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Makeup Brush Sale

Hey everyone! I know I said I would have some more recommendations on gift sets… So sorry, been insanely busy! BUT my favorite line of brushes is offering an additional 20% off through tomorrow (Sunday)! I am a “Red Affiliate” for them so the link to their page is on MY website. The company is called Royal & Langnickle and again they are on My Website where you will already receive special pricing if you shop through my link :-). My personal and professional choice is the [R]eveloution line designed by one of my favorite professionals in the biz- Kevin James Bennett!! They are so well made (and amazingly priced to begin with!) and will last you forever, with NO shedding!

So please if you are looking for yourself or a gift- click on their logo on my site and go stock up! Let me know if you need any help let me know. He also has videos on there about how to use each brush with little tips to make life a little easier ;-)
Happy Shopping!!

Great Holiday Sets and Palettes!!

Well ladies, it’s that time of year again!!! If you’re anything like me- getting out of the mall empty handed is pretty impossible! Hopefully I can save ya some money and frustration (and your significant other!) by telling you my thoughts and experience with any of the Holiday products, sets, palettes, etc. these companies can be pretty clever by just RE packaging standard products in prettier bows and calling it holiday! OR sometimes putting a few of the not so good sellers in a pretty box ;-) and hoping the husbands just grab and go. Either way- we all love a deal, especially when it comes to cosmetics since they are rarely on sale and never have coupons! It’s safe to say that every cosmetic line that has holiday sets- has them out already (and some may already be sold out!). I am posting some pictures and descriptions of what it is, what’s in it and IF it’s even a good deal! This is by NO means all the good ones out there but just a few I will start with in case you are making a list for anyone ;-). Feel free to add any awesome deals you’ve come across too!

BENEFIT COSMETICS – High Flyin’ Glosses
Available at Sephora. $26

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I think you have all figured out that I just LOVE Benefit :) they were never really about “color cosmetics” but they have done extremely well with all the ones they’ve come up with over the years. These glosses are pretty close to the full size ones and the best part is- they all have a corresponding box o powder! Definitely worth the $26 if you are a certified makeup junkie, a makeup virgin that only wears gloss, maybe a work Secret Santa (they’ve got ya covered for a non specific skin tone) and perfect for teens!

So this is just one suggestion for now since my phone will not cooperate with me! I have quite a few more that I will share this week and all the way up until Christmas. So stay tuned because there will most likely be way more than my usual 2-3 posts per week. Thanks for reading :-)

Eyeshadow Giveaway

If you are NOT following on Facebook- I just posted the following message. Please be sure to “like” on there (link is provided) and sign up on here for lots more info weekly.

Ok since we are only 15 “likes” away from 100 :-). I’ve made the executive decision that BY thanksgiving (whatever number it’s at), I will pick 2 winners for an eyeshadow! I know it’s not THAT exciting but please leave a comment under this post if you’d like to be in the drawing. Just your name, a color you MAY want to try and what finish (matte/shimmer) and I’ll do my best with what I got! Feel free to tell your friends :)

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Laura Mercier Tightline

Hey guys!

This is not my “full review” that this amazing product deserves!! I just wanted to tell all of ya a little bit about my new favorite eyeliner in case you are in the market for one and/or you’re out shopping over the weekend.

So a friend of mine coordinates all over MI the LM stores and I went to visit her on Halloween. So I love the sharp look of lining your “water line” and if you aren’t sure exactly what that means… It’s the inner rims of your upper and lower lashes hence the “water” part ;-). Laura Mercier has named the whole technique of applying liner TO that area “tight lining”. It looks fantastic with almost any look and I love to use this for my brides BUT you have to be aware of powders or pencils collecting in the inner corner and keeping it clean, etc. so it sometimes isn’t worth the hassle! BUT she has perfected the whole process :-). You use a flat angle brush with a few drops of the activator- this liner is NOT going anywhere!!

I will try to post a more in depth review soon with some how-to pictures of anyone is interested, let me know! If you ladies are out and about tomorrow I highly recommend stopping and talking with someone at the Laura Mercier counter and have them show ya how it works :) if you do- please come back and share!!!

Have a great weekend!

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Feeling Creative?!?

Hello everyone!

I am looking for some unique and creative help :)  If you are already following this blog, then you know I have been a self-employed makeup artist for over half of my life!  Therefore I never had to worry about a “name” other than Julie.  Starting brand new in 2013 will be my “Bridal Agency” and that is who needs to be named ASAP! Let me give you a quick overview of what all will be happening and what services will be offered So you can hopefully help me name my baby ;)

First off I will be hiring quite a few more professionals to add to makeup that I have already established with just me.  Keeping in mind that my services have always (and will continue to be) completely mobile to pamper my brides wherever their location may be.  This is what will be available to Brides and Wedding party- makeup, hair, nails/pedicure, airbrush tanning, facials, massage, lash extensions, etc.  Also…. I am going to have a photographer on staff and available for Bridal Boudoir sessions if brides are interested and/or not offered with their photog.  He will be available basically for anything anyone would need him for!

Now that you have a pretty good idea of what I am putting together…help me name my baby ;-) haha! I have hit a creative wall and I need a very unique/ to the point/ pretty bridal kind of name.  I just wanted to throw it out there in case you find yourself daydreaming and think of a catchy name!

The Truth about Mineral Makeup!

I have been wanting to talk about this and hopefully clarify some information you may or may not have about the Mineral Makeup movement ;-)

There is a lot of talk about it being amazing for you and your skin, perfect for every skin type, etc. So I wanted to be able to quote and give you 120% correct info so that you can make an informed decision and not have people and companies throwing so many myths at ya! I personally am not a huge fan of mineral (or all powder) types of makeup, but that is ME and MY preference.  I hope after reading this you will completely understand what is true and what is just a marketing ploy to get you to fall in love ;)  Now I worked with an amazingly talented makeup artist a few months ago in a workshop and he has covered this better than anyone could attempt to! Kevin James Bennett (AKA- Blenderella!) is an Emmy award-winning MUA and just an all around fantastic person!  Like I said he has written a “Truth vs. Hype” about mineral makeup and since there is no way to top what he says, I’ve decided to just put his words on here for all of you to read.  Please take a few minutes and read through all of it so that you can be a very educated consumer and know exactly what/why you are buying!

This is right from KJB’s site (and yes, he knows I posted it to mine :)  He is very well-educated on the subject…you should also check out his “In My Kit” page for some great product tips!

Mineral Makeup – TRUTH vs HYPE

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It’s about time we separated the truth about mineral makeup from the marketing hype.

Mineral Makeup HypeDisclaimer - I’m not a mineral makeup hater and I agree that not all mineral makeup is created equally.  Problem is, I can’t turn a blind eye to the hype coming from corporate marketing mercenaries. They churn out misleading and often subjective information as if it were indisputable truth.    They use scare tactics as sales pitches to traumatized consumers into buying their products.  They unilaterally call “non-mineral” makeup un-natural and potentially dangerous (when it’s soooooooooo un-true).

You mineral makeup marketing bullies need to think before you speak, especially when you’ve got quite a few skeletons hidden in your own closet…I’m just sayin’!

Hype - Mineral makeup is better for your skin.

Truth – Let’s rectify the biggest misconception in the makeup industry – ALL foundation is made of minerals…mineral pigments.  Did you hear me?  I said ALL foundations!  Mineral pigments such as mica, oxides, dioxides and ultramarines have been used to create color cosmetics for a VERY long time.   Red, Yellow, and Black Iron Oxides, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium Dioxide (white) are blended in a myriad of combinations to create global skin-tone complexion products. ALSO – Mineral makeup has no special health or beauty properties and can cause problems the same as any other makeup.  They make claims about being “purer”…really?  There’s no scientific data to prove mineral makeup is more pure than other forms of foundation (because it’s not).  ALL minerals can contain trace elements of things that are definitely NOT skin friendly.  Some dermatologists try to justify this by claiming mineral makeup eliminates classic “irritants” like fragrances, binders, synthetic dyes, and preservatives.  They claim it can be “considered” purer and kinder to the skin.  Read that again…”considered” (opinion, not fact).  Besides, some mineral makeup companies could care less about “purity” and use plenty of questionable ingredients anyway.

Hype – Mineral makeup only has “good for you” ingredients.

Truth - Some mineral makeup ingredients are definitely safer than others…but some are pretty bad if you have certain skin “challenges”. A pearlizing agent that gives most mineral makeup that coveted skin-like glow is Bismuth  Oxychloride (BO).  This common mineral makeup ingredient is actually a synthetic by-product of lead and copper, mixed with chloride and water. Because it is made from a combination of minerals, marketing and PR folks are allowed to call it natural. Problem is, it’s been revealed as a major skin irritant and can cause itching or rashes.  Even worse, used consistently on the wrong skin…it can cause cystic acne!  It’s definitely an ingredient you should avoid if you already have acne, rosacea or sensitive skin. Lovely light reflective Mica crystals (which do come from the earth) are found in EVERY mineral makeup.  But if the crystals are not milled finely enough, they can cause slight topical abrasion to the skin during makeup application (swirl, tap, buff…blah, blah ,blah).  This is very bad news for the aforementioned tender skin types.

Hype - Mineral makeup is great for sun protection.

Truth – Mineral makeup is not a substitute for actual UVA/UVB protection which should be applied at the skincare level.  I’m quite aware that some brands of mineral makeup have FDA approved ratings of 20 SPF or higher and advertise recommendations by the Skin Cancer Foundation.  However, to achieve any form of actual protection, the makeup must be applied in a continuous, opaque layer.  I don’t know many consumers who pay that much attention to their application.  Besides, that type of application would negates the purpose of mineral makeup…which is to “appear” natural looking.  Only my opinion, but it’s totally reckless of cosmetic companies to lead people into believing they’ll get adequate protection from a color makeup product…ALONE.

Hype – Mineral makeup is so pure you can wear it to bed.

Truth - Most dermatologists cringe at the thought of patients sleeping in any kind of makeup.  Dr. Dennis Gross, a NYC dermatologist and creator of MD Skincare, said in an interview, “One of the biggest mistakes women make is going to sleep with their makeup on.” Sleeping in your mineral makeup not only can create acne breakouts, but that “healthy” makeup can become impacted in pores, making them appear larger. Oh yeah, crater sized pores, so pretty…NOT!

Hype – Mineral makeup is great for every skin type.

Truth - According to a special report by beauty product expert Paula Begoun, author of “The Beauty Bible,” mineral makeup is best suited for normal to slightly oily skin.

Mineral makeup, though it absorbs oil, will “grab” and create a paste-like mess in very oily areas.  People with acne might appreciate that mineral makeup has less irritating ingredients.  But to get the coverage they need, the makeup has to be applied in multiple layers, and the result ends up looking as unnatural and caked on as any other type of makeup.

Dry skins don’t have much more success, since mineral makeup will grab just as easily on a dry patch as an oily one.  Mineral makeup also settles in and accentuates fine lines VERY easily (can I hear a “hell to the no” from those of us over a certain age).

The claim that mineral makeup is hydrating is “just ludicrous,” says Ms. Begoun. The very nature of the powdered ingredients makes them absorb not only oil, but critical moisture that every skin-type needs to retain.

The Absolute Truth – So as you can see, deceptive marketing and carefully worded claims can lead us to believe that mineral makeup is “better”.  Truth be told, while mineral makeup may sometimes have less irritating ingredients, it’s definitely NOT the best choice for all skin types.

In Closing – I’m not saying don’t use mineral makeup.  It’s one of MANY choices and might be the perfect fit for you.  I’m just pointing out that cosmetic technology provides MANY excellent makeup formulas and they’re just as good (sometimes better) than minerals alone.  Step away from the marketing hype and choose a makeup formula designed for your specific skin-type that addresses your coverage needs.

8/19/11 Addendum – Many professional makeup artists contacted me with questions about using mineral makeup for photography after I published this blog.  Honestly, I have yet to find a mineral makeup that does not “strobe” (appear whiter/lighter) when used in professional flash photography.  I always have to use a separate matting product over the mineral makeup to prevent strobing…which adds an additional layer of powder…which can look obvious if the camera comes too close.  Darker skin tone colors in mineral makeup also tend to look ashy due to the high levels of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.  I stick to liquid or cream foundation for standard photo work, it’s just easier.

For Foundation reviews and references, check out  IN MY KIT.

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