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From the novice to the Pro: Practice makes perfect!

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 We’ve all heard the old adage: “Practice makes perfect!” And as anyone who has tried to pick up a new sport, hobby or started a new line of work knows things take time and doing is part of being.  Make-up artistry is no different, and just as a professional baseball player goes to practice five days a week and works on their fast pitch and pop-ups the make-up artist or makeup lover needs to condition and practice their craft.

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Get the Best Brow for Your Buck

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While the days of pencil thin browns are behind us, keeping brows bold but properly groomed still requires some maintenance. From tweezing to threading and waxing, we have the pros and the cons for each technique.

To Tweeze or Not to Tweeze…
Tweezing is perhaps the easiest DIY of the brow grooming techniques; however, it still comes with its share of pros and cons. The best thing about tweezing is if done correctly, it allows you to form the shape you’d like your brows to be versus leaving it up to the pros and possibly being left with a brow look that was lost in beauty translation. For best results, use a pencil or brow shadow to color in your brow shape the way you would like it to appear, and then finish the look by tweezing any access hairs. Be certain to go lightly and cautiously with the tweezers though, over plucking is a move that’s nearly impossible to correct and you will regret every time.

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Top 5 Fall Fashion Trends

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Summer’s gone and cooler weather may just be here to stay -- and for us, the name of the game is layering! Transitioning between the seasons can be super difficult -- especially if your wardrobe doesn’t allow constantly switching into new clothes.

It’s always good to keep a few fabulous pieces from the summer and wear them into the fall in new and exciting ways -- this may mean mixing them with deeper, richer colors like wines and burgundy or darker grays and blues.

And with the right staple pieces, the transition from summer to fall style can be easy -- just include these must-have fall fashion trends in your wardrobe:

Layer, but be neat and polished

The center of my fall (and year-round) wardrobe is a great pair of dark jeans. There’s nothing more versatile than dark denim, and it can look great with your summer sandals and your new fall boots.

As the weather begins to change, consider these jeans with everything from your favorite white t-shirt to a great long black cardigan.

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Best Palettes of Spring 2014

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I'm Gouldylox and unofficially, I'm the Makeup Blogger's Little Sister. It all started when I was in LA and everyone kept thinking I was her. Forget that I'm a foot taller and her hair is way better than mine. It happened at a conference later that year as well. We've been related ever since! I'm a product junkie like you've never seen...check out my five favorite palettes of Spring 2014! What are your favorites?

too faced alamode3Too Faced A La Mode Eyes is perfect for spring. The colors, the blend-ability and wear. It's just gorgeous.pantonePANTONE's Radiant Orchid Palette is one of the best values available at Sephora right now. The looks you can create are endless and if you love that pinkish-purple orchid shade, you have to have it.


Kat Von D's Monarch Palette is a warm palette that's full of non-traditional warm hues. Of course, the pigments are beautiful and glide on like butter.

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It Cosmetics Naturally Beautiful palette is mostly matte, with a shade that changes everything into a shimmer. If you love nudes or think you can't wear shimmer, this is the easiest palette to wear, ever.pfnude 2Finally, Physican's Formula Shimmer Strips All in One Nude Palette for Face and Eyes is amazing. It gives you the youthful glow of a rising country singer without breaking the bank.

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Smashbox camera ready BB Cream

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 The search for a fabulous concealer is always going on for most beauty junkies and that includes me. I’m Marcia from Beauty Info Zone and I’ve reviewed at least a dozen concealers on my blog. I have found a few that I love but that doesn’t mean I’m not always searching for something new since you just never know when that “holy grail” item will come along.

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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Eye Cream ($25) is the latest that I’ve added to my collection. I bought it because I love BB Creams (even though I’ve never tried the one from Smashbox) and because I love the idea of having Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in the product.smashbox bb eye newWhat makes it so interesting is that it’s really an eye cream that has the benefits of a BB Cream. It’s packaged in a wand that clicks up to allow the product to flow out into an applicator brush. It comes in 5 shades. I’m almost always the lightest shade in foundations and concealers and Fair works well for me. It blends onto my skin seamlessly. Other shades are Light, Light/Medium, Medium, and Dark.

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Here are some of the pros about this BB Eye Cream:
· -The Fair matches my skin perfectly.
· -It’s great to prime the area under my eyes.
· - Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is a bonus.
· -It’s very hydrating; I always feel my eyes are well moisturized when using this.
· - It’s pretty good about concealing dark circles (but notice I didn’t say great).
Here are some of the cons in my opinion:
· -The price is high at $25.00. There’s only 0.12 oz in the tube so mostly you are paying for packaging.
· - According to Smashbox it visibly smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. I don’t find that at all. Luckily the lines under my eyes are very fine but they don’t look visibly smoother when using this.
· - It doesn’t last the entire day. It looks good almost all day but by dinner time I can see it looking somewhat crepey under my eyes. It’s easy to smooth out but it never feels perfect once this happens.smashbox bb eye swatch· -If you have serious concealing to do, I don’t think this is the tool for the job.
While I haven’t fallen in love with Smashbox Camera Ready BB Eye Cream I’m not sorry I bought it and I’ve been using it often. Smashbox says that over time it will reduce those dark circles but I’m not so sure about that, especially when I jump around from product to product between being fickle and testing new concealers out. Put this on your list if you have dryness under your eyes since it’s perfect for hydrating that area.

I’ve read complaints on Sephora about the brush being stiff and the product being dry but that doesn’t describe the Smashbox BB Eye Cream I’m using. I’ve been using this for a few months and the brush is as soft as ever as is the product.

As for my favorite undereye concealers I’d rate It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye and Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer as my top two. Both are around the same price but with more than double the amount of product. Am I sorry I bought the Smashbox? No way, I’m using it often and will use it even more once the sun isn’t hiding from me.

Thank you for reading. I hope you’ll visit my blog partner Lisa and me at

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Beauty Trend –, The Mecca of Product Selection

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by Sian Bitner Kearney: 

Have you ever found yourself endlessly searching online or on drug store shelves for the perfect moisturizer only to give up, defeated by the overwhelming number of products? Have you ever wished that there were a simpler way to find the best products without having to conduct all of the trial and error yourself? Dermatologist Fayne L. Frey, M.D. feels your pain and has brilliantly formulated a simple solution called At, you not only have a place view pertinent information about products for anti-aging, sun care and moisture retention, you can also find products based solely on your individual needs. The process is quick and simple, click on the “Product Selector” tab, answer a few questions, and bam – customized products just for your skin type and individual needs!

Frey said the idea for came to her after she noticed how confused many of her patients were about what products to use. “On a daily basis I am asked in the office, ‘Dr. Frey, what is the best moisturizer?’ or ‘What is a good sunscreen?’,” she said. “After more than twenty years of dermatologic practice, I realized that my patients were overwhelmed, and often frustrated, by the selection of over-the counter skincare products with no scientific method to select a desired product. My solution was; a free, educational, easily accessible resource that simplifies the process of selecting skincare products.”

Frey is certainly no novice when it comes to skincare selection. With a resume jam packed with impressive degrees and more than 20 years of professional experience, she has developed a true passion for skin and the knowledge of what it takes to keep it safe and beautiful. Frey says what makes her site different that the average product selection site is two fold; one, she has no financial interest in any product or manufacturer on the site so all recommendations are based purely on the facts as determined within medical literature. Two, the site offers a product selector that helps consumers select products based on their individual needs such as fragrance free products for sensitive skin or special products for skin conditions such as eczema. What’s even better is that the majority of the products suggested are affordable and typically available at your local drug store.

Of course, having a renowned dermatologist at my disposal, I had to ask her thoughts on the biggest beauty/skincare mistakes she sees consumers make. This is what she had to say:

1. Mistake # 1: Purchasing very expensive products that do no more than hydrate. They would be better off purchasing a quality moisturizer from their local pharmacy.
“Based on scientific research, I assure you, there is no “Fountain of Youth” in a bottle. The workhorse of every OTC moisturizer (including anti-aging creams) is its ability to hydrate the skin. Imagine if a raisin is pumped with water, it becomes a grape. This may decrease the appearance of fine lines, but it is a temporary hydrating effect only. Consumers often purchase extremely expensive “anti-aging” creams expecting actual rejuvenation of the skin.

2. Mistake # 2: Most individuals do NOT apply daily sunscreen (or a moisturizer containing a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.)
“A Magic Potion! It exists. It prevents 90% of sunspots, wrinkles and saggy skin. It is sold everywhere yet only one in ten Americans actually applies it daily. Scientific studies shows that compared to other OTC ingredients, the most effective “anti-aging” preventative ingredient available today in skincare products is sunscreen.”

3. Mistake #3: The use of too many harsh products.
“The skin has an amazing ability to hydrate itself. It produces lipids and proteins that help maintain adequate water content to help keep it soft and supple. Consumers use too many products (harsh soaps, toners, astringents) that contain ingredients that actually strip the natural lipids and proteins that help keep the skin hydrated.”

So there you have it ladies! For more information on Dr. Frey or do make your own customized product selection, visit

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JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow

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JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow

by Sian Bitner Kearney:

We’ve all heard the term, “get your beauty sleep”, but did you know that certain sleeping positions can actually cause wrinkles. If you’re strictly a back sleeper, you’re probably safe. However, for the side sleepers (GUILTY!) and stomach sleepers out there, these positions can cause deep wrinkles to form on the side of your face and forehead. Luckily, there is a way around this beauty blunder. It’s called the JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow, and it’s specially designed to minimize facial contact with the pillow, inhibiting sleep wrinkle formation as you sleep.

Here are the benefits:

1. Helps prevent and reduce sleep wrinkles

2. Encourages sleep positions that reduce damage to facial skin

3. Soft and comfortable

4. Promotes correct neck and back anatomical alignment

5. Multi-patented design for women and men of any age

6. Helps maintain a youthful appearance

7. Easy solution—all you have to do is sleep!

8. Special high quality, soft, open-cell, resilient foam for comfortable support

9. Open structure allows efficient air circulation, keeping you cooler at night

So if you’ve been suffering from sleep wrinkles and are about one night’s sleep shy of a Botox appointment, why not give JuveRest a try? The only thing you have to lose is an aging face.

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