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Four Sizzling Looks For Date Night

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What better way to heat up your date night than with one of these super seductive looks? Whether you prefer a more demure, innocent face or want to get his blood boiling by going full-on fierce, one of these looks will be sure to please and lead to an unforgettable encounter!

Romance Him in Red!
There is no hotter look that screams seduction quite like the red lip. Pair that powerful pout with a smokey eye and loads of lashes, and he’ll be eating from the palm of your hand. For this look, start with a taupe shade of shadow applied all over the lid, then layer on a cocoa brown. Follow up with a thick line of liner on both top lid and bottom water line, and gently smudge. For lashes this lush, you’ll want to either enlist the help of a few falsies or reach for your favorite fiber lengthening mascara; 2-3 coats should do the trick. Next, line lips with a red pencil, one that’s slightly darker than your lipstick and smudge it toward the center of the lip. Finally, using a lip brush, blend in the red lip color.

Be Pretty in Pink…
If red is a bit too over-the-top for you, a sweet shade of pink may be just your style. To keep the look light and innocent, the eyes will be a bit more 'Old Hollywood' glam than smokey seductress. Use a silvery-gray shade of shadow with a touch of sparkle and apply to the lids and under the bottom lash line. Next, using a black, liquid liner, draw a thick line on the upper lash line, winging it out at the corners. Now, use a black gel liner to line the bottom waterline. Finish with several coats of black, lengthening mascara on top and bottom lashes. For the lips, line with a light to medium pink liner and finish with a pale pink, semi-matte lipstick.

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 Go Nude for the Night!

Okay, maybe not literally but at least your lips. This look is for the drama seeker who prefers to have the attention focused on her eyes. First, apply a dark, chocolate shadow to the lid almost to the brow bone. Then, use a black, sparkly shadow to shade the sockets of the eyes, extending at the corners. Next, use a black, matte shadow from about mid point of the sockets to the outer corners to deepen the drama of the look. Line the top lash line and bottom waterline with a black, gel liner and finish the eyes with a full set of false lashes and several coats of black mascara. For the lips, first line with a nude liner and finish the look by applying a matte, nude lipstick.

Get Him Going in Hot Pink…
If you require some serious color on your lips and seek a flirty eye, than look no further. For the eyes, use a light pink, matte shadow to color the lids up just above the sockets. Next, use a sparkly, white shadow and lightly color the inner tear ducks. Now, using a black, liquid liner, draw a thick line on the upper lash line only, winging the liner at the corners. Finish the eyes with several coats of black, lengthening mascara on both top and bottom lashes. For the lips, line with a bright pink liner and finish with a hot pink, glossy lip shade.

No matter which of these four fabulous looks you choose, you’ll be certain to set his heart on fire!

By Sian Bitner Kearney

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CoverGirl & Herbal Essences Got Me Red Carpet Ready!

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 This weekend will be all about the red carpet...it is Oscar time baby! I have always loved the glitz and glamour of the award shows, and last weekend I had the opportunity to be treated like a star. It was amazing, and fascinating all the same time.  CoverGirl and Herbal Essences treated a few bloggers to a "red carpet" worthy beauty day where we got to try out some of the celebrity makeup artists favorite products.  Here was the breakdown and some of their amazing tips! 

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CoverGirl celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey: 

Jake Bailey is one of the best makeup artists in the business, and his clients include Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani.  To say I was thrilled to have him paint my face is the understatement of the year! I told him about my upcoming wedding, and he gave me a classic red carpet look that was wedding worthy.  He also used the same lipstick on me that he applied to Katy Perry for the Grammys... LOVE me some Tempting Toffee.

Face: 

  • Jake started by using a kabuki brush to buff in CoverGirl 3in1 foundation.  This is his favorite foundation for red carpet because of it's fuller coverage and staying power
  • Next he used Ready Set Gorgeous concealer to mask my dark circles and highlight along my nose.  He says he always prefers liquid underneath the eyes instead of a cream, which can crease.
  • For blush he swiped a soft, delicate peach that was subtle and perfect for everyday.

Eyes:  

  • This look was all about the eyes, and he spent most of the time tight lining my upper eyelash and creating a very subtle, yet effecting cat eye. The CoverGirl liquid eyeliner is perfect because the handle is small and allows you to get impossible close to the eyelash for maximum drama. 
  • For eyeshadow he swept a stunning taupe and champagne shimmer on the lid.  The focus was all about the liner and lashes.
  • Last, but not least, he used his famous "credit card trick" to coat my lashes and give me that false lash look.  Simply place a credit card near the lash and brush upward.  The lashes will push against the credit card, giving you full control and allowing you to coat every lash with mascara.  He used my all time favorite CoverGirl Lash Blast!

Herbal Essences celebrity hairstyist Charles Strahan: 

Charles is behind so many red carpet looks, and I can tell why he is a celebrity favorite.  He instantly made me feel comfortable in his chair, and guided me through my look with such kindness, humor, and education.  Let me tell you, I am always a nervous nelly when it comes to getting my hair done.  I have crazy big hair, and most stylists can make me look like I am on a parade float.  But not Charles!  He taught me to love hair moose again, and to embrace "hair imperfection".  He told me that "perfection is the enemy of a good hairstyle" and that "you want your hair to have life!".  YES SIR.  He gave me loose tousled waves, and introduced me to the new Wild Naturals line by Herbal Essences, which has been in my beauty rotation ever since.  

Tips: 

  • Use a 1 1/2 inch curling iron and start mid shaft.  Never start your curl at the bottom or at the roots. Slowly move the curler down the hair shaft, and release.  To get a looser finish, pull on the ends before the hair cools.
  • Don't be afraid of hair moose. Long gone are the days of crunch curls!  I loved Herbal Essences Volumizing Souffle because it gave me texture and helped the curls have movement.
  • Charles also demonstrated the new spray shine and said it was a great example of hydrating the hair without weighing it down.  

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Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Lash Extension Kit

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 Every woman knows the key to beautiful eyes is a long, luxurious lash. Unfortunately, most of us just weren’t born with it! Sure, you can always grab some falsies and a little glue and be on your way to gorgeous, but who wants to deal with the mess and frustration? That’s why we are happy to report that there’s a new way to create your perfect lash; Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Lash Extension Kit!

These all natural extensions are the answer to your sexy eye prayers. Made from cellulose, panthenol, botanical extract and vitamin E, the exclusive hi-tech formula contains a 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum to enhance natural lash growth as well as the appearance of longer lashes.

In a recent study, users had both amazing instant and long-term results with 100% of those testing the product reporting dramatic lash effect upon first use and thicker, fuller, longer lashes after 3 week’s of use. The best part is that with this product, you are only three small and easy steps away from sexy, sultry lashes… no glue or falsies required.

Still not quite sold of the Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Lash Kit? How does $5,000 sound? That’s right, for a limited time, Physician’s Formula is hosting an Eye Boosting challenge. Create and submit your own how-to video, posting your own amazing lash transformation, and you’re automatically entered in the drawing for $5,000.00! So what are you waiting for? Your best and most amazing lashes are just a quick purchase away!

By: Sian Bitner Kearney

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Three Valentines Day Gifts for Under $50

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I love the theory of Valentines day....being open with the people you care about and telling them how much they are appreciated and loved.  But, I have always been shocked at how much that sentiment can get blown out of proportion!  Love does not mean having to buy the most expensive gift, or go to the fanciest of dinners.  The best kind of love comes in tiny gestures.  So, with that thought I would love to share some fun gift ideas for your friends, family or your honey.  All of them under $50

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WINE TASTING: 

Any one who knows me knows that I adore a good wine and cheese night!  I think that some of the best moments I have had with Mike or my friends are those days or nights when we pile around the dinner table with some good food and great wine.  One of my favorite activities to do with my babe is a day of wine tasting in Temecula Valley at our winery of choice Europa Village.  For as little as $15 a person you can taste some of your favorite wines (I highly recommend the La Scappatella).  We love spending a lazy Sunday listing to live music, and relaxing on their patio.  This is an absolute must for you Valentines lovers. 

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GIVE SPARKLING KISSES

I couldn't do a Valentines day roundup without including something for you beauty lovers out there!  But, this time I want to include something unique and fun.  Think bedazzled. Think kissable, rosy lips.  What could be better than the Bejeweled Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lip Jar?!  This stunning little package deeply moisturizes the lips, and gives a soft rosy tint that will make your lips luscious. It also has a rose/vanilla/red berry scent that is delicious and smells divine.  I have to tell you that I have become quite addicted to this balm, and LOVE pulling it out of my purse.  Everyone will be asking where you got it! Vaseline created these limited edition jars with a heart on the lid, and European crystals surrounding the packaging. Available at Kitson and ShopKistson.com–  Vaseline is also available for $2.29 at food, drug, and mass retailers nationwide. 

THE KEY TO MY HEART

And last but not least, jewelry.  I can't do a post about Valentines Day and NOT include something blingy!  I love this Kate Spade key bracelet because it can be perfect for your love, your best friend, or your family.  It symbolizes the key to your heart.  So simple and classy.  I have never been a fan of anything too over the top, and I love the quiet message this gives.  It makes a huge statement in such a petite and elegant package. Love! 

Vaseline sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

 
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Makeup Tips For Travel

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Makeup Tips for Travel – Pack Light, Apply Light

The key to perfect travel makeup is go light. Think of travel like exercise. Travel wears out makeup quickly if you cake it on. Trust me. You don't want your lasting memories to be splotchy pictures and acne from clogged pores. I have two main rules for my makeup when traveling – pack lightly and apply lightly. You really can't go wrong if you stick to these rules.

You Don't Need It All

No matter where you're going or how long you'll be gone, you won't need your entire makeup case. Only take the essentials plus a few extra lipsticks and eye shadows. If you really need something, odds are there will be a store nearby. Everything you need should fit inside a small clutch sized makeup bag. I do suggest using a cushioned bag to prevent any pressed powders from cracking or glass bottles from breaking.

My advice is to only pack a single foundation, concealer, pressed powder and mascara. If you don't already have an eye shadow compact with several of your favorite shades, go shopping now. Instead of several compacts, you'll only need to carry one to have day and night time colors. For lips, pack a moisturizing lipstick in at least two shades. Try to avoid glosses if you plan on taking lots of pictures, otherwise you're lips will be positively glowing and not in the good way. Now you see what I mean by pack light.

Apply Lightly

When it comes to makeup, more is bad unless you're performing on stage. I doubt you're on your way to headline a Broadway show, so remember to apply makeup lightly. Not only will the process be faster, but when you're out all day, your face won't suffer from makeup overload which equals the horrifying splotches, streaks, clogged pores and super shine.

Use cream foundations and concealers while traveling since they don't require brushes. Plus, they blend into skin easier. Tinted, moisturizing foundations are perfect since they combine a few steps. Carry your concealer with you throughout the day for quick touch ups. Set your face with pressed powder.

Next, apply your eye makeup as usual. I recommend water proof mascara as it works for all travel situations. If you'll be out all day, apply concealer lightly to lids along with pressed powder before your shadow. It'll help your color stay even throughout the day. Do the same for lips for lasting lipstick no matter what brand you love best.

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Get The Look: Kim Kardashian at the Grammys 2015

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kimkardashianCelebrity hairstylist Michael Silva and celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic worked with Kim Kardashian for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 8th in Los Angeles, CA. Here is how to recreate the look! 

HAIRSTYLIST MICHAEL SILVA BEAUTY INSPIRATION:

"Our inspiration was a reference I pulled of an editorial image of the eternally cool Kate Moss.”

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MAKEUP ARTIST MARIO DEDIVANOVIC BEAUTY INSPIRATION:

"The dress was a champagne color vintage Gaultier so I went with green and golden metallics on her eyes."

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EYES:

BLUSH: I used NARS Blush in Orgasm on the cheeks and Eye M Glam Highlighter on the cheek bones and bridge of the nose to highlight.

LIPS: On the lips we went for a classic Kim K. nude which she loves. I used Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Naked.

BODY: For the body I used Supermodel Body by Charlotte Tilbury."

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A New Way To Glow!

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 It may be hard to believe, but despite the bitter cold and cloudy days, spring is just around the corner. Along with longer, brighter days, spring also brings skin-baring fashion to the forefront, making your gloomy, pale skin feel a bit late for the party. If you’ve tried other self tanners in the past and they left you feeling a little less than impressed, than perhaps it’s time to give St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil a try.

Unlike some lotion and mousse based self tanners, St. Tropez’ Dry Oil moisturizes and nourishes skin leaving you with the ultimate golden glow and skin that’s incredibly soft. This self tanner is also a best bet for those who despise that typical self tanner smell, as the essential oils that leave the skin feeling like silk, also leave behind a mild, pleasant fragrance.

If you’re also not a fan of that dark, greenish guide color other St. Tropez products leave you to deal with until morning, you’ll be happy to know that while there is a touch of initial color to help the application stay even, the color is a far more natural, golden hue meaning…no more hiding from your loved ones until after your morning shower!

Application of the St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil is much like all of their other tanning products – simply apply evenly with the Applicator Mitt, allow to dry before dressing, wait a minimum of four hours to shower and voila – instant post-vacation glow! Your newly applied tan can be deepened with additional applications and should last between 5-10 days while keeping skin moisturized for up to 7 days!

So grab a little St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil and prepare to get your glow on! With skin this golden and silky smooth, you’ll be dying to show it off!

by Sian Bitner Kearney

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