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.



- and the number one Urban Decay must-have of 2011 is -



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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.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Laura Mercier's Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist, the Ultimate Skin Food for Your Face

Laura Mercier's
Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist.
(Photo by Laura Mercier)
Laura Mercier is a woman with a voice, a vision and most importantly, a message. She is an icon when it comes to art and has managed to create a name for herself in the beauty world. Producing some of the most amazing beauty essentials in the world today, Laura Mercier is clearly one of the best beauty brands out there. Recently, when shopping at Sephora in New York City, I had the opportunity to try Laura Mercier's Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist.
PROS
Sometimes the best toners come in mist forms. I have to admit, despite it's few discrepancies, I find that this Laura Mercier skin care addition definitely exceeds in strengths. Although I identify my skin type as being "combination," it leans more toward oily in the summer and spring, as it leans towards dry in the fall and winter. If you are searching for a mist that is incredibly hydrating and not over drying, you are destined to love Laura Mercier's Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist.
Whether you have very oily skin or very dry skin, Laura Mercier's Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist is the skincare essential you need. Although, I must say that this is a phenomenal product for those women with dry skin. If you are a woman with dry skin and looking for a moisturization that is lightweight and instantaneous, you are definitely going to find this product appealing.
Although this hydrating facial mist states that it prepares your skin for serums and moisturizers, it is also great before applying makeup. Also, if you have oily skin or even combination/oil or normal skin, you don't even need a moisturizer before applying Laura Mercier's Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist. Having all of the ingredients that make a great toner, but also including the hydration that is a key ingredient in skin maintenance, this product is amazing.
This product is dermatologist tested, which means it is great for any skin type. There was a time in my life when I suffered from an acute case of acne to the point that cystic acne developed. After doing skin management, it went away. This happened last year during the months of October and November 2010. I noticed when I used this product, my skin began to improve dramatically. Definitely non-comedogenic.
CONS
I believe this product is great for almost every skin type, but I don't think it is beneficial to those women with oilier skin types. I love using this product in the winter and fall months simply because my skin tends to be drier in those seasons, but when I tried to use this in the summer season, it just didn't deliver as good as it did when my skin was on the drier side.
RATING - 89 %
You can purchase Laura Mercier's Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist at your nearest Sephora or Laura Mercier retailer for $38. Would I recommend this product? Yes, especially to those women with dry skin, looking for a quick hydration fix that is not only instantaneous, but long-lasting. Would I use this product again? Yes, but only during the Fall and Winter season. Love the skin you are in today because you will not only feeling beautiful but look beautiful to those that see you.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sephora's Self-Tanning Tinted Bronzing Mist, a Great yet Minimal Self-Tanning Product

Sephora's Self Tanning Tinted
Bronzing Mist.
(Photo by Sephora)
Summer is here! If you are one of those people that is looking to achieve a sexy, summer glow without any expose involved, you are destined to not only love self-tanning products but appreciate them much more so. Recently, when shopping at Sephora in Boise, Idaho, I had the opportunity to discover Sephora's latest product, Body Self-Tanning Tinted Bronzing Mist.
PROS
When it comes to selecting and choosing a good self tanning product, there is a lot to contemplate. One of those contemplations is definitely a self-tanning product that looks natural. I am an NC40-NC42 in MAC Cosmetics (and if you know anything about that, you would know that I am about a medium/tan complexion). I noticed that the color of this product is natural and doesn't have an orange color that looks like acute oxidation. If you are finicky about anything you put on your skin, I guarantee you are going to be impressed with this self-tanning product.

I have to tell you, when it comes to any kind of lotion or spray, I love products that are not only long-lasting but fast-drying too. Sephora's Body Self-Tanning Tinted Bronzing Mist is one of those products. If you are looking for a self tanner that dries instantaneous, you are definitely going to love this fantastic Sephora addition. Also because of this, you don't have to worry about blending this product because it works on its own.
Some of the best products I have discovered recently have been relatively affordable. If you are searching for a self tanning product that delivers great results for less than $10, you are going to love Sephora's Body Self-Tanning Tinted Bronzing Mist. Although the price is originally $12, because it is summer, Sephora has knocked down the price to just $5. If you think about this price versus some of the drug store brands, you are getting a phenomenal deal for a high-end product.
CONS
If you are looking for a self-tanning product that is highly pigmented, delivering intense, yet highly visible results, you are not going to get it with this product. The color in Sephora's Body Self-Tanning Tinted Bronzing Mist is natural and although it can be built, you will not go from fair to tan in just one use.
Despite being a great tanning for a great price, this product is not suitable for all skin types. My skin is combination and although it is drier in the winter, it tends to be more oily in the spring and summer months. Although, this product worked great for me, I think because of the actual formulation of this self-tanning product, it is not suitable for those with really dry skin.
The scent of this product is more tropical because it has mango with hints of Monoi flower. If you are one that is all about fragrances in products, especially at self-tanning products and you do not appreciate tropical smells, you may not find Sephora's Body Self-Tanning Tinted Bronzing Mist appealing.
RATING - 84 %
You can purchase Sephora's Body Self-Tanning Tinted Bronzing Mist for $5 at your nearest Sephora store or on the official website Sephora.com. Although this self-tanning product is originally $12, for a limited time, it is being sold for $5. Would I recommend this product? Most definitely, especially to those looking to achieve a natural looking glow without needles, drugs or risk at an inexpensive price. Would I use this product again? Yes, I would. If you are looking for an affordable self-tanning product that works reasonably, you should definitely purchase this one right now.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Makeup Product Reviews: Urban Decay's Sparkling Lickable Body Powder

Sparkling Lickable Body Powder
by Urban Decay.
(Photo by Urban Decay)
Urban Decay is an ethical beauty brand that is heavily influenced by intense spontaneity and originality. It is an exciting beauty brand that has managed to stamp its mark in the beauty world. It is also a fun brand, which makes it one of my favorite beauty brands. Recently, when shopping at Sephora, I had the opportunity to find Urban Decay's Sparkling Lickable Body Powder.
PROS
It is a powder compact that has some of the most original, creative packaging I have ever seen. For as simple and unique as this beauty product is, it definitely catches your attention from the outside.
What I love most about the Urban Decay Sparkling Lickable Body Powder is that it fun and original. I also love the fact that it is available in three shades, which also represent three amazing scents and flavors. The lightest shade is "Marshmallow," which is a beautiful sparkling white shade. It goes on clear. It smells like a marshmallow, however; you can smell some hints of vanilla. The darkest shade is "Cocoa" which is the most visible of all of the shades. It is an intense, yet natural looking sparkling bronze. It smells like chocolate. The medium shade is "Honey," which is a stunning sparkling gold. It also smells like honey, but I can also smell a hint of vanilla with it. Although the Cocoa looks the best on my skin, I absolutely love the Honey. I also find that the Marshmellow smells the best and has the hottest packaging of all of the powders.
The shine produced by this amazing Urban Decay addition is fabulous. It is subtle, yet visible and light, making it insanely natural looking. Depending on your skin tone, each shade will show up different. I am an NC42 in MAC Cosmetics (which is a medium/tan shade), and I find that the "Cocoa" looks the best on my skin.
Whether you want to use this product on your face, on your arms, on your legs, on your neck or even on your decollete, you can. Urban Decay has managed to create this product, using natural ingredients, so the comedogenic level in this product is quite low. If you are searching for a product that can be used everywhere on your face and body, I do recommend this product.
CONS
This product is not a bronzer. This product is also not a luminizer. It is simply a beauty product that creates only a subtle glow, as well as, subtle shine. It is also smells good and tastes good, which makes it a fun beauty product that is modestly appealing. If you are looking for a bronzer or a luminizer, you are not going to want Urban Decay's Sparkling Lickable Body Powder.
RATING - 86 %
You can purchase Urban Decay's Sparkling Lickable Body Powder at your nearest Urban Decay retailer for $29. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Most definitely. I recommend this product to just about every demographic under the sun. I also think it would make a great gift to brides, bride-to-bes and of course younger girls just starting out in makeup. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. In fact, I already have. If you are looking for a fun, yet flirty makeup essential, Urban Decay's Sparkling Lickable Body Powder should be in your beauty bag right now.

Milani's Body Bronzer, a Decent Body Bronzer for Under $10


Milani's Body Bronzer.
(Photo by Cherry Culture)
Milani is an affordable beauty brand that was created for women who love color. It emphasizes the essence of beauty, without limits. Recently, when shopping at Cherry Culture, I had the opportunity to discover Milani's Body Bronzer.
PROS
I have to admit, I am somewhat of a bronzer enthusiast. OK, maybe I am a connoisseur. One of the first qualities that I look for in a bronzer is definitely it's pigmented quality, as this not only creates the color, it allows you to build it. When it comes to Milani's Body Bronzer, I noticed that the color is very pigmented, so you can build the shade to the color you want to achieve. Because of this, this body bronzer is formulated for every skin tone.

Does price always play a role in choosing a product? It is a well known fact that not everyone can afford to spend $40 for a bronzing product, so price can definitely be a virtue. If you are searching for an affordable product, you are definitely going to find Milani's Body Bronzer appealing.
Milani's Body Bronzer is a multi-use product with a very low comedogenic level, so if you are looking for a makeup product that does not irritate and break out the skin, you are going to like this body bronzer.
CONS
When it comes to choosing and using a good product, I look for one of the most important qualities and factors in my individual selection. One of those qualities is definitely long-lasting. When a product is long-lasting, it has several factors that range from streak-free to fade-proof. Was this product long-lasting? It wasn't long-lasting. If you are searching for a product that lasts a long time, you are not going to get it with this product. Despite being pigmented, I found that this product did not deliver on a long-lasting quality at all. If you want a product that is long-lasting, you are not going to like this body bronzer.
It is a well known fact that not only everyone likes cream based foundations and not everyone can wear them. The same can be said about any formulation. But if you are one of those women that is not into cream-based bronzers, you may not be interested in this product. The actual content of Milani's Body Bronzer application is on a cream wavelength. It is not powder. If you are searching for a body bronzer that is powder-based, you may not like Milani's body bronzer.
Should bronzers always be matte? This product is not matte, but the shimmer is relatively light. If you are searching for a matte bronzing product, you are not going to find it with this body bronzer.
There is only one shade to choose from.
RATING - 74 %

You can purchase the Milani Body Bronze for $7.99 at Cherry Culture. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes, especially if they are looking for a modestly decent body bronzing product for under $10. Would I use this product again? There is a distinct possibility, but more than likely no. For under $10, anything is possible. In beauty theory 101, I must state that you get what you pay for.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Sarah Afshar Country Inspired Makeup Look

When it comes to any country inspired makeup look, the primary goal is to be natural, however; there are instances where several country inspired makeup looks are audacious and daring. Not saying this represents dramatic, but tends to be rather visible in a sense that it intense, yet wearable. When I attended the Beaverhead County Fair in Dillon, MT, many women approached me and asked me about my makeup. Then, when I posted pictures afterwards on the world wide web, I had women from all over the world contacting me, asking what I did to achieve this particular look.

I garnered the inspiration for this look from my own ideas. This inspired makeup look is purely an original I created based on what I wear most and how it emphasizes my precise features. Although this inspired look is a look you can wearing during the day or the night, one thing is certain, it is passionate and somewhat dramatic. Today, I am going to show you how to re-create the "Sarah Afshar Country Inspired Makeup Look". Lets get started!

Moisturizer is key, especially in the Summer. Despite my skin being fairly oily, I always manage to use a good moisturizer, as it will not only maintain hydration, but keep my skin balanced throughout the day. One of my favorite moisturizers is by Proactiv and it is called Green Tea Moisturizer. It is fortified with an array of antioxidants, so it is great for the skin. I am going to apply this all over my face. The moisturizer will set on it's own. The key is not using too much, but also not using too little either.

It is a well known fact that every girl should know how important primer is. It is one of the most important beauty essentials as it is used for several purposes and works in an array of different ways. Primer is often used to allow makeup to last a long time. One of my favorite primers (which I am going to use to create this inspired look) is Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer. I love this primer because it is infused with an array of vitamins and is water-resistant. I am going to apply the primer all over my face and allow it to set for about a minute or two.

Once I have allowed the primer to set, I am going to begin applying my foundation, as well as, concealer. Although, you can choose how you want to apply your foundation and concealer, I tend to apply my concealer first, followed by my foundation and setting powder. For this specific look, I am going to use MAC's Select Cover Concealer in NC42, which I will apply using the 195 brush by MAC. When I use concealer, it is mainly to target any problematic areas because this concealer provides you with great coverage, so I don't need to use a lot of it.

Remember, when you apply concealer, as well as, foundation, you don't have to use the same exact product or shade as I do, however; this is what I used to create the Sarah Afshar Country Inspired Makeup Look. As you continue, you want to apply your foundation. Using a 190 brush by MAC, I am going to apply my foundation. For this particular look, I am going to use MAC's Studio Fix Fluid in NC42. I love this foundation because it gives you a natural matte finish and allows you to build the foundation to meet your coverage needs. It also absorbs oil, without drying out the skin and clogging pores.


Setting powder is key, however; depending on the type you want to use is truly up to you. For this particular look, I am going to use a rather translucent powder, as I found it to be more natural looking. Most recently, one of my favorite setting powders is definitely Urban Decay's De-Slick Mattifying Powder. I love this translucent powder because it extremely lightweight and very absorbing. It is great for those that have oily skin, as well as, normal and combination skin. For this particular inspired makeup look, I am going to use this powder. Using MAC's 150 brush, I am going to apply this all over my face. Keep in mind that any powder will do, as will any brush.

In most recent years, I have discovered that one of my favorite products is definitely bronzer. There are so many great bronzing products in the beauty world and so many that have yet to be discovered. One of my favorites (which I will be using today) is definitely Urban Decay's Baked Bronzer. I like this bronzer because it natural looking and also extremely pigmented, so you are able to build color. It can also be applied wet or dry. Using the 134 MAC brush, I am going to apply "Gilded" all over my face. There are three different shades, but I find that "Gilded" (which is a stunning bronze shimmer with gold undertones) is the most vibrant for my particular skin tone.

The thing I love most about bronzers that possess a little bit of shimmer is the fact that you don't really have to use luminizer. I love luminizer, so of course, I was a little upset. Just kidding! Well the great news is, when I created this look, I did add some blush, but I made sure that the blush was natural, yet visible and at least went well with my particular skin tone. For the Sarah Afshar Country Inspired Makeup Look, I decided to use NARS Blush in Douceur. Using a 116 MAC brush, I am going to apply this generously to the apples of my cheeks. I am going to blend up and out, but also make sure that I go over it with a beauty blender, in an effort to blend the product, so it doesn't look dramatic. NARS blushes are extremely pigmented, so the key to wearing them correctly is to blending them properly.

Some of the best inspired makeup looks in history have been influenced a balance of neutrality and excitement and the Sarah Afshar Country Inspired Makeup Look is no exception. You want to begin by priming your eyelid. Although there are many eyeshadow primers in the beauty world to date, for this inspired look, I am going to use Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I love this eyeshadow priming product because it truly delivers benefits, as it actually prevents your eye makeup from creasing, fading, and basically making a mess. I also like it because it allows your eye makeup to be applied smoothly and doesn't irritate your eye area. You don't need a lot, however; if you apply a generous amount, it truly does get the job done. I am going to use "Eden" for this particular inspired makeup look.

Once you have applied your eyeshadow primer, you must let it set for about a minute or so. I know most women like to apply their eyeshadow first and then go over it with the liner, for this look, I did things a little differently. In fact, although I am notorious for applying my eyeshadow before I apply my liner, I decided to apply my liner before I applied my eyeshadow. I have decided to use a gel liner (Bobbi Brown's Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink), however; to line my waterline, as well as, to tightline, I went with a stand-alone pencil liner (Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero). 



I always apply the gel liner first, followed by the pencil liner and with this look, that is exactly what I did. Using the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush, I applied my gel liner. You want to extend your gel liner on the top out and then, when you line the bottom, you want to extend it up, so that the two corners of the application form a "v"shape. If you mess up, don't worry. Just wipe it off and try again. As you continue, you want to line your waterlines with the stand-alone pencil liner. You want to also tightline. Tight lining (when you line the top water line of your eye) is optional and is not required if you have overly sensitive eyes.

Now it is time for the eyeshadow. Although the eyeshadow is semi-dramatic for this makeup look, I didn't use that much. In fact, I only went with three individual eyeshadows. My main eyeshadow was a dark deep brown matte. I decided on Lanc´me Color Design Eyeshadow in Couture. Then, I decided on a natural, yet neutral blending shade that was still relatively visible, but not too overpowering. For the Sarah Afshar Country Inspired Makeup Look, I went with a light gray matte shade. I went with Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Feline. For the highlight, I went with a golden shimmer that was rather pale, yet nude. For this look, I decided on MAC eyeshadow in Nylon.

Using a 227 brush by MAC, I will begin by applying the main shade. In this Sarah Afshar inspired look, the main shade is also the darkest shade. I will pack on the eyeshadow, but only enough to wear it is visible. You don't want to go past the crease, when you apply this shade, but you do want to go up and extend it that it is a little below. Using a 214 brush by MAC, I am then, going to apply the light gray matte shade. You will apply this in the crease, but you will not blend. Then using a 217 brush by MAC, you want to blend this shade into the main shade. Once you have accomplished this, you can add your highlight. You can accomplish this by using a 228 brush by MAC and apply the highlight modestly, but not generously up near the brow bone. Then, you want to take the 227 brush again and touch up using the dark shade, but do not blend.

Are you having fun yet? The time is now to focus on the eyebrows. For this look, the eyebrows are not going to be as dramatic, yet intense as they could be. It is 2011, not 1911. You want to go, as natural, as possible. If you have dark hair (whether brunette or black) if this means going a shade lighter or two, so be it. If you have blonde or light hair, go as light as you can, without appearing as if you don't have eyebrows. Try something more taupe or beige, rather than brown. For the Sarah Afshar Country Inspired Makeup Look, I am going to use Benefit Brow Zings in Medium. My hair is dark brown, but I decided that the medium works well to compliment this look. I love the Benefit Brow Zings because this little kit gives you everything you need to create amazing eyebrows.

Although mascara primer is optional, it is not required. I decided to try mascara primer, simply because I created this look shortly before I decided to go ride, rides at the fair. Recently, I discovered one by Armani Beauty called the Soft Lash Primer which works amazingly. My mascara did not fade, let alone flake and I wasn't left with the messiness of spider lashes and dry flakiness, that can sometimes happen if I wear mascara for a while. There are several mascara primers (commonly known as eyelash primers) in the beauty market and they vary in price. I have tried one by Milani before that was under $10 and worked great.

Once you have applied your mascara primer, it is time now to apply your mascara. If you wear primer, you really do not need waterproof mascara. I love waterproof mascara, but sometimes I find myself having a hard time getting it off because many are formulated with ingredients that promote this concept. For this particular inspired makeup look, I am not going to use a waterproof mascara. I am going to use Dior's Diorshow Mascara in Black090 (which is simply a rich black). Black mascara is what makes my eyes pop and I encourage everyone who attempts to recreate this inspired makeup look to use it. Use generously, but also properly.

The lips should be as natural, as possible. For this particular inspired makeup look, I lined my lips with a lip pencil. I decided to go with Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil simply because out of every lip lining product that I own, it is the best one. It is not only waterproof, it is formulated with an array of antioxidants, making it a product that is good for your skin. Your lip area is very important and this lip lining product definitely demonstrates why. You want to choose a shade that is a little darker than your natural lip color, but also visible. I decided to go with Illegal (which a stunning rosy neutral shade). Although some ladies like to apply their lip liner after their lip product, I always apply mine before.

Now it is time to apply the lipstick. For this inspired look, I have decided to use a lipstick that is of a matte finish. Something that is rosy, but also nude with a beige undertone. The perfect lipstick for me, to create this specific inspired makeup look is definitely MAC's lipstick in "Honeylove" (which is a stunning light beige with a rose undertone). There are so many shades in the beauty world today, so keep in mind, you don't have to use the exact shade as I am. I am well aware that this shade doesn't look good with every skin tone, as it varies upon skin tone. The lips are to look natural, so the key is to stay away from any other finish. Lip gloss is not needed.

Congratulations, you have just created the Sarah Afshar Country Inspired Makeup Look. For all of you beautiful women out there, have fun.



Mister Radiant, Givenchy's Latest Beauty Remedy for a Dull Complexion

Mister Radiant
by Givenchy.
(Photo by Sephora)
Mister Radiant is a product created by Givenchy, that was recently introduced by Sephora. It is a ground-breaking, new face gel that possesses colored microspheres, which are guaranteed to not only hydrate your skin, but moisturize it, as well. Mister Radiant is also guaranteed to enhance your skin's overall color and natural tone.
Not only will your skin notice improvement after the first use, but as time proceeds, your skin will also improve. Recently, when shopping on Sephora in NYC, I had the opportunity to not only inquire about Mister Radiant by Givenchy, but try it, as well.
PROS
Some of the best beauty essentials in the world today are lightweight. Mister Radiant possesses a rather subtle, yet light gel texture. It isn't greasy, but does have a hydration that is direct. If you are searching for a product that is lightweight, you are going to find Mister Radiant relatively and modestly engaging.
Mister Radiant is fortified with three individual microspheres that work together to create an amazing complexion. Each set of microspheres has a job. The first set of microspheres possess pigments and pearls, which develop the color of the product. These microspheres produce a vibrant, yet resplendent glow. They tend to be brown and pale yellow. The second set of microspheres contain antioxidants, including a Vitamin E result. These individual microspheres are more of a deep, yet dark yellow.
When something is transparent, you can see right through it. Mister Radiant is transparent, so the only color that this wonderful Givenchy addition acquires is natural looking color, that is derived from the three individual microspheres. Because of this, it is suitable for all skin tones, including very fair women and women of color.
I noticed that after my first application, that Mister Radiant lasted comparatively long. My skin is combination, but tends to lean towards oily, during the Spring and Summer season. Although Givenchy doesn't market this product as being water resistant or sweat proof, it definitely seemed after a long run, when I wore Mister Radiant and nothing else. I tend to not wear makeup at all when I do any kind of physical activity that is on an exercise wavelength, but I decided to make an exception with this product. Guess what? I also noticed that this did not clog my pores.
CONS
Although this Givenchy product is pigmented and allows you to build color, it is translucent, so don't expect intense results. If you are looking for heavy coverage that is incredibly evident, you will not get it with Mister Radiant. In fact, this product is natural looking and despite being pigmented, you will only achieve a certain desired effect.
RATING - 89%
You can purchase Mister Radiant at your nearest Sephora for $36. This product can only be purchased at Sephora, which includes it's stand-alone boutique store or the official website. Would I recommend Givenchy's Mister Radiant to a friend? Most definitely. I would recommend it to those that not only suffer from a dull complexion, but those that are looking to brighten up their skin too. Would I use this makeup product again? Yes, especially during the Winter season. If you are looking for an easy, yet effective way to create a luminous, yet radiant complexion, instantaneously, you cannot go wrong with Mister Radiant.

Laura Mercier's Body Bronzing Makeup, a Product that Represents Native yet Intrinsic Allure

Laura Mercier's
Body Bronzing Makeup.
(Photo by Sephora)
Laura Mercier is a beauty brand that allows you to realize your worth and accomplish your full beauty aptitude. It is a beauty brand that represents a native, yet intrinsic allure. I am a Laura Mercier enthusiast, as I have grown fond of an array of products created by the underrated beauty brand, over the years. Laura Mercier recently developed a product called Body Bronzing Makeup.
A short time ago, when frequenting Sephora in NYC, I had the great pleasure of not only discovering Laura Mercier's latest product, Body Bronzing Makeup, but trying it, as well.
PROS
If you are searching for a product that is extremely moisturizing, yet hydrating, you are going to love Laura Mercier's Body Bronzing Makeup. The formula was designed for all skin types, but does target those that are need of a little extra moisturizing. It also allow those to maintain their natural moisture content, so you won't endure the effects of acute dryness.
Quality is key, as is a product that is long-lasting. I noticed after applying this to my neck, as well as, arms, legs, and stomach area, that it lasted a long time. I was very impressed with the fact it was long-lasting. Also, after doing the elliptical for an hour, Laura Mercier's Body Bronzing Makeup still managed to stay on, without streaking. My skin is on the combination side, however; during the Spring and Summer season, it is more oily. This product did not clog my pores.
When it comes to Laura Mercier's Body Bronzing Makeup. The shade is a gossamer, yet incandescent golden bronze. The sheen that is produced by this product is visible, yet subtle. It is a multi-use product, so you can use it anywhere you want to. Whether on your arms or your legs, this product will definitely benefit you, as you will benefit from it.
Despite being a fairly light formula, as well as, buoyant in content, Laura Mercier's Body Bronzing Makeup definitely does deliver results. This body makeup covers everything from imperfections to flaws. I love Laura Mercier's Body Bronzing makeup because not only does it sink into your skin, like a second skin, it looks very natural too.
CONS
This fabulous addition by Laura Mercier has a fragrance that is fairly evident, but not overpowering. The fragrance is a combination of coconut, vanilla, and almond. Before you purchase this product, it says that it has a scent of "Almond Coconut Milk". If you are not a fan of anything scented with almonds or coconuts, you are not going to like the Body Bronzing Makeup.
Is color always flexible? While it appears to be important, more than likely, it has to be to some degree. If you are not fond of the diaphanous, yet gleaming golden bronze, you are not going to appreciate this product. If you possess a skin tone where this particular shade does not show up, you may not even like Laura Mercier's Body Bronzing Makeup. This color is visible, but subtle.
If you are searching for radical results, that are dramatic and intense, you are not going to get them with this Body Bronzing Makeup. In fact, the finish of this product is very light, yet satiny. It is fortified with light-reflective particles that are small, so this Laura Mercier product is definitely not heavy.
RATING - 90%
You can purchase Laura Mercier's Body Bronzing Makeup for $38 at your nearest Sephora. This product is limited edition, so the time is now to get it. Would I recommend Laura Mercier's Body Bronzing Makeup to a friend? Absolutely. Would I use Laura Mercier's Body Bronzing Makeup again? Without a doubt. This is one of the best products, I have ever used. If you are searching for product that actually works and delivers real benefits, without an array of risk, you are going to love Laura Mercier's Body Bronzing Makeup. I have an instinct that this will become one of my favorite beauty rudiments.

A Look at the Best Indoor Tanning Lotions Introduced in 2011

Spring is here and summer is near. In fact, as it approaches, the demand for achieving a healthy sexy glow with nominal peril continues to grow. Indoor tanning allows you to achieve a tan with minimal risk. Although one may say it is risky, it has been scientifically proven to be more safe than the sun itself. The year is 2011 and it is a well known fact that indoor tanning has become more than just a trend during the summer months, it has turned into a lifestyle for women and men around the world that continues all year round. There are so many new indoor tanning lotions being developed and introduced to salons, boutiques and stores across the globe. I have decided to narrow down the many indoor tanning lotions being introduced this year (2011) to only the best.

GOLD 24 Karat by Fiesta Sun. Some of the best products we have yet to discover are not introduced yet, however; this tanning lotion is truly an exception to the rule. Introduced in 2011, GOLD 24 Karat demonstrates why it is one of the best indoor tanning lotions. GOLD 24 Karat is fortified with real, bona fide extra virgin olive oil which delivers a hydration that is immediate and long-lasting. This incredible indoor tanning lotion has seven individual accelerators, not to mention 25 different bronzers, making it one of the best indoor tanning products to be released this year. The fragrance of this tanning lotion reminds me of an Italian white wine because it has individual smells of white tea, thyme and champagne. If you are wondering where to purchase this fabulous 2011 addition by Fiesta Sun, you can buy it at your nearest Fiesta Sun retailer or your nearest tanning salon. The time is now to love the skin you are in.

ECO Freek by Australian Gold. One thing that I absolutely love about 2011 is the fact that we are seeing new products of their kind that have never been developed. If you are looking for a tanning lotion that is not only free of parabens, but is hypoallergenic, you are going to love ECO Freek by Australian Gold. Enriched with real vitamins and minerals and natural aloe, this indoor tanning lotion proves why it is one of the best of 2011 that was introduced to us in 2011. The fragrance of this is very subtle and very clean, so don't expect anything powerful, let alone overpowering. You can buy ECO Freek at your nearest Australian Gold retailer or wherever Australian Gold products are sold. What else is there to say? ECO Freek is freeking awesome!

Cashmere Dreams by PunkyTan. I love when I do a Yahoo! search for something and end up finding it with just a few clicks of my mouse. It is great. Recently, when browsing tanforless.com, I had the opportunity to discover Cashmere Dreams by PunkyTan. Fortified with real minerals, including a natural silk mineral veil and bona fide, authentic antioxidants, Cashmere Dreams clearly defines why it is one of the hottest indoor tanning lotions introduced this year. This indoor tanning lotion is paraben-free and works not only as an indoor tanning lotion but an outdoor tanning lotion too. The scent is a light coconut infused with vanilla. You can purchase Cashmere Dreams at your nearest PunkyTan retailer. Are the best things in life natural? Sometimes, however, in this case, most definitely.

Forever Black by Devoted Creations. You have to admit, so far 2011 has started out to be a great year. Not only in our world, but in the tanning world too. If you are looking for a great indoor tanning lotion, I definitely think you should try Forever Black by Devoted Creations. Forever Black has not one, but 50 times bronzer, giving your skin a boost of color. What I love most about Forever Black is the fact that it hydrates and moisturizes the skin, delivering not only true benefits but giving you the appearance of tight, tanned skin instantaneously. Infused with "Mangosteen" and "Acai Oil," this indoor tanning lotion is loaded with antioxidants that are so great for your skin. The smell of this fragrance reminds me of balanced collaboration of amber and vanilla. Forever Black by Devoted Creations can be found at your nearest Devoted Creations retailer or at your nearest tanning boutique and/or salon. If you have searched and searched for a great indoor tanning lotion, look no further because this one would be absolutely perfect for you.

Ravish Me by Designer Skin. Developed and introduced in 2011, this Designer Skin indoor tanning lotion proves to be at the top of its game. Dark, yet sublimely decadent bronzers work together to deliver only the sexiest golden color. Infused with real exotic berries and apples, this tanning lotion has antioxidants that are really good for the skin. Ravish Me also has a great smell to it, as it smells like a combination of oranges and raspberries. If you like sweet things that are not overpowering, you are going to love Ravish Me by Designer Skin. Ravish Me can be purchased at your nearest tanning salon or at your nearest Designer Skin retailer. If you are looking to use the best, don't settle for less. Get Ravish Me by Designer Skin.

Go To Black by Supre. Indoor tanning has become more than just a trend, it has turned into a lifestyle. If you are one that has made indoor tanning your lifestyle, you may find Go To Black by Supre appealing. Infused with Tyrosine and Carrot Oil and Argan Oil and Vitamins A, C, and E, Go To Black definitely demonstrates why it is one of the best indoor tanning lotions to be introduced in 2011. Not only will you get tanned faster, but all of these ingredients work to produce nothing but intense hydration that is incredibly moisturizing and nourishing. One thing to be said about Go To Black is that this indoor tanning lotion delivers true instant satisfaction. The fragrance is rather light. It reminds me of Coconut infused with a light musk and floral. You can purchase Go To Black tanning lotion at your nearest tanning boutique or your nearest Supre retailer. Once you go to black, you just may never go back.

Irresistible Beauty by Swedish Beauty. Loving life is instant gratification, as is loving the skin you are in. If you are hoping to love the skin you are in, you are going to love Irresistible Beauty. The bronzers that are collaborated into this indoor tanning lotion are visible and work to extend color. Infused with real Swedish Marine Ingredients, Irresistible Beauty proves why it is one of the rarest, yet effective tanning lotions of it's kind for 2011. Fortified with real glacier water, this tanning lotion is a rarity of purity which allows your skin to be hydration for a very long time. The scent of this lotion is rather subdued and has more of a clean, yet fruity and floral kind of fragrance. It is rather acquired, but good (if it smelled bad, I would not include it on this list). You can purchase Irresistible Beauty by Swedish Beauty at your local tanning salon or at your nearest Swedish Beauty retailer. With Irresistible Beauty, you cannot only create a sexy, natural looking tan that looks irresistible, but you can feel irresistible too. And to me, there is just no better feeling.