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Ipsy Glam Bag March 2014 Review

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I am only on my second ipsy Glam bag but I am LOVING them. I am still shocked each month that its only $10! This month’s theme is Destination Beauty, my ipsy Glam bag for March contained travel-friendly products to help me create the perfect look. Oh and every ipsy collection comes in a cute little makeup bag this months super cute bag was designed by Klari Reis.  So far the ipsy collections have really top notch products and the little makeup bags are so cute I would probably pay $10 for them alone.

Check out what came in this month’s bag:

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Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer ($9.00 .4 fl oz)
This wore more like a highlighter cream, I love the soft glow it gives my skin. It absorbs well and doesn’t leave my face feeling icky. It has a beautiful peach shimmer and is great for brightening up my skin.

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NYX Love in Rio eyeshadow palette ($5.99)
NYX Cosmetics Love in Rio eyeshadow palette in Segredos De Giselle . I love the compact and the colors look really cute but this one fell a bit short of my expectations. The shadow was soft and easy to apply but had so little pigment it was barely visible.  I swiped each color for my swatch 3 times to get them to show up. Good for a very natural look, but a little on the pale side.

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Chella liquid eyeliner in Indigo Blue ($24.00)
By far one of my favorite items in this months bag and I got a full size pen, retail value $24! This pen is amazing its really pigmented and has the most delicate felt tip liner. Even with my shaky hands it was easy to apply and the color lasted all day. I love the midnight blue color, it has enough color to brighten up my eye without being over the top. Can’t wait to try more from this brand.

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Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Get Ready lipstick (.5 oz sample .12 oz $18)
Love this lipstick! I am a huge fan of Marvelous Moxie lipstick, and this might be my favorite shade to date. Its a gorgeous rose shade that is really moisturizing and leaves my lips with a bit of shine.  Since I opened this I haven’t used another lip color I love it so much. I love how great it feels on my lips and the staying power is a huge bonus.

 

I am so happy I signed up for ipsy. I have tried a lot of subscription services but can honestly say this is the best priced, with the best products. This month’s bag was fantastic the retail value not including the cute makeup bag is $45 so you are getting a great deal for $10 .  The NYX Palette wasn’t my favorite but I am really loving the rest of the collection.

Click here to sign up for your own ipsy glam bag. Just $10 a month for a beautiful bag filled with goodies. Your bags will comes customized to you so each shade and product will be just right.

Winner Announced! Total Beauty Red Carpet Ready Collection

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And the winner is… #19 Danielle F. Watch your email inbox for info on your prize.

In celebration of awards season, TotalBeauty.com has put together a red-carpet worthy Collection. The Collection features 5 amazing skin care and makeup products including a full-size Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple and a full-size Sheswai Nail Lacquer. Plus, to cherish your most beautiful moments, they’ve included a MailPix.com Photo Brag Book as a free bonus.

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The Red Carpet Ready Box from TotalBeauty.com Shops:
The box retails for only $25 (Plus use MakeHerUp discount code TBRED15 for 15% off this collection!)

Inside the Box:

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple: Full Size!!! $19.00 value
I am new to this brand but I love it. The red color is gorgeous and I love how easy it is to apply with the brush. The product is listed as a balm but I would say its more a stain as the color lasts all day.

Sheswai Nail Lacquer: Full Size!!! $16 value: This is by far one of my favorite nail polish lines I have tried. The brush makes it super easy to apply without making a mess. And even better it doesn’t chip. I am lucky to go a whole day without chipping my polish, usually its within the first hours of application. With Sheswai polish I made it Monday to Friday before it started chipping! I will be ordering more.

Pur-lisse Pur-Delicate Gentle Soymilk Cleanser: Deluxe Sampe size $12.65 Value: At 1.7 oz, this is a very generous sample. I love this cleanser its super gentle and doesn’t irritate my skin. This is a great sample size for my travel bag.

Manna Kadar Sheer Glow Shimmer Lotion: Deluxe Sample size $8.00 value: A really great shimmer lotion it goes on light and adds the perfect glow to my cheekbones.

Racinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc Brightening Mask: 3 foil packets with a $5.00 value: This is on the list for my Friday night spa night. I can’t wait to see how it works.

Get this box while you can! Like all Total Beauty Collection boxes, there is no subscription needed. However, when the boxes sell out…they are gone.

Hurry grab one of these star-studded and A-list approved collections before they are gone!

You can order your box here: Order the Total Beauty Collection Red Carpet Ready Box

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New Contest! Total Beauty Red Carpet Ready Collection

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In celebration of awards season, TotalBeauty.com has put together a red-carpet worthy Collection. The Collection features 5 amazing skin care and makeup products including a full-size Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple and a full-size Sheswai Nail Lacquer. Plus, to cherish your most beautiful moments, they’ve included a MailPix.com Photo Brag Book as a free bonus.

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The Red Carpet Ready Box from TotalBeauty.com Shops:
The box retails for only $25 (Plus use MakeHerUp discount code TBRED15 for 15% off this collection!)

Inside the Box:

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple: Full Size!!! $19.00 value
I am new to this brand but I love it. The red color is gorgeous and I love how easy it is to apply with the brush. The product is listed as a balm but I would say its more a stain as the color lasts all day.

Sheswai Nail Lacquer: Full Size!!! $16 value: This is by far one of my favorite nail polish lines I have tried. The brush makes it super easy to apply without making a mess. And even better it doesn’t chip. I am lucky to go a whole day without chipping my polish, usually its within the first hours of application. With Sheswai polish I made it Monday to Friday before it started chipping! I will be ordering more.

Pur-lisse Pur-Delicate Gentle Soymilk Cleanser: Deluxe Sampe size $12.65 Value: At 1.7 oz, this is a very generous sample. I love this cleanser its super gentle and doesn’t irritate my skin. This is a great sample size for my travel bag.

Manna Kadar Sheer Glow Shimmer Lotion: Deluxe Sample size $8.00 value: A really great shimmer lotion it goes on light and adds the perfect glow to my cheekbones.

Racinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc Brightening Mask: 3 foil packets with a $5.00 value: This is on the list for my Friday night spa night. I can’t wait to see how it works.

 

Get this box while you can! Like all Total Beauty Collection boxes, there is no subscription needed. However, when the boxes sell out…they are gone.

Hurry grab one of these star-studded and A-list approved collections before they are gone!

You can order your box here: Order the Total Beauty Collection Red Carpet Ready Box

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Get The Look: Amy Adams’ and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Oscar Night Beauty

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2014
Look by Monika Blunder for Laura Mercier

Makeup artist Monika Blunder created an “effortless, Parisian- chic” look for actress and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Blunder was inspired by the youthfulness and glamour of Huntington-Whiteley’s dress, and kept her makeup looking “fresh.”

FLAWLESS FACE:

  • First Blunder prepped the skin with Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer, ($33).
  • Then, using her fingers, she applied Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide (launching Fall 2014) all over her face.
  • She used Laura Mercier Camouflage Powder Brush, ($28) to apply Laura Mercier Seecret Camouflage, ($33) – covering any of her skin’s imperfections.
  • Blunder blended Laura Mercier Secret Concealer #2, ($23) under Huntington-Whiteley’s eyes with a Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush, ($32).
  • To ensure her makeup stayed in place all night, she applied Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, ($35).
  • Using Laura Mercier Bronzer Brush, ($45) she applied Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder #3, ($36).
  • Next, she applied Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic, ($40) to add a beautiful glow to her skin.

EYES:

  • First, Blunder applied Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Buff, ($25) onto Huntington-Whiteley’s eyelids.
  • Next, using the Laura Mercier All Over Eye Colour Brush, ($30), she applied Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in Baroque, ($23) onto her eyelids.
  • She added definition to her eyes using Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Café au Lait, ($23).
  • Then she lined her Huntington-Whiteley’s eyes using Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Stormy Grey, ($20) in an outward motion to create a cat eye. She used the Laura Mercier Smudge Brush, ($24) to soften the line.
  • To intensify the smoky-eye effect, Blunder applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa, ($26) with the Laura Mercier Pony Tail Brush, ($29).
  • Using a clean Laura Mercier Pony Tail Brush, ($29), she applied Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Ballet Pink, ($24) on the inner corner of her eye and eyelid.
  • Next, Blunder used the Laura Mercier Eye Crease Travel Brush, ($29) to apply Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Café au Lait, ($23) along the lower lashline.
  • After curling Huntington-Whiteley’s eyelashes with an eyelash curler, she applied generous coats of Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara, ($24).
  • Finally, she groomed her brows using the Laura Mercier Brow Grooming Brush, ($10) and added extra definition using Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil in Ash Blonde, ($22).

LIPS:

  • Blunder lined Huntington-Whiteley’s lips using Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Baby Lips, ($22) and then applied Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Royal Orchid, ($27) to create the bold pout.

 

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Amy Adams 86th Annual Academy Awards
Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role, American Hustle

Makeup by Stephen Sollitto

Celebrity makeup artist Stephen Sollitto created a sophisticated makeup look for Amy Adams, who is nominated for “Actress in a Leading Role” for her portrayal of Sydney Prosser in “American Hustle.” He stated, “She wore a stunning sapphire blue Gucci gown, modern and clean. Obviously, I am inspired by this color and simply wanted the makeup to be just as sophisticated.” Below, he breaks down the steps he took to create her flawless red carpet look.

SKINCARE PREP

Sollitto prepared Adams’ skin using RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream ($195). He stated, “I always moisturize with this product. This is the line I use on myself every day. Prepping the skin is just as important as the makeup you use.”

FOUNDATION

  • Sollitto applied Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide (NEW – Coming Fall 2014) to create a flawless complexion. He noted, “This foundation is simple to apply with a wet sponge or your fingers. It’s long wear, oil free and lightweight. In the end it gives you a matte finish so you don’t have to dust your face with loose powder, it’s built in.”

EYES

  • Sollitto applied Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Terracotta ($24) to Adams’ lids and contrasted the look by applying Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Black Karat ($24) under the star’s bottom lashes.
  • To keep Adam’s eyes looking ”bright,” Sollitto dotted his “ideal champagne shade,” Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sugar Frost ($26) to the inner corners of Adams’ eyes.
  • He applied Nars Eye Paint Liner in Tatar ($25) along the star’s upper lash line to make them “pop.”
  • To finish, he applied Dior Black Out Mascara ($25) to Adams’ lashes.

CHEEKS

  • Sollitto applied the perfect “spring-like blush,” Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color in Ravish ($56) to create a look “that was flush with color.”

LIPS

  • Sollitto noted that he wanted to achieve a lip look that was “pretty, a little bit rosy and glossy.” He used Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour in Cozy ($25) which he described as “having the perfect punch I was looking for.” He then layered Tom Ford Beauty Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Rose Crush ($45) over it “for a bit of glamour to match the day.”

 

You can purchase the Laura Mercier products used to create these looks at www.lauramercier.com.