Thursday, February 19, 2009

Totally Luxe

I probably own more than 20 different mascaras at any given time. I'm constantly on the lookout for the perfect one. Despite the fact that I own many relatively pricey brands, CoverGirl constantly amazes me.

My new obsession? CoverGirl's LashBlast Shimmery Volumizing Mascara. Not only does it go on clump free, it also deposits the perfect amount of shimmer in one of four fabulous shades! My pick is Black Cabernet, a cool-toned purple shade. It really makes my green eyes pop!

For a mere $8.49, you too can enjoy looking glam anytime. Bat those lashes, gals!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Trick of the Trade: Fixing Shattered Eye Shadow

If you're a total klutz like me, you've broken more than a few good eye shadows. This is an emotional subject for me, as I am almost constantly dropping my fave powders on my bathroom floor and often shatter my heart in the process (okay, that might be a little over dramatic). But honestly, there is nothing worse than shelling out $20 for a new shimmery shadow only to watch it fall and break into tiny little pieces. After years of crying over spilled eye shadow, I've found a tip that actually seems to work fairly well.

First, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol into your compact. Then, take a bit of saran wrap and gently smooth the powder into place. The added liquid forces an immediate bond and the alcohol dries up in moments, leaving behind a nearly perfect powder.

Water will not have the same effect, as it does not dry the same. I've also heard of people using petroleum jelly, but that actually makes the eye shadow appear greasy.

If the powder is broken up beyond repair, you can always completely break it up and simply use it as a loose eye shadow.

Girl's Night In!

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a beautiful gift! Sephora is selling this exclusive limited-time gift set from Benefit. The set includes:
- 2 creaseless cream shadows (Birthday Suit and Skinny Jeans shades)
- 1 lipstick (Lady's Choice shade)
- 1 Talent Brush
- 3 Love Your Look mannequin magnets

- A custom lesson

The shades are ultra flattering for every skin tone. The set retails for $48, which is pretty reasonable. Enjoy!

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