Saturday, August 28, 2010

Napoleon Perdis at Ulta in Southern CA!

Hello, Gorgeous! Can I just say that I am so excited to share my day with you!? Whilst New York's makeup lovers were counting down to the pre-launch of Urban Decay's Book of Shadows III in Times Square, I was on the edge of my West Coast seat tracking the calendar to this lovely Saturday for an entirely different event!

Today was The Napoleon Perdis event at Ulta in Burbank, California, and my calendar was marked! Not only was the beauty event manned by the artistic talent of 12 members of Napoleon Perdis' creative team, it was also graced by Mr. Perdis, himself! Upon checking in to the event I knew I was in a sub-forum of heaven! The store was all hustle and bustle with beautifully makeup(ed) guys and gals, clad in black and sporting NP's signature tee. In rows of twos were other lucky ladies getting made up all pretty-like while the perfect attitude-y, feel-gorgeous soundtrack blasted from speakers above.

Tim, my makeup artist, applied shadows from the Napoleon Perdis Prismatic Eyeshadow Quad (Fire) $35.00

The members of Napoleon Perdis' creative team set to work blushing our cheeks, dusting shadows on our peepers and glossing our lips. Meanwhile, Mr. Perdis circled the room, visiting each station to curl and mascara lashes here, add a bit of warmth there, and perfect each look with his fine-tuned eye. One of the first interactions I took note of today was NP listening intently and placing his hand on a guest's shoulder as she spoke. Genuine and approachable, Napoleon Perdis' down-to-earth persona made him impressive beyond his success as a make-up artist and his prestige-cosmetic-based empire.

When I explained to Mr. Perdis that I had learned of the event via his Twitter(@NapoleonPerdis), he asked me if I(@Society_Gal) was the one he had responded to about the event - and yes, I was! I couldn't believe that A) it was really him Tweeting and B) that he remembered ME?!

Though this looks like a staring contest, Mr. Perdis is actually inspecting the progress mid-makeover.

The tan Aussie is making this Mexican, Filipino, Irish girl look a bit pale!

The day went off exceptionally and I am so pleased to have been able to meet Napoleon Perdis! He was truly such a kind person and the experience was just lovely! It was one of those days when you smile as you relive it in your mind just before falling asleep...and that's just what I'll do!

Nighty night!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Remember that announcement I made not too long ago... it was something about having a giveaway contest with Urban Decay goods as prizes? You know the one I'm talking about... I said that when The Gorgeous Gal Glam Society has reached 85 followers.... you know... that one. Yes, the one at the top left there... yep, right there. Well it is still in effect! Now we've accumulated a membership of 68 Gorgeous Gals and we are ::this close:: to having a contest! Invite your friends over to join The Society so that we can get this Gorgeous Giveaway show on the road!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bare Escentuals Sale - 4 Hours Only!

Ready to stock up on your makeup kit's Escentuals? Do so Thursday, August 26, from 5PM to 9PM EDT, and save 20% off your Bare Escentuals purchase on the brand's site! Having been awarded a Glammy Award for Best Prestige Foundation (six years and counting...), Bare Escentuals invites fans to use code GLAMMY at checkout to receive the discount!

bareMinerals Finishers Mineral Veil, Illuminating

Why: read (Post: The Big Unveil) to learn about the Bare Escentuals Mineral Veils: Original, Illuminating (formerly Featherlight) and Tinted.


Urban Decay at Hautelook 8/25 at 8:00AM PT

Sign on to Hautelook tomorrow and catch Urban Decay items at up to 75% off! The sale begins at 8:00AM PT!

Illamasqua tells Sophie's story.

Illamasqua is commemorating the life of Sophie Lancaster, a 20 year old whose life was taken on August 24, 2007, because of fear of differences in personal expression. I learned of Sophie through Illamasqua and am touched that the brand, which promotes cultivating your (inner) alter ego through use of makeup, is drawing the attention of fans to this cause. Learn about Sophie Lancaster by visiting this link, and then, if you so choose, proceed to Illamasqua's site to support the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

Celebrate differences and individualism in a way that is healthy for yourself and will not be harmful to those around you.


Monday, August 23, 2010

25% to 50% off Smashbox Curtain Call!

Smashbox has added a ton of goodies to the Curtain Call section on their website! These last chance items are available at a 25% to 50% discounted price! Hurry over and check out the items quickly - the selection is comprised of products that were either limited-edition or have been discontinued!





Sunday, August 22, 2010

Stila Sale on Hautelook!

Stila will go on sale at Hautelook beginning Monday, August 23, 2010, at 8AM PT! Log on to Hautelook's site early - at up to 70% off, the cosmetics are bound to go fast!

Aren't yet a member of Hautelook's site? Click here to join sans waiting list!


Thursday, August 19, 2010


Allow me to introduce you to Mia, a personal favorite and highly raved about addition to the Clarisonic family! In addition to the colors shown below, Clarisonic Mia is now available in blue! The Mia version is a single speed cleansing wonder that will cleanse two times more effectively than manually washing and will remove makeup six times more effectively than manually washing!

Use promo code CRAVE at checkout on Clarisonic's site for a 20% discount on purchases! Also, by purchasing directly from Clarisonic's website you have the option of personalizing your Clarisonic!

Clarisonic Mia $119.20 with promo code (Normally $149.00)


::Newsflash:: Giveaway on Urban Decay's FB!

Want to participate in the Hautelook/Urban Decay giveaway? Click here for details!
Become a Follower of The Gorgeous Gal Glam Society and take advantage of Members-Only perks, including contests and giveaways right here at your Society! The Society is the go-to source for product reviews, promo codes, sales alerts, new product announcements and brand information for popular makeup brands and retailers! Become a Follower - I promise you'll love it, Gorgeous!

GO SMiLE on Sale at Gilt Group!

Catch GO SMiLE at a majorly discounted price on Gilt Group now until August 20 at 9PM PDT! Aren't yet a member of Gilt Group? Use this link to join sans waiting list!

GO SMiLE Vanity + 100 Flashlight Smile Touchups $49.00 (normally $159.00)


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

MAC Venomous Villains

A stepmother who first sentences death by way of woodsman and when that plan fails, attempts poison via popularly loved fruit. A mad woman who sits atop PETA's most wanted list when her love of fur stretches to p...pu...puppies ::lip quiver::. The aforementioned, Evil Queen and Cruella de Vil will be joined by comparably cold-hearted evil-doers Maleficent and Dr. Facilier in MAC's Venomous Villains Collection. I suppose now that the Disney Princesses have been claimed by younger audiences, we are left with the dark and despicable cougar dames (and one man-coug - Dr. Facilier). In a dark alley or heavily wooded area I'd much prefer the Princesses, but in this case, I quite like the edge of said villains.

*Image from Source has been resized

MAC's Venomous Villains Collection is expected to launch in the US at the end of September and should be available at MAC retailers worldwide beginning October 1, 2010.


30 Second Beauty Tip!

The concern: a visible foundation line along your jaw.
The solution: mix two parts sunscreen and one part foundation on the back of your hand. Apply by dabbing the mixture along your jawline and neck with clean hands, then proceed to rub the sunscreen/foundation in evenly. By mixing sunscreen in with your foundation and applying along your jaw and neck, you will fade the coverage from medium/full on your face to light coverage on your neck. Use this method to prevent unsightly makeup lines!

Elta MD UV Shield SPF 45 Oil-Free

*Choose a sunscreen that best suits your needs as far as protection factor, skin type, ingredients, etc. An oil-free option that is meant specifically for face is always a must.

MAC Rodarte Collection Update

MAC fall 2010 Rodarte collection promo MAC Rodarte Collection for Fall 2010 + Photos

MAC's controversial Rodarte Collection, which had alluded to the tragic and unbelievable dangers of life in Juarez, Mexico, will not be shipped after all. MAC's FB announcement regarding the collection which was slated to launch September 15 and includes shades titled "Factory," "Sleepless," "Pale," "Badlands," "Sleepwalker" and "Juarez," is as follows:

M·A·C Decides Not to Ship M·A·C Rodarte Makeup Collection Out of Respect for Women & Girls of Ju├írez and their Families

by MAC Cosmetics on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 9:27am
This decision will not impact M·A·C 's commitment to donate all of its projected profits from the collection to benefit the women and girls of Juarez.

Out of respect for the people of Mexico, the women and girls of Juarez and their families, as well as our M·A·C Mexican staff and colleagues, M·A·C has made the decision not to ship the M·A·C Rodarte limited edition makeup collection. This decision will have no impact on M·A·C's commitment to donate all of its projected global profits from this collection to local and international groups that work to improve the lives of the women and girls of Juarez. We are currently conducting due diligence to ensure we donate to organizations with a proven record of directly supporting the women and girls of Juarez.

M·A·C and Rodarte are deeply and sincerely sorry and we apologize to everyone we offended. We have listened very closely to the feedback of concerned global citizens. We are doing our very best to right this wrong. The essence of M·A·C is to give back and care for the community and Rodarte is committed to using creativity for positive social change. We are grateful for the opportunity to use what we have learned to raise awareness on this important issue. 

MAC's statement is direct from the FB announcement and has not been altered.

What do you think about the decision to cancel shipments?


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Load up on CARGO at Sephora!

You have probably noticed that CARGO is being discontinued in-store at Sephora... however, did you happen to notice that many items from the brand are still available on the store's website? Not only can you still snag several of CARGO's popular cosmetics, the items are deeply discounted! Shop the selection at while supplies last and save yourself an average of 75% off the original retail price!

TexasLash™ Mascara

Above: CARGO's TexasLash is one of the few available that creates tubes around the lashes and removes easily with warm water! This mascara is currently sold at Ulta for $20 but is only $5 at while supplies last!


30 Second Beauty Tip!

The concern: clumpy mascara. Dun dun dun...
The solution: when you notice that your mascara is beginning to thicken and clump more frequently (we're talking problems on the first coat, let alone the second), run your mascara wand under warm water. The warm water will rinse the buildup of mascara from your wand. Once you've cleaned your wand, dry it and take it for another spin in your mascara tube - the resulting application will likely be less goopy and less likely to clump!

Also, resist the urge to "pump" your mascara wand when trying to accumulate more product - pumping actually contributes to your mascara gooping up and drying out quicker than it should!

Here's to lovely lashes, Love!


Monday, August 16, 2010


Now through August 20, at 11:59 EST, use code greatskin for %15 off of your Philosophy skin care purchase!

purity made simple


Urban Outfitters - Another Pretty Face!

Who would have thought that Urban Outfitters, a store that builds its image upon running sideways while most other retailers herd along the mainstream, would someday hop on the beauty bandwagon? I say, "Urban Outfitters" and you say, "projection of social elitism; grungy and minimal; a blur of androgynous garments." Now don't get me wrong - I'd love to run rampant through the store a la Veruca Salt - grabbing at bags, tees and sweaters. However, the store has never struck me as a done-up, full hair and makeup kind(a) place. Yet, despite the brand's seeming aversion to self(beautifying)-maintenance, the array of products offered through the website is unbelievably thorough and truly something to write home about... or to write to The Society about, in my case!

The Urban Outfitters site features impressive offerings including fragrances and products for lids, lips, cheeks, nails, skin and hair. There you'll find quirky, pretty, edgy and surprisingly classic items by brands including, but not limited to: Paul & Joe, Japonesque, Stila, Too Faced, blow, CoSTUME NATIONAL, Anna Sui, Jemma Kidd, NYX, Cutler, Demeter and on and on and on!

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Sunday, August 15, 2010


Buxom, a product line belonging to the Bare Escentuals brand, has recently introduced a range of eyeshadow discs I find myself struggling not to run out and fetch. No bone about it, the Buxom Stay-There Shadows are so endearing they'll be "ruff" to pass up!

The shades: Black Lab, Bull Dog, Chihuahua, Golden Retriever, Mutt, Poodle, Pugg, Saint Bernard, Schnauzer and Shih Tzu are available exclusively at Sephora. Sit, Stay and then Roll Over to Sephora's site to find your best friend's shadow namesake.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


The Society is interested in new products, classics that have secured a place in our makeup kits for a reason, trying and setting new trends, feeling beautiful and fashionable, ... I could go on. However, above all else, The Society is interested in communicating with its Members - The Gorgeous Gals who frequent this little cosmetic love nest. So Gorgeous Gals - let us know what you love learning about, reading about, looking at and being a part of! What are your favorite brands, your favorite current trends, the part of The Society that you like most and that you'd like to see more of? Don't be shy, Doll!

Aren't yet a Member of The Gorgeous Gal Glam Society? We must fix that right away! Join our Lovely Membership by Becoming a Follower of The Gorgeous Gal Glam Society!


Friday, August 13, 2010

Coastal Scents Sale

Is Coastal Scents your cup o' tea? If so, surf on over to their site for a 40% off sale on more than 30 brushes! In need of brushes but aren't particular about the brand? Read on for more brush-friendly savings!

E.L.F. Outdoes... Themselves?

It seems like just yesterday that E.L.F. was offering a sale on makeup brushes (POST: E.L.F. PROMO CODE ALERT). Perhaps it seems that way because...well, it was. Interestingly enough, E.L.F.'s previously announced sale has been outdone!

"By who?" you may ask.

"Well," I respond, "By E.L.F."

::Confusion in the room::

That's right - E.L.F. is outdoing themselves with a sale that will give fans a discount of 50% off of brushes and bath with no minimum purchase for 48 hours! You'd think that the brand would wait awhile to have this awesome sale, or at least until the current (overlapping) sale has ended... but they are celebrating their 2 millionth order and seem to be in a giving mood! Don't wonder about the blunder - just smile and nod! Use code ECD2 to take advantage of the discount!

Complexion Brush


Thursday, August 12, 2010


Hi there, Gorgeous! Can you guess what these three products have in common?

Any guesses? Yes, they are all quite lovely... but the answer...? Well all three of the above give recognition to the vast atmosphere that will be alight with a METEOR SHOWER TONIGHT! The Perseid Meteor Shower is expected to be quite a brilliant show in the wee morning hours! Will your peepers be gazing starry eyed at the heavens this evening?


Hey now, keep it clean!

For those of you bordering on OCD, I apologize in advance.

If I were to ask you if you have a sanitizer, what would be the odds that you'd toss me a bottle of Purell? Well, thank you, I'll take some, but that actually wasn't what I was referring to. I meant your UV sanitizer. Yes. UV sanitizers, which reportedly rid up to 99.9% of bacteria, are available for your razor and your toothbrush. So this means I've been brushing my teeth for decades, swapping my brush every two months, careful never to leave it vulnerable atop the counter, traveling with it swathed in paper towels and plastic bags and I should have been sanitizing it the entire time also? Well if that doesn't leave a bad taste in my mouth!

The things you never knew you needed!

Currently available on Hautelook
Personal Travel UV Toothbrush Sanitizer

Currently available on Hautelook
UV Razor Sanitizer And Storage Case

In addition to the products pictured above, the brand offers counter top toothbrush sanitizers, duo sanitizers, family sized sanitizers and fun colors and patterns for children's toothbrushes!

Hautelook's VIOlight sale ends Saturday, August 14, at 8:00AM PT.

If you are not yet a member of Hautelook's site, use this link to join without the waiting period.



Spend $25.00 or more on brushes at (e.l.f.) and get %50 off your order! That is quite a discount considering that brushes from the line only cost $1.00 to $3.00! Use code EGBRUHALF (which will be posted on the site's homepage) to take advantage of the sale which ends August 16!

Fan Brush

Maximize your savings - FREE SHIPPING on orders over $30.00. Sounds like an opportune time to stock up on gifts or to combine your order with a sister or friend - $30 worth of $1.50 (half off) brushes will be quite a load!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Update: Urban Decay Naked Palette

The high demand of Urban Decay's Naked Palette is only somewhat surprising considering the twelve gorgeous neutrals accompanied by a duo liner and the brand's popular Primer Potion. Still though, it can be somewhat aggravating trying to hunt the palette down. If you've been struggling to get your hands on the coveted Naked Palette while it goes in and out of stock online and in stores, I've got pleasant info for you! The Naked Palette is not limited edition and the brand is working on sending shipments to retailers so that everyone will have a chance at getting Naked. is currently sold out, as is Urban Decay's own site. Purchase now from while the palette is still stocked, or wait just a bit for your favorite retailers to have them on-hand once again.



If you are an Urban Decay lover, like myself, you will most likely be as excited about this announcement as I was; Urban Decay is releasing Book of Shadows Vol. III soon and photos are available!

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. III $54.00

The product is expected to launch on Urban Decay's website in early September and will be available to purchase from other retailers beginning October 1. Mark your calendars - this NYC themed palette is bound to sell out at record speeds! The product will be also available at Ulta, Sephora, Macy's (with Sephora) AND even more exciting:

For those who live in New York or plan on visiting in late August, you have a SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY to get your mitts on this palette! Sephora at Times Square will have 1000 palettes to sell on a first come, first served basis on August 28, 2010. The store will limit your purchase to three - how about including one of those for me?! :)


July Faves!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Product Review: Murad Soothing Skin and Lip Care

As previously discussed in (POST: Product Review: Smashbox Emulsion Lip Exfoliant), my lips are a bit high-maintenance (who would have thought!?) in that they become dry at the drop of the proverbial hat. For that reason, I was recommended Murad's Soothing Skin and Lip Care (pictured below). The product is perfect for slathering on your beso-maker nightly before bedtime so that you awake with a soothed and moisturized kisser!

Last night, however, Murad's Soothing Skin and Lip Care surpassed its previous use and upped its value in my beauty arsenal. Allow me to explain: after enduring five weeks of a skincare routine heavy in Retin-A and Salicylic Acid, my dry, irritated skin had me feeling a bit sali[silly]. My face was feeling extremely dry and my skin too tight for comfort. So, of course, I switched to my beloved Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel (POST: Product Review: Peter Thomas Roth Skincare) to slow the drying and bring my skin's texture to a neutral place. Enter: Murad's Soothing Skin and Lip Care. Last night I applied a generous coat of the product on and around my lips and underneath and around my eyes - locations where the dryness was particularly worrisome because my skin felt so tight that I was afraid of stretching creating unnecessary wrinkles. After reapplying a couple of times when I happened to wake throughout the night, I got up this morning to a visible change in the texture of my skin. While still dry, the product greatly reduced the tight feeling around my mouth and eyes. With the multiple uses of Murad's Soothing Skin and Lip Care, it has definitely earned its place on my repurchase list.

* When using this product or any reviewed by The Gorgeous Gal Glam Society, read labels, usage directions and ingredients for your own safety. Heed warnings and determine which products are appropriate for your personal use.


LightStim on Hautelook

As you know, and I love, shopping is an excellent way to get beauty products (in addition to apparel, accessories, and other greatness). Whilst peeking at the site today, I came across a sale on LightStim. I was not completely surprised as I had seen LightStim sales at Hautelook a couple of times before, but I thought I'd share these interesting doodads with you, Lovely.

Duo - Red and Blue

You may, at this point, be wondering what in the world these outrageously priced, wand homages to Lite Brites of the 80s (actually invented in the 60s) actually do. Well, the predominantly blue one on the left is targeted at fighting acne and the red one is anti-aging. Aging is definitely a cause to be anti but I'm pro realistic products and thus, a bit reluctant in regard to these items. I am quite curious and hopeful, I must admit.

Have you heard any feedback regarding LightStim products or similar treatments? If you have not and are interested in learning more, the product details as provided by Hautelook are as follows:

The Anti-Aging Light combines amber, red and infrared LEDs to create the most powerful and effective way to create collagen and elastin. Fine lines and wrinkles have everything to do with a lack of collagen and elastin. LightStim's LEDs penetrate into the dermis layer of the skin, energizing the cells, thereby helping to create collagen and elastin, much the same as when you were younger. Collagen helps to plump up the skin, while elastin helps to make the skin more firm, thus diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's actually that simple! It's non-invasive, requires no surgery, no harsh chemicals, no lasers, there is no downtime or recovery time, it's safe for all skin types, and most importantly IT WORKS! It is today's natural skin care at its finest.

The Anti-Aging Light may help to:
- Smooth and diminish fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduce pore size
- Increase the skin's moisture retention & elasticity
- Improve sun-damaged skin
- Firm and tone aged or tired skin
- Smooth the texture of the skin
- Balance uneven skin tone
- Restore skin's youthful radiance and appearance
- Lighten age spots, sunspots and discoloration
- Soften rough dry skin
- Tighten sunken or saggy cheeks
- Decrease puffiness around eyes
- LightStim International, Inc. offers a 1-year repair/replacement warranty on the hand-held LED Light Therapy Lights.

LightStim brings to the forefront a NEW, powerful combination of red, infrared and medical grade blue LED lights that not only kill the acne causing bacteria, but reduce inflammation and help to prevent future breakouts. The combination of red and blue LED light is a documented therapy for the control of acne. This is the Light that Dermatologists and skin care specialists recommend to help diminish and control acne. Perfect for those who want to take a proactive stride towards optimum acne skin care.

The Acne Light may help to:
- Kill acne causing bacteria
- Heal existing acne
- Reduce inflammation
- Prevent breakouts
- Minimize acne scarring
- Shrink enlarged pores
- LightStim International, Inc. offers a 1-year repair/replacement warranty on the hand-held LED Light Therapy Lights.

It's non-invasive, requires no surgery, no harsh chemicals, no lasers, there is no downtime or recovery time, it's safe for all skin types, and most importantly IT WORKS! It is today's natural skin care at its finest. Use it while doing homework or paperwork, watching TV, on the Internet... make the Acne Light part of your daily lifestyle.

Peptide Serum by Plum Skin Care: developed specifically for use with LED lights. Plum's Peptide Serum aids in diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is gentle and good for all skin types and does not use any parabens.

Additional Information

Size: Peptide Serum- 1 oz.

Plum Skin Care Peptide Serum: cleanse the face thoroughly. Apply serum to targeted areas and massage into the skin. Let dry.

LightStim Anti-Aging Light: place the Light gently against the skin and hold it in place for 3 minutes. Move the Light to the next area and repeat. Continue in this fashion until all areas are addressed. If using the Peptide Serum, cleanse your skin thoroughly; massage the serum into the skin and let dry prior to using the light.

Acne Light: place the Light gently against the skin and hold it in place for 5 minutes. Move the Light to the next area and repeat. Continue in this fashion until all areas are addressed. Once the skin is clear continue to use the Acne Light daily if possible, to kill any acne causing bacteria.

Designed and Manufactured in the USA.

Additional Details

Ingredients: Plum Skin Care Peptide Serum included with the Anti-Aging Light:
De-Ionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Leaf) Gel, Vegetable Glycerine, Cucumis Sativus(Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Hydroxysuccinimide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Steareth-20, Polysorbate- 20, Carbomer, Diazolidinyl Urea, EDTA.

*All of the information in grey (above) is direct from the Hautelook site. None of the information above has been edited in any way.

Shop the LightStim sale at Hautelook now until Monday, August 9, at 8AM PT. Not only is the LightStim Duo listed above available, you can also purchase single LightStims for anti-aging, acne, and rosacea.

If you do not yet have an account with Hautelook, follow this link to skip the waiting period and start shopping sales!


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Deborah Lippman on Gilt Group today!

Shop Gilt Group here for the sale on Deborah Lippman Nail & Beauty! Don't yet have a Gilt account? Skip the waiting list by using my invitation link here. Sale ends August 8th at 9pm PDT!


2010's Version of Matchy-Matchy

As we've all noticed by this point in the year, 2010's fashion is undoubtedly influenced by all that is ironic - mixing patterns & textures, pairing several shades from the same color family to create a not-quite monochromatic ensemble, wearing rompers & cutesy sockies past the six year old mark, and etcetera. Matching? Well, the shoes to your shirt or eyeshadow to your shirt modus operandi, yeah that's no longer a stipulation. A nice way to keep with the matchy-matchy? See possibilities in the NARS collection available at Sephora, below.

* The shades above (left to right) are as follows: Angelika, Super *rgasm, Albatross, & Luster.

How matching gloss and blush will work for you:

Choose the pairing that best suits your current comfort zone. As with trying any trend or new-to-you style, the only way to make it work AND to make sure that you don't buy on a whim, but will actually use the products, is to be reasonable. If you are comfortable with a particular tone of blush, stick with a similar tone when you transfer over to the gloss & blush trend. If you generally favor peach cheeks, don't say, "Well, I think it's about time I try something new-I've never tried pink blush and I've never matched my lips to my cheeks before," and then pick up the pinkest gloss and blush shade team. If you do, you may find your new purchase hiding inside your makeup drawer untouched once you've walked out of the store. It seemed like a fun way to turn over a new leaf in the store, but remember all those "new leaf" clothing garments you bought to change your look? Yep, they're still hanging in your closet with the tags attached.

Wear your matching blush and gloss as a statement (apply gloss over a lipstick for a lasting pout) and keep your eye makeup simple for daytime (think liquid liner and mascara); for night, pack more of a punch with eye makeup but keep the colors dark neutrals a la Urban Decay's Naked Palette so as to complement the lip & cheek duo, not combat it.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Shop Ulta (both in-store and on the web) for a sale on PUR MINERALS 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup! 4-in-1, a reference to the product's ability to provide sunscreen, concealer, foundation, and finishing powder, is a mineral makeup with a fuller coverage effect than Bare Escentuals. Available in a range of 10 shades and providing a nice amount of coverage, PUR MINERALS 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup is an excellent alternative to liquid formulas. The 4-in-1 is normally $25 for a standard pressed pan but now until Saturday, August 7, buy one and get one FREE!

*While the product contains SPF 15, using a supplemental sunscreen as part of your skincare regimen, rain or shine, is advised.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Urban Decay Naked Palette - Back In Stock at




Tarte Cosmetics is having a friends and family sale! Luckily, Friend, we're included! Shop the site between August 2 and 9th and use code FFAUG to receive a 40% discount!

Tarte Starter Set - Intro Kit of Tarte Faves (Normally $31.00 and only $18.60 with promo!)
tarte cosmetics tarte starter set - intro kit of tarte favorites



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Santa Monica, CA

Another gorgeous day seaside! If you recall, the last time I had visited the beach (Post: My Time in the Sun) was on the opposite side of the country; Tybee Island, Georgia. Today my husband and I took the quick drive to Santa Monica and peered (from the pier) out at the Pacific and the gorgeous shoreline. While we do miss the Atlantic and our place on the beach at Tybee Island, the Pacific shore welcomed us nicely with a soft breeze and enough sunshine to warm our faces.

The perfect Sunday in Santa Monica.

The shoreline looked amazing with the mountains behind, the rainbow of swim apparel at the water's edge and the palm-tree lined Ocean Avenue in the background.

The clouds were creating patterns that I couldn't quite appreciate the full effect of until seeing the contrast against the blue sky in photographs.

I'm no Ansel Adams - nature can be credited for these gorgeous photographs.