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Makeup Wars: Valentine’s Day Look

Makeup Wars Valentine's Day Look

In this edition of “Makeup Wars” we are talking about our Valentine’s Day looks. In my case, I associate Valentine’s Day with Pink and tend to stick with that color family, but keep my eyes pretty simple since Pink around my eyes ends up making me look like I have another case of “Pink Eye”, so, no good on me.

Check out what I would use:

  • Three Custom Color “The Sweetest Thing” Palette – I used the deceptively sheer “Icing on the Cupcake” eyeshadow as a wash on my lid, as it reflects different colors depending on how the light hits it. I use the “Lollipop Lip & Cheek Stain” for a bit of color on my cheeks.
  • mark Make It Rich Lip Color Crayon in “Peony” – This lip pencil is a bit more purple & glossier dupe of my beloved NARS 413 BLKR Pencil, which got stolen last year. With the mark pencil only $11, less than half of the NARS pencil, I’m not in a super rush to replace it when I have this fab pencil stepping up.
  • Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream – this BB works like a great tinted moisturizer for me, giving me light coverage, but still knocking down some of my redness.
  • Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender – Pretty sure I have beat you over the head with my love for this finisher. No questions.
  • L’Oreal HiP high intensity pigments™ Color Chrome Eyeliner in “Violet Volt” – get a bit of metallic shine with this vivid purple, playing off the multi-color reflecting eyeshadow. And it lasts all day on me.
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer – I use this double duty product to cover up dark circles under my eyes and then I use it above my brows to highlight my upper face to distract from what the concealer can hide.
  • Covergirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara – This latest LashBlast version lets me layer on the mascara and not make me have to separate everything out at the end, because it’s already done. And the flat side of the brush makes it easy for me to get my bottom lashes, which I would do for a night out. I don’t do them for my day to day look.
  • Mally Beauty 24/7 Brow Express – this dual-ended wand lets me shape my brows up with the pencil end and then set them in place with the powder coated sponge on the other end. They don’t move when they are done.
  • butter London Nail Lacquer in “La Moss” – The one way I *will* vamp it up for Valentine’s Day is on my nail and this deep, dark red is just great for that.
  • So, this is what I would use. What do you do for your Valentine’s Day look? Do you vamp it up? Go all sweet and romantic? Or is it just another Thursday to you?

    Now, go check out what these other lovelies are doing for their Valentine’s Day:

    *Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration, and some I spent my hard earned wages on for my own amusement.

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    Makeup Wars: Favorite Holiday Metallics

    (*Please ignore the dumb purple streak in the pic. Silly replacement camera is being whackadoodle.)

    For this edition of Makeup Wars we are discussing our Favorite Holiday Metallics. Well, I took a little bit of latitude with this one. I don’t have a specific “holiday” metallic, because to me I almost always think of glittery golds and silvers and that’s just not really me. However, I do have one metallic that is a regular, every season, staple for me – Copper. Specifically, Three Custom Color “Copper” eyeshadow.

    Now, I normally wouldn’t pick this color, as I am much more of a jewel tone girl. But, my fab pal Meredith, from Retrodiva’s Beauty, and I spent the afternoon with Chad Hayduk, co-founder of Three Custom Color, discussing Color Science and Chad enlightened me on how to make my eyes pop by adding Copper into the middle of my eyelid. And, he was so right. Here, listen for yourself:

    Anyway, ever since that day, when I need a little extra oomph to my eye look, I grab my 3CC “Copper” to my lids and pop away.

    Have you figured out what your opposite, yet complementary, color to add to your eye to make it pop? Do you wear metallics only during the holiday’s or do you rock it all year round?

    Don’t forget to find out what metallics the other gals are wearing this holiday season:

    *Disclaimer: This eyeshadow was provided by the company for editorial consideration and because it made my eyes look *good*.

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    Cyber Monday 2012 Beauty Deals!

    For those of us that like to shop at home Cyber Monday is a treat. Great deals and the ability to shop in my pj’s (*or stealthily from your work computer)? No brainer! So, if you have some coin still in your purse left after Black Friday then I have got some deals for you.

    Bath & Body Works
    Dates: Now through December 24th
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    BECCA Cosmetics
    Dates: Now thru November 26th
    Deal: Spend $75 and receive a free Mini Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz and full-size Beach Tint in Strawberry. Spend $125 to receive the $75 gift, plus two full-size Glossy Lip Tints and a BECCA Cosmetics Pouch.

    Dates: November 23 thru 27
    Deal: Up to 50% savings on select luxury items, 30% off on Bliss and Remede bundles and sets, and save 20% on select Bliss, Remede and Elemis products.

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    Dates: Now thru November 26th
    Deal: Free beauty trio of your choice, plus free specially-sized lip gloss with every order, and free shipping – no code needed.

    The Body Shop
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    Dates: November 22nd thru November 26th
    Deal: 3 free mini’s with any $25 purchase, plus free shipping.

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    Dates: November 26th thru November 28th
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    Dates: November 23rd thru November 26th
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    Dates: November 22nd (3am EST) thru November 27th (3am EST)
    Deal: 20% off total purchase price.

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    Kate Somerville
    Dates: November 23rd thru November 27th
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    Deal: Purchase any luxury sized product, receive a complimentary full-sized product.

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    Dates: Cyber Monday (November 26th)
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    Did you hold out from Black Friday for any of these Cyber Monday deals? Are you a total online shopping when it comes to your holiday gifts nowadays? I’m curious what you picked up today/this weekend.

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    Orange you glad I convinced you?

    Yes, I really did *that* with the title.

    By this point in the norther hemisphere summer, you should have your self-tan/bronzer game DOWN. Now, you should be ready to add a color that you normally wouldn’t rock – Orange. I know it would have seemed intimidating back in April, before you were all golden glowy, but now it needs to be a serious option. So, I’m giving you some options to add that splash of color, whether you are more of an eyes, lips or tips gal.

    For your lips, I want you to try an orange lip gloss called “Lucy” by Armour Beauty. This gloss is named after that famous redhead, Lucille Ball – which I think is awesome. FYI, this little brand has some really amazingly pigmented glosses. I see them at The Makeup Show and always struggle with which colors to buy.

    For your eyes, I want you to try this eye shadow called “Amped” by Three Custom Color. I know that you may be hesitant to brush this all over your lid, but maybe use it wet as an eyeliner? Or even an unexpected crease color? You have lots of options, if you just give it a chance.

    And, on your nails I suggest you grab a couple of the new Maybelline Color Show nailpolishes – “Orange Fix” and “Sweet Clementine”. These colors are really similar and could be used with one of them being an accent color in the others’ full mani/pedi or you could get all DIY and make a gradient nail with both of them on the same nail. If anything, you could ease into Orange by painting one of these on your toes and show it off in your prettiest sandals.

    So, what do you think? Have I convinced you to give this bold color a try?

    *Disclaimer: These products were provided by the companies, and PR, for editorial consideration.

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    Beauty Spotlight Mystery Makeup Bag 11/04/2011 – Older Girl Beauty’s Turn!

    This time it is my turn to give you guys a peek into my makeup bag. This bag is currently what I have corralled in one place & doesn’t include anything randomly lying across my vanity that I may be testing or just too lazy to put in the bag (*psst – it’s probably the latter.)

    Not just one, but *two* pouches to hold my goodies.

    As you can see, I have two bags – one for my larger products and one for my pencils & brushes, as I got tired of digging to the bottom of the bag to find them all the time.

    In my bag, you will find several of my staple items, and after cataloging it, I realize I *might* have a plum/purple theme going on:

    My cute Milly bag holds a bunch of goodies!

    Laura Geller Baked Marble Eyeshadow in “Amethyst/Lagoon”
    Three Custom Color 3C Eyeshadow in “Cool Peony” (*makes such a great base color)
    Clinique travel-size Blushwear Cream Stick in “Rosy Blush”
    Elizabeth Arden sample bottle of “Pretty” Parfum Spray (*sometimes you just need a touch-up spray)
    MAC “Hocus Focus Clourful Face Kit” from the “Magic, Mirth and Mischief Holiday Collection”. From 2009. (*What? Shut up. “Pretty Baby” is the prettiest beauty powder for me I have found yet. That’s why.)
    Sonia Kashuk 01 Powder Brush, with Blue Handle (*One of the first brushes I ever bought many years ago, and it’s still going strong!)
    Josie Maran Argan Eye Shadow in “Parfait” (*This makes a great base for those warmer colors.)
    MAC Fluidline in “Dark Diversion”, from the “Stylishly Yours” collex. (*Another candidate in my eternal quest for the perfect Plum liner.)
    MAC Shadestick in “Street Cool”, from the “MAC Me Over – Icelandic Cool” collex (*Makes a great smudge for a lazy smokey eye, or just a base lid color.)
    Mally Beauty Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Duo in “Lavender Glow” and “Plum Glow” (*From the no longer available “Rise and Shine” collex on QVC.)
    Three Custom Color Crème to Powder Blush in “Kiss My Apricot” (*I love me some cream blush!)
    Sampar Prodigal Pen (*For that last minute, unexpected pimples, without irritation.)
    tarte Rise & Shine Lipstain and Lipgloss in “Nude”. (*A warm nude for when you are kind of washed out, but don’t want anything obvious. And it tastes good, too.)
    MAC Lipglass in “Lap of Luxury”, from the “Fabulous Felines – Palace Pedigreed” collex (*Looks scary dark in the tube, but is a nicer dark, yet sheer, color for when you go out at night.)
    Flirt! Cosmetics Glamourazzi! Extreme Lip Lacquer in “Paparazzi” (*Closest thing to a real Red that you’ll see me wear.)
    Three Custom Color Lip Gloss in “Just Bitten” (*This brown sheers out to a nice warm nude.)
    Maybelline “Dark Circle Eraser” (*I just love the little sponge tip applicator.)
    Maybelline One by One Volum’ Express Mascara (*for when I want the most natural looking lashes)
    Mally Beauty Voluminzing Mascara (*for when I want big, spidery, drag queen lashes as Mally would say!)
    Maybelline “The Falsies – Flared” Volum’ Express Mascara (*my go-to daily mascara for to big fluttery corner lashes)
    Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender (*Duh! What *more* do I have to say??)
    Maybelline EyeStudio Color Plush eyeshadow palette in “Spirited Seas” (*I love lining with that copper on the end.)
    Maybelline Eyestudio Color Pearls in “Silver Starlet” (*I love the marbelized side so much, I have hit pan and *still* try to get some off of the side of the silver. No joke.)
    Boscia BB Cream, SPF 27 PA++ (*This 5-way multi-tasker is heaven for a lazy gal like me to look somewhat pulled together on the quick.)
    MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35 (*I’m a big fan of MAC’s Prep + Prime line.)
    CoverFX ConcealFX Camouflage Concealer (*color adjusts so it blends right in)
    Mally Beauty Cancellation Conditioning Concealer (*This one is kinda light on me, so it’s good for those slight pinkish spots that need a quick cover, but nothing layered on.)
    Ulta Brow Gel (*still one of my best ways to tame unruly brows on the quick, without needing to draw anything in.)
    shu uemura Eyelash Curler (*It’s a classic.)

    As you can probably tell, I might have a *smidge* of an eyeliner issue. But, if you pay attention, you might notice one thing some would say is glaringly missing:

    I kind of have a thing for colored eyeliners.

    Skinfood Banana Concealer Stick, from Asia (*the creamiest concealer that I have.)
    Mally Beauty Brow Beauty brow fix (*I’ve never learned to use a powder, as this does the trick for me.)
    Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencils in “Ava” and “Gold Reef” (*Would you believe me if I told you I wore one or the other of these colors at least 5 days a week? True story!)
    MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liners in “Marked for Glamour” and “Signature Blue” (*My favorite felt tip liquid eyeliner!)
    Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in “11 – Diamond Burgundy” (*part of my neverending HG Plum eyeliner search – the color is good enough for me to ignore the stiff felt tip pen.)
    Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner in “Emerald Glow” (*just enough sparkle, without drifting into Glittertown.)
    Daniel Sandler Velvet Waterproof Eyeliner in “Velvet Grey” (*The perfect grey – almost matte, but not flat)
    GOSH Cosmetics Velvet Touch Waterproof Eyeliners in “Alligator”, “Purple Stain” and “Blue Moon”. (*If I could marry these eyeliners I would, because they will be true and not leave me for anything. Seriously, these bitches don’t go ANYWHERE after you put them on. My fav bright color eyeliners!)
    Bourjois Paris Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in “grid tecktonic” (Much more amped up silver grey)
    Three Custom Color Light Clarifier Pencil (*Everyone needs one of these. That is all.)
    Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in “3L – Iridescent Navy Blue” (*Who says a blue-eyed girl can’t wear blue?)
    Mally Beauty 24/7 Professional Eye Lining System in “Smoldering Topaz” (*Yes, I know it’s part of a system, but I like it just fine on it’s own.)
    Mally Beauty Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in “Gunmetal”. (*Hands down my favorite eyeliner for that dark-but-not-black liner & it. doesn’t. move! Ironic for something to be called “Gunmetal” to be bulletproof?)
    elf Studio Eyeshadow “C” Brush (*My most used brush. Of all.)
    Bare Escentuals Flat Edge Liner (unavailable now) (*I use this for tiny concealer touch-ups.)
    Sonia Kashuk Spoolie
    Crown Brush Double-ended Brush (*I don’t use this one, but I keep it in my pencil case, since I can’t store it in my rock filled brush-holder.)
    MAC 275SE Medium Angled Shading Brush (*A shorter version of the full-size brush that is great for that windshield-wiper blending action.)
    Avon Double-Ended Liner and Shadow Brush (*I think this might be discontinued now.)
    Mally Beauty Double-Ended Blending Brush (*I am certain this came with one of my sets, but I’ll be damned if I can remember which one!)
    Benefit Cosmetics Get Bent Eyeliner Brush (*My lining world was turned upside DOWN when I discovered this brush. Life changing. And now it looks like it’s discontinued. My preciousssss….)
    Avon (*I think!) Eyeliner Brush (*This unmarked brush is really firm and works really good on my drier liners.)
    Sonia Kushuk Lash Comb (*The foldable design has saved me many a finger puncture from the metal tines!)

    Did you figure it out? (spoiler alert: There is not a black eyeliner in the bunch!)

    So, that’s a gander at my goodies (*As the boys like to say) (*In the 1860’s). Tell me – do I have anything you carry in your stash? Let me know what are your daily must have’s, so we can compare. 🙂

    *Disclaimer: I received some of these products from their PR for editorial consideration, and some of them I spent my hard earned money on.

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