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Eyeing L'Oreal for Volume and Wear

L'Oréal Paris - Extra Volume Collagen MascaraL’Oreal Paris recently released *another* new mascara, this one called Extra Volume Collagen Mascara. It touts lush and luxurious lashes with hydra-collagen (?) for super-duper volume. A pretty, sleek black tube reveals the biggest, fattest mascara brush you’ve seen. Seriously. Thick.

Admittedly, I was skeptical. I had to see just what sort of super-duper volume we were talking about. Well, I was certainly not underwhelmed, but at the same time, I’m not sure it lives up to “12x more impact, instantly.”

It takes a few coats to build up to 12x more impact (whatever that is), but recently I had a lash curler incident and ended up yanking out half the lashes on my right eyelid. Fun times. Extra Volume Collage Mascara was a godsend. It actually helped hide my goof by amply thickening the lashes around the missing ones. Cool. L’Oreal’s website even features a great “how to apply” video.

Other pluses include little-to-no flaking and nearly smudge-proof wear. And some of the nicer ingredients include sodium hyaluronate, which has been shown to “plump” by holding onto about 10x its weight in water, and atelocollagen which, simply put is a water-soluble form of collagen (a protein) commonly used in cosmetics. So there ya go…the mysterious hydra-collagen is revealed.

One word of caution: unless you want spider-leg lashes (why?), don’t use a mascara base with Extra Volume Collagen. Otherwise, it’s a very nice volumizing, long-wear mascara indeed. And at around $8, key your eye out for this one.

Get 'em While They Last

Don’t ya love getting something for free? You’re in luck. Beauty.com and Loiter T-Shirts are featuring some beautiful gifts with purchase and freebies. Of course, time and quantities are limited so if you want ‘em, get ‘em now.

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  • Exclusive! Get a free Korres deluxe sample shower gel with your Beauty.com bath and body purchase!
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  • Buy $30 of Jonathan Product and receive a free travel size of IB Conditioner ($10 value)
  • Exclusive! Get a free deluxe sample of DDF Brightening Cleanser with your Beauty.com skin care purchase!
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  • Hands on HiP's brilliant shades that pack real star appeal

    HiP Color Presso Lip GlossJust in time for summer, L’Oreal Paris has introduced its newest HiP (high intensity pigment) cosmetic launches: Color Presso Lip Gloss and Kohl Eyeliner.

    Color Presso Lip Gloss is a fun, innovative way to create your own signature shade. Available in a variety of duo-shaded tubes, as the name implies, it smells deliciously of a caramelly espresso drink. BUT there’s no flavor or sweetness, so there’s little temptation to lick it away.

    With perfect, cushion-y coverage, Color Presso is a well-balanced gloss. Not overly pigmented, it imparts a beautiful translucent color and shimmer whether you use one side or both to create your desired shade. Best of all, it’s not sticky or gooey but instead is nicely moisturizing, leaving my lips soft and supple long after the color was gone.

    In my opinion, the only drawbacks are that the color and gloss don’t last as long I’d like them to and the formula (oddly, these days) doesn’t contain sun protection — or if it does, it’s not mentioned anywhere that I can find. Other than that, Color Presso is absolutely lovely, and for around $13, it’s a steal, especially since you get two full-sized lip glosses in one really cool package.HiP Kohl Eyeliner in Gold

    Also new and equally marvelous, L’Oreal’s HiP Kohl Eyeliner is a loose-powder (!) liner that glides on velvety smooth. From the first try, I easily achieved a beautiful, even line with a rich, luxurious finish. Available in six brilliant colors, what you see in the tubes is exactly what you get — refined shades of loose, iridescent kohl that define your eyes, from clean and classic to sultry and smokey.

    I admit that I was leery of a loose powder eyeliner that would actually stay on, and although there was some “fall out” resulting in a few spots of color under my eyes, with practice I mastered the application to minimize these stray powdery particles. And (thankfully!) true to its claim, HiP Kohl Eyeliner is smudgeproof once it’s sets. Available for a bargain-priced $13 or so.

    I almost forgot to mention that both of these beauties are also enriched with a healthy dose of Vitamin E. Bonus.

    Bold, true color begins with high-intensity pigment. HiP high intensity pigments from L’Oréal is packed with pigments to deliver rich color in a variety of brilliant shades that pack real star appeal. To make a star’s entrance, reach for HiP.

    Face up to it. FACE Atelier's got the goods.

    I know. I know. I’ve been absent for a little while. So sorry, but springtime in Santa Fe has kept me outside. Plus work has been a bit of a grind. Okay, enough excuses. Let’s move on.

    My absence has given me ample time to try out some new goodies from one of my favorite under-the-radar cosmetics companies,  FACE Atelier. If you aren’t familiar with this Canadian-based brand, they’re all about unscented, cruelty-free products that are “a carefully edited collection of versatile, sophisticated makeup and tools that simply work. And work simply.” And they’re devoutly against animal testing. Love that. I’ve actually been a fan for years.

    Recently I tried out some new eyeshadow colors, mascara, a few lipsticks and TOUT, FACE’s lip plumper.

    FACE Atelier Eyeshadow and Sculpt MascaraThe eyeshadows are lovely if not a touch powdery. Pigment rich in interesting, eye-color enhancing shades that are long-lasting and crease-free for the most part — the subtly shimmery colors are my favorite but they crease a little bit, although nothing a little lid primer can’t handle.

    Sculpt mascara is one of my favorite all-time mascaras. One or two coats and you have the perfect lash enhancement for daytime. A few more coats and lashes become luscious, long, fat (and phat). Gorgeous. And little to no clumps.

    My favorite things about Sculpt mascara are that it does not flake…ever, it’s virtually waterproof, and with Vitamins C and E it’s actually good for your lashes. Moreover, even with its maximum staying power, this mascara is a breeze to remove. Just water and your facial cleanser…voila. Beautiful.FACE Atelier Lipsticks and POUT Lip Enhancer

    On the other hand, when I first tried FACE’s lipsticks, I wasn’t overly impressed. They’re fine. Not particularly long-lasting. But the colors were just okay, perhaps a little “off.” As I was determined to like them, I started experimented with layering, and then I realized the true beauty of these gems. Another fun thing about the lipsticks: the color intensifies with additional coats. These are like adding odd little accessories to your wardrobe — at first you’re not quite sure how you’re going to wear them, but then you try a little something here and and a little something there, and you realize you’ve just expanded your wardrobe into a full-fledged collection with a few, small unique touches. Cool.

    Finally, there’s POUT, what FACE appropriately calls a lip enhancer. First off, the container –and the liquid inside — looks more like nail polish than lip goo. But, brushed onto your lips before or after lipstick, or on its own, and with its bright pepperminty-ness, Pout tingles pleasantly and plumps your lips a little. The greatest secret Pout touts is that it contains a healthy, exclusive peptide complex that will indeed plump your lips (quite nicely, in fact) with repeated and regular use.

    Primed for Perfection

    Arbonne Virtual Illusion Makeup PrimerI recently had the good fortune to sample Arbonne’s Virtual Illusion Make-up Primer. I’ve used dozens of primers, and frankly never really understood why people wore them. After sampling Arbonne‘s, now I get it!

    For example, Saturday I went into work for an important event. I was going to be doing lots of running around, schmoozing, rubbing elbows, meeting-and-greeting…I think you get the picture. Anyway, by the time I finally took my make-up off at around 1:30AM (!!!), it was FLAWLESS. Looked just as perfect as when I put it on that morning. I was amazed. To the point that I almost didn’t want to take it off (it looked really good).  Plus, my pores were virtually invisible! To say the least, I’m purchasing full size of Virtual Illusion…and can’t wait to get it, ‘cuz now I get it.

    P.S. Arbonne is one of the rare few product lines still made in the U.S. so you can be assured of its quality and efficacy.

    Special thanks to Sondra Wright, Arbonne Reg. VP for the Virtual Illusion sample. Image courtesy Arbonne.

    Beauty Q&A with GirlPaint: Free Advice for A More Beautiful You

    Q&ARecently I became a member of MakeupTalk forum. I LOVE posting on forums, and not because I want to promote myself or my blog (although that’s a nice benefit if other members like my posts), but because I really, honestly like giving advice, tips, tricks and product reviews. It’s the reason I started blogging in the first place. I was working in an industry that cut me off from the beauty world, and I desparately needed to connect to my makeup-loving sister (and brothers).

    Following is a condensed Q&A excerpted from my MakeupTalk forum posts.

    Q. I’m African American and have desert hair that desparately needs moisture. Recommendations?
    A. Coconut oil, definitely. And use a deep conditioner (recommended: Mizani Fufyl) when you shampoo.

    Q. Should I tip beauty school students?
    A. You should tip 10%. If they do an especially good job, you can tip more than 10%, and be sure to find out where they’ll be working when they fiinish school. If you split the tip, tip 10% of the TOTAL, and split it between the students based on the work they did.

    Q. I’ve heard Bio Oil is good for your skin, but I don’t like the feeling of oils on my face. Can you recommend on something to put under my mineral makeup that will not clogs pores or cause break outs?
    A. Try Korres Pomegranate Moisturizer. It’s light formula is made for people with oily/acne-prone skin, plus it contains SPF (bonus!).

    Q. How do I get rid of dark circles under my eyes?
    A. Lessening (NOT getting rid of) dark circles can happen, but it takes time. Many good products are out there to address the issue, but you’ll need to use them consistently (that means at least once a day…twice is better) for 3-4 months. I’ve been using Skin Actives Scientifics Bright Eye cream for over two years. It contains the best active ingredients known to help fix the problem, plus it’s only $17.50 and the .5 oz. jar lasts forever (for me anyway). I believe in SAS Bright Eye 100%, but realize that dark circles are, in large part, hereditary and you may still have to use undereye concealers if you want to camouflage them.

    Q. Does anyone believe the Clarisonic Brush is worth it?
    A. I’ve used a Clarisonic Brush myself, and on top of my own “thumbs-up,” I’ve also heard rave reviews from just about everyone who’s used one. But $200 is a lot to shell out for a face cleaning appliance. QVC offers a payment plan ($40/payment) that might be the way to go. Either that or purchase one locally and that way, if you don’t like it, you can return it (be sure you check out your retailer’s return policy).

    Q. (Non-beauty related) When sending out resumes, should i put my cover letter and my resume all in the body of the email? Or should I send the cover letter in the body and attach the resume?
    A. Send ONE email with the cover letter at the top and then copy and paste your resume underneath the letter. NO ATTACHMENTS unless the company specifically asks for them. Always send your resume in the body of the e-mail message, not as an attachment. Put the resume right in the message so the recipient will see it as soon as he or she opens the message. This technique also helps you get through e-mail systems that reject all attachments in this day of rampant computer viruses.

    Q. Optical Illusion Dresses – Yea or Nea?

    A. Optical Illusion Dresses look perfect….if you have a PERFECT body. Consider yourself warned.

    Q. Did anyone else absolutely hate Bare Minerals?
    A. I’ve never been a fan of BE/BM — too orange-y for me, plus it’s cakey on me. I make my own mineral foundation. It’s soooooo easy and sooooo inexpensive. I literally mix a little titanium dioxide w/ red oxide mineral powder with a mortar and pestle. You’d think it would be too pink, but those two ingredients work perfectly for me, plus the titanium dioxide gives me added sun protection.

    Q. (Follow-up question) Where do you buy the ingredients to make your own mineral makeup? Does it provide any better coverage when you make your own?
    A. Do a Google search for “mineral makeup ingredients” and “mineral makeup recipe.” You’ll find tons of info. And the mmu coverage can be customized, so you can make yours with light, medium or full coverage…or one of each!

    Makeup tips and skin care help for dry eyelids from ELLE.com

    Outer-corner creases and under-eye circles are obvious places to dab your eye cream—but your lids and brow bone need love too! And if you wear powder eye shadow, subbing in a moisturizing alternative during the colder months could help. For starters, try Paul & Joe’s Limited Edition Spring Eye Color Palette: The hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, orange flower water, rosemary extract, and white lily extract in these shadows help smooth out those fine lines on your lids.

    Other eye shadow stand-ins include Sue Devitt Microquatic Hydrating Marine Mineral Palettes, The Body Shop eye shadows, and gloMinerals eye shadow trios. Sue Devitt’s formulation contains sea butter, Shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and other nourishing ingredients, while most of The Body Shop’s eye colors have marula nut oil, Shea butter, and Vitamin E. The shadows in gloMinerals’ line include Vitamins A, C, and E plus green tea extract.

    Makeup tips and skin care help for dry eyelids on ELLE.com.

    article courtesy Elle.com | Photo courtesy of Paul & Joe Beauté

    Economy Busters: Eight Beauty Discounts and FREEBIES Not to Be Missed!

    Elf CosmeticsE-gads, can you believe this economy? The news only seems to get worse.

    But, just because the economy s*cks doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice healthy, beautiful skin, hair and face! In fact, now more than ever is the time to take care of yourself. The added stresses of these trying times can wreak havoc on your looks, so fight back — in smart style — with these terrific specials on beauty favorites:

    1. Through April 1, MD Skincare is offering 25% off (wow!) your next purchase. Just enter “THANKS” in the space for coupons and click the “use coupons” button when you check out. Plus, they’re having a sale (save up $75 and more) on select Gift Sets. Note: these savings cannot be combined, so one or the other, People!
    2. Beauty.com exclusive: FREE bag designed by Shoshanna and filled with deluxe samples with your $100 Beauty.com purchase! A cute floral print bag contains $120 worth of deluxe samples from top brands like LORAC, ARCONA, stila, tarte, Smashbox, and more. While supplies last
    3. Also at Beauty.com: Get $10 off any $60 purchase. That’s a full 20% off any $60 purchase…nice
    4. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is offering free shipping on any $60+ purchase. Plus you get free samples
    5. Lancome Canada online exclusive: free 7-piece gift ($125 value)plus FREE shipping with a $50 purchase
    6. Sephora.com: you pick your favorite five samples FREE with ANY order. Good this week only
    7. Feel sexy on the cheap: 10% off any order at Booty Parlor. Enter the promo code “RISKY” when you check out
    8. 10% off E.L.F. (where almost everything is $1 already!). Enter promo code “EGTENAZ” when you check out

    How to Apply Eyeliner Easy-and-Quick

    Eyeliner is one of those musts, even for a simple day-to-day look. For some, applying eyeliner — especially for daytime wear — is a mystery.

    This video demo offers a quick and easy eyeliner application that anyone can do. All you need is an eyeliner pencil and a coordinating eyeshadow color and brush. Have fun!

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