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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Trial and Error

Friday was my birthday and I received a few makeup gift sets from Ulta.  Ulta is a beauty store similar to Sephora, both are my sanctuaries :).  Ulta always offers amazing gift sets at amazing prices and these gift sets are from brand name companies such as LORAC and Smashbox. 

Gift sets are the perfect introduction to a brand and also to test new items out with out spending an arm and a leg.  The sets range from $20 to $50 and contain at least 3-5 full size products.  The sets are fun to experiment with and a cost effective way to build your kit.  So go out and buy some sets and HAVE FUN!

Below is a link to Ulta!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Bright! Bright! Bright!

Although my passion is makeup and I'm a freelance makeup artist, I do have a day job to pay the bills.  I work as a sales rep for a textile company.  Within the last few weeks we have added new colors to a few of our lines.  All of these colors are bright and remind me of 80's board shorts.  As I was going through these colors I noticed that not only are bright/neon colors popping up in apparel, but also in makeup.  Bright colors aren't only for the runways, but can also be used in everyday life.  Here are a few ideas/tips:

1. Don't be afraid of color, embrace it! - I tend to lean towards the neutral pallet, but I realize it's time to break out of that.

2. Concentrate the bright colors on one area - If you are doing bright eyes stick with a more neutral lip, especially if it's during the day.  If it's for a night out on the town, a bright lip will be just fine.

3. Bright eye liners add that little bit of pop that's needed.  Sephora carries fun colors under their brand and so does Make Up For Ever.

4. The best way to achieve that fun bright look without looking like you just walked out of an 80's hair band video is to test it out.  Practice, Practice, Practice.  Try a look and take a picture of yourself. 

5. Don't forget HAVE FUN!!

*Below is a link to my favorite line Make Up For Ever - they have the best colors