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Beauty Bag Essentials

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Beauty Bag Essentials

As a woman and self proclaimed makeup addict, I of course have drawers full of goodies at my house; however, when traveling or simply heading out for the day, my collection of necessities has to be limited. I do love to change up my eye color on occasion and even shades of blush and lipstick, but for my everyday look and every day needs, here are my top beauty recommendations.

Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm
Admittedly, I rarely use a regular foundation. I hate how heavy they feel and how the seem to seep into my fine lines and wrinkles. For a while, I used to only use a concealer; however, as time started to march across my face leaving behind sun damage and wrinkles, I decided to step up my coverage a bit. This beauty balm has multiple benefits; it perfects and protects the skin, contains anti-aging properties and has an SPF 45. So, on days when I’m I a rush, this one product serves as a moisturizer, sunscreen, ant-aging serum and foundation all in one shot.

bareMinerals Mineral Veil
This loose powder is the mac daddy of powders. It’s light enough to use on dry skin but still keeps shine away on oily skin. Mostly I love it because every time I apply it, it gives my skin a gorgeous airbrushed look with just a tiny dusting. Another reason I love this powder is the fact that aside from super hot and humid days, one application typically lasts me all day long… even my T-zone area!

bareMinerals Ready Bronzer
Much like the mineral veil, a little of this product goes a long way. This bronzer gives my skin a much-needed J-lo type glow without the sparkly afterglow. The gorgeous bronzer also contains SeaNutrive Mineral complex to help fight the signs of aging.

Make Up Forever HD Blush in Coral
This is by far my favorite blush and I go on record to say it’s worth every single penny! The creamy formula can be applied with fingertips or a brush, and instead of sitting on your skin like most blushes, it sinks in, leaving behind nothing but a gorgeous glow! The coral color is buildable and perfect for giving a healthy flush any time of year. This is another product that once in place, seems to last me all day long without needing to be reapplied.


Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
I love my mascara. In my opinion, eyelashes are the number one item to creating a beautiful face and this mascara gives some serious bang for the buck. Not only does it create length, it also adds definition, separation and serious volume without needing multiple coats to get the job done. At less than $10.00 a tube, I say fill up on this awesome product ASAP!

Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette
As I mentioned, I do occasionally like to mix up my eye shadow shades. That being said, for my everyday look, this is my all time favorite palette. The shades range from light taupe and pinkish pearl colors to golden bronzy shades. There’s even a smoky black color for those nights when you need a little extra drama. The colors are very pigmented, requiring very little to get the job done and are extremely long lasting, even in high humidity. While I may switch off on what colors I apply every day, I rarely leave town without this palette in my bag.

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner
Another great product from Maybelline, this liner gives amazing color and drama and is totally smudge resistant. Whether I need a bold line for a hot, smokey eye or a thinner line for the workday, I can always count on this eyeliner to give me exactly the look I was hoping for.

EOS Lip Balm
I’m not sure if it’s the fun and convenient shape, the delicious flavors or the long-lasting moisture that keeps me stocking up on this product, but I rarely leave home without at least two of them in my bag. I used to be a Burt’s Bees girl, but after being introduced to these yummy lip treatments by a co-worker, I have to say I may just be sold for life!

So remember, while venturing out of your beauty comfort zone is always a trip worth taking, it’s never a bad idea to keep an arsenal of favorites nearby. The new and trendy products may keep you looking fashionable, but the classics will forever keep you looking beautiful.

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NYC New York Color Uptown Look and Giveaway!

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5 Looks for Under $20

NYC New York Color is a great beauty brand for any makeup maven who is looking for a vibrant, yet affordable makeup look.  Inspired by the stunning look of NYC, this makeup line creates products that keep your makeup on trend, without hurting your budget. 

Now you can watch some of the top NYC makeup artists show you how to Get The Uptown Look for Under $20. Once you’ve watched a video you’ll be eligible to download a coupon for $1 off any NYC New York Color product

Learn A New Look and Get A $1 NYC Coupon

So head to the page, watch the amazing videos, and grab a coupon so you can save on the products used to create these five looks:

Get A Sun-Kissed Glow

Smooth Skin BB Crème – helps erase skin imperfections, while minimizing pores and fine lines.

Sun ‘n’ Bronze Bronzing Powder – creates dimension with a combination of bronzing and highlighting shades.

Sparkle Eye Dust Eye Shadow – built-in precision applicator makes it easy to apply and illuminate eyes.

City Proof Buildable Mascara – reapply endlessly for buildable volume.

Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss – effortlessly glossy and non-sticky, plus makes lips look up to 50% plumper in just one stroke.

Craft The Perfect Cat Eye

Show Time Velvet Eyeliner – intensely dark, pigmented eyeliner.

Big Bold Volume by the Lash Mascara – ultra-fat plastic brush perfectly defines and opens eyes.

City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color – intense color and shine in this easy to use retractable jumbo pack.

Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer – transforms the texture of your skin, minimizing pores and providing a healthy, silky finish and reducing shine.

High Definition Liquid Eyeliner – the liquid pen delivers smooth, fast drying results, and the formula is smudge-proof and long-lasting – up to 10 hours.

Pull Off A Bold Lip Color

Big Bold Curl Mascara – one swipe delivers bold curl, lift and boosts lash volume up to twelve times.

Expert Last Lipstick, Forever Fuchsia – high intensity, moisturizing lip color that lasts up to six hours.

Smooth Skin BB Crème – helps erase skin imperfections, while minimizing pores and fine lines.

Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder – creates a perfect single shade that balances and enhances skin undertones.

Get Date Night Ready

Show Time Velvet Eyeliner, Brown – intensely dark, pigmented eyeliner .

Big Bold Volume by the Lash Mascara – helps you get twelve-times fuller, thicker lashes.

Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder Benefits – creates a perfect single shade that balances and enhances skin undertones.

Individual Eyes Custom Compact – four colors specially coordinate to intensify and enhance your eye color.

Expert Last Lipstick, Traffic Jam – high intensity, moisturizing lip color that lasts up to six hours

Master Girls' Night Glam

HD Trio Eye Shadow – high-intensity color makes these pigment rich shadows perfect for late-nights.

Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain, Rock on Ruby – great way to take a look from day to night bold color last up to 16 hours.

Cheek Glow Blush – sheer natural looking color.

Liquid Eyeliner – has a smudge-proof precision tip.

Show Time Volumizing Waterproof Mascara – waterproof formula is smudge-proof and lasts all day… or night.

Liquid Lipshine, Chelsea Pink – off the charts glossy shine.

Now you can enter for a chance to win the product used in one of the five looks and a $50 Walmart gift card!  Enter now, and rock a new summer look.


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

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Your Springtime makeup look with Walgreens Beauty

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As a makeup artist, I have had the pleasure of being able to experiment with all types of beauty products, from high end department store brands, to tried and true drugstore products.  I have always been baffled when people assume that drugstore beauty doesn’t provide the same look as higher end product lines.  Ladies, this is simply not true!  To prove my point, I recently worked with Walgreens to create two looks using afew special products, and makeup tricks: L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara, L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Stain, L’oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream, and NIVEA – A Kiss of Care & Color Lip Care.

For the first look above, I wanted to keep the look clean and simple. Something that we all could do with little to no time! The main two products that make the look are deep, dark lashes by L’Oreal Butterfly mascara, and a soft peachy pink lip stain by L’oreal Colour Caresse Wet Stain in Pink Resistance. This pink is one of my absolute top picks for Spring.  And I have become obsessed with the staying power! Keep the rest of the face clean, and the eyeshadow simple by using a soft, shimmery beige. 


The next look is another easy to achieve evening look using just a few products. One of my favorite tricks for a quick evening look is to find the perfect red lip, and a dark voluminous mascara.  Once again, I relied on L’Oreal Butterfly mascara to do the trick!  Before starting your makeup application, I also highly suggest using a eyeshadow primer, and the L’Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream is as close to perfection as you can get.  I tried this out based on a recommendation from none other than the amazing (and I mean fantabulous) Billy B. Since he perfects the faces of every movie star imaginable, I take every tip he dishes out as gold!  This eye cream helps to brighten up the eye, blur wrinkles, and allow your makeup to last.  Flawless perfection.   Add a swipe of liquid eyeliner, and your eye look is Catwoman worthy.  The final step is, of course, the red lippy.  My pick was L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red.  It is the perfect cool red that makes me feel glamorous. And, because it is a stain you don’t have to worry about the dreaded lipstick on the teeth horror show. 


*Extra Tip: When using a lip stain, always prep your lips with a lip balm to hydrate and protect.  My choice was Nivea- A kiss of care & color lip care. Not only does it give your lips a boost of moisture, but it leaves a touch of color, making it the perfect lip base.  I keep mine in purse, and have become addicted to Kiss of Sheer Berry. 


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walgreens Beauty through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.

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