Girls, we like our products. And we're always in search of that next cosmetic miracle. None of us has the funds to try every new product that gets our attention, so here are the observations I've made on various beauty products I've tried. Hey, if it helps one person save a buck or snag that soon-to-be-treasured beauty breakthrough, my job here is complete. Cosmetic junkies, unite!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Blushing Beauty

I love me some blush.  It does SO MUCH in terms of enhancing face contour and keeping a girl from looking washed out.  So today, I'm dedicating a little post to this makeup must-have.  After setting your foundation (with Bare Minerals Mineral Veil if you're me) and perhaps adding a little bronzer on cheeks, nose, and forehead, it's time for this little guy: Bare Minerals complexion enhancer in TRUE.  It's my favorite blush out there.  I'm not gonna lie, though, it's pretty sparkly.  So if that's a concern, there's actually a version in Bare Escentuals stores called TRUDY that has less sparkles.  I also like the A LITTLE SUN color for summer to use as both a bronzer AND a blush.  So grab a contoured brush and sweep it gently from your hairline to your laugh-line just below your cheekbone.  Sparkle on, lady!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Show and Tell

If you're a basic foundation/blush/mascara girl, or maybe you're just now dipping your toes into the infinite pool of eye makeup possibilities, this post is dedicated to you.  I was once in your shoes - well, kinda.  There was a specific turning point where one of my best friends (and my roommate at the time), Brittany, made me realize that the world of artistry surrounding the eyes was a vast one...and it was calling my name.  I started realizing that with different brushes and strategic placement of various eyeshadow shades and liners - and sometimes shadows used AS liners - I could create masterpieces.  Ok, it's not that dramatic, but I still enjoy my daily application of eye makeup.  It's a creative outlet for me.

So here's what you need: a great starting brush set  This guy's got everything you need: a big brush for broad application, a skinny one for liquid or potted liner, a perfectly-domed one for shading right inside the crease, and a smudger to make any eyeliner look like the "smoky eye". 

And just for fun, I'm going to include a small video gift I made for my sister explaining what I bought her for her birthday (hence the title) and how to use them.  The other gift was this: an eyeshadow set from LORAC ,  and you'll see me explain it as well.

I hope this helps!  Shoot me any questions or suggestions.  Is anyone even reading this?  Are y'all out there?  ;)