As a person with oily skin, the idea of putting oil on my face was ridiculous because logically, wouldn’t more oil cause oiliness and breakouts? Apparently not, according to the beauty experts at Sephora, the only way to fight oil is with oil. With today’s beauty oils, you can cleanse, fight aging and hydrate your skin while delivering vital vitamins and nutrients to you skin. In the end, your skin will glow with appreciation.
Watch the video to see how choosing the right beauty oil can benefit your skin. You will be amazed at how see just how many beauty myths are busted.
Want to kill two birds with one stone? Makeup artist Wayne Goss routinely shares makeup tips and reviews on his gossmakeupartist vlog and sometimes they come with a twist. This time he shares an ultra cool makeup tip that anyone can do with makeup essentials EVERYONE already has on hand; eyelash curlers and an eyeliner pencil. It’s not a technique the makeup guru uses himself, but it is a cool and amusing way to apply eye makeup, and it breaks the monotony.
The clever makeup guru shows his followers how to curl eyelashes and apply eyeliner at the same time. This particular piece of advice is humorous to me because although I previously stated that eyelash curlers and an eyeliner pencil are makeup staples, but I do not own an eyelash curler. My lashes are so curly they almost spiral… I’m not kidding.
As you can see, this man is amazing, and I love the way he explains everything from makeup application to his philosophy on life. His natural ability to inspire creativity and resonate with the masses is one of many reasons he is so popular. For even more reasons to become a follower, visit his site and get to know him and his love of teaching makeup techniques passionately.
I am convinced that Sephora is trying to give me a heart attack. How else do you explain the sheer volume of nail lacquers set to launch in September? Their evil plan is to perfect their Sephora X line of nail polishes, then debut the updated line with 200 nail products. Unheard of right? With the end of their association with OPI, Sephora decided to expand on its already existing Sephora X line. Being who I am, I could ponder and analyze the logic behind offering a couple of hundred nail lacquers all at once, but I am just going to enjoy the moment instead.
Along with offering The Classics collection, there will also be The Brilliants-sparkles; The Translucents-sheer colors; The Xplosives-splatter coats; and The Electrics-neon polishes. Altogether, there will be 93 nail colors, 50-plus special-effects lacquers, base and top coats and a selection of nail care essentials. I am overwhelmed… and overjoyed.
As a cheerleader for individuality, I thought this article from Beautylish “How To Build the Perfect Palette For You” provided excellent information on how to individualize your makeup. The system that the site is touting is Inglot, and I have to admit, the article has a great deal of useful information and the Inglot system is extensive and impressive. Personalized palettes are nothing new, most popular brands appear to have some form of personalization. Personalized palettes can be more expensive than ready made palettes, but if you look at the colors you are not using, you’ll see that you are actually wasting money.
“With Inglot, the possibilities are limitless. All you need is your imagination!”
Coastal Scents andMary Kay also allow you to select your eye shadows, blushes, lip sticks/glosses, and powders à la carte, which limits clutter and saves money. I am particularly impressed with Mary Kay’s personalized system because they educate the consumer with Color Theory, so you know what your colors actually are, something the other systems don’t appear to provide.
MAC has custom eyeshadow and blush options, but it is a bit pricey; $33 for a two shadow palette. (It’s so cool because it is interactive and you can name your palettes.) As tempting as it is, don’t buy limited edition palettes (or limited edition anything) just because they are ‘limited edition’ unless it suits you AND you are going to use it. (I say this as I am on Sephora looking at the Pantone Color of The Year Collection.)
We’ve all done it; bought an eyeshadow(s) on a whim, thinking that we can pull it off with the right makeup, and/or outfit, and/or accessories, only to rarely or never use it. Save your money. Seriously…
The desire for longer, fuller lashes is understandable because they make us look attentive, awake and alluring. Some of us are so serious about it that we will spend major cash to make them as realistically lush as possible. Personally, I think eyelash extensions are going too far. You can get an entire head of extensions for what it costs to extend eyelashes.
Enhancing and lengthening the bottom lashes can be tricky and frustrating because the size of the mascara brush overpowers the minuscule lower lashes and the area below the eye is oily leading to makeup smudge. Many women simply skip applying mascara on the lower lashes (I am one of them) in order to avoid the inevitable smudges and noticeable flaking.
There are lower lash mascaras on the market that tackle issues specific to the bottom lashes, but are they the answer to our prayers or just another useless gimmick? What is the difference between the bottom and upper lashes besides the lower lashes besides the length? Shouldn’t patience, smudge proof mascara, and a magnifying mirror produce the same results as a lower lash mascara? I found three products that are supposed to define the lower lashes without flaking and smudging.
e.l.f. Studio Exact Lash, $3, is inexpensive enough for the curious and skeptical to try without buyer’s remorse. It has a small brush that is designed for controlled application and precise definition.
Clinique Bottom Lash $10, also has a tiny brush that is supposed to produce fuller, evenly coated lashes. This smudge-proof mascara is specially formulated to come off easily with warm water.
Guerlain Le 2 $36, eliminates the need for two mascaras with a dual ended wand. One end has a brush that coats volumizing mascara through upper lashes easily without clumping or smudging. The other end has a miniature brush that is angled to reach and define even the tiniest lower lash.
I read a few reviews online and the Clinique mascara is the most popular out of the three. The majority don’t see the logic behind using separate mascaras and I agree but I am going to try the Clinique, so I can make an informed decision. Plus, I need an excuse to browse Sephora.
What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comment section or vote in the poll.
It seems that popular cosmetics retailer Sephora is stepping further into the luxury collaboration market by joining forces with Elizabeth and James and Marc Jacobs in 2013. With an already powerful arsenal of 250+ brands, the one-stop beauty boutique is credited for making upscale products more accessible to the masses of beauty product connoisseurs. The newest collaborations with these two designer powerhouses are exciting additions to the brand.
This year, the Olsen twins will unveil a yet to be determined fragrance under their Elizabeth and James line in March. Mary-Kate and Ashley have come a long way since their first collaboration with Walmart in 2001.
While Marc Jacobs already has several of his fragrances available at Sephora, he will go all out with an exclusive makeup collection tentatively launching for fall. He discussed the new cosmetic collection with WWD saying, “I see makeup, fragrance — everything, really — as an opportunity. The idea of choosing a color for your lip, or an eyeliner — it’s just such a delight. The ritual of waking up and making those choices is something people really enjoy”.
Check out the Marc Jacobs video on YouTube about his leap into makeup.
Collaborations are nothing new to the cosmetics chain. In 2012, Marchesa climbed on board with its luxurious MARCHESA PARFUM D’EXTASE line. Also, The Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on color for the entire design industry, based its exclusive makeup collection on the color of the year, Tangerine Tango. Their 2013 collection will also be based on the color of the year, Emerald Green.
The Karl Lagerfeld Beauty Collection for Sephora launched in November, 2011, in Singapore and Europe. Unfortunately, there are no plans for a U.S. launch which is a travesty. The eye shadow palette alone is a must-have; it is shaped in his image. Lagerfeld clearly has a healthy sense of himself. Hopefully, his cosmetic line will make an appearance in the U.S. soon. Until then, we will look forward to what Marc Jacobs and the Olsen Twins have to offer.
I don’t know about you, but there is nothing more frustrating than getting a cute manicure and having it chip before you can you can enjoy it. It is even more frustrating when you are doing your own do-it-yourself nail art and it doesn’t last long enough to show off. It’s not a secret that nail art is the biggest trend since ombré colored hair. It’s an accessory, and an alternate way to update an outfit or give it a little oomph. Here are some great tips to give your manicure a little longevity.
A great place to shop for nail art is Sephora. They have the newest brands, colors, and nail kits. Many of their nail art kits have tutorials, and I have found brands I have never heard of, or only saw in the U.K. Sephora is product junkie heaven. (Hi, my name is Lynnette and I am a product-aholic. Hi Lynnette!) It’s nice to go there online, or in person and window shop, or try to window shop. I am not always successful; like I said, product junkie.