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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Blog Sale

OK, so I've cleaned out my makeup drawers again, and found many things I either haven't used, or don't use often because I thought I liked them and found out they just weren't for me. If you are not serious about any of the products, please don't comment. Some of these products are collectors items or limited edition items.  I did my best with price markdowns. If you are not satisfied with the price of something or the way the sale is conducted then don't buy. Hope you see something you like! All items that are able to be sanitized are.

1. US and Canadian residents only. I've been having a lot of issues with shipping overseas. If you live overseas, and want to pay for flat rate USPS shipping, we can discuss the sale.
2. Comments are turned off. If you are interested in anything, you must email me at with your paypal email address, we can discuss pricing that way as well. I will then send you a paypal request. You must complete the transaction in an hour, or it will go to the next person who asked for it.  First come, first served.
3. Shipping is $3.00 for the first item, and $.50 per additional item unless otherwise stated.
5. I am not responsible for items damaged in shipping.

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol II
used a couple of times, primer potion and liners not included
Shipping $6 SOLD

Urban Decy Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows
Collectors Item
Used a couple of times
Shipping $6 SOLD

Urban Decay Smoke Out Kit in Sweet Lucy
Never Used

Stila Pro Artist Palette No. 1
Never opened, never used
Includes eyeshadows in Kitten, Prize, Sparkle, Grand, Lucky, and Moxie

MAC Blush in Prism

MAC MSF in Refined
$20 SOLD

MAC Eyeshadows
Love Lace SOLD and Cut to Fit
$9 each

MAC Paintpots
Indan Wood and Coral Crepe
$12 each SOLD

MAC Pigments (new packaging) full
Tan and Vanilla
$13 each SOLD

MAC Feline Eye Kohl $7 SOLD
MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl $7 SOLD
MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture $7 SOLD
Urban Decy 24/7 Liner in Oil Slick $13

MAC Shade Stick in Nurture
$10 SOLD

Face Primers full
Benefit That Gal $15
NARS SPF 20 $20

Too Faced Glamour to Go Palette
Never Used

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
used 3-4 times
$10 SOLD

Kat Von D Metal Orchestra Palette

Tarina Tarintino Eyedream Hyershadow in Brooch

Benefit Blush in Thrrrob

NARS Blush in Angelica
$18 SOLD

Sephora Smokey Eyes Kit
Includes a liner and mascara

Travel Size Bumble and Bumble Tonic
Never used

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Palladio Makeup Contest/Giveaway

I'm really excited that Palladio Beauty has decided to sponsor a Summer contest for my youtube channel.  The theme of the contest is "Summer Beauty".  What is your favorite look for summer?  What do you think shows summer beauty in terms of makeup.  Show Palladio and I your best Summer Beauty look for a chance to win some great prizes.  Upload a video response to the video below for a chance to be entered for one of three great prize packs or consolation prizes.  Palladio will be judging this contest with me so get those creative juices flowing.

VIDEO Contest:
1) 1st Place – A complete set of our Shadow Liner Crayons (12)
            Black Pearl
            Silver Bells
            Iced Coffee
            Blue Suede

2) 2nd Place – A “Summer Essential” Kit
            Goddess of Sun Mosaic Bronzer
            Terra Shimmer Strips Highlighter
            Bronzer Brush
            Bronzy Pink Tinted Lip Balm
            Brown Eye Ink

3) 3rd Place - A Palladio Makeup brush set (7)
            Flat Shadow

10 Eye Primer Consolation Prizes for runner-ups

COMMENT Contest:
10 Random Prizes – Full-size Tinted Lip Balms

So what are you waiting for?  Either upload a video response to the video below or enter through the comment portion.  I can't wait to see your "Summer Beauty" or hear if you've tried Palladio or if you haven't which products look interesting to you.  Remember, you must be a subscriber to both my and Palladio's youtube channels.  Links are listed below.

Save 10% on all Palladio products at from June 1st through June 30th! (Offer not valid at Sally Beauty Supply stores.)  Use code 555953

Monday, May 10, 2010

My Skin Care Routine

    I'm glad to say that I think I have finally found a skin care routine that works for me.  For years I have gone back and forth from one cleanser to another, one moisturizer to another in a never ending cycle of never really finding something that works well for my skin.  So I've decided to share with you what has been working for me.

    The first step for me is always makeup removal.  I had been using the MAC makeup remover wipes, but I always found they were sort of rough, which is not always a bad thing.  They were great for removing eye makeup, but I wanted something a little smoother on my skin.  I've discovered that I love the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towelettes, especially the night calming ones. I usually only remove my makeup at night anyway, so no need to remove my makeup in the morning.  They have a wonderful lavender scent and have an extremely calming effect when I use them in the evenings.  They are gentle, ultra soft calming cloths for clean, fresh, makeup-free skin in one easy step. These wipes remove all traces of makeup with a calming fragrance that helps me unwind and prepares me for a good night's sleep, which we all know is a problem for me.  I don't do this in the morning, as I have no makeup to remove of course.

  After removing my makeup for my evening routine, I use a Lush Cosmetics cleanser. Depending on how my skin is reacting to the enviornment or my hormones, I use one of two that I have come to love.  If my face seems sensitive, dry, or unbalanced, I use Angels on Bare Skin.  The kaolin clay base deep cleanses while ground almonds gently exfoliate dead skin away.  It also contains rose and lavender which soothe and help balance out combination skin, and it's great for all skin types.  If my face seems oily or breakout prone on that day, I use Dark Angels.  Dark Angels is a soft black sugar scrub that feels quite exfoliating and chalky when I rub it into my skin. It contains black sugar and powdered charcoal to exfoliate and cleanse away excess oils. Rhassoul mud and vitamin-rich cold pressed organic avocado oil soften, moisturize, and nourish the skin, while sandalwood and rosewood oils soothe the skin. I don't always use a toner, but if I do, I use the Eau Roma Water from Lush if I'm using Angels on Bare Skin, or Tea Tree Water on the days I use Dark Angels.

    I use a face mask about 3 times a week, but I've used so many, it would be too many to list.  I have found my favorite one to be The Sacred Truth from Lush.  After my face is cleansed and detoxified, I use a moisturizer.  It is extremely important to moisturize your skin.  I had so much trouble finding a moisturizer that would do what I really wanted it to without it making me break out, be too greasy, be too light, or having an allergic reaction to it.  Thankfully I have found the Shiseido Pureness Matifying Moisturizer.  This is the perfect moisturizer for my combination skin.  I tend to have an oily T-zone and dry cheeks and forehead.  It's pH-balanced, improves the texture of my skin and helps reduce surface shine.  It provides wonderful hydration to skin and it protects the skin's natural moisture balance.

    The next step in my night skin routine is to use an eye cream.  I have always liked Philosophy's Eye Hope, however when I ran out of that, I decided to try Lush's Enchanted Eye Cream.  The area around our eyes is very sensitive and delicate.  This cream gently rejuvenates and soothes without causing any irritation. It livens up the eye area. I just dab the cream gently along the bone below my eye and around my eyes and eyelids right before bed.

    When I wake up in the morning, it's time to get ready for work again.  I can't go to work without a shower to wake me in the morning.  In the shower I wash my face with Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser.  I love the scent of this gentle cleanser.  It's for all skin types and is supposed to be fragrance-free but to me is smells of cucumbers. The gel formula instantly whisks away impurities, removes any excess makeup from the day before, and is safe to use on the eye area. It's also soap free and doesn't leave behind a film or residue. It preps my face for my primer, and makes my face feel clean and pun intended.

What's your favorite cleanser or skin routine? Leave a comment letting me know what you do to take care of the gentle skin on your face to keep you looking clean and young.