Older Girl Beauty


Day and Night with LORAC “The Private Affair” Collection

$50 Summer Beauty Challenge

Recently, several beauty bloggers, and myself, were given one of two challenges – to create two eye looks or show off some dupes on a limited budget. To do this we were provided with $50 credit to Sephora, Ulta or drugstore.com. I decided I would show two looks, so I took my Sephora giftcard and off I went shopping, with the help of some Sephora coupon codes, as it is easy to go thru $50 quickly there.

The best way to get the most value for your money is to get a complete collection that includes a shadow palette – in this case, I snatched up the LORAC Private Affair collection. It includes eyeshadow primer, a 6-color eyeshadow palette, with a range of shades from light to dark wine, a cream eyeliner in “Plum” and a volumizing mascara.

LORAC Private Affair Collection

The great thing about this palette is that it gives you the ability to have a daytime look with the lighter, neutral shades, and a nighttime look with the darker shades, all from this one palette. And with the eye primer, it will make the light shades appear brighter and your night look will be richer and last longer. The gel liner is silky smooth and is easily applied to really outline your eyes for the night. The mascara does a great job of opening up the eyes for the day and really enhancing that smokey eye for the night with its big volumizing formula.

Summer Beauty Looks (*I would have showed you these on my eyes, but, this stupid weather around here in Oklahoma has got my allergy eyes just weeping up a storm, so there wasn’t any way to give you guys a true shot of it all.)

Summer Beauty Giveaway

And now I have a chance for you to win your own Sephora gift card to create your own day and night looks, only this one is for $300! Just enter in the Rafflecopter widget below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And after you have done that – go check out what the other bloggers did with their gift certificates:

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a $50 gift card to Sephora to purchase the products used in this challenge. No further compensation was provided.

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Check out my “Clever Trick”

Lovelies, you know that I love making sure that you guys get the most for your money, right? So, when I was asked to tell how I make my products last, I was excited to contribute. So, check out my tip for gel eyeliner (*and 9 other handy ones, too) over at The Fashion Spot.

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Cross that line with Sue Devitt Eye Intensifiers

I realized that when I was showing off these pencils in my “What’s in my makeup bag?” post that I had never done a proper post telling you how much I love these eye pencils.

Let me tell you, I am not a thin, only in the lashline type of eyeliner girl. I like a big, thick, bold slash that goes across my eye. And since I don’t normally line underneath on the daily, it doesn’t look like I’ve been punched in the eye when I wear a big line. So, when I came across these, I was a happy girl. The big pencil makes it easy to hold when applying & they even have the smudger on the end, in case I want to make it more blurred out to diffuse it.

The colors are deceptive. They look like they could just be a nice brown or a simple plum/purple (*see? still looking for the elusive “HGPL” (*Holy Grail Plum Liner). I *will* find it.) But when you get them out in natural light, you can see the gold flecks in the brown, warming it up, and the multi-tones in the purple giving it more depth. I do not lie when I say that I wear either one of these colors up to 5 days a week. They go with so many of my looks and make my daily routine just that much easier when I just want a dash of color & mascara and then I’m out the door.

Now, these are semi-soft pencils. I don’t know if it is due to the size or not, but, just know that they do require frequent sharpening with a larger sized sharpener. Do not be like me and let your pencils get down so low that the sharp pointy edges of the wood scratch your eyelids on application. (*Not that I would do that – I am merely showing that as an example of what NOT to do in that pic over there. You believe me, right?). These pencils are also waterproof and contain anti-aging ingredients like Ceramide 2, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres and Nylon-12.

You can pick them up online on the Sue Devitt website directly for $22/ea USD currently. Or, check your local ULTA and see if you can pick up one of their two-pencil packs for $35USD currently.

Have any of you guys tried these pencils? What kind of liner fan are you – thin, thick, top, bottom, all over? Lemme know so we can compare.

*Disclaimer: I received one of these pencils in a gift bag and the other one I won in a twitter contest.

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At the Store: Maybelline “Forest” LE gel eyeliner for $2.49? Yes, please!

Maybelline “Forest” LE gel eyeliner for $2.49? Yes, please!

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Mally Beauty QVC TSV 9/23/2011 – “Defend Your Beauty”

As you guys know from twitter, on my last day in NYC last week I attended a breakfast hosted by Mally Beauty herself, Mally Roncal. Now, I am an unabashedly vocal fangirl, so, this was a great treat for me. Not only get I get to chat with Mally, I got to see her demo some great techniques & talk about some new product launches. But, I’ll save most of that for another post and show you the ridiculous amount of goodies I was able to bring home to try out and tell you all about, too, courtesy of Mally & her PR team.

But what I want to tell you about first is that today, Sept 23, 2011, Mally is the “Today’s Special Value” on QVC, with her “Defend Your Beauty” 7pc kit. This kit was one of the things I brought home, so I wanted to show you some pics to help you decide if the kit is right for you.

The kit includes:

  • 0.12 oz Volumizing Lip Gloss in Flirty (a golden-pink shade)–Exclusive to QVC until 3/23/12
  • 0.01 oz Evercolor Automatic Eyeliner in Black Cherry (a deep black plum shade)–Exclusive to QVC until 3/23/12
  • 0.21 oz Face Defender Highlighter in Gorgois Glow (a champagne shade) –Exclusive to QVC until 3/23/12
  • 0.21 oz Face Defender Blush in Pink Perfection (a pink shade)
  • 0.41 oz Face Defender in Clear
  • 0.06 oz Evercolor Shadow Stick in Violet (a purple shade)
  • 0.39 fl oz Volumizing Mascara in Black
  • Sponge
  • Bag
  • When you look a little closer at the products you might be a bit worried about the colors – don’t be. I can tell you that the gold in the Volumizing Lip Gloss gives just a hint of sparkle and doesn’t overwhelming make you look all OG (*over-gold). The blush looks bright, but it really does blend down to a pretty natural flush color & the hightlighter just gives you a bit of glow, not glowY, if you know what I mean. Of course you know that the Face Defender is colorless because you remember reading about my love for it here, right?

    You know what? Why don’t I just show you what I mean with the colors. The hightlighter on the far right just glows. I applied the blush very heavy at the bottom so you can see how I blended it in up top. I put the gloss on heavy so that you can see the barely there gold & the also the pink color. And you can see how nicely the Violet shadow stick works with the Black Cherry Liner. Now, this is on my pale skin, applied heavily – your results will vary depending on how heavy-handed you are on application.

    So, what do you think? Are you going to make the call and pick up a kit for yourself? Let me know if you do – I wanna know what you think about the colors, too!

    *UPDATE* Just to let you know that this kit is regularly available on QVC, and was not just a One Time Special Value!

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