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Talika Lipocils

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talikaI have no idea why the beauty gods seem to think that it’s funny to start prematurely aging me.  Is it because they know I will have access to loads of new anti-aging products?  Is it because it is my duty on this earth to try out every new beauty regime and write about it?  *sigh*

Not only am I fabulously almost 50% grey on my head (I am only 37! Why God, Why!!) , but now I am starting to have the wonderful experience of eyelash fallout.  Lovely.

So, beauty gods be damned!  I am now adding to my list of new beauty obsessions; eyelash growth products.  My new find is Talika Lipocils Expert.  I have been using it faithfully for the past three weeks, and have definitely seen some improvement in the thickness of my puny little lashes.

I find the new wand, and tip combination especially great.  I love that I can use the applicator wand to brush the serum on my lashes, and then use the tip to get into those areas that are sparse, or have spots.  It’s really quite ingenious. The other amazing thing is that this is SAFE for cancer patients suffering from hair loss on their lashes due to the effects of chemo.  It can be such a huge boost to have a product that can keep the vitality of the lashes or help them to grow back after treatments. They also have the Talika Eyebrow expert as well to help with regrowth after treatments.

Here are the details:

  • Lipocils Expert features a new double applicator combining a mascara brush and a sponge tip applicator all in one. Use the sponge applicator to apply the product along the root of the upper and lower lashes, then use the bristles to brush product through the lashes.
  • Apply every morning and every evening for 28 days, then once a day to maintain your results.
  • Stimulate eyelash growth with botanical extracts like nettle, hamamelis, and apple
  • Increase lashes’ curling power with Polymers & silk proteins
  • Deepen the natural color of your lashes with Coleus Forskohlii
  •  Protect lashes from sunlight and other environmental aggressors with Baobab leaf & sour orange extract
  • Re-enforce and protect eyelash root with anti-aging peptides
  • An independent team of dermatologists at Hopitaux de Paris, France, conducted clinical testing with the following results.
    • growth: average length increase of 36%.
    • color intensifying effect: average color intensification of 50% (up to 100% improvement on blond and light brown lashes);
    • average increase in lash curve by 50%
    • No side effects other than a mild irritation have been noted.

Makeup Artist Tip:  If you are a frequent waterproof mascara user (and we all are during the summer!), than I highly suggest trying out Talika lash conditioning cleanser.  It is decadently gentle on the eyes, oil free, and magically removes every trace of eye makeup in heartbeat.  It also includes cornflower extract and silk proteins to help strengthen your lashes! Also, look into the Eye Therapy Patches to help soothe the skin!


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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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Cargo Eyelighter

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One of the oldest makeup artist tricks is to brighten up the inner corners of the eye with a shimmery white (or soft pastel) eyeshadow.  I have heard it called the “angel effect” or even “baby eyes”.  Whatever the term, it truly does deliver a radiant, and eye opening effect.   This application was made popular byKevyn Aucoin, who used this illuminating trick on all his celebrity clients.

Now, thanks to Cargo Cosmetics here is a product made specifically for capturing this look. Cargo Eyelighter is a shadow applicator that is double ended.

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P&G, Walgreen’s, Tim Gunn & The People’s Choice Awards #OnMyWay2Fab Giveaway

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 Now that the holidays are over, there are still parties and a great big New Year to celebrate. I will admit that New Years Eve is one of my favorite times to get gussied up and gorgeous. Another thing that I love about the New Year is that it is a fresh start. A breath of fresh air.  So, what better way to start the New Year off than by offering a giveaway! I have joined with P&G and Walgreens to celebrate the upcoming People’s Choice Awards, and some of Walgreens favorite products. This amazing P&G prize pag is stuffed with goodies totaling over $85. 

The winner’s “FAB BAG” will include:
COVERGIRL Bombshell Lip Perfection Lipstick
COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara
COVERGIRL truMAGIC Pore Minimizer
Crest 3D White 1 Hour Express Whitestrips
Pantene Damage Detox Cream
Crest 3D White Vivid Radiant Mint
Oral B Toothbrush Advantage 3D White Vivid Soft
Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash
Venus and Olay Sugarberry Exfoliate Razor
Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream
Delish Chocolate Bars
Studio 35 Nail Polish Remover Pads
Studio 35 Blender Brush

Some of the products I have personally been obsessing over to get glam this season are: 

Pantene Damage Detox Creme:  During the winter my hair becomes brittle and breaks with every brushing. I have just fallen in love with this repair cream for its ability to make my hair shiny and soft. An absolute must for glamour worthy hair. 

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara: We all know that I love COVERGIRL mascaras.  This is another one to add to the list. It leaves your lashes ultra black and glossy. 

Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream: Another must for dry winter skin.  This also helps to keep you looking rested and refreshed, even when you are feeling the holiday madness. My skin looks bright, and awake (even if I am not!). 

To enter, all you need to do is follow @makeupblogging on Twitter and use the hashtag #OnMyWay2Fab.  For extra entries, follow me on Pinterest! 

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FabFitFun Fall VIP Box

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Wouldn’t it be so much easier to look and feel great if everything you needed came in one convenient box? I think the same thing. Thanks to FabFitFun, that’s now a reality. The FabFitFun Fall VIP Box is a collection of items put together by Giuliana Rancic to help you look and feel great inside and out. I’m completely sold on the fact that I get more than $175 worth of products for just $49.95.

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3 High Tech Beauty Tools to Try Today

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High Tech Beauty

Go High Tech by Sian Bitner Kearney:

Okay, so most of the time splurging on a beauty gadget only leads to a loss of cash and an even bigger loss of patience, but we have some tools that you simply have to try to believe how amazing they are! Before the year closes and a whole new line of tools arrives, here’s our pick for the top three high tech beauty tools to try.

LightStim (for wrinkles):
Who doesn’t hate wrinkles? While creams and serums are helpful for a lift or reduction here and there, some of us need a more aggressive form of wrinkle fighting power; in steps LightStim.

LightStim is a gadget that uses UV-free, LED light therapy to stimulate the body’s natural process of building proteins and regenerating cells. When applied to the skin, it increases the production of collagen and elastin, reduces inflammation, increases skin’s circulation, and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.

LuminessTan Airbrush Tanning System:
Everyone has had to battle the scars of a bad spray tan or finding that it fades just days after applied, but LuminessTan is different. LuminessTan is a fast, easy approach to home airbrush tanning and the color lasts up to 14 days without reapplying! Unlike salon spray tans, LuminessTan’s color is buildable, so both the fairest and deepest of skin tones can use this product. Another benefit is, unlike lotions and creams, the LuminessTan makes getting hard to reach spots like your back and shoulders insanely easy to cover.

Go Smile Whitening System:
No matter how flawless your makeup is, if your teeth are yellow no one will notice anything else. Professional whitening is expensive and drug store kits rarely give the whitening effect desired, that’s why we love Go Smile Whitening System. By using a combination of whitening formula (in easy to use ampoules) and the unique Smile Whitening Light, Go Smile gives you professional whitening results in the comfort of your own home.
So go ahead ladies, splurge a little. With products that deliver these kinds of results it will be worth every single penny!

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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids

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By: Sian Bitner Kearney 

Much like your wardrobe needs a bit of high voltage color in the summertime, your makeup could use some power colors too. While a complete color overhaul may be too much to endure during this scorching season, switching up your lip shade is an easy fix. Summer is all about color and playfulness, so don’t be afraid to try something new and unexpected. To prove that amazing shades don’t have to be accompanied by wallet busting prices, we chose to focus on the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids line. At less than $6.00 a pop, they’re both beautiful and affordable. These are just a few of our favorite shades for a powerful summer pout!

Code Red:
Red is perhaps the easiest of the bright lips to pull off and works well for both daytime and nighttime looks. For a change of pace, opt for a brighter red versus a traditional dark hue. Because this is the most conservative of the lip colors, it can easily be paired with a little black dress or your favorite power suit. Our pick for the best red is Maybelline’s unforgettable shade of, “Neon Red”.

Color Me Pink:
This is not your mother’s pink. Forget the shades that whisper subtle innocence. The bright pink lip is all about getting noticed and having fun! This lip is a versatile one, so feel free to pair it with your favorite maxi dress, summer short ensemble or use it as your main accessory to dress up the jeans and a t-shirt look. Our pick for a favorite pink was Maybelline’s high voltage shade of “Fuchsia Flash”.

Orange You Glad You’re Extraordinary:
For all of you super bad divas who laughed off the first two shades mentioned as total child’s play, get a pout that packs a serious punch with a bright shade of orange. This shade is not for the average wall flower and will certainly have all eyes on you. The bright orange lip screams rock and roll chick and goes well with damaged jeans, vintage t’s, mini dresses, and if you’re game, even some leather leggings. Our top pick for orange perfections is Maybelline’s outrageous shade of, “Electric Orange”.
Remember, with a lip this strong the rest of the face should remain somewhat neutral. Go light on eye makeup and blush to allow your lips to remain the focal point of your makeup masterpiece!

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