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This will help you be the fairest one of all

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If you are a make up and fashion enthusiast, you probably like to be in the know of the all the latest tools and accessories to help you create the right look. You want the best brushes and applicators to put on your makeup. You’re willing to splurge on high quality styling tools but most people forget two very important tools: The mirror and the lighting.

Your mirror plays a huge role in your final look because a bad mirror can lead to putting on too much makeup, using unflattering colors or missing small details that can effect the overall outcome of your look. Shopcustomvanity.com knows how instrumental good lighting and a good mirror is to achieve your desired style and thus creates custom order handmade vanities that help you create a flawless look.

There’s a reason why I’m so excited to share this online store with you. I have always envied models and actresses with “Hollywood vanities” because something as simple as a mirror makes such a huge difference in how you appear. In my place, I have horrible lighting. Everything looks dim or bright yellow. And I’m not the only one that has this issue. Many people have poorly lit bathrooms or bedrooms. This can lead to over compensating by wearing too much or too little makeup. The custom vanities that you can find at shopcustomvanity.com are just like the Hollywood vanities that you find in dressing rooms and at fashion shows. These are the types that are used by elite makeup artists and celebrities. These are the kinds of mirrors that will make you “the fairest of them all.”

How does shopcustomvanity.com work?

The website has several options to choose from and you can even request a custom size. Once you choose your mirror it takes 2 weeks for it be delivered because it has to handmade. If you are in the states you get free shipping. Now keep in mind that this is just a mirror and is not attached to a tabletop. I personally prefer this because it means I can place the mirror anywhere. You can mount it on a wall or on your own dresser. You can even simply lean in against the wall. The mirrors are made with a wooden frame and high definition glass. I also love that it comes with dual electrical outlets so you can plug in your hair curler or any other device into your mirror.

The type of mirror you use does play a big roll in your look which is why I recommend checking out shopcustomvanity.com if you are looking for a mirror that will help you create flawless beauty looks.

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POTD (products of the day) Featuring NARS

Every now and then (when I remember) I do a video diary of the products I used during the day. It’s a way for me to keep track of what products I like and which ones to avoid. It’s also a fun to share product review with others. For this July sunny friday, the products are all beauty and cosmetic related and therefore I thought I’d post them here on my style blog. Below is a product list and links of the items featured in the video.

1. Guerlain KissKiss

2. Infinite Aloe Skin Care

3. Sephora Colorful Blush

4. Degree with sea salt

5. co bigelow mentha lip shine

6. Coverfx foundation

7. bath and body signature vanilla berry

8. NARS orgasm illuminator

9. Palmer’s coco butter with vitamin e

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Why TheCosmetist.com is not your average beauty website

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The internet is strewn with beauty blogs and cosmetic websites but most of them are not owned and operated by real pharmacists or cosmeticians. The Cosmetist.com however is one blog where you can get beauty advice from a doctor of pharmacy. I learned about this website not long ago, but I’m already a fan of it for a several reasons.

1. Written by a real cosmetician. The fact that this blog is kept by a doctor makes it stand apart from a majority of the beauty blogs out there. To use myself as example, I love beauty products but I’m not a pharmacist. There’s information that I can’t share with my readers because I’m not privy to it. The Cosmetist on the other hand  offers great advice that only someone who has worked in the industry would know, making it a trusted source for cosmetic and skin care information.

2. Highly Informative. The blog is dedicated to bringing you information about beauty and skin care, and it’s one of the most informative blogs I’ve come across for this industry.  The Cosmetist hails from France, and if there’s one thing most of us can agree on it’s that French beauty care is renowned. French pharmacists know their stuff and can ensure you make the right decisions for your beauty regime. If you can’t go to a French pharmacy, then head over to the website to get some of the best information about cosmetics and anti-aging.

3. Wonderfully written. You may be thinking that a website written by a doctor will be an overly complicated bore to read, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Cosmetist brings you information and awareness in an amusing, lighthearted, easy to understand style of writing. Even if you aren’t a die hard makeup fan you can enjoy this website simply for the posts. Each article is humorous, inspiring as well as informative.

4. Answers your questions. One of the favorite aspects of this website is that you can send in your own beauty and cosmetic related questions to be answered. Not many beauty bloggers do this. Most beauty bloggers simply write about their hauls and give product reviews, but don’t go out of their way to solve the beauty related issues of their readers. This is how I feel a real beauty website should be. It should connect with its readers and be willing to answer their questions the way The Cosmetist does.

If you want sound beauty advice, from a real doctor then you need to visit The Cosmetist and sign up for it’s newsletter. You’ll get great advice and inspiration to keep you looking and feeling beautiful.

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Kiss Me Valentine

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It is that time of year again; time to pucker up and say I love you. Well, many do that anyway without a holiday but Valentine’s day is a good excuse to don on some rouge. Admittedly, shades of red don’t touch my lips too often, simply because I prefer pink lipsticks, but even I get a craving for bold red lips when February rolls around.
Above are some fantastic lipsticks and lipglosses to make you kiss worthy. I love the packaging of the Yves Saint Laurent shiny gloss and the e.l.f lipstick is so affordable! Whether you want to give your partner sweet kisses or maybe even the kiss off, lovely red lips are perfect for the occasion.
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BA STAR Holiday Sale

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BA STAR is treating my blog readers to a huge sale! They are having a 48 hour pre-Thanksgiving blowout sale where you’ll be able to purchase their makeup, accessories, and bling for just $2.99! I’ve reviewed this company a couple times on here and I love their products. The sale starts Tuesday November 26th and ends 6:00am Thanksgiving morning so be sure to check it out.

Read my reviews for the products:

BA-STAR Diamond Kit Review

BA STAR Eye Shadow Review

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Cat Chu Wink Dupe Kawaii Lipstick

catlipstick1catlipstick2If you’re anything like me, you like your cute packaging when it comes to beauty products. It’s one of the reasons I fall for brands like Tony Moly. They came out with an adorable cat shaped liptint a while back, that I wished I could have. Sadly, Tony Moly is a Korean Brand and isn’t sold in my area, and it’s also a little pricey–especially if you’re taking a gamble online. Thus, I turned to aliexpress to help me find some kawaii cosmetics, and while browsing, I came across Manshili’s cat lipbalm which reminded me a lot of Tony Moly’s cat chu wink liptint and lipstick.

For just 2.66 I snatched it up! Below is a review of the product but I’ll just say now, I would buy this again. I love the packaging and the product itself is lovely.

 

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BA-STAR Diamond Kit Review

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BA-STAR was kind enough to send me their diamond star dust mineral shadow and glue shadow base to review. If you’d like you can watch my review in the video below. The video review covers my first impressions of the products while this post offers my pros and cons after having worn the products. Also, be sure to use the promo code BBDUST to get 50% off.

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Pros:

Longwear: One of the things I love about BA-STAR in general is how long-lasting their makeup is. They create makeup that is suited for performers or models, hence their makeup holds up under extreme conditions such as heat from lights or sweating. I didn’t have to touch up my shadow for about 5 hours and my look held up in the summer heat.

Easy to remove: Even though the makeup lasts, it’s not a chore to remove. For some of my other long-lasting shadows, I’ll have to really rub to clear the makeup, but BA-STAR’s diamond star dust shadow comes of quite effortlessly.

Easy to apply and work with: Honestly speaking, I’m not a makeup artist. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like to create fun or glamorous looks once in a while. I like how this shadow let me try out different looks with minimal effort. It’s highly pigmented, goes on smooth, and works well with my other makeup products.

Cons:

Packaging:  I don’t like the cap. It’s difficult to open at first, causing some of the shadow to fly around. It’s not a deal breaker since one simply has to be careful, but I’m clumsy and would have prefered an easier to open container.

Colors: I wish they offered more colors with their mineral shadow. I do like the soft shimmer they offer and would like to see it in a few more colors.

Glue Shadow Base

Pros:

New staple: This product has quickly become a fave. I love it! It’s purpose is to ensure your shadow stays put and it does just that but the texture makes it ever more perfect for shadows with shimmer or glitter. My look didn’t smudge or budge for the 5 hours I had it on.

Not sticky: I was worried that this base would be a “glue” like consistency, but it’s not sticky. It’s a little tacky at first, but it goes on smooth, dries clear, and isn’t greasy or sticky.

Easy to use: The applicator makes this liquid base really simple to use. I applied it to my brow bone, upper lid and a little on my shoulders. Then I applied my shadow, or shimmer powder (for shoulders and arms), while it was still moist.

Cons: None

Overall: I liked both the products and would purchase them. I’d get a darker color for the mineral eye shadow, for myself but the diamond one was still manageable for my look.

Until September 30, BA-STAR is offering 50% off your order with the code BBDUST!

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BA STAR Eye Shadow Review


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I was recently introduced to a hot new makeup company: BA STAR. The  company offers a variety of beauty supplies and tools to help you get the perfect look for any occasion. I took the liberty of purchasing their smoky eye shadow palette and found that even an armature makeup user like myself can playfully experiment with the rich beautiful colors offered in their palette. My eyes had just the right amount of “sexy sparkle” for a night on the town. The palette contains

  • 3  Mineral Shadows. Charcoal, Diamond, Grey
  • 2 Gel Glitters. Black & Crystal
  • Double Applicator.

I adore the fact that the palette offers both mineral and gel glitters. This lets you experiment and create a plethora of different looks. Simply by mixing the different shadows you can change your look from “deeply sophisticated” to “glam girl.” It’s not often I achieve this with just one small palette. The packaging makes it easy to take it along with me, in case I need to touch up. However, I found my look lasted the whole night, even without a primer.

I love this palette and can’t wait to try other palettes from the company. The only con I found was the shipping price for international shipping. BA STAR’s products are very affordable, so if you purchase large quantities or do a group buy it works in your favor, but if you simply buy one palette, the costs outweigh the item itself.

I do recommend the product however, and because I love a good deal, all my readers get 50% off their purchase of a palette!

Simply type in the code BBSMOKY at checkout for 50% off

Visit the link below to visit the site now
http://www.bastar.com/category_s/1887.htm

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Deal of the month

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This month’s deal is a pack of different items. Nothing has been used. Price: $5 Shipping: $3

Items include:

1 sample of berts bees milk and honey body lotion

2. Nu.Me feather hair extention in blue color Full Size

3. sample of Lush Cosmetics gingerbread house bubble bar

4. sample of Lush Cosmetics candy fluff bubble bar

5. Nano Sephora eye pencil color is silver green

Pouch is included

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First comment below gets the item

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Blum Naturals Daily Cleansing and Make Remover Towelttes Review

While browsing throw iherb.com, a website that sells organic and cruelty free products I found a box of cleaning wipes on sale. I don’t usually use make removing/cleaning towelttles because I don’t wear much makeup, but they were on sale for only about $3.00 so I thought I’d give them a try. Below is a review of the Blum naturals daily cleansing and makeup remover towelettes.

Pro:

Affordable: Even when this product is not on sale it’s still a lot cheaper than say M.A.C’s makeup remover wipes. The 30 pack is 7.49 on their website. But the pack I got, which had 10 individually wrapped towelttes, is only 2.84 on iherb.com.

Cleans well: While it doesn’t remove every trace of make with one sheet, it does do a good job of getting most of it. The sheets are thick and have a texture that helps to gently scrub away dirt. My face always felt clean after use.

Non drying or irritating:

Some wipes make my face feel really tight and dry after use, but this one contains grape seed extract, aloe vera extract and chamomile extract all organic and I think they add the benefit of preventing the face from feeling dry. It made my face look alive and hydrated and it was non irritating.

Cons

Although I like how each toweltte is indiviually wrapped (you can pop a couple in your bag) I hated the packaging! Without scissors it was almost impossible to get open.

This was not a con for me, but some may not like the smell. My family said it smelt like baby wipes and that turned them off from using it. I personally wasn’t bothered by it, but it is something to keep in mind.

I wish the 10 pack was 15. I would be willing to pay a little more for a few more wipes since 10 isn’t quite enough especially if you are sharing them with your house hold.

Overall, I’m a new fan of this product. I like that it is natural, gets the job done, and is afforadable. If you don’t mind the scent and don’t use heavy makeup then I definetly recommend it. 4/5

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