Make Up Forever Artist Shadow Eyeshadow and Powder Blush

Can I just say…holy versatility?!

Make Up Forever’s Artist Shadow and Powder Blush is a dream for anyone who either dolls up every day…OR performs or has a major event (think wedding, gala, etc.)  

I have a wedding (my own!) coming up soon – unfortunately (or fortunately, so says my wallet!) I already have a ton of stuff to work with.  Had I not, I’d likely have gone straight to this enormous selection to find the shades I want to mix.  Had I seen this back in my Ballroom Dancing days, I’d likely own half by now.  Okay, maybe just a fourth.

The formulas come in 

  • Matte 
  • Metallic
  • Satin
  • Shimmer

And there are more shades that I have EVER seen for any other product.  Truly, a plethora. No matter what your mood, what the season, or what the occasion, your pretty much promised something from this array.  And nevermind if the shade says “eyeshadow” or “blush” specifically – you can basically use it however you want.

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Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur

Interestingly, I haven’t heard much about Clinique’s Pep-Start Eye Cream – I saw a ton of ads flash by, and a whole slew of posts, but I feel like none of it was really noteworthy (as in, the product kind of fell flat.)

I just saw a post about this new moisturizer that’s being added to the “Pep-Start” lineup – Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur.  The claim for this guy is that it both hydrates and acts as an imperfection blurring primer of sorts, smoothing skin and keeping oil at bay.  The finish is matte, softening pores, but apparently it is also designed to hydrate throughout the day.  With “Pep-Start” in the name, I thought maybe it would be eye-opening…but then I guess the eye cream should be doing that.

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I’m curious to see how this one does.  Much that I love the idea of “blurring,” I generally steer clear – I feel like too many formulas have pore clogging ingredients that can even affect the skin around the eyes.  Not a fan!  

Who knows…maybe it will surprise.  The company says it will work on all skin types – oily to sensitive to dry and beyond.  We shall see!

“Beautifully Ever After”

I smiled when I saw this e-mail because I am actually planning my own wedding!  ❤

I feel blessed to have had a background in performance-based sports (figure skating, ballroom, ballet) because doing my own makeup was basically a pre-req.  Sure, you could pay to have someone do it but – trust me – those fees added up!  So, I learned to do it on my own!

Most ladies I know hire an artist for the wedding day – it’s a great way to limit stress (and time!) if you aren’t used to doing a more formal look, or if you just darn well don’t feel like it!

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BUT…if you DO want to do your own makeup, Sephora has a fun little tutorial. . .

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I love the idea that a bride is enhanced on her wedding day – not overdone, and not feeling like she is someone else!  A dear friend of mine was incredibly worried about that because she doesn’t wear makeup at all, EVER.  I assured her that very basic (and few) products would just bring out her features and natural beauty. . .without changing her dramatically, leaving her feeling too “out of her skin.”  You aren’t on a stage, so don’t worry about having to be heavy-handed – it isn’t necessary.

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The lovely redhead in the e-mail Sephora sent looks adorable both ways (before AND after) – she doesn’t lose her charm or beauty, her features are simply highlighted so as to take a more prominent place on her day. 🙂  Love that.

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Spring 2016 – Sephora Skin Boosters

This isn’t at all a new trend – bespoke skincare has been “a thing” for a while, adding an almost luxury feel to our quotidian regimes.  What’s nice, though, is that it has become mainstream enough that if you feel your regular products aren’t doing enough, you can easily get your hands on a booster!

Sephora is offering three new serums, each of which are intended to deliver visible benefits within two weeks.  You can apply them to the skin directly, or you can add to any foundation or base you use.  The three formulas are as follows:

 

I love serums, so I’m always curious to hear about newbies – these are concentrates, which I also love.  Sometimes you just need an extra jolt! 😉 

 

 

 

Say Hello To Sexy

Well…I guess the “strobe” trend has gone global (so to speak!)  It went from face…to face and décolletage…to face, décolletage AND the legs.  Why not, I suppose?

So if you are thinking that your visage is more youthful, highlighted and radiant…but that your gams don’t match, fear not…there are new products for you!

Say Hello To Sexy Legs Illuminating Fluid is a “lightweight, transfer-resistant highlighting cream with a splash of shimmering pearls.”  I don’t know about that shimmer part but I guess if you want to glow…

For those who want to do a little photoshop reshaping, the Say Hello To Sexy Legs Contour Stick is your trick-o-the-trade.  Ultra light, easy to apply and also transfer resistant, this can be used anywhere you like to add (or subdue) lines.

Pretty snazzy for a night on the town…  Or, maybe a stroll in the park?

Sephora Dry Clean Brush Cleaner

Sephora has taken the dry shampoo idea a step further and created a rather innovative little product, Dry Clean Instant Dry Brush Cleaner Spray

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This snazzy lil spray lifts impurities away, while at the same time conditioning the brush without alcohol – you can use your brushes right away, without having to wait for them to dry.  It sounds like it is still wise to fully wash your brushes, but this can work in a pinch…or when you don’t need a full-on cleanse.  

Taking care of your skin is incredibly important – part of that routine should include washing brushes, wash cloths, towels…even pillowcases…frequently.  I myself sometimes forget with the smaller items, so this makes life a heck of a lot easier!

 

 

Sephora How-To’s – Color Correction

Most beauty trends do need a little explanation, particularly as they come from backgrounds that require an almost artistic knowledge of the products and how to use them (think: stage, performance, ballroom, even drag!)

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Sephora has always been great about doing tutorials and making the trends less daunting for those who want to give them a whirl…in a more natural, toned-down reality (under lights or for a camera, where over-exaggeration is expected.)

  • The latest videos address Color Correction:
  • How to cover dark circles
  • How to cover breakouts and redness
  • How to cover dark spots
  • How to brighten dull skin

Color Correction isn’t outrageously complicated, but it does take some knowledge of the color wheel, and proper layering and blending.  Fortunately, Sephora makes the whole thing less involved, and easier to replicate.  Yay for the Internet…and Youtube. 😉 

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If you STILL feel like you aren’t sure (and don’t feel badly if you do!), here’s another cool article from Imabeautygeek that helps to further demystify the trend! 🙂