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Halloween Makeup Using Products You Already Own

20 Oct

Halloween Makeup

If you’re planning on creating a special makeup look for Halloween this year, you probably already own what you need to get the job done.

I took a look at my personal makeup stash to see if I can repurpose any items for a spooky Halloween look.

Here’s what I found. Boo!


A thick eyeliner with a felt tip, like the Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Eyeliner, is your best friend for Halloween. With a pigmented black formula, it can help create different makeup looks such as:

  • Scary spider webs
  • Wicked winged cat eyes
  • Beguiled button noses


If your costume is a Zombie princess (with a magic wand), you probably want to wear clumpy lashes.

Use your favorite mascara to bulk up your lashes. Remember to rotate the wand, so you can coat every lash.

If you’re lucky enough to have picked up the Maybelline The Colossal Spider Effect Mascara, it has cone-shaped bristles that help group lashes together.


Lip gloss can take Halloween makeup to the next level.

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Shine and Plump: Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss

17 Oct

DIOR Addict Ultra-Gloss

Have you noticed that lip gloss is making a comeback?

That’s just the excuse I needed to head over to Sephora, and pick up a new lip gloss from Dior.

Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss is a high-shine lip gloss and lip plumper all in one.

With its hydrating formula, you can gloss, moisturize, and plump your lips. The formula contains hyaluronic acid spheres that help retain moisture so lips have a slightly more plump look (nothing over the top).

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Benefit’s Emergency Cheek Color Trio Covers All the Bases

13 Oct

Benefit Fine-One-One

According to blush experts, you need a pink blush and a peach blush to round out your makeup wardrobe.

A powder blush can usually do the job (I like MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Dainty). But, sometimes you may want a more sheer flush, especially for a fall pick-me-up when your skin is dull and dry.

Benefit Cosmetics Fine-One-One is a sheer, brightening cheek color that delivers an instant lift and pop of color. The sheer cheek color  glides on in three shades:

  • Pink champagne
  • Sheer watermelon
  • Soft coral

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Beauty that Gives Back: Estée Lauder Pink Perfection Color Collection

10 Oct

Estée Lauder Pink Perfection Color Collection

When it comes to breast cancer awareness, Estée Lauder is one of the leading beauty brands raising more than $65 million globally to support research, education, and medical services.

Every October, Estée Lauder introduces a few pink products with 100% of the retail price going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

I couldn’t resist this year’s Pink Perfection Color Collection, a chic zippered palette with everything you need to highlight lips, eyes, and cheeks.

The four piece mirrored pink ribbon set includes:

  • Four PC Envy Eyeshadows:
    • Ivory Power 1
    • Provocative Petal 3
    • Ivory Power 5
    • Untamed Teal 3
  • One PC Envy Blush in Pink Ingénue
  • One full-size PC Envy Lipstick in Powerful (I love the magnetic case!)

BCRF, founded by Evelyn H. Lauder, is dedicated to advancing the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Visit

Blushes for All Occasions

22 Sep


What are the latest ways to wear blush? It depends on your makeup look.

For example, if you’re going for a natural look, you may want to apply a pop of pink blush for a hint of rosy cheeks.

When it comes to blush, one size does not fit all. So, here are a few of my favourite blushes that I wear for different occasions.

H&M Pure Radiant Powder Blusher

Wow, this blush was quite a find! It’s a soft, sheer powder that leaves a rosy, healthy-looking glow. I apply the Pale Pink shade when I want my cheeks to have minimal color but a just flushed appearance.

MAC Mineralize Blush

This sheer blush with baked minerals is my every day blush. I can’t give enough love to the Dainty shade because it’s amazing.  It brightens your face and works whether you want to match pink or peach-based lip and eye makeup.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

If you’re looking for a bit of drama, a super easy way to get there is with the Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush. This trio palette is a baked, heart-shaped blush with dimensional color. Whether I apply one shade to a certain area or swirl the colors together, the baked color formula is always good for creating a buildable finish.

Stila Convertible Color

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Smart Illumination: NYX Strobe of Genius

19 Sep

NYX Strobe of Genius

If you weren’t born with it, one way to capture the “glowy” skin look is with an illuminating palette that helps to create depth and dimension with light.

The Strobe of Genius palette from NYX Cosmetics comes with seven versatile shades to master the art of strobing (or highlighting).

Even though the palette looks like an explosion of shimmer, the shades are surprisingly soft and flattering without leaving a heavy finish.

The palette contains cool and warm tones that go beyond basic white and pink, including:

  • Top Row: Gold, champagne, lilac, rose gold (cool)
  • Bottom Row: Copper, bronze, ivory (warm)

If you’re keen on strobing through the fall, this could be your go to kit with so many possibilities (plus you can use the shades as eye shadow, bronzer, or blush).

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Trend Alert: Dark Lips for Fall

1 Sep

Dark Lips Trend


Hello beauties!

Have you been wondering what the new makeup trends are this fall season?

Dark lips dominated the Fall 2016 runway shows earlier this year, so it’s not surprising that darker lips are trending right now as an early fall favorite.

If you’ve started the dark lips party earlier in the year, the good news is you can take this trend right into the fall and winter.

Here are a few dark lip shades to get you started (starting in the upper left corner of the photo).

Maybelline New York Lip Studio Color Jolt

The Lip Studio Color Jolt is a shiny lip paint that packs a powerful pop of color with eight times more pigment than a traditional gloss in every drop.

You can build the creamy, long-lasting color for more vibrancy or customize your own look. The shade in the photo is called Berry Naughty, a deep blue red, which is a classic for fall.

NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream

The Cosmic Metals Lip Cream is a creamy smooth gloss with a glistening metallic finish. The Asteroid Aura shade is an “out of this world” magenta with silver shimmer.

Annabelle Twist Up Metallic Retractable Lipstick Crayon

The Twist Up Metallic Lipstick Crayon has a creamy texture that hydrates and smoothes for an anti-drying effect (yes!).

If you like a true red with a touch of sparkles, the Heartbreaker shade is for you.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

The Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick is a waterproof liquid lipstick with a velvety matte finish.

The Sandstorm shade is a trendy brownish nude that Elle magazine listed as a dupe for the Dolce K shade in the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit.

Maybelline New York Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds

The Loaded Bolds lipstick features a hyper-pigmented formula that provides goth-inspired depth with a single stroke courtesy of non-drying Kaolin clay base.

The Midnight Merlot shade is a dark burgundy with cool undertones. Drink up!

Which dark lipstick will you be wearing this fall?

Quick Tips for Wearing Dark Lipstick

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Makeup with Benefits: Almay Age Essentials Collection

4 Aug

Almary Age Essentials

When it comes to makeup with benefits like collagen, hyaluronic acid, and peptides, count me in.

Almay has recently launched their Age Essentials collection with these skin-loving ingredients and SPF, including:

  • Almay Age Essentials Makeup
  • Almay Age Essentials Concealer
  • Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment

Almay Age Essentials Makeup

I’m a hard-core powder foundation fan, but I try to be open to alternatives🙂. Almay’s foundation with built-in moisturizer is lightweight and blends well (the Light Neutral shade was a good match for my pale skin tone).

Even though the SPF 15 foundation has a matte finish, it still made my skin look moisturized all day. In fact, the foundation is designed to boost hydration immediately and over time.

Almay Age Essentials Concealer

Some multi-purpose concealers work well for one issue but are a total fail for another. For example, you may find that a concealer does a good job hiding dark circles, but it leaves buildup over the day in your lines and creases.

With its creamy texture, Almay Age Essentials Concealer with SPF 20 camouflages darkness and subtly brightens under the eyes (without creasing). The easy-to-use stick format with a slanted tip provides good coverage and comes in shades from light to medium deep.

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