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Smashbox Limited Edition BCA Be Legendary Lip Gloss

(Photo Credit: Smashbox)
(Photo Credit: Smashbox)

Smashbox‘s latest campaign “Giving is Gorgeous!” will be donating $5 from your purchase of the limited edition shade of their Be Legendary Lip Gloss. The proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, whose mission is to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime.

The lip gloss is not only a gorgeous shade of pink, but the gloss is a vibrant shade with a glassy finish perfect to finish off a beauty look. The lip gloss can also be added to the center of your lip to create a plumper lip.

BCA Be Legendary is a limited edition product and is $20 USD, which can be found online.

Birchbox Subscription: A Surprise Every Month

(Photo Credit: Birchbox)
(Photo Credit: Birchbox)

Anyone that knows me is aware that I LOVE testing out new products, and playing with color stories and ideas.  Which is why I could not say no when I learned about Birchbox.  Every month it is a little treasure in the mail, I feel like it is my birthday!  Each box contains 4-5 products that are customized based on a questionnaire you answer.  The products are high end names you will recognize, Benefit, Oribe, Elizabeth Arden, Smashbox, SuperGoop!, Beauty Protector and many many more.  There are also samples of up and coming products as well.  I have tested out and fell in love with nail polishes, hair products, beauty products and when I found Supergoop!  I started buying products for my whole family.

The Boxes are $10 a month and if fall in love with a product you can go to Birchbox shop and get a full size sent to you.  As a member you earn points on boxes, reviews and products, which can be redeemed for products.  A win-win!

Did I mention they also have a men’s subscription box, for $20 a month.  Perfect for a gift!

Smashbox Image Factory Limited Edition Fall 2012 Collection

While the weather outside may be screaming summer, beauty is thinking about the fall and what the signature looks and must have items are going to be. Smashbox cosmetics has come out with “a serious cool collection to create your own it looks”.  This limited edition collection can be found at the Smashbox online or at Sephora while supplies last.

Image Factory Photo Op Eye Shadow Palettes are straight-from-the-studio and set in the fall’s hottest new shades. The two palettes each feature six of their velvety smooth, hi-res hues, with a double ended brush. The Icon palette features shades Alabaster, Thunder, Blackout, Roast, Black Currant and Seafoam, perfect for creating a smoldering eye. The Muse Palette shades are Russet, Truffle, Bare, Sandstorm, Juniper and Sumatra, perfect for the gal that wants wearable, flattering eyeshadow colors. $39 a palette

Image Factory Photo Op Eye Shadow Palettes

The Image Factory Waterproof Shadow Liner comes in two color options. The first, Metallic Bronze, is a brown with gold flecks in it. The second is Charcoal with a shimmer factor for added glamour. The shadow liner has a built in smudger on one end so it is easy to blend in to the eyelid or crease to create a smokey effect. $22 a liner

Image Factory Waterproof Shadow Liner

Image Factory Airblush Whipped Cheek comes in two shades: Berry Bliss and Dusty Rose. A blendable, mousse-like blush with ultra fine pigments gives a radiant glow. The blush gives an airbrushed look without having to use an airbrush system. $29 a blush

Image Factory Airblush Whipped Cheek

Smashbox’s lipglosses are known for mirror-like finishes and ultra-glossy shades. The Image Factory Lip Enhancing Gloss Duo colors are no exception. Sold in packs of two you can choose from Duo 1, Luxe and Chic, or Duo 2, Fab and Snappy. $24 a set

Image Factory Lip Enhancing Gloss Duo

Smashbox Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener Review

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As a makeup artist I know the importance of making my clients eyes look brighter as well as using the tricks on my own eyes especially after a long night.  While a white eye pencil is a great trick to use in the corners of your eyes or to rim your lower lashes.  I do find that at times white can be a little to bright or the white pencil becomes noticeable and instead of it being a great trick everyone notices the white liner.  I came across Smashbox’s Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener and was intrigued by the product.  What I immediately noticed is that the two sides are slightly different shades, but more of a flesh tone color.  I decided that I would test it on myself before adding it to my kit.

The inner rim side of the pencil is perfect for lining the lower inner rim of your eye.  The texture of the pencil is soft so as not to irritate your eye and adding a brightness look without looking white.  It brightens your eyes in a subtle way that people will notice you look more refreshed without knowing your secret.

The other side of the pencil is labeled Highlight and can be placed in a couple of places to get the bright eye affect.  The first option is to apply on the inner corners of the eyes.  It also can be used underneath your brow to make your eyes appear bigger and wider.  Smashbox also states that you can apply the product to help with dark circles and use it as a concealer.  I do agree that you can use the pencil this way however, if you have very dark circles it may not give you enough coverage and be better to go with an under eye concealer.

I am a fan of this pencil and have been using it on my clients and brides as a new option for brighter eyes.  Ditch the white pencil for the Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener worth the $22 investment.

How To Achieve A Hot Summer Makeup Look

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With this summer’s record-breaking heat and humidity at an all-time high, what is a girl to do to keep her makeup from melting away? Here are some tips to achieve a hot summer look that is gorgeous, fashionable and sure to be a hit at the summer parties.

1. Start with a primer both for your eyes and your face.  There are some great products out there, one of my favorites is the Smashbox Anti-Shine Primer. It mattes your skin and then helps your foundation stick.

2. Next I apply eye makeup, before foundation.  To get a great smokey eye try using Lorac’s 3-in-1 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils. The color is fantastic and they go on smooth and don’t budge so your smokey eye stays smokey.  And it has a smudger on the end, to give you a little smoke in the corner.  For shadow try Make Up Forever’s Aqua Cream. It goes on creamy, dries into a powder that is waterproof and does not crease.

(Photo Credit: Make Up Forever)

3. When it comes to foundation for a hot summer look, less is more.  Think about using a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation. However, you will need to find one that still has strong coverage for even skin tone and longevity.  My personal pick is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Tinted Moisturizers.  They are thin enough to feel light, but thick enough to look like foundation in pictures.

4. Instead of blush, I go with a bronzer to get the sun kissed look that reminds me of summer.  Add it to all the places the sun naturally hits your face: forehead, cheeks, bridge of nose and chin.  use a light touch and if needed you can add more than one layer.

5. Lips is a matter of taste, however, with a great smokey eye, I go light on the lips so as not to look overly done.  One option is to use a waterproof lip pencil, so that you are not constantly reapplying at the party.  A great option is Make Up Forever Aqua Lip Pencil, which you can color the entire lip with and add a touch of color without the hastle.

6. Finish the look off with MAC Fix +, it is a great spray and will set your makeup.

Stay cool and beautiful!