Friday, September 17, 2010

Bliss @ Gilt Groupe!

Bliss is on sale on Gilt Groupe! Not only can you login and take advantage of Bliss products at a steal, you can also purchase treatments at the Bliss spas located in midtown ATL, Chicago, Dallas, Hoboken, LA (2 locs), NYC (3 locs), San Fran, Scottsdale & South Beach. So an oxygen face treatment or microdermabrasion isn't exactly your cup-o-tea? No worries, Love, snag yourself a massage instead!

Problem Salved Duo

Fabulous Facial + Best of Skintentions Moisturizer

#Relaxation! (Yes, please!)


Monday, September 13, 2010

Inspiration: EYES!

Today's eye-makeup look:

The lovely Cydney!

The Urban Decay Naked Palette and MUD eyeshadow in Vineyard were used to achieve this look. I used Virgin, Creep, Gunmetal and Half Baked from the Naked Palette; please comment below or email for questions or to request a tutorial.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils are the perfect medium for creating a well-defined eye with little fuss, even for the shakiest of hands! After lining, try using a shadow brush to apply similarly hued shadow to the liner for a softly edged effect.

Add a pop of highlighter to the inside corners of eyes to bring them back together and counterbalance the black liner that can make them seem farther apart.

Isn't Cydney gorgeous? She's intelligent and kind too! Love her!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

A List of My Least Favorite Things:

While sitting in a chair having my eyelashes clamped and curled at school today, I realized that the experience prompts enough anxiety to boost it up to a spot on the list of my least favorite things in life. (I'm considering general circumstances, I know that terrible occurrences like earthquakes, accidents, tornadoes, hurricanes, illness, injustice, poverty, hunger, and similarly heartbreaking things happen every day and are much more serious than anything I am about to list).

As far as my fairly normal list of least (fairly controlled) favorites go, I have a spot reserved for the annual (yes, THAT annual), getting a shot or having blood drawn, going to the dentist, and having my eyelashes clamped inside a metal curling device. I thought of this list while sitting in a chair being made pretty and realized just how much I truly love my Japonesque heated eyelash curler for my own use.

I'm still reeling from the lashing!

What route do you prefer to make those lashes perky?


The Great Liner Debate

As I alluded to in my previous post, I am currently furthering my (makeup) education at a specialized makeup school in Southern California. Which, might I add, is a perk for you also because you'll be receiving more information and helpful tips related to one of our favorite past-times - makeup!

Today's class concentrated on eyeliner; focusing on (material) options, technique, tools, and trends! After practicing applying with varying combinations of the aforementioned, it seemed that the material favorite was "cake" eyeliner. My personal favorite, however, is still pencil eyeliner. I love that pencil liner can be applied in a thin and natural or bold and dramatic style, a clean or smudged line, and can create a nice outcome even for the shaky-handed.

My absolute favorite pencil, you ask?

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

I am particularly fond of this pencil's creamy texture that can be easily sharpened to create a slimmer line or applied messily and smudged. The 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliners do just that - glide-on, and once applied they stay put! After lining the product is smudge-able for about 30 seconds and then sets in place, where it will stay until you remove it. Not only is this liner available in hot hues like Lust (dark purple), Flipside (bright teal), and Deviant (the perfect royal blue), it can also be purchased in Zero (classic jet black) and several shades from the brown family.

Product information direct from Urban Decay:

The best Eye Pencil ever, ever, ever! Never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof, too. Velvety-soft, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge. Line eyes with a hint of color or go for the full artistic, multi-hued effect with the wide selection of lush tropical hues, deep metallics and unusually vibrant neutrals. Incredible with Urban Decay Eyeshadows!

Created with 50% moisturizing ingredients suspended in a sophisticated waterproof formula, 24/7 Eye Pencils offer long-lasting color and a dreamy, creamy feel when applied. With Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and Cottonseed Oil.

Tips: 24/7 Eye Pencils are ideal for lining inner lids because the waterproof formula stays put. Just apply, try not to blink for a sec, and you’ve got immovable liner.
*The product information above has not been altered or edited in any way. Do not share eye products with others without first sanitizing appropriately between each use.
When it comes to liner, do you prefer gel, liquid, cake, pencil or another option? Which eyeliner product is your favorite?
Goodnight, Gorgeous! Time to rest those pretty peepers!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

August Favorites!

Now that August is no more, it's time to look back at which products helped to fill the thirty-one days with beautifully make-up(ed) memories! My list of favorite products for the month of August are as follows:

Seaweed Night Cream

Available at, this night cream is a breath of fresh air when my skin is feeling super dry and tight! While I am hesitant to introduce any skincare product into my regimen because my skin is easily affected, the container shone in celestial light when I read, "our smooth and creamy formulation hydrates skin overnight without the use of any oils, perfect for any dehydrated skin type prone to acne or clogging." Ding, ding, ding; we have a winner! To further enhance this product's like-ability, the texture feels delicious on my skin and the scent is non-invasive!

Naked Palette

With their excellent pigmentation, Urban Decay's shadows always top my list of favorite eye colors; add two shades of my favorite eyeliner (Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner) and the much-praised Eyeshadow Primer Potion and you've got yourself a pot-o-gold at the end of a naked-hued rainbow! This treasure chest of matte, shimmer and glittery shadows has everything that you'll need to create your eye look - day or night! The rave reviews and constant sold-out status make this purchase obvious - even to the naked eye!

Botanical Facial Gel

Though I am loyal to my favorite Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel and make sure to use it every night, I use the Mario Bedescu Botanical Facial Gel when washing other times during the day. This is the perfect cleanser for my current lifestyle (while furthering my makeup education) as I am washing my face more times than would normally be necessary, now that applying and reapplying makeup is an everyday occurrence. I love this cleanser for makeup removal, however, I save the deep clean feeling for evening with my Salicylic/Glycolic PTR Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel.

This Make-up Designory Cream Foundation provides coverage to above-average needs and, well powdered, will last long enough to run laps around foundation contenders.

Other faves that have been featured in my monthly favorite videos and posts but are, nonetheless, worth mentioning again: Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer, Bare Escentuals Illuminating Mineral Veil, Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, Clarisonic Mia, Benefit BadGal Lash, and the Japonesque Heated Mini Eyelash Curler.

What are your current faves?


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. III Drops Tomorrow!

If you weren't one of the extra-lucky thousand to get your hands on the newest addition to the Urban Decay Book of Shadows collection, your chance is hours away! Though the palettes aren't available in stores until the end of the month, you can purchase the UD (Hearts) NYC palette on the brand's website beginning tomorrow, August 7!

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. III

*The UD (Hearts) NYC palette includes the following shadows (reading from top left to right): Perversion, Uzi, Loaded, Kush, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Last Call, Rockstar, Money, Haight, Maui Wowie, Smog, Bordello, Radium, Snatch, Suspect, and Psychadelic Sister.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Taste of Beverly Hills - My Recent Absence Explained!

Gorgeous, there's so much to tell! Stay tuned for my recap of the weekend's events - only great things to say!


Too Faced Sale Snippits!

Well I've popped on over to the Too Faced Vintage sale and must say that the Baked Shadows are quite the stand-out deal for only $3.00 apiece! Glosses, liners, balms, kits, blushes and bags are all still available for up to 75% off - shop the sale by clicking here!


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Too Faced Sale = Too Hard to Shop!

Too Faced Cosmetics has disseminated a rather enticing email, baiting the message with news of a sale on vintage items up to 75% off! The event, which features products that will apparently soon be "gone forever," ends September 8, 2010. This of course, gives us just enough time to find Too many items to adopt for our own collections... providing the brand can get the sale up and running! The website's volume has been so much so that the sale has been paused due to technical difficulties! Methinks the vintage finds and markdowns must be worth the wait if it drew enough traffic to crash the site!

Too Faced sale ETA: pending. My curiosity has been sparked, will you patiently be awaiting the sale?


Urban Decay Primer Potion in a Squeeze Tube!

If you hadn't yet heard about Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion packaging swap, I'm here to deliver the news. The Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, a truly useful staple for maintaining the desired creaseless shadow effect, has long been housed in a bottle which must have been designed more for visual appeal and less for functionality. As consumers expressed opinions regarding the inability to utilize the product in its entirety due to the bottle shape, UD tweaked the design a couple of times, ultimately resulting in the squeeze tube seen below. The days of beauty die-hards across the globe dauntingly disassembling their Primer Potions via cutting, melting or otherwise McGuyvering said product, are now a thing of the past:

Eyeshadow Primer Potion Professional Size $29.00
Eyeshadow Primer Potion Professional Size

Seems like Urban Decay has finally gotten the Potion just right!