Saturday, November 27, 2010

Long Lasting Makeup Tips!

Its the holidays, there are going to be so many parties and get togethers, and we want to look fab!  Lets be real, we are going to be pulling all nighters, partying like the animals that we are, and our makeup HAS to last!! Why? Because there is always someone with that super cool digital camera that has a million megapixels on it, and poor you will not know that your makeup has faded and got all grungy looking until you find out on Facebook the very next day. sigh... It could happen ladies and could happen.  So, to save ourselves from that dreadful thought, here are some tips for each feature of the face on how to have long lasting holiday makeup!!

Eyes: The holidays are a great time to play up the eyes and be a bit more daring than we usually are!  We can do lots of smokey browns, gold tones, cranberry colors, and not to mention GLiTTER!! There are so many fun ways to do your makeup for the holidays no matter what age you are.  I would recommend that if you are planning on doing a fun and more colorful shadow, do not put on your foundation before.  This way you can wipe off any excess fall out.  We all make mistakes...if we dont make them, then we make nothing.  I would recommend that you start off the eye with a great base.  Some popular bases are Urban Decay Primer Potion, M-A-C Paint Pots, or Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  If you dont have this at hand, just use a tiny bit of foundation on a brush on your lid and this should work well too. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Original (nude dries invisibly) .34 fl oz (10 ml)MAC Paint Pot GroundworkToo Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer .35 fl oz (11 g)NYX Eyeshadow Base Eye Shadow Primer 03 Skin Tone

Another great tip is to use waterproof mascaras and eyeliners so there will be less smudging! Setting your liner with an eyeshadow also helps your makeup to not smear as well. Here are some amazing waterproof mascara and eyeliners.

Dior DiorShow Iconic Extreme Waterproof Mascara Extreme BlackCoverGirl Lash Blast Waterproof Mascara - Black
Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner Midnight BlackSEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner 01 Black

 Face: I know you all have heard it LOTS of times, but who cares, hear it again for the sake of beauty!!  LESS IS MORE!  Too much foundation looks so bad in person and in pictures.  A primer is a great investment for your foundation to last long, apply smoother, and look flawless throughout the night. A great winter tip is to mix your foundation and concealer with a bit of your moisturizer.  This will allow your face to stay hydrated and to lessen the opacity of the foundation.  Creme blushes are more natural looking during the winter as it gives the cheeks a natural 'from within' flush of color.  High-ligthers for the cheek bones are also very fancy for the winter as it gives that warm holiday glow to your skin.  A great highlighter is Moon Beam by Benefit.  Apply powder sparingly mainly to your T-Zone and places where you get oily fast. Spritz ur face with FixPlus from M-A-C or MUFE Mist & Fix to set.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer 1.75 ozSonia Kashuk Creme Blush - Petal
Benefit Cosmetics Moon BeamMAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix 4.22 oz

Lips:  There is nothing more that craves hydration during the winter time more than your lips. Boy do they need extra care and attention during the cold winter days.  Did you know that unlike the rest of your skin, your lips does not shed dead skin on its own?  This is why our lips feel so dry and somtimes look so dull.  A great home made way to exfoliate your lips is with some simple sugar (NOT SALT).  Lightly damp your lips with water and gently rub some sugar granules over your lips in small circular motions.  Rinse after and apply a spf protecting lip balm.  When puting on makeup for the holidays, this will help your lipstick to apply so much smoother and look great on your lips.  Make sure and use a lip liner for extra lasting effects.  If you use lipgloss a lot, do not expect your lips to last long.  Thats where your cute clutch comes in handy.  Toss in a lipstick and lipgloss for touch ups and you are done you hot thing you!!

Treat Kiss and make it Butter lip scrubNeutrogena Instant Lip Remedy 14ml/0.5ozJack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Natural Mint and Shea Butter .25 oz (7 g)

I hope that you guys can use some of these tips for your winter holiday make up.  I would love to see some of the makeup looks you come up with. Please post or email me!!
Happy makeup adventures!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


About a week ago I received my very first order from Shoe Dazzle.  All I can say is that I am very impressed with the quality of the bag that I got.  It feels as if it was worth more than $100.  The material used is amazing and strong.  The lining inside the purse is stitched on perfectly and feels tremendously sturdy.  The material inside is also gorgeous.  Enough of the blabbering, the picture story follows...

This is what the package looks like when it is shipped to your house from LA.  

When you open the box...its pink inside with the Shoe Dazzle logo!!!! It comes with an invoice/receipt that shows exactly what you ordered, and also a return shipping label.  Very professional and customer considerate.

After removing those papers, this is what the product is wrapped in.  White paper with a pink sticker with the Shoe Dazzle logo on it.

Open up the paper wrap and viola!! This is freakin cute guys!! IT COMES WITH A PINK SHOE DAZZLE STORAGE BAG!! yay!!! This shows how much thought this company puts into their product presentation and how they want their customer to feel as if they were given the very best.  I absolutely love the fact that I have a bag that I can store and protect my purse in.  Perfect.

Heres what it looks like standing.  Uber cute.

Theres MY ARIZONA =)   LIKE!


Lovely detailing.

The handles came wrapped for protection...amazing packaging.

Stitching and embellishments are done with taste.

It even came with a strap, which I personally would not use, but great to have for someone who may.

Heres what the inside looks like, there are two compartments separated by a zipper pocket in the middle.  Not too thrilled about the color inside but the quality of the material is amazing.  The feel and strength of it is probably better than some of the high fashion purses that I do own. It feels as if the lining is three times thicker than a normal purse.  

So here is my unbiased and truthful review for my first order from ShoeDazzle.  I have nothing but great things to say about them.  First off, the packaging was perfect and some.  I love the fact that they included a storage bag for the purse.  The color of the purse which is sort of a charcoal color is great.  Its hard to find purses in that color so I love it.  I don't really like the color of the lining inside the purse.  BUT, the quality of the material really makes up for that.  The materials used feels as if it is worth WAY more than $40.  I was expecting less to be honest.  I thought for $40 bucks a month there is no way I'm going to get something good, but I should trust in Kim Kardashian :) I absolutely love this purse.  There is nothing bad that I have to say about it and I cannot wait to order something else from ShoeDazzle.  I feel as if I bought something that is super expensive for a great deal!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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