New Year’s Eve Beauty Essentials

It’s New Year’s Eve!  Are you going out tonight? I am!  Well, just to dinner and the movies with my husband and youngest daughter, but still, I want to look my best.

New Year’s Eve is a perfect time for going all out with makeup.  You can add sparkle and drama that you wouldn’t usually wear for every day.

My picks for tonight include glowing skin, smoky eyes with dramatic lashes, a shimmery lip and sexy perfume.  What are you wearing tonight?

Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight
Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight

Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight ($45 USD) — Featuring beautiful, light illuminizing, pearlized pigments, Spotlight instantly adds a radiant glow to any skin tone. This 5-in-1 complexion enhancer hydrates, primes, illuminates, enhances and protects in one, easy step. This universal shade is infused with skin saving vitamins, antioxidants and natural actives to hydrate and nourish skin while also delivery anti-aging benefits.

$48 / Available at Kohl’s, Nordstrom and ULTA stores and online via,, and

Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Palette
Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Palette

Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Palette  ($22 USD) — This versatile eye shadow set provides eight must-have neutrals in one portable palette. From nudes to blacks, these crease-resistant, long-wear shimmers and velvety smooth mattes are organized with shimmers on top and mattes on the bottom so that they are easy to use.

This set contains:
– 4 x 0.026 oz Shimmer Eye shades in Chocolate Brown/Golden Pearl, Soft Gold/Golden Silver Pearl, Light Tan/Golden Silver Pearl, Mid-Tone Slate/Silver Pearl
– 4 x 0.026 oz Matte Eye shades in Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Soft Matte Mid-tone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Ashy Dark Brown

Available at Sephora stores and

Let RevitaLash Cosmetics help you ring in the New Year radiantly! With two ultra-volumizing mascaras that prime and lengthen lashes while fortifying and conditioning and a highlighter that’s packed with Vitamin C, these makeup must-haves do double duty to keep you looking your best long after midnight.

Volumizing Primer ($24 USD) — High-performance amplifying primer saturates eyelashes with color intensity while conditioning, smoothing and protecting for maximum beauty effects. Features a distinctive Indigo Blue shade to brighten the eyes and intensify the depth of mascara while delivering moisturizing and conditioning benefits to help support lash strength and softness.

Volumizing Mascara ($24 USD) — This volume-loving, buildable mascara saturates eyelashes with color intensity and definition while conditioning, smoothing and protecting for maximum beauty effects. Wet, high-performance, clump free formula intensifies eyelashes resulting in a voluminous eye-popping finish and long-wear performance in a water-resistant formula.

Spotlight Highlighting Pencil ($24 USD) — This instantly illuminating highlighting pencil accentuates and perfects in all the right places. The eyes, cheekbones, lips, and brow bones are all conditioned with Vitamin E while appearing luminous and youthful.

All RevitaLash Cosmetics products are available at and at salons and spas nationwide.

Eylure Eyelashes
Eylure Eyelashes

Eylure’s party lashes are delicately spruced with sparkle and shine, turning your epic evening into a captivating countdown into 2015! Couture is the designer inspired lash, a streak of glossy black emboldened with gunmetal studs, there’s a lot of attitude packed into this little lash. These limited edition lashes include an adhesive, instruction leaflet and a guarantee of gorgeousness.

You can purchase Eylure at Ulta stores and  Learn more about the lashes at

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss
Gerard Cosmetics

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss ($24 USD) — Formulated with rich pigmentations, similar to that of a traditional lipstick, that never feather or bleed, the Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses provide instant shine and moisturization along with collagen boosting peptides to increase lip volume and reduce wrinkles both safely and painlessly. The Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses are packaged with a built in mirror and light for easy use, even in the dark. Shades: Candy Apple, Crystal, Seduction, Jewel and Pouty Princess.

$24 / Available online via

Lavanila Laboratories Fragrance in Pure Vanilla
Lavanila Laboratories Fragrance in Pure Vanilla

Lavanila Laboratories Fragrance in Pure Vanilla ($58 1.7 oz) –The Perfect Vanilla. This sexy blend of pure Madagascar vanilla, sheer freesia and creamy tonka bean is seductive and magnetic. A grown up expression of vanilla, this fragrance is more vanilla bean than vanilla cookie. 

Purchase at

Enjoy your New Year’s!  See you next year!

ULTA Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty For Fall 2014 Week 3 — Last Week



It’s the third and final weeks of ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty!  The time has flown by and it’s almost fall.  Do you have your fall makeup yet?  What new makeup have you purchased?

Today’s steals are:

Laura Geller Beauty Balance-n-Brighten Baked Color Correcting Foundation ($20 on sale today, $33 regular price) — A revolutionary baked foundation with multiple color infusions to color-correct your skin and give you a glowing, flawless-looking complexion. Mineral oil and paraben-free formulation also contains powerful anti-aging and anti-oxidant protection of centella Asiatica and white tea extracts. Features a matte finish.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara ($10 on sale today, $19.50 regular price) — Inspired by the on-set technique of layering a lengthening fiber mascara over a volumizing formula, Smashbox’s new studio-tested mascara exposes your longest, fullest lashes. No clumps, no flakes. Just maximum-impact, scene-stealing lashes.

I have used both of these products before, and they are very good.  The Smashbox mascara does lengthen and volumize and the Laura Geller powder is an easy way to get a full coverage foundation and a matte finish to your look.

Visit ULTA Beauty stores today and to get these great deals, and through Saturday, September 27th for other great deals. Also, follow ULTA Beauty on Facebook, @ulta_beauty on Twitter, and @ultabeauty on Instagram.

I have also heard that there still may be a giveaway — stay tuned for that!

Please leave a comment if you have or are planning on purchasing any fab products from the ULTA Beauty 21 Days of Beauty.


Black Friday Beauty Deals!

It is that time of the year — we eat too much, then go shopping!  Here are great Beauty Deals to shop for on Black Friday:

Skip the long lines at department stores and still save with Smashbox’s Black Friday Friends & Family deal! Enjoy 20% offorders on for purchases of $50 or more. To receive the discount, enter the code FRIENDS2012 when checking out. (Discount Dates: November 21st – November 26th)

In honor of Black Friday, Walgreens is offering 40% off all Lumene products! All good things must come to an end, though. Be sure to head to your Walgreens (or by 11:59pm as promotion ends after November 23rd.

Bath & Body Works Black Friday VIP Bag — Some of Bath & Body Works’ most iconic fragrances are paired with skincare essentials in this covetable collection, which can be mixed and matched to indulge that someone special with truly unforgettable scent this holiday season.

  • ·        Cashmere Glow Body Lotion 8 oz
  • ·        Cashmere Glow Shower Gel 10 oz
  • ·        Paris Men’s Shower Gel 10 oz
  • ·        Paris Amour Body Lotion 8 oz
  • ·        Sparkling Pink Champagne Anti-Bac Foaming Hand Soap
  • ·        Mini Candle in Cranberry Bellini
  • ·        Gauze Sponge

WHAT IT COSTS: $20 with any $40 in-store purchase (over $100 value).  Visit to learn more.

Beauty Bar has some great deals going on. An exclusive Philosophy gift with purchase and special Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from Beauty Bar. The offers are:

Friends and Family (enter code BBFF20 at checkout) Beginning Friday, November 16th, Beauty Bar is offering its shoppers $20 off purchases of $100.

Black Friday Offer (enter code BBGWPBF at checkout) Shoppers who spend $50 at Beauty Bar will receive an ultra-pampering gift with purchase fromPhilosophy. This exclusive gift set includes three of Philosophy’s newest offerings ($20 value):

  • ·        Purity Made Simple Foaming 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel for Face and Eyes
  • ·        Eyes Wide Open Instant Refreshing and Depuffing Eye Gel
  • ·        The Microdelivery Exfoliating Body Wash

Cyber Monday Offer (enter code BBCYBERMONDAY at checkout) Shoppers who spend $100 will receive $20 off their purchase for one day only.

In addition, from November 23rd – November 30th, all WrinkleMD products will be 20% off, and shoppers will receive free refill patch treatments with any WrinkleMD purchase. A highly effective, advanced treatment developed by a team of scientists, WrinkleMD infuses Hyaluronic Acid into the skin to combat wrinkles without the use of needles or injections. Fine lines are significantly reduced and skin is left plumper and younger-looking immediately.

Visit, shop for the beauty junkies on your gift-giving list and score a little something for yourself too to kick off the holiday season.

Beginning today, Wednesday, November 21st, enjoy Black Friday with a beauty trio of deluxe sized samples, free shipping AND a specially sized lip gloss with every purchase through Sunday, November 25th.  Then, on Monday, November 26th, Bobbi Brown celebrates Cyber Mondayby offering 5 samples of your choice AND free shipping with any order. Visit

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!  I will be back soon with some fab Cyber Monday shopping ideas.  Enjoy!

New Makeup Shades For Summer

There are so many beautiful, bright and shimmery colors in makeup this summer. I do love to vary my makeup colors, but especially when the seasons change.

This year, I am loving shimmery bronze, purple and gold eyes plus soft cheeks and a bright, sheer lip.  The colors below are lovely — try them yourselves!

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow ($19 USD) — Developed in their studios to take long-wearing color to the next level! These super luxe, super saturated shadows glide on and stay put, even through the longest photo shoots. The

• 12 super creamy, vibrant shades

• No creasing, no caking, no flaking

• Holds up against water and humidity

Try layering darker shades over lighter ones to build definition and depth for a subtle, yet smoldering stare.  Available at

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Pen

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Pen ($3 USD) — Mascara smears? Uneven eyeliner? Quickly remove or correct small makeup smudges, smears and mistakes without having to take off the rest of your makeup! The gentle and non-greasy formula erases even long wearing and waterproof makeup for flawless touch ups, perfect for throwing in your purse or gym bag when you’re on-the-go! Infused with Vitamin E, Cucumber and Chamomile to moisturize and condition skin.  Visit or a Target store near you.

Paul and Joe Face Color G

Fall in love this summer with Paul & Joe’s Limited Edition Face Color G ($24 USD). Inspired by the warm tones of a midsummer sky, the dreamy blushes contour cheeks and provide a natural, enchanting glow.  The shades are:

Nubile — A soft, flirty peach to flatter every skin tone.

Nymph — A pop of pink to add a bold burst of color.

Faune — A deep rose to create elegant contours.

Paul and Joe Lip Gloss G

Paul & Joe – Limited Edition – Lip Gloss G ($22 USD) — Paul & Joe Beaute introduces a new collection that will send your taste buds dancing. The Lip Gloss G collection consists of three new enchanting shades that instantly melt onto your lips for a punch of sheer shimmering color that coolly completes your sexy, summer style. The shades are:

Dream a Little Dream — An enchanting orange sherbet tint with a creamy cool Orange & Vanilla flavor.

Fairie Kisses –A bright yellow gloss that appears translucent on lips with a light Green Apple & Vanilla flavor to refresh your pucker on a sweltering day.

Love Potion — The perfect pink to swipe on for day or night with a light Strawberry & Vanilla flavor.

All of the Paul & Joe products are available at

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers with NEW Shades ($5 USD) Many lips have fallen for this slender tube of lip goodness–vibrant luminescent color and pearlized shine packed with nourishing natural ingredients. Now Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer fans have more to love. The 100% natural formula is enhanced with antioxidant-rich Fruit Seed Oils and moisturizing Shea Butter to optimize color payoff while improving skin smoothness, but the signature refreshing, cool burst of Peppermint Oil remains. The shade range has been updated in keeping with color trends and includes three new shades: Cherry, Plum and Strawberry. The full range includes twelve shades: Radiance, Champagne, Peony, Caramel, Guava, Strawberry, Watermelon, Rhubarb, Cherry, Fig, Raisin, and Plum. Purchase at a mass market retailer near you!


Soften Your Makeup This Summer With New Offerings From Smashbox

Looking for a soft, yet long-lasting look this summer?  Smashbox has some fab new offerings that will take you from the office to a night out — or even to a trip to the pool or the beach! Read on for some of my faves:

Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm ($23.00 USD) It’s a lip revelation! On one side of this innovative, two-in-one product: a feather-resistant stain that won’t budge for 8 hours. On the other: a very emollient balm that can be worn alone or over the stain for a lustrous touch. The vibrant tint of color is designed to mimic the look of photo gels on set at the Smashbox studios.

Softbox Eye Shadow Palette ($48.00 USD) Forget piling on eye makeup in the heat of summer. Pro artists have handpicked all of these hues (including 7 new shades and 4 bestsellers!) with soft, naturally gorgeous eyes in mind. Includes FREE step-by-step guide for creating 3 looks and a mini Photo Finish Lid Primer!

• 9 Eye Shadows
• 2 Cream Eye Liners
• Double Ended Brush
• Mini Photo Finish Lid Primer
• Get the Look Guide

New product feature! A video tag is printed on the back of this palette—just scan it on your phone, and watch Pro Lead Artist Lori Taylor take you through the application right in front of your mirror!

Full Exposure Mascara ($19.00 USD) — Inspired by the on-set technique of layering a lengthening fiber mascara over a volumizing formula, our new studio-tested mascara exposes your longest, fullest lashes. No clumps, no flakes. Just maximum-impact, scene-stealing lashes.

• 104% increase in lash volume
• 32% increase in lash length
• 34-degree increase in lash curl

So try these gorgeous products and more at  You will get a photo-, night out-, and even beach ready look for your summer!

Smashbox Cosmetics In Bloom Collection

Smashbox Cosmetics In Bloom Collection

I love spring makeup because of its ability to freshen and brighten my pale winter skin. The colors this season are romantic and much softer than the bold winter hues.

A fab collection that embodies the new lovely spring colors is the In Bloom collection from Smashbox Cosmetics. The look on the spring runways were delicate and girly –from radiant, lit-from-within skin to hazy, neutral eyes and glossy nude pouts. With light, luminous looks for eyes, cheeks, lips and skin, In Bloom is your ultimate spring beauty update.

The In Bloom Collection includes:

IN BLOOM EYE SHADOW PALETTE & BRUSH ($48.00 USD value $180.00 )-ballet pink, lavender grey, golden pink, warm taupe, bone, soft violet, marine blue, shimmering copper, moss, nude — Spring beauty is in full bloom with this ten shade palette of ultra-luxe shimmers and wearable mattes, arranged vertically in duos for effortless customization. Apply with the included eye shadow brush for a flawless finish.

CREAM CHEEK DUO in BLUSHING/PEONY ($26.00 USD) -soft pink/bright pink — This duo of creamy, rose shades offers a sheer natural flush to cheeks and lips anytime, anywhere. Wear alone or pair together for a rush of custom color. Apply with fingertips or a Foundation Brush and blend.

SOFT FOCUS POWDER EYE LINER ($22.00 USD each) -heather grey or dark brown — This innovative powder formula creates a soft smoldering look in seconds. Before using, shake well and tap off any excess powder before lining the lashline.

LIMITLESS LONG WEAR LIP GLOSS WITH SPF 15 ($21.00 USD each)-Timeless (soft pink) or Endless Kiss(coral pink) — Get juicy color and long-lasting shine with added pout protection from SPF 15. Packed with vitamins and minerals, this unique formula benefits and boosts lips. Apply to bare lips or layer over your favorite Smashbox lipstick for gorgeous color and shine that lasts up to six hours.

ARTIFICIAL LIGHT LUMINIZING POWDER ($20.00 USD) -shimmering soft nude — Inspired by top-selling Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion, this soft shimmering powder highlights and brightens for a radiant glow. Apply to inner corners of eyes, down the bridge of nose, above brows and to the tops of cheekbones with the targeted applicator. It can also be mixed with body lotion and applied to arms, legs and décolleté for a subtle shimmer.

I have tested the Timeless lip gloss and the cheek duo. Both products give beautiful color. The lip gloss is sheer and so pretty on. It is a bit sticky, but does last a long time and is moisturizing on dry lips. I also love that it includes SPF, which is perfect for sunny spring and summer days.  The cheek duo looks brighter in the pan then on the face. It is so soft and pretty on. I love the glow that cream blush gives, plus you can put it on your lips for a pretty monochromatic look.

WHERE TO FIND IT:, Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenny, Ulta, Nordstrom,, and select Macy’s — Enjoy!

Smashbox Fall 2010 Masquerade Collection

For Fall 2010, Smashbox has introduced the Masquerade collection, which includes soft, shimmery shades for the lips and cheeks and dramatic metallic shades for the eyes. The collection includes:  

Masquerade Lip Enhancing Gloss ($19.00 USD) — Drench your lips in dazzling, shimmer and shine. A beauty editor’s favorite, these lip-pampering golden glosses are ultra-nourishing and moisturizing. Guaranteed to keep lips looking gorgeous all night long. Available in two shades — Reveal, a golden nude and Disguise, a golden pink.

Masquerade Liquid Liner & Lash Overlay ($19.00 USD) — Amp up your eyes like never before! This innovative dual-purpose product gives you the kind of intense metallic color at the lashline and at the lashes. A truly unique way to add glamour and mystery to the eyes! Use the specially designed combination brush and rod to line lashline first. Then apply your mascara and finish by using the rod to sweep hints of metallic teal or bronze onto the tips of your lashes.

Masquerade Eye Shadow Palette ($35.00 USD) — This opulent, limited-edition palette is brimming with a collection of matte and metallic shadows in a range of shades from super subtle soft peach and glowing gold to an ultra dramatic metallic cabernet and shimmering navy. Organized horizontally in trios, the palette is beyond user friendly. Shades can be worn solo, paired with those in the same row or can be worn with other shades. Sleek and chic, this shiny navy blue mirrored eye kit is an absolute must-have for every makeup artist.

Masquerade Creamy Cheek Color & Brush ($29.00 USD) — Soon to be a backstage favorite. A luscious, creamy cheek product formula on one side with a built-in blending brush on the other. Get a gorgeous rose glow with this ultra-luxurious, long-wearing creamy cheek blush. Packaged with cheek color on one side and a built-in blending brush on the other, it’s the perfect tool to turn to for on-the-go touch ups.

Masquerade Baked Fusion Soft Light Palette ($32.00 USD) — This award winning, silk-like baked bronzing powder infuses skin with a soft veil of rosy champagne shimmer. These multi-hued shades can be used alone or swirled together for a luminous, long-lasting glow.  You can purchase these products at or Enjoy!


Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Pout Holiday Lip Gloss Set

WISH For The Perfect Pout

A lip gloss set is the perfect gift for girlfriends, sisters, moms, because there usually is such a range of colors to try, it’s so much fun to receive!  

Smashbox has  introduced WISH For The Perfect Pout($29.00 USD, $96.00 Value) for the holidays. This limited-edition set of 6 lip glosses that contains best sellers and exclusive holiday shades. There are two full-size lip glosses and four smaller ones.  

This set contains:
– 0.20 oz Pout (baby doll pink)
– 0.20 oz Luster (sheer golden pink)
– 0.14 oz Tease (juicy raspberry)
– 0.14 oz Candy (cotton candy pink)
– 0.14 oz Aura (shimmering pink nude)
– 0.14 oz Radiant (shimmering pink plum)  

This set has really pretty colors. I love the Aura and Radiant shades and the luster looks great over bold lipsticks. These are a tiny bit sticky, but are so glossy and fun, it doesn’t matter!  

Plus, with every WISH purchase, $1 will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit that grants the wish of life to millions of sick or injured kids by providing care and investing in life-saving research. Help Smashbox make miracles happen this holiday. (Donation up to $25,000)  

Visit to learn more about these products and to purchase fun holiday gifts!

Smashbox Reign Collection

Smashbox has recently introduced their Fall 2009 Reign Collection. It is described as, “a decadent color collection inspired by the rule of the English Tudors. Mired in salacious scandal and regal indulgence, the Tudor era epitomizes the lavish extravagance of the noble class.   The luxe, sexy and indulgently sensorial collection provides a glimpse into the opulent lives of the traditional bourgeoisie with a decidedly contemporary twist.” 

These are very rich, deep colors that are all created with the quality that one finds in Smashbox’s cosmetics. My favorites from the collection are:  

Lip Gloss ($18.00) — This is a very pretty and non-sticky gloss that is available in one color, Crowned, a shimmery peachy pink. This will go with both warm fall and cool fall looks. It would be great with a gray, brown or purple smoky eye. Or just black eye liner and shimmery beige shadow will complete a lovely day look. 

Eye Shadow Palette ($42.00) — This nifty palette is packaged in a regal leather-look compact. It contains 6 total baked shadows — 3 shimmer and 3 matte. It comes in two color combinations Majesty (matte and shimmer champagne, fuchsia and black) and Monarch (matte and shimmer soft gold, copper and deep brown). I like wearing the champagne as a base and the black as liner from the Majesty collection for a day eye, or using all three shades to create a nice smoky evening eye.  

Doubletake Lip Color ($22.00) — This pencil is a lip liner on one end and a creamy lip color on the other. It contains vitamins C and E and lip-renewing caffeine and moisturizing wheat glycerides. The available shades are Currant (matte deep berry) and Amaretto (matte peachy pink). They both look great alone or with the Crowned Lip Gloss on top for extra shine.    

The collection also includes a peachy-nude blush, a plum version of their Lash DNA Mascara, and a Jet Set Eye Liner palette of four neutral shades.

Check out the website at to learn more.