’t believe me go ask him or her. Go on, make the call, ask…

If you absolutely cannot stand not wearing anything get yourself a lip stain or balm with a tint and go on about your day.

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Only Lip Balm

If you shower at night keep your cleaner in the shower so it’s handy and you don’t have to worry about doing it at another time. Although, I hope your face is clean after a shower.

That’s my 2 cents for today.

I hope you’re all having an amazing weekend. Don’t forget to wash your face!

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Luminizers

Luminizers? Illuminizers? What are they? What do they do? Why do we need them?

Hi Lovelies, happy Friday to all of you. The other day I was at my internship and I was sitting at a desk where they had left a “illuminizer.” I put some on my hand to see what it looked like and asked myself what is this for anyway?

The question I had for myself really is why do I need this? Why is this going to make me feel pretty?

When I put some on my hand, the particular brand, made my hand shiny and glowy. Was this good or bad? Well I think I put on far too much for the little space I was rubbing it on, because it made me very sparkly. I’m all for some highlight, but that just seemed too much. I believe that a little bit goes a long way with this time of product. The correct placement will make you feel lovely, because it’ll highlight certain feature. There is also a variation of types. Some brands as you see above, and if you google, make powder versions.Personally I suggest for day time to use a powder since it is more matte, but that all depend on your line of work and style. I currently have a sample of the Tarte one that I got with a previous purchase from Ulta. I’ll let you know how I feel about it in a future post. I think I’m more of a matte girl when it comes to illuminizers. Do you guys use them? If so when? and what brand? If not, why not?

Color Wheel Makeup Importance

Hello Beautiful Ladies! How are we doing this Wednesday? I’ve had a bit of an issue with my eye! Something got in it and I can’t seem to figure out what it is, but it is causing me quite the discomfort. Hmph!

I have a question for you guys. Have you ever noticed certain colors in makeup or clothes just not looking right on you? Something makes you look flushed or too pale or sick looking even? Yes? No? Maybe? Well it has to do with your skin tone and undertones. If any of you are artistically inclined you’ve heard of the color wheel and you know that there are rules about the color wheel. You have your complimentary colors, which you find across the way from each other and you have what they call split complimentary which is one of the triangle of three colors on the wheel and the triad. I’m only going to talk about the complimentary and split complimentary today.

Most women, and some men, should know just by looking in the mirror what skin tone they are as well as what undertones they have. For example I have an olive complexion that can very between a yellow green to a a yellow skin tone with a lot more green in it. I know what you’re thinking, wtf you’re not green! Well no, of course I’m not green, but I am slightly tan and the tan has green in it. Get it? My undertones are very rosy almost coral, coral consists of red, crimson, and orange . Those two colors are complimentary but close enough. Have I lost you yet? Let me show you a color wheel or two.

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Color Wheel is From your decorating Hotline

Alright so here they outline what are complimentary and split complimentary colors.

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A Color Wheel I Did

This isn’t the BEST color wheel, but it’s pretty good for someone who was getting use to oil paint. Anyway, do we all remember our primary colors? Red, Yellow and Blue. All the colors in between each primary color has a bit the colors it’s in between or 50-50 of each. ie. green has equal parts yellow and blue. Are you still following me?

Ok so if I have olive green and coral in my skin what’s the main color that looks good on me? …..a very deep Violet. If we just consider olive green then what colors look good yellow oranges. To counter the undertone in my skin the complimentary is a light green. (This is why I use a green primer.)

If you have blueish dark circles what’s a good primer you can use with your concealer? A yellow orange color.

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Smashbox Apricot Primer

 

All of this also goes for clothes… there are just colors that will wash your out or never work. Why some eye shadows look good on your friends and not you. Nothing wrong with you, it’s just your skin complexion. There is always something you can work with and blend. Hair color also comes into play. Play with colors and you’ll find what works best for you.

Dark Circles!

Why dark circles pester me.

Happy Friday to you all! How are we doing today? I’m doing pretty well, other than I would love a nap right now.

 

So I haven’t been wearing makeup yesterday or today because I’m too lazy to and I don’t look bad without it, but it does make my dark circle more obvious. Does everybody know what cause dark circles? There’s a little more than a handful of factors that go along with it:

Mayoclinic.com mentions the following:

  • Allergies
  • Eczema
  • Hereditary
  • Life Factors (ie. stress, smoking, etc)
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Pigmentation Irregularities
  • Rubbing/Scratching the eyes
  • Sun Exposure
  • Thinning Skin (this comes with aging)

I’m not considering creams of any sort. I don’t want to pretend that they’re working or realize I paid all kinds of money for nothing. I’m sure some creams out there do work slightly, but honestly it depends where you fall in the above categories. Hereditary dark circles are likely to NOT go away. The fix I want is with a “highlighter” or “concealer” or some other makeup product. I’ve used a couple that I like personally. The following is my favorite:

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Sephora "Long Lasting" Color Corrector

 

The thinner side is what you use first, what they call “anti-imperfection corrector” and the wider end is used second, this is the “long-lasting concealer.” What I do is use the thinner end to kind of “scribble” around the area that needs to be covered up and then dab on the larger end. There are three shades they sell light, medium, and dark I spread it around with my MAC concealer brush:

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MAC Concealer Brush 195

I love this brush ever since I bought it. It’s perfect for the inner and under eye area, which is where I mostly use it for. Sometimes I need to cover a spot here or there on my face and the size is ideal.

 

Do you guys use anything in particular? Are dark circles even a problem you have? Aside from creams what concealer or color corrector do you prefer?

Limoneira Lifestyles Skin Care

Limoneira? That’s what I said! I mean guys let’s be honest here, how many of us really look into our local small businesses? I know that I never really have, where do you start? I suppose google would be a good place. It typically doesn’t cross our mind. I heard about Limoneira from a friend I am in school with; she is from Santa Paula, California, where this line is produced. This town is rural and harvests citrus fruits among other agricultural things they do there. For those of you who don’t recognize the first 5 letters of the brand name Limoneira, it spells out lemon in Spanish. I personally needed a new moisturizer after throwing away my Philosophy one. (See earlier blog) I was going to get one from Sephora, but it so happened that in my skin and hair care class we need to do a project to compare a skin care product and this is where I learned about the Limoneira Lifestyles brand, my school mate said we should do that brand and that she would get the cleanser. I asked her for the Limoneira Lifestyle website as going to Santa Paula for just a moisturizer didn’t sound reasonable and voila I found a few products that sound pretty awesome.

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Limoneira Lifestyles Logo Taken from Website

Their products include: an avocado honey lip balm, avocado face and body bar, lemon balm hand cleanser, lemon avocado body butter, lavendar avocado facial cleanser, avocado mask, lemon hand lotion and lemon balm moisturizer.

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Moisturizer Bottle

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A Dime Size Amount is All You Need

The bottle containes 3.4 fluid ounces or 101mL. It has a thin consistency but you do not need much to moisturize the face. A dime size amount is about all you need, unless your skin feels especially dry, but even then I doubt you need too much more. If you don’t like scents this is probably not a good product for you. At first I wasn’t happy about it, but man anything is better than the awful chemical scent the Philosophy product gave off. Citrus scents wake you up, which if you use this in the morning is perfect for you. I wouldn’t say it’s a good moisturizer for the night time, best to get a night cream if you feel the need unless of course the scent doesn’t liven you up then you can, nothing really wakes me up so I’m set. It’s $22 USD plus shipping and tax depending on where you live of course, some of you lucky ducks don’t need to pay tax (ahem Oregon).

I’m basically making two points a. AWESOME moisturizer and b. look into your local businesses, it’s not only great for you because now you’ve found a business close by to you but it’s also awesome for the local economy. I love the idea of supporting small businesses whenever possible. It’s not every day you find them, at least make an effort, you never know what great finds there are near you. (I don’t say this to sound preachy, I’m guilty as previously stated of not even thinking to look into the local stores or towns for products that I use on a daily basis.) I’m so glad I found them and while I wish stores around me carried their line, I’ll live with ordering from the internet for now.

Japanese Makeup Look

Japan! I’m a little obsessed with Japanese culture, but for those you that don’t know me, don’t be confused I am not Japanese. I did do a little bit of Japanese Art History in college, but that’s the extent. I think it’s a fascinating culture and I hope one day to go there. Not that long ago one of my readers asked me to do a post on the Japanese look in japan. I know very little about what girls in Japan like to dress up as and how they do their makeup but I’ve been doing some research.

disclaimer all the images were taken from other websites

Let’s start with the eyes:

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Wonder Eyelid Tape Set - image: http://makeupforlife.net

In a lot of the YouTube videos I watched of Japanese girls doing their makeup I saw them using that V-shaped tool (thank goodness for them adding English captions, because otherwise I wouldn’t know what they were doing to their eye other than maybe stabbing it a bit!) You basically get a sum amount of precut strips of tape and with the V-shaped tool you put them on where you want the eye crease. You hold the eyebrow up stretch the lid and with either side of the tool stick on the tape. It seems based on the videos rather easy, but I’m sure it takes some practice to fully get it down.

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Pink Contact Container EOS brand

Contacts! Pinks (like above), violets, aquas and bright or dark greens! So I have always wondered why they wear contacts and some of the results I got is that they’re pretty and less boring than the brown eyes that they were born with, the fun colors a cute and become an accessory and price is affordable. To me it almost make the eye look bigger as well, perhaps because they unnatural colors stand out a lot more especially when the girls use the eyelid tape.

From what I’ve been told and seen Japanese women have very thin and scarce lashes so a lot of the one that like to make themselves up get themselves falsies. Falsies in my opinion are awesome and add a flare to the look as well as making the eye look bigger. It helps women with smaller eyes if that is their goal. The lashes are usually not natural looking and pretty long, but they vary as not ALL Japanese women want long-obviously fake lashes.

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The shimmery look - http://cocomotion.onsugar.com/

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Matte Bright Shadow - http://sakura0325.blogspot.com

Eye shadows seem to lean more to the shimmery type but it does look like the matte colors are used, especially the brighter matte colors. There is a lot of attention given to the eye. I also noticed that there is a common practice of putting white or pale eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eye, this is done to give the illusion of a bigger eye. I do it sometimes, depending on the look I’m going for, though I do have big eyes already, so I don’t do it often.

Like in most countries the eyeliner is used to give more shape to the eye. Here is an ad for a liquid pen liner for Lovedrops.

Face:

I read on adverus.com that typically Asian women pick a color that is unnatural to their skin tone. They did not state if it’s lighter or darker, but based on observation I am going to go ahead and assume that the typical woman buys foundation lighter than what they need to.

http://www.mintel.com/blog/trend-insight-primers-japan <<— According to mintel Japan consisted of 1/3 of the launch activity for primer in 2010. This means they are very concerned with how their makeup goes on, spf and dry skin.

Lips:

Lip Balms before lipstick and then gloss or lipstick on top in bright pinks, nudes and soft earthy reds.

Watch a video of a Japanese girl putting on her makeup. Also if you have any input I can add or any information you found that you would like me to share. Let me know; like I said, I’m not expert.

 

From a reader:

Ooh this is all interesting!! And I would think that you have only scratched the surface on the Japanese make up look, if you put into consideration all the different subcultures the kids are into these days (i.e. lolita, goth, punk, goth lolita, etc.) as well as the tradtional geisha make up look. I think using the make up tape and the coloured contacts could also be to get a more “westernized” look. Whether it’s right or wrong, in general society the epitome of beauty is a “westernised” look. – Gerri

Yes, I definitely only scratched the surface! I think I would be here forever if I went into all the Lolita looks. I would love to do one on the Geisha history and look and how it’s transcended; perhaps in the future. If you have any information definitely share!

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