Mar 052013

leona lewis TBSLeona Lewis – the British singer and global superstar — is the newest Brand Activist for The Body Shop, helping to raise awareness Against Animal Testing.  Seven years ago — the beauty triumphed on the X Factor UK, and with 10 million album sales, a collection of Grammy and BRIT Award nominations – she remains refreshingly grounded and stays true to her beliefs. She is an avid animal lover, long-time vegetarian — who is passionate about beauty! Look out for the newest limited edition collection by Leona Lewis for The Body Shop!

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Dec 052012

This must-have has an overall grade of:


Since my last b.liv review (told you there’s more to come :) ) — I went on to try their Dullness Cessation Original Japan Silk Mask. I think I am surely becoming addicted to these masks. With the slogan imprinted on the packaging: “bright is right,” I have to admit — this mask is a must-have for any beauty enthusiast or pro — who needs a quick pick me up. It is chicly formulated for dark and uneven skin tones. I saw immediate results, and got tons of compliments about my face’s overall appearance. I was able to chase away the clouds — that darkened my complexion (olive skin tone) — allowing it to glow. I glistened as my admirers stopped me — pondering about my skin care routine!

This beauty miracle lightened my complexion (temporarily…more permanent with constant use) by heightening its reflective properties — refining and smoothing my skin’s texture (bye-bye fine lines, creases and wrinkles). My skin glowed with a new transparency. I believe it’s because of the Nano-Pearl Proteins -  which regulated pigmentation and revitalized my skin…as the moisture-retaining ingredients provided instant hydration!

Key Ingredients & Benefits:

  • Black Pearl – an oriental beauty tonic which helps restore skin’s natural radiance, lightens skin discoloration — making it softer, smoother, finer and more luscious!
  • Silk Protein – this naturally hydroscopic material has an excellent moisture binding quality to condition and hydrate skin.
  • Camu Camu Extract – this beauty secret is known for its anti-aging properties, boosts collagen synthesis for firmer, smoother skin — while restoring skin’s natural radiance.

Beauty Fixx: wash face and apply mask to clean skin. Leave mask on for approximately 20-30 minutes (I left on for 30 minutes). You can rinse away residue or allow formula to dry on skin. No additional moisturizer is required. “Ready-set-GLOW!”

This mask is formulated to minimize the risk of allergies. No animals were harmed or utilized with this brand (#cruelty-free).

I highly recommend this product! ;)

Nov 302012

It’s not easy living your dreams! It’s even harder — indulging in your creative passions! For me, I wear many stylish hats — with writing, photography, graphic/design and PR — all dwelling within! But what truly allows me to float on cloud 9 — is the fashion, beauty, health, travel (lifeSTYLE) worlds! Bliss has become my latest addiction! I apply it to everything I do! I find pleasure in the simplest things…trying to weed out the negatives — and accentuate the positives!

To help me to stay in the game, while keeping you all chic and in the know — I’ve launched Fashionation Fridays — which is a roundup of the best in beauty, fashion & lifeSTYLE…including the latest deals, news and unique finds! So sit back, relax — and get ready to get your bliss on ;) !

Beauty News

Magic & Mayhem
It’s holiday time lovelies — and magic soars threw the brisk air! Visions of sugarplums — dancing through our heads, as we gear up for all of the fabness — is fashion, beauty and lifestyle! Have any of you heard of Nakeah Cosmetics? Well, I’m a beauty blogger and I haven’t…however, this unique beauty brand has recently launched their newest collection for the holiday season — “The Magical Collection” on November 21st!

They boost flawless all natural foundations… as well as exquisite eye palettes that enhances your natural beauty. With royal purples, pinks, and gold’s while wearing hypnotizing lip shades of creamy nudes, sparkly pinks, and luxurious purples, there’s always a magical beauty moment.

This Holiday “The Magical Collection” will have you looking and feeling your best. In fact, the collection will make a magical appearance at the Magic & Mayhem holiday event today…November 30th, 2012 at Nakeah Cosmetics & Beauty Lounge located at 7471 Melrose Ave., Suite 22, Los Angeles, CA  90046 or visit, as you’re magical moment awaits you!

Nakeah Cosmetics is an environmental conscious company that does not contain chemicals such as sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. Their products are not tested on animals and were created with women of all ethnicity — and various skin types in mind.

A Chic Holiday Beautygasm by Total Beauty
Indulge yourself in a special little gift — just for YOU! You have to check out the latest deluxe beauty sample collection a la Total Beauty. The BEAUTYGASM COLLECTION from Total, adorns great beauty products for the season, including a special gift — the Trojan Vibrations Interchange 5.3 (a $79 value) for only $29.99.  Yes, spice up your holidays while steaming up your bedroom (bliss…remember? :) . Here’s a beautiful bonus…get exclusive access to an additional 10% off now through Dec 1st with promo code: SPICE

Every month, offers beauty junkies The Total Beauty Collection, a package of deluxe beauty samples hand-picked by their editors for gals to try at home.  For December, they’re spicing it up a bit and inspiring women to indulge in themselves during this holiday season!”

New Facial Exfoliant Set to Shake Up Your Skincare Regimen
I am loaded with chic, new and innovated ways to put your best face forward — literally :) . I can’t stress enough — how vital exfoliation is to the skin’s wellbeing and overall health. There’s a new patent pending process — which focuses on the “rolling action” — which removes dead skin…without stripping away your skin’s healthy tissues! It’s called POWDERWorks. This unique and new approach — is a powder-based facial exfoliant — which maintains it’s powder form, even after it is massaged onto your face. It leaves you with a clean feel, minus the icky residue build up — which can clog pores. This allows you to get full strength treatment — with exceptional performance! Did I mention that it is also all natural, and made with non-toxic ingredients? Or that it is formulated with a patent-pending one-of-the-kind rolling action technology, which is conveniently packaged in a shaker? What a chic alternative to those harsh scrubs, and facial peels. It exfoliates your face and neck without irritation!

It is infused with natural oils to polish and soften your skin as it literally “rolls away” the dead skin without harming the healthy layers. It is created for all skin types, and in particular for sensitive skin. This beauty product stands out from others: It utilizes a patent-pending “mechanical” process that results in zero irritation for all skin types.

“I am really excited that POWDERWorks facial exfoliant is now available to consumers –women, men and teens. We are confident that this will become very popular. So far, the response has been overwhelming. My two teenage daughters and I all have very sensitive skin and we have tried a variety of facial exfoliants and were not satisfied and experienced side effects, such as irritation,” says Leslie Granberry, Founder, POWDERWorks facial exfoliant. “I was in search of an effective treatment and could not find one, so I decided to create my own skincare facial product. My husband and I teamed up and consulted with industry and skincare experts and after two years of R&D, POWDERWorks facial exfoliant has launched. What we created is an exceptional and high quality facial exfoliant that is very different.”

How to Use — Easy as 1-2-3. First, lightly dampen your clean face with water. Secondly, shake desired amount of the powder onto your moist fingertips. Thirdly, massage onto face in circular motion & thoroughly rinse your face with water and pat dry. After one use, your skin will feel smoother and look brighter, renewed and glowing. The results are instant. Recommended use is twice a week for all skin types. It has been clinically tested to safely and gently exfoliate the facial skin (even neck) without any side effects, such as burning/itching/flaking. Many exfoliants – referred to as scrubs or peels – contain acid and harsh ingredients and often times strip and damage the healthy skin on the face leaving it red, flaky, burning and irritated. According to Granberry, exfoliation is the first step to beautiful skin. It is a technique that removes dead skin cells from the outermost layer of your skin, and, as a result the healthy living cells are revealed.

It is also safe enough to use around the sensitive eye and lip area and to use on the back of hands. Beautifully packaged (100% recyclable) in a 2 oz./60 ml shaker, it retails for $39.00 and consumers can purchase online at

Get Fun, Festive & Flawless Holiday Hair With John Freida
Nothing says seasonal style like gorgeous curls. The Spiral Curls heat styler from John Frieda® — delivers healthy, beautiful, holiday curls, that are easy to attain without the heat damage or hassle of other irons. What’s their secret? Well, it’s thanks to the cutting-edge clamp-free barrel — which ensures a kink-free curl.

Made with a Ceramic Titanium Coating and Superior Ionic Technology, the Spiral Curls curling iron from John Frieda has a tapered barrel, measuring ¾” at the tip and 1 ¼” at the base.Beauty Fixx: For face-framing modern curls, be sure to roll sections inward. Want a retro-fifties look? Roll sections outwards and tousle with fingertips.

Let Fake Bake Prep Your Holiday Glam
It’s practically December — and that means Holiday parties, travel, overeating and stress…oohh my. Thank goodness — Fake Bake has a whole line of products dedicated to combating all of the above.

When there is no time to work out, fall back on Lipo Bronze! When there is no time to get a spray tan but you¹re too pale for that party dress, lean on our 60 Minute Tan! When you need a quick fix for one night only ­ Golden Faux Glow is the answer!”

Lipo Bronze is a self-tanner that is also clinically proven to help diminish cellulite! Lipo Bronze creates a measurable smoother skin texture and a golden glow J.

Golden Faux Glo is a tan without the commitment. Golden Faux Glo is a wash-off self-tanner that goes on smoothly and washes off in the shower and won¹t rub off on your clothes. I recommend the ³shimmer² version!

60 Minute Tan is our new, express daily tanner that develops into a beautiful, natural looking tan in 60 Minutes. Its pretty amazing and so easy to apply.

‘E’ by Evelyn Cosmetics Extends Cyber Monday
This chic cosmetic line of pro shadow palettes, brush sets and skincare — will continue their coveted 40% off sale — through December 5th.

The cosmetics line is formulated for every shade of today’s woman and features an array of professional shadow palettes and glamorous pigments that will show off your sassy side.”


·      Smoke It Out – Perfect for the woman who wants to create a dynamic array of colorful smokey eye looks. This palette contains thirty-six highly pigmented shades.

Regular price: $24.95
Sale price: $14.97

·      Neutral Palette – Great for the “E” by Evelyn Lozada consumer who loves creating looks from natural everyday to show stopping sultry. This palette contains twenty-eight highly pigmented shades ranging from nudes to rich browns and everything in between.

Regular price: $26.95
Sale Price: $16.17

·      78 Color Combo Palette – This combo palette is perfect and convenient for the woman who prefers an easy look to create.  From highly pigmented matte to shimmer eye shadows this palette contains sixty wide ranges of colors to choose from.

Regular price: $28.95
Sale Price: $17.37

·      88 Color Shimmer Palette – This palette is for the daring and edgy “E” by Evelyn Lozada consumer, containing eighty-eight shimmer shadows that any woman can create endless looks with ease.

Regular price: $29.95
Sale Price: $17.97
Glam up for the holidays for fewer than $30.00 (thirty-dollars) with dramatic pigments that will make you stand out from the rest at your holiday party!


·      E-Factor! Collection, E-Drama Collection and E-Reality Collection is a collection of 6 (six) pure mica pigments and cosmetic glitter each individually packaged in their own pod and assembled in a stack. The collection also includes a matte shadow base and a clear lip base.
Regular Price: $49.95
Sale Price: $29.97
E-Reality      E-Factor       E-Drama

The 7 piece professional brush set, also on sale for $29.97 is constructed with the highest quality bristle for customers to achieve a flawless application and includes the following:
·      1-Pointed Powder – Fantastic for all over powder and also pointed for highlighting
·      1-Angle Blush – The ultimate tool for contouring and shading the cheek
·      1-Dual Foundation – Designed for application of any foundation or concealer
·      1-Pointed Blender – Perfect for blending and shading eye shadow
·      1-Precision Crease – Great for contouring eye shadow
·      1-Chisel Shadow – Excellent for applying your base shadow
·      1-Brow / Lash Groomer – Created to groom and shape your brows and lashes
·      1-7 Slot Folding Case/Stand

“E” by Evelyn Cosmetics is available online at

Chic & Colorful Stocking Stuffers
You have to check out these amazing little beauties — which are perfect stocking stuffers for the little glam maven — on your shopping list!
Sun Bum SPF 30+ Flavored Lip Balms – $3.99 each at

Sun Bum, Cocoa Beach native sunscreen company with a heavy surf following, made so many smile with their original banana flavored SPF Lip Balm that they made more! The new flavors (Pink Guava, Mango, Coconut, Key Lime and Pomegranate) are guaranteed to delight lips – and protect them with Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection.

güd Body Mists – $6.00 each at

From the imagination of Burt’s Bees comes güd, a novel and extrasensory approach to natural beauty created for the of-the-moment girl and woman. The gud Body Mist comes in four scents – Pearanormal Activity, Vanilla Flame, Floral Cherrynova and Orange Petalooza – have guilt-free formulas and make skin say “aaahh”. Just like Burt’s Bees products, güd products contain no parabens, no phthalates, no petrochemicals and are never test on animals – No way!”

Great news lovelies — Media Maven has been nominated for a Wego Health Award! And as an ambassador — this has me floating on cloud 9! Take a moment, and share the love, by voting for your favorite Wellness LifeSTYLE Ambassador today!

Nov 172012

November officially rings in the holidays, and my social calendar is rapidly filling up — with tons of events, dinners and party requests. But unfortunately, I don’t have time to purchase new party wardrobes, so a Little Black Dress will have to do — as I get creative with various chic accessories — and focus on my hair and makeup to glam it all up! And the best part — it can be done in 5 minutes


I’m not a fan — but maybe it’s time to bring out the favorite red lipsticks! FYI…nothing screams the holidays like glamorous red pout. But thank goodness (for me a non red lipstick wearer) there are many shades that can compliment any skin tone…

If you’re more fair skinned look for a blue based red (which will make your teeth look super white), and if you’re a yellow-tone gal look for warmer shades of red to bring out your exotic complexion. Tip: To rock a bold lip be sure to keep the rest of your makeup minimal so your pout can be the focal point!

A classic smokey eye is the perfect holiday must-have. FYI…every eye color can be complimented with brown shadows. Just think lid, crease and V.

Add a light “skin-tone” shade to your lid and brow bone, take a medium shade brown and add it to your crease. At the end take a black or dark brown (depending on your preference) and add it to your outer V (outer corner of the eye) and blend out all the harsh lines. Add some eyeliner, mascara and false lashes if needed.

Rosy cheeks are perfect for this time of year, especially a cream blush in a natural pink rosy color and add it to your apples.

Apply your foundation/powder lightly over the cream blush to give the illusion of an inner glow. Add a highlight to your cheekbones to make them pop and brighten your complexion.

Hair Time:

Curls, curls and more curls. Curls are a great way to glam up your look. If heat is required to curl your tresses, simply section off your hair — wrap 1-1.5 sections around your favorite curling wand.

Half-do’s look great with straight or curly hair. Be sure to add a medium hold hairspray to ensure that your hair stays in place all day. Another curl variation is a timeless 40s retro look. After blowdrying with a large round brush, set your hair in pin curls all over your head. Spray all over with a strong hold hairspray and then brush to create this beautiful sexy style.  Also, an elegant chignon or side bun is easy and will never fail if you don’t have much time to do your hair. They are super simple, sleek, and look great with any outfit.

Nov 072012

Did you know — your skin requires the same attention and care that you would give a healthy diet? Our skin is the largest organ in your body, and it provides a crucial barrier against dehydration, infection and harmful elements in the environment. And keeping with the environment, the weather also plays an import role in your skin’s overall health! From Hurricane Sandy to a Nor’easter — which is set to hit the East Coast, not to mention the very intense Presidential Election — stress and strain has suddenly taken control of your life! But these acts of God doesn’t have to be your reason for giving up on having some amazing “beauty” focused ‘ME’ — SPAtacular time! An amazing woman once told me, that “living in the moment — taking each day to not only slow down — but to enjoy these moments, are what matters the most!”

Here six tips — for SPAtacular skin:
1. Amp up the Antioxidants
Topical antioxidants is known to supplement sunscreen, while providing additional protection against skin damage! Vitamin C rich products with powerful botanical ingredients such as pomegranate, acai and grape seed — works wondrous on skin!
2. Outsmart the Bright Enemy
Signs of premature aging — can be attributed to the sun’s rays. Protect yourself with mineral-based sunscreen (SPF15) — safe for daily usage! Use a higher SPF factor — for those days when you have prolonged interactions under the sun.
3. Exercise the Skin with Exfoliation
Did you know that exfoliation is like exercise for the skin? Avoid highly abrasive physical exfoliants and opt-in for ingredients such as fruit enzymes, alpha hydroxy acid and/or lactic acid.
4. Be Beautiful yet Diligent
Sleepiness can tempt us to skip our cleansing routine — but please note that the night time routine — is the most important of your daily regimen. This is the time to wash away the day’s makeup residue and environmental pollutants — which can clog pores and cause black heads!
5. Spice up the Mix
Feed your body — a variety of foods, while nourishing your skin (in the same way). Consider alternating a vitamin A serum with a hydrating serum or even a nutrient-rich peptide cream — for your evening moisturizing session.
6. Give Yourself a Sweet Treat
Facials are more than just a luxury! It exfoliates deep down into the skin’s layers, removing impurities, stimulating a healthy glow. If your pockets can’t afford that coveted spa day, create your own Raw Honey Face Mask (recipe below).

The following DIY at-home facial recipe — is not only easy on the pockets, it soothes the mind, body and soul as well! In honor of Wellness Wednesday (Holistic Hump Day) — Jennifer Gallegos, an esthetician — has an amazing do-it-yourself skin care treatment that will not only improve your skin tone, but your complexion also! Did I mention that it is also great for all skin types?

Here is your sweet-treat DIY at-home Raw Honey Face Mask…courtesy of your beauty ambassador — Sapphire Kharyzma (thanks to our partner at Howdini)!

▪    4 1/2 teaspoons 365 Everyday Value® Organic Raw Wildflower Honey (or any raw honey of your choice)
▪    1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or lavender 100% essential oil (optional, but highly recommended)

“In a clean ceramic or glass bowl, combine honey with vinegar, juice or oil (if using). Using clean fingers, massage honey or the mixture over your whole face (avoiding the eyes). Allow to dry and become slightly tacky, and then pat and tap to get blood flowing to the surface of the skin. Remove with warm water.

Nov 062012

All I want for Christmas — is an amazing “beauty full” glowing experience!November is National Healthy Skin month — so go beyond the “regular routine” of washing, moisturizing, applying makeup — and learn about the functions of skin and the many ways to keep it healthy.

I’ve rounded up some chic tips to help you keep your skin fresh, hydrated and healthyall year long.

  • Wear Sunscreen: You may think sunscreen is only necessary when tanning on the beach or lounging by the pool, but even in the winter months the sun’s rays can still be damaging to your skin. A heavy sunscreen may not be necessary but make sure to use a moisturizer containing at least SPF 15 everyday.
  • Follow a Healthy Diet: What you put on the outside is just as important as what we put inside. Eating a diet that is filled with Omega 3s, Whole Grains, and B Vitamins is essential to maintaining your skin’s youthful glow.
  • Stay Hydrated: There are a million different reasons to drink water but staying hydrated to help your skin may not be an obvious one. Drinking the recommended 8 ounces of water a day helps flush out toxins in your system, which in turn helps get rid of unwanted acne and blemishes. If you’re looking to add a little kick to your water, try naturally flavored water like HINT containing zero calories, zero sugar and no artificial flavors or preservatives.
  • Keep the Moisturizer at Hand:  Having healthy skin doesn’t only mean having a blemish-free face, make sure you aren’t neglecting the rest of your body. Every morning after you shower and at night before bed you should be applying moisturizer to your entire body to keep skin hydrated. Also, it wont hurt to keep a bottle of lotion in your bag or on your desk at work for moisturizing your hands throughout the day.
  • Get Your Beauty Sleep: Last but not least, you need to get 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. This will help keep off dark circles, puffy eyes, and keep your skin looking fresh and relaxed.

This year, Cult beauty has got you covered, with their coveted Christmas Beauty Guide! It is loaded with the best in beauty “hot list” — which is a collection of the most wanted beauty products for 2012! Cult’s Christmas Shop ;

Ready to get “GLAMOROUS“?

Liquid Gold Discovery Collection

Alpha H Liquid Gold Discovery Collection

Moroccan Rose Experience

REN Moroccan Rose Experience

Perfect Partners

Eve Lom Perfect Partners

Want You to Want Me Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Want You to Want Me Palette

Jet Set Travel Collection for Men

Elemis Jet Set Travel Collection for Men

Little Treat

Aromatherapy Associates Little Treat

Pro-Collagen Queen

Elemis Pro-Collagen Queen

Best in Glow

Bliss Best In Glow
Best in Glow

Travel Set

Kai Travel Set

Discovery Kit

Astalift Discovery Kit

It’s not too early to start stocking up…
We have some great stocking fillers to treat yourself & someone else… Free gifts on selected brands.. so shop NOW!
Special Offers
Also enjoy an “EXTRA10″ at the checkout. *This offer applies only to sale lines & ends midnight Friday 16th November 2012.

The Body Shop is offering a “Buy 4 get 2 (cheapest of the bunch) free with “SPARKLE” code entered at checkout!

Get into the festive spirit with The Body Shop’s great Christmas gifts including their seasonal ranges Cranberry, Vanilla Bliss and Ginger. With some fantastic offers now is a better time than ever to ramp up activity.”

The Body Shop UK

Coconut Body Butter

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Aloe Soothing Day Cream

The Body Shop UK

Tea Tree Oil

The Body Shop UK

Shea Beautifying Oil

25% off your first purchase. Enter code: Welcome

Friends and Family Event – Save 25% off your entire purchase. Use code: FFEVENT

Some of the purest, cleanest and effective skincare solutions are ALL on offer this time — like Saaf products, which are 100% Natural, Certified Vegetarian/Vegan, Alcohol-Free, Cruelty-Free, GMO-Free and Halal Certified.

Pure Clean Saaf

Media Maven is a blogazine — which donates 20% (for the holidays) of sales to The Goddess Project — in efforts to fund social change! Sapphire Kharyzma is a Global Team of 200 Ambassador & an official Beverly Johnson Beauty Ambassador! If your purchase equal $50 or more — Beverly Johnson & I, would be happy to give you a luxury gift — from the new BJE Luxury Lifestyle beauty collection, as a special thank you for your support!

Nov 032012

Lots of goodies are coming in for the holidays — this November!’s Friends & Family Event is set to debut starting from 11/6-11/9. The Friends & Family Event is a twice-yearly event that gives you the rare opportunity to enjoy 20% off your favorite brands of skin care, makeup, hair care, fragrance & accessories—for a limited time only. Shop over 375 top brands, like Urban Decay, philosophy, Deborah Lippmann, and many more…so check out these glamorous deals, including ;) :

The Body Shop

You have to check out these must-have favorites — at Sephora:

If you decide to get glam from any of the above deals — I will personally donate 5% of all proceeds to The Goddess Project — in support of saving lives!

Oct 302012
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Most women today — wear many hats! It’s not uncommon for us to juggle multiple appointments, events or functions — all in one day! Most of these events, are scheduled as an after work mingle…so here’s an amazing tutorial — for you to go from “Office Chic to Evening Glam” — without the extra effort! As the cooler weather creeps upon us, now is the perfect time to start experimenting with your look. So sit back — and relax into the beauty transition mode!

Working long hours during the day can be extremely tough, especially when we have to get to events or get-togethers straight from the office. Here are some easy steps that you can take in the mornings that make for an easy transition for your night out after work!”

One of the top hair styles for this season is the sleek top knot bun. This is an easy way to look put-together and doesn’t take much time. The best thing about buns is that once your shift at work has ended, you can let down your bun to reveal soft waves perfect for your evening out. * Be sure to bring a shine serum to finish off the glamour transformation and tame any frizz.

Another great look for both day and night is the sleek pony. Having your hair pulled back at the office keeps your hair out of your face looks very professional. For nighttime add some serum onto your hair for a touch up and you will be all set!

Waking up early and doing a full – on makeup application is probably one of the last things you want to do, but using just a few items can make a big difference. Try just adding some under-eye concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin tone. This will brighten up your face and hide any dark circles/ bags that you have from staying up late, working too hard, or that are just hereditary. Add some powder that matches your skin-tone to even out your complexion and mattify shiny areas. Add a touch of pinky/peach blush on the apples of your cheeks just to give your face a bit of a glow. For the eyes, keep it simple and just add a neutral shadow with some mascara. For the lips, use a “your lips but better” type of color to look natural and polished.

Source: BeautyPress

If you have a special date planned after work, you only need a few things to bring with you:
• Dark brown eyeshadow
• Black Eyeliner
• Mascara/Eye lash curler
• Red lipstick
• Powder

Add some of the dark brown shadow to your crease area to add definition and depth to your eyes. Pop on your favorite black eyeliner to your water line and tight line to give the illusion of thicker lashes. Touch up your mascara and use an eyelash curler if needed. Lightly dust on some more powder to any areas that you need extra coverage Then use your favorite red lipstick to bring the whole look of glam together!

Oct 082012

The Makeup Show Europe was a huge success — taking Berlin, Germany by storm — packed with beauty and inspiration. This show — is the largest pro-only beauty event and also brought together some of the biggest and the best talent in the industry. Attendees traveled from all over the world — including Israel, Poland, Sweden, England, Ireland, Spain, and Italy (to name just a few) — all to immerse themselves in a weekend full of inspiration, exclusive pro only offers, hands-on workshops, and never before seen beauty products.

Berlin once again welcomed us and made this event a huge success. We are looking forward to a successful future for The Makeup Show Europe.” – Shelly Taggar, Vice President, The Makeup Show

The show welcomed nearly 2,000 attendees from beauty professionals, buyers, press, industry educators, and retailers. Over 60 of the world’s most prestigious beauty brands — including: Diamond Sponsor Make Up For Ever, Platinum Sponsor Crown Brush, Supporting Sponsors INGLOT Cosmetics, Temptu Pro, The Powder Group, On Makeup Magazine, World Body Painting Festival, and In addition, over 60 pro-makeup industry companies including: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Ellis Faas, Charles Fox, Kryolan, Illamasqua, Bdellium Tools, Maske Berlin, Embryolisse, Jacks Beauty Department, Dermalogica, and many more — were present for this enormous beauty event.

Beauty professionals learned the inside tips and tricks required to succeed in the industry from top international celebrity makeup artists that travelled from all parts of the world. Amongst this lineup were, Billy B, James Vincent, Jon Hennessey, Orlando Santiago, Esterique Aidan, Sharon Dowsett, Hasso Von Hugo, and Betty Amrhein.

These lucky mavens — were the first to see a number of makeup collections and colors which launched exclusively at The Makeup Show Europe — which allowed them to walk away with must-haves for the season. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Aqua Rouge, as well as Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics F/W 2012 collection of Lip Tars — were a huge hit!

For a complete list of participating brands, educational speakers, schedule of events and prices, please visit The Makeup Show!

Enjoy this exclusive ‘beauty’ recap — which I’ve rounded up for you, my lovelies! You might even find some “Haute -O-ween” inspiration for Halloween!

Oct 032012

Tons of beauty sample box/bags exist, like the LookBag, Allure, Total Beauty – just to name a few – but not too many of them actually piqued my interest! Not to mention, my fellow beauty mavens – had them covered ;) !

I always dare to be different, and in all honesty – I prefer organic, natural and chemical free products – for my family and myself! I was so excited when Beauty Sage opened their online doors! It was actually my first Beauty feature on Yahoo! Shine. The ‘green’ guru – only stocks chemist-tested products – all proven to work.

Therefore, that organic serum is really organic. You can stock up on all concealers, mascaras, and lip balms– and you have to check out their killer section of cleaners, moisturizers, and other skincare miracles! It’s a Green Goddess’ Glamtopia! From leave in conditioners, straight to body oils – BeautySage is guaranteed to have you covered!

So imagine my excitement – learning about their assortment of curated (and limited edition!) sample boxes, so you lovelies can try more, proven products…before you invest your hard earned money on them. They’re also packed with expert picks for skin that’s dry, aging, or acne-prone and to pamper your body– so shop ‘em while they’re still around…as the price, makes these must-haves – unbeatable! Get Your Exclusive BeautySage Sample Boxes of Proven Skincare Products – for $5. Limited supplies, so get yours now!

And check out these other great deals, courtesy of your Green Beauty Ambassador ;)

 Spend $75 on ‘Kahina Giving Beauty’ and get a FREE facial lotion ($42 value!)

Receive a free Editors’ Pick Sample Box with any $75 order at BeautySage

Free Shipping at BeautySage on Orders Over $50!

Here are my personal faves *hugs*:

My absolute fave MUST-Have!

Check out the BeautySage sample boxes — or any of the recommended picks, and help raise awareness for Domestic Violence (Safe Horizon) & Breast Cancer Awareness! This October — The Goddess Project, in partnership with Beverly Johnson — will send you a Goddess Goody (courtesy of Beverly’s new Luxury Lifestyle beauty collection, which are now sold at select Targets & Frederick’s of Hollywood stores and/or online — as a special thank you for your purchase! 5% of all proceeds — will be donated to the causes above!