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MAC Riri Woo Holiday Collection GIVEAWAY

 

riri woo holiday collection giveaway

Are you feeling lucky? Are you sad that the latest Riri Holiday collection is sold-out just about everywhere?

Christmas will come early for one lucky blog reader!

Enter below using the Rafflecopter form and watch the video and leave a comment to qualify.

Good luck!

Contest closes midnight December 20, 2013. I will notify the recipient via my Facebook page and email.

 

 

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Sephora Favorites Super Star gift set- is it worth it?

Attention makeup junkies, product whores, and Sephora aficionados, do not hesitate to get this gift set for yourselves and any deserving sister, girlfriend or even mother in law.

The $75 price tag feels a little steep at first, but you will get the value of this in just the first two items. The set is valued at $280 and these are not samples. These are full size products. Need an eye cream, a bb cream and some perfume? If you shopped for these separately you could pay this much or more.

Seriously, this set is like Christmas, your birthday and the 4th of July all rolled into one. Throw in Valentine’s Day as well.

I’m pretty certain this will sell out before the holidays are over. Just go.

In answer to my question above; yes it’s worth it.

 

Dupes again!

I’ve done some legwork again for you. I’ve found some low end counterparts to some high end popular beauty items. These aren’t identical mind you, but they have similar properties and do the job for a lot less money.

In my opinion some perform just as well.

Here you go:

Clinique Take the Day off makeup remover- $18 vs. Maybelline Clean Express Waterproof Makeup remover $6

Dior Corrector pen- $25 vs. E.L.F. makeup correction pen $3

Kat Von D Tattoo cover concealer $25 vs. Hard Candy Glamouflage concealer $6

Makeup Forever HD foundation $42 vs. Revlon Photoready Foundation $12

Yves Sainte Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation- $55 vs. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation $7.99

Makeup Forever HD foundation $42 vs. Revlon Photoready Foundation $12

MAC studio fix concealer $18 vs. Milani Concealer cream $6

Grand total- High end- $183 vs. Dupes $40.99

 

 

How to cover up redness

If you have Rosacea, you understand how much it can be frustrating to get a flawless porcelain complexion. After many attempts I have found some proven methods to fake a flawless complexion with makeup.

Here’s my foundation routine for covering redness. Hope you enjoy it!

If you have your own tips or products you find effective, I would love to hear about them! If you want to know about my skincare routine to keep my Rosacea from flaring up, you can read that here.

Products to cover redness

 

Get NAKED. A tutorial for a complete look.

I feel a little late to the party. But I finally got my hands on the Urban Decay NAKED basics palette. This is an abridged version of the NAKED and NAKED 2 palettes. It’s a perfect set of eye shadows that are neutral and you can play up your looks to be bold or just understated.

I’m going to show you how to build a neutral eye using all the colors for not just eye shadow, but liner, contour and eyebrows. Yep. You’ll see.

Simplifying your summer makeup routine to 7 products- you can do it!

Lighting and filters always help.

 

If you’re a makeup junkie like I am, reducing your beauty routine to just 7 products is a challenge.

I can use 7 products on my eyes alone if you include primer, shadow, liner, mascara, brow pencil, brow gel… geeze!

So reducing my entire makeup routine to just 7 products is a huge accomplishment for me.

Usually I like to give myself about 20 minutes to do a full face. I love playing with my makeup and applying different colors, formulas and trying new techniques. But going on vacation or to a conference, or if you just wake up late, and you need to look decent in around 5 minutes, there’s still hope to applying a full face of makeup with just 7 products.

I will be attending BlogHer 2013 in July in Chicago. There won’t be a whole lot of time to sleep in and dink around with my beauty routine. Plus, I can’t take my entire Sephora sized makeup collection in my suitcase.

So I came up with the following:

 

My top 7 picks for a quick face. (Video below, if you choose. Please choose, please.)

 

Cover Girl 3 in 1 Color Stay Foundation Creamy Natural

Susan Posnick color correct stick-light

Tarte Amazon Eyes Waterproof pencil (some bronzey brown color, it doesn’t say)

Tarte Amazon Clay Bronzer- Park Avenue Princess

Dior Brow Styler- Universal Brown

Cover Girl Flamed Out Mascara-Black

Mirenesse Gloss Stick-First Kiss

I also used my Sigma F80 foundation brush- I love! And I put on BB cream prior to the foundation to give myself added sun protection and coverage.

If you’re headed to BlogHer this summer, let me know other packing tricks so I can fit 10 pairs of shoes in my carry-on.

Thanks!

 

I do my makeup how I want to

This week I was in a funkity funk. So I made a makeup tutorial. It always brightens my mood to put makeup on for you guys.

I hope you like it!

I did a drugstore makeup challenge

I’m a makeup snob. But I’m also a makeup junkie. So if there’s a chance there’s something just as good out there, but at a fraction of the cost- I’ll try it.

How I wish I had this knowledge last summer when we went to Hawaii and I forgot to pack my makeup!

So I made a video to show my application and to compare the high end matches to the low end dupes. Check below for a product list.

And let me tell you- I was pleased!

 

NYX Eyeshadow Base

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24 Hour

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Bronzed Taupe

Wet N Wild Kohl Pencil- Black

NYX eyeshadow- Nude

Milani Blush- Luminoso

NYC Bronzer- Sunny 720

Boots No7 Photo Fix Primer

L’Oreal Concealer Crayon- W1/2

Laura Gellar eyebrow pencil- taupe

Rimmel lipstick- 110

Revlon Colorstay in Nude 200

Maybelline liquid  master liner- black

Elf Makeup Remover Pen

Brushes- ELF, MAC, Sonia Kashiuk, Samantha Chapman

 

Makeup for 40 year olds (or anyone that isn’t 20)

Today’s blog post is a video.

So many folks ask me about makeup, so I’m sharing my wisdom and expertise. Let’s use those phrases loosely for me, ‘kay?

Grab a cup of something good, take notes, and enjoy a long (it’s 29 minutes!) session on makeup with me.

Tell me what you like, or what you don’t like about it and I’ll use that for my next video. I say things like, “just slap that on” or “go to town with …” it’s entertaining, I promise.

 

MAC Prolongwear foundation N18

MAC Prolongwear concealer NW20

MAC Mylar eyeshadow

MAC Ombre eyeshadow

Lord & Berry Kohl pencil- black

Maybelline Volume Express The Rocket Mascara- Black

Laura Gellar Eyebrow Pencil- Taupe

FLOWER lipstick LS2

MAC Mineralize skin finish in Light

Milani Blush Luminoso

No7 Photo Primer wrinkler filler

Dior Skin Nude Tan Bronzer

 

 

 

Mother/Daughter blind make up challenge

What happens when you take a Youtube trend and put me in a blind fold and Emma trusts me completely with mascara? This is what you get: hilarious.

Yes, my daughter has a Youtube channel and she kicks my BUTT when it comes to editing. Do me a favor and subscribe to her- she’ll be so glad just to get the extra numbers. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGZj4vomL5Vfa2vAbb-Vq0Q?feature=g-high-u

Check out the video. You guessed it, I put make up on HER while I’m wearing a blindfold.