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Last Saturday, I accompanied a friend to a Mary Kay pampering session.  Now, in no way am I associated with Mary Kay (despite their recruiting efforts), but I have to admit that I enjoyed myself.  I've used a few Mary Kay products in my life and frankly, it's not a brand I ever consider.  I think their strong suit is skincare, the cleansers and lotions are nice, but the cosmetics are kind of blah.  It's also interesting that their 'consultants' don't need any makeup training - the recruiting process is just whoever goes to these parties.  Much of their rhetoric is based on finding a job you love, which I agree with, but sometimes the quality of work done by a makeup artist needs to be more...professional.

Anyways, enough on that.  The overall experience was cool as I cleansed and exfoliated with their TimeWise collection.  I have normal/dry skin, so I started with this cleanser. ($18)  I went in with some foundation on and it did a good job of removing it.  I didn't have any eye makeup on, so I'm not sure if it's safe for the eye area.

Next step was to Refine, with Step 1 of the TimeWise Microdermabrasion ($55).  It's a light exfoliant that reminds me of Lancome's Resurface-C set.  It's not a scrub per se, but with tiny granules that slough away dead skin cells.  After removing the scrub with a steamed towel, it was time for Step 2 : a Serum that is meant to Replenish the skin.

Instant Results
Fight fine lines, refine pores and achieve beautifully smooth skin – immediately – with this simple, two-step set.

Step 1: Refine is an advanced exfoliator using the same professional grade exfoliating crystals used by dermatologists, to immediately energize skin and reveal more radiant, healthy-looking skin.

Application: After cleansing, apply a quarter-sized amount of Step 1: Refine to wet face with fingertips. Using circular motions, gently massage face with fingertips for 1-2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry. Follow with Step 2: Replenish.

Step 2: Replenish separates the set from the competition. It's a rich serum, containing vitamins, antioxidants and anti-irritants. This serum nourishes the soft, smooth skin revealed by Step 1: Refine.

Application: Following Step 1: Refine, use fingertips to gently apply Step 2: Replenish. Continue with TimeWise® Day Solution SPF 25* or TimeWise® Night Solution and then TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer.

After the serum, I applied the TimeWise Day Solution, SPF 25 ($30)

Think of it as a veil of defense. With an SPF of 25, this innovative product helps prevent lines and discoloration
before they occur by blocking damaging UVA/UVB rays. A calming peptide helps relax expression lines.

For evening, there is a night solution. TimeWsie Night Solution ($30)

A unique delivery system of encapsulated vitamins and antioxidants combined with
collagen-enhancing peptides
help fade away deep lines and wrinkles.
Nutribeads® microcapsules are vitamin-packed.
Rest assured your skin is being revitalized while you sleep.

And lastly, a moisturizer.TimeWise Age Fighting Moisturizer ($22)

Reduce the appearance of fine lines for younger-looking skin with this oil-free lotion.
It's formulated with next-generation antioxidants that guard against free radicals which cause the skin to age.
The normal to dry formula delivers an emollient-rich treat that enhances the skin's
natural moisturization process to prevent moisture loss for soft, supple skin.

Pictures from the event after the break

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Tagged with: mary kay

Stila + Barbie

Tomorrow, January 14th, if you're in New York City, head to Sephora on 5th Ave to pick up one of four makeup cans. Or, you can just go online to Sephora.com Hooray for online shopping! As a collaboration between Stila and Barbie (er, Mattel?), they are releasing four limited edition sets.  Each one is $40 and no more than 10,000 each will be sold.  There's also one talking palette, if that's more your thing.  Each 'can' celebrates a different milestone in Barbie history.

Ponytail Barbie celebrates the 1st ever Barbie and as a classic, comes with a red lipstick by the same name..  That was 40 years ago, in 1959!
Malibu Barbie was released in 1971 and like all things in Malibu, comes with a bronzer. 
Foxy is the African American Barbie, first launched in 1980.  For this kit, foxy is a lip glaze (love!)
Jewel is a Barbie that was released in 2000 and also is a lip glaze.

Each kit comes in a collectible can, contains: a palette with two eyeshadows and a cheek color, a mascara (or eyeliner for Ponytail), lip glaze (lipstick for Ponytail), and a look book.

UPDATE: Sold out online.  In fact, I can't even find it online.  It'll be available in Sephora stores come February.

UPDATE 2:  Found it!  They're still out of stock, but it is on the website.

See the rest of the collection after the break.

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Tagged with: barbie, Stila

Keeping it Pro

One of the things I enjoy about not having a job is that I can wear just about any makeup look during the day and it's not going to matter.  Not that my looks are normally wild or anything, but it does give me some flexibility in wearing brighter colors.  So when I had a meeting with a recruiter earlier this week, my makeup needed to look more professional.  I wanted some color, but the focus needed to be on my qualifications, not my makeup.  Red is not a typical color associated with office-appropriate wear, but I with a light hand, I think I pulled it off.

See the full face look after the break

Filed in: FOTD

A Sassy look

A little math for you. 
No money + no job + drawers of makeup + lots of time = MAKEUP REDISCOVERY

If you're anything like me, even though you have a lot of makeup, do you reach for the same products day after day?  Honestly, I don't know why we women do that.  It's the same thing with clothes and why, I can stare at my closet full of clothes and say "I have nothing to wear".  So anyways, given my current predicament, it's time to rediscover my makeup collection.

This look is based around this eyeshadow duo from the L'Oreal HIP line.  I remember I got 2 duos for about 5 bucks - not bad at all!  This duo, Sassy, contains a brown and a teal.  The colors are highly wearable and the pigmentation is good.  It's not too intense, although with a heavier hand, it could be stronger.  I meant for the teal to be more evident, but oh wells.

I also applied more eyeliner than usual, using MAC's Feline.  Since I have small eyes, lining the lower lash liine is always tricky for me, so I usually stick to the upper. I didn't realize it until I saw the photograph, that I needed to get closer to my lash line.  More practice!  Overall, the whole look turned out better than I anticipated. What makeup treasures do you have hidden?

I"m not sure what's up with the suspicious look.

Foundation: Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals, Mineral Veil
Blush: MAC's Enough Said
Eyes: Bobbi Brown in Bone, L'oreal HIP in Sassy, MAC Feline Eyeliner
Lipstick: Lancome Juicy Tubes in Ginger Palace.

Filed in: FOTD

Makeup in real life

Have you had enough of the collections?  No?  Well that's good because I do have more for you...later.  This is actually a post featuring yours truly.  I typically wear makeup and have accumulated a few pictures that I'm going to start sharing with you readers.  I must say, I'm almost embarrased to show these pictures sometimes though.  My eyelashes need help. More on that later.  But for now, here's a a look I did last week.

Eyes: MAC Grain, Go, Pandemonium.
Blush: MAC Beauty Powder in Enough Said

Filed in: FOTD
Tagged with: Mac

Shu Uemura Mirage

Shu Uemura's Spring 2009 collection is entitled Mirage Spring Mode Makeup.

According to the Shu Uemura website,
In this 2009 Spring Mode Makeup Collection, shu uemura creates and unforgettable make-up image.

This Mirage Collection utilizes the technique of light and shadow. This soft range brings out pure and natural beauty in every woman. Come discover Mirage’s whimsical colors and dreamy creations.

The promo image is lovely and definitely a typical 'Spring' look.  The releases include eyeshadows, cheek palettes, eye liners, mini nail glosses, lipstick and false lashes.  See the images below.  The collection is now available online.

Eye shadow palette in Fantasia ($40)
Eyeshadow palette in Utopia ($40)Defining Cheek Palette in Orange Phase ($38)Defining Cheek Palette in Misty Glow

Eye Drawing Pencils
Light-Blue, Lilac, Pink ($19 each)

Lip Duo Tint and Gloss in Translucent - Pale Pink ($32)

The nail polish and lashes don't appear on the Shu Uemura website, I saw them on Beauty Anonymous.  The lashes look like fun!

Filed in: Spring 2009, makeup
Tagged with: Shu Uemura

Smashbox Spring 2009

Next Spring '09 Collection is from Smashbox, entitled Muse.  I love the eyeshadow palette (big shock!) and the packaging.  It's like an artist splashed paint all over the box, which is appropriate given the title of the collection.  Compared to other brands, this release only includes a few items.

The 10 colors are: Chocolate, Biscuit, Dark Celery Green, Soft Green, Dark Blue-Grey, Light Silver Blue, Deep Orchid, Sheer Lilac, Coffee, Rose Copper.  Includes the brush, $48.

This rich, creamy lip gloss glides effortlessly over lips for soft color and brilliant shine. Create your own one-of-a-kind artistic hue by mixing and layering shades.
Muse Lip Paints in Luminary (Creamy Nude), Artiste (Creamy Berry), Virtuoso (Creamy Pink).  $21 each.

Four ultra-creamy, vibrant eye liner pencils to create a masterpiece all your own. Wear each shade alone, blended together, or smudged with shadow – experiment with color and get inspired! Includes 4 pencils in LAPIS, IMPERIAL, SLATE & ANTIQUE GOLD.  (Retail Value $64) $36

Get a gorgeous rush of color with this ultra-luxurious, long-wearing blush in a one-of-a-kind mirrored compact for glowing cheeks befitting any muse.
Blush in Masterpiece (warm peachy coral), $24.


Get instantly smooth and glowing skin and create a perfect canvas for makeup application with this revolutionary dual formula PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER and ARTIFICIAL LIGHT. It’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants and botanicals for added healthy skin benefits. Wear under foundation or alone for a gorgeous natural glow. Can be used all over face for a radiant complexion or blended over cheekbones, brow bones, the bridge of nose and chin to highlight.
Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminizing Primer in Bare Canvas (Luminous Champagne), $34.

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Tagged with: smashbox, Spring 2009

Nars Spring 2009

Images from the Spring 2009 Collection, Heart of Desire

Strawberry with gold particles
Hazelnut with gold particles ($32)

Frosted Sage
Smoky Lilac ($32)

Iridescent gold ivory
Pink Sand with golden sheen ($36)

Matte garnet ($22)

Cotton Candy with golden undertones and gold particles ($22)

Bright marigold with gold particles ($22)

Medium to dark complexions with red undertones ($37)

Metallic Raspberry ($24)

Sheer pink grapefruit ($24)

Peachy pink/Shimmering Apricot ($45)

The brick red eyeshadow and the yellow eyeshadow are unique, but not meant to be worn together.  The lipgloss sounds pretty, but I don't think any of the lip products would be any different from what I already own.

source: Nars.com

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Tagged with: nars, spring


TODAY only, head to Suave.com to score a free bottle of shampoo.  I haven't tried Suave in a while, but I've already registered for my free bottle.  A lack of work has me scouring the web for free deals like this!

Filed in: haircare
Tagged with: suave, Free Stuff

Chanel Spring 2009

The Spring 2009 collection from Chanel is entitled Bohemian Fantasy.  It is pretty, but as typical of Chanel, pricey.  If I had a job, the one item from the spring collections I'd want would be this Chanel lip palette:

How cute are those interlocking C's?  The problem is, I think I'd just have the palette on my dresser, staring at it and wouldn't actually use it..

Les 4 Ombres de Chanel Quad in Mystic Eyes ($56)
Plum, Pink, Beige, Silver

Joues Contraste
Powder Blush in Fandago ($42)

Django Nail Polish (Beige Pink) $23

Vendetta Nail Polish (Dark Violet)

Glossimers ($27)
Wild Rose, Beige Guitare

Other items released for spring are new shades of lipstick, a highlighter face pen, Imitable Mascara in 'Brun' (brown).

All items are now available at Chanel.com.

Source: Beauty Anonymous, Chanel.com

Filed in: makeup
Tagged with: Spring 2009, chanel