Sunday, December 25, 2011

Well, it is finally here...

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday & Cyber Monday: Amiclubwear

Amiclubwear is a leading online retailer of fashionable and contemporary apparel, shoes, and accessory items. Not only do they offer some of the best deals on the world wide web, they also offer some of the best customer service too. 

Some of the deals going on for Black Friday, as well as, Cyber Monday are...

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Sales vary, but at Amiclubwear you can get shoes for only $5.99, sometimes even less (and I am not kidding). If you do the math after discounts, you are only spending a few bucks on a pair of shoes. With over 2,000 items added on a daily basis, the Clearance section is updated daily which allows you to save up to 90% off. And if you check out the doorbuster deals, you are guaranteed even more savings. One time I found a $50 pair of shoes for only $2.99.



In fact, these shoes were only $20.49. 6.5 inch heels never looked so haute. And these shoes are still in stock, I do believe. I know the black shoes in this color are. I wonder how much they will cost on Black Friday, November 27, 2015 or on Cyber Monday, November 30, 2015. One thing is certain, I know where I will be on Friday and the following Monday.
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Black Friday & Cyber Monday: Clarisonic

I remember a few years ago when I suffered from acne. It was one of the worst kinds and it was not pretty. In fact, it was damaging to me physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. I tried numerous products and most of them failed until I discovered the Clarisonic...

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Mia 2. Not only does this device work to treat and correct my skin, it helps with preventing such problems from happening again. My skin is also softer and a lot more radiant since using the Mia 2. I use it twice a day. Only 20 seconds on my forehead, 20 seconds on my nose, 20 seconds on my chin, and 10 seconds on each cheek (20 seconds total).

Aside from being lightweight, it's quite equipped (comes with brush head, travel case, sample sized cleanser, and charger), so traveling with it is very easy. In fact, I take this with me everywhere I go. Plus you can choose your color too. And to top things off, it comes with a 2 year warranty, so if something were to happen, you can have it replaced instantaneously.

For Black Friday (November 27, 2015) and Cyber Monday (November 30, 2015) Clarisonic is having a lot of great deals that you don't want to miss.

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Clarisonic always offers free shipping. They also offer free returns and guarantees, so if you use one of their devices and decide it isn't right for you, you can return it within 90 days of your purchase.

 Clarisonic's mission is rather simple as they promise to deliver only advanced and clinically proven products that make a clear difference in skin care. As a proud owner of the Clarisonic Mia, I can actually say that they live up their promise. Clarisonic promises to transform your skin and they do just that.

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Sephora’s Mini Shopping Bag Makeup Palette: A Wonderful Gift for Just $15

Sephora's Mini Shopping
Bag Makeup Palette.
(Photo by Sephora.com)
You just have to love Sephora. Not only is this internationally known beauty boutique novel yet inventive, but it tends to introduce some of the most creative beauty products in the world today. One of the newest products is Sephora's Mini Shopping Bag Makeup Palette.
The Sephora Mini Shopping Bag Makeup Palette is a cute little palette that comes in the form of a Sephora shopping bag. It includes nine exquisite eye shadows, four lovely lip glosses and one beautiful blush. Recently, when shopping on sephora.com, I had the opportunity to discover this amazing Sephora addition.


PROS

When it comes to using a product, how important is the color payoff that is produced? The color payoff produced by the eyeshadows is modestly decent. The eyeshadows are not only pigmented but reasonably long-lasting too. I do not think the eyeshadows are of amazing quality, but they are far from terrible.
I have to admit, the lip glosses in this palette are somewhat pigmented but mainly sheer. They are visible, yet wearable. You can build color to a certain degree. The lip glosses are moisturizing, yet hydrating.
Although I am not a fan of blush, I have to acknowledge that this blush is fairly nice. It is pigmented and does not streak. The color is also natural looking, despite being more cool pink than neutral or warm.
The 14 individual products in Sephora's Mini Shopping Bag Makeup Palette create hundreds of looks. They also cater to just about every skin tone and skin type, making this fabulous Sephora addition gift worthy.

For only $15, you are getting a total of 14 products. If you look at each Sephora product individually in the Mini Shopping Bag Makeup Palette and do the math, it is a $50 value. You are saving $35, more than half of what the product is worth. If that isn't a deal, I don't know what is.


CONS

The lip glosses are fairly pigmented, but the color payoff is not incredibly visible. If you are a lip gloss connoisseur or a regular lip gloss fanatic, you may appreciate the lip glosses in this palette, but you will not love them.
It is incredibly small. The value is great though for Sephora products, so it is very hard to complain about that. But if you are expecting a big- or even regular-sized palette filled with 14 Sephora essentials for under $20, don't get your hopes up. This palette is small, kind of on the same wavelength as a travel-sized palette. In theory, you get what you pay for.


RATING - 87 %

You can purchase Sephora's Mini Shopping Bag Makeup Palette for $15 at your nearest Sephora. You can also purchase it from the official Sephora website sephora.com. Although it is a new item, it is a limited edition item so once it is gone, it is gone. Whether you are looking for a high-end stocking stuffer or even a last minute gift for under $20, you cannot go wrong. I think anyone who receives this will love it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Holidays 2011: Top 5 Eyeshadow Palettes at Sephora

Sephora is an internationally known beauty boutique that allows you to purchase some of the finest cosmetics in the world today. Whether you love just one brand or want variety, Sephora is guaranteed to have it all. The holidays are approaching and as we get closer and closer to the time, so does the demand to try and find a great gift. There are so many amazing eyeshadow palettes in the beauty world right now, however; there are only a few worthy of being the best. I have decided to narrow down the many eyeshadow palettes available at Sephora for the holidays to only the top 5 best of 2011.

5. LORAC Starry-Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Trio. The holidays are exciting and what better way to celebrate the love for the holidays then with LORAC’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Trio. There are 6 individual trio palettes to choose from, so you don’t have just one stand-alone palette. My favorite is definitely Popstar followed by Superstar. Each individual trio comes with 3 beautiful baked eyeshadows that can be applied dry or wet. They are incredibly pigmented, as well, so the other payoff is amazing. Each eyeshadow is guaranteed to work as a contour, an eyeliner, and a highlighter. This palette creates an array of looks too. You can purchase LORAC’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Trio at your nearest Sephora or on the official website sephora.com for just $26.

4. Tarte Rising Star Palette. Can you believe that it is 2011 and the holidays are forthcoming? What a better way to celebrate then with Tarte’s latest limited edition palette, the Rising Star. The Tarte Rising Star Palette includes 12 beautiful shimmering eyeshadows, two Amazonian clay blushes, one park avenue princess bronzer, one clay shimmering powder, and two applicators. In a nutshell, you are getting over $270 worth of products for the bargain price of just $29. If this isn’t an amazing deal, I don’t know what else is. Tarte is a natural cosmetic brand, using products that are free of synthetics (whether dye or fragrance) and parabens. You can purchase the Tarte Rising Star Palette on the official website sephora.com, as it is exclusively available online. It is limited edition, so get it before goes. The holidays are approaching and whether you are looking to purchase this palette for your mother, your daughter, your sister, your best friend, or even yourself, the time is now to do so.

3. Guerlain Terre Indigo 4-Shade Eyeshadow Palette. When it comes to choosing a great eyeshadow palette, there are many traits one must look at in doing so. One of them is quality. Guerlain is known for their excellence in the beauty world, making all of their products quality. This palette includes 3 gorgeous eyeshadow shades (vibrant orange, intense blue, and deep brown), along with a stunning golden arabesque (a pale golden brown). This fabulous palette creates an array of looks that truly make a statement. This incredible Guerlain addition is limited edition and exclusively available online only, so the only place to get it is at sephora.com. It costs $59 and it ships for free. If you are looking for the perfect high-end eyeshadow palette, this is definitely the one. It creates an avowal and in the end, that is all that matters.

2. Urban Decay Naked Palette. What really makes an amazing eyeshadow palette? Not just quality, but originality and the demand of it’s usage. Let’s not forget the quality of the products and how one can relate to it’s use. If you are searching for an incredible eyeshadow palette, I definitely recommend this wonderful addition to Urban Decay. The Urban Decay Naked Palette includes 12 beautiful eyeshadows, the good karma eyeshadow brush, and one travel size eyeshadow primer potion, Urban Decay’s #1 best selling product. Urban Decay does not test on animals, which says a lot about their company and cosmetics. You can purchase Urban Decay’s Naked Palette at your nearest Sephora for just $48. It is also available on sephora.com. I own this palette and absolutely love it. I would recommend this eyeshadow palette to anyone and believe that anyone who receives this as a gift will not only love it, but appreciate too.

…and the number one eyeshadow palette available at Sephora for the holidays 2011 is…

*drum roll*

1. Sephora Collection Makeup Studio Blockbuster. After doing my research, I have come to the conclusion that the best eyeshadow palette available at Sephora during the holidays 2011 is definitely Sephora’s very own Makeup Studio Blockbuster. The Sephora Collection Makeup Blockbuster palette includes: 96 individual eyeshadows in various shades and finishes, 84 shiny lip glosses, 6 cream eyeliners (which can also be used as eyeshadows), 2 eyeliner pencils, 3 beautiful blushes, 1 mascara, 1 bronzer, and 4 individual applicators. A total of 193 products in on palette guaranteed to create over 10,000 individual beauty looks. This palette also stands on two legs and includes several different drawers. Can you imagine? And it only gets better! This is a $440 value for under $50. It is only $49.50. You can purchase the Sephora Collection Makeup Studio Blockbuster palette at your nearest Sephora, as well as, on the official website sephora.com. This is limited edition, so get it before it is sold out. I am so excited for the holidays and I am really hoping that this is under the tree for me this year. Don’t settle for less, get the best and get it while you can.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011



Afshar Beauty's manufacturer sent me this to try and purchase for my cosmetic company If you are looking for a great way to whiten your teeth, I recommend this device. It's not only simple, but incredibly compact and of course, effective. Unfortunately does not whiten veneers or false teeth, just natural teeth. It truly does work and guess what? I will be giving away 10 of them FREE. Details coming soon. Stay tuned!

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Look at the Best Holiday 2011 Gifts by Philosophy Beauty

I love Philosophy!
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
Philosophy is a beauty brand that emphasizes on not only skin care, but bath & body too. In fact, Philosophy is well known for possessing some of the best quality bath & body products in the world today. The holidays are approaching and what a better time then now to purchase some of the newest, hottest products Philosophy has to offer. Philosophy is filled with an array of amazing gifts, however; I have decided to narrow down the many Philosophy gifts to only the best Philosophy gifts for 2011.

When it comes to the holidays, there are absolutely no limits to what one can buy. However; if you can find a fun, original gift that the recipient is destined to not only love, but appreciate much more so that is even better. Especially a gift anyone can use. If you are searching for the perfect gift, you cannot go wrong with the Frosty In The Air Trio set. The Frosty In The Air Trio set includes three, 6 oz. decadent frosty 3-in-1s (and in case you are wondering what Philosophy’s 3-in-1 products are, they are basically an amazing shower gel, bubble bath, and shampoo morphed into one product). These frosty fragrances include: Ginger Berry Frost (if you can imagine ginger, with a hint of berry and creamy vanilla), Sugar Plum Frost (a sweet plum with a hint of creamy vanilla), and Fresh Vanilla Frost (a very light, yet faint vanilla with a creamy undertone). I love all three, which is why I have chosen to buy this gift set for myself. The Frosty In The Air Trio gift sells for $25 and is available at your nearest Sephora, as well as, Philosophy retailer. The Frosty In The Air Trio set is also available on the official website too. Whether a gift for your mother, your sister, your lover, your significant other, or even yourself, this is a wonderful one.

It came upon a midnight clear that it is very clear that the Candy Cane Trio set by Philosophy is one of the best gifts to give this holiday season. The Candy Cane Trio set comes with one, 4 oz. Candy Cane 3-in-1 (shower gel, bubble bath, and bubble bath morphed into one product), one, 2 oz. Candy Cane Body Lotion, and one, 0.5 oz. Candy Cane flavored Lip Shine. The Candy Cane fragrance smells natural, yet subtle. It is definitely a scent that reminds you of the holidays. It is not overpowering like other bath & body products I have tried and truly makes a great gift to anyone who receives it. The Candy Cane Trio is available at Sephora or your nearest Philosophy retailer for just $22. You can find the Candy Cane Trio also on the official website. Christmas is approaching faster then ever. If you intend to give this gift to your mother or even father, your sister or even brother, your best friend or even your boyfriend, they are going to love it. Looking for a last minute gift? This is the one.

Can you believe that Christmas, as well as, Kwanzaa and Hanukah are approaching? The holidays are the best time in the year and what a better way to celebrate this amazing time with the perfect gift. If you are looking for an amazing gift by Philosophy, I definitely recommend the Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes gift set. The Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes gift set includes: four individual 2 oz. 3-in-1s (shower gel, bubble bath, and shampoo morphed into one product) and four individual, 0.5 oz. Lip Shines. The scents/flavors included in this gift are: Old Fashioned Eggnog (the essence of nutmeg with vanilla and a subtle creamy vanilla undertone), Peppermint Bark (sweet peppermint with a hint of vanilla), Sugar Sprinkles Funnel Cake (a sweet, yet subtle essence of funnel cake with a hint of vanilla), and Pomegranate Bubbly (pomegranate with the essence of a subtle ale). Sweet Kisses & Merry Wishes set is available for $36 at your nearest Sephora or Philosophy Beauty retailer. This wonderful gift is also available on the official website too. It is a $70 value and limited edition, so it is very important to get this gift while you can. The thing you have to appreciate most about any gift by Philosophy is the idea that it comes from the heart. My mother doesn’t know it yet, but this is one of the gifts I am getting her for Christmas.

When it comes to choosing a fabulous holiday gift, there are a lot of things to contemplate. The first question should always be “Could they use this?” and although one of the best parts of receiving a gift usually involves the actual fun and glory of not only giving it and receiving it, but experiencing it. That is one of the reasons why I love Philosophy beauty. They always manage to create gifts that you not only want, but actually do need and use, as a result. One of the best gifts to give is definitely The Marshmallows For Toasting Trio set. The set includes: one, 4 oz. 3-in-1 (if you can imagine a shower gel, bubble bath, and shampoo in one product, this is what the 3-in-1 is), one, 2 oz. Body Lotion, and one, 0.5 oz. Lip Shine. The Marshmallow scent/flavor is so much like a marshmallow, it is incredible. It is also subtle, natural, and of course, long-lasting. The Marshmallows For Toasting Trio set is available at your nearest Sephora or Philosophy retailer for just $22. You can also purchase this gift on the official website, which makes it convenient for those that do not live near a Sephora or Philosophy retailer. Why not give your mother, your daughter, your sister, your BFF, your cousin, your teacher, your mother-in-law, your sister-in-law, etc. this gift, this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

Searching for a gift can be overwhelming, as it can be tiresome. The idea of getting a gift is putting effort into how much a person could actually use it. I don’t know about you, but I think a vast majority of people can use the Sugar Plum Frost set. The Sugar Plum Frost set includes: one, 8 oz. 3-in-1 (shampoo, bubble bath, and shower gel morphed into one product) and one, 0.5 oz. Lip Shine. If you can imagine the smell of fresh plums with a hint of sugar and creamy vanilla, you are going to imagine an amazingly incredible scent. I love the idea that although the scent/flavor is prevalent, it is not overpowering. The Sugar Plum Frost set is available at your nearest Sephora or Philosophy retailer, as it is also available on the official Philosophy.com website too. It is just $18. For under $20, you just cannot go wrong with this gift. The children were all nestled all snug in their beds. While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads. Whether you are an adult or a child, you are destined to love the Sugar Plum Frost set.

The Gingerbread House set includes: one, 8 oz. Gingerbread Girl Foaming Bubble Bath and one, 8 oz. Gingerbread Man Shower Gel. The Gingerbread Girl is sweeter than the Gingerbread Man, but both are sweet. The cloves are more noticeable in the Gingerbread Man fragrance, as the vanilla is more pronounced in the Gingerbread Girl. I enjoy them both, which is why I recommend this gift. The Gingerbread House set is available at your nearest Sephora or Philosophy retailer for just $12. You can also buy it from the official website, as well. It is originally $20, so in the a nutshell you are saving $8. This is not only a great gift, but a fun gift too. Can you believe that December 25th 2011 is almost here?

I love Christmas and what better way to enjoy the holidays (and not just Christmas, but Hanukah and Kwanzaa too) then with the gift of Philosophy.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Look at the 7 Most Popular and Different Types of Eyeliner

Afshar Beauty's Kajal Liner in Paradise Siyah.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar/Yahoo!
Associated Content)
Eyeliner is one of the hottest beauty essentials in the world today. More than likely a vast majority of women that make up status quo society will have this necessity in their beauty bag. With everything from pencil, retractable, liquid, kajal, powder, kohl, cream, and gel, eyeliner remains to be the ultimate makeup necessity. Eyeliner is used to simply make your eyes stand out or "pop". Applying eyeliner is simple, so today I am demonstrate 7 different types of eyeliner.


7. Powder. Out of all of the eyeliners, the powder application is the least complex. The best individual makeup looks created using the powder eyeliner are the smoky eye inspired makeup looks, as well as, the exotic makeup looks that are inspired by Africa, Asia, South America, and Eurasia.


6. Liquid. Some of the best makeup is inspired by the 20s, 30s, and 40s era. Although application varies, liquid liner is relatively simple. Most of the time the liquid liner is used to create timeless inspired makeup looks influenced by some of the beautiful female classic celebrities of the past 30s-40s era such as Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner.


5. Pencil/Retractable. These are the most common eyeliners, which make them incredibly flexible. Whether you want to line the outer or inner part of your eye, you can do so with both the pencil and retractable eyeliners. You can create just about any inspired makeup look with the pencil/retractable eyeliners.


4. Kohl. Even though the kohl liner is similar to the pencil and retractable eyeliners, it tends to be a little thicker and more cream based than both. The best eye makeup looks created with kohl liners are definitely the smoky eye looks or any makeup inspired look using a lot of smudging towards the outer corners of the eye. The kohl is also great for lining both the waterlines.


3. Cream. When it comes to cream eyeliner, there is simply no limit. After you apply it, it dries immediately after. It comes in a variety of colors and formulas. The cream liner is used to create an array of eye looks that range from a simple smoky eye to a classic inspired makeup look.


2. Kajal. Some of the best kept secrets are influenced by foreign cultures and the kajal eyeliner is no exception. The kajal liner is a kohl liner comes together in a huge point. It's primary function is to line not just around the eyes, but the waterlines too. The kajal liner is used to create exotic eyes which are heavily influenced by the Middle East and Eurasian cultures.


1. Gel. If you are looking to achieve just about any type of eyeliner style, you cannot go wrong with the gel liner. It goes incredibly smooth, yet light. It is not visible like the cream, but tends to dry instantaneously. You can easily fix mistakes. The gel eyeliner is used to create everything from a cat eye inspired makeup look to even an Arabic eye inspired makeup look.

The Body Shop: The Body and Leg Shine

The Body and Leg Shine by
The Body Shop.
 (Photo by Sarah Afshar/Yahoo!
Associated Content) 
The Body Shop is an internationally known cosmetic company that emphasizes the natural concept, so every product available is made with only natural ingredients. I love the Body Shop because the company is very big on animal rights and also makes great products.


Recently, when shopping at The Body Shop, I was influenced to purchase the Body and Leg Shine. After contemplating the idea of the overall niche the product delivered, I was convinced to try it.


PROS


When it comes to my skin type, I am combination, but I lean more toward oily in the summer months. I noticed that after applying this and going out in the sun, it did not fade away. I also noticed that when working out, it did not smear off and make a mess like others I have used. It is definitely a long-lasting product.


When it comes to the Body and Leg Shine at The Body Shop, there are numerous reasons it is a wonderful product. It is primarily made up natural ingredients, which are not only safe but healthy too. Some of them include aloe vera gel, hibiscus flower extract, leaf oil, mica, orange oil, sabdariffa extract, lemon oil, black pepper oil, water and more.


It is available in two shades. 01 is the Light & Medium shade, and 02 is the Medium & Dark shade. I am an NC42 in MAC cosmetics. I have tried both 01 and 02 and found that the 02 shows up better on me. If you have a light complexion and you use the 02 shade, you will end up with streaks.


Although I love using this on my legs, I also use it on my arms, shoulders, back, stomach and neckline, as well as, decollete. It is a multi-use product, which makes it another reason to love it.


CONS


I would not recommend this product to anyone who has an extremely deep skin tone. Although it may keep your skin moisturized, it will not be visible or show up.


RATING - 90 %


You can purchase The Body and Leg Shine for $18.50, but it is currently on sale for about $8. It is available at your nearest Body Shop retailer or the official store, as well as the website. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Absolutely. Would I use this product again? Most definitely. In fact, I already have. If you are looking for naturally, yet subtle ways to enhance your skin, you cannot go wrong with the Body and Leg Shine.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Look at the Best Navy Blue Mascaras for 2011

Mascara is not only used as a coating to emphasize the lashes, it is used to create the illusion of fuller lashes that are not only visible and noticeable, but defined and voluminized too. This very popular beauty essential has seniority in the beauty world and has defied the world of modern beauty at it's finest. There are so many navy blue mascaras in the beauty world today, so I have decided to narrow down the numerous navy blue mascaras to only the best of 2011.


Dior is a beauty brand that has a lot of dominance in the cosmetic industry. Although theorists debate the relevance of Dior's beauty line in comparison to it's fashion, many enthusiasts believe that Dior's beauty matches up it's au courant, in vogue couture. I have to agree and if Dior's Diorshow isn't an example, I do not know what is. If you are searching for a great navy blue mascara, I definitely recommend Dior's Diorshow Iconic Mascara in "Navy Blue". The color is a deep navy blue shade, rather than a bright or dark navy blue shade. This mascara is highly pigmented, but produces a color payoff that is highly evident. I also love this mascara because the applicator is fantastic, as the brush is modestly big and coats every lash without catching the skin. This mascara also does not clump or flake. You can purchase Dior's Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Navy Blue for $27 at your nearest Dior retailer or Sephora. If you are looking to use an amazingly paramount mascara, you cannot go wrong with this fabulous Dior addition.


They say the best things in life are free, however; I believe the best things in life are only natural. One of the best natural things is definitely Korres Deep Colour Mascara in "Black Blue 04". The color is stunning, as it is a dark navy blue. It is very natural looking. It is also part of one of the most popular natural cosmetic lines in the world today, so it is relatively good for your lashes too. I love the fact that this mascara is pigmented and produces a color payoff that is phenomenal. After searching, as well as, trying an array of navy blue mascaras, I have come to the conclusion that this wonderful addition by Korres is one of the best navy blue mascaras of 2011. You can purchase Korres Deep Colour Mascara at your nearest Korres retailer or Sephora for just $18. I absolutely love Korres and I guarantee that once you try this mascara in Black Blue 04, you will too.


Yves Saint Laurent was a genius and as a result, he created a brand of prestige that was tasteful, yet classy and high-end. Part of creating some of the most amazing styles of fashion, he also had the opportunity to create a beauty brand that catered to everyone across the globe. Recently, when shopping at the Sephora in New York City, I had the opportunity to try Yves Saint Laurent's Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara in "6 Deep" which is a magnificent dark navy blue mascara with a black essence. The color is natural, but very navy blue. One thing about this high-end beauty brand, the product is very close to being remotely pristine and this mascara is no exception. Not only does Yves Saint Laurent's Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara not clump, it doesn't dry out and flake. Yves Saint Laurent's Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara in 6 Deep Night can be purchased at your nearest Yves Saint Laurent retailer or at Sephora for $30. Would I use this mascara again? Most definitely.


Sometimes you have to go through several apples before finding one that is just right. After trying an array of mascaras, I finally had the opportunity to discover Lancome's Definicils Mascara in Navy, making it one of the best navy blue mascaras for 2011. The color is more of a bright navy blue, rather than a dark navy blue. Despite being relatively pigmented, you can build color. I love this mascara because it not only defines my lashes, but creates a semblance that is extremely chic. You can purchase Lancome's Definicils Mascara in Navy at your nearest Lancome retailer or at Sephora for $24.50. I will admit, I love Lancome and am a huge aficionado and I think after trying this incredible navy blue mascara, you just may question your stance too. Haha.


How important is quality vs. quantity? What if I were to tell you that you can purchase an outstanding navy blue mascara for under $10? If you are looking for a mascara that has defined the odds of mixing affordable, yet inexpensive with modestly pricey, high-end, NYX in "Navy" is it. Navy is more of a vibrant navy blue that stands out, yet is subtle. It is pigmented, so you can build color. It does not smear, as it does not crease. It also does not clump. The fact that it is $5 not only makes it incredibly worth it, but incredible for the quality. You can purchase NYX's Mascara in Navy at your nearest NYX retailer or Cherry Culture. You can also purchase it through your NYX distributor. Whether you are a makeup enthusiast or just someone looking for a wonderful navy blue mascara, this one should be in your beauty bag right now.

Sarah's Classic Intense Smoky Eye Makeup

When it comes to creating the ultimate smoky eye, there are a lot of qualities to look at. You want to create something that is clean, yet dramatic and visible. You don't want your smoky eye to look theatrical or robust. You also want to pair your smoky eye with a neat face and lighter lip because your goal is to draw attention to your eyes and no other features.

Recently, I had the opportunity to create the "Sarah Afshar Classic Intense Smoky Eye Makeup Look" which is an incredible makeup look that I randomly produced before going out with friends. Although this look is very much wearable during any time of day (and if you want to wear this during the day, you are more than welcome to do so), it is better to wear during the evening hours.

You want to begin by priming your face with a foundation primer. Primer works as a sealer, which allows your makeup to last relatively long. It also prevents your makeup from fading or creasing. I also love primer because it prevents breakouts. Although I tend to use Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer, for this particular makeup look, I am going to use Boscia's Skin Perfecting Primer. It is my first time using this primer, so expect a review of it soon. You want to apply the primer all over your face and let it set for about a minute or two.

As you continue, you want to apply your foundation, as well as, concealer. Most of the time, I don't wear foundation, however; when I create any kind of stand-alone inspired makeup look, I always apply it. I tend to apply concealer before my foundation and then reapply if necessary. Although I tend to use MAC's Select Cover Concealer in NC42, for this particular look, I am going to try a new concealer I recently discovered from Tarte. It is called Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer. I am going to use the Tan shade. Using the 195 MAC brush, I am going to apply the concealer on my face. Concealer is much thicker than foundation, so you don't need to use a lot.

Foundation is always key when creating any kind of makeup look. Although I tend to use MAC's Studio Fix Fluid in NC42, for this particular look, I am going to try a new foundation by Bobbi Brown. It is called Skin Foundation SPF 15. I am going to use shade Golden 6. Using a MAC 190 brush, I am going to apply my foundation all over my face. When it comes to foundation, there are no limits because you can blend. I am going to blend any excess foundation using a BeautyBlender.

Applying a setting powder is very important because it prepares your makeup, constructing a canvas. This also allows your makeup to last long. For this particular look, I am going to use a translucent powder. Using a powder that is not translucent can make your skin appear pasty and that is not the look you want to achieve. For the Sarah Afshar Classic Intense Smoky Eye Makeup Look, I am going to use MAC's Blot Pressed Powder in Medium Dark. This inspired makeup look is for every woman with every skin tone, so you don't have to use the exact colors, as I am. Using a MAC 134 brush, I am going to apply the blot powder all over my face.

For this particular inspired makeup look, you want to use a natural looking blush. Today, I am just going to use a subtle, yet natural looking blush. You want to use a blush that is darker than your skin tone, but not too cool or too warm. Although I tend to use NARS blushes, for this look, I am going to use Illamasqua's Powder Blusher in Create. Using a MAC 116 brush, I am going to apply Create on my cheeks, as well as, my nose, forehead, and chin. Keep in mind, you don't have to use this particular brush, as there are a ton of great blush brushes, as well as, dupes.

When it comes to producing the ultimate smoky eye, you need to first and foremost, prime your eye. In fact, priming your eye is an absolute must. What a better way to start by applying an eyeshadow primer all over the lid, as well as, on the crease to the brow bone. Although I love Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion, I am going to use a different eyeshadow primer. For this look, I am going to use NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Primer prevents your makeup from making a mess and eyeshadow primer is a very important beauty essential to those looking to create only the hottest smoky eye.

The eyes are the most important feature to enhance and when it comes to this look, there are simply no limits. You definitely want to create a dramatic smoky eye, but you also want to keep it at a minimal if you intend to wear it in public. There is a huge difference between dramatic and theatrical, so keep it dramatic. The last thing you want to be a punch line to a joke. For the Sarah Afshar Classic Intense Smoky Eye Makeup Look, I am going to use three different shades of eye shadow. The darkest shade will be a black matte. The neutral shade, which will be used the most, will be a dark matte brown. The lightest will be the highlight, which is a light gold shimmer. When it comes to any smoky eye, you don't want to use all shimmer shades.

You want to begin simply by applying the neutral shade. It is the default shade in this particular makeup look. For this individual makeup look, I am going to use Lancome's Color Design Sensational Effects Eyeshadow in Couture. Remember, there are so many different types of eyeshadows, as well as, shades, so you are destined to find a dupe. Using a MAC 213 brush, you want to apply this eyeshadow all over the lid, going only slightly past the crease. You can use a modest amount. You don't want to take it past the crease.

The darkest shade is a black matte. There are so many amazing black matte eyeshadows in the beauty world right now, however; my favorite black matte eyeshadow is definitely MAC's eyeshadow in Carbon. It is incredibly pigmented and produces one of the best color payoffs in the beauty world to date. Using a MAC 275 brush, I am going to apply the black matte eyeshadow on the outer edges of my eye. You want to only apply to the edges of the eye. You do not want to apply it all over the lid, like you did with the Couture eyeshadow. You also do not want to take this eyeshadow past the crease.

Using a blending brush, you want to blend the darkest shade Carbon, the black matte eyeshadow towards the middle part of the eye, creating a smoking effect. For this particular look, I am going to use MAC's 224 brush. As you continue, you want to apply more of the Couture shade, but do not blend.

Once you have finished applying the darkest and neutral shade of eyeshadow, you want to apply the highlight. You want something that is a pale golden shimmer. For the Sarah Afshar Classic Intense Smoky Eye Makeup Look, I am going to use MAC's eyeshadow in Nylon. Using a MAC 242 brush, I am going to apply the highlight (the lightest shade) up towards the brow bone. MAC's eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, so you don't need to use a lot.

You want to line your water line with a Kohl based liner. You also want to tightline and line the upper waterline, as well. For this particular look, I am going to use Afshar Beauty's Kajal liner in Paradise Siyah, which is an intense black. There are numerous Kajal liners in the market. In fact, Sephora recently introduced one called the Smoky Kohl Eyeliner. You want to take the same liner and line your eyes. Remember, you can blend, so if you make any mistakes don't worry about it. You want to apply it generously.

The eyebrows should be a little dramatic, but not over the top. They should still be natural looking. I absolutely love using Benefit Brow zings, however; for this particular makeup look, I am going to use Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Color in Medium. You want to make sure that your brows are colored in, but you want to make them a little refined, yet sharp, giving them a glamour-like appearance.

Mascara primer is optional. If I am going to be gone for a long period of time, I really like to apply it because it prevents my mascara from making a mess. There are numerous mascara primers on the beauty market, however; for today's makeup look, I am going to use Clinique's Lash Building Primer. You don't need to apply a lot, but do apply enough. For mascara, I tend to use Dior relatively often. Whether it's the regular Diorshow mascara or the Iconic mascara, I am an enthusiast. For the Sarah Afshar Classic Intense Smoky Eye Makeup Look, I am going to use Kat Von D's Sin-Full Lash Mascara in Black. You want to apply a modest amount, but you don't want to apply so much that your lashes look dry and/or spider-like.

The lips should be light. You can use nude, as well as, pink, but try to stay in the natural zone. You want the attention to be drawn to your eyes, not your lips, so your goal is to simply use a lighter lip product. For the Sarah Afshar Classic Intense Smoky Eye Makeup Look, I am going to use a natural lip lining product, followed by a natural looking lipstick. I am going to use Sephora's Retractable Waterproof Lip Liner in Nude. Then, I am going to apply Laura Mercier's Creme Lip Colour in Tea Rose.

You are done. Congratulations, you have just created the "Sarah Afshar Classic Intense Smoky Eye Makeup Look". Great job!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Top 10 Drugstore Mascaras of 2011


Rimmel London's Max Volume Flash Lash.
One of the best drugstore mascaras of 2011.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
When it comes to beauty, there are no limits. When it comes to choosing a good mascara out of thousands, well, it is a very tough thing to do. Mascara serves as an enhancing medium that is not only scientifically safe but highly effective too. One thing is certain, mascara is as universal and unique as the individual who wears it. Although spending a little more on mascara definitely provides with you fabulous results, you don't have to spend a lot to wear and enjoy it. I have decided to narrow down the numerous drugstore brand mascaras to only the top 10 of 2011.



10. Neutrogena's Healthy Lengths Mascara. When it comes to choosing a good mascara, there is a lot to contemplate. With real rice protein, Neutrogena's Healthy Lengths Mascara not only creates the appearance of full lashes, but also keeps your lashes healthy and strong. It creates definition that is long-lasting and doesn't fade nor crease. It also doesn't clump, which is a sign of a good mascara. Neutrogena's Healthy Lengths Mascara is available in an array of shades which include Carbon Black 01, Black 02, and Black/Brown 03. You can purchase Neutrogena's Healthy Lengths Mascara at your nearest Neutrogena retailer for about $8.99. Currently, at CVS (also CVS.com) this fantastic mascara is on sale for a little over $7. If you are looking for a great drugstore mascara, I definitely recommend this one.



9. Iman's Perfect Mascara. Recently, when shopping at Ulta in Dallas, I had the opportunity to discover Iman's Perfect Mascara. I am not exactly an Iman enthusiast, as I have never really tried any of her makeup products. I always thought she was stunning and unique as a person with some modest business sense, but never tried her products. I must say that Iman's Perfect Mascara is fantastic. As this mascara coats every lash, it also conditions. I love the fact that is very pigmented. The color payoff that is produced is so modish and chic. Iman's Perfect Mascara also does not dry out or clump. This mascara is available in black. You can purchase Iman's Perfect Mascara for $7. It can be purchased at your nearest Iman retailer or Ulta. Opulent lashes with magnificent color. What can be better than that?



8. Hard Candy's Last Call Lengthening Mascara. Some of the best mascaras are available in your nearest drug store and Hard Candy's Last Call Lengthening Mascara is undeniably one of them. My lashes were lengthened, yet voluminized. The colors are quite pigmented, yet subtle. This product does not clump nor dry out. You can build color to create the look you want to achieve. This mascara is so audacious and vibrant, that it comes in so many cool colors. They include: Black, Black/Brown, Bright Blue, Hot Pink and Teal. You can purchase Hard Candy's Last Call Lengthening Mascara at your nearest Hard Candy retailer or Walmart for $6, and if you don't feel like leaving your house, you can go on Walmart.com and actually order this mascara directly to your home and guess what? You pay no shipping. If you are looking for a great mascara, Hardy Candy's Last Calling Lengthening Mascara is the one.



7. Revlon's Double Twist Voluminizing Mascara. Like your lashes today, love your lashes tomorrow. If you are searching for a drugstore mascara that dispenses real benefits, you are going to love this remarkable addition to Revlon. My lashes truly were voluminized. I also loved the fact that this mascara does not clump or dry out. I have always considered myself a mascara expert and one of the worst things a mascara can do is dry out and dry your lashes to the point that the product flakes off and makes a mess. This mascara doesn't do that. Revlon's Double Twist Voluminizing Mascara is available in black and blackest black. You can purchase Revlon's Double Twist Voluminizing Mascara at your nearest Revlon retailer or Walmart. In fact, for a limited time, Wal-Mart has marked down the mascara in blackest black from $7.48 to just $5.92 and guess what? If you order from Walmart's official website, walmart.com, you can get free shipping.



6. Rimmel London's The MAX Volume Flash Mascara. When shopping at Ulta in Denver, I had the opportunity to try and buy this mascara. I must say that I was very impressed with it overall. The brush is huge, which makes the overall application easy. The color is pigmented, as it is color building and relatively long lasting. This mascara is available in two colors - Black and Extreme Black. You can purchase Rimmel London's The MAX Volume Flash Mascara at your nearest Rimmel London retailer (whether it be Ulta or Wal-Mart, etc) for $7.29. I was so impressed with this amazing addition to Rimmel London, which is why it is one of the best drugstore mascaras of 2011.



5. Maybelline's Colossal Mascara. After trying a variety of mascaras, I have come to the conclusion that this is clearly one of the best drugstore mascaras in the world right now. Maybelline's Colossal Mascara is heavily pigmented and goes on smooth, drying very quickly. This mascara does not clump. After using this mascara for a few weeks, I noticed that my lashes actually started to grow. At first, I thought it was my imagination, but then as time proceeded, I noticed other changes. This mascara is good for your lashes. Maybelline's Colossal Mascara comes in three colors. They include Classic Black, Glam Black and Glam Brown. This mascara is also available in Waterproof formula. You can purchase Maybelline's Colossal Mascara at your nearest Ulta or Maybelline retailer for $6.99. If you are looking for a fabulous mascara that truly does match up to some high-end mascaras, this mascara should be in your beauty bag right now. Adds to cart!



4. Cover Girl's LashBlast Mascara. I remember watching the commercial with Queen Latifah and thinking "Wow, that mascara brush is huge for a drugstore mascara." I never tried it and then when visiting Ulta in the heart of NYC, I had the opportunity to do so. Needless to say, I was so enthusiastic to the point I was impressed with how good it actually is. The color pay off produced by this incredible drugstore mascara is intense. It lasted long, producing a very pigmented color payoff. It also does not dry up, as it does not clump. Did I mention that I love the brush? You can choose from an array of colors that range from Very Black, Black, Black Brown and Brown. This mascara is also available in Waterproof formula. You can purchase Cover Girl's LashBlast Mascara at your nearest Cover Girl retailer or at Walmart for $8.99. With a formula that works resplendently and a brush that huge, this drugstore mascara has marked it's place in the top 10 drugstore mascaras of 2011.



3. Maybelline's Great Lash Big Washable Mascara. The formula of this mascara product is sensational, making it one of the best drugstore mascaras in the world today. I love the fact that every shade is pigmented, yet produces a color payoff that is incredible visible without drying out your lashes. I love this mascara because it does not glob, clump or dry out. The brush is so huge that it gives Benefit BadGAL a run for her money. Maybelline's Great Lash Big Washable Mascara is available in three shades. They include: Blackest Black, Very Black and Brownish Black. Also available in waterproof formula. You can purchase Maybelline's Great Lash Big Washable Mascara at your nearest Maybelline retailer, Ulta and Walmart for $4.99. Would I use this mascara again? Absolutely.



2. Rimmel London's The Max Volume Flash Mascara. When it comes to separating fact from fiction, most of the time high-end mascaras always reign supreme. One of the best ways to tell if a mascara really is amazing is the fact that it makes you forget that it is a drugstore mascara. I have used everything from Dior to YSL to Armani, etc and it is refreshing to know that you can find a great mascara at your nearest drug store. I love a mascara that not only dries quickly, but creates a lavish appearance without drying or clumping. Say goodbye to spider lashes. I own this mascara in black. It is also available in Waterproof formula. You can purchase Rimmel London's The Max Volume Flash Mascara at your nearest Rimmel London retailer or at Walmart for $7.29. I absolutely love this drugstore mascara and I think that you will too.



-- and the number one drug store mascara of 2011 is --



*drum roll*



1. L'Oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara. After trying an array of mascaras, I have come to realization that L'Oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara is clearly the best. Not only does it deliver real results, I felt like I was using a high-end mascara when I applied this product. I love everything from the applicator to the actual overall application. Talk about impressive, this mascara does not clump at all. Not only is this mascara pigmented, the color is long-lasting too. I love this mascara because it creates an enrichment that varies depending on the use. This mascara is available in four shades. They include Black, Blackest Black, Carbon Black and Black Brown. You can purchase this phenomenal drugstore mascara at your nearest L'Oreal retailer or Ulta for about $8.99. Don't settle for less, use the best and pay less. L'Oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara is definitely the best drugstore mascara of 2011.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Top 10 Philosophy Must-Haves of 2011

When it comes to loving the skin you are in and appreciating the beauty you were blessed with, Philosophy definitely knows best. Philosophy has abided by the world of skincare, creating products that cater to every person's individual skin attitude. With an array of products that range from skin cleanser to an array of anti-aging products and lip shines, foot treatments, signature fragrances and many more, Philosophy clearly proves why it is one of the finest cosmetic companies in the world today. I have decided to narrow down the numerous Philosophy products to only the top 10 must-haves of 2011.



10. Aloha Girl Lip Shine. One thing I love most about Philosophy's lip shines is the fact that they are natural feeling, but have so many great qualities that can only be found in high end lip products. The hydration is long-lasting and intense, but the product is subtle. Your lips stay moisturized without feeling sticky. The Aloha Girl fragrance is coconut, but the product itself tastes like coconut morphed with vanilla. It is truly amazing. You can purchase Aloha Girl Lip Shine at your nearest Philosophy retailer for just $10. Whether you are looking for a last minute gift for your mother, your sister, your BFF or even yourself, you are destined to not only love Philosophy's Aloha Girl Lip Shine. If you are looking for a great gloss that not only looks good but tastes even better, this product should be in your beauty bag right now.



9. Turbo Booster C Powder. If you are in search of a great skincare product, I recommend this fabulous addition by Philosophy. Once you use Philosophy's Turbo Booster C Powder, you will notice a major improvement in your skin. Not only is your skin balanced, it is hydrated and the individual skin tone, as well as, skin texture has improved significantly. This product is for every skin type, so whether you have dry skin or oily skin, as well as, normal, combination/oily, combination/dry, acne prone and even sensitive skin, this product will work wonders for you. Also, the antioxidants that are fortified in this product will help prevent your skin from aging. It is also water-based, so it's lightweight and can be worn at any time of the day with your favorite moisturizer or even under your favorite makeup. You can buy Turbo Booster C Powder at your nearest Philosophy retailer for just $35. Like the skin you are in today, love the skin you are in tomorrow.



8. Soul Owner. Can you actually admit that you love your feet? It is a well known fact that our feet are very important. When our feet are dry, we tend to feel it. Formulated with salicylic and glycolic acid, Soul Owner is truly an amazing foot product. Whether you have cracked heels or overall dry feet, Soul Owner will give your feet the attention that it deserves. You can purchase Soul Owner at your nearest Philosophy retailer or on the official website, Philosophy.com, for just $14. We all draw attention to other assets, but tend to neglect our feet. The time is now to take charge and receive the ultimate overnight foot makeover. Foot cream that really works. This product is incredibly beneficial to everyone and therefore; is a real winner and a must-have.



7. Be Somebody Green Tea Scrub. Some of the best beauty essentials remain to be undiscovered. Recently, when shopping on Philosophy's official website, Philosophy.com, I had the opportunity to discover Be Somebody. I have been searching for a product that not only exfoliates, but cleanses and conditions the skin and that is exactly what this product does. Not only does Be Somebody gently exfoliate the skin, it moisturizes the skin, while leaving it clean, as a result. The scent of this product is Green Tea, which smells absolutely magnificent. You can purchase Be Somebody at your nearest Philosophy retailer and also on the official website for just $25. Be Somebody is the ultimate green tea, hot salt, tub, and shower scrub. It is also one of the best products by Philosophy for 2011. Pamper yourself right from the comfort, of your own home and Be Somebody.



6. Fresh Peaches and Cream Body Lotion. What is more important than feeling and smelling good, aside from looking good? Well, if you want to not only feel good and smell good, but look good, as a result, you are going to love Fresh Peaches and Cream Body Lotion by Philosophy. Philosophy's Fresh Peaches and Cream Body Lotion is incredibly soothing, as it provides your skin with a natural hydration that is not only immediate, but long-undying too. The peach fragrance in this lotion is rather natural, as it is balanced with a hint of vanilla with creamy floral undertones. I truly love this because it is sweet, but not sickening sweet to the point it smells faux and is overpowering. It is not sour nor tart, as it is definitely decadent. You can purchase Fresh Peaches and Cream Body Lotion at your nearest Philosophy retailer for $24. This remains to be not only be my favorite body lotion by Philosophy, but one of the best body lotions I have ever used. Although I lived in Georgia for about years, I must say that you don't have to be from Georgia to love this. Add it to the bag!



5. Purity Made Simple. I have to tell you, when it comes to choosing a good cleanser for my skin, I am extremely finicky. I use to never be this way, until I developed combination skin, which tends to change depending on the season, as well as, weather. One of my favorite cleansers is definitely Philosophy's Purity Made Simple. Fortified with sage, chamomile, and carrot, this highly efficient, yet effective cleanser purifies your skin quickly, without any risk involved. I noticed after using this product that my skin was incredibly clean, yet refreshed. It really does deep clean, without drying out the skin. You can purchase Purity Made Simple at your nearest Philosophy retailer. Prices vary and start out at just $10 and go up to $40. This product is definitely in my bathroom. The best things in life are not free, they are simple and this product definitely demonstrates why. Definitely one of the top 10 must-haves of 2011.



4. Amazing Grace Spray Fragrance. When choosing a nice fragrance, the key is wearing something that not only you love, but others around you will tolerate. They don't have to love what you are wearing, but they should be able tolerate it. I have been an array of women (and men) that wear disgusting, yet revolting fragrances and I just could not tolerate them. I must be compelled to state that I can tolerate this one. If you are searching for a fragrance that provides you with light floral balanced by subdued musk, Amazing Grace is your fragrance. It is very light, yet clean, but possesses an acquired smell that can be tolerated. You can purchase Amazing Grace at your nearest Philosophy retailer or on the official website. Depending on the size you purchase, prices vary. They start at just $15 and go up to $60. If you are looking for a clean fragrance that is subtle and wearable, as well as, long-lasting you are going to love Amazing Grace.



3. Hope In A Jar. Some of the best skincare essentials are definitely those lightweight moisturizers that create hydration that is not only instantaneous, but long-lasting too. They are also the type of moisturizer that actually balances out your skin, improving it's individual texture over time. If you are searching for a great moisturizing product that actually possesses these qualities and creates these results, I truly recommend Philosophy's Hope In A Jar. It is truly a miracle worker. It is formulated for every skin type under the sun, so everyone can enjoy this product. You can purchase Hope In A Jar at your nearest Philosophy retailer. Prices for this product vary and start at just $15 and go up to $105, depending on the number of ounces you intend to purchase. This product is fantastic and the fact that it is already award winning proves that it is a real must-have.



2. 3-in-1 Almond Cookie. Did you ever search for a product and discover something similar, but better in the process? In the case of Philosophy's 3-in-1 in Almond Cookie, that is exactly what happened. I was searching for a nice almond shower gel and ended up finding something that not only smelled better than what I was originally expecting, but tended to truly dispense great results, that many shower gels do not do in the beauty market. Philosophy's 3-in-1 products not only work as shower gels, they work as a shampoo and also a bubble bath. The hydration is so intense, you would not even guess, unless you were to use this product. The almond in this product is subtle, yet present and is truly balanced by warm vanilla. The scent is also rather long-lasting too. You can purchase Almond Cookie at your nearest Philosophy retailer or on the official website for $16. This is definitely one of my favorite Philosophy products and I guarantee that once you try it, it will be one of your favorites too.



- and the number one Philosophy Beauty must-have is -



*drum roll*



1. 3-in-1 Cinnamon Buns. Philosophy's 3-in-1 products are some of the best products created by Philosophy. Not only do they work as a shampoo, they work as a shower gel and bubble bath. The lather that develops when adding a little water is phenomenal. The smell is incredible, as it leaves a lot to not only be desired, but loved too. The scent is also natural smelling and quite long-lasting for as subtle as it is. The cinnamon in this product is quite prevalent, but is highly balanced with warm vanilla, making it smell like an actual cinnamon bun. I absolutely love it! You can purchase Philosophy's 3-in-1 Cinnamon Buns at your nearest Philosophy retailer. The 16 oz. is $16, the 32 oz. is $25. After trying numerous Philosophy beauty products, I must say that this one is by far the best one I have used. Whether a gift to your mother, your sister, your girlfriend, your wife, your teacher, your aunt or to the most important person in the world, yourself, anyone who uses this product is going to love it.

Top 10 Urban Decay Must-Haves of 2011

Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
The number one must have of 2011.
(Photo by Urban Decay)
Urban Decay is an American beauty brand that makes a statement. Created in 1996, this cruelty-free cosmetic line proves why it is one of the hottest makeup brands in the world today. With products that are not only daring and audacious but deliver great results that are pigmented and enduring, Urban Decay remains to be one of the most admired yet popular beauty brands in the world. There are so many Urban Decay products, so I have decided to narrow down the many beauty essentials to only the top 10 must-haves of 2011.



10. Lip Junkie Lip Gloss. There is nothing better than stunning lip gloss that isn't sticky, but still manages to stay put. Urban Decay's Lip Junkie Lip Gloss does just that, making it one of the top 10 must-haves of 2011. I love lip products that are natural, yet effective. This lip product gives your lips a boost without any risk, providing intense hydration. When it comes to choosing a good lip gloss, I always look for certain qualities and it seems that Urban Decay's Lip Junkie Lip Gloss truly does have a certain quality, a factor that makes it very alluring. This lip gloss comes in a wide-range, variety of shades. My favorites are definitely "Peroxide" (which is a stunning light pink) and "Naked" (which is a pretty neutral pink). The mint flavor is very pleasing. If you want to purchase Urban Decay's Lip Junkie Lip Gloss, I highly recommend visiting UrbanDecay.com or going to your nearest Sephora. I am a lip junkie and I owe my addiction to Urban Decay's Lip Junkie Lip Gloss for contributing to it.



9. Sparkling Lickable Body Powder. Bring out the beauty you deserve with Urban Decay's Sparkling Lickable Body Powder. Not only is this fabulous addition to Urban Decay a brilliant product that is long-lasting, it is a product that can be used by everyone, making it one of the hottest products of the year. You can apply this to your arms, your legs, your neck, and even your cleavage. Available in 3 beautiful, yet delectable shades/flavors, you are destined to love this product. They include: Honey (dazzling sparkling gold), Cocoa (intense sparkling bronze), and Marshmallow (vivid sparkling white). The packaging is so chic, that the Sparkling Lickable Body Powder is truly gift worthy. You can purchase the Sparkling Lickable Body Powder by Urban Decay at your nearest Urban Decay retailer for $29. Beauty never looked so good, as beauty never tasted so good. Not only will you look yummy, you will taste it too.



8. 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil. Searching for a lip pencil of good quality can be overwhelming, yet time consuming, but recently when shopping at the Sephora in Dallas, I had the pleasure of discovering this amazing lip pencil product, 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil. Not only is this lip pencil long-lasting, it does not flake nor fade, as it does not bleed. It truly lasts long and the formula goes on smoothing, feeling remotely natural, as a result. There are a lot of colors, however; my favorites are definitely "Naked" (neutral pink) and "Paranoid" (dark nude pink). You can buy Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil at your nearest Urban Decay retailer for $18. Don't settle for a lip pencil that doesn't last, settle for one that does and I can tell you that this one does. Clearly, Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil is one of my favorite lip pencils ever.



7. Big Fatty Mascara. Is there such a thing as a perfect mascara? What about a near perfect mascara? Out of the numerous products I have used this year alone, I believe Urban Decay's Big Fatty Mascara is one of my favorites. Infused with real, bona-fide hemp oil, this mascara is destined to grab your attention. Not only does this mascara create big, beautiful lashes without any risk, it creates long lashes that are volumnized without drying them out. One of the worst mascaras once can use are the type that dry out your lashes. This product doesn't do that, which is why I love it. This mascara is a true must-have simply because after I applied it, it looked like I was wearing false eyelashes. I don't even wear false eyelashes, so the result was really amazing. The brush is huge, which I absolutely love. The application is very easy, yet nice. Looking to purchase Big Fatty Mascara? Just visit urbandecay.com right now! It is $20. I absolutely love this mascara and I truly think you will too.



6. 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil. One of the top 10 must-haves by Urban Decay is definitely the 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil. I love the fact that you can use the 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil as not just an eyeshadow, but an eyeshadow base, as well as, an eyeliner. Also, depending on the shade you purchase, you can actually use it as a highlight too. Not only does the cream formula go on smooth, it dries so fast to a nice powder finish that doesn't crease nor fade. It is water resistant and out of the many shadow pencils I have tried, this is easily one of the best there is. There are an array of shades to choose from. My favorites are definitely "Sin" (which is a stunning champagne shade) and "Wasteland" (which is an intense dark brown shade). You can purchase the 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil at your nearest Urban Decay retailer or on the official website, UrbanDecay.com for $20. The time is now to think big and use big. 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil is not only big, it's a pretty big deal.



5. De-Slick Mattifying Powder. A must-have is a must-have. Urban Decay's De-Slick Mattifying Powder is not only lightweight, it is oil absorbing too. Whether you are going for a run or heading to your gym. Whether you are going to the beach or just going to work. This product will truly help you. The powder is a stunning, translucent lavender powder that goes on smooth. It can be worn alone or on top of your foundation. It is great for every skin tone. Whether you are fair or light or beige or black, Urban Decay's De-Slick Mattifying Powder will benefit you. This product is a great essential for the Summer season and also phenomenal for those with oily skin. If your skin is dry, you will still appreciate this product. You can purchase Urban Decay's De-Slick Mattifying Powder at your nearest Urban Decay retailer. I absolutely love this product. Not only is this product a personal favorite of mine, it is a personal favorite to one of the creators of the Urban Decay brand. If that doesn't say something about this product, I don't know what else will.



4. Baked Bronzer for Face and Body. When it comes to any kind of bronzing product, I am very selective. I have used an array of bronzers that I liked and worked, as I have used an array of bronzers that were just terrible. If you are searching for a great bronzer, I truly recommend Urban Decay's Baked Bronzer for Face and Body. I love this product because it is incredibly long-lasting, as well as, pigmented, so you can build color. I love the fact that it is also streak free. You can use this product not only on your face, but all over. The colors are also natural looking and depending on which one you purchase, you can use them in an array of ways. Urban Decay's Baked Bronzer for Face and Body is available in 3 shades. They include: Baked (stunning shimmery bronze), Gilded (gorgeous shimmery bronze with hints of gold), and Toasted (beautiful bronze matte). You can purchase Urban Decay's Baked Bronzer for Face and Body at your nearest Urban Decay retailer or Sephora for $26. Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than to treat yourself to a nice beauty essential, Urban Decay's Baked Bronzer for Face and Body.



3. All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Whether you are going to a party or even your local gym, you are going to want a product that prevents your makeup from making a mess. If you are in search of a product that is lightweight, yet incredibly effective, Urban Decay's All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is the answer. This setting spray does just that and more, as it is used to prevent your makeup from fading, as well as, creasing. Your makeup will not melt away, making it a revolutionary product and a true must-have. The simplicity of this product is also astonishing, as it is very easy to use. It is also hypoallergenic, so it is formulated for every skin type. Plus, one pump of the mist actually spreads the product evenly. It is definitely one of the best makeup setting sprays there is. You can buy Urban Decay's All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray at your nearest Sephora, as well as, Urban Decay retailer for $29. If you want your makeup to stay on, this should be in your beauty bag right now. Adds to cart!



2. 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. If there were an award for one of the best eyeliners in the world Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils would definitely be on it. I love this product because the formula is smooth, but also long-lasting. Also, it doesn't irritate your eyes. I have sensitive eyes and I could line my waterline with this product, as I could tightline with this product. This eye pencil comes in an array of colors. My favorites definitely include: Zero (intense black), Oil Slick (vivid black with silver glitter reflects), Rockstar (deep purple with black reflects), Stash (dark, yet deep gold green), and Binge (bright navy blue). You can purchase Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil at your nearest Urban Decay retailer for $18. If you are looking to use one of the best eye pencils in the world (yes, I said it, in the world) I truly recommend Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. Don't settle for less, settle for the best.



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1. Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Every makeup enthusiast always knows the importance of eyeshadow primer. Not only is this primer long-lasting, it is crease and fade proof, making it the number one must have. After applying this product on your eyelids, before applying your favorite eyeshadow, you will notice a huge difference. Not only will your eyeshadow go on smooth, it will last long, as a result. Also, depending on the shade that you purchase, you can wear it not only as an eyeshadow base, but as an actual stand-alone eyeshadow, as well as, a highlighter. Available in four shades that range from Original (clear) to Eden (pristine nude matte) to Greed (intense gold shimmer) to Sin (vivid champagne shimmer) this product is destined to become one of your favorite beauty essentials right now. You can purchase the Eyeshadow Primer Potion for $19 at your nearest Urban Decay retailer. Out of the many eyeshadow primers I have used, I absolutely believe that Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion is the best, making it the number one Urban Decay must-have of 2011.

Top 10 Uses for St. John's Wort

St. John's Wort is simply an herb that was created to treat depression, but what you don't realize is that this aromatic plant has more values than one. Commonly known as Chase Devil, St. John's Wort has proved to be highly effective in treating an array of problematic health issues that vary tangibly (wounds, burns or any kind of challenging health issue that cannot be solved internally) and intangibly (depression or any kind of knotty health issue that cannot be solved externally). There are several ways one can use this undervalued herb, but today I am going to talk about the top 10 uses for St. John's Wort.



10. Treatment for Sunburn. St. John's Wort serves as a radical healer, especially when used over a period of time. It is recommended that you cleanse your skin modestly before massaging St. John's Wort oil on top of the burns. Sometimes the results are immediate, however; sometimes it takes time. It is also scientifically proven that St. John's Wort is highly effective in treating regular burns that are unrelated to the sun. Depending on your actual burn type (with I being less severe that your skin is just red and burning to IV so severe that the actual tissues of the skin are scalded) the use of St. John's Wort serves a natural, yet clinically safe medium to help treat burns.



9. Treatment for Acute Insomnia. St. John's Wort works to create a balance in the brain, allowing you to achieve the appropriate rest and relaxation you very much deserve. Having trouble sleeping? No worries. St. John's Wort is here to help. Insomnia is created by an array of things such as stress, anxiety, hormonal changes, pain and caffeine. It is a proven fact that if you mix St. John's Wort with alcohol and let it sit for 21 days in the sun, you will create an affect that serves as the ultimate concoction that treats acute insomnia.



8. Healing Small Wounds. St. John's Wort proves why it is beneficial in more ways than one. Applying the oil has proved to be incredibly effective in not just pain management, but the actual origin of the pain. Just by applying a little oil into the wound areas, you will sooth these wounded areas immediately. If the wounds are open, it is recommended that you take St. John's Wort and mix it with alcohol. Leave the mixture in a warm temperature (preferably in the sun, however; if the sun is not visible, it is recommended that you leave it in a warm temperature) for about three weeks. Take the result of the mixture and apply it on the open wound about three times a day. When I was hit by a car while riding my bike last year, I applied St. John's Wort oil all over the huge hematoma bruise with a pain rating of 8/10. It truly did deliver results.



7. Restrained Appetite for Weight Loss. St. John's Wort provides you with an array of antioxidant chemical qualities which work together to not only curb your appetite, but speed up your metabolism. I bet you didn't know that. For the best results, it is recommended that you take organic St. John's Wort and grind it, then sprinkle it onto your food or into a cup of your favorite tea. It also works as a great detox, especially when you drink the grinded herb and sprinkle the result into green tea.



6. Treatment for Moderate OCD (or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). St. John's Wort has been systematically proven to treat restrained cases of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. The compulsions, as well as, obsessions associated with OCD vary and range from constant hand washing to obsessions with food and individual subconscious thoughts and more. Whether you suffer from anxiety or any kind of abnormal illness, St. John's Wort will definitely benefit you. Although there are many factors to contemplate, it has been prescribed for centuries way before any SSRI has been developed. The most common form to treat OCD is definitely the capsules/pills. St. John's Wort also helps with the treatment of Dyskinesia.



5. Treatment for Infection. St. John's Wort not only works as a inferior antibiotic, but also a secondary disinfectant. It is also a great antiseptic, which serves as an active microbicide. Whether you suffer from Gastritis (which causes the lining of the stomach to swell) or Gingivitis (which is caused by severe inflammation of the gums as a result of bacteria and disease) and more. St. John's Wort is also great for Thrush. It is recommended to use it in an oil form, but using the capsules/pills is confirmed to be successful too. St. John's Wort also works to create free radicals.



4. Treatment for Restrained Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis (commonly known as RA) is a very serious auto immune disease and as a result, those that suffer from RA are in major need of pain management. Although vegetable capsules are a very common use of St. John's Wort in modern times, it is highly recommended that to treat RA (or Rheumatoid Arthritis) using a St. John's Wort medium, you must use the oil form rather than the powder form. It is recommended that you massage the oil into the areas where the pain is prevalent. It is also good for those that suffer from Neuralgia and other diseases that require immediate pain management.



3. Treatment for Dry Skin. St. John's Wort works to stimulate the skin cells, increasing circulation. As a result, your skin is hydrated and moisturized. When it comes to treating dry skin using a St. John's Wort medium, I highly recommend using the St. John's Wort oil. Using it on your face will not only balance out your skin's texture, but it will refresh your skin naturally. It is a well known scientific fact that it also works to treat an array of skin diseases such as Eczema and Dermatitis. Because St. John's Wort possesses an array of antioxidant properties, it works great to not only treat dry skin but maintain a natural moisture.



2. Treatment for Temperate Addiction. Whether one suffers from alcoholism or even an addiction to cigarettes, St. John's Wort has proven to be an effective treatment to those that suffer from such. We already know that it works great for those individuals who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (or OCD), but how does St. John's Wort work for those who suffer from minor addictions? Simple. It works as a solution to camouflage the impulses created from addiction. It is recommended that you take the capsules/pills of St. John's Wort for the best results.



1. Treatment for Mild-to-Moderate Depression. It is a well known fact that depression is simply a gloomy, yet miserable condition of feeling empty. No one wants to feel this way, let alone be this way and thankfully with the use of St. John's Wort, you don't have to. Depression is linked to variations in the brain that help communicate with the brain's neurotransmitters. St. John's Wort's most effective use is not only scientifically safe without needles, drugs or risk, but has proved to be highly accommodating long-term. Depression can happen to just about everyone and most of the time, those that do have it, are very reluctant to talk about it. If you are leaning toward discretion, you cannot go wrong with St. John's Wort. Although individual states of depression vary, St. John's Wort serves as a rather helpful method to treat it.