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Can great makeup brushes be affordable?

I am really impressed with the new Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman makeup brush line. Not only are they great looking but they are really great brushes. I am amazed at how soft each of the brushes are and they make application of even your finest powders a snap. Everything in the line is under $18! You can check out these great brushes yourself and your local Ulta store.

We are very excited to announce that professional make-up artist turned beauty blogger turned Internet phenomenon, Samantha Chapman, has introduced a brand-new cosmetic brush line, Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman.

After capturing the attention of over 40 million beauty aficionados around the world through her top-notch make-up look tutorials on her “Pixiwoo” YouTube Channel, Sam is taking her acclaimed technique to the next level. The mission of Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman is simple: high-tech brushes and industry-quality makeup tutorials make you the expert. The initial launch contains 10 tools that will upgrade any application for surprising results that are surprisingly affordable (all under $18!).

The collection soft-launches at Ulta stores this April/May, and the e-commerce launch will take place summer 2011. and do visit www.realtechniques.com for more information, tutorial videos, and more of Sam’s inspiration!

your base/flawless

Powder Brush ($12): Evenly apply powders and mineral foundations for smooth, high-definition results
Foundation Brush ($9): The angled cut lets you build the coverage you need for airbrushed, high-definition results
Core Collection ($18): Create a perfect canvas with these essentials (detailer brush, pointed foundation brush, buffing brush, and contour brush)

your eyes/enhanced

Shading Brush ($6) : From subtle to dramatic, this brush is ideal for creating flawless high-definition results
Lash-Brow Groomer ($6): This precision groomer is essential for defined, separated lashes and beautiful brows
Starter Set ($18): Take eyes to another level with a base shadow brush, deluxe crease brush, accent brush, pixel-point eyeliner brush, and brow brush

your finish/perfected

Blush Brush ($10): Contour and define cheeks for flawlessly blended looks
Stippling Brush ($10): This dual-fiber brush is the trade secret for creating airbrushed results with all types of makeup
Kabuki Brush ($10): Use the 2-in-1 kabuki closed for powder, then unfold to sweep on color

on location

Travel Essentials ($18): All you need to create sophisticated looks at home or away (includes essential foundation brush, multi-task brush, and domed shadow brush)

Disclosure: Complimentary samples of some of the above mentioned products were sent to me for an honest review.

LUSH Tiny Hands

Spring is finally here, which means it’s time to clean out our closets, plant some seeds and start enjoying the outdoors! If your hands are still showing signs of the frigid winter weather, not to worry LUSH is offering a helping hand with our innovative NEW! Tiny Hands Solid Serum. Featuring unique ingredients such as velvety argan oil, soothing marigold petals and ethically sourced shea butter, this solid hand serum will heal the roughest of hands. True to LUSH’s eco-friendly fashion, Tiny Hands requires no packaging and can be stored in a reusable tin, which is perfect for traveling.

Tiny Hands Solid Serum is now available in all LUSH stores and LUSH.com.

Makeup Tips Fit for a Princess‏


With a true “happily ever after” soon upon us, the world eagerly awaits what look a 21st century princess will don on her big day. If Kate Middleton’s classic poise is any indication of her fairytale wedding appearance, she is sure to look nothing short of picture perfect. Celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff gives her beauty predictions and tips for how the leading lady can enhance her flawless features for the grand event. A glamorous and classic look will be the perfect accessory for Kate’s subtle charm, because after all, a princess deserves to feel (and look!) like royalty.

· For her wedding ceremony, Ashunta recommends that Kate:
o Highlight her natural beauty with a look that glows from the outside in:
0 Mary Kay TimeWise Luminous-Wear Liquid Foundation provides a radiant backdrop for her gorgeous look

o Play up her flawless bone structure by sculpting her cheekbones with the perfect bronzer. A hint of peach blush on the apples of her cheeks will create a slight contour to her oval face:
0 Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush provides a healthy and natural glow

o Dress her lips with a subtle and soft shade to emulate her timeless beauty:
0 Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Sweet Nectar adds light sheen and color to lips for a classic look

o Adorn eyes with neutral colors and accent with wispy lashes:
o Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colors in Cinnabar, Silky Caramel and Crystalline will emphasize her earth tone eyes
0 Finish off with Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in Black to make eyes pop

· To celebrate wedded bliss, Ashunta recommends giving Kate’s look a burst of color for a more regal reception look:
o A bright lip is a fun way to spice things up:
0 Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Hibiscus provides a pop of magenta for a look fit for a princess
o A soft smokey eye could transform Kate’s look from demure to allure:
0 Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Iris could add a hint of plum to bring a little something into Kate’s ceremony eye look


Makeup-Artist to the Stars Carmindy, Talks About Getting Spring/Summer Ready

Love Carmindy, she has great beauty tips every woman can use and more importantly a message of positivity.

Make-up artist to the stars and “What Not To Wear” beauty expert, Carmindy, sat down with Paltalk’s Diana Falzone and discussed several tips on improving oneself; inside and out.

Below are some of her beauty tips on how to get spring/summer ready!

On Skincare:

The importance of good skin – “Skincare is the most important thing because you have to start with a good canvas before you swipe on lip gloss or lipstick.”
Exfoliate at night – If your skin is oily, exfoliate every other day, for normal skin exfoliating once or twice a week will suffice.
Secret Beauty Tip – Carmindy recommends exfoliating with granulated white sugar. Simply gently buff onto a wet face.
**Exfoliating after shaving prevents ingrown hairs which can be especially important for men after shaving.

Improving your outlook on life and self:

Make an effort to treat other women positively. Don’t criticize, compliment.
Stop buying gossip mags; articles about celeb beach bodies or stars without makeup doesn’t do anything for self esteem.
Stop the compare and despair game and focus on being the best you can be.
Carmindy stresses, ““I don’t care about what size or shape you are or how you look, it’s all about how you feel and what you can accomplish each and every day.”

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