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All packed and ready to go

I am the *worst* packer. I mean, really. I overpack and then *still* forget things. Like, when I went to NYC, I took *2* suitcases for 5 days. Really, who does that? Or, I procrastinate packing, and then shove things in a bag – a mish mash of things I need and don’t need. Like, when Nate was born (3 weeks early) I hadn’t packed a thing for going to the hospital, even tho they had told us in class THAT WEEK, to pack a bag “because you never know what’s going to happen”. Duh. So, yeah, we were packing a bag as we were walking out the door to the hospital (*seriously, it was like a scene from “She’s Having a Baby”. Betcha can’t guess how much stuff I actually used that was in the bag? Ha.

skincare essentials obagi bag bundle All packed and ready to goLuckily, this summer I don’t have to worry about forgetting anything for my skin when I travel, because SkinCareRx.com has put together a great kit (in a nifty bag) to keep me taken care of skin care wise. I just keep this packed and I can throw it in my overnight bag if I go anywhere, and not have to worry I forgot something at home. Now, all the bags are a bit different, but the original kit comes with deluxe sample sizes of:

• Babor Body wash
• Babor Body lotion
• Comptoir Sud Pacitque fragrance
• DermaNew Firming Eye Cream
• MD Formulations facial cleanser
• Belli Foot Relief Cream
• DDF wrinkle Resist plus pore minimizer
• DDF protect and correct
• Dermaquest C-Lipoic Cleanser
• Dermalogica Shave kit
• Decleor Tonifying lotion
• Obagi SPF35

This kit can be purchased for $15 (and has a $90+ retail value) when you make a purchase of $100 or more at SkinCareRx.com. They carry all kinds of brands, like Obagi, Jane Iredale and iS Clinical (*which I am trying out and will update you guys on at a later date). But, one of the neat things about the site is that they have employed several estheticians to help their customers pick out the right products for their skin care needs. So, if you have any questions about what to get, they can help get you fixed up. But, this bag is only while supplies last, so get going so you can be prepared, too.

It’s HiP to be square…or straight and pointy.

loreal hip kohl Its HiP to be square...or straight and pointy.Tail end of last year I heard about kohl being used as an eyeliner in commercial products, specifically from Guerlain . So, I went and checked them out and passed as soon as I saw the $34 price tag, esp since I had no idea how to use it. (*Loose powder is not my friend.)

Luckily, I went to Walgreen’s and came across the L’oreal HiP Kohl Eyeliner, and it was only $11.99 – big diff from the $34 for the Guerlain. I figured it was worth that to try and see what all the raves for kohl were all about. First I needed to learn what to do with it, as you *can* use it to line your lids, but it tends to drop powder everywhere and not really have much staying power. However, if you use it on the waterlines, it can make a difference in making your eyes pop for a night out.

I turned to youtube for a tutorial on how to apply the Kohl in a way called “tightlining”, where you line your upper water line, and you can line your lower water line at the same time, too:

(*Yes, I know she is demo’ing with the Guerlain, but it’s the same process as the HiP has the same type applicator wand).

With this demo, I was able to apply it first try. I thought it was beginners luck, but I have been able to do it sucessfully since, so it really was helpful to see someone else apply it first.

Now, I have been using the Burgundy color the longest, but I have also tried the Navy and Gold now. The Navy really makes the whites of my eyes brighten, but the Gold just wasn’t as bright as I would have thought and seemed kind of flat on me. But, all three of these just last and last for hours on end. In fact, if for some reason I fall asleep wearing this, I wake up in the morning looking like I am going to do the walk of shame home, even if that walk is only from my bed to the bathroom. It’s still there, and doesn’t disappear like so many liners do when applied to the waterline.

You can get these at any CVS, Walgreen’s, or anywhere L’oreal HiP is avail. But, I would wait for a BOGO sale at the drugstores and pick up a coupla colors. Since you won’t wear these for everyday, they will last you a long time.

MAC Cosmetics at The Makeup Show – NYC

 MAC Cosmetics at The Makeup Show   NYCMAC Cosmetics was definitely representing at The Makeup Show – NYC. I took this pic early in the morning, because for the rest of the day, it was at least 5 people deep to get to the counter.

Not only did they have a booth, they also did a keynote session over “Trends”, given by VP of Makeup Artistry, Gordon Espinet.

 MAC Cosmetics at The Makeup Show   NYCIn addition to talking with his hands, Gordon has the most melodic accent. (*I swear, he could have been reading a physics book and I would have sat thru it, just to hear him speak.) He gave a great presentation talking about what was happening in makeup on the runways from around the world. One slide in particular caught my attention:

 MAC Cosmetics at The Makeup Show   NYC

Now, in this slide you are supposed to pay attention to the gorg reverse smokey-eye. But, I was immediately drawn to this lovely lady’s freckles. That you can see. That are not masked by foundation. And I swooned. Audibly. I turned to the delightful Ms. Heather Park, MAC’s Manager of Global Communications, who was attending the presentation with us and asked ever so sweetly – okay, gasped forcibly, to please see if she could find out what was used to get that beautiful finish. (*She was kind enough to get back with me after the show and let me know she had found out that it was Studio Sculpt Foundation applied with a damp 187 brush for an almost airbrushed finish. I thought for *certain* it was going to be Mineralize Skinfinish.)

*On Heather’s recommendation that I would get similar results, I was able to try the Face and Body Foundation. Oh lawd, did the Angels sing when I put this on. Not even playing. It disappeared, along with my redness around my nose and cheeks. And still left my pretty freckles shine thru, without looking cakey or masked.
If you want to try any of these foundations to get this no makeup look, or to try that reverse smokey-eye, MAC is having a Friends & Family 25% off sale (online only) right now thru June 18th – just use code SUMO at checkout.

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CoverFX at The Makeup Show – NYC

Before I went to The Makeup Show I had been chatting with the super Melissa from CoverFX, and she mentioned that I needed to make sure and see her coworker, Wanda, who would be representing CoverFX at the show. You better believe that I did! In addition to getting to meet her, I got to watch while she did a makeover on the wonderful Sarah, from StyleItOnline.com.
 CoverFX at The Makeup Show   NYC

 CoverFX at The Makeup Show   NYC

 CoverFX at The Makeup Show   NYC

Also, I got to do “Da Bump” with Celebrity Makeup Artist and CoverFX Pro Artist, Nathan Johnson. Once again my “vast” knowledge of makeup artist giants came in handy (*sarcasm) as I had no idea this fun guy is who he is, ie. Project Runway MUA, multitude of tv show work and off-Broadway shows, too. Gawd. So, yeah, I didn’t really get any deep info from him except he and I could rock out dancing all night long. Which, really, sometimes is more important to me than what TM to wear. Ha.
*Thanks to Melissa I was able to try SkinTintFX tinted moisturizer. I gotta admit, it scared me when I first got it, because it looked *SO* dark when it came out of the bottle, I thought there was NO WAY this was going to work on me.

 CoverFX at The Makeup Show   NYC

Boy was I wrong. This TM glides on so easily and the color is so sheer, it isn’t too dark at all. Just gives me a hint of sun color, without looking orange or muddy. It is also so light that it doesn’t make my face look matted down or heavy, which is a huge plus for me. And, unlike other mineral products, this doesn’t make my face itchy when I wear it. So nice.

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