Ulta 21 Days of Beauty and Shop At Home

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We all know that every beauty aficionado loves a good sale....our beauty habit isn't cheap!  But, now you can grab up some of your favorite beauty products and also get cash back.  How wonderful is that!

This week I have teamed up with ShopAtHome.com, which is an online coupon and Cash Back site that partners with thousands of online retailers and more than 60 million members to deliver savings and rewards.  For the next two weeks, Shop At Home is bringing to you 4% cash back and 50 ShopGold rewards points for every ULTA 21 Days of Beauty purchase.  So, you can shop for your favorite goodies, and get money back in your pocket. 

Some upcoming ULTA 21 Days of Beauty deals include:

  • Butter London: March 19
  • It Cosmetics: March 20
  • Too Faced: March 22
  • Mario Badescu: March 28
  • Tarte Cosmetics: April 2

Since I am an avid online shopper I rely on ShopAtHome.com to help me get the discounts I need, and the cash back that makes my fiancee (and soon to be hubby!) very happy.  I recently tried out the Bare Essentials Glee powder for the bargain price of $10 with a 4% cash back return.  It is a win-win!

HOW IT WORKS: 

  • Go to ShopAtHome.com to sign up, and install the toolbar (I highly recommend this part!).  Next time you are online shopping, simply visit their site to activate the coupon codes and they will track your purchases & send you a monthly rebate for the cash back you've earned on those orders. You can get anywhere from 3-30% cash back, depending on the merchant, and once you reach $20 in cash back, you're automatically sent a check in the mail.

Happy Shopping my beauty lovers.  xoxo

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Friday Top 5 – Travel Essentials

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1)DermOrganic Travel Set:  My newest haircare obsession.  These products leave my hair soft and luscious. Contains: Daily Conditioning Shampoo 3 oz, Daily Hydrating Conditioner 3 oz, Leave-In Treatment 1 oz and Intensive Hair Repair Masque 1 oz.
 
2) Sedu Travel Set:Perfection! What more do you need?  A small but powerful combo of a hairdryer and flat iron. Both are gentle on the hair, and leave it super shiny! Sedu Revolution Pro Ionic Travel foldable hair dryer and Sedu Revolution Mini Styler Iron with heat protective glove and travel pouch.
 
3) Trish McEvoy Effortless Beauty Ready-to-Wear Makeup Planner Collection/Flirt:This is all you will ever need for makeup on the go! I have been counting on Trish McEvoy for years to keep my travel makeup contained. An exclusive edit of Trish's essential basics and newest shades is beautifully organized. Set includes: Eye Base Essentials Demure; Petite Makeup Wardrobing Page; NEW eyeshadows and blush; travel-size Bronzer Resort; travel-size Translucent Finishing Powder; High Volume Mascara; travel-size Intense Gel Eyeliner in deep aubergine; medium refillable Double Decker compact; EvenSkin Portable Foundation shades 2 and 3.5; Lip Liner Barely Rose; NEW Lip Color Flirt; Flawless Lip Color Perfection and travel-size Precious Pink Jasmine. Boom!! 
 
4) Lilly Brush: I take this with me on set, and especially when I travel to keep my clothes looking fresh. So easy, and super effective! 
 
5)Kiehl's Since 1851 Healthy Skin Essentials Every Night Set:
My skin goes haywire when I travel, and this set calms it down.  I can't travel without my midnight recovery!!  Set comes in an exclusive canvas Kiehl's travel bag and includes: Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 1 fl.oz./31mL Midnight Recovery Eye, 0.5 fl.oz./15mL Rosa Arctica, 0.25 fl.oz./7mL Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, 0.17 fl.oz./5mL
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Natural Looking Makeup!

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Many summer looks might be packed with bright and crazy colors but there is something to be said for the minimalist. Whether it’s a picnic at the park or a romantic date night, the naked look is the perfect match for the hot summer ahead. This look is soft, sensual, natural, and easy to pull off with the right tools. Follow these steps and go naked tonight!

FACE:
Because you are going for a “natural beauty” look here, the face should be flawless. This look requires something lighter than the average foundation but with more coverage than a BB crème. The Naked Skin foundation by Urban Decay is the perfect tool for flawless skin. It provides optimal coverage but is infused with light making it look less like makeup and more like gorgeous skin.
To piggy back on that gorgeous glow you’ve started with foundation, try adding a highlighter like Candlelight Glow from Too Faced. Applying the highlighter to cheeks bones, nose, temples, and inner corners of the eyes makes the skin look luminous and flawless in any light.

CHEEKS:
While the general rule of thumb with the nude look is to stick with neutral colors, adding a slight pop of color to cheeks keeps your complexion from looking sickly or washed out. Apply NARS blush in Orgasm to apples of cheeks for the perfect complement to the naked background.

EYES:
The eyes in this look are very natural. No dark smoky looks or heavy liner. Simply apply a shade of brown, gold, or bronze to the eye (or layer a few colors if you desire a bolder affect). We love the warm shades in Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette. Next skip the liner and focus on the lashes. No need for heavy black mascara either. Simply apply 2-3 coats of a dark brown like the black/brown shade from Neutrogena Healthy Lengths and voila… your naked eye is complete.

LIPS:
Much like the cheeks, you’re looking for just a pop of color here. Keeping lips too nude will make you look like a corpse, and adding too much color will eradicate the whole point of the nude face. Choose a gloss in a shade of pink close to natural lips like NARS Space NK lip gloss in Sweet Revenge and your nude face is ready to bare to the world!

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Get the Look: Go Naked!!  by Sian Bitner Kearney

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Bridal Makeup Inspiration

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Today, I used one of my favorite "flushed and natural" blush and lipgloss combination.  These two colors and products look good on everyone! I am always thrilled with the results.  This is another "from my kit to my personal cosmetics case" find.   This is something I may be wearing on my own wedding day...definitely in the mix for now.  So, let's get to it!

MAC Dollymix Powder Blush: This may look extremely bright in the pot, but it is actually a beautifully sheer soft rose with a gold shimmer. Apply it lightly with your blush brush.  The color can go anywhere from very sheer to very bright, so you can customize it to your skin tone and personal preference.
I have used this color on every skin tone, and it gives the "perfect flush" every time!!

L'Oreal Paris Color Juice Gloss in Watermelon Crush:
This is a beautiful rose.  Sheer, shimmery, and perfect.  The gloss is not tacky, and stays on forever! This is another find that works on everyone.  And the best part is it's available at the drugstore....so next time your running your errands, go grab yourself this amazing gloss.
 

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Tips on Applying Bridal Eye Makeup for Photos

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This month I will be dedicating a lot of my posts to bridal beauty, because in less than 30 days I will be a bride!  Yep, this gal is getting married and I can't wait to share some of my best bridal beauty tips with you. 
 
My first tip is is to keep the palette neutral but with some really beautiful pops of shimmer bronze and deep deep browns. That way you still have a lot of emphasis and definition on the eye without putting too much color in it that can compete with whatever dress you are wearing for the occasion.
 
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In the video above, you can see that our lovely model already has some bronze eye shadow all over. This instantly adds a kind of subtle smokiness.
  • Now, to really make this pop for the wedding we're going to add a black eyeliner near the lash line and then a little bit of a deeper dark brown eye shadow on top to smoke it out.
  •  First, you want to pull the eyelid back taut and if you are doing this on yourself, you simply look down towards the mirror and in tiny feather-like strokes, push this black eyeliner down towards the base of the eyelash.
  • Next, you want to take a very deep dark brown as you can see right here, I'm using this brown color from this palette and you're going to smoke it over that black shadow. As you can see, this really helps to soften the line and stop it from looking too harsh.
  • For added definition, just add a tiny bit of that dark brown underneath the outer corners of the eye and there you go, a simple classic yet defined look for applying makeup at a wedding party for photos.
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Get the Look: Lily James at the Cinderella Premiere

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Celebrity Makeup Artist Jenn Streicher created a princess worthy glow at last nights Cinderella premiere
“We didn't have to look far for inspiration for Lily James, who plays Cinderella in the new Disney movie. We wanted to do a fresh, modern version of this classic fairytale. Lily wore a beautifully detailed Elie Saab dress. Hair stylist, Ashley Streicher, really wanted to keep the hair clean and off her face, and I also wanted Lily to look fresh and young while not veering too far from the classic story.”

SKIN: 

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LIPS:
For the final touch, I gave her lips a pop of color (Nars Villa Lante satin pencil). It's a beauty look fit for a princess!

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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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