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My Beauty Tips!
Posted on April 17th, 2011 at 12:38 pm by and

¤ To know whether you have a cool or warm skin tone, just look at the veins from your wrist. If they’re blue that means your cool, but if they’re green it means you’re warm. This technique will really help you choose the right color of foundation.

¤ If you mess up, while doing your eye makeup, just use a q-tip and dab it into moisturizer and just wipe it off.

¤ If you have dry chapped lips, just use your tooth brush and dab some Vaseline on it, to exfoliate your lips. This method will remove the dead skin cells from your lips.

¤ Slim down your face, by just arching you’re eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil.

¤ Want fuller lips? Apply lip gloss on a downward motion, to creat a 3D effect.

¤ If you don’t have blush, just use one of your pinky lipsticks and dab onto your cheeks using your fingers.

¤ If you don’t have foundation, just mix some of your mineral powder with your moisturizer.

¤ Lighten dark under eye circles by cutting two slices of kiwi and applying on top of your eyes, this will also help de-puff them.

¤ If you have acne, on only one side of your face, it’s probably from holding your phone while talking.

¤ Got tired eyes? Use a white eyeliner to the inner rims of your eyes, if it looks too harsh, use a flesh tone one.

¤ Eye drops, help sooth a zit.

¤ Honey, can be used as a face mask, to help smooth your skin, and soothe any irritation.

¤ Organic yogurt, helps with skin discoloration, giving an even skin tone. Make sure the yogurt is plain.

(Please keep in mind that I have learned these beauty and makeup tricks, by reading beauty books and magazines over the years.)

Check out some more beauty tips and tricks straight from a professional makeup artist, by clicking the play button from the audio below.

My MP3 audio interview by user1870367

Thanks Lauren for sharing your some of your tips!

Top Makeup Stores!
Posted on April 10th, 2011 at 2:08 pm by and

MAC: is an all time favorite of mine, not only do you get to consult a professional makeup artist, when purchasing a product, but they can also give you tips about what suits you based on your skin type, tone and features.

Sephora: has one of the biggest makeup selections I have ever seen, they also have professional makeup artists willing to help customers in choosing the right products. Their brands include Urban Decay, Yves Saint Laurent, Too Faced and much more. The number of brands that Sephora carries exceeds 200.

Ulta: like Sephora has a wide selection of brands and they also have a system, where if one spends over $25 they get to choose 8 free beauty samples. Ulta like Sephora has bonus point system, where one gets to sign up and every times their purchases over a time period reaches a specific amount they get a free gift and so much more.

Perfumania: has a somewhat limited selection, however some of the brands that they carry may not be as popular, but they are the best quality products I have ever seen, for such good prices, such as Sexy Lips and Matesse.

Main Beauty Supply: does not only sell hair products like curling irons, but they also sell high end makeup brands such as Givenchy and Michael Todd for a fraction of the price, however their selection is somewhat limited.

Mary Kay Cosmetics: is a one brand store, but they have a big selection for only the one brand. It has 8 different types of foundation for different skin types, coverage and needs. It’s quite rare to find one company that sells that many types of foundations. Their quality is excellent and their prices vary between $5 to $15.

Sally Beauty Supply: I really love this store because it has a wide range of beauty products for really low prices, for example they sell hair straightners that retail for $50, but you could get them at Sally’s for only $19.

Victoria’s Secret: this really popular store has one of the best beauty items ever, not only does their makeup look good on but they all have a candy scent to them or a vanilla scent. Some of their lip glosses are also edible; they look and taste good.

Dillard’s: granted their products are expensive, since they are all high end, but they are FABULOUS. If you can’t afford their products just ask for samples, which come in a reasonable size.

Macys: like Dillard’s, is also expensive, but I just love their products. Try getting free samples here too.


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Beauty on a Budget!
Posted on April 3rd, 2011 at 3:17 pm by and

This past week I visited my local drug store and was on the hunt to find the best high end dupes and to my surprise I found a number of great products that are exactly the same as the more expensive ones. Please keep in mind that I have tested all these products myself.

Foundation: I personally love Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, but it costs $42 which is quite a bit of money, however I found Loreal True Match Foundation and it retails for only $10.95. Those two foundations are exactly the same from consistency to coverage. I actually applied Nars on one side of my face and Loreal on the other and couldn’t tell them apart.

Bronzer: Nars Laguna Bronzer is such an amazing color and gives a natural sun kissed glow, but it retails for $33. However, Elf contouring blush and bronzing palette, the bronzer is the exact same color as the laguna color and it ONLY costs $3.00.

Blush: I use MAC well dressed blush, almost every day, but it also doesn’t come cheap, retailing for $29.50. I found NYX Angel Blush for only $6.00. If it weren’t for the packaging, I couldn’t tell those two products apart.

Mascara: Lancome DefIncIs Precious Cells is such a gorgeous mascara that really lengthens and amplifies your eyelashes, but it costs $29. I found Loreal Million Lashes mascara for only $7.00. Both of these have the same effect on your lashes and deliver the exact same results.

Concealer: I love love love Bobbi Brown’s creamy concealer, but it costs $22. This week I found a new love, Milani Secret Cover concealer, for only $4.99. The coverage for these concealers is amazing and identical.