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Monday, August 31, 2009

Aqua in my Heart and on my Eye!!!

I bit of fun with the title! If you all follow me on Youtube you know I am not a huge fan of blues... I can never seem to rock them right!! Anywho... I was on twitter with the lovely and young Aquaheart. She told me about her blog contest! I went over to to see... it's so beautiful! So her latest contest/giveaway is simple... do an Aqua eye... write up a post and link it to her!! Easy and fun!
Here are the products I used:
Tarte Cosmetics Lights Camera Lashes
Revlon cream shadow in Mystical Magic
NYX Double Sided pencil
MAC Claire De Lune

Aqua Heart is(was) it's over at 12 PST Sept 1st! Click here for details. Ok so here is my entry... I am sorry for the semi fuzzy picture I had to do a close up!!
P.S. no top liner on this look... I wanted it all Aqua on the lid!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

My Cheap Fix!

So, I had a crazy week and needed a quick fix... makeup wise of course! I headed to Walmart because I needed a box for storing my nail polishes (thanks Zoya and Twitter, LOL). As I was leaving my Walmart I passed a Sally Beauty Supply and there was my fix! Sally's has good deals BOGO's, Free with purchase items... and this month they had Sally Girl cosmetics buy 5 get 1 free. I was cruising the eye shadows and found myself saying, "JES, girl you know you have MORE than enough eye shadows." So I picked thru the over 50 nail polish colors to find 5 that I liked. More like... I was holding myself to only buying 5 that I liked. While I was looking I noticed these little signs stating that these polished were Formaldehyde, DBP, and Toluene Free! How exciting, right! So I picked up 5 at 99 cents each. If you are a Beauty Club member they are 89 cents. I picked up: It's So U, Surfs Up, In The Pink, Not My Type, and U Betcha.(left to right as pictured). I'm excited to try this puppies and see how I like them. I read the reviews and they seemed mixed. But if you are looking for a really affordable range of colors from funky to french bases... there is another brand out there: Sally Girl.
I also have 6 of there eye shadows already and I am happy with them. They have a cute snap together packaging that's easy on the traveling makeup bag! Sally Beauty Supply is on Twitter, also found across the USA and International locations, and will ship orders! Happy shopping!

I'm thinking with the week I just had...

I need some cheapie Retail Thep..... I'll be back with the pictures of the loot and some much needed blogging!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thanks, Winners, and New Videos!!

I just wanted to say Thanks to all of you guys that are following my blog! It really means a lot to me... and I know I read blogs and blog post, but forget to follow(sign-up to) them! So if you also blog please leave me a comment below with a link or Tweet me at JESmakeup so I can read your blogs too!!! And if you sometimes forget to follow... do it now while you're here!!! Look over to the left and click on the follow button!!!

The Winners of the Fashion Thep. contest video is up!!!

And since Project Runway was 3 hours last night.. here are my thoughts for the ALL- STAR contest!

Let me know how you feel about the Project runway special here or on YOUTUBE!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Another eye Primer to Love!

So it's no guess that I love bright colors on my eyes!! One of the best ways to make your eye shadows really pop is adding an eye primer to your makeup routine! Along with a base or all alone eye primers really help add depth to all of your eye shadows from the dollar store lines to the highest of high ends! I have to say, I have more than a few eye primers I love using... but Tarte Cosmetics "Lifted" Natural Eye Primer with Firmtol is... well AMAZING!!!
"Lifted" comes in a convented tube very similar to most lipglosses and has a flocked tip. You might be asking "with Firmtol"... what is that? Via Tarte's website this is a formula that tightens the eyelid skin in up to 51% of the users and in as little as 10 mins after applying! After reading this I wanted to try this out... and the best way(for my skin tone) is to use a lighter color. So I applied the Lifted Natural Eye Primer with Firmtol and then Stila's Slate eyeshadow (might be discounted) all over the lid and blended up. Added a few more touches and this is the outcome. I have to say I don't have issues with my eyelid area, but the skin did feel a bit smoother and that color didn't go anywhere!! The product is riddled with natural plant extracts like: ginseng root and portulaca oleracea. Just as it's filled with the good ... Tarte has taken out the other stuff ... leaving Lifted Natural Eye Primer free of : dyes, talc, paraben, and gluten. If you're in the market for a new or another primer give this one a test.
Priced at $20(see below) for .11 fl. oz ... also the shelf life for this product is 6 months. Products used so close to the open body(ie. the eye) just like mascaras and most wet products have a shorter the shelf life for safety reasons.
Ok are you ready for the gift!! Tarte Cosmetics is having Friends and Family discount of 40% off!!!!!! Hello that is a savings!! Here's the code FF09 (like 2009) the discount is until the 24th of this month! Plus free shipping on orders over $60!! Enjoy shopping!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sephora Fall 09

If you haven't seen the catalog yet... oh boy. It is filled with some great ideas for Fall. I can't say it's all original I mean a Cat eye is a Cat eye is a... well Cat eye, but I guess it's always fun to revisit a favorite. Some of the items I've been excited about are those color tipped brushes. I mean just to have one. And I bet you can all guess which color I'm aiming for... yep the deep purple!! So, I was out and about yesterday... and I got to the mall. 3 things to say about that trip I finally saw in person the MAC's ColorCraft collection and well let's just say there is no Haul video coming on Youtube. Next thing Sephora did not have any of those funky brushes in-store for me to look at. 3rd I asked really in jest, my Sephora is sort of small, if they had any of the Lauren Luke stuff... the SA looked at me like I had 3 heads!!! I can't understand how people don't use all the wealth of knowledge that is YOUTUBE. I'm not saying you have to do videos... but Youtube is not a new website. It is in the news at least 4 times a day. Teachers, Students, Government, Fashion Designers, Makeup Artist, Newscasters, Talk shows and the list goes on use Youtube. Why can't a simple SA in the Sephora get a clue and look into it. And I know you are all like why is JES so mad? When I worked in retail... I was an Assistant Manger, I'm not saying I brought home my work all the time. But I knew the trends, looked up things, talked to people and tried to keep ahead of it all. But most of all I surely did not look like a deer in headlights when asked about a PRODUCT LINE newly LAUNCHED within my company!!!! I really dislike knowing more than the SA. Just so you know this female was about my age, so she wasn't a kid looking to make some summer money nor was she a Great Grandma not into computers (not saying Great Grandma's can't do computers). She didn't even ask me who it was, what it was, or offered to check the website. I mean come on. She really needs some Customer service 101!! I bet if I said Illamasqua her head would have spun.
Ok I think I went off on a tangent... I hope you are all still with me. Back to the Sephora catalog. Did anyone see on page 18 the crescent moon shapes at the bottom of the nail beds? Anyone try it yet? Let's see some pictures. Also matte nail polishes are back... remember around 99 they were in (wait was it 99 or 96?) That matte look lasted all of 2 months if I remember correctly at least in my area. I think I'll pass on investing any money in top coats or matte polishes UNTIL about the early holiday time, by that time the drugstores will have comparable options for me.

The next thing I saw was on page 4 brows! I'm guessing with the cooler weather my forehead will need more warmth!! Another trend I'm not going crazy about... I might fill in a tad more but nothing crazy. So if you see me with huge fro like brows point me to this post!!! I asked CandieCC about this on her online radio interview a few days ago. I think she was in agreement with me... to thick is not for her either! You guys know I love the brows, I believe they are a big part of the total makeup look. I was able to try another Brow pencil by Tarte here's my review.

And in closing... if you have the catalog in front of you right now.... did you see the glove on top of her head? Will that be the trend also... I have to say... in this picture it works. No clue tho if the average lady could pull this off.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

This is why I'm a Makeup Artist and not a Promoter!!

Ok guys, so I have to say I am a little bit discouraged about the contest I am running off of my Youtube channel connected with the Fashion Therapy Seminar I am part of. I am thinking of stopping part one of the contest... the attending part. I'll just have to keep all that makeup I brought for the contest!!!

Ok so if you haven't entered the contest yet here is the link to the video!! Please Blog, Tweet, Youtube, and what ever you do about this contest!!! the link so if you needed to copy and paste it you could!!