Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Beauty Reads

Prime Beauty checks out a few Holiday Collections and finds The Marc Jacobs Beauty Sky-Liner 7 Pc. Petite Highliner Collection--the perfect gift for the beauty enthusiast but she won't give it up!

With all of the gorgeous and luxurious beauty oils on the market, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has found four more to love from : African Botanics, Sisley, Aesop and evanhealy!!

The holidays can be a stressful time, but you still want your nails to look good! Nail polish strips (like Sally Hansen Salon Effects) are a great way to get a fabulous mani in minutes. Check out Jessika's Tips & Tricks for Applying Nail Polish Strips (and Making Them Last!) over on polish insomniac!

1. Smell good. 2. Get gorgeous lips. 3. Support Breast Cancer Awareness. How can you do all three? Check out Beauty Info Zone's review of Coach, Origins, and Smashbox BCA limited edition goodies!

15 Minute Beauty is in the mood for pink! Is it October, is it the baby girl she's expecting any day, or maybe just a really pretty pink lippie? She created an easy every day look tutorial, inspired by the pink lip crayon.

Check out Carrie from eyeliner on a cat's review of aroma M Camellia Perfume and an interview with its creator, Maria McElroy. This is one GORGEOUS floral fragrance you'll not want to miss!

Contour and highlight might not be the most "exciting" part about makeup, but it adds so much to the face without seeming obvious! Sunny from Mostly Sunny gave Burberry Trench Sheer Eye Shadow and Earthy Blush Light Glow a go to see if they are the perfect candidates for the job!

Phyrra shares one of the prettiest palettes for Fall, the Anastasia Tamanna Palette. See her review, comparison and tutorial!

The Painted Rogue NEEDS YOU! :-D She's trying to put together the best ever Ultimate Pocket Guide to Pink Lipsticks and, while she has a lot of lipsticks, it's your suggestions that will make this guide as complete as possible. Come on over and share your favourite MLBB lipstick!

Perilously Pale shares a review of her favourite pieces from the NARS Laced With Edge Holiday 2014 Collection. The Lip Glosses!

How about some fun and spooky bath treats for your tub? Pammy Blogs Beauty scopes out LUSH's Halloween bath collection! Cute stuff!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon Review and Swatches, Easy Daily Look Tutorial

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Burt's Bees Lip Crayon Review

Burt's Bee Lip Crayon has just been released, and I have to admit that I'm pretty obsessed! There are 6 shades, they're all moisturizing and have a creamy, matte finish. I love that they're well pigmented, but they have just enough translucency to make them very easy to wear and flattering.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon Swatch Picture

Burt's Bees does have a Lip Shade Finder to help you pick a great color, but I think it's pretty easy to just grab a few shades that fit a look you want, whether that's a red lippie, a vampy lip or something pretty natural and subtle. All of the shades that I've tried are universally flattering and will work no matter what your skin tone.

The Lip Crayons are smooth and creamy, I found that they feel pretty hydrating on my lips and are easy to apply without much extra work needed. I've found that they stick around for hours, without needing reapplication. You can very easily layer them with a gloss or balm to vary the color and finish, there's actually an entire page of Lip Look Tips on the Burt's Bees website, though I admit I haven't experimented with that yet. I've been pretty happy with just the Lip Crayon alone!

I decided to start with the pretty pink of Carolina Coast. I wanted a pretty, wearable look that was just right for every day. It's a look I would wear while running errands (which is what I did on Monday with this look), I could wear it to work or a 4 year old birthday party. Which is what I'm doing this weekend.

Glowy and Easy makeup look tutorial

I started with a lid that was already prepped with shadow primer, Tarte's Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Stick. I used the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette to create this look. First I used a fluffy shadow brush to put a wash of Skimp all over my lid up to the brow bone. It is a light ivory/nude shade with a satin finish. Next I used a crease brush to apply Frisk, a warm matte grey, into my crease and just a little bit into the outer corner of my eye.

Glowy and Easy makeup look tutorial

I then used my beloved Elizabeth Arden Smoky Liner in black to line my upper lash line, and I did put a little bit in the waterline of my lower lash line as well. I used the Sephora #11 Smudge Brush to smudge both lines just a little bit, creating a softer look.

Glowy and Easy makeup look tutorial

Next It was time for lashes and brows! My lashes are suffering a bit without my lash serum (it isn't pregnancy safe), but I've gotten pretty good results with curling my lashes, using Urban Decay's Perversion Lash Primer and then Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Next, I filled in my brows a bit with IT Cosmetics Your Brows but Better pencil.

Glowy and Easy makeup look tutorial

To add a little emphasis to my brow, I trace a quick line of Too Faced Instant Attitude Brow Lift above and below my brows. It doesn't need to be perfect, I smudge it out quickly with my finger just to make my brow look more polished.

Next it was time to add concealer. Note that on this day I did use a bit more than usual. Why? I'm 8 1/2 months pregnant (meaning, I don't sleep well!) and in addition, I was on call the night before! I was getting phone calls from work. So, I needed a little extra help to look awake.

You can see the outline of where I spread my concealer, which was Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer. Under my eyes it was spread out in a triangle under my eyes, and up into the inner corner of the eye. I also included some around the nostrils to cover up redness, and then a little in the middle of my forehead and center of my chin as a subtle highlight. I blended it in really well using my BeautyBlender sponge.

Glowy and Easy makeup look tutorial

Since I'm going for a subtle, pink glowy look, I added just a little pink blush, Too Faced's Sweetheart Flush Blush in Something About Berry. I applied this shimmery pink blush just to the apples of my cheeks.

I finished up the look with Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Carolina Coast. I'm really loving this color! It's pink but also pretty neutral and I think the depth works really well for my pale skin.

Glowy and Easy makeup look tutorial

Fall has finally started here in Michigan, and since this was just a day of running errands this is the rest of my look! Sweater: Victoria's Secret (size down, I'm easily hiding my 8 1/2 month belly in a size large!), Leggings: Old Navy, Boots: Tory Burch, Purse: YSL (old, but similar here and here).

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt's Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Makeup Wars: Must Have Makeup Palettes

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1. Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palettes in Soul: I own 2 of these palettes, and I swear that I've taken pics and will eventually post them, but I really do love them. I bought them just before my birthday in August, and I use them 3 or 4 days a week! I know they got mixed reviews by other bloggers, but for me they're perfect. I'm a big fan of Stila's formula, I like having so many shimmery neutrals together, and the mirror is huge, which is really great for travel!

2. Too Faced Country Palette: I somehow haven't yet posted my pictures of the Country and Rock n Roll Palettes. I use both palettes together, the Country Palette seems to be difficult for me to use without New Romantic in the Rock n Roll palette.

3. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection (my Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Review): This is one of my default every day palettes. Birthday Suit is an amazing neutral for me, If I'm pressed for time I immediately reach for it and just do a simple wash of color over my entire lid.

4. Too Faced Rock n Roll Palette

5. Urban Decay Naked2 Palette: This is my favorite of the 3 Naked Palettes. I think it is the most wearable by people of all skin tones.

6. Urban Decay Naked2 Basics: This is the newest Naked Basics, and it was created to really pair up with Naked2. I don't think you need both Basics palettes, so if you have Basics 1, then I'd skip it.

7. Too Faced Everything Nice Set: I'm always a sucker for the Too Faced Holiday sets and this is my favorite so far this year! Watch for a review soon!

8. Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set: This is the Tarte Sephora exclusive and it's pretty amazing! A lot of neutral shadows and fun extras that come in easy to travel with sizes.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lisa's Top 10 Primers

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This weekend the Beauty Spotlight Team shines the light on Lisa from Beauty Info Zone. Lisa is one half of Beauty Info Zone. Marcia is the other half. Together they bring you beauty from two makeup artists’ perspective. Together they have 50+ years in education in beauty.

Tired of looking like a sad clown with melted makeup at the end of the day? Lisa from Beauty Info Zone gives you a completely updated list of her top ten primers!

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Columbus Day Weekend Sales

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Columbus Day 2014 Sales

I'm sure I'm not the only one shopping this weekend! Here are a few sale codes to help get you started, if I find more I'll add them to the list!

Ann Taylor
40% off everything
Ends 10/13 5PM

Home Sale and Sales are "on sale" even more!
Ends 10/13

Up to 75% off Columbus Sale
Ends 10/14

Club Monaco
Get up to $100 off
Ends 10/13

Forever 21
30% Off Everything
With Code: TAKE30
Ends 10/19

20-40% Off Everything
Ends 10/11

J. Crew Factory
50% Off Everything
Ends 10/12

Land's End
25% Off Everything
With Code: Cool
Ends 10/13

Up to 30% off
With Code: FALL
Ends 10/13

30% Off Everything
With Code: OHFALL
Ends 10/13

Neiman Marcus
Up to $125 off Denim
With Code: DENIM

Old Navy
15% Off Everything
Ends 10/11

20% Off Everything
With Code: FALL20
Ends 10/13

Williams Sonoma
20% off Everything
With Code: SAVE20
Ends 10/13

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